Producer Rashmi Sharma’s gala birthday party

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BY ARYEMAN RAJ

Ace producer Rashmi Sharma, whose three serials ”Saath Nibhana Sathiya”, ”Sasural Simar Ka” and ”Desh Ki Beti Nandini” ruling the top charts of TRP past long time , celebrated her birthday on 20th March at J W Marriott and indeed it was a memorable event.

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Almost all the artists of these serials came to wish her and Rashmi and her husband Pawan Kumar left no stone unturned to make the bash successful. At the entrance of the venue, the guests were welcomed by traditional way with Dhol and folk dancers. New look was given to the three halls of the hotel  and more surprise was reserved for guests when the party begin. The artists of serials presented comic skits and entertained one and all. They missed no chance to pull the legs of CEOs of channels as well and everyone took it sportingly and laughed with hearts out.

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Two cakes were cut on this occasion. One for birthday girl Rashmi and the another one was for the completion of 1000 episodes of ”Saath Nibhana Sathiya”. Crooner Niti Mohan added new colors to the bash with her songs and then guests hit the floor. The party went on till the wee hours and so was the dance on dancing floor.

 

Bollywood film review – Ragini MMS2 – Rating 2.5

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What’s it about 

Early on in the first half, we are told that Ragini MMS 2 is a ‘horrex’ (horror+sex) film! And the makers leave no stone unturned to make sure it proves to be one.

Picking up from its prequel, the second chapter begins with Ragini being locked up in an asylum. Parvin Dabas plays a director wanting to make a film based on her story with Sunny Leone as the lead.

His idea is to shoot at the same location where the supernatural incident took place. A writer working on the project senses something is wrong. What follows is lots of skin show, some genuinely spooky moments and a climax that surprisingly doesn’t fall flat!

What’s hot 

Thankfully Ragini MMS 2 has a solid backstory to fall back on which plays itself quite well in the second half. Not falling in the trap of letting the cliches get the better of them, the writers have managed to put together an interesting history to the happenings in the house.

Also the references to the first film and characters help in setting up the right mood. Production values in terms of paying attention to the make up and VFX are top notch.

Despite the inspiration from Western horror shows and films, Patel manages to make those scenes his own. Those wanting to see Sunny in all her splendour and ‘more’ won’t be disappointed!

Surprisingly Leone manages to show a spark of brilliance in a scene where she parodies herself and fakes an orgasm! The idea of letting her play herself as opposed to someone else works in the film’s favour.

Baby Doll and Chaar Botal Vodka have already topped the charts and add to the sizzle quotient on the big screen. Karan Mehra as a self-obsessed TV actor is hilarious!

Using sarcasm and letting the characters have a laugh at themselves was a wise move in bringing in the humour in an otherwise dark plot. Also fans of American Horror Story will be pleasantly impressed by the opening credits which have been majorly inspired by the cult mini-series.

What’s not 

Creaking doors, muffled voices in the corridor and jarring background music might work in a Ramsay film, but it only stifles whatever little progress Ragini makes on the scare-o-meter.

Sandhya Mridul’s caricature act of playing a C grade starlet gets annoying after a while. Also Sunny’s track with Saahil seemed abrupt, especially when the need to break into a sultry rain song arises out of nowhere!

Divya Dutta’s doctor act falls through in the climax when she, like every other catalyst in a horror film, resorts to chanting some mantras to resolve the possession.

Dialogues aren’t written to win a Pultizer so expect to be baffled at some of the lines! (‘tum porno se Rituporno kab ban gayi?’)

What to do 

Whether you are a Sunny Leone fan or not, Ragini MMS 2 still manages to raise a few scares and stay true to its genre.

Dev Gohar – “The audiences will connect with me and my antics.”

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By Aryeman Raj

At the music launch of the film Ebn-e-Batuta, one could not help but notice this guy from the crowd. Dev Gohar has this rustic innate charm with a humble look which one can’t help but notice. Even while he gives his interview, he is sweating and nervous since this is his first brush with fame. His film as the lead hero is all set to hit the marquee on 4th April 2014.

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Tell us something about your background.

Well, I have done my acting course with Barry John Sir in Delhi. It was a great learning experience. I did a small role in Balaji’s Shor in the city. Post that, I happened to meet our film director Varun, who was working on this film project. He liked me instantly since I feel I am very much like the character I play in the film. I was involved with the story sessions of the film.

What is the similarity to your real life with the character you play?

Well, my character’s name is Vijay. He is a chichora in the true sense of the word. Although am Delhi based, the character required a Punjabi accent to it which is within me. Personally too, I am quite a prankster and fun-loving person.

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With so many newcomers being launched in the film, how will you stand out?

Well, we all have equal roles. But I feel post the final edit of the film, my character has shaped out better than expected. The audiences will connect with me and my antics.

Any memorable instances while the making of the film?

We were shooting in a small village in Punjab. The hospitality by the locals out there was very hospitable. I had my birthday during the shoot and one of the aunties invited our unit to her place. I was blind-folded and taken into a room. It was such a surprise. After the cake-cutting ceremony, I was smothered with cream and cake all over my face.

Also once while we wanted to eat the local delicacies in the village, we noticed an entire crowd around us. All wanted to click pictures with us. I had my first share of stardom with these lovely people of Punjab.

Bollywood film review – W – Rating 3

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by ARYEMAN RAJ

W – a must watch for every young woman.

The film deals with the pertinent burning issue of rape. Although the rape sequences are aesthetically shot, at a certain point of the film, the female audiences were terribly put-off since it was an excessive overdose. The director Tarun Madan Chopra has skilfully not resorted to titillation with this bold subject. Amal and Armaan Malik sing some soulful numbers. It is commendable that this brother-duo are doing their father proud at such a young age.

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The treatment is excellent. the twists are spine-chilling. Overall, the film raises the bar with some exceptionally seasoned acting by all the actors. Leeza Mangaldas…. Sandhya Singh a.k.a Sandy, Raaj Singh Arora…. Abhay a.k.a. Bhaiji are the film’s highlight. Raaj Singh has the makings of a superstar and he has given some amazing performances as a neurotic pycho. Lezlie Tripathy…. Roohi Malik is outstanding in her break-down scene. Sonal Giani…. Manu as a lesbian fits the role to a tee.

The production values are superb, the script taut and without any loose ends. The music by Dabboo Malik is refreshing and the songs are peppy.

Hats off to the producers Subhash Sehgal and Shivang Sehgal to make this bold subject with absolute newcomers. The success of the film would have been larger if the media and marketing of the film was handled effectively. A special kudos to the climax sequence which parts the message for the young women of today who take the blame on themselves in situations of rape. An eye-opener and thought-provoking film for sure.

Brand Ambassador Shahrukh Khan felicitated with the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 5 timepieces.

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Brand Ambassador Shahrukh Khan felicitated with the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 5 timepieces. 

TAG Heuer, the unparalleled market leader in watches and chronographs celebrated ‘The Golden Era of Carrera’ by launching its new collection of golden TAG Heuer Carrera timepieces in Mumbai.

The elegant reinterpretation of an enduring masterpiece, with maximized Carrera refinement and allure, this new Carrera series by TAG Heuer is powered by the supremely accurate Calibre 5 automatic movement. Created for the true connoisseurs of luxury, this collection has options in 18 carat Gold for those who like bling and 18 carat Rose Gold for those who like to keep in subtle. With options of rose gold or gold with steel and leather straps, details are stunning in their sophistication: hand-applied TAG Heuer logo, indexes and date window.

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On the occasion, Brand Ambassador Shahrukh Khan was presented with the New Carrera Calibre 5 Rose Gold timepiece by Franck Dardenne, General Manager, TAG Heuer India.

Since the evening was all about celebrating the Art of Manufacturing and Creation, and given the long withstanding association that TAG Heuer has had with the world of glamour and movies, Indian Film directors who have created unconventional cinema were felicitated at the event. Leading Directors like Kunal Kohli, Punit Malhotra and Tarun Mansukhani were all gifted the latest Steel and Gold Carrera Calibre 5 timepiece by Franck Dardenne and Shahrukh Khan.

The evening was a star studded affair that had a large gathering off celebrieties and socialities who were seen enjoying cocktails and canapés. Amongst them were Achla Sachdev, Rashmi Nigam, Hamza Patel, Tanaaz Bhatia, Pria Kataria Puri, Sidharth Malhotra, Vikram Raizada, Rahul Dholakia, Vishal Malhotra, Timmy Narang, Aly and Yasmine Morani, Soumik Sen and Indian Fashion Designer Manish Malhotra.

 

Brand Ambassador Shahrukh Khan said: “I am very excited about the latest Steel and Gold collection launched by TAG Heuer to celebrate the Golden Era of the Carrera. TAG Heuer is one of my longest associations of over a decade. I love the fact that TAG Heuer challenges the rules and thinks outside the box and I’m honored to be associated with such an iconic and forward-thinking brand.”

Speaking on the occasion, Franck Dardenne, General Manager, TAG Heuer, India: “TAG Heuer’s association with cinema goes back to the time Jack Heuer invented the FilmMaster, timing the duration of the film sequence in the 60s. It has been the gateway to reach the wrist of many actors, from Charlton Heston to Steve McQueen, through Clint Eastwood, and of course Shahrukh Khan. Carrera series prove that icons can reinvent themselves, that a long legacy is an incentive to go on innovating, creating. That is why we are happy to honour the promising directors.”

Max unveils Mumbai’s ‘Rising Style Stars’ at the Max Fashion Icon 2014 City Finale

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Max Fashion India, the leading international value fashion brand, hosted their city finale for Max Fashion Icon 2014 in Mumbai today.  The alluring fashion property launched by Max, revealed the top 15 contestants who battled it out at the City Finale for Max Fashion Icon.

The event ensued to be a high profile affair in the presence of the who’s who of Mumbai and the contestants were cheered on by enthusiastic guests at Hotel Novotel, Juhu. The high profile panel of judges included Mr. Vasanth Kumar – Executive Director-Max, Jatin Kampani – Ace Fashion and Bollywood photographer, Nandini Bhalla – Cosmopolitan Editor, Aparna Behl – Fashion Choreographer and Renowned Fashion Designers – Nishka Lulla and Nachiket Barve. The evening was graced by the gorgeous model, Nidhi Sunil.

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The evening proved to be a complete fashion treat with outstanding poise and glamour as the contestants walked the ramp in style showcasing three different collections – ethnic and western wear for men and women. The western wear for women featured Max’s spring collection with a key underwater theme brought alive by waterscape prints, pearl embellishments and shaded effects. The men’s western wear round comprised re-interpreted military look and washed out pastel shades that are the key looks for the upcoming spring season along with fresh tropical inspired prints and patterns. The ethnic range for Max Fashion Icon showcased their fusion skirts in varied lengths and bold colours, tribal motifs and an eclectic mix of patterns.

 

The contestants were shortlisted from the hundreds of hopeful contenders who registered for the contest online and the auditions that took place in the city last week. The city finale winners now go through a series of grooming sessions and mentoring with top professionals in the respective fields to prepare them for the Grand Finale to be held on March 6th, 2014 in Delhi.

Commenting on the occasion, Vasanth Kumar, Executive Director, Max said, “Max being one of the biggest brands in the city synonymous with international fashion has a strong youth following. Our core brand value is to democratize fashion making it accessible to everyone. Keeping with this philosophy, we launched a platform aimed at unveiling young and aspiring fashionistas and provide them with an ultimate launch pad to be the country’s next fashion icon. It gives us immense pleasure to be known for not just a brand that facilitates fashion at great prices but also as a brand that builds great careers in fashion.”

Talking about Max Fashion Icon, Jatin KampaniAce Fashion and Bollywood photographer, said, “Max Fashion Icon promises a stepping stone to some of the most glamorous faces of Mumbai, catapulting them to the world of fame. We got a remarkable response from the auditions and the city has an immense talent pool to offer. Our search is for those young boys and girls who are passionate about fashion but add their own unique signature to their style. This is a great opportunity for young, aspiring talent to enter the business of Fashion and entertainment.”

Adding to this, Fashion Choreographer, Aparna Behl said, “The contestants have been going through a series of grooming sessions and I am proud to witness the transformation in each of them.  I am confident that the winners of Max Fashion Icon will be able to soon carve a niche for themselves in the fashion world.”

Taking about the contestants, Renowned Fashion Designer, Nishka Lulla, said, “Mumbaikars have always been known for their high fashion quotient and I am extremely happy to be part of Max Fashion Icon this year. We had a very talented set of finalists who possessed the perfect mix of attitude and grace that one looks for in a fashion icon.”

The event was aimed at recognizing the raw talent in aspiring young men and women and grooming them into poised and confident models at par with their international counterparts.

The winners of the Max Fashion Icon 2014 will get a chance of a lifetime of being photographed by Ace Fashion and Bollywood photographer, Jatin Kampani for Max Fashion Calendar. They will also be featured in top magazines like Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar and Woman’s Health, receive gift hampers worth Rs. 1.25 lakhs, a complete Max wardrobe from their latest collection and the opportunity to be in the next Max season campaign.