Lake City International Film Festival 2019

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Saregama enters into a strategic partnership and launches Carvaan Gold launched with Harman Kardon speakers

Saregama, India’s oldest music label and youngest movie studio, has entered into a strategic partnership with world’s leading audio brand Harman Kardon, by Harman, for launching the next generation of Carvaan range of products. The first product from this partnership, Carvaan Gold, was launched today in time for the festival season.

Carvaan Gold is the top-of-the-line variant of Carvaan designed using iconic Harman Kardon sound technology and speakers. It comes in a hi-end metallic body, and is available in exclusive Champagne Gold and Rose Gold colours. The product also comes with a companion app that allows users to create their own playlist or select their favourite song on Carvaan.

Carvaan Gold comes with all the great features that Carvaan is known for: pre-loaded with 5000 evergreen Hindi songs without any interruption of ads, categorized into 130+ stations featuring the best of Mohd. Rafi, Asha Bhosle, Kishore Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Rekha, Rajesh Khanna and other legends of Bollywood; the entire collection of Ameen Sayani’s Geetmala; FM/AM radio and the option to listen to one’s personal collection of songs via Bluetooth or by plugging in a pen drive in the USB port. Carvaan Gold works on a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 5 hours.

Vikram Mehra, Managing Director of Saregama India says, "Carvaan is positioned as the perfect gifting product, and Carvaan Gold takes it further as the perfect gift for self. Our partnership with Harman Kardon allows us to deliver exceptional sound quality to the retro music lovers.”

“Carvaan has gained immense popularity with masses across India. We are excited to launch Carvaan audio system with the iconic Harman Kardon sound. Combining premium audio quality of Harman Kardon’s premier sound elements, Carvaan Gold will gain exceptional advantage and a distinct identity.” said Sumit Chauhan, Vice President – Lifestyle Audio, Harman India.

Friday, November 30, 2018

के. आसिफ की याद में हुआ चंबल इंटरनेशनल फिल्म फेस्टिवल, फिल्मी हस्तियां, पूर्व बागी सरदार हुए शामिल, वक्ताओं ने कहा ‘चंबल वैली में खुले महान फिल्मकार के नाम पर फिल्म स्कूल’

मुगल-ए-आज़म’ जैसी फिल्म बनाने वाले निर्देशक और प्रसिद्ध फिल्मकार के. आसिफ के नाम पर अंतरराष्ट्रीय फिल्म महोत्सव हुआ. फिल्म महोत्सव में दिग्गज फिल्मी हस्तियांसाहित्यकार,फोटोग्राफर्स के साथ पान सिंह तोमर के सगे भतीजे बागी सरदारबिग बॉस फेम पूर्व दस्यु सुंदरी भी शामिल हुई हैं. इटावा में आयोजित इस तीन दिवसीय अन्तर्राष्ट्रीय फिल्म महोत्सव में भारत सहित नौ देशों की चुनिंदा 19 फ़िल्में प्रदर्शित की गईं. बता दें कि इटावा के. आसिफ का जन्मस्थान भी है. के. आसिफजिनकी  लगन और जुनून की बदौलत मुगल-ए-आज़म’ जैसा शाहकार हिंदी सिनेमा में संभव हुआ. अपने ही जन्मस्थान में भुला दिये गए. यह फिल्म फेस्टिवल के. आसिफ को याद करने की सार्थक कोशिश थी.

उद्घाटन समारोह सत्र में के. आसिफ की मुगल-ए-आजम के सफरनामे पर वक्ताओं ने चर्चा की. इसी दौरान युवा फिल्म निर्देशक धर्मेंद्र उपाध्याय की डॉक्युमेंट्री फिल्म चंबल इन बॉलीवुड का प्रदर्शन हुआ. इस डॉक्युमेंट्री फिल्म में  हिंदी सिनेमा और तीन राज्यों में स्थित चंबल घाटी के फिल्म लैण्ड को दर्शाती तस्वीर उभर कर सामने आती है. फिल्म फेस्टिवल में दुनिया की 150 भाषाओं में गजल गाने वाले डॉ. गजल श्रीनिवास ने चंबल गीत गाकर सुनाया. इस ऐतिहासिक गीत को पचनद घाटी के सरोकारी वयोवृद्ध कवि विजय सिंह पाल ने लिखा है. इस दौरान चंबल गीत के रचियता को सम्मानित किया गया. दुनिया भर में होने वाले फिल्म फेस्टिवलों की श्रृंखला में के. आसिफ चंबल इन्टनेशल फिल्म फेस्टिवल इस बात के लिए भी याद किया जाएगा कि इस उत्सव का भी अपना गीत है. इस दौरान वक्ताओं ने कहा कि चंबल गीत ओज का संगम है. उसके कथ्य में चंबल की भावभूमि है तो इतिहास और संस्कृति की झलक भी. गीत में वाद्ययंत्रों के अपूर्व संयोजन से से, चंबल की धारा का कलकल निनाद और उसके कूल-कछारों में पंछियों की चहचहाहट का जो प्रभाव उतपन्न किया गया है वह गीत को और भी जीवन्त बनाता है.

Debonair & Actor par excellence Madhavan is obsessed with this indie band and we know why!

Indian alt-rock band The Yellow Diary, an exclusive Sony Music artist, have been in the news for their new EP IZAFA with the songs performing well across audio and video platforms in addition to celebs from the music industry showing their love. Celebs like Armaan Malik, Shilpa Rao, Sartek have been listening to the songs on loop and now another celeb has been added to their fan list who is none other than the multi-talented Madhavan. Says the actor, “ watch this guys, this is a super cool number”.

‘Izafa’ (‘advancement’ in Urdu), is exactly what the EP represents for the band in terms of taking the next steps in their musical journey. The 3 songs in the EP include the mellifluous rendition of the legendary Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan saab’s ‘Tera Jeya Hor Disda’,  Dheere Se and Buniyaad that elaborates on the fact that moments and things do not last forever. The band is known for their poetic lyrics poetic lyrics and definitely have an influence of electronic music.

If you haven’t heard them yet, listen here:


The Gorgeous Sultry Urvashi Rautela performs flamenco for the 1st time on The Dance Project

The Dance Project, India’s first digital dance show , will feature the Bollywood Celebrity Urvashi Rautela who will be seen performing Flamenco dance for the first time on your screens. Urvashi who is known for her dance moves, has never performed this style before.

Says Urvashi, “This is the first time my audience will see me dance in this style. Flamenco is a very tough form and one needs to understand it well. I studied about it and practiced for long before actually getting to doing it. Hope you all like it.”

The show gives a common platform to the best of dancers from three worlds i.e. Bollywood, TV & YouTube to try new dance forms and collaborate. A simple format of 12 episodes releasing weekly, one every Friday, features 4 performances: 1 by a Bollywood Dance Celeb, 1 by a TV Dance Star, 1 by an YouTube Dance icon & 1 collaboration between TV & YouTube stars. The episodes are aired only on Sony Music India’s YouTube channel.

Shilpa Shetty shoots promo of Super Dancer Chapter 3

Shilpa Shetty recently shot the promo of the upcoming dance reality show - Super Dancer Chapter 3. The show will once again bring together the fab trio - Shilpa Shetty, Geeta Kapur and Anurag Basu as judges. The show to be aired on Sony Entertainment Television recently completed the auditions across 11 cities and is set to go on floors soon.  

Fall/Winter Collection 2018 by La Martina

With the start of winters, luxury brand ‘La Martina’ unveiled its striking Fall/Winter collection 2018. Keeping in mind the current vogue, every piece of the collection speaks luxury. For Autumn Winter 2018, the assortment by La Martina, is a fresh approach yet synchronized to the band’s core and shows the spontaneous charm of the polo players. An ensemble of lines designed to blur the line between business and leisure, classic and sporty, passing through different generations with ease and minimal effort. Enriched over the years with increasingly representative lines of the world of the Argentina house, keeps its range of garments broad, but declines it in precise lines. The driving force of each collection is the spirit of the globetrotter, typical of polo champions who manage to maintain their style while keeping in mind and carrying with them memories from every land they have visited.

Chitrangda Singh hosting the Conde Nast Readers’ Travel Choice Awards, 2018

Chitrangda Singh was seen hosting the very prestigious Conde Nast Readers’ Travel Choice Awards, 2018, at the Lodhi Hotel in Delhi. The actress looked stunning in a blue Reema Acra gown and jewellery by Khanna Jewellers.

The actress loves to travel and says Bali is her all time favourite destination. Goa was voted among the favourite destination at the awards and the actress who has just returned from IFFI that took place in Goa said the city had a great vibe. “Bali is my favourite getaway. The sun and sand, the beaches, people, food and hotels are fabulous.” 

Also present at the event were luminaries in the field of hospitality, art and culture such as Astad Debu, Ritu Dalmia, Vir Sanghvi, the GMs and Marketing Directors of several hotels including Mahema Bhutia, Marketing Director of the Four Seasons Bengaluru which is scheduled to open in January 2019. 

Thursday, November 29, 2018

म्यूजिक वीडियो 'पगली तेरे लिए' का पोस्टर प्लेबैक सिंगर जसपिंदर नरूला के हाथो

फ़िल्मी दुनिया की जानी-मानी गायिका और “फिल्मफेयर बेस्ट फीमेल प्लेबैक सिंगर” अवार्ड से सम्मानित “जसपिंदर नरूला” जी ने नागपुर के रहने वाले और मुंबई स्थित फिल्म एंड टीवी अभिनेता “सन्देश गौर” के आने वाले हिंदी म्यूजिक वीडियो “पगली तेरे लिए” के पोस्टर को “व्हाइट रोज़ कैफ़े” अँधेरी वेस्ट, मुंबई में लांच किया. इस गीत को “जी म्यूजिक कंपनी” द्वारा रिलीज़ किया जा रहा है.  इस हिंदी वीडियो “पगली तेरे लिए” में अभिनेता "सन्देश गौर" के साथ अमेरिका की रहने वाली मॉडल और अभिनेत्री “मिश्का तरकर” भी नज़र आयेंगी |

Saturday, November 10, 2018

It’s important to families staying healthy together, says Mandira Bedi


The marathon season begins with the hint of winter in Mumbai. They are held in various categories and all over Mumbai. Running is considered the best exercise and what can be better than parents getting an opportunity to do a 2k and 5k marathon with their kids. It’s the only-one-of-its-kind marathon in India and called the Duracell Durathon. Well known celebrity and fitness expert, Mandira Bedi will soon participate in the third edition of the Durathon being held at Jio Gardens, BKC in Mumbai on 25th November. She will run with her 7-year-old son, Vir.  Mandira speaks about the importance of including family in all aspects of our lives to be healthy and her passion for fitness as she & Vir prepare for the Durathon.

FTV: Tell us about your association with Duracell Durathon 2018?
Mandira: This will be the third time that I associate with the Durathon and it’s my second run for the Mumbai Durathon. I have also participated in the Delhi Duarthon last year. It is such a wonderful feeling, spending that one Sunday with my son and seeing so many families out and about, running, bonding and having a purpose, that is staying healthy together.

FTV: What is your opinion on the concept of Duracell Durathon?
Mandira: I think the initiative is brilliant. Normally running is a solo sport. It is something that you do alone. But the beautiful thing about the Durathon is that it invites families to be together, participate together, bond and enjoy a beautiful Sunday morning doing something that is a healthy pursuit. Come run with me by logging into www.duracell.in/durathon

FTV: These days most kids lead a very sedentary lifestyle, what should parents do to make their kids more fit or active?
Mandira: That is indeed true that children are leading a very sedentary lifestyle. Little kids want to spend time watching television or they are addicted to video games. So, I think parents needs to insist that a little bit of playtime needs to happen outdoors. Kids can go to the park and run around. They need to enjoy childhood the way it was done before technology took over. Parents should make it a point that their children should spend a fair amount of time outdoors doing stuff that requires being active.

FTV: What is your fitness mantra?
Mandira: I really do enjoy exercising and working out, so I make it a point that in a week at least five to six days, six days if I am lucky, I do some sort of activity, be it going to the gym or going for a swim. When I am travelling, and I don’t want to waste time indoors, I make sure that I walk a lot. So, I make sure that I go walking to places I need to get to. And somehow, I find that when I travel, I am clocking close to 15,000 steps every day. The important thing is, five to six days a week it is important to be active. Also, it’s no rocket science when it comes to nutrition. I haven’t gone to a nutritionist in a long time. Eat healthy. You know what’s good and what’s bad for you. Stay away from the stuff that’s bad. Sugar is not good for you at all. I have to keep giving up sugar for periods of time because that’s my downfall. I stay away from potatoes. I stay away from any kind of carbs post my lunch. So, there are a few things that you can do to keep yourself fit. This is my fitness mantra. I exercise five to six days a week and I generally eat healthy. Of course, I do have my few binges now and then but I reign myself back in as soon as I can

FTV: How do you ensure that your family stays fit?
Mandira: I have plenty arguments with my husband over exercising and he barely does what he has to, maybe two-three days a week. But for my son, I make sure he does what he enjoys doing. He enjoys running so him and I go for runs. Short runs, not very long distance where I run slowly and he keeps the pace with me. He enjoys swimming too. One hour of swimming in the pool gets him super tired and gets him super hungry. He is a very active boy.

FTV: Which is your favourite form of exercise?
Mandira: I do a form of HIIT (high-intensity intermittent exercise) where I mix cardio and weights. I do that quite often enough. I also go for runs every now and then. The third thing I do is swimming. So, these are the three activities that I perform the most as far as my exercise is concerned.

FTV: Is there any particular activity that you and your family do together to keep fit?
Mandira: As I mentioned before, the only two activities my son and I do together to keep fit are running, slow jogging and swimming.

FTV: An increasing number of people are running to stay fit. What is your advice to runners?
Mandira: The advice I would give to runners is start slow. Start with a smaller goal in mind and keep building that up. I remember the time I was pregnant. After I delivered, I wanted to start running again but there was a lot of weight on me and there was a lot of pressure on my knees when I ran. So, I started running with five minutes, built that up to seven and built it up to ten. So, start slow and start with smaller goals and keep building on those goals. Over time you’ll find yourself getting better.

The Duracell Durathon 2018 will take place at Jio Gardens, BKC, Mumbai on 25th November 2018. For registrations, please log on to: www.duracell.in/durathon

Friday, November 9, 2018

Kerala Floods - The Human Story : A documentary celebrating Kerala’s Spirit of Survival

The one-hour special documentary Kerala Floods – The Human Story on Discovery Channel is a poignant take on the indomitable spirit of Kerala who instead of losing hope, are steadily working towards rebuilding their beloved state. The documentary is a celebration of the spirit of survival in the face of disaster; viewers will get to witness incredible stories of people coming together to help those in need – from fishermen turned rescue operators to the defence forces who provided aid, from actors who worked alongside NGO workers to get supplies to those in need to young entrepreneurs who devised ways to connect people at a time when the apocalyptic rain fury just refused to die. The documentary also features the story of Sajitha Jabil who was just three days away from her due date, her labour pains had intensified, and water levels were still rising. She was airlifted in one of the most dramatic rescues of Indian Navy’s Operation Madad. By the afternoon, baby Subhan was in her arms unaware of the many storms his mother braved to bring him into this world. This one-hour special documentary will be broadcast on Monday, November 12, 2018 at 9 PM, only on Discovery Channel.

It all began on Independence Day this year, when Kerala started experiencing an extremely heavy downpour. Little did the inhabitants of the state know that soon they were going to witness the worst deluge Kerala had seen in almost a century. In over eleven straight days of intense rainfall nearly 25 trillion litres of water fell on Kerala---a state with one of the highest density of population, 44 rivers and 61 dams. Water is a lifeline, defining not just Kerala’s geography but its history and economics as well. The watery abundance gives it life and sustenance.  The biggest flood in almost a century devastated most of the state. God’s own country will need to rebuild 218 bridges, nearly 35,000 kilometres of local roads, an estimated 174,000 houses. Agriculture crops in over 46,000 hectares was destroyed. The loss because of the floods has been estimated at INR 40,000 crores.

Highlighting the importance of this documentary, Zulfia Waris, Vice-President & Head, Premium & Digital Networks, Discovery Communications India, said, “What Kerala witnessed this year is a disaster of unimaginable magnitude. But like any news cycle, there’s always something else that takes precedence and yesterday’s headlines lay forgotten. The idea of presenting the documentary, 'Kerala Floods – The Human Story', is to draw attention to the hundreds of people who are working tirelessly to rebuild Kerala. Through stories about surprising strength of character in times of disaster and hope in the face of abject loss, ‘Kerala Floods’ aims to tell the story of a Kerala that refuses to be defined by devastation. Everyone saw the destruction of Kerala, it is now time they get to see the efforts that are being made to rebuild it, one brick at a time.”

Kerala Floods, which will be showcased on Discovery Channel on Monday 12th November 2018 at 9:00 pm will take viewers through inspiring stories of people of Kerala who refuse to lose hope and are working tirelessly to piece back everything that was lost.

Thugs of Hindostan - a saga where the audiences are conned


To write a review for the most awaited Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan starrer “Thugs of Hindostan” that has finally hit the screens, is quite a task actually. So let me start with a simple dialogue of Firangi Mallah (Aamir Khan) “Dhokha swabhav hai mera (To con is my nature).” Yes, this is what the movie is all about. The audience were conned to buy tickets at the 7000 screens worldwide, including 5,000 in India and 2,000 overseas, the widest for any Hindi film. As is the nature of the audiences during any festival time, they book tickets in advance leaving little or no time to even read the reviews or gauge audience reaction. While the distributors and the makers make their way to the bank happy and smiling, it leaves the audience fuming as the film didn’t live up to the hype.

Thugs of Hindostan that was released in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu with 3D and IMAX formats, is India’s answer to the desi “Pirates of the Caribbean”. Directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya, the film is anything but a stunner. The film’s primary plot revolves around a band of thugs led by Amitabh’s character Khudabaksh whose motive is to gain freedom for India from the British Raj. Add to it Firangi Mallah (Aamir Khan) with Kohl-laden eyes, a nose pin, trickster attitude, and who won't mind betraying for survival. Lace it up with a gyrating Suraiyya aka Katrina Kaif who has nothing to add to the film and the script and a royal heiress Zafira  (Fatima Sana Shaikh) who just gives plain blank expressions.

Essentially, Thugs Of Hindostan fails to deliver and satiate the audiences. Though the first half of the film has mixed proportions of drama, action and humour with visual spectacle playing to the gallery; it fails to hold the audience attention.  Plot-wise, the film keeps on dragging and its 2 hours 44 minutes of running time could have been well edited. There are moments in the film but nothing spectacular or overwhelming. And the songs of the film are forgettable, to say the least. In short, aKhudabaksh aka Amitabh Bachchan delivers a dialogue, “Ab iske pariwar ki zimmedari bhi hamari hai,” if only the producers and the studios could take the onus to return the money to the audiences who felt cheated at the end of the film.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Chaitanya Sharma a.k.a. SlowCheetah finds love in Isha Sanghvi on ‘Imperfect’ show

Popularly known as ‘SlowCheetah’, rapper, theatre artist and music composer, Chaitanya Sharma will be seen playing the role of a college hottie, Aditt Deo in The Zoom Studios’ recently released show ‘Imperfect’.

The first episode of ‘Imperfect’, which has garnered over 700k views in 3 days, introduced us to the protagonist Isha Sanghvi, who is devastated after she lost her job and her boyfriend. Her best friend urges her to move on by joining a dating app to find her dream guy. Isha comes across her old college friend Aditt on the app and they match instantly. Aditt is a quintessential college hottie who everyone in college had a crush on. Captain of the cricket team, Aditt is confident, flirtatious and popular amongst all. On the other hand, Isha is awkward and self-conscious.  Episode 2 will show the viewers what happens when two people with different personalities come together, will they create magic or end up in a disastrous date.

Talking about his role, Chaitanya Sharma a.k.a. SlowCheetah said “I had lot of fun playing the cameo role of Aditt who is an endearing character. Anand Tiwari who I call ‘dada’, offered me the role and I could not refuse him. Also, it’s written by one of my favourite writers, Tahira Nath, so I was thrilled to be a part of the show. It was so much fun shooting with this extremely talented cast and crew. I enjoyed being someone who is being flattered on a date. That doesn't happen too often in reality and that's why I love acting!”

‘Imperfect’, presented by Myntra, skin care partner Dr. Tvacha, lifestyle partner Philips Garment Steamer and Associate Partner GoPro, will air every Thursday, at 8:00 pm on The Zoom Studios’ YouTube Channel and zoOm styled by Myntra.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

A celebration of stunning colors and lights


Considered as the most considerable and auspicious Hindus festival of India, Diwali is the time to light up everywhere – not only the homes but even hearts. Celebrated by one and all and across numerous faiths throughout the Globe with unparalleled pomp and show, this wonderful-festival is the period where all illuminate their homes with hundreds of beautiful lights like earthen diyas and the skies with marvelous burning crackers. We all have our moments. Some become those we treasure. This is also the time to warm up hearts and gladden spirits as well as Diwali provides us an opportunity to celebrate the particular bonding of our lifestyle and strengthen relationships.

In this fast shrinking world, reaching out on Diwali to your loved ones who are away from you is tailor made. And warm Diwali wishes in any language explain the language of soul. So here’s our tinsel town expressing their heart and extending warm wishes to all.

Rishi Bhutani
Quoting Oscar Wilde, “Everything desirable is immoral, illegal or fattening…” For Diwali I sought everything desirable. That sums up my Diwali mood. But I also know, post Diwali I will be back once again on my track. Every year for Diwali I make sure I perform pooja with my family and I don't allow non-vegetarian food in my house. Playing cards and drinking are also not for me. Among the Do’s-I definitely spend time home and with close friends. Don’t want to be preachy, but yes, reach out to those who are less fortunate and spend your happiness and your time with them. And here’s wishing all a very Happy Diwali.

Mumtaz Khan
What Eid is to my Hindu friends, Diwali is same to me. We designers are too busy decorating models, actors and clients bodies, but I also do find time to share my joy, happiness and good fortune with the less fortunate ones. It is no different this year.  The one thing I don't do is noisy pollution-inflicting crackers. I never burn any firecrackers of any kind and I would appeal to all to reduce burning crackers.

Abhilasha Gaira
Diwali is the festival of happiness and we should spread this happiness to everyone. In my childhood days, during every Diwali we used to celebrate it with fire crackers but now we realize, it creates pollution and problems. So this Diwali, I would just make a good rangoli, meet my friends and relatives and organise a Diwali party. I think we should enjoy our festivals to the utmost. Also, we being in an industry where we hardly get time to catch on with each other, this is the best opportunity and season to renew old ties. I also take this opportunity to wish everyone “A Very Happy Diwali and wish you all the best.”


Ajay Mahendru
We decorate the house, prepare traditional mithais, and wear new clothes and of course gorge on sweets! Some traditions refuse to die. For me Diwali is also a time when earthen diyas are lit and you spread the message of love and peace. I love doing that. The one thing that I completely avoid for Diwali is noise pollution. I don't burst crackers for Diwali and definitely discourage family and friends from doing the same. So Friends, go out, chill, do masti but avoid burning crackers. Instead light up someone else’s life and you will feel happy for the same.

Amrita Dutta Tarphe
Yes, even after I shifted to the US of America, Diwali is most sacrosanct for me. The 'must haves' for the festive season are traditional sweets, simple rangoli and decorating the house with lights and diyas. When it comes to my wardrobe, it is ethnic ensembles all the way through; some stoles to dress up simple kurtas, corset tops which accentuate the ensembles, coupled with some nice bangles, earrings, nicely painted toes to keep up with all the dressing and maybe some anklets. Gifting is high on my list for the festive season, but to be honest, my family is back home in India and I’m coming over to meet them soon. So gifting for them can wait till then. And my wish list for the season would be - to receive loads of gifts in form of blessings and good wishes.

Vikas Singh Khokher
Once in a while it’s important to take a break from whatever you are doing and making the most of life. This Diwali spread happiness and joy all around by being happy! A happy soul can enlighten hundreds of other souls. Say no to fire crackers, Mother Nature needs you! Wishing all a very Happy Diwali.

Sandesh Gour
Last year I could not be with my family on Diwali as I was busy shooting for my Marathi Film "Jhing Premachi" in Agra, so this time I have made sure that I spend time with them and celebrating Diwali with my family in Nagpur. We celebrate Diwali by lighting lamps n diyas, mom cooks sweet and delicious food for us and in the evening it’s compulsory to do puja of Maa Laxmi, Ganeshji and Saraswati devi. Having said this, I celebrate it as an eco-friendly Diwali. So no crackers no pollution. On the contrary, I used that money to distribute sweets to the poor and old people and the needy ones. On this occasion of Diwali, I would like to say make others happy and you will find it in abundance in return. As it is a festival of lights, I would say “Light up someone’s life. Add light in their life.” And for my friends, well-wishers and fans, here’s wishing you a very Happy Diwali and a Prosperous New Year. Have an awesome and rocking year ahead.

Yes, Diwali is a time when you refurbish your houses, go shopping for new things, and decorate the house with torans, lamps and lights. We all have our moments. Some become those we treasure. Make this Diwali a treasured moment for you and others. Have a Happy Diwali.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Lake City joins hands with Kalasamruddhi to announce Trish International Film Festival in Pokhara


After successfully joining hands with various International Film Festivals in the past and promoting its event at such festivals, the Lake City International Film Festival (LCIFF) has joined hands with Kalasamruddhi International Short Film Festival (KSISFF) to announce a brand new film festival in Pokhara, Nepal. To be held from 20-22 June 2019, the Trish International Film Festival is a joint collaboration between Qrius Films, Battku Entertainment and Purna Entertainment.

With films projecting over three days, the first edition of the Trish International Film Festival will be held in the picturesque town of Pokhara where filmmakers from around the world will be treated to a broad spectrum of film art and the best of film screenings. An inclusive and spirited festival designed to honor true film artists; apart from films in various competition categories, the directorate is also contemplating screening of best films produced in India and Nepal will be screened under special packages including retrospectives and best of festivals. Special packages like Iran, Azerbaijan, Russian and Turkish films, French short films, films from South East Asia are being organized.

“Providing a forum and a place for showcasing your films, TIFF is a one of its kind International Film Festival where the organizers will be going that extra mile to provide a collaborative platform for filmmakers that brings great talent together, and help launch careers, says Mohan Das, Festival Chairman & Director TIFF.

Team Trish is also set to bring in celebrated juries consisting of several elite actors, eminent film makers and critics from India, Nepal and across the globe to judge the best films across all categories. Gold, Silver and Bronze trophies to the winners are part of the competition in categories like Best Feature Film, Best Documentary, Best Short Fiction, Best Animation film, etc. Besides these, technical awards will also be given for Best Cinematography, Editing and Sound Design. Other highlights are the Special Jury award, Best Debut film award as well as Best Actor and Best Actress awards will also be given.

Quoting on this tie up, Ramesh Pawar, Director of the Festival says, “It’s a great honour for us to have a strategic tie-up and announce Trish International Film Festival with Qrius Films and Purna Entertainment. The festival will not only cater to the Short Films section but also has a platform for feature films and documentaries as well. We are going to use this set-up for exchange of ideas and information to make our festival better.”

For more details, log on to www.trishfilmfest.com or submit online on www.filmfreeway.com/Trish

Monday, November 5, 2018

#GiftOfLight brightens life of tribals

Diwali, the festival of lights was celebrated by Viviana Mall in a special way. This year, more than 100 homes in tribal villages of Paradhwadi and Mohwadi were benefited by their campaign, #GiftOfLight. As a part of the campaign, Viviana Mall distributed solar lamps, bringing smiles, cheers and lights in the lives of the villagers. 
The villages situated in Murbad, approximately 90 km away from Mumbai face perennial electricity troubles at times. With irregular electricity supply, lack of skilled wireman and unfavourable climatic conditions the villagers live in darkness for days. Taking cognizance of the situation at the village, Viviana Mall initiated its #GiftOfLight campaign and distributed the solar-lamps that are capable of providing light for more than 20 hours when fully charged.
On the occasion, Ms Rima Pradhan, Sr VP Marketing, Viviana Mall said, “At Viviana, we believe our responsibility does not cease at just providing superior quality shopping experiences, it extends to contributing towards the society in a meaningful way. It is our constant endeavour to develop innovative solutions that help us drive environmental conservation. We persistently work on various causes to draw attention to the hardships faced by people and #GiftOfLight is our effort to bring joy and light to the people of Paradhwadi and Mohwadi, and make this festive season special for them. " 
#GiftOfLight campaign was well appreciated by the villagers. The village Sarpanch specially thanked Viviana mall for their support and aid the villagers in leading a safe and better life.
Viviana Mall has always been at the forefront when it comes to giving it back to the community. Earlier this year, Viviana mall won a gold award at the ISCS Asia-Pacific Shopping Centre Award for their #Stopacidsale campaign.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Sushmita Mukherjee to play a sassy life coach in her debut web series, ‘Imperfect’

All of us have that one special person who is like a guardian angel helping us sail through in our life. Sushmita Mukherjee, the talented actor known for her versatile roles, forays into the world of web series with role of a life coach in The Zoom Studios recently released show ‘Imperfect’.

Sushmita, known for her role as Kitty from the famous 80’s detective show Karamchand has been entertaining audiences ever since. The actor will be seen as Simarjeet Sabharwal a.k.a. Simmy, a life coach to Isha Sanghvi, the lead protagonist of the show. The 55-year-old Simmy is playful, sassy, bossy and mischievous. She helps Isha rediscover herself and love herself the way she is.

Having been a well-known dancer who performed on some hit item numbers in films and danced her way into the audience’s hearts and enjoyed considerable fame, Simmy is not your stereotype typical Punjabi character. Though Simmy is glamorous, regal in her appearance and demeanour, she’s also a brazen freeloader. With a childlike curiosity and excitement, Simmy finds creative and unexpected ways to teach valuable philosophical lessons to Isha.

Talking about her role, Sushmita Mukherjee said, “I am very excited about my role in The Zoom Studios show 'Imperfect', as this is my first show for a digital medium. The shows made for digital platforms are finite and well scripted. I wanted to be part of such a series as it is relevant in today's time and a sought-after medium. It also gives an actor the scope to play unconventional roles. The character I play is very different from the other roles I have portrayed on screen. I play the character of Simmy, a sassy and bossy woman, who has her own unique ways to teach Isha, the show protagonist, some life lessons and help her embrace her imperfections”.

‘Imperfect’, the romantic comedy unfolds the journey of 27-year-old girl Isha Sanghvi, who in her relentless pursuit of perfection faces a whirlwind of uncertainties that life throws her way and rediscovers herself when her fairy tale world gets shattered.

Having premiered last night, Imperfect, presented by Myntra, skin care partner Dr. Tvacha, lifestyle partner Philips Garment Steamer and Associate Partner GoPro, airs every Thursday, at 8:00 pm on The Zoom Studios YouTube Channel and zoOm styled by Myntra 

Friday, November 2, 2018

Heart-throb Harrdy Sandhu’s “Kya Baat Ay” is a TikTok hit with 100K covers!

A song that instantly get you hooked to it has taken over the hearts of music lovers globally as the song is the biggest TikTok hit of the season! With 100K covers on the platform, the song has got the nation grooving to it. From clubs, house parties to even Sangeets, “Kya Baat Ay” is a must for everyone to dance to!

Video Director Arvindr Khaira creates magic with his camera and Harrdy with his moves makes you want to watch the video on repeat , which is close to 60 MN views already!  

Harrdy says " Kya Baat Ay to all my fans on TikTok. I love the fact that each one of you have your own favourite part from the song. I have also seen a young girl dancing with her grandmother on the song and it is amazing! Thank you for all the love, jaffian!"

Harrdy who is known for his lean debonair look, worked for 3 months to get those perfect abs and to ace his dance moves that has the girl brigade already swooning over him. 

Martin Garrix teams up with American viral subway singer MIKE YUNG for anthemic new single Dreamer

After stunning the world with his last massive release ‘Ocean’ with Khalid, the world’s #1 DJ Martin Garrix continues his blistering run of form with a new track that’s destined for big things in the pop charts. Keen as ever to show the different sides of this musical personality, Dreamer is an anthemic single that adds to Garrix’ broad spectrum of collaborations.

Dreamer is a collaboration with MIKE YUNG — a former soul singer with an incredible story that’s both heart breaking and ultimately triumphant. It’s YUNG’s first ever collaboration with a big established artist like Garrix. Signed in the 1980s to T.Electric alongside all-time legends like Etta James and Luther Vandross, he later fell on hard times, living on the street in New York, attacked by gangs and stabbed nine times. He spent 38 years busking on the subway to support his family in the projects in Brooklyn before appearing on the hugely popular TV show America’s Got Talent, where he made it to the semi-finals.

The song embodies the uplifting feel that characterises his return to the spotlight, filled with hope and empowerment and positivity, with his soulful delivery searing over a euphoric Garrix pop production. Gospel style choir harmonies lift the track towards the end, with a powerful video showing YUNG singing the track in his old stomping ground of the New York subway. The video continues his journey through his Brooklyn projects and through to Amsterdam where he records the track alongside an ecstatic Garrix in the studio.

For Garrix to team up with one of the last remaining singers of the soul era is an unexpected and beautiful twist in his ever-impressive career. It just goes to show, you can never predict what he’ll do next.


Friday, October 19, 2018

It’s time to say "Next year once again" to the festivities of Navratri and Durga Pujo..


Every year with the advent of autumn, the air is filled with a peculiar joy. It vibrates the arrival of Goddess Durga with the onset of Mahalaya and its time to go in a frenzy mode with Dandiya Raas and Garbas of Navratri everywhere around. The Hindu festival of nine nights dedicated to the glorification of Shakti, the feminine form of the Divine, is celebration time not only for Guajarati’s but is an ensemble of all religions these days. It’s a time to wear colorful costumes and perform a special type of vigorous dance known as garba and or dandiyas.

Come the sixth day of the Navratri and its Durga puja time for all the hardcore Bongs (read Bengalis) who have waited eagerly for the arrival of Maa Durga with her full family regalia. The joy is not only contagious but can be seen everywhere - right from buying of new clothes, shoes, jewelleries and anything and everything that can make one bright and colourful. Even the darkest corners of the city get lightened up at least for these few days before culminating on the 10th day with the festivities of Vijaya Dashami or Dusshera.

While these 10 days are obviously about prayers, rituals, worshipping Maa Durga, playing dandia raas, indulging in festivities and regaling old ties; it is also about celebrating the joy and happiness. As the Navratri and Pujo fever that gripped the Nation comes to an end with Dussehra, one question we couldn’t help but ask “What does Dussehra mean to you?” to some of our celebs and how do they celebrate it.

Well known actor Arfi Lamba who was seen in varied roles from Slumdog Millionaire to Singh is Bling and Fugly says, “Well I have an audition and a look test lined up. Despite really wanting a holiday, it will be a working day for me. I wish everyone that they are able to look within themselves and fight their own demons so as to create a better and happier version of themselves.”

Zee TV’s famous show “Guddan Tumse Na Ho Payega” actor Nishant Singh feels,  “Dussehra, apart from being a cultural festival which preaches the victory of good over evil, is also a great way for every section of the society to come together and be part of something. It's a sense of belonging and happiness for the society as a whole. The smile it brings on the faces of children when they are the effigy of Ravana being burst into flames is priceless. The whole family gets an occasion to shop and decorate their life. The best part is getting that much needed break from the monotony of everyday life and in my case, the shoots.”

Actor Vikrant Krishna whose short film “The Third Human” has won multiple awards at film festivals says that you need to focus on your goals rather on your problems. He adds, “If Lord Rama would had focused only on the 10 heads of Ravana, he would never have succeeded. So Instead of focusing on his multiple heads, Lord Rama simply focussed on the root cause of the problem and aimed at the Naval of Ravana and succeeded in bringing him dow. So this Dussehra instead of focusing on the Problems of life, let's find out that what went wrong and let's make correct efforts to make our life beautiful and our environment peaceful.”

Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai actor Amal Sehrawat says that he is celebrating Dusshera by killing all the negative traits in him. He adds, “I request all to see people as human beings first and not biased on the basis of religion, sex or any other discrimination. It’s time to burn the Ravana inside you! Only then will you be able to celebrate the victory of good over evil, instead of burning the effigy of Ravana.” Amal was also seen in Ram Gopal Verma's 'Sarkar 3' and in Vikram Bhatt's webseries 'Untouchables'.

Twice Critics award winner for his performance in the short films ‘Kaise?’ which touches the context of #MeToo movement as well as for his performance in ‘Shaque-Off’, Ajay Mahendru says that Dussehra is the festival of celebrating victory over devil. “This is the festival to be celebrated by everyone. We must fight whole year with evil habits, evil power and all adversities and celebrate its victory on Dussehra. If we try to kill all evil things from our life, our future and this world would be a place to live happy and peacefully.”

Ajay who is now in his hometown Delhi is basking in the glory of the awards which he recently got at the Kalasamruddhi International Short Film Festival in Mumbai at the start of this month. He is taking a short break with his family after doing back to back ads, short films and TVCs before starting his next project in Leh which he is tight lipped about. Ajay who was also seen in the award winning feature film “Tikli & Laxmi Bomb” that was released on Netflix adds, “As you try to carve your niche in the glamour and film industry, mostly many cannot make it possible to celebrate it with their families and friends, especially if you happen to have shifted from another city. Since last few months, I haven't been able to meet my family and friends to celebrate the festivals with them. Though this does bring in a bit of dissent, but when your work is appreciated and you are lauded for your efforts, it does motivate you that you can conquer anything if you are fully focused and concentrated. So, be focussed like Lord Ram and you can conquer anything that you set your focus on.

Actress Chitrangda Singh who also voiced her opinions in #metoo about the harassment meted out on the sets of 'Babumoshai Bandookbaaz' was at the Durga Bari Samiti puja where she offered a tray containing a beautiful traditional saree and flowers to the Devi and joined in the Sandhya Puja on Ashtami. Voicing her quote on devi visarjan and dussehra celebrations, she said: “I am happy to visit the Durga Bari Samiti. It is the oldest celebration of this festival in Mumbai, and I am delighted with the fact that the organisation has kept it eco-friendly. We have seen the immense damage after visarjan to our environment and it is wonderful if we can celebrate with care and concern for our surroundings."

Actors Neel Motvani & Vindya Tiwari who are about to tie the knot soon were pretty enthusiastic about this festive occasion. Here is what the couple had to say: “We’d like to wish a very happy and prosperous Dussehra to everyone who has supported and stood by us. This will be our first Dussehra together. This day marks the victory of the good over evil. We see Dussehra as a new beginning and we’ll be doing just that. We’re seeing this day as a positive beginning for the both of us and our journey together. It marks the start of the festive season and we’re looking forward to a lot of celebrations together."

Model cum Actor Abhilasha Gaira who just finished her latest film Dastak says it all: “Usually we celebrate this festival with our families as we all family members get together to celebrate this pooja and positivity. But practically nowadays when maximum people are far away from their homes and fail to reach their families, social media has taken over to wish each other to celebrate and too see each other’s happenings.”

Eminent Fashion Designer Mumtaz Khan says, “I have known Dussehra for its ethical reasons - the win over evil and light conquers the darkness. It's a time for celebration, a time for victory of good over bad, a time when world see the example of power of good. Let us continue the same “true” spirit. Let us not only burn effigies of Ravana and pollute the already venomous environ, but let’s start a great life by conquering all our eternal enemies. Happy Dusshera..!”

Roadies 9 winner and Actor Model Vikas Singh Khokher who has started shoot for his new film “Satrangi” under the banner of Raj Verma Productions removed time from his hectic schedule to wish everyone love and peace on the occasion. "Happy Dusshera to All. Let Love, Peace, Happiness & Harmony always be in your life." He also added to “Choose good over evil. Let your ego, cruelty, lust, greed, anger, jealousy, injustice, selfishness, conceit and attachment are all vanquished by Durga Shakti."

Actor Krishan Khatra ringed in Dussehra on social media as well, “Get rid of the evils to make way for good energy & positivity. Wishing everyone #HappyDussehra. Fill yourself with so much light, that even all that is broken within you glows.”

Yes, while the most eagerly awaited fiesta is nearing its end with #VijayaDashami, one thing that wouldn’t change over the years is your eyes getting moist with the chants of “Aaschhe bochhor, abar hobe! (Next year, once again)” as you wrap nostalgia around your heart and partake in Maa Durga's visarjan. But it’s also time for celebrations, gorging on mishtis and as well, wishing all near and dear ones a #ShubhoBijoya.

Friday, October 5, 2018

‘I detest that people are silencing her’ says Pooja Bhatt on Tanushree-Nana row


Pooja Bhatt at India Today Conclave East 2018 opened up on Tanushree Dutta-Nana Patekar controversy and #MeToo Movement. At a time when #MeToo Movement has brought out the horrific stories of sexual harassment women to the forefront, Indian film industry is not left unaffected. From every corner of the country, women are finally coming out and speaking up.

Filmmaker and actress Pooja Bhatt and Bengali actress Sreelekha Mitra at India Today Conclave East 2018 opened up on the movement, sexual harassment in Bollywood and Tollywood and how it's important to speak up.

Action choreographer Prateek Parmar’s Suryansh receives massive appreciation

Suryansh, the most anticipated Gujarati film of the year, hit the theatres on October 5th. The Freddy Daruwala and Heena Achhra starrer has lived up to its hype. Suryansh is a one of its kind film in Gujarati cinema, where storylines with action at its core are very rare.

'I totally support Tanushree' says Chitrangda Singh


Chitrangda Singh whose film Bazaar releases soon recently spoke up unequivocally expressing her support for Tanushree Dutta. The actress who had taken a strong stand and walked out of film when director Kushan Nandy insisted on a long intimate sequence with actor Nawazuddin, and allegedly directed her very crudely for the shot.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

"Beneath the Hagia Sophia" set to Premiere at the LACMA on Sept. 23


Kinostanbul presents the world premiere of "Beneath the Hagia Sophia," (www.beneaththehagiasophia.com) a documentary about the secrets under one of the world's most iconic structures. The event will be held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's (LACMA) Bing Theater on Sunday, Sept. 23rd.

"Beneath the Hagia Sophia" is directed by Göksel Gülensoy and is based on decades of exploration of the legendary structure's underwater tunnels and waterways. A short presentation by archaeologist Haluk Çetinkaya, PhD will precede the screening.

"The Hagia Sophia's dome and minarets are breathtaking symbols of Istanbul," says filmmaker Gülensoy. "We have dedicated ourselves to uncovering a world just as spectacular as the one above, and we are incredibly excited to be able to show our discoveries at this prestigious museum." With a team of divers, Gülensoy carried out a series of underwater shoots in the area in 1998, and most recently in 2012, uncovering sites that have been buried for centuries.

ET to launch the first edition of BFSI Innovation Tribe at The Sahara Star, Mumbai, on September 20


India’s financial ecosystem is on a roll, and focused technological innovations have given a fillip to this upwards curve. Technology has been disrupting the way businesses function across the globe, and online transactions, mobile payments, wire transfers and e-wallets have already reshaped the entire banking sector, with newer technologies being introduced at a rapid pace. Information Technology is one of the most important facilitators for the transformation of the Indian banking industry, and if banking today is a flourishing industry, it is because of the underlying technological innovation it has so readily embraced. Over the last three years, there have been countless numbers of innovative applications and systems used by the financial services industry to offer world-class products and services to the Indian market.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Lakecity International Film Festival opens entries for 2019


With a huge appetite for new horizons, this illustrious chap is making it big with renowned chefs

Food was always his hobby, munching was his first love and soon his first love became his work. He is at present, learning and experimenting with not just ‘food’ but the food angles, shots and renowned chefs including Chef Ranveer Brar, Chef Kunal Kapur, Chef Ananya Banerjee, Chef Rakhee Vaswani, Chef Rajshri and the list seems endless. In a tete-a-tete with Devashish Mishra over a cup of coffee at his studio (yea, no food included), he goes on reveal what made him a favourite among the top chefs and food brands.

It’s a joy to be interviewing someone who is from the food industry and have been working with renowned names. Yea, the chefs with whom he is working are the heroes of this industry that have been a favorite with mommies and aunties and even newcomers trying to cook at most of the food channels. They are the Salman Khans and the SRKs and the Aamirs of this industry dressing and undressing the food to get not only a lovely texture, but also make it easy to cook. And here I was interviewing the editing whizz Devashish Mishra at his studio. Instead of going around with our usual questionaaire, I thought of taking the route uncharted and let him start off on his own.