Friday, June 30, 2017

Working Birthday for Aanand L Rai

One of the most successful filmmakers in the country today, Aanand L Rai, celebrated his birthday yesterday, doing what he loves most - making films ! Rai, who recently wrapped up the first schedule of his untitled next with Shah Rukh Khan , is neck deep in work , with his professional commitments both as a producer and a director.  
The filmmaker is busy with the prep of the next schedule of his ambitious film , that goes on floors in a few days at a suburban Mumbai studio. If that wasn't all, Rai is also busy with the release plans of his next two films – Shubh Mangal Saavdhan and Newton. 
Says a source, " It was a working birthday for Aanand L Rai and knowing his love and passion for his work, he wouldn't have had it any other way. The filmmaker went for a private lunch with his team ,post which he was back in his office to work on his projects under his home banner Colour Yellow Productions.

Catch the emotion packed action entertainer ‘Theri’ only on Sony MAX

Sony MAX, India’s premiere Hindi movie channel brings, Theri, an action packed Tamil blockbuster that has an important message for society. This South Indian dubbed Hindi movie tries to stress on the importance of raising children well and making them responsible citizens of the country. 
Directed by Atlee with Vijay, Samantha and Amy Jackson in pivotal roles, Theri is loaded with action sequences and emotions to satisfy all kinds of viewers. Vijay plays Joseph Kuruvilla, Vijay Kumar and Dharmeshwar in Theri wherein one of the characters is a cop and Samantha plays his wife Mithra, a doctor by profession. Interestingly the tough cop sees an opposition in the form of an influential man (Mahendran) in the area. Vijay then takes revenge on Mahendran after his family is attacked.

Watch the blockbuster ‘Theri’ on 1st July at 8pm only on Sony MAX

VIVAMAYR Maria Worth welcomes Shilpa Shetty Kundra

VIVAMAYR Maria Worth, located on the beautiful southern shores of Lake Wörth, has fast become the go-to health destination for some of the biggest stars from around the world. 
India’s poster girl for health and fitness yesterday arrived at the sophisticated medical diagnostic clinic with state-of-the-art facilities. The region is renowned for its outstanding natural beauty and is a peaceful and glorious setting which Shilpa long looked forward to visit. 
Shilpa who was in London, traveled to Austria to stay at the exclusive Centre from 25th June to the 2nd July. While this is Shilpa’s first visit to VIVAMAYR, she looks forward to meeting the health experts and nutritionists there, to better understand a subject that she has always been passionate about. 
Says Shilpa Shetty Kundra, “We’ve all heard such great things about VIVAMAYR and how their personalized health plans are life changing. I’m excited to visit the facility and learn more about Modern Mayr Medicine and the programmes they offer." 
“Healthy guests like Shilpa Shetty want to stay healthy, our philosophy is that the gut holds the key to our health. Our team at VIVAMAYR look forward to welcoming her and offering rest, relaxation and better health, says VIVAMAYR Managing Director, Serhan Güven. 

Shilpa Shetty Kundra has a successful Wellness channel, a popular yoga DVD and a top-selling health and fitness book to her credit

Preity Zinta announces Kavach Safety

Recipient of the Red and White Bravery Award, actress ,humanitarian and leading women's right activist , Preity Zinta , in a revolutionary move has founded India's first and only holistic women's' safety solution. 
In association with Anthony Moorhouse  Ex Special Forces Australia , Founder of Dynamq ,"Kavach Safety" , is a “pro victim – anti perpetrator” emergency response service, that assures safety at the press of a button. 
Backed by a national Emergency Operations Centre, members will have access to a special Kavach team, a network of security, legal & high end forensic support medical and victim advocacy experts, all of whom are former army and special force professionals, to support victims. With this Kavach will act as a one-stop-shop to every safety and security need a woman might have. 
About Kavach Safety : A discreet service that leverages the latest in mobile duress technology and offers a full range of support services, backed by a leading team of crisis experts.Kavach Safety focuses on the safety and security needs of women. We take an empathetic and supportive approach to preventing incidents and helping victims of crime through medical services, insurance claims management and trauma support. The service currently costs you 418/- INR a month. 
Preity Zinta says " I started Kavach to ensure that no woman should fear for her personal safety in her daily life. It has taken me 5 long years to get here because I feel we need to empower women. We have a duty to the women of India to reduce the risk of violence, to support those that have been affected, and to educate the country that safety is a right…not a privilege".

Vivian Dsena to celebrate birthday with family

Actor Vivian Dsena will be jn Mumbai for his birthday this year and plans to celebrate with his family. "I was in Udaipur for a few days, but I am back now and ready to bring in my birthday in style. I will be celebrating with my mother and mausi this year. We plan to stay at home and have a great meal together," says Vivian, who will turn a year older on June 28. 
Vivian, who rose to fame with his show Madhubala-Ek Ishq Ek Junoon, says he is not fond of partying too much. "No parties for me," he says, adding, "Going out on other days is cool, but I don't like partying on my birthday. It's a very special day and I like to celebrate it with my family. They are the only people I feel like being with on my birthday." he says. 

The actor, who is currently part of the show Shakti - Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki, plans to celebrate with amazing food. "Food is. A big part of my birthday celebrations. My favourite cake - mixed fruit, will be there. Plus every year, my mother cooks my favourite dishes"

Nawazuddin Siddiqui goes basic for MOM

Nawazuddin Siddiqui who is almost unrecognizable in his look for Sridevi starrer MOM, took a huge leap of faith and completely followed director Ravi Udyawar's vision. 
Apart from a gruelling hair and make up session that lasted almost 4 hours , the powerhouse performer chose to sport basic kurtas and shirts sourced from the local markets in Delhi. 
Infact the actor was so absorbed in his character that even the locals in Chandni Chowk Delhi where the team shot , didn't recognise him . 
Says director Ravi Udyawar , " There is a reason audiences and the industry alike refer to Nawazuddin as one of the finest actors in the country. When I explained his look to him , he was really excited because it gave him the oppurtunity to do something different and as an actor he is constantly on the lookout for doing something that challenges him .He got on the sets , sat through hours of hair and makeup...walked around the local streets, wearing basic clothes picked off the street and yet managed to steal the show". 
Funnily enough MOM protagonist Sridevi on the very first day of the shoot walked in on the sets asking to meet Nawazuddin Siddiqui, completely unaware that it was the actor himself standing next to her in his unrecognizable avatar. 

MOM starring Sridevi, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Akshaye Khanna releases 7th July 2017.

Mubarakan stars Anil Kapoor Arjun Kapoor Ileana D'Cruze and Athea Shetty were seen on the sets of a reality show


Sara Arfeen Khan celebrated Eid with Vaani Kapoor, Soni Razdan and others

Actor Sara Arfeen Khan  special Eid gathering to celebrate the festival on Wednesday. The guest list included celebrities like Vaani Kapoor, Manish Naggdev, Mouli Ganguli, Priya Bhatija, Srishti Rode and Soni Razdan. "We have been having our Eid party since the last eight years. Every party is special because I have live singers, mehendi artists and bangle makers at the celebrations. The highlight of my party is always the music and the food. Food comes from Qureshi's Kakori House , their lovely kaloti kebabs and mutton biryani has been the highlight of the party every year," says Sara. 
The actor adds that she and her husband love hosting parties. "Arfeen and I have always been the perfect hosts. We love feeding people specially our friends and families. We make sure that every evening is not formal and that everyone feels comfortable in our home," says Sara. 

Sara adds that throwing a house party can go on beyond the night too. "Throwing a party these days is not a big deal if you can hire a venue and throw a party. But when you throw a house party and invite people to your house, it's actually more personal. Eid party is something that I guess you don't need a party venue for as people usually come to your house to celebrate together. My parties go on till the mornings. We play monopoly and then the hookahs come out and karaoke happens and then they leave after their morning tea. This closeness cannot happen when you party at a venue," she says.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Tiger Launches Hindi Trailer of ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ in an action packed event

Be it his agile action sequences or his dance moves, there is no beating Tiger Shroff! The Bollywood heartthrob has come on board to dub as Spider-Man in the Hindi version of the much awaited ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’! This is Tiger’s first ever association with a Hollywood tent-pole film and the actor launched the exciting Hindi trailer of Spiderman-Homecoming at an adrenaline filled event today! 
The youth icon unveiled the Hindi version of the trailer, amidst fans dressed as Spidey in his honor, to cheers and whistles from those present! Tiger also thrilled the audience with his lightning fast superhero moves, doing the spidey moves, driving the flashbulbs into a frenzy. 
Now that the film’s trailer has been launched, Tiger said that dubbing for Spiderman was like his half dream come true.On playing one of his favourite superheroes, by dubbing for him in Hindi, Tiger also explained how it was to actually lend his voice for Spider-Man and how he got into the character to do so. 

Sony Pictures Entertainment India's ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ releases in India on 7th July in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

क्या बनेगी ईशान और जाह्नवी जोड़ी ?

बॉलीवुड के गलियारों में खबर गर्म है कि एक्टर शाहिद कपूर का सौतेला भाई ईशान खट्टर और श्रीदेवी की बड़ी बेटी जाह्नवी कपूर जोड़ी बनाने जा रहे हैं। इन दोनों की यह जोड़ी करण जौहर के बैनर धर्मा प्रोडक्शन्स के तहत बनने वाली हॉलीवुड की २०१४ में रिलीज़ रोमांटिक ड्रामा फिल्म फाल्ट इन अवर स्टार्स के हिंदी रीमेक से बनेगी। इस फिल्म का निर्देशन शशांक खेतान करेंगे। इससे पहले यह खबर भी थी कि जाह्नवी कपूर का डेब्यू मराठी फिल्म सैराट के हिंदी रीमेक से होगा। करण जौहर अपनी हॉलीवुड रीमेक फिल्म के लिए पहले दीपिका पादुकोण-सुशांत सिंह राजपूत और आलिया भट्ट-आदित्य रॉय कपूर की जोड़ियों पर राय मशविरा कर चुके हैं। इस लिहाज़ से ईशान और जाह्नवी की जोड़ी बनना दिलचस्प खबर जैसा है। खबर यह भी है कि फिल्म की शूटिंग शुरू करने से पहले ईशान और जाह्नवी एक साथ काफी समय बिता रहे हैं, ताकि आपसी समझ पैदा हो सके। इस जोड़े की साथ तस्वीरे गॉसिप कॉलम में गर्मागर्म खबरों के साथ छप भी चुकी हैं।  ईशान खट्टर ईरानी फिल्मकार माजिद मजीदी की फिल्म बियॉन्ड द क्लाउड्स की शूटिंग पूरी कर चुके हैं। हॉलीवुड रीमेक के निर्देशक आशीष खेतान ने हम्प्टी शर्मा की दुल्हनिया और बद्रीनाथ की दुल्हनिया जैसी हिट दुल्हनिया फ़िल्में बनाई हैं। क्या वह जाह्नवी को ईशान की हिट दुल्हनिया बना पाएंगे ? 

अ स्टार इस बॉर्न में लेडी गागा

ब्रेडले कूपर और लेडी गागा 
आजकल हॉलीवुड की एक फिल्म अ स्टार इज बॉर्न चर्चा में हैं। यह फिल्म १९३७ में अमेरिका में बनी टैक्नीकलर रोमांटिक ड्रामा फिल्म है।  निर्माता डेविड ओ सेल्ज़निक की विलियम अ वेलमैन निर्देशित इस फिल्म की कहानी एक अभिनेत्री बनने के लिए संघर्ष कर रही की कहानी है, जिसकी मदद हॉलीवुड का एक अस्त होता अभिनेता करता है।  इस फिल्म में मुख्य भूमिका जेनेट गेनर और फ्रेडरिक मार्च ने की थी।  अन्य भूमिकाओं में अडोल्फे मेंजो, मे रोब्सन, एंडी डेविन, लीओन स्टैंडर और ओवेन मूर थे।  इस फिल्म १९५४ में जुडी गारलैंड, और जेम्स मेसन के साथ और १९७६ में बारबरा स्ट्रेसैंड और क्रिष क्रिस्टोफरसन के साथ रीमेक बनाये गए। अब अ स्टार इज बॉर्न पर निर्माण अभिनेता ब्रैडले कूपर (द हैंगओवर,अमेरिकन स्नाइपर,लिमिटलेस) कर रहे हैं। इस फिल्म से ब्रैडले कूपर पहली बार निर्देशन की कमान भी सम्हालेंगे। यह उनकी  बतौर निर्देशक पहली फिल्म है। वह खुद अस्त हो रहे हॉलीवुड फिल्म स्टार का किरदार करेंगे। फिल्म में लेडी गागा महत्वाकांक्षी गायिका अभिनेत्री एली का किरदार कर रही हैं। यह फिल्म लेडी गागा की बतौर नायिका पहली फिल्म होगी।  यह फिल्म २८ सितम्बर को रिलीज़ हो रही है। 
A Star is Born (1937)


A Star is Born (1957)

A Star is Born (1976)

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Suneel Darshan: The soul of Indian cinema is missing because of corporate culture


Hollywood calling Evelyn Sharma

Evelyn Sharma has worked with interesting makers like David Dhavan, Rohan Sippy, Divya Khosla Kumar, Ayan Mukerji and Imtiaz Ali in Bollywood flicks like Main Tera Hero, Nautanki Saala, Yaariyan, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and the upcoming Jab Harry Met Sejal. 
But she really surprised the industry further, when she recently became the only speaker from our entertainment industry to address an audience including global leaders on world peace and unity at US president Donald Trump's National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC. 
Now it seems Evelyn has a new list of surprises up her sleeve. Turns out, her frequent trips to Los Angeles were not about a boyfriend, but movies in the West. "Super exciting times. Nice to get inquiries and read scripts in LA," she's just tweeted. 
What's more! Rumour has it that Evelyn also has an agent in the US. So don't be surprised if she's the next from Bollywood to add to the escapades of Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone and Irrfan Khan's in Hollywood. 
And while some of our actors have been prepping their creative juices and boosting their adrenalin looking at international movies, Evelyn's not even stopping at that. Her recent trip to the States, had New York based music producer Brooklyn Shanti fly down to LA to make more music with her. 
Yes! She's written and recorded a few new songs and shot a music video on her recent trip. Need we say, the numbers can be expected to even better her last attempt at singing 'Something Beautiful'. 

Plus, apart from Jab Harry Met Sejal, Evelyn will also be seen playing the lead opposite Amit Sadh in Jack & Dil. So her year ahead promises a lot.

बारिश में फैशन का नया दौर

मौसम की पहली बारिश में आई एन आई एफ डी इंस्टिट्यूट की नई शाखा का भव्य लोकार्पण किया गया। एम ई टी (मुंबई एजुकेशन ट्रस्ट) के अंतर्गत फैशन की नई शाखा के भव्य शुभारम्भ के मौके पर नरेंद्र कुमारनिशा हरलेपंकज भुजबलशबीना खानइमाम सिद्धकीअनिल खोसला आदि जानी मानी हस्तियों ने शिरकत की। डिजाइनर इमाम सिद्दीक़ी ने छात्रों को स्टेज पर चलनास्माइलफोटो पोज देने के संबध में विस्तृत जानकारी दी। उन्होंने इंस्टीट्यूट से लंदन फैशन वीक में जा रही डिजायनरों को टिप्स देते हुए कहा, 'एवरी डे इज फैशन शो एंड द व‌र्ल्ड इज योर रनवे'। सिर्फ शाहरुख और आमिर ही एक्टर नहीं है दुनिया का हर एक इंसान भी एक्टर है और जिंदगी में अपना रोल निभा रहा है। जो जितना अच्छा रोल निभा रहा है वह उतना ही अधिक सफल है।'
इस सी फेसिंग भव्य संस्थान में वाई-फाई सुविधा से लेस कंप्यूटर लैबस्पेसियस क्लास रूमकैंटीनलाइब्रेरी इत्यादि है।

Monday, June 26, 2017

New Music Friday- IMAGINE DRAGONS EVOLVE # 1 in India

The highly anticipated album by Imagine Dragons titled ‘Evolve’ has officially arrived. Followed by the release of the global smash hits ‘Believer’, ‘Thunder’ & ‘Whatever It Takes’ the whole album released worldwide on 23rd June.
Since making their full-length debut with 2012’s multi-platinum Night Visions, Imagine Dragons have drawn worldwide adoration for their anthemic yet moody alt-rock. On their third album Evolve, the Grammy Award-winning band shift perspective and take on a brighter but more layered emotional outlook
Throughout Evolve, Imagine Dragons find unlikely glory in intense self-reflection. On “Whatever It Takes,” the band turns self-doubt into a soaring, shimmering epic driven by heavy beats and Reynolds’s rapid-fire flow. Another moment of reckoning, “Thunder” brings waves of majestic harmonies and warped vocal effects to Reynolds’s recounting of his life’s journey so far.
The staggering album features a diverse tracklist showcasing 11 powerful tracks by the American Rock band.
The track-list for Evolve is as follows:
1.       I Don’t Know Why
2.       Whatever It Takes
3.       Believer
4.       Walking The Wire
5.       Rise Up
6.       Make It Up To You
7.       Yesterday
8.       Mouth of the River
9.       Thunder
10.   Start Over
11.   Dancing In The Dark
 About Imagine Dragons

Formed in 2009, Imagine Dragons first revealed their emotionally charged and inventive sensibilities with a series of independently released EPs that earned them a grassroots following. Signed to KIDinaKORNER/Interscope by hitmaking producer Alex Da Kid, the band greatly expanded their fanbase with the release of their multi-platinum breakthrough single “It’s Time” (featured on the 2012 EP Continued Silence). With their past hits also including “Radioactive” (a diamond-selling smash that won Best Rock Performance at the 2014 Grammy Awards), Imagine Dragons went on to see Smoke + Mirrors debut at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart upon its release in early 2015.

Golden Period 1950-60s with Trinity of Dilip- Raj-Dev triumphant at Osian’s Greatest Indian Show on Earth 2

Mughal-e-Azam remains favourite of serious Memorabilia collectors 
“The value of film memorabilia is there till the time technology replaced hand-painted posters and showcards with printed ones. If we had not placed credible financial value on these related objects of our film culture, the desire to preserve, love and respect our cinematic heritage would have been much more difficult to emerge,” said Neville Tuli, Chairman - The Osian's Group. His words rang through Osian's The Greatest Indian Show On Earth 2 - Vintage Film Memorabilia, Publicity Materials & Arts Auction where film lovers from the world over flocked to take home a piece of Indian cinematic history to be hopefully preserved forever.
Dilip Kumar's rare set of an original watercolour, mixed media and collage showcard artworks of Ram Aur Shyam that saw the actor in a first double role, sold for Rs.3,36,000. Kranti unique 12-sheeter teaser went for Rs.3,00,000. Sohrab Modi's Sikender sepia-toned photographic stills mounted on lobby cards sold for Rs.78,000. Mehboob Khan's Andaz hoarding with Raj-Dilip-Nargis portraits sold for Rs.1,20,000. A Kal Aaj Aur Kal six-sheeter poster of three generations of the Kapoor Family sold for Rs.54,400 while a Bobby Golden Jubilee trophy sold for Rs.74,400. Dilip Kumar's Mela's rare set of 6 original mixed-media collage artworks sold for Rs.48,000. Aan stills, a set of 4, sold for Rs.52,800, to name a few. 
Rare Artworks  from the  later 1990s onwards period such as Shah Rukh Khan's doodle, ink on paper, sold for Rs.1,20,000 while Aamir Khan's frontal portrait in poster paint on cardboard in Mangal Pandey by Balakrishna sold for 64,500 while MF Husain's Gaja Gajamini in Paris photographic collage and ink on paper sold for Rs.1,44,000. The price of all works can be seen at www.osianama.com. 
At the auction, original Artworks by Satyajit Ray, Mani Kaul, jostled for space with film legend, Dilip Kumar; the cinematic epic, Mughal-E-Azam, to the unique jubilee trophies of Bobby, Deewar, Heera and others; from original publicity-material art for Andaz (1949), Anari (1959), Guide (1965), Deewaar (1973) and others to rare vintage twelve and six-sheeter posters of Kranti (1981), Silsila (1981), Kal Aaj aur Kal (1971) and others; to rare posters, showcards, lobby cards, photographic stills from the golden 1950’s period to the era of Amitabh Bachchan to the current trinity of Salman-Shah Rukh and Aamir. 

Osian’s Chairman, Neville Tuli, highlights the role of auctions in this preservation process: “Today centers of research, museums, archives, collections, related to not just Indian film but all cinemas will emerge deeper and faster with India as a potential hub. It is not very far away when the finest scholars and researchers will flock to India to understand the profound role the cinematic and related arts have played in developing culture and a thousand influences thereon. The auctions have facilitated this journey just like Film Festivals facilitate a film appreciation culture. One has to only see the growth of the Hollywood memorabilia market to understand the vast energies that get energized when the film fraternity, media and the public work in unity to respect one’s history, and hence one’s current creativity.”

Aarambh special screening at Copa

Kartika Nair
Touted as the Bahubali of television, Goldie Behl’s much-awaited historical fantasy Aarambh, produced by Srishti Behl premiered on 24th June, 2017 on Star Plus. 
K.V Vijayendra Prasad with Goldie Behl
The show is written by K.V Vijayendra Prasad, who has written blockbusters including Bahubali, Bahubali 2 and many more. His grand idea of bringing the era of Aryans and Dravidians to life was woven into words in Aarambh.
Goldie Bhel with Sonali Bendre
With its interesting cast, brilliant narrative and stellar performances by the lead actors Rajniesh Duggal and Kartika Nair, Goldie Behl’s highly-anticipated historical fantasy on Star Plus, has received rave reviews from critics and audiences alike.

Tanvi Thakkar: All the 6 screens playing my film were houseful

Actress Tanvi Thakkar, whose Gujarati film ‘Aav Taru Kari Nakhu’ released this month, is quite happy with the response she got for her role. She says, “The response to ‘Aav Taru Kari Nakhu’ is amazing. Since it's a family entertainer for all classes and age groups, all kinds of people are liking and appreciating the film.”
In fact, the actress was overjoyed when she saw how well her film is being received in Gujarati speaking states. Recalling an incident, she says, “The film is running very successfully in Gujarat. When I went to a multiplex in Ahmedabad, all the 6 screens playing my film were houseful and people were laughing and hooting throughout. It felt so good to see your film being appreciated by the audience.” 
Tanvi had a ball of a time working with her co-actors Aditya Kapadia, Tiku Talsania and  Amar Upadhyay. About Aditya, she says, “Aditya and I have worked in the past in a show called ‘Ek Doosre Se Karte Hain Pyaar Hum’, where we played siblings. He is very quick and delivers his best in no time. I am always amazed watching him perform.” Watching Tiku Talsania perform was also a fun experience for her. She shares, “Tiku Talsania has a great sense of comedy. It is always a pleasure to see him perform. But what's most amazing about him is how much he loves his craft. He was shuffling between his plays and this film, so he would travel every day between Ahmedabad and Surat, but there was not one complain or groan from him. It shows that he is in love with what he does. Amar, too, is a very confident actor. That's one thing I really admire about him.” 
As an actor, Tanvi is not at all choosy and says that the medium does not matter to her until the role she is essaying is fulfilling. She revealed, “Bollywood or television or digital or ads I am in here to act and whatever interests me I would do that. I always believe it's better to shine on television than do a foolish role in a film. But if I do get a good film, then why not? Also, wow that my Gujarati has improved, I would definitely like to do a lot more work. As an actor, I wouldn't like to do limited kind of roles. I want to do from comedy to drama, from an urban to rural films. And, now that my Gujarati has improved, I would definitely like to do a lot more work.”

Way to go, Tanvi. We are sure we will be seeing a lot more of you from now on!

Baba Siddique & Zeeshan Siddique host their annual Iftaari celebration

It's that time of the year again where the biggest and most influential names meet under the same roof at Baba Siddique & Zeeshan Siddique's annual Iftaar dinner.The popular politician along with son Zeeshan, hosted his 9th annual Iftaar bash at the Taj Lands End Gardens, Bandra which saw some of the biggest names in cinema, business, politics, medicine ,law and people from all walks of life came together. 
The Iftaar saw a host of celebrities from the Indian film industry including superstars Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan, Salman's family Salim Khan and Sohail Khan, sisters Alvira Agnihotri and Arpita Khan Sharma and their spouses Atul Agnihotri and Aayush Sharma and baby Ahil, Preity Zinta, Kabir Khan, Mini Mathur, Sooraj Pancholi, Huma Qureshi, Daboo Ratani, Ileana D'cruz, Nidhhi Agerwal, Abbas Mastan, Rajkummar Rao, Sonu Sood, Maniesh Paul, Amyra Dastur, Kiara Advani, Gurmeet Choudhary, Neetu Chandra, Freddy Daruwala,  Manish Malhotra, Jay Bhanushali, Mahhi Vij Aamir Ali, Sajid, Wajid, Rhea Chakraborty, Mustafa Burmawala, Puj Banerjee, Krushna Abhishek, Kashmira Shah, Himesh Reshammiya, Shama Sikander, Ankita Lokhande, Ragini Khanna, Aarti Singh, The Moranis, Anees Bazmee, Bhushan Kumar, Kishan Kumar, Sajid Farhan, Sajid Nadiadwala, Aditya Pancholi, Rashmi Desai, Upen Patel, Sachin Pilgaonkar, Swapnil Joshi, Akruti Nagpal, Sonali Raut, Suha Gezen, Aalim Hakim, Shanu Hakim, Mukesh Chhabra, Niketan Madhok ,Vaibhav Tatwadi among others. 

Others from the field of politics to attend included Sushil Kumar Shinde, Prithviraj Chauhan, Ashok Chauhan, Mohan Prakash , Pratap Sarnaik, Sachin Ahir, Vishwajeet Kadam, and many more.

Hon'ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shri Devendra Fadnavis with the recepients of WOW Awards 2017 - Reconnective Healer and Art Curator Jalpa Vithalani of Cosmic Heart Gallery and Singer-Banker Amruta Fadnavis, the First Lady of Maharashtra


Sunday, June 25, 2017

Ashutosh Gowariker All Set To Give Masterclass 'In Conversation' at the prestigious British Film Institute (BFI) in London

India’s renowned filmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker has been invited by the British Film Institute to give an onstage Masterclass at the prestigious British Film Institute (BFI) Southbank on 23rd June, during the London Indian Film Festival that opens on 22nd June. 
Post the Masterclass, Ashutosh will also give a Screen Talk at Cineworld Broad in Birmingham on 24th June. Ashutosh’s critically acclaimed film ‘Jodhaa Akbar’ too shall be screened on 25th June at BFI Southbank followed by an introduction by Ashutosh himself.
With a reach of over 150 million worldwide, London Indian Film Festival (LIFF) is Europe's largest South Asian film festival and takes place in London and Birmingham over 11 screens. 
The 'In Conversation' Masterclass will be moderated by Nasreen Munni Kabir 
Talking about it, the director said, “Honoured to be there at the oldest and most prestigious institute in the world - the BFI! It has always been a great source of movies, and a very resourceful library. Cinema discussions as an art form are in abundance here.”

   

Saturday, June 24, 2017

This Is How Shraddha Kapoor Prepped To Play A Mother In ‘Haseena Parkar’

Shraddha Kapoor, who will be next seen playing the lead role in Apoorva Lakhia’s upcoming film ‘Haseena Parkar’, which is based on the life of dreaded don Dawood Ibrahim’s sister Haseena, will be seen playing a loving mother to four kids and Apoorva revealed an interesting trivia about how the young actress prepped for the scenes with her reel kids.Apoorva said, “There was a scene which was extended when we saw Shraddha cradle her screen kids to stop the crying. She is really patient and mature for her age. I remember her reading pregnancy books and paying attention to details like the way expectant mothers hold their backs."He further added, “I ensured that they (the kids) arrived two-three hours before shooting commenced and hung out together with Shraddha and Ankur Bhatia, playing and talking to each other. We also instructed the real parents to not be around during the shoot." A source attached to the unit also said that Shraddha’s closeness with her aunt Tejaswi Kolhapure's daughter Vedika too made it easier for her to play a mother on-screen.Directed by Apoorva Lakhia, ‘Haseena Parkar’, is being presented by Swiss Entertainment and has been produced by Nahid Khan. ‘Haseena Parkar’ is slated to release on August 18.                            

Friday, June 23, 2017

Aneri Vajani’s Iftaar Party on Beyhadh set



Despacito Music Video crosses 2 billion Views

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s song ‘Despacito’ crosses the 2 billionth mark on YouTube and becomes the fastest song ever to cross that mark. In just 154 days the music video reached the two billion mark and its previous record holder was Justin Bieber’s ‘Sorry’ which gained two billion views in 394 days.The song has been appreciated and loved my millions across the world so it comes as no surprise that it is the quickest to cross two billion views. Earlier, Despacito was the second fastest song to cross 1 billion views in 97 days following Adele’s ‘Hello’ which crossed one billion views in 87 days. ‘Despacito’ which means slowly in Spanish has been breaking records worldwide and has also been a smashing hit for a bilingual song. Previously, the song had topped the Billboard charts for four consecutive weeks making it the second bilingual song after ‘Macarena’ in 1996 to top the charts for such a long period of time! The Music was filmed in Puerto Rico and its Remix audio featuring Justin Bieber which is currently on the Billboard 100 charts for the fifth consecutive week also broke a milestone on YouTube of being the biggest musical debut of 2017 so far with collecting more than  20 million views in just 24 hours.Despacito is also the fastest Most Viewed Vevo video to cross the 2 billionth mark. In a list of the most viewed YouTube Videos,  the song is currently at number 9 in the list and at the number 8 spot on the list of the Most Viewed VEVO Music video. With its 2,040,000 certified sales plus track-equivalent streams, "Despacito" is one of the best-selling Latin singles in the United States. The song is most likely to be the song of the summer and from what it seems, ‘Despacito’ is only breaking more records worldwide.अल्पना कांडपाल

Mithun Chakraborty makes his Acting Debut with a Pivotal Role in The Drama Company

The Drama Company has created a lot of noise for its ensemble cast which will soon air on Sony Entertainment Television. After roping in talented comedians like Krushna Abhishek and Sudesh Lahiri, the latest to join the cast is the Bollywood superstar and the king of Disco, Mithun Chakraborty. Joining Mithun Da, Krushna and Sudesh on the show will be the talented team of Ali Asgar, Dr. Sanket Bhosale, Sugandha Mishra and many more renowned faces. 
Mithun Chakraborty makes his acting debut on television where he will play a pivotal character and not his usual self in The Drama Company. The show will be one roller coaster ride for the entire cast and promises to be a laugh riot for audiences. With Mithun Da’s humorous presence, the entertainment quotient will be heightened to maximum for all viewers. 

Considering it’s a challenge to be a part of The Drama Company Mithun Chakraborty says, “For the first time, I will not be playing myself on Television but a very interesting character with a lot of quirks. While it is challenging after hearing the creative details from the makers, it is going to be a challenge worth taken.”

अब श्रीदेवी साड़ी

श्रीदेवी की ३००वी फिल्म मॉम ७ जुलाई को रिलीज़ हो रही है।  इसी तारीख को श्रीदेवी के अभिनय की दुनिया में पचास साल पूरे हो जायेंगे। इस दौर में श्रीदेवी ने हिंदी और दक्षिण की फिल्मों में अपने अभिनय और सेक्स अपील का सिक्का जमाया है।  वह जितनी आकर्षक और सेक्सी आधुनिक पोशाकों में लगती थी,  उससे कहीं ज़्यादा सेक्सी और आकर्षक साड़ी में दिखती थी।  मिस्टर इंडिया के काटे नहीं काटते दिन ये रात गीत में नीली शिफॉन साड़ी में भीगती श्रीदेवी कामुकता की देवी नज़र आती थी। यश चोपड़ा  की फिल्म चांदनी के ओ मेरी चांदनी गीत में पीली साड़ी में लिपटी श्रीदेवी ग्लैमर से भरपूर लग रही थी।  लम्हे में उज्जवल सफ़ेद साड़ी में वह रोमांस की देवी जैसी लगती थी।  २०१२ में रिलीज़ फिल्म इंग्लिश विंग्लिश में गृहणी शशि के किरदार के अनुरूप उन्होंने नौ गज की गहरे लाल रंग की साड़ी पहन कर दर्शकों पर जादू कर दिया था।  श्रीदेवी के इसी जादू को भुनाने के ख्याल से चेन्नई के परंपरागत वस्त्रों के विक्रेता और श्रीदेवी के प्रशंसक ने श्रीदेवी साड़ियां लांच करने का फैसला किया है।  साड़ियों की यह सीरीज  श्रीदेवी की फिल्मों में उनके किरदारों से प्रेरित होंगी।

The concept of a culinary realists show interested me: Vikas Jain

Entreprenuer Vikas Jain, who is the founder of JK Masala, is presenting culinary reality show cook studio with producer Ashish Sabalawat, says that the concept of the show interested him. "I liked the concept of getting different kind of  people - mothers, daughters, basically people who are not professional chefs but love cooking, on a common platform. It will help them showcase their passion for cooking. A reality show based on this was what attracted me," says Vikas. 
Talking about his equation with Ashish, Vikas says that he shares a great rapport with him. "Ashish has been a friend. Her liked the concept and was on board immediately. We started the work four months back," he says. 
The show will be judged by actors Karan Patel and Anita Hassanandani. Talking about the thought process behind choosing them, Vikas says, "We did a survey where Karan and Anita were the most popular celebrities. When we approached them, they agreed readily and are looking forward to the show. We also have Rajiv Thakur and Roopal Tyagi, Abhijeet Sawant. On the senior judge panel we have Vicky Ratnani,who has been associated with Master Chef, and for our help, we have a local chef Abhishek Sharma." 

Meanwhile, talking about his company JK Masala, Vikas says it was a family business. "JK Masala started since 1957 and we have been traders in spices since then. It is originally from Kolkata and we got into developing and packaging in 1980. As the work started and developed we moved to Jaipur. I, being the only son, carried on the business and moved to Jaipur. Now the business is spread to various cities including Kolkata and Ahmedabad, " he says

Mrunal Jain Six pack abs makes him the most desirable hottie in Indonesia

One of the fittest actors of television, actor Mrunal Jain is a clear example of the outcome of a balanced diet and regular exercise. The actor, who is currently in Indonesia for his show, has been regularly working out to ensure he remains in shape. “Fitness is not only about having a good body, it has to be a balance of flexibility, posture, structure and a fit and healthy mind. All of this has to be in sync and should be balanced. Just because  someone has a good body, it is not necessary that he will be fit as well. For me, a healthy mind helps you to create a good body and a perfect body helps you in having good thoughts as well as be confident about yourself,” he says.
Mrunal, who was last seen in last seen in Naagrjuna Ek Yoddha, has been in Indonesia since the last two months. He has been regularly uploading his pictures and working out videos on Instagram. “I am very careful about my diet. Although I am a vegetarian, that has never stopped me from building a body. Of course, I am obsessed with working out and you can find me in the gym every day,” he says.
Talking about Bollywood actors, Mrunal says that there are quite a few who have become great examples for fitness enthusiasts. “According to me, Akshay Kumar is the best. Even at this age, his action sequences on screen are amazing. The fact that he does these on his own without the help of a body double, motivates a lot of people to stay fit.  The fittest actress has to be Priyanka Chopra. Her acting and action sequences in her film ‘Mary-Kom’ proves she is the best at her job.  I think Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff are also fit,” he says. 
Talking about his own workout regime, Mrunal says, “I workout six days a week, where I concentrate on toning my entire body. I concentrate on stretching my legs two days a week and conctrate on other things the rest of the five days,” he says. 

Mrunal often gets fan mail where he is asked about how he keeps fit. For all those who are looking for some fitness advice from the actor, here is what he has to say. “I would like to say that you should eat what you like, but try not to over eat. At the same time, don’t starve yourself. Even if you are eating junk food, make sure you hit the gym or do some physical activity, which will burn your extra calories,” he says.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Hemant Sharma’s daughter Ishani Sharma tied the knot in a grand style

Finally, a big fat wedding bell rings at Hemant Sharma’s (India TV News Director) hub, as his daughter Ishani Sharma tied the knot with Sachin Sharma, who is professionally an IPS Officer. The wedding ceremony took place on Saturday, 17th of June in New Delhi, in a grand traditional manner.
As the wedding ceremony was graced by the presence of several big shots along with the Prime Minister of Nation Shri Narendra Modi. Well, the couple received wishes from family and friends, where Rajat Sharma(India TV Chairman) and Ritu Dawan(Managing Director), were also the part of the function.
It was undoubtedly a star-studded wedding which includes Politicians and B’town celebs such as, Arun Jaitley(Finance Minister), Rajnath Singh(Home Minister), Amit Shah(BJP President), Mulayam Singh Yadav, Manoj Tiwari, Smriti Irani, Raj Babbar, Madhur Bhandarkar, Pankaj Udhas and many more.

Everyone wished the newly knotted couple a happy future ahead. Whereas, we also wish them the same for their upcoming graceful life.

Cox & Kings partners with Tubelight to launch 'Pose Karo, Tubelight se Milo' contest

It’s time to celebrate as Superstar Salman Khan’s new film Tubelight is set to release on 23rd June. Joining the celebrations is Cox & Kings which has partnered with Tubelight to launch `Pose Karo, Tubelight se Milo’ contest. The lucky winners stand a chance to live their fan moment of meeting Salman Khan. 
Sparking curiosity among the fans about what's new in Salman Khan's next, they have already started making note of the locations where he has been dancing carefree with his real and reel brother Sohail Khan. 
Moreover, it’s music to the ears when the songs 'Nach Meri Jaan' and 'Radio' shot at iconic destinations of Ladakh and Manali are already making waves. 
The contestants have to click a selfie at their favourite location seen in the movie and post it on Facebook with the hashtag #BharatDekoTubelight. Cox & Kings has curated special itineraries covering the specific locations where the movie was shot. Alternatively, one can simply visit the nearest Cox & Kings' store to book a package and click a selfie with Salman Khan's cut-out and post it with the hashtag.  The lucky few will be picked from the hashtag feed and will win a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet Salman Khan. 
Speaking about the partnership, Yusuf Poonawala, Head – Bharat Deko, Cox & Kings said, "The film Tubelight will transport you to picturesque and scenic locations where the movie was shot and by booking our package you get an opportunity to meet your favourite Superstar Salman Khan.’’ 
He added, ``As part of our celebrations we have launched exclusive Bharat Deko packages called `Tubelight tours to destinations such as Manali, Ladakh, Shimla, and Amritsar, where the movie was filmed. ‘’ 
The famous songs of the film Tubelight provide a glimpse of the scenic beauty of North India. Cox & Kings has also launched products keeping the movie theme in mind.
Tubelight - Manali 05 Days / 04 Nights
* Ex - Chandigarh
Manali
PRICE INR 17,099 Per Person 
Tubelight - Ladakh 07 Days / 06 Nights
* Ex - Leh
Leh, Nubra Valley & Pangong
PRICE INR 29,999 Per Person 
Tubelight - Manali with Chandigarh 06 Days / 05 Nights
* Ex - Chandigarh
Chandigarh & Manali
PRICE INR 20,799 Per Person 
Tubelight - Himachal 09 Days / 08 Nights
* Ex - Chandigarh
Chandigarh, Manali, Dharamshala & Dalhousie
PRICE INR 32,999 Per Person 
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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...