Director Gauri Shinde excited about English Vinglish TV premiere

Director Gauri Shinde excited about English Vinglish TV premiere

When Gauri Shinde geared to make a project close to her heart, little did the debutante director know, the impact the film would have on the audience, both critically and commercially.

While English Vinglish went on to have cash registers ringing at the box office , the good feedback came the director’s way even after the DVD was officially launched in November.

Says Gauri Shinde , “It was whole set of new reactions when the DVD launched. Apart from the repeat viewers …people who didn’t get to watch it in theatres saw it for the first time on DVD and have not held themselves back in their positive reactions. What is most rewarding to me is when individuals and groups tell me how the film has touched their lives.”

After the successful launch of the DVD ,Gauri is now excited as the film is soon to premiere on Indian television this 29th December.

Ecstatic about it says Gauri, “With the television premiere of English Vinglish, so many women who were not able to get out and watch the film will be able to do that and I am excited to see the reaction. Women have come up to me and said its their own story and how some men have said that they have changed their behavior towards their wives etc. that’s the biggest and greatest feeling for me and I cant wait for the nation to watch it”.

Says leading lady Sridevi ”
29th Dec is going to be exciting- English Vinglish telecast and my husband’s Sur Kshetra final telecast. Looking forward to see both.”


Having worked very hard off-season, Stanislas Wawrinka confident of shining at Aircel Chennai Open 2013

Wawrinka, who idolises Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela, has completed ten years in the world of professional tennis but eager to put in his best and win every match he plays

Looking forward to a fantastic 2013, the six-footer hopes to be in the best form thanks to the hard work off-season

CHENNAI, December 24, 2012: World No. 17 Stanislas Wawrinka is one of those players who couldn’t be happier to start the New Year at the Aircel Chennai Open 2013. It is after all a tournament he has grown to love and respect over the five seasons he has launched there. The 27-year-old Swiss national has witnessed India’s and South Asia’s only ATP World Tour tennis event grow from strength to strength into the USD $430,000 event it is now. In 2011, Wawrinka won his 3rd career ATP World Tour title in Chennai and has been choosing the tournament to kick start his new campaign simply because he feels the event provides him with a great platform to set off. “The tournament has become huge over the years and it’s great to see how amazing it gets from year to year,” he said. “I adore the spectators and preparing for Chennai has a very relaxing feeling to it. Support from the crowds is probably the main reason I come back,” he added. He also admits the tournament gets the best-looking spectators.

Though there are higher ranked players in the draw, Wawrinka is definitely one to watch out for. A player with simple goals, he is focussed on pushing himself to do better than the year before and on staying healthy and happy in the seasons to come.

2012 has been a good season for Wawrinka. He put up a solid performance in Cincinnati against World No. 2 Roger Federer and looking to build on that momentum in 2013. Though many would think that his greatest achievement until now has been his gold medal victory for Switzerland in the men’s doubles event in the Beijing Olympics partnering multiple Grand Slam winning compatriot Roger Federer, he feels the best is yet to come. After experiencing a narrow quarterfinal loss during last year’s tournament, he is refreshed, renewed and all set to take on the best in the world during the coming weeks. Looking forward to a fantastic 2013, the six-footer said he has worked very hard during the off-season and hopes to be in the best form possible.

Deriving pleasure from his game makes a lot of sense to the Swiss who does not worry about aspects like the nature of the playing surface at a tournament. “I don’t think about it too much. I just try to get on with it and enjoy my tennis”, he said.

Wawrinka began playing tennis at age eight and was coached by Dimitri Zavialoff since then before the pair split after Wimbledon in June 2010. “Life goes on when you change coaches. I have had to grow up and I’m excited about the future, he said while recollecting his association with the coach.

Committed to playing the best tennis while on the court, he transforms into a caring husband and father off the court. This is evident in the way he expresses his feelings for his family. “I have a baby and she makes every year memorable off-court!” he exclaimed while telling us about daughter Alexia. He is also certain that wife Ilham is the best-looking woman he has seen on the WTA Tour even though she is not on the tour all the time! He however confesses his admiration for Angelina Jolie because the actor helps underprivileged children being a UN ambassador.

In his free time, the right-hander loves to play table tennis, listen to music and use his play station, and given a chance, would love to play the role of Batman. It is not surprising that five visits to Chennai have taught him a thing or two about India – tandoori chicken has become his favourite Indian dish and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan an actor he respects


The USD 430,000 Aircel Chennai Open, owned by IMG and operated and organized by IMG Reliance, is India’s only and South Asia’s premier ATP World Tour Open 250 event. Started in 1996, by IMG, a global leader in sports management and marketing, the tournament has completed sixteen successful years of existence, branding Chennai and India on the global tennis map thus creating a legacy of sorts of promoting international tennis in India. Winner of the prestigious ATP’s Player Services Award of Excellence (2006) for its outstanding organization and wonderful hospitality towards the participants and ATP’s Best Marketing Award (2008), the event has acquired the status of a much sought-after tennis event for both players and fans alike in the International tennis circuit. The 18th edition of the tournament will be held from December 31, 2012 to January 6, 2013 at the SDAT Tennis stadium in Nungambakkam, Chennai. The tournament is conducted in Chennai under the aegis of the All India Tennis Association (AITA) and is organized with the active collaboration of the Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu (SDAT) and Tamil Nadu Tennis Association (TNTA).


In 2010 Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), India’s largest and most recognized private sector company, and IMG Worldwide (IMG), the world’s leading sports marketing and management company, announced the formation of an equal joint venture to develop, market and manage sports and entertainment in India. The joint venture company, IMG Reliance Pvt. Ltd., will create and operate major sports and entertainment assets in the country. In its first initiative, IMG Reliance entered into an agreement with the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) to create a new professional basketball league and manage all aspects of the commercial rights to the game in India. IMG Reliance signed a 15-year agreement with the AIFF, to improve, popularize and promote the game of football throughout India, from the grassroots to the professional level. IMG Reliance has also created a scholarship program to identify and train talented young Indians from sports including – basketball, soccer and tennis–at IMG’s world-class sports training facilities at IMG Academies in Bradenton, Florida.

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Hemant Pandey for the first time in a serious role

Comedy serial “Office Office” fame Pandey ji, do you remember him? Hemant Pandey as he is known has tickled you all with comedy but he is back and this time in a serious role.

“Ever since the start of my career I was marked as comedy actor owing to which my talents were kept hidden, but one day PRO turned director Harish Sharma offered me a role which was beyond my expectations. In this supernatural movie “2 nights in soul valley” I neither smile nor make you laugh as my role in the movie is of a guide who is very cryptic in a way, you see his positive shades and there is a sudden switch to negative. The character adds spook to the tale,” says Pandey.

Talking about why and how he got this film Hemant says, “I knew director Harish Sharma from last 20 years and we have been good friends. We first met in my home town Pithoragrah where Sharma was a PTI journalist. After establishing himself in PR industry when he thought of directing movie that time he offered me this role. And as this is my first role in a grey character I hope after this movie my mark as Comedy actor will be purged and I will receive offers even for serious roles in movies.” This 82 minute supernatural movie based on the real incident was shot in the span of 12 days in Haryana’s hill station Morni, Chandigarh, Panchkula and Pithoragrah.

Pinta & Dehal Production’s(Chandigarh based) movie stars debutant Sumeet Sharma, Aakshi khari, Meenakshi Arya, Suumit Sharma, Gaurav Shah and England singer and composer Milli Moonstone alongside Hemant Pandey.

Hemant Pandey is a veteran theater actor who has acted in television serials like Office-Office, Neer Bhare Tere Naina Devi, and film’s like Mujhe kuch kehna hai,Krish, Ready, Bin bulaye barati etc. With this film Hemant Pandey starts afresh by entering the film world in a serious character for the first time ever.

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Mohd. Shakeel Saifi Launched the Audio of the film “MERI SHAADI KARAO”

Member of Film Censor Board, Govt. of India Mohd. Shakeel Saifi launched the Music of Gurdeep Singh Mehndi’s debut Film “MERI SHAADI KARAO”.

Other known personalities present at the do were “Varith Nagrik Kesari Club’s” Chairperson Smt. Kiran Chopra, Gurdeep Singh Mehndi, Actress Radhika and Smt. Minni Mehndi (Daler Mehndi’s wife)

Mr. Saifi says, “It’s an honor to launch music of this film MERI SHAADI KARAO in which son of Daler Mehndi is debuting and will appear on the silver screen with his acting and singing talents. I had listened to the songs of the film…they are very peppy and some of them are soulful…Waiting for the film to release and I will definitely watch the film to witness rising of another star.”

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TABcab ties-up with ‘Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola’;

Announces contest for customers

Customers get chance to win free movie tickets, and spend time with Imran Khan and Anushka Sharma
Imran and Anushka flag off the event
20 TABcabs sport contest & movie promotion creative

MUMBAI, December 24, 2012: TABcab, Mumbai’s top phone fleet taxi operator, today announced that it has tied-up with new Vishal Bharadwaj movie Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola, a soon-to-be released Bollywood film. The promotional launch of the movie was held at Star House at Mahalaxmi, Mumbai, on December 24, 2012.

TABcab has also organized a contest for its customers in association with the movie. As per the contest, customers who book a TABcab between December 25, 2012 and January 10, 2013 stand a chance to win free movie tickets of “Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola.” Also, the top 10 winners will get an opportunity to spend time with Matru (Imran) and Bijlee (Anushka).

Announcing the tie-up, Mr. Jagdish Purohit, Managing Director of TABcab, said, “This tie-up provides our esteemed customers with a never-before opportunity to spend time with Bollywood heartthrobs – Imran Khan and Anushka Sharma. Also, this is a ‘first’ where a fleet cab company is being associated with a Bollywood movie. We are sure this alliance will further strengthen our position as one of the leading phone fleet cab companies in Mumbai.”

20 TABcabs were branded with contest & movie promotional material but in total 250 TABcabs will be branded for the movie promotion. Imran Khan and Anushka Sharma, the lead actors of the movie, were present at the event. The duo pasted the promotional creative of the movie on a TABcab, and thereafter flagged off the event.

About TABcab:

TABcab is a venture by the SMS Taxi Cabs Pvt. Ltd., a subsidiary of SMS Infrastructure Ltd., a large infrastructure group based out of Nagpur. TAB CAB PVT LTD., now Mumbai’s leading phone-fleet operator in Mumbai, was launched in Mumbai in February 2012.

The company had been awarded licenses for a total of 4,000 phone fleet taxis by Government of Maharashtra through a first time tender for phone fleet taxis. They have 1600 cabs operating in Mumbai. They are currently the leading company in Mumbai in providing Cab services. The car ranges from Toyota Etios & SX4, first of its kind for a phone-fleet operator.

TABcab has deployed the most updated technology platform that will greatly reduce the booking v/s delivery turnaround time for customers. It will also minimize the response time for customer calls.Currently TABcab services are available in Mumbai, neighboring Thane and Raigad districts, i.e. MMRTA Region with expansion to other Indian cities and overseas. Customers can dial 63636363 to hire a Tab Cab.

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Chitrangda Singh now on Twitter

The gorgeous Chitrangda Singh now makes her presence felt on Twitter,as the actress recently joint the popular micro blogging site.

After several requests ,Chitrangda is the latest to Join Twitterville, taking the brevity route to connect with her fans and well wishers responding live ,much to everyone’s delight.

The actress who will next be seen in Sudhir Mishra’s Inkaar posted her first message on the micro-blogging website yesterday and boldly chose the subject of the Delhi gang rape.

Chitrangda wrote “Is there any book called ” the confessions of a rapist” .. I really want to read up on these animals !!!”….Adding “After what happens in delhi ..we line up playboy bunnies in bombay ..hmm..”

Never the one to disappoint her well wishers ,Chitrangda plans on using the site as a platform to communicate with all her fans on @IChitrangda.


T-Series & Vishesh Films Aashiqui 2 to release 10th May 2013.

T-Series & Vishesh Films join hands yet again to take their successful musical franchise – Aashiqui forward. While the 1990 hit romantic film starred Rahul Roy and Anu Agarwal ,the latest installment, Aashiqui 2, helmed by Mohit Suri stars Shraddha Kapoor and Aditya Roy Kapoor in the lead and will see its release 10th May 2013.

Says producer Mahesh Bhatt , “The franchise continues… that film was in 1990 and now it is 2012. That time it was pre-economic liberalization and today is new internet age. It is completely brand new product with an extraordinary story. We will take the brand, not the story forward with an out-and-out love story.”

Contrary to the reports, Aashiqui 2 is not a sequel to Aashiqui, clarifies director Mohit Suri “It’s a new story. The only similarity is the music and the love story. There are seven to eight songs in the film. It’s a musical.”

Talking about what you can expect from the film says producer Mukesh Bhatt “It’s a contemporary love story dealing with mature emotions. All three actors have extremely challenging dramatic roles. It’s not a film about only looking good, singing and dancing. These are performance-oriented parts, and we’re convinced that Aashiqui 2 would do for Shraddha, Aditya and Shaad what the first Aashiqui did for Rahul, Anu and Deepak Taijori.”

Keeping with the brand of the film,the music yet again continues to remain a highlight – Says producer Bhushan Kumar,T-Series “We’ve already recorded many songs for Aashiqui 2 and we’re confident that the audience will enjoy them. But people insisted we bring back at least one song from the original. Whatever the outcome ,the music will not disappoint.”

Directed by Mohit Suri,starring Aditya Roy Kapur and Shraddha Kapoor ,T-Series & Vishesh Films musical drama Aashiqui 2 is scheduled to release 10th May 2013.


I am all eyes for Horror film- Aakshi Khari

She started her career as a Model, this Delhi based girl Aakshi Khari debuts in feature film “2 Nights in soul valley” which is releasing on 28th December. Produced under the banner of Pinta & Dehal productions the film is directed by Harish Sharma. Aakshi has though worked in ads and has been an accomplished model yet this being her first film we spoke to her about the film and her role. Following are a few excerpts.

How did this film happen to you? I was informed about the auditions that were going on for this film. I gave my audition and was selected. I got selected just 2 days before the unit was scheduled to leave for the shoot.

What type of film is “2 nights in soul valley”?

This is a horror film but which doesn’t have any obscene scenes, no blood or gory, no monsters, it is just the story. The story of the film is strong enough to engage the audience from start to finish. The film is directed and written by Harish Sharma. Since I am all eyes for horror films I can vouch that this film is very different from the other horror films that you’ve seen.

Where all is the film being shot? Who all are your co-stars?

The film is been shot in Chandigarh’s Panchkula, Morni Hills and Pithoragarh. Apart from me, the film stars “Office-office” fame Hemant Pandey, Sumeet Sharma, Meenakshi Arya, Gaurav and Suumit.

You have been a model so was acting difficult? No, not at all! Harish Sir’s guidance made my first debut film not just easy for me but also memorable. We also had an acting workshop before the shoot began, even that proved to be a lot helpful.

How was it working with Hemant Pandey?

Very nice! Pandeyji is a senior veteran actor in spite of that he never made us feel that way on the sets. He was friendly and dedicated towards his work. As also he would correct us if we ever went wrong while rehearsing or filming.

Tell us something about director Harish Sharma, how was the experience of working with him?

Harish sir is very cool person and it was a nice experience to work with him.

Film has two other heroines as well, were there any problems between you three ever?

No, in fact we all had fun during the shoot. We became very good friends. There was never any ego problem or any other problem between us.


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Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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