Coke Studio@MTV Returns with Season 2

Soni’s strokes
Veteran artist Prithvi Soni held an exhibition of his works as a tribute to his late guru at hotel Leela. Celebs and painters thronged the venue. The first to arrive was sufi singer Mudasir Ali with DJ Amour, Yuvika Choudhary looking pretty in a white outfit followed with Anusha Iyer of ABA. Filmmaker Gitanjali Sinha came in with producer Hemendra. As did Gary Richardson. Ananya Banerjee, Rashmi Pitre, Sheena Chohan looking haute in white again, Madhusudan and Irshad Kamil made a late entry. As did painter Vishwas Sahni. Artists Minakshi Bhattacharya, Minakshi Bhattacharya and Shukla Choudhury cme in last. The evening was exciting with Prithvi Soni and Mudasir Ali’s voice resonating through the hall,.
A momentous occasion indeed.


YRF Entertainment teams with Stone Angels on Nicole Kidman film, now in pre-sales at Cannes.

YRF Entertainment CEO Uday Chopra has announced he is joining forces with Pierre-Ange Le Pogam of Stone Angels to produce and finance the upcoming Nicole Kidman vehicle, “Grace of Monaco”.

The film, to be directed by Olivier Dahan (“La Vie En Rose”), starts production this fall in South of France. YRF Entertainment’s development head, Jonathan Reiman, will serve as executive producer, along with the film’s writer, Arash Amel. Inferno is currently selling foreign rights to the film at the Cannes Film Festival.

The movie tells the story of efforts by the late Princess Grace of Monaco (the former Grace Kelly, played by Nicole Kidman) to make peace between her adopted country and France. Grace, just 33 years old and having just given up an acting career to become Monaco’s First Lady, maneuvered through a political minefield to resolve the situation, as detailed in the film.

The project is the latest move by YRF Entertainment, a Beverly Hills-based production and financing company that is a subsidiary of Indian studio Yash Raj Films, to develop, finance, and produce English language films for the U.S. and global market. Both Uday Chopra and Pierre-Ange Le Pogam are particularly pleased to be teaming up to bring “Grace of Monaco” to the big-screen.

Chopra says, “‘Grace of Monaco’ is the kind of movie that has a perfect blend of talent and sensibility that YRF Entertainment is proud to be a part of. We look forward to a great partnership with Olivier and Pierre-Ange.”

Le Pogam says, “When I first read the script written by Arash Amel, I thought it was a great story to tell, with a lot of artistic, historical and emotional potential. This is why I invited Olivier Dahan to become the director because he has this artistic vision. When Olivier and I met with Nicole Kidman for the first time, we felt immediately she was the right artist to portray Princess Grace. When I then met with Uday, I had the same feeling after our conversation. He was obviously the right partner because of his beautiful vision of the movie. We are very proud and enthusiastic to be sharing the experience of working together with YRF.”

YRF Entertainment is currently also overseeing post-production on Peter Glanz’s upcoming comedic feature, “The Longest Week”, starring Jason Bateman and Olivia Wilde, and has a slate of films in development.

About Stone Angels

Stone Angels is a production and distribution company based in Paris. Stone Angels is the French distributor of “Cosmopolis”, directed by David Cronenberg, starring Robert Pattinson and currently in the official competition at the Cannes Film Festival. Stone Angels co-produced and is distributing “Horses of God”, directed by Nabil Ayouch and in the official selection ‘Un Certain Regard’ at Cannes.

About YRF Entertainment:

YRF Entertainment is the U.S. division of Yash Raj Films, a 41-year-old studio in India founded by Yash Chopra, father of YRF Entertainment CEO Uday Chopra. YRF Entertainment, based in Beverly Hills, is a production and financing company focused on developing, financing and producing feature films for the U.S. and global marketplace.


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“I’ll be at the Olympics to watch” says Will Smith

Before the gala premiere of his new film MEN IN BLACK 3, Will Smith reached London to promote this film. The actor could not do without the black suit and looked as dashing as ever.

The award winning performer for the role of Muhammad Ali appreciated the athleticism of those he met and congratulated them for their hard work.He was seen shooting basketball hoops, jumping hurdles and throwing punches with the Olympic hopefuls.

Expressing his love for sports Smith said, “I’ve always loved sports – I love basketball and I love boxing. But I’ve never considered myself an athlete!” He also mentioned that he will be at Olympics to watch.

As much as happy he was to meet these Olympic hopefuls the same feelings were reciprocated by these Olympic hopeful MIB fans. The guilt of not having persued sports as a career, surely gets fulfilled by playing characters like Muhammad Al, mentioned the Actor.

The film MEN IN BLACK 3 premiers in London on 23rd May but will hit Indian theatres on 25th May.


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NDTV-TOYOTA GREENATHON 4 – Bigger, Faster, Stronger and Greener!

~ NDTV invites citizens to join the green campaign recycling centers in New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore ~

~ 12 hour gala fund raising event to be held for Greenathon 4 ~

National, May 18, 2012:

The 4th edition of the NDTV-TOYOTA Greenathon promises to be even bigger, better and greener. The 12 hour LIVE telethon on 20th May, at the Yash Raj Studio in Mumbai, will once again bring you a fantastic show from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM with a non stop combination of musical extravaganza, live chats with celebrities, simultaneous green activities across India, reports on environment and green pledges.

A host of celebrities and well known personalities will join NDTV Group CEO Vikram Chandra, campaign ambassador Priyanka Chopra and comedian Cyrus Broacha during the programme, which will be simultaneously telecast across the all channels of the NDTV Network.

Actor-Model Milind Soman will also be ending his challenging 1500 Km Green Run from Delhi to Mumbai at the Yash Raj Studio during the show. Milind’s Green Run began on 20th April from the Qutub Minar in New Delhi.

With the emphasis this year being on properly recycling waste, Vikram Chandra, CEO, NDTV Group said, “The focus of Greenathon 4 is on recycling waste and to facilitate the same we have put up recycling centers across the country. We urge everyone to come together to support the cause and hope to raise larger funds this year, changing many more lives.”

Over 15 crore rupees have been raised in the first 3 years of the Greenathon campaign, lighting up over 500 villages across the country, impacting thousands of households. Brand Ambassador Priyanka Chopra launched the fourth edition of the campaign with a clean up drive on 9th April on the banks of the Yamuna River in Agra.

About the NDTV-Toyota Green Campaign:

The NDTV-Toyota Green Campaign was the first ever-nationwide campaign to save the environment. Launched in April 2008, the Campaign was aimed at creating awareness about the environment, by involving the people of our country to make a difference, and is supported by Dr RK Pachauri and TERI. As part of the environment campaign, NDTV organized India’s first Telethon in 2009 – THE GREENATHON, a fundraising event that brought in people to donate money to support TERI’s initiative – Lighting a Billion Lives which aims at providing solar power to villages without electricity.

For further information, contact:

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Coke Studio@MTV Returns with Season 2

Celebrates Diversity through

8 Unique Episodes – 12 Breakthrough Producers – 200 Incredible Musicians

Amit Trivedi, Nitin Sawhney , Karsh Kale, Ehsaan & Loy, Clinton Cerejo, Shantanu Moitra, Hitesh Sonik, Hari & Sukhmani, Shilpa Rao, Jalebee Cartel, Papon, Dhruv Sangari, La Pongal, Agam, Saawan Khan Mangniyar, Mame Khan, Noora Sisters, Moora Lala, Sabeer Khan, Master Saleem, Swanand Kirkire, Piyush Mishra, Shankar Tucker, Kaushiki Chakrawarty, and several new discoveries


Mumbai 18th May, 2012: With over 40 Million viewers on MTV, 7 lakh fans on Facebook, 2 Million views on youtube, 13,000 CD’s and 15 live shows in its opening season, Coke Studio@MTV continues the journey to explore India’s rich music landscape. In this 2nd season, the focus will be to showcase diversity and innovation through 8 unique Episodes, 12 breakthrough Producers and over 200 incredible musicians….Coke Studio@MTV – Season 2 coming this July on MTV.

Speaking about the music property, Wasim Basir, Director – Integrated Marketing Communications, Coca-Cola India, said, “While Season 1 of Coke Studio truly exemplified the melodious symphony of diverse genres of music ranging from famous Bollywood rhythms, traditional tunes, modern western, folk, Season 2 promises to further amplify this magical experience for the music lovers by dwelling on ‘PURE’ Innovation to offer a musical concoction never heard before. Coke Studio is Coca-Cola’s unique point of view on music and an earnest endeavor to unite diverse musical genres, languages, artists and sounds, allowing the ‘Happy’ energy of Coca-Cola to bring people together. With the launch of the second season of Coke Studio in India, we continue with our quest to passionately refresh the world and ‘Open Happiness’ through the powerful platform of music. We are extremely excited about the second season and look forward to re-creating the magic of Coke Studio by delighting music aficionados with this incredible and remarkable musical treat”.

Extremely excited about Coke Studio@MTV – Season 2, Aditya Swamy, EVP & Business Head, MTV India commented, “Creating a platform to explore the many faces of music in India has been a truly rewarding experience for everyone involved and our desire is to bring India’s diverse music scene into the daily lives of young people. The most exciting part of this season is the making of over 40 original songs which has been a hugely creative and collaborative process. Our partnership with Coca-Cola is special to us and we value their faith in MTV”.

Coke Studio@MTV Season 2 will see musicians from varied genres come together and collaborate to create original music. Staying true to the core idea of a Fusion Music Project, the property will see independent, classical, folk EDM and popular artists combine their creative energies in a rare live performance. Every composition has been created exclusively for this project by some of the most experimental producers India has seen.

Amit Trivedi – is recognized for bringing in a new sound and revolution into Indian cinema. Known for his fresh experimentation in film music, with varied instrumentation, rustic and unknown voices. Amit is the Winner of National Award for best composer.

Nitin Sawhney – A proficient pianist, who also plays other instruments like tabla, drums and bass, Sawhney has been hailed internationally for combining musical patterns from Bach and Debussy to jazz, flamenco and Indian classical ragas. He has composed music for theatre, dance orchestra and several international projects.

Karsh Kale – Tabla Maestro and DJ, dubbed as the pioneer of the Asian Underground movement, his sound is described as a blend of drum and bass, electronica and Indian classical music. Karsh is also the founding member of ‘Tabla Beat Science’, which includes musical luminaries like Zakhir Hussain, Talveen Singh and Trilok Gurtu.

Clinton Cerejo – Best known for his vocal, music arrangements and production vision, Clinton first caught the fancy of AR Rahman and subsequently went on to create path breaking music across various spheres, from ad films, to gospel choirs to film music. He is considered an ace at fusing western sensibilities seamlessly into rustic Indian music.

Shantanu Moitra – A beacon of independent music, he started off creating jingles for Pradeep Sarkar, worked with the likes of Shubha Mudgal in his early years, and finally moved on to scoring compositions for critically acclaimed music in movies like Hazaaron Khwaayishein Aisi and Parineeta.

Ehsaan & Loy – From working together since their first independent project, Instant Karma along with Shankar Mahadevan, this duo of Ehsaan – arguably the best guitarist of India, and Loy – a pianist and bass guitarist have composed many path breaking compositions across varied genres.

Hitesh Sonik – Started off as a rhythm guitarist, who subsequently went on to produce and arrange compositions for films. Hitesh is credited with giving the experimental edge to Vishal Bharadwaj’s earthy compositions that represents the sound of India.

Apart from the aforementioned 7 maestros, the 8th episode will feature 5 young talented music composers, touted to be potential superstars in the Indian music scenario. Hari & Sukhmani – This Chandigarh based duo seamlessly fuse Punjabi folk with ambient electronic. Sukhmani is a trained Hindustani singer from Rampur Gharana and Hari, an audio engineer who excels in electronic. Dhruv Sangari – Also known as Bilal Chisti, best known for his sufi renditions, worked under the guidance of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and is already dubbed as one of the best, young sufi exponents of the country. Papon – Assam based singer, composer, producer, has already received rave reviews for his versatile voice that ranges from traditional assamese folk to Hindustani classical and is credited with creating a brand new genre

– Folktronica. Shilpa Rao & the deadly duo of Ashvin Mani Sharma & Ash Roy – Shilpa Rao, known for her deep soulful voice, trained in Hindustani classical and known for her experimentation across both independent music collaborations and Indian cinema. Ashvin and Ash have been founding members of Jalebee Cartel, have led the EDM movement in India and are known for their progressive psychedelic & electronic sounds having released several records and playing at the biggest music festivals globally. Agam – A Contemporary ‘carnatic’ rock act from Bangalore, have been creating waves in the indie music scene and been rated by MTV Roots as the hottest rock act to watch out for in 2012.

With 12 producers, 200 artists and over 40 original songs, season 2 will give you a taste of varied musical flavors. For anyone who likes to discover new sounds and experience unexpected combinations, this season will be a special treat. So gear up to venture into the brand new season of Coke Studio@MTV with teasers, sneak peeks, pictures & much, much more made available exclusively for Coke Studio fans 100 days before the show goes on air on and Facebook page, Coke Studio@MTV – Season 2 will follow a surround sound approach towards distribution as content will be available across several platforms such as TV , web, mobile, radio, physical CDs, not just in India but across the world.

Coke Studio is the Trademark of The Coca-Cola Company, Coca-Cola and Coke are the registered trademarks of The Coca-Cola Company

Coke Studio @ MTV- season 2, produced and broadcasted by Viacom 18 in association with Coca-Cola India Pvt Ltd

Line production by Red Chillies Entertainment’s Idiot Box

Location partners, Reliance Media Works Studio & Whistling Woods International


MTV India

Bhavana Mehta (09821479597) / Margerie Ferrao (09820003731) /

Avian-Media (MTV)

Ankita Anthony / Natasha Dsouza / Cynthia Thomas / /

Perfect Relations(Coca-Cola)

Priyama Pandey (09871075617) / Andrew Bareh (09811349881)

About Coca-Cola India:

Coca-Cola in India refreshes millions of consumers throughout the country with an exciting range of beverages including Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Thums Up, Fanta, Limca, Sprite, Maaza, Maaza Milky Delite, Minute Maid Pulpy Orange, Minute Maid Nimbu Fresh, Minute Maid Mixed Fruit, Minute Maid 100 % juice (Minute Maid Apple, Minute Maid Orange, Minute Maid Grape), Georgia, Georgia Gold, Kinley, Kinley Club Soda and Burn through a network of more than one and a half million outlets. The Coca-Cola India system has invested more than US$ 2 billion in its Indian operations and provides direct employment to more than 25,000 people. For more information and details on the company’s Indian operations please visit: and


“TV18 Broadcast Limited is proposing, subject to market conditions and other considerations, an offer of its equity shares on rights basis and has filed a Draft Letter of Offer with the Securities and Exchange Board of India. The Draft Letter of Offer is available on the website of SEBI at and the websites of the Lead Managers at and Investors should note that investment in equity shares involves a high degree of risk and are requested to refer to “Risk Factors” in the Draft Letter of Offer. The Equity Shares have not been and will not be registered under the US Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “US Securities Act”), or any state securities laws in the United States and may not be offered or sold in the United States or to, or for the account or benefit of, U.S. persons” (as defined in Regulation S under the US Securities Act) except in a transaction exempt from the registration requirements of the US Securities Act and in accordance with any applicable U.S. state securities laws.


Videocon is honored to continue its partnership with the most extravaganza event of the year IIFA 2012. Videocon will be the ‘title sponsor of IIFA Weekend’ that is to be held in lion city – Singapore from 7th – 9th June this year in the presence of most talented and distinguished celebrities of Indian Cinema. The announcement was made at a press conference in Mumbai at JWT Marriott, Juhu.

This association of videocon with IIFA is an old and prestigious one which calls for a celebration of entertainment fraternity. Speaking on the occasion Shekhar Jyoti, COO, Videocon Industries Limited said, “We share a common vision with IIFA, which is to take India across the globe. The Videocon IIFA weekend in Singapore promises to be a fun-filled and stimulating event with movies, fashion in addition to a Global Business Forum and Videocon is proud to be associated with an event that showcases India to the world.”


Roman Sen all set to launch Fiery Tiger Productions

Youngest Turk ,producer Roman sen is all set to launch his production house Fiery Tiger Productions which is will set precedence in the kind of cinema roman sen is all set to launch with a bouquet of three film
The cast credits to be announced shortly

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