Wednesday, April 29, 2015

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Sanjeev Kapoor goes Digital, launches new app with a collection of 8500 recipes

Culinary perfection now in your hands. Sanjeev Kapoor, the pioneer of Indian cooking shows launches an app containing his special recipes along with delectable delights. The app named ‘Sanjeev Kapoor’s Recipes’, features cuisines from India and the world. With a bundle of exciting recipes, cuisines & categories to awaken your inner chef, the ‘Sanjeev Kapoor’s Recipes’ app is sure to make everyone a hit in the kitchen. It is a complete cookery manual that goes everywhere with you to help you in the kitchen. Includes exciting features like ‘Shopping List’, ‘In Your Fridge’, ‘My Khana’, ‘Recipe Box’ and many more.

The app offers a wide range of features developed by Hungama Digital Media Entertainment. With the ‘SanjeevKapoor’s Recipes’ app, users can access detailed recipes with pictures, special notes by Sanjeev Kapoor himself and some innovative new features. Users can also learn more about Sanjeev Kapoor in the ‘About Chef’ section of the app; they can locate the nearest Sanjeev Kapoor restaurant with the ‘Restaurant Locator’ feature. The ‘How to Use’ and ‘FAQs’ sections contain a plethora of information and tips regarding the exciting features of the app.

Adding to the list of existing features, Hungama Digital Media Entertainment has included some industry-first special features called ‘In Your Fridge’ and ‘My Khana’. When you have only a few cooking ingredients to choose from, the ‘In Your Fridge’ feature allows users to select a category, add a list of ingredients they possess and look for recipes only as per the ingredients and category selected. The ingredient-based search is an innovation like no other. ‘My Khana’ allows users to submit recipes to the app and follow each other once they sign up. The app carries a gamification feature; users receive points on the recipes submitted. Users can view the top scores on the ‘Leaderboard’.

Commenting on the launch of the app “If you ask me what’s happening in my world today, I would say it’s my new mobile app. Sanjeev Kapoor’s Recipes. With this app cooking becomes easy and fun. The app has everything from recipes for every day dining or festive dining or just cooking up a meal with whatever’s available in your fridge! Cherry on the cake, you can win points and thus exciting gifts by logging in. Now you and I come even more closer, with our common love, cooking!” said Sanjeev Kapoor.

Commenting on the features of the app, Neeraj Roy, MD and CEO of Hungama Digital Media Entertainment said, “We are delighted to partner with Indian culinary guru Sanjeev Kapoor to launch the ‘Sanjeev Kapoor’s Recipes’ app, which will assist users access scores of recipes with detailed descriptions and pictures. With the app we hope that we can make routine cooking a more fun and enjoyable experience for our consumers. The app will be available across Android, iOS and Windows platforms.”

After Sridevi working with wife Gauri Shinde, Arjun Kapoor signed by Balki

Arjun Kapoor's worked with mostly new and young directors till date but now he is set to enter the big league. The actor has just been signed by eminent filmmaker Balki of Paa and Cheeni Kum fame for his next big venture. It's billed to be a romantic comedy and after playing happy-go-lucky college goers and angry young rebels, Arjun is looking forward to something absolutely new. Here's to the fresh and new Arjun-Balki combo!

High Street Phoenix hosted the first edition of AweStrung

High Street Phoenix hosted the first edition of their new monthly property AweStrung with a scintillating performance by the Karsh Kale Collective SoundSystem featuring Randolph Correia a.k.a. FUNC, Singers Apeksha Dandekar & Talia Bentson, Beatboxer Yungraj, Tabla-player Karan and Sitar maestro Azeem Ahmen Alvi.

In the audience was master auteur Anurag Kashyap who was seen chatting with the crowd and posing for pictures. The show was curated by Sameer "Daddy" Malhotra who was present through the night. The evening also saw attendance from model & actor Teena Singh and Amitabh Nanda.

AweStrung will see one iconic star from the music space perform live once a month at High Street Phoenix.

Dil Dhadakne Do has Ranveer the chameleon

In an industry where every big star is trying to cash in on his last successful screen avatar, Ranveer Singh thrives on his versatility. Right from his first film to his latest, the star actor has been able to create a new character with a new look in each of his movies. That's why people still remember him from Band Baaja Baaraat and can't have enough of him in the trailer of Dil Dhadakne Do.

After the fun and casual look of Bittoo Sharma in his debut flick, Ranveer had switched a suave and slimy con man in Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl. Then he completely deconstructed his image by playing the quiet and calculating romantic Varun in Vikramaditya Motwane's Lootera. Next it was back to his wild and rustic self playing Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Romeo in Ram-Leela. Then came the macho but dripping with passion Bikram in Gunday. Kill Dil's Dev was sculpted in boyish charm. And now Dil Dhadakne Do has Ranveer playing Kabir, who from the trailer seems like a mix of nice and naughty, playful yet romantic.

It's really rare to find an actor like Ranveer who works so hard to make each and every character stand out, in terms of look and in terms of presence. Here's to many more Ranveers in the coming years.

Multitasker Anushka juggles her two film promotions

What do you do when you are the leading lady of two of the biggest films of the year releasing within just 3 weeks of one another? Well, if you are Anushka Sharma, you make sure both the films get equal attention and are promoted to the fullest.

Anurag Kashyap's Bombay Velvet, which stars Anushka opposite Ranbir Kapoor, releases on May 15, and Zoya Akhtar's Dil Dhadakne Do, which stars Anushka opposite Ranveer Singh, releases on June 5. Despite this manic scenario, Anushka is trying her best to make sure both films get her dates for promotion. She is a pro by now, with PK and NH10 releasing not too far apart in the recent past. The Bollywood star also is quite a multitasker having shot for several films last year, moving seamlessly from one to the other.

But juggling time for Bombay Velvet and Dil Dhadakne Do will be trickier for the actress given she also has to start rehearsals for her IIFA performance in the first week of June. Here's wishing her luck and lots of energy!

Sony Music releases Arjun Kanungo’s official cover of the romantic Bollywood hit "Tu jo hain" from Mr. X

The most romantic song of the year now has an official cover by none other than the versatile singer, composer and music producer Arjun Kanungo. The original track featuring Emraan Hashmi and the gorgeous Amyra Dastur was sung and composed by Ankit Tiwari. Arjun in his version of ’Tu jo hain’ has added his essence of acoustic instruments to revamp the magic with his amazing voice.

Commenting on the same, Arjun Kanungo said, “ I believe ‘Tu jo hain’ is an extremely soulful track and is my personal favourite now. I believe I have added my style to the song and I really hope fans enjoy listening to it.”

Arjun Kanungo, the heartthrob internet sensation has been known for his Bollywood hits like  "Khoon Choos Le" and ’Tum chal diye’ from the movie Go Goa Gone and Pizza respectively.

‘Tu jo hain’ original track from Mr.X launched under the Sony Music label is yet leading all Bollywood charts.

Pooja Batra takes the plunge in Punjabi Films

Only seen in Hollywood these days, It was pleasant to see Pooja Batra hanging in Mumbai with her friends and making appearances in events off late. She is back to playing another powerful role on big screen. "Doing“Killer Punjabi” has been an amazing experience for me, Right from the creative to acting. this is my 1st Punjabi movie & I’m very excited about it," said the leggy lass. 

The beautiful actress looked sexy for a steamy shoot with her co-star while shooting for poster stills with photographer Munna S. She will also be seen in ABCD2 opposite Prabhudeva.

Manish Mundra appoints Shiladitya Bora as Drishyam Films CEO

Manish Mundra, producer of award winning films such as Aankho Dekhi, Umrika and Dhanak, has appointed Shiladitya Bora as the CEO of his production house Drishyam Films.

Mundra's Drishyam has been behind some of the most critically acclaimed films of the year which have also won accolades at prestigious foreign film festivals. Umrika, directed by Prashant Nair, won the Audience Award in the World Dramatic Competition section of the Sundance Film Festival in January while Dhanak, directed by Nagesh Kukunoor, won the Grand Jury prize, as well as, a Special Mention from the Children’s Jury of the Berlin Film Festival. Mundra-produced Neeraj Ghaywan's Masaan will have its world premiere as an official selection in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival this year.

Mundra has earlier appointed Srinivasan Narayanan, the outgoing festival director of Mumbai Film Festival (MAMI) as Chief Mentor of the company. Narayanan, who led MAMI for six years during which it grew manifold in reach and influence, has been instrumental in setting up Drishyam Sundance Institute Screenwriters' Lab, a collaboration between Mundra's company and Sundance Institute to nurture Indian screenwriting talent. With experience of four decades behind him in the fields of festivals, distribution, production and international sales, Narayanan will guide the young team in evolving Drishyam into a leading motion picture studio of the country.

Bora, an alumni of Mudra Institute of Communication, Ahmedabad, earlier conceptualised and successfully ran country's leading indie release banner PVR Director's Rare, during his stint with the PVR Group. He was instrumental in the theatrical release and distribution of more than 84 independent films including cult indie favourites like Sulemani Keeda and Moonrise Kingdom, Oscar winners like Amour and Inside Llewyn Davis, and acclaimed documentaries like Fire in the Blood and Supermen of  Malegaon. Selected for the prestigious Berlinale Talents programme at the 2015 Berlinale, Bora, had recently gone solo with a specialty distribution banner called Long Live Cinema, which is responsible for bringing acclaimed films like Court and documentaries like In Their Shoes to Indian screens.

With Bora on board, Mundra plans to build Drishyam Films into a self-sustaining studio on the lines of Miramax and take the core vision of championing good content to the next level.

"In the very first year, Drishyam has established itself as a distinct and powerful voice in the Indian independent film scene. The challenge ahead is to build upon our achievements and create a self sustaining eco system for content-driven cinema. Shiladitya, apart from his expertise in the field of distribution and production, brings in tremendous energy and passion for cinema on board and that’s what makes him the best person around for the role.”, says Manish Mundra.

"What Manish has achieved in a short span of time in the independent cinema space is phenomenal. I share his vision of content-driven high quality films. I have collaborated with him earlier on a couple of projects and have greatly enjoyed working with him. I take this opportunity as a challenge to evolve Manish’s vision of turning Drishyam into an integrated motion picture studio that’s synonymous with high quality content which travels far and wide and also engages audiences back home.”, says Shiladitya Bora.

The team also has an interesting line up to look forward to this year with Waiting directed by Anu Menon and X-the film, an experimental collaborative feature directed by eleven Indian filmmakers.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Cheer Girls are all set for a Hungama this Season

Hungama ups the entertainment quotient for RCB, MI & KKR fans with music and international Cheer Girls           
The cheer factor during IPL 8 will be at an all time high as 3 IPL teams bring the cheer on this season with Hungama Cheer Girls team. The Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians teams and cricket fans across the globe will see these talented girls bust a move on their team anthems along with peppy and upbeat numbers to keep up the festivities at all times.

With this association Hungama aims to extend the IPL merriment into the digital world as they create team-dedicated playlists where team members will share on their favorite songs and add them to their team’s playlist. Adding to the exciting mix Hungama will reach out to consumers during the on-ground live matches and offer their premium PRO service free for 2 months.

"Matching the festivities this season, Hungama has tied-up with the top three franchisees of the league - Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Since the league is a global platform, we are thrilled to be associated with it in such an innovative and exciting manner. While cricket fanatics will concentrate on the nail-biting tournament, the Hungama Cheer Girls will enliven the electric atmosphere as they perform on the peppy and upbeat music from the playlists. Extending the league's euphoria into the digital world Hungama has created team-dedicated playlists that comprise player favourites, and the team anthems, which will be available across Hungama’s 52 million unique consumers.” said Siddhartha Roy, CEO of

Consumers can avail free Hungama PRO service for 2 months when they SMS any of the three team initials to 54646. Example, MI (initials for Mumbai Indians) to 54646.

Shehzad Khan to show a new ‘Andaaz’ on Akbar Birbal

Big Magic’s Har Mushkil Ka Hal Akbar Birbal has a sizzling surprise in store for its viewers. This week, toadd more spice to the episode, veteran actor Shehzad Khan will enter the Mughal Empire as Akbar’s enemy Turram Khan. The actor who has been part of the cult movie Andaz Apna Apna will now showcase his serious side with a twist of comedy. Catch the tug of war between Turram Khan and Akbar this Friday, April 17 at 9:00 PM on Big Magic.

Confirming the development Shehzad Khan said, “It has been a pleasurable experience working on Akbar Birbal, and for the first time in my acting career, audiences will see me in costume drama and I am really excited to see their reaction. This role is my comeback to small screen. My character, Turram Khan is just not an ordinary grey character; it has a dash of humor in him that is extremely entertaining for my fans”.

As the episode unfolds, on the occasion of Rani Sahiba’s birthday, Akbar announces three days leave in the Empire. To take advantage of this situation, Akbar’s enemy Turram Khan with his huge army surrounds Agra. As Akbar’s whole army in on leave, Birbal requests Turram Khan to meet him for a discussion, to which he agrees.  On reaching the kingdom with his minister Zalim Khan, he puts forward two challenges for Emperor Akbar. Puzzled about the consequences, on Birbal’s suggestion, Akbar reluctantly agrees to the challenges. What were the challenges? Will Akbar loose face in front of his kingdom or has Bibral already planned a strategy to defeat Turram Khan.

Catch the episode full of laughter and suspense today, April 17 at 9:00 PM on Big Magic.

Krishan Hooda’s initiative Thinkers Adda will mentor aspiring film-makers

Thinkers Adda is an initiative driven by filmmaker Krishan Hooda who recently made a shift from shorts to features. But his love for shorts is something that is immeasurable. Hooda who is relatively new with his 2nd feature called Rebellious Flower – A biopic on the life of Osho already thinks responsible towards aspiring filmmakers. His short film, The Last Audition was selected in Shuruaat ka interval and released by PVR Pan India. The film also was selected at Hanoi film festival 2015 where Mr Hooda officially represented India.

He says,” Mentoring is way of learning in itself, I want to invest in growth and that includes growth of many aspiring filmmakers along with me”. Thinkers Adda is initiated with a motive to encourage people. It is a meet up adda where all the free thinkers, creative thinkers and filmmakers are invited to discuss their share of experiences.It also screens internationally acclaimed films to understand in depth criteria of filmmaking, globally. 

Co-founded by Aditi Sinnarkar, a PR professional; strategize and designs Thinkers Adda along with Krishan Hooda. Recently in one of their meet ups they have announced ‘ Short is Shot’ segment to encourage the members to come up with short story ideas and the selected one is encouraged & mentored by Thinkers Adda.

PVR Director's Rare to release Surkhaab on May 22

The movie that has traveled several continents, winning praises at various international fests, is all set to see the light of day in India. The drama thriller ‘Surkhaab’ is an intriguing journey of a woman who gets swamped with unexpected events, when she illegally migrates to Canada to be with her younger brother. The movie will have a limited release on May 22, 2015 in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Lucknow, Chandigarh and Amritsar under PVR Director’s Rare.

Directed by Sanjay Talreja, ‘Surkhaab’ stars the talented actress Barkha Madan in the lead role of a strong woman named Jeet. It also stars Sumit Suri, Vinita Malik and Naresh Gosain in supporting roles. Surkhaab was screened at some of the best international film festivals such as the Madrid International Film Festival and Commfest Festival in Toronto to name a couple and is the winner of the prestigious award for the Best Foreign Language Film at the London International Film Festival  2013.

The movie explores underlying themes of globalization, cross immigration and women empowerment. ‘Surkhaab’, begins with the story of Jeet (Barkha Madan), a state level Judo champ living in Punjab. In spite of hailing from a strong army background Jeet is unable to find a stable job and decides to run away to Canada to find a job. What follows is her inspiring journey to make a life for herself, protect herself and her family and deal with several unforeseen circumstances, in her run across her new country.

Speaking on the release, producer Vivek Kumar says, “I am glad movies with strong female protagonists are being wellreceived by audiences. ‘Surkhaab’ with its talented star-cast and gripping story is sure to strike a chord with the Indian Diaspora across the globe. Additionally, the response from the international festival circuit has been over-whelming and I am sure that the evolving Indian audience will enjoy the film as well.”

Commenting on the film, Mr. Sanjeev Bijli, Joint Managing Director, PVR Group, said, “Sanjay Talreja is an extremely talented director and Surkhaab is a brilliant piece of work by him. We are extremely pleased to bring a film that has also won several accolades at various international film festivals, to Indian audiences. PVR Director’s Rare has always extended its support to quality cinema and we are proud to be associated with Surkhaab as well.”

The director of the movie, Sanjay Talreja says, “With this movie, we touch upon the theme of women empowerment and problems concerning migration. We hope that our audiences will be able to relate to the story of an underdog who emerges triumphant against all odds.”

Catch the trailor of ‘Surkhaab’ here that will be releasing across theaters in India on May 22, 2015. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Narad Muni ties the knot: Swarg-Lok in shock

This week, Narayan Narayan Chulbule Narad Ki Natkhat Leelayen will bring forth a bag full of laughter and surprises. Narad Muni, the most eligible bachelor of Swarg-Lok who decided not to marry ever will be seen getting hitched in the most unusual manner. Mischievous Narad famous for creating trouble gets into a puddle himself. With a lot of hilarity and comical errors, be a part of Narad Muni’s entertaining journey this Friday, April 17 at 8:00 PM on Big Magic.

The episode unfolds with Vishnu and Narad Muni passing through a forest where lord Vishnu feels thirsty and requests Narad for some water. Near the water well, Narad’s eyes falls on a girl named Maya and he soon forgets about Vishnu and starts following her. Narad visits her home, meets her parents and they tie the knot. In short span of time Narad becomes a family man and father to 3. He disowns veena and kartaal and lives a common man’s life. Seeing this scenario, there is havoc everywhere, where Goddess Lakshmi, Apsara Vatsla and Lord Shiv all are left dazed with Narad’s doings. What trouble did Narad Muni invite by getting married? Has the great Saint denounced his godly stature for real?

Catch the never seen before story of Narad Muni this Friday, April 17 at 8:00 PM on Big Magic.

Miss Duniya 2016 Calendar Shoot with Sid Mallya and Ash Gupta

Miss Duniya 2016 calendar shoot sees collaboration of internationally renowned fashion photographer, Ash Gupta,renowned Fashion Designer, Rocky Gathercoleand Sid Mallya. Miss Duniya has also announced the appointment of Ash Gupta as Creative Director for Miss Duniya Beauty Pageant 2015. Calendar shoot also saw presence of board members of Miss Duniya 2015 former Miss India PoojaBatra and Gulshan Grover.

Ash Gupta is an internationally-known photographer, director and image-maker who has worked with top Hollywood and Bollywood stars including Jennifer Lawrence, Ben Affleck, PreityZinta, MallikaSherawat, Harman Baweja, Fred Durst to name a few. Ash explains his artistic philosophy: "You will hear most photographers tell you they see beauty everywhere. I cannot. I see the odium bourne of the chaos that life provides. I rearrange the pieces...hold them in hand, mold and shape...this is what I am, this is what I give."
Sid Mallya, joined forces with Ash Gupta and Rocky Gathercole to create this extraordinary Calendar that was held at the HQ Avalon Studio. The Calendar shoot was hosted by actor Sid Mallya who provided moment-by-moment updates and interviews with celebrity guests.

Miss Duniya's goal is to provide a platform for young women to achieve growth and development and will open avenues into various industries including but not limited to Entertainment and Modeling. This platform is stepping out the norms of the pageant industry to create something unique, and its aspirations are to inspire women around the globe.

The Miss Duniya 2016 Calendar will be unveiled at an extravagant Grand Finale of Miss Duniya Beauty Pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The Calendar will be sent to a select group of international movers and shakers where it's sure to create a stir in fashion-art circles and bring attention to support for growth and development of young women globally.

Taapsee Pannu scorched the ramp for Tanieya Khanuja’s Grand Finale

Ace Designer Tanieya Khanuja considering her par experience in fashion industry and also Bollywood, was invited by IIFD to do the grand finale show and she mesmerized the audience with beautiful actress Taapsee Pannu as her muse on 12th April, 9 pm at Opulent, New Delhi with her stunning new SS’15 collection.

Tanieya, a doyen designer, excitedly states “It was a matter of pride and honour to do a grand finale show at such a prestigious fashion week and having the gorgeous Taapsee walk for me was like a cherry on top! I showcased my new SS’15 collection inspired by Hollywood style which included nautical stripes dresses, cape tops and pants, ruffled dresses, crop top-skirt and elaborate red carpet gowns made of luxurious and rich fabric. The colour palettes are varied from bright summer colours to the dark hues of blacks and the audiences witnessed array of unique designs.”

With the burst of colours and pop of sophisticated prints, Tanieya Khanuja is dazzled the audience with her mesmerizing style at IFFD.

After Qualifying from NIFT and London College of fashion, Taniya Khanuja entered the glamorous world of Fashion in 1998 and has never looked back since. Being a Director of U.K based company; Taniya has achieved an overwhelming success through her diffusion and couture line. Over the years her razor-sharp business acumen has ensured that she has reached great heights within the fashion industry and has become a top entrepreneurs retailing from 22 stores across United Kingdom. She has been exclusively designing for British Asians to Nigerians and English brides. Each garment created by Taniya bears her signature stamp, showcasing stunning colors and exclusive embroidery. Taniya Also retails from Canada, USA, Denmark, Saudi Arabia, Tokyo and Delhi.

Gauhar Khan inaugurates Inch’s flagship store

Select crème de la crème of this vibrant city stepped out in their best shoes at the store opening of Designer Neha Modi of label 'Inch by Neha Modi' at Faridabad on 12th April, 2015! The peppy evening affair witnessed style icon Gauhar Khan inaugurating the flagship store wearing a beautiful red gown from Modi's collection!

This glamour packed preview gave a sneak peek insight on Modi's Indian wear collections & only raised expectations of the crowd on what to expect from this new store. Neha created more than 200 pieces for the launch of her design studio! The colour pallete used to create this collection is quite vibrant and peppy just to beat the dull summers! And price points are very affordable too.

At the event seen was another Bollywood celebrity Sheena Chohan, Monikka Pawah, Riya Baweja, Anu Jain, Nikita, Richa Jain, Deepika Aggarwal, Nikita Mittal and many more

'Unfreedom' director's "Freedom" curtailed: Calls for Freedom of Expression

After 'Unfreedom' was banned by the Censor Board in India from releasing in India, its director Raj Amit Kumar has released a video appealing to everyone to sign a petition addressed to the Prime Minister of India to protect rights of freedom of expression of all Indian citizens. The video, which was uploaded on Youtube few days back, questions the functioning of Censor Board and the way it passes imbecile decisions without batting an eyelid.

In the video, filmmaker Raj Amit Kumar states that the Censor Board should 'rate' or 'certify' a movie instead of banning and offering cuts. He also challenges that he will keep sending these signed petitions to PMO and Censor board until there is a real change.

Raj Amit Kumar’s movie 'Unfreedom' juxtaposes two powerful and unflinching contemporary stories about religious fundamentalism and intolerance. Shifting between New York and New Delhi, one tale follows a Muslim terrorist who kidnaps a liberal Muslim scholar in order to silence him, while the other charts the travails of a young woman whose devout father tries to force her into an arranged marriage, which she resists because she is secretly in love with another woman. The four characters come face to face with gruesome acts of violence in battles of identity, sexuality, religion, love, and family.

Kumar is seeking support from everyone who believes in freedom of speech. In order for this petition campaign to be successful, and for a real change to happen for all Indians, the filmmaker seeks support and is urging everyone to sign up for this petition and support #Unfreedom campaign against censorship in India.

To sign up for this petition and support #Unfreedom campaign against censorship in India, here is the link to the video. Go ahead and sign if you believe in freedom of speech.

Should you wish to watch its trailor, see it here....

Friday, April 3, 2015

"Defeat failure and only then will success kiss you," says Rajat Saluja

Interested in modeling/acting, this week's model cum actor is Saharanpur based Rajat Saluja who believes in living each and every moment of his life. This happy go lucky lad has walked the ramp and also faced the camera for ads & TVC. Keen to pursue a career in acting, he is a regular at the gym and has a well toned body. But he's got a laddish quality to him, and doesn't come across as aggressive or intimidating, traits that majority of directors can tap into. Always living by his principles, his family, his relationships and his best friends hold equal importance for him. “Its inherent qualities like these that truly personify the depth and the emotions within me that am sure to bring in the emotional nuances in a character,” Rajat says.

Well versed in acting and dancing, Rajat says he wants that one chance to play something completely against the grain. It's not said with a wink; he's not trying to be cheeky or macho. He's a young actor, on the brink of a step up in his career and is ready to expand his range. Idolising Salman Khan, he wants to do powerful and meaty roles - be it in a serial, short film or a movie. Ask him about his ambitions, and he just says what seems obvious - He's going to take every good opportunity that comes his way. And he's got only one ambition and delivers his thoughts on it quite bluntly: "To keep working hard till the sunset of my life."

With a focus to see himself on the screen and make a mark, Rajat wants to do all sorts of work - be it a movie, TV serials or a short film. He is also open to do ads, print media and ramp walk too. “I know it’s a long struggle out there. And everyone including me have been defeated sometime or the other. But success comes to those who rise above defeat and understand how to deal with it. I realized that defeat isn't a real thing - it’s just an illusion! And only those who are not afraid to keep trying, not ready to give up and forget what failure means, can only they give victory a shot. And I will…!”

Even we too at Films & TV World feel that this lad has all the grit and determination to make it big. We too wish him all the best. To view his profile, click:

In case, you would like to be featured on this “Model of the week” page in our series, mail your portfolios with your contact details on And ya, no need to get disappointed if you don't find yourself in the coming week. Who knows, it might be your turn next... Cheers!!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Comedy King Paresh Rawal to rule again

There are very few actors in Bollywood who have the art to leave the audience rolling with laughter and versatile actor Paresh Rawal accomplishes this feat every time he is seen on the silver screen.

Having dabbled with a variety of roles successfully in his career spanning over three decades, Paresh Rawal excelled in playing hilarious characters with unmatchable comic timing.

Be it creating a new brand of comedy essaying the character of Baburao in Hera Pheri or atheist Kanjibhai in OMG - Oh! My God, Paresh Rawal has not just infused life and soul into characters but also made them memorable for all movie buffs.

Continuing the comic streak, the prolific actor is all set to tickle your funny bone and scratch your conscience with some very deep questions disguised as witty one-liners in his upcoming satirical film Dharam Sankat Mein. This time, Paresh Rawal - who will be seen playing a father, a maulwi and a pundit, all in one film - pairs up with stalwarts Naseeruddin Shah and Annu Kapoor in the story of a man torn by the dilemma of choosing between two religions.

In Dharam Sankat Mein, Paresh plays Dharampal, a man caught in an identity crisis of epic proportions! His entire belief system is shaken when documents from his departed mother’s locker reveal to him that instead of being what he believed himself to be - an average upper middle class Hindu - he was actually born to a Muslim family! Speaking about his role, Paresh Rawal said, “The film goes into a series of hilarious events that follows once I figure my true identity,” quips Rawal further adding, “Dharam Sankat Mein is an important film wherein a good message is being delivered through a rib tickling story.”

Talking about his illustrious film journey, Rawal added, “I’m fortunate to have got the opportunity to play interesting characters. I hope to continue entertaining the audience and my fans."

Presented and produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures and also produced by Trigno Media, this situational comedy is all set to hit the theaters on 10th April, 2015.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Dinar Habib & Joy Bhattacharya : Two dashing models from two different Bengal

No! We are not pulling any April Fool’s Day jokes on anyone, but that is the first thing you think about when April comes around. Just like March, in like a lion, out like a lamb. Well, April comes in just plain lyin’. But we are not going to lie when we present two Dashing Models as the month cover from two different parts of Bengal. Yea, you read it right! One from West Bengal (India) and the other from East Bengal (now Bangladesh).

As Helena Christensen comments, “When you are modelling, you are creating a picture, a still life, perhaps something like a silent film. You convey emotion but you are only using your body” - this is what Dinar Habib of Bangladesh believes in.  Ask him if he is not tired of growing up in the public eye and having to pose repeatedly for his pictures and he asks rhetorically. “But being in front of the camera, is, yes; my passion and that’s what I always wanted to do.”

On the other hand, the indomitable Joy Bhattacharya based at Kolkata, West Bengal is all set for No Stopping as the burgeoning birth of new life in his career growth is set for an explosive expression. Speaking of being on the Films & TV World Calendar, he says: “I’m honored to be a part of it, honestly. It’s iconic. It’s [a campaign]. I see it all over at times and think I stand distinctly different. Its really cool to be a part of.”

We wish them all the best. And we suggest you check the other models in waiting too as every month unfolds. Enjoy!

The energetic and effervescent Ranveer Singh’s phenomenal covers

There are many facets to Ranveer Singh, as is evident by the diverse cover shoots that the actor has recently been a part of. Not only are each of the shoots varied but they also showcase a different aspect of his personality!

In the past many have pronounced Ranveer to be an energetic and effervescent personality but that is just one of the facets of his persona.Ranveer is a complete surprise package, switching between personas with great ease leaving his fans waiting with bated breath at what’s next!

As has been showcased in his various magazine interviews, he loves doing things differently and refuses to be typecast whether it is his fashion quotient (the lad has single handedly brought hats back into vogue), the roles he takes up, the brands he endorses or the way he endorses them! He relies on his instincts and does what resonates with him no matter the risk. Be it accepting a Bang Bang dare from Hrithik, Doing the Rex or then going completely cerebral at the India Today Conclave and mentoring the young achievers at the Forbes 30 Under 30 event, surprising the gathered crowd with an in-depth well thought out, engrossing yet unusually filmy presentation on the evolution of cinema.

So what’s next on Ranveer’s agenda you might ask? Well that’s something you never know when it comes to Ranveer Singh……the only guarantee you have, is  that it will be super exciting and different!!!!