Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Tahira Kochar’s debut acting lessons with Arshad Warsi!!

This year Bollywood has seen debuts of a lot of budding talent and this talent has never failed to entertain the audiences with their fresh spunk. The recent addition to this list is young and talented Tahira Kochar.!
Miss India 2010 finalist Tahira Kocchar will soon be making her foray in Bollywood in Moti Sagar’s ‘Rabba Main Kya Karoon’?
Tahira will be seen portraying a role of an  innocent family girl, who is all set to get married to her Prince charming. Her role required a touch of simplicity, innocence and daintiness. Not coming from a filmy background, Tahira sure needed to get her groundwork properly. But, she has come out with flying colours.
For her 1st scene, Tahira was obviously has nervous, as anyone would be. But just then, we hear that it was the versatile actor Arshad Warsi who came to her rescue. Arshad not only made her comfortable on the shot, but also trained her about how to face the camera.
"We were shooting in Delhi - an outdoor schedule in the peak cold of December! It was for the 'tappa(dholki)' ceremony in the film! Any opportunity one got on the sets would have us running to our rooms to warm up! Interestingly enough that didn't happen with Mr. Warsi! I was shooting for an important scene and it was straight after he had completed his shot! I gave my first take and to my surprise - he called out my name, and asked me to come aside.  He said that he didn't like the way I emoted that scene and re-enact it in front of me!! So - I enacted my part about three times! First two- weren’t good enough for him! At the third attempt he gave me a pat on my back and said - That's it!! Now go kill it- and calmly walked away! I was left speechless! That day I learnt from Mr. Warsi that a film is never about just you and your solo performance- it’s a team effort and what each one brings to the plate and contributes as a team is what counts!!  I have always held him in high regard and appreciated him as an actor but from that moment my admiration and respect grew for him as a human being as well!" quipped Tahira.
Well, with seniors welcoming newcomers with open arms this way, B-town is sure to see man

Viewers to be treated with high dose of romance, drama and entertainment in Sony TV’s Amita ka Amit

Festivals and drama always go hand-in-hand in our TV shows. With the Jayaparvati puja being celebrated in most Gujarati families recently, Sony Entertainment Television’s Amita ka Amit will play up high dose of drama on this occasion. A source informs, on the last day of Jayaparvati vrath , Amita accidently will break Falguni’s precious plate, in the run to fix it back Amita and Amit unknowingly get glued to each other by fevistic and love blossoms between them.The celebration takes another turn when Amita’s family comes over and a high entertaining dance and antakshari sequence starts. The whole family will come forward and enjoy this moment. 
To catch this super pack entertaining episode tune into Amita ka Amit Monday to Friday at 8.30 pm only on Sony Entertainment Television
 

Dhanush is the new face of Center Fresh!

Perfetti Van Melle India (PVMI), the market leader in confectionery, has signed on Singer and Actor Dhanush, as the new face for its flagship chewing gum brand Center Fresh. Dhanush will feature in the new television commercial of the brand and in all mobile & internet communication. This is Dhanush’s first brand endorsement in the confectionary category.  
The Center Fresh brand from Perfetti Van Melle India has been positioned as a product so tasty that one would rather chew than talk. The famous tagline: “Zubaan Pe Rakhe Lagaam”, aptly conveys this.  Over the years, with a series of very successful advertising campaigns, the brand has been able to strengthen this positioning in the minds of consumers.  
To further strengthen this equity, Dhanush, has been named as its brand ambassador. Dhanush, a man of few words has come as a breath of fresh air in the industry. Be it the international attention he received with Kolaveri Di or to his sensitive performance in Ranjhanna,  he perfectly embodies the Center Fresh spirit at the core of which is Freshness- thus making him a natural fit. 
Commenting on Dhanush’s association with the brand, Mandar Keskar, Category Head-Gums, Perfetti Van Melle India, said, “While Dhanush is taking his first steps in Bollywood, in our key markets he is very popular especially among the youth. We are really looking to leverage Dhanush’s equity to help take Center Fresh to the next level 
Commenting on his endorsement, Dhanush said “It feels great to be associated with Center Fresh which is one of India’s most loved brands. Looking forward to work on some exciting campaigns for the brand 
Abhijit Avasthi, National Creative Director, Ogilvy & Mather - the creative agency that handles Perfetti Van Melle India account, commented: “We are quite excited to work with Dhanush. After Kolaveri Di and now - Raanjhana, all eyes are definitely on him. His value addition to the brand will be immense.”   
A new TVC for the brand is currently under development and would be released during the later part of the year.
About Perfetti Van Melle India Pvt. Ltd.
Perfetti Van Melle India Pvt. Ltd. (PVMI) is one of the leading players in the organized confectionery business in India today. The company at present has a diverse portfolio of brands across segments (i.e. candies, gums & chewies) which it sells through various retail channels across the country. As a marketer, PVMI has always been known for its iconic, interesting and entertaining advertising. PVMI is a fully owned subsidiary of the global confectionary conglomerate Perfetti Van Melle, headquartered in Lainate, Italy. PVMI started its operations in India in 1994.With its recent foray into snacks, PVMI also became the first company in the Perfetti Van Melle group to diversify its product portfolio and enter the snacks segment in the year 2011.

THE PIANO GUYS Release THEir NEW Music VidEO “DON’T YOU WORRY CHILD (KHUSHNUMA)” FEATURING INDIAN VOCALIST SHWETA SUBRAM

Known For Their Innovative Self-Made YouTube Videos, The Piano Guys Have Amassed
Over 248 Million Views  
New album – The Piano Guys 2 – Available Now 
Utah’s favorite dads, The Piano Guys, release their latest self-made music video “Don’t You Worry Child (Khushnuma)” featuring Indian vocalist Shweta Subram.  Filmed in “Little Sahara,” a desert sand dune in central Utah known for its soft white sand and a beautiful Indian temple, this new video tells the story of two different worlds uniting through music. Check it out here: (include link) 
The Piano Guys love incorporating ethnicity into their arrangements.  It keeps their music fresh, opens their style to new influences, and shows their appreciation and respect for other cultures.   For this video, The Piano Guys chose to record “Don’t You Worry Child (Khushnuma)” in an Indian style featuring Shweta. “Her voice depicts an Indian classical vibe while still being completely accessible,” says Steven Sharpe Nelson.  Shweta was also involved in selecting Hindi lyrics from a traditional Hindi prayer for the arrangement.  The alternative title “Khushnuma” means “happiness” and “no worries.” 
In writing the music for the song, The Piano Guys studied traditional Indian instruments.  “We worked at recreating qualities of the pungi flute, the pitched tabla drum, and the sitar with steel, wood, carbon fiber, and electric cellos,” says Steven.  “We added piano licks that were inspired by both the traditional Indian scale and the Western Classical style – blending the two, as we like to do in our music. Shweta’s vocals completed the song, giving the whole arrangement an authenticity and refined beauty.”  
The Piano Guys started making music videos together for fun and their “hobby” turned into a worldwide phenomenon when their self-made YouTube videos amassed millions and millions of views (over 248 million to date). Signed to Sony Masterworks’ imprint label Portrait, The Piano Guys released their second album The Piano Guys 2 on May 7th, 2013. 
The Piano Guys 2 features their unique take on music from Pachelbel to The Turtles to Bruno Mars. Also available is the Deluxe version which includes the CD plus the 11 corresponding music videos – available for the first time on DVD! The album is comprised of imaginative mash-ups and arrangements that made their last album so successful, plus a few original recordings including the previously unreleased song “Berlin” as well as “Waterfall,” creating an incomparable style that appeals to audiences from all walks of life and across generations. 
For more information on The Piano Guys and tour dates visit www.ThePianoGuys.com.

Asia’s first Mega Cultural Celebration “Maharashtra Tourism- Diwali at Times Square” in NY, USA

Maharashtra Tourism Aims to promote the rich heritage and culture in the US
Times Square, one of the most significant landmarks of the world, will wear the decor of Diwali as Maharashtra Tourism is going to host a mega cultural festival to attract global tourists. This is for the first time when an Asian Indian cultural show will be at display at the world’s ultimate entertainment zone, Times Square in New York city of United States of America. This would also provide an opportunity for the regional and national artists to showcase their talent at such a global platform being provided by Maharashtra Tourism.

Maharashtra Tourism is aggressively promoting the state across the globe and is planning to attract foreign tourists by way of promoting it before Diwali at Times Square on 22nd September 2013. “Maharashtra Tourism- Diwali at Times Square” event is titled by Maharashtra Tourism, organized by Event Guru, conceptualized by ASB Communications and presented by Air India.  

All communities including, Western and Asian will join this extravaganza. It will showcase the rich culture, heritage and diversity of India at the ‘Center of Universe’. Maharashtra Tourism has taken a big leap as a title sponsor with the aim to promote rich and diverse culture of Maharashtra.  More than 100,000 Asians will participate in the event from tri-state and neighbouring states.  More than 350,000 tourists flock Times Square on daily basis. It would be a major promotional campaign in September to attract foreign tourists to Maharashtra during the festival of lights as Diwali falls in November and tourists can plan their visit accordingly.

Shri Chhagan Bhujbal, Honorable Minister of Tourism, Government of Maharashtra, said that, “Maharashtra Tourism is gratified to participate in this historic occasion. Maharashtra has the kind of tourist destinations which every international tourist will fall in love with. We have pristine beaches, best of hill stations, festivals, culture and cuisine. With this event at Times Square, we will be able to gain attention of the world and surely, Maharashtra will be established in the international tourism map.”

The event will be publicized on digital, TV radio print media platforms in USA. The concert will display an orchestrated laser light show and fireworks on big screens, creating a unique visual experience. There will be a Cultural Festival with offerings of Indian food, dance performances, Diya/ Rangoli paintings, arts and crafts, fashion show, photo booths with ethnic outfits, celebrity autograph/photo booth, Dahi Handi/Mallkhamb and a lot more. The grand event will also have a performance – ‘Light Up Times Square’, a concert showcasing performances by some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry. A film on Maharashtra tourist destinations by MTDC will be relayed on big screens around  Times Square. Sari draping lessons, Heena (Mehendi) designs and putting up Gudis will be additional attractions during the event.

The glamorous fashion alley of Times Square will be saffronised with the visitors wearing traditional Kolhapuri turbans and pointed moustaches which will be distributed to the audience to recreate Maharashtrian village side- effect. Bhangda, Dandiya and bollywood dances with traditional drums will mesmerize the global tourists flocking around Times Square. This gala event will give all authentic performances by the artist from remote landscape of Maharashtra’s soil.
Times Square is a major commercial intersection and a neighborhood in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Times Square, also fondly referred as "The Crossroads of the World", "The Center of the Universe" and the "The Great White Way" – is the brightly illuminated hub of the Broadway Theater District, one of the world's busiest pedestrian intersections, and a major center of the world's entertainment industry.

Erotic drama B.A.PASS gets rave reviews

 Ajay Bahl's erotic drama B.A. PASS starring Shilpa Shukla and Shadab Kamal
is continuing to impress one and all. The lucky ones who have seen the Neo
Noir film can't stop raving about it.
Says noted film director Vishal Bharadwaj, 'Well crafted..Beautifully
shot..Very brave and genuine performance by Shilpa Shukla."
Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt declares, "B.A.PASS is Outstanding! Raw! Human!
Truthful! Ajay Bahl outdistances his contemporaries by miles in his debut
film."
Film critic and journalist, Subhash K Jha, says, "A stark and brutal saga
of seduction & betrayal... B.A.PASS is a rare work of cinema which explores
the dark regions of the human mind in a language that is cinematic in the
purest sense... don't miss this exceptional gripping thriller."
Renowned Bengali filmmaker Bhuddhadeb Dasgupta pronounces, "A remarkable
debut...Very good performances...Technically outstanding... A must watch
film!'
Celebrated film critic and filmmaker Khalid Mohamed states, "The most
audacious film I have seen in years, visceral, brutally real, B.A.PASS blew
me away!"
Based on Mohan Sikka's short story 'The Railway Aunty', B.A.PASS has been
screened at many prestigious film festivals including Montreal World Film
Festival, New York Indian Film Festival, ImagineIndia Spain, Jeonju- South
Korea etc. It won the best film and best actor awards at Osian Cinefan film
festival and was also voted best film by the French audience in the South
Asian Alternative Film Festival in Paris earlier this year. Till date,
B.A.PASS won four awards and five nominations.
The entire list of awards and nominations of the film are as follows:
Awards:
1) Best film in the Indian Competition at Osian's Cinefan, New Delhi
2) Best Actor at Osian's Cinefan, New Delhi
3) Audience choice award FFAST Paris
4) Best supporting actor at New Jersey South Asian Film Festival
Nominations:
1) Golden Zenith for first features world competition at Montreal world
film festival
2) Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Screenplay at New York Indian
Film Festival
B.A. PASS is all set to hit theaters on August 2nd.
To download images for press release click on following link:
http://bit.ly/13rIgwN

John Abraham gets lean for Madras Cafe.

Bollywood’s quintessential poster boy ,John Abraham, known for his ripped and chiseled body will now be seen sporting a leaner frame, to get into the skin of his character, essaying the role of special agent, against an indo-country backdrop in Viacom Motion Pictures,JA Entertainment and Rising Sun Film’s political thriller,Madras Cafe.
Since the actor had to play an intelligence officer,sporting a body which was more real and naturally lean as opposed to a bulked-up body,John adopted a special diet and fitness routine to look the part. 
Says director Shoojit Sircar, “ Yes audiences will see a leaner John Abraham since I didn’t want him to particularly stand out in a crowd , he needed to look like one of them.Hats off to his dedication since he worked really hard on his physique for the film”. 
Talking about the warm equation he shares with his film’s lead,adds the director, “John and I are good friends…We have similar vision when it comes to films and are planning a few more together – We do not interfere in each other’s space and enjoy working together”. 
Says producer and actor John Abraham, “Madras Cafe has been my dream project and we've been in discussions for years over the subject – We’ve worked extremely hard on the film and are satisfied with the outcome – What I can assure you is audiences will be talking about the film even after they've stepped out of the theater..it is a high-on-content, thought provoking film”.
Presented by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and  JA Entertainment and produced by Rising Sun Films and JA Entertainment , Madras Cafe ,directed by Shoojit Sircar is scheduled to release 23rd August 2013.

THE SMURFSTM TO DANCE TO INDIAN TUNE

Sony Music to release the official soundtrack featuring India’s viral sensation Adhi along with the popular Indian Idol Junior singers!
 Mumbai, 31st July 2013: India has some new Men in Blue in town and they are going to be singing their way to the top of the charts! Sony Pictures’ much awaited THE SMURFSTM 2 will have an Indian song called “Na Na Na (Nice v/s Naughty)” in keeping with the theme of the new movie. To be released by Sony Music, the song features Chennai-based viral sensation Adhi of HipHop Tamizha (pronounced “Tamila”) whose hit “Club le Mabbu le” has garnered over 2.1 million views on YouTube. Keeping in mind the Smurfs’ huge appeal with kids, Adhi will be joined by the top nine contestants of Sony Entertainment Television’s popular primetime show Indian Idol Junior.
They join an illustrious group of top international artistes. The film’s international soundtrack features Britney Spears’ hit “Ooh La La”. Other major international artists that have shown some Smurf love include Right Said Fred’s “I’m Too Smurfy” (a remake of their classic “I’m Too Sexy” and LMFAO’s “I’m Vexy and I Know It” (remake of their super-hit “I’m Sexy and I Know It”).
Sony Music will make the song available across all digital platforms.
THE SMURFSTM 2 is in cinemas on 2nd August in 3D. It will be released in English and Hindi.
In this sequel to Columbia Pictures / Sony Pictures Animation’s hybrid live action/animated family blockbuster comedy The Smurfs™, the evil wizard Gargamel creates a couple of mischievous Smurf-like creatures called the Naughties that he hopes will let him harness the all-powerful, magical Smurf-essence. But when he discovers that only a real Smurf can give him what he wants, and only a secret spell that Smurfette knows can turn the Naughties into real Smurfs, Gargamel kidnaps Smurfette and brings her to Paris, where he has been winning the adoration of millions as the world’s greatest sorcerer. It’s up to Papa, Clumsy, Grouchy, and Vanity to return to our world, reunite with their human friends Patrick and Grace Winslow, and rescue her! Will Smurfette, who has always felt different from the other Smurfs, find a new connection with the Naughties Vexy and Hackus or will the Smurfs convince her that their love for her is True Blue? The film is directed by Raja Gosnell and produced by Jordan Kerner.  The screenplay is by J. David Stem & David N. Weiss and Jay Scherick & David Ronn and Karey Kirkpatrick with a story by J. David Stem & David N. Weiss & Jay Scherick & David Ronn, Based on the Characters and Works of Peyo.
About the Smurfs
The story of the Smurfs – a property created by Peyo – started in 1958 with the creation of comic books which were later brought to both the big and small screen. Over the years, the little blue characters haven’t just limited themselves to the page and the screen. They have inspired records and CDs that have sold millions of copies, entire collections of figurines and toys, and many more products. In all, more than 3,000 derived products have been produced and leading brands and companies have spread their messages worldwide with the help of the Smurfs. A multitude of new projects appear regularly, thus making the success of the Smurfs planetary! 
About Sony Pictures Entertainment
Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. For additional information, go to http://www.sonypictures.com 
About Sony Pictures Animation
Sony Pictures Animation produces a variety of animated entertainment for audiences around the world. The studio is following its worldwide comedy hits – the 2012 monster hit comedy Hotel Transylvania, the 2011 hybrid live action/animated blockbuster The Smurfs, and the 2009 mouth-watering Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs – with The Smurfs 2 in July 2013, and Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2 in September 2013. Sony Pictures Animation, in conjunction with Aardman Animations, has produced two critically acclaimed feature films: the CG-animated family comedy Arthur Christmas; and the Academy Award® nominated stop-frame animated high-seas adventure, The Pirates! Band of Misfits. In 2007, Surf’s Up also received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Animated Feature Film. The division, whose first feature film Open Season led to a very successful movie franchise, turned 10 in 2012. Sony Pictures Animation is an operating unit of Sony Pictures Digital Productions.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

THE SMURFS 2 (3D)

Release date:                  2nd August 2013
Genre:                                  3D Live action / animation          
Languages:                      English, Hindi
Director:                          Raja Gosnell
Cast:                                Neil Patrick Harris, Brendan Gleeson, Jayma Mays, Hank Azaria, Katy Perry, Jonathan Winters, Christina Ricci , JB Smoove, George Lopez, Anton Yelchin, John Oliver       
Censor certification:       U
Running time:                 105  mins  (1 hour, 45 mins)  
In this sequel to the hybrid live action/animated family blockbuster comedy The Smurfs, the evil wizard Gargamel creates a couple of mischievous Smurf-like creatures called the Naughties that he hopes will let him harness the all-powerful, magical Smurf-essence. But when he discovers that only a real Smurf can give him what he wants — and only a secret spell that Smurfette knows can turn the Naughties into real Smurfs — Gargamel kidnaps Smurfette and brings her to Paris, where he has been winning the adoration of millions as the world’s greatest sorcerer. It's up to Papa, Clumsy, Grouchy, and Vanity to return to our world, reunite with their human friends Patrick and Grace Winslow, and rescue her! Will Smurfette, who has always felt different from the other Smurfs, find a new connection with the Naughties Vexy and Hackus – or will the Smurfs convince her that their love for her is True Blue?
Images can be downloaded by scrolling below.

‘SONALI CABLE’ – ‘EK CHEENTI BHI HAATHI KO DISCO KARA SAKTI HAI - BAS SAHI JAGAH GHUSNI CHAHIYE!'






SCIL (Super Cassettes Industries Limited), Ramesh Sippy Entertainment and NextGen Entertainment announces the release of their film ‘Sonali Cable’ on 3rd January 2014. This is the second collaboration of SCIL and Ramesh Sippy Entertainment after the critically acclaimed Nautanki Saala.
Sonali Cable is a 'David versus Goliath' story, in the thick of the cable internet turf war in Mumbai.  An ordinary girl puts her love, life and survival at stake, when she and her ragtag team come in the way of the expansion plans of India's largest corporation. 

The film is written and directed by debutant Charudutt Acharya with an ensemble cast that includes Rhea Chakraborty, Ali Fazal, Swanand Kirkire and Raghav Juyal (aka Crockroaxz), supported by accomplished veterans Smita Jayakar and Anupam Kher.

Cake Fight in Parvaarish

Sony Entertainment Television’s popular show Parvaarish is making all ways to excite and enthrall its viewers with its humor’s sequences. Earlier we had told you about the entry of a new neighbor in Pinky family’s life, the Joginder’s. It is known now that the nasty neighbors are creating a pain for everyone and now Pinky family  have arrived at what they think is a full proof idea to drive away the Joginder’s from their life. In an upcoming episode, there would be a party organized in the society. Ahuja and Ahluwalia will have its new enemies face’s indulge in some cake bashing. 
Will the Ahuja’s  be successful in getting  rid of their nasty neighbors?
To find out tune in to Parvarrish Monday to Thursday 9:30 pm only on Sony Entertainment Television

Ram Charan Flies Down Australia’s top trainer for his dhamakedaar ‘Zanjeer’ entry scene!


Poised to be the next influential action symbol of Bollywood, superstar Ram Charan who is making his illustrious debut with Apoorva Lakhia’s Zanjeer has left no stone unturned to sculpt himself for his launch!! 
The ripped actor has specially flown one of Australia’s top fitness trainers to India to obtain a rugged physique for Zanjeer  we hear!! 
Insiders who have met the actor are already claiming him to be one of the fittest bodies in town and his insane workout schedule has shocked those close to him!! 
Reveals a source from his inner circle, “RC had specially flown down one of the numero uno trainers from Australia and worked out for almost 3-4 hours, day and night with him, even at 4am for his action scenes in Zanjeer!  But he made sure his workouts didn’t interfere with the shoots and other commitments! 
Well, such intense dedication for a debutante is unheard of!! 
https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/images/cleardot.gif’Zanjeer’ produced by Reliance Entertainment, Puneet Prakash Mehra, Sumeet Prakash Mehra and Flying Turtle Films, Co – Produced by Rampage Motion Pictures, Directed by Apoorva Lakhia releases September 6.

Bruna Abdalah's Intimate Scenes for Grand Masti goes smoothly thanks to Riteish Deshmukh!!

Top model and actress Bruna Abdalah will be seen in the upcoming highly anticipated adult comedy Ashok Thakeria's 'Grand Masti', with the comic caper set out for its release on the 13th September , she gets candid about working with Riteish Deshmukh!! 
Bruna’s first complete comedy flick is Producer Ashok Thakeria's Grand Masti directed by Indra Kumar in which she stars as a temptress opposite Riteish Deskmukh and one of the very first few scenes she had to shoot with him were those in the bedroom!!! To Bruna's surprise the first shooting schedule involved her sizzling but hilarious romantic scenes with Riteish and we hear the bombshell was a package of nerves before the shoot! But her extremely professional and veteran co-star Riteish came to her rescue reveals our source!! 
"Bruna was very nervous, she didn’t know, how well this scene would go. And since it was her first day on the set , she hadn’t interacted with anyone , and upon hearing her first scene was an intimate one it made her sweat even more” a source close to the production team tells us. “once Riteish walked in , things became lighter. She started to interact with him, and being the kind of person Riteish is, he made her very comfortable with the scene.” he added. 
Grand Masti, a sequel to the 2004 adult comedy `Masti`, will hit theatres September 6 and will be another laugh riot for the viewers. Starring the funny trio of Riteish Deshmukh, Viveik Oberoi, Aftab Shivdasani along with comedian Suresh Menon and ace villain Pradeep Rawat with 6 female faces, Grand Masti is touted to be one of the most unique adult comedies of its kind!! 
The trailer of Grand Masti which was unleashed recently has already turned into a viral frenzy thanks to bold and funny scenes, receiving almost 2 million hits in just few days!!

Pop-rock band Nirmika & The Few Good Men to perform at Hard Rock Cafe, Mumbai on August 1

Nirmika & The Few Good Men
City-based pop-rock band to perform on August 1, 8.30 pm onwards
After playing to a packed crowd at Hard Rock Café, Pune, city-based pop-rock outfit Nirmika & The Few Good Men are all set to hit the stage at Hard Rock Café, Mumbai on August 1, from 8.30 pm onwards. Known for their bilingual numbers and lyrically rich compositions, the band will perform a mix of originals from their upcoming debut album as well as covers at this gig.
 WHAT: Nirmika & The Few Good Men Live in Performance
WHEN: August 1, from 8.30 pm onwards
WHERE: Hard Rock Café,  Mumbai
ENTRY: Rs 150
CONTACT: 6651 1209
 BRIEF BIOGRAPHY
 Nirmika & The Few Good Men is a pop-rock, reggae and urban folk band band based in Mumbai, fronted by singer-songwriter Nirmika Singh. Besides performing their Hindi-English songs, they’ve also added regional languages like Konkani and Brij to their repertoire. Currently, the band is in the process of recording its debut album, Shor Macha, which will comprise of nine multi-generic and multilingual songs. The album will be part of a crowd-funding and crowd-sourcing project which will be launch in August.
In the recent past, Hungama Music’s digital music platform Artist Aloud chronicled the band's journey by filming a rockumentary on them for their initiative - TGIF: Thank God It's Rock On Friday-a music documentary series that has covered established acts like Parikrama, Raghu Dixit, Agnee,Something Relevant among others. Their single, Mujhko Fikar Kya had also topped the Artist Aloud indie music charts.
 The band comprises Nirmika Singh (vocals), Cris Victor (bass), Jose Neil Gomes (Keyboard/sax/violin/flute), John Fernandes (guitars) and Sanjay Gupta (drums).
 Recently, Nirmika was also listed as one of the most promising female artistes in Gibson Guitar's feature on women who are rocking the indie music scene.
 GIGS 
The band has performed at live music venues across cities such as Blue Frog (Mumbai), F Bar (Delhi),  Firangi Paani (Mumbai), Howzzat (Gurgaon), QBA (Delhi), Cavala (Goa) among many others. Their corporate shows include those for Airtel, Nokia, BMW, Xerox, SAIL, Bajaj, Tuborg. As a participant on travel show, Road Diaries on UTV Bindass, Nirmika also composed the official song, Shor Macha, for the reality series. Here's the video: http://youtu.be/hJmqubvlPsE

THE MOZART OF MADRAS ANNOUNCES RAHMANISHQ

AR Rahman To Conceptualise First India Road Tour After Two Decades -AR Rahman To Travel To Four Different Cities In India & Sydney For One Of His Most Highly Anticipated Tours -
  •  Techfront To Produce A First Of Its Kind Musical Rendition With Innovative Technical Wizardry- 
    • Rapport Global Events To Celebrate 100 Shows & 17 Years With AR Rahman- 
    • Concept Of Infinite Love Adopted To Spread The Message Of Friendship, Peace & Happiness Through Music -
    • India, July 2013 - Described by many as the world’s most prominent and prolific music composers of recent times, Indian music maestro AR Rahman is teaming up with promoters, Techfront and Rapport Global Events to produce a one-of-its kind musical extravaganza in the sub-continent for the first time ever towards the latter half of 2013. The legendary icon will embark on a one-month long expedition touring Kolkata (Salt Lake Stadium, 1st), Visakhapatnam (Indira Priyadarshni Cricket Stadium, 12th), Jaipur (Bhawani Niketan Education Trust, 20th) and Ahmedabad (Sardar Patel Stadium, 27th) in October 2013 to give fans a once in a lifetime opportunity to witness a live interactive theatrical experience encompassing his award winning musical renditions over the years blended with state of the art technology, great visual effects, synchronised choreography and powerful dance arrangements. The tour aims to showcase the technological progression of the music industry through a modern interactive presentation featuring high voltage music in its’ purest form. As part of this tour, the enigmatic legend will be travelling to Sydney to put up an exhilarating performance at the All Phones Arena on the 24th of August 2013. Interestingly this is the very first time in 20 years; the world figure will be embarking on a road tour of this stature.   
    The Indian composer, singer-songwriter, music producer, musician, multi-instrumentalist and philanthropist with his ensemble of singers will be performing his all-time classics from his prolific career, including acclaimed songs from landmark Indian films like Jodhaa Akbar, Slumdog Millionaire, Lagaan, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, Dil Se, Rang De Basanti, Rockstar and Bombay. AR Rahman captivating music has not only redefined contemporary Indian music but also transcends boundaries. Other specialists of the likes Sukhwinder Singh, Javed Ali, Neeti Muhan, Shweta Pandit, Harshdeep Kaur, Vijay Prakash, Mano, Ranjit Barot will also be accompanying the stalwart on this tour. 
    AR Rahman states, “Music for me is an expression of unconditional and unlimited love. I find joy in the smallest of pleasures which I share with the world through my music.  This tour is a gesture of the love I have for my fans in India and I thank Techfront and Rapport Global Events for putting this together. I want to closely interact with my fans while we celebrate my music at the tour. We are a great prosperous musical nation and tours like these are a great way to rekindle the connect with the audiences on a more personalised level. Music is the language of the souls and what cannot be put into words can be expressed through music. I would like to take this opportunity to give back to my fans what they gave me. We hope that this will mark a new beginning for many more such tours that will benchmark the music industry 
    Mr. MS Muralidharan, Managing Director, Techfront & Promoter, RahmanIshq states, “The Indian entertainment industry is simply remarkable. Over the decades it has produced entertainers who have evolved to become global superstars. As one of the front runners in the technology sector, we are ecstatic to be hosting one of the greatest artists in the creative industry. A. R. Rahman has proved to the world that the Indian entertainment industry has come of age when he took home the Academy, and Grammy awards. It takes once-in-a-lifetime musical genius to give once-in-a-lifetime musical experience and we will be delivering a world class audio visual viewing pleasure to the senses with technical sorcery we have designed especially for this tour. We are creating special mobile applications which we will leverage during this tour with the help of augmented reality. Anything AR Rahman does raises expectations amongst his fan following all over the globe and we will remain committed to uphold that promise. RahmanIshq is a strategic endeavour to bring international standards across all production platforms and showcase next generation technology for entertainment events worldwide." 
    Mr. Deepak Gattani, Managing Director, Rapport Global Events & Show Director, RahmanIshq states, “It feels good to have completed a century of shows with AR Rahman. I have worked alongside him since the past 17 years and I have witnessed the run-away success he has gained with his elaborate and exquisite live performances. However we aim to inculcate and establish a tradition of road trips like witnessed globally with the establishment of this tour. Through the vast tapestry of music that is AR Rahman, he takes us on a virtual journey through beauty, culture, and spirituality. This tour will be an everlasting experience that will be a feast for the eyes and ears with a full cast of dancers, singers, performers and musicians. We are reaching out to untapped metropolises where we envisage myriad potential for such kind of interactive entertainment.  Moreover every piece of music he creates is so unique and starts growing on you finding a place in everyone’s heart. It touches people, regardless of class, culture or boundaries giving the concept of infinite love its true meaning.” 
    Rahman's musical interests and outlook stem from his love of experimentation. Rahman's compositions bring out auteuristic uses of counterpoint, orchestration and the human voice, melding Indian pop music with unique timbre, forms and instrumentation. By virtue of these qualities, his broad ranging lyrics and versatile style, the appeal of his music cuts across the spectrum of classes and cultures within Indian society. In a notable career spanning two decades, Rahman has garnered particular acclaim for redefining contemporary Indian film music and thus contributing to the success of several films. Rahman is currently one of the highest paid composers of the motion picture industry. He has also become a notable humanitarian and philanthropist, donating and raising money for beneficial causes and supporting charities. 
    Tickets for India will go live from 15th August 2013 on Independence Day. 
    The RahmanIshq concert is a Techfront and Rapport Global Events presentation. It is supported by creative and artist management partner Rapport Global Events and radio partner Radio Mirchi. The event is managed and produced by Techfront. 
    It’s time to get up close and personal with the John Williams of the Indian film industry. Get entertained and feel the infinite love. RAHMANISHQ - A.R. RAHMAN LIVE IN CONCERT!
    DATE
    CITY
    VENUE
    Saturday, 24th August, 2013Sydney, AustraliaAll Phones Arena
    Tuesday, 1st October, 2013Kolkata, IndiaSalt Lake Stadium
    Saturday, 12th October, 2013Visakhapatnam, IndiaIndira Priyadarshini Cricket Stadium
    Sunday, 20th October, 2013Jaipur, IndiaBhawani Niketan Education Trust
    Sunday, 27th October, 2013Ahmedabad, IndiaSardar Patel Stadium
     

    Monday, July 29, 2013

    TMKOC integrates with Smurfs’-2

    tappu with smurf 2
     Asit Kumarr Modi produced show Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah has become one of the most sought after show on television by Hindi Films and producers. Completing five years the show will enter into it’s sixth year on 29th July 2013.  Journey of Sixth year begins with its integration with successful International Cartoon film Smurfs’-2.
    There is a completion where Tappu and his friends participate and the chosen winner is taken to France as ambassador of India to meet and greet cartoon characters from SMURFS’-2. “It was a different experience all together. We had so much of fun,” exclaims Tappu, who along with his Dadaji Champaklal got into the Smurf mood once he reached Paris.  Comments Asit Kumarr Modi, “when we met the producer of Smurfs Jordan Kerner, he congratulated us on completing five years on television. He was very impressed because abroad shows run as per seasons and five years constant run is unheard of. He was happy that Smurfs was getting Taarak as integration platform.”

    Exclusive: Designer Saazish Sidhu alleges Splitsvill​a season 6 contestant Ashwini Koul of cheating on him

    Saazish Sidhu
    Yes…he used me,” Designer Saazish Sidhu alleges Splitsvilla 6 contestant Ashwini Koul of cheating on him.
    Splitsvilla Season 6 Contestant Ashwini Koul confesses to his designer boyfriend Saazish Sidhu.
     Clearly the definition of an open relationship is re defined by the hot news running in the circuit; Designer Saazish Sidhu openly cheated by his live in boyfriend & currently the hot thing in Splitsvilla Season 6; contestant Ashwini Koul.
    Disgusted by being openly cheated by his model- new to Mumbai boyfriend Ashwini Koul, designer Saazish Sidhu recalls, “It all ended when I caught him cheating on me with another Delhi based girl & I was taken aback when he replied back with Yes, I am using you, now what? I am shattered & devastated; I bought him a new flat, a new car & asked for nothing. I didn’t deserve this.”
    Saazish who has been in the industry for 5 long years creating some of the best designs for ad world & few movies too found true love in this new-in- town Delhi boy Ashwini Koul who apparently never revealed his bisexuality & cheated on the designer with a Delhi based girl friend.
    Saazish after returning from his shoot in Mauritius learnt that his live in boyfriend spend long hours over the phone& on confronting Ashwini, he got to know of being cheated on by Koul.
    Despite the hurt Saazish sent flight tickets to Ashwini’s girlfriend & got her to Mumbai & to his shock he mentions, “She told me over the phone that she would confront him & end the relationship but to my shock everything went well between them & they left the house I bought for them & after the girl returned back, Ashwini shamelessly returned home begging for things to be back to normal.”
    Saazish, who is not over the entire episode & decided to publically bring out the topic mentions, “I cannot even imagine how conveniently he used me to lead a leisure life in Mumbai. I have thrown him out of the house now. Let’s see where fate takes him.”

    Parvati Jagran brings special twist in Chhanchhan

     
    Sony Entertainment Television’s popular show Chanchan is all set to enthrall its audience with the upcoming twist and turns. The viewers will get to see the celebrations of Parvati Jagran on the show. The entire family plans for  Parvati Jagran  for Jaya. Chhanchhan also observes a fast for this occasion. Manav comes to know about this and he  convinces Chhanchhan to return home. Chhanchhan shocks everyone by returning back in the family. Chhanchhan announces that she has something to share with the family and needs to clarify important things in the presence of everyone in the night. Listening to this everyone grows anxious and concerned. Ranjana tries her level best to find out what the problem is. All her attempts go in vain as Chhanchan refuses to utter a single word about the problem. 
    Everyone is gripped with anxiety as to what will Chhanchhan reveal. Will this twist help in strengthening Chhanchhan relationship with Umaben and her family or will this lead to a shocking revealation that may change everything. 
    To find out, tune in to Chhanchhan, Monday to Thursday 9 pm only on
    Sony Entertainment Television

    Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah celebrates completion of 5 years....T​his parody of satire & laughter moves into its 6th year

    Asit Kumarr Modi produced Tele-Serial ‘Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah’ completed five years of successful run on 28th July 2013. At the last minute Asit Modi organized an impromptu get together of cast and crew to watch the special episode of 28th together. besides the technical team, producers Asit and Neela Modi actors who turned up to watch it with their families were Dilip Joshi, Disha Wakani, Neha Mehta, Bhavya Gandhi, Sonalika Joshi, Mandar Chandwadkar, Amit Bhatt, Shyam Pathak, Moonmoon Dutta, Azad kavi, Ambika Ranjankar, Sankla, Tanmay Vekaria, Ghanshyam Nayak, Daya Shankar Pandey,  and many others.
    Commented Dilip Joshi before cutting the cake, “ Fiev years….. its unbelievable…. To maintain such love and loyalty fo viewers in a sitcom is unheard of. But real credit goes to our writers Raju & Rajen bhai and asit ji. Abbas, Jeetu, Uma ji… they all bring in the real soul of the show, we actors only add some tadka with our performances but these are the real heroes.” Adds Asit Modi, “we have proved all our naysayers wrong.  A beautiful laughter riot comedy coming from the famous characters like Dayaben and Jetha lal, Popatlal, Bhide, Champaklal, Babitaji, Tappu, Sodhis, Taarak Mehta, Anjali bhabhi, Nattu Kaka, Dr & Mrs Haathi,  Iyyer, Abdul… and all have become brand names. It is still as fresh as it was in the start of the show. TMKOC has been changing everyone’s opinion all these five years which depicts the day to day situations that happen in every home and how they are tackled accordingly by the members of the Society all together. Every episode has been a master piece in itself which never gets low on the series of laughter for its audience of all age groups. I would call it a satirical parody of happenings that also inculcates many ethical values to the spectators. I congratulate my complete team for their success”    
    Five years and still going strong as most popular show. Sounds difficult but this is something that Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah has managed to do with apparent ease and enjoyment. Asit Kumarr Modi’s, the man behind the show, dream project had kick started five years back with lots of apprehension, hopes, dreams and prophesies.
    Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah is a daily comedy show on day to day happenings. The characters have all grown so well in their comic part that viewers watch the show with so much of love and a guaranteed hope of knowing the fact that they are going to get their laughter dose of the day again. A very close knit- neighborhood is portrayed which has been binding the audiences along for all these 5 years with jokes and actions, which bring smile on the faces of spectators.
    Apart from the fact of entertainment it is also showing the bond of neighborhood with different religion, the show even highlights civic sense which guides many to lead a good social life. Tarak Mehta ka oolta Chasma is widely considered to be one of the greatest comical television series of all time. “But no show can be successful without team support. My writers, directors, my creative advisors, my technicians…. All have been instrumental in making it a continuous success. I specially want to thank M.P. Singh, Anuj Kapoor & Daya Shankar Pandey for their support and creative inputs. TMKOC has been a journey of my belief, patience, passion and conviction. I thank all who have been with me in this beautiful journey,” he adds.  

    Sunday, July 28, 2013

    Chandi Perera shoots for a fashion calender for designer Simi Mukherji of Kolkatta

    Chandi Perera of Srilanka is full of work in India now.She just completed shoot of film Grand Mastii,five big ad films and now just shot for Kolkatta based fashion designer Simi Mukherji.The pics were shot by Ramon in Mumbai.She was wearing salwar and kurtas for the shoot.The calender will release during Durga puja.The label is SMBOUTIQUE sponsored by Fashionvieata and Bombay Talkies.

    Am​y billimoria​'s long fluid drapes compliment​ed the Tanishq line "Inara"


    Long fluid drapes with an aura of body contour complemented the Tanishq line
      Detailing on the garment purely minimal, stunning necklines and flamboyant trails sashayed the ramp,
    Amy billimoria's collection was a superhit for the evening.
     

    Saturday, July 27, 2013

    Dibakar Banerjee's discovery makes his way till "Bhag Milkha Bhag"

    Actor Herry Tangri who made his Bollywood debut with critically acclaimed  Dibakar Banerjee's 'Love Sex Aur Dhokha', where he played a role of a Pop Star as Loki Local, his performance in movie was very well recognized by the audience.
    After that there was no looking back for Herry,  he was seen in many movies like 'Mausam' along with Shahid Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor, and then in 'Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana' with Kunal Kapoor and Huma Qureshi.
    Now the Actor is on sky high, sharing screen space with Farahan Akhtar in 'Bhag Milkha Bhag',Herry plays Army man called Taran Singh in the movie.According to the sources, the Entire cast and crew of Bhag Milkha Bhag, is very impressed with Herry's performance and has got a strong presence in the movie. 
    He is constantly giving his best on big screen and is working with very well known directors and Production houses.
    According to sources Herry has signed two more films as the main lead , with renowned director's from Bollywood.
    Long way to go for Herry..

    Chandan Roy Sanyal was surrounded by spooky energies in Chapel


    Chandan roy sanyal starrer “prague” which is produced by rohit khaitan and directed by ashish shukla is a psychological thriller.
    Recalls Producer Rohit Khaitan,it was One of the finest scenes from our film which was shot in sedlec ossuary, which is a roman catholic chapel located beneath the cemetery church and The ossuary is estimated to contain the skeleton of 40, - 70,000 people, whose bones in many cases have been artistically arranged to give a decorative appearance to the chapel. While we were shooting in the church, chandan  suddenly suffered a serious headache ,due to the high energy in the church . He was already quite uncomfortable to shoot in such sought of  aura. He started feeling suffocated with dizziness, and the entire crew got really scared and decided to call off the shoot for the day.Though the medical help was already called  for,Rohit Khaitan suggested Chandan Roy Sanyal to take rest for a day but Chandan insisted to shoot further and finish up with the sequence as he understands the importance of shooting a film in a foreign location.
    Producer Rohit Khaitan was immensely touched with his gesture and believes  he is one of the finest and the fastest growing Bollywood actors.

    Celina Jaitly pledging her support for Free & Equal by becoming United Nations equality champions

    UN Human Rights Office Launches Unprecedented Global Campaign for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equality 
    The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Friday launched Free & Equal, an unprecedented global public education campaign for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality.
    At a press conference held in Cape Town, South Africa, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay was joined by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Justice Edwin Cameron of the South African Constitutional Court to announce the year-long project. A statement of support was read out on behalf of renowned South African singer and UNICEF and Roll Back Malaria Goodwill Ambassador Yvonne Chaka Chaka.
    “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights promises a world in which everyone is born free and equal in dignity and rights – no exceptions, no-one left behind,” said High Commissioner Pillay. “Yet it’s still a hollow promise for many millions of LGBT people forced to confront hatred, intolerance, violence and discrimination on a daily basis.” 
    “Changing attitudes is never easy. But it has happened on other issues and it is happening already in many parts of the world on this one. It begins with often difficult conversations,” Pillay went on to say.  “And that is what we want to do with this campaign. Free & Equal will inspire millions of conversations among people around the world and across the ideological spectrum.”
    The Free & Equal campaign aims to raise awareness of homophobic and transphobic violence and discrimination, and encourage greater respect for the rights of LGBT people. Over the coming year, it will release a variety of creative content along the lines of ‘The Riddle,’ a video released by OHCHR for the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, and ‘The Story of a Mother from Brazil’, which is the first in a series of films interviewing the family members of LGBT people around the world.
    The campaign follows an OHCHR report published in December 2011, which was the first ever official UN report on violence and discrimination against LGBT persons. The report documented widespread human rights abuses. Today, more than 76 countries still criminalize consensual, same-sex relationships, while in many more discrimination against LGBT people is widespread – including in the workplace as well as in the education and health sectors. Hate-motivated violence against LGBT people, including physical assault, sexual violence, and targeted killings, has been recorded in all regions of the world. 
    The campaign will focus on the need for both legal reforms and public education to counter homophobia and transphobia. 
    A number of celebrities with a commitment to equality have pledged their support for Free & Equal by becoming UN equality champions and helping to spread campaign messages and materials via social media. These include the pop star Ricky Martin, South African singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Bollywood actress Celina Jaitly, and Brazilian singer Daniela Mercury.  Additional equality champions will be announced as the campaign unfolds.

    Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan dance for the first time in Thugs Of Hindostan's Vashmalle

    Yash Raj Films mega action adventure Thugs of Hindostan has stunned audiences worldwide with it’s larger than life, extravagant trail...