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Thursday, December 24, 2015

JP Dutta - The maker of the best war based films goes International

The maker of the best war based films no one can forget his best ever war film in bollywood ‘Border’ Mr. J. P. Dutta is gearing up for another action with two war films of which one will be an international project.

J.P. Dutta is making on an international scale for a global audience. This is inspired by the Battle of Saragarhi fought before the Tirah Campaign on September 12, 1897, when 21 Sikhs of the 36th Sikh of British India defended an army post against 10,000 Afridi and the Orakzai tribesmen in the North-West Frontier Province, now in Pakistan. "Since the story touches on the relationship between the Sikh soldiers and the British officers commanding the battalion, I need a huge British involvement, an international cast and crew. I've spoken to Hugh Dancy, the Hannibal TV star, and Remi Adefarasin, the cinematographer of Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth and Steven Speilberg's mini-series Band of Brothers. I am in the midst of working on the logistics carefully before I can kickstart this project as it is very big scale. It can only take off after the other film," admitted Dutta. He is frequently visiting UK to lock the actors, supporting actors and the technicians from abroad.

Whereas the other film Dutta sir is working on is about the 1962 Indo-China War which is expected to roll in September in Ladakh and wrap up by November end. The film will feature biggies from the bollywood. The filmmaker says "I make realistic films so I want to stick to the time frame of the real war and shoot in real locations," pointing out that he has three scripts cleared by the Ministry of Defence on the three wars that were fought in '62, '65 and '71.  This film will have biggies of bollywood associated.

Way to look forward. 

Armaan Malik wins Stardust Award for 'Main Hoon Hero Tera'

Armaan Malik bags Stardust award for best playback singer for 'Main Hoon Hero Tera'. When asked Armaan about how he felt about it, he says: "It has been a dream of mine to be a singer ever since the beginning and now when I'm living this dream, singing some beautiful songs and winning people's hearts with my voice.. It feels totally surreal. To top it all off winning a Best Playback Singer award for  the song Main Hoon Hero Tera - the song that gave me my identity, is another high altogether! Thank you Mom & Dad for all your support and my brother Amaal for having believed in my capabilities from the very beginning. Last but not the least I would like to thank my mentors Salman Khan & Bhushan Kumar for their constant support which has helped me to be whatever I am today."

Elli Avram Celebrates Christmas at Gaylord’s Bake Shop with children from the SMILE Foundation

Actress Elli Avram, fresh from the success of Abbas Mastan’s film ‘Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon’ celebrated Christmas with children from Smile Foundation at Gaylord’s Bake Shop joining the popular heritage restaurant in treating them to a range of delicious goodies while drawing attention to the immense need for increasing support and awareness on the issue of education of the girl child.  The event was an initiative with the Smile Foundation with the intention of helping raise awareness about the importance of educating the girl child and the need of education in every child’s life to help eradicate poverty, ignorance and prejudice.

The Smile Foundation is a national level development organisation directly benefitting over 300,000 children and their families every year, through 158 welfare projects on education, healthcare, livelihood and women empowerment in more than 700 remote villages and slums across 25 states of India. Children, their families and the community become the target group for Smile Foundation's activities as child education cannot be done in isolation and nothing else but education for children can bring long lasting change in society.

Gaylord, established in 1956, a historic destination in itself is a melting pot of various ethnic cuisines. A culinary pit-stop in the heart of South Mumbai, where one can indulge in the delicately prepared North Indian, Mughlai & Continental fare created for the Maharajas and Nawabs.

Gaylord’s, Bake Shop, enchants its visitors with its European bistro charm. For the festive season the bakeshop has a special Christmas menu that includes a delicious array of food such as the X’Mas Medley, Chicken Marina, Baked Aubergine and a variety of hors d’oeuvres, which were on the buffet for the children. In addition, Elli also gifted each child a special souvenir from Sweden which depicted the various celebrations of the country and spent time interacting with the kids.

Speaking at the event Elli said, “Christmas to me is a time for giving and to remember to be grateful for everything you have in life, especially if you have had the privilege of receiving an education. I support the great work that Smile Foundation is doing, especially with respect to the education of the girl child. Christmas is a time for celebration and giving and it is great if we can all open our hearts and support this much needed cause.”

“We at Gaylord support the cause of education of the underprivileged girl child and are happy to host this event and support Elli in bringing Christmas cheer to the children at Smile.” Said Noel D’Souza, General Manager, Gaylord, Mumbai. 

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan encountered by a crowd of over 400 excited fans on the set of ‘Sarbjit’

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan who recently started shooting for Omang Kumar’s upcoming biopic ‘Sarbjit’ encountered an unexpected crowd of  300-400 excited fans on the sets of ‘Sarbjit’.  The Bollywood diva who is essaying the role of Dalbir Kaur, Sarbjit’s sister was shooting her first scene at a public place in 3 hrs away from Mumbai. Donned in a complete de-glam avatar, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan couldn't make her way back to the vanity van at the end of the day's shoot as these excited fans wanted autographs and pictures with her and were totally out of control. 

According to an insider, initially nobody had an idea that Aishwarya was shooting at that location. Her look was so distinctive from her true personality that even fans couldn’t recognize her but once they discovered that it was Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, fans went berserk and started clicking pictures and videos.

The commotion went out of control when the superstar was heading back to her vanity van after pack up and the large group of crazy fans surrounded her car to just get a glimpse of their favorite actress.  The sudden fan moment soon turned into a startling delay of a five minutes’ drive to a half hour one!  The madness took a halt only when the humble actress requested all her fans to make way for her to leave.

Well as it is said, all's well that end's well Please find below the write up on Sarbjit.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan who recently started shooting for Omang Kumar’s upcoming biopic ‘Sarbjit’ encountered an unexpected crowd of  300-400 excited fans on the sets of ‘Sarbjit’.  The Bollywood diva who is essaying the role of Dalbir Kaur, Sarbjit’s sister was shooting her first scene at a public place in 3 hrs away from Mumbai. Donned in a complete de-glam avatar, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan couldn't make her way back to the vanity van at the end of the day's shoot as these excited fans wanted autographs and pictures with her and were totally out of control. 

Producer Sandeep Singh Quote - "Aishwarya's Stardom is like the warmth of the sun, no doubt everyone there wanted to bask in it. She brings the same warmth to the character, and i can relate to the onlookers who mobbed".

Sohail Khan rope in former England skipper Michael Vaughan for Capricorn Commanders

Actor Sohail Khan will now bowl maidens over, albeit on a different pitch! Sohail Khan and Parvez Khan, a prominent Dubai-based business tycoon and owner of property developers Pacific Ventures, have roped in Michael Vaughan, one of cricket’s most celebrated batsmen and former Captain of the English cricket team, as Team Director and Player of the Capricorn Commanders, one of the teams that will see action in the T20 Cricket Masters Champions League in Dubai. Vaughan was picked up by the Commanders in the pre-auction bid for the legends and was part of the strategizing unit for the Commanders for the Auction purchases as well. He will also act as the Head Coach of the Capricorn Commanders.

Vaughan will be joined by Usman Afzaal, former England International, as Assistant Coach. The Capricorn Commanders will be competing with five other teams in the tournament billed as the League of the Extraordinary, as competing squads have on their roster some of the sports’ most celebrated superstars.

Making the announcement Parvez Khan, welcoming the duo said, “Michael Vaughan and Usman Afzaal need no introduction in the world of cricket, and by having them play for our team, we hope to continue to share our passion for the sport.” Khan also announced the Capricorn Commanders will soon appoint the team’s Captain and Vice-Captain ahead of the series which will take place from 28th January to 13th February 2016 at the Dubai and Sharjah Cricket Stadiums.

Capricorn commanders also boasts of Two-time World Cup winner Andrew Symonds, former England captain Michael Vaugh, Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq, former England skipper Paul Collinwood, Sri Lanka’s Chamara Silva and South Africa’s Ashwell Prince and Rory Kleinveldt among others.

Anil kapoor says Ranveer's performance in BajiRao is like Russell Crowe in Gladiator

Anil kapoor says Ranveer's performance in BajiRao is like Russell Crowe in gladiator and the Academy award winning Hollywood actor re-tweets the same

Ranveer Singh's latest historical drama 'Bajirao Mastani' has not only gained critical acclaim but also gathered love and praises from the industry veterans. From Mr Bachchan to Hrithik Roshan, the  industry has been raving and has appreciated his character of a majestic Peshwa warrior. In fact Anil Kapoor compared Ranveer's Bajirao with Russell Crowe's Oscar winning Gladiator performance and what's more, Russell put his stamp of approval on the same by re-tweeting an article from The Indian Express mentioning the same.

Excited about this gesture, Ranveer said, "When Anil Sir mentioned those kind words after watching BajiRao I was really happy as Russell Crowe is someone whose work I have always loved and followed from gladiator to beautiful mind and Cinderella man so it was an honour to and to know he has retweeted what was said is surreal for me and I feel very humbled."

Ranveer is going places, literally!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Filmsaaz all set for its ninth edition in 2016


A short film festival organised by the Film Club of the prestigious Aligarh Muslim University, Filmsaaz was conceived in order to give the budding filmmakers a platform to showcase their talents.

The club itself was established in the academic year 1973-74 with the aim to promote cinematic culture among the students. Since its birth, the film club has been serving as the platform for students to explore the creative world of cinema.

It was only in 2008 that the Film Club members mooted to organise its own film festival, albeit only for short films that was slowly but securely gaining momentum. Once everyone gave their thumbs up to the idea, the First edition of the festival was successfully held from 28-30 March, 2008. Ace theatre and film artist Tom Walter was the chief guest and since then is being held annually as a national short film festival. Right from its inception, the festival had two categories i.e. national and local. National categories were for all and the local categories were restricted to filmmakers from Aligarh alone.

But, with times, the need to spread worldwide and gain recognition as well as get international films for our discerning audiences was on the cards. And with the sixth edition i.e. 6th Filmsaaz which was held from 3-5 March, 2013 the festival went international. This 6th edition transformed the national festival into an international one. The local categories were abolished totally to pave way for its international avatar. Now only international and national categories are there. The festival received 28 international and 102 national entries in all categories. Nawazuddin Sidddiqui was the chief guest for that particular edition.

The festival has witnessed several celebrities as the chief guest in the past in its valedictory session like Muzaffar Ali in the 2nd, Imtiaz Ali in the 3rd, Sudhir Mishra in the 4th, Pitobash Tripathy in the 5th, Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the 6th, Tigmasnhu Dhulia in the 7th and Ritesh Batra in the 8th.

So far the festival has completed its eighth edition in the year 2015 and preparing for its ninth in 2016. The festival has given wings to lot of budding film makers. It is the only short film festival organised by student’s body of a university in India.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Spearheading towards success: The indomitable Pranshu Kulshreshtha

Much of the mystery about November is solved when we learn that it was the ninth month of the ancient Roman calendar. Yes, it retained its name (from the Latin novem meaning "nine") when January and February were added to the Roman calendar. This is one month that has spring in the Southern Hemisphere and autumn in the Northern Hemisphere. This goes to say much about the persons born in this month. While November is often looked upon with the fiery Scorpios ruling the month, it’s the cool quotient Saggitarius that rules subtly.

Truth seekers, adventurers, lovers of travel, fun loving, generous and extremely friendly, Sagittarians are great company because they are interested in everything and everyone. Broad-minded and lacking in prejudice, Sagittarians with their optimism and humour, are often the life and soul of a party. They very rarely tell lies, in fact they’re so open about everything, and the whole world knows what they’re up to. They have marvelous intuitions that they should take notice of. They’re pretty clever because they’re so interested in everything. They can be a bit rude but that’s only because they’re very honest and will say exactly what they think. They love travel, fast cars and horse riding. They also love spending money, so a credit card should be avoided.

They can be, fanatics yet atheists, and tactless yet serious! Subjects like philosophy, education, religion, mysticism, occult, medicine engross and attract Archers. No wonder many Sagittarius-born make good inventors or discovers. Self confident, high spirited, curious and always ready to explore, they also make good advisers, teachers and social bees Despite all this, their intellectualism is profound and this is all one would see in our November star - Pranshu Kulshreshtha.

A positive person who has a bright outlook on life no matter how upsetting his current situation might be, Pranshu's optimistic and generous spirit makes him a pleasure to have around. According to Kahlil Gibran “March on… do not tarry..”, Pranshu is spearheading towards success as he has the spunk and much in keeping with the symbolic propulsion of a True Sagittarian. We wish him all the best. And we suggest you check the last models in waiting as the last month of the year unfolds. Enjoy!



Saturday, October 31, 2015

Lakecity International Film Festival moves with the times: Launches its android app

Madhya Pradesh and especially Bhopal's own film festival - The Lakecity International Film Festival has officially released its android app for bringing the filmmakers and the discerning audiences on an engaging digital content platform and to keep them abreast of the latest news and happenings of and about the festival. The free-to-download app is available on http://www.appsgeyser.com/LCIFF as well can also be downloaded by scanning the QR Code given here and on the website.

Speaking on the launch, Festival Coordinator Mahua Mazumdar says, ““It was time for a change and be in tune with the moving times. We needed something dynamic and attractive to connect to our audiences and film makers and create an interactive communication platform. Nothing can get better than this app to keep them abreast of the latest information even while on the move.”

The app will be a trendsetter as it will bring all the topical information and news items on whats happening in and around the festival, the entries, the selection, the schedule, the inauguration and the events centering on to finally the awards and the ceremony right into your mobiles and tablets. Created by Bangalore based Pranshu Kulshreshtha, this app meets all requirements and is very easy to manoeuvre and use. And it also takes less time to navigate as compared to browsing on a site. But the biggest advantage of this application is that it comes free.

Ankit Tandon of OM Films and one of the Festival Organisers concludes:"Apart from having an interactive site with 24x7 Live Chat functionality, we are all very excited by this new app as it offers a great social functionality. It does more justice to our coverage skills and talents, and we are now ready for the new communication challenges ahead! Should you have any difficulties downloading the app or have any query or feedback, you can directly contact via the contact form provided on the site and we will be more than happy to serve you.”

The Lakecity International Film Festival will be happening in December 2015 and will be inviting filmmakers across the globe to attend the same. Till now, the festival has managed to bring in lots of films for the discerning audiences which includes:
  • Rebellious Flower by Krishan Hooda (Winner of Special Jury in Italy)
  • Pagdi by Rajeev Bhatia (Winner of National Awards)
  • A Daughters Dream by Manto Pashupatinath (Winner of Several Awards)
  • Final Project (Chinese) by Eric Lam
  • Capturing Happiness by Ludwig Klupka
  • Virgin Munda by Rituraj Verma
  • The Eve (Italian) by Luca Machnich 
  • UnFreedom / Dagh Ujala (Indian) by Raj Amit Kumar (Denied a Censor Certificate)
  • Ghar Aaja Jeetu by Dr. Jaswinder Singh Gandhi
  • and many more...

Friday, October 30, 2015

Tahir loves shades of grey

The young and handsome Tahir Raj Bhasin, who made his debut with a negative role in the Rani Mukerji-starrer Mardaani, will soon be seen essaying another grey character in director Abhinay Deo's upcoming action-thriller Force 2.

Tahir changed the perception of Bollywood villains when he played the role of the suave Karan Rastogi. At present, Tahir is busy shooting for action sequences as part of a 40-day schedule for Force 2 in Budapest, Hungary. In Force 2, viewers will soon see Tahir unfold his other shades of grey.

When asked about being typecast as a villain he said, “Not at all. It is a great time for grey characters [in the Hindi film industry]. They have evolved, and have more dimensions now. The actors I admire, like Irrfan Khan and Shah Rukh Khan, achieved fame by doing negative roles. Irrfan did Haasil (2003), while Shah Rukh did Darr (1993). I think black and white villains, like Gabbar and Mogambo, are slowly fading out."

Tahir was quick to add that off screen he is nothing like the on screen characters he plays. "I am a Shah Rukh Khan romantic at heart. Someday, I will do a traditional romantic role. But everything takes its own course.”

Look who's playing Virat Kohli

Saqib Saleem, who bats for Sohail Khan's Mumbai Heroes in the Celebrity Cricket League, admits that if not an actor, he would have become a cricketer. So, when Rohit Dhawan offered him the role of an aggressive, contemporary batsman in his upcoming action-adventure, Dishoom, Saqib immediately agreed.

Buzz is this cricketer is modelled on Virat Kohli? "He could be Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina or Rohit Sharma," says Saqib, who has already shot for four days. "The major cricketing portions will be shot during the Abu Dhabi schedule with the UAE cricket team, with whom I will train as well. I'll be playing a lot of cricket, hitting a few sixes too. My biggest fear is that the audience will say that I acted well, but played bad cricket," he laughs. Saqib, who played for the Under-19 team in Delhi and captained his college team, reveals that Rohit has been monitoring his look for the film. "He narrated the entire script to me, focussing on the dramatic scenes. He is the kind of director who loves to pamper his actors. And I'm sure there's lots of 'me' in the film," Saqib beams.

AB introduces freemium celebrity video blogging app – Wakau

Iconic superstar Mr. Amitabh Bachchan introduced to the world and his fans the first of its kind, freemium celebrity video blogging app - Wakau. Starting 29th October 2015, the Wakau app will become the ultimate celebrity hotspot to catch original, candid ‘direct dil se’ videos of Mr. Bachchan and other celebrities across genres, be it films, sports, entertainment or music.  Available across iOS, Windows and Android formats, Wakau is the gateway to a gold mine of never seen before original celebrity content, anytime anywhere!

With an ever increasing repertoire of celebrities including the likes of Amitabh Bachchan, Sachin Tendulkar, Arjun Kapoor, Ayushmaan Khurrana, Nirahua, Shaan,  Manju Warrier, Tamannaah Bhatia, Sophie Choudry, Arman Malik and Elli Avaram contributing to the platform. Wakau will upload new content including landmark moments from the celebs lives, hobbies and interests and career stories, for subscribers on a daily basis. On Wakau fans can watch, share and comment on a wide variety of interesting videos categorised topically and by celebrity. The app, has a celebrity interface feature that enables celebs to upload premium video content, while allowing them to track fan comments on their videos and respond directly.

Mr. Bachchan, who has a following of 44 mm on social media, will now further connect and communicate with his fans, through Wakau.  On the app, one can get an insight from Mr. Bachchan on how his now famous surname came into being; catch the master blaster, sharing first hand, his emotions on retiring from test cricket or see Arjun Kapoor talk about his favourite movies and giving a glimpse of his personal DVD collection.

Talking about his association with Wakau, Mr. Bachchan commented, “Social media is an integral part of my life today. I have always tried to stay connected with my fans and respond to them whenever possible through my blog and other social media platforms.  I am glad to be associated with an interactive platform like Wakau, through which I can share some of my candid moments from my day to day life with my fans and inch closer to them.”

A joint venture between CA Media Digital and Jetsynthesys, Wakau is the first of its kind, freemium celebrity video blogging app that allows users to access unseen candid celeb moments to help them connect further with their favourite stars and celebs. Freely downloadable to users across India this ‘freemium’ app allows consumers to view celebrity videos for free, with the videos being interspersed with advertisements. The app also supports an ad-free experience via its subscription service.

Speaking on the association, Rishi Negi, EVP Operations, CA Media India commented, “Wakau is a great opportunity for celebrities to connect with their fans and share personal stories, interests, sepia moments and cherished thoughts through their video blogs. The app is a celebrity hotspot that enables consumers to gain easy access to insightful videos of their favourite superstars and personal heroes on their phones.”

Rajan Navani, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Jetsynthesys, added “Through constant and continuous innovation we at Jetsynthesys strive to offer the best in digital technology and Wakau is no exception. With a deep focus on creating a personal connect with the consumer through leveraging analytics, the Wakau experience will eventually pave the way towards many firsts for the world. We are excited to launch this unique world class Indian product that would become the social digital media screen of the 21st century.”

A technically superior app, Wakau has an adaptive and predictive streaming technology that enables optimization of content to each specific device and dynamically adapts the video stream to the constantly varying bandwidth of carrier and Wi-Fi networks creating a quality experience for the users. Consumers can subscribe to the premium service on the app using their existing mobile connection, credit cards, net banking and e-wallets with multiple validity periods and price points available.

Salman Khan & Sonam kapoor will celebrate Diwali with Taarak Mehta team

Actor Salman Khan with Sonam Kapoor came to Gokuldham Society in Taarak Mehta Ka Oltah Chashmah to celebrate Diwali with members. He even brought sweets for Society member and wished them all in advance.

Once again Dayaben entertained Salman with her special arti and garba. "Nobody can get bored while watching my dance. It’s an all time favorite entertainer," laughs Disha Wakani.  Both actors had lot of fun moments while shooting with the team.




Gul Panag Attends Exclusive Triumph Bike launch In London

Gul Panag is well known as the "Biker Girl" in India. The actress had created waves, choosing to ride in the side cart of a bike with hubby as her vehicle of choice right after her wedding, from the mandap to home! With her genuine passion and interest in all things auto, it's not surprising that auto and bike brands love the actress, and that she is on may car and bike award juries too.

But now this seems to have crossed borders, with Gul being invited to a very exclusive event by super-bike maker - Triumph who have finally unveiled their all-new 1199cc Triumph Thruxton and Thruxton R, the range-topping duo that herald the arrival of a completely new collection of five Bonnevilles. starting from the entry-level all-new Street Twin, two ‘classic’ Bonnevilles, and the new Thruxton models. A few other international celebrities present at the event were Edris Alba, Carl Fogarty, Tom Hardy, Gillian Anderson, Reggie Yates, Charlie Boman

"All girls in my family ride bikes. I've grown up with this being the done thing. I first rode a bike when I was 16.  I had a cousin in the Army who’d left a Bullet behind. That was the summer I learned to ride,” she says.

Dressed in custom-made Gauri Nainika gown, Gul certainly upped the style quotient at the event, which was attended by a host of international celebrities.

Gul said, “It was like being a kid in a candy shop. The new Bonnies look awesome – while not losing the classic appeal. I feel very honoured to be in the UK as a special guest of Triumph and share the excitement of the new launches.’

Top 5 movies to enjoy this Halloween

We’ve all spent many summers in our childhood listening to scary stories, or playing dark house and some of us have even tried our hand at Ouija boards. Its Halloween time and time to watch some fun scary movies. Fear is fun, especially when Halloween arrives. With the release of ‘Goosebumps’ starring the one and only Jack Black, get ready for this hilariously spine-tingling movie as some unusual creatures from Goosebumps book series jump from the page to Indian screens on October 30th, 2015 in 3D and 2D. The film will enjoy a wide release in English, Hindi and Tamil. Apart from this, here are the ‘Top 5 movies’ to enjoy this Halloween’

Goosebumps: Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange…

He is a prisoner of his own imagination – the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts and they begin to terrorize the town, it’s suddenly up to Stine, Zach and Hannah to get all of them back in the books where they belong.

Harry Potter: This movie series can be watched any time of the year, but during Halloween it’s all the more special, with all the magic, the beasts, the mystery and the constant threat to life. Although, the final instalment, The Deathly Hallows is probably the creepiest, we would recommend The Prisoner Of Azkaban because of the appearance of the soul sucking Dementors.

Casper: Watching this adorable, friendly ghost and his cute antics is a rite of passage for all kids. It’s the one ghost you’ll cheer on and fall in love with. There’s a bit of everything in this film, from making friends, to horror and adventure, to beating up the bad ghosts, and a first kiss too!

Halloween Town: Witches and Halloween go hand in hand, and that’s what makes this movie special. It also has three sequels, so there’s plenty more fun to be had. It’s about little Marnie Piper who is obsessed with Halloween, and eventually discovers that she is a witch. She seems to be made of the same cloth as our favourite Hermoine Granger, because she helps save a town of other supernatural creatures.

Nightmare before Christmas: Here’s another film dreamed up by the amazing Tim Burton. It tells the story of Jack Skellington who is the King of Halloween and is tired of staging Halloween festivities year after year, so when he finds a door to Christmas Town, he decides to try his hand at enjoying a holiday instead. Best of all, it’s a musical, so you can sing-a-long and get your creep on! And if you love this film, you’ll have an excuse to watch it for Christmas as well.

So get going and enjoy these top 5 fun and creepy movies to enjoy this Halloween with your families.

‘Rao’ On Set! Ranveer Renames Himself for “Bajirao Mastani’

Playing a character in a period drama requires an actor to live and breathe in a different era altogether. It’s because of this that Ranveer Singh is trying unusual ways to ensure that he delivers better than his best as Peshwa Bajirao. One such method is to call him ‘Rao’ instead of Ranveer Singh on set.

In playing Peshwa Bajirao, Ranveer Singh has taken on a once in a lifetime role; that of a fearsome Maratha warrior and a just king who is still remembered in folktales. Lots have been said about his physical & mental preparation for this part.

In order to ensure that he stays focused while shooting, Ranveer has surprised his assistant directors with an odd request. He has asked everyone to call him ‘Rao’ and address him with the name of his character. While his request has let to some good-natured leg pulling on set, Ranveer insists that this be the practice. Says a source, “This helps him stay in character & helps him not be reminded that he is Ranveer Singh. So when he is on set he is fully in character.”

Even while speaking on walkie-talkies, as assistants tend to do while a shoot is on, they call him Rao. So far, this mental shift into this historical character has worked for him, even though it’s not commonly done.


Clearly, Ranveer is pushing himself beyond the call of duty to bring alive the magic & might of ‘Bajirao Mastani’. 

Monday, September 28, 2015

Hairstyle Trends- Actresses who sport the fringe look with élan

People try to adopt their favourite stars’ styles in their daily day to day life. Hairstyle makes an important part of it. There are many Bollywood hairstyles that have inspired youngsters, the recent one being the ‘fringe’ or ‘big bang look’ which has been sported by many B-town actresses, hence popularising the look!

Shraddha Kapoor
Shraddha completely rocks the fringe look. The new fringe hairdo of Shraddha made her look chirpy and bubbly.

Ridhima Sud
The fresh face of 2015 who starred opposite a huge star cast in Zoya Akhtars Dil Dhadkne Do has definitely caught many eyeballs with her performance. The broad fringe look in the movie showed the fashion world her cute girlie side.

Anushka Sharma
The B-Town beauty who was spotted with the fringe cut proved to all that front bangs are a very bold statement. The look added a lot more edginess to her otherwise plain Jane look.

Jacqueline Fernandez
She wore her banged look with panache in Race 2 and even flaunted her big bang windswept fringes in an action sequence, in the same movie.

The Road Warrior Returns With “Mad Max: Fury Road”

Gear up for the high octane road war as the post-apocalyptic movie arrives on home video from Sony DADC
Get ready for a wild drive as the fourth film from the favorite Mad Max franchise, “Mad Max: Fury Road” arrives onto 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray & DVD from ‘Home Entertainment Services by Sony DADC’, India’s leading home entertainment content provider. This post-apocalyptic action film set in a future desert wasteland is directed by Oscar®-winning filmmaker George Miller (“Happy Feet”), the originator of the post-apocalyptic genre and mastermind behind the legendary “Mad Max” franchise.

“Mad Max: Fury Road,” a return to the world of the Road Warrior follows Max Rockatansky, who joins forces with Imperator Furiosa to flee from cult leader Immortan Joe and his army in an armoured tanker truck, which leads to a lengthy high octane road war.

Tom Hardy (“The Dark Knight Rises”) stars in the title role along with Oscar winner Charlize Theron (“Monster,” “Prometheus”) as the Imperator, Furiosa. The film also stars Nicholas Hoult (“X-Men: Days of Future Past”) as Nux; Hugh Keays-Byrne (“Mad Max,” “Sleeping Beauty”) as Immortan Joe; Nathan Jones (“Conan the Barbarian”) as Rictus Erectus; Josh Helman (“X-Men: Days of Future Past”) as Slit; collectively known as The Wives, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”) is Splendid, Riley Keough (“Magic Mike”) is Capable, Zoë Kravitz (“Divergent”) plays Toast, Abbey Lee is The Dag, and Courtney Eaton is Fragile.

Miller directed “Mad Max: Fury Road” from a screenplay he wrote with Brendan McCarthy and Nico Lathouris. Miller also produced the film with longtime producing partner and Oscar nominee Doug Mitchell alongside executive producers P.J. Voeten, Iain Smith, Graham Burke and Bruce Berman.

The Blu-ray of this epic movie contains the following special features:
  • Maximum Fury: Filming Fury Road
  • Mad Max: Fury on Four Wheels
  • The Road Warriors: Max and Furiosa
  • The Tools of the Wasteland
  • The Five Wives: So Shiny, So Chrome
  • Fury Road: Crash & Smash
  • Deleted Scenes (Also available on DVD)

MRP
  • Blu-ray 3D Steel Book – Rs.1999/- (2-Disc set - Includes 3D & 2D Version)
  • Blu-ray 3D – Rs.1499/- (2-Disc set - Includes 3D & 2D Version)
  • Blu-ray – Rs.1299/-
  • DVD – Rs.599/-
  • Hindi DVD & VCD - Rs.125/-
  • Tamil DVD – Rs.99/-
  • Telugu DVD – Rs.169/-
  • Blu-ray 3D & Blu-ray includes English Audio in Dolby ATMOS
  • Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray & DVD includes 5.1 Hindi Language option

Sony DADC is also releasing a special Mad Max Anthology Box Set in Blu-ray & DVD which includes previous 3 films i.e. “Mad Max” (1979), “The Road Warrior” (1981), “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome” (1985) and “Mad Max: Fury Road” along with bonus disc “Madness of Max”. While the Blu-ray is priced at Rs.3999/-, the DVD is priced at Rs.1499/-

1st Chinese version of Big Brother shot in India

Indian crew of 400 members of Bigg Boss worked on the production
Big Brother, the famous international reality television franchise has a huge fan following across the globe. Till date the show has been produced in almost 48 countries. Now, Chinese viewers too, will get to enjoy this show as the first ever Chinese version of Big Brother titled as “Housemates, Let’s Stay Together” has been recently shot at a former industrial factory on the outskirts of Mumbai.

The reason for the Chinese version to be shot in India was to make use of the available resources, infrastructure  and expertise from Endemol Shine India which has produced 8 seasons of Hindi version of Big Brother i.e. Bigg Boss along with 2 seasons of Kannada & 1 season of Bangla version.

The India team not only shared their knowledge of producing this mammoth & high intense show but a crew of 400 members was working around the clock on the production of the Chinese version of Big Brother. The Chinese team brought in their creative directors, story editors, and remote camera operators, whereas the rest was executed by the Indian crew. The set and décor was designed as per the taste of the Chinese viewers and the entire cast had been flown to India for the shoot.

For the first time in the Big Brother franchise’s history the Chinese version will be beamed exclusively on digital platform - Youku Tudou to garner maximum eyeballs. Its video services receive over 580 million unique visitors every month, an audience that is bigger than some Chinese broadcasters.

Endemol Shine India is currently gearing up for 9th season of Bigg Boss which will be aired soon on COLORS.

‘Avengers - Age Of Ultron’ now available on Home Video from Sony Dadc

Marvel’s Epic Super-Heroes Unleash A Battle Against Mass Extinction
‘Home Entertainment Services by Sony DADC’, India’s leading home entertainment content provider in India, releases the action packed super-hero adventure film ‘AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON’ on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray & DVD. The third-highest-grossing film of 2015, features an ensemble cast and is written and directed by Joss Whedon. Proclaimed as “Epic in every sense of the word”, Marvel Studios global phenomenon ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ brings together the Avengers once again to defeat Ultron, a mechanical artificial intelligence bent on human extinction.

Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’, the epic follow-up to The Avengers, stars Robert Downey Jr. along with  Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Hayley Atwell, Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgård, James Spader, and Samuel L. Jackson.

The mind blowing blast of super heroes battling together begins when Tony Stark aka Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) unwittingly creates Ultron (James Spader), a terrifying A.I. monster who vows to achieve ‘world peace’ via mass extinction. The worldwide destruction leads to  Earth's Mightiest Heroes - Iron Man, Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) alongside Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) to reassemble and defeat Ultron and save mankind…if they can!

To make this epic movie viewing more thrilling, the 'AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON' Blu-ray comes with bonus feature which includes deleted & extended scenes,  amazing movie locations where the movie was shot and much more.

Priced between Rs. 125/- to Rs, 1999/-, the DVD includes the Global Adventure: Travel to the Amazing locations where the movie was filmed. The Blu-ray however includes the additional following bonus features:
  • “From The Inside Out – Making of Avengers: Age of Ultron”: This all-access into the making of the biggest Super hero cinematic experience of all time knock you with its scope, ambition and yes, vision.
  • The Infinite Six: Discover everything you need to know about the most powerful objects the Marvel Cinematic Universe
  • Global Adventure: Travel to the Amazing locations where the movie was filmed
  • Deleted & Extended Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Joss Whedon 

Fans can also collect combo pack of both movies "The Avengers" & "Avengers: Age of Ultron". While the Blu-ray 3D costs Rs.2499/-, Blu-ray normal cost Rs.1999/- and the DVD is priced at Rs.999/-

Get ready to witness an epic battle with the MARVEL’s Avengers in the visually stunning film. 

Jackky Bhagnani attends Premiere of ‘He Named Me Malala’ In New York


Dressed in a dapper suit, Actor Jackky Bhagnani walked the red carpet at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York for the star studded premiere of the Malala Yousafzai documentary, ‘He named me Malala.’ Jackky who met Malala and her family in Birmingham, U.K, earlier this month was a special guest of the Yousafzais at the NYC premiere.

“Attending this premiere was very important for me. Malala and the causes she espouses are very close to my heart. I believe it is important for everyone in India to watch this film. There is a lot of work to be done for education of the girl child in India and this film will inspire parents to ensure their daughters are educated," said Jackky Bhagnani after the premiere.
Also present at the Ziegfeld Theatre were the likes of Scarlett Johansson, Alicia Keys, Hope Solo, Zosia Mamet, and Ivanka Trump, daughter of U.S Presidential hopeful Donald Trump. Fashion blogger Tavi Gevinson and musician Raury also made their way to the red carpet joining actress Elizabeth Shue and actor Andrew Shue, and United Arab Emirates' Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba.

“He Named Me Malala” has been directed by acclaimed filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for Superman). The film is an intimate portrait of the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan's Swat Valley in 2012. The then 15-year-old was singled out, along with her father Ziauddin Yousafzai, for advocating girls' education. The attack on Malala sparked an outcry from supporters across the globe.

The documentary releases in theatres across the United States on October 2nd.

Ranveer Singh represents adidas Originals

The Biggest Style Icon in India joins forces with the pioneering sportswear for the street
adidas Originals, the iconic streetwear label partners with Ranveer Singh to represent the brand in India. With this association Ranveer joins an elite club of global icons including Pharrell Williams, Rita Ora and Kanye West. 

Dave Thomas, MD, adidas Group, India, said: “Ranveer embodies the adidas Originals brand in every sense. He is not just an entertainer, his creativity, individuality and ability to express himself is like no other. This relationship has been sparked by the immense love Ranveer has for adidas Originals. He has been often spotted, sporting the trefoil and the three stripes, now you will see a lot more of that in the coming future. These are exciting times for adidas Originals and we have lot in store with Ranveer at the helm.”

Thrilled about his collaboration with adidas Originals, Ranveer Singh said: “I am totally stoked to represent a brand that I grew up loving and has been a big part of my life. I still own the first pair of superstar sneakers that I bought during my college days and have only gone on to collect more. While I get to be the face of the brand in India, it’s the brand that truly represents me. In one word, it is unique. It doesn’t need to try hard to stand out, it’s backed by a great heritage that is inspired by sport and has evolved over time. I am excited to be an adidas Originals ambassador and confident that together we will take this brand to the next level.”

adidas and Ranveer are all set to kick-off this partnership with the launch of the first adidas Brand Centre in the country, at Indra Nagar, Bangalore.

TMKOC helps in cleaning Juhu Beach after Ganesh Visarjan


Producer Asit Kumarr Modi of popular sitcom Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah along with his television show characters Mr & Mrs Bhide and Sonu today went to Juhu beach to take their Clean India message a step ahead.


Morning after the last day of Ganesh Visarjan sees loads of garbage & broken idols lying scattered on the beaches of Mumbai.  "This year everything was much more organised and Juhu Beach was not so overly littered. it is our duty as responsible citizens to do our bit," says Asit Kumarr Modi.


Bhanwarey complete in a hectic 32 days schedule

After 32 days of hectic shoot in various parts of Mumbai and Delhi, “Bhanwarey” starring Shaurya Singh, Karan Thakur, Jashan Singh Kohli and Priyanka Shukla, has completed its final schedule. The final schedule for the movie was shot at a location near Sainik Farms, Delhi.

With this movie, Shaurya Singh, Karan Thakur, Jashan Singh Kohli and Priyanka Shukla are making their foray from the world of Television. While Shaurya Singh was essaying the role of Raja Todarmal in Jodha Akbar, Karan Thakur who has a long stint was recently doing Kumkum Bhagya as well as Badi Door se Aaye Hai. Jashan Singh Kohli who started off with the sexy siren Mallika Sherawat in the reality show "The Bachelorette India - Mere Khayalon Ki Mallika" was also seen in the Big Magic comedy show "Total Naadaniyaan".

Speaking about the film, producer director Shaurya Singh (who has also played one of the pivotal roles in the movie) says, “We are now just left with two song sequences which we are planning to shoot in the beautiful city of Chandigarh. The city has a certain feel to it which goes with the theme of the movie.”

The film, a dark comedy started rolling in the beginning of May 2015 and just got complete recently. Shaurya said all this was possible because of the support from his team. It took a bit longer time to complete the film as the team was small and working on a small and tighter budget left us with little options and we needed lot of planning to get things right.

Prashant Sehgal, the DOP of the film who has to his credit feature films like Hola Venky, The Owner (Guinness Book Record for most number of filmmakers joining hands for a feature film) and at least 60 short films said, “This was really an enriching experience as the cast was big and we had to do shots planning in accordance with the theme of the movie not making it too loud a comedy for the masses. We were immensely supported by our production team to make this happen.”

The film’s music is being done at Mumbai and one of the trademark songs “Pen Chodd” has been beautifully crafted by Music Composer/Director duo Sourabh Gourav i.e Sourabh Chatterji and Gourav Ratnakar who originally hail from Bhilai and are swiftly making their mark in the industry with their mind blowing compositions.

Produced by Shaurya Singh under his banner Sudha Creations, Bhanwarey also features awesomely talented actors like Manoj Bakshi, Padmendra Rawat and Matin Khan in detailed roles. 

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Krishan Hooda’s “Rebellious Flower” wins Special Mention Jury Award at Salento International Film Festival, Tricase, Italy

Krishan Hooda’s directorial Rebellious Flower won the Special Mention Jury Award at Salento International Film Festival held in Tricase, Italy 2015. The film was a closing night film and the screening was graced by Indian Ambassador to Italy Mr. Basant Gupta. Krishan Hooda officially represented India in Italy.

As reported by Italian news media “Rebellious Flower is a contribution to the knowledge of the personal biography of a man (Osho) who represented a philosophical reference far beyond the borders of his country, and that brings us back to the ancient roots of certain philosophy / spirituality of the ancient ‘West mixed Orient”.

Rebellious Flower is a bouquet of handpicked flowers from the garden of an unending celebration. Inspired on the life of Osho, this is a first film ever made on the spiritual guru - Rajneesh Osho.

The film narrates the life of Raja in his adolescence and youth and moreover a rebellion in him, who is keen to unearth the answers beneath the surface of facts, which are unacceptable to others. It beautifully narrates the transition Raja goes through in the phase of enlightenment and sanctity.

His childhood mentor his maternal grandmother (nani) who nurtures his childhood and a strong pillar in his learning phase is very well depicted in the film. Their bond, love and unsaid understanding are soothing therapies of emotional connect.

Rebellious Flower is an anecdote which takes on the path of beliefs, Raja resolves to walk on. In retrospect he surmises that existence is inevitably attained by purely accepting the simplicity of subconscious with the help of his mentors

He embarks on a journey to understand the beauty that lies behind the unexpressed phrases of human perception and this is how he transforms to be a rebellious flower to share the essence and scent of its being, unconditionally.

Salento International Film Festival celebrates real cinema around the world and the event witnessed many Italian celebrities and filmmakers, one of them was Marco Leonardi – Once upon a time in Mexico fame. The event was held in Piazza Pisanelli, in the heart of the Historic Centre of Tricase from 4th September to 12th September 2015.

“Our work was liked and appreciated by everyone. I always wanted 'Rebellious Flower' should speak for itself and it spoke volumes. We could hear that with the accolade we received” said director Krishan Hooda.

Happy Anant Chaturdashi to all...


Saturday, August 15, 2015

Manoj Bakshi joins Bhanwarey

Delhi based versatile actor Manoj Bakshi has been in the news for his splendid performance in the highest grossing film of the year - Eros International, Salman Khan Films and Rockline Venkatesh’s “Bajrangi Bhaijaan”.  After his fabulous appearance in Bajrangi, Manoj Bakshi has joined the cast of “Bhanwarey” to play an important role in the upcoming comic caper being directed by Shaurya Singh, an actor/ director based in Mumbai.

“Our relation goes a long way back while both of us were trying to make our mark in the film industry. While I was writing this character I had no one in mind but him. He is immensely talented and hugely experienced and bringing him onboard had added creative value to the film” said Shaurya Singh when asked about how he cast Manoj Bakshi for the role.

Manoj Bakshi, who has given both serious and entertaining performances in acclaimed movies such as Do Dooni Chaar, Delhi 6, Dev D, Miss Lovely, No One Killed Jessica, Pyar ka Punchnama, Gori Tere Pyaar Main, Filmistan, Besharam, Hate Story and the most recent Bajrangi Bhaijan, will be seen in a never before avatar in Bhanwarey.

Speaking about this film, Manoj Bakshi says, “Shaurya called me up for a narration of Bhanwarey and I almost instantly agreed to do the role as it’s an interesting role plus we are an old team. This is not the first time we are working together. We did a few short films in the past and this team has a great sense for creating entertaining and responsible stuff.”

A dark comedy, Bhanwarey, made under the banner of “Sudha Creations” has Shaurya Singh, Karan Thakur, Jashan Singh Kohli in stellar roles. The film is currently wrapping up its last schedule in Delhi and will be released by the end of this year.

Big Win! Bhumi Pednekar Wins Best Actor- Female at Melbourne


She proved her mettle and confidence by playing the unusual overweight, ambitious small town girl in ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’. Now, Bhumi Pednekar, sans the weight and with loads more confidence has won the Best Actor-Female award at the Indian Film Festival Melbourne.

In this gem of a sleeper hit, the character of Sandhya in this film broke barriers & brought in a fresh new talent in Bollywood with Bhumi Pednekar. Her role won hearts and minds, which is evident in the fact that Bhumi has won this prize over and above experienced leading ladies like Anushka Sharma in 'NH 10', Kalki Koechlin in ‘Margherita With A Straw’ and Deepika Padukone in ‘Piku’.  In a year where Bollywood’s leading ladies have made great impact with substantial roles, Bhumi’s victory at this international film jamboree is encouragement for a genuinely talented actress!

Elated with the win, Bhumi said, “I am so happy that Sandhya was accepted without question by audiences across the world. I believe my hard work has paid off in this applause that my character won. To win overseas at a diaspora centric event, feels even more special!”

With this award from IFFM, Bhumi is set to take on new challenges onscreen.

Parineeti to Be Grand Marshall of India Day Parade in NY

With her universal appeal & her self made success story, Parineeti Chopra personifies the spirit of the independent, 21st century Indian achiever. Which is why this young actor has been invited to become the Grand Marshall & Guest of Honour at the prestigious New York India Day Parade this year.

On 16th August, in the heart of New York, non resident Indians gather from all across North America to celebrate India’s independence; the Tri color flies high as this proud, successful & respected community of overseas Indians celebrates Independence Day, while aspiring to a world record for highest number of flags flown on one occasion! An event of globally impressive proportions, with over 40 floats & hundreds of people, the New York India Day Parade becomes a spectacle for the USA.

Parineeti Chopra will be sharing this dias with super achievers from the NRI community, and will be interacting with them. Parineeti will also be ringing the opening trade bell at Nasdaq, apart from other key event appearances. As Grand Marshall of the India Day Parade, she will oversee this grand procession.  She said, “I believe India’s story should be celebrated everywhere, and the journey of NRI citizenry is nothing short of incredible. The most successful community of expatriates anywhere, I treasure this opportunity to celebrate our independence in such a festive manner in New York.”

With Bollywood’s biggest stars being Grand Marshalls here before, Parineeti’s participation marks her popularity with Indians everywhere!