Thursday, May 31, 2018

Vighnaharta Ganesh completes a milestone of 200 episodes


The story of the most loved god, ‘Vighnaharta Ganesh’ telecasted by Sony Entertainment Television has won hearts across audiences and has crossed the landmark number of 200 episodes. Produced by Contiloe Pictures Pvt. Ltd. ‘Vighnaharta Ganesh’ is the first Indian television show to use motion capture technology to display a wide number of special effects to highlight a realistic mythological look for the entire ensemble to capture viewer attention. Going forward, from 4th June 2018 onwards, the show will be telecasted at a new timeslot of 7.30 pm every Monday to Friday on Sony Entertainment Television. 

Abhimanyu Singh, Producer, Contiloe Pictures Pvt Ltd said, “Vighnaharta Ganesha has been a great journey and this landmark reiterates our strength in telling some great historical and mythological stories to a new age audience. Our teams have worked night and day to pull off motion capture on daily basis, which has happened for the first time ever using such technology. We are thankful to the audiences for their continued love for the show.” 

From 4th June onwards, tune into Vighnaharta Ganesh at 7:30 pm, every Monday to Friday only on Sony Entertainment Television

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Rajnikanth, Pankaj Tripathi and Nana Patekar, captured having a conversation on the sets of Kaala


Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar set to release on March 1, 2019


Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra starrer Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar is set to release on March 1, 2019. The Dibakar Banerjee thriller will see Arjun play the role of a Haryanvi cop, while Parineeti essays the role of an ambitious girl from the corporate world whose lives suddenly intertwine.

Dibakar says, “I feel this is my first film all over again, at least in terms of the excitement with the material. Sandeep and Pinky bring to screen the two Indias that are forever clashing. I want the audience not to lose a second of that. We finished the shoot one month late because of the intense weather conditions on the Indo-Nepal border. I don't want Sandeep and Pinky to be shortchanged on edit time. YRF agreed with my request and so we are pressing on together to the new date. 2019 is when India chooses its future. I'm looking forward to release in that year and choose mine.”

Rohan Malhotra, VP - Distribution at YRF adds, “Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar will now release on March 1, 2019. Arjun and Parineeti have Namaste England releasing on Dussehra this year and the makers had announced this date a while back. It would have been unfair for us to request them to shift their film. Also, we wanted to have a gap between these two films as it features the same star cast and given the extremely busy release calendar of this year, we feel March 1 is the best date for our movie to open.”

Sony MAX2 Highlights and Listings - 1st to 15th June, 2018

FRI
1-Jun-18
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QAHAR
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JORU KA GHULAM
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JIGAR
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POLICEWALA GUNDA
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SADAK
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HUM DIL DE CHUKE SANAM
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PRATIGGYA

Monday, May 28, 2018

Shahid Kapoor calls off his vacation for work commitments


Shahid Kapoor is known to manage both his professional and personal life very well. The actor had planned to go on a vacation with his wife Mira Rajput and daughter Misha Kapoor in June. 

However, since the last schedule of his upcoming film Batti Gul Meter Chalu directed by Shree Narayan Singh resumes shoot in June, Shahid has decided to call off the vacation. 

Along with the shoot, Shahid will also start his preparation for the Arjun Reddy remake which includes workshops with behavioral experts. 

According to a source, "Shahid had decided to spend quality time with Mira and Misha [daughter] in June before he begins training for Arjun Reddy. But now that the Batti Gul schedule is likely to run into June, he has called off the trip. He wants to ensure that his commitment to this film doesn't spill over to that of Arjun Reddy, the shoot of which is lined up for July." 

A source adds that Shahid will juggle between the shoot of Batti Gul Meter Chalu and prep workshops of Arjun Reddy, "Shahid will be filming Batti Gul in the mornings. His evenings will be dedicated to MMA training for Sandeep Vanga's film. He needs to beef up for the remake. Besides undergoing dietary changes, he will alter his fitness regimen to include weight training." 

Batti Gul Meter Chalu also stars Shraddha Kapoor and Yami Gautam.

Amyra Dastur takes to gymnastics


Amyra Dastur is one personality who sure won’t stop to keep surprising her fans and audiences. The actress may look pretty and dainty, but don’t be mislead by that. The actress is a tough cookie and a fitness freak who sure can kick some if the need be. The actress who loves experimenting with her fitness schedules is now taking upon a new form of fitness.

The actress has joined a new tutor to learn the art of gymnastics. The idea behind the new love is to become better as a dancer as Amyra truly feels that to become a great dancer one truly needs to be flexible and there’s no better way to achieve that than to do gymnastics. The actress has now committed to taking three classes a week where she’s learning the intricacies of gymnastics from an expert.

On the work front Amyra will next be seen as the lead in Deva Katta's Prasthanam opposite Ali Fazal and Sanjay Dutt, in Leena Yadav's Rajma Chawal alongside Rishi Kapoor and with Raj Kumarrao in Prakash Kovelamudi's, Mental Hai Kya.

Rasika to play IPS officer in a crime drama series 'Delhi Police'


Actress Rasika Dugal is best known for her films Qissa, Tahaan, Kshay and award-winning short films like The Schoolbag and Chutney, has now garnered a lot of praises at the recent Cannes Film Festival where her soon to release film Manto had its world premiere. Rasika has proven her versatility as an actor time and again with the variety of roles she chooses to perform.

After winning rave reviews for her performance in the short film Chutney, she will be soon seen in a web series tentatively titled Delhi Police. Rasika who is known for doing roles that are always challenging will be seen donning the role of an IPS officer for the first time onscreen. Delhi Police is an eight-part crime drama series, based on high profile criminal cases. The drama involves investigation around these cases specifically hunting down the perpetrators and bringing them to justice. Rasika is playing a very pivotal character who is a smart and strong police officer who tries to crack the down the cases along with his team of able police officers. The show also features other talented actors including the likes of Shefali Shah, Adil Hussain, and Rajesh Tailang amongst others in pivotal roles.

Delhi Police is been directed by Indian Canadian director Richie Mehta who has directed critically acclaimed films like Amal and Siddharth. The show is produced under the banners Golden Karavan and Ivanhoe Pictures.

Harshvardhan Rane receives this special surprise from his fan


Despite being just a film old in Bollywood, Harshvardhan Rane already has a huge fan following. The talented actor, who is eagerly anticipating the release of his forthcoming war drama, PALTAN, was quite surprised by the sweet gesture of one of his fans recently.

We have time and again seen fans doing something special for their matinee idols. On the other hand, many actors like Harshvardhan also share a direct, personal, emotional relationship with his fans. So one of his fans decided to show his love with a tattoo.

And he decided to impersonate the same tattoo sported by the handsome actor on his right hand.

Harshvardhan informs, “When I walked out of the gym recently, I saw a boy looking at me and smiling and he flashed his tattoo ‘Son of God’ just like mine. I hugged him and clicked a picture with him. He wished me good luck for PALTAN, releasing on 7th September this year. Such a sweet gesture.”

The first day collection of Malala biopic to go to Malala Fund


Biopics are not pioneering in Indian Film Industry any more. But this particular biopic genuinely attracts attention, because it’s all about the youngest Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai, who got shot in her head and neck by talibans for going to school. Everyone knows the after story,but what they don't know is how she became this big. The controversial Indian film director Amjad Khan is making the biopic on her earlier journey and on those circumstances which made her the inspiration to the whole world.

The biopic is named as ‘Gul Makai.’ When asked about the title selection, Director Amjad Khan said, “When she was 11 years old, BBC Urdu approached her to write a blog about the life under talibani torture, and she used Gul Makai, as the pseudonym. Education is as much as necessary, as the importance of Oxygen to be alive”. The filmmaker has chosen this subject and even decided to donate the first day’s worldwide collection to Malala fund.

He shot the whole action sequences in Bhuj with 16 camera set up and a huge team of 1200 people. “I opted for FTII and NSD passed out actors for even a minor role, who know how to hold a gun properly. The other well-known thespians are late veteran actor Om Puri, Atul Kurkarni, Divya Dutta, Arif Zakaria, Mukesh Rishi, Abhimanyu Singh, Pankaj Tripathi, Sharib Hashmi and many more. Apart from the merit, director opted for the actors, who resembled the faces of the real characters. Child artist Reem Shaikh is portraying the reel Malala Yousafzai.

“I used 16 cameras throughout the film. By that you get your desired shot without interrupting the performance of the actors. Some scenes were really high in drama, and I don’t believe in capturing drama in cut shots.” Amjad Khan explained when we asked him why he has used so many cameras at a time.

He also recreated Malala’s home and school as it used to be. Even the furniture and computer, the crockeries and the attire, her school dress, school bag as it is.

Amjad Khan also said, “It took two long years to finish off the research itself. And took another couple of months to write down the screenplay and dialogues. The research and writing is done by Bhaswati Chakrabarty. She is a perfectionist, I don’t think any other person could have done this so nicely”.

Amjad Khan himself penned down and composed the music. “The title song is written by Bhaswati Chakrabarty and the rest are penned down by me.” He said. Amjad Khan even convinced Late Om Puri ji to sing a song for the film. Actor and singer Piyush Mishra also sang a song and Amjad Khan also accompanied him in this particular song as a singer.

The biopic is all set to release on the second half of this year and produced by Sanjay Singla and Vijay Jaju.

Producer Ajay Kapoor ecstatic about the immense love for Parmanu- The Story of Pokhran


Parmanu- The Story of Pokhran has been the talk of the town since its trailer launch and has just increased over the weekend after the release of the film.  It is clear from the name what the movie is about. Based around the events and people behind making India a nuclear nation, Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran tells the story of how India decided to become a nuclear state. It salutes the efforts of the Indian Army and scientists who worked so tirelessly against all odds to ensure that India finds its due place in the World Nuclear Map.

Directed by Abhishek Sharma, Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran is about a team of officers who were given the responsibility of carrying out a covert operation. The movie takes you riveting journey and promises to be an edge of the seat entertainer. What attracted the audience is to John Abraham back in action and the intriguing plot along with the amazing ensemble cast.

Even after so many legal obligations, producer Ajay Kapoor is ecstatic about the response that the movie has received. Commenting on the same, he says, “It’s really a surreal feeling to see so much love that the movie has received. Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran is a film that should be watched by the people all over the country as it gives us a sense of pride. This film is very important for us and in the same way we will continue to produce such films.”

The movie opens to its hero, Ashwat Rana played by John Abraham, an IAS officer, trumpeting his patriotism. Ashwat, a smart, moral, conscientious officer, is dedicated to the cause of the nation. How Ashwat puts up a team of diligent workers and executes the mission in total secrecy, is something that will intrigue the audience. The film that also stars Diana Penty and Boman Irani in pivotal roles.

At the trailer launch, John thanked the entire cast and crew for standing with him through this journey and gave a special shout out to Ajay Kapoor. John said, 'Mr. Rockman, Ajay Kapoor has really stood by me in the entire process right from the start."

When asked about his contribution towards helping John throughout the process, Ajay said, "I was with John before, I am still and will always be with him. This film is very important for us, we wanted the audience to be able to see the film in theaters." The two of them have been standing with each other through thick and thin throughout the legal process.

Thrills, suspense, drama, a little bit of humour, as well as a solid comment on India’s soldiers – this movie, largely has all the tricks to please even a discerning audience. It is definitely an untold story which is well-mounted with excellent production values that is sincerely presented.

Produced by Dheeraj Wadhawan and Ajay Kapoor, Zee Studios, Kyta Productions and JA Entertainment presents, Parmanu- The Story of Pokhran is in theaters near you!

Gippy Grewal & Sonam Bajwa promotes their upcoming film Carry on Jatta 2 in Delhi


Right after 6 years the sequel of Blockbuster Punjabi film, Carry on Jatta 2 is all to hit the silever screen with the same star cast. As the film is about to release on 1st June, the cast Gippy Grewal and Sonam Bajwa visited Delhi for the promotions of their upcoming Punjabi comedy flick. The promotional event took place in The Theatre Club & Lounge at Hotel Radisson Blu, Paschim Vihar.

Both the stars seemed excited about the movie, and hoping that it would manage to entertain the audience more in comparison to the first movie. While interacting with media peeps, about the movie Gippy stated, “We are really excited about the film, I hope second sequel will entertain audience more, the meaning of Carry on Jatta is itself fun, entertainment. When we were all together on sets, we enjoyed working for this film. I am really happy, as this film is really important for me in my life. It was a wonderful experience again for working for this film. Everyone worked really hard for Carry on Jatta 2 and I am hoping you people will like this film too.”

Whereas, Sonam Bajwa said, “I was really excited when I got to know about this film from director, I heard the script and started working for the same. I actually didn’t felt any pressure while working, the only pressure was laughter because I was the one who use to laugh a lot on the sets. Well, the entire team was so supportive. I really enjoyed working with everyone.”

Well, Carry on Jatta 2 is a 2018 Indian Punjabi comedy film directed by Smeep Kang. The film is a sequel to the 2012 blockbuster film, Carry On Jatta with Gippy Grewal, Binnu Dhillon, Jaswinder Bhalla, Gurpreet Ghuggi, B.N. Sharma and Karamjit Anmol returning to feature in the second instalment as well. The film features Sonam Bajwa as the lead female and, Upasana Singh and Jyotii Sethi in supporting roles.

Sachiin Joshi wraps up shoot with Nargis Fakhri for his upcoming film Amaavas


Renowned actor, producer and business magnate Sachiin Joshi is all set to return to the big screen this year. The actor who is known for his work in Telugu cinema and Bollywood will be seen opposite Nargis Fakhri in the upcoming thriller 'Amaavas'.

Sachiin made his Bollywood debut in 2011 with Aazaan, post that he was seen in film Mumbai Mirror which also had Prakash Raj and Aditya Pancholi. The actor was last seen on screens in the Sunny Leone starrer 'Jackpot' and is now all set with his next 'Amaavas' opposite Nargis Fakhri.

Sachiin Joshi and Nargis Fakhri have wrapped up the 35 day schedule of Amaavas in London and is back to the city. Sachiin dons a broody avatar for the thriller and looks handsome as always. The actor will soon head to Europe to shoot the film's songs along with Nargis Fakhri.

Sachiin Joshi will be seen in a thriller for the first time and it's something his fans are eagerly looking forward to.

“I would imitate Chris Gayle when he’s batting” – Krunal Pandya


Viu’s ‘What The Duck 3’ gives us some of the most insightful look into the lives of our beloved cricketers. In the third episode of its latest season, everyone’s favourite brother-duo, the Pandya brothers divulge into some truthful conversations about their cricketing as well as personal life.

On their equation with the West Indies players, Krunal Pandya shared, “It is not only because of IPL, we have loved the West Indies since childhood. I have always admired how they just look quite secured. In my experience till now with Pollard and Mumbai Indians, I have found them to be very easy-going. That is the best thing about them, there is no judgement there too.”

“Chris Gayle was always one of my favourites. When I play against RCB, I would imitate him by doing his gestures. The same ones that he does when he is about to bat. Just for fun. They are extremely chilled out” Krunal added further.

For more insider stories visit Viu India channel on YouTube or follow #YouTubeCricketStories. Episode will also be available on Viu app and viu.com.

Mukesh Chhabra’s star-studded birthday bash


Mukesh Chhabra celebrated his 38th birthday by hosting a star-studded birthday bash at a plush restaurant on 26th May, 2018. 

Among the stars that dropped in to wish the birthday boy included superstar Salman Khan with Sohail Khan, Anil Kapoor, Kabir Khan, Kartik Aaryan, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sanya Malhotra, Sidharth Malhotra,  Sunil Grover, Dino Morea and Chunky Pandey among others. 

While Salman made his presence felt and interacted with the crowd merrily, Ayushmann Khurrana and Rajkummar Rao set the dance floor on fire. Anil Kapoor turned up and interacted with his Race 3 co-stars Bobby Deol and Saqib Saleem. Filmmakers Imtiaz Ali, Kabir Khan, Nitesh Tiwari, Ekta Kapoor and Krishika Lulla and cricketer Hardik Pandya were also spotted. 

Mukesh informs, “I loved it! It was a great night. Everybody showed up and I feel so grateful.”

Senior Citizens come together to watch 102 Not Out


Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor starrer 102 Not Out has received exemplary responses from the audiences.
This ageless comedy has won the hearts of millions of people who watched the film and this response has encouraged the housing societies to take senior citizens to watch the film across India.

This took place first in Ahmedabad and over the weekend this took place in Mumbai and Delhi as well. Mumbai Chaitanya towers society took their senior citizen members as well. People who own old age homes were also taken to watch this light-hearted comedy.

The senior citizens said that they loved the film as it was a slice of life story.

MEGASTAR AKSHAY KUMAR & NATIONAL CHANGE-MAKERS TACKLE PERIOD TABOOS AT THE NIINE MOVEMENT’S “MENSTRUAL AWARENESS CONCLAVE”


The Niine Movement, an ambitious five-year plan aimed at raising awareness on the importance of menstrual hygiene and tackling the taboos associated with menstruation, officially launched at the inaugural Menstrual Awareness Conclave in Delhi, India to mark International Menstrual Hygiene Day on 28th May 2018. The Menstrual Awareness Conclave is supported by India’s Pad Man, Akshay Kumar and Shabana Azmi, who graced the event as its Chief Guest. The event took place at Hotel ITC Maurya, which includes several activists, who participated on a discussion made on the same.

Despite menstruation being an experience lived by as many as 355 million girls and women in India, approximately only 18% of them currently use sanitary napkins with approximately 82%  of women often reverting to unhygienic and unsafe alternatives such as old cloths, rags, hay and even ash. The reasons behind this staggering statistic include decades of archaic attitudes and stigma surrounding menstruation, the lack of choice and accessibility for safe and affordable sanitary products and the limited awareness of the importance of proper menstrual hygiene management; even amongst the 18%, some are still unaware of maintaining proper genital hygiene and the correct usage of the product, often overusing sanitary napkins.

As a result of the unwillingness to discuss menstruation, there is a subsequent culture of silence and shame which has left women and girls with no choice but to partake in unsafe menstrual practices, frequently resulting in urinary and reproductive tract infections, stress, and anxiety. In some cases, this has even resulted in girls and women becoming victims of gender-based violence, including harassment, physical assault, and/or rape; this vulnerability is exacerbated by limited access to WASH facilities, desire to hide evidence of menstruation, and lack of sanitation in homes.

The Menstrual Awareness Conclave was graced by film personalities, academics, policymakers, government officials, activists, medical experts, business stalwarts, NGOs, and thought-leaders, to discuss the impact that stigma and taboos have had on menstruation, which have held girls and women back for centuries from achieving their potential and living a life of respect and dignity. The event aims to provide an essential platform focusing on collaboration, innovation and cooperation to assess, plan and put into action sustainable solutions to tackling menstrual issues across India, with the support of leading change-makers.

Amongst the high profile attendees,Indian actor Akshay Kumar, who’s most recent award-winning film Pad Man, tackled the issue of menstrual taboo. He recently began his support of the Niine Movement with the launch of the nationwide campaign #18to82 to bridge the gap between the minority that are able to adopt hygienic practices and the large majority who are not able to make an informed choice in these matters.

Speaking about his support of the Menstrual Awareness Conclave, Akshay Kumar said: “The Niine Menstrual Awareness Conclave is a crucial assembly of minds, influencers and menstrual awareness champions - convening under one roof with the common goal of tackling the urgent issues, taboos and stigmas associated with menstrual health and hygiene. We, as a collective society, can only implement change once we initiate discussion, and the conclave on International Menstrual Hygiene Day is a fitting platform for us to truly empower a nation of women. Together we can ensure that every woman and girl has the right to manage her period safely and with dignity.”

The Menstrual Awareness Conclave also featured two high-level panels engaging prominent and expert panellists. The first panel is Chaired and Moderated by Poonam Muttreja, the Executive Director of the Population Foundation of India (PFI), which has been at the forefront of policy advocacy and research on gender, population, health and development issues in India. With taboos surrounding menstruation preventing women and girls from achieving empowerment, respect and dignity for centuries, the first panel will delve deep into the socially constructed origin of the menstrual stigma and the physical impact this can have on girls and women, in particular reproductive and urinary tract infections. If neglected, these infections can have long term consequences including increased vulnerability to other infections and in extreme cases can leave women vulnerable to infertility.

Poonam Muttreja, speaks to eminent panellists focusing on the importance of menstrual hygiene management awareness and practice and the work already being conducted on ground to tackle the issues and address the barriers. Some of the panelists include film actor and women’s rights activist Shabana Azmi, Avinash Kumar, Director Programme and Policy, WaterAid India, an NGO which aims to transform the lives of the poorest and most marginalised people by improving access to WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) services, Nishtha Satyam, Deputy Representative, UN Women India MCO and Dr. Jaideep Malhotra, President of the Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI).

According to UNESCO, 20% of girls drop out of school upon reaching puberty the second, most common cause of absenteeism after household work. The second panel will focus on the safety and security of girls after they reach puberty in the school environment, an important concern for girls and their families that needs to be addressed in building a healthy ecosystem in which girls and women feel empowered to make healthy choices with respect to menstruation.

The Niine Movement and Niine Menstrual Awareness Conclave is conceived by social entrepreneur Amar Tulsiyan. Speaking about the launch, founder Amar Tulsiyan said: “Menstrual hygiene awareness is an issue that is severely under-represented in this country, as demonstrated by the amount of women who still do not use proper menstrual hygiene products to manage their periods. Even amongst the 18%, they lack awareness of the importance of using clean sanitary napkins and not to reuse the product, which is why as part of our theory of change, we need to Enrol existing menstrual hygiene product users and those who don’t in a supportive, taboo free environment to create an open forum for discussion and deliberation. With Niine’s Menstrual Awareness Conclave, I am hopeful that we can inspire and motivate everyone to support the cause as I believe that we can all make a difference and break the taboo around menstruation by talking, educating and collaborating. That’s what the Niine Movement is all about. ”

MUMBAI'S CITIZENS PLEDGE TO BE FREE FROM SINGLE USE PLASTIC AND PAINT CARTER ROAD PROMEANDE COLOURFUL FOR #BEATPLASTICPOLLUTION CAUSE


As part of Bhamla Foundation's #BeatPlasticPolution project, activist-philanthropist Asif Bhamla, teaming up with Chal Rang De, brings new colour and thought process into the lives of the common man who walks the Carter Road Promenade to get fit. Bhamla Foundation, powered by the youth brigade, is now painting the promenade with thought provoking words to curb plastic pollution. Spotted at the do were Pooja Bhatt, Gracy Singh, Shaan, Asif Bhamla, Sharad Ughade,Meraj Husain, Saher Bhamla, Sanya Bhamla, Sohail Khan among others.

“The idea is to have an  attractive and colourful walk area and at the same time, put the thought across, " avers Asif Bhamla.

Looking at the cheerful volunteers, this looks like a colourful message that will surely work to beat plastic and save Mother Earth!

Yours to be part of the Carter Road Beautification and  Pledge to Discard Single Use Plastic and contribute to #BeatPlasticPollution. Turn Eco Champ today!

DUS KA DUM RETURNS ON SONY ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION (SET)


When the most loved actor from the Indian film industry, Salman Khan, asked “Kitne Pratishat Bharatiya…” on Sony Entertainment Television (SET) in his inimitable style and charisma, he got the entire nation hooked on to Dus Ka Dum. That was in 2008. The show, that saw the debut of a superstar on Indian television, is all set to come back after 9 years with the very same superstar. It will give an opportunity to millions of aam aadmi of the nation to test their power of observation. Dus Ka Dum, promises to be sau pratishat (100%) enthralling and interactive. 

Staying true to the insight Ye Khel Hai Anumaan ka, Salman ka aur Poore Hindustan ka, Dus Ka Dum packs a punch with its riveting format, new madats (assists) through the three rounds and a lot more interactivity. Even before its launch, Dus Ka Dum has registered a whopping 1.5 million people taking part in its survey on the SonyLIV app, giving people an opportunity to audition for the show and stand a chance to play the game as a participant on television. 

The format is simple and appealing giving participants ample time to interact with their beloved star as well as revel in their victories. The first round will see two participants compete through 5 Ka Punch which is a knockout round. The player who answers at least 3 questions correctly out of 5, moves to the next round while the other contestant gets knocked out. Each question in this round is worth Rs. 20,000/- and the contestants will get 15 seconds to lock the estimated percentage on their respective screens. The madat (assist) available in this round will be Strategic Timeout where the contestant can consult with their families to arrive at an answer. Even the eliminated contestant doesn’t go empty handed! The second round is called 10 Guna Dum where the participant stands a chance to multiply the earnings from round one to Do Guna, Chaar Guna, Cheh Guna, Aath Guna or Dus Guna. The contestant has to set an estimate window on the ‘India Meter’ instead of an absolute percentage number. The madats (assists) available in this round are – Andaza Apna Apna, where the contestant can take help from studio audience and Dumdaar Daayra, where the obsolete bracket on the India Meter will be disclosed making it a lot easier for the participant.  While the contestant must play all the five questions, a minimum of three right answers in this round leads the contestant to the last and final round which is aptly titled Super Sawaal. This is the most edgy and nail-biting stage in the game! The correct answer gives the contestant 10 times the amount earned in the second round. But the wrong answer will leave the contestant with only 10% of the amount won in the second round. However, the contestant can choose to quit the show if in a dilemma and claim the money won in the second round. 

Sony Entertainment Television (SET) revolutionized the way content was consumed by introducing the second screen engagement during Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) – which was the biggest in the world. 30 million users registered for KBC Play-Along and around 3.5 million concurrent users played-along for every KBC episode, setting a global benchmark. Taking the success and the scale of the 2nd screen initiative a step further, Dus Ka Dum aims to become the most interactive television show in the world. Through the SonyLIV app, the engagement with the audience will happen in three phases viz. ‘Survey’ leading to ‘Audition’ and ‘Play Along’ once the show launches. It is a first in the history of world television that viewers’ insights received will form the backbone for the content in the form of probable questions in the show. Also, users get to keep availing exciting prizes with the Play Along on the SonyLIV app once the show goes on-air. 

Produced by Big Synergy, this new season of Dus Ka Dum boasts of an all new format re-designed and developed by the in-house creative team of Sony Entertainment Television (SET) and Sony Pictures Television, UK.  With its TV + Digital approach, the show promises to deepen engagement with the viewers.  

Comments: 
NP Singh, CEO, Sony Pictures Networks India: 
“Dus Ka Dum is a format re-envisioned by our in-house creative team and Sony Pictures Television, UK. The advent of second screen, pioneered by Sony Entertainment Television during Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) last year, has revolutionized the way content is consumed. This time around, the number of respondents (about 1.5 million) to the Dus Ka Dum survey on our SonyLIV app, has been an eye opener. This data not just highlights the popularity of the show but also highlights an evolved consumption pattern amongst the audience. Along with an interesting format, Play Along will provide an opportunity to people at home to be part of Dus Ka Dum game play.  Furthermore, I am delighted to welcome Salman Khan back on Sony Entertainment Television.” 

Danish Khan, EVP and Business Head at Sony EntertainmentTelevision (SET) 
“Dus Ka Dum is an extremely relevant and interesting show format for a heterogeneous country like India. It celebrates the power of observation, life experiences and informal education; therefore, it is a game for almost everyone in India. It is truly a game of the common woman and man - it doesn’t bound the contestants by any filters like their educational, social or economic background. Anyone who has experienced life with an open mind stands a chance to be a winner here. To add to that, Salman Khan, whose appeal is beyond boundaries, is perhaps the most suited to bring this game alive. His easy charm and ability to connect with common man and woman makes for a riveting television experience.” 

Salman Khan, celebrated actor and host, DUS KA DUM 
“The show marked my debut on television and will always stay close to my heart. I am happy to return with this show after 9 long years! I feel a lot richer with the experiences shared by the participants on the show and the everlasting love of my fans.” 

Siddhartha Basu, Consultant, Big Synergy 
It is always a pleasure to be associated with the channel, Danish Khan and his team. The BIG Synergy team worked closely with them as well as the licensors, Sony Pictures Television, to rejuvenate Dus ka Dum with format freshness, questions about being Indian that other surveys seldom ask, and a terrific line up of contestants from across the length and breadth of the country, all the while staying true to the essence and appeal of the original version. The X factor of the show is of course Salman Khan, showcasing his trademark swag and spontaneous style, his earthy sense of humour, his warm connect with the common man, and his instinctive, unorthodox approach to entertainment. His enjoyment of the game is truly infectious. It’s a fun-filled show which makes you think and re-think about common things. The registration response was overwhelming and we do hope the nation once again enjoys the much-loved show and star in this brand new outing.”

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Shama Sikandar & Sahil Khan Flagged off Mud Skull ‘s 4 by 4 Off Roding Rally


A luxurious car event “Off Roading” was organized by Mud Skull 4 by 4 in Mumbai. There was a car rally which includes almost 100 SUVs cars from Bandra sea link to Nariman Point on 27th may, 2018. The event was flag off by TV actress Shama Sikandar and Sahil Khan. All the participants were keen, energetic and dynamic at the event.
In these days youths are increasingly enthusiastic about adventure sports, Bollywood is also associated with such adventures sports. In the same way, TV industry actress Shama Sikandar is ready to convert her depressed life into a happening one and wants to do something new in the future. Shama Sikandar and Sahil Khan is associated with adventures sport Off Roading’s series of events which collects together the adventure with car racing and SUV cars.


Mud Skull's Off Roding events started by Sam Khan,  Subodh Singh and Ashish Sharma In the next phase of Off Roading event, there will be a big rally on July 7, 2018, at  Karjat. Participants will enjoy the adventure of two events.

On the occasion, Shama Sikandar said that life is all about living to the fullest no matter what has happened in the past. As there is saying "you only live once”. She further said that life gives us daily challenges, so let's face it. She is really excited to be a part of Mud skull 4*4 off Roading adventurous event. As nothing is impossible in this world, he just has to put his mind in it and maintain the positive attitude. On positive thoughts towards the life she said once you replace negative thoughts with the positive ones, you will start getting positive results.

Akash Singh Rajput gets candid


Actor Akash Singh Rajput is thrilled to be part of Siddharth Kumar Tewary’s Porus. The actor, who plays the role of Hephaestion in the show, says that he developed a love for history about school, which is why he loves being part of Porus as well. “To be honest, I use to sleep during my history classes in school because as a child you don't find any interest in history and I was only thinking about the future. I got interested in history after my schooling. We Indians have a super history like no other country. Slowly, I started reading up of civilizations and dynasties. It is very important to know about your history before you create your future,” he says.

Talking about his character, he says that his friendship with Alexander was what made him unique. “Hepahestion was a Macedonian nobleman and a general in the army, 1st in command after Alexander the Great. He had been brought up with Alexander from childhood and shared all his secrets. He was the only trusted and loyal friend of Alexander. Their friendship lasted throughout their lives and was compared to Achilles and Patroclus.(troy) He helped Alexander in commanding the cavalry and helping him encountering many tasks during Alexander's winning war. He was with him all his life and was known for his loyalty and loving friendship with Alexander. After Hephaestion death, Alexander celebrated his funeral for eight months and announced him as Divine Hero. Alexander died after eight months of his death,” he says.

Coincidentally, Akash shares a great bond with actor Rohit Purohit too, who plays the role of Alexander in the show. “Rohit Purohit is my big brother. A fabulous actor, brave heart and my Alexander for life. He has been working in this industry for long and has a lot of experience with him. It is really a pleasure working with him and watching him live in front of me. As a newcomer, you get to learn a lot from experienced actors like him, both on and off screen. He is very supportive and is constantly teaching me. To help develop our bond on screen, we often try to meet off-screen too, to get to know each other. He treats me like a younger brother and reminds me of my elder brother,” he says.

However, the actor adds that it’s challenging to play a historical character. “It's always difficult to play a historic character. I started learning horse riding, sword fighting and tried to develop many behavioral skills like that of the Romans.

The actor says that the production house, Swastik Productions have provided many facilities to make this an easy ride for the actors. “Swastik Productions has helped me a lot in providing classes and giving me support in Umbergaon, where we shoot and stay. Life in Umbergaon is wonderful and completely different from Mumbai. It’s away from the traffic and sound pollution. Here it’s very peaceful. Swastik Productions takes good care of all the actors. They take care of all the food, shelter and transport and provide us good facilities for daily living. You are quite relaxed as all your basic needs are fulfilled. I love Swastik Productions and this is my second project with them, after Karamphal Data Shani. I will try to work with them again and again.”

Akash is not one to shy away from challenges. He comes from a political background and had to fight his way to become an actor. “I have done my schooling from Scindia School Gwalior where Salmaan Khan and Anurag Kashyap have studied. I went on to do my graduation after that in Christ University Bangalore, the best in India for BBM (Bachelors in Business Management). After that I joined politics as a youth president and helped my dad in politics. My dad is a MLA from Sagar (M.P) and has been in politics since past 25 years, that means my whole life. Politics flows in my DNA,” he says, adding, “However, I always wanted to become an artist. After doing my post graduation (MBA), I started my struggle to achieve my dream. I had to fight my own battle to convince my dad to let me try my luck in acting. As many people in my family were opposed to acting and worried about my life in Mumbai. Finally, I had a serious talk with my dad and convinced him to send me Mumbai for one year...and the rest is history.”

Talking about the work that he has done so far, he says, “I started getting roles in episodics. I got work in Bazigar on Life Ok. I did a movie with Anupam Kher sir which is yet to release. I did a short film with 'Prakash Jha Sir called Nalsa. It was a dream come true for me when I got a movie 'Toilet Ek Prem Katha' in which I essayed the role of a reporter with Akshay Kumar sir. Then I got a chance to work with Swastik Productions as Raja Manu in Karamphal Data Shani. They liked me and signed me for Porus as Hepaestion. I am also doing a Web Series for Amazon Prime called 'Mirzapur' with excel entertainment, which will be released in September 2018.

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