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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Hon’ble Shri Nitin Gadkari unveils posters of Sandesh Gour's upcoming Film Meeradha

Sandesh Gour, Surya Prakash Jethlia with Hon'ble Nitin Gadkariji and crew
Union Minister of India Hon’ble Shri Nitin Jairam Gadkari launched posters of actor Sandesh Gour's upcoming bollywood movie Meeradha in Nagpur recently. Mr. Nitin Gadkari opened the wrap and unveiled the posters showing the first look of Meeradha to print and electronic media.

The two posters that were unveiled were creatively designed in Mumbai. A modern age romantic film, the posters clearly depict the feel of the film. According to Sandesh Gour, Meeradha is a unique name that’s a mix of Meera and Radha. He added that it was a “dream come true” for the posters to be unveiled by an Hon’ble and eminent personality as Shri Gadkariji as its my debut movie. The new poster for Meeradha clearly depicts the romantic feel of the film. Meeradha is not only unique by its name, but it’s a feel good romantic film with a message.

The event which was organised by SPJ Entertainment in Nagpur recently were attended by the Hon’ble MLA Milid Mane, MLA Vikas Kumbhare, MLA Krishna Kopde, BJP North Nagpur president Mr.Dilip Gour, lead actor Sandesh Gour, lead actress Suhani Jethlia and Venus Jain, Producer Surya Prakash Jethlia, Director Aashish Sinha and the whole cast and crew were present to seek blessings for the film. Road Transport and Shipping Minister Mr. Nitin Gadkari gave his best wishes and blessings to actor Sandesh Gour and the entire cast and crew of Meeradha.

Writer Producer Surya Prakash Jethlia added, “This is one film that one can sit with the family and watch. Having said this, there is enough masala for the youth and never for once the audience will feel bored as we have not done it in a preachy manner.”

The film has beautiful compositions rendered by Shaan, Javed Ali, Raja Hasan, Santosh Kumar, Shahzaad Ali and Suhani Jethlia and the songs are set to tune by Archit Tak, Sugat – Shubham and Santosh Kumar. Shot entirely in Rangeelo Rajasthan, Mumbai and Silvasa, Meeradha is produced and presented by SPJ Entertainment OPC Pvt Ltd. and is set for an all India release next month in August 2016.




Saturday, July 23, 2016

Kabali bagged Rs 44.75 crore on Day 1

Directed by Pa. Ranjith, Rajinikanth's biggest release 'Kabali' has received humongous response at the box office. The film has recorded the highest ever nett collections on its opening day smashing a number of records. The action film went on to bag Rs 44.75 crore on Day 1 whereas in Tamil Nadu, 'Kabali' has become the first ever film to touch the Rs 20 crore-mark on its first day, having collected Rs 20.50 crore.


Soham Maiti and Homai Baria are the stars this week

An upcoming Actor/Model, Soham Maiti has done quite a few outstanding works including the Gujarati Movie Bas Ek Chance. He has also done serials Code Red, Talaash and Savdhaan India apart from having been featured in magazines Lafiesta Fashion and ThnkMkt Magazine. He has also done Ad of Graviera Suitings, Anchoring for Naaptol as well as print shoot of Bajaj Bikes, Color Combo Shirts, etc. A fashion photographer’s delight, he is a regular at the gym and has a well toned body. He wants to do powerful and meaty roles - be it in serial, short films or a movie, ads & TVC.

According to Kahlil Gibran “March on… do not tarry.. To go forward is to move towards perfection”, the indomitable Soham is spearheading towards success. Speaking about his ambitions, Soham says, “I don’t mind doing any role till the time it gives me a challenge to fulfill. I want my acting prowess to do the talking cos I think doing varied shades and roles are sure to raise your profile. You’re also more interesting if you’re more passionate about acting and I am just passionate about it. Period!”

This week's female Model is Mrs. Homai Baria – An Actor/Model from Chennai who found her calling when she landed up on the sets with a Parsi friend accompanying her kids for a shoot. Destined perhaps to get into this career, the mother for the shoot did not come as she fell ill and they took a test on her. And as they say - the rest is History. She was roped in and from then on it has become her passion. From being a successful professional baker to an Avon cosmetics leader, her heart she says lies in acting.

Homai Baria has gained popularity with her poignant portrayal in the Kalyan Jewelers advertisement with actor Prabhu as well as of Apollo hospital, Tazaa tea, CITI BANK, ICICI Bank, etc. to name a few. She has also done a few tamil movies and is open to picking up roles that suit her age and her profile. She can aptly play a grandmother or do roles of a professor or a doctor too. She has even walked the ramp for the Gold Jewelry Council of India as the grandmother of the bride. “It was an awesome experience even if I shivered in the first walk but later it was a piece of cake walk,” Baria says laughingly in her trademark jovial style.

Speaking about her ambitions, she says, "Beauty awakens the soul to act. I chose modeling because I love acting and comedy is my forte. I do agree I got into this line by accident but now love every minute of it. I took a four year break to look after my 4 grand kids but now am ready to roll. And I’m looking forward to that one character that leaves a deep impact in the minds of all… and I am keen to do such a role.”

With a focus to do varied roles and make a mark, Our Models of this Week are keenly looking to do movies & short films, ads, print media, etc. We wish them all the best. To view both of these profiles, click: www.filmsntv.com/p/models.html

In case, you too would like to be featured on this “Model of the week” page in our series, mail your portfolios with your contact details on studiofilmcafe@gmail.com. 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!!

Aaditabh Gupta to thrill the ground of Figure Skating

Aaditabh Gupta has glorified the message of Struggle and Success with his winning performance in All India Invitational Real Gold Skating Championship 2016. The event took place at sector 47 Gurugram in association with Indian Foundation of Ice and Roller Skating covering 300 participants from different states of the country for Speed Roller Skating.

The most adorable performance on Figure Skating (Artistic) was delivered by Aaditabh Gupta with several spins, spirals, lifts, jumps, steps and turns. His performance appears as if birds are bopping on ground on different beats of music.

Talking to Aaditabh Gupta; who has been the gold medalist from the last consecutive years said, “I share my winning gratitude to my parents Mr. Deepack Gupta and Mrs. Tara Gupta and my Coach Ms. Simrita and Mr. Jagraj Singh Sahney, they always motivate me to do my best.  I started practicing Skating when I was 2 n half years old and I really enjoy it. I always grab the opportunity to challenge myself over skating. I always participate in such extra curriculum activities, it enhance my mind and helps me build my confidence.”


Further he added, “Practice makes my confidence level high, the more I practice the more I achieve. The same funda goes with education; I pay sincere attention while studying as my parents say Education is the building block behind every successful man.”

Why the Western Railway notice to Anil Kapoor is UNFAIR

Last week, the Western Railway slapped a Notice on the production house of the television series 24, after its star Anil Kapoor was clicked lunging out of a Mumbai local train during its promotions.

The railways reacted after an uproar on social media about the Slumdog Millionaire actor doing "stunts" aboard the train. However, Bollywood PR guru Dale Bhagwagar had defended Anil's actions saying it was "mere leaning out" and not a "stunt".

Now the public relations expert has released a picture of Anil Kapoor from a different angle on his Twitter to prove how images can be deceptive.

"The same pose from this angle makes Anil's so-called stunt look just like a little leaning out," Dale pointed. "I don't work with Anil, but feel for him, as he's wrongly dragged into a controversy created by intolerant regressive Twitterati. Its unfair," he stated.

True that! Sometimes perception can indeed be quite different than reality. And this celebrity publicist has proved it so simply. The second season of the Indian adaptation of the popular American television series is going to be aired from July 23 on Colors channel.

BREAKING NEWS: No suicide for Rajnikanth's Kabali ticket

Rajnikanth's fans are in shock! A video gone viral on WhatsApp shows a man jumping off the top floor of a shopping mall. An accompanying message says, "Guy did suicide for not getting KABALI ticket in Malaysia." (sic)

The same video is also found on a YouTube channel called B4blaze. The title reads, "Kabali Film Rajani fan suicide attempt malaysia." (sic)

"Rajnikanth who is famous for making his fans go crazy with antics by the actor as well as his fans, may not be amused by such sordid stuff," tweeted Bollywood's only PR guru Dale Bhagwagar.

"The events in this video have NOT taken place for Kabali. #Rajnikanth #Kabali #ticket #suicide #fakevideo," he added on Twitter after he did some research to decipher whether the video was real or fake. The public relations specialist found out that the video is not even of an instance in Malaysia, but in China.

Dale's investigations on the video led him to a website from Malaysia, which clarified the matter. Apparently, a man in Guangzhou, China had an argument with the shopping mall's staff about exchanging cinema tickets. They are learnt to have asked him to "go die."

It is said that the man climbed out of the top floor railing, maybe in an attempt to scare the staff to give in to his demands. But he accidently slipped and fell to death.

Thanks to Dale, Rajini fans can heave a sigh of relief. All his fans are alive and kicking and flocking to theatres for Kabali.

Here is the said video:

Amaal Mallik completes composing for Baar Baar Dekho song 'Sau Aasmaan'

Back in 2015, Amit trivedi was signed on to work for directorial debutante Nitya Mehra's Baar Baar Dekho. Due to creative difference and time issues, he reportedly opted out of the movie. Soon after Azeem Dayani, music supervisor of Dharma Productions, recommended Amaal Mallik to Director Nitya Mehra, who worked out a track for the sequence pictured on Katrina Kaif and Siddharth Malhotra.

Amaal has composed a honeymoon sequence track called 'Sau Asmaan' pictured on Katrina Kaif and Sidharth Malhotra romancing each other. The couple have finished shooting the song which was beautifully rendered by Armaan Malik and Neeti Mohan for the track, with lyrics by Kumaar.

Feeling grateful on working for Baar Baar Dekho, Amaal Mallik comments , "Being my first film with Nitya Mehra and Excel, It was great fun working with Director Nitya Mehra, a girl who is debuting herself and yet has invested so much trust in me.' Adding to that,'She made me forgot about what other people were feeling or asking me to do. She gave me a free hand and asked me to come up with a song that I would like to make."

When asked Nitya about Amaal's composition, she says: “This is my personal favorite track in the album and the entire crew went crazy shooting it ! We fell in love with song soon after me and Amaal tried out so many ideas, so that it's also a big promotional number. It is my first time with Amaal and it has been a smooth ride.”

Rajnikant's 'Kabali' mania hits a new music streaming record

Superstar Rajinikanth’s Kabali music album has generated a staggering 3 Million streams on Saavn, India’s leading music streaming app, and the number is only increasing by the minute. With this, Kabali has become the highest streamed Tamil album in its month of release.

The Kabali mania has gripped the world beyond comprehension.  The album, composed by Santhosh Narayanan has seen an overwhelming response from Saavn listeners across the world showing repetitive listening patterns, hence transcending social and cultural barriers.

The ‘Neruppu Da’ song from Kabali has been extremely well received by Saavn listeners and continues its trail blaze to be the #1 song on Saavn’s weekly Tamil Top 15 countdown.

“Tamil is one of the most streamed regional languages on Saavn and Kabali’s success reaffirms that, apart from Hindi and English international, Indian regional language music continues to be popular on Saavn globally,” Paramdeep Singh, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Saavn said. “The Kabali album is all set to enter the Top 10 streamed Tamil albums of all time on Saavn soon. It is clearly one of the most talked about regional albums of the year thus far.”

Paramdeep Singh (Param) is Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Saavn. Param spends most of his time overseeing all content acquisition, business development and user growth. He has been instrumental in sourcing and developing key strategic partnerships with major media, telecom, and technology companies, including T-Series, Saregama, Sony Music, UMG, Samsung, Micromax, Airtel, Idea, Tata Docomo, and many more.

Commenting on the record-breaking streams, Swaroop Reddy, President, Think Music, says, “We, at Think Music, are immensely thrilled to know that the audio of Kabali has achieved a record number of streams on Saavn. We have always believed in the power of the streaming medium. The milestone of Kabali hitting a record 3 Million streams proves how Tamil music lovers prefer to stream their favourite Tamil songs on Saavn. This record is just the beginning, we look forward to creating many more such milestones on Saavn.”

Discovery Channel to tell a gripping tale of Survival and Hope

Mumbai deluge in 2005, Uttarakhand floods in 2013, Kashmir floods in 2014 -- in the last decade, India has been hit by extreme weather incidents repeatedly. Each time millions of people have been affected, with economic losses running into hundreds of crores. In the winter of 2015, disaster hit the capital of Tamil Nadu. In less than a week Chennai received its highest rainfall, beating the last 100 years’ records. The fallout was catastrophic.

Discovery Channel goes beyond the breaking news and headlines to uncover true stories of hope and survival.  Premiering on Monday, 1st August at 9 pm, Discovery Channel’s one-hour special Chennai: Surviving The Flood looks back at the days and events leading up to the disaster and its immediate aftermath. Expert opinion and on-ground assessment uncover the hard truths. But this is essentially a story of the triumph of the human spirit and of unsung heroes, who rose to help fellow citizens, becoming shining examples in the city’s darkest hour.

Using real footage of the floods, first-hand accounts of survivors and dramatic recreations of true events, Chennai: Surviving The Flood is a compelling story of rising from the depths of despair. It is also a cautionary tale.

The film includes the research and views of several experts - Professor Janakarajan Srinivasan, a hydrology and water management expert, Nityanand Jayaraman, an activist and columnist, and Vikram Kapur, Commissioner, Corporation of Chennai.  Using high quality graphics, the film illustrates how various factors combined with the heavy rains to result in the unprecedented disaster.

The film also chronicles the rescue and relief operations and assistance offered by government and allied agencies, including the Indian Air Force, National Disaster Response Force Teams, and instances of the heroism of individuals.

The film also features Squadron Leader Venkatramanan and Wing Commander Charles Simon, who saved lives and pulled off successful helicopter sorties, including one that saved a pregnant woman, just hours away from labour.  The film also draws attention to the exemplary assistance extended by people like Shaukat Jamal, owner of an ocean sports company, who pedaled his boat through flooded streets of Chennai to save a stranded family with an infant.

With this year’s Monsoon wreaking havoc in several parts of the country, this film about Chennai’s floods and the human stories therein has continuing relevance.  Chennai is picking up the pieces and rebuilding fast, but the big question remains: have lessons been learned? Discovery Channel presents a story of nature’s destructive fury and humankind’s ability to beat the extreme the odds and survive in Chennai: Surviving The Flood, premiering Monday, 1st August at 9 PM on Discovery Channel, Discovery Tamil and Discovery HD World.

अब औरंगाबाद का छोरा भी दिखेगा भोजपुरी फिल्म में.

हा हम बात कर रहे है बिहार के औरंगाबाद ज़िले में जन्मे अजीत सिंह कि जिन्होंने हाल ही में एस एस प्रोदकसन बैनर तले बन रही फ़िल्म एक और खून का कर्ज़ में काम किया है | मालूम हो कि अजीत सिंह बैंगलोर में रहते वो इस फ़िल्म कि शूटिंग लिए खास कर बैंगलोर से आए थे | फ़िल्म का शूटिंग 24 जून से मुज़फ़्फ़रपुर के विभिन्न जगहों पर चल रही है| ज्ञात हो कि इस फ़िल्म को निर्माता निर्देशक सनी कुमार गुप्त जी बना रहे हैं |

इस फ़िल्म में अजीत सिंह के अलावे कल्पना शाह, रागिनी पांडेय, बाल कृष्ण, राहुल राज, रेनु मिश्रा, आशिक बाबू, ब्रजेश त्रिपाठी, प्रेम कुमार, आशुतोष खरे, आर के गोस्वामी इत्यादि हैं| फ़िल्म कि कथा पटकथा एवम्‌ सम्वाद अभय शर्मा जी ने लिखा हैं|  फ़िल्म कि शूटिंग आजकल ज़ोर शोर से मुज़फ्फरपुर में चल रही है| इस फ़िल्म कि शूटिंग मुज़फ़्फ़रपुर के अलावे समस्तीपुर,हजिपुर तथा राजगीर के मनोरम लोकेशन में किए जायेंगे |

फ़िल्म कि कुछ यूनिट को भगवानपुर के स्वर्ग होटल में ठहराया गया है जबकि बाकी यूनिट को पंच्दही कि हवेली में रखा गया है | ज्ञात हो कि कैमरा यूनिट को मुम्बइ से बुलाया गया | फ़िल्म के पि आर ओ कुंदन कुमार जी हैं | यह फ़िल्म अश्लीलता से परे पुरी तरह से एक पारिवारिक फ़िल्म है | ये सनी कुमार गुप्त जी कि चौथी फ़िल्म है |

गुप्त जी ने इसके पहले तीन फ़िल्म बना चुके जो कि रिलिज के लिए तैयार है उन फिल्मों का नाम है मैया थावेवाली, प्यार ना देखे हैसियत प्यार के रखवाला है |

Raageshwari's daughter ‘Samaya’ is now the official face for Pepa & Co.

Singer & Actress Raageshwari and her Barrister husband Sudhanshu Swaroop QC, have a daughter of 4 months ‘Samaya’, who is now the official model for Pepa & Co.

Pepa &Co. is a Spanish brand for babies and a rage in London, with fans in Prince George and Princess Charlotte. When the brand decided to have a face to represent them, they chose an Indian baby Samaya.

Samaya is such a professional already, smiling away during the shoots with only a small milk break. The Pepa team loves her so much that the Chairwoman Pepa shoots the pictures personally with Mozart Music playing ( Samaya's favourite) and colourful toys to keep her entertained. Not just that, little Samaya is also an underwater swimmer already and will be having her underwater shoot on 31st July.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Keh Do Na Love Hai audio released on Hungama and iTunes through Mann Music Entertainment

The audio of Kiran Films Entertainment and Sumit Uday Films “Keh Do Na Love Hai” has gone online now on Hungama, iTunes and various other platforms and is released through Mann Music Entertainment  Guided by love, passion and ambition and cushioned with sparkling moments, Keh Do Na Love Hai is a romantic musical with its heart in the right place.

"We're very excited to begin this partnership with Mann Music Entertainment and look forward to working with them on this musical romantic blockbuster. With its soulful lyrics set to music by Abhilekh Lal, Arsalan Aslam, Sanjay Sharma and the duo Waseem Haider & Noraiz Munir, the songs of Keh Do Na Love Hai is sure to be a chartbuster,” said Sumit Bansala, producer of the film. The film is jointly produced by Suren Kakkar of Kiran Films Entertainment and Sumit Bansala of Sumit Uday Films.

Speaking about this collaboration, Manoj Maheshwar said, “Mann Music Entertainment has always symbolised high quality music entertainment and experience and this vision of the company works very well with the musical quality of Keh Do Na Love Hai. We are indeed very happy to announce our association and look forward to give it an all new dimension altogether. We also look forward to closely working with their team over the coming years."

Speaking about the music for Keh Do Na Love Hai, Suren Kakkar says, “It has turned out to be an interesting album because many young singers have lent their voices in the film. Usually, filmmakers go for established and popular names to sing for their film. But we have roped in good singers and music directors as they could lend a fresh romantic feel to the film. The title track “Keh Do Na I Love You” sung by Abhilekh Lal and put to music by him is sure to tug on the hearts of the young and the college goers. For the diehard romantics, we have “Be Intehaa Karoon” sung by Rohit and Santosh Rawal that brings out the nuances of first love. But “Shukrana Shukrana, Mere rabba tera shukrana” is the one that is my personal favourite.”

“The audience will not only get to hear some fresh voices, but we have specially brought in two amazing talents from across the border. Arsalan Aslam’s “Tere Kol Main Ranvaa” is a sad but heart touching song that takes the film to a different level altogether. Similarly Hafeez Malik’s “Bin Tere Bin” put to music by Waseem Haider and Noraiz Munir is sure to top the charts. Both these amazing singing talents as well as their music directors are from Pakistan and we are sure they will make a mark in this industry. Having said this, I would also say that our very own Abhilekh Lal and Sanjay Sharma have also given great music. You just need to hear it to fall in love again,” concluded Sumit Bansala.

Where to listen to the songs online? Well, the netizens can find the songs here:

Matt Damon returns to his most iconic role with Jason Bourne

For all Bourne fans out there, Universal Pictures has some great news to share. After nearly a decade, Matt Damon returns to his most iconic role with Jason Bourne. The fourth instalment of the Bourne franchise, Jason Bourne is set to release in India on 5th August, 2016 in 3D and 2D. The film will be translated in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu for Bourne fans across the country. To restore the same excitement as Matt Damon’s previous film in the series, Bourne Ultimatum, director Paul Greengrass (Bourne Supremacy, Bourne Ultimatum) joins Damon in the new chapter of the franchise. 

Several years after his disappearance at the conclusion of The Bourne Ultimatum, Jason Bourne unexpectedly resurfaces at a time when the world is faced with unprecedented instability. At the same time, a new program has been created to draw CIA’s most lethal former operative out of the shadows and hunt him down while he is still trying to find all the answers to his past and family.

For Jason Bourne, Damon is joined by Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel and Tommy Lee Jones, while Julia Stiles reprises her role in the series.  Based on characters created by Robert Ludlum, the film is written by Greengrass and Christopher Rouse. Jason Bourne is produced by Frank Marshall alongside Jeffrey Weiner for Captivate Entertainment. Director Paul Greengrass, Matt Damon, Gregory Goodman and Ben Smith also act as the producers of the film.

Talking about Matt Damon’s return as Jason Bourne, producer Gregory Goodman said, “Matt makes Bourne very relatable as an ‘everyman,’ this protagonist who has found his way into this situation and is struggling to find his truth…a balance in who he is.  Additionally, I believe the film’s grittiness and realness stand in contrast to other films in this genre, and that will make people feel like they’re watching something with more gravity.”

Jason Bourne is set to release in India on 5th August, 2016 in 3D and 2D and will be released in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.

Genre:  Action-Thriller
Cast: Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel and Tommy Lee Jones
Directed by: Paul Greengrass
Writers: Paul Greengrass, Christopher Rouse
Based on Characters Created by: Robert Ludlum
Produced by: Frank Marshall, Jeffrey Weiner, Paul Greengrass, Matt Damon, Gregory Goodman, Ben Smith
Executive Producers: Christopher Rouse, Henry Morrison

Adrenaline-filled action film slated to release in India on 5th August, 2016 in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. 

You can catch the trailor here..

Katrina Kaif crosses 4 million mark on Facebook in a single day


On the occasion of her birthday, Katrina Kaif had a special surprise lined up for her fans. She made her social media debut on Facebook. 
She uploaded a candid welcome video in the morning and later in the day, did a live Facebook chat with fans. Her fans reciprocated with so much love, Katrina gained a record 4 million followers on day one.

She was one of the most talked about people on Facebook and was also trending at number 1 on Twitter where she does not have a personal account yet. The news of her social media debut made headlines in print, TV and digital media. 

Katrina has already created Google search records by featuring on the top-ten most-searched personalities in India more times than any other personality. With her Facebook debut, she has now extended her winning streak to social media. Meanwhile, her movies continue to be among the most anticipated at the box office.
  
Here is the link to Katrina Kaif's official Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/KatrinaKaif

Team of FLYING JATT had a ‘super’ fun trailer launch at Infiniti Mall in Malad.

While they unveiled the first trailer amidst media in a much dramatic style and even amazed everyone with their antics, the high point was when the lead stars Tiger Shroff, Jacqueline Fernandez, international star Nathan Jones, producer Ekta Kapoor and director Remo D'souza stepped into the mall's amusement zone - Planet Infiniti - to enjoy the fun rides with school children.  

Looking at the excitement of FLYING JATT team, it appeared they relived their childhood moment! While Jacqueline was seen super thrilled like a kiddo, Nathan stood aside and screamed as the rides started to up the excitement level!  The entire team indeed had a ‘fun n frolicking’ time at the city’s most happening mall!


Bollywood Star and Fashion Icon Kareena Kapoor Khan visits JIMMY CHOO

Everyone’s favourite leading lady and a fashion icon idolised worldwide for her glamorous style, Kareena Kapoor Khan visited the Jimmy Choo store to try styles from the latest collection including Memento, a capsule of signature red carpet shoes and bags reimagined in celebration of the brand’s 20th Anniversary and Jimmy Choo’s red carpet legacy.

The Jimmy Choo brand has a long standing relationship with the red carpet via the long list of celebrities iconography may be best expressed in its moments under the glare of the paparazzi’s flash. A pioneer in the art of celebrity dressing, Jimmy Choo was amongst the first to draw the focus to the foot. Where celebrity muses were stood in the most glamorous Jimmy Choo creations. The red carpet proofed to be the ideal runway for shoes and then handbags, as women proudly responded ”Jimmy Choo!” when asked “What are you wearing?”

While Jimmy Choo has walked the red carpet and accompanied many a leading lady up the steps to accept an Oscar, Bafta, Grammy or Golden Globe, the brand’s inimitable style, glamour and confidence has escorted legions of women along for other entrance-making moments of their lives.

Favoured by Hollywood stars, royalty and the world’s most fashionable women, Jimmy Choo continues to dazzle and delight in equal measure and remain an enduring fixture of today’s red carpet. The newly renovated Jimmy Choo boutique on New Dehli, DLF Emporio Mall now opens its doors, as India’s first dual gender store, with a dedicated area offering shoes for men.


"I absolutely love my iconic Jimmy Choo’s. They are my go to red carpet favourites. Glamorous, stylish and elegant, it is always a Cinderella moment when you walk in them." says, Kareena Kappoor

Kanika Kapoor wearing her own brand ChikanKaari outfit


In a “Behind the scene shoot”, we hereby bring you exclusive pictures of Kanika Kapoor where she is wearing her own brand ChikanKaari outfit. Need we mention that she is looking really gorgeous?

Salman Khan launches ‘Ace Against Odds’ - Autobiography of Sania Mirza

Multiple Grand Slam Champion and World No. 1 in women’s doubles, Sania Mirza is a name synonymous with the sport she excels in. An inspiration for millions around the world, Sania’s achievements are the sort dreams are made of. Bollywood Superstar Salman Khan released the tennis star’s autobiography today at The Leela Mumbai.

Ace against Odds is the story of this most iconic Indian player who beat incredible odds to get to the top of her sport. Sania writes with candour of the hardships along the way, of the physical and emotional trauma caused by injuries and medical procedures, of the friends and partners who became her mainstay along with her family, of the pressures of constant public scrutiny and, not least, the politics and heartbreaks that inevitably accompany success.

During the launch Salman Khan said “Sania has been an inspiration to a lot of young girls today. It’s her undying spirit with which she keeps going is what makes her special. She is launching her autobiography, it’s a special moment for her and I am glad to be a part if this.”

Adding about her autobiography Sania said “Ace Against the Odds’ is my story of an amazing journey and I am delighted to share it with the world. I feel specially honoured and grateful that my friend Salman took time out of his extremely busy schedule to officially launch my autobiography.”

Co-written by Sania’s father Imran Mirza and Shivani Gupta, ‘Ace against Odds’ is published by HarperCollins India and is available online and in all major book stores across the country.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Shailendra Singh to launch Sunny Kaushal in Sunshine Music Tours and Travels

Looks like the industry is all geared to welcome a new entrant and that in the form of Sunny Kaushal. With it being the season of debuts, right from Harshvardhan Kapoor to Saimi Kher, Shailendra Singh is all geared to give another ace to the industry in the form of Sunny Kaushal in his directorial debut. A source revealed,  Sunny who usually keeps his second name at bay when he goes for auditions,  shared a huge monologues with Shailendra and instantly bagged the role only later revealing that he's Shyam Kaushals son.

Not only that but it being his debut Shailendra whose known to break norms and do things differently narrated the film several times to Sunny but did not share the script with him, since he wanted to give him freedom for improvisation and not letting him have a one mind track for the scenes. The film Sunshine Music Tours and Travels has extensively been shot in exotic locations highlighting the beauty of Kashmir to Goa showing  the real essence of India. The film's an unpredictable chaotic journey with elements of laughter, drama, and thus this travel musical is a treat for people young at heart.

On touching base with Shailendra he stated,  "My 1st directorial venture has everything that I was looking for in a Bollywood film, Mauj, Masti and Masala along with a new journey in Bollywood for Sunny." 

The film is slated to release on 2nd September 2016. 




Saturday, July 16, 2016

Krishan Dudeja and Ruchika Das are the stars on Model of the Week

This week's Male model Krishan Dudeja is from Patiala / Delhi. An intense actor, Krishan started his career being a Fashion Photographers delight as well as dabbling with Corporate shows, TVC etc. He is now all keen to kick start his career on the big screen. But at the same time, he doesn’t mind doing short films, serials as well and be it a lead or a character, till the time his performance will get noticed he is game for it. When asked what kind of roles he would prefer, he says: “The biggest challenge for newcomers is to get a good noticeable role and endorse oneself as an actor. As for short films, the trend today is that even celebrated actors are doing it. Shorts are no more that short now. The screen is now my calling and I am hungrier for good work. There’s a fire within and I’m sure I will accomplish it one day.”

Ruchika Das who features as our Female Model in this section is an aspiring Model cum Actress cum Fashion Stylist and Blogger from New Delhi. Cute, charming and good looking, this New Delhi girl oozes a lot of style, confidence and charisma. Keen to do Ads, films, serials, and short films as well hone her skills in acting, Ruchika says: Times are changing as today powerful roles are being written for women. Also our audience tastes has changed and they don’t mind watching meaningful cinema. I find my calling there.”

We at FTV wish both Krishan Dudeja & Ruchika Das - all the best in their careers and wish them a fabulous future.. 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 studiofilmcafe@gmail.com. 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!!

Bigg Boss 10 rumoured contestant Qandeel Baloch murdered in Pakistan

Twenty-six year old Pakistani social media sensation Qandeel Baloch, who was rumoured to appear on Bigg Boss 10, has been murdered by her brother at her home in the city of Multan, a in the province of Punjab, Pakistan.

The Pakistani police have termed it a case of 'honour killing' and have launched a search for her brother who is absconding. According to reports, her parents have been taken into custody. Cases of women being killed for 'dishonouring' their family are frequent in Pakistan. Qandeel is said to have been strangled to death while sleeping.

Qandeel rose to notorious fame two years ago after posting raunchy, bold and brazen photographs on Twitter and Facebook along with scandalous YouTube videos. Later, she released a music video titled Ban. She was also known for her outrageous dare-bare talks on Pakistani TV channels and was deemed appalling for the conservative Muslim society in the country.

Fearing for her life, a few days ago she had also requested for security from the administration. Reports state that she had gone home from Karachi to Punjab for Eid and also because of threat to her security.

While some liberals in Pakistan looked at her as a feminist icon for change, others criticized her for being a drama queen. Some even described her as the Kim Kardashian of Pakistan. Bollywood's only PR guru Dale Bhagwagar who specializes in handling controversies for many Bigg Boss contestants, doubts if Qandeel would have been a part of India's biggest reality show.

"Qandeel Baloch had come out with anti-India videos about Indian Premier League (IPL) and The Board Of Control For Cricket In India (BCCI) on YouTube; and some videos even insulting and disrespecting our honourable prime minister Mr Narendra Modi. It is highly unlikely that she would have been given a coveted place on Indian shows after that. May her soul rest in peace," tweeted the celebrity publicist in response to a tweet from Pak political analyst Tarek Fateh.

In one of her videos, Qandeel had claimed, "Modiji duniya ke top ten terrorist mein se jo top ten terrorist hai na, unn mein se Modiji No.1 pe hai." (sic) Qandeel had added, "Yeh baat Bollywood stars ne boli hui hai. Yeh baat Aamir khan ne boli, yeh baat Shah Rukh Khan ne boli, yeh baat Salman Khan ne boli. Tab toh India mein itni aag nahin lagi. Maine jaise ki duniya se different baat kar di hai, ke poore India mein aag lag gayee hai." (sic)


Here are some of Qandeel Baloch's anti-Modi videos on YouTube:


SPJ Entertainment's romantic musical film Meeradha gets U/A censor certificate

SPJ Entertainments completed the censor formalities. The producer Surya Prakash Jethlia hereby communicated to Films & TV World that their romantic musical film Meeradha received a U/A censor certificate and is now all set to release in maximum number of screens.

“The most amazing thing about this movie is that most of the actors are fresher’s and all of them have done a good job and with utmost sincerity and hard work. The characters represent today’s youth and their style of living, their life. The hero of this film is good by heart, yet naughty, and with big dreams; but he doesn't wanna work on it. He lives his life in jest and keeps flowing like a river. But, in the end, he realizes that he has to carve out a niche for himself and goes on to become a name to reckon,” said the producer.

The Ashish Sinha directed movie, starring Sandesh Gour, Suhani Jehtlia, Venus Jain and others is shot in Bhilwara and set in the backdrop of Rajasthan, Meeradha is a youth oriented film with a social massage, which will influence the young generation in a positive way.

“The team is also planning a grand music launch as Meeradha is a musical love story with some beautifully composed songs by Archit Tak, Sugat - Shubham and Santosh Kumar. The songs are rendered beautifully by renowned singers like Shaan, Javed Ali, Raja Hasan, Shahzad Ali and Santosh Kumar which are sure to pick up on the charts,” added Surya Prakash Jethlia.

With the censor certificate in their hands, the producers intimated that the Meeradha team is busy with strategic planning as they are eager to start the promotions immediately on FM, Television, Theaters, Outdoor Publicity including hoardings, buses, etc. They are also planning the Poster release by a celebrated personality.

We at Films & TV World wish them all the luck.

After Salman Khan, its Anil Kapoor's turn for social media backlash

Actor Anil Kapoor has begun facing severe backlash on social media for lunging out of a Mumbai local train while promoting the Indian adaptation of the popular American television series '24' on Colors.

The Western Railway who gave permission to the production house to let the Slumdog Millionaire star travel with fans for the promotion of the second season of the '24' series, is learnt to have slapped a Notice to the production house demanding an explanation on the 'stunts' by the actor.

Bollywood's only PR guru Dale Bhagwagar says this kind of celeb picking is a silly trend. "First it was Salman Khan being dragged into an unnecessary bloated national controversy about the rape comment. And now it is Anil Kapoor."

"What Anil Kapoor is doing on the local is NOT a 'stunt'. Stunts are a different thing. All he is doing is striking a pose. We have all leaned out of trains for that whiff of fresh air at some point of time in our lives. Does that make us all guilty of so-called stunts," questions the public relations expert.

The publicity consultant who is considered to be Bollywood's best in handling controversies, feels that our society is nowadays getting touchy and sensitive about everything. "Anything and everything raises eyebrows and becomes issues of national debate."

"There was a time when Protima Bedi streaked naked on the beach for a film magazine photoshoot or . There was a time Mandakini and Kimi Katkar showcased their bosoms and nipples in Ram Teri Ganga Maili and Tarzan. There was a time a film like Bandit Queen could have a full nude scene. All this was liberal, tolerable and acceptable to society then."

"We need to ask ourselves, if we are going to allow social media to make us progressive, or regressive," states Dale. Point taken.

The spin doctor also points out that "we are living in a world where perception is reality" and vows to "reveal a new Anil Kapoor train picture by tomorrow which will open the eyes of the public, about how they are being carried away by an exaggerated perception being created on social media".

Friday, July 15, 2016

Sultan Salman Khan's Bigg Boss 10 could be a game changer!

The mega success and publicity surrounding Salman Khan's Sultan has raised hopes for an even more dazzling Bigg Boss starting October this year. Bollywood's only PR guru Dale Bhagwagar isn't surprised though.

"Salman Khan and Bigg Boss raise the bar every year. That's a given. But this year's show may be the beginning of a future change we may not have anticipated yet," remarks Dale. We are all aware that BB10 is going to have people from the aam junta, maybe juxtaposed with a few known names this year. Dale feels this could be a game changer.

"Not many are aware that Big Brother, the baap of Bigg Boss has two versions in a year in the United Kingdom. One is the regular Big Brother with not-so-known-names and which is in its 17th season right now. The other is Celebrity Big Brother with celebs which is set to witness its 18th season in UK soon," points out the public relations expert.

So if BB10 succeeds with this dose of new names, could we hope for two versions of Bigg Boss too in future, he wonders. And as we all know from experience, this chap is not one whose insights we take lightly.

After all, the publicist is considered a specialist with reality television contestants, having handled the media for a full 20 names from Bigg Boss such as Aarya Babbar, Aman Verma, Amar Upadhyay, Anita Advani, Ashmit Patel, Diana Hayden, Kashmera Shah, Mandana Karimi, Pooja Misrra, Rahul Mahajan, Rakhi Sawant, Salil Ankola, Sambhavna Seth, Shamita Shetty, Sherlyn Chopra, Sonali Raut, Upen Patel, Vikas Bhalla, Vindu Dara Singh, Zulfi Syed, as well as for Celebrity Big Brother winner Shilpa Shetty.

He has also been instrumental in building brands for some of the who’s who of Bollywood, including Govinda, Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, Randeep Hooda, Shiney Ahuja, Vivek Oberoi and for movies like Don and Rock On!!

Move over Dubsmash; Bollywood enters Prisma with Alia Bhatt

Bollywood seems to be catching on with the latest app to hit the glam selfie market -- Prisma. This one even beats all those filters on Instagram and converts images into colourfully flashy works of art... flashier than those Salman Khan dance performances with the firang babes in Bigg Boss.

"Prisma is newer than new age. Dramatically flamboyant," says Bollywood's only PR guru Dale Bhagwagar, who put up a greyscale pic of his from the app on Facebook. "A friend from Dubai introduced me to it in the morning and I have been reading up on it all day."

Asked why he put up a greyscale pic inspite of the app giving so many colourful options, the celebrity publicist remarks, "Life is hardly black and white. Its grey; just like most of the stuff in my profession."

Teen sensation Alia Bhatt became the first actress to take the social media by storm with a colourful Prisma pic from Germany on her Instagram. It managed to generate more than two lakh eyeballs with her post, "Living in a painting. The best night ever. Berlin. #ThrowbackTuesday #prisma."

The Moscow Times went a step ahead and Tweeted several versions of a pic of its President Vladimir Putin cuddling a puppy, instead of the typical karate pose. Some people were also found debating about the app uploading the image data on Russian servers.

The Indian Express online edition has gone a step ahead and gave a Prisma touch to a few glam portraits of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Aam Aadmi Party supremo Arvind Kejriwal, along with film actresses Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Sunny Leone and Katrina Kaif on Twitter. Gosh!! Politicians, Bollywood, flamboyance and drama. The 'grey' public relations guy (wink) would sure agree to that! After all, he's a master at flashy drama.

Shiney Ahuja, Sonali Raut, Vivek Oberoi, Sambhavna Seth and Rahul Mahajan back in controversy

It is said that Bollywood's best-known public relations consultant Dale Bhagwagar does not smell controversy, he spells it. But right now, the PR guru finds himself sandwiched between not two, three, but five of his earlier clients -- Shiney Ahuja, Sonali Raut, Vivek Oberoi, Sambhavna Seth and Rahul Mahajan.

Dale has looked after the media for Shiney during Life In A... Metro, and stood by him after his rape case controversy. He also handled the press for Sonali Raut during Bigg Boss. But latest reports reveal that Sonali is playing a maid called "Shiney" in Great Grand Masti releasing next week. Ouch!

She stars in the Indra Kumar directed film along with Ritesh Deshmukh, Aftab Shivdasani and Vivek Oberoi, the latter being another controversial name whose media affairs have been handled by Dale, post the controversies surrounding Salman Khan. Buzz goes that all three, Ritesh, Aftab and Vivek hit on "Shiney" (the maid, of course) in the movie.

In another instance, two of Dale's clients of Bigg Boss, Sambhavna Seth and Rahul Mahajan, are at loggerheads this week. Sambhavna who is all set to marry her long-time boyfriend Avinash Dwivedi in Delhi, does not seem to be on talking terms with her rakhi brother Rahul. In an interview Sambhavna has stated, "I haven't invited Rahul Mahajan for my wedding and don't want him to be there."

Puff. Where does that leave Dale Bhagwagar? "Nowhere," is all the publicist replied to our query. Lol. For once Dale is not giving us his typical smart alec answers! Unless he believes in that snappy answer being smart PR.


The relationship between the writer and director is crucial, says S P Jethlia

Imagine having a dream in your life, but you find that your education, your profession and your life have taken you down on a totally different path. What do you do? Do you chuck everything you've built thus far so that you can pursue your passion? Or you just stay on course and vow to go after the dream later? Neither option is great as you have to give up something either way. Sometimes you just have to walk away from your passion.

When presented with these options, most would choose the convenient one. Most would compromise…  You would say that’s not unusual as many bury their dreams for bread and butter. Life is about compromise, right? No, you are wrong..!! As here is one person who opted for another option. He readied himself to pursue his passion along with his ambitious professional and personal life. Meet the most driven, hard-working, unusual writer-producer you will ever meet - Surya Prakash Jethlia. A tete-a-tete with this unassuming guy who is currently working on the movie release for his forthcoming romantic musical film “Meeradha”

Films & TV World: Did you always want to make a film?
Surya Prakash Jethlia: Yes, I am fan of great Legend Amitabh Bacchan sir since childhood. The very first film I have ever seen in my life was Saat Hindustani. I must have been just 7-8 years then. Early on in my career, I tended to be more interested in acting as I had a passion for acting. I have great singing interest also. I even acted on stage at school and college level. But I never thought I would get on with film making as a producer and writer. It was only later on in life that I developed a decent script on a story idea that had been in my mind for long. And then putting the right ingredients (actors, crew members) together I got involved in the process of getting it turned into a film. Maintaining that creative overview all the way through, I have now got much more interested in what makes a movie as well as the production side of it - how the money got spent and all the rest of it.

F&TV: What was the inspiration behind the making of this film?
SPJ: This film “Meeradha” is about the dream of a father, about a son, about devotion, friendship, love and several emotions of life journey. A love triangle, this is a story of a boy and two girls who are childhood friends, which turns into love as they grow young. The hero is good at heart but has a bad attitude and never cares to listen to his father’s suggestions. However, one day he accidentally finds his father’s old diary that becomes the turning point in his life and changes his life. This story idea has been core to my heart and I had always wanted to picturise this for the larger audiences as the film also conveys a social message to society to eradicate superstitions and social evils that stigmatises lives. However, its put in an entertaining manner without being preachy.

F&TV: What convinced you to make your debut as a writer producer with Meeradha?
SPJ: I had a passion for singing, acting and also being an ex lecturer, there was an inherent writing ability within me. As I have already mentioned that this story is close to my heart as I had seen such a real life situation and it had a deep impact on me. It was later with the help of my younger brother who is very creative, that I wrote Meeradha. I got some help from my facebook friends too. Once the writing was done, I was assured by Sangam Group & Ostwal Group to provide infrastructures. It was then that I was fully sure to venture ahead and follow my dream.

F&TV: So how was your first movie experience?
SPJ: It was extremely nice, irrespective of lots of hurdles, my entire team was quite cooperative, and we completed it successfully. Now, with god’s grace, the movie is almost cleared from Censor board and we are soon going to start with the publicity and promotions. And god willing, the poster of the film will be released by a celebrated personality.



F&TV: How challenging was script writing to you?
SPJ: The script is always a great challenge. You need to adapt a story in a right way and make it understandable for the audience in the cinema. At the same time, you need to keep it interesting as audiences tend to get bored pretty quickly if you do not approach this matter properly. It was necessary to introduce them in the plot in a way that kept them interested. But it seems to me that we managed to do it right.

F&TV: What were some of the challenges you faced in the making of this film?
SPJ: Being a non technical guy, I was totally dependent on the technical unit. So whatever guidance they were providing me, I had to go for that. But there was a great support to me by my film's hero "Sandesh Gour" & all my team members who worked as if it were their own movie, thus overcoming all difficulties. However a serious accident of mine, delayed the project for 6 months. However, the biggest thing within me is the go getting attitude. This made me all the more impulsive to achieve my big dream in life. And we overcame. If you have a dream, just have to go for it as there's never a perfect time, the stars will never align and the best time to start pursuing your passion is right now. My special thanks to my lead actor "Sandesh Gour". He made me feel proud as he performed so well with confidence.

F&TV: How did you zero in on Ashish Sinha as your director?
SPJ: Writing and Direction are a vital part of the creative process in any production and the relationship between the writer and the director is crucial.  However, I being the writer as well as the producer, helped quite in a way as the relationship between me and Ashish Sinha is a wonderful example of how a good director, with a unique, individual approach can shape the story into a beautiful masterpiece (film). Ashish Sinha ji’s name was suggested to me and it was only after that I saw his work, and was impressed a lot with his creativity, his way of working, nature etc. In fact, once I was through, it hardly took me anytime to finalize him. He has done a great job with even some fresher artists.

F&TV: Rajasthani movies carry subsidy. Why did you choose Hindi over Rajasthani?
SPJ: The hardest truth is that in Rajasthan there is not much scope or a good viewer base for Rajasthani Language based movies. Though the government does give subsidy, it is hardly any money. Also the recovery is not possible if you want to spend lavishly and make a good film. This was one reason that forced me to go for Hindi language. Also, I wanted to have an all India release and take the message that my movie carries far and wide. And this was possible only through Hindi.

F&TV: How involved were you in the direction process?
SPJ: I was present during the entire shooting almost all time as it’s my baby. Also being the writer of the film, at times I had to explain the importance of certain scenes and the way it had to be enacted. Or the way I wanted to get it picturised, etc. It was a bit difficult at first but I quickly learned and could thus steer the film into the right direction.

F&TV: Writing or producing – what was more stressful?
SPJ: We do know that writers are outstanding, creative and charismatic personalities. However, to be a producer, I think you’ve got to be a fairly sophisticated jack of a lot of trades and probably king of a few. I would definitely say that working as a producer is extremely stressful as you are not finished with your work until the movie is released. Sometimes it takes even longer. It's a real rollercoaster. I have great respect for filmmakers because it's really hard work, and very often thankless. But I was lucky to work with good people, from whom I could learn a lot. Real producers really love cinema. If not, they shouldn't do it.

F&TV: What was the toughest part in doing this film?
SPJ: We shot almost the whole movie in June, when the temperature was quite high in Rajasthan soaring upto 45 degrees. But my entire team co-operated a lot. Even small kids who were just 5 to 7 years and were on sets with their parents faced all those. And I’m thankful to all of them. We also had to re-shoot some scenes, which was another difficult part for me. But we had an amazing team and they were all willing to work with us and they were fully prepared to act it again for the betterment of the film! It was really great to have such a talented group of people working together. We were almost like a big family on the set.

F&TV: What sort of advice would you give to debutant producers in this industry?
SPJ: The art of producing is ‘herding all in the same direction’ just like the Pied Piper. And herding all in the same direction is the most important thing. I will say that all movies are made up of a group of personalities, usually some pretty big ones. They are made up of a lot of people with different skill bases and different opinions. A good movie always comes about when you manage to get those people working together in a smooth direction. Having said this, I will just advise that have proper financing, make all arrangements before starting any project and select the right team members, so as to complete your project beautifully and on time.