Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Harshvardhan Rane to shake a leg with 70 female Russian dancers at St Petersburg!


Harshvardhan Rane, whose debut film Sanam Teri Kasam was screened at the Bollywood Film Festival in Russia in 2016, has been invited by the organisers of Colors of India festival in Russia to represent Indian cinema at the coveted film festival, scheduled this month.

The talented actor, who visited Russia in 2016 during the release week of Sanam Teri Kasam had a memorable experience of watching the movie with his Russian fans. Interestingly, this time he will be watching his highly-anticipated war drama J P Dutta’s PALTAN along with them.

Besides representing Indian Cinema at the global level by inaugurating the ceremony with other artists and embassy people, Harshvardhan, during his trip, will also be part of a flash mob activity and have an interactive and engaging session with his Russian fans and also shake a leg with 70 gorgeous and talented dancers.

A source informs, "Harshvardhan had witnessed a grand and warm welcome in Russia when he visited in 2016. The actor is hugely popular among the Russians and especially the Indians residing there."

"With his latest release, PALTAN, his Russian fans are quite excited to celebrate that as well and probably watch the movie with Harshvardhan. So it's a double whammy for him," the source adds.

Harshvardhan says, "It's indeed a proud moment to be part of such a huge festival and represent Indian cinema at the global level. It would be a huge honour to interact with our fellow countrymen residing there and also my Russian fans. I'm really looking forward to be part of the event."

Richa begins shoot for Inside Edge 2's Georgia schedule


Richa Chadha, whose last film Love Sonia received critical acclaim and has been quite a topic of discussion due to its brilliant depiction of an issue as sensitive as that of sex trafficking, has just landed in Georgia to start filming for the 2nd instalment of Excel Entertainment’s Inside Edge, which will see Richa reprising her role of Mumbai Maverick team owner, Zarina Malik.

The show, which also stars Vivek Oberoi and Angad Bedi in pivotal roles, will begin shooting its first international schedule in the European country. Richa, who is also simultaneously shooting for the Indrajit Lankesh directed Shakeela, which will see the Richa essaying the role of the Southern icon, will be shuttling between the two countries due to her tight schedule.

Speaking of the show’s international leg of shooting, Richa commented, "We are all pretty excited to shoot in Georgia. I carried vegetarian snacks so I could survive here. It's a beautiful country with a lot of character. I am happy that season 2 is going to be bigger and better!"   

Karanvir Guides HouseMates In Cleanliness & Hygine


Actor Karanvir Bohra we hear has always been a stickler for hygiene which of course is extremely important.  The actor who is locked up inside the house was seen guiding the inmates on the segregation of dry and wet garbage.  While in the leaked video, Dipika and others are seen laughing away, Karanvir looks to be very serious as he goes around and explains to everyone about disposing waste properly.  The actor we hear has always been like this and in fact he makes sure that proper hygiene and cleanliness is followed at his house as well. 

Karanvir, prior to entering the house, was also working with environmentalist and lawyer Aftoz Shah for the cleanup of Versova beach. He used to go pick up garbage every Sunday and hence Versova Beach is pretty much free of garbage now.

Going back to the leaked video, what really strikes out is that towards the end of the video, Karanvir is also heard speaking to Bigg Boss saying that it would be nice if we could set aside the extra food and Bigg Boss can distribute it to those in need.  Now that's very thoughtful of the actor!  

Calling out the heartbreakers & the troublemakers - Kanika Kapoor launches the quirky "Cheater Mohan"


There's no question that multi-award winner Kanika Kapoor of Baby Doll,  Chittiyaan Kalaiyaan  ,Lovely and Beat Pe Booty fame is one of the most sought after singers in the country today. She stood out with her distinct voice and versatility as an artist , fast becoming one of the most successful musicians of our times and her string of hit songs stand testimony to that.

While there has been massive anticipation surrounding her next single, the wait is finally over as "Cheater Mohan" is out today ! Calling out the heartbreakers and the trouble makers, the fun party song boasts of quirky lyrics that promise to shape social media and popular club conversations.

The stunning musician collaborates with rapper IKKA Singh for the peppy ,vibrant track that is infectiously hummable and most definitely one you'd want to get up and dance to !

Talking about the song says Kanika Kapoor, " Cheater Mohan is a song that I would personally love to hear as an audience on a fun night out. The lyrics are quite interesting and I do feel the modern-day Indian woman will relate to it . We've all encountered these situations at different phases in our life and we wanted to capture that essence and package it into a peppy, vibrant and very enjoyable party song".

Varun-Anushka signed as ambassadors of Skill India Campaign

Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma, through their much awaited film ‘Sui Dhaaga - Made in India’ are saluting India’s entrepreneurs and skilled workforce, especially homegrown artisans, craftspeople and weavers who are making the country proud the world over. Dhawan plays a tailor named Mauji and Anushka plays his wife and embroiderer Mamta. Innocent yet ambitious, they dream big of making a name for themselves. 

The Sui Dhaaga stars have been signed on to promote and endorse the Skill India Mission, chaired by the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. The film highlights the untapped potential of India’s talented craftsmen and skilled workers at the grassroot level and the challenges and issues faced by them. Varun and Anushka, the star cast of the film, have partnered Skill India and will dedicate time to promote India’s skilled talent and their fine work by engaging with them across different parts of the country.  

Speaking about this association, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, said, “Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma, through this unique film Sui Dhaaga - Made in India, are bringing to focus the incredible skills and talent of our homegrown artisan and craftsmen community. It is really heartening to see actors like them doing a film that has such a significant social message. India is one of the youngest countries in the world; and it is a matter of great pride for us to see such dedicated and passionate skilled youth with entrepreneurial skills in our country who are bringing name and fame to the nation with their work.” 

“I wish this endorsement by both actors encourages and influences the youth to take up skill training and earn a better livelihood for themselves and help us in creating the New India envisioned by Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi,” he further added. 

Led by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), Skill India aims to standardize vocational training — both new-age and traditional skills —, helps in creation of latest infrastructure, ensures industry partnerships to extend technology support to make the youth more employable and assists in creating opportunities of employment for the youth of our country. This has led to more than 1 crore youth joining the Skill India Mission every year and transforming their lives through better livelihood. 

Varun Dhawan said, “Prime Minister Modi has displayed incredible vision and genuine foresight in aiming to organise, skill, train and give financial support and backing to our craftsmen, artisans and similar workmen. We are proud to be promoting this campaign that we feel extremely close to like our movie Sui Dhaaga that celebrates self-reliance and entrepreneurship’’ 

Anushka Sharma added, “Skill India Campaign reflects the government’s determination to include and support the talented skilled force of the country. While making Sui Dhaaga, we came across so many stories of talented, skilled crafts people and artisans who don’t get a fair chance to showcase their talents.” 

The Skill India Campaign has brought about multiple policy interventions though its Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Policy, comprehensive changes in the Apprenticeship Act of 1961 and introducing the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) which together aims to provide best-in-class training to our workforce and formally recognize their skills. MSDE’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) program under PMKVY recognizes the skills and experience gained through years of working, bringing about a major shift from un-organized sector to the organized sector.

Rasika turns host for Manto's daughters in India


Rasika Dugal is currently gearing up for the release of her upcoming film, Manto. Starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the titular role and written and directed by Nandita Das, the film delves into the life of one of the most well known and talked about short story writers from the subcontinent, Saadat Hasan Manto. His writings were an honest reflection of the society. He wrote about women, about sex workers and about the partition with great sensitivity and humanity. Rasika plays the role of Safia Manto, Manto’s wife who was his rock and stood by him through the most tumultuous times of his life.

Rasika who has used no prosthetic for her role in the film has an uncanny resemblance to the author's wife and has been told the same by Manto's daughters as well, who all live in Lahore. They have been extremely involved in the entire process of this film. Recently, Rasika turned host for Nuzhat Arshad and Nusrat Jalal, two of Manto’s daughters who flew down to Mumbai from Lahore on the Qissa actress’ request and both Rasika and Nandita showed them around the city which their parents loved so dearly!

When asked about how she spent time with the two, Rasika said, "It is so nice to finally get to meet the family. Nandita’s efforts have finally brought them here. It gives me great joy to show them around Bombay - the city that their parents loved. We went to Prithvi theatre yesterday and all of us including Nawaz met for dinner later. So many stories were shared about Manto and Safia. Even though it is the first time we met, I felt I have known them for very long. Their response to the film would mean a lot to me. I look forward to that."  When asked about what her esteemed guests did upon landing in the city, Rasika said, "Nandita planned a walk for them around the town area to visit the places that their parents used to visit often. Nusrat Apa and her spouse Shahid Saab wanted to visit Prithvi theatre so I took them there. Later in the evening Nandita, Nawaz and I had dinner with the family where Saeed Saab (a friend of the Manto family and of Nandita) read out a most beautiful fiction piece he had written about Nandita meeting Manto. Many stories were exchanged and there were many laughs. It felt like we have known each other for a while even though it's the first time we had met.”

Manto which is slated to release on 21st September 2018 has already garnered a lot of interest in festivals across the world. Rasika will also be seen in Hamid an upcoming film by Sa Re Ga Ma’s Yoodlee Films and in the much awaited Excel Entertainment series, Mirzapur, along with her upcoming show, Delhi Police, based on the Nirbhaya case.

Top 3 Websites To Get Your Bollywood Facts Right


Bollywood is one of the most popular industry in our country and we cannot deny the fact that it does rule our hearts. Glamour, gossip, paparazzi, and behind the scenes, who doesn’t want to know it all. But knowing it all this is of course not possible, but there is a fix for this.  Below are the list of three top websites who can help us attain all the knowledge possible ever on films, actors and behind the scene gossip: 

Bookmyshow: Along with booking tickets for upcoming films and knowing the views of the audience for a certain movie. Bookmyshow has a list of trivia on Bollywood which will definitely spice up your filmy knowledge. Bookmyshow provides all the gyaan you require on Bollywood, Hollywood, Tollywood and even Marathi films. 

IMDb: International Movie Data Base is another to go place for any trivia for Hollywood or Bollywood, along with providing film ratings and reviews according to the audience, one can also find the insights on any film. Authentic facts about actors and films can be well can be easily searched on IMDb. 

Sony MAX Filmykaant: Sony MAX recently introduced Filmykaant who is an encyclopedia for all the Bollywood lovers out there. World’s first television- based Chatbot in India, is powered by artificial intelligence and has been developed with an advanced Natural Language Processing (NLP). With more than 5000 keywords and phrases to handle ask Filmykaant all about Bollywood and he will have the best answers to the queries. Chat with Filmykaant to know the best insights on Hindi cinema and has the ability to read Hinglish.

Harshvardhan Rane to shake a leg with 70 female Russian dancers at St Petersburg!

Harshvardhan Rane, whose debut film Sanam Teri Kasam was screened at the Bollywood Film Festival in Russia in 2016 , has been invited b...