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.

Ramesh Taurani’s Race 2 completes its second schedule

The sequel to the 2008 blockbuster Race readies for its release, having completed its second schedule last month.

Directed by duo Abbas-Mastan ,the highly-anticipated action thriller from the house of Tips completed its second schedule through the month of Jan-Feb with starcast Anil Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, John Abraham, Deepika Padukone, Jacqueline Fernades, Amisha Patel.

Talking about the film says director Abbas “Race 2 is in the same genre and will be made on as grand a scale as the original. We will be shooting in Turkey and Cyprus next. The story has plenty of twists and turns and every character will have gray shades,”.

Says producer Ramesh Taurani “We shot for the second schedule of the film from 23rd Jan to 24th Feb – It took off smoothly and we are very happy with the way things are shaping up.We are very excited and hope to make Race 2 bigger and better than the original”

Produced by Tips ,the action thriller Race 2 starring Saif Ali Khan,John Abraham,Deepika Padukone,Jacqueline Fernandez,Anil Kapoor and Ameesha Patel is scheduled for a tentative November release.



Spinnathon 2011


Fitness enthusiasts from all walks of life will compete against each other at ‘Spinnathon 2011’. This year, the venue is at a larger scale than ever before, is Mumbai’s most beloved locations, at the edge of the Arabian Sea, under the tall coconut trees at the Priyadarshani Park (PDP) Nepeansea road.

Neil Nitin Mukesh & Prashant Shirsat (3rd Rock Entertainment)

The event, a brainchild of noted fitness expert Baqar Nasser who runs an indoor cycling studio in Mumbai and other parts of the country has been conducting the event for the past six years in the city. Mr.Yash Chopra, actor Neil Nitin Mukesh, Rohit Roy, the team Strings (Maqsud, Billal and Faisal Kapadia), Dr. Indu Shahani (Sheriff of Mumbai) and B.A.Desai (Former Minister) will be the guests of honor for the event.

Indoor Cycling, as propagated by Nasser, a former National cycling champion-turned-instructor is different from the usual gym workout and lets a person burn his calories in an interesting and creative manner.

Actor Neil Nitin Mukesh, who endorses the brand TOPSPIN, was also present at the event to boost the morale of the participants.

Prashant Shirsat, CMD-3rd Rock Entertainment, had a very interesting take on today’s event, as he says that today’s India is a health conscious India. And amazingly its not only the youths but also the senior citizens who are aware & conscious of being healthy & are working towards the same. ‘Spinnathon 2011’ is a totally different & an innovative event, Spinnathon is what i think will interest everyone who hears about it.

TOPSPIN founder & owner Baqar is a three-time All India University Cycling Champion and holder of 11 National titles, is visibly upbeat about the event. “Spinnathon to me is an event which promotes good health in an environment which is very addictive. I hope more and more people get addicted to this form of exercise”. “Indoor cycling is one of the most effective and energetic forms of exercise that has achieved success at an international level. In the coming years, Spinnathon would be an international event and will be held at many locations in India and abroad”.

Will Kareena do an item number with Saif in AGENT VINOD?

With RA.ONE nearing the end of its run, Kareena Kapoor is now moving on to her next release AGENT VINOD. While audience as well as critics review did mention that she was one of the brighter spots of the film, especially due to the way she sizzled in ‘Chammak Challo’, even Kareena would agree that when it came to on-screen chemistry between her and Shahrukh, there wasn’t much to offer due to the film’s genre.

Now that AGENT VINOD is about to hit the screens, one can well expect the film to be really special for her, courtesy her real life partner producing and acting in it. So can one say that it would be their chemistry that would facilitate in igniting the screen in a big way?

Says Kareena, “See, Saif was my real life partner even during the days of KURBAAN but the film didn’t do very well. It ultimately depends upon how a director wants to present his actors. With AGENT VINOD though I can promise that (director) Sriram Raghavan has gone all out to ensure that my pairing with Saif indeed stands out since the script requires that.”

One does tend to believe this while also considering the fact that BODYGUARD was a love story in the disguise of an action drama whereas RA.ONE had everything but a love story embedded into the screenplay.

In that context, while one wonders how much scope for romantic rendezvous a spy thriller like AGENT VINOD carries, Kareena says, “AGENT VINOD has to be seen for what it is instead of being conscious of the fact that it features me along with Saif.”

While she seems to be quite poised about the future prospects of AGENT VINOD, how is Saif looking forward to the film’s release? After all ever since KURBAAN, his only other film has been AARAKSHAN where he merely enjoyed an extended guest appearance of sorts.

“Frankly, Saif’s whole life currently revolves around AGENT VINOD. He is super excited about the film and has worked on it with all the passion. You would see that for yourself,” smiles Kareena before signing off.

Saif Ali Khan takes the Nawab legacy forward.

Saif’s quote.. I’m overwhelmed with the kindness and simplicity the village heads have shown me and my family today..and the respect  to my late father..

this is a huge responsibility for me.. to take my fathers legacy forward in whatever way I can..this is a deeply personal part of my life and I will do my best to honour my fathers memory always.princely titles no longer exist..but family values and tradition do..I shall be conscious of this always and do the best I can for my dad Nawab Pataudi.