Friday, June 22, 2018

IIFA WEEKEND PRESS CONFERENCE

The Biggest Celebration of Indian Cinema, the NEXA IIFA Awards Styled by Myntra returns to Amazing Thailand for the 19th edition, exactly after a decade as Bangkok gets a chance to get closer to the stars and experience the potpourri of the Indian movie culture. Hindi Cinema’s finest talents, global dignitaries, world media, and cinema enthusiasts from across the globe will descend on this vibrant metropolis as the spectacular extravaganza gets underway at the Siam Niramit, the crowning jewel in Thailand’s heritage, art and culture.

From London to Malaysia, Johannesburg, Tampa Bay, Singapore, Amsterdam, Dubai, Yorkshire, Thailand, Macau, Colombo, Spain, Toronto and New York, IIFA has been on an engaging journey leaving its footprint across the globe as it continues to create and promote a distinct identity for the Indian film industry internationally. With this year’s edition, Bangkok joins a select few cities to have the honour of hosting the coveted IIFAs more than once.

Commencing the highly-anticipated 19th edition of NEXA IIFA Awards Styled by Myntra with the IIFA Weekend Press Conference at the Marriott Marquis Hotel were various notable dignitaries, members of the media and renowned film fraternity members with a stellar line-up of Bollywood megastars such as Anil Kapoor, Dia Mirza, Varun Dhawan, Kriti Sanon, Arjun Kapoor, Kartik Aaryan, Rekha, Karan Johar, Riteish Deshmukh, Nushrat Bharucha, Ayushmann Khurrana and Anupam Kher.

The celebrations continue as the dynamic duo of Kartik Aaryan and Ayushmann Khurrana team up as hosts for the first-time ever at the magnificent IIFA Rocks 2018.  This year’s edition promises to be an unforgettable amalgamation of music, fashion and entertainment befitting the largest film industry in the world. The extravaganza will see acclaimed Bollywood music director-singer Pritam perform a never-before-seen medley with talented singers including Sreerama Chandra, Amit Mishra, Shalmali Kholgade, Antara Mitra, Nakash Aziz and Nikitha. Bollywood’s “Sonu ke Titu ki Sweety” Nushrat Bharucha is all set to mesmerize the audience with her energetic performance at IIFA Rocks. Pulling off another coup, the evening will witness a rare performance from one of television’s biggest stars, Mouni Roy (of ‘Naagin’ fame) as she returns to the IIFA stage after two years.

Adding another interesting facet, India’s leading destination for fashion online, Myntra in collaboration with renowned Indian fashion designer Vikram Phadnis is all set to add glitz and glamour at IIFA Rocks. IIFA Rocks 2018 will also witness the felicitation of the winners in the technical categories. Celebrated designer duo Shantanu & Nikhil would be showcasing their collection extraordinaire inspired by the NEXA brand values, design and colours.

The grand finale, the star-studded NEXA IIFA Awards Styled by Myntra will see the celebration of Indian cinema as the winners in the Popular Category are presented with the mesmeric golden IIFA statuette. The charismatic duo Karan Johar and Riteish Deshmukh will be seen hosting the awards night. Bangkok will witness some power-packed performances by Bollywood superstars Ranbir Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Shraddha Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Kriti Sanon, Kartik Aaryan and Lulia Vantur. With excitement growing across the world, the legendary actor Rekha is sure to leave audiences spellbound with her ethereal performance at the grandiose event. 

Addressing the media, Wiz Sabbas Joseph, Co-founder & Director, Wizcraft International said, “The IIFAs travel the world bringing people and cultures closer together. We are delighted to be returning to Bangkok after a decade to once again create a mega Indian celebration. With the star-studded line-up that we have this year, Indian movie fans are in for a treat like never before as Rekhaji’s performance brings forth a sense of nostalgia and elegance to an event brimming with youthfulness.”

Commenting on the occasion, Rekha said “Coming back to IIFA and performing on the grandest stage of all in the beautiful city of Bangkok feels ethereally wonderful. IIFA 2018 is going to be an unforgettable, magical and once-in-a-life time experience for Indian Cinema fans worldwide.”

Sharing his thoughts, Ranbir Kapoor commented, “IIFA Bangkok holds a very special place in my heart, I won the best debutante award at IIFA 2008 in Bangkok. The 19th Edition of IIFA Weekend And Awards is going to be a great one and I am eager to connect with my fans and look forward to giving a power-packed performance.”

Commenting on the occasion, Karan Johar said, “I was privileged to be at the Millennium Dome in London when the IIFAs were born and I’ve participated in the journey across the world. My father and I have been part of the IIFA Advisory Board and share the passion to take Indian cinema across the world. The impact of the IIFAs can be felt in the growth of distribution and film incentives in key markets around the globe. I wish the IIFAs well and more power to the organizing team of Wizcraft.”

Commenting on the association, Dia Mirza, UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador, said, “I am glad that IIFA has joined the global movement to ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’.  IIFA’s tremendous reach to audiences across the world will help us build awareness on the need for us to discontinue the use of ‘Single Use Plastics’ and become conscious consumers of plastics. The planet is facing large-scale plastic pollution that is choking our cities, polluting our air, soil, waterways, also destroying marine life and entering our food chain. With IIFA as our partner, our message will be heard and the message is clear, Say NO to single use plastics, ‘If you can’t re-use it, refuse it.’”

Commenting on the occasion, Varun Dhawan said, “IIFA has always held a special place in my heart but that bond became even stronger after Wizcraft and IIFA offered me a chance to pay tribute to my father’s legacy through a special performance last year. I am very excited to put on an amazing show for everyone in Bangkok.”

Commenting on the partnership, Mr. R.S. Kalsi, Sr. Executive Director, Marketing & Sales, Maruti Suzuki India Limited said “Our country is changing at a rapid pace and so are the aspirations of our new- age customers. The sophisticated, discerning and highly ambitious customers want to enjoy higher level of experiences when they are buying a car. At NEXA we are providing them just that by offering them the best car buying experience that meets global standards. There’s no denying that Indian Cinema today has made its global mark with innovative ideas, great technology, and a creative outlook. And IIFA, being the global flag bearer of Indian films recognises and honours this talent. That’s why IIFA is such a perfect fit with NEXA’s vision. As partners for 4 years, we have grown together to provide audiences more exciting and innovative experiences.”

Speaking on the association, Gunjan Soni, Head, Jabong and CMO-Myntra, said, “Myntra brings the best of global brands and fashion and IIFA brings best of Bollywood. We have received overwhelming response from SEC A TV viewer population with strong affinity to online fashion shopping in the last 1 year. Myntra-IIFA association brings a strong confluence of Fashion and Bollywood to Myntra platform making global fashion accessible to our consumers. The experience of shopping the exclusive IIFA line designed by Vikram Phadnis, on Myntra while the show is on will allow the Myntra consumers to engage with fashion like never before.”

In its continuing campaign about women empowerment, IIFA partners Woosh Washing Expert using the voice of celebrity to share a message with the world: Barabari Ghar Se Shuru- Equality begins at home. The IIFA stars are being invited to speak to their fans about the need for sharing the work load at home.

Commenting on their association, Mr. Yogesh Jain, Managing Director, Woosh Washing Expert said, “We’re glad to announce Woosh Washing Expert as a Proud Cause Partner of IIFA 2018 for the second consecutive year. As we believe in the power of gender equality and women empowerment, we’re proud to support the cause- Equality Begins At Home”. Let’s all support ‘Barabari Ghar Se Shuru’.

Andre Timmins, Director- Wizcraft International, the producers and creators of the IIFAs said, “The 19th edition is all set to recreate the magic of IIFA in Thailand. This time around, Bangkok is going to witness a global phenomenon as IIFA not only brings together the entire Indian film fraternity to celebrate Indian cinema but also continues its endeavour to embrace and preserve the art of cinema as we travel the world. We are excited to celebrate and present an Amazing IIFA Weekend in Amazing Thailand.”

For the fourth consecutive year, the IIFAs will be broadcast exclusively on India’s No.1 premium Hindi entertainment channel, COLORS with a stunning line-up of star-studded programming comprising of flashback episodes, IIFA Buzz, IIFA Rocks and the NEXA IIFA Awards. For the digital savvy viewers the same will be available on India’s leading video-on-demand platform, VOOT, from the house of Viacom18.

Announcing the continuing partnership with COLORS, Raj Nayak – Chief Operating Officer, Viacom18 said, “We are honored to be associating with IIFA for the fourth time in a row. IIFA has been taking Indian cinema to the global audience year on year for the last 19 years and it has been a pleasure partnering with this iconic event that celebrates India’s cinematic journey. This edition will once again see the best of film and entertainment come together on a global stage.”

He further added, “The highlight of this edition will be the magnificent performance of the timeless beauty, Rekha taking on the IIFA stage after almost two decades, and viewers all over will be able to see her weave magic only on COLORS. As Indian cinema continues to set new benchmarks, IIFA and COLORS will go on to celebrate the power of a story well told and bring to the television viewers world-class content that will brighten their lives.” 

IIFA has always partnered with institutions which promote the interests of the film industry. This year, as part of its commitment to preserving cinema heritage, the IIFA Foundation, has collaborated with OSIANs auction house, India’s foremost Arts and cultural Institution & Auction House to showcase vintage cinema memorabilia via a grand inauguration, exhibition and auction to be held at the Bangkok Marriott Marquis hotel from June 21st to June 23rd respectively.

Furthermore, in its continuing effort to campaign about environment protection, the IIFAs and the United Nations Environment have come together to campaign about “Beat Plastic Pollution”, the theme for World Environment Day 2018. With India as the host of World Environment Day (WED) IIFA-UN would combine the voice of celebrity with the power of the IIFA platform and reach to create awareness about one of the greatest environmental challenges of our time. The UN continues its partnership with IIFA this year with a collaborative advocacy campaign to tackle the pressing issue of plastic pollution, under the aegis of Greening the IIFA.

Speaking on the association, H.E. Weerasak Kowsurat, Minister of Tourism and Sports said “Thailand has long been seen as a prime location for foreign media productions. There are many Bollywood films that have been shot in Thailand. Not only because of the captivating mix of culture, nature’s beauty and fascinating people, Thailand also offers pristine blue beaches, adventure sports, fun activities, gorgeous temples and other picturesque treasures. This reflects the kingdom’s global reputation as a leading events destination, and can also raise awareness of Thailand as an attractive filming location.”



Commenting on the association, Mr. Nishant Pitti, CEO & Founder Ease My Trip shares, "By associating with IIFA for the second time, I am very positive that EaseMyTrip is going to make its bond with the entertainment world stronger through this event."



Commenting on the association, Khun Pannin, Founder, Siam Niramit said “Indian Cinema has grown continuously over the years to attain its current status as a top player in the world film industry. IIFA has grown with it, producing ever more exceptional events at amazing venues throughout the world. This year, Siam Niramit is honored and delighted to welcome IIFA back to Bangkok as we play host for the second time in 10 years. We are very excited to collaborate with IIFA to bring this extraordinary world event to our country.” 

IIFA continues on its journey with strength to grow every year in the world of entertainment and building the outreach as a major event globally to bring positive results and impact. This year is set to be one of the biggest, most extravagant and amazing IIFA Weekends to date. Keep up to date with all the latest news and details on IIFA by logging on to www.iifa.com or checking out the social media handles.

The principal partners for the 19th IIFA are Title Sponsor of IIFA Awards NEXA, Styled by Myntra; Global Broadcast partner Colors Viacom18; Digital Content Partner Voot; Cause Partner Woosh Washing expert campaigning about Equality at home; Official Host Destination Partner Tourism Authority of Thailand, Official Hotel Partner Marriott Marquis Hotel, Host Venue Siam Niramit;
Other key partners of IIFA 2018 include Official Direct Selling Partner QNET; Brand Partner Ease My Trip, Official Travel & Hospitality Management Partner Wedniksha; Pre-Event Cocktail Partner Superdoc; Airport Hospitality Partner Pranaam GVK Guest Services; Official Hair & Makeup Partner Nabila’s Salon/Cre8 Global; Official Time Partner Craig Shelly.

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About IIFA (International Indian Film Academy)

Conceptualized and produced by Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. and supported by the key members of the Indian film fraternity, IIFA is the most appreciated South Asian film academy and a global platform that gives the Indian film fraternity an opportunity to reach audiences in international territories. The alliances made via the platform of IIFA provide huge benefits and gain to India but an equally important objective of this prestigious brand is to create similar outcomes in its host country.  The aim is to establish a system of mutual benefit to both India as well as the host destinations by boosting tourism, economic development, trade, culture, cross-border investments and film co-productions.

Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd promotes the IIFA Weekend & Awards globally each year and travel to new, exciting and beautiful destinations, taking the film fraternity with it to unite and celebrate the best of Indian film and culture, thereby taking Indian Cinema and India to a wider audience. www.iifa.com.

ABOUT WIZCRAFT INTERNATIONAL ENTERTAINMENT PVT. LTD.

Wizcraft International Entertainment, India’s leading media and Entertainment Company is dedicated to showcasing its expertise on the world stage.  Having conceptualized some of the grandest events globally including the 50 Years of Indian Independence, the 30 Years of Mauritian Independence, the 10 years of the South African Freedom Struggle, the Commonwealth Games Opening and Closing ceremonies in Delhi as well as the Handover ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, & the prestigious International

Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards & Weekend for 15 years in over 12 countries, Wizcraft has contributed towards brand building for India across the world.  It has pioneered and developed India’s biggest entertainment brand IIFA which has taken Indian Cinema and culture to the world. The growth story of the company reflects the evolution of the Indian event management & entertainment industry itself. Driven by its vision “Believe in the power of your dreams” the company is committed to quality and innovation, while setting its sights on greater peaks of achievement

Festival Release Connecting Great Cinema with Audiences across the Country


The Jagran Film Festival (JFF) is more than just cinema. As they continue to create a culture of cinema appreciation, its 9th edition will focus on new categories in a sincere attempt to connect great cinema and content, with the nationwide audiences.

JFF has introduced a new competition category of Indian Documentary Features this year, comprising internationally acclaimed and award-winning docus such as: -

Rahul Jain’s Machines
Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla’s An Insignificant Man and Ask the Sexpert
Suman Ghosh’s The Argumentative Indian
Anushka Meenakshi and Ishwar Srikumar’s Up Down & Sideways
Onir’s Raising The Bar
Kamal Swaroop’s Pushkar Puran
The Indian Documentaries category will have a special jury consisting of credible journalists, led by Sudhir Mishra.
The India Features Competition includes award-winning films in varied languages including:

three Malayalam films, Lijo Jose Pellissery’s next Ee. Ma.
Yau, Zakaria Edayur’s Sudani From Nigeria,
Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s S Durga,
Rima Das’ Village Rockstars, (Assamese)
Abhay Simha’s Paddayi (Tulu)
Atanu Ghosh’s Mayurakshi (Bengali)
Pushpendra Singh’s Ashwathhama (Brijbhasha)
Three Smoking Barrels (6 different North East languages)
Anurag Kashyap’s Mukkabaaz
Shoojit Sircar’s October
Meghna Gulzar’s Raazi 

The Shorts program will include India and International shorts competition and a non-competition category of Hot Shorts. 

The curated India Shorts Competition segment will feature languages shorts from across the country such as:

Scattered (Kashmiri)
Paashi (Pahadi, Hindi)
Eye Test (Malayalam)
Adrift (Bengali)
Valay (Marathi) including a dialogue-less short
Rozana, a documentary short
Bismaar Ghar (Gujarati) and
Abhishek Verma’s animation short Hide and Seek.
The segment includes two World Premieres, Vikas Chandra’s Maya (Hindi) starring Kirti Kulhari and Naveen Kasturia and Koel Sen’s Valay (Marathi) and five India Premieres of internationally acclaimed shorts, Ruthy Pribar’s The Caregiver (English, Hebrew, Gujarati), Reema Sengupta’s Counterfeit Kunkoo (Marathi, Hindi), Mansi Jain’s Everything Is Fine starring Seema Pahwa and Paulomi Ghosh (Hindi), animation shorts Hide and Seek and Ajitpal’s Singh’s Humming Bird (Hindi) shot in Ladakh.


International Shorts Competition features internationally acclaimed narratives, docu and animation shorts from 2017-18. The curated program will showcase World Premiere of Chachura (Argentina) and India Premiere of award-winning narrative shorts such as:

Hung Yi Wu’s On The Waitlist (Taiwan)
The Bridge (Brazil),
Lilly Within the Clouds (France)
Bubble (Iran/Australia)
Three Men (Iceland)
Meerim Dogdurboka’s Bakyt (Kyrgystan)
Odd Job Man (Denmark)
Fish (Estonia)
The Carpenters (China, USA, a docu short, Manicure (Egypt) and
An animation short My Mum’s Bonkers (South Africa).
The non-competitive shorts segment Hot Shorts features some of the best shorts in recent years including:

Payal Kapadia’s award-winning short, Afternoon Clouds, (Cinefondation, Cannes Film Festival 2017), Aaba (Berlinale 2017), animation shorts, Tokri and Maacher Jhol and Soundproofstarring Soha Ali Khan.
Thematic Specials will screen two documentaries in the Fan section, Being Bhaijaan, a documentary on Salman Khan and For The Love Of A Man, a documentary on Rajnikanth.
The City focus – Mumbai will feature two films, Tu Hai Mera Sunday and Court, State focus -Maharashtra will feature acclaimed Marathi films Killa and Madhuri Dixit starrer Bucket List and Country focus will showcase some of the best films from Argentina. Their will be an Acheivers Segment featuring best of the biopics.

The India Showcase category takes us on an emotional rollercoaster with films like Turup by Ektara Collective, Bioscopewallah starring Danny Denzongpa, The Hungry, Devashish Makhija’s Ajji and Kuch Bheege Alfaaz. 

World Panorama category will feature films like Fan of Amoory, a sweet Arabic film that follows a young boy as he goes through challenges to achieve his dream of becoming a professional football player. 

The newly introduced Student Focus category introduces movies like Death Lay Here, a short horror film about a young man who comes across a box with a hidden secret. Gift, the story of a family reacting to a foreign object entering their home and their struggle against its power. 

This year, JFF received nearly 3500 submissions across genres from 100

countries. The curated program will showcase over 200 films. The competition

segment will includeInternational and Indian Features, Shorts, Indian

Documentaries and Student Films. The non-competitive segment will include

Thematic Specials, a Retrospective, Tributes, India Showcase, World Panorama and Hot Shorts. 

The 2018 edition of the Jagran Film Festival that will connect 18 cities and showcase over 200 films will commence in Delhi and tour to other Indian cities like Kanpur, Lucknow, Allahabad, Varanasi, Patna, Dehradun, Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Bhopal, Indore, Gorakhpur, Agra, Ludhiana, Hissar, Meerut and Raipur before concluding in Mumbai in September.

Santoor maestro Rahul Sharma releases yoga anthem on International Yoga Day

It is often said that yoga is not an exercise, but a state of mind. The Bhagavad Gita describes it as a journey of the self, through the self, to the self. And santoor maestro Rahul Sharma's latest single Yug O' Vision proves that and much more. 

Released by Times Music, Yug O' Vision is not just a song -- it's an anthem dedicated to yoga -- with foot-tapping soothing music composed by Rahul Sharma with the number sung with gusto by Siddharth Basrur. 

What's more! The song is composed in collaboration with the oldest yoga institute run by Dr Hansa Jaydev which is completing a landmark of 100 years. The video features Rahul Sharma performing on his santoor along with an electrifying dance performance by Barkha Sharma and students of the yoga institute. 

The easy-listening number could not have got a more timely release than on the occasion of the International Yoga Day and World Music Day this week. Surely a track which would make our yog-practicing-and-propagating prime minister Narendra Modi and all Indians as well as international practitioners of yoga feel proud.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat- the highest grossing film of the year so far!


Sanjay Leela Bhansali is the undisputed movie moghul as Padmaavat crossed over 585 crores at the worldwide box office , making it the highest grossing Indian film of the year so far.

The visual extravaganza broke box office records both on home turf and overseas and the filmmaker went on to outdo his last box office numbers, surpassing the collections of his previous blockbusters .

Padmaavat's phenomenal run at the box office stands testimony to why Sanjay Leela Bhansali continues to remain one of the most sought after filmmakers in the country.

Says a trade analyst , "Padmaavat managed a record breaking 525 cr in 3 weeks and currently stands at 585 cr , despite the fact that it was banned in a few states in India and was not headlined by a Khan."

Penguin Random House India is delighted to announce the forthcoming publication of Unfinished​ ​by Priyanka Chopra


Unfinished is a collection of personal essays, stories, and observations by actress, producer, activist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Priyanka Chopra. The book will be published simultaneously in the US by Ballantine Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House US, and in the UK by Michael Joseph, an imprint of Penguin Random House UK.

Priyanka Chopra is a multifaceted personality whose foray into the entertainment industry began at the age of 17 when she won Miss India and went on to win Miss World the following year, a title that catapulted her to international stardom. Priyanka earned popular and critical acclaim over three seasons as Alex Parrish on ABC’s show Quantico, making history as the first Indian actor to star as the lead of a TV drama series, and winning two consecutive People’s Choice Awards for the role, again making history as the first Indian actress to win the award. In April 2016 she was featured on the cover of TIME magazine’s coveted TIME 100 issue, as one of the Most Influential People in the world, and in November 2017 was named to Forbes illustrious list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.

Additionally, Priyanka produces global TV and film content under her banner Purple Pebble Pictures. With more than 80 million social media followers, Priyanka is also committed to using her reach for good. Priyanka is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, a United Nations Foundation Girl Up Champion, and is involved in a number of efforts to protect children’s rights and promote the education of girls, including her namesake charity The Priyanka Chopra Foundation for Health and Education.

‘The flavor of the book will be honest, funny, spirited, bold, and rebellious, just like me. I have always been a private person; I’ve never spoken about my feelings during my journey but I am ready to do so now. I was raised to be fearless when it came to opinions, and I would like to tell my story in the hopes of inspiring people--especially women--to change the conversation, to shatter glass ceilings. Women are always told we can’t have everything. I want everything, and I believe anyone else can have it too. I’m proof of it.’ – Priyanka Chopra

 ‘Unfinished by Priyanka Chopra is not just a memoir but a manifesto for women who believe that they can’t just have it all but that they deserve it all. Priyanka is one of the most influential women in the world, and it is not a badge she wears lightly. I love how unapologetic she is about her success and her ambition. There’s something about the Priyanka Chopra phenomenon that feels both revolutionary and accessible, and that’s entirely a result of the person that she is.’ – Manasi Subramaniam, Senior Commissioning Editor, Penguin Random House India

‘I met Priyanka Chopra for the first time when she delivered the Penguin Annual Lecture in New Delhi in 2017, and was amazed at the way people in the audience, and especially young women, responded to her words, her provocation and her rallying cry. At Penguin Random House India, we are committed to publishing strong female role models, and are immensely proud of having Priyanka Chopra on that list.’ – Meru Gokhale, Editor-in-Chief, Literary Publishing, Penguin Random House India

UK and Commonwealth (including India) rights were acquired at auction from Siobhan O’Neill and Fiona Baird, on behalf of Mel Berger, of William Morris Endeavor.

Unfinished will be published in 2019.

Dr. Mashoor Gulati and Neha Kakkar Own The Stage on Dus Ka Dum With Dumdaar Salman Khan


Nation’s loved comedian and a personality who wears many hats will be seen on Sony Entertainment Television’s game reality show Dus Ka Dum. He is none other than Sunil Grover who is considered to be one of the most entertaining comedians and is fondly known as Dr. Mashoor Gulati. The comedian will be seen at his hilarious best on the show along with singing sensation and India’s youth idol Neha Kakkar who will be seen as a judge on Indian Idol 10 along with Anu Malik and Vishal Dadlani. 

Both of them had a gala time with Dumdaar host Salman Khan where Sunil Grover entertained everyone with his hilarious acts whereas Neha Kakkar rapped on the song ‘Unchi hai Building’ with Salman Khan. Contestant Suparna from Jamshedpur who was visibly excited got a chance to shake a leg with her idol Salman Khan. No one can miss this episode as it is going to tickle everyones funny bones! 

Sunil Grover and Salman Khan also made a parody of the song “Chaand Chupa Badal Mein” as they jointly added the lines of the song which turned out to be a beautiful one. Salman Khan made sure that the contestants and guests on the show are made comfortable and have a great time. He has never made anyone feel that he is a superstar. This episode is to watch out for!

Shweta Tripathi to play a dancer in India's first feature on Alopecia, Gone Kesh


Actress Shweta Tripathi after impressing the audience worldwide with her acting chops and innocent charm in films like Masaan and Haramkhor, is all set to play a 15-year-old aspiring dancer in Gone Kesh which is touted to be India's first ever film based on Alopecia. The film deals with a very common disorder which is often neglected by the people affected by it. Alopecia develops when the immune system attacks the hair follicles, resulting in hair loss from the scalp.

Shweta plays a middle-class girl who is an aspiring dancer and wants to fulfil her dreams to be a dancer but is diagnosed with Alopecia. Though she finds the temporarily solution for Alopecia at the age of 19 in the film but yet it steals the precious years of youth, dwarfs her ambitions and wrecks havoc on her life. The film is directed by debutante Qasim Khallow the first ever Tibetan Muslim to work in Bollywood. The director has worked on films like Fan, Dum Laga Ke Haisha, Kill Dil, Gunday, Aurangzeb, Ek Tha Tiger, Chaar Din Ki Chandni, Yamla, Pagla Deewana, and Chamku. He has been the camera person for these films and also is responsible for the entire BTS video for each film.

The film is set in the backdrop of a small town Siliguri, in West Bengal and it explored the different human emotions, pain, loneliness, fear, humour, courage and ignorance in a light-hearted manner.  It would be a visual treat for fans to see Shweta performing such an intense character flawlessly onscreen after Haramkhor.

The makers of the film are looking forward to releasing the film by October this year. When asked Shweta she said, "Gone Kesh is an extremely special film to me. I had given my consent after reading just the synopsis. I choose films when they strike a chord with me and this one did and how!"

Times Network appoints Mihir Bhatt as Chief Editor – IPs


Times Network, part of India’s largest media conglomerate, The Times Group, today announced the appointment of Mihir Bhatt as Chief Editor – IPs. In his role, Mihir will spearhead efforts to create unique and content-rich offerings on all IPs of the network, in addition to his editorial and anchoring responsibilities at ET NOW. Based in Noida, he will report to Sandeep Gurumurthi, Managing Editor, ET NOW, Times Network. 

Commenting on the appointment, Sandeep Gurumurthi, Managing Editor, ET NOW said, “We are delighted to have Mihir join us. The knowledge, expertise and experience that Mihir brings on board will further strengthen our IP offerings as a network. Having led an editorial team in a national channel, his understanding of content that influences, impacts, engages and inspires is very strong. Mihir is also a seasoned business news anchor and will enrich the star-studded anchor line up of ET NOW.” 

Speaking on his new role, Mihir Bhatt said, “I am excited to be a part of the Times Network team. Having spent several years creating landmark content-led IP’s and innovating editorial outcomes, I look forward to harnessing my best efforts and strengths to create impactful and content rich campaigns.” 

Mihir joins Times Network after a successful stint at Zee Business where he led the editorial team. He was instrumental in successfully creating marquee content properties for Zee Business such as Sensex Ka Sultan, Hunt for India’s Smart Investor, Market Excellence Awards and Zee Business Bull Run to name a few. As part of his editorial responsibilities, he designed and executed large-scale editorial activities for Zee Business such as GST Campaign, Gen Next Budget, Ministerial Conclave and Tycoons@Dalal Street.

About TIMES NETWORK: 
TIMES NETWORK, is part of India’s largest media conglomerate, The Times Group. It houses upscale brands including; TIMES NOW – India’s No. 1 English News channel, ET NOW - India’s leading English Business News channel, MIRROR NOW  -  second English General News Channel which is considered to be the gold standard of Impact Journalism; MOVIES NOW and MOVIES NOW HD – India’s leading English Movies channel; MN+ – The Gold class of Hollywood; Romedy NOW and Romedy NOW HD – a unique destination for Love and Laughter; zoOm styled by Myntra-India’s one-stop youth entertainment destination to the English Entertainment Cluster is MNX and MNX HD – The channel that brings the next level of Hollywood entertainment to India. The network delivers segmented and differentiated content under one umbrella. It informs, entertains and engages over 100 million urban affluent viewers in India and is available in over 100 countries across the globe.

Ankita Lokhande, Rashami Desai, Karanvir Bohra wish their manager a happy birthday


Television artist manager turned producer Santosh Gupta’s birthday party was attended by a bevy of television stars that his company Pinnacle Celebrity manages. Santosh Gupta who is in this business for more than twelve years is not the producer of MTV’s popular show ‘Date to Remember’ and also owns the BCL ‘Mumbai Tigers’ team.



Present at the event were Rashami Desai, Ankita Lokhande, Karanvir Bohra with wife Teejay Siddhu, Aarti Chhabria, Balraj Syal, Vindhya Tiwari, Vividha Kirti, Vaishali Takhar, Vandana Singh, Gaurav Bajaj, Aparna Dixit & Ali Merchant. All of them wished Santosh a great year ahead. Co-producer Nishant Pitti of MTV's ‘Date to Remember’ also graced the occasion.



Speaking on the occasion Santosh Gupta said; “I am very happy to have such friends that are like family, having the presence of loved ones doubles the celebrations. I hope the coming year will help us increase our portfolio further with newer production ventures on the anvil.”

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Muhurat of Hindi film ‘Love Alert’

Producer Mamta Roy invited guests and relatives at the muhurat of her first Hindi film ‘Love Alert’. The entire ‘Love Alert’ film team and other people were present to wish good luck.

The lead actor of the movie, Saurabbh K. Roy said, “Noida is my city and it always good to do something of this level in your own city. I know this city from in and out and may be, I’ll be able to show the real beauty of this city through my movie.

Director Sanjeev Mehta said, “We were planning to shoot this film here in Noida and today, we’ve kept our first step. People of Noida supported us a lot.

‘Love Alert’ is a romcom film based on problems and handling relationships that we face when fall in love, going to made underthe banner of Hari Productions. Saurabbh K. Roy, Jimmy Sharma, Surbhi Singla, Shamim Akbarali, Atique Mujawar, etc. are a
part of this film

First look poster of Tabrez Noorani's LOVE SONIA


Releasing the first look poster of Tabrez Noorani's Love Sonia, the film is going to open at The Bagri London Indian Film Festival 2018 today, 21st June @ 6.15 pm (London Time) at Cineworld Leicester Square, London.

The Festival will be attended by Director Tabrez Noorani, actors Mrunal Thakur, Richa Chadha, Manoj Bajpayee, Rajkummar Rao, Sai Tamhankar and Riya Sisodiya. Producer, David Womark; Executive Producer, Pravesh Sahni; Co-Producer, Amar Butala; Sound Mixer, Resul Pookutty;  Writer, Alkesh Vaja; Composer, Niels Bye Nielsen; Editor, Martin Singer; Production Designer, Ravi Srivastav; Makeup Artist, Virginia Holmes and Co-Producer, Nadim George.

Love Sonia has a strong ensemble cast comprising of Hollywood as well as Bollywood actors including Freida Pinto, Demi Moore, Mark Duplass, Manoj Bajpayee, Rajkummar Rao, Richa Chadha, Anupam Kher, Adil Hussain, Sai Tamhankar, Sunny Parwar. Noorani is introducing Mrunal Thakur as the lead character, as well as Riya Sisodiya. The film is set to release in India this September.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Manish Malhotra Comes To Kiara Advani’s Rescue, Find Out How


After impressing one and all in Bollywood with her acting chops, B-town belle – Kiara Advani is now wooing the audiences down south. The gorgeous actress, who walked away with several accolades for her performance in her debut  mega blockbuster - Bharat Ane Nenu, recently faced a colossal predicament in Hyderabad, where she is shooting for her second big Telugu project.

It so happened that Kiara, who has become the toast of Telugu cinema, was invited by Filmfare Awards South to attend the award function. But as Kiara was shooting for a rigorous climax sequence for her film, despite being excited to attend the awards show, she decided to skip it.

However, on the day of the event, the actress got a break from her busy shooting schedule and decided to attend the award function. But now Kiara was in a fix because as she had initially made up her mind not to attend the function, she had not sorted out an ensemble for the glamorous event.

Kiara quickly made an SOS call to her dear friend and one of India’s ace designers – Manish Malhotra who promptly came to her rescue by sending not one but 10 stunning gowns along with a team to help this blooming South star put her best foot forward and dazzle on the Filmfare’s red carpet.

Needless to say, Kiara looked breathtakingly beautiful in a stunning Manish Malhotra creation as she strutted down the Filmfare Awards South’s red carpet later that day.

Marrying Aditya was the biggest crossroad in my life: Zarina Wahab


Zindagi Ke Crossroads that will soon air on Sony Entertainment Television is all set to showcase relatable life-altering stories, inspired from the drama of life. Promising to be an emotional rollercoaster ride of insights and opinions,  Zindagi Ke Crossroads is hosted by Ram Kapoor, produced by Shabina Khan and written by Mahadev. The show will present a new narrative in every episode and the Crossroads faced by the protagonists will be open for discussion to a unique set of studio audiences. With an interesting and never seen before format on weekday primetime, one can only expect to experience the best. 

One such intriguing story is on the topic of ‘Mother’ where the versatile actress Zarina Wahab will be seen donning the character of a mother who will do everything for her son’s happiness. The story revolves around the mother who knows the real truth about her daughter-in-law. Will she hide the real truth for her son’s happiness?  It’s a poignant and emotional tale which will not just encourage the audience to share their views but will also delve into the “Whys” of their decision making so as to bring alive the melting pot of opinions in the audience for the narratives showcased. 

Zarina Wahab shared, “They always offer me a mother’s role but every time a mother’s role is offered to me but it has to be challenging. Every role which I have played is different and I happily accepted this short tale because the script was good. I am a mother myself and as mothers we do everything to see that our children are happy. Me and my kids share a good bond and we are more like friends.  Shabina Khan (the show’s producer) is a very sweet girl and I have met her a couple of times as she keeps visiting my building. When I got to know about the concept of the show from her I was pleasantly surprised to know that a unique concept like ZIndagi Ke Crossroads is presented on television. I am sure that this will work wonders and I am eagerly waiting to see it myself.” 

Talking about her crossroad in life, “My mother was not very keen with my marriage with Aditya (Pancholi) but I loved him and I wanted to marry him. That was one of the biggest crossroad in life and now I realize that I have taken the best decision. Every person is at a crossroad in his/her life but the choices come from within. We may seek advice from everyone but only do what our heart says.”

Monday, June 18, 2018

Balasaheb made the common man into superman: Sanjay Raut


On the eve of Shiv Sena Foundation Day, 52 years after the party was founded by Sena Supremo Balasaheb Thackeray,  MP Sanjay Raut, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Dr. Shrikant Bhasi, Founder and Chairman - Carnival Group, spent quality time on the sets of Raut'ers Entertainment's megamovie Thackeray where they discussed movies, marquee and more. While Nawaz admitted he still gets "sleepless nights on the eve of shooting for Thackeray," Raut admitted that while director Abhijit Panse was scouting for the right actor, he always had Nawazuddin's face in his mind. “I knew Nawaz bhai was the right one. And the moment I set my eyes on him when he walked into our meeting roomhe was locked in my head."

Nawaz moved dates, schedules to be part of Thackeray. Admits the actor, "Balasaheb Thackeray was a transparent personality who empowered the common man and it is a lifetime experience essaying him."

Says Dr.Shrikant Bhasi, Founder and Chairman - Carnival Group, “Balasaheb Thackeray is the Tiger who took the nation by storm, a persona who no one can ever match. We are glad to be associated with Thackeray the film that boasts of the penmanship of Sanjay Raut and the histrionics of Nawazuddin Siddiqui. The teaser took the nation by storm and the film is one of the most awaited films of 2019."

Sanjay Raut has the last word, "Balasaheb made the common man into super man. If there is ever a personality whose biography should be made after Mahatma Gandhi, it is Balasaheb Thackeray!”

Friday, June 15, 2018

A WOUNDED HEART FINDS THE ELIXIR OF LOVE IN SONY ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION’S ‘DIL HI TOH HAI’


Glamourous, flamboyant, high on emotions and an engaging potboiler are a few words that eloquently describe Sony Entertainment Television’s latest offering DIL HI TOH HAI. Produced by BALAJI TELEFILMS LTD.the show will see television heartthrob Karan Kundra essaying the character of Rithwik Noon, and newcomer Yogita Bihani as Dr. Palak Sharma. When the wounded heart of Rithwik finds true love in Palak, he fights against all odds and breaks all boundaries giving rise to an epic love saga.

Set against the bustling backdrop of Delhi, the show highlights the renowned Noon family that not just invokes power but is known for their legacy. However, Ritwik Noon, the most eligible and sought after bachelor from the family, is a Casanova. According to him, women are attracted to wealth and not the heart. On the other hand, Dr. Palak Sharma defies every perception that Rithwik has about women. She is a hardworking, self-motivated, career oriented woman who believes in herself.

What happens when these strikingly opposite individuals’ cross paths? Will Palak be able to heal the wound that Rithwik has been nurturing in his heart for years? Will Rithwik be able to stand the test of time for Palak?

Dil Hi Toh Hai boasts of a stellar ensemble cast like Bijay Anand as Vijaypath Noon, Poonam Dhillon as Mamta Noon, Akshay Dogra as Rishabh Noon, Sudeepa Singh as Saachi Noon, Gautam Ahuja as Shivam Noon and Asmita Sood as Setu, to name a few.

Tune in to watch the story unfold on Dil Hi Toh Hai starting 18th June every Mon-Fri at 10pm on Sony Entertainment Television

Quotes                                                                                         
Danish Khan, EVP and Business Head, SET 
We are delighted to collaborate once again with Ekta Kapoor and Balaji for Dil Hi Toh Hain. This is a very different show and will give the audience a story which the entire family can sit and enjoy together. This show once again reinforces SET’s commitment to bring fresh stories on Indian television. We are sure our viewers will enjoy both, the editorial authenticity as well as the visual delight”. 

Ekta Kapoor, Joint Managing Director Balaji Telefilms 
“I am excited about this association with Sony. The channel has been warm and welcoming, as always. This time, it is going to be something unique and different. Our love story, ‘Dil Hi Toh Hai’ is a 2018 take on the age-old family story which believes that the family that accepts each other, stays together.”      

About Sony Entertainment Television: 
Sony Entertainment Television (SET), one of India's leading Hindi general entertainment television channels is a part of Sony Picture Networks India Pvt. Ltd., which is India’s leading television network.  Since its launch in October 1995, SET has created a unique space for itself in the Indian Television industry. Pioneering new waves in television programming, big format non-fiction shows and an impressive array of fiction shows like The Kapil Sharma Show, Super Dancer, Kaun Banega Crorepati, Indian Idol, Dus Ka Dum, Comedy Circus, Cross Roads, CID, Crime Patrol, Mere Sai – Shraddha Aur Shaburi, Vignaharta Ganesha, Yeh Un Dino Ki Baat Hai, Yeh Pyaar Nahi to Kya Hai, Porus amongst others. SET is known for its innovative concepts and exciting formats and is the most preferred family entertainment channel which has been providing strong platforms for more than 700 brands to reach over 93 million households in India. In addition, Sony Entertainment Television is also available in the US, UK, Africa, Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Maldives, Malaysia, Indonesia, Fiji Islands and Seychelles. In total, SET influences over 332 million viewers in the Indian sub-continent, and the South Asian Diaspora worldwide. 

About Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) 
Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN), is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation which owns and operates the Sony Entertainment network of television channels.  
SPN comprises 31 channels including Sony Entertainment Television (SET and SET HD), one of India's leading Hindi general entertainment television channels; MAX, India's premium Hindi movies and special events channel; MAX 2, another Hindi movie channel showcasing great India Cinema; MAX HD, a high definition Hindi movie channel airing premium quality films; WAH, the FTA channel for Hindi movies; SAB and SAB HD the family-oriented Hindi comedy entertainment channels; PAL, a genre leader in rural Hindi speaking markets (HSM) showcasing the best of Hindi general entertainment and Hindi movies from SPN’s content library; PIX and PIX HD, the English movie channels; LePlex HD showing critically-acclaimed Hollywood films; AXN and AXN HD, the action and adventure-oriented English entertainment channels; Sony BBC Earth and Sony BBC Earth HD, the premium factual entertainment channels, Sony AATH, the Bangla entertainment channel; MIX a refreshing Hindi music channel; ROX HD, a channel for contemporary Hindi music; YAY!, the kids entertainment channel; Sports Network comprising 11 sports entertainment channels – SONY SIX, SONY SIX HD, SONY ESPN, SONY ESPN HD, SONY TEN 1,  SONY TEN 1 HD, SONY TEN 2, SONY TEN 2 HD, SONY TEN 3, SONY TEN 3 HD, SONY TEN GOLF HD; SonyLIV - the digital entertainment VOD platform, SPN Productions, the networks’ film production arm and Sony Pictures Networks Distribution Pvt Ltd. (SPND) that distributes the networks television channels across different genres and languages through multiple content delivery platforms. SPN reaches out to over 700 million viewers in India and is available in 167 countries. 

The network is recognized as an employer of choice within and outside the media industry. SPN is a recipient of several awards, including the ‘Aon Best Employers India’ Award in the 2017 edition in recognition of SPN’s unique workplace culture and exceptional people practices, consistently ranking amongst India’s Top 10 Companies with Best Health & Wellness Practices by SHRM & CGP Partners, listed by Working Mother & AVTAR as one of the 100 Best Companies for Women in India in 2017 and adjudged one of India’s Great Mid-Size Workplaces for its distribution business by the Great Place To Work® Institute in the 2017 edition. 

Sony Pictures Networks India Private Limited is in its 23rd year of operations in India. Its subsidiaries include Sony Pictures Networks Distribution India Private Limited, MSM-Worldwide Factual Media Private Limited, MSM Discovery Private Limited, Taj Television (India) Private Limited, Aqua Holding Investments [Pvt.] Ltd., and Bangla Entertainment Private Limited.

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