After the stupendous success of Black Friday, Dev D, and Gangs of Wasseypur 1 & 2, maverick director Anurag Kashyap, announced his 11th directorial venture titled ‘UGLY’.

After the stupendous success of Black Friday, Dev D, and Gangs of Wasseypur 1 & 2, maverick director Anurag Kashyap, along with producers DAR motion pictures and Phantom Films, announced his 11th directorial venture titled ‘UGLY’.

The set up at the venue depicted the ugly part of a city , with stalls ranging from a kite seller, to a pani puri wala, to a goal wala. with the stage being the foot path. The entire feel of the place was of a typical ‘galli’.

Talking about the film said director Anurag Kashyap , “”Ugly is an emotional film in the garb of a thriller…Its the story of what happens when something which was not supposed to happens, actually happens that we realize how fragile people are, and how Ugly they can become”.

The film is a class apart from any of the director’s previous films, both in terms of scale and setting. This sleek urban thriller explores the undiscovered side of a common man and has will keep the audiences on the edge of their seats, with thrilling moments in true Anurag Kashyap style.

Added producer Vikas Bahl, Phantom Films, “A year without an Anurag Kashyap punch is incomplete. So after Dev D, Gangs of Wasseypur, here is a power packed thriller based in an urban setting… with many layers to discover. Ugly is an ugly story, beautifully told”

Commenting on the event, Mr. Arun Rangachari, Chairman DAR Motion Pictures and Producer of Ugly said “Anurag Kashyap is one of the finest filmmakers of our age. Ugly is Anurag’s next directorial venture post the success of Gangs of Wasseypur and working with him on this project has been an enlightening experience. Ugly is the stand out film out of the very unique slate of films, which we have lined up, and the one we are most excited about. With a powerful ensemble star cast, which makes it one of the most, anticipated films of the coming year. We are confident that with Ugly we will enthrall audiences both in India as well as globally”.

About Phantom:

Phantom Films is India’s first ‘Directors’ Company’. It has been formed by four young creative minds of the country, viz. Vikas Bahl, Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane and Madhu Mantena. They have joined hands to start a journey with a distinct focus on fostering creative energies to develop enduring and entertaining content. Ugly is their production after Lootera and Queen.

About DAR Motion Pictures:

DAR Motion Pictures (DARMP) is the filmed entertainment division of Dar Media Private Limited, which forms part of the global investment advisory and private equity firm, DAR Capital Group. Established with a firm commitment to develop a range of quality cinema projects in Hindi and other regional languages of India, DARMP aims to take full advantage of the tremendous interest and passion that the country’s cinema has generated across the world. DARMP has developed a production slate including creative and business partnerships with Anurag Kashyap Films Pvt. Ltd. (AKFPL) and Nikhil Advani to name a few.

Date- 28-11-12
Venue- Canvas, Palladium, Phoenix mills, Mumbai.
Guests -Anurag Kashyap, Vivek Rangachari, Shahnaab Alam, Vikas Bahl, Madhu Mantena ,G.V. Prakash, Vikramaditya Motwane.


“It was a dream to share space with Akshay in my first item song”


Till date the word “Balma” was associated with the starlet actress Sridevi but from now on the blazes of Balma are sure to direct our mind towards this new chick in B-town – Claudia Ciesla. After giving a successful Punjabi film, Claudia Ciesla has turned towards Hindi film industry and her first item number “Balma” alongside Khiladi Kumar has become a rage amongst the audience. The film Khiladi 786 is slated for release this December 7th so we caught up with this hot chick on her experience while shooting Balma.

After Sridevi you would be the one remembered for Balma how does it feel?

Sridevi ji is an icon and I am only a disciple. But it is an absolute bliss when you think of it that way. Sridevi ji created the “Balma” fancy and I am only following the legacy.

How much time did it take to shoot the song balma?

We shot song in 3 days and the song was shot entirely in Mumbai.

How much time you had to put in for rehearsals?

I rehearsed for 2 days before the shooting, but I am thankful to Ganesh Master ji and his team as his choreography did magic on me. I could explore myself and now I know what my body is capable of.

How was the experience of working with the dance guru Ganesh Acharya for your first item number?

It was my fortune to have got a chance to work with Ganesh Master ji. He is very affectionate person and precise in his work.

Was there any sort of anxiety before shooting the song?

It was a dream to share space with Akshay in my first item song. Naturally, a sort of anxiety was there as I had to match with Akshay who is so experienced … but I worked hard to do that and I think it came out brilliantly.

Are there any more offers lined up for item numbers?

If a good offer will come for item song as catchy and peppy as Balma is, I will definitely do it.

Having Shreya Ghoshal sing for you how does it feel?

Shreya Ghoshal is one of my favourite singers and to double the treat the song is composed by Himesh Reshammiya … I´m really thankful and overwhelmed for getting the opportunity to be the item girl of Balma

What are your Future projects?

Talks are going on; soon I´m going to surprise you again (smiles and signs off)


‘Talaash’ debuts in 927 UFO Digital theatres

Mumbai, November 30, 2012: The much awaited Aamir Khan starrer ‘Talaash’ debuts this week in 927 UFO digital theatres. ‘Son of Sardaar’ and ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ are in 312 and 230 UFO digital theatres respectively in their third week. Hindi film ‘Jeet Lengey Jahaan’ debuts this week in 18 UFO digital theatres while `1920 Evil Returns’, in its fifth week, screens in 28 UFO digital theatres.

In the South Indian films section, Telugu film ‘Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum’ debuts this week in 137 UFO digital theatres while ‘Dhamarukam (the Ultimate Sound of Power)’ screens in 179 UFO digital theatres in its second week. Tamil film `Thuppakki’ screens in 105 UFO digital theatres in its third week. Kannada ‘Kranthiveera Sangolli Rayanna’, in its fifth week of release, is in 53 UFO digital theatres.

Bengali film `Idiot’ is in 61 UFO digital theatres in its third week.

About UFO Moviez India Ltd. (

UFO Moviez, the world’s largest satellite delivered digital cinema network, has revolutionized the way films are distributed and exhibited throughout India. Presently, UFO has a base of 3109 digital screens (including 139 3D Screens), spread in 1300 cities in 25 states and 6 union territories of India. UFO has so far released 5224 films in 30 languages and has conducted over 12.9 million shows till date.

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Meri Shaadi Karao

Film “Meri Shadi Karao”poster unveiled

About The film – A romantic comedy, Meri Shaadi Karao, is the story of Kalyan Singh who has lovingly raised his brother’s son,

Gurdeep as his own. Kalyan Singh harbours a secret unrequited love for his college mate Preetam who married

someone else many years ago. By a quirk of fate he comes to know that his old love had been divorced and is

looking for a good marital match for her daughter Radhika.

Seeing this as an opportunity to meet his old love again he hatches a plan to get Gurdeep married to Radhika.

What starts as a well-intentioned union soon spirals into a comedy of errors as the film reaches it climax.


The first song of the upcoming hindi movie based on martial arts ‘Rannveer’ was recorded at Ajivasan Studio on November 29, 2012 in the presence Director Milind Ukey and Music Director Ricky Sharma. Out of the five songs in the movie, the first romantic number was sung by Kunal Ganjawala on the beautiful words of Rajan Kheda whereas; the second romantic song of the movie was sung by renowned singer KK on the ingenious words of Dr Sagar on November 30, 2012 at Empire Sudio.

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Stylist Komal Shahani goes colorful for Asin’s look in Khiladi 786

Acclaimed stylist Komal Shahani has plenty praise coming her way for the unique and quirky styling of Akshay Kumar and Asin starrer Khiladi 786.

Keeping in mind Asin’s character as a boisterous Marathi girl, Komal went all out to find traditional drapes which kept to Asin’s style quotient “Keeping in sync with her character she will be seen in a look never before from Hip grungy looks to eccentric coloured kashta sarees with authentic assorted Maharastrian jewellery and Asin is a person who could carry it off so gracefully.(Asin’s) wardrobe for Khiladi 786 in two words – classy and defiant.”


COLORS introduces an investigative series with Shaitaan – A Criminal Mind

Actor Sharad Kelkar plays the anchor

~ Starting December 1 at 10.00 PM every Saturday and Sunday ~

India ranks 10th amongst countries with highest reported crime rates i.e. 17, 64,630 reported crimes for 2012!*

Sharad Kelkar – Shaitaan (2)Mumbai, November 30, 2012: Isn’t this figure alarming? Have you ever reflected on what was the criminal thinking before getting his mind out of control? We believe the effect is nothing but the extension of a cause. What if you could get inside the mind of a criminal and nail down the reason that led him to the gruesome crime! With this thought, COLORS launches an investigative series Shaitaan – A criminal mind, a show produced by Miditech that breaks through the psyche of the criminal and understand the emotional undercurrents that often lie hidden behind an act of criminality. Popular TV actor Sharad Kelkar takes on the role of an anchor, the analyst – who will take the audiences through the complex crime and the monster mind behind the transgression. The show is set to go on air this December 1, every Saturday and Sunday at 10.00 p.m. only on COLORS.

Shaitaan – A Criminal Mind presents a convincing fusion of documentary and drama of REAL LIFE cases that are COLD, CALCULATED and PRE-MEDITATED. The episodic series aim to understand the mindset, circumstances and the reasons which lead to the crime taking the psychologist route along with dramatization to give a view of the mind-set of the criminal. The show will creates a sense of anxiety about what went wrong and how it could have been averted. It involves and makes viewers think. From serial killers, to child murderers the show is going to analyze cases across different types of crimes and profile the criminals according to their mindset.

The series will present the viewers with crime cases arising out of obsession, jealousy, adoption scams to kidnapping or extortion, domestic abuse to marital rape, from Juvenile crimes to cases of extreme ragging, from Serial killers to brutal rapists. Some stories below:

# Meerut Cab Killers

Promo Pic 1 of Shaitaan (2)A bunch of cabbies picked passengers late night from bus depots or railway stations and would kill them for money, initially, then for sadism. They murdered more than 250 people and dumped their bodies across the state before they were caught. A classic study of a hive mind where a cult leader convinced a bunch of other people that were alienated by society to strike back and kill them.

# Serial Killer Sadashiv Sahu

This is the story of a frail and diminutive cloth shop owner in a wayside village of Fursatganj UP who goes on horrid killing spree that of killing 36 people over a period of 36 months, in a most calculated, premeditated and remorseless manner, in the wake of being mercilessly beaten by a mob of people, that perhaps wrongfully charged him with rape. Sadashiv claimed to have been instructed in this serial killing by an ‘unknown inner force’, on whose urgings he would walk miles to stalk his prey before shooting them at point blank range with his gun.

Speaking on the latest offering from COLORS, Manisha Sharma, weekend programming head of the channel comments, “Viewers have evolved today and are looking for more real, relatable and topical content. Crime and criminals always carry an intriguing element. The series combines mystery, drama, thrill and horror while putting an emphasis on the emotional connect associated with every act of crime. There is always a sense of ‘what happens next’ and has a strong investigative thread. With this show, we extend the COLORS bouquet with a new genre and our effort towards delivering variety entertainment to our audience.”

Talking about the show Shaitaan – A Criminal Mind and his role as an anchor, Sharad Kelkar said, “With Shaitaan, my role goes beyond just anchoring and that of analysing the mind-set of the criminal and dissecting the complex journey of the crime. Our attempt is to present the other side, however cruel and heartless a criminal may be… the crime always germs from an emotional undercurrent that is hidden behind the act. It’s a big responsibility that rests on my shoulder but I have accepted it as a challenge and would definitely want to make a difference in the lives of my audiences by presenting these cases that will force them to re-think.

According to Nikhil J Alva, Co-Founder of Miditech Pvt. Ltd, the production company behind the series, “Shaitaan – A Criminal Mind profiles the criminal and not just the crime; it undertakes a complete behavioural analysis that makes for good viewing. The show is backed by in-depth research and a support team of psychologists, psychiatrists, experts on forensics, criminology and law, before each story is etched out.” He further added, “The show needed a host who not only had a strong personality but was smart thinking and had a questioning mind set to bring to life a role that’s much more than that of a regular Sutradhar. In Sharad, we’ve found an actor, who lends himself completely to the role.”

Providing dramatic recreations of actual events through the facts, documents and interviews from people connected to the happening, Shaitaan – A Criminal Mind promises to take the audiences as close to the crime as one can get.

Get ready to witness the tails of immoral sins that are a result of the most unfathomable reasons in Shaitaan – A Criminal Mind…

Starting 1st December, every Saturday and Sunday at 10 PM only on COLORS!

*Data source on crime rate in India is taken from the internet as reported by

For more information, please contact:


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About ‘COLORS’

‘COLORS’ is Viacom18’s flagship brand in the entertainment space in India. A combination of ‘emotions’ and ‘variety’, COLORS launched on 21st July 2008 offers an entire spectrum of emotions to its viewers. From Fiction shows to Format shows to Reality shows to Blockbuster Movies – the basket contains all ‘Jasbaat Ke Rang’. ‘COLORS’ is dedicated to promoting ‘Cohesive viewing’, through programmes like Balika Vadhu- Kacchi Umar Ke Pakke Rishtey, Madhubala…Ek Ishq Ek Junoon, Uttaran, Parichay- Nayee Zindagi Kay Sapno Ka, Kairi – Rishta Khatta Meetha, Sasural Simar Ka, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, Sur Kshetra, Bigg Boss – Season 6 amongst others.

About Viacom18

Viacom18 Media Pvt. Ltd. is a 50/50 joint venture operation in India between Viacom Inc and TV18. Viacom 18 Media Pvt. Ltd. operates seven general entertainment channels – MTV, Nick Nickelodeon, Vh1, COLORS, COLORS HD, SONIC, Comedy Central and film business through Viacom18 Motion Pictures, that produces, acquires and distributes Hindi films, This apart, Viacom18 also runs Viacom’s consumer products division in India. For more information on Viacom18, Viacom or Network18, log on to, and respectively.


Miditech Pvt. Ltd. is one of Asia’s largest independent production companies creating world class programming for leading broadcasters in the region across genres and languages. From award winning documentaries to international format game shows, Miditech has earned a reputation for producing programs to meet the exacting standards of international broadcasters for clients like MTV, National Geographic Channels International (NGCI),Discovery, BBC, the Star Network, SET, Zee Network, Viacom 18, Doordarshan, The Disney Channel, Turner etc. Miditech produces video content for corporate clients and non-governmental organizations as well as State Governments and the Indian Government.


Café Mangii celebrates the spirit of IFFI

Exclusive Party Hosted by Rohit Roy for Tinsel Town Stars and the who’s who of Goa

Panjim, 29th November, 2012: The city dazzled with the glamour and glitterati from tinsel town at Goa’s favourite Italian restaurant, Cafe Mangii in Panjim. Welcoming the guests to an epicurean slice of Italy, hosts Rohit Roy and promoter of Café Mangii, Prashant Chaudhri greeted and welcomed the who’s who of Goa alongwith leading luminaries of the film and television fraternity, to indulge in the warm hospitality and delicious food that Café Mangii is famous for.

Keeping the Bollywood quotient at an all time high, the glamorous evening witnessed some well-known celebrities like Shreyas Talpade, Indranil Sengupta, Deepti Talpade, Vishal Bharadwaj and Simone Singh among many others. The restaurant was buzzing with energy as eminent personalities from B-Town and the corporate world enjoyed their conversations amidst the delectable flavors of Café Mangii.

Café Mangii has an extensive menu that boasts of some of the best of Italian appetizers, heady wines and cocktails along with a variety of mouth-watering desserts and rich coffees to complete the experience. The party had a sumptuous menu with plenty to choose from for the vegetarians – Goat Cheese stuffed Mushroom with roasted Pine nuts, Arancini di Risso and Bruschetta of brie and figs to name just a few. The non-vegetarians relished Mint & jalapeño grilled chicken with olive caramel dip, Prawns Olivetti’s, Lamb & Ginger skewers in teriyaki sauce, Herbed Chicken and many other delicious appetizers.

The star attraction for the evening were the much-talked about hand-crafted pizzas cooked to perfection with delicate aromas of the wood-fired oven. Guests enjoyed these in wonderfully exotic toppings like Cajun chicken and Barbeque Chicken. The veggies ate their hearts out with the classic Margarita and Vegetale. The hand-crafted Napolitana wood-fired oven pizzas enjoy pride of place with its smoky flavors lending a warm glow to the trendy interiors.

Café Mangii is the brainchild of Mumbai-based Prashant Chaudhri, who has a passion and flair for hospitality and good food. With several restaurants already to his credit, Prashant has his hands full with expanding the brand across the country. Speaking on the occasion, Prashant said, “Café Mangii has completed two years in the beautiful Goan shores and has enchanted the lives of many foodies with its unique flavors and ingredients. Cafe Mangii has won many accolades and has reached an epitome of becoming a premium Italian food chain in the country. With its delectable food, world-class spirits and warm, intimate ambience, Café Mangii surely has a loyal fan following in Goa.”

The celebratory atmosphere and the sinful aromas of Italian delicacies were savored by one and all. While lip-smacking food and exotic wines were flown in between animated conversations, one could hear soft music blending in with the warm and intimate ambience complimented perfectly by the nip in the air.

Address: 1st Floor, Madhav Ashram, Near Azad Maidan, M.G. Road, Panjim.

Tel: 0832-2230773

Timings: Lunch 12pm – 4pm; Dinner 7pm – 11pm

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Yash Raj Films and Shekhar Kapur to make “PAANI”

Shekhar Kapur and Yash Raj Films have joined hands to make Shekhar Kapur’s ambitious project, PAANI.

Talking about this association, Shekhar Kapur said, “I have been preparing for this film for a long time, but always wanted an Indian partner that has the same passion for the film as I do and in Adi I have finally found that. It’s a huge production that demands futuristic sets and large action pieces. With Yash Raj Films, I have found a perfect home for PAANI”.

The film is based in a future world where wars over water have broken out. Water is now owned by International Corporations who use thirst as a weapon of control. In one such future city, a young love story breaks all the rules and in the ensuing war, water flows back to its people. The film will have a strong Indian and Western star cast, headed by a young leading actor from India and a young leading actress from the west.

The film, Produced by Aditya Chopra and Directed by Shekhar Kapur, will be shot in India and overseas. Music is by A. R. Rahman.

PAANI goes on floor mid-2013.


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Scientist Dr.Anupama Kulkarni visits Prakash Bal Joshi and Amisha Mehta’s installation titled ‘God Particle’ at The India Art Fest 2012, MMRDA Grounds, BKC

Dr. Anupama Kulkarni, senior scientist at BARC (Mumbai), who was part of the scientific experiment ‘God Particle’ visited artists Prakash Bal Joshi and Amisha Mehta’s installation titled God Particle, which is the artists’ response to the development over the discovery of God Particle.

More details of the installation for information:

This installation is artists’ response to the exciting development over discovery of God Particle by scientists using collusion of subatomic particles. Actually, god particle is supposed to function as a kind of glue to keep the subatomic particles like neutrons and protons together, without this glue the world will be just an infinite vacuum where particles float.

A human subconscious is depicted by use of diamonds, most sought after unbreakable sparkling material, holds key to secrete of universe. A rational order and harmony is achieved by use of this god particle which has to be respected by everybody, especially by human beings. The glow coming out of god particle warns against alterations and assures eternity.

This holding capacity cannot be merely materialistic but goes much beyond physical properties. Mention about such holding force is found in old scriptures bowing before supreme powers. Doyen of modern science, including Isaac Newton, Johannas Kepler, and Nicolaus Copernicus have also recognized and acknowledged the creator God as the source of the Universe.


Lucky Morani and Bina Aziz’s “Le Club Musique”

Presents ,

Kavita seth soulful singing is the embodiment of godly love in her signature singing style

to cast a spell one more !!!

Lucky Morani and Bina Aziz hosted a musical evening of Le Club Musique aboard luxury cruise liner Regent in which sufi artist Kavita Seth performed her latest hit” Tumhi ho Bandhu”frm d movie Cocktail, “Iktara” frm Wake up Sid fr wich she won many awards and more hits..before her performance was a grand sit down 7 course lunch. Attending were talat aziz, udita goswami, manasi scott, hisham tamiz of real estate Ezzy group,, drupad menda and girish vazirani of Skoda JMD , Mazhar Nadiadwala of Cineyug Worldwide and Abrar Nadiadwala with wives, mr Raghu Iyer of IPL team Rajasthasthn Royals (CEO)

The Regent Seven Seas Luxury Cruise Liner had a wonderful experience

Lucky morani wore a beautiful green outfit by manali jagtap

Bina Aziz wore a Azeem Khan’s outfit brown

Talat aziz was also present ,drupad menda, Udita Goswami,Mansi Scott,were present

Le Club Musique, first of its kind club in India for music connoisseurs initiated by two names that are synonyms with quality Entertainment, Art & Music, and Lucky Morani & Bina Aziz, after Pakistani Band Strings presenting yet another night bringing


Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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