Sunday, September 30, 2018

Siddharth Roy Kapur unanimously re-elected as the President of the Producers Guild of India, at its 64th Annual General Meeting held on 28th September in Mumbai.


Siddharth Roy Kapur has been re-elected as the President of the Producers Guild of India. He has previously served as the President since January 2017. It was a unanimous decision taken at the first meeting of newly appointed Guild Council on 28th September 2018.

In addition, Sunjoy Waddhwa the eminent television producer has also been elected as the Vice President of the Producers Guild of India. At the same time Priti Shahani and Fazila Allana have been nominated to the Guild Council of Management along with Milan Luthria and Akshaye Widhani who have been included in the Guild Council as Special Invitees.

Vijay Singh, Manish Goswami and Apoorva Mehta continues to be part of the Guild Management team as Vice Presidents in addition to Ashim Samanta who will also continue as the Treasurer.

As the President, Siddharth Roy Kapur has been the leading voice of the industry over the past two years. The Guild has recently signed key strategic alliances such as the one with United Kingdom’s Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television and has engaged with key industry and Government stakeholders successfully. 

Kulmeet Makkar, the Chief Executive Officer of the Producers Guild of India stated that “Guild has emerged as the most recognised and respected forum for industry progress under the leadership of Siddharth Roy Kapur and we are moving towards becoming an all-encompassing producers’ body considering the growing importance of television and strong emergence of new media such as Netflix India who have recently joined Guild as its member”. 

Siddharth Roy Kapur is an eminent Producer of several critically acclaimed and commercially successful films. He founded his own film and digital media production house Roy Kapur Films after a long and successful stint at Disney and UTV.  He was recently named as one of Variety Magazine’s Top 500 influential people in entertainment globally, amongst only 12 Indians to feature on this list.

Actors and Environmentalists DiaMirza and Alec Baldwin host UN's Champions of the Earth Awards


~ PM Modi, Cochin Airport and Young Champion ArpitDhupar represent Indian fervour ~
At this year's United Nations’ annual flagship awards - Champions of the Earth 2018, Indians were seen as an integral part of the ecology conversation, moving a step closer to a more environment friendly living. Hosting these awards along with actor Alec Baldwin was UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador and Indian actor DiaMirza, who is known to crusade for and lend her voice to ecological protection. The gala brought together a cross section of world leaders and influencers to celebrate momentum for change in defense of our one planet. Conferred with the UN's highest environmental honour, six of the world’s most outstanding environmental changemakers were recognised with the Champions of the Earth Award and seven trailblazers between the ages of 18 and 30 took home the coveted Young Champions of the Earth Prize, for their ambitious project ideas to restore and protect the environment.


This years’ laureates are recognized for a combination of bold, innovative, and tireless efforts to tackle some of the most urgent environmental issues of our times. Hoisting the Indian flag higher globally, young champion ArpitDhupar was recognized and Prime Minister NarendraModi and Cochin Airport won the award along with Joan Carling, French President Emmanuel Macron,  China’s Zhejiang’s Green Rural Revival Programme and Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods. Emmanuel Macron, President of France and NarendraModi, Prime Minister of India, are recognized in the Policy Leadership category for their pioneering work in championing the International Solar Alliance and promoting new areas of levels of cooperation on environmental action, including Macron’s work on the Global Pact for the Environment and PM Modi’s unprecedented pledge to eliminate all single-use plastic in India by 2022.


“In a world of uncertainty, this is certain: We will not solve the extraordinary challenges our world faces today without extraordinary talent, new thinking and bold ideas,” said Head of UN Environment Erik Solheim. “The Champions of the Earth Award and Young Champions of the Earth Prize recognize those not afraid to chart unknown waters or be the voice of the voiceless. These people are changing our world today for a better tomorrow.”


“I have had the honour to host for the second year in a row Champions of the Earth Awards, a truly motivating and inspiring platform that brings together some of the finest human beings on the planet. People and organisations that truly care about progress and the planet. To be able to host this year’s awards with Alec Baldwin made the experience all the more special,” said DiaMirza, Actor and UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador.

The awards were presented during the Champions of the Earth Gala in New York City, on the sidelines of the 73rd UN General Assembly. This is the second consecutive year, since being appointed UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador for India, that Dia was seen hosting the awards.

YRF’s Hichki set to release in Hong Kong on November 8


Rani Mukerji’s much loved film Hichki will release in Hong Kong on November 8 ! 

The film has been titled 我的破Miss (My Extraordinary Teacher) for its Hong Kong release.

Rani’s performance as Naina Mathur, a school teacher dealing with an involuntary nervous system disorder, Tourette Syndrome, has been widely lauded by audiences and critics alike across the world. Her brilliant performance has seen her sweep awards and accolades this year.

Hichki has also been receiving worldwide acclaim and honours. It received a standing ovation at the Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) and Indian Film Festival of Melbourne(IFFM).

As Karan Oberoi gears up for Amazon Prime’s hit series ‘Inside Edge 2’ - The show gets nominated for Emmy Awards


Karan Oberoi will now be hitting the web screens with Amazon Prime’s top series, Inside Edge Season 2. In a recent Instagram post, Karan confirmed that he is flying to Georgia for the shoot of second season. The show has now gone international and is bankrolled by Excel Entertainment and Amazon Prime Video, making it an anticipatory hit.

“When you are a part of a new mainstream disruptive narrative, which gets international recognition, like the Emmy’s, you feel joyous exhilaration! Super duper happy I was a part of this and the next ! Onwards and upwards!” said Karan expressing his enthusiasm. .

Earlier an official announcement was made by Farhan Akhtar (Exec. Producer of the show) to make a new season but the confirmation on star cast was put on hold. The cast that included

Richa Chadha, Angad Bedi, Sanjay Suri, Vivek Oberoi, Tanuj Virwani And Siddhant Chaturvedi, did a splendid job but now changes (if any like Karan Oberoi) is what’s gonna make this show even more interesting.

The show has become a huge hit among audiences with its intense portrayal of the interconnected worlds of cricket and entertainment. And now that Karan Oberoi is a part of it, his fanbase totally looks forward to it.

Aditya Roy Kapur reads up on Indian history as part of his prep for Kalank


Aditya Roy Kapur who is currently shooting for Karan Johar’s Kalank , went all out to prepare for his role in the film and to get into the head space of his character.

The actor cut off from social interactions for a month and read a lot of books on Indian history including Jawaharlal Nehru’s The Discovery Of India.If that wasn’t all, Aditya also worked closely with the film’s writer-director to better understand India in the 40’s.

Reveals a source, “ After signing Kalank, Aditya who is a voracious reader , read a lot of books on Indian history. He also watched a lot of black and white films of that era to understand the popular sentiment of that time. Aditya also worked closely with the film’s designers on his look in the film”.

Adds the source, “Details of the film have been kept under wraps. Aditya is currently shooting a schedule with Alia Bhatt .Since crucial scenes are being filmed , the makers are shooting with only a few crew members who are bound by a confidentiality clause”.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Now Krishna, Sumedh was earlier called to play the villain


Creator, writer & producer Siddharth Kumar Tewary's magnum opus RadhaKrishn is slated to go on air next month! RadhaKrishn marks the first mythological love story on the epic saga to be depicted on television.

With a career spanning a decade & 24 successful shows to his credit, Siddharth has a reputation of bringing in fresh faces to his show & roped in a newbie Mallika Singh to essay the role of Radha but apparently Marathi actor who plays Sumedh was not his first choice to play Krishna.

3 movies & a couple of shows old, Sumedh was primarily known for playing negative roles & bagged a film in a lead role playing a psychopath & also won critical acclaim for the same. He was called in to play a dark role which ended by becoming life changing. Siddharth shared, 'Sumedh's casting has an interesting story behind it.  We had initially called him to audition for the negative lead as he's worked in the negative space earlier.  However, after seeing the audition I felt that there was something about his eyes.  They spoke!  And hence I asked my team to do a look test for Krishna's role and once I saw that, I knew we had our Krishna.'

Siddharth's shows has proven to be a launchpad for many television actors! 

Sanya Malhotra sizzles in her first dance number ‘Morni’ from Badhaai Ho


After showcasing an entertaining trailer and the first celebratory song Badhaaiyan Tenu, the makers of Badhaai Ho have launched yet another Punjabi dance number, Morni from the family comedy.

Composed by Tanishk Bagchi, sung by Neha Kakkar and Guru Randhawa, Morni which is a recreation of a Punjabi folk song, will see Sanya showcasing her dancing skills for the first time on the big screen.

Composer Tanishk Bagchi says,Morni is a very special song to me. The word Morni is a very Nostalgic word in Punjab, and its sounds too sweet as well. The entire song is rearranged, in a completely new urban feel and vibe. Comparing the old version, only the hook of the song remains, Rest everything about the song is New and Fresh! I have put in my best to recreate this magical song! Morni has my twists and feel to it. Hoping everyone loves it.


The talented actress, who is a trained dancer and often appreciated for her dancing skills by her fans on the social networking sites, will be seen performing an energetic dance number alongside Ayushmann, touted as the party anthem for the festive season.

Sanya says,"It’s feel amazing! I was literally dying to dance in a film. I'm a huge Guru Randhawa and Neha Kakkar fan and I can't believe that my first dance song is sung by them. Morni is such a fun song and I'm sure it's going to be next big thing for parties."

Junglee Pictures presents Badhaai Ho in association with Chrome Pictures. Produced by Vineet Jain, Aleya Sen, Hemant Bhandari and Amit Ravindernath Sharma, the film is co-produced by Priti Shahani. The film releases 19th October 2018.

After Russia, Harshvardhan Rane to enthrall fans in Colombo



After putting up a spectacular show at the Colors of India festival in Russia recently, Harshvardhan Rane is set to enthrall the people of Colombo (Sri Lanka) at the biggest dance event, Blockbuster Bonanza.

The talented actor who represented Indian cinema at the coveted film festival in Russia has been approached by the event organisers in Colombo for an electrifying dance performance in their country scheduled on 28th September.

A source says, “The dance videos of Harshvardhan’s performance in Russia went viral, what with his fans, including the female populace, went berserk watching him perform. So considering that, the event organisers invited him to perform in Sri Lanka.”

“Harshvardhan, who wants to create an impression with his dance act, has been rehearsing for the same taking time from his busy schedule. The actor will be performing on Bollywood popular songs including Kheench Meri Photo (Sanam Teri Kasam), Chogada Taara (Love Yatri) and Hawa Hawa (Mubarakan),” the source adds.

Harshvardhan informs, “It’s my first dance performance in Sri Lanka. I’m quite excited and humbled to perform there.”

Priyanka Chopra is a great co-producer, says Shahnaab Alam



Shahnaab Alam, who is gearing up for the release of his new project ‘Bhoga Khidikee’ along with co-producer Priyanka Chopra, believes that she is one of the best people to work with.

“Priyanka has a very keen sense of storytelling where she grasps the finer nuances. It's the astute focus and creative sensitivity that make her a pleasure to collaborate with. Above all, she has acquired a global perspective through her work. As a producer, these factors have been very satisfying and fruitful during the making of 'Bhoga Khidikee”, said Shahnaab. 

This film is a collaboration between Priyanka Chopra's Purple Pebble Pictures and Shahnaab Alam's Easterly Entertainment, and is being jointly produced by Priyanka Chopra and Dr. Madhu Chopra along with Shahnaab Alam. Priyanka Chopra is also presenting the film... Speaking of his experience working with Dr. Chopra, Shahnaab said that Dr. Madhu’s contribution has been really vital to run the course. 

“Dr. Madhu Chopra has been a solid rock of support for the entire team. She was always there in times of need. No wonder Purple Pebble Pictures functions so effectively despite Priyanka's hectic schedules”, added Shahnaab. 

The very first look, poster and release date of the movie were recently announced during a press conference in Guwahati by Shahnaab Alam, Dr Madhu Chopra, and the team.

As for Mr. Alam, he has co-produced films like 'Mickey Virus', 'D-Day', 'The Lunchbox', 'Ugly' and many more but has now leveled up his game in B-town by co-producing one of the most interesting projects along with PC. Directed by Jahnu Barua – recipient of innumerable national and international awards, the much-awaited movie will hit the screens by end of October 2018.

EPIC FURTHER EXPANDS ITS INFOTAINMENT OFFERING


   


   Launches three celebrity-packed new shows for the month of October
 

EPIC Channel, continues to bring to its audiences select, and eclectic offerings in the infotainment genre. For October, its three propositions include gripping travel stories in ‘The Road Less Travelled’; a story of India told like no other by Sadhguru in ‘Bharat – The Rhythm Of A Nation with Sadhguru’ and a look into the life, times, and careers of some of India’s most talented in ‘The Creative Indians’.


‘The Road Less Travelled’ adheres to a seasoned traveller’s ethic of spontaneity and willingness. Godzilla fame Globetrotter Jonathan Legg travels across India in search of exotic locations and unusual experiences, in search of moments not found in the conventional and rutted route, and often experience the bizarre side of a destination. From exploring unexplored paths in Mumbai, Kolkata, Orissa, as well as the Himalayas, the host dives right into the heart of a seemingly crazy, yet fascinating country. The show will air only on EPIC on 1st October.


‘Bharat- Rhythm Of A Nation with Sadhguru’ explores the story of India, from history to an understanding of culture, and identity. In this specially curated series of talks, one of the foremost spiritual thinkers of India - Sadhguru explains what makes India, India. He discusses the essence, the spirit, of Bharat – the religious, social, economic, and spiritual core of the country and how they affect and impact every single person living in the country. He covers myriad subjects, from rivers as lifelines, to the racial and ethnic identities that make up the population of the country. 


‘The Creative Indians’ is intent, and does a fantastic job of introducing, showcasing, and attempting to decipher the finest minds in India in the fields of performing, literary, and liberal arts. From depicting, and analyzing the creative process of an artist, the show captures an artists’ characteristic approach to his art form and the skill that defines his craft. The show features documentaries on A.R.Rahman, Anurag Kashyap, Anita Dongre, Adhuna & Avan Contractor, amongst others. The 10 episodic series will release on 3rd October.


As a carefully considered exception, and incremental to it’s pioneering offering as India’s only Hindi language infotainment channel, these shows will be offered in English. Akul Tripathi, Content and Programming head, EPIC Channel said, "EPIC’s vision is to be a platform for the best infotainment of, for, and by India. We endeavour to showcase India in all its diversity, and believe that like it’s people its stories come in several languages. With one of the biggest English language speaking populations in the world, dispersed across the country, it would be a disservice to the vision, if we were to abandon great stories on basis of language. And some stories are best told in the language they were made in. We are carefully selecting such stories that we will present through an English slot Mon-Wed at 10:30 pm and are confident that the freshness it brings will add value, perspective, and be a compelling incremental proposition to the EPIC library.”

Shalmali Kholgade to sing the Marathi version of RadhaKrishn’s title track



Shalmali Kholgade is a known name in Bollywood circles today.Her musical Journey so far has been an eventful one.

In addition to Hindi, she has also sung in other Indian languages such as  Marathi,  Bengali, Telugu and Tamil.

Bringing up something unique to the audience, the singer, Shalmali decides to sing the Marathi version of the title track of Star Bharat’s RadhaKrishn.

Shalmali will soon present her own cover for the beautiful love song depicting the beautiful bond of RadhaKrishn.

She has often been recognised for her beautiful songs in Bollywood movies like
Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya, Ek Villian and Known Marathi films like Timepass.

Young and Talented playback singer, Shalmali Kholgade says,"I instantly fell in love with the soulful title track of RadhaKrishn and I knew I just had to sing a Marathi version of it. I hope it moves audiences as much as it moved me".

While the talented singer has kept us entertained with her beautiful songs all through, we really look forward to the Marathi version of RadhaKrishn title track.

Mukesh Chhabra scores a century


Renowned casting director-filmmaker, Mukesh Chhabra has made a substantial contribution to Indian cinema by introducing some of the most remarkable talents in the country to the world. 

Close on the heels of clocking in 100 films as casting director in Bollywood, Mukesh has scored century with Anurag Kashyap’s latest release, Manmarziyaan. 

Mukesh informs, “People are beginning to respect the job only now. It is no longer about hiring the next available person. Casting, today, is about finding a talent that matches a story. The artiste must have the required look, attitude and dialect. Today, characters are more important than actors. Gone are the days when people would ask kaun kiska beta hai”. 

With years of cinema expertise and now also ruling the internet space, Mukesh has successfully spotted and honed the very best of acting talent in line with the exact requirements of feature films, TV commercials and other mediums. 

Having worked on three 100 crore grossers this year – Baaghi 2, Race 3 and Sanju, Mukesh has handpicked and trained competent artists to portray challenging roles that were seemingly in complete contrast to their inherent psyche and potential.

Introducing The Kaftan Company



The Kaftan Company is a niche brand aimed at bringing a stylish range of kaftans to accentuate the beauty of every woman.


A fusion of haute couture and tradition, our kaftans suit each and every occasion with style and grace. We use a variety of beautiful and soft flowing fabrics, mixed with trendy colours and matching ornaments in each and every detailed creation.


Our kaftans range from Small to Plus sizes; and we are delivering products for casual and everyday wear, resort and beach wear, cocktail and party wear, and lounge and night wear.


The Kaftan Company have recently launched their Fall/Winter 2018 Collection - a unique product offering, where the vision is to create comfortable, stylish and sustainable apparels for women all over the globe.


The look book of their latest collection is attached.


Official website - https://www.thekaftancompany.com/

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Amyra Dastur joins Rajkummar Rao and Boman Irani in Made in China


Amyra Dastur, who has been extremely busy promoting her digital debut, Bindass’ The Trip 2, with co-stars Shweta Tripathi, Mallika Dua and Sapna Pabbi, has now shifted gear to Ahmedabad to commence shooting for her next film, Made in China. Amyra has joined her Mental Hai Kya co-star Rajkummar Rao with Boman Irani and Mouni Roy in Ahmedabad to shoot Mikhil Musale’s directorial venture. The film is produced under the banner of Dinesh Vijan whose film Stree has recently crossed the 150 crores mark at the box office.

Although the details of her character have been kept under wraps, she has a very pivotal role in the film. A major portion of the film is slated to be shot in China as well. This will be the first time Amyra is dabbling in light hearted comedy. When asked about her latest stint, the gorgeous actress replied, “I’m really excited to work with Maddock Films, their scripts are content driven and manage to give out a social message in a quirky way. Getting a chance to work with Rajkummar Rao again and now Boman Irani is truly a privilege. They’re amazing actors and it’ll be interesting to learn more from them, especially in a comedic space. This is going to be a fun movie and experience to be a part of.”

Amyra is carving her niche in Bollywood having already signed onto major productions like the Rajkummar and Kangana Ranaut starrer, as well as the Sanjay Dutt produced magnum opus, Prassthanam, opposite Ali Fazal. She also has a film, Leena Yadav’s Rajma Chawal, starring Rishi Kapoor and debutant Anirudh Tanwar, slated for release.

Aniruddh Dave bags a role in Patiala Babes


The much talked about show portraying the beautiful relationship of mother and daughter will soon be making way on Sony Entertainment Television. After Ashnoor Kaur as Mini Khurana and Paridhi sharma as Babita Khurana, now Handsome Aniruddh Dave has joined the ensemble cast. He will be seen essaying the role of Hanuman Singh, a Haryanvi cop who is honest, soft hearted and impulsive. 

Aniruddh Dave says, “I am really fortunate to get a high performance-oriented role. As the audience’s taste and industry is changing, I also want to explore myself as an actor and Patiala Babes is the right choice. I am playing character of a Haryanvi cop. It didn’t require me to put a lot of efforts as I recently completed a movie where I am playing a Haryanavi guy’s role.Talking about about Hanuman Singh, he is an obedient cop who works on his own principles in life. He may see strong from outside but is emotional at heart. I am delighted to work with Paridhi Sharma again after such a long time and excited to work with SET for the first time. Looking forward as this is really a different show which will surely make an impact over women.”  

The show revolves around the concept of a mother daughter relationship. They not just emote the feelings of mother and child but also of best friends. It talks about how a daughter gives a push to her mom to achieve what she desires. Talented and versatile Aniruddh has worked in many TV serials and web series and is very excited for the show.

Push the boundaries & look at newer platforms to perform on: Sherrin Varghese on Live music performers


Sherrin Varghese, the pop star who has claimed success with hit songs like Kya Raaz Hai Tu Zindagi, strongly feels that the music industry should open up to live performers; He believes that now singers and musicians should perform music they actually like & not necessarily perform Bollywood cliches to stay afloat.

“I have always been a admirer of genre bending initiatives. More of like a technologist who loves to experiment with tunes and not just go mainstream. Recently I performed at Hard Rock Cafe where everyone in the audience loved the 90 min Indie set that I was performing. The point is, everyone is tired of the Bollywood puppetry that our ears are subjected to. The audience now wants something fresh but the venues cannot spend beyond a stipulated marketing budget to fill it up & the artist cannot be expected to be only pushing to draw the audience. And to be honest it is a 2 hour task to get to any venue in Mumbai given the traffic and the pollution. This is where Live web streaming comes in."

Sherrin believes that the audience education for various sonic versions of the same live performance of an artist needs to be hammered and these different mixes for the live audience at the venue and the broadcast audience needs to be drilled in. He recommends that the industry should create more avenues and platforms where musicians can showcase their talent & perform their own music or renditions of songs their way keeping the end user in mind which is mostly someone looking down on a mobile phone.

“Now the opportunities for live performers have gone up substantially with the  Internet. An Imogen Heap can give a substantial immersive experience to her fans with her virtual reality concert and get audiences into her house without any of her fans leaving home. Closer home, recently VH1 put up a full web stream concert albeit with pathetic jittery sound quality on the streaming end for which they got a lot of flak. For the end user these new platforms are radical, immersive, new & very innovative as it’s like having a front row seat to every concert from the comfort of your bedroom. For the artist this can be a daunting experience as they are practically in an empty room & stand the risk of being judged by non-musical keyboard warriors ready to diss at the drop of a cursor owing to the anonymity of the internet but the good side is that the audience reach is unimaginable!”

“It’s time we have a proper education & dedicated venues & platforms where live performers get trained to modify their content to suit this laptop in a bedroom viewer. The artist community needs to pool in their experiences of how to deal with this new medium to maximise their visibility as increasingly no one’s getting out of their house after reaching home from a 9-5 job for which they just spent 4 hours on the road.”

Sherrin definitely makes a clear point in providing new dedicated platforms to artists & musicians. Also, his new hit, Kya Raaz Hai Tu Zindagi has already topped the charts in 2018 and his recent directorial work ‘Do Lafzon Ki’ tops up his game.

Taapsee headed home to surprise dad for his retirement between a packed schedule


Taapsee Pannu is currently basking in the praise, Rumi has been getting in the film Manmarziyaan. A film that has seen many firsts, from it being Anurag Kashyap’s first romantic directorial venture to Taapsee as a full fledged feisty Punjaban. It is a film that people are calling a new aged love and to add to it, the music and everyone's looks from the film seem to be a continued topic of discussion.

Apart from Manmarziyaan, Taapsee has been busy shooting for her upcoming film with Big B directed by Sujoy Ghosh for Badla. She has also been working on brand projects, focusing on her app and prepping for a new film she will begin shooting soon. But even amidst all the work, somethings take most priority and that is Family. Taapsee has always been a family oriented girl. She lives with her sister and never fails to show her fans a glimpse of her family life. The actress' father recently retired after many years of service and his last day was when Taapsee was in between many projects in Mumbai. But that didnt stop the Pink actress to do something for her father. With the help of her sister, the actress planned a surprise party and when her dad least expected, she showed up at the door with a cake and bouquet in hand. What an adorable gesture!!  When asked about it she said, "I had been waiting to see this day when my father would finally retire from decades of work he has been doing. Used to see him go to work driving a scooter and later a car for minimum  2-3 hours everyday. His office always used to be far away from our residence and once I started working I always wanted to see this day he doesn’t need to work anymore and can finally relax and do whatever he wants to in a day with no obligation. Did not want to miss it at any cost so I made sure I take that day off from my schedule to fly down to Delhi for a few hours."

The actress headed back to the film set in a few hours, but even if it was for a little time, she ensure she made dad feel special.

We understand everyone juggles with finding a balance between work and family but we absolutely love the effort Taapsee puts into it to make it work.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Dia Mirza represents the country, voices strong opinion at the Social Good Summit in New York


Actress, producer and ‘champion of nature’ Dia Mirza, who has become a global name owing to her work in the field of environment protection, has been invited to be one of the speakers at the Social Good Summit 2018 at New York on September 23 this year. In her personal and professional life, Dia has always highlighted the cause 'Beat Plastic Pollution' in every way and has used her voice to spread this message far and wide.

Brought up in a family where sustainability has been ingrained in every little act of theirs, Dia has been conditioned right from childhood to embrace an eco-friendly way of living. Dia said, “I think the beat pollution campaign comes to me as one of the most significant campaigns of our times and one of the most successful, because now more than ever before, people understand how useless single use plastics are - and how dangerous they are for the environment.”

Adding, she said "The Social Good Summit is a great platform for recognizing and celebrating people who champion sustainability and at the same time, understanding the gravity of the situation. I am delighted to be a part of this and meet these wonderful individuals who are working every single day towards a better world. It's an onus each of us need to take on ourselves and act responsibly."

Dia strongly believes that youth is at the center of the solutions for the environment and can be the wave of change that is required. At the panel, they discussed the importance of building this awareness right from childhood helping them shape their conviction to champion the environment in every act. They also spoke of the need for successful advocacy and campaigns, like the #BeatPollution campaign around World Environment Day in India, to draw awareness to pollution and environmental issues.

A session driven by solutions, Dia continues to be a strong voice for environmental conservation leading change across the world.

Karanvir Bohra Shows Perseverance Like None Other In This Bigg Boss Task


Bigg Boss season 12 introduced the 'Vichitra Jodis' last week & we're already liking the love & hate relationship between the singles & the doubles.

Actor Karanvir Bohra who enjoys a massive popularity & had a star entry in the show remained low key in the first week & acted as a peacemaker when situations inside the house were tense & was seen meditating.

The Saubhagyavati Bhava actor has proven he's a dark horse. Karanvir's performance in the upcoming Samudri Lootere task sparked a rage on social media & also his team members in the show alike.

The task between the singles & doubles will see the singles as sailors on a ship individually protecting a ring while the opposite team collectively tortures with available resources to make them quit the task mid-way.

Karanvir who danced on a classical number for his previous task suffered the wrath by the doubles as pirates in this task who left no stone unturned to torment him while he protected the gold ring. Karanvir kept going strong while his team members, Sreesanth, Dipika Kakar are seen uncomfortable.

The torture went till the extent that one of the pirates, Deepak even asked his team members to not cross the line. The video which has gone viral amongst fans sees Karanvir falling on the floor in the end but yet not giving up!  Now that's perseverance!  

Here's the video: 

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Global star Anupam Kher makes waves as DR Vijay Kapoor in his International series New Amsterdam



Anupam Kher, who is currently stationed in the USA for the extensive shoot schedule of his highly-anticipated NBC’s series, New Amsterdam has been making waves globally.

The global star is quite excited about his new show premiering on 25th September which has also received amazing response at the Boston Film Festival 2018.

One of India’s finest actor-author-motivational speaker and educationist Anupam Kher, who has acted in more than 500 films, is set to impress the NRI audience, especially his fans with his latest show ‘New Amsterdam’ and the challenging role of Neurologist Dr Vijay Kapoor in the series.

The BAFTA and the SAG nominee is known to the western audiences for his impressive portrayals in the Golden Globe-nominated ‘Bend It Like Beckham’, Oscar-Nominated ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ and the highly-acclaimed ‘The Big Sick’.

Anupam Kher informs, “It is a great feeling to be part of a mainstream American series. I represent my country, my India and I want every Indian to feel proud of me when they watch New Amsterdam. I hope my countrymen continue to love and bless me and I will try to never disappoint them.

Grand Mahurat of Hollywood Film "HE IS BACK" in Dubai.


Showtimes Cinema and SBM Studios in Association with Ninjoor Pictures is all set to roll out their ambitious international venture – He Is Back! Produced by Suresh Sharma who last produced the gritty drama Halla Bol and Suresh Babu Malge who also produced many movies and directed by Cheetah Yajnesh Shetty who helmed Hum Tumpe Marte Hain.

He Is Back was launched in Dubai where who's who of the world were present.

The movie was inaugurated with the lamp lighting by Her Royal Excellency Of Thailand Mom Luang Rajadarasri Jayankura , Mr.Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, Former President of the Republic of Kalmykia in the Russian Federation and Prince Firooz Alexander Sefre, Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects Chartered Architect Riba, England.Other eminent guest were Edmond Avakian, Thomas Fung, Fatemah Hossain Zamani and Lazar Jakovljevic.

Inspired by Bruce Lee, the movie revolves around the theme of how a poor boy changes the world!

The film introduces Abb Li in the lead role who happens to be a big worshiper of Bruce Lee. It is learnt that Abb Li is such a loyal follower of Bruce Lee that he has transformed his body also to Bruce Lee style.

The movie also introduces actress Alina Ilyumzhinov in the lead role along with an ensemble cast of Hollywood biggies!

Story by Cheetah Yajnesh and sound by Resul Pukutty, the film has been screenplay and dialogue by David White and involves big international names in the movie making business including DOP Ross Clarkson and world renowned action director Kecha Khampakdee.

Rockline venkatesh  gave the clap and Dr B R Shetty, Abu Dhabhi switched on the camera. AmarjIt Shetty is co producer of the film and William Bond is Executive Producer.

Anaida wins the coveted trophy for the Best Chef of the Year in the Restaurant (standalone) category at the Food Food Awards 2018


One of the notable events recently in the Food world was the Food Food Awards organized by the TV Channel in association with BBC Good Food Magazine,  that had some of the most talented Chefs, Restaurateurs, Mixologists and other food folks together. One of the surprises of the evening was that Anaida-The Princess of Pop of yore was given the coveted prize for the Best Chef of the Year in the stand alone Restaurant category for 2018.

If you are a 90s Kid you would be nostalgic about the Hindi pop era that started around then. Singers like Alisha Chinoy, Baba Sehgal and Anaida helped pioneer a new of era and Music and entertainment. Little did anyone know the teenager who released the first ever Hindi pop single “Hotline” in India did barely speak any Hindi at the time. She went on to sing in 13 languages and on to international projects and then followed it with painting and leather carvings and producing meditation tracks one of which topped the UK Itune charts a year ago she has constantly dabbled in different forms of arts simultaneously what the world  had no idea about is that she loves to cook until we were informed that she received the Best Chef of the year award for a Standalone Restaurant category recently at the Good Food Awards in Mumbai.

Anaida, the multi-dimensional artist Singer, Writer, Composer, Foodie, Painter, Sculptor, Spiritual Guru, Public Speaker is now a certified Chef. She also writes a column with recipes on healing food for BBC Good Food Magazine and conducts workshops for charity on multiple wellness modalities such as Stress Management, Energy alignment, Food and Spirituality, Art and spirituality called “Power of YOU”.

Anaida has been busy with Holistic ventures for the past few years with Food and Spirituality. It all started in good fun with a series of Authentic Persian food pop ups that she did in four different cities that turned out to become a food venture with SodaBottleOpenerWala at Powai ,Mumbai. Her culinary skills with her very specialty dishes Esfahan Beryani (riceless)  and Persian Haleem achieved acclaim being declared  winners at the 11th Handi festival in Hyderabad, 2017. Anaida also featured on Chef Gary Mehigan’s (Judge on MasterChef Australia) show ’Masters of Taste’ which featured on leading channels worldwide.

If you are a foodie or just like try new food, else want to check out her culinary skills, you must visit her restaurant that serves authentic Parsi and famous Mumbai food with addition of a menu by her good self. The venue also an ambience of the old Bombay feel and humor with its Boards, Motifs, Furniture  and the staff is also friendly.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

‘To change someone’s mind-set is very hard’: Anushka Sharma on Kaun Banega Crorepati 10


Sony Entertainment Television’s iconic show Kaun Banega Crorepati – season 10 is winning everyone’s hearts by showcasing the real-life heroes of our nation. The Friday KBC Karamveer episodes have been very well received by one and all starting with Dr. Prakash Amte and followed by Mr. Neel Ghose. This Friday, Ms. Sudha Varghese, Founder – Nari Gunjan will be gracing the sets of the show along with Anushka Sharma and Varum Dhawan who will be supporting her. Such a heart-warming person, Sudha Ji helps the dalit girls towards their betterment and through KBC, she would like to spread this mission further.

Shocking revelation by Sudha Varghese ji was when she mentioned that the dalit girls get raped and they have no choice but to accept it as a part of their life. Anushka Sharma and Varun Dhawan stood strong with Sudha ji and helped her win big for the development of these dalit girls. Anushka Sharma said, ”To change someone’s mind-set is the hardest part in life because your belief has become so strong that you cannot change. Sudha Ji working towards changing the mind-set of these dalit girls helps us in developing our country’s future. First, you really need to show the girls that whatever is happening is not right and do not accept it - report it and seek help. Voice it out. When a women is abused and later confronted, they will never accept it as there will be no bread earner in the family. Sudha ji proves to be the person who guides dalit girls and helps them.”

Parineeti Chopra gets nostalgic on Comedy Circus


The upcoming episode of Sony Entertainment Television’s Comedy Circus will see Parineeti Chopra grace the judges seat along with Archana Puran Singh and Sohail Khan and watch some power packed performances of the contestants. After watching the acts, Parineeti Chopra felt that all the contestants are highly talented as making someone laugh is the toughest job which only a few can achieve. Different artists with different backgrounds swore to make the judges laugh every time they got on stage.

Apart from all the fun and entertainment, it was a revelation where the contestants got a chance to see Parineeti’s talent. The actress sung the song ‘Maana Ki Hum Yaar Nahi’ and danced on the song ‘challa walla’ and all the male artists couldn’t help but flirt with the actress on stage. Parineeti exclaimed, ‘The talent of these artists cannot be compared as they do a 10 minute act without any script or teleprompter which is just amazing.’

Source from the set revealed, ’Parineeti had a lot of fun and couldn’t stop laughing on the punchlines. She felt nostalgic as she has been seeing Comedy Circus since she was a child. The artists have taken comedy a notch higher and they make sure that they give their 100%.

Pop industry’s Dream boy Harrdy Sandhu all set to shoot for his upcoming single ‘Kya Baat Ay’ in Istanbul


Harrdy Sandhu, whose last successful pop hit ‘Naah ‘became a rage amongst the youth is all set to release his new single Kya Baat Ay. With a lean body and dapper looks,  Harrdy will be seen romancing Carolina Mouram a gorgeous Brazilian Model in the video. Conceptualized by Sony Music, the song has been shot in the beautiful locales of Istanbul and is a dream watch.

Heart throb Harrdy had surprised fans with his killer dance moves in Naah and promises to showcase more of these in the upcoming video. Giving a hint of what to expect, Harrdy says “This new song is unique, I promise it is like something you have never heard before. The song’s hook will definitely stick with listeners. I think this will give Naah a massive competition.:)” 

Sony Music and team have been working on this song with the artist and decided on another dance song for Harrdy. With a rhythmic groove and some serious moves, the song video will definitely be the biggest pop hit this year.

Yash Raj Films’ SUI DHAAGA – Made In India Music Out Now!

The Sui Dhaaga album, consisting of five songs, is a melodious journey, where each track embodies different facets of human emotion. With Anu Malik’s emotional compositions, artfully penned lyrics by Varun Grover, and distinct voices of talented singers like Papon, Ronkini Gupta,  Divya Kumar and Sukhwinder Singh the album is a breath of fresh air. The classical roots lend the album a timeless and universal appeal.

Song: Chaav Laaga 
Singers: Papon and Ronkini Gupta 
Music: Anu Malik 
Lyrics: Varun Grover 
This is a romantic, melodious track. It is picturised on Mauji and Mamta, and complements their feelings of finding love within the constraints of life and circumstances. The words depict the joy of a married couple who have just started discovering each other. 

Song: Tu Hi Aham 
Singer: Ronkini Gupta 
Music: Anu Malik 
Lyrics: Varun Grover 
This is a nirgun bhajan, which plays on an altered idiom where the God is separated from the religion. This soulful song is about devotion, but at the same time, a sense of unity with the divine - a kind of unity where one can address the God as 'tu' and call them 'waham'. 

Song: Khatar Patar 
Singer: Papon 
Music: Anu Malik 
Lyrics: Varun Grover 
This song celebrates the spirit and joy of finding your life's purpose. It captures the camaraderie between the characters in the film, and demonstrates the positive attitude with which they choose to fight each obstacle together. With its upbeat tune and optimistic lyrics, the song manages to be philosophical and yet fun. 

Song: Sui Dhaaga 
Singer: Divya Kumar 
Music: Anu Malik 
Lyrics: Varun Grover 
This ballad is an ode to the millions of craftspeople across India. It evokes the strength of their endurance and persistence, and illustrates their struggle through metaphors about objects in their daily lives. It is a track illustrating life’s hardships with gravity, but is still like a soothing lullaby.

Song: Sab Badhiya Hai 
Singer: Sukhwinder Singh 
Music: Anu Malik 
Lyrics: Varun Grover & Anu Malik 
This is a festive track, brimming with positivity. ‘Sab Badhiya Hai’ is almost like an anthem for Mauji, or a catchphrase, something that keeps him motivated and moving forward. The melody is universally appealing, and inspires the spirit of dancing through life.

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