Aishwarya Rai Bachchan does seva at the Golden Temple

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It has been known that the cast and crew of ‘Sarbjit’ which is directed by the National Award winning director is sailing through the 3rd schedule of the film in Punjab. The crew recently shot at the Harmandir Sahib, Golden Temple in Amritsar where they captured some beautiful shots of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in and with the beautiful shrine.

However, to get these shots the B-town beauty queen also had the privilege to perform seva at the divine monument. From washing dishes to sweeping the floors, making chapatis and preparing dal, the beautiful actress did everything that a person doing seva in the temple would do. She also had food at the traditional ‘langar’.

“It is commendable how calm and composed she was in spite of the crowd pouncing to get a glimpse of her. She performed every seva with utmost interest and kept asking the Golden Temple officials to guide her to do every seva correctly so that there were no mistakes made. It was really thoughtful of her to be very particular about not hurting any  sentiments or go against their rituals” conveyed a source.

Producer: Vashu Bhagnani, Bhushan Kumar, Krishen Kumar , Sandeep Singh and Omung Kumar, Creative director: Sandeep Singh, DOP: Kiran Deohans, Screenplay: Utkarshini Vashishtha and Rajesh Beri, Dialogue: Utkarshini Vashishtha , Production Designer: Vanita Omung Kumar, Editor: Rajesh G Pandey, Costume: Shaahid Amir & Neetu Singh, Music: Shail-Pritesh, Lyrics: Turaz and Sandeep Singh, Sound: Kunal Parikshit, Choreographer: Vishnu Deva, Casting Director: Shruti & Parag, Action Director: Pradyumna Kumar Swain. (PK), Publicist: Archana Sadanand (Imagesmiths)

Teraa Surroor launches their new poster & Farah Karimaee can’t take her eyes of Himesh Reshammiya in it!

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The Teraa Surroor team recently launched their new poster and it looks amazing! In the poster, Himesh Reshammiya & Farah Karimaee look super fit and ready for an action packed release! The earlier looks of the stars were also great — racy and sizzling. But this new poster has Himesh & Farah complimenting each other well and we can’t take our eyes off them! 

What we loved in the new poster of Teraa Surroor is the minimal use of colour and the greyscale effect without any garish or bright-colours. It contributes towards the theme of the film, “A Lethal Love Story” and has got us on the edge of our seats! 

Teraa Surroor, produced by Tseries and HR Musik, releases on 11th March,2016

Sikandar Kher is back with a bang!

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The recently-released Tere Bin Laden: Dead or Alive has hit home with the audience and so has Sikandar Kher’s performance in it. The actor who plays dual characters in the film has been receiving a lot of  praise for both his roles, as David Dosomething and moreso for his performance as the potbellied Punjabi Hollywood producer David Chaddha.

Shubhra Gupta from Indian Express says, “The one actor, hard to recognize under all the make-up, who proves to be a complete funster is Sikandar Kher in a ‘double-role’: as the Yank operative assigned to the Osama job chewing on a broad accent which doesn’t drop, as well as the pot-bellied Hollywood ‘producer’ David Chaddha, he is a hoot.”

Deccan Chronicle mentions, “While watching Sikandar Kher’s performance, you wonder where was this talent hidden all these years. Playing David Chaddha, he pulls off the character with so much ease that he actually is a relief in portions where the film goes haywire.”

According to DNA, “Sikandar who gives a hilarious performance as the CIA officer. The prosthetic and makeup in the first half make him almost unrecognisable. His David Chadda – Bollywood producer act in the second half is funny as well.”

Rahul Desai too is all praise for the actor and says, “it’s Sikandar Kher who turns in a shape-shifting (literally) performance as David Dosomething/Chaddha. He is an absolute hoot, and his transition from yank to yuck is a sight to behold – especially the way he adjusts his neck-inbuilt dialect translation button ”

Rediff says, “Impressive is the previously untapped comic potential of Sikandar Kher.The actor is unrecognisable as the middle-aged CIA guy with a snazzy accent as well as the pot-bellied NRI producer jabbering in heavyweight Punjabi.The make-up is quite good as is the man under it. In a well-written film, he’d all you notice.”

Mumbai Mirror says, ” This film belongs to Sikander Kher. Be it the yee-haw Southern Texas accent he pulls off while playing CIA chief David Dosomething or his alter ego, which manifests by tweaking the “detachable mole” on the side of his neck — the happy-gogaudy Haaliwood producer David Chaddha. To play the latter, he gets into a hairier version of the Nutty Professor bodysuit to pass for a Punjabi NRI with celluloid dreams. In both, he’s unrecognizable and committed. If only the dialogues were sharper, his character could’ve been legendary.

With the actor getting a thumbs-up from the audience and the trade, it looks like Sikandar’s second innings is indeed turning out to be very promising.

Kunal Kapoor sports a funky braided man-bun

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Kunal Kapoor might be the only actor who defines the phrase of tall, dark and handsome. With easy charm and quiet demeanor, Kunal has emerged as one of the leading style icons of the country. While the models-turned-actors are considered to be the fashion-forward ones in the country, Kunal is one of the very few Bollywood actors, who create trends and doesn’t follow them.

The actor who has been sporting a man bun for the last few months, has now taken a step ahead in creating a trend of his own, which is a funky braided man bun. Its a combination of the man bun and french braids. It’s part of the look for his next movie ‘Veeram’ in which he plays a warrior and was styled by his hair stylist Ryan. The actor has been wearing this look for the last couple of weeks and seems to be enjoying it. Even though he is done with the film, the actor has decided to keep it, till he starts shooting for his next with Dharma Productions.

Talking about it Kunal Kapoor says, “It’s something that i did for my new film ‘Veeram’ It’s fun and i am going to keep it till I chop my hair off for the next one’

Well we can’t think of many men that can pull this off, Kunal surely can. what do you think about his new look?

Model and Actress Kesariee does a Photoshoot

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The year has been one of the hottest ones both in terms of scorching summers and hot photoshoots. Actress Kesariee, known for her role in many TV shows has done a photoshoot were she was seen in both Indian and Western outfits. The photoshoot includes striking hot and elegant poses while being in western as well as Indian outfits respectively. Actress was seen wearing a black net one piece with long knee length boots. Sports a hot look with that perfect updo and oxidised jewellery. In yet another photoshoot, she is seen posing in a sultry floral gown and bright red wedges. She has added indianness in her photoshoot to impress her fans across India. Kesariee looks her ethnic best in a nose ring and a red bindi.

Kesariee Said, “It’s always a pleasure to do my bit for the fans. Whatever I’m today, I’m because of them. And I shall continue to entertain them in television and films”

With temptress looks, the B’town diva Kesariee through this Photoshoot, has been successful in bringing men down on their knees.

Sushant Singh Rajput takes Panga with Anchor Sachin Kumbhar

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Our very own sporty KaiPoche star Sushant Singh Rajput attended the star sports Prokabbadi league. He was seen chatting up with Prokabaddi league anchor Sachin Kumbhar about his upcoming movie based on the biopic of our Indian cricketer MS Dhoni. on 28th February,2016 at Dome@NSCI stadium around 7.30 pm.

When Sachin asked Sushant singh about his favourite kabbadi move of this season, Sushant said ‘I really like how Jasvir Singha’ plays and his Scorpion kick move is my favourite, would love to try it out soon.’

Well he did try the scorpion kick move on anchor Sachin Kumbhar and was also seen doing a famous thigh five – (a player style when he scores a point with one leg in the air while you pat the thigh with one hand and the other hand up in the air). Sushant added his unique break dance style to the thigh five while he and Sachin were totally in sync.

Looks like Sushant Singh Rajput along with anchor Sachin Kumbhar is fond of Le panga.

Subhash Ghai meets Nepal Prime Minister

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Recently the showman of Bollywood Subhash Ghai had a rendezvous with the honorable Prime Minister of Nepal – Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli at  Manisha Koirala’s high-tea event in Mumbai. The grand event was a private affair and was attended by the many Bollywood celebrities like Govinda,Tabu along with other politicians and officials.

A little birdie from the private event spilled some inside details about this unofficial meeting between the filmmaker and the Prime Minister, and informed that the two gentlemen were seen engrossed in talks about their views on improving ways to make Nepal a Cinema friendly destination. It is heard that the ace director has proposed to the PM of Nepal to create more facilities in their country for filmmakers to come and showcase the enchanting beauty of Nepal. Subhash Ghai also had an opinion that Nepal should go ahead and market to the world about how beautiful and mesmerizing their country is.

Eros International’s Malayalam film ‘White’ starring Mammootty & Huma Qureshi wraps up shoot

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Eros International’s, Malayalam film ‘White’ starring Mammootty & Huma Qureshi has wrapped up shoot. White marks the debut of Huma Qureshi in Malayalam film that has been directed by Uday Ananthan.

White hits theatres this summer.

Vidyut Jamwal has no regrets rejecting Salman’s film

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Bollywood actor Vidyut Jamwal, who is gearing up for the release of his upcoming action film `Commando 2`, recently said that he doesn’t regret rejecting Salman Khan’s hit ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’.
He, however, expressed his desire to work with the `Dabangg` actor.

 

“I don’t regret not doing ‘ Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’ but I wanted to work with Salman Khan. I would have done the film if I would not have been preparing for ‘Commando 2′,” the 35-year-old actor said while addressing the media on the location of his film.

 

Commenting on the ongoing protests by members of the Jat community demanding reservation in government jobs, Vidyut urges them not to get influenced by emotions.

 

“I think that more than emotions, our Jat brothers should apply their mind. We can be provoked too. They should use their heart and brain,” he added.

 

The upcoming film, which stars Pooja Chopra and TV actor Deven Bhojani ,is a sequel of the 2013 action film `Commando’, which was directed by Dilip Ghosh and produced by Vipul Shah

Sonam Kapoor will make Hollywood debut only with strong role

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Sonam Kapoor, who is flying high since ‘Neerja’ release, expressed her desire to work in the West, but only if she gets a strong character to play.

In an interview with a leading daily, the 30-year-old actor, who is known to be the fashionista of B-Town, said that she had worked very hard not to be this exotic Indian girl in India and to prove that she took up a film like ‘ Neerja.’

When asked if she doesn’t like international stardom, Sonam Kapoor replied, “For me, conquering the world is not important,” rather conquering and honing my craft is more important.

She further said that she would not like to start all over again and will only do something if it holds a lot of weight – she wants a “strong, amazing” character.

Jha makes Murli run for his life yet again!  

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Noted character actor Murli Sharma shares that while he has played the baddie in all his films with Prakash Jha including Apaharan and Chakravyuh, all the roles have been very different from each other. But Murli, who is also playing a baddie in Jha’s upcoming Jai GangaaJal as well, reveals that apart from being the villain, his roles in the Jha films have one big similarity. “There is always a chase sequence right before my character gets killed off, so I am always running before being killed,” he exclaims.

The actor was made to run in Apaharan, while in Chakravyuh too he gets chased in the jungles. And in Jai GangaaJal too there is a chase sequence shot on Murli. “My role in Jai GangaaJal is completely different from my previous roles and has an effeminate streak. So, I thought for a change I would not have a chase sequence in this one. But I was wrong,” says the actor. “BhaiJi (as Jha is called) has always made me run and it used to be a joke amongst us, that even between shots whenever he would see me standing he would yell out asking me to run! So I have run on roads, in jungles, in bylanes… In fact, his first line to me would be, ‘Kyon Murli bhaagne ko tayyar ho?’ (Are you ready to run again?) and of course I would answer in affirmation,” laughs Murli.

Veteran actress Salma Agha roped in for &TV’s Meri Awaaz Hi Pehchaan Hai

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Yesteryears singer-actress Salma Agha will soon be seen making a debut on small screen in &TV’s ambitious finite series, Meri Awaaz Hi Pehchaan Hai. The show already boasts of a stellar cast with the likes of Amrita Roa, Deepti Naval, Zarina Wahab and Pallavi Joshi amongst others and Salma Agha will be seen essaying an important role as famous singer Nayantara Devi. After a long hiatus from the world of entertainment, the makers have successfully managed to convince the otherwise reclusive actress to charm the audience with her evergreen andaaz. Here’s wishing the actress all the very best with a hope to see her more often on screen!

 

Elated Salma says, “After years of people approaching me, I feel content and confident about this show. The character of Nayantara Devi appealed to me the most because of the dignity and grace with which it has been written. I was completely smitten by the character and it is the closest to my heart. Nayantara Devi is a highly accomplished singer and plays an important role in shaping the life of the protagonist Kalyani. I had been extremely busy with music till now, travelling the world for my shows but it will be great resuming back to the world of acting with an inspiring character to play”

 

 

Don’t forget to tune into Meri Awaaz Hi Pehchaan Hai starting March 7, 2015 from Monday to Friday at 08:00pm only on &TV

Sarabjit’s real sister dotes on Randeep – the reel Sarabjit

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Randeep Hooda, who is portraying Sarabjit Singh in Omung Kumar’s next, shares an emotional bond with Sarabjit’s sister, Dalbir Kaur


Randeep Hooda, who will be seen playing Sarabjit Singh in Omung Kumar’s upcoming film, seems to share an emotional bond with Sarabjit’s real sister Dalbir Kaur. Insiders share that not only does she dote on Randeep, she even visited him on sets recently and invited him home for lunch.

An insider says, “Randeep met Dalbir for the first time in Mumbai, before they started shooting for the movie. And when they were filming at Bhikhiwind, a town along the India-Pakistan border in Punjab, recently, Dalbir dropped in on the sets to meet Randeep. She shared stories of her and Sarabjit’s childhood. This even helped Randeep prepare for his role.”

The source further adds that Dalbir has invited Randeep to her house. “He has promised her that he will come over for a meal. They share a great bond now.”

When contacted, Randeep says, “It was a pleasure to meet Sarabjit’s family and friends in Bhikhiwind. Dalbir and both her daughters are adorable.”

Oraios- A luxury Design studio for men by Kaushik Shrimanker celebrates their new address 

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LAUNCHING THE FIRST OF ITS KIND SCENTED SOCKS FOR MEN

 

Meet the men’s wear influencers! Oraios- A luxury Design studio for men by Kaushik Shrimanker who is the star in menswear, the taste-makers, the judge and the jury will celebrate the new address on the 27th of February, 2016 on Saturday at Bungalow no. 19A, Road No. 18A, Khar (West), Mumbai.

 

Oraios- A luxury Design studio for men by Kaushik Shrimanker exudes style and power, the two main themes of Kaushik’s designs & his personality. A Luxury design studio for men by the name Oraios with an envy-inspiring wardrobe by Kaushik Shrimanker will soon celebrate their new address.

 

True masculine perfection! Kaushik Shrimanker’s designs makes dressing like your granddad look cool. He’s got a safari-meets-vintage vibe that’s both stylish and masculine. In this time Oraios- A luxury Design studio for men by Kaushik Shrimanker has offered their ready to wear clothing, their signature layered fashion styles & bandhgalas. Plus a world class level of bespoke tailoring. Last of which is defined by their signature silhouette 2 button front, single vent soft shoulder suits.

PARINEETI’S ‘FAN’TASTIC TRIP DOWN UNDER

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Bollywood’s new age Bindu a.k.a Parineeti Chopra, who will soon plunge into preparations for her forthcoming film ‘Meri Pyaari Bindu’, is letting her hair down and wants to ensure that she has a gala time on her Australian Holiday down under.

The vivacious actress, on her recent visit to Cairns in Queensland, Australia, has been earnestly tracked by all her fans. They have showered her with a warm welcome and are hoping that young actress makes the most of her brief visit there. Pari too, on her part has obliged her numerous aficionados with selfies and autographs galore. But that’s not all, her fans have also suggested some must see’s and must do’s for the young actress on her adrenaline packed trip.

 

Some of these suggestions include visiting the Kuranda Koala Gardens, the Sky rail experience, Helicopter flight over Vlassoff Cay, jungle surfing at Cape Tribulation and visiting the Daintree Rainforest – one of the worlds oldest rainforest.

 

Parineeti has added some of these suggestions to her itinerary. Of course, what the actress is most looking forward to is to go deep sea diving at the pristine Great Barrier Reef.

 

Seems like this is going to be a ‘FAN’tastic trip for Pari!!

Rocky Handsome’s ‘Rehnuma’ featuring John &Shruti shot at the scenic Seychelles!!

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It is the romantic track, ‘Rehnuma’ from the forthcoming action thriller Rocky Handsome that will be see Seychelles make a come back on Bollywood screens after several . Sung by Shreya Ghoshal & Inder Bawra and music has been given by debutants Sunny & Inder Bawra  here’s presenting the first look of John Abraham and Shruti Haasan’s romantic ‘Rehunuma’.
Nature’s tailor made romantic getaway Seychelle’s became the picture perfect backdrop for ‘Rehnuma’. John and Shruti share a great chemistry in the song. We hear the speed boat used in the song caught the actor’s fancy who, post taking only basic necessary lessons, would take it for spins between breaks and be in full control of it like a professional in the deep blue waters of Seychelles.
Rocky Handsome is John & Shruti’s second film together and they have certainly created some aura around them. ‘Rehunuma’ is a soulful track with some heart-wrenching lines and is poised to become one of the most romantic song of this year.
Directed by Nishikant Kamat, Presented by JA Entertainment and AZURE Entertainment, Produced by John Abraham, Sunir Kheterpal & DMEL Rocky Handsome is an AZURE Entertainment Production to release on 25th March, 2016

Tissot introduces Virat Kohli as its Indian male brand ambassador Ace cricketer to endorse luxury watches

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Tissot, famous Swiss watch brand, known for its spirit of innovation by tradition announced ace cricketer Virat Kohli as the brand ambassador today in Mumbai. The cricketer, who mirrors the Swiss brand’s mastery for breaking new ground and its uncompromising commitment to excellence, also oozes style and confidence that makes him a youth icon.

Owning various records in the cricketing genre, Virat Kohli went on to become an exemplary batsman and won the historic 2011 World Cup with his teammates. He now leads the Indian test cricket team and is a trendsetter, both on and off the field.

Speaking at the announcement, Virat Kohli expressed his excitement of coming on board. “It is an honour to be chosen by Tissot. Tissot is a brand that is recognised for its precision and I also hold that very close to my performances. A watch is about the only accessory I love wearing and I am so happy that Tissot is what I will be wearing now. I am looking forward to our journey together.”

François Thiébaud, President of Tissot said “I am very happy to welcome Virat Kohli in the Tissot family. Tissot is a brand with strong heritage just like the Indian culture. In addition, we have a deep connection with sports. Therefore, Virat, who is one of the best cricketers in the world, is the perfect ambassador for us. We wish for him and his team to win the next Cricket World Championship.”

On this occasion, Virat was presented with Tissot’s classic collection – Chemin des Tourelles. It takes its name from the street in Le Locle, Switzerland, where the Tissot manufacture was established in 1907, and where the company can still be found today. The watch compliments the company’s vast years of expertise with a contemporary design with an elegant case that comes in a variety of different finishes, including polished and brushed, perfectly demonstrating the technical know-how Tissot puts into every piece.

On this occasion, Tissot unveiled its first ever campaign with Virat Kohli, where he is seen in his cricketing gear flaunting Tissot’s latest T-Touch Expert Solar, the first tactile watch to be powered by solar energy. Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar is coolly edgy with 20 tactile essential functions for everyday use, including weather forecast, altimeter, chronograph and compass. An iconic watch for an iconic man.

Alia’s dreaming about New York Fashion Week

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It seems like Alia Bhatt is a little wistful these days. Is it her relationship with Sidharth Malhotra or something else that’s keeping her in this enigmatic mood?

 

Clarifying this, Alia Bhatt said, “One of my favorite make-up artists Elton J Fernandez has been sent to New York Fashion Week by Maybelline New York. I am super excited for him as it will be his first-time working backstage with renowned designers and international makeup artists. Wishing him lots of luck!”

 

Elton J Fernandez has been Alia’s favourite makeup artist and has done flawless make-up for her on many occasions. Being the brand ambassador of Maybelline New York, Alia has her dreams to go international. She said, “It’s been my dream to attend New York Fashion Week, where ultimate fashion and style icons have made their mark! It’s a brilliant platform and I would love to attend Fashion Week next season!”

 

Alia Bhatt is currently shooting for a film with Shahrukh Khan in Goa.

Riteish Deshmukh look in Banjo

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Here’s Riteish Deshmukh’s never seen before look from Eros International’s upcoming musical drama Banjo directed by Ravi Jadhav produced by Krishika Lulla

Introduction:

Banjo is… more than a story, is a journey. It is a journey in which someone crosses seven seas to meet her dreams. And some reach their hearts to meet themselves. Orchestrated by destiny, a DJ from US meets a Banjo Party from Mumbai… they take the leap, they fly, they rise, they stumble, they dust, and they stand again

 

Anecdotes:

“Zindagi do options deti hain…bajo ya bajao”

“Kab tak bajayega dusre ki dhun, kabhi to apne dil ki sun…”

Style shouldn’t precede comfort in fashion, feels Rupali Suri

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Fashion and actress Rupali Suri go together. The girl is a regular with the fashion industry and has been walking the ramp for some of the best designers in the country.

 

Two of her favourites are Rahul Mishra and Vaishali S. “The latter’s garments are very feminine and even give that great look in silhouettes,” quips the spunky gal. Rupali is quick to add that she also likes the sensibilities of some other budding designers. “It’s all about perfect cut and fit, isn’t it,” she asks.

 

So how does she define personal style? “Though I am particular about dressing sense and colour schemes, I go with the flow. I’d say, my personal style is a mix of comfort and colours. One can’t carry a garment that one is not comfortable in. I’d rather be stylishly comfortable than comfortably stylish.”

 

So true! Describing fashion as a reflection of one’s self, mirrored in one’s personality is probably the finest description it can have. After all, the way a girl dresses up and carries herself, speaks volumes about her persona and adds attitude.

 

The Gladrags MegaModel winner will soon be making her big screen debut, playing a key role in director Arun Frank’s first feature film Dad… Hold My Hand. Being made entirely in English, the film shot in London and Mumbai, is expected to do the rounds of the festival circuit, apart from releasing in India and the West.

Parineeti Chopra to Go Deep Sea Diving at Great Barrier Reef

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Parineeti Chopra is a water baby & travel junkie. High on her list of top to do things is deep sea diving. She is so passionate about the sport that she has actually trained a year ago to go deep sea diving at the world’s most popular spot for it, the Great Barrier Reef.

 

So before she plunges neck deep into preparations & ground work for her forthcoming film ‘Meri Pyaari Bindu’, Parineeti will take off to Cairns Queensland, Australia  to indulge herself in some adrenaline driving deep sea diving.

Loves Games to now release on 8th April, 2016

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Vikram Bhatt’s next, Love Games, which is an urban thriller featuring Patraleka, Tara Alisha Berry and Gaurav Arora will now be releasing on 8th April, 2016. According to producer Vishesh Bhatt, the dark film will see Patraleka in a completely new avatar. He says, “The audience will see a completely new facet of Patralekha, which is a far cry from her first film, Citylights.” The film also marks the big screen debut of the two new faces – Gaurav and Tara.

T-Series & Mahesh Bhatt presents Love Games. Produced by Mukesh Bhatt & T-Series.

Nagesh Kukunoor switches sides at the Berlin Film Festival!

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The noted filmmaker whose film had won a top honour at the Berlinale last year is on the jury of a prestigious award this year
Critically-acclaimed filmmaker Nagesh Kukunoor is headed to attend the Berlin Film Festival (February 11-21) where he is on the Generation KPlus International Jury (for children). Interestingly, Nagesh had attended the Berlinale last year too and his film ‘Dhanak’ had even won the Grand Prix of Berlin’s Generation’s International Jury. So, naturally, it’s now an even bigger honour for the filmmaker to be a part of the jury giving away the award.

When contacted, Nagesh admits that it’s not only a big honour, but will also be more relaxing than last year. He says, “It is a genuine honour to serve on the Generation K Plus Jury at the Berlin Film Festival since it is one of the best festivals in the world. It will be much more relaxing to attend the festival without the stress of screening your own film. When ‘Dhanak’ won the Grand Prix last year, I was at the receiving end, so it will be fun to actually hand out the prize this year.”

Bollywood superstars to set the stage on fire in Dubai with TOIFA 2016 on March 17 & 18.

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Bollywood is all set to rise the temperatures in Dubai this March by hosting TOIFA 2016 on March 17 & 18. The grand event promises its audience a heavy dose of pure Bollywood entertainment with sizzling acts from favorite celebrities Shah Rukh khan, Varun Dhawan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez and Yo Yo Honey Singh. According to sources, the event will have many more A list celebrity performances with few special surprise visits from stars whom you won’t expect.

Saregama  launches  Hema Malini’s music album “Dream Girl” conceptualized  & composed by Babul Supriyo

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RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group owned music label Saregama India Ltd, India’s flagship music and entertainment  Company has launched a prestigious album Dream Girl, composed and sung by Babul Supriyo  (Minister of State for Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation) with Bollywood’s Dream Girl, Hema Malini (Member of Parliament).   A line of this track says, ‘Big B se leke Paaji’ which set the stage for her co-stars Amitabh Bachchan & Dharmendra to launch the music album.

 

On this occasion, Babul Supriyo, who has not only conceptualised the song but has also composed the melody,  expressed his delight and happiness in  working with the legendary .  actor.  “While we were dubbing the other 2 songs it was Hema ji’s enthusiasm that made this duet happen!   She is an absolute sport and surprised all of us with her zeal to try new things.  It was a challenge to get the right direction, both lyrically and conceptually, because I didn’t want it to be a regular duet song.  I am very happy with the outcome and extremely grateful to Hema ji for pouring her heart into it.  My sincere appreciation to the entire team of Saregama for making this happen so very beautifully.  I am sure the album aptly titled Dream Girl and releasing on the eve of Valentines Day will make many a heart  beat faster, for love and with love”

At the launch, Hema Malini said, “Art and entertainment is what keeps me going; it is a part of me now. I had not explored my singing talent before and I am therefore very excited to showcase this side of me to the audience. Hope they continue to shower their love on me as they have done over the past years.”

 

 

DIANDRA SOARES TO PLAY AN ETERNAL ENCHANTRESS IN ALISHA’S NEXT EPISODE

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~Joins the likes of Mohan Kapoor and Riya Sen to make an appearance on the popular web series~

The multifaceted and unconventional beauty Diandra Soares will next be seen in the upcoming episode of Culture Machine’s web series Alisha. To be released on
Culture Machine’s lifestyle YouTube Channel Blush on 9th February ‘16, the episode ‘The Secret Life of Alfia Romani’ will feature Diandra playing an enigmatic character named Alfia Romani who hasn’t aged a year after turning 30. Alfia is one of the many forgotten faces from the 1960s who are being interviewed by the lead character Alisha, portrayed by Lianne Texeira, for a story that she is working on. During the interview, Alisha uncovers a 100 year old mystery.

Talking about her character and Alisha, Diandra said, “My character Alfia is a mysterious character who loves to dress fancy and that is not too far away from my own style sensibility so I loved playing her. Alfia shows only a hint of skin and I loved all of her accessories so dressing up as her was a lot of fun! Shooting with the Alisha and Culture Machine team was great experience and I hope to work with them again soon!”

Randeep’s ‘chameleon traits’ shock Omung Kumar

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The actor took up the challenging weight loss and gain for his role as Sarabjit with the help of his sister Dr Anjali Hooda Sangwan

Randeep Hooda, who had beefed up muscle to play a street fighter in Deepak Tijori’s ‘Do Lafzon Ki Kahaani’, had to shed 18 kg for Omung Kumar’s Sarabjit. And for this, the actor had to go on a near starvation diet which was supervised by his sister, who is a doctor.

Talking about the brief given to Randeep, Omung Kumar says, “In his years in jail, Sarabjit was kept in a 4 x 4 room and had rat bites all over him. The first time I met Randeep, I told him that I wanted to see his bones. He took up the challenge and shocked everyone with the outcome.” The director adds that he wasn’t able to recognise Randeep on the first day of shoot and he largely went unnoticed. “It was only when I called for him that I realised he was sitting right there.”

About the process, Randeep’s sister Dr Anjali Hooda Sangwan, (MD – Weight loss and metabolic consultant) agrees that this kind of a weight loss was indeed a challenge. “We planned on a low calorie diet – the Protein sparing modified fast – and it was targeted weight loss while making sure that there is no muscle loss. So Randeep had to cut down on all sorts of sugars including fruit sugar that means he couldn’t even have fruits. He cut down the carbs completely, but we made sure that his protein intake is not hampered. It involves a very strict diet to be followed including no exercise and I’m amazed how Randeep pulled it off,” she shared.

Anjali adds that the bigger challenge was to help Randeep get back the pounds within a 20-day break. Admitting that it’s very unhealthy and dangerous and something she would never recommend to anyone, she shares that Randeep went through this only for the role and under her medical supervision. “It’s just like how Matthew McConaughey and Christian Bale had undergone complete weight loss for their roles in Hollywood, but it’s strictly medically done. We would monitor Randeep’s blood every 10 days. And it’s due to his sheer will-power that Randeep has managed losing and gaining back the weight in a very healthy manner. He was extremely dedicated and motivated to go through the process and he’s co-operated on every front.”

Omung agrees and states that Randeep has chameleon traits. He recalls that for the flashback sequences he asked the actor to put on a few kilos for a wrestling scene. “I gave him a 20 days break and he came back all pumped up,” he says.

New ‘Ishq Forever’ Trailer Promises An Exciting Rom-Adventure

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A few weeks after the makers of upcoming rom-adventure ‘Ishq Forever’ unveiled the first trailer of their film, a second trailer of the movie has been released, which offers a slightly closer look at the film’s plot.
Starring Krishna Chaturvedi, Ruhi Singh, Lisa Ray and Jaaved Jaaferi, ‘Ishq Forever’ revolves around a free-spirited girl Rhea (Ruhi), whose life turns upside down when her father is appointed as the Prime Minister of India and she starts getting round the clock security, which hampers her independent lifestyle.
When Rhea runs away from her security team, she bumps into a mysterious stranger named Aryan Shekawat (Krishna), who promises her an adventurous journey. Thrown into the mix are a pair of terrorists intent on kidnapping Rhea and a pair of RAW agents (Jaaved and Lisa), who are a divorced couple and cannot stand the sight of each other, but are forced to work together to trace the elusive Rhea.
The trailer of the film is quite visually appealing and promises a rom-adventure with many twists and turns. Another fact which makes the film special is that legendary composer Nadeem Saifi makes his comeback to Bollywood with this movie.
‘Ishq Forever’ has been directed by Sameer Sippy and produced by Ajay Shah, Himanshu Gandhi and Shabeer Boxwala under their banner Friday Cine Entertainment. The film is slated to release on February 19.

Rajniesh Re-lived His College Time ‘Angry Young Man’ days As Bicky Shukla In ‘Direct Ishq’ releasing on 19th Feb.

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Real life means reel life – This was pretty much the case for Rajniesh Duggall when he started shooting for Direct Ishq. As Bicky Shukla, a youth leader in Banaras, he had a task cut out, which was that of playing an Angry Young Man with a heart of gold. Well, as it turned out, this wasn’t really tough for the Delhi boy. Reason? During his college days, he was pretty much a similar, if not the same person. “I think somewhere that Bicky Shukla was always there in me since the college days,” says Rajniesh, who is a product of APJ School of Management, Delhi, “When I was 22-23 year old, I was a very short tempered guy. There were three of us in a group, and we always used to get into brawls. Since we were into a Management course, we tried to stay a little away from trouble par kuch na kuch ho hi jaata tha. The three of us were from East, West and South Delhi respectively. Ab imagine karo, poora Dilli saath tha toh aisa toh hona hi tha.”No wonder, when the part of Bicky Shukla came his way, Rajniesh 
was delighted as he could now revisit the college days gone by.”Yeah, this is what gets the action on screen,” smiles Rajniesh, “College mein toh itni fight nahi kar paaya par chalo screen par ho gayi. You know, I was quite short tempered even when I modeling. It was acting that got it all tamed down. I realized that itna gussa acchaha nahi hota hai.”As for his part in the Rajiv S. Ruia directed film, he knew that there had to be a change in body language and lingo, considering the fact that the film is set in a small town.”Bicky’s mindset is very different from that of a city boy, so that change had to come in. That said, in his overall personality, I could see that Bicky was always there in me. It was just the words I speak and the body language that had to be worked upon.”We would like to see that on screen once this Pradeep Sharma produced film releases all over on 19th 
February under his banner Baba Motion pictures Pvt Ltd.

BANGALORE TO HOST ITS FIRST US SMART CITY

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US smart City has been planned in Chikkaballapur District at Bangalore in the State of Karnataka. Its core is being used by PDC venture INC (USA) a subsidiary for PDC Capital with the majority of seed capital provided with the US Global Business Forum Investors designed by DLR Group the city release on Solar & Other Renewal source. US Smart City is constructed in 16 km from North West of the City of the Bangalore. Near Bangalore International Airport (Kempegowda). The US Smart City will be Hosted /developed on land bank which is spread over on 3250 Acres. A joint initiative of PDC Venture Inc.US and Tectrus Holding for Development of US Smart City on the lines of Silicon Valley along with a California based Defense, IT and Theme Park concept in Chikkaballapur spread over 3250 Acres of land in Karnataka, Further classified as follows:
(a) 500 Acres for Mixed Development (Silicon Valley) (b) 1500 Acres for Defense (c) 500 Acres for IT & ITES Park (d) 500 Acres for Logistic & Integrated Park (e) 200 Acres for Theme Park (f) 50 Acres for utilities and miscellaneous

Tamannah Bhatia’s first Hindi thriller film in Prabhu Deva’s next

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The gorgeous Tamannah Bhatia, who had a great year of 2015 and has many interesting films in her kitty for the year 2016 likes Baahubali 2, Oopiri and big budget south films, has added one more big banner film in her list. The diva will soon be seen in Prabhu Deva’s next, sharing screen space with the actor choreographer Prabhu Deva and talented actor Sonu Sood. Directed by A.L. Vijay, the film will be produced by Prabhu Deva’s recently launched banner Prabhu Deva Studios.

The untitled movie is known to thriller and this would be Tamannah Bhatia’s first Hindi thriller film.  A person close to Tammanah has also informed that beautiful actress is really kicked about sharing screen space with Prabhu Deva.  It is known that the makers are going to start shooting for it from the end of February.

Bringing the Magic of Indian Film to Ontario

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Premier Kathleen Wynne attended a Bollywood-style event in Mumbai today, where two new agreements were announced that will benefit Ontario’s film sector.

The City of Toronto and the Maharashtra Film Stage and Cultural Development Corporation signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together on common interests in the creative screen industries, including studio production, post-production, visual effects and interactive/digital media. The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) highlighted their collaboration on a boot camp to help Indian filmmakers bring their work to international film festivals.

These new partnerships will enhance the relationship between Ontario and India’s film industries and pave the way for more collaboration between producers, directors and artists from both regions.

QUICK FACTS

  • Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh, star of such acclaimed films as Bajirao Mastani, attended the signing ceremony in Mumbai. Singh has won many awards for his work, including Star Debut of the Year – Male from the International Indian Film Academy Awards in 2011, the year it was hosted in Toronto.
  • Ontario is the number one centre for film and TV production in Canada, and the third-largest film production location in North America, behind California and New York.
  • In 2014, the Government of Canada signed an audiovisual co-production agreement with India, making it easier for producers from both countries to make films and TV shows together.

Audi R8 V10 Plus sets pulses racing of Virat Kohli and Alia Bhat

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Ace Indian Cricketer Virat Kohli and Bollywood actor Alia Bhatt who are both Audi customers checked out the exhilarating display at the Audi India stand at the Auto Expo 2016. Alia and Virat along with Mr. Joe King, Head, Audi India unveiled the most powerful and fastest production Audi ever built – The next generation Audi R8 V10 Plus. They posed for the shutterbugs with the four ringed beauty that is built to thrill. Much lighter than its predecessor, the new R8 V10 Plus is priced at INR 2.47 cr ex-showroom Mumbai and New Delhi.

The poster boy and girl of cricket and Bollywood seemed thrilled with the perfect poster boy of contemporary panache, outstanding performance and daily usability, the next generation Audi R8 V10 Plus.Taking dynamism to the limit, the car exudes power, speed and performance like no other.

 

Audi has always been a brand for ‘Young Achievers’ who have made it big and want to celebrate their achievement and their individuality. Virat Kohli and Alia Bhatt are two such people who have celebrated their success with an Audi. Virat Kohli last year bought the limited edition Audi R8 LMX – super sportscar.  Virat became one of the only 99 proud owners globally to boast of this most powerful and fastest Audi ever. Apart from the Audi R8 LMX, Virat also owns the top of the line super sports car Audi R8 and adrenalin pumping Audi Q7. Memorized by the car, Virat Kohli said, “I totally love the new Audi R8. It’s a beautiful car and I have heard that the power is also magnificent. I can’t wait to take a test drive. By the looks of it just at the launch, I totally love it and will probably be the first ones to be in the queue to buy it.”

Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2016 with Siddharth Malhotra and Tara Sharma

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sid kala ghoda6th Feb marked the launch of  ‘Kala Ghoda – Celebrating Mumbai’s Art District’, a book by Abha Narain Lamba. The book is about the iconic history of the Kala Ghoda Association and the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival. This was launched with much fanfare and dance events  by the extremely handsome, Siddharth Malhotra!

Maneck Davar, Chairman of Kala Ghoda Arts Festival said that, “This book is an integral part of the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival journey and marks the contribution of the festival to the world of Art. Once again, we wish to give festival goers something different and hence we are proud to say that this year Kala Ghoda has tied up with the Government for the Make in India initiative and the festival will be extended for the first time for 3 days at Cross Maidan and will go on till 17th Feb. We have stalwarts like Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasiya, Shubha Mudgal, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and more and we hope everyone has a memorable time. Thank you to Mr. Malhotra for gracing us with his presence today!”

First sale of OPPO F1 to Famous Bollywood Film Actress MinisshaLamba

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Signifying the growing importance of mobile photography globally, OPPO Mobiles, a leading global technology brand, is targeting for a year of growth in India. Emphasizing its continuous focus on mobile photography via “OPPO Camera Phone”, OPPO conducted its first sale of recently launched the Selfie Expert OPPO F1at the OPPO showroom in Mumbai today. First customer on the occasion was the famous Bollywood actress MinisshaLamba, who became the proud owner of the newlylaunched “Selfie Expert” OPPO F1.

 

Excited on being the first OPPO F1 customer, MinisshaLamba said, “Our phones have become an extremely important part of our lives and I use my phone also a camera because I love take perfect selfies. Recent launch from OPPO is Selfie Expert and I feel proud to be the first owner of F1. I am looking forward to take awesome selfies and wish OPPO luck for growth in Indian market.”

 

The OPPO showroom at the Malad West in Mumbai is already very popular among people especially the youth and is witnessing huge footfall every day. OPPO’s entire range of camera phone devices starting from entry level to mid-range smartphones are on display at the showroom and users can get a touch and feel of the devices and experience its features before making the decision to purchase it.

Swarovski Gemstones presents National Jewellery Awards 2015-16

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The 6th edition of the National Jewellery Awards 2015-16 (NJA) organized by All India Gems & Jewellery Trade Federation (GJF) were organized on 6th February 2016, at JW Marriot, Sahar, Mumbai.

Hema Malini was part of the evening as a Chief Guest. Esha Deol with Bharat Takhtani walked the Red carpet.

Noted Jewellers, Celebrities and Socialites were part of the evening in their best Jewellery attires. Bollywood divas Daisy Shah, Ayesha Takia, Ameesha Patel & Shriya Saran walked the ramp in a beautiful ensemble collection put together by Designer Archana Kochhar. 

The audiences were captivated by glamour packed performances by Lauren Gotlieb, Manasi Scott and the Glamour – Humour combination was presented by Manish Paul who constantly kept the laughter riots on.

Mr. G V Sreedhar – Chairman, GJF was enthralled by the response and said, “The mission of GJF formation was to form an unbiased platform and pursue relentless efforts for the welfare of Gems & Jewellery industry. We are glad we have won tributes and an unquestionable credibility of being fair, compassionate and appreciative towards the industry and we shall continue this endeavor in the betterment of the industry and all our members

Mr.Rajendra Jain – M.D., Swarovski Gemstones India quoted “Swarovski Gemstones as a brand connotes class and quality with a perfect blend of inspiring creativity and brilliance. NJA echoes similar values, thus forming a perfect association. So let’s be a part of this larger than life phenomenon in the Indian Jewellery Industry and make it a grand success.”

 

Ranveer Singh, Sonakshi Sinha, Athiya Shetty, Sunny Leone at Nykaa.com Femina Beauty Awards 2016​

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Nykaa.com country’s premium online beauty retailer and Femina – India’s largest and most widely read English women’s magazine, came together to host  the second edition of Nykaa.com Femina Beauty Awards 2016 at ITC Grand Central, Parel.  The awards recognised and rewarded the best products and brands across the Makeup, Hair, Skin & Fragrance categories in the Indian market today. 

With an expansive award category, 30 major segments had been identified for the awards. The best beauty products in the industry were chosen by readers of Femina and the vast database of Nykaa.com and further refined by the esteemed jury panel. Within the span of a month, over 20,000 people from across the country voted for their favourite products.

The jury for the awards comprised the best names in the beauty business including: Bollywood Actress Aditi Rao Hydari, Model Waluscha De Sousa, Celebrity Hairstylist Avan Contractor, Photographer Rohan Shrestha, Makeup Artist Puneet Saini; Femina Editor – Tanya Chaitanya and Nykaa.com CEO – Falguni Nayar

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Falguni Nayar, Founder of Nykaa.com said,“Nykaa.com is proud to partner with Femina to present one of India’s largest consumer driven awards. As the foremost beauty retailer in the market, it is our privilege to educate consumers and fuel the growth of the beauty industry in India. The Nykaa Femina Beauty Awards is a celebration of the empowering power of beauty, and this platform is a step in the right direction to spread awareness among our readers and customers.”  

The evening was graced by distinguished personalities such as Sonakshi Sinha, Ranveer Singh, Athiya Shetty, Pernia Qureshi, Sunny Leone,Monica Dogra, Dia Mirza,Richa Chaddha,Tisca Chopra,Rochelle Rao,Mandana Karimi,Patralekha,Divya Dutta,Krishika Lulla (film producer, Eros),Shrishti Arya (film producer, Eros),Ali Fazal, Keith Sequeira and more!

 The show was hosted by the very beautiful Sophie Choudry and the audiences were entertained with an enthralling performance by stand-up comedian Aditi Mittal and Acapella band Ragga Trippin.

As A Kid, Ruhi Singh Wanted To Be A Comedian Like Jaaved Jaaferi

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Actress Ruhi Singh, who will be sharing the screen space with Jaaved Jaaferi in upcoming rom-adventure ‘Ishq Forever’, which also stars Krishna Chaturvedi and Lisa Ray, had a fan-girl moment while working with Jaaved in the film.
Elaborating on the same, Ruhi said, “I have been watching Jaaved sir on the screen since I was a kid and his sense of humour and his wit was so inspiring that as a kid, I had also dreamed of becoming a comedian like him on growing up. He was totally entertaining on the sets and I had a great time working with him.”
Ruhi will be seen playing the daughter of the Prime Minister of India in ‘Ishq Forever’, which also stars Krishna Chaturvedi, Lisa Ray, Zakir Hussain, Arif Zakaria and others. The film is slated to release on February 19.

Kanu Behl’s Titli is the first Indian film to win Best First Foreign Film Prize by The French Syndicate of Cinema Critics 

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Titli directed by debutant Kanu Behl and co-produced by YRF and DBP has won the Best First Foreign Film Prize by the French Syndicate of Cinema Critics. This is the first time an Indian film has won this award.

The films was honoured with the award on February 1, 2016.

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

‘Titli- har family, family nahi hoti’ released across India on October  30th  2015.

The elated Kanu Behl says, “Its a huge honour. The French Critics Syndicate has a long and ongoing relationship with recognising cinema that looks to push boundaries. To be in the company of other eminent films of the year, is heartening as a filmmaker. This belongs to the whole team of Titli, and we hope to continue the good work!“.

The FSCC awards 4 prestigious prizes each year including Best French Film, Best International Film, Best First Film and Best Short Film.

Singer Swati Sharrma with her Emotion trance

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A Bollywood movie is almost incomplete without a song. The music of a movie makes people hum along and dance to its tunes. Numerous Bollywood songs connect on an emotional level. The lyrics of some Bollywood songs bring tears. Sad songs do bring memories. Bollywood sad songs are all about pain, heartbreak, heartache do have a cult following. Lyrics and music in sad songs evoke a gush of emotion. Old sad songs from Bollywood movies are hugely popular even today. Lyrics speak a language that connects with the heart. Situational songs that evoke painful memories are beautifully enacted in scenes by actors and actresses in movies. Recently ‘Banno Tera Swagger” fame Swati Sharrma has sung a Melodic sad song with her soulful voice in “Direct Ishq” song “Toote Tare”. Swati will get you the teary-eyed when she brings varied emotions in her song. ” Toote Tare” song is picturised on Rajneesh Duggal,  Nidhi Subbaiah and  Arjun Bijlani  where they will be seen depicting their emotions.

Swati Sharrma said, ” When we talk about sad songs from Bollywood movies, what comes to mind is a broad spectrum of situations. Heartache, heartbreak, pain, sorrow, guilt, jilt, broken relationships are some among the various elements that encompass sad songs. A reason why emotional songs connect with listeners instantaneously is… the depth of lyrics. My song associates with memories, good memories and unpleasant memories. It relates to personal experiences in life and that hits the right notes with listeners”.

The various emotions which Swati has portrayed in the song bring about a sense of warmth that embalms the heart and mind. “While sad songs may flashback unpleasant memories, one cannot deny the fact that sad songs or songs about suffering and pain do calm senses and make you emotionally stronger”, Swati added.

Priyanka Chopra: ‘Abha Mathur is tough yet extremely feminine and graceful’

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Priyanka Chopra is playing SP Abha Mathur in Prakash Jha’s much-awaited film Jai Gangaajal however, the biggest challenge for the acting powerhouse was to maintain femininity and grace while playing a tough cop.

When quizzed what was the biggest challenge she faced while playing Abha Mathur, the global superstar said, “When you are playing a tough character, when you are dressed in a uniform it becomes very difficult to maintain femininity and that was very important to me. Prakash ji and I discussed that as a woman, it’s is very important to celebrate womanhood and yet at the same time be in a position of authority and that’s how Abha is, which is very different from how we see tough women.”

“When they do action sequences, women somehow tend to lose their femininity. It’s beautiful that Abha is extremely feminine and very graceful but at the same time not someone to be taken for granted. She is very graceful and dignified and I enjoyed playing her,” she further added.

Jai Gangaajal, revolves around a female IPS officer, who is brought in a well-oiled system of the powerful, as she is thought to be weak, pliable and easy to manipulate however, things become difficult for them, when she comes into a confrontational mode.

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.

Radhika-Vinay to make ‘Snow White’ next!

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As director duo Radhika Rao-Vinay Sapru’s Sanam Teri Kasam nears release, it has been revealed that their next is a musical, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Based on the Grimm Brothers’ classic fairy tale, their film will be set in the hinterlands of India, and against the backdrop of the brass band culture of the North.

As per reports, filmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker too has been planning a modern-day take on the popular fairy-tale. But while Vinay and Radhika’s ‘Snow White’ will kick-start in March-April with a known star cast targeting a 2016 release, Gowariker’s film is expected to roll towards the end of the year.

Radhika and Vinay are known for lending a larger-than-life fairy-tale like charm to their works. Be it their music videos, their film Lucky: No Time For Love starring Salman Khan and Sneha Ullal or their superhit songs including Dabangg’s Tere Mast Mast Do Nain and more recently in Prem Ratan Dhan Paayo, they all have a fairy-tale like quality to them.

 

And that’s also how, reveal the filmmakers, that they came up with an idea of an adaptation of ‘Snow White’. While they admit that the original story has been tweaked a little, the essence and the metaphors of the familiar tale like the poisoned apple will be retained in their adaptation.

Vinay shares, “The hunter, who was supposed to kill Snow White in the forest, but lets her go, is merged with the character of the prince, to become an unlikely hero.”
Radhika adds that their ‘Snow White’ is an Indian girl with almond-shaped eyes, somewhat dusky complexion and unlike the original, who was quiet and timid, is feisty and temperamental. “Also, the dwarfs are not physically small men but people who live on the fringes of society,” says Radhika, pointing out that in the original Grimm’s fairy tale that was how it was.

 

As for Gowariker making a film on Snow White too, they reason that even in Hollywood there have been instances of two studios coming up with a ‘Snow White’ around the same time. She says, “No one can lay claims to the story. Anyone can adapt it and every filmmaker will have a different interpretation. Ours is a musical set in the interiors. Maybe Ashu’s film will come before us!”

NASEER-KALKI STARRER WAITING TO HIT THEATRES ON APRIL 29

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The wait for ‘Waiting’ is finally over for cinema lovers! The much-anticipated Naseeruddin Shah-Kalki Koechlin starrer film is all set to hit theatres on April 29. Directed by Anu Menon and produced by Ishka Films and Drishyam Films, Waiting has created a lot of buzz ever since its grand world premiere at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) in December last year, where the film received unanimous praise from both audiences and international critics.

While the Naseer-Kalki on-screen pairing is a huge draw for film buffs, the film that features Rajat Kapoor and Arjun Mathur, also marks the debut of noted filmmaker Mani Ratnam’s wife, actor Suhasini Maniratnam in Hindi cinema.

Director Anu Menon shares that while the Dubai experience was overwhelming, she can’t wait to show the film in India. “Both the screenings at DIFF were a houseful affair. It’s not often that a film gets such a fab response not only from the audience but the critics as well. And after a great reception at DIFF, I am certainly excited about releasing our film here,” shares Menon.

As for the accolades pouring in for the Naseer-Kalki pairing and the excitement it is generating here, she adds, “They both are talented and fearless actors with a great sense of humour to match, and the crowds at DIFF loved them. Naseer was even honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award, so for me it was exciting to be there with him for Waiting.”

Priti Gupta, founder of Ishka films, is equally excited about the film’s Indian release. “Waiting brings to you all the emotions that you can feel within a short span of time. It makes you smile, cry and laugh, through sublime and effortless story telling. It helps to have actors who are able to bring to life these fine nuances.You know you have made a great film when you watch it with real audiences and they go through these emotions along with your characters. ”

Manish Mundra, founder of Drishyam Films, is upbeat about the film’s theatrical prospects in the country. “After such a fantastic response at DIFF, we are excited to bring our film to India. Waiting is a deeply moving yet uplifting story that is sure to resonate with our audiences.”

The film is about the special relationship between two people who befriend each other unexpectedly in a hospital, while nursing their individual spouses in coma. It is a film about grief, but more than just dealing with it, the film is also about confronting it and discovering a sliver of hope between the lines. It is a life-affirming story representative of urban India and its ethos.

Harshvardhan doesn’t let dyslexia slow him down!

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Sanam Teri Kasam’s debutant actor uses images instead of words to remember scenes and character graphs

South star Harshvardhan Rane, who is making his Bollywood debut with Sanam Teri Kasam, is dyslexic and can’t remember words! But the actor isn’t letting it slow him down. The hunky star shares that instead of the conventional style, he uses images to remember scenes and character graphs.

The actor recalls that when he was in school, he found it difficult to read out aloud from a book or from a paper during assembly or while in class. He adds that he complained to his father about how “the words keep jumping.” His father then took him to an optometrist, who in turn gave him glasses with minute power, hoping it would help him for good.

But it was four years ago, when he took admission at Barry John’s acting classes, that Saurav Sachdev, his acting coach, figured out that Harshvardhan had dyslexia since the coach himself suffered from the same. His coach told him that he compensated for it with a 3D vision of space. This finally made sense to Harshvardhan, who had always aced physics projects in school and even excelled in carpentry later on. In fact, the actor had even sold furniture he had made himself.

However, dyslexia isn’t a handicap in his chosen profession, feels Harshvardhan and the only problem is his lack of ability to keep hold of words. He says, “I got my ex-girlfriend to read out the script to me and then made a basic storyboard to help me retain images of scenes and draw character graph in my mind.”

The actor adds, “So the bad girl had horns and a triangular skirt, the good girl, a circle for a skirt, and no horns. The bad guy also had horns and the cop, a cap. The other guy a funny hairstyle and my character had boxer shorts. Locations were marked out — house, court, library and lift. Dialogues weren’t memorised but felt. My director was surprised to see me refer to these sheets before every scene till I admitted that I was dyslexic and this was my way to get things done. It works!”

RANVEER SINGH IS NDTV’S ‘ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR’ 2016

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Having swept most of the prestigious awards this year, Ranveer Singh is definitely on the top of the world. After winning multiple accolades for his brilliant performance as Peshwa Bajirao including the iconic Filmfare award, Ranveer has now been acknowledged as the NDTV Entertainer of the Year at the Indian of the Year awards. This award was presented to the talented actor at a grand ceremony at the Taj Palace Delhi. Some of the previous winners of this prestigious award include stalwarts like Rajinikanth, Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan among others.

The eleventh edition of the Indian of the Year award is not only about felicitating individual achievements but is also about saluting ideologies and identities that have made a significant impact through the year. With his versatility and stellar performances, Ranveer was the obvious choice to win the title of being the ‘Entertainer of the Year’. Ranveer stood tall amongst fellow award winners’ Satya Naidella, Amitabh Bachchan, Saina Nehwal, Valmik Thapar and Belinda Wright and many others whose achievements were celebrated on this occasion.

Excited about winning yet another award, Ranveer commented, “It really feels amazing, I’m very humbled and very grateful that I’m being given this honour by such a respected institution like NDTV whose contribution towards nation building is indelible. It feels amazing to know that my name has joined the ranks of some of the greatest icons of Indian entertainment and some of the most illustrious achievers of our country. The experience was fantastic, Mr. Farooq Abdullah was very sporting when he presented me the award and danced with me on stage.  It will be a memorable experience and thanks to Barkha Dutt for making it so much fun and an evening I will never forget. I have to say, I feel a growing sense of responsibility now, being given this award which is a really really big Tag ‘Entertainer of the Year’. It gives me motivation and makes me all the more committed towards being the best entertainer that I can be, working hard to entertain people more and more and to entertain more and more people.”

This has indeed been a year of wonderful milestones for Ranveer Singh! Here’s hoping this winning streak continues for this dedicated artiste.

A musical high for Sanam Teri Kasam

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The much-anticipated music launch of Sanam Teri Kasam was a grand affair. With live performances by some of the best young talent in the industry – right from Ankit Tiwari to Palak Muchhal, Sreeram, Akasa, and Darshan – the musical do had the media enthralled. The young singers belted out several hit tracks of the film including the catchy fun number Kheech Meri Photo, and the romantic love ballads Tera Chehra and Sanam Teri Kasam that have been hailed as the new love anthems of Bollywood.

 

The music was released in the presence of the film’s lead pair Mawra Hocane and Harshvardhan Rane, who were formally presented to the media by the director duo Radhika Rao and Vinay Sapru. The good-looking pair even joined the singers on stage and showed off a few steps as the crowds cheered them on.

The event also saw many fun moments that left everyone in splits. Mawra was seen blushing as the director-duo and Harshavardhan ribbed her about having a crush on Ranbir Kapoor.

 

Also present at the event were producer Deepak Mukut and noted lyricist Sameer.

Calling the music of this intense love story, composed by Himesh Reshammiya, the soul of their film, the directors shared interesting anecdotes as well.

The film is slated to release on 5th February, 2016.

Sriram Raghavan helped restructure Diksha Jyoti’s ‘The Ideal Bride’

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Diksha Jyoti’s nine-minute documentary ‘The Ideal Bride’ is set to be showcased on 1st February 2016, in the documentary section of the Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF).  The documentary takes us through a journey of how women’s lives get limited to a kitchen in Indian households. A woman could be tortured or subjugated very politely under the veils of responsibility. And this to the extent that she ceases to exist in the fabric of a typical joint family structure. What’s worse is that no one realises it! The director shares that this documentary inspired by her own experiences is dedicated to every such invisible woman around the world.

Director Sriram Raghavan who happens to be a friend of Diksha’s husband has guided with the ending to make the climax more dramatic.  Interestingly, Raghavan’s first documentary had been showcased in MIFF

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Sumona Parekh unveils her jewellery  line with Esha Gupta, now available at Minerali!

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Celebrated designer, Sumona Parekh has launched a jewellery line called Sumona Silver, in Mumbai. The line which is now available at Minerali,Linking Road, is an 18kt silver line with beautiful filigree and plate work with semi precious certified stones.

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