Saturday, September 28, 2019

Aditya Seal to play the leading man in Bosco Martis’ upcoming dance-horror comedy



Ace choreographer Bosco Leslie Martis recently announced his upcoming film, a Zee Studios in-house production, promising to bring a unique, never-done-before genre—a dance horror-comedy—to India.

Now, we have confirmation on the leading man for Bosco's film. Aditya Seal, who was last seen in Student of the Year 2, will now be seen in a new avatar, as confirmed by the director. 

Director Bosco Leslie Martis shares, "Aditya is a multi-talented artiste, who is a skilled dancer, actor and action performer. His potential has not been fully tapped into yet. He fits the leading character's shoes perfectly, and his personality will blend well with that of this character. We are finalising the screenplay and should start the pre-production work by October. We plan to roll by early 2020." 

Shariq Patel, CEO, Zee Studios added, “We are happy to have a young, talented performer like Aditya on board! It’s a never-seen-before genre that we are bringing to Indian audiences especially targeted at kids, pre-teens and teens. The film will be mounted on a huge scale with an interesting ensemble cast.” 

Keeping his promise, Bosco will also be announcing the names of a few participants from the show, Dance India Dance, a reality show he judges, at the show finale, who will get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to feature in his upcoming film. “We are in the final leg of the show, and the winner will definitely feature in the film. Apart from that, I am looking to rope in a few other contestants as well; those whose skills have impressed us,” Bosco adds. 

Film to go on floors by early next year.

Hritik’s inspiration for weight loss



After giving super hit films like Super 30 Hritik is ready to set the screens on fire with another amazing film WAR. While promoting his film actor landed on the sets of Sony Entertainment Television’s show The Kapil Sharma Show along with his co-star Vani Kapoor. Both the actors had an entertaining time as they went of spilling beans from behind the scenes moments of WAR and shaking legs on the popular song ‘Ghungroo toot gaye’.

During the show, Kapil tried to enquire about the fact that Hritik signed for WAR because Tiger was doing the film. Clarifying the same Hritik mentions, “This wasn’t the major condition but I told the makers that if Tiger is doing the film, I will definitely do the film.” He adds, “After I did Super 30 I had gained a lot of weight. My waist size was around 38inches. Working with Tiger inspired me to lose weight and make it 30 again.” He recalls the movie Life of Pi and says “Everyone needs a Tiger in his boat”.

Further in the show, HR revealed his personal message for Vani after their 1st shoot sequence in WAR. When Vani came on The Kapil Sharma show for the first time she had mentioned that she is a huge fan of HR. Hence Kapil tried to enquire from her that how did she react on meeting him for the 1st time. Vani asked HR to share the incidence. Hritik adds, “I know why she is asking me to narrate the incidence because I wrote a very long text message after my 1st shot with her. She had put her entire heart and emotions into the film. The message read ‘What you have brought into the film is something that I did not expect. You are tremendous actor with full spontaneity.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger sends birthday wishes Terminator co-star Linda Hamilton with fun throwback picture



Arnold Schwarzenegger made The Terminator unforgettable and it made him a megastar. Now “he’s back” as the iconic character – going from Judgment Day to Dark Fate.

The superstar is back to his legacy as Terminator: Dark Fate releases on 1st November, along with his iconic co-star Linda Hamilton, fondly known as Sarah Connor from the franchise

The megastar wished Linda on her Birthday with a fun throwback picture on his Instagram! (Link below). The image shows the muscular duo during their earlier days and an image from the current times

Produced by James Cameron with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton and Edward Furlong reprising their iconic cult roles, Terminator: Dark Fate will release on 1st November 2019 in 6 languages: English Hindi Tamil Telugu Kannada and Malayalam!

Anushka Shetty's NO gave Prachi Tehlan a big time career opportunity



Former national player and the well known actress Prachi Tehlan, who is going to make a debut with Malayalam cinema superstar Mammootty, has an interesting story of Mamangam, the first mega budget film of her career. She is playing the lead character in the film Mamangam and since the release of the first graphical trailer of the film, there has been a growing interest in the Hindi audience. 

According to a published story on Amar Ujala, a few sources reveal that makers of the film had earlier approached South's famous actress Anushka Shetty for the female lead role. Both of the films of Anushka's Bahubali series had become hits by that time and had become a well-known figure in the north region too. However, Anushka wanted to do a light-hearted film after doing two period films, so she refused Mamangam's offer and started shooting for her next film Silence with R. Madhavan. 

On the other hand, after Anushka Shetty's debut, the makers of the movie Mamangam decided to launch a new face with Mammootty instead of going to another big heroine and the film's production team came and camped in Mumbai. Sources associated with the casting of the film Mamangam reveal that auditions for this role were given to all the actresses in Mumbai and Prachi Tehlan's name was final among them. Sources also shared details of how long Prachi prepped for this role before shooting the film. 

Venu Kunappilli, the producer of the film Mamangam, recently held a special program for Malayalam film buffs on the film's set, where Prachi was also specially invited. The first poster of Prachi's Looks has been released and since its release, there have been reports of some big producers of Hindi cinema contacting Prachi as well.

Bollywood glamour at the second edition of Indian Sports Honours



The 2nd edition of the Indian Sports Honours (ISH), by RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group and Virat Kohli was held on 27th September 2019 in Mumbai. The annual ceremony is held to recognize and celebrate Indian athletes across various sports and sees attendance from several prominent and renowned personalities from the sports and Bollywood fraternity.

This year, the red carpet was graced by the biggest names in sports like Pulella Gopichand, Mahesh Bhupati, Sardar Singh, Sania Mirza, Satnam Singh, Yuvraj Singh, Vinesh Phogat, Milkha Singh, Neeraj Chopra, Dipa Karmakar, Ajinkya Rahane, Zaheer Khan, Bajrang Punia and many more. Several Bollywood celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, Anushka Sharma, Armaan Malik, Arjun Kapoor, Sohail Khan, Javed Akhtar, Kartik Aaryan, Salim Merchant, Gurfateh Pirzada, Sona Mohapatra and Sagarika Ghatge amongst others were also present at ISH.

Virat Kolhi said, “There are various athletes who were felicitated with awards and scholarship tonight. Indian Sports Honours is a very important platform for them where they will be receiving this honor and scholarship.”

Arjun Kapoor said, “India is indulging a lot into sports nowadays. I am very glad that Virat and other stars have come up with function of this kind, where not only cricketers but the sportspersons from various other sports are also felicitated. I was a part of the history of young Indian athletes for becoming something great. This is going to be the first platform where they get introduced, thanks to the Virat Kohli Foundation.”

Milkha Singh said, “Getting felicitated at such a platform motivates athletes. The upcoming young generations, who are willing to rise above in the sport, will get an inspiration from initiatives such as Indian Sports Honours. The work that Virat Kohli Foundation is doing is amazing.”

Sania Mirza said, “I was part of this event last year also and was honored on this very platform. I am very glad to be here again and at this celebration for sport, a celebration for everybody who bring the laurels.”

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Taapsee and Bhumi pack a punch with Saand Ki Aankh trailer launch



The afternoon was all about charged up emotions, hope and hitting the bull’s eye! Filmmaker Tushar Hiranandani unveiled the trailer of his much awaited upcoming film Saand Ki Aankh in Mumbai's Inorbit Mall on Monday.

The inspirational journey of India’s oldest sharp shooters, Prakashi Tomar and Chandro Tomar is, presented by Reliance Entertainment & Anurag Kashyap in association with chalk and cheese films, is directed by acclaimed scriptwriter Tushar Hiranandani and stars Taapsee Pannu & Bhumi Pednekar. The drama is produced by Reliance Entertainment, Nidhi Parmar.
Present at the launch were the lead actresses Taapsee Pannu and Bhumi Pednekar. However, the guest of honour was Prakashi Tomar, the shooter Dadi, who is essayed on the screen by Taapsee.

The trailer was received by a thunderous applause from the audience.

Taapsee Pannu, “We really had big boots to fill. Primarily it started with the fact that I wanted to do two films where two actresses would work together with equal roles. They are big heroes for the entire nation to look upto. For me a very emotional reason to do this film was that I just couldn’t stop thinking about my mother when I heard the story. For me this story is about those women, who before marriage spent their life listening to their fathers, after marriage, they lived for their husbands and later they had children and lived for them and never lived for themselves. My mother is 60 and now I feel like telling her that she is should live her life the way she wants. From my side this film is dedicated to my mother”

An emotional Bhumi Pednekar, who plays the role of Chandro Tomar in the film said, “The fact that Taapsee and I were going to do this together was the most exciting part of me because I think I am a phenomenal actor. When Tushar said that she is finalised, I knew that it was meant to be. There are some films which are very special and this is one of them. This film is an ode to my grandparents, my parents, and an ode to my mom. Just what our mothers did for us, we don’t even get a chance to thank them. This is our way of thanking them. Both the dadis is such an inspiration for all of them.

Talking to the media, Tushar said, "I saw them on the episode of Satyamev Jayate, Aamir show and I had tears in my eyes. I told my wife who is also the producer that I wanted to tell this story. But this film is not just me, it my writers Balwinder Singh Janjua and Jagdip and my team, my real hero is Sudhakar Reddym the cameraman. I always knew that I wanted a story to direct but didn't know what. But when I saw them on that episode, I knew I wanted to tell their story. This film is made on believe. Everyone went out of their way to make this film and it took five years.”

Shibasish Sarkar, Group CEO, Reliance Entertainment adds, “This is a real life story. India is a big country and has many stories to tell, but not all stories come in front of us. Tushar identified this story. It is a real life journey of Tomar dadis and their family. It took us some time to put this together and finally Taapsee and Bhumi landed up in the journey. I feel indebted to Tushar for bringing this story to us,”

Amol Parashar bags Best Actor Award for TVF Tripling Season 2


 

Gone are the days when films and TV were the only mediums for actors to showcase their talent and earn recognition. The growth of the digital space in the country has not only given more entertainment avenues to the audience, but also more opportunities and honours to talented artistes. In a latest instance, actor Amol Parashar, who shot to instant fame and adulation for his portrayal of Chitvan Sharma in the web series, TVF Tripling, has won the Best Actor Award (Comedy) for his performance in TVF Tripling Season 2. The honour has been conferred to him by News18.com’s iReel Awards 2019, which honours the best in the world of web shows.

*When contacted, Amol couldn’t contain his excitement. He said, “I am very happy and excited to have received the Best Actor (comedy) award from iReel. It is a prestigious award and I was nominated with some very fine actors. This show and this character has given me a lot, and this award is a cherry on that cake. Kudos to the writers for creating this character and TVF for trusting me with this crazy role. It is also my first award for screen acting, so it is very special, indeed. This encourages me to keep working hard and be part of characters and stories that touch the audience in bigger and bigger ways*

Since Tripling, Amol has gone onto work in multiple successful web shows cementing his place as one of the most versatile and popular young actors in the country. He will next be seen on the big screen in Balaji Motion Pictures’ film, Dolly Kitty Aur Chamakte Sitare. Directed by Alankrita Shrivastava, the film features Amol opposite acclaimed actress Konkona Sensharma.

“Wanted to dress up like Priyanka Chopra on my wedding”, Simran Pareenja



Beautiful actress Simran Pareenja who is recently been seen on Sony Entertainment Television’s show Ishaaron Ishaaron Mein is all set to experience her reel life wedding in the show. Show based on a very different concept lines portrays the unusual yet beautiful relationship of two duo who cannot speak but communicate via sign language. It is now becoming a trend that actors prepare for their reel wedding just like their real wedding and they do something unique. Same is with Simran who is leaving no stone unturned to pamper herself for her wedding.

“Priyanka Chopra is my favorite actress. I have always imagined myself to be dressed up like her for my wedding”, expressed Simran. Excited for her reel wedding Simran also lost approximately 8kgs to look her best in the bridal lehenga. On contacting her she says, “For my reel wedding, I am looking forward to wear red traditional silhouette lehenga which has beautiful embroidery design with stunning jewelry and Western-inspired veil. it will be a perfect amalgamation of who I am”. Sharing about her struggle to play the role of mute girl Simran says, “It is not so easy to play mute as it looks. We might not have dialogues, but it gets even more difficult to express through gestures and postures. At times things get miss-communicated.”

In the show, Yogi (Mudit Nayar) and Gunjan (Simran Pareenja) are madly in love with each other. Excited about the wedding Mudit shares, “I am enjoying the current track of the show as I am reliving all those wedding rituals from Sangeet, Mehndi, Haldi to incredible pre-wedding shoots.”

Tune in to Ishaaron Ishaaron Mein every Mon-Fri 8:00pm only on Sony Entertainment Television

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Ali Fazal in Agatha Christie’s Death on The Nile



After Victoria and Abdul this is Fazal’s next leading role in a major Hollywood production alongside Gal Gadot aka Wonder Woman

After his major motion picture titular lead in Victoria and Abdul, actor Ali Fazal will now be starring opposite the globally renowned and loved Gal Gadot most famously known as playing the role of Wonder Woman. The duo are set to star in the on screen modern day adaptation of Agatha Christie’s novel Death on the Nile and is set be directed by Kenneth Branagh. He has to his credit having directed some immensely popular and successful film including the first film the Thor series, Hamlet, As You Like It , Murder on the orient express amongst many others.

The film is based on the the famous Agatha Christie Novel “Death on the Nile”. It explores the investigation Hercule poirot sets upon due to certain mysterious events that occur on a cruise ship on the nile. A murder. . As the investigation goes on and a handful of suspects come into question, several of the suspects also meet their demise, further deepening the mystery.

The film is part of the series by 20th Century Fox which earlier saw the much successful film, Murder on the Orient Express taking in major monies at the box office worldwide. This film too boasted of a stellar cast including Penelope cruz, Johnny Depp and others. Death on the Nile has previously been made in 1978 starring legends including Bette Davis, Maggie Smith, Mia Farrow and others .

The film goes on floors later this month in london and parts of europe.

Confirming the news, Ali said, “Yes I am part of this wonderful journey and I look forward to being a part of it. My mother and I have always been huge fans of Agatha Christie Novels."

Sayani Gupta's film Axone on a festival spree


 

After garnering immense love for her breakthrough performance in recently released Zee5 film Posham Pa and Article 15 actor Sayani Gupta is all set for the World Premiere of her next film Axone at 63rd BFI London Film Festival 2019 which will be followed by the Asia Premiere at MAMI 2019.

Axone- a bittersweet comedy satire follows immigrants in Delhi who are attempting to organise a wedding party but soon find everything going wrong. Written and Directed by Nicholas Kharkongor, the film stars Sayani Gupta, Lin Laishram, Tenzin Dalha, Vinay Pathak, Dolly Ahluwalia, in lead roles.

Sources shares, "This will be the first time that Sayani will be seen portraying the role of a Nepali girl in the film. One of the difficult things about this character was to adapt the Nepali accent and language and Sayani left no stones unturned to get it right."

Sharing her excitement Sayani Gupta said, "It is super exciting to have Axone premiering at two of BFI and Mami. I have a long association of premiers at both these prestigious film festivals and feels like Homecoming. Axone is a very special film and talks about inclusivity. It's about a group of Northerner kids in Delhi who are trying to cook a special dish with Axone for their friend's wedding and are faces with bizarre hilarious ironical situations over the course of one day. It was particularly wonderful to collaborate with such amazing actors and creative people from the North-East part of India and also discover the enormously varied delectable cuisine. Naga food has become my favourite! Playing a Nepali girl from Manipur was challenging because I had to get the accent, body language, tonality correctly.  I knew people would be looking at me with extra care and I had to do justice to the authenticity of the part. I have very close friends who speak Nepali and I had to justice to them as well. I was super nervous but also worked extra hard to be as authentic tic as possible. Also, my friends Cephas and my hairdresser Marya were my Nepali coaches. It's a film that  Nicholas made with a great deal of love and honesty and we hope it reaches put to everyone and people from the Northern part of our country who are never really represented in our popular medium and cinema, get to watch it!"

'Axone' will be showcased under the 'Laugh' strand of the  BFI London Film festival and will be showcased under the Indian Story section at MAMI 2019.

A Hummingway Showase at NYFW



A Humming Way is inspired by the old world regalia of Rajasthan in India. The label’s taste in clothing is classic, with clean and modern sensibilities in monotones, cutting across the borders and corners of the world.

A Hummingway was the only Indian brand to showcase this season and has received large-scale accolades from the international community. Their collection the Matsutake: Woven with sheer beauty and adaptability this mushroom characterises the line with unmatched brilliance. The aura of the Matsutake emanates an emotion that signifies a ray of hope. The collection weaved and inspired from the priceless matsutake is a visual treat, a lesson in a mushroom!

Their collection ranges from approximately US $900 - $1800.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Aashirvad Cine Vision’s “Main Zaroor Aaunga’ Music releases by ZEE Music



Chandrakant Singh’s Horror thriller “Main Zaroor Aaunga” s Music releases today by ZEE MUSIC With Arbaaz Khan, Aindrita Ray, Vikas Varma, Govind Namdev & Hemant Pandey . The first song title track of Arbaaz Khan, Aindrita Ray starrer MAIN ZAROOR AAUNGA – released today by ZEE MUSIC This romantic number is sung by Singer Mohd Irfan, composed by Rajendra Shiv and lyrics are by Abhyandra Upadhyan. Picturised on Arbaaz and Aindritta in the ice cape alps of Switzerlan, the song is acatchy number and is sure to surge up the music charts.

The trailer released earlier, promises a very thrilling exeprience of crime, revenge & betrayal. The ghost of the past comes back to avenge the dead, unleashing a storm of scary and sinister secrets. Arbaaz dabbles with the horror genre and so does the Director. The snow laden cold white backdrop of Switzerland makes it all the more chilling and scary. The mysterious murder in the romantic valley adds to the thrill. The stunning Kannada actress Andrita Ray plays the wife & Vikas Verma of ‘Mom’ fame, raise the temperature with their chemistry. Govind Namdev in cops avatar & Hemant Pandey as the butler are something to look for. Slated for release all over on 27th Sept 2019, Aashirwad Cine Viion’s “Main Zaroor Aaunga has been entirely shot in beautiful locales of switzerland.

“Main Zaroor Aaunga” is directed by Chandrakant Singh who has earlier directed films like “ Rama Rama Kya Hain Drama,Bin Bulaye Barati, Be Careful etc. Most of his earlier films have been comedies and he has ventured into horror for the first time. Produced by Mahendra Singh Namdev under the banner of Ashirwad Cinevision in association alongwith Aryaman Singh of Ahilya Productions. The film is set scare the audiences on 27th Sept. 2019 across the Country.



Monday, September 9, 2019

Launch of crime investigation show CIF- Crime investigation Force on Dangal TV



Latest Crime investigation show is ready to feed the hunger of investigation enthusiasm. Produced by White Sand Productions the latest show  CIF - Crime Investigation Force will be telecast on Dangal TV every Saturday and Sunday at 09.30pm from 7th September 2019. The team had recently launched the show at suburban hotel.

Starring famous names and faces in crime segment Aditya Srivastav, Dayanand Shetty, Ansha Syed, Dinesh Phadnis, Abhay Shukla , Avdhesh Kumar were present along with the producers and Dangal Channel's Creative Supervisor Ms. Harina Chandan along with the team to address the media.
Although the show has few common and well known faces but their character is totally different, where Aditya Srivastav is the Brain of CIF team, Dayanand Shetty is the physical strength. Ansha Syed is the sharp shooter, Dinesh Phadnis solves the case with his orthodox skills and Piyush Mehta is the white hacker of the team. Narendra Gupta is a Forensic expert and Avdhesh Kumar and Abhay Shukla are the integral part of the team.

The highlight of the show is lead actor Aditya Srivastav and Dayanand Shetty who  will be seen together once again in a crime investigation show.

The producers and Dangal creative supervisor Harina Chandan is quite excited for this new project. She quoted, "CIF is a crime investigation show where we need different and tough crime scenes and how our CIF team will decode it.Its quite interesting a lot of faces are known and I am really impressed by the hard work of the team."

Although there are already different shows on TV based on crime investigation but CIF cases are quite tricky and will take the grip of the audience in its few weeks of launch. We are really looking forward to it.

Expressing his view for the CIF, Dangal CMD Manish Singhal said, "Dangal channel has always endeavoured to present a vast variety of entertainment for every age group. Crime segment has always been a popular one amongst our viewers so this time we are coming up with a new crime show CIF- Crime investigation force. We have high hopes from the audience that would give us their support and love like they did for all our other  shows. With such interesting cast we are quite adamant about the success of the show."

Akshay Kumar in and as the fearless king Prithviraj Chauhan



It’s official! Yash Raj Films is making one of the biggest period films ever produced by Bollywood, Prithviraj! The film is based on the life and heroism of the fearless and mighty King Prithviraj Chauhan and superstar Akshay Kumar is essaying the role of the warrior. Historians and folk legends portray him as an incredibly brave king who stood in front of the merciless Muhammad of Ghor and his ruthless invaders of India. Prithviraj’s daredevilry and heroism against Muhammad of Ghor catapulted him into a legendary ruler and fighter of free India.

Prithviraj is, incidentally, the first ever historical of YRF and the makers announced their ambitious production on the 52th birthday of superstar Akshay Kumar, who plays Prithviraj in the film. Akshay says, “It is truly an honour that I will be playing the role of one of the most fearless and courageous kings of India, Prithviraj Chauhan. As a nation, we should always celebrate our heroes and immortalize what they did to propagate the values that Indians lived by. Prithviraj is our attempt to bring to light his valour and daredevilry. Prithviraj was the only person standing in front of a merciless nemesis and the bravery he showed, made him a true Indian hero, an inspiration for generations and a legend. So this announcement coming on my birthday has indeed made it more special for me.” 

Prithviraj is being directed by Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi who directed the biggest television epic Chanakya – based on the life and times of the most influential political strategist of India and the multiple award-winning Pinjar. Prithviraj will release worldwide on Diwali 2020.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Nagraj Bhujang’s Hiss Effect



Supernatural genre not only offers a complete visual treat but also provides several plots to experiment and bring alive the characters. &TV’s Main Bhi Ardhangini with the central focus on Adbhud Mayavi Duniya - a fresh supernatural narrative, fascinating characters and gripping plots with strong visual representation is keeping the audience at the edge of their seats. Portraying the character of Nagaraj Bhujang, Meer Ali is leaving no stone unturned to enhance his character’s look, feel and overall texture.

Says the actor, “The genre of fantasy and fiction is quite intriguing and interesting to portray. My character of Bhujang offers a lot of scope and experimentation. He has a strong persona of his own and has the capability to own the space the moment he appears on the screen. Although I have been a part of other shows in a similar genre, this character completely stands out from the rest of the characters I have portrayed. Given my character is that of Nagaraj, I particularly spent time in understanding snakes and observing their movements - how fast they strike, how they wriggle their tail and flex their jaws. A lot of research went into creating the look, and it takes about two to two and half hours to get into the complete look. The look is fascinating and fabulous. “

Bhujang’s character is one of the central characters in the show and the makers have put in a lot of efforts to bring alive the essence of this potentate of Naglok. The look entails body painting, which takes about 2-2.25 hours, quintessential turban with a gemstone, prostates, comprehensive makeup and much more. (Add a line about Bhujang’s character) 

To know more watch Main Bhi Ardhangini - Adbhud Mayavi Duniya at 8:00 pm every Mon- Fri only on &TV

Friday, September 6, 2019

Mrs. India Guyana Kristal Inshan feeds the underprivileged before flying to India



Mrs. India Guyana Kristal Inshan is soon to participate in the Mrs. India Worldwide beauty pageant at The Leela, Mumbai. The event is about to witness the most beautiful and talented contestants from over 40 countries, competing for the Miss and Mrs. India Worldwide titles, judged by a celebrity panel of judges, with a host of guests expected from Bollywood and Hollywood.

But Kristal is in news for something else this week. She believes in doing more for charity than most beauty queens promise on stage. Kristal not only enjoys spending holidays with friends and loved ones, but makes it a point to make time for the less fortunate and make their celebrations special too. Growing up with struggles of a poor life, she has learned to smile and be kind hearted more than anything else.

Recently, when she was to celebrate her birthday, her first thought was not to celebrate with a party or outing, but cook with her mother's help for underprivileged children of a village next to her hometown Georgetown in Guyana.

Her ideal great birthday was to share a home-cooked meal with the children. "Bringing happiness to those who have nothing makes my birthday that much more special," she says. A few days after her birthday, she along with her mother decided to cook some of the best of Indian dishes, after which they headed to a local orphanage to feed the underprivileged once again.

While at the orphanage, she noticed that a teenage girl didn't have proper eyeglasses. She took her to an eye doctor, and purchased a pair of eyeglasses for her. That's not all! Every Christmas, Kristal orders toys in bulk, and distributes them at a local village to give each child a gift and let them know how special they are.

Zee Studios & ZEE5 to present an original digital film based on the life of popular Indian Basketball player, Satnam Singh



In the year 2015, something astonishing and completely unexpected happened in the world of Indian basketball. 19-year-old Satnam Singh Bhamra created history, becoming the first Indian to be selected in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Zee Studios will produce an original digital film based on the inspirational journey of Satnam Singh that will stream exclusively on ZEE5 soon.

Excited for the film based on his life, Satnam Singh shared, "It feels unreal that a film is being made on me! As a sportsman, I have always loved films based on sports, and I feel honoured that this film is my story. What excites me most is that this is a basketball film, the first of its kind. I hope that the film will boost the game and more kids will want to try it out. There is huge potential for the game to grow in India, if only more people come out in support of it."

Speaking on the film, Ashima Avasthi, Head & VP, Zee Studios Originals commented, “In our country where basketball has miles to go before it enjoys the same kind of popularity cricket does, it’s time we encourage other sports; Satnam Singh’s extremely difficult yet heart-warming journey needs to be told and celebrated. We are excited to work with him on this film! With the explosion of digital content consumption in India, there’s a huge market for digital first content, both films and web shows. We are working towards producing a mixed portfolio of premium digital content—web shows and films—across languages and genres for all digital platforms."

Aparna Acharekar, Programming Head, ZEE5 India said, “We are constantly on the lookout for engaging content that our audiences will enjoy and appreciate. This is a special film that we are creating with Zee Studios. An inspiring story that talks about the talented basketball player Satnam Singh’s journey, hustle, struggle and triumphs.”

The original film will chronicle the arduous journey of Satnam Singh who achieved every B-ball player’s ultimate dream but is still to realise his full potential. While his name has already gone down in the annals of Indian basketball, today, at the age of 24, after 15 years of living and breathing the game, Satnam still cannot afford to slow down. He now represents India in various tournaments around the world, he was a part of the NBL (Canadian league) in the 2018-19 season, and now strives towards going from strength to strength in this game that has become the cornerstone of his whole life. 

The studio is currently developing the project, the film will stream exclusively on ZEE5 soon.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Turn the volume up for JJust Music's groovy love anthem Takda Rava by Vishal Mishra



Jackky Bhagnani's record label, JJust Music represents a unique brand of music, that is independent and popular with the masses. After the success of its maiden single, Prada, the music label now releases Takda Rava composed and sung by Vishal Mishra.

The genre of the song is unique and therefore the artists who've worked towards it can't wait to know how it is perceived by listeners. Giving in to their experimental streak, composer, Mishra, and curator, Jackky blended R&B with pop, which resulted into a fused genre of music, never tried in India before. Vishal is of the view that these are the perks of foraying into independent music and that the most thrilling part is the discovery of fresh musical avenues.

Says Vishal ''It’s a great experience to work with Jacky Bhai. Because he is an artist himself he totally understands what is it like making a song and hence gives you a whole sky to explore which makes you very comfortable and helps you bet at your best. Takda Rava is a very special song to me. It’s been a magical experience. For the first time we have tried mixing RnB with of dance and pop and for the very first time I am dancing and singing on the streets of London.

Varun Dhawan to watch one of UFCâ’s biggest events in Abu Dhabi



One of the most anticipated sporting events of the year, UFCâ 242: KHABIB vs. POIRIER, will have a special guest from India in attendance. On the invitation of Sony Pictures Sports Network (SPSN) and UFC, Bollywood actor and youth icon Varun Dhawan will visit the United Arab Emirates for UFCâ 242 taking place at The Arena, Yas Island in Abu Dhabi on 7th September 2019. 

Varun Dhawan, one of the most successful leading actors in Bollywood currently, has been lauded for his method acting and dancing skills. Apart from his deep-rooted passion for acting, Varun Dhawan has often spoken about his love for combat sports, especially UFC. A passionate follower of UFC for many years, he has even incorporated mixed martial arts (MMA) into his workout sessions. In the build-up to the mega event, Varun Dhawan will appear in a special on-air campaign for SPSN, “UFC – As Real as It Gets” where he will be seen showcasing his adulation for UFC with its real fights, real sacrifice and real glory on the SPSN channels. 

The viewership for UFC has been growing steadily over the years and last year it was the most watched combat sports property in India. In order to take the premier international property to a wider audience base in India, SPSN has announced its plans to telecast marquee UFC events in Hindi every month starting with UFCâ 242. This initiative will offer millions of viewers across India the opportunity to watch the best MMA fighters inside UFC’s world-famous Octagon in English on SONY TEN 2 channels and in Hindi on SONY TEN 3 channels. 

UFCâ 242 is among the most anticipated UFC events of the year and will feature a championship unification bout between undefeated UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov and the interim UFC lightweight champion, Dustin Poirier in the main event. The event will also feature top UFC athletes Edson Barboza, Paul Felder, Islam Makhachev and many more. Viewers can catch the high-octane action between these modern-day gladiators on SONY TEN 2 channels in English and SONY TEN 3 channels in Hindi on 7th September 2019, 11 30 PM IST onwards. 

Comments: 
Rajesh Kaul, Chief Revenue Officer, Distribution and Head - Sports Business, Sony Pictures Networks India Private Limited:

“We are delighted that India’s youth icon and known UFC fan, Varun Dhawan, is attending one of the biggest combat sports events of 2019, UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi. The following for UFC has grown over the years and our objective is to reach out to every combat sports fan in the country through our programming initiatives. The launch of the live Hindi commentary will not only strengthen our reach across markets but also serve our viewers by giving them the option to watch the highly anticipated UFC 242 and other marquee UFC events in English or Hindi on Sony Pictures Sports Network.”

Varun Dhawan, Bollywood Actor:
“UFC 242 on SONY TEN 2 & SONY TEN 3 channels is an unmissable event for any combat sports fan featuring a dynamite fight card with some of the biggest names in MMA. Having been a huge fan of UFC for years, to watch the fights live, just a few feet away from the Octagon is going to be a mind-blowing experience that I am really looking forward to.”

Watch UFCâ 242: KHABIB vs. POIRIER live and exclusive on Saturday, September 7, 2019 on SONY TEN 2 (English) and SONY TEN 3 (Hindi) channels from 11:30 PM IST.

Saregama launches Carvaan Mini Shrimad Bhagavad Gita


After the successful launch of Carvaan Mini variants in spiritual genre like Bhakti and Gurbani, Saregama launches a dedicated variant of Carvaan Mini -  Shrimad Bhagavad Gita pre-loaded with 18 Adhyay, 700 verses and over 100 Krishna Bhajans. The verses play in Sanskrit along with translation in simple Hindi language making it easy for every generation to understand. All the verses are recorded in soothing and affirmative voice of Shailendra Bharti. Additionally, it also has more than 100 Krishna Bhajans sung by legends like Lata Mangeshkar, Hari Om Sharan, Jagjit Singh, Anup Jalota and many more. Carvaan Mini Shrimad Bhagavad Gita is one of its kind audio player at this price point.

Carvaan Mini Shrimad Bhagavad Gita is an ideal product for everyone who wants to understand the ancient preaching scripted in the book and its relevance in today’s life. The device is extremely simple to operate and can be used by people across different age groups. Like all Carvaan Mini variants, this too offers uninterrupted listening experience without any internet or ad breaks.

Carvaan Mini Shrimad Bhagavad Gita doubles up as an FM/ AM radio with the option to tune into local station anytime. The listeners can also enjoy their personal music collection on Carvaan Mini by plugging in a USB drive or by connecting their phones via Bluetooth. It comes with a long-lasting battery life and listeners can revel in upto 4 hours of uninterrupted music. Not just this, Carvaan mini also supports Aux/ Aux Out feature. It comes with 6 months warranty across India. 

Vikram Mehra, Managing Director, Saregama India Limited says, “Bhagwad Gita is relevant for all generations and age groups. Carvaan Mini Shrimad Bhagvad Gita is our attempt to bring the teachings of Bhagwad Gita to every home in simple Hindi language at just press of a button”

The Carvaan Mini Shrimad Bhagavad is reasonably priced at Rs 2490/- and is available on the Saregama website and your nearest retail outlets.

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