Lake City International Film Festival 2019

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Shivam: Chhota Packet Bada Dhamaka


While Poonam Pandey who is making her Bollywood debut with Amit Saxena’s “Nasha” is creating all the hype required to promote the movie, the male lead of the movie is slowly but steadily adding to the curiosity of the audience by his innocent school going boy choclatey looks. It’s no wonder that this film will draw in the men cos of 
Poonam Pandey, but Shivam, who is playing the main lead is sure to get the attention of the fairer sex as girls are going gaga over the cute looks of the debutant. Soham Siddharth, Editor Films & TV World has a steamy discussion with the debutante lad over a cup of hot steamy coffee amidst Mumbai’s torrential rains in the background.

FTV: How would you rate Jism vis-a-vis Nasha? Could you ask for a better platform than from a director who launched John?
Shivam: To be honest, I think Amit Saxena has done a better job with Nasha. This is his come back project after many years, and he's given it his all. He's taken newcomers like me who are extremely charged and passionate being first timers, so the combined passion has translated on screen. Could not really ask for a better platform, because I really like the kind of cinema Amit wants to make, and his way of directing actors is superb. I've had an incredible experience being a part of Nasha, both professionally and personally. :)
FTV: A decade ago, Jism launched John Abraham. 2013 its Shivam with the same director in different yet bold film. Do we see another John in the making?
Shivam: Haha, that's flattering. Well honestly, I don't think I'm another John in the making, I don't like to think that way. I've always striven to create my own identity, so I'd rather think of it as Shivam in the making. My talents and skills will create a separate niche for me. Also, I'm far younger than John was when Jism was out, so I guess that makes a big difference too. I represent India's next-gen youth. :)

FTV: So Nasha is young guy seduced by an older woman. How different is this film from "Ek Chhotisi Love Story"?
Shivam: As different as it is from a 'Summer of '42', or a 'Malena', or the countless other worldwide films that belong to this genre. It's a coming of age noir film, and this younger-older character relationship is something that has always intrigued film makers across the globe. What counts is how the director decides to tell his story, through his characters and their journeys. And this film is not about seduction as much as you think it is.. these characters are lovable and you will be able to relate to their stories. They will leave an impression on your mind as you leave the cinema hall, one that's hard to forget. :)

FTV: Ah Poonam Pandey!! How did your folks react when they came to know you are being paired opposite her?
Shivam: Honestly, they didn't know who she was. I told them she's a Kingfisher model.. so they googled her. I guess google images showed them what they needed to know, hah! But my mum's really cool, she said it doesn't matter who you are opposite as long as the script, director, and character is strong. Which is indeed the case. So it didn't matter much, still doesn't.

FTV: Were you not worried that your debut movie will create a lot of hype for all the wrong reasons working with Poonam Pandey? How much is it worth, seriously.
Shivam: I believe in order to achieve things no one else can, you have to do things no one else does. I consider this film as an experiment of sorts. I viewed it through a practical lens, and what I felt was that if my performance is strong and I trust my director, Poonam's controversial nature will only bring attention to it. We no longer live in the generation where such things spill over. I just had to think of my work and deliver it to the best of my ability. Let her bring the public's notice to it in whatever way she likes, it only benefits me. :)

FTV: Would you dare do something bold yet beautiful? I mean, if you are offered a role with nudity like that of Neil in Jail or John Abraham in New York?
Shivam: I would do it only if the character & script justify it completely. It's very important for me to be on the same wavelength as the director, because I will be trusting him with using it in an artistic way. I believed in Amit's film, and if I find another filmmaker like that, I am willing to take artistic risks.
 
FTV: Whats your Nasha - Acting or Dancing?
Shivam: Can't really choose! I love both. The difference is, I've been dancing for a few years now, and acting is new to me. So the newer of the two intrigues me more, hence I'm delving deeper into it now. Dance is something I've explored and mastered for a while now, so I do it whenever I wish to.
The irony is, I was neither dancer nor actor until I was 18. I have a lot of other interests that I can call my 'Nasha'. Like science, philosophy, film, psychology, books, writing, sports etc. :)

FTV: What other projects in the pipeline?
Shivam: I've been approached by filmmakers so far, but I have promised myself that I won't take a hasty decision and sign something yet. I believe I've started an important journey, that is Nasha, and I wish to see it through completely till the end. After that I will be in a better position to decide what my next steps should be. That's the plan, and I'll stick with it.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

LISFF Bhopal gets Kankana Chakraborty’s docudrama featuring Bollywood’s Iconic Star Amitabh Bachchan

Kankana Chakraborty with Amitabh Bachchan
With a theme line “Lets go BIG with shorts”, LISFF has gone REALLY BIG. After receiving the prestigious entries of short films that have popular Bollywood actors including Naseeruddin Shah, Nawazuddin Siddique, Zeenat Aman, Manjot Singh, Kitu Gidwani and the like, we have received Kankana Chakraborty’s docu-drama “Women Prayed and Preyed Upon” featuring Bollywood’s Iconic Star Amitabh Bachchan.

“A docudrama on violence against women, Kankana’s film highlights the irony that men who prey upon women are the ones who pray to Goddesses. Amitabh Bachchan plays kinda sutradhar who takes the entire story forward and is there throughout the film. The best part of this docudrama it that it has a very hard hitting poem by Sanjeev Tiwari which is sure to bring tears to everyone’s eyes. Having said this, this is one film that is sure to watch out for” mentioned Mahua Mazumdar, Festival Coordinator.

LISFF has also received the Oscar award winning film ‘Curfew’ by Shawn Christensen, four Cannes entry films and even a National Award winner.

Organized by Eon Films in conjunction with O.M. Filmz and coordinated by Aura Events, Codes & Pixels as well as Olivine Ventures, the festival has awards in more than 19 categories. LISFF is also introducing Audience Polls for the People’s Choice Awards as well as Critics Award that will be decided by the critics. In both cases, the winners will take home a statuette of the festival’s mascot.

Interested filmmakers may have their questions asked by contacting organizers at info@lisff.com or log on to www.lisff.com for more details.

However, the Submissions are closing this July 20th. So Hurry up!!

Blockbuster Special 26 to premiere on BIGFLIX

Special 26 (also known as Special Chabbis) is a 2013 Indian heist film starring Akshay Kumar and Kajal Agarwal in the lead roles with Jimmy Shergill, Manoj Bajpai and Anupam Kher in supporting roles. The film that is inspired by a real-life heist on March 19, 1987 where a group posing as CBI officers executed an income tax raid on the Opera House branch of leading jewellery brand in Mumbai. The film has been acclaimed as one of the best movies of the year, winning superior scores from reviewers and audiences alike. Only weeks after its theatrical release, the film today premiers on BIGFLIX - India's first movie-on-demand service by Reliance Entertainment Digital, bringing the movie to the personal screens of smart devices of those  And for who have missed out on the film or the ones who would like to watch the film a few times more!

On bringing Special 26 to BIGFLIX, Shreyash Sigtia, Business Head at BIGFLIX said, “ Ever since the theatrical release of Special 26, we have been receiving several queries by our members about the addition of the blockbuster to our existing catalogue and today with the premier of the film on BIGFLIX their wait comes to an end. Our members can, beginning today, enjoy Special 26 (without any ads) on their PC, smartphones & tablets at a time and space most convenient to them." 

BIGFLIX has been consistently expanding its content offering by partnering with leading entertainment houses; bring an assortment of films for the Indian consumers who prefer entertainment on-the-go. The fast paced plot of Special 26, that premiers on BIGFLIX today, can be watched in high quality on ones' preferred smart device sans any advertising with just one single login. All this and more can be availed just by subscribing to BIGFLIX, plans starting Rs. 99 onwards.

Acclaimed as one of the best films of the year, Special 26 can be now enjoyed anytime, anywhere by members of BIGFLIX. For a complete movie watching experience, log on to: www.bigflix.com

BIG RTL THRILL pays tribute to Bruce Lee on his 40th Death Anniversary

Martial Arts enthuse us all – but it’s only once in a lifetime that a Martial Arts Master makes a deep impression in the minds of the viewers such that the world celebrates not only his birthday, but also worships him on his Death Anniversary. Such is the power of an artist – and BIG RTL THRILL, India’s premier action entertainment destination, presents viewers with a visual treat while paying tribute to the greatest Martials Arts expert that the world has ever seen...Bruce Lee.

Come July 20th, BIG RTL THRILL will showcase one of the finest documentaries that has ever been created for the Martial Arts expert called ‘I Am Bruce Lee’, an award-winning documentary which showcases the life and times of Bruce Lee. An opportunity like none other, ‘I Am Bruce Lee’ takes viewers on the journey that Bruce Lee endured during his life span of only 32 years. Be it his stint in movies with ground-breaking action flicks like The Big Boss, Fists of Fury, Way of the Dragon and, of course,  Enter The Dragon, or his experience while learning martial arts, the documentary covers it all.

Unknown to many, ‘I Am Bruce Lee’ is not only a documentary but also a biopic with deep involvement from the young martial artist’s family including his wife and other family members. Be it Bruce Lee’s students, ex-colleagues or even present-day fans that might have never seen the young martial arts expert in action. With never-heard-before stories at the helm, ‘I Am Bruce Lee’ presented by BIG RTL THRILL is the perfect tribute to this commendable expert whom the world continues to miss even today.

To catch the action and know Bruce Lee like never before, don’t miss ‘I Am Bruce Lee’ on Saturday, 20th July 2013 at 9PM only on BIG RTL THRILL. 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Actor Saif Ali Khan to host SAIFTA Awards in Durban

A first of its kind awards event, the South Africa India Film and Television Awards (SAIFTA) by Celebrity Locker debuted in Mumbai with an exclusive curtain raiser ceremony. The attending mumbaikars were in for a treat as the arc lights of the award event shone bright at the Taj Lands End Bandra. SAIFTA is an annual event with the aim of creating a never before seen cultural exchange of the Indian and South African entertainment industry while rewarding outstanding performers and will take place in Durban on September 6, 2013 with a host of South African and Indian dignitaries.

The ceremony commenced with much fanfare and cheer as the cross-cultural event was officially inaugurated. The audience was treated to distinguished and respected personalities from both nations, who would be acting as the jury members for the duration of the awards. The star-studded Indian panelists consist of actor Ms. Waheeda Rehman, producer Mr. Mukesh Bhatt, actor Mr. Boman Irani, director and screenwriter Mr. Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra along with director Ms. Farah Khan.

The South African panel comprised of luminaries such as renowned actor and writer Mr. Welcome Msomi, theatre and television personality Ms. Saira Essa, film industry veteran Mr. Peter Rorvik, performing artist Ms. Linda Bukhosini, theatre personality Ms. Caroline Smart as well as actress Ms. Leleti Khumalo.

Celebrity Locker, the Mumbai-based events company joined hands with the Province of KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism of Durban to make the award ceremony possible.

John Abraham, Waheeda Rehman, Manoj Bajpai, Sanjay Gupta, Suniel Shetty, Apoorva Lakhia, Apurva and Shilpa Agnihotri, Mukesh Bhatt, Mr. Sadha Naidoo, Board Chairperson, Tourism KwaZulu-Natal, Ms. Neliswe Dlamini, Project Manager DEDT attended the curtain raiser press conference of SAIFTA.

The curtain raiser showcased the coveted Wall of Fame to the audience which will be taking hand prints of eminent personalities from the Indian and South African film and television industry and will be showcased at a prominent location in Durban.

Actress Waheeda Rehman unveiled the SAIFTA Trophy with John Abraham. The trophy has been tastefully designed keeping in mind the cross culture association between South Africa and India. The trophy has been brought to life by The Award Gallery.

Renowned Bollywood actor Mr. Saif Ali Khan would host the event in Durban on September 6, 2013.

Director Apoorva Lakhia and Director Sanjay Gupta of ‘Shootout at Lokhandwala’ and ‘Shootout at Wadala’ respectively announced screening of their films in Durban. This is a SAIFTA skills transfer initiative in conjunction with the Department of Economic Development and Tourism. Through this initiative 500 tickets of each movie will be distributed via social media for free. Cinema enthusiasts can avail of these tickets and watch these movies that will be screened in one of the most legendary theatres in Durban. After each screening the cast and crew will be have a dialogue with the audience present to discuss the art and business of movie making.

The curtain raiser launched the first look of the brand identity. The design language (designed by the creative agency TWO) is a result of the merging of traditional South African and Indian motifs that represent entertainment themes but with a contemporary twist.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Modi Revlon launches “Rene Furterer” premium range of professional products in India

Adding and expanding its professional cosmetic Range, Modi Revlon is bringing in its premium range of professional products “Rene Furterer” in India.  The launch of Rene Furterer was organized in Mumbai at the Grand Hyatt with Mr. Umesh Modi, Chairman & CEO, Modi Group & Bollywood actress Soha Ali Khan amongst faces from beauty fraternity.

Revlon Professional tied up with French company Pierre Fabre Dermo-Cosmetique and are all set to Launch Rene Furterer in India to market their premium scalp & hair treatment brand. International technical beauty adviser in Cosmetics, Diego Perez Marin also demonstrated Rene Furterer 100% Natural Product Range to the present esteemed audiences. 

Rene Furterer product range will include some of the finest hair care products introduced in India. The products include CARTHAME Dry scalp and hair, CURBICIA Oily scalp, KARITE Very dry scalp and hair, TRIPHASIC Hair loss, OKARA Colour and Highlights and COMPLEXE 5 Essential care amongst several others.

Sharing his views on the launch of the Rene Furterer range in India, Mr. Umesh Modi, Chairman & CEO, Modi Group said “It gives us immense pleasure to announce the launch of Rene Furterer in India. At Revlon Professional, we have always strived to bring the best of the world to our customers and through our association with Pierre Fabre, we will offer exactly that to our customers”

“We believe that the philosophy of this prestigious French brand based on specific ritual including scalp massage and usage of natural essential oils products corresponds well to the need and tradition of Indian customers concerned by the beauty and health of their hair.” Added Mr. Pierre Behnam, Pierre Fabre Country Head in India.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

World Class Cinema Experience now in Surat: INOX Opens at VR Surat

The World’s diamond capital today witnessed some more sparkle with INOX launching its multiplex at VR Surat. With the launch of this multiplex in the city, INOX is now open to guests with 8 screens and 1795 seats. INOX additionally brings in its signature recliner lounge INSIGNIA to Surat which will cater to its guests for a luxury movie viewing experience.

Mr. Alok Tandon, CEO, INOX Leisure Ltd. said, “It’s our privilege to launch INOX in this beautiful city of Surat. Our aim is to revolutionize the movie watching experience in the city with modern comforts, high end 2K DCI compliant digital projectors to screen both 2D and 3D movies, clear uncompressed sound and bright, crystal clear image.”

Mr. Anupam Yog, Marketing Director, Virtuous Retail, said, “We welcome INOX brand debut in the city at VR Surat, south Gujarat’s only integrated community centre and lifestyle destination. INOX patrons will enjoy the twin delights of watching films as well as unique outdoor -indoor experiences at VR Surat’s  ‘Festival Park’, ‘Magdalla Plaza’, ‘I Love Dumas Square’, ‘Streat’, ‘The Runway’ and ‘Center Court’. Sprawling across 6 lakh sq. feet with huge parking space for over 500 cars, VR Surat provides the perfect setting for an enjoyable outing for patrons who can also choose from over 75+ brands, many of which will be debuting in Surat and Gujarat.”

INOX at VR Surat will screen a mix of Hindi, English and Gujarati movies besides movies in other Indian languages, all under one roof. REFUEL, the in-house brand of theatre food, will serve an extended menu of flavoured popcorn, hot and cold snacks, beverages and a variety of combo meals. Guests at INSIGNIA lounge which has a screen with 56 luxury recliners will enjoy gourmet food with personalized service and hospitality. Staff trained in Ushering, Box Office, Concessions and Housekeeping will ensure an overall comfortable and pleasant experience. In addition to these facilities, a high standard of hygiene and security within the multiplex coupled with world-class comfort will provide an unparalleled movie viewing experience.

The movies being showcased in the opening week are Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Lootera, Ghanchakkar, Raanjhnaa, Fukrey, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (Hindi) and Despicable Me 2 (3D), World War Z (3D), Man of Steel (3D) The Heat (English). Nationally, INOX has 72 multiplexes &  284 screens in 38 cities.

Puja Gupta does it the Marathi Ishytle with UTV STARS – ‘Stars In Your City’ in Pune

This week in Parachute Advansed Tender Coconut Hair Oil Presents Star in Your City, UTV Stars brings beautiful actress Puja Gupta to the heartland city of Maharashtra, Pune. The former Miss India Universe will explore the city as she takes every opportunity to make the visit memorable.

Before beginning her journey, Puja Gupta starts her day with few yoga exercises. The actress practices Surya Namaskar and few other exercise that helps her stay fit and in shape. After some exercise, the pretty actress steps out to explore the city when she catches the tempting smell of Vada Pav. Puja not only gorges on the delicious dish but also tries her hand of making some. Filled with energy from the meal and high on shopping spree, the gorgeous actress begins her search for a perfect Navari Sari. After being mesmerized by beautiful colours, the sensuous actress lays her eyes on bright saffron Navari Sari. Sportingly draping it on, Puja completes her Marathi Mulgi look with a Natth.

When in Pune, one cannot forget the upcoming festival of Ganesh Chaturthi that fills the air in the city with happiness and joy. On this occasion, Puja takes the opportunity to worship the God by painting an Eco friendly Ganpati idol at one of the local Idol making workshop.

After a long day of exploring Pune, Puja’s adventure in the city nears an end and what can be a better way than ending it with a bang as she visits a nightclub. But it does not end there. Before calling it a day, Puja takes over the DJ console and fills the air with some groovy music!

Watch Puja Gupta’s experience in Pune with STARS IN YOUR CITY on Sunday 14th July, 2013 at 7:00pm only on UTV STARS

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Mr. Raj Thackeray and Mrs. Sharmila Thackeray inaugurate hotel Aura Grande

After the immense success and overwhelming response, since 2003, for Saffron Spice Restaurant at Hiranandani, Powai and MIDC Andheri, the group saw the launch of The Aura Grande Hotel; by the parent company Annakoot Properties Ltd., on a misty Tuesday morning. Gracing the event with their presence were Mr. Raj Thackeray, Founder President of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena along with his wife Mrs. Sharmila Thackeray who inaugurated the business hotel, witnessed by an enthusiastic gathering.

The event was set in motion when Mr. Thackeray and his wife cut the ribbon and lit the ceremonial lamp, ushering in a new beginning for the hotel. Mr. Thackeray enthusiastically interacted with the audience, while enjoying a tour of the hotel’s infrastructure and various facilities along with the Owners Mr. Nandkumar Hendre, Mr. Pramod Hendre, Mrs. Supriya Joshi and Mr. Suhas Joshi.

Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Suhas Joshi and Mr. Nandkumar Hendre, Joint Owners of The Aura Grand Hotel said,” It is a proud moment to be launching the Aura Grande Hotel on this momentous day, through which we aim to deliver a quintessential experience. I would like to thank Mr. Raj Thackeray and Mrs. Sharmila Thackeray for introducing our hotel to our Patrons and Corporate Houses at Suburbs of Mumbai. We are committed to give Indian hospitality experience along with our popular Food at Saffron Spice.”

According to Mr. Raj Thackeray, the Founder President of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena,” We are happy to be here at this new business hotel. I have taken a look at the property and have liked its infrastructure and amenities. I wish the hotel and its management good luck for the future.”

Business and leisure travelers visiting Andheri in the heart of Mumbai will be privy to the hotel’s state of the art facilities and world class customer service; which skillfully mixes business with leisure. The Aura Grande Hotel is a fully fledged business hotel with all the required facilities as expected of such hotels.

Monday, July 8, 2013

EPIC unveils a glimpse of its first fiction show Malikaa - A captivating story of grand passion, adventure, revolts and zenana politics set amidst the 17th century Mughal Empire

With the promise of presenting some of the most fascinating stories from our vibrant past to re-energize the audiences with original entertainment; “EPIC”, India’s first genre specific Hindi entertainment channel, presented the preview of the legendary tale of the Mughal Empire, which will be depicted in its first fiction show ‘Malikaa”. Gracing the occasion was the acclaimed author Indu Sundaresan, whose bestselling debut novel; “The Twentieth Wife” is the inspiration behind Malikaa, which is slated to launch with the channel this August; subject to regulatory approvals. Indu is currently in India, to lend her creative expertise and ensure the perfect rendition of her book to Malikaa.

Malikaa will depict the tale of the rise of a woman behind the veil – Mehrunissa, who went on to become the most powerful queen of that dynasty - Empress Nur Jahan, the Twentieth and the last wife of Emperor Jehangir.  A story of grand passion, court room politics and consequences set amidst the 17th century Mughal Empire, will explore the private and personal lives of larger-than-life individuals like the Mughal Emperor Akbar, his son and later the Emperor of the dynasty, Salim a.k.a Jehangir and his wife, Empress Mehrunissa. Their inter-personal conflicts, their tempestuous love lives, their clashing ideologies and domestic politics will all be put under a microscope.

Commenting on the occasion, Mahesh Samat, Managing Director, EPIC Television Network Pvt. Ltd Says, “When I first read Indu’s book a few years ago, I was moved by its pure strength of extraordinary story telling. I was instantly drawn into the world of the ‘zenana’ politics; some of which has even shaped our principles today. Her vivid descriptions of the chronology of events in the palaces of the Mughal Empire, leaves you captivated and wanting for more. Right then, I knew that this was a story that needed to reach every Indian household. And for EPIC; I knew I had to get Indu on board and recreate her magical story for television audiences.  I am sure that audiences will be enthralled with this legendary saga.”

Thrilled with the association, Indu Sundaresan, author of the book The Twentieth Wife said, “A great story needs an equally great setting to make history come alive. And that is exactly what EPIC has created. Before I met Mahesh and his team, I was apprehensive about the renditions of books to another format - films or television; as I always thought it does not do justice to the original story. However, with EPIC, I see the same passion and enthusiasm for creating masterpieces, as I had when I first started writing the book. The Twentieth wife has and always will be one of my most cherished achievements, I am thankful to the entire team at EPIC for having recreated a masterpiece with Malikaa”.

The show brings together some of the very talented set of actors to essay these powerful roles. Starring Charu Shankar, A trained dancer, musician and actress who has done couple of cameo roles in movies like Wes Anderson's The Darjeeling Limited and Mira Nair's Reluctant Fundamentalist, is being introduced to fictional entertainment on television as the lead protagonist; the intelligent and charismatic Empresses Mehrunissa. Salim a.k.a Emperor Jehangir is being enacted by Karanvir Sharma who recently made his debut in Bollywood with Muazzam Beg's Sadda Adda.  Uday Tikekar, the famous television actor is playing the diplomatic and powerful king, Emperor Akbar; while Jannat Zubair Rahmani, popularly known as Phulwa is enacting the role of young Mehrunissa.

This show is produced by Green Light productions and the grand, opulent costumes are designed by the talented Pia Benegal, daughter of film veteran Shyam Benegal. Malikaa is currently being shot at a real palatial location in Bikaner.

Epic Television Networks Private Limited (EPIC) is an integrated media company incorporated in 2012. The company has been set up to build segmented offerings in television entertainment. The first offering is a channel named EPIC that creates new IPs, characters and stories in the space of Indian history and mythology. The network has been funded by a group of financial investors.

Saurabh Agarwal to showcase revengeful comedy play ‘Kitty Kitty Bang Bang’

Theatre aficionados have a reason to celebrate as the city plays host to the premier show of director Saurabh Agarwal’s show ‘Kitty Kitty Bang Bang’, an angry in-your- face comedy based on revenge. Subscribing to the motto, ‘The only thing that’s sweet and non-fattening is revenge!’, the play promises to be a rib-tickling delight.

The story starts with two disgruntled women who have been betrayed by men: Julie, who was laid off as she did not lay her boss and Perizaad, who was dumped by her married boyfriend. To deal with the loss, Julie guzzles down drinks as Perizaad starts binging on food. While wallowing in self-pity, Julie has an epiphany, to pay back all ‘Man’kind for their grievances. In their quest for revenge, the first guy they come across; a pizza delivery guy who unwittingly agrees to share a beer with them, faces the brunt of their wrath. From there, the evening gets crazier, wilder, angrier, and very, very funny.

The cast includes Anisa who has acted in popular Bollywood movies ‘Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani’ and 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara' and the popular Disney T.V show 'Ishaan', produced by Red Chillies Entertainment with a stint in several ads, shows and plays. Joining Anisa is Rumana Molla, the lead anchor of the popular children’s show "MAD" on Pogo Channel, who has modeled for several ads and has acted in a film to be released in the summer of 2013. Giving the ladies company is Suneet Surana, who has acted in plays such as ‘The Beast in Beauty,’ ‘Oops Crazy Love’ and ‘Jaag Utha Hai Raigad’ as well as modeled for brands such as Shoppers' Stop and Naaptol.

On the onset of the play being released, Mr. Saurabh Agarwal, the Director of ‘Kitty Kitty Bang Bang’ says, “This angry comedy about vengeance is a rib-tickling story which is instantly identifiable but out there at the same time. I sincerely hope that audiences after watching the play, take back some craziness from the play and leave with a big grin on their faces.“

The cast is all set to perform at the Canvas Laugh Factory, located at the Palladium Mall, Phoenix Mills, Lower Parel on the 20th and 21st July 2013 from 6:00pm onwards. Tickets for the show are available at 4348 5000 or at the Bookmyshow website.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Strings of Passion release delayed: Nominated at TIIFF

Produced by Tricolor Creations in association with Eon Films and Mithuntara Movies “Strings of Passion” which was scheduled to be released on July 26, 2013 has been pushed further to September 12th due to the untimely demise of Director Sanghamitra Chaudhuri’s husband.

While the other makers of the film were keen to push the film for a mid August release, however, with big budget films like “Chennai Express” and “Satyagraha” releasing back to back, the makers are not finding a suitable weekend until 13th September to release the film. “Being a bit superstitious with Friday the 13th, we are planning to release it a day earlier,” said Mohan Das from Eon Films.

Directed by Sanghamitra Chaudhuri, Strings of Passion has Zeenat Aman, Rajesh Sharma, Indrani Halder, Shubh Mukherjee, Avalok Nagpal, Paru Gambhir, Amit Trishaan and Sangita Sonali in the lead. The film which has already gone to a few festivals and has bagged the Best Film, Best Actress and Two Best Actor Awards has been nominated once again at “The Indian Independent Film Festival” happening from August 15-18 at Bangalore. 

“The high quality content of the film always made way for an invitation at festivals for the discerning judgment of the jurors opening up new directions. Trying not to get ahead of ourselves, but we are sure excited to be nominated once again and we are hopeful to emerge with flying colours. While we have already taken home the Best Film, Best Actress and two Best Actor Awards, we would be more than happy if we can bag the Best Director Award. However, the Best Award will be the one that will come from the audience in the theatres,” concluded Mohan Das.