YuppTV delights video content creators with the launch of YuppTV Bazaar!

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The one stop destination for premium video content

YuppTV, the world’s largest Over-The-Top (OTT) provider for Indian content, has launched YuppTV Bazaar, a marketplace for high-quality video content. The formal announcement, which took place on December 23 at JW Marriott in Juhu, Mumbai, was also attended by several dignitaries such as the Governor of Maharashtra. With the launch of YuppTV Bazaar, YuppTV will now host curated premium video content across various genres such as Education, Short Films, Web Series, and Trailers etc.

The move will be music to the ears of independent video content creators, who often find it tough to monetise and market their premium content through traditional video-sharing portals, satellite and DTH platforms. Through assured quality supervision and a large native user base, YuppTV bazaar will allow these entrepreneurs to showcase their high-quality videos on a trusted platform and reach out to an audience ranging in millions across the world through devices such as Smart TVs, smartphones, tablets & PCs.

Speaking on the launch, Mr. Uday Reddy, Founder & CEO, YuppTV, commented, “With the proliferation of unregulated video content on the digital platform, content monetisation and visibility is a prime concern for premium video content creators who often find their content being lost in a deluge of casual user-generated content. YuppTV Bazaar is being launched as a solution that will overcome the traditional roadblocks associated with free-for-all video sharing platforms. We are confident that this development will be a major success and will empower content developers with the perfect medium to share and monetise their offerings.”

Since its India launch in October 2015, YuppTV has been creating ripples across the digital entertainment industry owing to its unique approach and extensive network. Today, YuppTV is the world’s largest internet TV and video on demand (VOD) streaming provider with more than 5 million mobile app downloads and an audience base reaching 400+ million households through Smart TVs. It is also the 2nd most popular app in Google Play Store and the most popular TV app on LG and Samsung Smart TVs in India.

Viacom 18 to screen documentary Daughters of Mother India, across the network at 10 am to commemorate the third death anniversary of Nirbhaya

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On 27th  December, 10:00 am, India wakes up to salute real heroes working to stop violence against women

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Viacom18 Adopts Daughters Of Mother India(DoMI), The Award Winning Documentary On Gender Violence In India

In a first of its kind initiative for a National Network like Viacom18, they have adopted the documentary Daughters of Mother India. Most recently the film was awarded the National Film Award for Best Film on Social Issues by the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee. The documentary talks about how society and law enforcement need to join hands and work collectively to build a safer society for women in the country. This is a documentary that aims to keep the discussion around gender violence alive and bring awareness to the masses.

 

Stand up against gender violence, watch DoMI across Viacom18’s networks!

 

 

Sex survey results… a must read

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Sexual wellness in India on the cusp of take-off
India’s most trusted sexual wellness company shares the country’s personal favourites

 

Over the last few years, the country has seen a paradigm shift with changing attitudes in regards to personal wellness and intimate products. From the initial scepticism that ThatsPersonal saw during its launch days, the company now enjoys widespread acceptance from a versatile audience. To further substantiate its claim ThatsPersonal gives you the inside scoop with its annual Sex Research report: India Exposed.

While the international market is more receptive to personal intimacy and wellness products, India isn’t lagging too far behind. The sexual wellness market in India is said to grow at a CAGR of 35 percent over the next five years.

Despite the social stigma that still surrounds the market Indian audiences are beginning to see this sector as essential and not just something frivolous. The Indian adult market was pegged at Rs 2500 crores in 2015, and will be a worth a whopping Rs 10,000 crores in 2020, and has seen unique customers from over 961 Indian cities and towns.

While the metros dominate the charts with the highest number of sales, Mumbai being the foremost, we have seen a steady increase of awareness in tier 2 and 3 cities.While tier 2 cities have seen larger growth, tier 3 cities see a larger basket size per order.  In the top rank among the tier 2 cities are Jaipur, Surat and Lucknow.

 

Apart from the growth in these cities, a few statistics from the top performers.

·         Gujarat – 17% of total adult game sales

·         Goa – 14% of nations total purchase of massage oils

·         Bihar – 23% of all purchases from the state are male performance enhancers

·         Kerala – 76% of orders includes condoms among other products

In the battle of the sexes, men and women both hold their own with 59% men buyers and 41% women buyers, however women hold higher purchasing power have a 17% larger basket size than men on average. The product that wins with both the sexes arelubricants, the highest purchased product from the website at 20%, second to none.

Proving the adage, that age is just a number, right, the website has seen a range of customers from young adults to senior citizens buying consistently. The age bracket of 18 to 24 sees the largest percentage of self-pickup. The most number of unique users and repeat clients are from the 25 – 34 age group. The segment that has seen the largest growth from the previous financial year, are the 35 to 44 year olds, and we also see the largest average order value from this group as well. Women definitely get naughty after forty, and are the majority consumers in the 45 and above category.

The report covers all aspects surrounding sex products and gives insight into some really interesting points to ponder

  • Baroda and Pune have greater number of female buyers. This is a phenomenon which is not seen in most cities in India.
  • Cities from the north-east (Imphal and Agartala) are high purchasers of kinky range of sexual products especially from the Fifty Shades of Grey
  • The sales from Gujarat, not completely unsurprisingly, triple during Navratri
  • The period around March is the time of the year when India sees the lowest purchases of adult products!
  • Naughty Nurse is most bought role-play costume while blindfolds are the most purchased kinky products!

Jai Gangaajal Prepared Priyanka Chopra For Quantico!

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Priyanka Chopra has won hearts across the globe by essaying the role of smart and agile, FBI Agent Alex Parrish in American TV show Quantico however, not many know that playing a badass cop in Prakash Jha’s Jai Gangaajal, helped her immensely to prepare for her character in ABC’s crime-thriller.

Priyanka shot for Jai Gangaajal right before she started working on Quantico and playing SP Abha Mathur in the movie, helped her get into the skin of her character Alex Parrish.

At the film’s trailer launch, Prakash Jha jokingly said, “Priyanka Chopra has become much in demand in the US and the FBI has also recruited her. They contacted me and told me to train her for the role so, we gave her a crash course (laughs) and look how proud she has made us all.”

Priyanka agreed with him and added, “He is actually right. Because I did this film right before Quantico, it prepared me to play an FBI trainee and it became easier for me to work on that show. I can very happily say that I have been trained by the IPS for Quantico.”

Written and directed by Prakash Jha, produced by Prakash Jha Productions and Play Entertainment and co-produced by Milind Dabke, Jai Gangaajal revisits the dusty heartland of Central India and examines the society–police relationship. Starring Priyanka Chopra, the movie is all set to release on 4th March, 2016. Jai Gangaajal is not a prequel or a sequel to Ajay Devgn starrer Gangaajal but is a fresh story.

Grasim Industries Ltd, Aditya Birla Group Announced the First Edition of Liva Protégé 2015- A National-Level Designer Hunt

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Liva Protégé 2015, a pan India designer hunt for recognizing India’s future stars in the field of fashion, takes pride in announcing that after covering over 12 cities, top 50 fashion institutes and touching more than a hundred students across India, it has reached the final leg of the journey – the Grand Finale showcased the work of its Top 12 finalists on 23rd December, 2015 in Mumbai.

The annual, pan-India hunt for the brightest fashion designers in India, was open to final year students of select colleges. The competition gives them chance to showcase their talent and get mentored by some of the biggest names in the industry.

 

 

The finalists showcased their collections through a fashion show to an elite panel of judges which includes Actor  Soha Ali Khan, leading Fashion Designer Narendra Kumar, eminent fashion photographer Prasad Naik, Editor of India edition of Cosmopolitan magazine Nandini Bhalla and Founder and Chairperson of Svatantra Micro Finance Ms Ananyashree Birla. Also present was the elegant Mrs. Rajashree Birla with her daughter in law, Mrs. Neerja Birla. Cutting for a frame worthy family photo, the three generation of ladies from the Birla family were all smiles.

The winner was Mr. Riturana Deori from Ahmedabad, the 1st runner up was Mr. Nitin Gupta from Ahmedabad and the second runner up was Ms. Sagarika Joshi from Bangalore. The winners were selected based on aesthetics, design, fluidity and functionality of creations. The fashion presentation was choreographed by Shy Kalra.

Music launch of Marathi film ‘702 Dixit’s’

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Upcoming urban thriller, a Marathi film, “702 Dixit’s” will be releasing on 15th January 2016. Film is produced by Rohit Jail & Prashant Umbrani, under the Production House banner – ‘9 Star Prime Entertainment’.  Film is edited and directed by Shankh Rajyadhyaksha.

The story of the film revolves around Kaavya and Yash Dixit and their daughter Reva. A young & happy couple with blooming careers. The Dixits get into a serious problem because of their house help/baby sitter Asha who had been recently hired to take care of Reva. Since all the circumstantial evidences point against Yash, he gets arrested and their perfect family life gets totally disturbed.

What is the real truth behind the mystery? Is Yash really innocent which he claims or is there more to it? Has Yash misbehaved with Asha with lust is a hidden cause? Were Yash and Kaavya really a happy couple or was it a false portray?

What had exactly happened? How this mystery gets solved… To know answers, one has to see the movie. The tagline “IT COULD BE YOUR STORY” is very apt.

702 Dixit’s is a 2 hour journey of emotions, relationships, excitement and twists-turns, compelling one to question ‘Is seeing really believing?’

Star cast of the film includes: Gauri Nigudkar, Pallavi Patil, Vijay Andalkar, Jaywant Wadkar, Shrirang Deshmukh, Ruchi Jail & Vikram Gokhale

Story of the film is written by Rohit Jail, the Screenplay is done by  Ruturaj Dhalgade, dialogues are written by Hrishikesh Koli, cinematography is handled by- Suresh Beesaveni.  Art Director of the film is Amit Bembalkar, Costumes are designed by Aneesha Thapa, Music & Background score is done by Shubhankar, and Creative Producer of the film is Jamshid Roointon

Songs like Vighnaharta , Jinkun Taaku,  Jallosh are sung by popular playback singers  Priyanka Barve & Hrishikesh Ranade , Nimisha Deb, Vishwajit Borwankar & Swapnaja Lele , lyrics are penned by Dr. Rahul Deshpande, Vishal Rane.  Music is given by Shubhankar

A trip to Adlabs Imagica Rating 4 Stars

 

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By Aryeman Raj

Away from the hustle and bustle of a stressful life, a trip to Adlabs Imagica comes as a welcome change. A bunch of media guys along-with some bloggers were invited to experience the launch of the BEST AC bus service to the entertainment venue.

A perfectly organised trip (thanks to the pro-active initiative from Bhagyashree of CB World Entertainment, Adfactors PR executive Omkar and the Adlabs staff Suraj Rathod) ended with a lot of fun memories. A special mention about Suraj who ensured that we got excellent service and felt at home.

 

The highlights if you are visiting Adlabs Imagica:

Don’t miss the 4D show and also the ‘I for India’ show. They are worth the trip and leave lovely memories about the place.

IMG_0139The Mr. India show is also worth and you do have a series of breath-taking rides on the roller-coaster, some high-voltage rides like Nitro. The faint-hearted should check whether they can experience the rides. The dinosaur boat ride is a not-to-miss experience.

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There are regular shows happening at different time slots which should not be missed.

Make sure you take the Express package:

Ensure that you opt for the express package since it saves time in the long queues. I was told that some excellent packages are chalked out for the Sunday family crowds.

The food:

On the food front, you have an array of options. The buffet lunch for Rs. 400.00 is a steal. The spread is lavish and yes the food is tasty.

Don’t miss:

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The final parade where all the cartoon characters and dancers do a gig a la Disney World.

For the kids:

There is a separate zone for kiddie rides. The souvenirs are worth a steal for kids who can take some memories home.

Overall:

A fantastic experience. Imagica is super-clean, organised and ensures there is something for the entire family. Plan the best package which suits you and avail of the group discount offers which Imagica has to offer. Corp-orates, schools, colleges have some interesting offers.

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A trip to cherish, definitely not to miss.

 

 

Do Lafzon ki Kahani’s Trailer a contemporary love story to be attached to a historical love story- Bajirao Mastani film

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Yes you read it right, Presented by Eros International worldwide Do Lafzon ki Kahani directed by Deepak Tijori starring Randeep Hooda and Kajal Aggarwal’s upcoming trailer will be attached to Bajirao Mastani.
 
The film has a unique pairing of Randeep and Kajal which has extensively been shot in Malaysia. Bajirao Mastani is all set to hit the screens on 18th Dec and Deepak we hear did not want to miss the opportunity of getting his film’s trailer attached to this magnum opus film.
 
There were many films which were eyeing to get their trailer attached, but it was Deepak who made his films trailer to the final cut.  
 
The film is currently in its post production stage and is scheduled to release early next year.

Sunny Deol steps out for stuntmen at Point Break screening!

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The death-defying stunts in the Hollywood action thriller wowed the stunt teams in a special pre-release screening for them attended by action hero Sunny Deol

A special pre-release screening of the Hollywood thriller Point Break which boasts of the most high-octane stunts ever seen on the big screen was organised especially for Bollywood’s stuntmen and action teams. Making it all the more special for them was Bollywood’s action hero Sunny Deol, who was also present to acknowledge and appreciate the contribution the stuntmen have been making to the industry.

 

The stuntmen were clearly thrilled to be a part of the rare gesture and also admitted to be bowled over by the extreme death-defying stunts performed for the first time ever in a film.

Stunt director Aejaz Gulab (director of Ab Tak Chhappan 2 and the stunt choreographer for several blockbusters) shared that he was amazed and blown over by the stunts shown in the film. He was especially thrilled with the death-defying action sequence in which three motorcyclists rob a diamond-sorting facility in the sky-rise of Mumbai and escape by bursting from its 100-storey windows, dropping gems down to the slums of Mumbai as they parachute away.

 

Point Break has been garnering worldwide recognition for capturing the most daring athleticism, stunts and action sequences all performed by elite athletes representing the world’s best in class in the world of extreme adventure sports.

 

Directed by Ericson Core (Best known for his work as a DoP in Fast and Furious as well as directing Invincible) the film is a remake of the 1991 cult hit Point Break starring Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves and revolves around a young FBI agent, Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey) who infiltrates a team of thrill-seeking elite athletes – led by the charismatic Bodhi (Edgar Ramirez). This extraordinary team of extreme-sports athletes is suspected of masterminding and carrying out a spate of outrageous, unprecedented and sophisticated corporate heists in the most unusual ways.

Starring in this new rebooted version are Édgar Ramírez (Zero Dark Thirty, The Bourne Ultimatum, Carlos the Jackal), Luke Bracey (G.I. Joe: Retaliation, The Best of Me, November Man), along with Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies), Delroy Lindo (Sahara, Gone in Sixty Seconds), and Ray Winstone (Noah, The Departed).

Divya Khosla Kumar’s First Look of Sanam Re Unveiled 

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This eternal love story is directed by Divya Khosla Kumar and has actors Pulkit Samrat, Yami Gautam, and Urvashi Rautela in pivotal roles. Sanam Re personifies the word love with the most romantic pair of Yami-Pulkit as the lead couple. Further, the film has been painstakingly shot in romantic and stunning locales of Ladhak, Kalpa in Himachal Pradesh and Canada. From shooting in sub zero temperatures with barely any electricity in Kalpa to cycling to the sets in Calgary, the cast and crew has done it all to make this musical love story come alive on-screen.  Speaking on the film the pretty and petite director states that, “I am extremely excited for this day as we all have worked tirelessly to make this happen. Sanam Re is a soul stirring love story and is very different from Yaariyan and people will realise the same from the trailer itself. From the script to the songs to the locales, every nuance has been researched thoroughly and the result is for all to see with the trailer.”

 
Divya Khosla Kumar’s transition from the youthful Yaariyan to the mature love story of Sanam Re shows immense growth as a director. From the house of India’s biggest music production company, T- series, the songs of the movie range from soulful to preppy numbers that are sure to become a rage in the coming weeks. A snippet of the same will be seen as the trailer promises to be one to watch out for! The movie is all set to release in the most romantic time of the year of Valentine’s week on Feb 12th, 2016. Sanam Re’s trailer will be unveiled on the 16th of December on Youtube. 

 
Says Bhushan Kumar ” Divya’s first film Yaariyan was a great success and she has grown as a director with Sanam Re that is an emotional love story with great music. I am confident that Divya will beat the success of her first film with this film”

 

SAB TV launches a new office comedy ‘Sahib, Biwi Aur Boss’

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The show is slated to go on-air on the 21st December at 22:00 hrs

What happens when one lie spins into a web of lies? With an intent to help, one ends up creating series of troubles for oneself… SAB TV’s new office comedy, Sahib, Biwi Aur Boss will showcase all the confusion that could be. As the title suggests, the story will revolve around these three central characters – A husband, wife and her boss. Produced by Sanjay Kohli the show is all set to roll out on the 21st December, at 22:00 hrs with Vipul Roy as Sahib, Mugdha Chapekar as the Biwi and Resham Tipnis as the Boss.

The plot revolves around Sunny/ Balma Pandey aka Sahib, Vipul Roy and Anisha aka Biwi, Mugdha Chapekar, a happily married couple with an unusual situation to face. Anisha wants to pitch in for house expenses since Sunny is currently a stay at home husband who has signed on a Bhojpuri movie which is yet to take off. She gets selected in a well-established company without realizing that they only hire unmarried individuals. In desperation, she lies about her marital status which leads to a series of hit and misses in the show.

While on one hand, her boss, Mandodari, Resham Tipnis wants to hook her up with her nephew, on the other hand her husband Sunny dons a senior officer avatar as Balma Pandey and starts working in the same office to protect his wife. Mandodari’s nephew, Vinod, played by Dhruv Singh always tries his level best to impress Anisha and the boss is busy playing the cupid. Sunny as Balma Pandey always attempts to create a barrier between Dhruv and Anisha. If this cross connection of love wasn’t enough, there’s another twist, Mandodari also starts developing a soft corner for Balma Pandey.

Will Anisha be able to balance her personal and professional life? Did Sunny go slightly over-board in love? We will have to wait and watch!

Produced by Sanjay Kohli, ‘Sahib Biwi Aur Boss’, will see an ensemble cast – Mugdha Chapekar, Resham Tipnis and Vipul Roy as central characters along with Dhruv Singh, Supriya Shukla and Firoz Khan.

 

Star-Cast Details:

  • Mugdha Chapekar – Anisha
  • Vipul Roy- Sandeep
  • Resham Tipnis- Mandodri (The Boss)
  • Dhruv Singh- Vinod Khanna
  • Firoz Khan- Sandeep’s father

Supriya Shukla – Sandeep’s mother

Fate unites Ashoka with the love of his life Kaurvaki!

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We saw this warrior prince fight for his mother’s honor, compete for Chandragupt Maurya’s sword and save many lives from burning out. It is now time that we see Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat’s soft side, his love story with the entry of Kaurvaki in COLORS’ show Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat. While Ashoka’s love story began at quite a young age, Kaurvaki, the tall and beautiful disciple will be quick to make an impression on him and steal his heart. Entering the show as Kaurvaki will be Reem Shaikh who is known for her character of Rim Jhim on Na Bole Tum… Na Maine Kuch Kaha Season 2.  Reem dabbled in several popular primetime shows earlier and will be seen on a historical show for the first time.

 

In the upcoming episodes of the show, Kaurvaki will meet Ashoka on her way to Takshashila.  While Ashoka will appear to be a brave helper boy , she will soon fall for the prince for his courageous persona and nobility. In search of her missing father, the determined girl Kaurvaki will be her way to fulfil her  mission brimming with energy par imagination. In spite of her reserved and aggressive nature, destiny will have something different planned for Kaurvaki. On the ship to Tashshila, her journey will help her to uncover her other side when she will deeply fall in love with Ashoka.

 

Speaking about essaying the role of Kaurvaki, Reem Shaikh said, “Playing the role of Kaurvaki is making me grow as an actor in a lot of ways. She is the kind of girl who is more goal-oriented than being beauty conscious. Everyone on the set is very friendly and they always help me out with difficult scenes. I have made friends with the rest of the cast and look forward to having an awesome time even further.”

Boman’s changed equation with Varun Dhawan!

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Varun Dhawan and Boman Irani who will be seen sharing screen space in Rohit Shetty’s Dilwale actually go back much longer than their new equation as co-stars. Boman’s son Kayoze was Varun’s co-actor in his debut film Student of The Year, in which Boman had even made a guest appearance. And from having being called as ‘Uncle’ or ‘Sir’ by Varun for the past few years now, it was a feat of sorts for Boman to ease Varun into treating his friend’s dad as a colleague. “I’ve known Varun as a son’s friend and he has always been very respectful towards me as Kayoze’s dad. But as co-actors, I consciously wanted to blur the lines and get him to feeling comfortable around me as a friend and a co-actor and not as an ‘uncle’. Of course, Varun still shows me the kind of respect he always has but it’s a more relaxed equation we now share,” says Boman.

The actor elaborates, “I really think that while it’s good to be serious about our work, it’s not such a good idea to be so serious about ourselves. I wanted Varun to enjoy the process and not inhibit the performance because of me being ‘sir’ for him. So, not just Varun, I feel that it’s important to make your co-actors feel comfortable and get into the space of friends. It really helps.” Well, so that’s the secret of Boman getting along with all his co-actors then!

Celebrity Master Mom Sonali Bendre as brand ambassador for Fun Foods

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Dr. Oetker, a leading purveyor of western cuisine in India, today launched its first ever advertising campaign for their brand FunFoods and announced Bollywood actress & Celebrity Master Mom, Sonali Bendre as the brand ambassador. Bringing to life FunFoods proposition of ‘Food Mein Daalo Magic, the TVCs bring alive the brand’s philosophy of adding ‘fun and taste’ to daily menu options, making it exciting for the entire family to consume. The ad-campaign introduces the magic that consumers can add to their food with FunFoods Mayonnaise in a quick & convenient manner, inspiring them to experiment with their culinary skills every time they step in the kitchen.

Commenting on the occasion, Sonali Bendre said, “I feel elated to be part of the Dr. Oetker family as I am a regular user of FunFoods Mayonnaise and their other sauces & spreads. My fridge is always stocked up with FunFoods range of products as it helps me create yummy and delicious food quickly at the convenience of my home. My family, especially my son, always asks me to make delicious and mouth-watering dishes using FunFoods Mayonnaise. While I have always been passionate about cooking, I discovered a new passion to experiment with food on the set while shooting for the ad films. I look forward to work on more such campaigns with FunFoods for their other sauces & spreads in the future.”

 

Divya Khosla Kumar’s Sanam Re trailer out now!

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While the sneak peak of Divya Khosla Kumar’s Sanam Re has created immense anticipation here is the full fledged insight to an eternal love story by the young director.

Divya Khosla Kumar whose debut film Yaariyan was a hit with the young brigade and Bollywood music lovers, is gearing up for her next starring Pulkit Samrat, Yami Gautam, and Urvashi Rautela in pivotal roles.

The movie has been shot in the picturesque virgin locations of Canada, Ladak and Kalpa in Himachal Pradesh, the visuals of snow-capped mountains and distracting green plains have deliberately been chosen to enhance the romantic mood of the subject.

From the house of India’s biggest music production company, T- series, the songs of the movie range from soulful to peppy and as always they are sure to catch on in the coming weeks. Sanam Re releases worldwide on Feb 12, 2016.

Juhi Chawla took riding lessons for CND  

 

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Juhi Chawla returns to entertain the audiences with her infectious smile with her upcoming film Chalk N Duster. The veteran actress apparently took riding lessons for the movie. She last rode a scooty in Yes Boss.

 

Reportedly the makers of the film decided to have a different yet realistic poster of the film that had Juhi Chawla riding with Shabana Azmi on a scooty. Juhi Chawla took riding lessons in the compound of her building for a couple of days till she could balance properly on the vehicle.

 

Juhi shares, ‘I’d almost forgotten how to ride a bike…then one day my business manager Preet Kaur who is also also the executive producer of my film lands below my building on her scooty & we spent one day getting the balance correct. She left her scooty parked in my apartment. The following days I would take rounds around my building riding.’

 

‘For almost a week I would ride the scooty till I got the hang of it. My kids, family & staff would be wondering what was I upto. It was so much fun & quite exciting,’ laughs Juhi.

First Look of John Abraham in Rocky Handsome !!

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Here’s presenting the first look of John Abraham in ‘Rocky Handsome’ an upcoming action thriller for which director, Nishikant Kamat and John Abraham have teamed up again after the success of Force and also featuresShruti Hassan as the female lead. The film, which is embellished with “never been seen hand to hand action sequences” choreographed by world renowned action directors and four superlative musical tracks, is set to release on the Holi-Good Friday Holiday of March’16

 

Rocky Handsome which is helmed by director Nishikant is as much about kicks and punches as it is about heart tugging emotion since a seven year old child is the catalyst for the one-man army going into an over drive . The journey of a unforgiving man who embarks on a lethal rampage when the only person he cares about is kidnapped and taken away from him.

 

Set in Goa, Mumbai, Pune & Seychelles. Rocky Handsome is an adrenaline pumping Action Film embellished with a strong emotional story of the relationship between a Father who never had a daughter and a seven year old Daughter who never had a Father. The film shall have the backbone of a very emotional and romantic love story in the Protagonist’s past.

 

Directed by Nishikant Kamat, Presented by JA Entertainment and AZURE Entertainment, Produced by John Abraham & Sunir Kheterpal Rocky Handsome is an AZURE Entertainment Production to release on 25th March, 2016

Amole Gupte to write and direct a biopic on the life of Indian Badminton champ, Saina Nehwal

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Great news for all sports fans! A biographical sports drama based on the life of Indian badminton champ Saina Nehwal is in the offing.

Mumbai-based Front Foot Pictures Pvt Ltd, a new age content creation  company, has acquired the rights to make a biopic on the life of India’s ace shuttler, Saina Nehwal. The acclaimed writer-actor-director, Amole Gupte has been roped in to write and direct the much-awaited film.

Talking about the story of the film, Sujay Jairaj, one of the directors of Front Foot Pictures Pvt Ltd reveals, “It’s going to be a very inspirational story, which will boost the entire country. It is a story of a current sports star and so both the younger and the older generation can relate to it.”

Sujay and his team, along with Amole Gupte, recently met Saina Nehwal and her family at the Nehwal residence in Hyderabad and spent a warm afternoon with them. 

Talking about the meeting, which lasted for nearly three hours. Amole says, “It was like meeting a goddess and her family who are so excited about the upcoming biopic. This film is going to trace Saina’s pulsating journey on her way to the top of the sports pyramid.”

The writer-actor-director is all praises for the Nehwal family. “What gracious hosts, the Nehwals! The hand that rocked Saina’s cradle fed hot hot parathas, delectable sabzi and dahi- the flavor of which I have carried all the way back to Mumbai” he says, overwhelmed by the warmth of the Nehwal household.”

How is it going to be different than other sports biopics? “How many times have we encountered either a male or a female Indian get prime ranking in a world sport? None- except Saina Nehwal. That makes it different, doesn’t it? It’s a story of a ‘tigress beti’, ‘princess beti’ who has set fire to the badminton court with her prowess like no one else before. The nation needs to know the story of the ‘World number 1 beti’- an icon for the young and the old, for a long time to come,” says Amole.

Irrfan Khan leads the Actors who went out of their comfort zone in this year (2015)

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Actors who retreat to their comfort zones are really cheating themselves of their most valuable asset: themselves. Being comfortable in acting is actually working against the flow of the craft. When you are comfortable with no challenge, there are no sparks of passion, there is no vulnerability and there is no desire on the part of the audience to watch. Not every actor is successful in their attempts to break out of the box, some people are better left playing to their strengths as opposed to trying to find new ones. But others are able to reach new heights, adding variety to their careers and delighting audiences with their unexpected abilities. Here are 4 actors who got out of their comfort zone this year 2015

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What makes Neil Pattrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother fame) Tick?

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INTERVIEW with Neil Pattrick Harris, who plays Barney Stinson in How I Met Your Mother, to air weekdays 8,30 pm from Monday 14 Dec on Romedy NOW

 

Q: Barney’s become probably the most popular character on the show. Did you have any idea that he would end up taking center stage when you first embarked on that?

 

A: Well, he’s the most extreme character on the show. So, it’s probably easier to write big punch lines for him. The writers can set up a situation that’s more human and then have everyone comment on it. So, when you have a character like Barney in that mix, he’s going to say the most overt and extreme response. So, in turn, that gets the most reaction.

 

Q: Onto “How I Met Your Mother”, do you hear people on the street repeating Barney’s catch phrases, suit up or legendary?

 

A: Yah, I’m getting a fair amount of those recently, actually. It’s kind of nice. I went to the Magic Castle, this private club here in LA the other day. I got a lot of Barney’s, high fives and suit ups. So, it’s odd to walk around and have people assume you are the character and not the person.

 

Q: So what makes Barney tick?

 

A: Single-malt scotch. McCallum’s 18 – that’s probably what makes Barney tick.

 

  1. How similar are you to Barney then?

 

  1. In many ways I’m wildly different but in many ways I’m similar. I think I’m probably equally as sardonic and always kind of looking for a joke, but I’m much more settled down than he is. Also, he probably gets more girls than I do (laughs). But I have to live vicariously through him.

 

Q: Could you be best buds with Barney if he was a real guy?

 

A: Yeah, he’d amuse me. I have a lot of eccentric friends in my group. I got to do a musical called Rent that was about 12 or 13 years ago. I spent the majority of my time with an amazing, eclectic, gypsy group of people and I came to the conclusion that those are the people I like to hang out with. You can hang out with average, boring folk at work. I like to surround myself with court jesters.

 

Q: In 2010 you were named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People, how much of that was to do with Barney?

 

A:  I really couldn’t answer that, I don’t know. I think being on a weekly television show certainly keeps you in the public sector more than if I was just doing sporadic work. It seems like that came to be because of the random other things that were happening at the same time with hosting gigs and the show—I don’t really know how to answer that. I guess the juxtaposition of who I am in real life and who I play on the show might have had something to do with it maybe. I don’t know. (Fans in India can now watch How I Met Your Mother from Season 1 to 9, all episodes, weekdays 8,30 pm from Monday 14 Dec on Romedy NOW)

CID’ – the longest running Indian series on television continues to rule hearts  Successfully enters its 19th year of being on-air

 

 

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CID; the longest running Indian series on television that has given viewers some of the most iconic dialogues by remarkable characters and which holds a Guinness Book of World Records,  is all set to enter its 19th year. To mark this glorious feat, the makers came together to celebrate the show’s successful run. Present at the celebratory event, along with the entire cast of the show, were  NP Singh, CEO – MSM; Danish Khan, EVP & Business Head – SET; Anshuman Sinha, SVP & Senior Creative Director – SET; BP Singh and Pradeep Uppoor – Producer, Fireworks Production.

 

As the show steps in the 19th year, the channel announced some exciting surprises that will further enthrall the audiences. The channel’s much coveted CID Veerta Awards will make a grand comeback on Sony Entertainment Television after 3 years. Airing on 14th August, 2016 the award ceremony will continue with this tradition and inspire audiences.

 

Starting 19th December the CID cops will continue to entertain the fans every Saturday and Sunday at 10 PM. To celebrate the milestone of completing 18 years, the show and CID cops will amaze audience with a refreshing avatar while the cops continue to solve intriguing murder mysteries.

 

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NP Singh, CEO, Multi Screen Media (MSM):

To be on-air for 18 years is an unparalled feat for any Indian programme on television. CID continues to rule hearts and its characters have found a place in the everyday life and rhythm of its viewership. Over the years, CID has not only kept pace with changing consumer preferences and sentiments but also sustained their interest. As it enters, it’s 19th year of successful sustenance, CID will bring new surprises to you and temper your intellect with more mysteries to resolve. Just like the 18 years gone by, the viewers of CID will be able to watch CID for another 18 years, if not more.

CID Veerta awards are to salute those men, women and children who have put others before them; helping them in difficult situations, sometimes even putting their own lives at risk in order to do so. These awards will recognise valour and the belief in human dignity. As time evolves, being recognised as a “CID Veer” would mean being recognised as an advocate of human dignity.

 

Danish Khan, EVP & Business Head, Sony Entertainment Television:

CID is one of the most important franchises of Sony Entertainment Television. The reason it has been successful for over 18 years is because it has changed itself with times, yet remained consistent in its appeal and storytelling. 2016 will see CID in an avatar which will delight its existing set of viewers and attract newer set of viewers. Sony Entertainment Television is committed to take CID into newer heights in 2016.

 

BP Singh, Producer, Fireworks Productions:

“CID is the longest running and one of the most loved shows on Indian television. This very special long run would not have been possible without the support of Sony Entertainment Television. We are extremely proud of the long standing association we have shared with Sony Entertainment Television and hope to continue entertaining our audience further. As CID enters its 19th year, we are thrilled to present the new look which I am sure viewers will enjoy. This new phase will only enable us to further connect with our audience with a fresh approach.”

Karan Mehra shoots underwater for ‘Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai’

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Karan Mehra aka Naitik from one of India’s longest running television shows, ‘Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai’ was visibly happier while shooting recently, the reason being that he got to shoot underwater, for the very first time.

The sequence revolved around Karan Mehra searching for his on-screen wife Hina Khan aka Akshara where he dives into a lake to find and rescue the love of his reel life. Karan admits that it was a memorable experience shooting the sequence, “In spite of facing a few hurdles like the water being dirty and its temperature fluctuating, we did manage to get the shots we wanted. It is rare to have underwater shoots for a daily soap in India and also, it is the first time that we have shot underwater in the 7 years long journey of YRKKH so I was really looking forward to shoot this sequence.”

The episode is already on air and the trailer of the episode had generated quite a stir. Needless to say, the fans have loved the episode and have flooded him with compliments on social media.

 

Registration open in Mumbai for Shiamak’s One Year Dance Program

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Guru of Dance, Shiamak Davar, known for spreading the joy of dance for the past thirty years is now giving an opportunity for dancers to make their passion a profession! Registrations for Shiamak’s One Year (OYP) and Half Yearly (HSP) Dance certifications now open in Mumbai. The programs will impart best in class professional dance training enabling students pursue their dream of a career in dance. Not only will Shiamak hand pick the students for each of the programs but will also personally mentor them during the course on various aspects to ensure all round development.

 

The courses will focus on contemporary, modern and ballet, the courses include Hip Hop, Folk, Jazz, Ballroom, Salsa and Bollywood Jazz; parting both theoretical and practical knowledge to give students a first hand experience at big shows and events. With modules in event management, backstage production, sound, light, musicality, grooming and nutrition; these courses are the most comprehensive in the country for dance enthusiasts to able them with a 360 degree skill set to perform. At the end of the program, select students will get to be a part of reputed Shiamak Davar Dance Company.

 

Registrations NOW open in Mumbai

 

Register for Auditions now –

OYP – www.shiamak.com/oyp

SHP – www.shiamak.com/shp

Ghayal Once Again Trailer To Be Attached With Dilwale And Bajirao Mastani

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Well, if the teaser of Ghayal Once Again left you wanting for more, gear up to watch the full-fledged trailer of the movie!

 

The trailer of Ghayal Once Again will be attached with two of the most awaited films’ of this year – Dilwale and Bajirao Mastani. Though the trailer will be out of 17th of December, it will play in the theaters from 18thDecember, with these two films.

 

Dharmendra presents, written and directed by Sunny Deol, Ghayal Once Again stars Sunny Deol and 4 young kids – Rishabh Arora, Shivam Patil, Daina Khan and Anchal Munjal in lead roles. The movie releases on 15th January 2016.

Nisha’s Early Bird Christmas Gift to underprivileged Mumbai Kids

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Singer and model Nisha Rawal has always had a soft corner for the underprivileged children. This time around she took it upon herself to create awareness about the children of The Vatsalya Foundation. Her stride to amass support for these bravehearts did not stop at just awareness. With the support of Ketto, a crowd funding platform, Nisha has found a way for people to donate for the upliftment of these children. With 10 days to go for the deadline, the fund has already crossed a handsome target of Rs 1,00,000.

Nisha left no stone unturned in getting this message across to people. The cover song artist Nisha, brought her passion for art and philanthropy together to get this noble cause out there. Nisha along with launching the Ketto fund campaign also releases a heartwarming cover song, aptly titled “Choti si Asha”, encapsulating the dreams and hopes of these marginalized children.

The Song was shot at The Vatsalya foundation and featured the children from foundation in the video. It was directed by none other than television star and Nisha’s Husband, Karan Mehra.  Extending the support to this noble cause, legendary choreographer Terence Lewis also featured in the video and was seen doing a lot ofmasti with the children. The legendary singer and producer duo Meet Bros helped bring this soulful song together with their experience and guidance.

Talking about the success of the campaign, “My whole idea about the Ketto campaign was that funds are important but awareness is more important. We wanted more and more people to know about the hardships of these children. Thus the song, I am already pursuing music as a vocation and I felt featuring Vatsalya in my second cover song will give exposure to the work and efforts put in by the foundation. I am glad that we achieved the target and there is some more time to go.”

Talking about the success of the fund raiser, Actor Kunal Kapoor who is also the Co-Founder of Ketto said, “Nisha’s fund raiser on Ketto has been a phenomenal success. We reached our goal well ahead of time and over shot the target too. I was personally kicked about this fundraiser because it was not just about getting the money, Nisha got the children involved in the venture by featuring them in the video. It gave them a huge exposure and something beyond their daily rut. We at Ketto also believe in creating a positive environment, while fund raising for a CSR activity. The efficacy of crowd funding is to really reach out to the masses with a case that people can relate to and also keep your targets wise and insync with the space.”

The funds amassed from Ketto will be used towards buying clothing and shoes, as kids would like shirts, trousers, T- shirts and track pants, something many of us might take for granted.  100 children will be taken care of by these generous donations.

Fine blend of creativity & wit at Colour Splash: Kiara Advani

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This year Bollywood actor Kiara Advani was guest for prize distribution Function of Colour Splash; the topics given to students urged them to think out of the box to come up with something visually at tractive. Junior students worked on the to pics `Draw your favourite wrest ling superstar’.

Colour Splash Painting Competition that was held at the Nehru Science Centre was a testimony to this fact. Armed with paintbrushes and crayons, over 2,100 students swarmed the venue to paint their imaginations in bright hues.

“My message to the youth is to pursue your dreams and follow your heart be it in any creative form; but it is extremely important to complete your education and build a strong foundation so that if things don’t work out your way, you always have something to fall back on.” Says Kiara Advani

The Khans double up for Bigg Boss Nau- Double Trouble

 

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​dosti mein unness bees toh chalti hai aur yehi batane aa rahein is unness bees ko

The cult Jodi of Salman and Shahrukh created magic on screen as Karan- Arjun in the year 1995. And finally after 20 years, it’s time for this popular Jodi will reunite and recreate those moments once again. Salman and Shahrukh will soon be seen in an upcoming episode of COLORS show  Bigg Boss Nau on 19-20th December. Recently,  the duo shot for a promo as a build up to the episode ​in Karan- Arjun style. In a dramatic set up of a Mandir with bells swaying behind them, Karan- Arjun appeared on stage and took the opportunity to tell the entire nation that what lies in their heart. Being at his quirkiest ​best ​in the promo, ​Salman said that he still hasn’t forget certain things that went wrong between the two whereas  Shahrukh playfully replied by saying that ‘Dosti mein 19-20 ​toh chalti rehti ​hai’ and it instantly melted Salman’s heart. Salman and Shahrukh were also seen reminiscing their good old days while often breaking into spurts of laughter​whenver Rakhi’s – ‘​​Mere Karan Arjun Aaeng​e ​ Voice over would play…The camaraderie the two shared was a delight to everyone’s eyes​on the sets​ and will soon become a national phenomenon as they will come together soon on Bigg Boss Nau Double Trouble​ this month.

Don’t miss to watch this historical episode of Bigg Boss Nau on December 19 and 20th , 2015 at 9pm only on COLORS!

Tata Sky launches ‘Dance Studio’ powered by Dance with Madhuri

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India’s first-ever interactive dance service on a DTH platform

 

Tata Sky, the pioneer of innovative services in the DTH industry has launched a new interactive service ‘Dance Studio’, powered by ‘Dance With Madhuri’ (DWM), in collaboration with RnM Moving Pictures Pvt Ltd. (founded by the renowned actor & dancer, Madhuri Dixit Nene and Dr. Shriram Nene). This service, on a DTH platform, enables Tata Sky’s subscribers to learn dance forms in the comfort of their homes.

The highlight of Dance Studio is Madhuri herself, teaching dance to her popular Bollywood songs, including Ghagra, Ek Do Teen, Tamma Tamma, Aaja Nachle and more. The service also has an impressive line-up of legends of dance like Pt Birju Maharaj, and ace choreographers like Saroj Khan, Remo D’Souza, Terence Lewis, Salman Yusuff Khan, Deepak Singh, Savio Barnes, Shampa Gopikrishna, Meher Malik, who will provide introduction to different dance forms ranging from Bollywood dance to specialized forms like Kathak, Bharatanatyam, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip-Hop along with Salsa, Tango and more.

With a launch offer for the first ten days as FREE, and economically priced at Rs 59 per month, the service makes learning dance from the experts accessible to subscribers everywhere, across age-groups and beyond geographical and socioeconomic boundaries.  

Commenting on RnM Moving Picture’s association with Tata Sky, Madhuri Dixit said, “Our vision was to take the passion of dance to everyone and we believe our collaboration with Tata Sky will ensure that millions of people can now learn how to dance right in their living rooms in India. It has been our endeavour to spread the joy of dance for which, we put in a lot of effort to select the best choreographers, who help us  create content that teaches how to dance in the most systematic, authentic and convenient way possible.“

 

Dancing to Bollywood songs is a part of every occasion, from birthdays to weddings. But not everybody has the confidence to get up and shake a leg on the dance floor. Through this new innovative service, Tata Sky is confident that more people will shed their inhibitions and get up to dance at the next event they attend.