Thursday, November 29, 2018

Madhuri Dixit mesmerises audiences in Lux Golden Rose Awards



Madhuri Dixit gave a stunning performance, dancing with a bunch of background dancers, the actress mesmerized the audience with her performance. 

The ‘Dhak Dhak’ girl performed on Hema Malini’s ‘Dreamgirl’, Helen’s ‘Yeh Mera Dil’ and Sridevi's 'Hawa Hawai'.

Finally, she grooved on her famous number ‘Tamma Tamma Loge..

When Shahrukh Khan tested skillls of Alia Bhatt


All of B-town had gathered for the annual gala night of Lux Golden Rose Awards 2018. 

While hosting the Lux Golden Rose Awards, Shahrukh Khan invited Alia Bhatt on stage who won the Lux Golden Rose Unstoppable Beauty Of The Year.

SRK tested her acting skills as he kept interrupting and disturbing her while Alia aced the test and said her dialogue with utmost dedication and beauty

Monday, November 19, 2018

Anushka Sharma unveils her wax figurine at Madame Tussauds



Anushka Sharma is a global power brand and Madame Tussauds celebrated by unveiling her wax figure today. Given her popularity across countries, the wax museum at Singapore unveiled the first ever interactive wax statue that will wow the visitors.

Anushka’s life-like figure holds a phone personally inviting visitors to snap a selfie with her, which can be digitally shared with friends and family. She will be the first wax statue in the Singapore museum with this feature.

Anushka’s figure joins other Bollywood stars including Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, etc in the IIFA Awards Experience where you can re-live the glamour of the Bollywood awards ceremony. Walk the green carpet, snap selfies and dance with your own back up dancers on the big screen, or star on the cover of the IIFA Magazine and shine on stage where you receive your own award. Your time is now to take the spotlight.

She (Rani Laxmi Bai) was a true patriot who wanted her country to be a glorious one - says Kangana Ranaut



Today marks the 190th birth anniversary of the fearless freedom fighter Rani Laxmi Bai. And actress Kangana Ranaut will be seen playing her on the celluloid soon. On this day, the actress talks about how the legendary freedom fighter inspired her. She says, “When Akhand Bharat was agreed upon, she really believed in new age India and fought for it. I think the best way to give her tribute is to value what we have today and to make Bharat a glorious country and world power.  She was a true patriot who wanted her country to be a glorious one. I think to pursue her dream would be the best way to give her a tribute.”

Speaking on Rani Lakshmi Bai’s 190th birth anniversary, Shariq Patel, CEO, Zee Studios said, “Today, we remember India’s bravest and fiercest warrior, Rani Lakshmi Bai and her extraordinary life with sincerest gratitude. It’s an honour to be able to salute her through our upcoming film, Manikarnika-The Queen of Jhansi”.

The movie which is mounted on a really large scale sees a team of national awardees come together for a film. Right from Kangana Ranaut to Shankar Ehsaan Loy who are giving the music of the film, to Prasoon Joshi – it’s a dream team that has come together. Not just that, Hollywood action choreographer Nick Powell has designed all the stunts in the film.

Produced by Zee Studios and Kamal Jain, Manikarnika-The Queen of Jhansi, directed by Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi, is slated to release on January 25, 2019.

Amitabh Bachchan to receive Sayaji Ratna Award


Megastar Amitabh Bachchan will be visiting Baroda tomorrow, 20th November to receive the BMA's prestigious, national level Sayaji Ratna Award, a tribute to the people’s king Sir Sayajirao Gaekwad Ill. The award shall be presented to Mr. Amitabh Bachchan on 20th November 2018 in a glittering ceremony. 

The award recognizes and acknowledges living legends of India, for their iconic character and outstanding contribution in the field of Business, Sports, Arts, Humanity, Education, Governance or Medicine. 

He is the third personality to receive this prestigious award. The 1st Sayaji Ratna Award was presented to N. Narayana Murthy (Founder, lnfosys Ltd.) and the 2nd was presented to Ratan Tata, Chairman of TATA Group.

Based on the guidance of Jury, it was decided to confer the next Sayaji Ratna Award to a person of eminence from “Arts & Culture”. The Award Jury noted Shri Amitabh Bachchan’s key contribution in promoting various social cause, inspiring millions of artists across the globe and establishing highest standards of excellence. Jury also felt that Shri Amitabh Bachchan is an institution himself and hence this award. The process solicits presence of awardee at Vadodara, so that local talent and people at large derive inspiration to attain excellence.

Sayaji Ratna Awardees:

In 2013, it was conferred upon Shri N R Narayana Murthy

In 2015, it was conferred upon Shri Ratan Tata

In 2018, it is being conferred upon Shri Amitabh Bachchan

About Sayaji Ratna Award: 

A unification of vision. tradition and modernisation, Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III was the legendary ruler of Baroda State from 1857 to 1939. With a keen eye for exceptional talent, he had an astounding ability to recognise hidden gems with exceptional talent and abilities from all walks of life. Supporting their education and training he would also ensure they received the right platform to reach the pinnacle of their prowess. Thanks to his foresight. Baroda became a hub for artists and scholars and one of the most progressive territories in India in early 1900s. His vision, compassion, philanthropy, institution building ability, patronage of experts and leadership uplifted all sections of the society. Inspired by his ideals The Baroda Management Association instituted The Sayaji Ratna Award on his 150th birth anniversary. The award continues Baroda's tradition of honouring rare gems by recognising and acknowledging the living legends of India for their iconic character and outstanding contribution in the field of Business, Sports, Arts, Humanity, Education, Governance or Medicine.

Aayush Sharma is a favorite this award season



Aayush Sharma who made his Bollywood debut with LoveYatri is already a crowd favorite, not to mention, a front-running performer this award season owing to the popularity of the film's music.

The album continues to reign on the number one spot with Chogada being celebrated as the  Navratri anthem ,while Ank Lad Jaave is a favorite with college crowds and clubs across the country. Dholida and Rangtaari too have been ruling the charts , and the social media platform is flooded with remixes and renditions of Chogada , a clear winner this year !

Says a source, " With the award season around the corner , Aayush has been approached to perform at award shows since his songs Chogada, Ank Lad Jaave and Rangtaari are extremely popular. Not only have they dominated the music charts but are also being played at every club and college across the country . The LoveYatri album is on the no 1 spot and Aayush is already a crowd favorite going by the large number of fans who turned up at the film's promotions. His dancing skills too have been praised and he has definitely caught everyone's attention with his  hit songs .LoveYatri did better business than a big ticket entertainer like Namaste England.


What makes this an even bigger achievement is that Namaste England had an established hit director Vipul Shah, was a franchise film and had young popular stars like Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra , while LoveYatri had rank newcomers  Aayush Sharma and Warina being launched by a new director Abhiraj Minawala

Aditi Rao Hydari’s artistic interlude



The gorgeous Aditi Rao Hydari, coming from a royal lineage, shares its love for arts as well. Artistic by nature, she loves to explore different genres of films and is fascinated with different languages. A trained Bharatnatyam dancer, her love for various dance forms isn’t unknown. She appreciates paintings like a true aesthete! Which is why, despite having a busy schedule, the actress will be travelling to Hyderabad for a little artistic interlude. 

A source adds, “She’s taking a little time off shooting to make time for a family event. Her aunt is hosting an art exhibition tomorrow that she really wants to attend. Then it’s back to resuming her work.”

Aditi says, “My biggest learning as an artist has been that we need to take pride in our own uniqueness and be comfortable with who we are, and how we evolve as artists... We are all different, and our greatest strength lies in being different and that’s what makes us unique."

Amruta Fadnavis, Manish Malhotra, Pankaja Munde & Revathi launch the trailer of Usha Kakade’s short film 'Udne Do'



Mrs. Usha Kakade – Chairperson of OSR Ventures and Founder of Gravittus Foundation, has been actively working towards welfare driven activities since 2011, primarily the cause of child sexual abuse.

One of her Foundation’s initiatives ‘Good Touch Bad Touch’ tackles the major issue of child sexual abuse and so far they have been successful in spreading the message across 6 lakh students out of which almost 2.70 lakh students have been covered. With the aim to reach out to many more, Usha Kakade has come up with an inspiring short film, Udne Do, starring actress Revathi as the school principal.

Produced by Gravittus Foundation and directed by Aarti S Bagdi, the makers of Udne Do had invited special dignitaries and distinguished guests from various walks of life to launch the trailer of Udne Do on 16th November including Mrs. Amruta Fadnavis, Vice President -Axis Bank, Pankaja Munde-Palwe (State Minister for Rural Women and Child Development), designer Manish Malhotra, Zareen Khan, Lara Dutta and Usha Kakade's daughter in law, Devika Kakade. The cast and crew including Revathi and child actors were also present.

Based on the topic of Good Touch Bad Touch, the short film is touted as an eye-opener for the parents thereby creating more awareness regarding child abuse among them.

After Nirbhaya  case ,Usha Kakade spearheaded the campaign calling it as good touch bad touch in over 6000 government schools. While no one so far has spoken about the cause yet, Gravittus Foundation is credited to be the only one working tirelessly towards the same.

Usha Kakade informs, “The objective of Good Touch Bad Touch is to create and spread awareness amongst school children and parents to make them understand about issues related to their safety and security. During our interaction with the kids, we got to know some really disturbing stories and facts and to eradicate this issue, we came up with a short film, Udne Do that aims to reach out to more children and their parents and make them more aware. It’s an ode to those innocent dreams. Let them soar, let them fly… UDNE DO.”

She adds, "Having worked for the cause over several years and interacting with various faculty members of the educational institutions across the country, I've understood that we need to create more awareness among the parents and teachers and this was possible through the medium of cinema. As they say charity begins at home, similarly we have to make ourselves aware first and later the society at large to make the society a better place to live in."

Amruta Fadnavis says, "Udne Do deals with an important and sensitive topic which is also the need of the hour. 53 percent of children between the age of 5 to 12 are being sexually abused. Their lives are being tortured by the nightmares they have to face. So it's very important to create awareness and Udne Do is the best medium besides social media platforms."

Revathi says, "I really appreciate USK Foundation to give Aarti the freedom and space to make this film. When I heard the script, I was worried whether the film would be made the way it should be. I think movie is a great medium that helps create good awareness. I am sure that this film will leave a mark and will educate and make aware the parents and educational institutions. We need to know and understand our children well so that we could aim for a better society and the country at large. We need to give them a safer world so that they can fly with their dreams."

Pankaja Munde says, "The ratio as suggested by Amrutaji is quite disturbing. It's a good sign that people have started talking about it and coming forward to expose the heinous crime but there's law to protect. I think the children are too young to understand good touch and bad touch. More than knowledge, we should provide them with protection."

Aarti S Bagdi says, "Usha Kakade has been working on the subject of Udne Do for a long time. We have read about the issue of child abuse but not really talk about it. There are two people who shape up a child - parents and teachers. While Ushaji's Foundation works with schools, we thought of creating awareness through the medium of cinema. The movie also highlights the power to speak up. I'm glad the entire team came passionately towards the cause and helped us to make this film."

Designer Manish Malhotra says, "It's been around 3 years that I know Usha ji. She is certainly the person for various causes and we have been speaking about it as well. We should have spoken about the cause few years back which we didn't but I'm glad we are speaking now. We need to instill positivity, faith and hope in our children and make them feel that there is good touch as well."

Host Rithvik Dhanjani turns contestant & shocks with his tricks



Actor &  anchor Rithvik Dhanjani currently hosting the reality talent show India's Got Talent had a big surprise in store for the judges, audiences & the crew alike.

The show has been a witness to some out of the box acts & never seen on television before stunts by participants from across India.

The flamboyant & ever spontaneous Rithvik Dhanjani decided to surprise the audiences with an impromptu act albeit wearing a mask  concealing his identity that later made the audience break into a roaring applause.

Rithvik shares, 'I'd earlier done magic shows in Dubai when I used to do odd jobs before moving to Mumbai. It was just 4 of us from the entire crew who knew & executed the whole act. I was supposed to go as one of the contestants & to hide the identity we created this whole character of this unidentified masked man who hailed from a small town & did some interesting magic tricks. Though the team was skeptical of me involving in a conversation with the judges as that would give away, I was confident to trick them into believing & that is exactly what happened. I performed the act with background music.'

'The 3 judges looked impressed & apparently selected me for the next round & we also had a chat for about 10 minutes but they never figured. So before leaving the stage I requested if I could perform another act & ended up narrating my lines as the host & took off the mask. The expressions of the judges & the audiences were priceless, 'he added.

Finally, Some Me Time For Sidharth Malhotra



Sidharth Malhotra has recently moved into his new bachelor pad in Mumbai. However, due to his hectic work schedule the actor was not able to spend time in his house. The actor was continuously shooting for his next film Jabariya Jodi in Lucknow and has recently returned to the city and is finally able to enjoy his newly designed abode by Gauri Khan.


Talking about it, the actor says, "I have been shooting continuously for Jabariya Jodi and have had no time to spend time in my new bachelor pad. Now that I have returned to Mumbai, I can unwind and spend some quality time in my new abode. Thanks to her, I can enjoy some tranquil time after a hectic day at work. It's a warm and cozy home, just the way I like it. I even shopped recently for my house. So yes, I am really enjoying spending time in this house."


Thursday, November 15, 2018

Siddharth Kumar Tewary Replaces Shefali Sharma Chandragupta Maurya For Unprofessional Behavior



While many had been reporting that Shefali Sharma had been locked for Siddharth Kumar Tewary's ChandraGupta Maurya we hear that it is in fact Sneha Wagh who will be playing the new age mother in the show.

Our source close to the production informs us, "Shefali had been locked and was about to start shooting.  However, right before starting shoot she wanted to renegotiate on already agreed terms and put out unreasonable demands.  She tried to corner the production house being fully aware that the shoot was scheduled the next day.  The production house is known to be one of the best in the industry and they refused to tolerate Shefali's blackmail as they have no tolerance for unethical people and hence they replaced her."  

Sneha we hear was also short listed for the role and had met the production house earlier stepped in and has already started shooting for the role.  Chandragupta Maurya is another chapter which has marked the ending of the mega-series Porus, a finite show as planned and the key characters are continuing to play pivotal roles in Chandragupta Maurya.

Siddharth Kumar Tewary's RadhaKrishn to present a mega visual treat in Krishna- Kaaliya nag fight!



Siddharth Kumar Tewary's magnum opus mythological love -story RadhaKrishn has been appealing to audiences across all age groups with soaring TRPs.

The show being first of a kind love saga between the greatest Gods, has been raking in great numbers and in its debut week entered the Top TRP charts and became the channel leader. 

The show will now depict the tale of young Krishna's fight with the demon snake 'Kaaliya Naag'. A source close to the show shares, 'Weeks have been spent behind this shoot to create something as close to calendar art. As per the relics, the snake was huge & to create something life like has given the VFX team sleepless nights but the outcome has been beyond satisfactory. This will be one of a kind on Indian television & a movie-like experience.'

The makers of RadhaKrishn will narrate the story of Krishna's fight with Kaaliya Naag when the Gokul vaasis decide to move to Vrindavan from Banaras. The demon snake will ask Krishna to leave Vrindavan  whereas the former warns him about the wrath. Krishna climbs on the Naag & dances on his head before the fight while Radha is a witness. The demon Aghasur will eventually lose.

Shamita Shetty to play dancer in a short film



Shamita Shetty is all set to surprise the audience with her next offering, a short film based on dance. 

The actress, who is also known for her swift moves, is set to put her dancing shoes on for the short film. From tantalizing hits like Sharara Sharara to her alluring performances in Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, she has always stunned viewers with her effortless and graceful dance moves.

Based on the journey and struggle of a dancer, the short film has got Shamita excited to take on the challenging role, something she hasn’t played before.

A source informs, “Prepping for the same, Shamita will be learning different kinds of street dance forms for her role. She has already started rehearsing for the same.”

Shamita informs, “I love dancing and it indeed fuels my passion as a creative individual. I loved the script and it would be quite exciting for me as it involves dancing.”

Besides the movie, Shamita will also feature in an international movie, The Tenant wherein she plays the lead role of Meera, an alluring cosmopolitan woman whose arrival in a middle-class housing society causes a stir. She will also be seen in the new season of the adventure reality show, Khatron Ke Khiladi.

Bhoga Khirikee’s release is pushed to explore a wider audience: Producer Shahnaab Alam



The audience is eagerly waiting for the release of National award-winning filmmaker Jahnu Barua’s ‘Bhoga Khirikee’, especially after its screening as the Opening film of the Guwahati International Film Festival. The movie’s team issued a statement on their Facebook page announcing that the release date will be announced soon.

Reason behind the indefinite push was unknown until Shahnaab Alam, one of the Producers of the film, came on front to talk about it. “The primary reason to push ahead the release of the film is to explore a wider footprint for the film,” Shahnaab stated.

Shahnaab as a producer is quite sure that the film will be attracting the involvement of a major player to further add to their national and international distribution plans.

“Both Priyanka Chopra's Purple Pebble team and we in Easterly Entertainment believe that every film should realise its full potential, and especially a film as beautiful and sensitive as 'Bhoga Khirikee',” he further added.

‘Bhoga Khirikee’ (Broken Window) is one of those beautiful stories lurking in the corners of Assam that are worth telling. The film received a phenomenal response at the recent screening in Guwahati.

Happy about the way this film has been received by audience at the Guwahati International Film Festival, Shahnaab said, “We are more hopeful than ever with the wonderful way this film has finally shaped up. And the overwhelming response the film recieved after its screening as the Opening Film at the Festival has only increased our confidence.”

“When we take all the time to meticulously plan the making of the film, then it's only proper that we also give enough time, thought and space to plan the release of the film, so that it reaches out to its entire potential audience, not just in the country but even worldwide,” Shahnaab concluded.

Varun Dhawan to attend the screening of 'October' at IFFI 2018


The International Film Festival of India (IFFI) to start in Goa from November 20th. Like always, this year too various Indian and International film will be screened at the film festival.

Actor Varun Dhawan-starrer October will be showcased as part of the Panorama Section. The actor will fly down to Goa on November 23rd to attend it.

The actor is elated about this and says, "It was my dad who informed me that October was chosen to be part of the Panorama Section at IFFI. To be honest, since the time it released, I have had many people come up to me and tell me how it has touched them or how they couldn’t believe that a film like this was made in India. It’s great that it is being showcased with the best movies this year.”

The actor has received great appreciation for his performance in Soorjit Sircar directorial adds, "I am happy that today people can watch the film online. A lot of aspiring actors have told me that their teachers show them scenes from this movie. All this is really touching but I really didn’t do much acting (in October). Shoojitda just made me live the film.”

Tanushree Dutta's #MeToo takes Nana Patekar international



The world's leading pirate site YIFY aka YTS normally only uploads Hollywood movie torrents. But seemingly because of all the uproar caused by motor-mouth Tanushree Dutta's spin on Nana Patekar, the latter's epic Marathi-language film Natsamrat seems to have found a coveted place on the international YIFY Hollywood-centric website this week.


"When Hollywood looks at the Indian film industry, it only pays attention to Bollywood's Hindi films. It almost ignores regional cinema and the huge and tech-savvy South film industry too," points out Bollywood's only PR guru Dale Bhagwagar. "So inspite of this being a matter involving piracy, it's interesting that a Marathi film has been put along with Hollywood films," he remarks.


For the record, Femina Miss India and actress Tanushree Dutta who had fallen into near obscurity, returned to India from the United States of America last month, and dragged acclaimed actor Nana Patekar in almost a decade-old matter; alleging that he had looked at her with bad intentions, and wanted to touch and feel her on the sets of a film she was to perform an item number in. 


The controversy-hungry media promptly fell for Tanushree's words and labelled it a #MeToo episode, crediting her as the spearleader of the international #MeToo movement in India's Bollywood, which earlier began in Hollywood with dozens of women accusing American film producer Harvey Weinstein of rape, sexual assault and sexual abuse over a period of at least 30 years.


The Nana Patekar starrer Natsamrat (roughly translated as king of the theater) was directed by Mahesh Manjrekar and officially released in India in 2016, receiving tremendous word-of-mouth publicity. It portrayed the tragic life of a stage actor, who retires from acting, but is unable to forget his fond memories of theatre, drama and stage. Considered a classic, it emerged as the highest-grossing Marathi film of all time, until Sairat occupied that place later the same year.

Producers Guild of India amends by-laws


Makes it mandatory for members to implement ‘The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace’ (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act 2013 (PoSH)

Producers Guild of India at its Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM)
on 14th November, 2018 in Mumbai unanimously passed a resolution to amend its by-laws thereby making it mandatory for all those members who fall under the purview of the The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act 2013 (PoSH), to implement the requisite laws including constitution of Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) and accordingly submit a declaration to the Producers Guild of India confirming enforceability of
necessary PoSH guidelines within their organisation.

Prior to the EGM, Producers Guild of India also conducted a workshop through a specialized external agency which made a comprehensive presentation highlighting various facets and provisions required to be statutorily executed under the PoSH Act 2013. The objective of the EGM along with the workshop was not only to educate members on the legal provisions of the PoSH Act 2013 but also sensitize them about the growing need and urgency to institute and implement robust processes at their workplaces.

President of the Producers Guild of India, Siddharth Roy Kapur stated that “It is incredibly heartening to see the unanimous support that our members have extended towards the initiatives taken by the Guild to help make workplaces in our industry safe spaces for women. We are committed to working closely with our members to ensure complete compliance with PoSH guidelines across the industry.”

Namah Pictures To Bring To Life The Biopic of Revolutionary Leader Birsa Munda



Post the release of their critically acclaimed film Beyond the Clouds, directed by Oscar nominated filmmaker Majid Majidi, producer duo Shareen Mantri Kedia and Kishor Arora are now set to collaborate with another popular filmmaker Pa.Ranjith for an inspiring biopic on the life of revolutionary leader Birsa Munda, a real life hero, who single handedly raised an army of tribals and fought against the British for their rights to ownership of land.

On the occasion of Birsa Munda's 143rd birth anniversary, the makers feel privileged to announce a story based on his life. Interestingly, the film makers have also acquired the rights of Padma Vibhushan and Sahitya Akademi Awardee Mahasweta Devi's book Jangal Ke Davedar based on the life of Birsa Munda.

Having directed blockbusters like Madras, Kaala and Kabali, Pa. Ranjith will helm the project for Namah pictures- one of the fastest growing production houses that strives to deliver films and web content with entertaining narratives connecting audiences world over.

The company has recently forayed into the digital world with the sensational show Karenjit Kaur- The Untold Story of Sunny Leone, which has gone onto become a huge success.

Creating a diverse content portfolio, the company is also producing a Marathi film on India’s first female doctor- Anandibai Joshi which is set to release early next year while also taking forward their association with Majid Majidi for another project which is in the scripting stages.    

Shareen Mantri Kedia informs, "The life and times of Birsa Munda are an inspiration and it’s a remarkable story that needs to be told. There are very few parallels in history of so much being achieved at such a young age. We at Namah Pictures feel privileged to bring this story to screen and are excited to collaborate with Pa Ranjith to direct the film."

Director Pa Ranjith's says"
When I first read about Birsa seven years back, in Mahaswetha Devi's Aaranyer Adhikar (Jangal Ke Davedar in Hindi), I knew that one day I will narrate this story.

When Namah Picture’s Shareen and Kishore and I met to discuss Birsa early this year, we realized that we shared the same passion to narrate this inspiring story that will make a brilliant feature film, which will appeal to the Indian audience as well as the International  audience. I am happy to be working with Namah and excited by the commitment that they have expressed towards telling Birsa’s story.

Birsa’s Life transcends time and I am sure it will inspire the audience, as it has all of us."

Will Smith thanks singer Badshah for Aladdin Hindi song

Disney India is all set to take local audiences on a magical journey to a whole new world this summer. Disney’s Aladdin, a thrilling ...