‘Shatika – The undraped’ gets selected as short of the week from Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films.

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Balraj waxes Terence on Entertainment ki Raar@9 limited edition.

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Snigdha A Akolkar birthday plans

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Speedo India welcomes Parineeti Chopra as their New Fitness Ambassador!

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Deepshika Deshmukh bags the Asia Spa Award for her organic brand 

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Shahrukh Khan inaugurates 3 Kalyan Jewellers showrooms

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Bollywood star Yami Gautam launches Stemilt’s Piñata apples in India!

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&TV’s Meri Hanikarak Biwi hits a century!

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Piyush Sahdev to make a comeback on TV with Zee TV’s Ishq Subhan Allah

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Zee TV’s Kundali Bhagya star Manit Joura learns to play drums in 30 mins!

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Iconic Brand Bata Signs Actress Kriti Sanon As Brand Ambassador

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Narayan Jewellers launches The Forevermark Artemis™ Collection by Designer Bibhu Mohapatra

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Sonali Bendre back as a judge on Zee TV’s India’s Best Dramebaaz season 3

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Anita Hasnandani, Karishma Tanna and Rajat Tokas – Here is the stellar starcast of COLORS’ Naagin 3

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‘Book Club’ digs deep into 50 shades like never before 

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Karan Singh Grover,Kunaal Roy Kapur,Ravi Dubey & Priya Banerjee at launch of 2nd poster of Hindi film 3DEV

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Superhits 93.5 RED FM relaunches U-Turn; introduces new RJs Rashmi and Sharique

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Sa Re Ga Ma Pa lil champ’s wonder kid Jayas Kumar dedicates ‘Dream Girl’ song to Neha Kakkar.

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Divya Khosla Kumar wins Most Vibrant Persona at the Asia Spa Awards 2018

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Rekha Rana shares her pre and post birthday plans, From Dubai to Bombay.

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Kalyan Jewellers signs Katrina Kaif as brand ambassador

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Summer Soiree by Alberto Torresi

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Sizzle this summer with the latest collection of Swimwear from PrettySecrets

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LAUNCH OF AN INDO IRAN FILM PRODUCTION “DEVIL’S DAUGHTER”

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Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal launch a song from their upcoming film Raazi. 

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ALTBalaji’s new youth centric and fun show #PMSelfiewallie streaming now!

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Bhavesh Joshi Superstar- First Look Out I

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Karan Johar is Bollywood’s first film maker to be at Madame Tussauds

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Fashion Revolution Week – the sustainable way @WeWork BKC!

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ZOOM ANNOUNCES MEGA PARTNERSHIP WITH MYNTRA

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Bollywood Film Review – Beyond the clouds Rating – 3.5 stars Cinematically Artistic

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Celebrities Galore At Sonalli Guptaa’s Book Launch In Association With Shanya Kapur’s Collection by Kay Pee Jewellers

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Kartik Aaryan Is Every Mommy’s Favourite

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Priyanshu Jora’s back injury stalls the shoot

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Delhi’s Urvashi Reaches Mrs. India UK 2018 Pageant Finals!

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The Himalaya Drug Company recently launched their new TVC with Kajal Aggarwal

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Tinaa Dattaa’s latest photoshoot will blow your mind!

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Abbas-Mastan supports Navneet Kaushik for his upcoming Marathi movie ‘MEE’

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Binaifer Kohli: Women also have to be stronger to feel empowered

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How M S Dhoni inspired Paras Arora?

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Zaan Khan: Playing in BCL was a great experience

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BCL is like a festival; feels lovely to be part of it: Kunal Pant

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Short film review – Drishtti – Rating 4 Stars

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Model, Actor and Youth Icon Rishee Miglani makes Jaipur proud!

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Sudhir Mishra’s Magnum Opus “Daas Dev” To Release On March 23rd 

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Get ready to witness high voltage drama in &TV’s Holi special

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Mohammad Nazim plans to party hard on Holi

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Jasmin Bhasin urges to play a dry Holi

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 Indian Premiere of ‘Evening Shadows’ in Bengaluru

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TV Child Actor Ashnoor Kaur bags Anurag Kashyap film

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Popular TV show Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon to return as part of hotstar Originals series from November 24th

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The entire team is back… we hope to recreate the same magic: Barun Sobti

 

Fans of the iconic show Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon are in for a treat. Arnav and Khushi are all set to return with fresh episodes after a gap of almost three years. The show, renamed as Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon Ek Jashn, will be available exclusively on hotstar, India’s largest digital content platform, from 24th November 2015. New episodes will be available to the fans every week on Tuesday and Saturday, under the popular hotstar Originalsbrand.

 

 

Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon was a top rated show in 2011-12, and its popularity amongst the youth had turned its lead actors Barun Sobti and Sanaya Irani into superstars. The show went off air in November 2012, disappointing millions. Hotstar since its launch, has offered curated episodes of the show in its library and the fans have flocked to it.

 

Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon Ek Jashn will return with eight 10-minute episodes, showing a day in the life of Arnav and Khushi, set 3 years into their marriage.

Youth heart-throb, Arnav played by Barun Sobti, says, “It never felt like the show ended. I kept receiving feedback and mails from fans as they continued to watch the previous season on hotstar. The entire team of the show is back for this series and we hope to recreate the same magic.”

 

Sophie Choudry in Anita Dongre At Masaba’s Sangeet

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Actress, singer and former VJ Sophie Choudry was seen looking beautiful in an Anita Dongre outfit at designer Masaba’s sangeet.  Sophie teamed up the outfit with earrings from Farah Khan Ali and for the first time the actress was seen wearing a gajra (flower setting in the hair).  We love the lovely light unique shade of the lehenga and Sophie has carried out this traditional outfit with a lot of elegance.

New Celeb Chat Show | Born Stylish – A new show on COLORS INFINITY

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Born Stylish, a new celebrity chat-show based on celeb style hosted by Pria Kataria Puri. The note below comprises of:

 

  • Details on the show
  • Quote by Karan Johar, Co-curator of COLORS INFINITY
  • Style Statement by Akshay Kumar as spoken on the first episode
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Request you to kindly feature the same in your esteemed medium.

COLORS INFINITY and Vh1 present Born Stylish!

Born Stylish’ is India’s first series in a chat show format dedicated to Fashion and Style. The aim of Born Stylish is to highlight Style Icons that embody the seductive concoction of talent, drive, and trend setting choices. This show will map the professional journey of Style Icons, talk about their evolving fashion choices that have shaped their careers and inspired millions.

 

Each episode has a unique theme attached to it and will feature a chat with a Global Style Icon.

 

On the launch of the show, Karan Johar said, “Born Stylish on COLORS INFINITY has been created keeping in mind the Indian audience’s aspirations to learn about their favorite celebrity’s style quotient on-screen and off-screen as well as learning more about fashion and couture at an international level through global style icons. It will be quite a stylish treat for our viewers.

 

The show is hosted by India’s foremost designer, stylist and celebrity – Pria Kataria Puri.

 

The first episode will witness Pria Kataria Puri catch up with The Alphamale Akshay Kumar on his personal style, his fashion transition from the start of his career until today and what influenced the transition. The interview with this alphamale will then be complimented with a short interview with a world-renowned fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier.

 

On his personal style statement, Akshay Kumar said, “I personally feel fashion is not about buying ‘big’ or buying labels; it is about how you go and dig stuff and how you search for the right outfits.” Speaking about blending fashion with comfort, he added, “At a red carpet event, if there were no paparazzi, I would love to wear my British nightsuit. I may be the only person at night who still sleeps in his ironed British pyjamas; and I look forward to it!”

 

The show is all set to air on 28th November 2015 on COLORS INFINITY and Vh1.

 

Shah Rukh Khan launches ASSOCHAM Knowledge Report on Digitization and Mobility of Media & Entertainment

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  • Estimated Film Industry Market size to grow to INR 19,310 Cr. By 2017
  • Digitization and Mobility will drive share of Video in Internet Data Traffic to increase to 64% in FY 2017

 

November 23, Mumbai: Badshaah of Bollywood Mr. Shah Rukh Khan, along with Mr. Rana Kapoor, President, ASSOCHAM and MD & CEO, YES BANK and Mr. Venugopal Dhoot, Past President, ASSOCHAM and Chairman & MD, Videocon Industries, today unveiled the ASSOCHAM Knowledge Report on ‘Digitization & Mobility: Next frontier of growth for M&E’ at an event held at Taj Land’s End, Mumbai.

 

The Report provides key insights on evolving trends, challenges and future opportunities across Broadcasting Digitization, the Film Industry and Mobile Entertainment segment. Organizations in the Indian Media and Entertainment industry are poised for substantial growth in the coming years. The growing demand for content consumption from Tier II and Tier III cities will enable the entire Media & Entertainment value chain to connect with, engage and monetize India’s strongest asset – our youthful demographic.

Speaking at the launch, Mr. Rana Kapoor, President, ASSOCHAM and MD & CEO, YES BANK said, “The Indian Media & Entertainment industry has undergone a positive transformation with better content generation, mobility & digitization and growth in new media, resulting in an exemplary shift in consumer behavior and media consumption patterns. Recent regulatory interventions such as, the increased FDI limit in the broadcast distribution platforms like cable TV networks, DTH, head end-in-the-sky (HITS), mobile TV and radio, will continue to be key enablers for growth of this industry.”

 

 

 

Mr. Venugopal Dhoot, Past President, ASSOCHAM and Chairman & MD, Videocon Industries said “SRK  is our “Brand Ambassador” & it is our proud privilege that we have been associated with him since long. Referred to in the media as the “Baadshah of Bollywood“, “King of Bollywood”,  “King Khan” has huge fans across the globe. He is one of the world’s biggest movie stars”.  As a human being he is kind hearted person with multifaceted virtues. I am sure his upcoming movie “Dilwale” will break all the records of Bollywood movies”.

 

With the rise of internet users in to 200 million currently, the impact of digital technology on media consumption has already demonstrated the power of the Internet to disrupt linear traditional media.

 

The Media & Entertainment industry which was estimated to be at INR 1,026 billion in 2014 is projected to grow at a CAGR of 13.9% to reach INR 1,964 billion by 2019. With the advent of Central Government augmenting initiatives such as “Make In India” and “Digital India” will further help to achieve substantial growth in the coming years.

 

Bollywood superstars Karisma Kapoor & Sidharth Malhotra come together in support of AIOS’ National Diabetes Eye Screening Clinic initiative

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Bollywood star, Karisma Kapoor teamed up with heartthrob and Student of the Year, Sidharth Malhotra for a truly noble cause. The duo joined hands with the All India Ophthalmological Society (AIOS) and the Indian Medical Association (IMA) to spread awareness on Diabetic Retinopathy which is a condition arising due to diabetes and can cause permanent blindness to an individual if left untreated.

Speaking on the association, Bollywood beauty Karisma Kapoor said, “I am pleased to associate with All India Ophthalmological Society and the Indian Medical Association and would like to thank them for taking up the noble initiative that is being supported by Times Now to raise awareness on diabetic retinopathy. I personally know people who suffer from diabetes and it is increasingly becoming a cause for concern since diabetes can affect anyone irrespective of their age. I am grateful for the opportunity to help raise awareness on this common yet too often neglected and preventable issue. I would urge people who suffer from diabetes to visit these clinics for free testing and continue to do so year-on-year.”

Former model and current Bollywood heartthrob, Sidharth Malhotra said, “In our industry and with a lot of professionals, it is quite common to develop unhealthy eating habits, suffer stress and lead a sedentary lifestyle due to the hectic pace of life. All of these compound to causing diabetes and it can affect someone as young as a 20-year old. I am happy to be part of All India Ophthalmological Society and the Indian Medical Associations’ initiative to raise awareness on diabetes and diabetic retinopathy which is being supported by Times Now. I hope people from across the country will take advantage of the free eye testing clinics being organized by these medical bodies and take care of their vision.”

 

“Wholehearted Commitment”- Ranveer’s word to Bajirao

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Ranveer Singh is both elated & emotional about the completion of ‘Bajirao Mastani’. For the actor, it has been a yearlong commitment with many pitfalls & challenges but also a role of a lifetime.  On his reasons for taking up the role of Maratha warrior king Bajirao with such seriousness, Ranveer said, “I knew from the start the kind of involvement expected of me. I knew that I too wanted to approach it wholeheartedly,”

 

Part of his commitment to his film was radical decision to stay locked up in a hotel room for weeks at a stretch. During this period of isolation, he focused entirely on his accent training & rehearsals to get in the role of a period hero. He elaborated, “It was important as I was playing a warrior from the 1700s, someone so distinctly different from my own being.”

 

In ‘Bajirao Mastani’, Ranveer sports heavy, authentic battle armor & traditional royal costumes of the Marathas. Focusing on getting the body language, mood & setting right required intensive training & complete dedication.
Clearly, the actor hasn’t fallen short on putting his whole & soul in this part & the superb feedback to his look in the film so far justifies the hard work.

International Competition Section of IFFI 2015 to screen 15 best films from world-class filmmakers

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~IFFI’s growing popularity has attracted films and filmmakers from unconventional film regions like Argentina, Venezuela, Serbia, Bolivia, Jordan among others~

 

~Kaushik Ganguly’s Cinemawala and Debesh Chatterjee’s Natoker Moto to be the two Indian Films at the International Competition section~

IFFI 2015 will be screening 15 best films from world-class filmmakers in the International Competition Section. Kaushik Ganguly’s Cinemawala and Debesh Chatterjee’s Natoker Moto are the two Indian Films selected in this section. International Competition section at IFFI brings forth the cinematic vibrancy of the world cinema.

The section is so popular amongst the world film fraternity that this year it has attracted films and filmmakers from unconventional film regions like Argentina, Venezuela, Serbia, Bolivia, Jordan among others. Traversing through various languages and countries, the films in this section are nothing short of a masterpiece envisioned by the world-class filmmakers.

Appreciating films and the art of film making by talented filmmakers from the world, the International Competition section will offer a unique opportunity to showcase the most spectacular films to film enthusiasts and film makers from India and across the world.

Some of the exceptional films, which will be competing for the prestigious awards this year at IFFI include:

 

  1. 3000 NIGHTS

Mai Masri

Palestine, France, Jordan, Lebanon/2015/Arabic, Hebrew/103 minutes/colour

 

  1. EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT

Ciro Guerra

Colombia | Venezuela | Argentina /2015/Spanish | Portuguese | German | Catalan | Latin /122

 

  1. ENCLAVE

Goran Radovanovic

Serbia/Germany/2015/Serbian/92 minutes/colour

 

 

  1. FILOSOFI KOPI

Angga Dwimas Sasongko

Indonesia/2015/Indonesian/117 minutes/colour

 

  1. JOURNEY TO THE SHORE

Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Japan, France/2015/Japanese/128 minutes/colour

 

  1. KAPO IN JERUSALEM

Uri Barbash

Israel/2015/Hebrew/98 minutes/colour

 

  1. LABYRINTH OF LIES

Giulio Ricciarelli

Germany/2014/German/121 minutes/colour

 

  1. EISENSTEIN IN GUANAJUATO

Peter Greenaway

Netherlands/Mexico /2015/ English, Spanish / 105 minutes/colour

 

  1. THE MAN WHO BECAME A HORSE

Amir-Hossein Saghafi

Iran/2015/Farsi /110 minutes/colour

 

  1. THE MEASURE OF A MAN (La loi du marche)

Stephane Brize

France/2015/French/93 minutes/colour

 

  1. MUSTANG

Deniz Gamze Erguven

Turkey/2015/Turkish/97 minutes/colour

 

  1. RAMS

Grimur Hakonarson

Iceland /2015/ Icelandic/93 minutes/ Colour

 

  1. SEALED CARGO

Julia Vargas

Bolivia, Mexico, Venezuela, France 2015/Spanish/107 minutes/colour

 

  1. NATOKER MOTO

Debesh Chatterjee/ 2015/ 121 Min

 

  1. CINEMAWALA

Kaushik Ganguly/ 2015

The 46th edition of International Film Festival of India- IFFI 2015 will be held from Nov 20-30 2015 in Goa where film luminaries across the world will witness a mélange of national and international cinema.

”Silver Screen” by Fawzan Husain, is a series of images taking a closer look at our prolific film industry “Bollywood”.

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Everything that is so essentially ‘Bollywood’…the varied components that come together, and work in harmony to make a film are depicted in Fawzan’s photographs. He shoots a different view of Bollywood by capturing behind the scenes action on the sets: no frontal portraits, no posing for his camera. His photographs portray the real picture, the real people without the glamour, artifacts and ‘larger than life’ idea usually associated with Bollywood Silverscreen led him to `Beyond Silverscreen’. A look at how we Indian’s have fascination with our Filmy folks. Once he started looking around, he could see them all around, Apart from the bill boards he could find them in restaurants, on Kites, in gyms, in rickshaws. Some were using them as decoration while some to lure their fans or crazy customers,while others were showing their affection to their idols. It was funny but real. To him this was Silverscreen away from the sets.

 

Kamya Punjabi calls Kishwer ‘uncultured’ on Big Boss!

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  • Kishwer’s friend Kamya Punjabi is not very happy with Kishwer and Suyyash’s conduct on Bigg Boss
  • Kamya Punjabi is an ardent Bigg Boss viewer. She was present as a panelist on Bigg Boss Nau during which she interacted with the contestants and gave them an outsiders perspective on their conduct inside the house
  • Kamya expressed her disappointment with Kishwer for calling the other housemates ‘uneducated’ and ‘uncultured’
  • Kamya told Kishwer that by calling names for others and her present behavior in the house makes her look uncultured
  • This did not go down well with Kishwer and she seemed visibly upset and disturbed by Kamya’s comment
  • Nothing can be hidden in the Bigg Boss house. The transparency in the show reveals the true nature of every housemate living in the house

Shefali Bhushan’s Jugni release shifted to 22nd January, 2016.

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Jugni (Firefly), written and directed by Shefali Bhushan, has been pre-poned to 22nd January, 2016. Produced by Karan Grover, Manas Malhotra, and Shefali Bhushan, the film revolves around Vibhavari, a music director, who is working on her first big break in the Hindi film industry.

With the star cast of Sugandha Garg, Siddhant Behl, Anurita Jha, Sadhana Singh, Samir Sharma, Jugni is all about striking balances and dealing with the unpredictability of life, while finding the place one can call home; home of the heart, where the firefly is at her brightest!

Other Credits of the film include Music : Clinton Cerejo; Singers: Javed Bashir, Clinton Cerejo, Bianca Gomes, Neha Kakkar; Lyrics & Dialogues: Shellee; Cinematography: Divakar Mani; Editing: Navnita Sen Dutta; Sound Design: Sanjay Chaturvedi; Costume Design: Hazel Paul; Production Design: Vikram Singh

Actress Divya Aggarwal roped in for Balaji Telefilms show on Channel &TV

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Cutesy actress Divya Aggarwal, last seen on ‘Secret Diaries – The Hidden Chapters’ on Channel V, has been roped in to play a key role in Balaji Telefilms’ show ‘Yeh Kahan Aa Gaye Hum’ for Channel &TV.

From what we hear, the actress will be seen playing a perky character named Roopa Singh. The elementary phase of the show will see her wedding preparations, according to a reliable source.

When contacted, Divya confirmed the news, but refused to divulge further details.

This musical love story will see actors Karan Kundra and Saanvi Talwar as the protagonists. Other cast members include Kali Babu, Papiya Sen Gupta, Manohar Pandit, Ashish Mehrotra and Vineet Kumar. This soap opera has been on air since 26th October, 2015 and has been receiving an excellent response from the viewers.

Babuji Dheere Chalna – A Sensual Reinterpretation

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Hindi Cinema is infamous for its semi-fictionalized depiction of events that happen in our daily lives. We feel our bellies going warm and fuzzy after listening to a romantic song. We also feel regret & mistrust after listening to a track which reminds us of a love story gone downhill. ‘Babuji Dheere Chalna’ from the ‘Aar Paar’ (1950) is one of those songs.

Taking into perspective that there is more to backstabbing (personal, corporate, political, etc.) in this day and age than it was in the era gone by, Saregama has done a true to the lyrics video reinterpretation of a Guru Dutt classic. The video stands testament to the new age approach of confrontation of truth, which is far less sugar coated than it was when the song first came out.

Originally composed by the legendary O.P. Nayyar and sung by Geeta Dutt, this jazz infused groove tune is rearranged by Sumit Ramachandra and sung by Anjum Katyal.

Love, lust & betrayal…. All in a day’s work.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KA0ZGUFMFQI

Raam Reddy’s Kannada language film debut feature, Thithi wins the Jury Grand Prize in the International Competition at Mumbai Film Festival, 2015

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~  The Kannada language film, which made its Asian premiere at MAMI, was the only Indian feature to be selected in the International Category ~

 

Raam Reddy’s directorial debut, Thithi wins the Jury Grand Prize at Mumbai Film Festival, 2015. The Kannada-language film, which made its Asian Premiere at Mumbai Film Festival, 2015, was the only Indian feature to be selected in the International Competition.

 

The film had its international première at Locarno International Film Festival in August this year and won two top awards – Pardo d’oro Cineasti Del Presente Premio Nescens”  (Golden Leopard, Filmmakers of the Present Competition) and “Swatch First Feature Award” for the best debut feature in the festival.

 

Excited about the winning one of the top awards at this year’s MAMI, Raam says, “Thithi’s journey so far has been nothing short of magical, and premiere at MAMI has continued this dream-come-true. It was already such an immense honour to be included in the wonderfully curated selection of the International Competition including films like Land and Shade that won the Camera d’Or at Cannes and Ixcanul Volcano than won in Berlin. It was truly a selection of some of the strongest films from around the world this year, so winning an award in this category is really overwhelming. In addition to the award, it was also so encouraging to see how Thithi seemed to be universally enjoyed as theatrical experience by the audiences in MAMI, with so much more laughter in the theatre that my team and I ever expected.”

 

All the screenings of Thithi were sold out, with audiences lining up three hours before the start of the film in the final screening. Thithi’s reputation in the world cinema circles has steadily grown ever since winning the Work-in-Progress Fiction Lab in NFDC Film Bazaar 2014. After the Locarno wins, the 26-year-old director was very excited to be felicitated by Karnataka’s Honorable Chief Minister Sri Siddaramaiah.

 

In addition to its critical accolades, Thithi has backing of a renowned international producer from the USA, Sunmin Park of Maxmedia, Los Angeles. She, along with Tom Cruise, produced The Others starring Nicole Kidman directed by Alejandro Amenabar, A Night in Old Mexico starring Robert Duvall, and many other films with globally acclaimed directors from around the world.

 

 

Brief Film Synopsis

 

After the death of Century Gowda, a highly cranky 101 year old man, the film follows the humorous exploits of his elderly bearded son, Gadappa, his materialistic middle-aged grandson, Thamanna, and his confident pubescent great grandson, Abhi, up until Century Gowda’s “thithi”, the final funeral celebration 11 days after a death.

 

Shot in the Mandya district of Karnataka, Thithi is a dramatic comedy co-written by Eregowda, who spent most of his childhood in the village that the film was shot. Furthermore, Thithi entirely comprises a cast of non-professional actors who are mostly farmers from the area, lending a deep authenticity and unique breed of insider humour to the film. In addition, the young crew comprises collaborators from Holland, USA, as well as FTII graduates and many locals from the village.

 

About the Director:

 

Raam Reddy, 26, is a graduate of Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi and Prague Film School. Previously, he has directed a critically-acclaimed short film called Ika (Feather), and published a magic-realism novel titled Its Raining in Maya.

 

Friday Cine Entertainment Pvt. Ltd‘s “Ishq Forever” to release on 29th January 2016!!

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Friday Cine Entertainment Pvt. Ltd‘s romantic comedy “Ishq Forever” starring an ensemble cast of renowned acting talents as well as fresh new faces is all set to release on 29th January 2016.

 

Produced by Ajay Shah, Himanshu Gandhi & Shabeer Boxwala, Ishq Forever is directed by Sameer Sippy, introducing Krishna and stars Ruhi Singh, Lisa Ray , Zakir Hussain , Chetan Pandit, Sonal Jha, Arif Zakaria , Gurpreet Singh, Kuljeet Kaur , Sachin Parikh, Denzil Smith , Mahesh Balraj and Javed Jafferi, backed by special appearances by Raza Murad and Sharat Saxena. Written by Shabeer Boxwala, ‘Ishq Forever’ has music by Nadeem Saifi and Lyrics by Sameer.

 

‘Ishq Forever’ is a breezy rom-com in the traditions of ‘It Happened One Night’& ‘Dil Hai ki Manta Nahi’ etc. It revolves around a duo who meet in un-common circumstances, are bundled together by a nudge of destiny & are forced to undertake a journey that not only challenges their idea of themselves but in the process bringing them face to face with the force of nature called ‘Love’.

 

Shot in the stunning back drop of South Africa,the story moves from the Scenic city of Hermanus through the breath taking Garden Route to the thriving buzzing city of Cape Town to culminate in a fresh new landscape where the climax unfolds.

 

The romantic comedy will showcase stunning visuals, where the two largest oceans of the world meet, never seen on Indian screens before providing the film a colorful & vibrant climax!!

 

‘Ishq forever’ is a true-blue Rom-com that will induce fuzzy eyed laughter along with gently tickling romance.

 

So catch the cast in theaters on 29th January, 2016 on this romantic Journey that tugs at your heartstrings making you want to fall in love…… all over again!

Bollywood film review RANBANKA             Rating 2 stars

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What’s it about?

Ranbanka is a story of a common man Rahul played by Manish Paul whose work demands his family to move to Mathura. His family includes himself, wife played by Pooja Thakur and son. This decision changes their life completely.     A local gangster and younger brother of a MLA, Raghav Singh played by well-known Ravi Kishan falls in love with the protagonist’s wife and wishes to marry her.

How a common man is forced to adopt violence in order to protect his family when the system is not ready to support him in anyway.

Acting:

Ravi Kishen does a fantastic job and manages to hold the film on his shoulders. He is ruthless, violent and is apt for the role. However, he could have added some variances to his usual acting skills to shine out in this author-backed role.

Manish Paul – He doesn’t deserve any mention about his work coz he has been unprofessional in his commitments. He hasn’t promoted the film which could have gained some mileage.

Pooja Thakur – Scene stealer for sure. Raw talent with ethnic beauty, Pooja has done fantastic in the emotional scenes.

Avinash Dwivedi as Kantu definitely stands out as the right hand of Raghav Singh. He has the animalistic appeal which will go a long way.

Story:

Shakir Ali could have taken the film at a higher level. Somehow the screenplay is jerky in the initial stages of the film.

Direction:

First time director Aryeman manages to hold the audience attention throughout the film. Hats off to him for getting some brilliant performances from Pooja Thakur and Ravi Kishen. He has made an optimum use of the brilliant locations. The directorial touches are visible and overall the film has all the masala of a commercial film.

Box-office rating:

With 6 films releasing this week, Ranbanka would get its share of audience only on word-of-mouth. It will do good business in the rural centers which have a Ravi Kishen fan following.

Cast and credits

Manish Paul- Rahul Sharma

Ravi Kishen- Raghav Singh

Pooja Thakur- Priya Sharma

Rudra Kaushish- MLA Prakash Singh

Avya Agarwal- Ayush Sharma

Avinash Dwivedi- Kantu

Prakash Soni- Mama ji

Krishna Rana- Bhoola

 

Directed By: Aryeman

Music Rights: Zee Music.

Action Director : Parvez Fazal Khan

Lyrics By : Tanveer Ghazi (Kanha Re Kanha & HoliDiwani)

Salim Ashfee (Mar Jana Mainu Mar Jana)

Arafat Mehmood (Garam masala)

 

Story, Screenplay & Dialoques By : Shakir Ali

 

Music Director – Sahil Rayyan

 

Background Score By : Sahil Rayyan

 

Produced By : Ajay Yadav, Dashrath Singh Rathore, Suman Shukla

 

 

The Eternal Hero – Book launch by Author Mamta Bhatt

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… Actor Nana Patekar unveils book amidst hundreds of fans of the great Indian Epic.

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 Author Mamta Bhatt of the  “Warriors of Kurukshestra” book fame is back, with her second book “The Eternal Hero – Ram”. On the lines of WOK, the second offering from the author too, is keeping in mind young readers of the age group of 9- 14 yrs.

The unveiling of the book took place at Shanmukhanand Audi, Sion, Mumbai and over 1200 people applauded and cheered as the young author announced her second offering. It was a musical and fun filled event with Actor Nana Patekar, Hockey Star Mir Ranjan Negi, followed by power packed and soothing performances by Singing Maestros Anup Jalota & Suresh Wadkar amongst others, the evening was hosted by the ever resonating voice, Harish Bhimani.

The Author was overwhelmed to receive a wonderful response from the audience and exclaimed her thoughts by saying, “I received an overwhelming response from thousands of readers and fans from all over the country. Some after reading the book and some, who were witness to my reading sessions on the great epic. I always looked up to our great Indian epics and feel, the energy, the wisdom, the learning that we can obtain from these, can be matched by no other medium.”

About the Author:

Mamta works as the Director – Legal with the BJN Group for the last 10 yrs and has been closely involved in the expansion of the group hotel chains all over the country. Having a total corporate experience of over 20 yrs and having worked with several law firms prior to this and being a practicing advocate, Mamta completed her graduation from the University of Mumbai with dual degrees in B.A, LLB. Mamta hails from Uttarakhand and Rishikesh is her hometown.

 

Rajesh Iyer, Business Head, &TV on the new weekend shows

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Weekends can be monotonous and keeping this in mind, &TV, is all set to become the ultimate weekend entertainment hub! To make weekends even MORE entertaining &TV presents 2 new blockbuster shows, DEAL OR NO DEAL and AGENT RAGHAV – CRIME BRANCH starting 5th September every Sat-Sun at 8:00 PM and 9:00 PM respectively. With the new shows’ launch, &TV continues to offer a dynamic mix of breakthrough contemporary content across genres, staying true to the promise of catering to progressive viewers of New Age India.

Announcing the launch of &TV’s new weekend properties, Rajesh IyerBusiness Head, &TV said, “Our flagship show The Voice India made &TV a strong weekend destination. With the launch of Deal Or No Deal and Agent Raghav – Crime Branch, we are further strengthening our weekend prime time to bring in more and more viewers with a varied taste in our fold. Deal Or No Deal marks the comeback of family game shows on television and we are certain that it will engage families. With Agent Raghav Crime Branch we foray into a new genre – a crime show which is fast paced, high on action and thrill. Both these shows are differentiated and true to our promise of offering a diverse mix that complement our programing slate.”

Sharad Kelkar as Agent Raghav – Crime Branch

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Sharad Kelkar as Agent Raghav on &TV's new show Agent Raghav Crime Branch

By Aryeman Raj

The next weekend blockbuster – a never seen before fast paced crime-mystery thriller titled Agent Raghav – Crime Branch from the house of Contiloe marks another strategic step by &TV to build its weekend programming slate. With a contemporary look and international appeal, the show is certainly the channel’s entry into the crime genre with popular actor Sharad Kelkar in a completely different avatar – that of Agent Raghav Sinha. An expert of body language, mind reading coupled with exemplary observation and deduction skills, Agent Raghav solves the most complex cases that may seem hard to understand. Agent Raghav – Crime Branch is co-powered by Quick Heal Gadget Securance and Quikr Cars.

Mr. Abhimanyu Singh, CEO – Contiloe said, “Crime thrillers have always excited us as a genre. Having done shows such as Ssshhhh… koi hai, Adalat and Fearfiles, Agent Raghav – Crime Branch will help us foray deeper into the crime genre. Agent Raghav will basically solve murder mysteries along with his team at the CBI crime branch. What makes him unique is his ability to read people and look beyond the obvious.  We are looking forward for the audience to have an adventurous time with Agent Raghav and his team”

 

Speaking about his character Agent Raghav, Sharad Kelkar said, “I’m a big fan of the crime genre, and an avid follower of some of the best crime shows in the world. I was very excited to bring alive the dynamic character of Raghav, on screen, as this was my first experience essaying such a role. It’s been a great experience so far and I am sure the audience will appreciate our efforts.”

 

Brand Ambassador Shahrukh Khan felicitated with the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 5 timepieces.

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Brand Ambassador Shahrukh Khan felicitated with the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 5 timepieces. 

TAG Heuer, the unparalleled market leader in watches and chronographs celebrated ‘The Golden Era of Carrera’ by launching its new collection of golden TAG Heuer Carrera timepieces in Mumbai.

The elegant reinterpretation of an enduring masterpiece, with maximized Carrera refinement and allure, this new Carrera series by TAG Heuer is powered by the supremely accurate Calibre 5 automatic movement. Created for the true connoisseurs of luxury, this collection has options in 18 carat Gold for those who like bling and 18 carat Rose Gold for those who like to keep in subtle. With options of rose gold or gold with steel and leather straps, details are stunning in their sophistication: hand-applied TAG Heuer logo, indexes and date window.

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On the occasion, Brand Ambassador Shahrukh Khan was presented with the New Carrera Calibre 5 Rose Gold timepiece by Franck Dardenne, General Manager, TAG Heuer India.

Since the evening was all about celebrating the Art of Manufacturing and Creation, and given the long withstanding association that TAG Heuer has had with the world of glamour and movies, Indian Film directors who have created unconventional cinema were felicitated at the event. Leading Directors like Kunal Kohli, Punit Malhotra and Tarun Mansukhani were all gifted the latest Steel and Gold Carrera Calibre 5 timepiece by Franck Dardenne and Shahrukh Khan.

The evening was a star studded affair that had a large gathering off celebrieties and socialities who were seen enjoying cocktails and canapés. Amongst them were Achla Sachdev, Rashmi Nigam, Hamza Patel, Tanaaz Bhatia, Pria Kataria Puri, Sidharth Malhotra, Vikram Raizada, Rahul Dholakia, Vishal Malhotra, Timmy Narang, Aly and Yasmine Morani, Soumik Sen and Indian Fashion Designer Manish Malhotra.

 

Brand Ambassador Shahrukh Khan said: “I am very excited about the latest Steel and Gold collection launched by TAG Heuer to celebrate the Golden Era of the Carrera. TAG Heuer is one of my longest associations of over a decade. I love the fact that TAG Heuer challenges the rules and thinks outside the box and I’m honored to be associated with such an iconic and forward-thinking brand.”

Speaking on the occasion, Franck Dardenne, General Manager, TAG Heuer, India: “TAG Heuer’s association with cinema goes back to the time Jack Heuer invented the FilmMaster, timing the duration of the film sequence in the 60s. It has been the gateway to reach the wrist of many actors, from Charlton Heston to Steve McQueen, through Clint Eastwood, and of course Shahrukh Khan. Carrera series prove that icons can reinvent themselves, that a long legacy is an incentive to go on innovating, creating. That is why we are happy to honour the promising directors.”

LAUNCH OF JUNIOR MASTERCHEF SWAAD KE USTAAD

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BY ARYEMAN RAJ

MasterChef, a brand in culinary talent, has been an inspiring platform for so many passionate and driven adults in the country. And now hot on the heels of three successful seasons of MasterChef India comes the first ever season that tests the skills of young minds with Amul presents Junior MasterChef – Swaad Ke UstaadThis will be the first time on Indian television that children will be seen in the kitchen and entering a territory assumed to be owned by adults. Armoured with the spatula, pans and aprons these children can probably cook better than many of us. Catch them amaze you with their food play of fancy gourmet dishes, exotic desserts, rich Indian food and unlimited entertainment on Junior MasterChef starting August 17thevery Saturday and Sunday at 9.00 pm only on STAR Plus.

These young stars will churn out dishes with flamboyance; their plates will be a work of art and their knowledge no less than a food scientist. As they walk in from different cultures, food habits and walks of life… viewers will witness a perfect amalgamation of great food stirred up with a riot of laughter and fun.

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Talking about the show, Nikhil Madhok, Sr. Vice President – Marketing, STAR Plus India said,“STAR Plus has always been true to its philosophy – Rishta Wohi Soch Nayi. With Junior MasterChef, this ideology is exemplified. We are giving young cooking enthusiasts a reality show platform but in a whole new avatar. For the first time, kids will be challenged in a cooking competition and seen entering a territory that was once meant only for adults. You will be amazed with their talent and knowledge on the subject. With this set of young champs stepping out of the playground to take over the kitchen you can only expect the unexpected!

Being produced by Colosceum Media Pvt Ltd., the children will belong in the age group of 8 to 12 years, other than that the format of the show will remain same as MasterChef India – nothing will be made easier! Chefs Vikas Khanna, Kunal Kapoor and Surjan Singh Jolly will be the celebrity judges on the show, and they will expect nothing less than perfect, well-executed and delicious dishes. So who said kids can’t cook? These little chefs are going to create nothing less than a storm in the MasterChef Kitchen! Expect lots of new energy, innocent battles and be prepared to see some spectacularly stunning skills on display by these tiny tots.

Get ready for the ultimate cook off starting August 17th as the nanhe pataake battle it out to impress judges and the audiences with their enthusiasm and culinary potential, everySaturday and Sunday at 9.00 pm only on STAR Plus!

 

 

Ameesha Patel Productions launches ‘Desi Magic’

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BY ARYEMAN RAJ

Highlight of the event:-

  • Have you ever heard of one person making an stunning entry twice at one event. Well Ameesha did. First she made an entry on a scooty and later dancing at a bar
  • Zaid khan stole the hearts of all the girls with his charming dialogues
  • For the first time Sahil Shroff was introduced as one of the lead actor
  • Ravi Kishan made an impact with Feroze Khan style dhamakedar entry
  • Dj Aqeel made the crowd go wild with his signature songs
  • Veteran actor Randhir Kapoor was also present at the event supporting the cast
  • Abbas – Mustan opened the bottle of Champagne & raised a toast wishing the team good luck

Producers Ameesha Patel and Kuunal Goomer under Ameesha Patel Productions unveiled  the concept, characters and theme of their maiden venture “Desi Magic”at a never seen before, one of its kind curtain raiser event at Hype on April 2, 2013. The film will be directed by Mehul Atha

Speaking on the occasion, Business Partner Kuunal Goomer, said, “The idea of this curtain raiser was to present our maiden venture in a very unique style like never before. Desi Magic is an extremely positive and entertaining film for all the sections of the society. We hope to start the shooting schedule soon and plan to release the film by October – November this year.”

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The cast and crew of the film are extremely real and the fitment was to the T. The cast includes Ameesha Patel in a never seen before double role, Zayed Khan, Rajat Kapoor, Ravi Kishen, Sahil Shroff and veteran actor Randhir Kapoor.

“I am sure we will give the audiences something entertaining with our film. I am excited to be playing a double role in the film for the first time ever. After many days the audiences will get to see the double role concept in a modern fashion. The film is very contemporary, youth & colourful. Basically it has all the ingredients of a wholesome entertainer especially my characters.” Ameesha Patel ends with a magical note.

The music of the film has been given by none other than Dj Aqeel.

 

Ranbir, Deepika, Karan Johar, Ayan Mukherji at the launch of ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ trailer

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Karan Johar has a penchant for gossip and stirring up a hornet’s nest with his latest film ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’.

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Actress Deepika Padukone, who is sharing screen space with her ex-boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor in Ayan Mukerji’s “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani”(YJHD), says the actor is possessive about her. In fact, the trailer of the film had a dialogue which says, “If I have to spend 2 more minutes with you, I will fall in love with you all over again”.

Karan Johar was the media’s delight. He kept pulling Ayan’s leg, who maintained a low profile. For the first time we saw Ranbir Kapoor almost flare up at one of the cheeky journos who pointed fingers at his ex-flame. The journo bitchily quizzed Deepika if she would resort to any other gimmicks like the tattoo stunt during her first film promotion starring Ranbir Kapoor.

Ranbir supported Deepika and took hold of the mike. He categorically mentioned that “what has transpired is done with. We have moved in life and Deepika has her personal life. The tattoo was a personal moment which shouldn’t be misinterpreted as a publicity stunt”. All along, Deepika kept mum but somehow the love between the two ex-flames was very much evident. Watch this space to read more about the on-screen chemistry of the actors for the film promotion.

RANNVEER – The Marshall Starts Filming In Dehradun

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RANNVEER – The Marshall’ directed by Milind Ukey and produced by Alok Sharma under the banner Cine Act 1 productions started its shooting of the first schedule in the  breath taking locations of Vishranti Resort, Dehradun.

Supporting the cause of creating large number of Taekwondo followers specially amongst children and youth, and promoting health, writer & director Milind Ukey joins hand with producer Alok Sharma under the banner Cine Act 1 productions to make a movie dedicating to martial arts.

RANNVEER – The Marshall, a complete Hindi feature film will be a strong promoter of a sport Taekwondo/ Martial Arts and the entire team of Rannveer is working towards this cause. The movie is produced by Alok Sharma whereas DOP is Manoj Shaw, to the edge action by RP Yadav and Music Director Ricky Mishra.

The team of RANNVEER – The Marshall has almost completed the uphill task of music where out of the five songs in the movie, the first romantic number was sung by Kunal Ganjawala and Akriti Kakkar on the beautiful words of Rajan Kheda whereas; the second romantic song of the movie was sung by renowned singer KK on the ingenious words of Dr Sagar.

On this occasion director Milind Ukey said, “Our entire idea is to promote martial arts in India. It is not only a sport by an excellent option to be fit. Today kids are hooked to TV and computers but with martial arts they will not only be physically fit but mentally alert. Particularly for women this art is one of the most promising method for self protection and we are promoting the same in India. During our audition, I witnessed that we have great potential in martial arts in India itself. I believe martial arts expert youngsters in our country are better than Hollywood or countries like Hongkong, China, Thailand and Japan put together. This movie will create a platform to all the young talents existing in our country.”

He further added, “The atmosphere at Dehradun is great. Our entire team since pre-shoot arrangements has always been very supportive. We are expecting to finish our shoot as per planned schedule by March 2013.”

 

Manish Chaturvedi launches calendar in association with VEMB Lifestyle

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BY ARYEMAN RAJ

Manish Chaturvedi- an independent fashion photographer launches ‘Manish Chaturvedi Calendar 2013’ in Mumbai today amidst much fanfare. The calendar has been launched in association with premier fashion brand VEMB Lifestyle Private Limited. Manish Chaturvedi’s theme for the annual calendar is to project women as the driving force of Indian society’.  The calendar launch saw eminent Bollywood personalities like Vindu Dara Singh, Dina Singh who were present at the launch. Also present were model Nikola Markovic and model turned actress Jasmine May from London. Anastasiia Vygovska from Ukraine is the lead model in who has been featured in the calendar.

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“This time around, we thought of having a different theme where the new age woman is not merely a catalyst or a woman of substance, but is a driving force in the Indian society. Women have come on par with men in all walks of life and this was the rationale behind the photo shoot this year. The pictures have been beautifully shot with the same line of thought, explained Manish Chaturvedi.”

On this occasion, Punit Agarwal, Managing Director, VEMB Lifestyle, said, “We are happy to associate with Manish Chaturvedi for the second time in a row as each year he has come up with a very innovative theme. His sense of style, concept and fusion of various objects makes his photographs more appealing. Besides that, working with Sara Loren was an absolute pleasure.”

 

Will Sana Khan star in Salman Khan’s next project?

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Sana Khan’s bash for 100 days in Bigg B

BY ARYEMAN RAJ

Sana Khan celebrated and shared her beautiful memories attached at Big Boss House along with her new best Buddies Rajiv Paul, Delnaaz , Ashaka Goradia  at a suburban night  club ‘Shock’.

Party was hosted by her BFF Mrs Bharti and Mr Kapil Mehra. We spotted Simi Chandoke , Daler Mehendi’s son Gurdeep Mehendi, Rohit Bakhshi.Sana may not have won the title of BIG BOSS, she proves to  have made a place  in millions of hearts.

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What really stood out with our interaction with Sana was that she is a extremely positive about life and the friends she makes. “I made 3 good friends in Bigg Boss and Ashaka, Delnaaz and Rajiv all have come over to celebrate my first bash. As for working with Salman, I would comment on this only when everything is sealed. Till the time I don’t face the ‘lights, camera and action’, I think it would pre-mature for me to comment”.

 

The host Kapil Mehra quoted, “Sana khan is one of those contestants who did not have a mask on her face and this made her  a very strong contender, and wishes her luck for a brighter future”.

Inspector Yeda Patil protects women and dances with feet on fire!

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By ARYEMAN RAJ

Inspector Yeda Patil is all set to emerge from the corridors of corruption, as a saviour of goodness and a protector of women in India.

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Yeda Patil launches crusades against corruption of dance bars the same way Maharashtra home minister RR Patil does! He catches criminals and saves women from being raped and abused the same way Inspector Dhoble does!

Before you jump to conclusions or wonder who this new inspector is, let us tell you that he’s sharper than Dhoble and as agile than actor Prabhudeva. What! He dances? Yes, he dances as if his feet were on fire!

Yeda Patil is none other than Sachiin Joshi, who plays the character of a whimsical cop to the hilt in Mumbai Mirror releasing this week.

With a grand premiere at Mumbai’s PVR, the film directed by Ankush Bhatt, is already garnering rave reviews for performances, choreography, music, the cinematography, as well as some daring action sequences picturised on the lead actor Sachiin. Lets see what the future holds in store for this latest cop caper.

CASTING – MUMBAI FEMALE MODELS REQUIRED URGENTLY

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We are planning a major event for the Humanity cause.

Concorde Fashion Carnival – CFCL will be held in London.

Fashion Carnival is formatted in a way that we can serve humanity. Idea is to intact everybody with each other leaving behind all the Global Boundaries n other discriminatory rituals.

We at Concorde are looking for like-minded people to join hands to make my dream of ONE EARTH FOR ALL come true.

We require 21 female models (based in Mumbai). Please mail your pics and profile at Glamzone2012@gmail.com

Fashion show and launch of Telly calendar 2013

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The launch of Telly Calendar 2013 by Marinating Films director Sunny Arora and Annand Mishra, unveiled their Calendar at a suburban five star, on 10th Jan 2013. . The Show started by Indian Idol winner singer Abhijeet Sawant and Rajesh Kumar being a perfect host for the evening.

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The Calendar Girls –   Sara Khan ,  Sukirti Kandpal, Chahatt Khanna, Krystal D’souza, Ragini Khanna, Divyanka Tripathi, Sana khan, Rucha , Barkha  Bisht and Pooja Gor walked the ramp, followed by an award ceremony  for all the Telly Calendar Girls , with the final performance by  Toshi Sharib – (music composer )

Eijaz Khan, Naman shah and Kishwar Merchant were spotted too.

Life OK Launches new thriller, 2612, by Commemorating the brave hearts of the city

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By ARYEMAN RAJ

Since the 2008 terror attack in Mumbai, the city of dreams has never ceased to move. With the enemy at the gates, the city that never sleeps finally awoke. The incident that has marked and changed many a Mumbaikars’ life, has also brought to the fore the courage of unsung Heroes. Life OK now brings to the Indian audiences, a story of ordinary people entrapped in a situation through its new show 2612 that premiers on 26th November 2012 at 9pm. As a mark of respect, Life OK organized an event in Mumbai today to commemorate the real heroes.

Life OK, at its core has always believed in the philosophy of ‘Cherishing what you have’ and society and values are something that every individual can relate with. With the increasing number of threats to India, it is imperative that citizens stay alert and vigilant to prevent any misfortunes. Held in Café Leopold, Life OK begun the day by talking about the current scenario and how it is important for a nation to stand together to face the outside evil. Taking it forward to the larger society, Ajit Thakur, General Manager of Life OK organized a small felicitation event to pay homage to the unsung heroes of Mumbai. Present there was Dr. PS Pasricha, Former DGP Maharashtra Police, Sebastien D’souza, Photo journalist who was the first to capture Kasab’s image, VD Zende, the announcer at CST who alerted the general public about the 2008 firing and Devika Rotawan, witness to Kasab’s firing and one of the few who testified in court. Dr. Pasricha was the Chief Guest for the day, and shared some valuable insights and opinions about the current scenario. He advised people to be more wary of their surroundings. As each person took to stage, they shared their stories of the 2008 attack. Ajit Thakur, along with Dr. Pasricha commemorated those who did their bit for the society. A candle light and 2 minute silence gathering followed in remembrance of warriors who gave their life for the nation.

Said Ajit Thakur, General Manager, Life OK, “Any kind of terror attack leaves behind an imprint on the minds of countless people. Life OK today salutes those who faced terror with courage and saved millions of lives in Mumbai. Their acts of bravery and courage will be remembered forever to come. Through our new show, 2612, we are trying to bring people closer together, as one nation to fight the bigger evil. We want people to be more aware, more vigilant and most importantly, more united.”

Dr. Pasricha added, “I feel humbled that Life OK has taken this stand and done something for the people who have contributed to the society. It is often in times of adversity, that a nation sticks together. My plea to people is to stay united so that we can combat any hardship that comes our way.

An official launch of the show, 2612 followed the felicitation ceremony. Saurabh Shukla and the star cast including Shikha Singh, Mahinder Singh and Tejaswita were present there to pay their tribute and respect. Commenting on the launch of the show, said Saurabh Shukla, the Writer of 2612, “2612 brings forth new meaning to life, by enacting the tale of ordinary people stuck in extraordinary circumstances. I sincerely hope people across the country appreciate the story we are trying to tell, and take a stand to be more attentive.”

 

As the day went by, people from different walks of life came together to discuss the one topic that affects citizens the most. Putting this onto the small screen, 2612 is an engaging story of people trapped in terror plot, 2612 will air every Monday to Friday at 9pm on Life OK

 

 

INDIA’S FIRST GLAM DIVA IS … PRIYANKA CHOPRA!

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The stage was set, the emotions tense and there was palpable excitement in the air as BIG CBS LOVE announced the winner to the first season of India’s Glam Diva…none other than Bollywood siren – Priyanka Chopra!

India’s Glam Diva saw the coming together of exceptional women Diva’s from across the Indian entertainment industry who have created a mark for themselves across the fields of Bollywood, Television, Sports, Corporate and more. The show, which saw inputs from eminent guru’s from the industry – Shiamak Davar, Shaina NC and Rajeev Masand, selected India’s Glam Diva purely through audience votes making it truly INDIA’S GLAM DIVA –selected by the people, of the people and for the people of India. In keeping with the selection procedure, Priyanka Chopra was crowned by none other than her biggest fan and an avid viewer of BIG CBS Love – Siddhi Singh a Mumbai girl, working, competitive, independent and loves her kind of entertainment on TV!

Competition was stiff and fans from across the metros voted in high numbers ensuring their favorite Diva stayed above the rest! With the Glam Diva’s making for the who’s who from the industry, the likes of Kareena Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Vidya Balan, Aishwariya Rai Bachchan, Katrina Kaif, Sonam Kapoor, Sunidhi Chauhan, Bipasha Basu, Ekta Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Sania Mirza, Freida Pinto and Shruti Hassan, no one could predict the winner! The criteria of judging the contenders on the basis of mind, body and soul is what makes the show stand out from the rest!

Priyanka Chopra will be seen at her best during the finale-episode where she will share her ambitions and desires as an actress and woman! The feedback from the guru’s and the stupendous support of her fans, ensured Priyanka was ahead of all competitors.

CASTING COUP – Amitabh Bachchan to romance Katrina Kaif

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If everything goes well then very soon we will get to see a unique pair romancing each other on-screen. In this successful journey, Katrina Kaif has been paired opposite many rocking stars of Bollywood but this time she is paired opposite such an actor working opposite whom is said to be a lifetime opportunity. Yes, it is right we will get to see Katrina Kaif romancing Amitabh Bachchan on-screen.

‘Patiala House’ and ‘Kal Ho Na Ho’ director Nikhil Advani has approached the diva and the megastar to star opposite each other for a highly unconventional role in his next film ‘Mehrunnisa’.

Nikhil Advani has approached Kat to play this challenging role. If she accepts the offer then it would be a challenge for the diva whose acting caliber always questioned.

Throwing light on the role that the actress will be portraying, it is learnt that she will be playing a 20 year old woman whose life will be followed till she turns 60.

A source said, “Nikhil is adamant on having Katrina on board. He even flew to London just to be able to narrate the film to her. The final call will be taken when Kat returns to Mumbai.”

First time Kat will be cast opposite an actor much older to her but Big B already experienced to romance a young girl. He was cast opposite Jiah Khan in ‘Nishabd’.

Tusshar Kapoor defends sis Ekta:Critics are never happy and whatever people like and appreciate is within limits.

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Ram Kapoor and Sakshi Tanwar’s lovemaking news aired on March 12 is still hitting the headlines. Audiences, critics expressed their views to the first ever smooch scene on Indian television. Some liked it and some highly criticized the bold scene aired on the prime time. However, Jeetendra and Tusshar Kapoor defended Ekta Kapoor for taking such bold steps.

Defending his daughter, Jeetendra said, “Actually, I really liked that romance. People might have considered it too much but I found it subtle. If a husband and a wife meet after six months, then it is bound to happen. But whatever happened was subtle. There was nothing vulgar in it. I found it alright.”
Ekta Kapoor’s brother Tusshar Kapoor defended his sister saying, “I don’t think people really like decent serials because people point fingers at decent serials as well. I think it is important to break certain norms; only then people will appreciate decency. Critics are never happy and whatever people like and appreciate is within limits.”

However, Ekta has broken the tattoo of the TV which has received mixed reviews.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan: I have never been a fitness freak or exercised.

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She has given every Indian a reason to be proud. Hers is the face that launched a thousand products both in India and in the international circuit. Her beauty and popularity crosses geo-political boundaries. That’s Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, the Queen of Hearts, the new celebrity mother in town, and one of the contenders on BIG CBS Love’s India’s Glam Diva who is basking in her new challenging role.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan continues to be the most watched & talked about star in the industry. Her marriage, pregnancy, motherhood, first public appearance post motherhood… every move has the entire nation wanting to know more. There’s nothing about Aishwarya that is a secret from her admirers. Yet we bring some excerpts from some commonly asked questions to her:

On why she participated in the Miss World Pageant in 1994:
For me, it went beyond being a beauty queen. For me, it was about being the 20-year-old girl from India on international platform and a lot of people actually would assume that I wasn’t even educated in India because of the way I’d speak. And they’d be like, ‘Have you studied in India? Do you actually speak English out there?’ and, I was like, ‘This is so interesting that so many people know so little about my country.’ and this is exactly what I wanted to do when I set out on this little mission in my head.”


On her moving from architecture to films:
I was studying to be an architect. I wasn’t plotting to join movies. Films were just another career option. I took acting up with the same school girl enthusiasm as I had for examinations. Acting is a job and I take it seriously.

Playing UMRAO JAAN: 
It was a demanding emotional journey. When a story takes that course it is following an entire arch, it goes through all possible emotions. The process was satisfying, inspiring and challenging. It forced me to deliver my best.

On her character in DHOOM: 2:
It’s the kind of character I have never essayed before. Sunehiri, my character in the film, is distinctly different from any other character you have seen me play. That’s what makes her exciting to me. For the first time in my life I went through a bit of a fitness regime. Contrary to popular belief, right since modeling, to the (Miss World) title, to films, I have never been a fitness freak or exercised.

On donating her eyes:
I’m just average woman with average concerns. People know me more because of my eyes. So, I decided to donate my eyes. But before that, I acquired all the information about the campaign. Within what time after death one has to donate eyes, and all other information. Only then I decided to donate my eyes. It’s not that just for doing something, I donated my eyes. I found that useful so I did it. I like to do social service from my heart. Whatever is possible I do, but I don’t speak about that. However, I would like to give more time to it in the near future.

On being on the list of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the world:
It’s undoubtedly an honor. It feels great that I was a part of this remarkable group.

On being voted as the most beautiful Bollywood star in Hollywood:
Wow! The most bankable Bollywood star in Hollywood! Thank you. I must confess that any acknowledgement of hard work makes me feel content. In all humility I want to thank all those who feel I am bankable.

Scam case of Rs. 250 crores registered against Genelia

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An FIR against Genelia D’Souza and five others has been ordered by Hyderabad court following a complaint lodged by Mr. Tirupataiah. In his complaint, Mr. Tirupataiah said that he has paid Rs. 54 lakhs to construct a duplex house at Maheswaram mandal on the outskirts of the city to the five directors of a real-estate firm as well as its brand ambassador- Genelia.

Mr. Tirupataiah paid the money for the construction of his duplex house in 2008 but till date it has not been done. “Being the brand ambassador of the firm, Genelia also made false promises through advertisements and brochures and cooperated with other accused in cheating,” the plot buyers Tirupathaiah’s counsel Balaji Vadera claimed.

Following the complaint, the court directed Saifabad police to inquire the matter and also to register a case against Genelia and five others for cheating under relevant sections of IPC. The court has asked all the five to submit a report by March 27.

The scam is reportedly of a whopping Rs.250 crores. There has been no reaction from Genelia’s side.

Paoli Dam, the next Strip Queen in the making?

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Director Vikram Bhatt started his career with clean entertaining films like JAANAM, FAREB etc. and then moved to all out commercial ventures such as AAP MUJHE ACHHE LAGNE LAGE, GHULAM, AWARA PAGAL DEEWANA, and was pretty successful here too, but he soon changed tracks and shifted his attention to a genre that is as safe as a house, horror and suspense/thriller.

With his last directorial venture, HAUNTED 3D, going on to achieve a blockbuster status, all eyes are now focused on his latest production venture, HATE STORY, directed by Vivek Agnihotri and starring Gulshan Devaiya, Nikhil Dwivedi and above all the hot and sensational Paoli Dam. Her daring bare back act and no holds barred dialogue delivery as well as spontaneity and confidence, and a figure to die for, remind many of Bipasha Basu‘s early days of JISM and RAAZ.

The bold theatrical trailer of the film has created quite a stir, and has evoked contrasting reactions from cine goers. Some have been mighty impressed by the bold and sexually explicit scenes and dialogues in the film, others feel quite revolted by the ‘in your face’ erotic thriller.


However, one thing is clear from the promo and that is that Vikram Bhatt has another winner on hands. And the reason is that the film looks like an ‘edge-of-the-seat’ erotic thriller, with a powerful story and a highly engaging screenplay, one that never slackens pace. Additionally, it also has power packed performances from its lead stars, as is evident from the trailer, and the latest Bengali beauty from Tollywood, Paoli Dam, looks smoking hot and highly confident.

Well, as we have seen in the past, bold thrillers like JISM, MURDER and MURDER 2 have been lapped up by the audience, and so there is no reason why the same cannot happen with HATE STORY. In fact trade is very upbeat about its box-office performance and it’s just a matter of a month, April 20 to be precise when the film releases all over!

Vidya Balan’s marriage plans.

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Event- Kahaani Success Party

Date- 17th March 2012

Guests of honour- Vidya Balan, Parambrata Chattopadhyay, Vikram Malhotra

 

By ARYEMAN RAJ

 

The cast and crew of Kahaani along with Viacom got together last night to celebrate the success of Kahaani. Vidya Balan, who plays the role of Vidya Bagchi, and  Parambrata Chattopadhyay, the earnest cop in the movie, looked thrilled to be there.

Viacom 18 COO ,Vikram Malhotra addressed the media and stated that it has been an important development to do a film in this genre, and that is an encouraging sing for the industry.

Vidya who looked stunning in her black saree, said she feels blessed to have been a part of Kahaani and thanked everyone for their support. Candidly she confessed that, “the success of Kahaani lies in the kahaani. It is once again proved that content is king. Yes, I am taking a breather for 3 months before I start shooting for Ganchakkar and NO am not getting married. I want to spend some quality time on doing things which I have missed out on like reading, watching some good movies, spending time with friends.”

While grapevine is abuzz that she is getting offers to work with most of the HIT KHANS, Vidya clarified that, “it all depends on the script and all the Khans are equally talented.”

 

The party kicked off, and everyone seemed to have a great time at the end of the night. All in all, it was a good Kahaani.

 

Any Shootouts at the Shootout at Wadala Kick-off Party?

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By ARYEMAN RAJ

 

Bollywood film Shootout at Wadala has been in the news right from its mahurat launch. Be it the invitation hand-out fiasco or the more recent incident of John Abraham hurting himself in a fight sequence. Must say Ekta and Sanjay Gupta do have a passion for spice and their recent joint venture will surely continue to catch eye-balls till the time the film is ready for release.

Barely a fortnight since the film started shooting and Balaji Telefilms and White Feather Films kicked off their venture, “Shootout at Wadala” with a party held at Mumbai’s suburban nightspot Escobar.

 

Hosts for the evening SURESH MEHTA, SANJAY GUPTA, ANIL KAPOOR, AKSHIT MEHTA and JOHN ABRAHAM

The party was hosted by Mr Suresh Mehta and Mr Sanjay Gupta, the director of the film.

The party was attended by the cast of Shootout at Wadala namely John Abraham, Anil Kapoor, Tushar Kapoor,Sonu Sood and the petite Kangana Ranaut.  Producer and head honcho of Balaji Telefilms, Ekta Kapoor was also present at the event.

 

With such an impressive star-cast and hot, burning subject and the whiz minds of Ekta Kapoor and Sanjay Gupra one can’t just wait for the film to be complete.