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Indie-Film Shuttlecock Boys to come out on August 3rd across India

PVR Director’s Rare to release ninth movie under its banner

July 24th – August 3rd, 2012: PVR Director’s Rare Film Banner brings another path breaking Indie-film, Shuttlecock Boys, for the movie aficionados. The movie is 76 minutes in length, made on a shoestring budget of 35 lacs (personal savings and loan from friends & family), took almost 4 years to be finished, four non-actors as protagonists and almost ruined film negatives. Shuttlecock Boys has a realistic, rustic story and is set to release on August 3, 2012 by under PVR Director’s Rare initiative.

Shuttlecock Boys, made under the banner of Pennywise Films Pvt. Ltd., will not only take its audience through a journey of life, but reach out to everyone wanting to chase their dream as well. It’s a story that revolves around the lives, successes and failures of four friends who hail from lower-middle class backgrounds living in Delhi, with a question trickling down their minds. ‘Should we accept what life offers to us on a platter or should we try to chase our dreams, taking the path less taken? That’s the question our protagonists Gaurav (Vijay Prateek), Manav (Aakar Kaushi), Pankaj (Alok Kumar) and Loveleen (Manish Nanwani) seek answer to, as they decide to embark upon an eventful journey that will change the course of their lives and careers forever.

The film has been well received at international as well as national film festivals. These include India International Film Festival – Tampa Bay, Gotham Screen International Film Festival – New York, Seattle South Asian Film Festival – Seattle, Chicago South Asian Film Festival – Chicago and Jaipur International Film Festival – Jaipur.

Mr. Sanjeev Kumar, joint MD, PVR Cinemas says: “I am extremely delighted to announce the release of our ninth movie “Shuttlecock Boys” under the PVR Director’s Rare Banner, which will be released exclusively at select PVR Cinemas. Shuttlecock Boys by Pankaj & Hemant is an honest & refreshing film that has a heart. The protagonist in the film demonstrates courage, determination & persistence which our patrons will appreciate. With PVR Director’s Rare, we have been able to bring distinctive movies for our patrons. We have released eight films under our banner and each movie is equally different from the previous one like Supermen of Malegaon was an independent documentary film that tickled the funny bone while Kshay was a grave movie that took an unforgiving look at obsession. We feel delighted that we have been able to deliver a meaningful cinema to people and further promise to bring many such movies in coming future.”

Indie-films tend to involve fewer people in the making due to budget constraints and the same is true with Shuttlecock Boys. The film has been produced by Pankaj Johar, Hemant Gaba and Thakur Dass. The film has perfectly suitable background score composed by Avinash Bhagel and lyrics have been penned down by Prachi Singh, Manas Mishra and Gaurav Solanki.

Pankaj Johar, producer shares his thoughts on the film by saying,

“Every shot in the film will make the audience think through regarding the decisions to be made in their lives. We as a team have put our heart, soul and money to bring this across. My fingers remain crossed until the 3rd of August”.

Interestingly, the film was shot in Delhi covering 18 different locations with cops throwing the crew out of a park while the shooting took place. A total of 22 days with 30 crew members is what it took to bring it all to celluloid. The film has been shot on Super 16mm camera to minimize the costs, with sync sound chosen over dubbing in order to bring out organic performances.

PVR Director’s Rare is the recently launched alternative programming initiative of PVR Cinemas to support the theatrical release of critically acclaimed, small independent films. PVR Director’s Rare has already released eight films under its banner – Good Night Good Morning, Chaurahen, The Forrest, Kshay, Love Wrinkle Free and Supermen of Malegaon, The Untitled Karthik Krishnan project. Another film, Harud, is slated to release on 27th July.

The films are carefully handpicked by PVR’s expert curators. In a given week the audience can watch a much admired classic or a relatively lesser known gem. These selected films will be highly content driven, engaging and entertaining & will be showcased at PVR Director’s Cut and at selected PVR Cinemas pan India.

Thanks & Regards,

Subhashish Bharuka


Springhead Communications



A Ghazal Festival for Cancer & Thalasseamic

Mumbai. The OOH Company Global Advertisers and Khazana, a festival of ghazals, is being organised in aid of Cancer Patients Aid Association and Parents Association Thalasseamic Unit Trust.

Noted ghazal singer Padmashri Pankaj Udhas is bringing bringing together all his fellow ghazal singers including Anup Jalota, Talat Aziz, Bhupinder & Mitali Singh, Ahmed Hussain, Mohammed Hussain, Hariharan and new talent Suchismita Das & Chandreyee Bhattacharya to raise funds for CPAA and PATUT.

Global Advertisers have engaged best quality hoardings across Mumbai for an extensive promotion of this event. Besides outdoor advertising, Global has endorsed Khazana Ghazal Festival on social networking platforms, via direct mailers to more than 10 lac clients and a PR campaign.

Speaking on the occasion, Sanjeev Gupta, MD, Global Advertisers said “We are delighted to be associated with Pankaj Udhas for fund raising initiative for cancer patients. We at Global Advertisers are always ready to serve the community with our services and Khazana is a reflection of our continuous efforts towards the society from last 3 years. We heartily welcome such initiatives.”

Khazana has grown from strength to strength in its popularity and cause and today after the successful completion of 10 years it is one of the most awaited concerts in Mumbai City. This year the dedication will be made to the Ghazal king ‘Mehdi Hassan’ at Regal room, Oberoi Hotel on 27th and 28th July 2012.

Sanjay Sharma Raj


Sudip Pandey to Anchor three shows on Anjan Channel

Sudip Pandey, Bhojpuri lead actor after anchoring in serial “Police Files’ on Big Magic Channel. Now Bhojpuri’ s first Lifestyle Channel ‘Anjan’ has approached him for anchoring in three shows ‘Kahi Ka Haal ba,’ Aapka Sahar Aapki nazar mein,’ and ‘Miss Bhojpuri.’ The channel will begin telecast in August 2012. Amitabh Bachchan, Shekhar Suman, Ravi Kissan, Pakhi Hegde etc have been interviewed for these serials.
Speaking about the three shows, Sudip Pandey said, “My anchoring in ‘Police files’ was liked by people. Even I have begun enjoying anchoring. The serials in Anjan Channel concepts are good and hence I am anchoring in them.”

Stop Child Actors in Movies & Serials

Mumbai .Every movie or serial now has children acting and is a form of child labour. Parents use their children as ATM machine. Children should be ideally studying, instead they are asked to act in front of huge camera lights. Irrespective it is harsh sun or rains, they are being asked to act in the open and repeat dialogues. The children are making rounds for months for a role in film or serial. Rules are in place for birds and animals being used in such roles. A doctor has to certify the animal and there are other permissions. There are no such laws for children. Why are the government and Child welfare departments silent? Say Manmohan Gupta, President of ‘Gandhi Vichar Manch’ in Malad(W),Mumbai.

Manmohan Gupta says “we have been seeing that most child artist have not become big star. Being less educated, they are unable to find worthwhile jobs. Government should stop these practices.”

Stop Cigarettes along with Gutka

Mumbai. Maharashtra Government has banned sales of Gutka and Manmohan Gupta of Malad(w),Mumbai based ‘Gandhi Vichar Manch’s president thanked them. He has also requested ban on sales of Cigarettes too.

“Although, the government has banned smoking in public places, why is Maharashtra Government not stoping the sales of cigarettes? Cigarettes cause considerable harm to the smoker and the passive smoker. I request Maharashtra government to stop cigarette sales too along with Gutka. And I also request to central govt. to ban the Gutka & Cigarettes in all over India,” Manmohan Gupta added.

Sanjay Sharma Raj



Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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