12 films to watch out for at KASHISH 2017 Festival Director Sridhar Rangayan picks 10 films that shouldn’t be missed at the 8th KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival

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The 8th KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, to be held May 24-28, 2017 at Liberty Cinema and Alliance Francaise de Bombay, brings together 147 films from 45 Countries, living upto its reputation as South Asia’s biggest LGBTQ film festival.
Sridhar Rangayan, founder and festival director of KASHISH, picks 12 must watch films from the wide array of Indian and global LGBTQ films.
“Choosing 12 films from 147 wonderful films that we are screening at this year’s KASHISH is not an easy task. But I have made a selection just to underline the diversity of sexuality, gender, ethnicity and culture that we are showcasing this year under the theme ‘Diverse, One’. The program every day at both venues is packed with great global LGBTQ cinema – features, shorts and documentaries – and yes it would be a tough choice for the audience to figure what to watch, as much as it has been for me to compile this list! As the festival’s director of programming Saagar Gupta says, ‘There’s something for everyone’!” – Sridhar Rangayan
“We feel it is important not to compartmentalize audiences, so our programs is as mixed as it is diverse. A lesbian themed feature is followed by a documentary about Inuit community in the Arctic, which is followed by a short program about families and maybe ending with a dark gay thriller! So it is a rollercoaster ride everyday for the audience!!”, added Rangayan
Bookings are right now open for the festival at BookMyShow: https://in.bookmyshow.com/festival/mumbai-international-queer-film-festival

Kofi Kingston & BIG E from the “New Day” visiting the sets of Extraaa innings T20.

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More about ‘The New Day’

The New Day comprises WWE Superstars Big E, Kofi Kingston, and Xavier Woods, and the trio now performs as part of the SmackDown® brand. Fans can tune in to SmackDown locally every Wednesday at 5:30 AM on Ten 2, with additional airings later in the day at 5:00 PM on Ten 1 channel.

The New Day are two-time WWE Tag Team Champions, with their second reign being the longest for any tag team champions in WWE history at 483 days.

Rajshree Ojha is known as the director with a difference.

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Her films have always showcased elements of the society which were never tapped.

To her credit she has a film like Aisha which gave the industry of Bollywood a new direction towards viewing the Fashion industry & also gave a real insight into the lives of the high society of metropolitan cities. Although she’s well known for this film, this winner of the prestigious American Film Institute’s Spirit of Excellence Award for Outstanding Direction, made her directorial debut with a film called ‘Chaurahen’ which gained critical appreciation at various film festivals. She went onto direct the segment titled Biriyani in the multi-starrer film ‘X: Past Is Present’.

Rajshree Ojha has now ventured into the Hindi television space as a Producer with her daily soap ‘Bin Kuch Kahe’ which telecasts on Zee TV. The show is about three sisters and their journey in a dysfunctional family, with a troublesome mother. Ojha believes her 157 episodes long daily soap will bring a welcome change that’ll make the critics of the television soap view the space in a more respectable way, for which she’s conceptualized and worked with her team for more than a year.

Konkona Sensharma’s A Death In The Gunj to release on 2nd June

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After winning global acclaim and several awards, including best director, at international film festivals Konkona Sensharma’s directorial debut ‘A Death In The Gunj’ is finally coming home. The film is all set to hit Indian Theatres on 2nd June 2017.

The film is an atmospheric thriller which is set in 1979 at McCluskieganj, near Ranchi and stars Vikrant Massey, Gulshan Devaiah, Kalki Koechlin, Ranvir Shorey, Tillotama Shome, Jim Sarbh, Tanuja and Late Om Puri.

A DEATH IN THE GUNJ is jointly produced by MacGuffin Pictures and Studioz IDrream.

Patralekhaa Joins Rajkummar and Hansal Mehta for a Webseries!

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No point in being technologically challenged, says the actress!

Patralekhaa is all geared up to work again with filmmaker Hansal Mehta for a web series that features Rajkummar Rao as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. She will be portraying the role of an elitist Bengali. The actress says, “I am thrilled to be part of the project. Recently, I happened to discuss Bose with a friend, who wrote a book on him, and now I am doing a role in a show based on him,” futher adding that, “I’m happier to do the show, as I am playing a Bengali”. The trio will work together for the first time after Citylights.

The actor is not only excited about working with Mehta again, but also Rajkummar. “Getting to work with Raj as a co-star is exciting. He brings in so much more to a scene, that it develops it into something else. I am looking forward to this collaboration.”

‘Pearl Portfolio 2017’ Showcases the Next Gen in Fashion, Design and Creative Business

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Pearl Academy, India’s leading private institution in design, fashion and creative businesses hosted their annual graduation event ‘Portfolio 2017’ at the Bombay Exhibition and Convention Centre in the city. The event showcased creative and design acumen of the graduating batch from the Mumbai campus. It was a culmination of several years of hard work of 107 students from various courses mentored by the faculty. The event was inaugurated by Naina Toor from Sony Entertainment, Subodh Dakwale from Indian oil and Linda Brown, President, Torrens University, Australia. The event saw a multitude of ingenious projects in the domains of design and luxury brands in an exhibition.

School of Fashion, Styling &Textiles and School of Creative Business also hosted two panel discussions with industry experts and professionals. The panel discussions underlined some very relevant subjects in fashion styling and creative business domains that will enable young design professions to design their career paths. The first panel comprising of Ms Lebana Penkar from Future Group
Mr Sanjay Dash from 7 islands Strategic Business Consulting and Mr Rajiv Subramanian from Woodstock Merchandising discussed the various possibilities that creative business offers as an industry.

The second panel discussion was ‘Wave Makers: Stylist and Image Curators 2.0’, which included renowned industry spokespersons like Nisha Jhangiani – Fashion Director, Verve Magazine; designer RohitChaturvedi; Fashion Director &owner of Meher Ahmed Styling – Meher Ahmed and One of the country’s leading fashion and advertising photographers – Vishesh Verma.

London calling for Vahbiz Dorabajee!

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Actress Vahbiz Dorabajee who played Maggi in Hamari Bahu Rajnikanth is having a great holiday in London with her family (parents and newly wed brother and sister in-law). She visited places like Cornwall, Weymouth and Scotland. She seem to be feelnig rejuvinated and believes life is all about loving your family. If pictures are to go by the look is of a happy woman!

Onir’s New Film Starring Raveena Tondon- Poster Out Now

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Director Onir is back to tell another impactful story with his latest film ‘Shab’, which is jointly produced by Sanjay Suri, Bhavna Talwar, Mohan Mulani and Onir.

Starring Raveena Tandon, debutant Ashish Bisht and Arpita Chatterjee in lead roles, ‘Shab’ is set in the cosmopolitan capital city. It is story of people coming from different walks of life and how their destiny and the city shapes their lives.

The makers of the film have released the first poster of the film featuring the lead characters. ‘Shab’ is slated to release on the 30th of June, 2017.

Terribly Tiny Talkies’ next short, Jai Mata Di brings in the humour this Mother’s Day

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~Written and directed by Navjot Gulati, Jai Mata Di will go live on 13th May, 2017 at 9 p.m~

This Mother’s day, Terribly Tiny Talkies is coming up with their next short Jai Mata Di starring Shiv Pandit and real life mother-daughter Supriya Pilgaokar and Shriya Pilgaokar together onscreen as mother and daughter for the first time.

Directed by Navjot Gulati (who shot to fame with his YouTube series Best Girlfriend) and produced by Terribly Tiny Talkies, ‘Jai Mata Di’ will go live on the 13th May, 2017 at 9 p.m tentatively.

This humour filled short drama is about a couple, Suraj and Ananya, who are shifting from Bangalore to Mumbai and want to live-in together to kick off a new phase in their relationship. They go house-hunting but can’t just find a house that Ananya likes until they see an apartment which has her heart set on but there is a hitch, the housing society does not allow unmarried couples. Their broker Datta Verma comes to their rescue, he suggests that they pose as brother-sister and call Ananya’s mother’s to come for the society meeting assuring them that they are indeed siblings.

Chintan Ruparel, Co-founder & Chief Creative Officer, and Sharanya Rajgopal, Chief Writer & Creative Producer, Terribly Tiny Talkies says “Mumbai is a funny city. Call it a melting pot, the glamour capital, or simply the most open and safe place to be around. But when it comes to two people living under the same roof without a marriage certificate, it’s not religion, caste, or even the parents that’s the biggest hurdle. It’s a species that dictates the law of the land without really owning it. The Society Secretary. But as they say, there’s nothing mom can’t solve. With that belief on the one hand, and a funny bone in the other, this Mother’s Day, we say Jai Mata Di.”

Kajol Gave the Clap for Nana Patekar’s Film

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The untitled marathi film is a thriller and went on floors on 7th May, sunday when Kajol gave the clap. Ajay took to social media to wish the team good luck while he was busy shooting for Gomaal Again in Filmistaan studios but was present on set along with Kajol and his parents Veeru and Veena Devgan.

Nana Patekar is the lead actor in the film which is to be directed by Satish Rajwade.

The film’s other star cast includes Sumeet Raghvan popularly known as Sahil from Sarabhai vs Sarabhai, and actress Iravati Harshe.

The film is produced by Ajay Devgn Ffilms (Ajay Devgn) & Abhinav Shuklaa & Manish Mishra – Watergate Motion Pictures in association with Shree Gajanan Chitra, Cinematography by Suhas Gujarati and Production Design by Aparna Raina.

“Sachin… Sachin…!!!” anthem from ‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’ is music maestro A. R. Rahman’s ode to the Master Blaster’s fans

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The atmosphere at the launch of the second song by A. R. Rahman from the upcoming film “Sachin: A Billion Dreams” was not unlike a cricket match. The first song from the album ‘Hind Mere Jind’ had already raised expectations. When the song was played, the effect was electrifying! As the song ended, the invitees and audience picked up the chant and it was only when Sachin accompanied by A. R. Rahman came on to the stage that the auditorium became quiet. They were joined by the director James Erskine, the producers Ravi Bhagchandka of 200NotOut and Dr. Shrikant Bhasi of Carnival Pictures, lyricist Irshad Kamil, distributor Anil Thadani and Shikha Singhi from Junglee Music,

Fielding questions from the media, Sachin said, “The chants were my supporters’ way of showing their love. I have been inspired by their chant and it has helped me face difficult situations on the field knowing that I have the country with me. I admire the way that Rahman has created an inspirational anthem around this chant.”

Sushant Singh Rajput does the King Khan step in Sadda Move

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Sushant Singh Rajput shot a Punjabi song for the first time and was quite gung- ho about it.

There is a special part of the song where Sushant spreads his arms and does the signature Shahrukh step.The Raabta team shot this moment in the fields. They also put together Shahrukh’s look from DDLJ, the jacket and the hat.

The line in the song mentions ‘bahon ko felake karo step King Khan wala.’

Even though it is just a glimpse they were keen to imbibe this step. Sushant nailed the shot in the first take itself.

Tanya Sharma to play a troubled teenager in Aye Zindagi

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Tanya Sharma, best known for her role as Meera in Saath Nibhana Saathiya will be seen essaying the role of a troubled teenager in the upcoming episode of ‘Aye Zindagi’, a show produced by BBC Worldwide India. The show, hosted by Rithvik Dhanjani airs every Thursday on Zing.

The episode traces the journey of a teenager, portrayed by Tanya, whose love turns into obsession, disrupting the lives of many around her in that process. The actress has wrapped up shooting for the show and her episode will air this Thursday, 11th May at 7 p.m.

The show is centred around the theme of the mistakes youth make and ​aims to tell them that​ these mistakes are not the end of them; there’s always a second chance and the choice is theirs to make.​

Talking about the role, Tanya said, “I took on this role because it was in stark contrast to all my roles in the past and I loved the challenge. I hope people connect to my character and most importantly, learn from it.”

The official launch of Super Boxing League

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Mumbai: B-town and Corporate world gathered to celebrate the launch of India’s first ever professional boxing league – Super Boxing League (SBL) . Bill Dosanjh, Promoter and Avi Mittal, Director Super Boxing League, hosted a red carpet party with the crème dela crème of the B-town, some of them being the franchise owners. Some of the prominent names present were – Sohail Khan, Arbaaz Khan, Urvashi Rautela, Kanika Kapoor, Ronit Roy accompanied by his wife, amongst others.­­­­­­­
Ajeenkya Patil of the DY Patil group, Nitin Jadhav of Gajanan Oil, Abhinanadan Balasubramanium, the man behind Premier Futsal, Amit Aggarwal of S&J Granulate Solutions Pvt. Ltd., Karan Devgan, an agriculturist from Delhi, Jaskaran Puniyani and Navraj Jaura of the Jaura Group are some of the team owners that came to celebrate and kick start the league in high spirits.­­­
Besides, Keshav Bansal, Director of Intex Technologies and Anirudh Dhoot, Director of Videocon group also came to wish SBL good luck for its inaugural season.

Ankit Gera’s trip to Guwahati..

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Recently Actor Ankit Gera who is currently working in Agnifera went to visually stunning the north eastern states of India. He says,”I went to Guwahati for work then I took a day off for Shillong and Chirapunji. I desperately wanted to visit Kamakhya temple for so long, I have heard about that place a lot.” Ankit managed to convince the production and creatives to give him two days off. Speaking on the importance of a holiday Ankit says,” It’s very important for us to take breaks because our schedules are too monotonous and tiring at times mentally and physically both. So it is just like a refresh button on the monitor. And the best thing is that you get to meet new people, not to forget the love from the people who watch your show. Its always a pleasure meeting fans and clicking pictures with them for my memories.” Ankit also adds,”The advantage of travelling alone is that no one rules over your schedule and the disadvantages are that, there’s nobody to take care of you if there is any problem so you are the whole and sole of your trip”.

Raveena To Play Hanuman’s mother!

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Raveena Tandon will now be seen playing Hanuman’s mom! Yes, the gorgeous girl doesn’t look like she could ever pass off as Hanuman’s mom but here is the catch – she wont be in the film at all! Bamboozled? Well, we are talking about an animated film called HANUMAN DA DAMDAAR, where both Salman Khan and Raveena Tandon will be giving voice overs to the animated characters in the film.

While Salman will be portraying the grown up Hanuman with a heart of gold, Raveena Tandon will be essaying the role of little Hanuman’s mother. What a coup really!

“The film is all about young Hanuman’s journey into becoming who he was meant to be, but at first he will be shown as any other kid which will make the kids relate a lot with him,” shared our source.

The film directed by Ruchi Narain is the second in the Hanuman.. franchise and is said to be turning mythology into literature that the kids today will understand and appreciate.

Releasing on the 19th of may, HANUMAN DA DAMDAAR has names like Salman Khan and Raveena Tandon giving voice-overs to the characters, this film is already a winner.

Sixth Sense Horror Film Festival to showcase Marathi Horror Film “Found Footage”

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The Sixth Sense Horror Film Festival, by Resources Go Beyond will showcase “Found Footage”, a Marathi horror film on 19th May 2017 at the Ravindra Natya Mandir at 9.00 p.m.

“Found Footage” is the first ever Marathi film which is termed after the very technique used to shoot the film. The film is been directed by the debutant “Sushrut Mankani”, son of veteran Marathi actor Ravindra Mankani. The movie is also Mankani’s directorial debut.

The film showcases the journey of four friends who call themselves ghost hunters. They go on a mission to find a ghost which is haunting a school premise since a long time, and has the history too. So, they are hired to give a white light to the ghost and free them from the premise but when they enter the school premise at night to find the ghost, things go wrong, which is not in the plan and what not happens with them. The real ghost comes out which they don’t know about and then they have to face the circumstances.

Shaunak Sirrole who is the Content head and the Festival director of Sixth Sense Horror Film Festival said, it is very exciting to showcase and screen a movie like “Found Footage” which is made on a total different format. We at The Sixth Sense Horror Film Festival provide a platform where all the talented movie makers can showcase their movies with appreciations.

The Sixth Sense Horror Film Festival is scheduled to be held from 18th to 20th of May 2017 at YB Chauhan and Ravindra Natya Mandir in Mumbai. The three day short film festival is dedicated to honoring and celebrating the legacy to short horror films. It aims to appreciate and support established and upcoming filmmakers dedicated to the horror genre.

Behen Hogi Teri’s Song Tera Hoke Rahoon launched by Rajkummar Rao and Gulshan Grover

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The cast of Behen Hogi Teri including Rajkummar Rao, Gulshan Grover, Herry Tangri joined by producer Amul Vikas Mohan and Director Ajay K Pannalal launched the most romantic number of the season ‘Tera Hoke Rahoon’ which is sung by Arijit Singh in the film.

The event also included live performances of other songs of the film by J.A.M. 8, Rishi Rich,Juggy D and Amjad Nadeem and a stand up comedy gig by the host and comedian Gaurav Kapoor.

Oddball Motion Pictures present Behen Hogi Teri is produced by Antony D’souza, Amul Vikas Mohan and Nitin Upadhyaya, directed by Ajay K Pannalal. The movie starring Rajkummar Rao, Shruti Haasan, Gautam Gulati, Gulshan Grover, Ranjeet and others releases worldwide on June 2nd, 2017.

Sridevi’s MOM to release in four languages!

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Boney Kapoor’s MOM presented by Zee Studios featuring superstar Sridevi, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Akshaye Khanna will now be releasing nationwide in three languages including Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam besides Hindi.

Boney Kapoor says, ” One of India’s biggest superstars of all time, Sridevi, has completed over 50 years in the film industry and has a massive fanbase. Her fans are eagerly anticipating her films and the distributors especially down south too have been massively supporting her films. Ever since the teaser of the film released online distributors have beenclamouring for it and sent several request to the makers asking for the film to be dubbed in south languages. Owing to this the film will also be dubbed and release in Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam apart from Hindi”.

MOM happens to be Sridevi’s 300th film and 2017 marks her 50th year in films. As a special gesture, her producer-husband has decided to release MOM on the same day – July 7, 1967 her debut film released.

Produced by Boney Kapoor, Sunil Manchanda, Naresh Agarwal, Mukesh Talreja, Gautam Jain, presented by Zee Studios, music by maestro A R Rahman and directed by Ravi Udyawar, MOM featuring Sridevi, Akshaye Khanna and Nawazuddin Siddiqui is scheduled to release worldwide on 7th July, 2017.

Indian gay romance LOEV is Closing film at KASHISH 2017

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South Asia’s biggest LGBTQ film fest will screen 147 films from 45 countries

Acclaimed Indian gay road drama LOEV will be the closing film at the 8th KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival. South Asia’s biggest LGBTQ film festival will be held between May 24-28, 2017, at two venues in South Mumbai – the city’s iconic art deco theatre Liberty Cinema and Alliance Francaise. LOEV, directed by Sudhanshu Saria and starring Shiv Pandit, late Dhruv Ganesh and Siddharth Menon will be screened on the closing day at Liberty Cinema on May 28, 2017. Delegate registrations for the five-day festival are currently open on Book My Show.

“This film is a gentle sensitive romantic film that stays close to the love triangle and doesn’t stray into typical Indian family melodrama or coming out angst. Shot and edited beautifully it is a very evocative film that touches your heart and makes you smile, laugh, cry and fall in love with the characters,” said Festival Director Sridhar Rangayan.

LOEV, which had its world premiere at Estonia’s Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival also won the Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the Tel Aviv International Film Festival.

“Love is always just love and it comes in so many packages and we look forward to sharing our version of it with the audiences in Mumbai attending KASHISH this year,” Sudanshu Saria, director of the film.

Actor Shiv Pandit who plays one of the leads in the film and is more known for commercial Bollywood films, said LOEV offered him a chance to challenge his craft. “You get into acting to break down barriers and dismantle preconceived notions but I don’t know if a role I’ve performed ever did that for me the way this character did. It’s just made me sensitive to the struggles of the LGBTQ community in a much more intimate way,” said Shiv Pandit.

His co-star Siddharth Menon agreed. “We’ve honestly just made a love story and tried to honour the dignity of their love. There is a KASHISH between them that we’ve tried to capture and we hope the audience will enjoy it!” said Siddharth Menon.

Videocon d2h partners with ‘Dance with Madhuri’

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Videocon d2h, India’s fastest growing DTH player has partnered with Dance with Madhuri to launch an interactive dance service called ‘d2h Nachle’. The service launched today in Mumbai, is set to win the hearts of dance lovers across the 18 million strong Videocon d2h subscriber base. d2h Nachle is available on Ch No. 525 and is available for free preview till 22nd May 2017.

d2h nachle_final 4may-02d2h nachle_final 4may-01Madhuri Dixit, renowned for her legendary dance moves along with her Dance with Madhuri team of eminent gurus and choreographers, is all set to get you dancing on Videocon with its d2h subscribers. This association will give dance enthusiasts a chance to synchronise their steps and learn the best in class, dance lessons from the comfort of their living rooms. With support from gurus like Pt. Birju Maharaj, Saroj Khan, Terence Lewis, Remo D’Souza and a host of renowned choreographers from the industry, D2h Nachle powered by Dance with Madhuri is sure to charm subscribers. There are now over 100+ classes, 100+ hours of content and 1800+ lessons. From Indian Classical dance forms like Kathak, Bharatnatyam, to Western forms like Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Salsa, Bachata and of course lots of Bollywood, d2h Nachle powered by Dance with Madhuri is sure to be a dancer’s delight!

Badminton star Saina Nehwal attends finale of Edelweiss Brain Bout Season 2

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Edelweiss Brain Bout, the first-of-its-kind quizzing championship, an initiative by India’s leading employee engagement company engage4more successfully concluded its second season with a flourish.
The evening saw Anil Kothuri and Meghashyam Shirodkar from Edelweiss as the champions of the Edelweiss Brain Bout second season, Neil Fernandes and Rajashri Chanda from Infogain as the runner-ups.
The championship was witnessed by corporate honchos such as Radhika Gupta (CEO, Edelweiss Asset Management), Rajesh Srivastava (Joint Executive President and HR Business Partner at UltraTech Cement), Mona Cheriyan (President & Group Head Human Resources at Thomas Cook India Limited), Mukesh Malik (COO, Financial Services, Aditya Birla Group), Pankaj Phatarphod (Managing Director & Country Head of Services – India, RBS), Dr. Tanya Mishra (Managing Director Human Resources at Accenture) among others who wore the Quiz Master’s hat.

Sachin Tendulkar welcomes INS Tarkash to London

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UK-based Indians turned out to cheer as cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar welcomed an Indian naval frigate INS Tarkash to London. INS Tarkash, a state-of-the art stealth ship, is in the UK for naval exercises and to mark UK India Year of Culture 2017. This event comes just weeks before world-wide release of the much awaited Sachin Tendulkar movie titled, Sachin: A Billion Dream