Friday, January 29, 2016

Hansal Mehta’s ‘Aligarh’ Trailer Makes a Compelling, Sensitive Argument Against Social Discrimination

National award winning director Hansal Mehta has wooed international film lovers with his sensitive film ‘Aligarh’. At its trailer launch here in Mumbai, it’s focus on awakening awareness for an individual’s choice and right to privacy connected with the media & the audience.
With the film’s cast & crew, lead actor Manoj Bajpayee, Rajkummar Rao & writer-editor Apurva Asrani, attending the trailer launch, the impact of ‘Aligarh’ was there for all to see. Set in a small town in Uttar Pradesh from which the film takes its name, ‘Aligarh’ is the story of a professor, Dr. S R Siras (Manoj Bajpayee) fired from his position for his sexuality and a young journalist, Deepu Sebastian (Rajkummar Rao) who tells his story to the world. Based on true events, the film depicts the unlikely friendship between the two, a relationship that will change both of them forever.
So far, ‘Aligarh’, within a relevant context of intolerance & compromise with an individual’s freedom of personal choice raging across urban India, has won accolades in film festivals worldwide. It was only the second Hindi film in 17 years to open the 17th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival in October, 2015. The film has also travelled to the prestigious Busan International Film Festival for its World premiere & the 59th BFI London Film Festival.
Recalling the ‘Aligarh’ journey so far, Mehta said, “The overwhelming reception to 'Aligarh’ at film festivals tells us that we’ve done something right! With its trailer now available online, we want Indian audiences to see, first hand, the impact of social exclusion. Film is a powerful medium & the story of ‘Aligarh’ needs to be told. That we have been appreciated at MAMI, Busan & BFI makes me very grateful & rewards the whole team’s tenacity. We hope the film will find its audience here in India too.” 
Producer Sunil Lulla of Eros International said, “Aligarh is a special and significant film that resonates with present times. Eros is proud to commence the year with the release of a milestone film like Aligarh that should encourage a much-needed conversation around denial of fundamental rights.”

Sony Max Highlights and Listings 1st- 15th February

MON
1-Feb-16
09:00:00PM
LEGEND THE TERROR (DUB)
TUE
2-Feb-16
09:00:00PM
KHAMOSHIYAN
WED
3-Feb-16
09:00:00PM
SUPER KHILADI; THE (DUB)
THU
4-Feb-16
09:00:00PM
KRRISH 3
FRI
5-Feb-16
09:00:00PM
INDUMATI
SAT
6-Feb-16
08:00:00PM
KUNG FU HUSTLE (HIN)
SUN
7-Feb-16
08:00:00PM
ROWDY RATHORE
MON
8-Feb-16
09:00:00PM
DON
TUE
9-Feb-16
09:00:00PM
AMERICA VS INDIA
WED
10-Feb-16
09:00:00PM
MR X
THU
11-Feb-16
09:00:00PM
MAIN HOON LUCKY THE RACER (DUB)
FRI
12-Feb-16
09:00:00PM
CHANDI THE POWER OF WOMEN
SAT
13-Feb-16
08:00:00PM
ABCD 2
SUN
14-Feb-16
08:00:00PM
HEROPANTI
MON
15-Feb-16
09:00:00PM
MAR MITENGE- 2  (DUB)

Here’s who helped Nidhi Dutta lose 26 kgs!

Nidhi Dutta, daughter of JP Dutta and Bindiya Goswami Dutta, will be making her big Bollywood debut this year with Jee Bhar Ke Jee Le, produced by JP Dutta under JP Gene banner and directed by Binoy Gandhi.
The young debutant couldn’t stop praising celebrity fitness trainer Yasmin Karachiwala, who helped her tone down and look her glamorous best for her debut film. Not many know that Nidhi lost almost 26 kgs and the actress credits Yasmin who helped her achieve that.
Since Nidhi’s debut film release has been postponed by few weeks, she is still training equally hard following a strict fitness regime as suggested by Yasmin. Nidhi doesn’t want to go out of shape and is getting toning sessions with Yasmin.

MAX 2 Highlights and Listings- 1st- 15th February, 2016

MON
2016-02-01
8:00:00 PM
DON
TUE
2016-02-02
8:00:00 PM
DHARAM VEER
WED
2016-02-03
8:00:00 PM
VAASTAV- THE REALITY
THU
2016-02-04
8:00:00 PM
GHAYAL
FRI
2016-02-05
8:00:00 PM
KRANTIVEER
SAT
2016-02-06
7:00:00 PM
TAHALKA
SUN
2016-02-07
7:00:00 PM
HOGI PYAR KI JEET
MON
2016-02-08
8:00:00 PM
SWARAG SE SUNDER
TUE
2016-02-09
8:00:00 PM
HULCHUL
WED
2016-02-10
8:00:00 PM
SAPNON KA MANDIR
THU
2016-02-11
8:00:00 PM
AAP TO AISE NA THE
FRI
2016-02-12
8:00:00 PM
JAGIR
SAT
2016-02-13
7:00:00 PM
TIRANGAA
SUN
2016-02-14
7:00:00 PM
RANGEELA
MON
2016-02-15
8:00:00 PM
KHAL-NAAIKAA

Vivek Oberoi ​has adopted a village in Andhra Pradesh

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Vivek Oberoi, to commemorate former minister Paritala Ravindra’s death anniversary ,
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has adopted a village in Andhra Pradesh. (Muthavakuntlapalli of Kanaganipalli)
Vivek who shares a close relationship with Paritala’s family and has also played Partila Ravindra role in 2010 movie Rakht charitra described late Ravindra as a real hero who fought for the common people, pledges to also  bring e-education to the ZP High School located in the village.
Vivek has also installed a purified water from his own personal funds at Tallimadugu village located in the same gram panchayat. He also plans the construction of cc roads, drinking water facility, drainages and independent lavatories .
Vivek not only plans to visit the village often but also hold gram sabha meetings and make the village a model village in India .
Vivek quote :
I have always wanted to look after a village and make it a model village to change the way people view traditional village scenarios...there is so much development in the cities and metros today and I want to change that and look at reinventing an entirely new landscape. 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Eros International announces its highly-anticipated film slate for 2016

Presents a strong pipeline of over 65 releases across Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Punjabi
Eros International Media Ltd (Eros International), a leading global film company in the Indian film entertainment industry has announced its grand line up for 2016. The company will release an unparalleled 65 plus films across multiple languages again this year, making it the biggest slate by any Indian studio. *A list of key films with tentative release dates is attached with this release.
Following 2015’s critically acclaimed and commercial successes like NH10Badlapur, Tanu Weds Manu Returns and the top grosser of the year, Bajrangi Bhaijaan along with Telugu and Bengali super hits Srimanthudu and Bela Seshe respectively, Eros is all set to announce another impressive pipeline of releases. The company ended a highly successful year with the maximum hits by a studio with the release of one of its most ambitious projects, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani that opened in cinemas globally to fabulous reviews and collections. The film still continues to run successfully in cinemas worldwide and Eros plans to release it in China and many other international markets in 2016. Eros remains the box office market leader with 3 out of the top 5 grossing Bollywood films in 2015, namely Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Bajirao Mastani and Tanu Weds Manu Returns. The companyhas taken the film awards season by storm bagging a total of 46 awards so far for their films at the prestigious StardustSony Guild, Screen and Filmfare awards with appreciation and awards continuing to pour in.
The company declared its film slate of 2016 comprising a repertoire of high-profile and content led films in Hindi and other regional languages including Marathi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Punjabi.
2016 will see the release of exciting big ticket entertainers like R. Balki’s Ki & Ka, a fun love story between two people with contrasting ideologies starring Arjun Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor; the hit franchise comedy Housefull and Rohit Dhawan’s Dishoom starring John Abraham and Varun Dhawan continuing Eros' successful association with producer Sajid Nadiadwala.  
Eros' new slate boasts of other marquee films including its association with Dharma Production and Excel Entertainment for Baar Baar Dekho, a love story starring Katrina Kaif and Siddharth Malhotra and the highly anticipated rock musical franchise Rock On 2 featuring Farhan Akhtar and Shraddha Kapoor.
Post the phenomenal success of Tanu Weds Manu Returns  and previously  Raanjhanaa, Eros continues its association with talented producer-director,  Aanand L Rai and their joint production company Colour Yellow Production to produce and release a slate of projects - Nil Battey Sannata that has received outstanding response at various festivals including the 20th Busan International Film Festival, 59th BFI London Film Festival with Swara Bhaskar wining the Best Actress at the Silk Road Film Festival of China, Happy Bhaag Jayegia comedy that will present the first-time pair of Abhay Deol and Diana Penty and Manmarziyan, a romantic drama, which will once again bring together the successful pairing of Bhumi Pednekar and Ayushmann Khurrana. Aanand Rai is also currently working on his own directorial film which will go into production this summer. Watch this space for more details on that film!
Diwali 2016 will see the release of Ajay Devgn’s high-octane action drama, Shivaay.  After the back-to-back glorious successes of Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela and the latest epic blockbuster Bajirao Mastani, Eros andBhansali Productions will take their association forward with more co-productions, details of which will be announced soon. Also scheduled to go on floor this year will be Eros and Phantom’s socio-drama superhero filmBhavesh Joshi starring Harshvardhan Kapoor to be directed by Vikramaditya Motwane.

The year is further packed with a roster of content backed cinema which includes Hansal Mehta’s critically-acclaimed Aligarh that wowed audiences recently as the opening film at the MAMI film festival after winning accolades across various international festivals such as the 20th Busan International Film Festival, 59th BFI London Film Festival. Acclaimed Marathi director and National award winner, Ravi Jadhav’s Hindi debut Banjo starring Riteish Deshmukh and Nargis Fakri is slated for release this year along with director Mohit Jha's sports drama Saat Kadam featuring Amit Sadh and Pawan Kripalani’s psychological thriller, Phobia starring Raadhika Apte.

Eros will also release Vinay Sapru and Radhika Rao’s musical love story Sanam Teri Kasam starring newcomers Harshvardhan Rane and Pakistani actress Mawra Hocane as the romantic leads; Do Lafzon Ki Kahani by Deepak Tijori with Randeep Hooda and Kajal Agarwal as the lead pair along with Saif Ali Khan starrer Chef, a remake of 2014’s Hollywood hit Chef.
Eros remains focussed on expanding its regional presence too with this year seeing a range of promising regional releases like Sanjay Jadhav's Guru and National award winning director Sujay Dahake's Phuntroo and Prakash Kunte's & Jara Hatke in Marathi, Telugu super stars Balakrishna’s Dictator which released on January 14 and is running successfully in cinemas and Pawan Kalyan’s Sardar Gabbar Singh;  Malayalam cinema's leading talent Mammootty’s White and Fahad Fazil’s Nale along with 2 Penkuttikal featuring Tovino Thomas, Amala Paul, Anju Kurian and Anna Fathima.
Following recent Bengali hit, Sandip Ray’s Monchora with Abir Chatterjee and Raima Sen in January, Eros will release Prakton directed by Shiboprasad Mukherjee of Bela Seshe fame that will see super stars Prosenjit Chatterjee and Rituparna Sengupta paired together after a decade. The company has a strong Tamil pipeline too with the successful Sivakarthikeyan starrer Rajini Murugan that released earlier this month;  Suriya’s 24 directed by Vikram, Enkitta Mothathe, well-known cinematographer Natarajan Subramaniam’s (Nutty) debut as an actor with Sanchita Shetty directed by Ramu Chellapa, actor Jaya Prada’s first Tamil productionUyire Uyiresuper star Suriya’s Singam 3Kai Neelam directed by Nalan Kumarsamy, Oru Kidayin Karunai Mamu directed by Suresh Sangiah and an untitled film starring mega star Karthi.
The company is also collaborating with Harry Baweja to co-produce the sequel to the super hit 3D animation film, Chaar Sahibzade, titled Chaar Sahibzaade 2 (Rise of Banda Singh Bahadur) followed by another 3D animation film Guru Tegh Bahadur
Commenting on the company's line-up, Sunil Lulla, Managing Director, Eros International Media Ltd said, “We have seen an excellent 2015 with the resounding success of Tanu Weds Manu Returns, peaking with the multiple-record breaking Bajrangi Bhaijaan and ending the year with our crowning glory Bajirao Mastani. We are at a very exciting phase in Eros and have an equally promising slate coming up next year that will reinforce and further strengthen our leadership position in the Indian Media and Entertainment industry. As a strategy, we will continue to diversify our presence across difference film genres, budgets and languages with a mix of popular and content driven cinema. In a few weeks, we will showcase to the world the first set of films under our Trinity franchise banner. Also scheduled to go on floor this year are some exciting directorial ventures by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Kabir Khan, Aanand L Rai, Homi Ajadania, Sujoy Ghosh, Nishikant Kamat and Siddharth Anand. We hope and believe that 2016 will be just as magical as 2015 has been”.
About Eros International Media Ltd
Eros International Media Ltd. (BSE Script Code: 533261; NSE Script Code: EROSMEDIA) is a leading global company in the Indian film entertainment industry that acquires, co-produces and distributes Indian films across all available formats such as cinema, television and digital new media. Eros International is part of Eros International Plc, which became the first Indian media Company to raise capital and be listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Eros International has experience of over three decades in establishing a global platform for Indian cinema. The company has a competitive advantage through its extensive and growing movie library comprising of over 2,000 films, which include Hindi, Tamil, and other regional language films for home entertainment distribution. Eros International has built a dynamic business model by combining the release of new films every year with the exploitation of its film library. For further information please visit: www.erosintl.com



*EROS RELEASES 2016
#
NAME
RELEASE DATE
PRODUCER / DIRECTOR
Cast

Hindi


1
Sanam Teri Kasam
05-Feb-16
Jhoom Jhoom / Radhika Rao-Vinay Sapru
Harshvardhan Rane & Mawra Hokane
2
Aligarh
26-Feb-16
Eros / Hansal Mehta
Manoj Bajpai & Rajkummar Rao
3
Do Lafzon ki Kahani
04-Mar-16
Deepak Tijori
Randeep Hooda & Kajal Agarwal
4
Ki & Ka
1-April-16
Eros / R. Balki
Arjun Kapoor & Kareena Kapoor
5
Nil Batey Sannata (The Classmate)
22-April-16
Eros-Colour Yellow-Jar Pictures
Swara Bhaskar
6
Saat Kadam
20-May-16
Eros / Mohit Jha
Amit Sadh, Deeksha Seth, Ronit Roy
7
Phobia
27-May-16
Eros / Pawan Malhotra
Radhika Apte
8
Housefull 3
03-Jun-16
Eros-Nadiadwala / Sajid Farhad
Akshay Kumar, Riteish Deshmukh, Abhishek, Nargis, Jackie, Lisa
9
Happy Bhaag Jayegi
15-July-16
Eros-Colour Yellow / Mudassar Aziz
Abhay Deol & Diana Penty
10
Dishoom
29-July-16
Eros-Nadiadwala / Rohit Dhawan
John Abraham, Varun Dhawan, Jackie Fernandez
11
Phir Hera Pheri 3
12-Aug-2016
Eros-Firoz Nadiadwallah / Neeraj Vora
John Abraham, Abhishek Bachchan, Paresh Rawal
12
Banjo
19-Aug-16
Eros / Ravi Jadhav
Riteish Deshmukh & Nargis Fakhri
13
Baar Baar Dekho
09-Sept-2016
Excel-Dharma / Nitya Mehra
Siddharth Malhotra & Katrina Kaif
14
Manmarziyan
23-Sept-2016
Eros-Colour Yellow
Ayushmann Khuranna & Bhumi Pednekar
15
Shivaay
28-Oct-2016
Eros/Ajay Devgn
Ajay Devgn
16
Rock On 2
11–Nov-2016
Excel / Shujaat Saudagar
Farhan Akhtar, Arjun Rampal
17
Chef
2016
Eros/Wave Group/Alumbra Entertainment
Saif Ali Khan
18
Ticket to Bollywood
2016
Eros
Amyra Dastoor, Diganth Manchale






Tamil



19
Rajini Murugan
14-January-16
Ponram
Sivakarthikeyan, Keerthy Suresh, Samuthirakani, Rajkiran, Soori
20
24
14-April-2016
Studio Green / Vikram Kumar
Suriya, Samantha
21
Enkitta Mothathey
2016
RV Films / Ramu Chellapa
Nutty, Sanchitha Shetty, Parvathy
22
Uyire Uyire
2016
Eros / Jaya Prada
Siddharth, Hansika Motwani
23
Singam 3
2016
Studio Green / Aadnah Arts
Suriya, Anushka Shetty and Shruti Haasan
24
Kai Neelam
2016
Aadnah Arts / Nalan Kumarsamy
Vijay Sethupathy, Samuthrakani
25
Untitled
2016
Aadnah Arts / Lingusamy
Karthi
26
Oru Kidayin Karunai Mamu
2016
RV Films / Ramu Chellapa


Telugu
27
Dictator
14-Jan-2016
Eros / Sriwass
Balakrishna
28
Sardaar Gabbar Singh
08-April-2016
Eros & North Star / K S Ravindra
Pawan Kalyan
Malayalam
29
2 Penkuttikal
22-January-16
Eros / Cinema Cooks & Eiffel Entertainments
Tovino Thomas, Amala Paul, Anju Kurian, Anna Fathima
30
White
14-April-16
Eros/ Uday Amanthan
Mammootty, Huma Qureshi, Shankar Ramakrishnan
31
Nale
27-May-16
Director Cutz / Siju S. Bawa
Fahad Fazil, Malavika Mohan, Esha Talwar, Mukesh
Bengali
32
Monchora
01- January-16
Sandeep Ray
Abir & Raima Sen, Saraswat Chatterjee
33
Praktan
15-Apr-16
Eros / Shiboprasad Mukherjee
Rituparna Sengupta & Prosenjit Chatterjee





Marathi
34
Guru
22-Jan-16
Eros / Sanjay Jadhav
Ankush Chaudhari & Urmila Kanetkar
35
Phuntroo
11-March-16
Eros-Spice Entertainment / Sujay Dahake
Ketaki Mategaonkar
36
& Jara Hatke
8-April-16
Eros / Ravi Jadhav
Indraneil Sengupta & Mrinal Kulkarni
Punjabi
37
Chaar Sahibzaade 2
10-Jun-16
Eros / Harry Baweja
 3D Animation
38
Guru Tegh Bahadur
Nov 2016
Eros/ Harry Baweja
3D Animation

*Tentative release slate, not meant to be exhaustive and subject to change

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