JACKKY BHAGNANI ATTENDS PREMIERE OF ‘HE NAMED ME MALALA’ IN NEW YORK

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Dressed in a dapper suit, Actor Jackky Bhagnani walked the red carpet at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York for the star studded premiere of the Malala Yousafzai documentary, ‘He named me Malala.’ Jackky who met Malala and her family in Birmingham, U.K, earlier this month was a special guest of the Yousafzais at the NYC premiere.

“Attending this premiere was very important for me. Malala and the causes she espouses are very close to my heart. I believe it is important for everyone in India to watch this film. There is a lot of work to be done for education of the girl child in India and this film will inspire parents to ensure their daughters are educated,” said Jackky Bhagnani after the premiere.

Also present at the Ziegfeld Theatre were the likes of Scarlett Johansson, Alicia Keys, Hope Solo, Zosia Mamet, and Ivanka Trump, daughter of U.S Presidential hopeful Donald Trump. Fashion blogger Tavi Gevinson and musician Raury also made their way to the red carpet joining actress Elizabeth Shue and actor Andrew Shue, and United Arab Emirates’ Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba.

“He Named Me Malala” has been directed by acclaimed filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for Superman). The film is an intimate portrait of the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley in 2012. The then 15-year-old was singled out, along with her father Ziauddin Yousafzai, for advocating girls’ education. The attack on Malala sparked an outcry from supporters across the globe.

The documentary releases in theatres across the United States on October 2nd.

 Debutants alert on Wedding Pullav!

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The recently-released new trailer and the songs of Wedding Pullav has been getting a terrific response from the junta as well as the industry. And the cast and crew are naturally elated, as the film is rather special for most of them. And the reason being that it happens to be their first film in some way or the other. So, not only is ace cinematographer Binod Pradhan making his debut as a director with this film, but Wedding Pullav is also noted television producers Anu and Shashi Ranjan’s first Bollywood production. In fact, their daughter Anushka Ranjan too is making her debut in Wedding Pullav. The film also marks the Bollywood debut of South star Diganth, who is paired opposite Anushka. “I think more than nervousness there was an excitement in the air on the sets, as we all are so new, that also broke the ice for all of us,” says the young starAnushka, adding, “Of course, Binod sir comes in with his years of experience and that kept the ship in check, but otherwise, we were an enthusiastic bunch of kids, eager to absorb everything we could learn.”

Malaika Arora Khan, Sussanne Khan, Vikas Bahl​, Rocky S at Femina Style Diva ​West ​Awards 2015

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Femina, India’s leading women’s magazine provided a platform to 16 young fashionistas to showcase their personal style at Femina Style Diva West 2015 presented by Ponds BB and powered by Shivtara Properties Pvt Ltd. The glitzy affair hosted at The Lalit, Mumbai offered the best in fashion, music and more. The esteemed jury panel included names like Sussanne Khan, Malaika Arora Khan, Vikas Bahl and Rocky S.

Talking about Femina Style Diva, Tanya Chaitanya, editor, Femina says, “Femina Style Diva West 2015 has set out to find that of-the-minute fashionista who knows her trends but prefers to give them her own individual twist. She owns fashion and not the other way round. Here’s looking at the winner’s sartorial sojourn.”

The show was aimed at unveiling young and aspiring fashionistas, and to assist them to take their stylish avatars to the next level. Femina Style Diva West was looking for that chic, well-dressed woman who knows the difference between being a trendsetter and a trend follower. Chief mentor and Super Model Nayanika Chatterjee groomed the contestants during a grueling 5 day training period and prepared them for the finale.

The event was hosted by ​Rochelle Maria Rao  and witnessed some stellar performances by Ali Quli Mirza, Fictitious Dance Group and a stand-up act by Aditi Mittal that had the audience thoroughly entertained.

Bigg Boss Nau to premiere on 11th October, 2015 at 9:00 PM

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 If you cry at trouble, it grows to be double. But if you learn to laugh at trouble, it will disappear like a bubble. As COLORS prepares to launch its most widely awaited reality show, Bigg Boss Nau, there is only one underlying premise: the show is going to bring double the confusion, double the giggles, double the grins, double the trouble and double the entertainment! And as the doubly exuberant host Salman Khan joins hands with the double minded Bigg Boss, one question prevails…In the battle of the trouble and the double, will Salman Khan be the peacemaker or the provocateur? To know how, tune into Bigg Boss Nau starting 11th October, 2015 at 9:00 PM with subsequent episodes airing every Monday to Friday at 10:30 PM and Weekends at 9:00 PM on COLORS.

 

Even before the unveil of the show, the channel has roped in sponsors Snapdeal, OPPO Mobiles, Maruti Swift, Garnier Men Powerlight, CP Plus CCTV Cameras etc.

 

Speaking about Bigg Boss Nau, Raj Nayak, CEO – COLORS, said, “The brand Bigg Boss today has transcended the television screens and has become a phenomenon engaging kids and families to artists and musicians, sports-stars, movie stars, fashion designers, social media mavens and even the Nation drivers. This is the show where stars are made. With a volley of inimitable personalities even this year, Bigg Boss Nau is going to enhance family viewing with the promise of double entertainment. We once again welcome Snapdeal and OPPO on-board as sponsors for the second season in a row along with Maruti Swift. And of course, megastar Salman Khan who has become synonymous with Bigg Boss as the host for the sixth season.” 

 

The reigning host of Bigg Boss superstar Salman Khan on his return for the sixth time said, “This season with Double Trouble being the flavour, the contestants have no choice but to double up and face the trouble, or remain disconnected and invite trouble! Bigg Boss Nau comes with the promise of unlimited and unadulterated entertainment which will create a strong bond between viewers and the contestants fuelled by fun, empathy and, sometimes, sympathy.”

 Commenting on the scale of the show, Deepak Dhar, CEO and Managing Director – Endemol India Pvt. Ltd., said, “The concept of our show ‘Bigg Boss’ has always kept the audiences intrigued. The theme of ‘Double Trouble’ promises to offer double the fun and entertainment with various twists and surprises. This year too fans of this biggest reality show format will be hooked to the TV, as this season the contestants will be put in unanticipated situations that will make an interesting watch for the viewers. The production value of the show will be more enormous and the expertise of the team working on the show will leave no stone unturned to offer unlimited doze of entertainment.”

 

Bigg Boss Nau promotions will be amplified across traditional and digital mediums with a plethora of activities on social media platforms during different phases of the show. In the pre-launch phase, COLORS has planned a special townhall with Bigg Boss ex-contestants shedding light on what one can expect during their journey on the show. This will be coupled with a specially created Facebook app which reveals ‘Who’s your double trouble partner?’ With Twitter and Facebook prompts, Vine Videos, Twitter Mirror and Periscope updates as the contestants step inside the Bigg Boss house, the high-octane launch outreach will create conversations around Bigg Boss Nau. The excitement will sustain even post launch with a volley of digital initiatives including polling cards, cartoons and real-time updates on Whatsapp Groups and Snapchat. Throughout the course of the season, a live feed, sneak peeks, behind-the-scenes content and uncensored updates will keep viewers engaged. On the marketing front, the channel has planned an integrated 360-degree campaign utilizing different mediums such as print, channels, and OOH among others.

Zenoti launches TAKE5: A mobile app that promotes wellness and beauty

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Zenoti, the leading provider of software solutions to the spa, salon and medi-spa industry launches TAKE5, a consumer app that provides an effortless experience for salon and spa goers to find, book and pay for appointments.

“At the heart of TAKE5 is our belief that every individual deserves to take a break from their busy lives, whether it’s 5 minutes or 5 hours. With TAKE5, our goal is to bring wellness and beauty, and convenience together for a happier, healthier lifestyle”, said SudheerKoneru, CEO of Zenoti.

The TAKE5 app is unique in the beauty and wellness space in that it leverages a tight integration with the Zenoti platform. Zenoti today is used by most of the luxury salons, premium salons and spas across India. Because of the integration, TAKE5 is able to provide real-time information on appointment availability at any salon or spa and accepts immediate online bookings.  Real time bookings mean that the user gets an immediate confirmation and the customer’s visit is automatically logged into the business’ appointment book.

“Zenoti has quickly established itself as the leader for salon and spa software. With the launch of TAKE5, they’re connecting consumers with a large network of providers, which we believe is a logical next step for Zenoti. The Zenoti team has a deep understanding of the industry and is well poised to take on consumer needs as well”, says ShekharKirani, Partner at Accel India.

Industry data, based on The Zenoti Benchmark, shows that more than 70% of salon and spa visits are walk-ins. This indicates that customers like to have the flexibility to make last minute decisions on where to go for their service. The app cleverly supports this “walk-in” culture.

TAKE5 is a lifestyle app that enables consumers to:

–       Find appointment availability in real-time at salons and spas that are nearby.

–       Stay educated about wellness and beauty trends and tips. The Content is personalized and promotes a positive message around healthy living and taking care of themselves.

–       Find quality salons and spas based on customer reviews.

–       Book online. The app eliminates the need to call in to book an appointment. Online bookings allow a customer to book when they want and within a couple of clicks. 

–       Pay upfront through the app. This makes the transaction hassle-free and means there’s no wait time after the service is done.

–       Receive exclusive offers. Individual salons and spas can push specials to their clients only, to a segmented group of their clients as well as the broader app user base.

 

Onesoul Events curates a spectacular evening of style and elegance for the Launch of BVLGARI Watches in Mumbai

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September 9th 2015, Mumbai: The progressive and leading event company, Onesoul is a one-stop destination for lifestyle and luxury event concepts and brand promotions. Onesoul takes a leap forward by adding a world-class brand to its existing portfolio that is both international and impressive, with the launch of the exclusive limited edition watch pieces by BVLGARI in Mumbai.

 

Over an elegantly hosted dinner gathering and fashion presentation conceptualized by Onesoul Events, select watch connoisseurs and celebrity guests were spotted at the event. The presentation was followed by a fashion show choreographed by Shamita Singha, where models showcased some of the breathtaking watches from the jewellery collection.

 

Present for this tasteful evening were guests such as Italian Consul General Mr. & Mrs. Ugo Carlatiani, Queenie Singh, Gaurav Bhatia, Maheka & Amrit Mirpuri, Pria Kataria Puri, Rocky S, Rohit Roy, Gavin Miguel, Troy Costa, Zeba & Rajesh Kohli, Aditi & Arzoo Govitrikar, Arjan Bajwa, Suchitra Pillai, Apurva Agnihotri & Shilpa Saklani, Umesh Jivnani, Vahbiz Mehta, Waluscha Robinson, Ameet Gaur, Parizaad Kolah amongst many others.

 

Shamita Singha, Director, Onesoul said,  “It is a moment of pride and fervor to create an upscale experience for the purveyor of fine watches, BVLGARI as they launch a timeless collection of magnificent watches. Onesoul has toiled on every single detail from ideation to execution, to offer a heightened sense of unmatched class and style through impeccable design and meticulous management.”

 

Anurag Kashyap and Zeishan Quadri team up yet again for Gangs of Wasseypur 3

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After creating a rage of entertainment in the Gangs of Wassepur series, the talented director Anurag Kashyab and Zeishan Quadri are planning to team up yet again in the next chapter of Gangs of Wassepur. According to our sources,  Anurag Kashyab has offered Zeishan to write the GOW 3. If everything goes well, Anurag has asked Zeishan to write as well as produce the movie along with him. The duo who had created their magic in the last two series are totally charged up to start with this next sequel.

Anurag Kashyap : I saw a reflection of myself in Zeishan Quadri

A writer, an actor, a producer and recently turned director from the upcoming movie Meeruthiya Gangsters, Zeishan Quadri is currently being flooded with applauses from the industry and loved ones. But that one compliment which has made a great impact on Zeishan’s career was from his Gangs of Wassepur director Anurag Kashyap.

The duos who have shared their journey together since the inception of Gangs of Wassepur series, from being a writer-director pair to now a director-editor one, have strongly influenced each other.

In a recent interview with the media, the brilliant director Anurag Kashyap stated, “I saw a reflection of myself in Zeishan, the zeal and the passion I had in my early days is now what I see in him. When you make any movie you don’t cross the imaginary line till you don’t know that it exists. I have noticed that Zeishan is someone who likes to learn while making any films; he keeps reinventing and discovering it. In spite of not having any cinematic education, Zeishan comes with lots of courage in him; he has this incredible drive in him which is actually four times more than me that makes him an extremely talented filmmaker”

With such an amazing compliment coming from his mentor, Zeishan expresses his happiness by stating, “I am completely overwhelmed, it feels great when your mentor appreciates your work and chooses to become the presenter of your directorial debut film. What I am today is part of Anurag Sir’s remarkable guidance and encouragement”

Well with all the support from the talented director Anurag Kashyap, we are sure Zeishan Quadri’s Meeruthiya Gangsters would be something to watch out for!

RAKHI SAWANT PRAYS FOR INDRANI MUKERJEA

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Abiding by the Indian ritual, Rakhi Sawant entreats the blessings of Lord Ganesh to offer her prays to “Vighnaharta” to rescue her best friend Indrani Mukerjea from all the negativity

 

As the entire nation welcomed Lord Ganesh on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi on 17th September, 2015 an avid devotee of Lord Ganesha, Rakhi Sawant welcomed Ganesh Chaturthi with much enthusiasm this year. Rakhioffered her prays & paid her respect to the elephant-headed God by bringing the idol home like every year.

 

Rakhi hosted a pooja and havan followed by bhajan session at her home. The entire cast of the film “Ek Kahani Julie Ki” Avadh Sharma, Sania Pannu, DJ Sheizwood came to offer prays and pay their respect to the idol.Rakhi was at her spiritual best and announced that this year the upfront and bold actress welcomed ganpati bappa to pray for her best friend Indrani Mukerjea.

 

Rakhi wore a traditional look on the day of sthapna. Rakhi essaying the role of Indrani Mukerjea in her film “Ek Kahani Julie Ki” was spotted wearing a red and orange color sari and seemed quite comfortable.

 

Seek blessings for Indrani Mukerjea, Rakhi Sawant exclaims “Like every year this time again I have got eco friendly Lord Ganesha’s idol at home. I would like to seek blessings of Ganpati Bappa for my best friend Indrani Mukerjea who is going through a rough patch of her life. Bappa will rescue her and protect from all the negativity which is surrounding her

The VFX extravaganza – PULI

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The VFX for upcoming fantasy adventure film Puli has been done by Mr. Kamalakannan who has previously  worked on VFX for S. S. Rajamouli’s Magadheera and Makkhi.
While in SS Rajamouli’s Makkhi there were 1200 Vfx shots, 1600 in Magadheera and 2000 in his historical war film Baahubali, Puli has a whooping 2400 VFX shots.

Kamalakannan says, “Initially we were planning to have 2600 Vfx scenes in Puli, but later we reduced it to 2400 due to some constraints. But even after reducing the shots are more than Baahubali.”

The Vfx for Puli has been done in 8 different studios across the world in counties such as India, St. Petersburgh in Russia, Ukraine and Armenia.

Some interesting characters completely created in VFX and can be seen in the trailer are the One Eyed Monster, Giant Tortoise, Black Panther and many more which will be revealed in the movie.

Gautam Rode Turns Karn

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Actor Gautam Rode who has been doing shows back to back on television is once again set to don a new hat.  Our source informs us, “Gautam had been one of the first faces to be approached for the show.  However he was already shooting for Mahakumbh at that time and hence had no dates available for the show.  Rumors had been floating of other actors including Aditya Redij playing the title role but since Karn was pushed off, the makers once again approached Gautam and the latest development is that the actor has given a nod to the project.”  Gautam’s last show on television, Mahakumbh, ended only two months ago and Gautam happens to be only actor on television who has done three male dominated shows back to back with hardly a two month gap between each.  When we contacted Gautam he confirmed and said, “I always believe in playing different characters and this time around as well Karn is completely different from the characters I have portrayed on screen earlier.  Plus, its a finite series which is a concept I really like as Mahakumbh too had been a finite show.  I am looking forward to being seen in a different avatar.”  Karn is said to be a 150 episode finite series and Gautam will begin shooting for the show from next week.

Fandry Producer Vivek Kajaria makes his directorial debut with a short film, Durga,

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The  National Award winning producer for acclaimed films Fandry, Siddhant  Vivek Kajaria, has turned director with a short film, Durga, which is making its world premiere at Busan International Film Festival to be held in Korea from October 1 to 10.

 

The film will be screened in the ‘Short Film Showcase’ of the ‘Wide Angle section on 3rd, 6th and 9th October. Martin Scorsese’s short film, The Audition starring Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt is also screened in the same section.

 

The story of Durga revolves around a poor Village Artist (Bhola), who makes Idols of Goddess Durga, his love for his grand daughter and ultimately the faith of a worshipper of Goddess Durga with the final task to do justice to his very existence and purpose in life.

 

The film which is produced by Vivek Kajaria’s Holy Basil Productions, stars Veena Jamkar, Saachi and Kalyan Chatterjee.

 

The producer turned director Vivek Kajaria says, “I have personally witnessed the Durga Puja environment in Kolkata, and lived with it for years. Having lived with these people, I personally have lived with this story for years now. This film has given an opportunity to learn more about film making along with gaining technical expertise. I know many directors capable than myself but while making this movie, I was very clear in my head about what I wanted to show therefore I took up the challenge of directing on my own.”

 

Adding further he said, “I had come to this industry with a passion to make good content oriented and meaningful cinema. Finally after a lot of production work, I got this opportunity to direct something I wanted to share with the world.” 

 

The  producer turned director, who understands the nerve of the audience and their desire for quality cinema, is coming up with films like Chaurya, Ek Number, Raakshas.

Karan Mehra turns director for wife Nisha Rawal

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Karan Mehra won the Favourite Pati award at Star Parivaar this year for his role as Naitik in his very popular television serial. Turns out that he is undoubtedly the favourite pati in real life as well. The actor recently directed a music video for wife Nisha Rawal and it has come out brilliantly (no surprises since he has assisted big directors in the past) and is making all the buzz in the online circuit.

 

On persuasion from friends and family, this is the first time Nisha—an avid music lover—has sung professionally. She has created a refreshing medley of  ‘Tu Bin Bataye’ from Rang De Basanti and Coldplay’s ‘Yellow’ with the background score being John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’. As different as these songs may seem to read about, the way they have been brought together seems completely effortless. Shot at their beautiful farmhouse, the video captures the delightful Nisha amidst picturesque lush green locations. Talking about the music video Karan said,  “One conversation lead to another and the next thing we know is that Nisha is making her singing debut and I am making my directorial debut. Nisha is really passionate about her singing and truly enjoys it.”

 

The music video also has a surprise element as Karan makes a small appearance to make it a perfect fairytale ending. The song has picked up very well online with fans and well-wishers going gaga over it.

Tulsi Kumar – Bollywood’s most promising singer

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As far as legacies go in the Bollywood Music fraternity they don’t get older than that of Tulsi Kumar. However, despite being from Bollywood Music’s first family Tulsi has gone and created her own niche in the industry by becoming one of the best voices of our generation.

Discovered at the tender age of 6 by her legendary father, the mogul of music late Shri Gulshan Kumar, Tulsi started her education in music from Suresh Wadkar’s Academy and later blossomed under the tutelage of Pandit Vinod Mishra. Since starting out in 2006, she has sung in several Bollywood movies like Aksar, Humko deewana Kar Gaye, Chup Chupke , Bhool Bhulaiyya, 8*10 tasveer, Once upon a time in Mumbai, Ready , Dangerous Ishq, Dabbang2,Nautanki Sala to name a few.

Tulsi’s numerous chart buster’s include ” Tum Jo Aaye” from ‘Once Upon a Time in Mumbai’ with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan , “Love Mera Hit Hit” from ‘Billu’  , “Humko Pyaar Hua” and “Meri Adaa” from ‘Ready’ , “Saanson Ne” from ‘Dabangg 2,  “Mumkin Nahi” from Rush, “Tu Hi Rab, Tu hi Dua” from ‘Dangerous Ishq ,“Kick Lag Gayi” from ‘Bittoo Boss. She also has recent successful tracks like “Mera Mann” from ‘Nautanki Saala” and “Halki Halki” from ‘I Love New Year’,Piya Aaye Na’ and ‘Hum Marr Jaayenge from Aashiqui 2 to her name.

Her recent films include songs in Yaariyan and Sonali Cable, Singham Returns & Roy.

Her latest songs are Tere Bin Nahin Lage and Saiyyan Superstar from the movie Ek Paheli..Leela.

Celebrate World Tourism Day with The IMC Ladies’ Wing & Neil Nitin Mukesh!

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Bollywood hunk and hero, Neil Nitin Mukesh graced this event to lend his support towards this initiative too. ” I really like it when guests and tourists visit our city and praise it. Every time a guest or tourist comes they should praise our lovely city. They should feel proud and happy they visited Mumbai since we treat our guests well and are hospitable. My contribution over here is limited to the fact that being a mumbaikar I am glad I get to be a part of such initiatives”, says Neil.
The chief guest of the event was Mr Paraag Jaiin Nainuttia who is the Managing Director of the MTDC and the event was supported by Mr Atul Shah, Trustee, Mumbai Port Trust and former Director of MTDC & Ex-MLA.

Dibakar Banerjee reveals, “I feel we went wrong in the earlier trailer.”

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“The new trailer focuses on Titli and his family says Titli producer Dibakar Banerjee who will be soon launching a new trailer of the film co-produced by Yash Raj Films

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A new trailer of Titli, a collaboration of Yash Raj Films and Dibakar Banerjee Productions, will be launched on September 29 at YRF Studios.

Citing the reason behind releasing a new trailer of Titli for India, Dibakar reveals, “I feel we went wrong in the earlier trailer.”

 “Due to the immense international success of Titli our first Indian trailer was still in the shadow of the international marketing strategy, where the film was positioned as an intense, bold, thriller about a bunch of car jackers who happened to be a family”he divulges.

“But when we showed the new cut to our focus group audiences in India, their reaction was a revelation! They said, “yeh to family film hai! iska aisa trailer kyon?”. They completely connected to the core of Kanu (Behl) and Sharat’s (Katariya) story!”He adds.

“The new trailer focuses on Titli and his family” says Dibakar. “No matter how hard hitting the film was – at its core it’s a very identifiable story of a young boy coming to grips with the dynamics of his family and struggling to become a man. Every Indian who has a family and has to take on responsibility for it at a stage in his life, every Indian boy or girl who have quarreled with their parents and wanted to run away, every parent exasperated by their child – will get this!” he signs off.

The directorial debut of Kanu Behl, starring newcomers, Shashank Arora and Shivani Raghuvanshi, Ranvir Shorey, Amit Sial and Lalit Behl, Titli is a tale of a dysfunctional family and a young boy’s struggle to escape his oppressive family.

 

‘Titli- har family, family nahi hoti’ is releasing in India on October 30th.

 

Synopsis

In the badlands of Delhi’s underbelly, Titli, the youngest member of a violent car-jacking brotherhood, plots a desperate bid to escape the ‘family’ business. His schemes are thwarted by his unruly brothers, who marry him off against his will. But Titli finds an unlikely ally in his new wife, Neelu, who nurtures her own frustrated dreams. They form a strange, mutually exploitative pact to break the stranglehold of their family roots. But is escape the same as freedom?

RANVEER SINGH REPRESENTS ADIDAS ORIGINALS

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THE BIGGEST STYLE ICON IN INDIA JOINS FORCES WITH THE PIONEERING SPORTSWEAR FOR THE STREET

 

adidas Originals, the iconic streetwear label partners with Ranveer Singh to represent the brand in India. With this association Ranveer joins an elite club of global icons including Pharrell Williams, Rita Ora and Kanye West.

 

Dave Thomas, MD, adidas Group, India, said: “Ranveer embodies the adidas Originals brand in every sense. He is not just an entertainer, his creativity, individuality and ability to express himself is like no other. This relationship has been sparked by the immense love Ranveer has for adidas Originals. He has been often spotted, sporting the trefoil and the three stripes, now you will see a lot more of that in the coming future. These are exciting times for adidas Originals and we have lot in store with Ranveer at the helm.”

 

Thrilled about his collaboration with adidas Originals, Ranveer Singh said: “I am totally stoked to represent a brand that I grew up loving and has been a big part of my life. I still own the first pair of superstar sneakers that I bought during my college days and have only gone on to collect more. While I get to be the face of the brand in India, it’s the brand that truly represents me. In one word, it is unique. It doesn’t need to try hard to stand out, it’s backed by a great heritage that is inspired by sport and has evolved over time. I am excited to be an adidas Originals ambassador and confident that together we will take this brand to the next level.” 

 

adidas and Ranveer are all set to kick-off this partnership with the launch of the first adidas Brand Centre in the country, at Indra Nagar, Bangalore.

 

The Eternal Hero – Book launch by Author Mamta Bhatt

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… Actor Nana Patekar unveils book amidst hundreds of fans of the great Indian Epic.

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 Author Mamta Bhatt of the  “Warriors of Kurukshestra” book fame is back, with her second book “The Eternal Hero – Ram”. On the lines of WOK, the second offering from the author too, is keeping in mind young readers of the age group of 9- 14 yrs.

The unveiling of the book took place at Shanmukhanand Audi, Sion, Mumbai and over 1200 people applauded and cheered as the young author announced her second offering. It was a musical and fun filled event with Actor Nana Patekar, Hockey Star Mir Ranjan Negi, followed by power packed and soothing performances by Singing Maestros Anup Jalota & Suresh Wadkar amongst others, the evening was hosted by the ever resonating voice, Harish Bhimani.

The Author was overwhelmed to receive a wonderful response from the audience and exclaimed her thoughts by saying, “I received an overwhelming response from thousands of readers and fans from all over the country. Some after reading the book and some, who were witness to my reading sessions on the great epic. I always looked up to our great Indian epics and feel, the energy, the wisdom, the learning that we can obtain from these, can be matched by no other medium.”

About the Author:

Mamta works as the Director – Legal with the BJN Group for the last 10 yrs and has been closely involved in the expansion of the group hotel chains all over the country. Having a total corporate experience of over 20 yrs and having worked with several law firms prior to this and being a practicing advocate, Mamta completed her graduation from the University of Mumbai with dual degrees in B.A, LLB. Mamta hails from Uttarakhand and Rishikesh is her hometown.

 

Launch of Classical App by Saregama

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~ A one of its kind app featuring 400+ artistes, 8000+ musical works and 50 radio stations across Hindustani, Carnatic and Fusion music ~

~ Star-studded launch witnessed music veterans Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pt. Jasraj, Gulzar Saab, Dr. Balamuralikrishna, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pt. Ajay Pohankar among others ~ 

If the classical music lovers ever secretly wished for a collection of Indianclassical music at the touch of a button, Saregama India Ltd. said, ‘granted’. It was a  grand event to  witness, the RP – Sanjiv Goenka Group owned music label Saregama India unveil a one of its kind app onclassical music that features 8000+ musical works, 400+ artistes and 50 radio stations across Hindustani, Carnatic and Fusion music. This app is available all across the world for Classical Music lovers to download on iOS and Android platforms.

The app boasts of an enviable and rare portfolio of musical creations of accomplished artistes like Pt. Jasraj, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Pt. Ravi Shankar, Begum Parveen Sultana, M.S. Subbulakshmi, Karaikudi Mani, N.Ramani, Pt. Bhimsen Joshi among many others, along with an access to specially curated artiste dedicated radio stations and features to sort your favourite music by Instruments, Raagas  and  Artists.  The app also allows you to download (offline) your favourite songs on your phone, so that you can listen to it later without any data charges.
Commenting on the launch of this novel Indian music app, Mr. Vikram Mehra, Managing Director, SaregamaIndia Ltd. said, “Research shows, with the decline of the CDs, ardent classical music lovers in India and across the globe find it difficult to discover and consume music of their favourite artistes.  Hence we decided to launch this unique app both for the music connoisseurs as well as those who want to get exposed to the Classical music.   From the first recording of Ustad Bismillah Khan’s shehnai  to the fusion music of  Amaan and Ayaan Ali Khan, the app encapsulates, through its radio stations, loads of anecdotes  about artistes, instruments and raagas which will surely appeal to the smartphone savvy music lovers.”

 

Saregama Classical is a free to download app with a 7 day trial period. Customers then have an option to choose from attractively priced monthly, semi-annual and annual subscription offers. The payment can be made either through the iTunes or the Google Play Store for Android users or customers’ telecom operator or through credit card/net banking/debit card.

 

Uniting the legends and who’s who of the Indian classical music fraternity under one roof, the launch event was marked with the presence of Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia,

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Pohankar, Amaan and Ayaan Ali Khan and many others.

 

A soulful performance by Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Amaan Ali Khan & Ayaan Ali Khan elevated the musical feel of the momentous launch to another level.

 

Choreographer Feroz Khan trains Suraj and Athiya for Hero

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Hero has released and the movie is carrying some great hype and there are a number of reasons responsible for it. There’s Salman Khan’s involvement, Nikhil Advani as the director and the music has done its trick. The music has been so liked by the people because of the videos and the dance moves of the leads, Suraj and Athiya have been greatly appreciated. Well, choreographer Feroz A Khan is the man responsible for the amazing dance moves of the newcomers.

Apparently, Remo D’souza was supposed to be the trainer for Suraj and Athiya but due to his busy schedule he couldn’t make it and that’s when he referred Feroz to director Nikhil Advani. Feroz trained the star kids for more than a couple of months in various dance moves including Salsa, Contemporary, Hip Hop and more.

When asked about the experience of working with Suraj and Athiya, Feroz says, “It was great working with Suraj and Athiya. I was sometimes strict with them during the training but they always took in good stride. In fact, they were always eager to learn more.”

Nikhil Advani was so impressed by the training of Feroz that he wanted him to choreograph 3 songs in Hero. There’s “Khoya Khoya Chaand”, which has some contemporary dance steps and “Yaadan Teriyaan” features some cool dance moves. Feroz A Khan has also choreographed another song “Jab We Met” for which the video hasn’t been revealed yet.
Well, you should watch the cool dance moves of Suraj and Athiya on the bigger screen and you don’t have to wait anymore, as Hero releases today.

First look of Bollywood film – Tera Mera Tedha Medha

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SYNOPSIS-

TERA MERA TEDHA MEDHA is quirky-topsy-turvy romantic comedy influenced by Planetary Disposition. Planets Shani and Mangal impersonate cool looking dudes from today’s times. Together they chart out a plan to direct a wacky love story of two young struggling painters Rajan & Kamini. Interestingly, Rajan suffers from the Shani – Mangal deadly combination in his astrological chart. Bestowed with a unique blessing, all of Rajan’s paintings end up being Female Nudes even if it’s his girlfriend Kamini’s.
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Hilarious events erupt when jilted lover, young and vivacious Swati, enters Rajan’s life. What would Shani-Mangal do next? How will the lives of the 3 lead characters turn out owing to planetary twists, forms the crux of Tera Mera Tedha Medha.

Tera Mera Tedha Medha Cast & Crew-

  • Director-          Chittaranjan Tripathy
  • Producer-         Sanjiv Chopra
  • Music Director- Chittaranjan Tripathy
  • Lyricist-            Swanand Kirkire, Ritesh Shah, Chittaranjan Tripathy

Star Cast-

  • Rahul Bagga…. Rajan Jha
  • Geetika Tyagi…. Kamini Gupta
  • Reema Vorah…. Swati
  • Rajesh Sharma….Shani
  • Chittaranjan Tripathy… Mangal

The film releases on 11th Sept 2015

 

 

Anushka Ranjan makes her parents proud.

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By Aryeman Raj

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Vivacious and sassy, Anushka Ranjan is quite the stunner. Her debut film ‘Wedding Pullav’ trailer is creating a buzz amongst the industrywalas. Accolades and bouquets seem to be pouring in with her classy performance and amazing screen presence.

Anushka, daughter of actor Shashi Ranjan and Anu (Editor of Gr8 magazine) seems to have already made it big before the film release. Having walked the ramp earlier, Anushka sports the elan of a professional show-stopper even where her acting skills are concerned. Going by the wah-wah’s that are trickling in, one can be sure that you have a winner in Anushka.

Wedding Pullav is one such treat you need to watch. After all, it’s an effort of love from her parents and Anushka will sure shine like a twinkling star!

Athiya Shetty – Star of tomorrow

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When Superstar Salman Khan becomes godfather for two newcomers, the buzz is guaranteed to give their film a grand opening. While Sooraj Pancholi also makes his debut in the film Hero, it is Athiya who is garnering all the praises.

Hushed talks amongst the Bollywood biggies and industry walas who have seen portions of the film claim that Athiya is a true-blue performer. She has a natural grace, is truly confident and will walk away with the accolades in the film. An adept dancer, Athiya is more confident, svelte and graceful.

Here’s welcoming Athiya, the new star of tomorrow. Buzz is that she has already been signed for two big films which will be announced once her debut film is released.

Discovering the Other Side of Televsion’s Hunk, Rizwan Sikander!

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Rizwan Sikander goes through Déjà vu seeing his childhood qualities in his nephew.
 
The ultimate hunk who is known for his strong will power as seen in the No. 1 youth reality show, MTV India’s Roadies Season X2, is actually an extremely emotional person. Rizwan is very close to his Father. Infact, during his college days, he had to stay away from the family in a hostel to concentrate on his education and it often made him homesick. He would burst into tears before going to sleep and when he missed his near ones the most.
 
When he witnesses the little gestures that his nephew shows towards his sister, he cannot help himself but get nostalgic about the bond and affection he used to share with his Dad.
 
Hard as a nut from outside and soft as a feather from within, Rizwan says, “Being emotional is not a bad thing at all, we are all human beings at the end of the day and there’s a Heart placed in our chests not a stone!”
Winner of ‘Fear Factor India’ and a magnetic contestant in Roadies X2, Mr. Sikander is known for his eye catching advertisements, cameos and the very recent rap single titled ‘Roadie Hoon Main’ in association with Desi Hip Hop Inc., which is Live on YouTube.

Karan of Dream Girl, a prankster in real life!

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Kunal Verma, who plays the role of Karan, brother to Ayesha Sareen, in Shashi Sumeet Productions’ Dream Girl has a different side to him as compared to what we see on screen, something you will be glad to know! The super handsome actor is apparently, THE entertainer to watch out for on set!

He is the one actor on set who can instantly turn around the mood or make an already fun mood even funnier! In this one instance where Nikita Dutta, now playing Naina too, had to furiously cry in a scene but the funny man that Kunal is, instantly jumped in and fake slipped in front of her in such a way that made her laugh frantically. In such a scene, others would definitely be disciplined for an act like this, but Kunal easily gets away with it as his intentions are good.

On getting the title of Mr. Entertainer on set, Karan said, “Being able to make somebody laugh is a gift not everyone has and I’m grateful to have been given this gift. It’s always enjoyable to have such humorous moments on set, it just lightens up the mood and makes it feel more like a celebration than work”. “It is also a bonus when you can easily get away with pranks”, laughs the fun-loving actor.

“Usually, when there is a serious scene being filmed, the entire cast gets into that mood. Having someone who can change that instantly once in a while is always refreshing”, commented a source on set.

It’s amazing how our actors play roles so different from their personalities so effortlessly!

High voltage drama on the Indian fashion scene by dancer couple Sandip Soparrkar and Jesse Randhawa

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Now a day’s the dynamic dancing couple Sandip Soparrkar and Jesse Randhawa are mesmerizing the audience with their Jalwa on the ramp. They won the hearts of the audience through their dance and grace on the ramp, but the surprising part was that they were solo on the ramp and in different cities. Designer Rohit Verma presented his Mughal Era collection at India’s Luxury style week 2015-Men’s Edition, the show opened with the dramatic entry of ace Bollywood choreographer Sandip Soparrkar gracefully spinning on the runway in an 18 kilograms flared white Kurta and red embroidered Shervani with a huge embellished Rajasthani turban and jewellery worth 10 lakhs on him. His drama reached the peek when he twirled and twirled and sat on the head ramp posing like a Royal Mughal King taking people back to the golden era of Indian Maharajas!

Designer Rohit Verma said, “Sandip was my ultimate choice to open the Mughal Era Collection because no man in the country can do what he does. He is a dancer par excellence who has the personality, body and style like a supermodel and what he did on the ramp was something totally overwhelming. When the crowd cheered and clapped I knew I had made the right choice.”

The opening of Lakme Fashion week 2015 saw the super model and ace dancer Jesse Randhawa walk the ramp for Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla’s Retro theme collection. She was in full swing, glittering in a gold and silver ruffled and petalled organza gown and again made a power packed entry in a figure hugging white jumpsuit with floral multicoloured sequence embroidery. She did her drama by dancing to hit retro number and posed like the stars of the Retro Era.

Designer Sandeep Khosla especially posted a picture on his facebook page of Jesse in a drama filled pose saying “No one like you Jesse”. Fashion show director Luban Adam who choreographed the show said “Jesse is the bench mark for all the models to learn the drama and sense of  rhythm on the ramp. She stole the spotlight at the show with her gig.”

The question in our mind is do both Sandip and Jesse plan the drama at home before they step on the ramp? Or is it the cloths that inspire them both? Or like the famous saying goes “dance inspires people to get more creative.” As far as we are enjoying what they bringing on the Indian Fashion Scene, we do not need the answers really.

 

Salman khan and Athiya shetty recall memories

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Athiya shetty Is all set to make her debut in salman khans production Hero.  It’s like a dream launch for her.

Athiya recalls that she met Salman sir for the 1st time when is was just 7 years old. Athiya has been admiring Salman for 17 years. Athiya use to start dancing whenever o oh Jaane Jana was played. She recalls that when her dad took her to meet Salman sir she was so shy that she was hiding behind her dad.

Salman khan also recalls that he has met Athiya 3-4 times when she was A kid. Later she was all grown up and I was asked why don’t I star her in Hero. I was like yes we can. When he asked Suniel shetty. He said that you are family and that he has no problem.

Athiya says that Salman sir has asked me to work with younger actors but if given a chance would love to work with him. It’s like a dream come true.

Congress MP Priya Dutt to attend the ‘Band-Bajaa-Baraat’ of ‘Same Sex’ Marriage?

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Congress MP seems to be proactively supporting the decriminalisation & GAY rights issue. And so when the film makers of the Gay love story DUNNO Y2- LIFE IS A MOMENT were planning an innovative promotional event to celebrate same Sex marriage and revolutionise equal rights, they planned to invite her personally for the theme based event.

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A source from the film revealed that when the Supreme Court of the USA recognised same sex marriages, which was celebrated across the world, the film makers felt that it was very topical and decided to have an event here that replicated the spirit of the movement. And besides the issue of same sex marriage is the highlight of the film. The cast of DUNNO Y2- LIFE IS A MOMENT will fictionally enact the gay marriage scene, replete with the Haldi, & Mehendi, besides the Sangeet ceremonies. And the makers have invited opinion makers from cross section of the society, including Priya Dutt.

When contacted for her quote, Priya Dutt confirmed that she supported equal gay rights and decriminalisation, since it’s a human rights issue. She also confirmed that the film makers were to meet her and give her the copy of the prequel and explain the concept of the sequel, their second film DUNNO Y2- LIFE IS A MOMENT.

Earlier, Sanjay Sharma’s DUNNO Y, Na JAANE KYUN, was based on gay relationship and considered controversial for its bold gay theme and visuals that raised many eyebrows. But now, since the audience are becoming increasingly liberal and tolerant of the homosexual lifestyle, the film makers have gone a step ahead and have celebrated same sex marriage in the film. And the promotional event of replicating same sex marriage is the unifying theme in that direction.  The film makers hope that the event will be the ‘Arab spring’ moment for those in the forefront, and revolutionise equal gay rights in India!

The film stars  Kapil Sharma, Yuvraaj Parashar, Zeenat Aman, Pakistani actress Meera, Sadia, a host of European actors,  directed by Norwegian director Tonje Gjevjon and Indian director Sanjay Sharma. The sequel is a musical romantic comedy in three languages Hindi, English and Norwegian.

So get set for the Band Bajaa Baraat of a ‘different Gay’ kind!

Back in Business! Ranveer Singh Recovers from Injury to Plunge into Action

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Ranveer Singh had a difficult injury to his shoulder around May this year. Triggered by a hard fall from horseback, Ranveer suffered this injury while shooting for ‘Bajirao Mastani’, forcing him to rest up for nearly 2months. He was spotted wearing cool slings while promoting ‘Dil Dhadhakne Do’ But there is very good news for his fans & filmmakers, as Ranveer has made a near complete recovery very quickly from this major injury.

Shooting for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Bajirao Mastani’, with its epic action sequences, sword fighting and training for combat, had brought out the enthusiastic action hero in Ranveer. But the injury compelled him to stop all physically intensive shooting, however Sanjay Leela Bhansali continued to shoot other portions during this course thus not interrupting the film schedule.

Determined to make full recovery, Ranveer has focused on healing and physiotherapy extensively, and now is back to great physical shape. Earlier, movement of the shoulder after surgery was very restricted & physiotherapists focused on increasing the range of his shoulder’s movements.

In his own words, Ranveer fills us on his tough physiotherapy schedule. He said,“I have been treated like an athlete would be treated. It’s 3 hours of physiotherapy each day, 1 hour in the morning followed by 1 hour in the middle of shoot and 1 hour post wrap.The physiotherapy program assigned to me is the same as one assigns to a professional athlete and the recovery has been five times faster than that of a normal person. “

Ranveer has been shooting emotionally intense scenes for Bajirao Mastani. End of this week he will turn his attention on physically demanding action sequences. Giving his all, Ranveer has once again gone the extra mile for the iconic part of Maratha royal Peshwa Bajirao.

Simran Kaur Mundi in Kapil Sharma’s film Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon

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Simran Kaur Mundi will be seen playing Kapils first wife in his debut movie Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon directed by Abbas Mustan. She plays an ex model in the movie and her character is that of a Punjabi Kudi. Now we all know that Kapil is also a total Punjabi Munda. So the pairing and on-screen chemistry has come out really well. It’s also easy to guess that during the entire shoot, the duo spread Punjabiness in the air like virus.

Since Simran and Kapil both have a Punjabi Background, they bonded well on sets. Infact the duo only spoke in Punjabi on the sets which amused the entire crew. They would talk in Punjabi in-between shots and return to their shots and character in a jiffy. It is therefore evident that Simran and Kapil came in a comfort zone and have become friends but Simran agrees that it was crazy on sets with Kapil around. Simran says that Kapil is brilliant with his comic timing and the best comedian she has come across.

Her only complaint is that Kapil never left a single chance to pull her leg; we have heard!!

Madhur Bhandarkar’s Calendar Girls and Martini Queens Party

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At the launch of Martini Queens, a gala film function held in Mumbai yesterday, producer-director Madhur Bhandarkar unveiled a painting by Anjana Khuthiala, which is dedicated to Madhur’s new film Calendar Girls.

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Martini Queens’ Tarun Sarda said, “This is a unique way of launching something new, what with a film press conference and a party. I am pretty sure we will collaborate with Madhur Bhandarkar in future as well.”

This event saw many well known guests with the likes of the film’s star cast Ruhi Singh, Satarupa Pyne, Akanksha Puri, Avani Modi, Kyra Dutt, producer of the film Sangeeta Ahir, Vikas Kumar, Kiran Kumar, Indraneil Sengupta, Suchitra Pillai, Nasir Abdulla, Meeta Vashisht, singer Shibani Kashyap, Swaroop Khan and Ashok Pandit.