Music launch of Bollywood film 3G


Yesterday’s music launch release of Bollywood film 3G was an event to remember. Thanks to the brilliant compositions of singer Mithoon. What was really bad was the pathetic service, sub-standard food at the newly launched lounge bar SHOCKK in Bandra. 
Buy the music CD for sure – it has some soulful numbers. Avoid SHOCKK (or however it is spelt). Watery bland Thai curry, drinks diluted and arrogant staff. This new lounge bar is worth a miss.

The winners of Balaji’s GIFTH 2011-2012 film awards.


Balaji hosted its second GIFTH 2011-2012, a dream come true for millions of Colors’ viewers who can now witness their favorite film and television stars entertaining and being felicitated on the same platform.

The night glittered at Filmcity as the stalwarts in film and television sashayed down the red carpet for one of the biggest nights of the year.

The 15th March 2012 saw Balaji Telefilms Ltd., India’s leading creator of content in films, television and new media, host its second Global Indian Film & Television Honours (GIFTH)– the nation’s first joint film and television awards event.

Apart from the biggest names from the Balaji camp also making their presence felt were Bollywood stars Ranbir Kapoor,Saif Ali Khan,Vidya Balan,veterans Rishi Kapoor and Anil Kapoor,Kangana Ranaut,Bipasha Basu,Priyanka Chopra and Zareen Khan.

Anchored by effervescent director/producer Karan Johar , who had audiences in splits, the star studded night saw stupendous performances by Priyanka Chopra who grooved to Usha Uthap’s beats,Saif Ali Khan who performed to “Pyaar Ki Pungi” from his forthcoming release Agent Vinod,television’s favorite Ram Kapoor and Sakshi Tanwar,Shweta Tiwari and Muoni Roy and a special act by Akshay Kumar.

The GIFTH 2011-1012 honored 6 main categories namely Popular, Technical, Programming, Achievement, Special Honours and Voters’ Choice and 30 sub categories. The best of 2011 was decided entirely through a combination of jury and public voting.

It was a huge night for the production‘s in house film The Dirty Picture which bagged a whopping 9 awards including those for Best Film (Jury),Best Director (Jury),Best Dialogues, Best Playback Singing, Best Choreography ,Best Costume while lead and National Award winner Vidya Balan  walked away with the award for Best Actress ( Popular category) and the special honor of “Box Office Icon of the Year”.


Others to have graced the stage included Ranbir Kapoor who won the award for Best Actor (Popular Category) ,Hrithik Roshan Best Actor (Jury),Farhan Akhtar Best Supporting Actor ,Bipasha Basu and Akshay Kumar who won the Gitanjali Style Icon honors and Amitabh Bachchan for his Lifetime Achievement in films to name a few.


GIFTH 2011-2012 will be televised on Colors, India’s No.1 GEC on 15th April, 2012 with a special curtain raiser telecast on the 1st April.

Imtiaz Ali brings Kashmiri wedding rituals onscreen with Rockstar!


Director Imtiaz Ali has gone to great lengths to make sure everything shown in Shree Ashtavinayak Cinevision and Eros International’s Rockstar is as authentic as possible..and buzz is that for the first time ever onscreen a Kashmiri Pandit wedding will be shown, with all its rituals and traditions!


During the recce, Imtiaz had asked the line producer to make him meet a Kashmiri Pandit family in order to maintain authenticity. His house was located in a small hindu settlement in Srinagar and the team went all the way to his house, sat for 3 hours with his wife over tea to understand all the nitty gritties of kashmiri weddings. Great care was taken to make sure everything that would appear on screen was completely accurate and as real as possible!


They then walked to the very popular Kheer Bhawani temple, met the priest and watched his own daughter’s wedding video to have a visual understanding of the rituals. The designers Manish Malhotra and Akki Narula roamed around the streets for hours to get the traditional attire perfect to the T.


Right from the way food is served in the tram (copper plates) to the traditional Dejhor which is Kashmiri jewellery worn in the ears (symbol of a married woman) along with the shaneel fyran (velvet dress/outfit), the intricate henna pattern and the tarang (cap) the girl wears during the wedding rituals, etc, were painstakingly researched for the shoot.


In fact, during the shoot, the locals who were part of the scene were given full freedom to inform Imtiaz if something was going wrong and wasn’t part of the tradition!

Ranbir Kapoor and Team Rockstar makes NMIMS students go berserk!


India’s heartthrob and Rockstar Ranbir Kapoor recently made the MBA students of NMIMS, Mumbai go crazy with an exciting interaction held at the college! Organized by NDTV, host Vikram Thapa led a friendly discussion with a huge live audience of college students and Team Rockstar: Ranbir Kapoor, Dir Imtiaz Ali, Nargis Fakhri and voice of Rockstar: singer Mohit Chauhan in the magnificent campus auditorium.


What they didn’t anticipate was the frenzy they generated! Upon hearing that the stars have arrived at NMIMS, the news spread like wildfire and the students from neighboring colleges such as UPG, Mithibai, etc also gathered on the roads to catch a glimpse, creating lots of chaos and traffic!


Once inside NMIMS, the stars found the auditorium was fully packed, with students even sitting on the floor and thousands had thronged the hall to catch a glimpse of Team Rockstar!  The students asked many interesting questions on the film and in general, and most could not resist from going up to the stage to get a hug from Ranbir! The rockstar then took a guitar in his hands and led the way for a great fun filled jamming session with Mohit Chauhan and the students. The entire crowd mobbed the team all the way to their cars, beseeching the team for autographs and photos!


Well, looks it was definitely one amazing interaction never to be forgotten by the students!

Shree Ashtavinayak Cinevision Ltd and Eros International’s Rockstar releases 11.11.11



‘ROCKSTAR’ will ROCK Ranbir Kapoor’s career


After the massive success of ‘Jab We Met’ & ‘Love Aaj Kal’, Director Imtiaz Ali is back with ‘ROCKSTAR’ produced by Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision & Eros International.

Starring Ranbir Kapoor and newbie Nargis Fakhri, the film revolves around a Delhi boy (Ranbir) who resents the fact that he has no pain in his life. He has realized that all great Musicians have had a painful life. In order to get his heart broken, he proposes to the most sought-after girl in Delhi University.

The story of ‘Rockstar’ is the seven years of the boy’s life and relationship with the girl at the end of which he does become a huge musical star, but his heart also gets broken…

The soundtrack of the film has been composed by musical genius AR Rahman. The song ‘Saadda Haq’ has already become a nationwide rage; some even calling it the ‘anthem of the youth’. Rahman roped in Orianthi Panagris, an internationally acclaimed guitarist who has worked with Michael Jackson for the song. Other songs like ‘Kathiya Karoon’, ‘Kun Faaya Kun’ & ‘Jo Bhi Main’ are also highly popular with listeners. Singer Mohit Chauhan has lent his voice to Ranbir’s character ‘Jordan’ in the film.

The film has been majorly shot in Delhi, Kashmir & Prague. Ranbir’s grungy look, styled by celebrity stylist Aalim and unique costumes designed by Aki Narula have created a huge hype among his fans. Imtiaz Ali and Aki Narula handpicked several clothes from the local shops in Delhi to create an authentic look for Ranbir’s character in the film.  Ranbir Kapoor, who plays the youngest son of a traditional Jatt family, actually lived with a Jatt family to experience their lifestyle as part of his character study.

Rockstar, for its exceptional story and chart topping music is one of the most awaited films. Another reason why the film is a must watch is because the late legendary actor Shammi Kapoor has made his last appearance on the big screen.

Rockstar releases in theatres on 11.11.11 – a date that appears in the calendar once in every thousand years!


A Delhi boy resents the fact that he has no pain in his life. He has realized that all great Musicians have had a painful life. In order to get his heart broken, he proposes to the most sought-after girl in Delhi University.

The story of ‘Rockstar’ is the seven years of the boy’s life and relationship with the girl at the end of which he does become a huge musical star, but his heart also gets broken…



Rockstar’ Details


Banner: Shree Ashtavinayak Cinevision Ltd & EROS International

Producer: Dhilin Mehta

Directed By: Imtiaz Ali

Starring: Ranbir Kapoor, Nargis Fakhri

Music: A.R.Rahman

Release Date: 11th November, 2011


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.