An artist without boundaries, a soldier without uniform- photographer Pravin Talan

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Pravin Talan is an internationally acclaimed fashion and lifestyle photographer, who has worked across Asia, Africa and Europe with diverse leadership brands like Fashion TV, Vogue and the United Nations.  Talan is an artist of choice across various industries like Bollywood, Sports, Fashion, Music, Politics, Spirituality or Corporates.


His strength lies in capturing the soul of his subjects, innovative use of lighting, ability to seamlessly blend Art, Fashion & Heritage. Widely regarded as a soulful, inspiring, original and creative photographer his work on Taj Mahal, Fashion and India’s Bordermen has been published worldwide.

Some of the known names he has photographed include names like amongst many others.I also want to capture the soul of Modi in photographs . I am very intrigued by Narendra Modi’s  personality. He has many shades- the aggression of a warrior and the calmness of a saint. He is inspiring intimidating…yet affable. Spending a day documenting his lifestyle and work would be amazing.

Amitabh Bachchan,Tiger Shroff,Riyaz-Reshma Gangji of Libas came specially at mahurat of Marathi film Bhikari Choreographed by Ganesh Acharya.




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Big B dances to Sanjay Dutt’s tunes!!

The Deadly Duo come together as Baraati’s for Department

Here’s some good news for all Big B and Sanju Baba fans….the deadly duo is all set the screen on fire with their much awaited gripping action drama “Department”!!

Here’s an exclusive image from the film with Amitabh Bachchan dancing with abandon to Dutt playing the dholak on the streets of Mumbai! The duo perform as part of the baraat for a special wedding song in the film titled “Kammo” and will be seen dancing in full street style like a typical desi shaadi!!

Choreographed by Shabina Khan, the masala shaadi song has been rendered by none other than Bappa Lahiri!  Bappa Lahiri has given the music, while the song is a fun wedding dance number by Mika and Sudesh Bhosle.

What’s more, we hear the Mr. Dutt specially enjoyed shooting for this song as he is personally known to play the dholak very well says a source close to the actor.

The two acclaimed veterans of the industry will be sharing extensive screen space in one of their most deadly and raw avatars ever seen for this film.

In one of the most anticipated films of 2012, RGV’s Department stars Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt and Rana Daggubati and is slated for release on 18th May, 2012.

“Department” is above all a story of a terrifying power struggle within the bowels of the mother of all powers — the police “Department”.

Nathalia Kaur’s erotic item number in RGV’s Department!

After winning the Kingfisher Calendar hunt 2012, supermodel Nathalia Kaur is all set to be the hottest item girl B-town has ever seen!! The sexy bombshell will scorch the screen with her hot item number titled “Dan Dan” for Ram Gopal Varma’s much anticipated film action drama Department by Viacom 18!

Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma admits to have become a huge fan of newbie Nathalia Kaur who would be marking her Bollywood debut with ‘Department’. The item song titled as ‘Dan Dan’ is being choreographed by Ganesh Acharya and Nathalia has shared the dance floor with one of the lead actors of the film, Superstar Sanjay Dutt.

However, it’s not only the maverick director who in awe of Nathalia; choreographer Ganesh as well as Sanjay Dutt too have appreciated Nathalia’s erotic moves in the dance. Acharya praised Nathalia saying that he did not take many efforts to train her. RGV too has spoken about being a huge fan of Nathalia who in his words is one of the most gorgeous women that he has ever seen in his filmmaking career and her unique features and her electrifying performance had made the item song worth watching several times!

Department boasts of a stunning cast with Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt and Rana Daggubati in the lead, and releases on18th May 2012.



Bollywood films, theatre and television, celebrated actor Anupam Kher has now turned author with the release of his life-coaching book THE BEST THING ABOUT YOU IS …YOU!!


Eminent personalities like Amitabh Bachchan, Pritish Nandy, Kirron Kher, media personalities Arnab Goswami, Nidhi Razdan, Ashutosh and Publisher, Hay House, Ashok Chopra were present to lend support to the actor. As part of the launch every guest was asked to read a chapter from the book.


Amitabh Bachchan, who read last, highlighted a chapter wherein Anupam faced some flak from a certain section of the media during his support campaign against corruption. This transpired during the Anna Hazare episode recently. Big B was targeted by the media who sought his comments and feedback on the incident.

In his true charismatic style, Big B deviated from getting further embroiled with fresh controversies. While the pushy media kept persisting, Big B avoided the questions and categorically stated, “I have read a chapter from the book. If I have any comments on the anti-corruption campaign, you will get updates on Twitter”.


Hats off to Big B for not capitalizing on this event unlike the younger breed of actors who bask in the glory and try to outshine the purpose of the event launch. Mr Bachchan clearly outlined that his purpose was to be part of the book launch. One couldn’t help but notice his cute, cheeky smile when Kher spoke about him or made a mild goof-up. Bachchan and Kher have always shared a good personal relationship off-screen too. Even wife Kirron shares a close bonding with the Bachchan khaandan. Not to mention their sons Abhishek and Sikander who have taken the family bonding further and been close buddies.


THE BEST THING ABOUT YOU IS …YOU!! Is definitely a worth-reading book with some valuable insights from a talented actor.


Anupam Kher turns motivational trainer


After essaying many roles in films, theatre and television, celebrated actor Anupam Kher has now turned author with the release of his life-coaching book THE BEST THING ABOUT YOU IS …YOU!! 


The book was released at Out of the Blue, Le Sutra Hotel, by Amitabh Bachchan, Pritish Nandy, Kirron Kher, media personalities Arnab Goswami, Nidhi Razdan, Ashutosh and Publisher, Hay House, Ashok Chopra.


Speaking on the occasion, Mr Kher said,  “I believe that there are more lessons to be learnt from failure than success and dealing with failure successfully has been my way of combating the vicissitudes of life. I never realised the power of this philosophy till I staged my one-man autobiographical play Kucch Bhi Ho Sakta Hai in 2005 in which I laughed at my reverses. Ironically, it has become my most successful endeavour and was the genesis of the book.


My mantra has been that by never trying, we are only ensuring failure. I felt that I should share these thoughts with more people, which is why I took up to speaking about them at some of the most prestigious institutes in the US and before corporate audiences. In the process, I realised that I had unknowingly become a life-coach. I then thought of reaching out to a wider audience and along came the book THE BEST THING ABOUT YOU IS …YOU!! I think it is a book for all seasons, a book for all reasons,” says Kher.


Mr Ashok Chopra, said that Mr Kher has led an extraordinary life and was a completely self-made man, who was greatly respected. “It was evident to us that a book by him with his life lessons, insights and anecdotes would be in perfect sync with the Hay House philosophy of publishing books that focus on transforming the self for the better. We’re extremely pleased with how THE BEST THING ABOUT YOU IS …YOU!!  has turned out and are sure  that it’ll be a great source of inspiration to millions of readers round the world. It is being published in various Indian regional languages and also as an ebook by our international offices.”


Arnab Goswami, Nidhi Razdan, Anupam Kher, Amitabh Bachchan, Ashok Chopra, Kirron Kher, Pritish Nandy and Ashutosh

THE BEST THING ABOUT YOU IS …YOU!!  contains Kher’s views on a wide variety of topics such as the anger syndrome, the phenomenon of change,  thought control,  dealing with relationships, being detached, conquering stress, getting rid of fears, coming to terms with failure, realizing the power within oneself, the importance of forgiveness, coping with loss and death… and much more.


Using examples from his own life and experiences, Kher subtly motivates and inspires by providing a handy guide to discovering your real self and finding peace of mind and contentment in today’s chaotic times! He feels that the best way to counter the negativity that exists in the world these days, where people are gripped by fear, insecurity, stress, frustration and unhappiness is by acquiring a positive outlook. Citing his own example, he reveals how a humble background need not be an obstacle to attaining the dizzying heights of success, but simultaneously, speaks of the importance of handling such success.


Here’s a book you will find yourself turning to for soothing, insightful guidance and practical advice no matter what situation you’re in. You WILL come to realize that the best thing about you is YOU!


Sony Entertainment Television’s strategic plans post KBC


While this season comes to an end in a couple of days, Sony Entertainment Television is all set for their new show Dekha Ek Khwaab . Quite effectively, it is a graduation of the KBC catch-line which entralled millions of viewers all over the world. Life is all about fulfilling your dreams and the new show is an extension in the fiction format.

Fiction shows such as Bade Ache Lagte Hai, Saas Bina Sasural and the recently launched Kuch Toh Log Kahenge have gained immense popularity and are growing from strength to strength. Dekha Ek Khwaab will only lock Sony’s leadership position in the top.

Commenting on the launch and the future strategic plans for Sony, N.P Singh, COO, MSM, said “This year has been a splendid year for Sony Entertainment Television as we stand at a clear No 2 position over the last ten weeks, with KBC changing lives of people and Bade Acche Laggte Hai and Kuch to Log Kahenge being household names, we are confident Dekha Ek Khwaab will consolidate our position at No 2 and add to the power and punch that Sony is bringing to its audiences and continue to delight audiences on a daily basis.”


Sneha Rajani

Added Ms Sneha Rajani, Senior EVP and Business Head, SET, ‘As I have mentioned in the past ‘Fiction will be our main growth driver.’ At SET it is our constant endeavor to offer variety and novelty to our audiences by focusing on relatable themes, identifiable characters and solid storytelling. Swift on the heels of the triumphant run of KBC, Bade Achhe Lagte Hain, Saas Bina Sasuraal and recently launched Kuch Toh Log Kahenge, Dekha Ek Khwaab is the next BIG show from Sony Entertainment Television which will further strengthen our fiction line up. I am confident that Dekha Ek Khwaab will be appreciated and add to the growing audience base especially female audience for Sony’s fiction shows.”

With effective brand strategies in place for the future, Sony Television is definitely one channel that’s geared up to beat the TRP’s with their rivals and competitors with soul-stirring content.


It requires great guts to come out in the open and expose the notorious traits of established Bollywood people who treat the fairer sex with utter disgrace. Sayali has blown the whistle on biggies like Amitabh Bachchan, Sajid Khan and the infamous Shiney Ahuja of sexually harassing her. Kudos to Sayali who has chosen to discontinue with her Bollywood career and move on the brighter zones.
The 27 year old actress does not want anything to do with Bollywood after suffering 7 years of sexual harassment from seniors, veterans, colleagues in the industry. 

Sayali Bhagat’s Official Press Statement: 

As I gear up to lodge a police complaint against Shiney (Ahuja) and his wife Anupam, I have another big announcement to make. I am quitting films for good, and shall be moving to Milan to pursue a full time career in modeling. Before I leave the industry for good, I would like to make a few things clear. Shiney is not the only one who has made passes at me or sexually harassed me in the film industry. It is an industry filled with lechers who treat women like me like a piece of meat. Everyone wants a piece of you. I would like to bring to the media’s notice some first hand experiences.

Sexual Harassment from Amitabh Bachchan: Recently, at the launch of the first look of Tinu Verma’s film This Weekend, Mr Amitabh Bachchan was the chief guest. Like everybody else, even I bent down to touch his feet to seek his blessings. Amitabh placed his hand on my butt and felt it up. I was too stunned to say anything to anyone. He should show some respect. After all, he is a 70 year old man, my grandfather’s age. I felt like slapping him the moment he placed his hand on my butt.

Sexual Harassment from Fimmaker Sajid Khan: “I remember the time when Sajid Khan was casting for Housefull, he had called me to his office for a meeting. I understand that the casting couch is a prevalent reality in the film industry but I never expected Sajid to strip naked in front of me asking me to have sex with him in his office right there and then. I screamed and left his building. Obviously, I never worked with him 

Sexual Harassment from costar Aarya Babbar: Aarya and I started out as very good friends when we starting shooting for our film Choron Ki Baraat, till he got really aggressive about us becoming “friends with benefits”. Till date, he has sent me countless lewd messages, and graphic MMS’s of his private parts to lure me into bed. I had chosen to keep quiet and ignore. But not anymore. 

There are so many of us who are silently suffering this kind of harassment for so many years. But I can’t take it anymore. I am fed up of being treated like an available piece of meat and the only reason I am sharing all this with my media friends, is because I don’t believe in taking harassment lying down. It is high time the truth came out. I will be filing police complaints against Shiney, Sajid, Aarya and Mr Bachchan and take them all to court if need be. I hope my efforts will not go in vain and I look forward to having the media’s support.




It’s always a treat to be part of Amitabh Bachchan’s events. Not only is he a thorough punctually professional but his prolific, witty humour enthrals everyone. With Sony TV and the KBC team gracing and hosting the occasion to celebrate his 69th birthday, Amitabh was all charged up about the ratings for his KBC show. He admired the fact that the focus had shifted to the common man and elucidated that ‘no one is small in life, knowledge is supreme’.

Some quotes from Mr. Bachchan

“Abhishek did make time off from his Jaipur shoot to spend some hours with me on my birthday. His flight should have landed while I am here celebrating my birthday”.

“It is unfair for me to be wanting to relive the lives of any of the KBC contestants. In fact, it is endearing that they have lived their lives with so much struggle and are still smiling. It was an honour for us to get them in the hot seat”.

“Who am I to comment on which of the Bollywood actors who have sat on the hot seat are more intelligent from the others? All of them had their charms and IQ levels. Of course there have been moments when even I am not aware of the answers to the questions I ask on the show”.

“Shahrukh did apologize to me for being a host on the earlier KBC seasons. But it was all in good humour. There are various shades to the episode with him which hits the channel on 20th October”.

“Jaya did give me the best birthday gift of life and that was beautiful kids like Shweta and Abhishek. As for Aishwariya and Abhishek’s to-be child, let’s talk about this when the stork delivers”.

“My dad has given me some immense gifts and memories for sure……..but main aapko kyon bataon”.

Wishing the Superstar good health, peace and prosperity.


Stars galore at Sanjay Dutt’s ‘Mata Ki Chowki’



Several Bollywood celebs turned up at Sanjay & Manyata Dutt’s ‘Mata Ki Chowki’ held at their Bandra residence last evening.

While sisters Priya Dutt and Namrata Dutt were already there with their respective husbands Owen Rocncon and Kumar Gaurav, good friend and co-star of his upcoming film Rascals, Ajay Devgn was one of the first ones to arrive with wife Kajol.
Amitabh Bachchan walked in with wife Jaya Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, while Ranbir Kapoor arrived with mom Neetu Kapoor. Sunil Shetty attended with wife Manna.

Ashish Chowdhry, Dino Morea, Aftab Shivdasani, Gulshan Grover, Bappi Lahiri & son Bappa Lahiri along with actresses Lisa Haydon, Amisha Patel, Sophie Chowdhary, Neha Oberoi Shah, Shraddha Kapoor were also present.

Raj Kundra arrived sans wife Shilpa Shetty Kundra. Chunky Pandey came with wife Bhavana.

Directors David Dhawan, Indra Kumar, Soham Shah, Karan Johar also attended the function. Producers Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Dharam Oberoi, Sanjay Walia, Vinay Chowksi, Kumar Mangat, Bunty Walia also attended the Mata Ki Chowki.

Producer Hiren Gandhi & Rupen Amlani of Shree Ashtavinayak were also present.

Party Pics of Dev Anand’s film CHARGESHEET


Dev Anand hosted the premiere of his latest film Chargesheet. people who attented were Amitabh Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, Arshad Warsi, Yashpal Sharma, Nilima Azim, Divya Dutta, Ramesh Sippy and Kiran Juneja, Devshri Khanduri and Anish Vikramaditya. All the actors were very happy to see the legend and wished him good luck for the film.

It’s commendable that even today Dev Saab has a great fan following. Wishing him all the luck and hope he can work out the earlier magic he had in his films. Waiting for some of his heroines to make history like Zeenat Aman and Tina Munim.