Entertainment news in 2013

Shahrukh Khan and Preity Zinta. Photo - A.R.Rajkumar/Times of Oman



Shah Rukh Khan rocks Muscat

It was Badshah of Bollywood Shah Rukh Khan's show all the way at the Temptations Reloaded concert held at the Oman Automobile Association Club.Performing at the show, organised by Light & Shadow Enterprises LLC, the megastar impressed the audience with his energetic onstage performance.

Yanni's 'World Without Borders' concert delights Omani audience

World-renowned musician, composer, and pianist Yanni was back with his positive energy to once again treat his Omani audience to a dream performance.

Similar to his 2011 performance, Yanni and his professional orchestra provided a dynamic musical experience at the City Amphitheatre in Muscat


The Zouk Model Hunt 2013

The Zouk Model Hunt 2013 styled by Splash and powered by Thursday magazine provided a perfect platform for the aspiring models to showcase their talent.

Akon wows fans at Muscat concert

He promised the audience to expect the unexpected and he did just that. Showmanship, vigour and pure fun was the hallmark of the Akon concert.

The Oman Automobiles Association grounds literally turned into a dance floor as the crowd rocked to Akon's popular numbers. — Shabin E./ Times of Oman

The Original Theatre Festival kicks off

The Original Theatre Festival brought to Oman by Eventful kicked off on June 10 at the Oman Auditorium, Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Muscat. This time around recognised names from the world of theatre such as Rahul da Cunha, Rajit Kapur, and Shernaz Patel are presenting five popular plays from their production house Rage Productions. Rahul da Cunha, director, Rage Productions expresses his delight at being back in Oman to perform for the Muscat audience.

Sami charms with soulful singing

British singer-songwriter, composer, producer and an accomplished musician, Sami Yusuf charmed Oman's audience with his soulful singing at the well presented concert organised by Black & White in association with Bandera Events. With his scintillating voice and spiritual lyrics, Sami Yusuf not only impressed with his songs but also shed light on many social and humanitarian issues through his singing.

Spiritual symphony: Sami sang several of his famous songs from his repertoire which included Wherever you are, To see you smile and Salaam. Photo — Shabin E./Times of Oman

Dear Liar – A stupendous success

The renowned English play "Dear Liar" featuring two of the finest actors of Indian cinema and theatre veterans - Naseeruddin Shah and Ratna Pathak Shah, was held at the Oman Auditorium of Al Bustan Palace, Ritz-Carlton Hotel at 7pm on 20 September. Patrons of theatre and performance arts had much to celebrate as the play turned out to be a stupendous success.

Mohanlal to star in Muscat Onam fiesta

Malayalam superstar Mohanlal will be the star attraction at the Laalettante Onakkazhcha show which will be held at Qurum Amphitheatre on September 27.


Vishal and Shekhar enthrall Muscat audience

After winning accolades for Best Bollywood track of 2011 for the Akon collaboration, Chammak Challo, India's leading music composer and director duo, Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjani, acclaimed for their soulful sensational Bollywood music numbers, set the stage on fire with their scintillating performance at the City Ampitheatre, Qurum on November 7.

Photo - Tanaya Dash/Times of Oman

Kapil Sharma enthrals Muscat with rib-tickling comedy

It is said that laughter is the best medicine. It was witnessed on November 22 when the king of comedy, Kapil Sharma with his immaculate comic timing made the huge audience at Qurum Amphitheatre, burst into peals of laughter.

Kapil Sharma. Photo - Tanaya Dash/Times of Oman

Make-up and Apparel Contest 2013 saw fierce competition among the finalists


The Make-up and Apparel Contest 2013, organised by Hi team and presented by Arabic weekly Sabbat Ayam and Max Factor in association with Aster-Al Raffah Hospital, concluded after a fierce competition of on-the-spot make-up skills on Friday, November 15.

Photo - Shabin E./ Times of Oman

Movies shot in Oman


Another Indian film crew set to shoot in Oman

South Indian movie stars have landed in Oman to film song sequences in Qantab, Wahiaba Sands and Nizwa.


Beauty of Oman exposed in upcoming blockbuster 'Once upon a time in Mumbai again'

Rust coloured desert landscapes, waving rocks breaking up the horizon, stunning turquoise waters and a rich wildlife. When Indian Bollywood movie, 'Once upon a time in Mumbai again' opened its screen to cinemagoers on August 15th 2013 and the audience were exposed to the beautiful settings of Omani nature and culture.


Another film crew comes calling

With an increasing number of Bollywood movies being filmed overseas, Paiped is looking to position Oman as a destination for big budget Bollywood film shoots. Top Indian movie stars Priyanka Chopra and Ranveer Singh were in Oman to complete the shooting of the film, Gunday written and directed by Ali Abbas Zafar and produced by Aditya Chopra.


Malayalam film to be fully shot in Oman


For the first time, an Indian movie made by producers from the south Indian state of Kerala will be fully shot in the Sultanate, people involved with the making of the movie said.

Scripted by Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award winner C. V. Balakrishnan, the movie will be directed by Madhu Kaithapuram, who made his directorial debut with the feature film Ekantham in 2006 that won him the National Film Award as the best debutant director.



The secret to a good body is to eat everything, says Yana

The multi-faceted Bollywood actor Yana Gupta has fond, but  faint memories of Oman. Since the last time she was here, Yana, then a model, has made big in her career, from dancing to singing, and of  late, writing books. Yana opened up and spoke to Times of Oman about her plans for 2013. She said she was making preparations for marriage and that she has "found the one, finally..."


More than I thought: Shah Rukh Khan

Expect an unforgettable night of amazing songs, non-stop dancing, and plenty of wit at Temptations Reloaded 2013 — Shah Rukh Khan Live in Concert on February 13, promised Bollywood's superstar Shah Rukh Khan.


Expect the unexpected from iconic Akon today

Expect the unexpected. That's precisely what iconic singer Akon stated, as he arrived in Oman early yesterday (Wednesday) in time for his live performance for the Light and Shadow Enterprises LLC concert, which is scheduled to be held at the Oman Automobiles Association grounds on April 11, 2013.


Our films need to experiment more: Mohanlal


As the Indian film industry celebrates its centenary year, legendary actor Mohanlal feels it has reached a level where it is now on par with the world cinema. In an interview with the Times of Oman, the South Indian superstar, who was in Muscat as part of his stage show titled 'Lalettante Onakazhcha', said the Indian film industry has managed to capture all kinds of audiences across the globe.

Something about Naseeruddin Shah

The one thing that strikes you about Indian actor Naseeruddin Shah's personality is his perfect diction that flows in a rich baritone voice. But then as he talks, the thoughts and words strike you too.


'People expect me to be funny 24/7'

Kapil Sharma is basking in the glory of success on the small screen, so bestowing the 'funniest man' crown on him is no exaggeration. Speaking to Times of Oman, Kapil Sharma was candid about his rags to riches story, his real life persona and his future plans.


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