• 5 accolade winning films of directors to be showcased
  • Film will be released by PVR Directors Rare
  • Reunites the team of Gangs of Wasseypur, Huma Qureshi, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Richa Chadda and Vineet Singh amongst others

Renowned for his directorial skills and for providing a platform to numerous filmmakers, Anurag Kashyap and producer Guneet Monga under their banner, AKFPL, will be seen releasing SHORTS onJuly 12 2013, along with TUMBHI


An anthology of 5 accolade-winning short films, the films will be release by PVR Directors Rare across Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Kolkata, Surat, Cochin, Ahmedabad and Bangalore in select theatres. Directed by upcoming directors Shlok Sharma, Neeraj Ghywan, Rohit Pandey, Siddharth Gupt and Anirban Roy, the films mark the re-uniting of the Gangs of Wasseypur cast who star in the film.

Starring Huma Qureshi, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Richa Chadda, Vineet Singh, Satya Anand, Preeti Singh among others, the films represent the new age of storytelling in the country.

“Short films are where some of the best film directors cut their teeth. Despite the dominance of feature films, short films have retained a sense of purpose and continue to reach out to filmmakers and audiences alike, providing a platform to showcase good talent. SHORTS is a compilation of films by some very promising, talented and upcoming directors, who are also gearing up for their first feature.” Says producer-director Anurag Kashyap at the event to announce SHORTS.

“We are happy to partner with AKFPL in the release of Shorts and believe that films such as these stand to present to people a new wave of directors and talent that is emerging in our country” says L.C.Singh, CEO, TUMBHI.

“We at PVR are open to all kinds and formats of cinema. This is the first time that a package of handpicked short films is getting a proper theatrical release in India and we are really proud that PVR Director’s Rare is facilitating the release and working as a torch bearer in this area.” says Mr. Sanjeev Kumar Bijli, Joint Managing Director, PVR Limited.

With new voices coming to the forefront in storytelling, SHORTS is a presentation of these films made by directors who are in the midst of gearing up to either release or commence their first feature film.  SHORTS is scheduled to release on July 12, 2013.


Krrish 3 to come with Chennai Express

Yes! Makers of Krrish 3 insist that the trailer of their upcoming superhero flick will come with Rohit Shetty’s Chennai Express on August 8. Ask Producer – Director Rakesh Roshan and he confirms the  same.  He says, “ Launching the trailer with a big film guarantees many eyeballs. I am going to talk to Shah Rukh or UTV about the same.”

With the huge buzz on Chennai Express, the audience will be in for a double treat with the trailer of much awaited Krrish 3 coming simulatenously.

Akshay Kumar goes all out for Ramesh Taurani’s It’s Entertainment

Akshay Kumar despite being one of the biggest Bollywood stars, is going all out to perform his commitment not just as an actor but also in the creative process of Ramesh Taurani’s ambitious next titled “It’s Entertainment”.

The actor has played an active role in establishing and narrowing down locations to shoot the film – While the team met to discuss logistics , it was Akshay Kumar who suggested shooting at Bangkok’s Baanpradhana Bungalow in Ongkuruk, Asiatique Mall, Ancient City, Bangkok University and Ongkuruk railway station  and even provided details on finer aspects, given that he stayed and studied martial arts in the capital city of Thailand ,much before his tryst with Bollywood.Says producer Ramesh Taurani, “ While we were in discussion over the locations to shoot our film ,Akshay suggested shooting in Bangkok since it seemed apt for the movie .He knows Bangkok in and out and was extremely excited and brainstormed on several locations we could lock on”.

Produced by Ramesh Taurani  , “It’s Entertainment” starring Akshay Kumar and

Tamanna also marks the directorial debut of Sajid –Farhad.All praise for the actor,says director Sajid, “Akshay Kumar has been of great help in finalizing the locations…He really involved himself in the entire process of pre-production and the locations he suggested blend perfectly with the script”.

It’s Entertainment, will go on floors next month.















From foot tapping dance numbers and lyrical love songs to soulful melodies and the finest classical music, the Indian Film industry has given audiences a chance to enjoy some of the most beautiful and critically acclaimed music in over 100 years of existence. And, starting Monday 24th June, 2013, 92.7 BIG FM Mumbai will provide listeners with the opportunity to relive the Golden Era of Indian Cinema with its brand-new show ‘Suhaana Safar with Annu Kapoor’every Monday to Friday between 10am and 12noon. The show was launched in style as yesteryear’s most revered personalities like actors Asha ParekhVidya Sinha and Dheeraj Kumarmusic directors Anand-ji and Pyarelal-jisinger Anwar and lyricist Sameer representing his legendary father Anjaan Sahab, joined actor Annu Kapoor and 92.7 BIG FM’s RJ Anirudh to relive the memories of some of their most celebrated blockbusters.




Covering the period between 1955 and 1985‘Suhaana Safar with Annu Kapoor’ is a one-of-its-kind radio show that will give 92.7 BIG FM listeners a chance to experience the joys of listening to evergreen songs that have entertained audiences in days gone by. Hosted by the affable Annu Kapoor‘Suhaana Safar with Annu Kapoor’ will enable listeners to relive the golden era year-by-year while taking them on an exhilarating journey where the actor will narrate behind-the-scene incidents, interesting facts and trivia about the movies and play the top 12 songs of a particular year.




While songs from the era are etched in our minds, the stories behind these glorious melodies are relatively unknown. ‘Suhaana Safar with Annu Kapoor’ promises to make your morning drive to work an immensely pleasurable time with evergreen songs and the stories around their making. The romantic, melodious, lyrically charming, meticulously orchestrated and harmoniously sung songs of the golden-era are a treat to the senses and epitomize Hindi film music’s finest period.




Speaking about radio debut, Annu Kapoor said, “In this new medium of radio, I would like to share my experience with my audience through the tremendous heritage of melodious music from 1955-1985 and untold stories and trivia which I have learnt while working with and interacting with great directors and producers throughout my career of 31 years in the city. This is what I offer to my audience, a pure source of entertainment; and I hope my listeners will appreciate this program, untold stories and melodious music of the Golden Era and I will try my best to entertain everyone.”




Ashwin Padmanabhan, Business Head, 92.7 BIG FM said, “Hindi songs from the Golden Era of Indian Cinema are timeless musical pieces that hold a special place in the hearts of everyone regardless of their age. Suhaana Safar with Annu Kapoor is our endeavour to present listeners with the perfect aural entertainment experience that takes them on an incredible journey of these evergreen songs peppered with the stories that make them special. Annu Kapoor’s credibility and knowledge of the retro period makes him our most preferred host. The unique content mix provides for multiple opportunities to engage listeners and marketers alike.”




SAB TV celebrates its success and adorns a new look!!!

Having successfully created a leadership position by proudly owning the comedy genre through light-hearted & refreshing content, SAB TV, India’s only family comedy entertainment channel announced the revamp of the channel look at a glitterati event today, which goes LIVE at 9p.m.


SAB TV’s revamped look epitomizes a progressive outlook and an enriched experience directed towards an all-inclusive age group. Featuring bright and energetic colors while retaining the brand colors – red & yellow, the feel resonates positivity, happiness & togetherness. Renowned design studios, Steinbranding from Argentina were mandated to design the revamped look. Through its powerful shows, refreshing content and iconic characters, SAB TV has successfully delivered its brand promise of ‘Asli Mazaa SAB Ke Saath Aata Hai’ and the revamped look mirrors the strong heritage and bond with its viewers.


The extravagant event today kick-started with Shailesh Lodha setting the context of the ceremony. This was followed by power packed entertaining and colorful performances by the SAB TV artistes. While Karan Godwani and Muskaan Mihani from SAB TV’s ‘Jugni’ got the audience entirely charged up with their performance, Mugdha and Sumeet from ‘Sajan Re Jhooth Mat Bolo’ lit the stage on fire with theirs! Soon after, followed some more fun and dhamaka with performances from Atul Parchure for ‘RK Laxman Ki Duniya’, Dev Joshi for  ‘Balveer’, Debina, Paresh, Shubhangi and Sumit for ‘Chidiya Ghar’, Sucheta Khanna and Rohitashv Gaur for ‘Lapataganj Ghar Ek Baar Phir’ and Ali Asgar and Gia Manek from ‘Jeannie Aur Juju’ also gave the audiences something to rave about. SAB TV’s unique offerings over the years were highlighted at the event and to add to the glamour, all the SAB TV artists gathered on the stage for a special performance to show their support. Shailesh Lodha then invited Mr. Anooj Kapoor, Business Head & EVP, SAB TV. Who along with Mr. Man Jit Singh, CEO, Multi Screen Media and Mr. N. P. Singh, COO Multi Screen Media unveiled the new elements and lookd & feel of the channel with a lot of cheer and merriment. Thereafter, the celebration cum success party began!


Having been on the forefront of continuous and sustained innovations across platforms, SAB TV further strengthens its bouquet of innovative offerings with the launch of –SAB Ki Sawari, SAB Ki Paathshaala, SAB Ke Comics, 1st ever online auditions for fiction shows starting with the most popular show, FIR. These unique initiatives aims to strengthen connect with the viewers beyond the realms of TV.


Mr. Anooj Kapoor, EVP & Business Head, SAB TV said, “Our new look signifies renewed freshness and a positive move into the future, truly articulating the spirit of Asli Mazaa SAB Ke Saath Aata Hai. As we unveil the new look, we’d like to acknowledge the contribution of our partners including our viewers, artistes, distributors, advertisers, producers and directors towards the success of the channel.The bond the channel has built over the years will be strengthened through unparalleled content and consumer engagement initiatives.


For its differentiated programming and healthy family entertainment, SAB TV has been conferred with prestigious awards and recognitions such as ‘Global Award for Brand Excellence in Media and Entertainment’, ´1st MSM innovation award’, ‘1st Best use of experiential events (Branded Content & Entertainment) – GOA FEST’, Gold, Silver and Bronze at Campaign India Digital Crest for SABurbia’ and most outstanding programming award by BCS RATNA.


SAB TV successfully created innovative shows based on themes such as gangster comedy, Horror comedy, Silent comedy etc. To connect with the viewers beyond the realms of television, comic strips of SAB TV’s most loved shows in leading newspapers, has been a huge success. ‘SAB Ke Daamadji’ shared interesting anecdotes from his day to day life, highlighting the importance of having fun in togetherness.  To reach out to viewers on digital platforms, SAB TV launched fan pages, applications, features and contests were run, which engage more than 10lakh fans every day. The channel also launched ‘SABurbia’, a notable initiative is a one-of-a-kind social game on Facebook; a platform for the fans to actively interact with the brand and its properties. The first such social game by an Indian GEC has more than 75000 installed users.


SAB TV’s mobile innovation, ‘SAB Ke Comics’, for iOD and Android with over a 100 comic strips of six shows, entertains fans on the go with short jokes from SAB TV shows and characters. This app is an adaptation of the successful print ads in comic strip formats in leading newspapers for shows like Jeannie aur Juju, Chidiya Ghar, FIR, Lapataganj, R.K. Laxman and Golmaal. 3D characters of the channels much loved characters Gadha, Gopi Mama and Gulgule have been launched too.


As the preferred channel for the viewers and advertisers, SAB TV continues to grow and evolve, increase brand loyalty and lead content innovation. SAB TV is driven by creativity and innovation, yet deeply rooted in Indian heritage and values.

Launch of film BOLD BOLLYWOOD


‘We want to create Global Experiences,’ – Zahara Productions founded by Ms. Shabana Hashmi makes a foray in the Entertainment Industry!

Zahara Productions makes a foray in the entertainment industry with their maiden venture ‘Bold Bollywood’, directed by Rikshhit Matta.

Zahara Productions, a creative expansion of Zahara infrastructure, a leading company in the real estate category, is out here in the entertainment industry with its maiden project ‘Bold Bollywood’

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Founder of Zahara Productions, Ms. Shabana Hashmi, aims to create ‘global content’ keeping in mind the core message of creating an experience. She mentions, “We want to take up projects keeping in line with our ideologies viz. belief, create & experience. We want to create global content with local flavor with an endeavor to create new benchmarks for Consumer Appreciation & Marketing through its sustained offerings in time to come.”

‘Bold Bollywood’, maiden venture of Zahara Productions directed by Rikshhit Matta will define the epitome of Quality Entertainment, bringing forth one of the most interesting and glaring issues of Bollywood Today

Ms. Shabana Hashmi through her diversified & versatile knowledge across businesses promises to elevate Zahara Productions amongst leading studios globally, and produce holistic entertainment!