Saturday, July 21, 2018

Jim Sarbh’s debut Bengali film heads to the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne


The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2018 has announced its regional films list, with critically acclaimed films due for screening at the largest film festival in the Southern Hemisphere. The regional film category spans the different regions of India with brilliant submissions from each region.

From Bengal, Aditya Vikram Sengupta’s Jonaki has been selected to be screened at the festival this year. The film revolves around an 80 year old woman who reminisces about those closest to her from a time in their lives, as she searches for love in a world she is about to leave behind. The film stars the late veteran Bengali actress Lolita Chatterjee, with Jim Sarbh as her lover along with Ratnabali Bhattacharjee and Sumanto Chattopadhyay. This film also marks Jim Sarbh’s debut in Bengali cinema.

When asked about his experience, the film being selected in the festival and working with Lolita Ma'am he said, " I am very glad it has been selected and being screened at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne. I used to live in Sydney when I was a kid so I am quite excited that two films that I am in are both screening at the festival. I hope I get a chance to go.

For me it wasnt really a Bengali film. It was more a silent experimental dreamscape film because I didnt have any lines. I guess I dont really think of films in terms of their regional location, it is more about the content and quality. I enjoyed working with Aditya, I think he is a lovely guy, Has a keen sense of the atmosphere of things and how to capture the decaying essence of things

I really enjoyed working with Lolita Ma'am, there are scenes in the film, there are scenes that havent made it to the film where she really pushed herself out of her comfort zone and it was so invigorating to see somebody her age still ready to try new things, to experiment, to be a part of a film that most people would find it difficult to understand. it was an inspiration to watch her on set and to just watch her being so open to new experiences and to give herself over completely to the director's vision "

Under the unifying theme of Inclusion, the festival promises to showcase cinematic marvels celebrating acceptance and unity against prejudice. The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne begins on 10th August 2018 to 22nd August 2018 with an array of screenings, competitions, panel discussions and other activities planned for the Australian audience.

Neha Kakkar learns ‘Bombaiyya words’ from Mumbai’s contestant Kunal Pandit


India’s most loved singing reality show ‘Indian Idol’ is entertaining its viewers with an amazing talent they have got this season. With the captivating Monsoon theme, the season 10 has kept all its audience engaged during the initial episodes. During the shoot of theater round, Neha Kakkar turned into Neha Bhai and the whole credit goes to contestant Kunal Pandit. 

Being a proud Delhi girl Neha is not used to the terminologies and the slang language of Mumbai. When Neha heard Kunal speak certain bombaiyya words Neha immediately rushed to him and urged him to teach her a few local slangs. This is when contestant Kunal Pandit from Mumbai came to her rescue and taught her simple and harmless words like bantaai, bachchi and kalti- vaalty from him. When Neha started repeating after him, co-judges Anu and Vishal went all Aww by pulling her cheeks finding Neha very cute. Neha who has the Delhi language wants to make sure that she fits into a bombaiyya girl perfectly by the end of this season.

Sources from the set reveal, “It was indeed a very cute moment to see Neha Kakkar make an attempt to pronounce our bombaiyya local words. She sounded very cute and everyone on the set couldn’t help but giggle to her cuteness. Kunal made sure that he taught Neha a few slangs before he left the stage.”

Will Kunal Pandit make Mumbai proud by getting selected in Top 12?

Sumeet penning his first feature film


Sumeet Vyas, who was last seen in the ultimate all girls film Veere Di Wedding has been taking it easy since his hit film made waves in the industry. The Permanent Roommates actor, who is currently shooting for Voot’s It’s Not That Simple Season 2 has been keeping up with something else as well.

Apart from being a gifted actor, Sumeet is also a gifted writer. Sumeet is currently penning his first ever feature film after having worked on a show and a digital feature film in the past. The talented writer has written for web series so far, having even co-written the Netflix original, Love Per Square Foot with Anand Tiwari. The actor, who is also in the midst of writing season 2 of TVF’s popular series, Tripling, which he also stars in, with Akarsh Khurana, has wanted to venture in feature film writing for quite some time now. Having written and directed several digital pieces, the Ribbon actor will finally be writing something for the big screen. We hear the actor is penning a unique dramedy which he hopes to see in the making in 2019 after finishing his current work commitments.

“I have been toying with a couple of ideas for a while now and finally have zeroed down one that I’m most kicked about. I’ll start working on it this year and hopefully by next year it’ll make sense. I’m a little unforgiving, as far as my scripts are concerned, which is why it takes longer than usual, but it’ll be a credible script to say the least. It’s a story about jealousy between a father and a son, a humorous take on how competitiveness in a family can screw things up. To be very honest, I haven’t thought of the cast yet. The story is in my head right now. It needs to come on paper.” the Veere Di Wedding actor said.

Given Sumeet’s forte in writing, we are pretty sure it’s going to be one hell of a script!

Sherrin Varghese's new release 'Kya Raaz Hai Tu Zindagi' is out now

Sherrin Varghese, the man who runs intricate rhythms on sonorous tunes, has produced another mellifluous masterpiece, “Kya Raaz Hai Tu Zindagi”. Known to many as the multi-talented artist and the famous band member of ‘A Band of Boys’, Sherrin is an on-stage killer performer praised for his energetic melancholic melodic hooks since the early 2000s.

Kya Raaz Hai Tu Zindagi, his latest single is an apt portrayal of the mysteries and curve balls of life, which everyone talks about but fail to express. This 3 minutes & 32 seconds of eargasmic bliss speaks volumes for Sherrin’s content state of mind and the good terms that he is on with life. Not just this, but the track is shot in the picturesque settings of Krabi province, Phi phi islands & is backed by deep lyrics which have a huge relatability factor for an audience.

As a true-blue maverick multi-faceted artiste, he has made a ton of contribution to the song as the credits for composition, vocals, story, sreenplay & direction are well earned by him. The song is a meticulous take on life, sounding & reminding an audience of the good old days of Indi-pop.
  
When asked about his views as to why did he choose to produce this song in such an organic way, unlike his usual releases where he’s known to produce organic-electronic legacy peices, Sherrin was quoted saying that, “This song is sonically different from my usual dub self, cos management asked me to produce material which is more true to the live band sound which I'm gigging with & get the paying audience from my batch to connect with that "live rock band" sound from the 90's especially the millennials. So decided to go standard on the arrangement & wicked on the chords for a change!”

Salman Khan may come early with Bigg Boss Season 12


Normally, Bigg Boss begins in the first week of October every year. However, if reliable sources are to be believed, this season, India's number one reality show will begin earlier.

Bollywood's only PR guru Dale Bhagwagar, who has handled the media for some of the reality show's best and most controversial contestants like Rakhi Sawant, Rahul Mahajan, Pooja Misrra, Aman Verma, Diana Hayden, Ashmit Patel, Amar Upadhyay, Sherlyn Chopra, Aarya Babbar, Sonali Raut and Mandana Karimi, has tweeted that he feels, this year the BB12 showing may be preponed by a fortnight.

"I have a feeling Bigg Boss 12 would make an early start this year, beating it's normal October first week timing by a fortnight or so," tweeted the celebrity publicist, whose PR agency has also handled the publicity for some of the best Bollywood stars such as Hrithik Roshan, Shilpa Shetty, Priyanka Chopra and movies like the Shah Rukh Khan starrer Don and Farhan Akhtar starrer Rock On!!

The Bollywood publicist is well-known for his correct 'feelings' about matters of the entertainment industry. So going by his post, we are best expecting BB12 to begin around September 16, probably with participants from major Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata.

The anticipation for Bigg Boss is pretty high this year too, specially as it introduces the concept of jodis (pairs) as housemates. Which means, we may see participants getting in two-by-two; somewhat like girlfriends-boyfriends jodis, married couples, live-in relationship couples, brothers and sisters, friends, or even transgender or gay and lesbian couples -- Bigg Boss is full of surprises, so we never know ;-) 

Meanwhile, megastar host Salman Khan can have a consolidation of sorts, since his film Race 3 has done roaring business at the box-office, inspite of the media panning it. So now, all eyes on Bigg Boss Season 12.

I have fallen in love with Indian Idol judge Neha Kakkar: Paritosh Tripathi


Paritosh Tripathi, who is known for his sense of humor and a world class style of mimicry has been entertaining the audiences with his spontaneity and wit. The ace anchor who was seen hosting Sony Entertainment Television’s popular shows like Super Dancer and Indian Idol will now be seen presenting his comedy skills in the new season of Comedy Circus. The actor has been remembering his hosting days on Indian Idol season 9 and he recently he posted a collage of memories on his social media page.

Talking about the latest season of Indian Idol Paritosh shared, “I have had an amazing time hosting the previous season of Indian Idol and there are some fond memories to the show. I must admit that the current season looks more promising and viewers will witness some amazing talent. I have seen the audition episodes and a few promos as well. Neha Kakkar is a very charming girl and I think I have fallen in love with her, she is going to be an amazing judge. The audience is surely going to be in splits as Maniesh Paul is a complete entertainer. My best wishes and regards to the entire team of Indian Idol.”

Annup Soni returns to theatre, his first love!


After a gap of eight years, Annup Sonii has returned to his first love, theatre. 

The versatile actor, who has for long been anchoring the reality-based television show, Crime Patrol on television, couldn’t take up any other project because of the hectic shoot schedule. 

Now, that Annup has taken a break from TV, he is now excited to be part of a new play that he is working on and also wants to focus on movies and his first love, theatre.

Annup informs, “Theatre is where I started my acting journey. I’ve been a student of National School of Drama (NSD) and had the privilege to perform on stage with some noted and brilliant actors. Since I was quite occupied with my television shows all these years, there was hardly any time left for me to do anything else. But in this new play, my character is really interesting and I am doing something that I haven’t done before on stage. It’s intense and drawn from real people,” he says.

“I think it’s an individual choice. I personally enjoy performing for theatre as it’s live and your audience is in front of you, and there are no retakes,” he adds.

Anupam Kher’s motivational speech for CISF jawans left them awestruck


Anupam Kher has been recently invited by the Inspector General and all ranks of the Central Industrial Security Force – Western Sector to deliver a motivational talk on the occasion of CISF (Central Industrial Security Force) completing 50 golden years.

The recipient of Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan and Chairman of FTII who has recently wrapped up shooting for his highly anticipated political drama, The Accidental Prime Minister, was quite humbled to be part of the high-profile event scheduled at Chembur (Mumbai) today (19th July) and interacted with the respected jawans and congratulating them on CISF completing golden jubilee. 

The international star narrated an inspiring story about his life and 35 years of his acting journey. He also spoke extensively about his father and his share of struggle to become successful. He said, “I’ve been part of more than 500 films but that was past. Now, I only think about the future and what more can I do to better my craft and entertain audience or how can I contribute to the society.” 

“It’s always a huge honour to be part of an event dedicated to our respected and most admired jawans who sacrifice their lives and serve their motherland and the civilians. Having interesting and engaging conversations with them about life, struggles, safety, stress management, self-realisation, positive thinking, right attitude, ethics and integrity always makes me high,” the versatile actor adds. 

Currently one of India’s most successful crossover actors, Anupam Kher has the distinction of having bagged two nominations at the Screen Actors Guild Awards for Silver Linings Playbook (2013) & The Big Sick (2018) and a BAFTA nomination for The Boy With A Topknot. In addition to his popular shows, Sense8 and The Indian Detective, the thespian has just wrapped NBC’s medical drama and now been signed on to BBC’s highly anticipated drama, Mrs Wilson.

Shweta Tripathi helps Amyra Dastur with the wedding look for The Trip 2


Shweta Tripathi and Amyra Dastur look like they are having a ball of a time with Mallika Dua and Sapna Pabbi on the sets of The Trip 2. The girls have been uploading some hilarious, adorable and colourful social media updates from Pondicherry where they have been currently shooting. Amyra who has recently joined the cast has been posting about her diving lessons as well.

Amyra Dastur who was roped in for season 2 of the much-loved web series has been gearing up for it since before they began shooting. She mentioned that her character is that of a quirky and loveable girl who also happens to be Nazia’s (Mallika Dua) younger cousin and we cannot wait to see how their bond looks on screen. But as her character enters at a grand Indian wedding, Amyra’s character Ira has had to play the part by dressing up, wearing a heavy lehenga and putting henna on her hands for the role. Shweta Tripathi who recently got married in Goa to the love of her life, Chaitanya aka Slow Cheeta, had a few tips for the mehendi artists and make up artists during the shoot. She asked the artists to put in little images and clues about Amyra’s adorably quirky character and added a few cute additions to the henna. While discussing the mehendi ideas she helped Amyra eat and drink since the starlet was unable to use her own hands. Shweta also gave her tips and tricks on how to make the mehendi last long as she had used those tricks herself less than a month ago.

First of all, it is adorable how involved all these girls are in the show, secondly, we are loving this dosti between them and cannot wait to see the show now.

It sure does look like one hell of a trip!

Jassie Gill's Tru Talk sets a new benchmark!


Jassie Gill, who will be next seen in Colour Yellow Productions and Eros International’s upcoming family entertainer, Happy Phir Bhag Jayegi, has recently unveiled his brand new single, Tru Talk with Speed Records.

Interestingly, within few hours of its launch, the song has become viral on the internet thereby crossing over 4 million views. Not just that Jassie becomes the first Punjabi artist whose song was shared by YouTube Global on their social networking sites, setting a new benchmark for him at the global level.

The popular actor-singer’s new foot-tapping number is high on production values including scenic location, besides brilliant composition and lyrics complementing to the same.

With Tru Talk, the Punjabi youth icon has experimented an entirely different genre with various interesting looks. Ever since the song has been launched, Jassie has been appreciated for his singing prowess and swag.

Jassie is famous for a lot of peppy Punjabi tracks like Guitar Sikhda, Nakhre, Bapu Zimidar, Att Karti, Dill Ton Black, Lancer and many more.

Raftaar raps for Star Bharat’s new show Papa By Chance


Redefining entertainment, Star Bharat steps a notch higher by roping in the flamboyant celebrity rapper, Raftaar. The channel has always garnered the attention of its viewers by keeping the audience engrossed and entertained with their clutter-breaking concepts and innovative ideas. Keeping the trend alive, the brand has now roped in Raftaar to rap for the first promo of its upcoming show, Papa By Chance.

After making people dance to his groovy tunes, Raftaar will now be setting the Indian television screen on fire, as he raps his way to introduce tinsel town’s newest heartthrob, ‘Yuvaan’ - a carefree Delhi boy from Star Bharat’s upcoming family entertainer, Papa by Chance. It is very rare that a channel has introduced a show’s protagonist with such quirk. The channel’s coolest discovery Zebby Singh is a high spirited lad and perfectly complements Yuvaan who believes in living in the moment and abides by the no-strings-attached mantra. The good-looking model Zebby marks his acting debut with Papa By Chance.

Excited about his new gig, Raftaar expresses, “This is my first collaboration for a fiction TV show and I’m glad to associate with Star Bharat as it has given me an opportunity to explore a new avenue. I thoroughly enjoyed recording the rap as the lyrics quirkily and aptly defines Yuvaan – the lead character of Papa By Chance. The tone of the rap is extremely catchy and I’m confident people will play it on repeat mode.”

Juhi Parmar Breaks Her Silence Through An Open Letter


Actress Juhi Parmar recently went through a divorce with her now ex-husband Sachin Shroff.  The two had earlier had not divulged details for the reasons which led to the divorce but a few days ago Sachin gave an interview to a leading daily stating that he was in a loveless marriage.  While many have been trying to reach Juhi ever since, Juhi has taken to her social media and in an open letter addressed her side! 

Reading Juhi's letter we must say we are touched!  The mother of a five year old, Juhi has been very courageous to have been so honest in this emotional letter, which while reading may just have you in tears!  Indeed as Juhi says, "Half the truth is actually as good as a lie!  A one sided fabricated story is actually pretty close to fiction!"




You can read the whole letter by clicking here. 

Aditya Datt Remembers Grandfather Anand Bakshi On His Birth Anniversary With A Heart-Warming Tweet


Director Aditya Datt, who has helmed ‘Karenjit Kaur: The Untold Story Of Sunny Leone’, is the grandson of legendary Indian poet and lyricist Anand Bakshi and on the occasion of his birth anniversary, his proud grandson remembered him with a tweet, which warmed the cockles of our heart.

Taking to Twitter, Datt wrote, “USTAD for #sanju ...LEGEND for the #world ...DADDY for us....grandpa...  #anandbakshi ... happy birthday....miss u  @nidhidattsood @chandnidatt @rakbakx @kavitabali @shreyabali19 @sidhantbali.”


Readers may remember that in Rajkumar Hirani’s recent release ‘Sanju’, Sunil Dutt’s character played by Paresh Rawal refers to Bakshi as an ‘Ustad’ for his inspiring lyrics and persuades Sanjay Dutt (Ranbir Kapoor) to listen to his songs for motivation. Not only this, in the film, the book based on Sanjay’s life is titled ‘Kuch Toh Log Kahenge’, which is the title of a song written by none other than Anand Bakshi.


Aditya, who is known for helming hit thriller ‘Table No. 21’, is being lauded for his directorial excellence with regards to ‘Karenjit Kaur’: The Untold Story Of Sunny Leone’, which is aired on Zee5.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Carnival Motion Pictures join hands with Sanjay Raut to co-produce Thackeray


From his humble beginnings as a cartoonist with The Free Press Journal to grow to emerge as a supreme political leader the first voice of the Maharashtrians in Mumbai's political and professional landscape, to establishing the power of the Marathi manoos on the national and global platform, Balasaheb Thackeray’s tale is legendary and immortal.

Needless to say, his life cannot be contained in a film unless it is penned by someone who has seen Thackeray the phenomenon at close quarters. Who else could be apt than firebrand journalist and MP Sanjay Raut, to chronicle Balasaheb’s rise in the film Thackeray, starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui, under the banner Raut'ers Entertainment LLP, directed by Abhijit Panse.

Post the teaser created waves across the world for its strength and the subsequent talk of the film being a no-expenses-spared biopic with elaborate sets and production values like no other, Carnival Motion Pictures has stepped in to be co-producers alongside Sanjay Raut in the film.

Post the phenomenal success of Sachin: A Billion Dreams in 2017, Carnival Motion Pictures is now actively producing Hindi, Malayalam and other regional language films.

Says Dr. Shrikant Bhasi, Founder and Chairman - Carnival Group, “ We at Carnival believe in content cinema. Balasaheb Thackeray is an example of how the common man can be the change. We are glad to be associated with Thackeray the film that showcases the life journey of Balasaheb and the histrionics of Nawazuddin Siddiqui. We are glad to be producing one of the most-awaited films of 2019 with Mr. Sanjay Raut."

Sanjay Raut adds, “If there is ever a personality whose biography should be made after Mahatma Gandhi, it is Balasaheb Thackeray. We welcome Carnival Motion Pictures to join us in reaching this film to millions of people the world over wanting to know more about the story of Balasaheb Thackeray, a man who brought out the super powers of the common man with his sheer presence. We look forward to the film reaching the masses the coming year.”

Produced by Shri Sanjay Raut and Dr. Shrikant Bhasi and Directed by Abhijit Panse, the film is slated to release on Balasaheb’s birth Anniversary i.e. 23rd January 2019.

Pooja Hegde sets new fitness goals for Housefull 4!


Pooja Hegde is certainly among those who believe in waking up early at the crack of dawn to lace up her running shoes and breaking into a sweat. 

Riding high on the success of her last release, Allu Arjun’s Duvvada Jagannadham (DJ), Pooja is touted as one of the most successful female stars not just in Bollywood but South industry as well. 

The talented actress, who is currently shooting for four big projects simultaneously, has opted for a new exercise regime for her next biggie, Housefull 4. It’s learnt that Pooja who is working round the clock fulfilling work commitments from one set to the other barely has time to sleep, forget about working out. 

A source says, “Pooja is one of the busiest female stars of the South film industry, working on big banner multiple projects. In spite of that, fitness always remains her priority and she has chalked out a new fitness routine by waking up at 4 am to break a sweat for her next, Housefull 4. 

“Pooja hits the gym quite early unlike other female stars and post workout she starts shooting for her films from 8 am to 10 pm, sometimes even stretching for more,” the source adds. 

“It’s a mix of calisthenics and Pilates which has really got me good results. Since the last couple of weeks, I had to travel more for shoots at different locations. Fitness has always been my priority and I’ve chalked out a new fitness routine by waking up at 4 am and working out to stay in shape for Housefull 4. My diet is basic home food, I don’t believe in dieting. Just stay off the junk,” Pooja informs.

Taapsee Pannu takes role prep inspiration from Big B for Mulk!


Taapsee Pannu has been busy in the Scottish highlands shooting for her upcoming film Badla which is being directed by Sujoy Ghosh. She is also basking in the success of Soorma which has been doing well at the box office and is also currently awaiting the release of her next film, Mulk which is directed by Anubhav Sinha. The reason it has been touted as a much talked about film is because it talks about a topic everyone tiptoes around, Islamophobia.

Taapsee plays a lawyer in the film, Aarti Mohammed who takes to fighting a case in the court to battle the allegations on her father in law who becomes victim of religious discrimination on being accused of raising a terrorist son. In every scene from the trailer Taapsee hits the bulls eye with her delivery, acting and emotion. While this is the first time the actress is donning the role of a lawyer,it doesn’t   seem like it on screen.

 One of the inspirations who helped Taapsee during the prep of her role is her Pink and Badla costar, Amitabh Bachchan. As Taapsee saw the veteran actor play a lawyer in her first film with legendary actor in 2016, she took a few tips and points from his role as lawyer and applied it to her own. Taapsee who spent a considerable
Time with the actor back in 2016 during the shoot of Pink took nuances of his role and applied that to the prep of her own role as a lawyer this time around. 

Amitabh's role is one of the best lawyer roles on screen according to Taapsee and it seems like she really took inspiration from him during the shoot of Mulk.

Speaking about it, Taapsee said, “On celluloid, Bachchan sirs character and role in Pink and his portrayal of a stern yet convincing lawyer for me was the best point of reference. Since I have worked with him on the film in 2016, I had a good point of reference of how he executed the role. While pf course we are diverse as actors and the kind of role I essay and situations of my role are much different, there were still nuances of the role which I picked up”.

KWAN SOUTH AIMS TO HERALD A NEW ERA FOR THE ENTERTAINMENT ECOSYSTEM OF SOUTH INDIA


COMPLETES A YEAR OF SUCCESSFUL OPERATION, OFFICES IN SOUTH INDIA’S TWO MAIN FILM HUBS- ENTERS CHENNAI AFTER HYDERABAD, SIGNS ON TOP TALENTS, SETS UP SPECIALISED DIVISIONS

A year back, India’s leading entertainment marketplace-KWAN ENTERTAINMENT entered into a JV with South India’s largest production powerhouses Suresh Productions- heralded by Rana Daggubati introducing a specialized division- KWAN South.  Fast forward to a year, the entity has facilitated record making collaborations, set up profitable entertainment divisions and signed up leading talent to name a few accomplishments.

Leading names onboard like Venkatesh, Mahesh Babu, Regina Cassandra, Huma Qureshi to name a few, showcases a healthy mix of stalwarts and promising talent with a strong sense of conviction in Kwan South’s vision. KWAN South has taken a holistic approach in talent representations and focuses on building profiles rather than managing basic logistics and dates. It is a one stop shop for all stakeholders- from actors, directors, producers, writers to technicians.

Chennai will now be home to Kwan South’s second office and being the second largest South Indian Film Hub will is an apt choice for spreading out the second phase of operations for the division. Kwan South’s presence in two major film hubs of southern India – Hyderabad (Telugu) and Chennai (Tamil) gives them ease of access to major entertainment players.

Set up at its headquarters as a studio style agency, the entity is a close knit 20 member strong operating pivotal yet separate standalone profitable divisions; namely Talent Management and Casting, Live Performances & Appearances, Content and Packaging, Production Support- TV and Commercials, Brand Associations- Endorsements, Digital and Film Partnerships.

Actor, Businessman and Partner- KWAN South, Rana Daggubati (SP) added, “With KWAN South, we are acting as catalysts in the industry’s transformation while giving long due credit to our massive industry on the national platform and serving best interests of audiences with ace content and products”

Himank Duvvuru, Head- KWAN South stated, “The south film industry has a lot of talent and an incredible craft. However, streamlining operations is the need of the hour. With KWAN we have already earned the confidence of the top stakeholders in the industry and hope to bring out the craft in its purest forms for the audience, who deserve it. This Industry is on the cusp of change and we are confident of being deft pioneers in this scenario”

Despite its huge scale, popularity and productions it dishes out, the South Indian Film Industry is commonly still looked upon as a regional player and often denied credit as a national player. A major flaw lies in the industry’s fraternized, kin-based nature of operations.  Through KWAN South, the aim is to change the nature of processes, make it a collaborative system and realize its immense potential in terms of scale and value as an entertainment industry.

Kriti Kharbanda explores London’s popular Bicester Village


Kriti Kharbanda seems to be making the most of her trip to London. The talented actress who reached the exotic holiday destination over the last weekend for the extensive shoot schedule of her forthcoming family entertainer, Housefull 4, took some time out to explore the scenic outskirts of London.

While Kriti has been to the luxury tourist destination several times, she couldn’t really explore the outskirts, and so this time since she had some free time, she whisked off to Bicester Village, a place located an hour away from the city.

Since it’s an outlet shopping center with world renowned shopping brands, it’s needless to say that pristine beauty indulged in lots of shopping than just clicking pictures for her memorabilia!

Ishaan’s red shirt in the song Pehli Baar was made out of four lehengas


Shashank Khaitan's Dhadak which is the Hindi adaptation of the Marathi hit Sairat is all set to release this week. Since the film is set up in Rajasthan, the lead actors Ishaan and Janhvi learned Mewari language for their characters. To understand the dialect, they conversed with the locals in Udaipur. The duo even went on a bike ride to soak in the sights and sounds of the city.

That's not all, the outfit and accessories that the actors are wearing in the film were personally picked by them along with the director from Rajasthan. The idea was to get the local flavor down pat.

The song Pehli Baar showcases Ishaan donning a shirt with a desi twist. What’s interesting to note is that the shirt was made out of four lehengas! The song also shows him jumping into the water. During the shoot, he had to jump into the pond a number of times, so to ensure that there was a dry shirt ready for each shot, the makers got not one, but four of the same made. The actor also got his ears pierced to get into the role of Madhu, a Rajasthani boy.

Dhadak, produced by Karan Johar, Zee Studios, Hiroo Yash Johar and Apoorva Mehta is slated to release on July 20.

Kartik Aaryan roped in for Ajay Kapoor's ‘Kirik Party ‘ for Hindi remake

Producer Ajay Kapoor of Kyta Productions joins hands with the current sensation Kartik Aaryan, who shot to fame with His recent super hit Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety .

The Hindi remake of Kannada blockbuster Kirik Party , It's a coming of age, romantic film which promises sensational chartbuster music. The film deals with a central theme of how friendship and love can turn a boy into a compassionate man. Kirik party is one of the highest grossing kannada film which ran in cinemas for an impressive 150 days. The producers have roped in National Award winner Abhishek Jain , who won National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Gujarati for Wrong Side Raju. He is also known for directing the superhit movie Bey Yaar

Confirming the news producer Ajay Kapoor says,"We at Kyta Productions are very excited to start work on the Hindi remake of Kannada blockbuster Kirik Party with Gen-X star Kartik Aaryan. The film will also mark the directorial debut of Abhishek Jain, an extremely talented filmmaker. The film will go on floors this October."

Post the success of Parmanu, Kyta Productions went on to announce RAW (Romeo Akbar Walter) starring John Abraham and Vishal Bharadwaj’s directorial Pataakha with several other exciting projects in the pipeline.

The untitled film will be produced by Dheeraj Wadhawan, Ajay Kapoor of Kyta Productions and Vrithika Laykar. 

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Elnaaz Norouzi surprised by Salman Khan-Katrina Kaif controversy about Sacred Games


Actress Elnaaz Norouzi is surprised that there is a controversy about the characters of Karan Wahi and her in the Netflix series Sacred Games. The characters are alleged to have taken inspiration from real life incidents in Salman Khan and his ex-girlfriend Katrina Kaif's real lives. 

"While shooting the episodes, we never had any feeling like that and just followed the script which is based on the novel by Vikram Chandra. It's surprising that now suddenly there is this controversy about it," says Elnaaz.

Last week, Latestly website pointed out similarities in an article. "Karan Malhotra (played by Karan Wahi) is shown as a brattish, coke-snorting, abusive superstar with a huge ego who tries to control his girlfriend (Zoya Mirza played by Elnaaz Norouzi)," says the article.

"In a scene, the girlfriend tells a top cop that Karan had killed two men in a hit-n-run case. Now does that ring a bell? Moreover, the reason why he shows jealousy towards his girlfriend is that she has signed a film with Ranbir Kapoor (in the series)," writes Latestly.

"As for the girlfriend, who is a top actress herself, she is seen to hold a passport from a different country, and her origins are shown in the series as vague. Like Zoya, even Katrina's nationality was under question once upon a time, as she was reported holding a British passport. There are also rumours that she has been lying about the fact that her father is Indian, and she is half-Kashmiri by birth," adds the article.

Rani Mukerji to hoist the national flag at Melbourne's Iconic landmark during the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2018


The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM), the largest film festival in the Southern Hemisphere, recently announced, the multi-talented actor and superstar Rani Mukerji as the Chief Guest for this year.

As per tradition, the Chief Guest of the festival is the one who hoists the Indian national flag at Melbourne's main public square. This year, the honour to hoist the flag will be given to the every loved and fantastically talented actress, Rani Mukerji who has also been nominated under the Best Actress category for an IFFM Award.

Rani will hoist the flag in front of thousands of Indian- Australians and people from the Subcontinent Diaspora who throng Federation square just to see the hoisting of their national flag on Saturday August 11th. Taking into consideration the weekend, every year IFFM ensures to celebrate the Indian Independence week at the iconic landmark.  She will be in the company of the High Commissioner of India in Australia and The Mayor of Melbourne.
Each year, the Flag Hoisting is always the most anticipated and definitely a goosebump inducing moment and this year Rani's fans will have the privilege of not only seeing her live but also unfurling the tricolour.

On being the chief guest and hosting the flag, Rani said “To unfurl the national flag is a matter of pride and great honour for every Indian and to be a part of such a prestigious occasion and do the honours outside your nation in a foreign land is even more special. I’m delighted ,honoured, extremely humbled that they have chosen me to do the honours this year. I am really looking forward to be there at Federation Square in the company of all the Indian-Australian people ”

Aditya Datt's ‘Karenjit Kaur: The Untold Story Of Sunny Leone’ Premieres


Fans of Sunny Leone, who have always been curious about her journey and her life behind the glamour, are in for a treat as Leone’s biopic ‘Karenjit Kaur: The Untold Story Of Sunny Leone’ has premiered today on Zee5.

Taking to her Twitter page, Leone gushed, “#KarenjitKaurOnZEE5 TODAY !!!!!! JULY 16th.... BOOM !!!!!! #GuiltyofDoingItmyWay ... LOVE YOU ALL and THANK YOU!!!!!!!” Sunny’s husband Daniel Weber too took to Twitter to write, “Watch what the entire world is talking about !!! @SunnyLeone #KarenjitKaur #GuiltyofDoingItmyWay @ZEE5India.”

Director Aditya Datt was all smiles as he said, “Till a day ago, I was quite anxious and was undergoing the same nervousness that any filmmaker experiences on a Thursday. However, when the show went online on Zee5, the feeling was more of that of a free-fall. My family members and friends are my biggest critics as they have always been hard on my work. However, when it comes down to them loving it, that’s a sign of gratification for me.”

Directed by Aditya Datt, who had helmed hit thriller ‘Table No. 21’ starring Paresh Rawal, ‘Karenjit Kaur: The Untold Story Of Sunny Leone’ traces her journey from a ‘girl-next-door’ to a Penthouse Pet to a Bollywood celebrity and going by the trailer of the web series, the biopic is going to be bold, explosive, entertaining and touching. The web series is also unique for the simple reason that Sunny will play herself in the biopic, which is something that has never happened before.

ENZY School of Music and Technology Admissions Opens


ENZY School of Music & Technology is the latest venture under the century old TribhovandasBhimjiZaveri Group. The philosophy of the institute is simple; dream, work and deliver.
Courses are offered in Music Production & Sound Engineering, vocal training, guitar classes, keyboard classes and tabla classes. The institute has a unique approach to teaching where faculty teach and train students in a real life recording studio environment. This concept of training has been specially developed to help students better understand and internalise each subject through hands on experience. The courses are curated with the help of award winning faculty members and industry professionals. The courses provide fun, new and rich musical experiences starting with the basics of learning for beginners, to intermediate to advance courses with masterclasses in various subjects. 

Mr. NisshchalZaveri, Managing Director – ENZY Studios says, “ I am glad to bring this change in the industry, the concept and the idea was born after many of our students and professionals who visited ENZY Studios wanted to learn and experience more. We decided to provide them with an ideal learning platform. The success of ENZY Studios gave us an opportunity to come up with this new venture called ENZY School of Music & Technology. For interested vocal and tabla students’ courses and certificates by PrayagSangeetSamiti, Allahabad, UP is available.”  
The best way to experience what ENZY School of Music & Technology has to offer is guided tour session with their faculty and staff. Tours are available from Monday to Friday between 11 am and 4 pm.
Vocal and instrument classes have commenced. The first batch in Music Production and Sound Engineering starts on 20th July 2018 (twice a week). There is an early bird discount for students in the Music Production and Sound Engineering program and a partial scholarship will be provided to one student from each batch. 

For in-depth details on the courses available, fee structure and registration kindly visit http://enzyschool.com/ 

About ENZY Studios: ENZY Studios is the first venture of TBZ Entertainment (Part of the century old TribhovandasBhimjiZaveri Group). Founded by NisshchalZaveri, a music producer, composer and artist and ideally located in Goregaon (between Film City and Juhu). Spread over 5500 sq.ft ENZY Studios is designed by Jerome Steckling of JSX Audio and executed by UK based Munro Acoustics. ENZY Studios is India’s foremost state of the art music studio equipped with latest technology in Asia with an aim to provide the best to music producers, artists, composers and ad film makers with the best environment and technology to unleash their musical potential. ENZY Studios will cater to the movie industry spread across India, ad filmmakers as well as provide a platform for Independent artists and bands to express themselves and reach out to a larger audience.

Harshvardhan Rane builds his dream tree house!

Harshvardhan Rane who is eagerly anticipating the release of his forthcoming war drama, PALTAN, loves nature and is often spotted in the lap of it whenever he is not busy shooting.


The talented actor, who is known for his carpentry skills, is building his own tree house near Vasai. It’s his getaway spot to reconnect with nature and spend a few moments away from the busy city life.

Since he often goes there for trekking, he thought of building his own dream castle all by himself.

Harshvardhan says, "Being close to nature and exploring it every time gives me a sense of freedom and also a new perspective towards my work. I've always nurtured the dream of building my own tree house ever since I was a kid. Once I had been to my friend's place on the outskirts of Mumbai, I realized my dream over there. I’ve started building this tree house with the help of a few local friends a few weeks ago and the entire process of creating has given me huge satisfaction as it's my creation. I think it’ll be ready in the next couple of days"

Contestant Nitin Kumar leaves Indian Idol judges ROFL


India’s singing reality show Indian idol 10 is rocking on small screen with its theme of  #MausamMusicKa. While the music whizzes turned judges Neha Kakkar, Anu Malik and Vishal Dadlani been having a tough time judging the talented contestants. During the Theater round, the judges were seen rolling on the floor laughing and the reason for this incident was contestant Nitin Kumar! 

Nitin Kumar narrated a story about him which left everyone in splits. Nitin who basically hails from Himachal Pradesh was travelling for the first time in to Mumbai when he had butterflies in stomach, which he wanted to relieve himself of very badly. Since he was very new to flight etiquettes and didn’t know the exact English words for toilet, he couldn’t explain the same to the flight attendant and ended up sitting helplessly. Nitin shared the incident in his video testimonial and also went ahead sharing the same in front of the judges. Apparently there was an outburst of laughter initially but later when Neha thought that it’s important that Nitin needs to learn some basic words in English. Being a very good teacher that she is, she taught him the words like ‘loo’ and ‘washroom’. Neha also complimented him saying that his language of music is very strong and perfect if not his English be. The judges were so impressed by his performance that they demanded a once more for his song. 

A source from the set revealed, ‘‘Nitin is a very innocent but a talented guy. He tickled everyone’s funny bone with his cute story but Neha realized that it was very important that he should know a few English words which might help him in his basic communication. The judges not only groom the contestants in their music but also ensure that they turn out to be better individuals while dealing with situations in the real world. Nitin was very thankful to Neha for the same.” 

Will Nitin Kumar from Himachal make it Top 12? 

To find out watch Indian Idol this weekend, 21st and 22nd July at 8 pm only on Sony Entertainment Television.

Pooja Hegde sets new fitness goals for Housefull 4


Pooja Hegde is certainly among those who believe in waking up early at the crack of dawn to lace up her running shoes and breaking into a sweat. 

Riding high on the success of her last release, Allu Arjun’s Duvvada Jagannadham (DJ), Pooja is touted as one of the most successful female stars not just in Bollywood but South industry as well. 

The talented actress, who is currently shooting for four big projects simultaneously, has opted for a new exercise regime for her next biggie, Housefull 4. It’s learnt that Pooja who is working round the clock fulfilling work commitments from one set to the other barely has time to sleep, forget about working out. 

A source says, “Pooja is one of the busiest female stars of the South film industry, working on big banner multiple projects. In spite of that, fitness always remains her priority and she has chalked out a new fitness routine by waking up at 4 am to break a sweat for her next, Housefull 4. 

“Pooja hits the gym quite early unlike other female stars and post workout she starts shooting for her films from 8 am to 10 pm, sometimes even stretching for more,” the source adds. 

“It’s a mix of calisthenics and Pilates which has really got me good results. Since the last couple of weeks, I had to travel more for shoots at different locations. Fitness has always been my priority and I’ve chalked out a new fitness routine by waking up at 4 am and working out to stay in shape for Housefull 4. My diet is basic home food, I don’t believe in dieting. Just stay off the junk,” Pooja informs.

Jim Sarbh’s debut Bengali film heads to the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne

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