Stardust (magazine)

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan on the May 2016 cover of Stardust
Former editors Shobhaa De
Categories Film and gossip magazine
Frequency Monthly
Circulation 288000
Publisher Nari Hira
First issue 1971
Company Magna Publishing Co. Ltd.
Country India
Based in Mumbai
Language English, Hindi

Stardust is an Indian monthly Bollywood news and gossip magazine published in English and Hindi. It also sponsors the Stardust Awards.

India Country in South Asia

India, also known as the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh largest country by area and with more than 1.3 billion people, it is the second most populous country and the most populous democracy in the world. Bounded by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the southwest, and the Bay of Bengal on the southeast, it shares land borders with Pakistan to the west; China, Nepal, and Bhutan to the northeast; and Bangladesh and Myanmar to the east. In the Indian Ocean, India is in the vicinity of Sri Lanka and the Maldives, while its Andaman and Nicobar Islands share a maritime border with Thailand and Indonesia.

Bollywood Hindi language film industry

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News communication of selected information on current events

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The magazine is published by Mumbai-based Magna Publishing Co. Ltd. and was started by Nari Hira in 1971. [1] [2] It became popular under the editorship of noted journalist, author and columnist, Shobhaa De after 1995. [3]

Mumbai Megacity in Maharashtra, India

Mumbai is the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is the most populous city in India with an estimated city proper population of 12.4 million as of 2011. Along with the neighbouring regions of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, it is the second most populous metropolitan area in India, with a population of 21.3 million as of 2016. Mumbai lies on the Konkan coast on the west coast of India and has a deep natural harbour. In 2008, Mumbai was named an alpha world city. It is also the wealthiest city in India, and has the highest number of millionaires and billionaires among all cities in India. Mumbai is home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Elephanta Caves, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, and the city's distinctive ensemble of Victorian and Art Deco buildings.

Nari Hira Indian film producer

Nari Hira is the owner of the Mumbai-based Magna Publishing Co. Ltd. that publishes magazines such as Stardust, Savvy, Showtime, Society and Health. He is also into film production through Magna Films, a subsidiary of his publishing company.

Shobhaa De Indian journalist and novelist

Shobha Rajadhyaksha, also known as Shobha Dey, is an Indian columnist and novelist. De is best known for her depiction of socialites and sex in her works of fiction, for which she has come to be known as the "Jackie Collins of India".

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The Stardust Star of the Year Award – Male is chosen by the readers of the annual Stardust magazine. The award honours a star that has made an impact with their acting in a film. The first actor to receive this awards was Ajay Devgan in 2003. Amitabh Bachchan has won 4 awards, Akshay Kumar has won 3 awards, while Salman Khan, Shahrukh Khan & Sanjay Dutt have 2 awards each.

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  1. Pleasure and the nation: the history, politics, and consumption of public culture in India, Rachel Dwyer, Christopher Pinney. Oxford University Press, 2001. ISBN   0-19-565090-5. p. 254
  2. Anandam P. Kavoori; Aswin Punathambekar (1 August 2008). Global Bollywood. NYU Press. p. 244. ISBN   978-0-8147-2944-1 . Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  3. Stardust Pop culture India!: media, arts, and lifestyle, Asha Kasbekar. ABC-CLIO, 2006. ISBN   1-85109-636-1. p. 128