Sunday, March 29, 2015

PADATIK THEATRE, KOLKATA PRESENTS A SEASON OF 5 PLAYS AT PRITHVI THEATRE.

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KULBHUSHAN KHARBANDA BACK ON STAGE IN MUMBAI.
Thurs 2th April’15-(6pm & 9pm) and
Sun 5th April’15-(5pm & 8pm)
Atmakatha (Hindi)
Starring Kulbhushan Kharbanda
Writer: Mahesh Elkunchwar
Direction & Design: Vinay Sharma
Synopsis : As an ageing writer dictates his memoirs to a young scribe, conflicting truths emerge about his relationship with his estranged wife and her sister.   Atmakatha
Fri 3th April’15 - (3pm & 7pm)
Har Marz Ki Dawa (Hindi)
Writer: Moliere
Direction & Design: Mahmud Alam
Synopsis : A rich father believes ‘Love’ is a disease. He calls upon the services of Medical Doctors to cure his daughter of it.   Har Marz Ki Dawa
Fri 3th April’15-(5pm & 9pm)
?kya tum mujhse pyaar karte ho
 (Hindi, English)
Writer: R.D.Laing
Direction & Design: Vinay Sharma
Synopsis : Love’s conversations, it’s deepest worries and puzzles presented in the style of an intimate revue where love is a Madhouse.   ?kya tum mujhse pyaar karte ho
Fri 4th April’15- (3pm & 7pm)
A Woman Alone (English)
Writer: Franca Rame/Dario Fo
Direction & Design: Mahmud Alam
Synopsis : A housewife in an abusive relationship with her husband. Her daily life is driving her to madness. But she has a choice…   A Woman Alone
Sat 4th April’15-(5pm & 9pm)
Camera Obscuras (English)
Writer: Vinay Sharma
Direction & Design: Vinay Sharma
Synopsis : God switches on the TV to view a world that's violently entertaining, dreadfully comic and deadly serious. A play upon our darkest times.   Camera Obscuras
PRITHVI THEATRE,
 20,Janki Kutir,Juhu Church Road, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400049, India
 Box office: #2614 9546
 Online: www.bookmyshow.com
ABOUT THE GROUP :
 Padatik was established in 1973 by Shyamanand Jalan, Kulbhushan Kharbanda and Chetna Jalan. It has produced over 70 plays in Hindi, English and Bengali working with more than 25 directors from across the world. Its work has toured both nationally and internationally Email: padatiktheatre@gmail.com

Saturday, March 28, 2015

The "Mijwan" Legacy Lives On !

Kaifi Azmi was a colossus of our times who marched across our nation’s canvas of art and culture. He was a rare poet who practiced what he preached and worked to empower Mijwan a tiny village in Eastern UP where he was born.
From his tireless commitment to the betterment of his village, rose his  passionate determination to ensure a right to education for every child. He believed India can make real progress only when the girl child is placed at the center of development and is guaranteed equal opportunity to education health and employment. From a village frozen in time ,Mijwan has been transformed into a model village.
This year on the 4th April 2015, as we celebrate the 5th year of the Annual Mijwan fashion show by Manish Malhotra, our theme -MIJWAN - THE LEGACY epitomizes the continuing realization of Kaifi Saab’
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s vision and the wonderful legacy of hope and empowerment for the assured future of all, particularly the underprivileged.  
This is the legacy bestowed upon us. This is the legacy we must nurture, celebrate and fulfill.In Kaifi Sahebs words
Koi tto sood chukaye
Koi tto zimma ley
Us inquilab ka
Jo aaj tak udhaar sa hai...
His daughter Shabana Azmi has been carrying forward her father's dream and in turn her goddaughter Namrata Goyal continues to help in its realization. It is only befitting that this year’s show will have parent child couples from the Film Industry walk the ramp for the empowerment of the girlchild. Jaya and Abhishek Bachchan, Javed and Farhan Akhtar, Anil and Sonam Kapoor are a few legacy pairs that will be walking the ramp for the show.​

JAMES BAY RELEASES DEBUT ALBUM CHAOS AND THE CALM

RELEASES VIDEO FOR HIT SINGLE “LET IT GO”
SELECTED AS VH1 “YOU OUGHTA KNOW” ARTIST FOR APRIL
James Bay - Chaos And The Calm Album Artwork SOLD OUT TOUR KICKED OFF WITH A SOLD OUT SHOW AT BOWERY BALLROOM IN NEW YORK
Critically acclaimed UK troubadour JAMES BAY has released his much anticipated full-length debut album, Chaos And The Calm [Republic Records].
BAY has also released the official music video for his hit single “Let It Go”.
BAY kicked off his U.S. headline tour in New York City with a SOLD OUT show at the Bowery Ballroom. The tour continues on April 27 at Mod Club in Toronto and will wrap at The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles on May 14. Full tour routing can be found below.
2015 has already been a breakout year for the internationally acclaimed UK singer and songwriter. At the end of December, he hit the stage at Late Night with Seth Meyers for his first-ever stateside television performance and was recently on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at the SXSW festival.  BAY has been profiled by tastemakers such as Spotify, Buzzfeed, Entertainment Weekly, BlackBook, Mashable, The Guardian and Q Magazines as an “Artist to Watch” in 2015 and he recently received the high honor of the BRIT Critics Choice Award, joining the ranks of past winners Sam Smith, Adele, Florence + the Machine, Jessie J, and more, and was also a finalist on BBC Sound of 2015.
In addition, James has been selected as VH1’s You Oughta Know” Artist for April which has traditionally introduced predominant artists on the rise and served as a barometer for what’s hot in music today. Past You Oughta Know artists have included Ed Sheeran, Adele, Lorde, Sam Smith, and Mumford and Sons.
BAY hails from the tiny town of Hitchin, but he cut his teeth performing at London’s iconic venues including opening for The Rolling Stones at Hyde Park, opening for two sold out tours with Kodaline, John Newman and Tom Odell. It was at one of these very performances that a fan filmed his set and shared the video on YouTube. The video quickly caught the attention of Republic Records who ended up flying BAY to New York and signing him on the spot. Last fall, he was selected to perform at the Burberry’s Prosum Spring/Summer Fashion Show and the iTunes Music Festival. BAY will soon be embarking on 3 sold out UK tours including 2 nights at London’s famous Shepherd’s Bush Empire.
Chaos And The Calm Tracklisting:
1. Craving
2. Hold Back The River
3. Let It Go
4. If You Ever Want To Be In Love
5. Best Fake Smile
6. When We Were On Fire
7. Move Together
8. Scars
9. Collide
10. Get Out While You Can
11. Need The Sun To Break
12. Incomplete

Friday, March 27, 2015

Money Doesn’t Come Before Commitments!

Ek baar joh Isha ne commitment kardi, toh kardi! She is not someone who turns away from her commitments no matter what. Recently the gorgeous actress was offered a very lucrative offer which would have tempted anyone but given the actress had commitments down south….
Isha was recently offered an extremely tempting offer by a Marathi Television channel wherein the gorgeous mulgi was supposed to be judging a dance show, but given Isha is already neck deep in work with her commitments down south there was no way that she could have considered the offer, even if the offer was a whooping Rs. 80lacs!!!
“There is only this much that one can do, Isha has two films down south and she is one of the most committed actors ever, she refused to even consider the offer that was made, because her film commitments would not have allowed her to give the kind of hours that the reality show would need, so she promptly excused herself,” quipped our source. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Arijit Singh to perform LIVE ​at Central Park, Kharghar

Musical fans will enjoy an evening of history in the making - with the coming together of the
​s​ymphony o​rchestra and singing sensation, Arijit Singh for the first time in LIVE concert, hosted by Red Letters Inc.
 Navi-Mumbai, Maharashtra: An evening of scintillating aural experiences is on its way – for the likes of the​ s​ymphony ​o​rchestra in association with the dulcet tones of musical genius, Arijit Singh are set to perform in a LIVE concert on April 5, 2015 at Central Park, Kharghar, Navi-Mumbai, 05:00 P.M. onwards .
 The grand event is being organised by Red Letters Inc. can surely find no better stage than the Central Park at the heart of the modern and palpitating Navi-Mumbai. The 26-year old singer alone, deems no further introduction – with his haunting melodies raging in the hearts of the nation – the concert is guaranteed to propel his fandom even further. 
With numerous live performances in his kitty, Arijit Singh still mentions feeling an odd mix of excitement and nervousness. He says “I am excited to be performing on stage with so many talented musicians. It will be a thrilling experience.” With the great response to his previous concerts, hopes are soaring ever-so high for the much anticipated Navi-Mumbai revival. Nehal Thakkar, Founder, Red Letters Inc. emphasize, “We are glad to be organizing such a prestigious event in Navi Mumbai! There’s a lot of hard work involved in making this event a success. With the talents of Arijit Singh and the Symphony troupe, we hope to create a magical evening for all.” 
With soulful hits such as “Muskurane Ki Wajah Tum Ho” from Citylights (2014), “Laal Ishq”, “Chahoon Main Ya Na” and “Tum Hi Ho”, among many others, Arijit Singh has carved a well-deserved place in the heart of Bollywood. With his humble beginnings at Fame Gurukul (2005) the artist has truly evolved into a multifaceted voice – a force to be reckoned with in terms of talent. His massive fan-following is proof that the aural genius of the humble boy from Murshidabad is here for the long-haul. 
His upcoming​ concert  in Navi Mumbai is already creating ripples in the grapevine. Tickets for the much-coveted event are selling off like hot cakes, with over 2500 already booked. The online booking for tickets has commenced from March 5, 2015. Tickets are available atwww.redletters.co.in, between the range of INR 700 – 3000 INR. All the information pertaining to seating arrangement and ground layouts are neatly elucidated on the website. Fans and music lovers are urged to purchase tickets before they get sold out. As for the LIVE concert, be sure to mark your calendars for April 5, 2015 – the musical extravaganza is bound to be a life-altering experience!
About Red Letter Inc. –Red Letters is Navi Mumbai's premier concerts organising conglomerate with extensive experience in organising LIVE concerts and events. Red Letters Inc. offers a host of services including Musical LIVE Concerts, Fashion Shows, Road shows and Entertainment Events, among numerous others.

Goldie Behl to collaborate with Bhushan Kumar!

Producer Goldie Behl joins hands with T-Series to co-produce a family drama to be helmed by filmmaker Mohit Suri.
Known to back strong content , producer Goldie Behl is all set to start work on his next, a family drama. Goldie, under the Rose Movies banner will co-produce the film along with T-Series.
The untitled project will be directed by Mohit Suri and will be based on a relationship between a father and son. The project which is still in a preliminary stage will feature a stellar cast,however, the makers remain tight-lipped about details at this stage.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Children can now express through Music at KidZania Mumbai with Furtados

Displaying Children get a fun musical learning at KidZania with Furtados..JPGDisplaying Children get a fun musical learning at KidZania with Furtados.JPG

~Music School role-play experience for kids~

  Furtados launched their music training school activity for kids today at KidZania Mumbai the global indoor theme park. The launch of the Furtados School of Music (FSM)activity was done by Gino Banks a versatile musician who has work at both local and international level. 
At the FSM activity children will learn the nuances of music like rhythm, melody and tempo.Through this activity kids willget together to form their own bands, experience playing various musical instruments like keyboards, drums and guitars and give a public performance. This activity aims at helping children to understand their interest in music and teach them importance of team work and co-ordination while honing their creativity. 
Speaking on the occasion, Viraj Jit Singh – Chief Marketing Officer, KidZania India, said “KidZania believes that creative expression is an important part for the overall development of kids. We are very happy to welcomeFurtados School of Music asour marketing partner to offer kids a fun filled experience of learning to play various musical instruments and build their confidence through their performance as a band. It was our pleasure to have the activity inaugurated by a most versatile player Gino Banks whose love for music started at a very young age.  
Tanuja Gomes, Co CEO, Furtados School of Music, said “The vision of FSM is to offer quality music education in an interactive and fun filled manner. We are excited to partner with KidZania and offer our band sampler programme. Music is such an integral part of a child's development and has virtually no barriers of accessibility. We are sure this will make our programme among the favourites at KidZania. Our greatest rewards will be seeing proud and over joyed parents and friends watching their children perform live on stage.
 
We are delighted and thankful to Gino Banks, our Drums Mentor at FSM and renowned musician, for making himself available and agreeing to inaugurate our offering at KidZania.” 
KidZania Mumbai - Company Fact Sheet
KidZania Mumbai
KidZania is built like a city across 75,000 sq. ft. where children can independently explore and choose to role-play from 90 exciting careers like pilot, surgeon, RJ, chef, fire-fighter and much more. KidZania emulates the workings of a city and with a functioning economy and its own currency. Each experience is designed to empower kids, giving them the confidence to be their best selves, and inspiration to be great global citizens.
 
KidZania Mumbai has been honoured with various awards like
·         Best Destination for Kids by 4th World Children Expo
·         The Best New Concept by Kids by 4th World Children Expo
·         The Most Admired Retail Concept Launch of the Year by India Retail Forum 2014
·         Emerging Brand Award by Global Marketing Excellence 2014
·         Rotary Club of Mumbai Green City Appreciation Award 2014
·         Indian Development Foundation CSR Award for year 2013-14 
In its 15 months of operations KidZania Mumbai has attracted more than 500,000 visitors. As it is a concept that drives fun through learning, over 150 schools have sent 125,000 kids to KidZania through their school excursion program. It is also becoming a popular place to host birthday parties. 
KidZania Global Overview
Opened:  1999
Headquarters:  Mexico City, Mexico
Founder: Xavier Lopez Ancona
Visitors:  More than 35 million global visitors since opening in 1999
Global Footprint:  There are currently 18 KidZania facilities located in 15 global markets with additional 9 facilities under development.
Open Facilities:    Mexico City - Santa Fe, Mexico (1999), Monterrey, Mexico (2006), Tokyo, Japan (2006), Jakarta, Indonesia (2007), Osaka, Japan (2009), Lisbon, Portugal (2009), Dubai, United Emirates (2010), Seoul, South Korea (2010), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2012), Mexico City - Cuicuilco, Mexico (2012), Santiago, Chile (2012) Bangkok, Thailand (2013), Kuwait City, Kuwait (2013), Mumbai, India (2013) and Cairo, Egypt (2013), Istanbul, Turkey (2014), Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (2015) and Sao Paulo, Brazil (2015).
In Development: Delhi NCR-India, London-England, Moscow-Russia, Manila-Philippines, Singapore-Singapore, Doha-Qatar, Busan-South Korea, and the United States. 
For more information about KidZania:Join us on the web: www.kidzania.com;www.kidzania.in

15 Cities, Grossing Over 1 Million Touch Points ~ Viacom18 Motion Pictures Launches Massive Teaser Campaign for Gabbar is Back ~

In a first-of-its-kind teaser initiative in the Indian film industry, Viacom18 Motion Pictures launched a massive campaign for its upcoming action thriller ‘Gabbar is Back’. The initiative makes a daring new announcement - Bad is the New Good.Touching a phenomenal 1 Million touch points across 15 cities pan India, this 360 degree promotional drive was targeted at a grass root level in an attempt to effectively reach out to the aam junta.
Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Sanjay Leela Bhansali reunite for this multi-starrer film with action maestroAkshay Kumar in the lead. Fighting for a cause, Gabbar– an aamaadmi himself – believes in standing up for what is right and is seen battling various grass root level corruption in his unique albeit brutal manner. With larger than life action sequences and a gripping storyline, the film will witness Akshay Kumar in a never seen before avatar.
Talking about this mammoth activation, Rudrarup Datta – VP, Marketing - Viacom18 Motion Pictures said, “The name Gabbar strikes the fear of the original Gabbar Singh and with this campaign, we have created witty hoardings, motion posters and other branding elements that warns one against corruption. The objective was to engage with the real junta at the grassroot level.As the film is an entertainer with a message, our campaign reflects the same.”
Driving synergies with the film, the marketing teaser campaign for Gabbar is Back revolves around the aamaadmiand his uncommon problems with rampant corruption all around. Each branding element was customised for this campaign integrated with the original Gabbar Singh dialogues. For example, on a chai cup or poster – the messaging reads as – Chai Piyo, Chai PaaniNahi or on a poster in a pan stall, the copy reads – RishwatKaChunaKhaaya, AB GoliKha.
On-ground:The Gabbar poster was inserted in 50,000 Dabbas with about 3500Dabbawalas sporting the Gabbar pneumonic T shirts. 10,000 Rickshaws across 21 cities, 370 buses covering Maharashtra, 15 Hoardings across the Delhi metro line, 10 Hoardings across the Mumbai Metro, 150 Platform Hoardings across Mumbai railway stations, 2 Local Trains with branding one on the Western Line and One on the Central, 35 Hoardings on petrol Pumps across Mumbai and Ahmedabad and 4500Meru Cabs across 4 Cities were branded with witty Gabbarcreatives that warned all against corruption. Moreover, 8Lakh Branded Gabbar teacups were distributed with 14000 Danglers and 7000 Posters across 3000 TeaStalls and 4000 pan Stalls across 13 Cities.  Furthermore, GABBAR branded tags were inserted on LPG cylinders going to 1,00,000 households in Mumbai and anti-piracy posters were installed in 2000 entertainment retail stores across 3 cities.
Print:Innovation ads in leading publications
Radio:A Strategic tie up wherein the teaser posters were distributed at chai stalls and pan tapris at 5oo outlets across 17 cities where their channel plays.
Digital:Reaching out to a vast fan base, the campaign has already garnered 6790 Facebook likes, 1611 Twitter followers, and 10574 Instagram followers in a matter of just a few days. Four different motion teaser videos were launched on four leading film trade portals with exclusive tie-ups for each of the videos. The first teaser alone garnered over 5 lakh views on day 1.
The hashtag #GabbarTeaser trended on Twitter India for five hours, reaching 7.5 Mn+ users. The hashtag #GabbarIsBack reached out to 9.3 Mn+ users even before the launch of official properties. Memes that were both witty and topical were created and floated across social media and Whatsapp.
Gabbar is Back promises heavy substance with heavy entertainment. Shruti Hassan, Sunil Grover and Suman Talwaressay pivotal roles in this movie along with a special guest appearance by Kareena Kapoor Khan.Gabbar is Back releases on May 1, 2o15.
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About Viacom18 Motion Pictures
 Viacom18 Motion Pictures is India's finest fully integrated motion pictures studio that has emerged as a force to reckon with by delivering a stream of critically and commercially successful films. Offering differentiated and meaningful cinema, some of its iconic releases have been Queen (2014), BhaagMilkhaBhaag (2013), Madras Café (2013), Special 26 (2013) and Kahaani (2012) to name a few. Viacom18 Motion Pictures is also one of the few studios to have successfully ventured into regional films across languages like Bengali, Marathi, Punjabi and from the South. The Studio has also backed path-breaking and much-appreciated creative work in the form of hits like Bombay Talkies, Gangs of Wasseypur I and II, OMG - Oh My God!, Manjunath, Shaitan, That Girl in Yellow Boots, PyaarkaPunchnama, Inkaar, Saheb, BiwiAur Gangster Returns and  Boss amongst others.

Monday, March 16, 2015

EKTA KAPOOR LAUNCHES HER FASHION Label 'EK'

 Balaji headhoncho, Ekta Kapoor, who pioneered the way for female producers in the country and continues to remain the Czarina of Indian Television, now ventures into the fashion segment with her signature label "EK" The power player made a formal announcement today at a press conference in Mumbai, launching the label that features women's clothes and accessories, with lead actors from her top shows, namely 'Sakshi Tanwar, Anita Hanandani, Divyanka Tripathi, Paridhi Sharma, Sriti Jha & Karan Patel. Ekta Kapoor's signature line will be available on Best Deal TV, India’s first celebrity-driven 24/7 Home Shopping Channel, that will be aired nationwide from March 18 onwards.
Says Ekta Kapoor, "I've always looked to venture into new territories and with my label I hope to reach out to women across the country. 'EK' is an endeavor to make fashion accessible and affordable".
Says Raj Kundra, CEO, Best Deal TV, " Ekta Kapoor has been a pioneer not just in television and films but also in fashion trends that have shot to fame with her successful television shows over the decade. The EK Label is exclusive, aspirational and affordable and we are happy to introduce her label on Best Deal TV".

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Now feel the spook four times a week with Aahat!

The popular horror show Aahat on Sony Entertainment Television has definitely hit the right spots with the viewers as the makers and the channel have taken a decision to air the show four times a week. Tagged as one of the scariest shows on Indian television, this season of Aahat has sleek storylines with scary twists. Each of their episodes have also featured popular faces from the industry. Aahat this season has highlighted stories which have left a lasting impression on the audience creating the right stickiness of the show while induction newer viewers into the horror genre.
 Previously, airing on Wednesday and Thursday, this horror how will now air from Monday –Thursday from March 23rd, 2015. A source from the production house informs us saying, “Aahat is the right mix of intrigue and spookiness without being gory which is why the audience is appreciating the show so much and they keep coming back for more. With the show airing four times a week, we will have more scope to develop some really scary stories while entertaining the viewers.” 
Tune into Sony Entertainment Television Monday to Thursday at 11:00pm for your daily dose of horror!

DJ Shilpi Sharma receives an award at Young Women achievers awards

A woman is the full circle, within her is the power to create, nurture and transform. She has the spark in her to fight with all the odds what life throws at her. In many of such strong womans there is also our very own DJ Shilpi Sharma. A girl hailing from a small town, fighting with the extremes of depressions in her life, Shilpi has come out as a phoenix from the ashes.  Recognizing and motivating her fighting spirit she was recently awarded for Young Women achievers award. On eve of Women's Day, Young Environmentalists Trust Woman Achiever’s award, felicitated all the powerful strong women from different fields who have been a motivation to many.  It honored women from all over the world to share their stories for which they have worked by the sweat of their brow, and challenged to arise out of the dust of the earth to emerge as achievers.
Recalling about this very special moment, Shilpi Sharma says “It felt really good that someone has recognized your hard work. It was a proud moment to achieve this award. Every woman out there who was nominated had a story to inspire and it feels great they choose me as one of it. It was really wonderful that my most important woman in my life, my mother was also been called up on stage. It feels very privileged and I will forever cherish this moment.”
Adding to her many other artist and celebrities who were also awarded at this occasion were actress  Raveen Tandon, singer Shibani Kashyap, artist Rouble Nagi,  Jessy Randhava, , veteran Educationist Maya Shahani, model Alesia Raut, celebrity chef Amrita Raichand, Eco adventure presenter Kamal Sidhu.

Imran Abbas contributed Rs.4 lakh to an NGO that helps cancer

Imran Abbas, who is shooting for Muzzafar Ali’s next Jaanisaar, recently pleasantly surprised all by showing his magnanimous side during the film’s shoot.
Recently, on the sets, one of Imran’s friends introduced him to a representative of an NGO that works towards helping cancer patients.
Moved by the organization’s aim and effort, Imran, who’s popularity amongst the masses has significantly been enhanced by his latest TV show ‘Dil-E-Nadan’, offered monetary help to the NGO concerned.
A source says, “His Pakistani TV shows are on air in India and are doing well. As a result, a lot of his people recognize him and, therefore come to see his shoots. Recently, one of Imran’s friends brought a person along with him to the sets. He told the actor about the NGO and that it also helps the cancer patients’ families earn a livelihood if needed.”
Touched by the stories he heard about the NGO, Imran asked the representative to meet him the next day. That’s when he donated money worth Rs. 4 lakh to the NGO.
Confirming the story Imran said, “At that point, all I thought about was saving a life. I did what I felt was right as a human being.”

QYUKI ARTIST SHWETA SUBRAM BECOMES THE YOUNGEST INDIAN VOCALIST AT CARNEGIE HALL

Shweta Subram become the youngest vocalist of Indian origin to perform at the Carnegie Hall with her performance at the prestigious venue with The Piano Guys. An Indo-Canadian playback singer, she primarily sings in Hindi, though she has also lent her voice to other languages. Shweta is the recipient of multiple awards including the North American Best Singer award.
Her recent performance at the Isaac Stern Auditorium was lauded by the ecstatic audiences trailed by innumerable requests for a follow-up concert. The concert was recorded live for a 2015 album of The Piano Guys whose rendition of Swedish House Mafia’s ‘Don’t You Worry Child’ has crossed 10 million views on YouTube. Along with the performance at Carnegie Hall, Shweta toured with The Piano Guys for sold out shows in Toronto, Montreal, Reading, and Syracuse.
 Shweta has umpteen reasons to smile this year having recently made her foray into Bollywood as a playback singer with Ayushmann Khuraana for Hawaizaada, lending her beautiful vocals to the song Dil-E-Nadan. In addition, her acapella tribute showcasing the evolution of Bollywood music has received a phenomenal response across various media, including the BBC Asian network. Shweta has also composed and sang for the background score of Salman Khan’s first international production, Dr. Cabbie. Shweta’s latest masterpiece is a cover of Jeena Jeena from Badlapur, with the talented composer Aakash Gandhi. Shweta’s notable performance from the past includes a feature at the IIFA Awards along with Bollywood maestros Salim-Sulaiman.
 Shweta is part of the Qyuki network, a digital broadcast network/ MCN co-founded by Shekhar Kapur, Samir Bangara and AR Rahman. Qyuki works with creators to build their fan following by producing and distributing videos across Youtube and other networks with the aim to create enduring intellectual properties. Qyuki also connects brands with their audiences through unique content marketing initiatives in collaboration with Qyuki artists.
About Qyuki : 
Qyuki, a multichannel network founded by Shekhar Kapur, Samir Bangara and A. R. Rahman and global youth media company Fullscreen, today announced an exclusive alliance that becomes one of India’s largest multichannel networks. Indian creators in the Qyuki-Fullscreen network will receive greater opportunities to develop, monetize and distribute their content and leverage technology, production and optimization services from both networks. This partnership, built to enhance talent and content development in India, expands Fullscreen’s footprint within the fastest-growing video consumption market in the world.
 

Monday, March 9, 2015

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY SOUNDTRACK TAKING OVER THE CHARTS

Ellie Goulding's "Love Me Like You Do" has become the fastest-selling single of the year. Even though the film has been banned in India, Indian fans can still enjoy the OST album of the first film of the trilogy. The official soundtrack for the film has become the fastest-selling multi-act soundtrack in a decade. Featuring original music by Beyoncé, Sia, The Weeknd, and Ellie Goulding, the album, released by the Universal Music Group, sold more than 428,000 units in its first two weeks, according to Nielsen Music, and this week sends two hit singles to the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 (Goulding’s “Love Me Like You Do,” No. 3; and The Weeknd’s “Earned It,” No. 9).
While both the book as well as the movie have been cast in a less than favorable light by critics, the soundtrack has been incredibly well received as a success both artistically as well as commercially. The album has been a roaring success internationally as well as in India! It’s been held the #1 position now for over a week and has been in the Top 3 on the iTunes overall Albums chart.
The album is available on physical as well as digital formats in India under Universal Music Group.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Highway, Diya Aur Baati Hum, Udann and Beti project honoured at Elevate 2015

Imtiaz Ali's movie Highway, the Star Plus daily soap Diya Aur Baati Hum, Colors social message show Udann and Anu Ranjan's NGO Beti fighting for the cause of the girl child, were honoured with felicitations at The Third Eye's program Elevate 2015, the second annual conclave held at The Club, Mumbai, this week.
In partnership with The Club, the event was marked by panel discussions and felicitations of various network and studio teams, Bollywood film and television writers, producers and directors, whose projects have made a profound impact on audiences.
Coinciding with the International Women's Day, Garry Lyons of the University of Leeds, UK, along with activist-filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, presided over the conclave. Ms Vinta Nanda, CEO and managing director, ACEE The Third Eye gave the opening address.
Prominent speakers including Amit Khanna, Ketan Mehta, Deepa Sahi, Sudhir Mishra, Dr. Sanjiv Badhwar, Sanjay Tripathy, Dr. Nikhil Datar, Anu Ranjan, Suhail Tatari, Dr. Lata Shenava, Bhawana Somaaya and Gajra Kottary.
Dignitaries at the event included The Club's Mr Dinesh Khanna, Comall Sunjoy Wadhwaa (of Balika Vadhu fame), Deeya Singh (of Hamari Sister Didi fame), Selvaggia Velo (of River to River; Florence Indian Film Festival in Italy), filmmakers George Mathew, Manish Gupta, Aijaz Khan and designer Salim Asgarally.
Elevate 2015 was organized as part of The Third Eye program; a free-on-demand resource centre for information on sustainable development, climate change, health, legal and rights issues for filmmakers and creative communities, leading in the business of media and entertainment in India.
The Third Eye is a partnership between the 'Asian Centre for Entertainment Education' (ACEE), India, and 'Hollywood, Health and Society' (HH&S), Norman Lear Centre, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA. The 'Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation', among others, funds the program.

Upen Patel recently refused to endorse a skin-whitening cream as he feels the fair skin obsession in our country needs to be discouraged

Bollywood actors like Ranbir Kapoor and Randeep Hooda refusing to endorse fairness creams, as they didn’t want to encourage racist stereotypes. And the latest actor to join the list is actor-turned-reality-show-star, Upen Patel. 
Reliable sources confirm that Upen recently refused an offer to endorse a fairness cream brand.A reliable source says, “Upen was recently approached by a skin care brand asking him to endorse a skin-lightening product. But apparently, he turned down the brand.” The source further adds, “He refuses to endorse anything that puts a value or discriminates a person based on his skin colour, taking a stand similar to what Nandita Das had done a few years 
ago.
”Confirming the news, Upen says, “This fair skin obsession has to be discouraged. It’s so regressive and problematic to put a value, negative or positive to skin colour. It’s actually the seeds of racism and only promotes low self-esteem. For me, I believe in loving yourself just the way you are. Dusky, dark or wheatish, you are perfect.”
The actor was last seen enacting a negative role in the film I, for which he won several accolades.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar has invited his fans to suggest the title of a “docu-feature” based on his life.

Sachin has also promised a treat for those who suggest the best names.
“There is something very special in store for the ones who come up with the most ideal title for my movie. I am waiting to hear from you,” he added.
Tendulkar too will star as himself in the Docu-feature, conceived by Mumbai-based production company 200 Not Out in co-ordination with World Sports Group, the firm that manages Brand Sachin.
The movie, to be directed by London-based writer-filmmaker James Erskine, promises “never seen before facets and footage” on the cricket legend,
Apart from his presence in the movie, Tendulkar is said to be making a lot of contribution to the project, which will capture his phenomenal rise in the world of cricket.



Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar has invited his fans to suggest the title of a “docu-feature” based on his life.
Sachin has also promised a treat for those who suggest the best names.
“There is something very special in store for the ones who come up with the most ideal title for my movie. I am waiting to hear from you,” he added.
Tendulkar too will star as himself in the Docu-feature, conceived by Mumbai-based production company 200 Not Out in co-ordination with World Sports Group, the firm that manages Brand Sachin.
The movie, to be directed by London-based writer-filmmaker James Erskine, promises “never seen before facets and footage” on the cricket legend,
Apart from his presence in the movie, Tendulkar is said to be making a lot of contribution to the project, which will capture his phenomenal rise in the world of cricket.



Wednesday, March 4, 2015

&TV highlights document for 5th and 6th March

Date
2-Mar
3-Mar
4-Mar
5-Mar
6-Mar
7-Mar
8-Mar
Wk1
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
Sun
8:00

Razia Sultan ®
Begusarai ®
Bhabi Ji Ghar Par Hai!®
8:30

Bhabi Ji Ghar Par Hai! ®
Begusarai ®
Bhabi Ji Ghar Par Hai!®
9:00

India Poochega Sabse Shaana Kaun? ®
Begusarai ®
Bhabi Ji Ghar Par Hai!®
9:30

Gangaa ®
Begusarai ®
10:00

Razia Sultan ®
Gangaa ®
Begusarai ®
10:30

Gangaa ®
Gangaa ®
Begusarai ®
11:00

Begusarai ®
Gangaa ®
Begusarai ®
11:30

Bhabi Ji Ghar Par Hai! ®
Gangaa ®
Begusarai ®
12:00

Bhaghyalakshmi ®
HFF - ITS ENTERTAINMENT
HFF - Main Tera Hero
12:30

Razia Sultan ®
13:00

Gangaa ®
13:30

Begusarai ®
14:00

Razia Sultan ®
14:30

Gangaa ®
Razia Sultan ®
15:00

Bhaghyalakshmi ®
Bhabi Ji Ghar Par Hai! ®
Razia Sultan ®
15:30

Begusarai ®
India Poochega Sabse Shaana Kaun? ®
Razia Sultan ®
16:00

India Poochega Sabse Shaana Kaun? ®
Razia Sultan ®
16:30

India Poochega Sabse Shaana Kaun? ®
Razia Sultan ®
17:00

HFF - Agneepath (New)
HFF - Ramaiya Vastavaiya
HFF -
Phata Poster Nikla Hero
HFF-Chennai Express
Bhabi Ji Ghar Par Hai! ®
17:30

HFF - HAPPY NEW YEAR
Bhabi Ji Ghar Par Hai! ®
18:00

HFF - HOLIDAY
18:30

19:00

19:30
Razia Sultan (O)
20:00
Bhaghyalakshmi (O)
20:30
Gangaa (O)
21:00
India Poochega Sabse Shaana Kaun? (O)
Killer Karaoake (O)
21:30
22:00
Begusarai (O)
Tujhse Naaraz Nahi Zindagi(O)
22:30
Bhabi Ji Ghar Par Hai! (O)
23:00
Razia Sultan ®
Killer Karaoake ®
23:30
India Poochega Sabse Shaana Kaun? ®

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