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Mahesh Bhatt makes a special appearance at YA RAB screening

Mumbai, 4th November, 2013: The shooting of producer Mohsin Ali Khan and director Hasnain Hyderabadwala’s Ya Rab is complete and ready to release. The film is co-produced by Rohit Kumar, the film features Vikram Singh in the lead. The film deals with the Muslim community and revolves around the facts of Quran. The director of the film is known for doing commercial cinema like ‘The Train’ and ‘The Killer’, he has now taken a bold turn with a film on religious view points from Islam. The subject considered is too hot to touch, considering the fragile sensibilities associated with the subject it’s very imperative that the high officials of Islamic community should review before its commercial release.

The team of Ya Rab has organized a special screening at light box for their respected Maulanas; the objective of the screening was to make sure the movie content is apt and doesn’t defames the Islamic commandments. The Director and producer also shared that it was Mahesh Bhatt who encouraged them to take up this subject. The road to the movie was not easy as the script required to maintain a balance between different ideologies, trying to offend none but still drive the point home. Working on a feasible script was the most difficult part for Ya Rab as the film attempts to defy the fundamental elements of the society. Hence after its completion the team is previewing the film to have their take on it before releasing it. Their only aim is to correct those who misinterpret the Quran and its teachings.

Mahsh Bhatt also made his presance felt and had a group discussion with the team and media. The film is shot in Lucknow, it is packed with some powerful performances by Manzar Sahbai of Bol fame and versatile actor, Akhilendra Mishra. Action:Abbas Ali Mughal. Writer: Ikram Akhtar and Sanjay Masoomm.

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‘R…Rajkumar’ gives India its first custom comic

Eros International and NextGen Films’ R…Rajkumar in a creative marketing stratergy gave its fans a chance to feature alongside Shahid Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha in India’s first custom comic, something that has never been attempted or done this far. The contest, which began on 25th October on Facebook, invited its fans to submit their ‘faadu’ story ideas. Of these, three winners would soon be featured in a special digital comic.
Starring Sonakshi Sinha and Shahid Kapoor, the movie directed by Prabhu Dheva has caught massive attention through its ‘hatke’ dialogues and songs that make one dance to its beats.

Giving fans another reason to be excited, the Facebook page of the movie began the contest where the participants had to submit their stories in the comment box. The selection of the winning entries will be on the basis of how interesting and out-of-the-ordinary the story is and would then be turned into, what would be India’s first custom comic for any movie. The winners would be featured in their own story alongside Shahid and Sonakshi in their digital avatar in the Comic strip. The contest ended on 31st October 2013.

Talking about the concept says producer Viki Rajani, “The interactive comic book was purely strategized keeping the marketing angle in mind. Also it has become a huge talking point. We have uploaded stills of our hero on Facebook and Twitter. Users can add their own pictures to it and make a new story”

Eros International and NextGen Films’ R…Rajkumar starring Shahid Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha, directed by Prabhu Dheva is scheduled to release 6th December 2013.

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Katrina Kaif shoots in the scorching Beirut climate despite illness.

Katrina Kaif who shot in Beirut alongside Saif Ali Khan for Kabir Khan’s untitled next put up a brave front , as the actress who is just about recovering from a viral flu shot in areas that saw temperatures sore, leading to the cast and crew facing severe dehydration.

The schedule that went on floors in the latter half of October turned out to be extremely challenging for the cast and crew given the unbearably hot weather in Lebanon at this time of the year.However,Bollywood lucky mascot Katrina Kaif ,being the professional that she is ,decided to shoot despite the current conditions in order to not inconvenience the cast and crew so that everyone would make it back to the country in time for the festive season.

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Ranvir Dances On The Ramp

Ranvir Shorey`s next release On The Ramp, is almost completed. The Movie that is Produced by Rajeev Bhatia and Nitin Arora, has yet to release it`s trailer. The buzz is that, Ranvir who is known to tickle your funny bone will be seen dancing in this one.

According to the sources, the movie that was shot abroad, will see the comic actor dancing. Many thought that he has two left feet. But the way he danced stunned and silenced everyone. Choreographer Pappu Malu, well know for his tough dance routines too, had no problem instructing him. He even managed to shock his leading lady Urvashi Sharma in the process.

Director Imran Khalid too, was astonished beyond words. The story goes like this, Imran was very hesitant to have any dance numbers but when he saw Ranvir rehearsing with Pappu Malu few days before the shoot, he was surprised with Ranvir’s dancing abilities. He performed many breathtaking steps, which includes break-dance and hip-hop. Imraan was mightily impressed and decided to make him dance for the that specific song. He believes that, the song is very enticing and will surely grab the audience`s attention.

Ranvir plays a fashion designer in the film ,and carries a new look to support his role .

The Movie ON THE RAMP is also Co- produced by S R Aggrawal.

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Kangana Ranaut has critics raving with her versatile act in Krrish 3

National award winner and Bollywood’s poster girl for fashion , Kangana Ranaut , who has always received a huge thumps up for her performances in the past,doesn’t disappoint with her latestact as the gothic and menacing Kaya in Rakesh Roshan’s Krrish 3.

As the superhero entertainer released yesterday, Kangana has everyone from the industry and critics floored with her versatile and convincing performance, as she essays a villainous role in the film.

All praise for the actress says Taran Adarsh, “Kangana Ranaut is superb. She exhibits a lot of toughness in her personality, which gels well with her on-screen character. She’s deadly and gorgeous — a lethal combo. The actress is sure to win laurels for the role.”

Says trade guru Komal Nahta, “Kangana Ranaut is first-rate in a very difficult role which, neverthless, has various shades and which gives her immense scope to perform.”

Adds critic Rajeev Masand, “The most impressive performance is from Kangana Ranaut, in the scene-stealing part of Kaya, who hits just the right balance between vulnerability and voluptuousness.”

“Kangana in her gothic and deviously dark avatar looks stunning and pulls off an outstanding act” says Madhureeta Mukherjee.

Says Rohit Khilnani, “Kangana Ranaut is simply outstanding! I’m told she initially rejected this role and then later agreed to do it. Now I know why she came back to it. She sails smoothly in the evil character gliding through the action scenes and making them look all natural.”

Says Kangana Ranaut, “Kaya was a physically and mentally challenging role and I’m glad that the hardwork paid off..The reactions and feedback are overwhelming and encouraging…”.

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Big Cinemas celebrates Diwali with special children from the Cancer Patients Aid Association

Ø Organizes a special screening of the film Krrish 3

Ø Vivek & Kangana partake in the festivities

Ø The film was screened for around 300 children

Mumbai 2nd November 2013: BIG Cinemas made Diwali special for over 300 children associated with the Cancer Patients Aid Association, by organizing a special screening of the film Krrish 3 at BIG Cinemas, Wadala, Mumbai.

Kangana Ranaut & Vivek Oberoi, actors from the film were also present. They interacted with the children and indeed made their Diwali special with Krrish 3.

Commenting on the same, Ashish Saksena, Chief Operating Officer, BIG Cinemas said, “We at BIG Cinemas are happy to associate with the Cancer Patients Aid Association and bring a smile on the faces of these children.”

Speaking on the occasionAnita Peter, Director of CPAA said, “Cancer Patients Aid Association (CPAA) is an association that funds Cancer treatment for those who cannot afford it. CPAA believes that besides medical treatment, it is imperative to also add joy to the lives of these patients by organizing events such as these. a memory they will cherish for life. Our corporate friends make this possible.”

About Reliance MediaWorks Ltd:

Reliance MediaWorks is one of India’s leading Media & Entertainment (“M&E”) companies, with a presence across several businesses including theatrical exhibition of films, film and media services and television content production and distribution. Headquartered in Mumbai, India, Reliance MediaWorks has operations across 78 cities and towns in India and internationally in the United Kingdom and the United States.

The Company has comprehensive presence in Film and Media Services: Motion Picture Processing and DI; Film, Audio Restoration and Image Enhancement; 3D; Digital Mastering: Studios and Equipment rentals; Visual Effects; Animation; Broadcast, TVC Post Production & Feature Film Promotion services with presence across India, USA and UK and offers end to end integrated services across the entire film and media services value chain to production houses, studios and broadcasters, globally.

Reliance MediaWorks operates one of India’s largest cinema chains, under the brand ‘BIG Cinemas’ across India & the United States .with over 430 screens (as on September 20th 2013) & catered to approximately 23 million customers as on August 31st, 2013.

Reliance MediaWorks offers end to end integrated services including Production, Post Production and Media & Creative Services to production houses, studios and broadcasters.

Reliance MediaWorks is also engaged in the business of television content production through our subsidiary, Big Synergy Media Limited, under the brand “BIG Synergy”, which primarily produces non-fiction program’s in addition to adapting international program formats for Indian viewers.

For Further Information Contact:

Aurum Media Pvt Ltd

Puja / Daisy

9820473457/ 9820724179

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TATA STARBUCKS LTD. OPENS THE 27th STARBUCKS® STORE IN INDIA AT SANTACRUZ, MUMBAI

Located at Backstage Building in Santacruz, the new store combines rich coffee heritage with Indian cinema and cricket

MUMBAI; November 2, 2013 – Tata Starbucks Limited, the 50/50 joint venture between Starbucks Coffee Company (Nasdaq: SBUX) and Tata Global Beverages Limited, opened doors to the thirteenth Starbucks® store in Mumbai and the twenty seventh in India. Continuing its focused expansion in the market, the new store located in Santacruz promises to offer more avenues for customers to enjoy the highest quality coffeehouse experience in their neighborhood.

Commenting on the store opening, Avani Davda, CEO, Tata Starbucks Limited said, “This store celebrates the unique place that coffee and cinema have in the lives of our customers. The rich store design imbibes Mumbai’s relationship with Indian Cinema and reflects our commitment to consistently elevate the Starbucks Experience for our customers.”

Located at Backstage Building on Ramakrishna Mission Road in Santacruz (West), the store is spread over approximately 3500 sq. ft. with a seating capacity of over 90 and will be open for customers from 7 am to 11 pm every day. Inspired by Indian Cinema and Cricket – part of the social fabric of India, the store is adorned with rustic warm woods, rich woven tribal fabrics and coffee relics. The interior artwork of the store weaves in elements from cricket and exudes the coffee story which has been created with a vintage bioscope mounted on the wall constructed using strips of archival 35mm cut film. Along with the reclaimed stacked wood at the back bar tying into the wood slate details on the ceiling, the store also displays posters of epic movies showcasing the cinematic heritage of the Indian film industry in the last 100 years and a bioscope depicting the bean to cup story.

Delivering its promise of serving as a unique Third Place for customers, the store will offer an extensive range of offerings, including Starbucks® signature espresso-based beverages and Starbucks VIA™ Ready Brew, along with a wide variety of western and Indian favorites to choose from. The store will also offer a wide range of Starbucks merchandize and free Wi-Fi so customers can enjoy the unparalleled coffeehouse experience that Starbucks is known for.

Starbucks entered the Indian market in October 2012 and currently operates twenty seven stores in India across Mumbai, Delhi NCR and Pune. Starbucks® stores are operated by the joint venture, Tata Starbucks Limited, and branded as Starbucks Coffee – “A Tata Alliance”.

About Starbucks

Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting the highest-quality arabica coffee in the world. Today, with more than 17,000 stores around the globe, the company is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit us in our stores or online at www.starbucks.com

About Tata Global Beverages

Tata Global Beverages is a part of the global Tata Group. Tata Global Beverages is a global beverage business and the world’s second largest tea company. The group’s annual turnover is US $1.5 bn and it employs around 3000 people worldwide. The Company focuses on ‘good for you’ beverages and has a stable of innovative regional and global beverage brands , including Tata Tea, Tetley, Himalayan natural mineral water and Eight O’ Clock Coffee. For more information, please visit www.tataglobalbeverages.com

For further information contact:

Tata Starbucks Limited media contact:

Edelman India

Manali Parmar

manali.parmar@edelman.com | +919833975722

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Thousands of people throng to Baahubali’s first outdoor shoot!

S S Rajamouli’s upcoming period drama Baahubali has piqued people’s interest already.

The hype surrounding the film is not without a reason and the stellar cast comprising Prabhas, Rana Daggubati and Anushka Shetty has ensured that the film continues to make news.

The cast and crew of the film got a first taste of people’s curiosity when they landed in Kurnool in early July to shoot the film. As soon as the news spread around that Rajamouli and his team had come to Kurnool, a small town in AP, thousands of people thronged to the shooting spot.

The entire team was caught off-guard and controlling the crowd became a mammoth task. Nearly 30, 000 people turned up on location.

It was a snowballing effect and the crowds kept soaring as time passed.

Initially, Rajamouli had planned to shoot few crucial scenes in Kurnool; however, incessant rainfall and boisterous crowds deterred him from continuing the shoot.

Before calling off the shoot, he decided to make the best opportunity of the pandemonium on the shooting spot. After Prabhas and Rana pacified the crowd to keep calm, Rajamouli took centre stage and requested everyone to scream ‘Jai Baahubali’ in sync. Interestingly, the entire incident was captured by the sound department so that it can be used in the film’s final cut to create the right ambient sound in some crucial scenes.

The film stars Prabhas, Rana, Anushka in lead roles whereas Ramya Krishna, Nassar, Sathyaraj, Kicha Sudeep, Adivi Sesh and Subbaraju will be playing supporting roles. The film’s shooting is currently going on in Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad and the next schedule is going to take place in Kerala.

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Farhan goes back to Dubai

Farhan has been touring with his band, Farhan Live. He has been performing across cities. He has also been invited my umpteenth colleges.

Farhan’s band, which was formed early this year, Farhan Live is also quickly becoming popular internationally.

Farhan was hosted by Quincy Jones last month in Dubai and got a fantastic response.

Quincy has co-produced Michael Jackson’s albums and is a big name in the music world.

Immediately after that Farhan got umpteenth requests from various quaters in Dubai to come and perform

Seizing a good opportunity Farhan’s band went back to Dubai to perform. They were performing at Hard Rock Cafe on Diwali.

Dubai has a huge Indian community…

A lot of Indians and NRI’s flocked to HRC to catch Farhan’s show.

Diwali being a special occasion for is celebrated with vigor in Dubai. The event witnessed youth and even families come to watch Farhan Akhtar perform live.

The band has been snowballing ever since it came together, early this year.

Now post Dubai, Farhan has another 5 – 7 performances lined up in India

Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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