SAB TV’s launch party for their new serials Chidiyaghar and RK Laxman ki Duniya

by ARYEMAN RAJ

At SAB TV’s launch party, one got to watch the first episode of their new serials Chidiyaghar and RK Laxman ki Duniya with a live audience. SAB TV has always been a pioneer at launching soaps which have the common man as the protagonist with a healthy does of humour.

Entire star cast of Chidiyaghar

The entire star cast of both the serials were present.  The first episode of RK Laxman ki Duniya was a touching portrayal and depiction of the problems today’s common man is facing with inflation. The treatment to the serial is a poignant ones with real life characters which have always been a forte of RK Laxman’s cartoons.

Entire star cast of RK Laxman ki Duniya

Director JD Majethia looked dappy in his hat and it was nice catching up with serial director Raman Kumar after a long time. Raman Kumar is the Script Supervisor for the show.

One looks forward to some interesting shows from SAB TV which has carved a niche with its humour based shows unlike the other channels who are still hooked on to soaps which depict revenge / deceit and crimes.

Bollywood stars Shahid Kapoor and Genelia D’Souza party hard with fans

Colgate-Palmolive (India) Limited, the market leader in oral care, hosted the much awaited Colgate MaxFresh Party today. Twenty lucky winners got invited to the coolest party of the season by their favourite Bollywood stars Shahid Kapoor and Genelia D’Souza. The party, held at Bungalow 9 in Bandra, was an extension of Colgate MaxFresh’s consumer engagement initiative which was launched earlier this year through the Colgate MaxFresh Alarm Contest.

To join this party with the stars, Colgate MaxFresh consumers were encouraged to participate in a contest, through a hotline number and on Colgate MaxFresh’s Facebook fan page. Lucky fans were selected by Shahid and Genelia to be on their guest list. The consumers not only got a chance to interact with their favourite Bollywood stars but also share the dance floor with them at this high-energy party.

The Colgate MaxFresh Facebook fan page which now has 2,00,000 fans, received close to 20,000 Likes and comments for the campaign. Over 1,75,000 consumers participated in the contest through the hotline number.

Film Bazaar: Zoya Akhtar, Abhay Deol and Kalki Koechlin creative tryst

Afternoon at Film Bazzar saw the coming together of Industry contemporaries like Zoya Akhtar, Abhay Deol, Kalki Koechlin, and Sanjay Suri for a panel session on Are New Age Filmmakers Trendsetters?

 

Though the opinions of the panelists on the idea of “trendsetting” differed they agreed that the changes that have taken place in the Indian cinema today are due to the changing demands and needs of their audience. Zoya Akhtar who is a new age film director said,“it is about making the money and every venture starts out with wanting to be a commercial success but said the film she writes, directs has to ultimately appeal to her as director before it can be sought to appeal to the viewers . She also said expecting a pan indian hit is slightly un realistic as the success of the film can be fragmented and may work in some parts and might bomb in others. Vishal Bharwaj a veteran film maker seconded Zoya’s opinion on being his own most important audience and said “I make movies for myself” With relation indie space to Sanjay Suri explains why being an Independent Filmmaker is difficult in India. ‘A film that works in Mumbai could or could not be liked or seen in Chennai, India itself is a big challenge, I hope to make a film that firstly works all over India and also overseas.

 

Actor Abhay Deol, who has made a name for himself in new wave cinema, also said that despite being Punjabi, he is not into watching Punjabi movies. “I don’t watch Punjabi movies. My Punjabi is also not that good,” he said responding to a question.

 

Deol, who has worked with Akhtar in her film Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, said that the sub-titling could help more audience to watch the regional cinema.  Kalki Koechlin, Indian actress with French descent, however, said that Anurag Kashyap (her husband) drags her to see Marathi films.
Referring to Marathi movie `Gandh,’ she said that the film was really excellent and she liked it. “I really enjoyed watching Marathi films. It is something that should be more accessible,” she added.

 

The issue of new generation filmmakers watching regional films was raised during the Knowledge Session by one of the audience.
One of the participants, introducing himself as a film critique, claimed that `few Hindi filmmakers are being highlighted as a torch bearers of the Indian film industry.’

 

Deol rebutting the allegations said that every filmmaker is having a set of audience which he caters to. “You don’t compare one to another as per your judgements,” he said.

 

Film Bazaar is the concept by National Films Division Corporation (NFDC), which is a business to business platform for the filmmakers and buyers.

Hungama launches DON-2 Voice Game


Music of DON 2 available on Hungama.com

 

Mumbai, November 24, 2011: The most awaited sequel of the year is here, this time with a lot more intensity than before. Be on high alert as the suave, charismatic, playboy villain is back, portraying his devious role as the leader of the underworld. This is what Shahrukh Khan fans all across the world have been waiting for; a true blockbuster way of ending the year, with none other than DON 2. And in the true Hungama style of celebrating the arrival of the DON, download the soundtrack of DON 2 from Hungama.com on your mobile phone or PC.

 

The excitement doesn’t end here. Apart from the smashing soundtrack, Hungama Mobile has also created a voice game based on the movie, which offers a chance to 10 players who could get lucky and meet the DON himself! The game ‘DON KA GANG’ is based on the movie DON 2. It has a set of challenges that the players have to go through in order to complete the levels and thus be included in the final 10, who stand a chance to meet the DON himself. The player has 5 levels to complete and each level gets even harder than the first, but closer to the reward- a chance to be recruited into the DON’s gang and meet Shahrukh Khan.

 

The soundtrack for DON 2 is also live on Hungama.com. Get hold of some of the finest tunes composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and Javed Akhtar. The album begins with a monologue by SRK signaling the comeback of the Don. This is followed by the title song ‘Zaraa Dil Ko Thaam Lo’ which takes off from ‘Aaj Ki Raat’ and brings back the sound of the early 80s in a fresh new presentation. Shaan’s version of ‘Main Hoon Don’ from Don – The Chase Begins Again, is presented by KK in Don 2 as ‘Mujhko Pehchaanlo. The fun element however is provided by ‘The King Is Back – Theme’ – a four minute long piece that takes forward the anthem of ‘Don’ with Sunitha Sarathi providing a fitting tribute to the song. The soundtracks of Don 2 gives the listeners a grand feel – just like the Don himself.

 

Don 2 is all set to bring back the memories of the prequel along with giving it a whole new twist.

 

Sudhir Mishra dubs for “Life ki Toh Lag Gayi”

K Sera Sera’s much awaited film “Life ki toh Lag Gayi’s” opening Voice over has been dubbed by Stalwart Director Sudhir Mishra. The director Rakesh Mehta says that “ Sudhir Sir has been my inspiration since i saw his cult classic ” Is Raat ki Subah Nahi ” the film has motivated me so immensely that i always wanted to make a film based on unconventional twists in life, now my film will be open with his voice and its like blessing from someone you always admire

Sudhir Mishra is impressed with the concept, the way director Rakesh Mehta has shot the film and the way the film has shaped up. Sudhir Mishra said that “ I have seen the theatrical and rushes from the film  and the way Rakesh has taken forward the plot of the story is impressive” 

 “K Sera Sera” plans to release this film in the first quarter of 2012. Lets wait and watch the old-new face of Mumbai from the point of view of Rakesh Mehta.


Abhishek Bachchan inspired by Micheal Caine

When Abbas Mustan’s Players was offered to Abhishek Bachchan he jumped at the opportunity to step into the shoes of Academy award winning Micheal Caine,an actor he deeply admires.

The star has been a huge (6 time Oscar nominated )Micheal Caine and Italian Job fan for as long as he can remember and couldn’t be more excited to star in the Bollywood remake of the original.

Says Abhishek Bachchan “I love the attitude that Caine carried in all his films. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve seen The Italian Job.Although I have to admit I’ve seen Caines version more times than [Mark] Wahlbergs.Its a cult film “
Says a source close to the actor “Abhishek couldn’t be more excited about working on Players….the concept is something he’s loved ever since he watched the original…”

Riyaz and Reshma Gangji roped in Khushiz to design the special dresses for the cast of hindi film Ghost at Hype .

Riyaz and Reshma Gangji roped in Khushiz to design the special dresses for the cast of hindi film Ghost at Hype

.Riyaz gangji is also debuting in this film as Shiney Ahuja boss.Puja Jatinder Bedi director of the film came with Russian actress Julia Bliss for the event.The event started and finished on time as only the cast and few close friends were invited for the event.Sayali came in Pink dress and was looking great.Champagne and Wine was flowing throughout the event as Khushiz celebrated her birthday also. .

Neil Nitin Mukesh shoots for Players in spite of fractured finger

With Abbas-Mustan as directors ,audiences can expect some heavy duty action and with such grueling shoot schedules there is bound to be injury on the sets –However the starcast on board the film shot in spite of injuries and tough weather conditions.

Apart from shooting in sub-zero temperatures in Russia which left him with frost bites, Neil Nitin Mukesh also shot with a fractured finger for over 2 weeks.

Confirms director Abbas, “ Neil’s finger was in bad shape and the doctor recommended operation. A very heavy object fell on his finger during a fight scene and though we did not think it would get so bad, by the end of that day he was in a lot of pain.”

However, Neil being the professional that he is, insisted on shooting and not inconveniencing the team of the film.

“ Neil somehow convinced the make- up artistes to cover the injury so it wouldn’t be visible. He waited for another 15 days post the injury to be able to fix the damage.” adds the director.

Presented by Viacom 18 , Abbas-Mustan’s Players, a remake of the Hollywood heist film, The Italian Job starring Abhishek Bachchan,Sonam Kapoor,Neil Nitin Mukesh ,Bipasha Basu,Bobby Deol,Sikander Kher and Omi Vaidya races to a theatre near you 6th January,2012.

Big B dedicates poem for Beti B

Like any grandfather megastar Amitabh Bachchan is extremely happy and enjoying his time playing with his little granddaughter, Aishwarya and Abhishek’s first baby.

Big B writes on his blog, “She sleeps through most of the day except for feeds and has been most obedient and well behaved! Ha ha ha… The moments spent with her even though one encounters shut eyes, are the most pleasant and fulfilling,”

The overjoyed grandpa has also dedicated a poem for Beti B, a name coined for the little one, which he published on his blog. The poem too was actually written by his father, the late poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan when Big B was born.

Big B blogs, “She is home! And nothing could give us all greater joy and happiness .. There is so much to say and so much emotion, but I think excerpts from my Fathers poem, written at the time I was born, say enough!”

The Poem is as follows:

फुल्ल कमल,

गोद नवल,

मोद नवल,

गेह में विनोद नवल।

नवल दृश्य,

नवल दृष्टि,

जीवन का नव भविष्य,

जीवन की नवल सृष्टि।

Not that Emraan plays ‘dirty’ always

 

Emraan Hashmi, quite literally, is going places to promote his upcoming flick THE DIRTY PICTURE!

Emraan Hashmi went on a promo overdrive for THE DIRTY PICTURE in Delhi a few days back creating mass hysteria – from visiting the Parliament to travelling on the Delhi Metro to seeking blessings at the Nizamuddin Dargah.

EMRAAN
EMRAAN HASHMI

Minutes before his prayers, he decided to do it the right way by buying himself a white kurta from a shop close to the Dargah.


For once, there was nothing dirty about what Emraan bhai did!

Katrina chooses Pitbull over Ranbir!

International singing sensation Armando Christian Perez a.k.a. Pitbull is coming to town! And the fans can’t wait to grab on this rare opportunity and join their beloved music sensation this December. But guess what? The fans have some serious competition awaiting them! Pitbull has a celebrity admirer here in India, which is none other than the gorgeous superstar diva – Katrina Kaif.

The lady who is known for her timeless beauty, outstanding acting skills and individualistic style, is undoubtedly admired by her fans across India. However, this ‘lucky mascot’ of Bollywood is actually a big fan of Pitbull and his music.



Hence, when the news of Pitbull’s arrival to India hit the media circuits, Katrina Kaif couldn’t stop herself from expressing a desire to meet this globally celebrated musician. Whether Katrina will be able to meet Pitbull and bring any luck to his concert too has yet to be seen. But it seems like; Ranbir Kapoor isn’t Katrina Kaif’s Rockstar after all.

There’s a twist to the tale. It seems the organizers are also in dialogue with Ranbir’s team after the success of ROCKSTAR for a meet and greet with Pitbull. Wouldn’t it be such a love triangle if the three superstars come on stage together?

SRK shoots with real life prisoners

The fearless Don aka Shahrukh Khan has hit the nail hard and bang on with his dreadlocked look in the film as seen in the trailers. The star, who sports a special haircut for his jail sequence, has been getting muddy and dirty as he packs punches with the inmates. Shahrukh shot for this scene at the Malacca Prison in Malaysia.

Explaining the sequence, a crew member said, “Don has an ace up his sleeves and has already masterminded a prison break.”

Shahrukh Khan takes on the inmates of the jail and those who dared to question how he landed up behind the high walls. The actor shot with several local Malaysian artists for this sequence which was physically taxing.


The film was shot in a real prison with real prisoners behind the jail and a complete section of the prison block was made available to shoot. In order to avoid any hitches, special crew t-shirts were made to differentiate crewmembers from the prisoners as it was a high security zone. None of the crew members were allowed to carry their mobile phones and laptops.

Produced by Ritesh Sidhwani and director Farhan Akhtar who is also the director of the flick, DON 2 is slated to break into screens on the 21st December 2011.

Nargis Fakhri wants Superstar Khans as her future heroes

After Ranbir Kapoor, first timer Nargis Fakhri is now eyeing Khans. Though the lady garnered a mixed critical response for herself with Ranbir, Nargis feels that it was a great experience nonetheless and now it is time to scale further heights.

“She hasn’t signed any new film since ROCKSTAR and is presently going through a settling phase. She has a team around her which is working on ensuring that what she does next is something which is even bigger and better than her debut affair,” says a close associate of the actor, “After doing a ROCKSTAR, she is in a position where she can neither afford to lie low nor pick up anything that comes her way. It has to be something substantial and the actors who top her wish list are none other than Khans.”

One wonders though whether her Khan dream would indeed realise soon. After all Aamir does only one film at a time and cast for his DHOOM 3 is already locked. Ditto for Shahrukh Khan who has Kareena Kapoor as his on-screen partner for the Rohit Shetty film which is rumoured to be titled CHENNAI EXPRESS.

“Seems like Nargis’ best bet is Salman Khan here. Though he is already booked for next year with Katrina Kaif and Sonakshi Sinha as his leading ladies for EK THA TIGER and DABANGG 2/KICK respectively, there are slots open for SHER KHAN and NO ENTRY MEIN ENTRY. She may just get fortunate,” says an industry source.


Also, if Nargis comes out her Khan fascination then Akshay Kumar is another leading man who does films by dozens and hence always has slots available for newer leading ladies. With casting yet to be finalised for ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAAI 2 and KHILADI 786 – MADE IN PUNJAB, Nargis could well be trying her luck there as well.

Ask Nargis about how she wants to extend her wish-list of actors and she says, “Of course whether it is Shahrukh, Salman, Aamir  or any other Khan, I would like to work with them all. Each of these senior actors is so different and I am so much looking forward to making some more amazing films with them. Of course a script has to be great too but with these actors in, I am sure all else will fall in place.”

First look of the film GHOST

The Past Never Dies, It Kills

City Hospital witnesses a chain of blood curdling spine chilling murders. A beautiful young recruit Dr. Suhani (Sayali Bhagat) is faced with uncanny happenings at the hospital. She is stunned by the monstrous force that sweeps out of the night  to cause a trail of gruesome killings. What or who is responsible for this strange murderous  destruction? The murderer uses a unique methodology, leaving behind no trails, defying all human comprehension.

A leading investigating agency entrusted with the case, assign it to their most competent officer Vijay Singh (Shiney Ahuja). Vijay a debonair romantic young detective moves intelligently to gather information about the mysterious murders. Among the first he questions is Dr.Suhani. There is immediate chemistry between the two.

The culprit moves again and we witness more horrifying  brutal killings. Success eludes Vijay but he gets passionately involved in the case treating it as his personal war against the slaughterer.

What follows is an exciting path of love, intrigue, passion, deceit, revenge and nerve wrecking treachery.

Finally, God proposes and evil disposes.

 Produced by Bharat Shah
Co-Produced by Puja Jatinder Bedi

  Written , Edited & Directed by Puja Jatinder Bedi

  Music composed by Sharib-Toshi
Lyrics  Kumar Turaaz – Sagaar Sandeep

  Production designer – Jayant Deshmukh
                        Art Direction – Ananda, S N Chawdhuary
Publicity Designs – Deven Kotak (Brainstorm)

Main Lead
Shiney Ahuja , Sayali Bhagat , Introducing Julia Bliss
Supporting Cast
Tej Sapru , Deep Raj Rana , Sukhwinder Singh Chahal ,
Tabrez Khan , Bijayata Pradhan

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Bigg Boss Shradha Sharma’s hot bikini pics

Bigg Boss contestant Shradha Sharma may put a facade of being a goody-goodie gal. But she has been quite a success at stripping her way to success. Like a bitchy TV actress who knows her well commented. “Imagine someone who has had a lived-in relationship with Raja Choudhary is definitely not a dudh ki dhuli hui. She knows how to manage herself after all she is a home-breaker.”

Bachchans: Happy to have a daughter

Holding their first official press conference after the birth of a daughter in the Bachchans family, Big B and the new father Abhishek Bachchan said they were happy to have a daughter and the baby was a normal delivery.

‘We are happy to have a daughter. Jaya and Abhishek wanted that,’ said Amitabh Bachchan, adding that he just wanted a baby irrespective of the sex and wanted it without any complication.

Big B is now a doting grandfather,’ said Abhishek addressing the media at their Mumbai residence Jalsa.

‘I am now without job, KBC is also over. So I have no work now,’ said Big B and son Abhishek interrupted his father to say the former is not on a full time duty of the new member of the family.

Big B thanked the media for their cooperation and said the delivery was normal. “It was a normal delivery,” said Bachchan, adding, “Aishwarya wanted a normal delivery and she was in acute labour for two three hours and had a normal baby. She even did not take the pain killers.”

Abhishek said they will not have any special ceremony for naming the baby. “Once we get a name we would be happy to just name her,” said Abhishek.

CHECK OUT: Aishwarya with Beti B arrives back home

A wave of happiness is passing through the Bachchan family as after months of speculations, actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan gave birth to a baby girl on Nov 16 morning at Seven Hills Hospital in Mumbai.

“The soft innocence of nature rests in my arms, oblivious of what else happens around her. Occasionally she opens her large and what looks now to be eyes of the lighter hue, which those that have dealt with similar, know shall change with time,” Big B blogged after spending the first day with his grandchild.

“Often the gentlest of smiles quiver across her pouted upper lip, the shut eyes bringing expression through the brows and the settling down to that dream she must dream. Her head covered in the littlest of head gear she will ever adorn, snuggles into her mini quilt of varied colors dominated by the pink softness of its material,” he described.

Ash and Abhishek Bachchan tied knots in 2007.

Veena Malik was show stopper for Riyaz and Reshma Gangji bridal line for winter in Ludhiana

Bridal couturier Riyaz and Reshma Gangji showed an exclusive Bridal line for winter 2011 at Ludiana with Veena Malik as their Show stopper
Veena Malik is in news for all things she is doing these days.She was in Agra for a shoot and after that she went to Ludhiana for Riyaz Gangji fashion show where he show cased bridal wear for winter 2011.Veena was looking great in Lehenga and choli.Veena walked the ramp with different models from Ludhiana.She loved the response of locals .

Neha Dhupia’s peppy song has a painful past

Neha Dhupia would be soon seen gyrating to a dance number ‘Haiyya Haiyya’ for her upcoming film PAPPU CAN’T DANCE SAALA. While the song has an out and out happy mood to it with a rhythmic base ensuring that it brings one on the dance floors, there is a story behind what really meets the eye (or rather reaches the ears). Apparently Neha’s voice for the song, Manasi Scott, had to battle some trouble of her own before ‘Haiyya Haiyya’ could turn into a reality.

“Manasi is making her playback comeback in the film. However it didn’t turn out to be smoothest of them all though,” informs a source, “As luck would have it, she ended up with high fever and a sore throat on the day of the recording. Though she is usually quite super-quick and confident, this time around Manasi had the most nervous recording session ever. She had to regularly pop painkillers since her throat ached every time she sang the higher notes. Ultimately it boiled down to music director Malhar for taking her through.”

Since ‘Haiyya Haiyya’ is a high energy dance number, it required Manasi to be hitting the high notes often. Malhar just asked her to concentrate on style and emotion while leaving the rest to him. Incidentally, ‘Haiyya Haiyya’ is the only song from the music CD which finds a place in the film as well.

“Film’s director Saurabh Shukla too was very impressed with the singer/composer team here since in ‘Haiyya Haiyya’ he got the kind of sound he was looking for,” the source continues.

With Vinay Pathak in the title role of ‘Pappu’ along with Rajat Kapoor, PAPPU CAN’T DANCE SAALA releases all over on 16th December.

Ajay Devgn & Kajol attend charity dinner in London

The Loomba Foundation’s ‘Educate a Widows Child in India’ Annual Charity Dinner was held at the Savoy in London and was attended by prominent industry leaders and senior politicians, including the British Deputy Prime Minister, Rt. Hon Nick Clegg MP as Chief Guest. The Guests of honour included the acting High Commissioner of India, H.E Rajesh N. Prasad, the First Lady of the Republic of Gabon, Madam Sylvia Bongo Ondimba, Rt. Hon. Dr. Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and Mrs. Cherie Blair, President of the Loomba Foundation.

The Loomba Foundation was established by Raj Loomba CBE and his wife Veena in the UK in 1997. It promotes fundamental freedoms and human rights of widows and their children around the world, raising awareness of the gross injustices widows face and seeking to remove stigmas associated with widowhood.
Ajay Devgn  and Kajol  recently attended a charity event in London hosted by The Loomba Foundation along with Kajol’s sister Tanisha & Ajay’s business manager Kumar Mangat Pathak.

The Foundation raised over £300,000 at the event through the generosity of its sponsors and the fundraising activities on the night.

Commenting on the occasion, Kajol said, ”The plight of widows is unthinkable and without financial means, it is even more scary. Education is the only way forward.”

Cherie Blair, President of the Loomba Foundation, informed guests that the Foundation, which was established in UK in 1997, had so far educated 6,221 children of poor widows in India and supported 27,000 family members. Many of the students have already completed their studies after receiving scholarship for a period of five years or more.

She added that the Foundation is currently educating 2,150 beneficiaries in 14 states in India.

She continued ”The issue of widowhood has remained unidentified and undressed until the recent research study revealed that there are over 245 million widows and 500 million of their children worldwide. We are proud that through our tireless campaign the United Nations declared June 23 as International Widows’ Day last year.”

Entertainment on the night included a dazzling performance by 100 school children, who performed and danced to the popular track ‘Jai Ho’.

Katrina starts shooting for ‘Chikni Chameli’

xactly a week ago director Karan Johar had announced on micro blogging site thatKatrina Kaif  will be performing on the item song, ‘Chikni Chameli’ in AGNEEPATH.

After a week’s preparation, the AGNEEPATH team went on floor with the item song shoot on Tuesday.

With a Katrina Kaif item number for the Hrithik Roshan and Sanjay Dutt starrer, the hype for this 2012 mega star movie is expected to go bigger.

AGNEEPATH will be releasing on 26th of January, 2012, where 2 biggies of Bollywood would be battling for revenge on the silver screen.

Emraan Hashmi in Parliament to promote THE DIRTY PICTURE

Trust Balaji to come up with the most innovative and clutter-breaking ways of promoting its films.

THE DIRTY PICTURE has been yet another case in point.

or the first time ever a film promotion will take place at the Parliament in Delhi. Emraan Hashmi is expected to engage in a media interaction at the Parliament followed by a meeting with the PWD Minister.

Thereafter he will board the Delhi metro to Rajiv Chowk. The metro will carry special branding of THE DIRTY PICTURE with the band-baajas playing ‘Ooh La La’ and ‘Ishq Sufiyana’.

From Rajiv Chowk, Emraan heads to the holy Nizamuddin Dargah to seek blessings for the release of his film.

Later this evening, he will greet fans at a mall in Gurgaon.

Given that Emraan was mobbed a few weeks back in Delhi while shooting for a Mukesh Bhatt production, the organisers are expecting mass hysteria today, and have left no stone un-turned in making appropriate security arrangements.

Remarks Emraan, “THE DIRTY PICTURE is just the film for the fun-loving north-wallahs who want entertainment, entertainment and entertainment.”