Many actresses like Kajol, Neetu Kapoor and Raveena Tandon are making comebacks in the tinsel town, not left far behind is proficient actress Aruna Irani. Like the other aforementioned actress, Irani has also returned after a five year long hiatus from Bollywood.
After making her television debut with Yudh with Amitabh Bachchan, Bollywood actress Sarika is set to be seen on the small screen once again. The actress has been signed on for an episode of &TV’s Darr Sabko Lagta Hai to be directed by Soumik Sen of Gulaab Gang fame. The makers will be shooting in Madh Island from this weekend.
Sarika will be seen in a role of a possessive-obsessive and strict disciplinarian of a mother who faces a horrifying crisis involving her daughter. Sarika had only done a couple of horror films such as Dahshat in the 1980s and played a Wiccan in Sacred Evil based on the true story of Ipsita Roy Chakraverti. The buzz is that she was prompted to take up this episode because of her close friendship with the producers of the show. Producer Priti Sinha says that “Sarikaji was meant to do a film titled Gauri Ma to be directed by Sandeep Chowta and produced by us. The script of Soumik’s episode for Darr Sabko Lagta Hai strangely reminded me of that film. So I immediately called up Sarikaji and she was onboard. The rest is history.”
Versatile actress Tisca Chopra has what only a few actors can boast of at the box office – two releases on the same day! Two films starring Tisca – Ghayal Once Again and LoveShuda – are releasing on 15thJanuary next year. And interestingly both the films belong to two different genres altogether. While Sunny Deol’s Ghayal Once Again is a hardcore action drama, LoveShuda is a romantic musical. And while the industry is abuzz about the clash, wonder what Tisca has to say about it and which one will she be rooting for more. When contacted, the actress however reveals that it’s hard for her to pick one over another, “Yes, it’s rare for actors to have two releases on the same day, and it’s exciting and interesting. But it’s also like waiting for two results,” she laughs. On a serious note she adds, “As an actor, you give every shot your best no matter what film and what genre. Release dates are anyways not our call, so whether it is one film or two films on the same date, the expectations are the same – that the film does well and your performance is appreciated. And here since both the films are so different from each other, I hope both do really well.”
Sonnalli Seygall, who was last seen in ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2’ is making the most of the success of the film as the PKP2 fever is still going strong among the youth. The actress recently held a Q & A on her social platform and she was surprised to see the number of fans participating in it. The Former Miss India connected with her fans on one-on-one basis and answered all sorts of questions. The activity also revealed some never known facts about the gorgeous actress. Here are a few!
Best Dressed Actor in Bollywood
Saif Ali Khan
Favorite GOT character
From your co-stars whom do you prefer- Kartik Aaryan or Sunny Nijar
Hahahahah! Thanks for putting me on a spot I love them both.. But I’ve known Kartik longer .. For 5yrs now! So Kartik Aaryan u listening?? wink emoticon (sic.)
One role in recent times, which you thought that you could have done better
Don’t know any better but I think the character that Deepika played in Cocktail-Veronica I could do it well n would loveee to do it (sic.)
What are your future projects?
Something goood! U’ll know real soon (sic.)
~Based on a true story the film deciphers India’s unfortunate day and is a part of ‘Cinema of the World’ section of the film festival ~
The International Film Festival of India has become a platform where best of the world cinema is savoured by the national and international audience. Along with the light-hearted films, the film based on real life incidents are leaving the audience awestruck with their grimed subject and realistic picturization. The French filmmaker Nicolas Saada’s gripping re-creation of the 2008 Mumbai attack ‘Taj Mahal’ left the audience with tears in their eyes and a feeling of adoration for cinema in their heart. The special screening of the film was held today at the 46th IFFI organized in memory of those innocents who lost their lives and the martyrs who sacrificed their lives.
The film is a part of ‘Cinema of the World’ section in the film festival ongoing in Goa and is based on the experiences of a teenager trapped in hotel Taj Mahal in Mumbai during the November 26, 2008 terrorist attacks. Actress Stacy Martin has played the role of teenage girl Louise, who has moved to Mumbai with her English mother (Gina McKee) and French father (Louis-Do de Lencquesaing) for his new job. They stay temporarily at the Taj Mahal Hotel. One evening, she realizes that a terrorist attack is underway. Her only connection to the outside world is her cell phone, which allows her to maintain contact with her father. The film revolves around the situation that she has to spend a long night alone in the face of danger and after this night her life will never be the same again.
Talking about the film, the director Nicolas Saada said, “Late 2008, a few days after the Mumbai terrorist attacks, I was having dinner with some friends. Someone told me his niece had been trapped in the hotel during the attack. She managed to escape thanks to her survival instinct, and by keeping communication with her father and mother, who were outside the hotel. I was fascinated by this story and I told myself that one day, I would make a film about it.”
“I set up a long interview with her, so that she could describe in details the night she had spent locked up in the hotel. I also wanted to know about journey to India and so I liked the idea of connecting her story to a bigger story, to give it greater impact. It’s truly a coincidence that the terrorist attacks on Charlie Hebdo and the Hypercacher took place during the editing process of the film”, he added.
Sharing her experience on working in the film, actress Stacy Martin said, “Nicolas Saada sent me the script and we decided to meet. We talked about the story a lot, about Louise’s character, about the script being based on real events. And therefore, about the responsibility for the real Louise to tell her story. The more we talked, the more I wanted to be part of it. I was intrigued by the singularity of her. At a very young age, Louise found herself in a situation most of us would never have to face. The movie tells the story of a terrorist attack, but also the journey of an eighteen-year-old girl who finds herself living in a very harsh world.”
The 46th IFFI is showcasing the best of International cinema to national audience and best of Indian cinema to international delegates. This year, the festival is screening 187 international films including 26 Oscar entries in different sections.
Today’s generation has only studied about freedom fighters and their struggle for free nation. They are inquisitive to know more and learn about our unsung heroes. Movies based on such emotional string are widely accepted due to our curiosity to know about the freedom fighters. Based on the background of Freedom struggle ‘Kristo Singh’ will be coming to meet you soon.
This story revolves around a freedom fighter Shri Krishna Singh also widely known as ‘Kristo Singh’. With the intension to spread the information of this unsung Bihar based freedom fighter, Kristo Singh movie was conceptualized under the banner ‘Maven and Daven Films’.
Incidentally the movie was announced with a Muhurat and song recording. First song itself recreated the era of 1930s. The song ‘Vande Mataram…’ was sung by Krishna Beura popularly known for his song Maula Mere from Chak De India! On this occasion Krishna Beura said, “I’m very happy to be part of this project. There are many such real heroes which we may have not learned or heard off. With this movie one more page of history will be unfold. I’m sure the way Maula Mere was loved by the audience, this will also be widely accepted.”
Adding further Director and Music Director Ricky Mishra said, “As my directorial debut I hope I’ll be able to give justice to such a great hero. This movie is our attempt to give tribute to such unsung heroes. Our first song is with full of energy and we felt that Krishna will be able to give that force and layers to this song. I’m really thankful to my producers Rajhanshji and Amitji to give me this opportunity.”
Under the banner of ‘Maven and Daven Films’ the movie is produced by Rajhansh Kumar and Amit Singh, grandson of Kristo Singh. The captain of the ship and the music is manned by Ricky Mishra whereas the story is written by Varadraj Swami. The movie is all set to go on floors and will recreate the pages of history which are lost with time.
After the success of ‘Gerua’, Music Composer Pritam’s peppy track ‘Manma Emotion Jaage’ from Dilwale has just released. The song features the sizzling chemistry between Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon as they groove to the energetic music.
The music of the song is vivacious and super-cool which gives a glimpse of Director Rohit Shetty’s signature style and Pritam’s versatility. With foot-tapping beats, this hard core hip-hop track is set to be the party song of the year.
Watch the song here: bit.ly/ManmaEmotion
Pritam is currently working on his other releases for the films Jagga Jasoos and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil andDangal.
Students from over 200 schools across India participated in the campaign
The students of Billabong High International School received a pleasant surprise for their contribution towards the ‘Rupee for Change’ campaign run by Habitat for Humanity India. Not only did they come first among 200 schools participating from different parts of India, Bollywood star John Abraham personally visited their school to handover the award. ‘Rupee for Change’ is a national campaign initiated by Habitat for Humanity India wherein students voluntarily contribute Rs.1 per day towards building homes and providing sanitation facilities for underprivileged people. Billabong High International School, Thane has raised maximum amount of funds during the academic year 2014-15. Under this campaign, the NGO has tied up with more than 5 schools in Thane and 200 schools across India in more than 15 cities for this year.
Habitat for Humanity India has planned to build homes and sanitation units for more than 100,000 underprivileged families. This is in tune with Honourable Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi’s vision of ‘Housing for All by 2022’ and ‘Ending Open Defecation by 2019’.
While interacting with students, celebrity John Abraham said, “I appreciate the efforts of the young kids of Billabong HighInternational School, Thane towards betterment of the society. These students are the ‘Unsung Heroes of India’. There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up. The young students have shown the power of One Rupee and how it has gone a long way in making difference in lives of the underprivileged. Habitat for Humanity is also making substantial impact on the minds of young children by sensitizing them on issues like Poverty Housing and Poor sanitation facilities which in my view should have been eradicated long time back”
“Rupee for Change is a fund raising campaign. Through this campaign, we, at Habitat for Humanity intend to reach out to 1 lakh families by 2020”, said Mr. Rajan Samuel, Managing Director, Habitat for Humanity India. He further added, “The campaign revolves around the power of One Rupee which can benefit children who do not have the same privilege of homes and sanitation units which many of us have.”
The Rupee for Change campaign supports the Government of India’s ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’. Under the campaign, the NGO has entered into association with more than 200 schools across India for building sanitation units and houses for the economically weaker sections of the society.
Khatron Ke Khiladi – Kabhi Keeda Kabhi Peeda is going to hit the television screens soon with the chills and thrills. The khiladis and our daredevil host Arjun Kapoor are currently busy shooting the new season in the picturesque location of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Yesterday they had a day off after long time and luckly one of the khiladis and popular face of Indian television Tina Dutta had her birthday. Tina turned 28 on 28th November 2015. As she was away in Argentina shooting for Khatron Ke Khiladi, her family and friends had sent cakes, flowers and gifts for her. She also went out with the khiladis and enjoyed her birthday!
- Khatron Ke Khiladi – Kabhi Keeda Kabhi Peeda is going to hit the television screens soon with the chills and thrills
- The khiladis and our daredevil host Arjun Kapoor are currently busy shooting the new season in the picturesque location of Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Our daredevil host Arjun Kapoor has been putting up some really interesting pics giving a sneak peak to this season of Khatron Ke Khiladi
- Kabhi Keeda Kabhi Peeda clearly stands true with him posting such pictures
- Isn’t Arjun Kapoor the perfect host for this season?
- COLORS popular show Naagin is gearing up for the wedding sequence of Ritki Raheja aka Arjun Bijlani and snake woman Shiavnya aka Mouni Roy
- As the preparation have begun in full swing, all the rituals like sangeeta, mehendi and wedding were plan on a grand scale
- For the mehendi ceremony like every bride Mouni Roy had to put mehendi on her hands but due to time constraint she couldn’t apply henna
- She knew that her skin is allergic to tattoo mehendi but still applied it as she wanted to look real bride
- But this didn’t go well with her very sensitive skin as she got allergic to the tattoo mehendi
- She got rashes on the hands and had to immediately remove the tattoo
- A source from the Naagin set also revealed that she had to rush to the doctor as her skin is very sensitive
- But as a dedicated actor she continued shooting despite her allergy and gave a perfect shot!
The much-awaited Zoom Turn On Nites series took off with its first party – a glitzy, glamorous extravaganza where India’s No. 1 Bollywood channel rolled out the red carpet for 10 viewers who had won a very special contest. Their prize? A chance to let their hair down and rub shoulders with prolific Bollywood stars! The first such party went on floors with the star cast of the forthcoming thriller Hate Story 3 — Sharman Joshi, Zarine Khan, Daisy Shah, Karan Singh Grover, Priyannshu Chatterjee and film producer Bhushan Kumar himself. Popular young lead singers of the movie, Armaan Malik and Amaal Mallik enthralled the audiences with a live performance.
For a chance to get invited to the party, viewers of ZOOM, India’s No. 1 Bollywood channel, had to shoot a video showing their eagerness to attend a ZOOM Turn On Nites party, and upload it as their entry to the contest run on social media. The 10 winning viewers of ZOOM not only partied with the stars in the VIP lounge of Villa 69 in Mumbai, but also won exciting channel premiums.
After Mumbai, ZOOM will take its Turn On Nites! series to other key metros. For an opportunity to ‘party-cipate’, viewers have to keep watching ZOOM and take part in the contest on the channel’s Facebook page and Twitter handle.
So keep watching ZOOM to bag your chance to dance with the stars!
The entire team is back… we hope to recreate the same magic: Barun Sobti
Fans of the iconic show Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon are in for a treat. Arnav and Khushi are all set to return with fresh episodes after a gap of almost three years. The show, renamed as Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon Ek Jashn, will be available exclusively on hotstar, India’s largest digital content platform, from 24th November 2015. New episodes will be available to the fans every week on Tuesday and Saturday, under the popular hotstar Originalsbrand.
Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon was a top rated show in 2011-12, and its popularity amongst the youth had turned its lead actors Barun Sobti and Sanaya Irani into superstars. The show went off air in November 2012, disappointing millions. Hotstar since its launch, has offered curated episodes of the show in its library and the fans have flocked to it.
Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon Ek Jashn will return with eight 10-minute episodes, showing a day in the life of Arnav and Khushi, set 3 years into their marriage.
Youth heart-throb, Arnav played by Barun Sobti, says, “It never felt like the show ended. I kept receiving feedback and mails from fans as they continued to watch the previous season on hotstar. The entire team of the show is back for this series and we hope to recreate the same magic.”
Starting Sunday 22nd November at 12noon
Join SRK the Badshah of Bollywood as he tries to find out India Mein Hai Sabse Shaana Kaun?
Zee Anmol, India’s leading FTA (Free to Air) television, channel announces the launch of its new reality series India Poochega – Sabse Shaana Kaun? Premiering on Sunday 22nd November at 12noon, hosted by the Badshah of Bollywood – Shah Rukh Khan. The show has been adapted from Who’s Asking, based on the Armoza game show format from Israel. The show will have 20 episodes which will air every Sunday at 12 noon.
Like the host, the very format of the game show challenges conventions. The shows format has the common man donning the role of the ‘Asker’, and also the ‘Contestant’. While the askers shall pose the questions, the contestants will be seen demonstrating their street-smartness to win the prize money. Produced by Siddhartha Basu of Big Synergy, this new age game show will surely engage audiences on Indian Television.
India Poochega – Sabse Shaana Kaun? is a unique game show that gives merit to the street smart ones. You might not be a scholar or a master in any field but if you are smart, then this game show is for you.
So set your reminders and don’t forget to watch India Poochega – Sabse Shaana Kaun? starting Sunday 22nd November 2015 @ 12noon only on on Zee Anmol!!
Romedy Now gives the HIMYM’s promo a unique touch as it narrates the story through kids
The hopeless romantic Ted Mosby, gorgeous news reporter Robin Scherbatsky, Mr. Logical Marshall Eriksen, lovely kindergarten teacher Lily Aldrin and the ladies man, Barney Stinson are all set to up the love and laughter quotient of Indian television, this December.
One of the most popular award winning, American sitcoms, ‘How I Met Your Mother’ will launch on Romedy Now, the happiest place on TV starting December 14 @ 8:30pm.
Commenting on the launch of HIMYM, Sonal Khanduja, VP, Programming, EEC said, “How I Met Your Mother is immensely popular with a great repeat value in India and we are confident that the show will strengthen our viewership further. Romedy NOW is promoting the show with an adorable promo to generate buzz around the property.”
~ Reputed Indian and International websites showcase the adorable HIMYM promo ~
Romedy NOW, the unique destination for Love & Laughter, recent promo for the upcoming show, How I Met Your Motheris being written about by renowned media publications not just in India but also in the international market. The promo showcases five kids dressed up as the original characters of the show and playing out a scene making it extremely endearing and affable for the audience.
The promo starts with kid, Ted who gets smitten when he sees kid Robin, who he feels is the cutest girl he’s ever seen while his wily friends play pranks.
The new How I Met Your Mother promo has been published by websites including time.com, vulture.com, huffingtonpost.com, mashable.com,buzzfeed.com, babble.com, Entertainment Weekly (ew.com),newscult.com and many more, already creating a huge buzz for the show.
You can view the promo here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbQrbzxFsCg
The World’s favorite comedy, ‘How I Met Your Mother’ starts on Romedy NOW on 14th December, Monday to Friday at 8.30 pm.
Credits for the promo
- Creative Director: Siva.S
- Director: Rishi Bhargava & Siva.S
- Copywriter: Yashoda Talekar
- Editor: Mohit Chatterjee
- Online: Vishal Phuria
- Audio Mixing: Lakshmi Naidu
- Graphics: Nisarg Mehta
- Production House: Method Productions
- Line Producer: Ravneet Mahajan
- DOP: Saurav Goswami
- Art: Suman Roy Mahapatra & Pallavi Bagga
- Voices: Warner/Chappell Music Company
Every year Salman Khan’s birthday is celebrated with much fanfare and grandeur by his fans and close friends, but this year a special surprise is coming his way. Though his birthday is a month away but his friend from UK is all set to surprise him.
A former world lightweight kickboxing champion Ali Jacko who is based in UK, will fly down to meet the actor on his birthday and surprise him with his music video. Ali has recorded and is set to release his first single ‘Give My Love A Brand New Name’. Kickboxing champion is anxious about Salman’s response to his single, a source says, “Ali met the actor years ago and they’ve been friends for ages. He wants Salman’s blessings for the video he has just uploaded on Youtube.”
Ali reveals that Salman has been one of his biggest supporters right from his initial days as a kickboxer. Salman had even flown to the UK to see him win his title. Ali adds, “Salman is one of the most amazing people i have ever known and is equally wonderful human being. Our friendship is beyond all these professional endeavours. So, yes i hope that he would support me, but i don’t want his support as a favour for a friend. Instead i want him to support me for my talent.” He further adds,”I am sure all my B-town friends will be surprised to see or rather, hear me sing. I am eager to see how they react to my song. I have never planned to be a singer. Forget a karaoke, i have never ever sung even in the bathroom. My Family cant believe that i have sung either. So i took up it as a challenge and immediately hired a vocal trainer. The result is this song. “
Born Stylish, a new celebrity chat-show based on celeb style hosted by Pria Kataria Puri. The note below comprises of:
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- Style Statement by Akshay Kumar as spoken on the first episode
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COLORS INFINITY and Vh1 present Born Stylish!
Born Stylish’ is India’s first series in a chat show format dedicated to Fashion and Style. The aim of Born Stylish is to highlight Style Icons that embody the seductive concoction of talent, drive, and trend setting choices. This show will map the professional journey of Style Icons, talk about their evolving fashion choices that have shaped their careers and inspired millions.
Each episode has a unique theme attached to it and will feature a chat with a Global Style Icon.
On the launch of the show, Karan Johar said, “Born Stylish on COLORS INFINITY has been created keeping in mind the Indian audience’s aspirations to learn about their favorite celebrity’s style quotient on-screen and off-screen as well as learning more about fashion and couture at an international level through global style icons. It will be quite a stylish treat for our viewers.
The show is hosted by India’s foremost designer, stylist and celebrity – Pria Kataria Puri.
The first episode will witness Pria Kataria Puri catch up with The Alphamale Akshay Kumar on his personal style, his fashion transition from the start of his career until today and what influenced the transition. The interview with this alphamale will then be complimented with a short interview with a world-renowned fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier.
On his personal style statement, Akshay Kumar said, “I personally feel fashion is not about buying ‘big’ or buying labels; it is about how you go and dig stuff and how you search for the right outfits.” Speaking about blending fashion with comfort, he added, “At a red carpet event, if there were no paparazzi, I would love to wear my British nightsuit. I may be the only person at night who still sleeps in his ironed British pyjamas; and I look forward to it!”
The show is all set to air on 28th November 2015 on COLORS INFINITY and Vh1.
- Estimated Film Industry Market size to grow to INR 19,310 Cr. By 2017
- Digitization and Mobility will drive share of Video in Internet Data Traffic to increase to 64% in FY 2017
November 23, Mumbai: Badshaah of Bollywood Mr. Shah Rukh Khan, along with Mr. Rana Kapoor, President, ASSOCHAM and MD & CEO, YES BANK and Mr. Venugopal Dhoot, Past President, ASSOCHAM and Chairman & MD, Videocon Industries, today unveiled the ASSOCHAM Knowledge Report on ‘Digitization & Mobility: Next frontier of growth for M&E’ at an event held at Taj Land’s End, Mumbai.
The Report provides key insights on evolving trends, challenges and future opportunities across Broadcasting Digitization, the Film Industry and Mobile Entertainment segment. Organizations in the Indian Media and Entertainment industry are poised for substantial growth in the coming years. The growing demand for content consumption from Tier II and Tier III cities will enable the entire Media & Entertainment value chain to connect with, engage and monetize India’s strongest asset – our youthful demographic.
Speaking at the launch, Mr. Rana Kapoor, President, ASSOCHAM and MD & CEO, YES BANK said, “The Indian Media & Entertainment industry has undergone a positive transformation with better content generation, mobility & digitization and growth in new media, resulting in an exemplary shift in consumer behavior and media consumption patterns. Recent regulatory interventions such as, the increased FDI limit in the broadcast distribution platforms like cable TV networks, DTH, head end-in-the-sky (HITS), mobile TV and radio, will continue to be key enablers for growth of this industry.”
Mr. Venugopal Dhoot, Past President, ASSOCHAM and Chairman & MD, Videocon Industries said “SRK is our “Brand Ambassador” & it is our proud privilege that we have been associated with him since long. Referred to in the media as the “Baadshah of Bollywood“, “King of Bollywood”, “King Khan” has huge fans across the globe. He is one of the world’s biggest movie stars”. As a human being he is kind hearted person with multifaceted virtues. I am sure his upcoming movie “Dilwale” will break all the records of Bollywood movies”.
With the rise of internet users in to 200 million currently, the impact of digital technology on media consumption has already demonstrated the power of the Internet to disrupt linear traditional media.
The Media & Entertainment industry which was estimated to be at INR 1,026 billion in 2014 is projected to grow at a CAGR of 13.9% to reach INR 1,964 billion by 2019. With the advent of Central Government augmenting initiatives such as “Make In India” and “Digital India” will further help to achieve substantial growth in the coming years.
By Aryeman Raj
What’s it about?
A filmmaker with a mid-life crisis meets a mysterious young girl who reminds him of his first girlfriend at first, and subsequently, of every woman in his life.
Who is she? Is she real or imaginary? A stalker or a ghost? His past catching up or a character from the script he is writing?
A bold and original take on man-woman relationships, X: Past Is Present is a one-of-its-kind feature where 11 Indian filmmakers with strikingly different cinematic styles have come together to make different parts of the same film. One story told through the eyes of 11 unique storytellers.
Duration: 105 minutes / Language: English, Hindi, Tamil
Made on the typical lines of an international film festival genre, the film takes you on a psychotic trip into the mind of a film director. What all starts on that one night unravels the different layers of the mind-set of the central character.
While only niche audiences would relate to this subject, the effort is commendable. Getting 11 film directors to show different perspectives and blending it into an engrossing thriller is worth watching.
Similar directorial touches in most sequences makes it slightly monotonous. There are loads of over-the-shoulder scenes coupled with static one-frame camera shots with voice-overs. However each director has shown their distinctive style of shot composition and highlighting the actors’ histrionics.
Rajat Kapoor balances his multi-layered role as the film director who has skeletons in his cupboard. Almost all the female leads like Radhika Apte, Swara Bhaskar, Bidita Bag, Gabriella come out with shining performances.
The Huma Qureshi episode is quite a let-down in terms of content. Anshuman Jha lacks the appeal to hold the character of the younger version film director.
The film could get critical acclaim but the box-office numbers could be a disappointment. Only elite audiences would watch it. This film is a must watch for budding film makers.
Rajat Kapoor, Anshuman Jha, Aditi Chengappa, Bidita Bag, Gabriella Schmidt, Huma Qureshi, Neha Mahajan, Parno Mitra, Pia Bajpai, Pooja Ruparel, Radhika Apte, Richa Shukla, Rii Sen, Swara Bhaskar
Abhinav Shiv Tiwari, Anu Menon, Hemant Gaba, Nalan Kumarasamy, Pratim D Gupta, Q, Raja Sen, Rajshree Ojha, Sandeep Mohan, Sudhish Kamath, Suparn Verma
Abhinav Shiv Tiwari, Anu Menon, Hemant Gaba, Pratim D Gupta, Q, Raja Sen, Rajshree Ojha, Sandeep Mohan, Sudhish Kamath, Suparn Verma and Thiagarajan Kumararaj
Directors of Photography:
Anuj Dhawan, Aseem Bajaj, Dinesh Krishnan, Gairik Sarkar, Katyayani Mudholkar, Maeve O Connell, Q, Ravi K Chandran, Sandeep Mohan, Siddhartha Nuni, Sidharth Kay and Viraj Singh Gohil
Sreekar Prasad, Vijay Prabakaran, Vijay Venkataramanan, Biplab Goswami, Gairik Sarkar, Dhritiman Das, Shreyas Beltangdy, Ankit Srivastava, Ninaad Khanolkar.
Post Production Management & Grading:
Pratyush Prakash & Raja Sen
Shiladitya Bora & Sudhish Kamath
Bollywood star, Karisma Kapoor teamed up with heartthrob and Student of the Year, Sidharth Malhotra for a truly noble cause. The duo joined hands with the All India Ophthalmological Society (AIOS) and the Indian Medical Association (IMA) to spread awareness on Diabetic Retinopathy which is a condition arising due to diabetes and can cause permanent blindness to an individual if left untreated.
Speaking on the association, Bollywood beauty Karisma Kapoor said, “I am pleased to associate with All India Ophthalmological Society and the Indian Medical Association and would like to thank them for taking up the noble initiative that is being supported by Times Now to raise awareness on diabetic retinopathy. I personally know people who suffer from diabetes and it is increasingly becoming a cause for concern since diabetes can affect anyone irrespective of their age. I am grateful for the opportunity to help raise awareness on this common yet too often neglected and preventable issue. I would urge people who suffer from diabetes to visit these clinics for free testing and continue to do so year-on-year.”
Former model and current Bollywood heartthrob, Sidharth Malhotra said, “In our industry and with a lot of professionals, it is quite common to develop unhealthy eating habits, suffer stress and lead a sedentary lifestyle due to the hectic pace of life. All of these compound to causing diabetes and it can affect someone as young as a 20-year old. I am happy to be part of All India Ophthalmological Society and the Indian Medical Associations’ initiative to raise awareness on diabetes and diabetic retinopathy which is being supported by Times Now. I hope people from across the country will take advantage of the free eye testing clinics being organized by these medical bodies and take care of their vision.”
Apart from being a successful actor and one of the most popular faces in the television scene, Karan Mehra is multitalented and recently directed one more music video for wife Nisha Rawal, who initiated a fund raising activity for unprivileged kids on the occasion of Children’s Day.
This time around, Nisha has sung a cover of A. R. Rehman’s composition ‘Dil Hai Chota Sa’. The Karan Mehra directorial video also has Terence Lewis, making a guest appearance to support his friends in the noble cause. It features kids from Vatsalya Foundation (the NGO for which the fund raising activity was initiated), having a blast with Nisha. The video has been very well shot and seems like an honest attempt to capture the innocence of the kids along with Nisha’s playful presence.
When Karan came to Mumbai from Delhi about a decade ago, he started off with assisting many well-known directors like Rajkumar Hirani and Ram Gopal Verma. Direction has always been one of his interests and the actor is glad to have gotten back to it. Talking about being a director, Karan Mehra said, “I really enjoy the process of film making, be it as an actor or director. Being a director certainly adds a whole new dimension to your perception. I truly love the idea of having so much creative liberty to go about things when we are making these music videos. The response has been very encouraging, so far.”
Karan’s directorial skills are most definitely getting better with every video. Nisha’s singing career has also encouraged Karan to take up direction once again. Here’s looking forward for more of such good work from the power-packed couple.
Ranveer Singh is both elated & emotional about the completion of ‘Bajirao Mastani’. For the actor, it has been a yearlong commitment with many pitfalls & challenges but also a role of a lifetime. On his reasons for taking up the role of Maratha warrior king Bajirao with such seriousness, Ranveer said, “I knew from the start the kind of involvement expected of me. I knew that I too wanted to approach it wholeheartedly,”
Part of his commitment to his film was radical decision to stay locked up in a hotel room for weeks at a stretch. During this period of isolation, he focused entirely on his accent training & rehearsals to get in the role of a period hero. He elaborated, “It was important as I was playing a warrior from the 1700s, someone so distinctly different from my own being.”
In ‘Bajirao Mastani’, Ranveer sports heavy, authentic battle armor & traditional royal costumes of the Marathas. Focusing on getting the body language, mood & setting right required intensive training & complete dedication.
Clearly, the actor hasn’t fallen short on putting his whole & soul in this part & the superb feedback to his look in the film so far justifies the hard work.