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Cannes Embraces Gangs of Wasseypur Amid International Media Frenzy

The French Riveira was transformed into rural India on the 21st of May 2012, as Gangs Of Wasseypur, the much-anticipated film by acclaimed director Anurag Kashyap, was celebrated at a special star-studded cocktail party, hosted by Viacom18 Motion Pictures, to honour its inclusion in the prestigious 65th Cannes Film Festival’s Director’s Fortnight – the first time that a mainstream Bollywood film has had this honour.

Hailed as one of the most happening Bollywood parties of Cannes this year, gangs of curious guests at the cocktail party, which was held at the stunning NFDC Indian Pavilion, were given red branded gamchchas (bandanas) which are symbolic to the film. The international media, film executives, and VIPs took to wearing the gamchchas with pride to demonstrate their appreciation for the film. The gamchchas projected an earthy vibe of the film, which deals with 60 years of a feuding family’s life in the coal mining town of Dhanabad in Jarkhand, India.

Attendees were also welcomed by a champagne cocktail reception and treated to mouth-watering Indian delicacies, which brought a taste of India to Cannes.

Anurag Kashyap and the film’s actress and rising Bollywood beauty Huma Qureshi, who experienced Cannes’ very own monsoon, greeted the flurry of media who interviewed them about their upcoming Indian blockbuster.

Gangs Of Wasseypur, a mainstream Indian film, combines clever filmmaking with a powerful, high-concept and entertaining plot, with revenge at its core. Accentuated by strong performances by a talented and eclectic cast comprising of Hindi cinemas finest, Manoj Bajpayee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Richa Chadda, the film is cleverly told in two parts. Gangs Of Wasseypur represents the brave new Indian cinema breaking the cliches and conventions, something which Anurag Kashyap has come to be known for. The film is presented by one of India’s leading integrated film companies, Viacom18 Motion Pictures and produced by AKFPL.

The world premiere of Gangs Of Wasseypur will be held on the 22nd of May 2012 at the ‘Directors Fortnight’ at the Marriott, Cannes. Other highlights for the film during the festival week will include a debate forum on Bollywood’s changing place within Indian cinema on the 23rd of May.

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Poet-painter gets Sohail Khan’s support, gives proceeds for charity

Nature has always intrigued Dr.Nandita Desai, a painter-poet-educationist rolled into one. In her current series, the inspiration has been the greens, something that Dr.Desai worries will be extinct if we do not take steps to preserve it today. Hence, Nandita has captured all that she loves in various shadows of Green. Whether it be the vales, the flowers, the trees, the plants, the shrubs or the occasional creeper that tries to attract your attention with its curves, Nandita has used the brush as a magic wand to preserve those moments of time in frozen frames.
What happens when Desai and the benevolent Sohail Khan chance to meet? If Salman Khan chooses to paint, Sohail Khan, who confesses that “I cannot even draw a straight line” more than did his bit when he along with sufi singers Mudasir Ali and Victoria Polyakova, actor Vaishali Desai,artists Prafulla Dahanukar and Varsha Vyas, Aashish Vyas and Anusha Srinivasan Iyer of Art Buy Appointment Gallery, helped sell paintings for charity at Gallery Art Buy Appointment, and initiative to help young artists achieve their dreams.
In a simple event where Sohail managed to take out time between his shoot,the actor spent time talking to media and helping Nandita move her art for charity.
Said Nandita, “Earth,to me, is a living organism… ever changing,ever colourful and embodying the celebration of life. Nature vows me and inspires my creative spirit.Its energy leads me on an artistic journey.The idea is to look at what we see as nomal today may not be there at all tomorrow. If we need to have a tomorrow, we must protect our environment today,” she reasons. The proceeds go to charity towards Save Earth NGO and the elderly.

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Benaras becomes Bombay!

“I am mesmerised by Paramesh Paul’s works. One look at his works and I knew I had to be here,” said Rohit Roy. No one to mine words or express himself, Rohit’s praise is not unusual. For, this self-taught simple souls works and installations now have the city spellbound with not just hsi works but with his installations as well.

If a corner of his room was transformed into Benaras, the centrestage was taken by a huge boat that majestically transformed the room into a tranquil locale.

Need we say that the artist fraternity and Bollywood alike, more than welcomed Paul to the city during his inauguration. Sufi singer Mudasir Ali, Victoria Polykova and Ansuha Srinivasan Iyer of Art Buy Appointment rushed from an art aution in the suburbs while curator Suraj Laheru came in with family, veteran artists Brinda Miller, Prakash Bal Joshi, Amisha Mehta, Sonalli Iyengar, Prithvi Soni, Ananya Banerji, Gautam Patole, Gautam Mukherji, Rakhi Baid, Dhananjay Thakur, Vishwa Sahni, Subroto Sen and many more people thronged to witness his works.

The artist, simplistic that he is, preferred to let his works do the talking. And went about playing host instead of basking in all the adulation.

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Nana Patekar’s loss is Prakash Raj’s gain!

There was a strong buzz that Nana Patekar was approached to play the main villain opposite Aazaan-fame star Sachiin Joshi for his forthcoming film Mumbai Mirror.

But inside sources reveal that Prakash Raj has been signed on for the pivotal role. The powerhouse performer, who happens to be the flavour of the year with Singham, is also very excited about his role in the film. And why not! After all the Jaykant Shikre of Singham will now get to play Shetty; the most dreaded character in Mumbai Mirror.

But instead of a righteous cop like Bajirao Singham, Shetty will clash with the raw energy of a quirky whimsical and corrupt cop played by Sachiin Joshi.

The realistic commercial potboiler mirrors the Mumbai underbelly and revolves around the nexus between powerful corrupt dance bar lords and the Mumbai Police. Directed by Ankush Bhatt, of Bhindi Bazaar Inc. fame, the movie has some scintillating music by Anand Raj Anand. It’s expected to release in September 2012.

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Kashmera Shah’s play goes the Hollywood way!

Many movies have shot two to three different endings and climax sequences and decided which one to add in their projects at the last minute.

It’s a common practice in Hollywood to shoot two movie endings, take the opinions of focus groups and a cross section of people and retain the one more accepted. Bollywood too has caught up with a similar trend off late.

But what surprises us now is that Kashmera Shah’s latest play Tere Ghar Ke Samne has adopted a similar practice, albeit with a difference.

Over a few summer Sundays spread across weeks, Kash’s play has been running to packed houses at various theatre outlets, while experimenting with not two, but three different endings. Almost every week, the viewers get to see a different climax to her play. Whoa!

What’s more! What started as a one-off experiment is now becoming the norm. “Earlier we thought we’d do this for a couple of weeks and then stick to the end the audiences find the best. But this experimenting process gets the actors and audiences alike so kicked, that we are continuing with it,” reveals Kash.

Thanks to this, a select percentage of audiences have even returned for an extra round of the play, just to see how it will end in their second outing. We are often amazed how you manage to begin such whacky trends Kash, but it’s cool as long as you continue to amuse and entertain. More power to you and your wackiness girl!

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Evelyn Sharma gets a Vidya Balan connect with Euphoria!

Even before actress Vidya Balan made it big in Bollywood, she was a known face in the industry, thanks to her association with the band Euphoria. Now, newbie Evelyn Sharma is hoping, the same magic will rub on her as well.

The half-German-half-Indian international supermodel, who is working in a couple of Hindi flicks, including the Ranbir Kapoor-Deepika Padukone-starrer Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, says, “When I was approached to perform for a Euphoria video opposite Palash Sen, I was very excited.”

“They’ve introduced many popular actresses, including Vidya Balan and Neha Dhupia. Moreover, I’m a huge fan of rock music, so I was more than thrilled to do a slow rock song video with them,” she adds. Like most Euphoria numbers earlier, the recently released video is also getting rave reviews.

Meanwhile, apart from Ayan Mukerji’s Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani under Karan Johar’s banner Dharma Productions, Evelyn’s is also gearing up for Manish Tiwary’s Issaq opposite Prateik Babbar and veteran filmmaker Pramod Chakravorty’s grandson Prateek Chakravorty’s debut film From Sydney With Love.

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Rick Baker’s retro creative aliens

The franchise Men in Black is often associated with the creative aliens that its shows- tiny, slimy, sticky, eyes-popping aliens! The man behind creating such wondrous aliens is Makeup artist Rick Baker. Baker is associated with the past two movies of the franchise and will be back with such horrendous aliens in the third movie of the trilogy!

The movie Men in Black 3 of Sony Picture’s releases all over India on 25th May and will be in 3D.The movie brings back the two well-known agents-Agent J and Agent K. This time around J comes across a piece of news that makes him take a time jump. J lands in the era of 1960’s where the aliens aren’t as good as they ought to be! The shocking colour combos and the hippie culture has influenced these aliens too.

How does Baker bring forth these aliens of 1960’s is something we will see when the movie releases.But talking about the challenge of creating such monsters Baker says, “It is fun working for such franchise where not only do I get to show my creativity with aliens of 2012 but also get to create the aliens of 1960’s.The aliens of 1960’s with big eyes and wearing helmets on their heads”

Talking about the versatility of Baker, Will Smith says, “The thing I really love is the retro aliens. I thought that was an absolute stroke of genius. The aliens are designed from the science fiction perspective of the 60s. You know, Ray Bradburry, Isaac Asimov, “Star Trek” on TV, you know what I mean. Rick Baker designed each alien with that very awkward, peculiar sense of humor from the 60’s sci-fi perspective. The aliens capture a texture, a wonderful sense of humor, and a clever inventiveness that lends itself to this world”

The same testimony comes from the Producer Parkes. He says “It was Baker’s idea to have a little fun in his alien designs. He came in one day and said, ‘What if the aliens in 1969 were 1960s aliens, retro-futuristic aliens that reflected our collective memory of that time and a more innocent approach to sci-fi?’ It was just such a charming idea, and everyone went for it.”

Charming or not, the creativity is sure to appease the audience.But how very appeasing will it be will only revealed once the movie releases in India on 25th May.

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Dr.Vikramaditya Narayan has joined Atharva Infotainment P.Ltd

Dr.Vikramaditya Narayan has joined as partner & ceo as Atharva Infotainment P.Ltd,before he was with Pyramid Saimira as CEO and as Vice President at EROS looking after overall business.He is a Phd in International Business and also holds a doctorate in Yoga Psychology from International Yoga Fellowship,Munger. i
Atharva Infotainment is a fully integrated, broad-based entertainment & media company a vertical of Atharva Industries Ltd ISO 9001:2008 Company the venture is above all in creation, production, distribution, licensing and marketing of all forms of Films and creative content and their related businesses, across all current and emerging media and platforms. Aggregating in Digital Media, Social Media.Electronic Consumer Publishing, Magazine Publishing, Content Strategy. He will also be overlooking the Value Alliance Services as loyalty driven product which will entitle the holder to shop dine and leisure in peace and engaging in entertainment at their devices as well as all screens.

Speaking on Narayan’s joining Mr Anil Rai Chairman Atharva Industries Ltd, said our goal is to maximize our clients growth potential by providing specialized marketing services to expand their brand.Narayan will introduce entertainment properties as part of the marketing mix, secure celebrity endorsement deals and manage large events.Also reteriating Narayan included that he will provide clients the opportunity to reduce their to-do list by enlisting us to handle areas of expertise.Our mission is to give each client a unique experience through the entire project cycle. We work to maintain a corporate culture, which reflects our values of high ethical standards, reliability and professionalism.
A very strong and seasoned team is budding under Dr. Vikramaditya Narayan he brings with him unique experience having built several world-class brands in the media and entertainment space and is a innovative marketing professional with 19 years of strategic brand management and expertise in Advertising & Marketing, Expertise in strategic planning, new business development, capital asset oversight. He mentors at John1on5 and Gerson & Laherman USA as a consultant for many entrepreneurs and institution.
Atharva Infotainment in a nutshell is,
A privately held Ltd company by Dr Vikramaditya Narayan & Mr.Anil Rai.Has offices in Mumbai and New Delhi and affiliated offices in Dubai,London and Hong Kong.
Is an international and domestic distributor of all entertainment products.AI is an IFTA (Independent Film & Television Alliance) member.
Develops, finances and produces its own productions both in films and events.A full service production and post production company with its own facilities.
IPTV, radio broadcasting station in the community based areas with web based reception.A satellite programming station for television network dedicated to marketing and eCommerce is being stationed.

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Gangs of Wasseypur’s World Premiere Opens to Packed Houses At 65th Cannes Film Festival

Yesterday, Tuesday 23rd May saw eager crowds line the streets outside the world renowned JW Marriot for the exclusive world premiere of Gangs Of Wasseypur, the first mainstream Bollywood film to be selected for the Director’s Fortnight. Onlookers screamed as the Belles of Bollywood sashayed down the red carpet and dazzled the fans with their jaw-dropping floor length gowns. Once again the supporters of the most highly anticipated Indian film of the 65th Cannes Film Festival proudly donned their statement red gamchchas as they took their seats in a fully packed 800 strong capacity screening.

Actresses Huma Quereshi, Richa Chadda and Reema Sen, and Bollywood’s only female music director, the 28 year old stunner Sneha Khanwalkar, were joined by the film’s acclaimed director Anurag Kashyap and the male leads in the film Manoj Bajpayee and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, known as two of India’s most critically acclaimed actors.

Gangs Of Wasseypur, a mainstream Indian film, combines clever filmmaking with a powerful, high-concept and entertaining plot, with revenge at its core. Accentuated by strong performances by a talented and eclectic cast comprising of Hindi cinemas finest, Manoj Bajpayee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Richa Chadda, the film is cleverly told in two parts. Gangs Of Wasseypur represents the brave new Indian cinema breaking the cliches and conventions, something which Anurag Kashyap has come to be known for. The film is presented by one of India’s leading integrated film companies, Viacom18 Motion Pictures and produced by AKFPL.

Gangs Of Wasseypur releases on 22nd June.

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Gear up for fun times at school with Cartoon Network’s ‘Back to School’ range

MUMBAI (May 23, 2012): Kids can eagerly look forward to a new term at school with the coolest merchandise from Cartoon Network! Cartoon Network Enterprises presents an array of Back to School products featuring Ben 10, Ben 10 Ultimate Alien, the Powerpuff Girls, Cartoon POP and Gwen 10.

It’s time to go hero with Ben 10 & Ben 10 Ultimate Alien school bags, stationery, water bottles, sippers and lunch boxes. The Ben 10 school bags are priced between Rs. 895 to Rs. 1295 and the new range of stationary is available from Rs. 20 to Rs. 599. This year, Cartoon Network doubles the fun quotient with a cool school bag range featuring an assortment of popular classics like Johnny Bravo, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Billy and Mandy amongst others as part of its Cartoon POP franchise attractively priced between Rs 795 to Rs. 995. Girls can look forward to the ultra stylish Powerpuff Girls & Gwen 10 school bags which are high on quality and function at an affordable price range of Rs 795 to Rs 995.

There is also a smashing line-up of activity and storybooks just for girls! Gwen Tennyson, Ben’s feisty and intelligent 10 year old cousin who has the ability to use spells and magic to attain superhuman attributes, is launching an exciting series of story and activity books just for her fans. Published by Wisdom Tree, these books are priced between Rs. 50 to Rs. 100. Cartoon Network also launches its best-selling picture storybooks for young readers in 3D format for Rs 125. This latest collection of back to school merchandise and over 100 new books in traditional print and fascinating novelty formats are available at all leading retail stores such as Lifestyle, Landmark, Reliance Time-Out, Reliance Trends, Reliance Hypermart, More, Shoppers Stop, Hypercity, Crossword, Tesco, Westside, Spar Nationwide and major bookstores including Crossword, Oxford and online on Flipkart.com.

The most exciting launch this season is the v-ebooks (video-ebooks) and interactive activity books launched by Cartoon Network in partnership with Attano Media & Education. These books, available on attano.com are based on Cartoon Network’s popular brands including Ben 10, Gwen 10, Ben 10 Alien Force, Ben 10 Ultimate Alien, Generator Rex and the Powerpuff Girls. This interactive platform encourages children to use multiple tools for drawing, coloring, making notes etc. while the v-ebooks have an additional feature of playing video clips from their favorite episodes; seamlessly bridging the gap between reading and viewing for a complete story-telling experience. The books are priced between Rs. 40 – Rs. 200 and are suitable for 4-14 year olds.

Commenting on the initiative, Gaurav Brar, Director, Cartoon Network Enterprises, South Asia, Turner International India Pvt. Ltd. said, “It’s our constant endeavour at Cartoon Network Enterprises to understand the pulse of our young audiences, one of them being the pride with which they flash our insignia at school. Our Back to School range helps to bridge the gap between kids and their favourite TV characters so that they too can be a part of the toon world they admire!”

About Cartoon Network Enterprises

Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE), a specialized licensing and merchandising division of Cartoon Network, works towards driving long-term value for the Network and its properties, and is responsible for setting up new businesses leveraging the equity of the characters via consumer products, promotional licensing, home videos, interactive games, publishing, etc. Cartoon Network Enterprises has pioneered the Indian licensing and merchandising industry by establishing the concept of promotional licensing with a host of clients in the kids’ space as well as non-traditional, non-kids’ companies. CNE also introduced the concept of third party licensing with the launch of Beyblade. CNE also expanded its portfolio and entered the merchandising space with its second Indian kids’ channel POGO, with POGO apparel, home entertainment, activity kits and lots more.

For more information, please contact:

Turner International India Pvt. Ltd.

Genesis BM

Jumana Nagree

+91 98208 33663

Roslyn Sinha l Padma Rao

+91 99301 96980 l +91 98331 80409

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Hemant Madhukar Wife goes all against Veena Malik

One of the toughest jobs for a celebrity wife is to ensure her husband is kept away from the hot actresses trying to cling on to him. While most of them are successful at it, there are times when such things tend to cause a lot of stress to the wives but they have no choice except dealing with it.

Anyways, the talk from Mumbai right now is one Director Wife is miffed with the hot bollywood beauty Veena Malik. Well, she is none other than Tripta Madhukar, wife of Director Hemant Madhukar. Apparently, news is that Veena enjoying her singlehood and very evidently, mingling. She spotted Cosying-up to the director of Mumbai 125kms,Hemant Madhukar.

Hemant Madhukar wife is very upset with her husband and his upcoming movies star cast Veena malik who is reportedly getting to close with her husband.


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