Friday, June 30, 2023

With Hungama, it’s a set of parallel events,” says Himanshu Malhotra about his wife Amruta

The immensely talented actor Himanshu Malhotra is ruling the hearts of viewers with his latest suspense thriller ‘Mauka Ya Dhokha’ streaming now on the Hungama app. A series that is based on the life story of a common man Amit Sehgal (played by Himanshu), who is trapped on the road to hell is turning out to be one of the most loved and critically appreciated shows. It is for the first time that Himanshu is featured in such an enthralling role on Hungama, whereas his wife Amruta did ‘Damaged’ in the year 2018 as her debut on the OTT platform. In a candid conversation the supremely brilliant actor shares more about his character, the reaction of his wife to the intimate scenes, with a heartfelt message to his fans.

Talking about his wife Amruta, Himanshu said, “I don’t know what this is but It’s like parallel events happening but taking place sometime later. She was the one who did “Damaged” web series for Hungama as the platform’s first original series, and I am doing ‘Mauka Ya Dhokha’ and this is my first stint with them.”

Speaking about Amruta’s reaction to the bold scenes in the show he adds, “She just said, ‘You are looking good, Himmi’, I think this is because we have been in the industry for almost 19 years, and so the way we treat other scenes is how this has been treated. I keep saying, as long as there is no malice in your heart and soul it’s absolutely okay, once the intent goes haywire, that’s where things go wrong.” 

The suspense-thriller 'Mauka Ya Dhokha' features a stellar cast, including the talented Himanshu Malhotra, Aabhaas Mehta and Samiksha Batnagar, who deliver power-packed performances that bring the characters to life. A gripping series that delves into the depths of desire, choices, and the consequences that follow, Mauka Ya Dhoka is Produced by Frogg Unlimited and Big Elephant Pictures. Watch the murder mystery unfold in Mauka Ya Dhokha now, streaming on the Hungama app. You can catch a glimpse of what the series unfolds here...

Tanha by Harjas Harjaayi makes solitude seem beautiful

After the first single, Roothe Roothe, from his much-anticipated album X, Harjas Harjaayi is back with another mesmerizing track ‘Tanha’. A pop track that beautifully portrays the bittersweet journey of being alone and self-exploration, Harjas Harjaayi's poignant vocals and profound lyrics embrace the composition of the song and delve deep into the emotions and experiences of solitude, highlighting the beauty and solace that can be found within yourself. 

“Tanha” is a visually stunning music video that will take you on a scenic journey through the majestic mountains. The video showcases Harjas embarking on personal exploration while revelling in the tranquillity of solitude and enjoying the simple pleasures in life. With its heartfelt melody and soulful lyrics, “Tanha” promises to captivate audiences with its exploration of solitude and self-discovery.

On the Launch of Tanha, Harjas Harjaayi said, "I poured my heart and soul into 'Tanha.' This song is very close to my heart, and I hope it resonates with listeners on a personal level. It is a reflection of my own journey of self-discovery and finding peace within my own solitude. I believe it will touch the hearts of those who have ever experienced the beauty of being alone."

You can watch the wonderful video of Tanha by Harjas here..

Charlie Chopra pilot episode out now on Sony LIV

After having a successful run of 2 seasons of ‘Your Honor’ on SonyLIV, Bollywood actor Pulkit Makol is back in action. Having crafted his own niche in the industry, the multi-talented actor dropped an update about his upcoming project on Instagram today. An adaptation of Agatha Christie's acclaimed novel, The Sittaford Mystery, the web series titled Charlie Chopra is a crime thriller series directed by National Award winner Vishal Bhardwaj.

Pulkit has also dropped an exclusive preview of the pilot episode, streaming now on Sony LIV. “Witness the unravelling of a chilling mystery. Presenting #CharlieChopra, directed by National Award Honoree Vishal Bhardwaj in association with Tusk Tale Films and Agatha Christie Limited. An exclusive preview of the pilot episode, streaming now on Sony LIV. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to co-create the title for this new Sony LIV original,” wrote Pulkit on Instagram.

Yes, an exclusive preview of the pilot episode of Charlie Chopra and the mystery of Solang Valley is streaming now on Sony LIV. It features an impressive ensemble cast of Wamiqa Gabbi, Priyanshu Painyuli, Naseeruddin Shah, Neena Gupta, Ratna Pathak Shah, Gulshan Grover, Lara Dutta, Chandan Roy Sanyal and Paoli Dam.

As you witness the unravelling of a chilling mystery, don’t miss out on the opportunity to co-create the title for this new Sony LIV original. Yes! SonyLIV has invited the audience to participate in the creative process by jointly creating the title for this intriguing detective thriller. Moreover, after watching the pilot episode, viewers can assist the protagonist Charlie in unravelling the mystery by searching for clues.

Pulkit Makol who essayed the lead character in ‘Your Honor’ plays Jimmy Sheirgill’s son in the series. He has also done Anuj Bhardwaj’s ‘Ek Achchi Naukri’ a short film on job choices which went to fetch him a couple of awards at international film festivals. Right now, he is looking into some good scripts but is yet to lock on. We at Films & TV World wish him the best.

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Axis Bank and NMACC announce a multi-year strategic collaboration

Burgundy Private, Axis Bank’s private banking business, and the Nita Mukesh Ambani Cultural Centre - announce a multi-year collaboration, forging a powerful alliance with the aim of creating a deep impact on India's cultural landscape. This will enable Burgundy Private to offer its premium customers an exceptional range of exclusive privileges and experiences, in addition to its bouquet of banking and wealth management services. Through this, customers will enjoy a host of unique benefits, including early ticket access, curated events and many more experiences at the Centre.

Envisioned by Mrs. Nita Ambani, the Cultural Centre is home to the arts, artists, and the audience. It aims to make art accessible to all and promote India’s rich cultural heritage, which aligns perfectly with Axis Bank’s mission of championing India-centric arts and culture.

Arjun Chowdhry, Group Executive - Affluent Banking, NRI, Cards & Payments at Axis Bank, expressed his enthusiasm about the partnership, stating, "With our recent acquisition, our highly affluent wealth customers have grown, strengthening the Burgundy Private franchise even further. Since its establishment in 2019, Burgundy Private has remained dedicated to creating unique experiences for our discerning HNI clientele across India. As a significant step on that journey, we are delighted to partner with the Nita Mukesh Ambani Cultural Centre, a true embodiment of India's vibrant cultural heritage.”

Devendra Bharma, CEO of Jio World Centre said, “We are happy to embark on this collaboration with Axis Bank – an institution that reflects our Founder’s vision of bringing the best of India to the world and the best of the world to India. Taking this vision ahead, we look forward to offering access to shows, exhibitions, and unique, immersive & unforgettable artistic experiences to a wide and evolving group of patrons.”

The strategic partnership between Axis Bank and Nita Mukesh Ambani Cultural Centre is another step towards making an indelible impact on the cultural landscape of India.

New releases on OTT this week

OTT platforms, with their varied content and genres, have become one of the most preferred mediums of entertainment. Churning out content at lightning speed, the last week of June will see many interesting titles premiering on various platforms. Be it action, drama, romance, comedy, horror or mystery, there’s something for everyone on the most popular OTTs. Below is the list of some of the best web series and movies which you can watch on Netflix, Sony LIV and Amazon Prime Video this week. Happy Weekend!!

Lust Stories 2 / Netflix
Brace yourselves as Netflix brings you the second season of Lust Stories, after a long break of 5 years since its original release in 2018. One of the most popular Hindi Netflix original series of all time, Lust Stories 2 is poised to make waves with four intriguing stories. It brings back raunchy, scandalous, and taboo adult topics to the forefront. Produced by the visionary duo of Ashi Dua and Ronnie Screwvala, Lust Stories 2 boast a star line-up of Kajol, Tamannaah Bhatia, Mrunal Thakur, Vijay Varma, Angad Bedi, Neena Gupta, and more.

The Night Manager / Disney+ Hotstar
An adaptation of the superhit British series, The Night Manager is a superb one with a stellar cast that includes Aditya Roy Kapur and Anil Kapoor in the lead roles. Expect some scintillating action, edge-of-your-seat suspense, and top-notch cinematography, this one follows an ex-soldier turned secret agent, Shaan Sengupta, who must enter and infiltrate the network of an arms dealer in an attempt to bring him down from his throne of the vast gangster empire.

Afwaah / Netflix
Sudhir Mishra is once again behind the camera with this political thriller, Afwaah, which stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Bhumi Pednekar. Though the film didn’t make waves at the Box Office, it might find some good audiences as it releases on Netflix. This Bollywood thriller revolves around how a viral rumour on social media can wreak havoc for people in real life, especially focusing on an advertising professional and an heiress of a political empire. With writers like Apurva Dhar Badgaiyan, Shiva Shankar Bajpai, and Nisarg Mehta, you are sure to enjoy this weekend’s thriller binge-watch.

Lakadbaggha / Zee5
Another fun movie to release this week is Lakadbaggha on Zee5. Directed by Victor Mukherjee, this crime action-comedy flick stars Anshuman Jha, Riddhi Dogra, and Paresh Pahuja in lead roles. Based in Kolkata, the story revolves around an eager animal vigilante, who uncovers an illegal animal trading racket in his city. This racket involves the Lakadbaggha or Indian Striped Hyena, which is an extremely endangered species. He must do everything in his might to take on the powerful and bring the captured animals to justice.

Sergeant / Jio Cinema
If you love crime thrillers, this is the one for you this weekend. Catch Randeep Hooda back in action with Sergeant on Jio Cinema this week. This crime thriller revolves around a detective working in the UK who becomes obsessed enough to solve the toughest of cases. Naturally, he is bound to encounter some dangerous people who even threaten to take his life. But his determination is what allows him to keep going in search of tougher, more complex murder cases.

Agent / SonyLIV
If you are done with a crime thriller, here is a spy thriller. A Telugu-language action spy film directed by Surender Reddy, Agent showcases a spy who has a mysterious past and is on a mission to uncover the truth about a dangerous terrorist organisation. It stars Akhil Akkineni in the lead role, along with Mammootty, Dino Morea, Sakshi Vaidya, and Vikramjeet Virk.

Jack Ryan / Amazon Prime Video
One of the most popular shows on Prime Video of all time, Jack Ryan back for yet another season. Promising to be bigger and better than before, the series follows an iconic CIA analyst, portrayed by Krasinski, as he battles terrorists and tackles global threats of various kinds. With intense action, complex geopolitics, and a captivating storyline, this show keeps viewers on the edge of their seats.

Hijack / Apple TV+
Apple TV+ has been producing some of the best original series we have seen in the last few months, and June 2023 is no different. Hijack is a big-budget action thriller with Idris Elba on a regular flight from Dubai to London that gets hijacked. Hundreds of passengers are stuck on this 7-hour-long flight as authorities on the ground struggle to figure out an escape plan.

The Witcher / Netflix
One of the biggest Netflix original series of all time, The Witcher, now in its third season is based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s books around the same character. The Geralt of Rivia comes to life in this dark fantasy adventure show filled with some of the most epic battles, complex characters, and a world filled with prejudice. Plus, you also get to see some breathtaking visuals and suspenseful and action-filled storytelling. If you are a fan of Henry Cavill’s Superman, you will love him in this avatar.

Celebrity / Netflix
A Korean thriller to watch out for, Celebrity is a crime thriller that focuses on one woman who wants to become the biggest influencer of them all. But with that goal comes a lifetime’s worth of struggles, toxicity, competition, and dangerous elements. Will she be able to survive through all of them and make it big as a celebrity?

Charlie Chopra / SonyLIV
Meanwhile an exclusive preview of the pilot episode of Charlie Chopra and the mystery of Solang Valley is streaming now on Sony LIV. As you witness the unravelling of a chilling mystery, don’t miss out on the opportunity to co-create the title for this new Sony LIV original. Yes! SonyLIV has invited the audience to participate in the creative process by jointly creating the title for this intriguing detective thriller. Moreover, after watching the pilot episode, viewers can assist the protagonist Charlie in unravelling the mystery by searching for clues.

An adaptation of Agatha Christie's acclaimed novel, The Sittaford Mystery, the SonyLIV series is directed, co-produced and co-written by Vishal Bhardwaj alongside Anjum Rajabali and Jyotsna Hariharan. The series features an impressive ensemble cast of  Naseeruddin Shah, Neena Gupta, Ratna Pathak Shah, Gulshan Grover, Lara Dutta, Wamiqa Gabbi, Priyanshu Painyuli, Pulkit Makol, Chandan Roy Sanyal and Paoli Dam.

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Thursday, June 29, 2023

Lust Stories 2 : Tillotama Shome, Kajol and Neena Gupta deliver solid performances

Like its first season, the anthology in the second season of Lust Stories 2 consists of four stories. The first story, “Made For Each Other,” feature two lovebirds, played by Mrunal Thakur and Angan Bedi who decide to marry while getting their parents’ approval as well. As the talks progress, Neena Gupta who plays Mrunal’s grandmother tells the couple to check their compatibility in sex before marriage as that’s the most important aspect to keep the couple together. Both the set of parents are aghast, but she is firm on her decision and keeps pushing her granddaughter to go ahead and indulge in sex.

The second story, “The Mirror,” is about a working woman played by Tillotama Shome who watches her maid (Amruta Subhash) having sex in her house. The maid keeps continuing the same for a long time. Tillotama Shome, who doesn’t have a sex life, starts enjoying her maid’s make out sessions before they eventually fall out with a bitter show-off. After a while, both keep aside their ego’s and life goes on for them.

The third story, “Sex with the Ex,” is about a CEO, played by Vijay Varma, who has a wife and two kids. One day, his car breakdowns and strolling into a neighbourhood he unexpectedly meets his ex-wife (Tamannaah Bhatia) who had disappeared a decade ago. Moving on in life, he marries another girl but his lustful eyes keep roving everywhere. As the story progresses, it becomes clear that the sudden disappearance of Tamannaah was initiated by Vijay Verma who hires goons to kill her so that he could marry the other girl and rise in life.

The fourth story Tilchatta is about a prostitute played by Kajol. She marries a person (Kumud Mishra) belonging to the royal family, but her lustful husband mistreats her. To get rid of her husband, she brings in another girl from the red-light area who is suffering from Aids. As the saying goes, “The trap you lay for another man will itself be your destiny; dig a pit for another and it will be your grave.” Eventually, the son for whom she wanted to get rid of her husband and give a good life eventually succumbs to the lust of the girl.

R Balki’s ‘Made For Each Other’ is hilarious but the bland narration with repetitive scenes causes boredom. Kajol’s Tilchatta story actually makes you feel what Kajol must have gone through when she finds that its her son and not the husband who has to pay for her foolhardiness. In fact, after a long time, someone has tried to work on a story with Aids as the base, though in a negative manner. The most complex story yet the best among the lot is Konkona Sen Sharma’s ‘The Mirror’. Not only it shows the divide between the working women of both classes - one in a posh office and the other as a housemaid, it also depicts how space crunch in Mumbai’s chawls can make a person take some really weird decisions to satiate their thirst for sex. Though both Tamannah and Vijay Verma shared amazing chemistry in ‘Sex with the Ex’, but beyond that it was highly disappointing.

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Moj teams up with Nanhi Pari Foundation to celebrate its 3rd Birthday

Moj, India's leading short video platform, is thrilled to announce its 3rd birthday celebration, marking a remarkable journey of delivering relatable and joyful content to its consumers in various genres. Over the last 3 years, consumers have been delighted by the immersive experience and endless happiness that Moj has brought to their lives. 

In collaboration with the Nanhi Pari Foundation, a dedicated NGO working towards improving children's lives, Moj will host an exciting celebration on July 1st. This event promises an array of captivating activities, from hilarious stand-up gigs and live music performances to thrilling battles, ensuring a joyous experience for everyone and leaving a positive impact in its wake.

The highlight of this celebration is the introduction of a virtual cupcake within the Moj platform. While numerous virtual gifts exist, users will now have the opportunity to send a brand-new virtual gift, a cupcake. On July 1st, for every 10 virtual cupcakes received, Moj will gift a real cupcake to a child supported by the Nanhi Pari Foundation, with an aim to spread joy. This initiative exemplifies Moj's commitment to amplifying its reach and impact, as well as its dedication to nurturing the community.

To further enhance this initiative, Moj has enlisted the support of five influential creators who have been an integral part of the Moj Family since its inception. Apoorva Arora Prasad, Himanshu Shrivastav, Sushil Brahmbhatt, and Shweta Pavan will actively promote the celebration across Moj and various social media platforms. Their encouragement will inspire their fans to join in the festivities and contribute virtual cupcakes, ultimately bringing smiles to the faces of those in need.

Moj creator, Himanshu Shrivastav, said, “As Moj celebrates its 3rd birthday, I reflect on the platform's immense impact on Indian creators. Moj has been instrumental in supporting creators' growth, understanding their needs, and launching features that simplify content creation. Through programs, on-ground activities, and a strong sense of community, Moj has nurtured and groomed countless creators. Today, as Moj turns 3, we are honored to be part of this journey and confident that the platform will continue to thrive. The Moj creator community is thrilled to celebrate by bringing smiles to the faces of the future generation, as we believe even small gestures can make a big difference.”

Expressing her excitement, Mousumi Mishra, Head of Consumer Marketing at ShareChat and Moj, shared, "As we commemorate our 3rd birthday, our primary goal is to spread joy and create a meaningful impact. Through our collaboration with the Nanhi Pari Foundation and the invaluable support of our remarkable creators, we aim to foster a sense of community, compassion, while spreading happiness."

Azhar Khan, Founder of Nanhi Pari Foundation added, "The Nanhi Pari Foundation echoes the call, urging all to partake in the festivities and spread happiness among the less fortunate. Through the purchase of virtual cupcakes on the Moj app, individuals can actively contribute to this virtuous endeavor. With each sale of 10 virtual cupcakes, Moj graciously pledges to gift a tangible cupcake to the Nanhi Pari Foundation, ensuring that joy cascades to the cherished children they champion, illuminating their days and painting smiles on their countenances."

In an effort to engage the community further, Moj will launch a unique lens featuring the cupcake, inspiring users to share their celebratory moments using the hashtag #MojTurns3. Together, let us join hands, spread joy, and make Moj's 3rd birthday a memorable milestone in our shared journey of compassion and positivity.

Drop everything because Disney Hotstar just dropped a bomb! The Night Manager Season 2 is now streaming!

The wait is finally over. 'The Night Manager' Season 2 that had been gearing up for its release finally starts streaming on Disney+ Hotstar today. Adapted into a Hindi version by The Ink Factory and Banijay Asia, the makers of the show released the show before the scheduled time. Earlier, it was shared that the show would be released on June 30.  Created by Sandeep Modi and directed by Priyanka Ghose, this famous series is based on John le Carré's, 'The Night Manager'.

The trailer that was released a couple of days earlier, provided a glimpse into the events of the previous season and builds anticipation for what lies ahead. Setting the stage for a thrilling and action-packed season as Shelly (Anil Kapoor) and Shaan (Aditya Roy Kapur) team up, the alliance of Shaan and Shailendra (Shelly) promises to shake up established systems, and spin a new web of conspiracies and deception. While Shaan’s character is prepared for his mission, but he is sure to encounter unexpected challenges while attempting to expose Shelly and his illegal activities. It will be intriguing to see what unfolds in the second season of the show.

The series boasts of an ensemble cast of Anil Kapoor, Aditya Roy Kapur, Sobhita Dhulipala, Tillotama Shome, Saswata Chatterjee, and Ravi Behl who received rave responses for their respective performances. In the first season, the story revolved around Shaan Sengupta, a former Navy officer who takes on a job as a night manager at luxury hotels in the hospitality sector. Years later, he is recruited to spy on a man whose alleged sinister plans resulted in the death of a young girl in Dhaka, a tragedy he witnessed but couldn't prevent. Catch the show exclusively on Disney+ Hotstar.

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Dy. CM Devendra Fadnavis says, ‘the investigation is still ongoing’ in Sushant Singh Rajput Death case

It's been three years since Sushant Singh Rajput died, yet the gap left by his untimely death remains. His fans miss him almost every day, and there isn't a day that goes by that social media isn't flooded with his memories. Nobody could deny that a thorough inquiry was underway following the death of the Kedarnath actor.

Sushant Singh Rajput who breathed his last on June 14, 2020, enjoyed a huge fan following. While the actor allegedly died by suicide, his fans suspected foul play. CBI was handed over the case for proper inquiry and now, Maharashtra’s Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis has made new revelations in the case. And now, three years later, Maharashtra's Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, has provided an update on the situation.

In a recent interview, Devendra Fadnavis told Republic that initially, the material supplied was based on gossip, but later, several persons claimed to have solid evidence in the case. They were then instructed to turn over the evidence to the police. “Currently, we are in the process of examining the credibility of the presented evidence. The investigation is still in progress, and it would be premature for me to provide any comments on the eventual outcome of the case at this stage," the politician added.

On his 3rd death anniversary on June 14th, several actors took to social media to pay homage to the late actor. While Rhea Chakraborty, his then girlfriend, mourned the late actor and shared an unseen clip with him, Sara Ali Khan shared numerous photos from their Kedarnath shoot with a lengthy tribute to her late co-star. Kriti Sanon, on the other side, remembered her Raabta co-star with a red love emoji..

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Enjoy the combination of health and taste with Skyrrup – Superfood of the Vikings

Elworld Agro & Organic Foods Pvt Ltd’s, a well-known brand among organic food manufacturers great offering - Skyrrup, the SuperFood of the Vikings is meticulously crafted with unwavering care and an unwavering commitment to excellence, Skyrrup presents an extraordinary assortment of products that not only fuel your body but also awaken your senses. Embracing the very essence of well-being, this brand seamlessly combines the power of protein with irresistible flavors, providing a delectable and convenient means to prioritize your health.

Skyrrup’s flagship offering. Skyr is a delightful Icelandic yogurt that comes in various flavors, including Plain, Alphonso Mango, Honey & Dates, and Mixed Berries. These indulgent treats provide a premium feel and a visually appealing experience that sets Skyrrup apart from the competition.

Original Icelandic Skyr: Every bite of the original skyr is authentically crafted with the purity of Iceland and proudly made in India. A great source of protein and calcium. It has a creamy texture, low carbs and is suitable for the whole family.

 Alphonso Mango: A yummy fusion of skyr and alphonso mango pulp will delight your palate and boost your protein. Calcium-rich and creamy, yet low in fat. Proudly made in India and healthy for the whole family.

Honey & Dates: The perfect balance of skyr, honey & dates to create an unforgettable taste. A great source of protein and calcium. Proudly made in India and healthy for everyone in the family.

Mixed Berries: The perfect balance of skyr and mixed berries creates an unforgettable taste sensation. A great source of protein and calcium. Proudly made in India and healthy for everyone in the family.

The story began when Mr S N Dwivedi, Founder Chairman & MD of Elcomponics Group, went to Iceland on a family vacation. As he toured a local market in Reykjavik, he encountered the healthy deliciousness that is skyr. It was love at first bite and his curiosity was piqued. Mr Jon Tryggvason, an Icelandic Filmmaker and Entrepreneur, was instrumental in helping him explore this healthy secret of Vikings.

Elworld Agro & Organic Foods is a well-known brand among organic food manufacturers and its Organic farming products are spread all across India, Europe and USA. With over 2000 farmers and families working with them, Elworld cultivates about 4000 hectares with multiple cropping systems. Elworld’s organic foods are packaged, produced, and processed without using chemicals. The products offered by Elworld are not only nutritionally rich but also taste and value-rich.

Skyr is priced at INR 95 and all the variants are available in all established retail outlets in Delhi like Modern Bazaar, AAS Foods, Nature’s Soul, Freshlee, The Taste, etc, and on the brand’s e-commerce website The brand plans to expand its presence in other cities soon.


The Century to host mafia-themed murder mystery dinner theatre

The Century will host the premiere of "The Last Supper," a mafia-themed murder mystery dinner show featuring the Mayhem Mystery Players. The production will be hosted for three nights in July and includes a 3-course dinner.

Guests will meet the Morales', the most notorious Mexican mafia family around. The godfather, Hector Sr., has gone all out to celebrate his 25th wedding anniversary with close family and friends. But trouble is brewing and with a family this infamous, there's no shortage of lies and secrets to hide. Plus, with famed journalist Tracy Fields looking to catch the latest scoop, it's bound to be someone's last supper. With a restaurant full of deadly secrets and questionable suspects, remember to keep your family close, and your enemies closer…

To add to the fun, attendees are encouraged (but not required) to dress in their favorite 1950s-inspired cocktail dresses and Zoot Suits as they attempt to solve the murder before dessert!

Inspired by the bold flavors of Mexico, the dinner will include chips and salsa, a choice of entrée (chicken and beef skewers or vegan), and a delicious dessert to die for. Both entrée options are gluten-free and can be chosen at the ticket check-out.

Head over to The Century webpage for additional information and to check out the video recap of the previous murder mystery dinner show! Show dates are July 7-9 and tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite or under the events tab on The Century's Facebook page. Be sure to RSVP today as ticket sales close on July 5.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2023

After a massive wait, ‘Blind’ gets a release date on JioCinema

Sonam Kapoor, who last starred in the romantic comedy The Zoya Factor alongside Dulquer Salmaan, is making a comeback as the lead in the police procedural film Blind. In the movie, she plays a visually-impaired officer who is on the trail of a serial killer. Despite her disability, Sonam's character is shown in the teaser relentlessly pursuing the killer. Although we only get brief glimpses of the killer, he appears to be a fierce antagonist.

A crime thriller film directed by Shome Makhija and produced by Sujoy Ghosh, Hyunwoo Thomas Kim and others, Blind features Sonam Kapoor with Purab Kohli, Vinay Pathak and Lillete Dubey. Extensively shot in Glasgow, Scotland, Blind is a remake of the 2011 Korean film of the same name, the shoot of the film wrapped up on 13 February 2021. The film that was scheduled to release in 2021 will now finally see the light of the day. After a wait of nearly two years, the film will now premiere on 7 July 2023 on JioCinema.

Sonam Kapoor had taken a break from acting when she relocated to London during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. She only made a cameo appearance in Vikramaditya Motwane's AK vs AK, which starred her father Anil Kapoor, brother Harshvardhan Kapoor, and filmmaker Anurag Kashyap. However, when the opportunity for Blind came up there was no way, she could turn down the offer. She had always been an ardent admirer of Ghosh’s body of work. And with the film being shot in Scotland, it was very fitting for them to collaborate.

According to sources, the audience might get a chance to see Sonam’s another stellar performance since Neerja. The plot revolves around an ex-cop who goes blind in an accident that happens while she hunts down a criminal. How she chases him down in spite her physical disability, centres around Sonam’s character. Sonam, who has never done an action film before, kicks some serious butt in this Korean remake. A pity that her efforts would not be seen on the big screen.

However, with she being away from limelight for nearly three years, it remains to be seen if she can make an effective comeback with Blind. 

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BREAKING NEWS: Shah Rukh Khan and Atlee to launch Jawan Teaser on July 7

The official teaser of Shah Rukh Khan's highly anticipated film Jawan, co-starring Nayanthara and Vijay Sethupathi is going to be launched on either July 7 and will be the biggest digital launch of all time as per a report by Bollywood Hungama. This was also posted on the Red Chillies Entertaiment twitter account. This grand news is sure to amaze SRK’s fans. The much-awaited actioner marks the Hindi film debut of blockbuster Tamil director Atlee.

“Shah Rukh Khan and Atlee will launch the Jawan Teaser in a grand way. It will be the biggest digital launch of all time, and the teaser will blow everyone’s mind. It features Shah Rukh Khan like never before," a trade source told Bollywood Hungama. “The makers are looking to get a special guest to launch the teaser of Jawan in Chennai, and once that has been finalized, the date will also be. Hence, the variation currently whether it will be released on July 7," the report further stated.

The teaser launch will be followed by songs and a trailer and therefore, it will also start the 2-month-long marketing campaign of the action film. “Jawan is set to hit the big screen on September 7 and it’s exactly on July 7 that the campaign will kick start. been touted to be one of the biggest releases of 2023, after Pathaan, Shah Rukh Khan is here to deliver another blockbuster," the trade source told Bollywood Hungama.

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Netflix’s ‘Extraction 2’ dominates films list, ‘Black Mirror’ Season 6 tops Series

For the second week in a row, Chris Hemsworth dominated the top two spots on the English Films List as Extraction 2 held strong at #1 with 42.2M views, making it the most-viewed title on Netflix this week. The action-packed sequel now has over 85M views in the first 10 days since it premiered. While some fans visited sweaty billboards of Tyler Rake, others revisited his past as the first instalment of Extraction claimed the #2 spot with 13.8M views this week. The Extraction franchise had 108.4M views since June 12, marking the first film franchise to hold the top two spots for two weeks. Documentary film Take Care of Maya was third on the list with 9.2M views as viewers sought answers to a shocking accusation. Fans found their perfect match in the romantic comedy The Perfect Find, based on the novel by Tia Williams and starring Gabrielle Union and Keith Powers, with 7M views.

Black Mirror Season 6 claimed the #1 spot on Streamberry and the English TV List with 11.6M views as fans and their pets popped up on billboards. Black Mirror Season 1 also entered the list at #9 with 2.3M views. Season 4 of Never Have I Ever was #2 with 5M views for the week. The final season has nearly 32M views to date as fans say goodbye to Devi and the Sherman Oaks High crew. Returning to the list were natural history documentary series Our Planet II (4M views) along with the double dose of Arnold Schwarzenegger: docuseries Arnold (2.5M views) and action-comedy Fubar (2.1M views).

On the Non-English Films List, the romantic Spanish sequel Through My Window: Across the Sea debuted at #1 with 14.5M views, as the original film Through My Window returned for its 14th week on the list with 2.6M views. New entrants were Turkish rom-com Make Me Believe at #2 (6.6M views) and South African heist drama iNumber Number: Jozi Gold (2.1M views). Returning to the list were Japanese anime Black Clover: Sword of the Wizard King, Turkish drama You Do You, Danish drama A Beautiful Life, Dutch comedy The Wonder Weeks, Spanish horror Tin & Tina, and Japanese drama The Village.

On the Non-English TV List, Mexican drama The Surrogacy jumped to #1 with 5.3M views, followed by Korean dramas King the Land (4.7M views) and Bloodhounds (4.6M views). New to the list were German crime thriller Sleeping Dog (4.4M views) and See You in My 19th Life (1.9M views), a live adaptation of a popular Korean webtoon. Returning favorites included Colombia’s Fake Profile, Spanish drama Valeria Season 3, and Love is Blind: Brazil.

Lust Stories 2 to start streaming on Netflix on June 29, 2023

Tuesday, June 27, 2023

AWAL launched in India and South Asia

AWAL announced today the launch of AWAL in India and South Asia, following the acquisition of OKListen, a digital music platform for independent artists and record labels. Based in Mumbai and supported by Sony Music India, AWAL will offer independent-minded artists in the region a range of services including global marketing, creative, sync and brand partnerships, radio promotion and distribution as well as access to real-time comprehensive music analytics. OKListen founder and CEO Vijay Basrur has been appointed Head of India & South Asia, AWAL, reporting to Lonny Olinick, CEO of AWAL and Vinit Thakkar, Managing Director, Sony Music India.

“The independent music community across the region is full of potential,” said Lonny Olinick, CEO of AWAL. “Together with Vijay, I look forward to AWAL becoming a true creative hub for India and South Asia’s independent artists, with resources dedicated to developing careers that are committed to creator integrity and global success.”

“AWAL alongside Sony Music, provides an exciting and comprehensive offering for artists at any stage of their career, putting the artist first and in control of their own future, and enabling more opportunities to showcase their music to fans around the world,” said Vinit Thakkar, Managing Director, Sony Music India.

“It’s a privilege to join AWAL and spearhead the next chapter for the company and its global roster in the region,” added Vijay Basrur, Head of India & South Asia, AWAL. “AWAL is already well known in the region for helping artists at any stage of their career. I look forward to bringing AWAL’s expertise and global reach to our creators and developing the next phase in their careers.”

Basrur brings more than 23 years of music, technology and business experience to the company. He founded OKListen in 2012 as India’s first homegrown digital distribution service. To date, OKListen works with more than 4,000 musicians across India, including leading independent artists such as The Local Train, When Chai Met Toast, Bipul Chettri, Sanam and more.

Prior to founding OKListen, Basrur worked with several digital startups and corporations in a wide range of product, technology and digital transformation leadership roles. Basrur is also on the Board of Trustees for the Applied Environmental Research Foundation (AERF) which focuses on biodiversity conservation.

Monday, June 26, 2023

Netflix and Hansal Mehta enter into a multi-year series partnership

Netflix has announced a multi-year series partnership with filmmaker Hansal Mehta, after the launch of his maiden series with Netflix, Scoop. Taking this collaboration forward, Hansal will create multiple series for Netflix in the coming years.

Scoop has been called a genre-defining series inspired by crime reporter Jigna Vora’s book Behind Bars in Byculla: My Days in Prison. Audiences and critics alike have been captivated by the deeply layered characters and compelling storylines, hailing it as one of the most binge-worthy series of the year.

Hansal is a National Award-winning director instrumental in delivering many critically acclaimed films and series including Aligarh, Shahid, Citylights and Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story. 

Hansal Mehta, Director and Creator of Netflix Series, Scoop, said, “As a filmmaker, the idea of creating diverse and dynamic stories constantly keeps me on my toes. What excites me about this partnership with Netflix, which is home to some of the finest talent, is the potential for my work to reach viewers across the world. As was the case with Scoop, Netflix is engaged in the creative process right from scripting, all the way to marketing and distribution which is critical for the success of any creative collaboration. This long-term partnership with them is only going to empower me to dive into a variety of undiscovered stories.”

Monika Shergill, Vice President - Content, Netflix India, said, "Hansal is a master of his craft and has an eye for spotting stories that have a broad appeal and are relevant to a wide audience. Being a nuanced storyteller, he is able to tell these stories like no other. Scoop marks yet another success for our series line-up this year, and with this partnership we look forward to never-before-seen stories that audiences will love.”

Netflix has had a successful year across series and films with titles such as Khakee - The Bihar Chapter, Rana Naidu, Class, Mission Majnu, Chor Nikal Ke Bhaga, Kathal and more.

Hrithik Roshan surprised his fans with the first look from Fighter

The much awaited first look of Hrithik Roshan’s ‘Fighter’ was released today by none other than Hrithik Roshan himself! Hrithik took to social media and dropped the first look of his upcoming film in the uniform of a pilot. After posting the first look, Hrithik Roshan captioned it stating, “#Fighter #25Jan2024 #7MonthsToFighter”. The film will be released on January 25 next year (2024). No sooner did Hrithik uploaded a picture of himself to Instagram, the comments section on his social media started overflowing with like and comments that praised Hrithik’s pilot avatar.

Resting his hand on a fighter jet while wearing a uniform, Hrithik turned to face the camera while gazing at the plane. He added the hashtags “Fighter,” “25 January 2024,” and “7 months to Fighter” but did not include a caption. While Anil Kapoor responded to the tweet by posting the emoji of a raised fist, Sanjeeda Shaikh and Zoya Akhtar used the red heart emoji. Pashmina Roshan posted fire emojis to the same. Hrithik’s fans and supporters also applauded the look. A fan exclaimed, “Let’s go, cheer for the Indian superhero, Hrithik Roshan.” “I can’t wait,” another fan wrote. Loading in seven months for Goosebumps. “Excitedly anticipating the explosion. Who else is psyched about Fighter?” another fan enquired. “I can’t wait,” another fan wrote.

Same time, quite a section of netizens was not quite happy with the first look. They called Fighter look 'sasta Top Gun'. Yes, the look from Siddharth Anand’s film is compared to Tom Cruise’s Top Gun: Maverick by viewers. “Top Gun copy, typical Bollywood behaviour,” someone wrote to which someone enquired, “Top Gun remake? “The comment said, “Sasta (cheap) top gun.” Same time another person questioned, “Top Gun Maverick ka Indian version hai kya (is it the Indian version of Top Gun Maverick)?”

In October 2022, Hrithik had shared a poster on Instagram and wrote: “25th January 2024- see you at the theatres! #Fighter,” he had said as the caption for the post. Hrithik revealed a trailer for Fighter on Instagram in January 2021. “It is a privilege for me as an actor to introduce and participate in Mamta and Sid Anand’s first production, #Fighter for Marflix, he had written. This one is important because it strengthens my relationship with a director and friend whose journey from serving as an AD on my sets to directing me in Bang Bang and War is one, I have witnessed.”

He also added, "And now as he turns producer for Fighter, I can’t seem to contain my excitement. This one is pure adrenaline for the heart and mind. So here goes boom. Thank you, Sid, for believing in me and making me your co-passenger yet again. Here’s to your journey toward the sky!”

Touted as ‘India’s first-ever aerial action franchise’, this will be the first time that Hrithik and Deepika are sharing the screen. Fighter will hit the theatres on January 25, 2024.

Sunday, June 25, 2023

Vidyut Jammwal’s IB 71 to premiere on Disney+ Hotstar on July 7, 2023

Actor Vidyut Jammwal's espionage thriller unveiling the historic win of 1971 India- Pakistan war, IB 71 is all set to release on OTT. Directed by Sankalp, best known for the National Award-winning 2017 war movie 'Ghazi' (The Ghazi Attack in Hindi) and produced by T-Series, Reliance Entertainment and Action Hero Films, IB 71 is all set to take you on the flight of this mysterious journey of IB Agent Dev Jammwal that will be premiering on Disney+ Hotstar next month. The movie, which was released in theatres in May, will make its debut on the platform on July 7, a press release stated.

Starring Vidyut Jammwal in the action-oriented avatar of Agent Dev, he is supported in his journey by Anupam Kher, Vishal Jethwa, Faizan, Khan, Ashwath Bhatt, Dalip Tahil and others. IB71 is Vidyut Jammwal first film as a producer and released on 12 May 2023.

Talking about the film, Director Sankalp who earlier directed ‘The Ghazi Attack’ said, “It was indeed a challenge to chronicle India's biggest war. But with finest actors like Vidyut Jammwal, Anupam Kher and many others this inspiring story was brought to life.  Each actor passionately symbolized the story, evoking the shared passion for this historical chapter. While the audiences have loved and appreciated the film in theatres, with the film streaming on Disney+ Hotstar platform, the film will be able to reach a wider audience who can experience the epic tale of that war.”

Speaking about the release, Vidyut Jammwal added, “Being an army kid I have seen the lives of our unsung heroes up-close and it was my personal urge to bring their stories to the world. Producing a film that puts the intelligence bureau at the centre of the narrative is my way of paying tribute to their sacrifices and contributions.”

Anupam Kher shared his thoughts on the film's OTT release and stated, “IB 71 reveals an unexplored chapter from our history, a crucial turning point for India. Inspired by true events, Sankalp's vision transported us to that era, immersing us in the tension and thrill. Proud to be part of this story, eagerly anticipating its streaming on Disney + Hotstar.”

Produced by T-Series, Reliance Entertainment and Action Hero Films, IB 71 is releasing exclusively on Disney+ Hotstar. You can catch the trailer here. For more such updates, follow us on insta @filmsntvworld

Saturday, June 24, 2023

Manoj Desai furious over Adipurush: Says “We have reduced the ticket prices but still, people are not coming...”

Right from suffering a box-office crash landing following a backlash from audiences and critics, Om Raut’s much hyped lavish film Adipurush's troubles are not dying down. The film is getting negative response from all over. Not only have the opposition leaders criticised the film, even neighbouring Nepal has banned all Bollywood films till an “objectionable” line was deleted from it. The final punch came in the form of a backlash from audiences from the film's terrible and shoddy dialogues as well as Ravana's wrong illustration that drowned Adipurush completely.

When writer Manoj Muntashir was brutally trolled and abused on twitter, in defence of his creative choices he clarified that he wrote the film in the storytelling tradition he had grown up hearing around his village in Uttar Pradesh. But when that too didn’t work, the producers resorted to changing the dialogues of the film. But by then the damage had been done. 

Meanwhile, Manoj Desai, executive director of Gaiety Galaxy and Maratha Mandir Cinema, has given a big statement on the film 'Adipurush'. He says, “We thought the film will be a super hit... Ramayana is not written like this. The way the film has showcased lord Hanuman & Ravana is unacceptable. How can Kriti Sanon be Sita... Everywhere the film shows are getting cancelled. The makers of the film should be jailed. By today or tomorrow, the film will be removed from the cinema halls. We have suffered many losses. All theatres have incurred losses. They have changed dialogues but it's too late... The people are very angry. We have decreased the price of the tickets but still, people are not coming...”

Audiences were looking forwarded to see Ramayana in the same standards set by blockbusters films like Baahubali, RRR and Ponniyin Selvan. However, neither Adipurish has none of it. Neither it has a compelling storyline, nor its dialogues are well-written and least to be said about its visual effects. Yes, Adipurush failed in all the departments. While the film did good business in the first three days, but as soon as the working days started, the film's collections fell drastically. Whether it will rise again and shine, only this weekend box office charts will decide or seal its fate.

Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan, Tiku Weds Sheru, Kafas & Aseq are some of the high-octane OTT releases this week

OTT platforms, with their varied content and genres, have become one of the most preferred mediums of entertainment. Churning out content at lightning speed, the third week of June will see many interesting titles premiering on various platforms. Be it action, drama, romance, comedy, horror or mystery, there’s something for everyone on the most popular OTTs. Below is the list of some of the best web series and movies which you can watch on Netflix, Sony LIV and Amazon Prime Video this week.

Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan
An action comedy-drama movie directed by Farhad Samji, Salman Khan in Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan essays the character of Bhaijaan who lives happily with his three brothers. He never got married as he believed that it might disturb the harmony in his family and bring bitterness to their relationships. However, his brothers think otherwise and have already found partners for themselves, but they need to wait until Bhaijaan gets married. So, now their task is to find a suitable match for Bhaijaan, but it’s not going to be easy as he is aging and not so keen on marriage. With a cast ensemble that includes Pooja Hegde, Venkatesh, Bhumika Chawla, Jagapathi Babu, Raghav Juyal, Jassie Gill, Siddharth Nigam, Shehnaaz Gill, Palak Tiwari, Vinali Bhatnagar, Vijender Singh and Satish Kaushik, you can catch this awesome movie on Zee5.

Tiku Weds Sheru
A satirical romantic drama movie directed by Sai Kabir, Tiku Weds Sheru stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Avneet Kaur are two eccentric characters who dream of making big in Bollywood. However, everything doesn’t go according to their plans. While Sheru becomes a junior actor who is still struggling, Tiku, on the other hand, sees marriage as her only passport to freedom to realise her Bollywood dreams. What will happen when their paths cross?  Catch it on Amazon Prime Video.

Aseq on JioCinema is helmed by Sarim Momin and stars Sonnalli Seygall, Vardhan Puri, and Siddhanth Kapoor. A horror drama movie that will send chills down your spine, the story revolves around a young couple who are madly in love with each other. They are enjoying their happy romantic life until a spirit gets obsessed. Will the couple ever be able to get free from the clutches of the spirit and find solace in their life? Watch Aseq on JioCinema.

Ponniyin Selvan 2
Mani Ratnam’s Ponniyin Selvan 2 follows up from the suspenseful climax of PS 1. The movie begins with a captivating preamble that explores the relationship between Aaditha Karikalan (Vikram) and Nandini (Aishwarya Rai), as well as the ongoing power struggle of succession for the Chola dynasty and focuses on Arulmozhi Varman’s transformation into Rajaraja I, the revered king of the Chola dynasty. Watch it on Amazon Prime Video.

Social Currency
’s brand-new reality series delves into the world of social media influencers. Eight popular influencers, including Parth Samthaan, Bhavin Bhanushali, Ruhi Singh and Vagmita Singh, among others, shed their online personas as they explore the true meaning of influence. Stripped of their phones and faced with daily challenges, the group must discover the extent of their impact.

Break Point (Season 2)
A documentary series that honours world-class tennis players, who have made a mark for themselves – both on and off the court, Break Point provides a great opportunity to get up close and personal with top tennis players of the world. The series covers all four gruelling Grand Slams, ATP Tour, and WTA Tour that are never missed by any ardent tennis fans. It provides a peek into their professional and personal lives, along with interviews that help them connect better with the audiences. The first part of this series was released in January that also comprised five episodes just like part two of this docuseries released on Netflix.

Kerala Crime Files
The first-ever Malayalam web series to release on Disney Plus Hotstar, Kerala Crime Files is a crime thriller series directed by Ahammed Khabeer and stars Lal, Aju Varghese, Navas Vallikkunnu, Sanju Sanichen, and Zhinz Shan in lead roles. The story revolves around a gruesome murder that happened in a suburban lodge named Grand Tourist Home. A team of six police officers is assigned to this case, which is led by Sub-Inspector Manoj (Aju Varghese). They are in a race to catch the murderer with the help of just one clue – a fake address. Will they be able to solve the case before it’s too late? Watch it on Disney Plus Hotstar.

Secret Invasion
An action-adventure mini-series that takes audiences on another interesting journey in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Secret Invasion is created by Kyle Bradstreet and stars Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury) and Ben Mendelsohn (Talos). Fury is on a mission to uncover a deadly conspiracy and save humanity with the help of Talos. Skrulls, led by Gravik, are planning to gain control of Earth and for this, they are aggressively assuming power positions across the world. Who will succeed – Fury or Gravik? Catch this action-adventure mini-series only on Disney Plus Hotstar.

A gripping social drama series that captures the intricacies of human nature, Kafas directed by Sahil Sangha, revolves around the middle-class Vashisht family. Seema Vashisht (Mona Singh) and Raghav Vashisht (Sharman Joshi) are extremely happy and proud parents as their son has landed a dream job. However, their happiness is short-lived as a haunting reality hit them and creates havoc in their lives. They get caught up in the web of power and dark money. They have to make difficult decisions as they will eventually have to pay for their choices. With a supporting cast that includes Preeti Jhangiani, Vivan Bhatena, Zarina Wahab, Mona Vasu, Mukesh Chhabra and others, watch Kafas only on Sony LIV.

A comedy-drama series starring Ben J. Pierce or Miss Benny, Glamorous is about Marco - a young gender non-conforming queer person whose life changes when he lands a job with the makeup mogul Madolyn Addison (Kim Cattrall). This job not only opens his path to professional success but also helps him sort out his personal life. He navigates through various personal experiences and discoveries, such as what he wants in life, what queer really means for him, new romances, and much more. Watch Glamorous only on Netflix.

Titans (Season 4)
Based on the DC Comics Teen Titans, the superhero series come together to fight the evil that conspires to bring Hell to Earth. Along with striving to succeed in their mission, they also need to navigate through their own individual journeys – Gar unravels his past and an unlikely connection to Red, Starfire and Beast Boy become a surrogate family, Corner defeats Sebastian, Kory has to make a considerable sacrifice and much more. The superheroes come across a supernatural cult with unseen powers and a mysterious town with dark secrets. The fourth and final season of the superhero action-adventure series Titians premieres this week on Netflix.

Not only these, the other releases include John Wick: Chapter 4 on Lionsgate Play, Agent on SonyLIV, Catching Killers (Season 3) on Netflix, Through My Window: Across the Sea on Netflix, I’m a Virgo on Amazon Prime Video, World’s Best on Disney Plus Hotstar, Swagger Season 2 on Apple TV+, Sleeping Dog & Skull Island both on Netflix, Class of ’09 on Disney Plus Hotstar and Take Care of Maya only on Netflix.

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Thursday, June 22, 2023

‘Leo' first look poster shatters records: Receives 1,00,000 likes on Twitter in 12 mins

Treating fans to a gift on the occasion Thalapathy Vijay’s 49th birthday, the poster of his upcoming pan-India film Leo under the direction of Lokesh Kanagaraj was released today. Sharing the poster, Vijay simply wrote, #LeoFirstLook. With fans of the actor flooding social media with celebratory messages, in no time Leo’s first look poster shatterred records as it received 1,00,000 likes on Twitter in just 12 minutes.

Directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj, if the first look poster of Leo is anything to go by, it appears that Vijay is not unafraid of unleashing his violent side in the much-awaited movie. In the poster, Vijay is seen wielding a bloody sledgehammer with an angry expression on his face. Seen alongside him is an equally ferocious hyena. Also, do not miss the snow-capped mountains in the background This may not come as a surprise for most fans as the film is reportedly set in Kashmir.

While the first look went viral, netizens were however quick enough to compare the poster with HBO series Game of Thrones. While in the 'Leo' poster, Vijay is featured holding a sledgehammer accompanied by a wolf against a snow background, the Game of Thrones poster has Jon Snow is featured holding a sword in his hand and a wolf behind against a snow background. Whether just the poster or the story or scenes are similar, only time will tell.

Leo has been produced by SS Lalit Kumar from Seven Screen Studio and co-produced by Jagadish Palanisamy, Leo stars Vijay, Trisha, Sanjay Dutt, Arjun, Priya Anand, Gautham Vasudev Menon and Mysskin among others. with cinematography by Manoj Paramahamsa, editing by Philomin Raj, and music by Anirudh Ravichander, Leo is set to release in theatres on October 19.

Experience Mount Fuji phenomenon in Lust Stories 2: Trailer out now

The trailer of Lust Stories 2 is now out. Brace yourselves as Netflix drops the scintillating trailer for the much-awaited second edition of its Emmy-nominated anthology, Lust Stories 2. Produced by the visionary duo of Ashi Dua and Ronnie Screwvala, Lust Stories 2 is poised to make waves when it premieres exclusively on Netflix on June 29, the trailer promises four intriguing stories.

Four extraordinary directors—Amit Ravindernath Sharma, Konkona Sen Sharma, R. Balki, and Sujoy Ghosh—invite audiences into a realm where desire takes center stage, presenting their distinct visions of lust. With an impressive ensemble cast including Kajol, Kumud Mishra, Neena Gupta, Tamannaah Bhatia, Amruta Shubhash, Angad Bedi, Mrunal Thakur, Tillotama Shome and Vijay Varma, this collection of films promises to redefine the boundaries of storytelling.

The trailer of Lust Stories 2 starts with Neena Gupta comparing one's body to Mt. Fuji, where lust erupts just like a volcano. Since she plays a grandmother, her son and daughter-in-law can't help but save face. To make matters worse for them, she suggests her granddaughter sleep with her prospective husband as a ‘test drive.’ No wonder such a hard-hitting story had to come from an ace director like R. Balki, who could handle it with ease and comic.

Sharing his unique perspective on lust, R. Balki says, "Lust is natural and most important in a relationship. It’s critical for all to recognise it. I wanted to create a lust story that a family can watch together. Why should a story of lust always make for exciting solo viewing and be uncomfortable for family viewing when families are created by love and lust? Neena Gupta, Mrunal and Angad have brought to life this simple, hilarious tale in the most charming way possible. Having partners like Netflix, RSVP and Flying Unicorn trust me to create a film for this reputed anthology has been immensely gratifying. I hope it's a story that will resonate with people.”

Speaking of house helps, in a story helmed by none other than Konkona Sen Sharma, Tillotama Shome's character spies her house help (Amruta Subhash) sleeping with a delivery guy. She's seen telling a friend on phone, “Seema didi on my bed!” Later in the scene, the employer and the employee are seen arguing who's filthier.

Konkona who is making her directorial debut for a short film with this story, discussed her excitement about the project. “There is something exhilarating about a woman getting her rightly deserved freedom and taking control of her life and this is exactly what I wanted to showcase in my anthology for Lust Stories 2. I was quite thrilled and excited when I was approached to do this project. Lust for me, like many, is a forbidden topic and I wanted to break away from the norm which was only possible because of my wonderful co-writer Pooja Tolani. I couldn't have asked for a better cast than Amruta and Tillotama, who worked so in sync with each other!”

“This time lust stories are all about the different shades of Lust," said Sujoy Ghosh. In his story, Vijay Varma's character is seen sneaking into the home of his lover from 10 years ago, played by Tamannaah Bhatia. But she objects to sleeping with him because he's married.

Speaking about his association with Lust Stories 2, Sujoy Ghosh says: “I am so glad that RSVP, Flying Unicorn and Netflix brought this opportunity to me, and that our lust story will be watched by audiences in 190 countries. Tamannah and Vijay brought the film to life just as I had imagined it, and I am hoping audiences will enjoy seeing their chemistry on screen.”

In another story, Kajol's character suspects her husband Kumud Mishra is lusting for their house help. She gets her replaced, much to his chagrin. Looking refreshing in a simple, middle-class de-glam avatar, Kajol is likely to perform an intense scene with Kumud, a glimpse of which you can see in the trailer.

This refreshing take is handled by none other than the accomplished Amit Ravindernath Sharma. “When Netflix, Ronnie and Ashi approached me to be a part of their Emmy Nominated anthology Lust Stories, it was an immediate yes for me. It was truly an exceptional experience to work with actors like Kajol and Kumud Mishra to bring this complex and edgy vision of lust to the audiences. Lust has multiple shades and this film of mine depicts the lust for power and ambition,” Amit shared his thoughts.

To start streaming on Netflix from June 29, 'Lust Stories 2' has been produced by Ronnie Screwvala and Ashi Dua. You can watch the trailer here.

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