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Young & doué Designer Shouger Merchant Doshi of Zanaãya Couture showcased her effervescent Summer Bridal Line collection at Sea Princess Beach Fair along with Designer Riyaz Gangji ofLibas at Hotel Sea Princess, Juhu last nite. Glamorous beauties, actress Adah Sharma and former Miss India Vanya Mishra scorched the ramp for the designer.

The collection which was christened as ‘50 shades of an Indian summer’ was apt for the occasion with the feeling of beach wedding… Designer had purposefully crafted a collection that was light and comfortable to wear in the Indian summer heat and still maintain its elegance with a dash of élan across wedding and festive ceremonies. Evening was filled with ecstasy and gusto making inspite of the high temperature.

01- Adah Sharma & Vanya Mishra for Zanaaya Couture by Designer Shouger Merchant Doshi@Sea Princess,Juhu 02-Imam Siddique for Zanaaya Couture by Designer Shouger Merchant Doshi@Sea Princess,Juhu 03-Pooja Misra for Zanaaya Couture by Designer Shouger Merchant Doshi@Sea Princess,Juhu 04-(L TO R)Adah Sharma & Vanya Mishra for Zanaaya Couture by Designer Shouger Merchant Doshi@Sea Princess,Juhu 05-Socialites for Zanaaya Couture by Designer Shouger Merchant Doshi@Sea Princess,Juhu 06-Models wearingZanaaya Couture by Designer Shouger Merchant Doshi@Sea Princess,Juhu 07-Model wearing Zanaaya Couture by Designer Shouger Merchant Doshi@Sea Princess,Juhu 08-Model wearing Zanaaya Couture by Designer Shouger Merchant Doshi@Sea Princess,Juhu 09-Model wearing Zanaaya Couture by Designer Shouger Merchant Doshi@Sea Princess,Juhu 10-Model wearing Zanaaya Couture by Designer Shouger Merchant Doshi@Sea Princess,Juhu 11-Models wearing Zanaaya Couture by Designer Shouger Merchant Doshi@Sea Princess,Juhu 12-Model wearing Zanaaya Couture by Designer Shouger Merchant Doshi@Sea Princess,Juhu 13- Designer Shouger Merchant Doshi@Sea Princess,Juhu 14-Vanya Mishra for Zanaaya Couture by Designer Shouger Merchant Doshi@Sea Princess,Juhu Actress Adah Sharma for Zanaaya Couture by Designer Shouger Merchant Doshi@Sea Princess,Juhu

An eclectic mix of celebs and socialites like Imam Siddique, Pooja Misra, Rahul Roy and model Shawar Aligraced the occasion with their presence.


Rajasthan Royals partners Indiehaat to encourage and promote Rajasthan’s world-famous Handicrafts Industry

Indiehaat to be team’s official ‘Handmade Merchandising Partner’

Team to launch exclusive ‘Royal Collection’ in handmade and ethnic Rajasthani goods

JAIPUR, 8 MAY 2013: Rajasthan Royals today announced the beginning of an exciting new partnership with Indiehaat Ventures, an organisation that aims at revitalizing and redeeming the Indian handicrafts industry for domestic and global audiences. The first-of-its-kind partnership seeks to champion the cause of the rich arts, craft and workmanship of Rajasthani people that remains unexplored and unseen in India.

The team has always epitomised the elegance, style, valour, and reflected the rich tradition and history of the region. Through the unique partnership, that will see Indiehaat become the team’s official ‘handmade merchandising partner’, Rajasthani artisans will be provided with a much-deserved commercial platform.

In the coming weeks, the team will launch an exclusive line called ‘The Royal Collection’ in handmade and ethnic Rajasthani goods, which will form the core of its new merchandising line for the Pepsi Indian Premier League 2013, and the year ahead. The collection will represent the unique handiwork of the state’s artisans in Kantha, Embroidery, Kilim as upholstery on furniture, patchwork and Sanganeri Prints . The line will be launched with 25 designs in ethnic Rajasthani Furniture and 25 designs in accessories such as bags, cushions, laptop covers, sleeves and stoles. New elements will be added every fortnight.

Mr. Raghu Iyer, CEO, Rajasthan Royals, said, “This unique partnership with Indiehaat aims to encourage and promote the tremendous talent that Rajasthani people have in the area of arts and crafts. The endeavour is new and different, and we trust it will provide a much-needed platform to local artisans in Rajasthan. It will also add to the exciting inventory of merchandise we offer fans.”

Ajinkya Rahane was pleased with the collection and said, “From nurturing school level cricketers to giving talented young players a chance to show case their skills in the league, Rajasthan Royals is a team that is known to support significant causes and provide new opportunities to people. As a player, I feel proud to see us moving into a unique area of business, which will help promote the incredible talent that Rajasthani people have in the area of arts and crafts.”

Commenting on the association, Mr. Shailendra Singh, Director & Partner, Indiehaat Ventures, said, “Indiehaat takes great pride in partnering with a team like Rajasthan Royals. As a cricketing franchisee, the team has always encouraged new talent and supported a number of significant causes in Rajasthan, their home state. We are confident that the venture will be very well received and mark the beginning of a great new interface between artisans and fans.”

The line will be made available on stock and made-to-order basis through, a young and upcoming lifestyle brand and flagship portal of IndieHaat Ventures, merchandising unique handmade and designer ware. The websites will start accepting orders starting 6thMay 2013. The joint venture also plans to vend through exclusive stores throughout India.

The Rajasthani handicrafts industry has been the lighting beacon of the culture and people of the state, currently exporting goods worth more than $600 million from the state and employing 0.6 million artisans directly or indirectly.

About Rajasthan Royals

Epitomising the elegance, style, valour and royalty of the states of Rajasthan and Gujarat, Rajasthan Royals is a Jaipur based Indian Premier League team loved by fans across the world. Winners of the inaugural IPL in 2008, the team is impassioned by indomitable qualities of strength, fighting prowess and courage in the face of tough opposition. The royal blue and gold emblem of Rajasthan Royals reflects the rich history of the region and their promising future. The team’s anthem ‘Halla Bol’ and mascot ‘Moochu Singh’ capture the energy, enthusiasm and never-say-die attitude of the team.

Ever since its inception, the Royals brand has been at the forefront in terms of nurturing and promoting new talent in India. With a major presence on social media platforms, Royals offers fans a unique digital experience taking them to the heart of all the action. While the team’s YouTube channel happens to be the most watched amongst all IPL teams, the Facebook page and twitter handle enjoy a growing number of supporters and followers. The official website based fan zone gives fans the freedom to express themselves through content, videos, images, forums or polls, all driven the fans themselves. These aspects have made Rajasthan Royals the most loved team and enabled to it emerge as the first Global sporting brand from India.

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Rajpal Yadav

Rajpal Yadav weds Bharti Sharma in Bhopal.

Can you believe already married Bollywood actor Rajpal Yadav is once again married with Bharti Sharma…..oops don’t get panicked, actually this was a part of sequence being shot for Hari Kripa Films maiden film “Babuji Ek Ticket Bambai” which was being shot in various location of Bhopal (MP). This film is based on Bedni community from Bundelkhand. A 15 day schedule of this film has been shot from 20th April to 5th May in Bhopal.

According to director Arvind Tripathi story of this film narrates the painful situation of women’s of Bedni community, how they are being exploited by powerful politician and businessman of society. Film is being shot at Joshi Bhavan Shyamala Hills, Bhadbhada Dam area, Berkhedi area all in nearby locals of Bhopal. Rajpal Yadav is playing role of a unemployed youth, Yashpal Sharma is in character of minister, Mushtaq Khan as PA of minister and Milind Gunaji is in role of zamindar.

Being Produced by K.K.Mundhada with Piyush Mundhada as co-producer, direction by Arvind Tripathi, story by Nazir Qureshi with screenplay & dialogues by Masood Mirza, music by Nikhil, Umesh & Parveen, lyrics by Kumar & Haidar Nazmi, cinematography by Surya Mishra, choreography by Pappu Khanna, Saroj Khan and Sailesh Kohli, action by Laddan Quereshi, costume by Manohar Teli,and art director is Nazeer. Songs have been rendered by Shaan, Mamta Sharma, Jaspinder Narula and Raghuveer Yadav.

Film Stars Rajpal Yadav & Bharti Sharma in lead role with Yashpal Sharma, Milind Gunanji, Sudha Chandran, Ehsaan Khan, Mushtaq Khan & Kiran Sharad.

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Veena Malik Bombastic performance at Gujarati Gauravvanta Awards

Ahmedabad Gauravvanta Awards show was rocked by sizzling beauty of Bollywood Veena Malik. The actress gives bombastic performance on her upcoming Bollywood movie Zindagi 50:50 songs with Rajan Verma. The event is to honour the awards the Gujarat’s brightest faces who have excellent in their respective field. The Bollywood star Veena Malik enthralled the audience when she stepped out in western wear oozing oomph and sporting a bright smile that matched her crimson lipgloss.

Veena Malik said, “It’s great for me to be a part of Gujarati Gauravvanta Awards where well known Gujarat personalities are honoured. I am very happy to perform on my upcoming movie song which is very naughty and lovely. Gujarat is a very beautiful city and I am lucky that I got a chance to come Ahmadabad and to meet the lovely peoples”.

The evening saw a temperature rising performance by TV star Leena Jumani and singer Aishwarya Majmudar. Actors Amar Upadhyay, Vatsal Seth and rapper Devang Patel. Overall veena ruled on the heart of the Gujarati’s people.

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Farah Khan & Prabhudheva enthrall audiences at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne Bollywood Dance Competition

The 6th May saw Bollywood music at its most vibrant as Federation Square, Melbourne saw the official Indian Film Festival of Melbourne Bollywood Dance Competition –judged by Kabir Khan and Farah Khan. The evening also saw special guest Prabhudheva ,who surprised audiences with an impromptu performance along with the participants.

If that wasn’t all, choreographer – producer/director Farah Khan made the very excited crowds at Federation Square do the step of the week!

Says Mitu Bhowmick Lange, Festival Director,IFFM, “Melbourne’s iconic Federation Square was bursting with enthusiasm with judges Kabir Khan and Farah Khan encouraging young dancing talent. To the crowds’ delight Prabhudeva quite unexpectedly graced the stage and they were simply electrified as he danced with some of the winners. Thousand watched their dancing idols. The energy was palpable and it was truly a night to remember.”

The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) takes place from 3 – 22 May in this centenary year of Indian Film. IFFM was established in 2012 as an initiative of the Victorian Government and presents a broad, curated program of more than sixty films, ranging from Bollywood to art house and the sub continent as well as major retrospectives and masterclasses. Highlights include the Telstra Bollywood Dance Competition at Federation Square and the Western Union Short Film Competition.


Farah Khan & Prabhudheva enthrall audiences at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne Bollywood Dance Competition

The 6th May saw Bollywood music at its most vibrant as Federation Square, Melbourne saw the official Indian Film Festival of Melbourne Bollywood Dance Competition –judged by Kabir Khan and Farah Khan. The evening also saw special guest Prabhudheva ,who surprised audiences with an impromptu performance along with the participants.

If that wasn’t all, choreographer – producer/director Farah Khan made the very excited crowds at Federation Square do the step of the week!

Says Mitu Bhowmick Lange, Festival Director,IFFM, “Melbourne’s iconic Federation Square was bursting with enthusiasm with judges Kabir Khan and Farah Khan encouraging young dancing talent. To the crowds’ delight Prabhudeva quite unexpectedly graced the stage and they were simply electrified as he danced with some of the winners. Thousand watched their dancing idols. The energy was palpable and it was truly a night to remember.”

The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) takes place from 3 – 22 May in this centenary year of Indian Film. IFFM was established in 2012 as an initiative of the Victorian Government and presents a broad, curated program of more than sixty films, ranging from Bollywood to art house and the sub continent as well as major retrospectives and masterclasses. Highlights include the Telstra Bollywood Dance Competition at Federation Square and the Western Union Short Film Competition.


23,000 to run in TCS World 10K; super fast field of elite athletes to challenge course records

Bangalore, May 8: It’s a full house at the TCS World 10K Bangalore 2013 to be run on May 19, 2013 and the event has also attracted a super fast field of foreign athletes, who will be aiming to set new course records for men and women. This was announced by Dilip Jayram, CEO of Procam International, the promoters of the event, along with Nagraj ijari, VP and Global Head Hi-Tech and Professional Services Business Segment, Tata Consultancy Services, the title sponsor,

The TCS World 10K on May 19 will see total participation from around 23,000, prompting the promoters to shut registrations.

The Open 10K Run and the 10K Challenge, which also includes the Nike College Face-off and the DHL Corporate Challenge, has received around 11,000 entries, while the Majja Run a whopping 11,500. The Senior Citizens’ Run will have around 1000, while the event for the Champions With Disability will see 450 participants, a huge increase from 91 in the last edition. Besides these races, the feature events of the day will be the World 10K for elite men & women and the Nation’s Challenge.

Super-fast field of elite athletes: A highly competitive field of elite athletes has been put together for the TCS World 10K Bangalore 2013 by Global Sports Communication (GSC), the event’s elite athlete coordinators with an aim at lowering the existing course records. The men’s record stands at 27.51 minutes, set by Eritrea’s Zersenay Tadese in 2008, while the women’s mark stands at 31.58, set by Ethiopian Yimer Wude in 2010. An added incentive of USD 7500 is up for grabs for the new course record.

Leading the field at the Kanteerava Stadium’s start line on Sunday, May 19 will be the two newly crowned World Cross Country Champions, Japhet Korir among men and double World Cross Country Champion Emily Chebet on the women’s side.

According to Jos Hermens of GSC, besides Emily, the other strong contenders in the women’s race will be the defending champion Helah Kiprop of Kenya and the course record holder Yimer Wude Ayalew. However, they can expect to be given a run for their money by Kenyans Pascalia Kipkoech, the 2nd fastest girl over 10km in 2012, and Lucy Kabuu, who many insiders believe is the strongest lady among long distance running at this moment. Also in the field will be the young Kenyan Valentine Kipketer, who demolished the field while lowering the course record by two and a half minutes and winning the 2013 Mumbai Marathon

The strong men’s field includes 14 athletes who have run the 10 km below 28.00 on either track or road and poses a strong challenge to the existing course record.

Leading the pack will be current World Cross Country champion Japhet Korir who, besides having finished three times in the top five of various World Cross Championships, also won the 2013 Würzburg Residenzlauf 10km in Germany. Japhet will face competition from fellow Kenyans Moses Masai, Daniel Salel, Silas Kipruto, Nicholas Kipkemboi and rising Ethiopian star Brihanu Legese, to name a few. Posing a threat to the Kenyan and Ethiopian athletes will be Ukranian Sergiy Lebid and Great Britain’s Scott Overall, besides Ecuador’s Byron Piedra.

The occasion was also used to announce the Get Active Expo, which will be held at the Koramangala Indoor Stadium from May 10 to 12, 2013.

The Expo will be on between 11.00 am to 7.00 pm on all the three days and will also be the venue for all confirmed participants from Bengaluru and its suburbs to come and collect their running numbers along with the goodie bags.

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The Bengali Sizzler, Misti Mukherjee’s performance at Hair & Make- up Awards 2013

Misti Mukherjee’s breathtaking performance at the Hair & Make-up Awards 2013!

Bengali Beauty Misti Mukherjee sizzled the stage during the award ceremony; the Hair & Make- up Awards 2013 was held at a Taj Lands End felicitating the make-up artists & hairstylists who have given outstanding contributions to Bollywood attended by Salman Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Anil Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Raveena Tandon, Jackie Shroff & other stalwarts of the make-up industry.

Misti did the opening & the closing act from Retro to Disco, this bong beauty sure was a stunner with her thumkas & hernakhras, Misti sizzled the stage.

Born Glamorous Misti, a hot favorite now after being the show stopper for a renowned designer at Lakme Fashion Week 2013, is best known for her acting skills in K Sera Sera’s movie ‘Life ki toh lag Gayi’ in which she acted against the seasoned actor Ranvir Shorey. 5 movies down south & 18 videos old, Misti has a surprise for us. An Elated Misti claims, “I met Deetna Kapoor & we will be working together. She surprised me, offering me a significant role in her next big flick.”

This Bong Beauty is single & ambitious. Go Misti!

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Kolkata, 7th May 2013: Celebrating its passion for retro music, 92.7 BIG FM Kolkata today announced its association with Rabindra Bharati University as its exclusive radio partner in celebrating ‘Kabi Pranam’ at Jorasanko Thakurbari. Organized with students from the Rabindra Bharati University, the live music concert offers 92.7 BIG FM Kolkata’s listeners with a rare amalgamation of timeless creations to pay tribute to the eminent stalwart of India, the great Kavi Gurudeb Rabindranath Tagore. 92.7 BIG FM Kolkata’s association with ‘Kabi Pranam’ presents listeners with a unique opportunity to celebrate the cherished and soul-stirring music composed by the great poet and singer on 9th May, 2013 through a special feature called ‘Kobipokko’.

Kick-starting ‘Kabi Pranam’ with an early morning creation and display of a splendid floral ‘Alpona’, 92.7 BIG FM Kolkata celebrated the great poet’s birthday with students of the Rabindra Bharati University and listeners. The celebration will be followed by a series of performances that include evergreen songs of Gurudeb Rabindranath Tagore. Bringing the celebration to the listeners, 92.7 BIG FM Kolkata will broadcast live shows from the venue on its daily programs, ‘Khas Adda’ by RJ Koushik and ‘Chirodiner Sur’ by RJ Pamela. To add to the excitement of celebrating the birthday of India’s most celebrated poet, ‘Kabi Pranam’ will also be attended by renowned artists from the music industry who will share their experiences at the concert.

Mr. Ashwin Padmanabhan, Business Head – 92.7 BIG FM said, “It is a great privilege for us to be associated with Kabi Pranam as the exclusive radio partners. Gurudeb Rabindranath Tagore is a jewel of the country and we’re looking forward to present a show that celebrates not only his birthday, but also the love for classical and timeless music. Our association with this concert strengthens our positioning as the premiere radio station in Kolkata providing listeners with the best and most engaging content.”

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Dekh Indian Circus’ Nawazuddin is equally convincing off-screen

Nawazuddin Siddiqui who packs in a punch with every on-screen appearance, has evidently managed to convince people off-screen as well.

On the sets of ‘Dekh Indian Circus’ presented by Imtiaz Ali, the actor who loves getting under the skin of his character ,was dressed in his character of a Rajasthani man, wearing the traditional outfit of the place – And while the actor went to wear the same get-up during the film’s lunch break ,the staff members mistook him for a local and failed to recognize him.

Talking about the incident Nawazuddin says, “I was dressed in my character, wearing dhoti-kurta and jewellery just to get the feel of the character. I looked so convincing that at the lunch table the staff member thought that I was a local villager. He pushed me off and refused to serve me food.”

Expressing how he reacted to this incident, the actor says, “In a normal situation, such incidents may make the stars angry, but I was happy that my character managed to look convincing.”

An entertaining metaphor for rural India’s struggle to access the supposed economic miracle of the nation, Dekh Indian Circus presented by Imtiaz Ali was awarded a whopping 6 National Film Awards – including Best Children’s Film (Mangesh Hadawale (Director), Mahaveer Jain (Producer), Jury Special Award – Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Lead Actor), Best Child Actor – Virendra Singh Rathore (Child Artist), Jury Special Mention – Tannishtha Chatterjee (Lead Actress) and Prasoon Joshi (Best Lyrics) and Shankar Mahadevan (Best Playback Singer – Male), who chose to be a part of this movie merely because of their love for the script.



Depiction of gay characters in Bollywood continues to be steeped in stereotype, even as realism’s struggling to rear its head.

At a recent Gay and Lesbian Center gala held in LA, studio mogul (Sony Pictures) Amy Pascal, in her speech highlighted the stereotypical depiction of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community) characters in Hollywood films. She insisted that studio bosses scrutinise and make an attempt to eliminate gay slurs.

She said, “How about next time, when any of us are reading a script and it says words like fag, faggot, homo, dyke — take a pencil and just cross it out.” The studio honcho also pointed out that not every gay character on screen needed to be defined by his or her sexuality. She quipped, “Can’t we depict men and women who just so happen to be gay — perhaps a lawyer or soldier or business executive or scientist or engineer…”

While the issue was raised about the depiction of LGBT characters in Hollywood, things are as bad, if not worse in Bollywood.

No laughing matter this!

Filmmakers in popular cinema here continue to use characters of alternate sexuality seeped in stereotypical images as crutches to provide comic relief. Few will forget Kantaben’s shocked expression on seeing Saif Ali Khan and Shah Rukh Khan in bed together in Kal Ho Naa Ho or Abhishek Bachchan’s effeminate act in Bol Bachchan. John Abraham’s flirty act with Boman Irani’s character in Dostana had the audience in splits, all at the expense of the gay characters/community.

More recently, Rishi Kapoor’s character in Student of the Year lusting after Ronit Roy’s character, was used to provide laughs. Insensitive? Yes, says fashion editor and gay activist Sourendra Kumar Das. He asserts that more often than not, mainstream popular cinema is cruel while depicting alternate sexuality, “Many of our films legitimise gay slurs. While it would be okay to show funny people who happen to be gays, it’s marginalising the LGBT community by making their sexuality the laughing matter, which is what happens in our movies and that is not amusing.”

Shun stereotypes
Das continues, “Making jokes at the expense of alternate sexual preferences is the norm in Bollywood. Several films here often have that one ‘gay’ character in a two- minute role — either having a crush on the hero or being over the top effeminate, shown biting the lip, dressed outlandishly and lusting after another guy. Films like Girlfriend, also stereotype lesbians. This creates a wrong perception about people from the LGBT community.
One almost always expects a man with alternate sexuality to be effeminate with peculiar mannerisms, which is not really the case.”

Need to normalise!
Echoing Pascal’s words, Das says that the need of the hour is to normalise characters shown belonging to this community, “A segment of the industry might feel that by depicting such characters in their films they have actually brought them out of the closet. This is not completely untrue, as people today are at least talking about it. However, what would really make the right impact is showing such characters as normal as possible. Why can’t it be the hero’s hunky best friend who happens to be gay and not be the laughing stock of the buddy group?”

Switching tracks
To be fair, there has been some change in the manner a gay character is depicted in our films, but those have mostly been seen in alternate cinema. While the mainstream filmmakers continue to stereotype characters with different orientation, filmmakers like Onir and actor-director Rituparno Ghosh (Memories in March) are making changes through their cinema, and by being open about their preferences. Shabana Azmi who kissed co-star Nandita Das in Fire, says, “That gay characters are being featured at all is a sign of progress, but it’s when you can laugh at someone without offending them that’s real maturity. We are still to reach that stage. But at least they’ve been spared malice in our films.”

‘Reel’y tough
Onir whose films like My Brother Nikhil and I Am put the focus on the issues faced by the LGBT community feels disillusioned by the industry when it comes finding the support to release such films, “Despite winning a National Award, I don’t think I will ever make a film like I Am again. My experiences of seeing it through till its release have left me disappointed. Selling the films to studios, finding exhibitors, distributors, channels have really left a bitter taste. TV channels are apprehensive in willing to buy the satellite rights of the film. And it is wrong of them to blame it on the audience or to claim that the controversial nature of the film will scare them away. The audience is ready for such films, the sellers in the market are not.”

We have regressed!
Onir believes that the film with a gay character as protagonist may not earn as much as a regular commercial one, but such films do have an audience and it’s unfair to not let these films reach the audience. He points out that Salaam Bombay which released more than two decades ago was given a U/A certificate even though it showed prostitution, while his film got an A certificate and that too after more than a dozen cuts, “only goes to show how regressive we have gotten as a society.”

Victimisation? & Casting ouch!
Onir however refuses to consider it victimisation. “Look at the way any minority is depicted in Bollywood, why only the LGBT community.”

“Be it women or people from a particular region, everyone is stereotyped here. Mainstream cinema mocks all kinds of minority. I wouldn’t say that the community is victimised, even though the insensitive depiction can be damaging,” added Onir. However, a recent incident that happened in Calcutta revealed that victimization in real life does takes place when fashion editor and gay activist Sourendra Kumar Das was subjected to violence and abuse in public by a miscreant named Sona Kundu. Onir’s film I AM portrayed similar roles, where the protagonist Rahul Bose too was subjected to abuse and humiliation too. Film critic and columnist Rajeev Masand points out that while character actors seem comfortable playing gay characters, most mainstream heroes are still not ready for it. “Image is a big deal here and nobody is willing to risk it. That’s why they may agree to play pretend-gays on screen, but none of them are willing to play real gay characters like say Tom Hanks or Antonio Banderas did in Philadelphia. Playing an out-and-out gay character is a risky proposition for them, as they feel that people may start associating their characters to their real selves.”

A quick nod to Irrfan Khan, Rahul Bose, Purab Kohli, Sanjay Suri, Harsh Chhaya and Sameer Soni who have essayed such characters. Rahul was in fact, one of the first ones to play a full-fledged gay character in the 1996 film Bomgay. There are several incidences, filmmakers can vouch for, when Bollywood stars on being approached for a gay role have blushed and turned visibly uncomfortable at the mention.

50 shades of gay!
According to a source, Mere Dad Ki Maruti actor Saqib Saleem will be playing gay in Karan Johar’s segment of BombayTalkies, as will Randeep Hooda. “It’s risky for a newbie, but the fact that he is willing to take it shows that things are not all that bleak in Bollywood,” says the source.

Purab, who had played a gay character in My Brother Nikhil, explains why playing such characters is not without risk. “Post the film, I got many roles on the same lines, so there is a fear of getting typecast. That my character was gay was incidental for me. The film was about relationships and emotions, so big deal if my partner was a man. Besides, Onir had a script that told a story, which is what attracts any actor. There was a respectability that came with the role. I didn’t have anyone mocking me or relating that to my real life at all.”

Changing times
Madhur Bhandarkar, whose films Page 3 and Fashion had broken away from the stereotypical images of gays, says that there’s a gradual change in the way such characters are being accepted in films. Citing examples of Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd and Life in a Metro, he adds that there are filmmakers who tackle the topic realistically without sensationalising it or reducing characters to caricatures, even though they stick to mainstream commercial formats. Madhur says, “Today seeing such characters in our films doesn’t raise eyebrows. And even if the depiction is debatable at least the presence is felt. So I look at this as a positive sign. The change will not be overnight, but at least people are acknowledging it. So, I think it is a scenario changing for the better.”


Doraemon’s Animal Adventure at DLF Place Saket

-A month full of fun & adventurous activities for the Kids.

New Delhi
May 9, 2013
: The popular robotic cat from Japan (Doraemon) is back but WAIT! This time Doraemon is not coming alone as he brings a whole new experience & adventure with himself. DLF Place Saket will treat all its little patrons to Doraemon fun and frolic activities. Starting from 11th May one of the most loved cartoon characters will take the kids through an adventurous ride at DLF Place Saket. It’s a chance for the kids to explore the wonders of jungle safari with Doraemon.

The mall brings to life a special “JUNGLE” theme where they take you to a whole new world of excitement with the uniqueial Doraemon Island, Doraemon Tribal Hut, Doraemon Airship, Doraemon Boats. The theme is based on his movie which is slated for release on 24th May

Let your kids participate in adventurous jungle run at DLF Place Saket. All you need is to shop for over Rs 3000/- at our various brand outlets and exclusive stores to collect the Doraemon currency and let your kid cross the Jungle Bridge, bring out his wild side and enjoy the fun activities and workshops at the Animal Adventure Island and the Tribal Hut.

Talking about bringing Doaremon twice to DLF Place Saket & in India, Ms. Benu Sehgal, (VP, Mall Management, DLF) quotes “Summer vacation traditionally means freedom and leisure for parents and children—relaxing of rules, carefree days, new experiences, and less structure and routines & that is the reason we bring you a summer which is full of fun & entertainment with Doraemon, Most liked cartoon character amongst the kids and also an opportunity for kids to experience different engaging activities and witness their favorite cartoon character this summer.”

About DLF Place Saket

DLF PLACE SAKET is definitely the place to bring your child’s dream to life with the help of the world’s favorite toy store – Hamley’s for over 250 years history with its only store in New Delhi. DLF PLACE is also home to global brands like Manchester United and Muffin Break & Rita’s. Soon Forever 21, Mac, Chillies, Cinnabon & Aunty Anne’s, Dhaba by Claridges will also be a part of this prolific kitty.

With a distinctive mix and match of designer and high street labels, DLF PLACE SAKET offers the ultimate shopping experience with more than 150 retail points under one stunning roof for the shopping pleasure of its discerning customers. Accommodating an eclectic bouquet of brands in fashion, lifestyle, beauty, home furnishing, and more, DLF PLACE SAKET has marked its position as the preferred destination for all your retail and entertainment needs – from fine dining, to childcare, to movies, to shopping and many more.


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Mumbai, May 09, 2013: Beat the scorching heat and refresh yourself this sweltering summer with delightful new offerings from Starbucks®. Indulge in the unique assortments of freshly prepared Iced Shaken Lemon Teas and delicious rich and delicate Mango Mousse Cakes at your nearest Starbucks® store.

What: Sip some great thirst-quenching Iced Shaken Lemon Teas in 3 flavors and relish 2 new variants of scrumptious Mango Mousse Cakes:

· Iced Shaken Lemon Passion tea: A tantalizing herbal infusion of hibiscus flowers and tropical flavors shaken with lemonade and ice starting @ Rs. 100

· Iced Shaken Lemon Black Tea: A crisp and refreshing blend of premium black teas with subtle citrus notes shaken with lemonade and ice starting @ Rs.100

· Iced Shaken Lemon Green Tea: Chinese green tea blended with mint, lemongrass and lemon verbena shaken with lemonade and ice starting @ Rs. 100

· Mango Vanilla Torte: A rich and delicate Mousse Cake of Mango and Vanilla@ Rs 160

· Mango Oreo Cheese Cake: A rich and delicate Mousse Cake of Mango lined with a layer of Oreo biscuit @ Rs 180

When: Available through the summer


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Sunil Pal

Sunil Pal records song on his baton for new film


The Guinness Book of World Record Holder, stand-up comedian, actor, director Sunil Pal after setting lots of milestone in his Bollywood career has recorded a song in voice of Shabbir Kumar for his new film “MONEY BACK GUARANTEE” on 7th May at Zip Track Studio, Andheri west, for which he has written lyrics also along with music direction. Film is being produced, written, directed, music direction and lyrics by Sunil Pal himself, other cast and credits are under finalization. Four songs have already been recorded in voice of Sudesh Bhonsle, Barbi Girl & Jaswasnt Singh (known as voice of Jagjit Singh).

Previously he has also produced, written and directed a comedy film “Bhavnao Ko Samjho” for which he has been given place in Guinness Record for bringing 51 stand-up comedians to act in a single film. Sunil Pal is set to impress audience with this film as he says “this film is story of every person’s life where they don’t have any guarantee of getting their investment back”, but this film will be surely “MONEY BACK GUARANTEE” Sunil adds. When asked ‘why he is handling so many department in this production ? Sunil joyfully replied “first of all I have confidence that I can do it and secondly investing money on other I have ensured Money Back Guarantee ha..ha..ha”.

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Sony Music leverages iTunes in a unique way, for the first time in India releases a Tamil and Hindi sound track in the Made For iTunes version – the highest standards for music available on iTunes Store!

After a really long wait, Indian users can now buy music, movies and books from the iTunes stores in local currency and at friendly prices since its launch in December 2012. Global music giant, Sony Music, made available half a million songs, including Bollywood, International and Tamil Soundtracks to the iTunes store. Today, to enhance the musical experience, Sony Music for the first time in India will be releasing the MFIT (mastered for iTunes) versions, specially mastered for higher fidelity sound, for two big albums in Tamil and Hindi. Maryan Directed by ace director Bharat Bala starring the multi-talented Dhanush and the ravishing Parvathi Menon with music by multiple Grammy Award winner A R Rahman & the much awaited film Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, with music composed by the musical trio Shankar – Ehsaan – Loy with Prasoon Joshi’s lyrics. The sound of these two album on iTunes will be of the highest quality and has been specially mastered and engineered at iTunes certified studios.

Mastered for iTunes is an aid to mixing and mastering engineers in creating the best-sounding tracks possible when converted to the lossy 256Kbps audio format commonly used.

Currently, this section contains roughly 100 albums, spanning classics and masterpieces like Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, Marvin Gaye’s Let’s Get It On, numerous classical albums, U2’s Achtung Baby to name a few.

The music you listen to, no matter what the format, sounds worse than it does in the studio where it was recorded. That’s not just because musicians and recording engineers have better equipment than you do, but because the recordings themselves contain more information. Today, most studio tracks are recorded at 24 bits. The process of mastering a recording is taking the raw, mixed song and copying it to another format, with adjustments in the amount of information that can be transferred to the new medium and attendant tweaks to ensure it sounds as good as possible given the new format’s limitations. The music on standard commercial CDs is encoded at 16 bits.

Mastering a song or album “for iTunes” means that it’ll sound better, while remaining just as portable. For Bob Ludwig, a mastering engineer who remastered Coldplay’s latest album, Mylo Xyloto, for the new “Mastered for iTunes” store, says, “ From a technical viewpoint, there are cases where the 24-bit AAC file would be superior to the lossless CD. I did an early demonstration for some engineer friends of mine and the difference between the ‘Mastered for iTunes’ file I created and the one that was ripped from a 16-bit CD was easily heard on the little speakers on my MacBook Pro.”

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John Abraham gifts director Sanjay Gupta his Yamaha VMAX

Director Sanjay Gupta was in for a surprise as John Abraham ,lead of his recent film Balaji Motion Pictures’ gangster entertainer Shootout at Wadala had a special gift in store for him on the occasion of the film’s unprecedented success.

The actor who is a huge bike fanatic, gifted the director his much-loved Yamaha VMAX – Ecstatic with the gesture says Sanjay Gupta, “I am now a very proud owner of The Yamaha V Max Motorcycle thanks to my hero John Abraham,… Can’t wait to go on a really long ride on my new beauty. Thank you John. This is the best gift ever.”

Among the most keenly awaited releases of 2013, Shootout at Wadala triumphed at the domestic box office with an incredible opening weekend of Rs. 30.7 cr (Net.) (Fri: 10.10cr, Sat: 9.75cr, Sun: 10.85cr.)

Shootout at Wadala opened across 1900+ screens across the country and recorded the 3rd highest opening in 2013 and highest non-holiday opening of the year.


SAB TV’s Balveer turns role model!

Mumbai, May 9th, 2013: A fitness regime is very essential in an individual’s life and Balveer’s main lead, Dev Joshi thinks so too! Dev Joshi who is a popular child artist and now a role model for many believes in the importance of staying fit and dedicates a good amount of time to exercising. Deepshikha who plays Bhavander pari on the show was aware of his love for fitness workouts. Since gym is absolutely not an option for the young actor, she suggested that he should include cycling as a part of his fitness regime as it will help him stay fit and increase his height too.

However, with an erratic work schedule and school life to balance out, Dev Joshi doesn’t seem to find time to indulge in fitness workouts too much. But his love for good health doesn’t allow him to sit back. Adamant to integrate cycling with his daily workout regime, the child actor came up with a brilliant idea. Since, Dev Joshi stays fifteen minutes away from the set he decided that he would cycle to the sets every day with his mom following him in a rickshaw! That’s not it, he also utilizes the time on-set between scenes to ride his cycle.

Dev Joshi exclaimed, “I have always loved cycling! Cycling is a lot of fun and I go out with my friends regularly. I also travel to the sets everyday on my cycle because it is also a great form of exercise. It is a fun form of exercise and my legs don’t hurt much either.”

It seems like giving great performances each day on SAB TV’s Balveer is not enough for Dev! His fitness mantra is sure to get a lot of his young fans following into his footsteps. What a great way to set an example!

Tune into Balveer to watch some great action and entertainment from Monday – Friday at 8 pm only on SAB TV

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A Brief About The New Marathi Movie

Laxmi Telang Entertainment is all set to lanch its 1st movie in
Marathi titled “Laxmi…..
Tuzyavinaa”, a love story different from the others of its ilk. It has
all the ingredients necessary to make a commercial potboiler. It has
romance, comedy, horror, suspense drama and above all melodious music.
Laxmi Telang Entertainment is putting this step ahead in association
with One – On – One Entertainment.

Satish Telang is the producer as well as the writer of the
film. He has also written the lyrics of all the songs. His aim is to
dedicate this film to his late wife ‘Smt. Laxmi Telang’ who left this
world just a few months back. The most important thing to know about
this man is that he is 66 years of age and then too he has lots of
energy coupled with a positive attitude to make a film. The story &
the songs written by him will attract the audiences of all groups.

Satish Telang has also written the screenplay & the dialogues.
He has also made his own total technical & production crew in tandem
with the entire starcast. For the completion of the entire writing
process he has also appointed 3 screenplay writers namely Manulal
Patil, Nikhil Katare & Chetan Kinjalkar. Besides Chandan Jamdade from
One – On – One entertainment is the executive producer.

That apart Deepak Kadam a reputed director from the Marathi
Film industry is wielding the megaphone. He has also successfully
directed many marathi movies and has also worked with topmost artistes
from the Marathi film industry.
At present he is making a Marathi movie titled “Nagarsevak – Ek Nayak”.

There are 3 main lead roles in “Laxmi…..Tujyavina”.

A young & dynamic Sanjay Sejwal is enacting the male lead role
in “Laxmi…..
Tujyavina”. In 2012, he was awarded with M.T. Sanmaan & State
Government’s ‘Best Actor Award’ for his commercial play “Priya
Baavari”. He has also done lead roles in 8 Marathi serials & 3
marathi films. He has recently completed a Marathi serial named
“Arundhati”. A film named “Saubhagya” has already been released this
year in which he has enacted the lead role.

Saee Ranade is currently working in a
well – known Marathi serial “Devyani” as a female lead artist. Before
“Devyani”, she has already worked in 8 Marathi serials & 1 Hindi
serial “Dil Se Diya Vachan”. And she has also worked as a lead role in
1 Marathi film.

Priyanka Dnyanlaxmi is playing the female lead role in “Laxmi…..
Tujyavina”. She started her carrier in a drama “Bhayya Haat Paay
Pasri”. Which has successfully completed its 100 shows when she was
just 17 years old. An actress with a model look and a great dedication
she has done various Marathi serials out of which “Bandh Reshmache” is
the most famous one. She has also worked in 5 marathi films. Recently
She has also done a Tamil Movie.

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Paparatzy Productions’ ENEMMY to release on June 21

ENEMMY, Paparatzy Productions’ mega-entertainer is all set for a June 21 release. The film revolves around Eklavya Karmarkar aka Bhau (Suniel Shetty), Naeem Shaikh (Kay Kay Menon), Eric Collaco (Johnny Lever) and Madhav Sinha aka Maddy (Mahaakshay), four daredevil CID officers and a CBI officer Yugandhar Bishnoi (Mithun Chakraborty) who can be relied upon whenever the city faces problems from the underworld and a don responsible for mayhem — Mukhtar Memon (Zakir Hussain).

While Mithun da, Suniel Shetty, Kay Kay Menon and Zakir Hussain are past masters at such roles and Mahaakshay, is expected to perform some great action scenes, what is interesting is the choice of Johnny Lever as one of the officers. “Johnny Lever can be quite intense when he has to. It this is aspect of his that I’ve tried to explore,” Ashuu Trikha says. So one can expect more than one revelation from ENEMMY!

Produced by Yogeeta Bali Chakraborty, directed by Ashuu Trikha, this Paparatzy Productions’ venture stars Mithun Chakraborty, Suniel Shetty, Kay Kay Menon, Johnny Lever, Zakir Husain, Mahaakshay and Uvika Chuadhary among others. The music is by Bappa Lahiri and Gourav Dasgupta, the choreography by Saroj Khan and Mudassar Aziz. Executive Producer: Vijay Upadhyay.

The synopsis goes thus…

“Waise to aam aadmi ki zindagi to bahut aam hoti hai,

Par jab isme rajneeti ka dakhal hota hai,

Tab aam aadmi aam nahin rehtaa, Mango Man ban jaata hai!!”

Eklavya Karmarkar (Bhau) {SunielShetty}, Naeem Shaikh {Kay Kay Menon}, Eric Collaco {Johnny Lever} and Madhav Sinha aka Maddy {Mahaakshay} were four daredevil CBI officers who could be relied upon whenever the city was facing critical problems from the underworld. The society at large in Mumbai were breathing heavy under the influence of the Underworld. This was one such time. There was a gang war that had broken in and the streets of the city were being washed in blood. The common man was caught in the crossfire. This, at a time when there were elections to be held at most part of the country, besides some key states like Maharashtra amongst some other states that had steady power reign of, a party that ruled in the centre as well!!!

A young dynamic leader, Ram Govardhan (RG) had taken the nation by storm. His debonair personality, youthful zest, dynamic approach and of course great looks had washed the eyes of the common man with love. The citizens of the country knew no better. He could do no wrong and his innocent face and eyes only helped this cause. He was leading his party’s campaign in Jharkhand too, where the elections were in full swing. He had known of the gang war in Mumbai, Maharashtra and was concerned. The whispers in Jharkhand had started gaining momentum saying that if the Party can’t handle their own home state, Maharashtra, then how the hell can they handle this one? This was bound to help the opposition more than anything. It had started casting aspersions over the election campaign and RG could not afford something like this. He needed the state. He had called the Maharashtra Chief Minister and told him in no uncertain words to get his house in order. The gang war had to stop. The common man had to feel safe!!

The case was passed on to the four officers of UNIT IX of the Crime Branch!!!

Preliminary investigations by Bhau and his team revealed that the war was waged by Mukhtar Memon {Zakir Hussain}, a dreaded gangster who in time had always managed to stay out of the hands of the law. But action needed to be taken and the Commissioner had ordered the arrest of Mukhtar Memon. Bhau did try to argue in vain that a simple arrest like this would make him walk in two hours, but the commissioner would hear nothing. He needed to show that the force was pro-active.

Bhau built a brilliant case against Mukhtar Memon based on extensive investigations that he had managed for the past four years. This ensured that Mukhtar Memon was not getting out soon or easy. He had managed to extract a lot of intimidating information about Mukhtar Memon. He made sure that the charges would stick.

Mukhtar Memon on the other hand was no ordinary criminal. He had contacts, money power, wherewithal and the blessings of some top politicians. This ensured his reign and control over the city. So, arresting him was no mean feat. But Bhau and his officers were no ordinary individuals. They went ahead with the arrest and managed to make the case stick. Unit IX had arrested Mukhtar Memon and put him behind bars!!!!

But putting a kingpin behind bars doesn’t necessarily mean that you have managed to garner control over him. As in this case it was bound to happen. There was a lull, but the storm soon gathered momentum and the gang war erupted again. This prompted RG to send a CBI officer from Delhi to get to the bottom of this and put a stop to this.

Prompt, honest, diligent, gutsy, intelligent and a firebrand, Yugandhar Bishnoi, the CBI officer moved swiftly on his new case to get to the bottom of the issue and sort this problem out for the benefit of the common man. In no time that he reached the city of Mumbai, he realized that the gang war was actually a façade. Mukhtar Memon was really annoyed on the fact that two truckloads of hard cash were stolen from him, right under his nose and he wanted it back. He needed to restore his reputation at the same time and he would stop at nothing till he achieved this.

Further investigations shocked the daylights out of him!!

This was no ordinary heist!!!!! The question was who had the guts to steal from Mukhtar Memon. Who was willing to put their life on the line to get hold of the entire cash!

Yugandhar Bishnoi was taken aback with what he had uncovered!!! This information was not one that had escaped the UNIT IX force too. They too had caught on!!!

ENEMMY is a whodunit caper! A film that gets into a break neck pace with each character breathing down the neck of the others to achieve their motives in the film with intelligent plot points that keep the audiences guessing and interested.

ENEMMY is an identifiable, pulsating, fast paced commercial action thriller wherein the constant cat and mouse game between the characters of the film keep the storyline interesting right to the logical end of the film. An edge of the seat thriller, it is a roller-coaster ride for the audiences taking them through a series of witty, funny, nail biting thrilling sequences that is aimed at guaranteeing complete entertainment to the audiences assuring them of their money’s worth!!!



Indumati and Mukundi make a comeback with Lapataganj Season 2!

Lapataganj, SAB TV’s very popular show that brought to the audiences several colorful flavor of rural India, will now be back on television with a bang! The show garnered numerous accolades for its unique storyline that brought to fore, the story of people residing in Lapataganj who led a happy life against all odds. Produced by Garima Productions, Lapataganj in its new season promises to bring back the much loved Indumati and Mukundi in a lovable avatar! ‘Je baat’ and ‘Oji’ will yet again become a part of viewer’s daily conversations!

Mr. Anooj Kapoor, EVP & Business Head, SAB TV said, “Lapataganj has etched fond memories in the hearts of our viewers. Based on requests that we received through multiple platforms like Facebook and fan mails we finally decided to bring back the second season. I am confident that the new season will surpass our expectations and entertain audiences across Hindi speaking markets.

Sucheta Khanna who is known for her impactful roles in Anjana Anjani, Yamla Pagla Deewana will continue to essay the role of the adorable Indumati Lal Gupta in Season 2 as well. Veteran actor Rohitashv Gaur continues to play the role of the much loved Mukundi Lal Gupta, Indumati’s husband.

An elated Sucheta says, “I am very happy to be a part of Lapataganj Season 2. My character as Indumati was well appreciated by the audiences and I promise to continue entertaining them with my antics”.

Lapataganj with lots of new elements,its relatable and lvable characters and engaging storyline is set to return soon.Watch this space for More

Coming Soon Lapataganj 2 on SAB TV


A.R Rahman pays tribute to Ustad Bismillah Khan in Raanjhanaa

Using the “shenai” for which music maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan was renowned for , Oscar winner A.R Rahman pays homage to the Bharat Ratna awarded musician, through the songs of Raanjhanaa produced by Eros International and directed by Aanand L Rai.

Since the film starring Dhanush and Sonam Kapoor is based in the heartland of Benaras , the music composer looked no further that his inspiration- shenai player Ustad Bismillah Khan who hailed from Benaras .Rahman who has previously worked with Ustad Khan on a south film a few years ago ,will now make use of the shenai in all of the film’s songs, reminiscent of the maestro’s music.

Confirming the news says directed Aanand L Rai, “When Rahman sir heard the script intrinsic of Benaras flavour ,thoughts of Ustad Bismillah Khan immediately came to his mind and it was then that he suggested using elements of the “shenai” in all songs of Raanjhanaa in honor of the music maestro…the songs in the film are an unsaid tribute to Ustad Bismillah Khan and Beneras…Rahman sir holds Bismillah Khan in high regard and has even met his family since he has great respect for his music”.

Adds producer Krishika Lulla, ” There are several shenai elements in the songs of Raanjhanaa and they have come out beautifully…you can only expect the best from Rahman”.

With music composed by A.R Rahman ,Eros International’s Raanjhanaa directed by Aanand L Rai, starring Dhanush , Sonam Kapoor and Abhay Deol is scheduled to release 21st June 2013.


Farah Khan judges the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne Dance Competition despite being ill

Bollywood’s most celebrated choreographer and director Farah Khan took time out from her busy schedule recently to judge the official Bollywood Dance Competition of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne.

Held at the Federation Square in Melbourne,the competition took place while the temperature hit -1 degree Celsius ,however Farah despite being down with a viral fever, fought the chill and played host to the T, enthralling audiences as the evening saw Bollywood music at its most vibrant .

If that wasn’t all, Farah Khan made the very excited crowds at Federation Square do the step of the week!

Says Farah Khan, ““It was freezing and was very windy. Even our papers were flying off. However, the atmosphere there was so energetic and the crowd was so responsive that soon we forgot about the weather and the cold. Watching so many Australians performing to Bollywood numbers was heartening. This is really what the world loves about our films”.


Richa Chadda gives her first Live Performance

Well acclaimed for her performances in movies like ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ and ‘Oye lucky lucky Oye’, Bollywood actress Richa Chadda gives a live performance for the first time in Essel World, on the occasion of their anniversary.

Since the actress had been busy with her shoot for her upcoming film ‘Fukrey’, she only got two days to practice the act. “It was a nice experience though I did some minor goof- ups however I managed to pull off the show,” says Richa.


Zombies for Entertainment

Who would have probably thought that we will see Zombies tickle us! It’s was a common concept that stuff like zombies will always be used in a Horror/Thriller films. But things are changing, and they are changing rapidly.

The concept of zombies was mainly used in foreign films. Those were only horror and thriller films. Indian films had their own ghosts like ‘Daayan’, ‘Bhoot’ and ‘Pishaj’. Zombies were used in Indian cinema in very recent times. “It was due to globalization that zombies came to India” was the answer given by Kunal Khemu who is the part of the ZomCom film Go Goa Gone.

Zombies gave the Indian cinema a new genre for entertainment- ZomCom. In future too there will be movies which will have Zombies making us laugh! But the recent ZomCom flick is Goa Goa Gone which will give us an idea that in future too will the zombies be used to make us laugh.

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Whistling Woods & Ace Fashion Designer Neeta Lulla collaborate to set up a School of Fashion

The Whistling Woods – Neeta Lulla School of Fashion opens in August 2013

May 9th, 2013: Thinking of fashion as a career option? You no longer need to look at Paris or Milan for a formal education. Two legendary game-changers in their respective industries, Subhash Ghai and Neeta Lulla, have joined forces today to create a revolutionary fashion school, the Whistling Woods – Neeta Lulla School of Fashion (WWNL) in India. Spearheaded academically by Neeta Lulla and featuring a guest faculty of renowned fashion industry greats, the WWNL aims to create the next generation of fashion designers and fashion industry professionals. The WWNL will commence classes in August 2013 with admissions opening in the second week of May 2013.

Speaking at the formal launch, Subhash Ghai, Founder and Chairman- Whistling Woods International said “Fashion has always played an integral role in films. Through fashion, characters come alive before the camera. Neeta Lulla who has spent so many years with the industry has continually strived to grow the field of fashion, both within the film industry and outside of it. I’m delighted that Whistling Woods is partnering with her to create the Whistling Woods – Neeta Lulla School of Fashion”.

Courses run will be a Diploma in Fashion Design (1-year) and an Advanced Diploma in Fashion Design (2-years). Students will undergo a rigorous and thorough curriculum designed under the tutelage of Neeta Lulla and adhering to the high academic standards set forth by Whistling Woods. The WWNL School of Fashion will also be bridging the gap between industry and academia by bringing on board an Advisory board consisting of industry specialists, guest & visiting faculty from the industry. The institute also plans to invite globally renowned teachers from Europe’s finest fashion schools and the global fashion industry to deliver guest lectures.

Neeta Lulla, winner of four National Film Awards for Best Costume Design, who has partnered with Whistling Woods International as the Dean of the WWNL, said, “When I started out in the fashion industry, there were limited options available within fashion education in India but today, it gives me great pride to announce our school of fashion that will train fashion aspirants to excel at the highest levels. I could not see a better fit than Whistling Woods to partner with and to launch a structured comprehensive School of Fashion and I’m thrilled to be working with Subhashji and his institute for the same.”

Ms. Meghna Ghai-Puri, President-Whistling Woods International said “We’re very excited to be launching the fashion space. This is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time and we couldn’t have found a better partner. Whistling Woods has always been the best platform for industry aspirants. With the launch of the Whistling Woods – Neeta Lulla School of Fashion, we are reinforcing our commitment to developing local talent in all spheres of the thriving Indian film industry.”


About Whistling Woods International

Founded by renowned director-writer-producer Mr. Subhash Ghai and promoted by Mukta Arts Ltd, Whistling Woods International is Asia’s premier film, communication and media arts institute rated amongst the 10 best film-schools in the world by ‘The Hollywood Reporter’. It offers courses in Acting, Animation, Cinematography, Direction, Editing, Producing, Screenwriting, Sound Recording and Design and Media Management Studies that are designed to be heavily practical and delivered under a unique educational methodology by a luminary faculty and accentuated by guest lectures by leading Indian & international filmmakers.

Whistling Woods International has initiated affiliations with several International film schools. These include pioneering activities in India like credits transfer and International student co-productions. Some of the schools that are affiliated with the Institute are Deakin College Australia, Griffith College Australia, Bradford College UK, Syracuse University USA & NYU Tisch Singapore.

More than 15% of the student body comprises International students. The Institute is highly committed to ensuring that its students move into the industry in creative and rewarding areas of employment. WWI alumni have been working with several leading media organizations like Aamir Khan Productions, Anil Kapoor Productions, BIG Animation, Balaji Telefilms, Dharma Productions, Excel Entertainment, Fox Star Studios India, Mukta Arts Limited, Paprikaas, Red Chillies Entertainment, Reliance BIG Entertainment, UTV Motion Pictures, Walkwater Films and several more. Whistling Woods’ continues strongly on its path to be the institute of choice for media education globally.

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About Neeta Lulla

Neeta Lulla is an Indian fashion stylist and costume designer. She is the winner of four National Film Awards for Best Costume Design and numerous other Indian and international accolades for excellence in the field of fashion designing and styling. Over the last 28 years, she has worked on some of the finest Indian Films and the biggest stars in India Cinema.


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Aditi Rao Hydari to plant a tree in memory of her pet

Aditi Rao Hydari recently visited the beautiful hills of Ranikhet to bury the ashes of her dog Frodo. The six-year old boxer recently died of a heart-attack leaving the actress heartbroken given that the pet was a huge part of her family.

Says Aditi Rao Hydari “I don’t know what to say… Frodo was the most adorable loving boxer with the cutest face. He was only six and very healthy. He died suddenly of a heart attack. I am heartbroken. Pets are like family. I have buried his ashes and will plant a tree for him. I know he will always be with me, and he knows that I will love him forever,” .


“I’m content with the way people are reacting to my performance” – Tusshar Kapoor

As Shootout at Wadala steadily makes its way to the top-ranking films, Tusshar Kapoor who has always managed to hold his own in an ensemble starcast film couldn’t be happier.

Says Tusshar, “I give my heart and soul to my character. I believe that’s why directors make my roles more significant in context of the storyline. I’m content with the way people are reacting to my performance”.

Talking about why he chose to essay the character of Sheikh Munir adds Tusshar, “What I wanted to achieve with the character — a gangster with a good heart — I have. I wasn’t anticipating this feedback, but I admit that I wanted it. If I had a choice to pick a character I’d like to play in SAW, I’d choose Munir because I’m confident of the part”.

Always looking to strike a balance between his projects be it a comedy,an action entertainer or a drama,versatility has always been the key with Tusshar – “I’m not restricting myself to any particular genre. I like to strike a balance. My next film is Bajate Raho, an offbeat comedy; something I haven’t attempted before.” says the actor.


Give your Mother a Treat on this Mother’s Day at Ramee Grand Hotel

Pune, 2013: Ramee Grand, the only 5 star boutique hotel in Deccan is celebrating Mother’s Day on 12th May, 2013 at their Oriental Fusion restaurant & Rasoi vegetarian kitchen.

This Mother’s Day every kid has a chance to treat their mother to some yummylicious food by at Ramee Grand Hotel for free. Yes! You heard that right, take your mother at Ramee Grand Hotel and just pay for your meal and your mother will dine for free.

“We all know that a mother does everything for their children and she never get tired and she never retires, that is why we think she deserve every bit of a grand treatment, this is our small gift to every mother who has been working entire life for their kids, I hope they enjoy the food and have a great time at Ramee Grand Hotel”, said Mr. Subhadeep Datta, GM of Ramee Grand Hotel.

Only Mothers accompanied with their kids will be able to avail the offer. Timings are 12.30 pm to 3.00 pm for lunch at Oriental Fusion and Rasoi vegetarian Kitchen and 7.30 pm to 11.00 pm for dinner at Oriental Fusion restaurant

About Ramee Grand- Pune

Ramee group of Hotels, known for its hospitality and state-of the art amenities enters the Pune hospitality industry with the launch of its new hotel “Ramee Grand”. A 5 star boutique property, located in the heart of the city at Shivajinagar, the new Ramee Grand is spread over 20,000 sq ft, with 88 rooms, 3 F&B outlets & Banqueting facilities divided into 8 floors.

About Ramee Group of Hotels

Ramee Group of Hotels, Resort and apartment consist of 33 leading business and leisure hotels located in the cities Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Tirupati, Bahrain and Oman. Ramee Group is entering the Pune Market with the launch of Ramee Grand. The Ramee group of hotels is known as the strongest upcoming hotel chain in Middle-east and India. Whether it’s a vacation, adventure, spiritual or business trip Ramee Group of Hotels ensures a contentedly luxurious stay for its customers from within the country and overseas. The group is continuing to grow in the hospitality industry with a target to achieve 50 hotels within the next 3 years.

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Visshesh Tiwari a future star in making.

“Ek Thi Daayan” fame child artist Visshesh Tiwari is going places. Since last five years he is constantly busy with many feature films like Arshad Warsi’s production film ‘Hum Tum aur Ghost’, UTV’s ‘Chillar Party’ for which he received National Award for Best Child Actor. and many TV Commercial ads like, Everest Masala, Cello Gel Pen, Hit Spray, Bombino Pasta, Candyman Licks, SET MAX (Channel id), Horlicks, Nestle Éclairs, Lifebuoy, Educomp, McDonalds, Dish TV, Big Bazaar, Met life Insurance, Nokia, Onida AC, Vicks Vaporub, Maxo Coil, Fisher Price, Crax Masala Snacks, Britannia Treat, Chinni Pickle For South India, Tang Energy Drink, Jumpin Juice, Ujala Supreme, also many short films and Overseas Ads.

Visshesh Tiwari a fair complexion kid has basic interest in swimming, skating and playing football, he loves basically rock music and English music, Visshesh Tiwari aims for big screen and commercial advts. Visshesh’s ideal actor is Hollywood’s Robert De Niro and he loves his film ‘Godfather’, in Bollywood he is very fond of Naseerudin Shah and current Khiladi Akshay Kumar. His upcoming films are Vikram Bhatts ‘Ankur Arora Murder Case’, an International film titled ‘Under The Same Sun’ and many more. Let’s hope a future star is in making.

Wasim Siddiqu


Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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