Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Anil Kapoor apologizes to Sonam Kapoor on The Kapil Sharma Show



In the upcoming episode of The Kapil Sharma Show, Anil Kapoor along with his daughter Sonam Kapoor and Juhi Chawla, Rajkumar Rao will be gracing the show. During the shoot, Sonam Kapoor reveals that Anil Kapoor has never ever attended any of their parent-teacher meetings as he was always busy with his work. In fact, he has always been a late arriver to their birthday parties and was always in the costume of the film that he was shooting for as he used to come directly from the sets. Anil Kapoor apologies to her daughter on national television for not been able to be part of it. 

Kapil then jokingly asks that his last few and upcoming movie roles have been with either his nephew Arjun Kapoor (Mubarakan) or the upcoming ones with daughter Sonam Kapoor (Ek Ladki ko Dekha to aisa laga) or son Harshvardhan Kapoor (biopic of Abhinav Bindra), so is he promoting them or are they promoting him. Anil Kapoor quickly reacts and says that since the petrol prices are so high, so whenever he is leaving for a shoot, he feels that he should take 2-3 actors along with him. 

Watch this exciting episode of The Kapil Sharma Show on Sunday, January 27, at 9.30pm on Sony Entertainment Television.

Discovery pays tribute to the Armed Forces with Republic Day special line-up



Discovery Channel, India’s leading destination for factual entertainment, will celebrate Republic Day with a special line-up of shows dedicated to Indian Armed Forces. The channel will air best of shows from Breaking Point franchise– Indian Air Force Academy, High Altitude Warfare School, Indian Submariners as well as Revealed franchise – National Defense Academy and Siachen. The 5 hour long special line-up, offering unprecedented access to the intense, grueling training programs of all wings of Indian Armed Forces, will premiere on Republic Day, January 26, starting 12:00 noon.

The line-up of shows on Discovery and Discovery HD is as follows:


Breaking Point: The Indian Submariners: 
The special show will give viewers a window into the world of complex, high-technology platform like the Submarines who acquire their strength from stealth in a very colloquial manner through the eyes of a common man, and anchor, Harman Singha, who will take audiences into a world which has never been explored before – a journey to live the life of an Indian Submariner; from the classroom to the officers Mess through Escape Training School; to diving to the depths of the seas on board the INS Sindhukirti. 

Breaking Point: Indian Airforce Academy: 
The show offers a never seen before look into the training imparted at India’s premier Air Force training institution - Air Force Academy located at Dundigul, Hyderabad which is instrumental in shaping the future Air Warriors. Breaking Point: Indian Air Force Academy, packed with emotions including grit, pride, fear and utmost patriotism, captures the life of 4 cadets – Mudit Tewari, Priya Sharma, Amogh Bhandralia and Kartik Thakur – who are in various stages of their training at the Academy. 


Breaking Point- High Altitude Warfare School: 
Located in Gulmarg, HAWS is a globally acclaimed institution which trains Indian soldiers and attracts soldiers from friendly countries for high & super-high-altitude warfare. The show is first of its kind on Indian Television detailing the rigors of training at HAWS.  It will give viewers a glimpse of how the soldiers learn the art of mountain and winter warfare; HAWS is the training ground for all High-Altitude Warfare. Each moment of the show takes the viewer a step closer to how the soldiers are transformed into glorified mountain warriors of the Indian Army.

Revealed- National Defence Academy: 
One of the most reputed training academies globally, the National Defence Academy, popularly known as the NDA, holds the distinction of being the first tri-services academy in the world. This show will take viewers inside this fascinating and enigmatic institution, to understand what makes the NDA so exceptional. Steeped in tradition and lore, the one-hour long film delves into the academy’s focus of instilling the qualities of a soldier into a young cadet who in the future will go onto serving his nation with courage and pride and covers the three-year journey of cadets as they make their way through the course.


Revealed- Siachen 
The Siachen glacier located in the Karakoram range in the Himalayas is the world’s highest and coldest battleground with army posts at over 21,000 feet. To stay atop on this 77 km long glacier at 5,400 meters altitude means the Indian soldiers have to defy all their physical, mental and emotional limits to safeguard the motherland. The special show will take viewers through the extreme frontline and what it takes to keep the Siachen glacier secure. It will present the remarkable chronicles of the soldiers and their formidable challenges to manage the battlefield where temperatures reach minus 60 degrees. 

About Discovery Communications India 
Discovery Communications India, the country’s leading infotainment player, is dedicated to satisfying curiosity, engaging and entertaining viewers with high-quality content through its portfolio of 12 channels including Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Discovery HD World, Discovery Science, Discovery Turbo, Discovery Kids, Discovery JEET, Animal Planet HD World, TLC HD World, Discovery Tamil and a premium sports channel DSPORT. From survival to natural history, wonders of science to extreme jobs, motoring to travel and lifestyle, and the latest engineering marvels to live sporting events, each channel offers distinct must-watch programming to engage viewers across the country.

Discovery Communications India recently launched a new GEC channel ‘Discovery JEET’. The new channel is the flagship for the network’s ambitious investment into original local productions in India. Discovery JEET brings together Discovery’s unmatched story-telling and the best of real-life entertainment through larger than life stories aimed at inspiring millions.

Discovery Communications India is a division of Discovery Networks Asia Pacific (DNAP). For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com

Varun Dhawan commence shoot for Bhushan Kumar and Remo D'Souza's Dance film in Punjab


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The most anticipated film of the year, Bhushan Kumar and Remo D'Souza's yet to be titled dance musical which features Varun Dhawan as the lead will commence the seven day long schedule today in Punjab. The team which includes, Bhushan Kumar, Remo D'souza, Varun Dhawan and Lizelle D’souza, visited the Golden Temple yesterday on landing in Amritsar.

Bhushan Kumar shares, “We’ve got a lot of positive energy from the temple and are now geared up for the shoot. It’s an exciting project for our music label to be associated with, since being a dance film it has scope for a lot of songs. We have 12 in all and Sachin–Jigar’s album will be a mix of original, folk and recreated songs,”

Bhushan Kumar furthered added that they will be shooting for a Punjabi wedding song, followed by a few emotional sequences featuring Varun and his reel life family. After this, they will fly off to London for a 40-day schedule that begins on February 10.

The film opens on November 8. “I’ve known Varun’s father and his brother Rohit since a long time. I share a friendly equation with him as well. Varun has a great sense of script and music, he is involved in every aspect of filmmaking,” asserted Bhushan who is producing the film with Remo’s wife, Lizelle D’souza.

Bhushan confirms that the film is not part of any franchise and that they will reveal the title soon. “It’s a completely original concept which we are planning to spin into a franchise,” he stated.

Shraddha Kapoor who will be seen sharing the screen with Varun again is currently learning different dance forms with Remo’s team and will join the unit in London. Nora Fatehi also plays a pivotal role.

India’s biggest dance film is directed by Remo D’Souza produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar and Lizelle D’Souza starring Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor.

The love you seek is seeking you, with 'LUKA CHUPPI'



Valentines month is right round the corner, and we’ve got our eyes set on this rom- com! Kartik Aaryan and Kriti Sanon’s next-“Luka Chuppi” looks just like what we have been waiting for.

After being adorable Sonu and lovable Bitti, Kartik ad Kriti are coming back as Mathura-nivasis Guddu and Rashmi. The poster much like its title does seem to be playing a little game of hide and seek and we aren’t sure what they have in store.

The trailer releases tomorrow i.e. 24th January and we are eagerly awaiting!

From the stable of Maddock, Luka Chuppi is directed by debutant, Laxman Utekar and also features Pankaj Tripathi, Aparshakti Khurrana and Vinay Pathak in prominent roles.

Dinesh Vijan presents ‘Luka Chuppi’, a Maddock Films production in association with Jio Studios, directed by Laxman Utekar, starring Kartik Aaryan and Kriti Sanon, releasing on 1st March, 2019.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

“I wanted to be an airforce pilot, destiny made me an actor”: Avinash Sachdev



&TV’s new fiction show in the romantic drama space, Main Bhi Ardhangini, an unusual love story, has made fans excited to see the leads Avinash Sachdev, Anjali Priya and Aditi Rawat in the show. Recently Avinash made an interesting and unique revelation – that he always wanted to be an air force pilot! During one’s childhood and growing up years right till college, one always aspires to pursue a certain profession that excites them. The lead of the show Avinash always wished to serve the country in the capacity of being an air force pilot. Infact, his father even wished for Avinash to be an IPS officer.

Avinash who has made his mark as a brilliant actor and has had a good run on television featuring in most of the popular shows, wanted to secure admission at the Army School in Nashik to train to be an air force pilot. However, the actor didn’t pass the Eye Test due to his low vision and having spectacles. Not losing hope, the actor looked ahead, vetted his options and chanced upon a career in modelling and acting.

During one of his voyages to Ladakh, he stopped by an Army canteen and saw pictures and messages written on small notes and stickers. The actor was so inspired to see them that he left a message there too. Avinash on his experience at the canteen shares that, “It really motivated me to write a small note besides the other notes and stickers that had messages written on them for the people who visited the canteen. I wrote a note to the nation that I hope I get to serve the country and armed forces in my next birth be it in the air, navy or army force. It gives me immense happiness to see young children pursue education to join the armed forces and secure our nation from all the external evils that cause harm. My trip to Ladakh and the stopover at the canteen was very liberating as it gave me a chance to make a promise to Mother India.”
vinash believes that while he didn’t get a chance to serve the nation, but destiny chose him to serve the audiences of the nation in a different through his profession as an actor. The actor is set to make a comeback on television after a year with &TV’s Main Bhi Ardhangini as Madhav. Avinash aka Madhav is seen to be madly in love with Chitra (Anjali Priya), his wife who is no more. It is difficult for Madhav to live without Chitra’s existence and seeing him surfer, his childhood friend Vaidehi (Aditi Rawat) comes to help him overcome his loss and be happy again. Seeing Vaidehi’s efforts to help Avinash get over Chitra’s death, Chitra’s spirit starts to help Vaidehi to fight against Nilambari (Madhav’s step-mother) who wants to harm her step son Madhav.

It will be interesting to witness this unusual love story of Madhav, Vaidehi and Chitra on television starting today!

To know more, tune in to Main Bhi Ardhangini starting today Monday – Friday at 9.30 pm only on &TV.

Hidesign joins hands with Pondicherry Heritage Festival (PHF) 2019



Pondicherry:Hidesign announces it partnership with one of the city’s most prestigious events, the Pondicherry Heritage Festival 2019. In its 5th edition, the festival will be held in Pondicherry from 27th January to 11th February 2019.
Hidesign an international brand that grew out of Pondicherry strongly values naturalness, handcrafting and love for nature, just like the Pondicherry envisioned by the festival. Hidesign has partnered from year one of the festival and is proud to be associated with Pondicherry Heritage Festival 2019 with its emphasis on Pondicherry’s splendid natural heritage, including the coast, rivers, water bodies, wetlands, and forests.

The schedule will be brimming with events. Many of Pondicherry’s heritage buildings will be opened to public for tours and host special events featuring Pondicherry cuisine. The festival promises multiple events for children. There will be numerous opportunities for creative participation, through dance, poetry-writing, and photography competitions. The annual Pondicherry Heritage Quiz for teams of students from schools throughout the city remains a festival highlight.

The organizers have planned a special “Street Play” day, in which young and old alike will be reminded of the important social function our streets played before they were overwhelmed with vehicles. The festival will conclude with one hundred school children coloring the Heritage Coloring Book, launched at the 2018 festival.

Dilip Kapur, President and Founder of Hidesign said, “Hidesign has always cherished natural heritage and the culture of Pondicherry, and we are happy to contribute to preserve and promote it. Whether it’s a civic issue or an issue with heritage sites, every aspect of the city is given close attention and much love. I have lived in the middle of a forest for several years; ecology is a part of our lives. Day in and day out we need to take care of our town in the best way we can.”

On 10th February, the festival will witness a unique musical evening with artist Shivan’s performance on the culture and heritage of Pondicherry at The Storytellers’ Bar in The Promenade hotel. The walls of The Storytellers’ Bar are filled with beautiful stories of Pondicherry written by travelers and local, and will be the perfect backdrop for Shivan to keep us entertained with beautiful stories about Pondicherry strung to popular melodies.


Get detailed information on the Pondicherry Heritage Festival and a schedule of events at http://pondicherryheritagefestival.org/ and https://www.facebook.com/PHF2019/

About Pondicherry Heritage Festival 2019-
Now in its fifth year, the Pondicherry Heritage Festival continues to celebrate the singular character of this extraordinary town and its environs.  Originally conceived as a way of drawing attention to the need to conserve Pondicherry’s outstanding architectural legacy, the festival has expanded its scope to embrace all manner of intangible traditions. The town boasts a diverse built environment, an idyllic seaside natural setting, a rich spiritual and intellectual history, and fascinating combination of indigenous and imported cultural practices. It is the interplay of these factors that gives Pondicherry its distinctive flavor.
About Hidesign-About Hidesign:
Founded in 1978 by Mr. Dilip Kapur, Hidesign is a lifestyle group, which re-defined the vision of luxury in India through an ethos of high quality, ecological values and personalized service. Hidesign has established its name, through its iconic leather brand, based on a strong heritage of craftsmanship and innovation. Staying true to its core values, the group has extended its concept of lifestyle by opening two luxury boutique hotels in its home town Pondicherry, Le Dupleix and The Promenade.

Ombré Lane,Women’s workwear brand,receives seed funding


 

Ombré Lane,a premium workwear brand for women has recently raised an undisclosed amount of funding from a group of angel investors including ex-Linkedin,India CEO Akshay Kothari, Linkedin General Counsel Aditi Jha,
Director at Bristol-Myers Squibb US Neeraja
Balachander.


Ombrelane.com offers functional office-wearstyles via their ecommerce website, shipping all over India. The brand waslaunched by sisters Shweta and Prachi Sharma. Shweta is an MBA from The Wharton School and Prachi is a graduate from NIFT Delhi.

Launched with the motto of making women feel confident as well as comfortable at work, Ombré Lane’s 3 primary focus areas are:


1.  Functionality:An emphasis on functionality likeno gape buttons and lining,functional pockets, thoughtful solutions for panty lines, holders to secure bra straps, invisible elastic to manage weight fluctuations and menstrual bloating, and easy maintenance and wash care.

2. Superior fit post extensive surveys keeping in mind an Indian women’s body shape, height and workwear requirements. Brand’s fit and size chart were created after interviewing, fit testing and measuring over 1000 women and it keeps evolving with every customer feedback they received.They found that over 70% of Indian women have a pear-shaped body and an average height of 5 feet 2 inches,yetover 75% of western workwear available in the Indian market is made for a woman with height of 5 feet 7 inches and the rectangular body shape which is common in the west.


Shweta further adds, “We want the brand to represent the modern working woman in India. We want them to put their best foot forward and feel

confident and comfortable at work without getting distracted by or feeling conscious. We want them to break every glass ceiling and look good doing it!”

Women’s workwear is an untapped market in India with a market size of over Rs.10,000 crores and is expected to grow in double digits over the next 5 years.


The start-up plans to utilize the funds to establish Ombré Lane as the go-to destination for modern Indian women looking at buying functional and well-fittedapparels. With an annual growth forecast of 5xgrowthfrom the current run rate the brand plans to scale significantly over the next one-year while staying focused on building the brand.

Anil Kapoor apologizes to Sonam Kapoor on The Kapil Sharma Show

In the upcoming episode of The Kapil Sharma Show, Anil Kapoor along with his daughter Sonam Kapoor and Juhi Chawla, Rajkumar Rao will...