Friday, August 31, 2018

Smile Foundation || Charity Trunk Show


Smile Foundations’ Charity Trunk Show with Jhelum and Narayan Jewellers at Jhelum multi designer Store in Santacruz West on 31st August from 1:008:00 pm

Smile Foundation in association with Jhelum Fashion House, a multi-designer store and renowned jewellery brand of Vadodara, Narayan Jewellers by Ketan and Jatin Chokshi is organizing “Indulge4Smile” a charity Trunk Show to support the cause “SheCanFly” initiative at Jhelum Store on Santacruz west on 31st August, 2018 from 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm. An afternoon of fashion & flair the exhibition will showcase the new festive collection of jewellery from Narayan Jewellers by Ketan and Jatin Chokshi and the various designers including Anamika Khanna, Rina Dhaka, Suneet Verma, Rohit Bal amongst others.

Renowned jewellery brand from Vadodara, Narayan Jewellers by Ketan & Jatin Chokshi, who is known for styling International celebrities for Oscars red carpet and Indian celebrities like Kareena Kapoor Khan, Katrina Kaif, Vidya Balan, Taapsee Pannu amongst others will be showcasing their festive collection at Jhelum the multi-designer store.Incepted with the idea of crafting exquisite fine jewellery that amalgamates class and tradition, Narayan Jewellers is the epitome of creativity and luxury. A perfect mix of Jadau and Diamond jewellery the new festive collection of Narayan Jewellers includes stunning chandelier earrings, jadau chandbalis, cocktail rings, beautiful diamond bracelets and jadau bangles. Every piece is intricately designed making it perfect for the upcoming festive and bridal season. 

“It’s a rare scenario to see the cast and crew gather to watch the episodes of a series” – Priyanshu Jora


The extremely talented Priyanshu Jora who has entertained the viewers with his exceptional acting skills has been leaving no stone unturned to keep the spectators hooked to Viu’s series Truth or Tamanna. The entire cast has been highly appreciated for their respective roles in the show. A little birdie informs us that the cast and crew had gathered recently to watch the episodes of Truth or Tamanna.

We hear that they had gathered on a weekend at Priyashu’s den to catch up on the episodes together. On the same when we got in touch with Priyanshu, he quipped, “It was great fun to have all the behind the lens as well the actors come together at my house to watch the episodes of Truth and Tamanna. Though it was on a planning stage since quite some time, we actually did not think for its conversion because people usually are busy with their daily life shenanigans.”

“It was an evening to remember. It was not only a binge watch but also was a memorable moment for all of us. The series has a gripping storyline and I am glad to have been a part of such an amazing concept. Hope that the viewers are enjoying it as well, as much as we enjoyed shooting for it” exclaimed Priyanshu.

To watch the beguiling episodes of the show, stay tuned to Truth or Tamanna only on Viu.


Annup Sonii completes two decades in the industry


His sensational crime-based show Crime Patrol made actor Annup Sonii a household name. The versatile actor also proved his mettle as an actor on the big screen by portraying several memorable characters in popular films.

Having completed two glorious years in the industry, Annup recollects, “It has been a wonderful journey. God has been kind and I’m grateful to my fans for showering upon their love and support. The learning is that one should just focus on work, give your 100% and be patient. And, I sincerely believe that if you choose to learn from each experience, then you will have nothing to regret.”

“For someone who was a complete outsider, it has been pretty good. But as they say, the day you get satisfied, you stop growing. So, I am still looking for more milestones,” Annup adds.

Annup who is also actively involved in theatre, informs, “My friends from the National School of Drama (New Delhi) are an important part of my life. Mumbai, too, has given me great friends. God has been kind, whether it’s work, friends or family.”

Anu Malik launches Indian Idol 9 finalist Khudabaksh in his next song


It’s often said that fortune favours the brave and smiles upon them with all its splendour. This has been proven in its rightful essence by Khuda Baksh who hails from Punjab, one of the top 3 contestants from the 9th season of Indian Idol. The promising singer had enthralled everyone with his melodious voice on India’s biggest singing reality show and impressed audiences and celebrities from the music industry. The musical genius from the land of the five rivers made an appearance on Sony Entertainment Television’s Indian Idol 10 along with noted film maker JP Dutta, legendary lyricist – Javed Akhtar and versatile singer  Sonu Nigam for promoting their upcoming movie – Paltan. The singing reality show which has been synonymous with a platform that has paved the way for exceptional singing talent is already winning hearts across the country. The Punjabi munda Khuda Baksh got emotional being on the stage of Indian Idol that made him shoot to fame.

Khuda Baksh who scored a special place in the hearts of audiences across the globe with his heartfelt singing has got his first break in Bollywood! All thanks to the biggest platform for budding singers in the country – Indian Idol and Anu Malik. The young singer was overwhelmed with emotion as he expressed his gratitude to the stage for launching him in the world of music and paving the way for a bright career.

A visibly happy Anu Malik exclaimed, “Khuda Baksh is our child and there are millions of people who love his voice. He has a unique voice that can be rightfully termed as ‘Naayab.’ All of us are very proud of Khuda Baksh. When I called him for the song he came to the studio and learnt the song there itself and performed. What a brilliant guy. I am sure he has a glorious future ahead of him and we wish him all the best!”

Nora Fatehi gives a befitting reply on being funnily accused of giving Evil eyes to people at parties


Bharat actress Nora Fatehi who has been in the news for her amazing rendition of Dilbar, which broke all time records and became the first Hindi song to top the Billboard YouTube charts, was recently in Malta shooting for the Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif starrer, which marks her first major Bollywood feature. However, being out of the country didn't stop some tongues from wagging and spreading baseless rumours.

The rumour, which was carried by some news reports recently, mentioning that she had given death stares to a certain couple at a specific event which actually happened a month ago. But the talented beauty totally shut down the rumours with a rather sassy and humorous tweet proving that she is much above a lot of people and her work proves that each step of the way.

Check out her tweet here: My indifferent expression on my face in public may give “evil vibes” but trust me at that moment I’m only thinking about whether I’m having a burger or pizza for dinner and waiting to get into my PJs. I’m living my best life. No time to stare at people at events. I’m way above that.
https://twitter.com/Norafatehi/status/1034792722987671552?s=19

More power to you Nora! Keep breaking records and rocking that attitude! We love it.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

LEADING FAST FASHION ONLINE STORE SHEIN SUCCESSFULLY CREATES A NEW DYNAMIC WITH ITS FIRST EVER FASHION SHOW


To celebrate its first anniversary, India’s leading fast fashion online store SHEIN hosted a successful evening at ‘SHEINxMe Fashion Merch’ - an amalgamation of fashion, glamour, beauty and music.

SHEIN showcased their latest collection at the highly anticipated unique fashion show which was held at Four Seasons Hotel, Mumbai.

The fashion show featured an interesting mix of participants; regular SHEIN customers and everyday fashion lovers as models. It was a dream come true for 30 aspiring models out of 7000 entries who got their big break towards building a flourishing career in fashion. The Chosen #Sheingals were presented an opportunity to connect and interact with influencers and icons from the fashion industry

Catering to both young women and teens, the popular fast fashion online store, SHEINxMe Fashion Merch’ electrifying collection featured a range of its latest Sportswear, Casual Wear, Indo Western to Party collection that was a beautifully accentuated with exquisite accessories.

The grand fashion show also witnessed a power-packed performance by the upcoming singing sensation Anushqa who stunned the audience with her latest single. 

Commenting on the occasion, Malcolm Yam, Marketing officer & General Manager of SHEIN India, said “Shein India’s very first ‘SHEINxMe Fashion Merch’ is a celebration to represent the brand’s successful one year journey in India and our way to express our appreciation to customers. It was a privilege to showcase Shein’s latest fashion trends from around the globe at our very first uniquely conceptualized fashion show featuring not only everyday fashion lovers but also our SHEIN customers. We look forward to creating a new fashion dynamic in the fast fashion online will continue to be the ultimate one-stop-shop for the modern Indian fashionista.” 

ABOUT SHEIN- 
SHEIN, A Leading Fast Online Fashion Store, started as a small group of passionate fashion loving individuals in 2008, to a multinational team, SHEIN has grown immensely to what it is today. SHEIN prides itself on offering on-trend styles catering to both young women and teens, that won’t break the bank.

SHEIN is able to stay on top of the latest fashion trends from around the globe while rapidly bringing these styles to market. So whether you’re searching for boho dresses and graphic tees or patterned blouses and chic swimwear, SHEIN is the ultimate one-stop-shop for the modern yet economical fashionista. 

Keep up to date with all news and details on SHEINxMe Fashion Merch by checking out the social media handles: 
Facebook – SHEIN India (https://www.facebook.com/sheinindia) 
Instagram – @shein_in (https://www.instagram.com/shein_in/) 
Twitter – SHEIN India (https://twitter.com/SheinIndia ) 
WEBISTE- http://www.shein.in/

Shahid Kapoor to play boxing hero Dingko Singh on screen


We have seen many films based on sports and the lives of sporting heroes in recent times. Actor Shahid Kapoor who is soaring high with the success of his last film Padmaavat, is all set to portray former boxing champ and Asian Games gold medallist Dingko Singh on screen. The film will be directed by Raja Krishna Menon who has earlier directed Airlift and Chef. It is expected to go on floors sometime around April 2019.

Ngangom Dingko Singh, known as Dingko Singh (from Manipur) was the first and only Asian gold medallist boxer from India in the Bantamweight category. In 2013, he was awarded the Padma Shri. Dingko has been an inspiration to many boxers who came into the ring after him, and he is so passionate about the sport, that he went on to become a coach for young boxers.

Talking about this being one of his most ambitious projects, Shahid says, " The thing that I loved about this story is that he is one of those superstars who we don’t know much about. If a film like Dangal (2016) wasn’t made, we wouldn’t know as much about the Phogat sisters. Dingko is a cancer survivor, and he went through 13 rounds of chemotherapy. He has even gone on to say that his biggest win was surviving cancer and not the gold medal he won at the age of 19 at the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok. In 2017, Gautam Gambhir became aware of his situation and sent money for his treatment. Soon, people found out who he was, and 13 doctors came forward to help him. He is a sports star who survived cancer. At some point in his past, he had almost become a Naxalite. His life story is unbelievably crazy; it is very human and extremely inspiring. Such amazing stories of heroes need to be told.”

The actor is currently busy promoting his next film Batti Gul Meter Chalu which is slated to release on 21st September 2018.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Rajkummar Rao crosses 1 Million on Instagram


Apart from being a recipient of a National Film Award, Rajkummar Rao has consistently delivered one great performance after another and continues to gather a large troop of fans not just on home turf but across the world .

While his recent film Newton, was India's official entry to the Oscars , his other films Shahid, Aligarh and Trapped were highly acclaimed by lovers of world cinema and film aficionados.

It's no wonder then that the multi-award winning star ,recently touched the coveted 1 million mark on photo-sharing app, Instagram - This close on the heels of discovering that Raj's social media following consists of a diverse group of fans across the globe ,who also happen to follow American actor, rapper, singer and songwriter Jaden Smith .(Hollywood superstar Will Smith's son)

What makes this achievement a special one , is the fact that it comes to the star as an early birthday present. Rajkummar Rao celebrates his birthday on the 31st August , coinciding with the release of his highly anticipated film Stree.

How Shraddha Kapoor was spooked by Pankaj Tripathi on the sets of Stree


Pankaj Tripathi who will soon be seen in the Rajkummar Rao and Shraddha Kapoor starring horror comedy, Stree, had a rather interesting pass time while he was shooting for the film.

For someone who, from the trailer, seems to have an affinity for all things paranormal in the film, which is based on the Kannada urban legend of Nale Ba, Pankaj narrated ghost stories on set to pass the time in between takes. Gathering the cast and crew of eager listeners, the Masaan actor would delve into stories he heard from his childhood to entertain everybody on sets and ended up spooking the leading lady of the film, Shraddha.

“I’ve always loved listening to stories, especially the paranormal kind. The fun was how people said it and how everyone seemed to have one. My village in Gopalgunj had so many stories like these that I had heard growing up. So on set it started as a joke where we one day decided to share ghost stories but soon it became a regular thing and all the ones I had heard in my childhood came in handy, as I had many stories to tell. The location made it even spookier.” Pankaj said of his innovative way of setting the mood just right for a horror comedy.

The Gurgaon actor will also be seen in the much awaited web series Mirzapur, starring Ali Fazal and Shweta Tripathi and will soon begin shooting for the Shakeela biopic alongside Richa Chadha who plays the titular role.

Amitabh Bachchan pays off farmers' loans and aids martyrs' families.


Earlier reports had surfaced of superstar Amitabh Bachchan's pledge to donate a significant amount to army widows and our suffering farmers of India.

After the recent announcement of his generous help towards Kerala relief funds, we hear that the government has given him a concrete list of Shaheed families and farmers to fructify his pledge and see it materialise.

He will be giving 1 crore to families of ‘Shaheed’ soldiers who sacrificed their lives for us . A list of 44 families has been given by the Maharashtra CM office and he has made demand drafts for them.

He will also be giving 1.25 cr to farmers who have taken loans. The Maharashtra government has identified 200 farmers from a nationalised bank, the NOC have bee  prepared by the bank and loans have been taken care of Mr Bachchan.

The thespian confirmed the same when asked about the two causes at the KBC Press conference, "While there are a lot of issues that have touched my hearts, the farmers’ suicide shocked me. Several years ago, when I was shooting in Vizag, I got to know that the farmers were taking their lives, not being able to pay off loans of some thousands. It felt terrible.

I got a list of around 50 families and paid off their loans. Recently also, through my bank, I got a list of 200 farmers and we have cleared their loans amounting to Rs 1.25 crores. And it also really pains me to see so many soldiers are losing their lives. I want to thank the CM’s office that helped us collate a list of 44 families. We have drafted 112 drafts of some crores towards them already.” said Mr Bachchan.

Well we hope his magnanimous gesture inspires others to follow suit.

Richa Chadha takes a unique way to help Kerala, advocates animal resource operations and helps sponsor education for young kids


Richa Chadha who has been busy shooting for her upcoming biopic Shakeela directed by Indrajit Lankesh has always been vocal with her support, no matter what the cause. With the Kerala floods that have ravaged the state and with many lives lost and upturned, the actress knew she had to do something for the state. Her costar, Rajeev Pillai who is from Kerala and who cancelled his wedding to help people affected by the floods was helping onground and needed as much support as possible. The actress immediately raised funds to help her costar rebuilding his native village. Apart from that she also donated monetary funds to various relief funds across the state.

Richa who is vocal when it comes to animal welfare didn’t just preach but practiced it wholeheartedly during the Kerala floods when she knew she needed to speak about the need for the desire operations of the animals who were stranded with nowhere to go in these catastrophic floods. The NGO, ResQ who Richa has been associated with for over a year deployed a team of volunteers to Kerala. Using her large social media fan base and voice, she took to the masses by posting videos for the help of those animal who need attention and how people can help regarding the same.

As the floods are subsiding now and people are beginning to rebuild their lives, Richa heard about the youth who have lost everything in the floods and whose family might not be able to send them back to school. With the help of her actor from her upcoming film, Rajeev Pillai the two are identifying kids who need financial help for education. With help of Rajeev, The actress who has always stressed on the importance of an education immediately have decided to pay for 5 young kids' education until class 10.

Speaking about it, Richa said, “It’s a human responsibility to come together during adverse times and everyone should do their best in their capacity to show compassion for those suffering. In times of calamities, it’s a collaborative efforts of all who are willing to help. You could be anywhere but can always make a difference but doing the best you can and I pledged to support the post floods rescue help by doing my bit”

KAB TAK ROKOGE? Questions the 10th Season of Kaun Banega Crorepati


Deviyon aur Sajjanon, it’s that time of the year when the legendary host – Mr. Amitabh Bachchan beckons you to brush up your general knowledge as Sony Entertainment Television (SET) gears up to premiere the 10th season of Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC). The show that taught India to value the power of knowledge and gave the common man the confidence to dream big, is in its 18th year of existence since it first appeared on TV screens way back in the year 2000. Kick-starting its 10th season with the campaign #KabTakRokoge, KBC celebrates the spirit of resilience in people. Every single participant – past, present and future – at some point in their lives, have persevered to make a dream come true. The campaign evokes the emotions of every KBC aspirant. Viewers can look forward to a special ‘Curtain Raiser’ episode which will be telecast on Sony Entertainment Television on Sunday, September 02, at prime time. 

This year, the show received the highest ever, record-breaking registrations of over 31 million within a span of 15 Days. With the participants trying to crack the ‘Fastest-Fingers-First’ to get to the Hot Seat, this year, the show promises to be a visual delight for the viewers with the well-integrated use of Augmented Reality (AR) making television viewing a truly phenomenal experience. While 50:50, Audience Poll and Jodidaar, the much-appreciated Lifelines, have been retained, this year will see the return of ‘Ask the Expert’ lifeline wherein one expert will be available to the contestant via video call link to help the contestant with an appropriate answer. Also, for the first time in the history of the show, audio-visual questions, on varied subjects ranging from sports to politics, have been included in the format. Furthermore, every Friday, the show will host - ‘KBC Karamveer’ – individuals whose heroic actions and good deeds have brought about a positive change in the society thereby becoming an inspiration for many. 

With KBC Play Along on Sony LIV, viewers can enjoy the thrill of the gameshow by participating and matching their power of knowledge with the contestants on the hot seat simultaneously, starting 3rd September. With daily prizes up for grabs, viewers can work towards maintaining their position on the leader-board so that they may have an opportunity to feature on the show in the finale week as a participant. Furthermore, one lucky winner will stand a chance to win a Mahindra Morazzo. 

Co-produced by Big Synergy and Studio Nxt - a division of SPNI, KBC Season 10 is co-powered by Vivo V11 Pro and Mahindra Marazzo while Aakash Institute, Axis Bank, Asian Paints, CEAT, Raymond and Syska Wires & Cables are the associate sponsors on the show. 

Tune in to watch the 10th Season of Kaun Banega Crorepati starting 3rd September, every Mon-Fri at 9:00 PM only on Sony Entertainment Television

Playback Singer Romy sets a new benchmark in "Electro Sufi" after replacing Shahid Mallya


If you are a music lover, you must be familiar with Shahid Mallya – a music sensation whose songs have touched your soul. But not many of you are aware that before singing chartbusters like ‘Ikk Kudi’ (Udta Punjab), Kukkad (Student Of The Year) & loads more, Shahid enthralled the audience with Electro Sufi music – a perfect blend of Sufi vocals and new age Electronic Music. However now what’s currently making news is how Bollywood singer Romy has beautifully sung in movies such as Manmarziyaan, Kaalakaandi, Veere Di Wedding, Phillauri and loads upcoming and is now the Lead Vocalist on Elektro Sufi.

This Live Set presented classics of Nusrat Sahab, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Kailash Kher, Abida Parveen, Arif Lohar and other epitomes in a different and modern style.

This unusual amalgamation of two opposite genres aims at creating music that would appeal music lovers from all age groups. And fortunately, the team has successfully done so. Meaningful lyrics when fused with foot tapping beats creates a magical vibe that leaves the audience mesmerized everytime they perform.

Keep an eye out for this act, they essentially perform most often at private high end functions, NRI gatherings and weddings, soon they will be on at every music festival in and around the country.

Eros Now partners with Leading Indian Online Supermarket Grofers to Grow Customer Base


Eros International PLC (NYSE:EROS) (“Eros”), a leading global company in the Indian filmed entertainment industry, announced today that Eros Now, it’s cutting-edge digital over-the-top (OTT) South Asian entertainment platform, has entered into a partnership with Grofers, a leading Indian online supermarket. As part of the association, Grofers’ Smart Bachat Club (SBC) Annual Plan will now have access to Eros Now’s rich library of over 11,000 film titles, original shows and music videos. The offer is available to both, existing and new customers of Grofers SBC annual pack subscribers, which is currently priced at 449 Rupees per year.

Launched in January this year, Grofers Smart Bachat Club, is the first of its kind and now the biggest loyalty program in the grocery segment. The membership-based service enrolled 50,000 members within the first two weeks of its launch and currently has over 500,000 subscribers. The program gives consumers access to over 3,000 products at wholesale prices. Apart from this, Smart Bachat Club members get special discounts and cashback offers during sale days including exclusive bank offers. The subscribers are also eligible to avail lower prices when they shop for dairy, fruits and vegetables and pharmacy at offline stores that are part of the Smart Bachat Club network.

Commenting on the partnership, Rishika Lulla Singh, CEO, Eros Digital said, “It is an exciting development for Eros Now to join hands with Grofers – India’s leading low price online supermarket.  Processing and sharing large quantities of data has led to some significant disruptions in the design of business models, especially in the Indian retail sector. With Grofers’ extensive customer reach, we are looking at expanding our subscriber base and giving them access to our compelling and engaging content. Always being ahead of the curve, this partnership further reaffirms Eros Now’s leadership position with regards to unique marketing tie-ups”

Commenting on the partnership, Albinder Dhindsa, Co-founder and CEO of Grofers said, “We are delighted to partner with Eros Now, as a part of our endeavor to reach out more and more consumers with Smart Bachat Club, a first of its kind and now the most successful grocery loyalty program in the country.  Since its start in January 2018, SBC has given a strong boost to our business. The subscription offering, where the customer pays in advance for special pricing on items has crossed half a million subscribers already and is expected to touch one million by 2018 end.”

Sahil Salathia could be that young trendsetter Indian men need


Actor Sahil Salathia who is known for his fashion choices along with his choice of roles and his acting ability made his appearance in the Fashion Festival - Lakme Fashion Week front-rowing the three amazing designers. The actor displayed the best of collections by Siddhesh Chauhan, Mohammed Mazhar, Punit Balana with his dimpling smile at the show. His personal stylist Sahil Gulati gave each outfit a very unique look.

From the small hilly town of Jammu in Jammu and Kashmir to the glamour of Bollywood, the journey was always unpredictable with the ups and down in his pathway. Coming from a very successful modeling background before making his acting debut with Ashutosh Gowariker’s Everest as the main lead/protagonist, Sahil is one of those rare exceptions that models can really act and be excellent performers on-screen. He was last seen hosting IIFA (in Bangkok this year) for the third consecutive year after Madrid and New York City.

The Everest fame actor Sahil Salathia has won millions of heart with his outstanding performance in television series like POW directed by Nikhil Advani where he was the antagonist or a crossover English film like Heartbeats. The Fashionista was clicked in the most unique of designs at the Lakme Fashion week wearing a Samurai/Warrior-like attire on day 1 at Mohammed Mazhar show. The other day, the actor looked stunning in a mechanical suit designed by Punit Balana with a yellow scarf and vintage square sunglasses from the 1960’s. The actor is a complete trendsetter and amazed the audience with Siddesh Chauhan’s Ultra modern look pairing the white kurta with a blue jacket with massive shoulders that made him look like he was a character from a period set-up who has straight into 2018.

Sahil attended New York Fashion week Men’s last year which he thought was exceptionally well planned and executed with the latest designs/trends on the ramp.

‘Lakme is India’s version of all the international fashion weeks because it really does mean serious fashion. There is Bollywood and entertainment alongside but the soul is fashion! So, that is interesting!’ Sahil said when asked to compare Lakme and New York FW men’s.

EPIC's Regiment Diaries 3rd episode on Jat Regiment


EPIC Channel's original series called Regiment Diaries that takes you behind the heavily guarded gates of army regimental centres. The entire series is filmed inside real regimental centres, with real army men - serving, and retired - speaking about their life and experience as soldiers of India in times of peace and war.

Please find below the synopsis of the upcoming episode. Request you to please help us with the tune in of this if episode if possible. Thank You.

The third episode of Regiment Diaries on Jat Regiment will be aired this Thursday- 30th August at 10 pm.

The Jat Regiment is one of the infantry regiments in the Indian army. It has been in existence for over 200 years, and it has been a part of both WWI and WWII, along with many other national and international battles. Historically, the Jats have been known for their brilliant combat and warfare skills.

Know more stories of courage and valour of the Jat Regiment in this episode of Regiment Diaries.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Amyra Dastur and Mallika Dua turn comic writers for their upcoming web series


Amyra Dastur has been busy riding the waves, literally, in Pondicherry and other areas of Tamil Nadu for her upcoming web series, Trip 2. The actress has also begun shooting for Mental Hai Kya with Rajkumar Rao and Kangana Ranaut. While shooting for trip 2, Amyra’s social media was abuzz with images and videos of the actors having a blast on the set. But one particular co-actor, Mallika Dua and Amyra hit it off like a house on fire.

The two who are starkly different individuals in real life struck a camaraderie that grew into a strong friendship. They cherish their differences especially with Amyra being a quirky South Bombay girl and Mallika being a hilarious brazen Dilli ki ladki. Their jokes and videos became so popular even on the sets that the director knew she had to cash in on this comedy gold. The director got Amyra and Mallika Dua to write and add more scenes to their part of the script. Amyra, who plays Mallika’s cousin sister, interacts with her in all these scenes. The two would sit for hours figuring out dialogues and actions that would make audiences laugh even more.

When asked about their stint as comic writers she said, “When we played off one another in the scenes, the ad lib just came in organically. It’s great to work with a Director that allows her actors to improvise. Sonam loved it and encouraged our input during the shoot.”

If their one minute videos were this hilarious, we cannot wait to see how crackling the series will be.

Bharat Ki Awaaz- Episode 5 on 29th august, 2018


This Independence month,  India’s leading Indian infotainment channel EPIC takes us on a stroll down memory lane with some of India’s iconic speeches in Bharat Ki Awaaz.

This week Bharat Ki Awaaz will show us and educate us about the speeches from  Dr. B.R.Ambedkar, Rajiv Gandhi, Lal Bahadur Shastri and Maulana Azad.
Bharat Ki Awaaz has been brought to television, with an effort to re-live with context and perspective, the passion and ideas of some of India’s finest orators. Their public addresses at important junctures of history roused the blood of millions - to define, build, and bind our nation together.

Watch ‘Bharat Ki Awaaz’, on 29th August, Wednesday at 10 pm only on EPIC channel.

**Below are the speech descriptions:
1- On Defending our Borders by Lal Bahadur Shastri- 3rd September 1965
2- On the Need for Peace by Maulana Azad- October 1949
3- The Making of India by  Dr. B.R.Ambedkar
4- On the Death of Indira Gandhi by Rajiv Gandhi

AR Rahman & Tabrez Noorani come together for Love Sonia


After previously collaborating on Slumdog Millionaire Filmmaker Tabrez Noorani and Grammy Award-winning composer AR Rahman come back together for Noorani’s directorial debut Love Sonia. Rahman along with breakout artist Bishop Briggs will record new song entitled “I Am More” for the film. The song is penned by Rianjali.

It’s round two for director Tabrez and Rahman, the two have previously worked together for the film Slumdog Millionaire (2008). Rahman's work gained him even more global prominence with the extraordinary success of his score for the film.

Rahman will create the song along with young American-British singer Bishop Briggs who is best known for her popular single River.

Rahman shared, “I’ve known Tabrez since Slumdog Millionaire and then we went on to work on a couple of other projects. With this, he makes his directorial debut and I’m happy for him because projects like these happen with a lot of good intention to propel positive changes in the society. It was a pleasure working with Tabrez, Academy nominated producer David and the talented artist Bishop Briggs for the song ‘I Am More’.”

Tabrez said, “‘I Am More’ is truly magical and sung powerfully by Bishop Briggs. It’s a wonderful combination of AR’s Indian aethetics and the powerful voice of emerging international star, Bishop. Working with AR finally as a director was such an enriching experience, after hearing about various Directors talk about what it was like to work with him. He is truly a genius, understated, humble and so sensitive when it comes to representing the matter of the film. It was a truly unique experience to work with both AR, Bishop and Rianjali who wrote a truly beautiful song. I can't wait for people to hear it.”

Co-Producer Amar Butala added “Love Sonia is an important film. The cast and crew-each individual has made a spirited contribution to the film. Having A.R. and Bishop on board is a blessing and a validation of how much they loved the film. We look forward to releasing our film on the 14th of September in India”

Bishop said, Love Sonia is more than a film; it’s a movement, a conversation and an opening into what’s actually happening in the world today. I feel so honored to be apart of what Tabrez has fearlessly brought to the light. AR is a complete icon and to have collaborated with someone who truly inspires me was an incredible experience I’ll never forget. Tabrez and AR are legends and to have been able to work with them on something so special, that I know will make an imprint on the world, is something I am extremely grateful for.”

Executive Producer Shalini Thackeray, “it’s a great honour to have a maestro like AR Rahman come on board on Love Sonia .With him having worked with Tabrez before, I’m sure he will create something as powerful as the film Love Sonia with the essence of the movie in mind. This song will be a treat for everyone out there."

Love Sonia, a hard-hitting story of a 17 year old girl who risks her life to rescue her sister from the sex trade, was shot in India, Hong Kong and Los Angeles.

The film has a strong ensemble cast staring Manoj Bajpayee, Richa Chadha, Rajkummar Rao, Sai Tamhankar, Adil Hussain, Anupam Kher, Demi Moore, Mark Duplass with Freida Pinto and introducing Mrunal Thakur and Riya Sisodia.

Tamasha Talkies and Samraaj Talkies in association with India Take One Productions, Cinemantra Entertainment and Media & Dynasty Consulting Group present Love Sonia. The film is Tabrez Noorani's directorial debut, produced by the Academy Award nominated producer of Life of Pi, David Womark and Tabrez Noorani. Co-produced by Amar Butala and Executive Producers include Shalini Thackeray, Deepak Nayar and Pravesh Sahni. The Dynasty Consulting Group was instrumental in setting up the movie. Zee Studios will release the film in India. Love Sonia releases on 14th September 2018.

After representing Shillong Football Club, Ali to mentor young football enthusiasts from Lucknow


Actor Ali Fazal is a sports enthusiast and has been associated with the game of Basketball and Football since his early days in school and college. There was a time when Ali hoped to represent India as a basketball player but destiny brought him to tinsel town and the rest is history. Other than playing basketball Ali is also a passionate about football too. He loves watching the game and plays whenever he has free time on his hands. A few years ago Ali mentored a team of children from Shillong as their brand ambassador. While shooting for one of his films in Goa, Ali initiated the idea to fly the boys from Shillong football club to Goa and mentor them side by side while shooting for his film. Taking the legacy forward Ali is now all set to mentor young football enthusiasts from Lucknow while shooting for his current film Prasthaanam.

Lucknow being his hometown holds an important place in his heart and Ali considers it his responsibility to give back in some way or another. What better way than to mentor some local young football players who work really hard to get the basic facilities to play the game they love. Ali like a good Samaritan took the onus to represent the young lads as their mentor while shooting for his film in Lucknow. Even after the completion of his film, Ali will continue mentoring these talented kids till the time their potential is recognised by professional football clubs of India.

Speaking of it, Ali said, “When I worked with the amazing team at Shillong and seeing the kids and their hard work, it really reminded me of my training not too long ago when I was an athlete during my college days. Being a fan of football, I have always had immense interest in the sport on and off the field. And when I met these young, very enthusiastic kids in Lucknow while I was shooting there I was really impressed with their talent on field and I feel with the right mentoring they can do a lot in the sport. They don’t even have proper fields at this point. I am also in hopes to get govt sanctions for multipurpose play fields in the city. So the idea is to, apart from encouraging them, also mentor them by providing them the right guidance and technical support which can help them brush their skills to take up the sport professionally if they wish to in their future. I will be tying up with various sponsors’ as well so push this initiative as game equipment needs to be bought.”

Prassthanam is the official remake of Telugu film with the same name directed by Deva Katta under Sanjay Dutt production. The cast includes Sanjay Dutt, Manisha Koirala, Ali Fazal, Amyra Dastur, and Satyajeet Dubey amongst others. Ali will be seen playing son to Sanjay Dutt in the film.

Recycling way of life for Keith Sequeira!


Actor, Model & VJ, Keith Sequeira has been spending more time at the gym & re-decorating his home post his exit from the show Udaan.

The actor who usually takes part in clean-up drives in & around the city confesses to having an OCD & is very particular about how things are arranged and how they look ; also he religiously follows the policy of best out of waste.
Keith shares, 'I'm a hoarder of furniture & I never let go. I consider it a challenge to change things around while redecorating. I still have a lot of the things I purchased with my first paycheck or even the gifts given to me. They always find a place in my home.'

'I started to do up the place before Rochelle moved in to give it a more “couple's” feeling from a “bachelor's” pad. I'm old school like that & believe in simplicity & functionality. And finally when she came home she added her “women’s touch” and the place just lit up .
Even though I read up a lot on trends , I prefer to keep reinventing/recycling old furniture pieces and not waste and do my part in conserving resources . In my free time I go through interior designing magazines & surf the internet . This time I stuck with rochelle’s idea of shabby chick and recently turned around a wooden table into a beautiful , classy Spanish tilled table .   Also this ends up being cost effective but more importantly creatively fulfilling and adds that extra special personal touch.

In times when actors have access to resources, Keith goes the conservation/recycling way of life “Home is my safe haven & I take more interest in how things should be, it is our space &  should reflect our personality and priorities . If not acting, maybe I would be an art collector, or an interior designer, maybe,' Keith concludes.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Will Elnaaz Norouzi take centerstage in second season of Sacred Games?


The first season of the Netflix series Sacred Games met with tremendous response. And the catch phrase, "Sab marr jaayenge, sirf Trivedi bachega" almost became iconic. So much so that, it was the most shared line from the show on social media and even attracted loads of speculation as well as memes. 

But not many have noticed that as far as the female characters go, most of the main female characters die in the series, with the exception of Zoya, played by Elnaaz Norouzi. 

So can we say, "Sab marr gaye, Elnaaz bach gayee"!! (wink, wink) The lady will have a pivotal part to play in the second season. "The response to the first season was much bigger than what I had imagined. So I'm definitely looking forward to the second season," says an elated Elnaaz.

Inspite of hailing from Iran and having studied in Germany, Elnaaz is particularly proud of the fact that she has herself dubbed her dialogues in Sacred Games, where she features along with established stars like Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Radhika Apte. 

In fact, Elnaaz who actually knows seven languages, has perfected her Hindi diction. Directed by Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane, the series is based on Vikram Chandra’s critically-acclaimed novel of the same name.

Manmarziyaan star Abhishek Bachchan visits the Golden Temple


Abhishek Bachchan who was recently in Amritsar to promote his film Manmarziyaan , paid a quick visit to the Golden Temple while in the city.



The star travelled with producer Aanand L Rai and the film’s writer Kanika Dhillon, after celebrating Raksha Bandhan in Mumbai.



Abhishek promoted Manmarziyaan in Nagpur and flew back to Mumbai to celebrate the festival. Later that day ,he took the afternoon flight to Amritsar, where he started the promotions on an auspicious note by visiting the temple.



The team later also visited Ahuja Lassi Shop and Kesar Da Dhaba, given that both Abhishek & Aanand Rai are foodies and wanted to try the local cuisine of Amritsar.

Sophie Choudry's Dua Lipa moment on the ramp


Last week saw Mumbai's anticipated fashion event of year with some of the biggest names in Bollywood walking at the Lakme Fashion Week that concluded last evening with Kareena Kapoor Khan as the showstopper.

The 5 day spread fashion soiree had quite a few highs with one of the highlight being VJ, actress & singer Sophie who's earlier graced the fashion week as a showstopper albeit this time with a legit live performance as she sang two of the greatest hits by Dua Lipa.

Originally British, Sophie Choudry moved to Mumbai to pursue her dreams & in no time rose to being called the original pop diva with her songs like 'Ek Pardesi & Mera Babhu Chail Chabeela' & now belongs to the creme de la creme crowd of the Bolly town. Sophie travels across the globe for her live gigs & this year made a debut at the Lakme fashion week as she performed live on stage.

Sophie took to her social media to share videos of her performance & in no time was flooded with messages being compared to the icon Dua Lipa herself. Her close friend Varun Dhawan was all praises for Sophie. Sophie shares her excitement, 'When designers ask you to be their showstopper, it's like being their muse & it's always special. In my case it was the designer's first show so hopefully it will always be memorable for him. What was even more special for me though was that I got to sing for SVA couture. Of course I do a lot of wedding & corporate performances but the fashion world doesn't get to see me sing live very often & I got to perform 2 of my favorite songs 'One Kiss' bu Dua Lipa & 'Ain't nobody' so it felt great since the response was so incredible.'

Celebrities spread the message to stop ‘Behen Ki Gaali’


In a diverse and multilingual country like India, learning a new language always is adrenaline pumping. However speakers of any language range from sophisticated and civilized to uncivilized and foul. Indians, in general, are habituated to using swear words in their communication. Every region, language or social group has its own set of foul words which are widely prevalent among its speakers. Some of the foul words are however common to all. These are readily used by certain individuals, not always as a way of insulting but also sometimes as a catharsis too. One such swear word used commonly and liberally by Indians is ‘BEHENC@*&’

Proton Communications – a communications agency came up with this unique idea of celebrating Raksha-Bandhan  with this social message which received the support of various celebrities. Raksha-Bandhan  is usually celebrated as the day of bonding between brothers and sisters. The festival has become an occasion of national solidarity and state tradition. This Raksha-Bandhan , Proton Communications through the help of various celebrities decided to carry on various activities urging people to give up this word. This move was supported by various Bollywood and TV celebrities, radio stations and news channels. 

Speaking on the occasion Sonu Sood said, “I wish you a great Raksha-Bandhan ; I want a promise from all my fans to stop using ‘behen ki gaali’ and to stop other people from using it as well. Have a super year ahead.” Actress Harshali Zine who has been a part of TV shows like Diya Aur Baati Hum & Hitler Didi said; “Every brother gives some or the other gifts to his sister on this day be it chocolates, mobile phone, Jewellery etc. I urge all the brothers to stop using ‘behen ki gaali’ from this Raksha-Bandhan . This could be one of the best gifts that you can ever give to your sister." She was also a part of the on-ground activity for this campaign at  Andheri Station. 

Singer Bhoomi Trivedi also gave out a strong message saying “Do you guys abuse your sisters? No. Then why use ‘behen ki gaali’. Pledge that this Raksha-Bandhan  you will stop using ‘behen ki gaali’.” Actress Vindhya Tiwari who was a part of TV Shows like Naagin 2 and Sasural Simar Ka said “Raksha-Bandhan  strengthens the bond of a brother-sister relationship . I want to request everyone to take a pledge to stop using ‘behen Ki gaali’ and this could be the best gift that anyone can give to all the sisters.” Actress Gauri Tonk who was a part of TV shows like Kahin Kissi Roz and Ek Boond Ishq said, “A very happy Rakshabandhan to all of you. We all love our sisters so much and can’t even bear to hear a single word against them. If you love your sister so much then why use ‘behen ki gaali’. I request all of you to stop using this swear word. Any word said with aggression helps relieve anger. Let’s pledge to stop using this word.” Comic Balraj Syal who is currently in Australia gave out this message “I wish all the brothers celebrating the festival with their sisters and those like me who are far off but still celebrating the festival in spirit a very happy Raksha-Bandhan . Let’s pledge that this Raksha-Bandhan  we will not use ‘behen ki gaali’ and will motivate others also to do so.”   

Actress Aashi Gaur of the TV Show ‘Bhabhiji Ghar Par Hain’ commenting on the occasion said, “Wish you all a very happy Raksha-Bandhan  . I am asking for the biggest gift this Raksha-Bandhan   from my brother and request all you sisters out there to do the same. Brother you have given me everything, but this time I need a promise from you that you will stop using ‘behen ki gaali’ yourself and also stop others from doing it.” Actress Neha Marda said “This Raksha-Bandhan   let's take an oath to stop using ‘ behen ki gaali’ and educate everyone else also. Wish you all a very happy Raksha  Bandhan .” Jayesh Joshi, Maha-Mantri, Business & Industries Cell, BJP also supported the campaign and extended his full support for the noble idea. Commenting on the occasion he said “I request all brothers to stop using ‘behen ki gaali’ and stop anyone else who uses it. This could be a real gift for your sister. Jai Hind.” Poonam Dhillon, Jyotii Sethi, Anuritta Jha, Nandhish Sandhu, Sakshi Pradhan, Hritu Dudani, Raju Shisatkar also extended their support to the campaign.    
Chirag Bagaria, Business Head, Proton Communications said “We are a communications agency and believe in giving out clear and strong messages; be it for our clients or for the society. Our team ideated this campaign #SpeakRight and through the help of various celebrities and on-ground activities we could get this message across. 'Bhaiya iss Rakshabandhan Behen ki gaali dena chhod do' was the central message that we gave out through the #SpeakRight campaign.” 

Ravindra  Nayak of Corronet Innovations whose event company executed the campaign said; “We have old relations with Proton Communications, and when they came to us for execution of the campaign we got rolling. It was a good idea and a great time to roll out the message. A high traffic area like Andheri station was the perfect place for the campaign as there are a lot of footfalls of the suburban train and metro travellers. We plan to take the #SpeakRight campaign to newer heights going forward with more places to activate.”  

Mega budget of Rs 15 crore for Siddharth Kumar Tewary's show Radha Krishn


With the aim of bringing to life the classic love saga, Star Bharat offers the magnum opus show on the greatest ever love icons. While Radha Krishna has defined the meaning of love for all, the show is a fascinating journey into the era that explores many unknown facets about their love story. To ensure that the grandeur of the show surpasses everyone’s expectations, the makers are leaving no stone unturned to pay attention to every minute detailing.

The set, which is divided into multiple parts including Vrindavan, Gokul, Golok, Vrindavan jungle, the costume, jewellery, the research and a massive team involving more than 300 members, is surely going attract everyone’s attention. Since the makers are aiming at offering a never-seen-before visual extravagance through the mythological show, the budget has also been much higher than the usual shows on Indian television.

Apparently, the overall budget of the Siddharth Kumar Tewary produced show is more than Rs 15 crore. Sumedh Mudgalkar will be seen playing Krishn and Malika Singh will be seen playing Radha in the upcoming Star Bharat show, Radha Krishn.

Chaav Laaga brings out Anushka-Varun’s heart-warming love story Anushka Sharma and Varun Dhawan’s first time pairing in the much awaited Sui Dhaaga – Made in India has become quite a talking point. They play innocent village folk Mauji and Mamta living in heartland India dreaming to make a name for themselves. While Anushka plays an embroiderer, Varun plays the role of a tailor from heartland India. Their fresh chemistry has been hailed widely and in the first song from the movie titled Chaav Laaga, audiences will witness Mauji and Mamta’s heart-warming, innocent love story. The song captures the emotional and uplifting journey of Mamta and Mauji, who from being life partners become business partners chasing their aspirations and ambitions. Anushka says, “Chaav Laaga is one of the most melodious and soulful tracks that I have heard in the recent times. It beautifully brings out the journey of Mamta and Mauji’s love story and how they fall in love with each other by learning to respect each other’s talents and abilities. It is a song that celebrates the purity and strength of love.” Varun adds, “It is one of my most favourite romantic tracks. It is soulful, incredibly romantic yet extremely simple. I love Chaav Laaga for its innocence. It shows real romance between very real people. Mauji and Mamta find the courage to dream, to aspire and to chase their goals by trusting each other. The song celebrates this trust, this unconditional love.” Chaav Laaga is an earthy, melodious and poetic track. The song is a simple ode to finding love and understanding in one’s life partner within life’s constraints and obstacles. It celebrates the uplifting power of love that helps a partner to dream big and to look at all problems in the eye. As circumstances compel the young Mauji and his wife Mamta to be together and yet, be apart; this song focuses on their deeply felt love that grows with time. It’s love after marriage that blooms and grows slowly to last forever. Papon Mahanta and Ronkini Gupta have sung this soulful romantic track. Anu Malik, who composed the beautiful Moh Moh ke Dhaage in Sharat Katariya’s previous film Dum Laga Ke Haisha has collaborated again for this song. A film about finding love and respect through self-reliance, Sui Dhaaga - Made in India is a heart-warming story that celebrates the spirit of self-reliance. The film’s plot is inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy and takes a leaf out of the hugely acclaimed Make In India campaign. The National Award-winning, dream-team of director Sharat Katariya and producer Maneesh Sharma have come together again for this Yash Raj Films’ entertainer that is set to release on September 28 this year.


Anushka Sharma and Varun Dhawan’s first time pairing in the much awaited Sui Dhaaga – Made in India has become quite a talking point. They play innocent village folk Mauji and Mamta living in heartland India dreaming to make a name for themselves. While Anushka plays an embroiderer, Varun plays the role of a tailor from heartland India.

Their fresh chemistry has been hailed widely and in the first song from the movie titled Chaav Laaga, audiences will witness Mauji and Mamta’s heart-warming, innocent love story. The song captures the emotional and uplifting journey of Mamta and Mauji, who from being life partners become business partners chasing their aspirations and ambitions.

Anushka says, “Chaav Laaga is one of the most melodious and soulful tracks that I have heard in the recent times. It beautifully brings out the journey of Mamta and Mauji’s love story and how they fall in love with each other by learning to respect each other’s talents and abilities. It is a song that celebrates the purity and strength of love.”

Varun adds, “It is one of my most favourite romantic tracks. It is soulful, incredibly romantic yet extremely simple. I love Chaav Laaga for its innocence. It shows real romance between very real people. Mauji and Mamta find the courage to dream, to aspire and to chase their goals by trusting each other. The song celebrates this trust, this unconditional love.”

Chaav Laaga is an earthy, melodious and poetic track. The song is a simple ode to finding love and understanding in one’s life partner within life’s constraints and obstacles. It celebrates the uplifting power of love that helps a partner to dream big and to look at all problems in the eye.

As circumstances compel the young Mauji and his wife Mamta to be together and yet, be apart; this song focuses on their deeply felt love that grows with time. It’s love after marriage that blooms and grows slowly to last forever.

Papon Mahanta and Ronkini Gupta have sung this soulful romantic track.  Anu Malik, who composed the beautiful Moh Moh ke Dhaage in Sharat Katariya’s previous film Dum Laga Ke Haisha has collaborated again for this song.

A film about finding love and respect through self-reliance, Sui Dhaaga - Made in India is a heart-warming story that celebrates the spirit of self-reliance. The film’s plot is inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy and takes a leaf out of the hugely acclaimed Make In India campaign. The National Award-winning, dream-team of director Sharat Katariya and producer Maneesh Sharma have come together again for this Yash Raj Films’ entertainer that is set to release on September 28 this year.

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