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High Octane Motion Poster for ‘NOAH’, now LIVE

Mumbai, 1st March: The fast paced motion poster for ‘Noah’ has been released, and can be viewed at The visual begins with a shot of the Ark from above, speeding down towards Noah, played by Russell Crowe. A drop of water falling on his forehead gives a hint of the catastrophe which would follow. This motion poster encapsulates it all.

This is one of the many exclusive posters and interesting content, which the makers are sharing with fans. NOAH, the larger-than-life film, directed by Darren Aronofsky, features Noah having visions of an apocalyptic deluge, taking measures to protect his family and saving the innocent animals from the coming flood. In a world ravaged by human sin, Noah is given a divine mission: to build an Ark to save god’s creation from the devastating flood.

‘Noah’ boasts of a heavy weight star cast, comprising of Academy Award winners Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly as Noah and his wife, Naameh, respectively. It also stars Oscar Award winner Anthony Hopkins and the gorgeous Emma Watson. Presented by Paramount Pictures, ‘Noah’ is slated for release on 28th March.


Vikas Bahl’s Queen amazes Amitabh Bachchan

Mumbai, 28th February: Vikas Bahl’s ‘Queen’ has struck all the right chords with the audience, with the activities engaging them and its remarkable trailer, especially. With a week to go for the release of the film, all the hard work seems to be paying off, with positive word-of-mouth pouring in from all quarters.

The living legend, Amitabh Bachchan, recently had kind words to say about the Kangana Ranaut starrer Queen. At an event for his upcoming film, when quizzed about his reaction to the film Queen, Big B said that he loved the promo of Queen, and that it was amazing. Coming from the stellar actor, who knows good cinema when he sees one, it was surely a compliment for the cast and the makers of the film.

The movie also features Lisa Haydon and Rajkummar Rao in pivotal roles. Presented by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, ‘Queen’ is a Phantom Production. The Kangana Ranaut starrer is directed by Vikas Bahl, and produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures, Vikramaditya Motwane & Anurag Kashyap. Queen is scheduled for release on March 7, 2014.


Win a chance to meet Superstar Rajnikanth by downloading maximum songs from Sony Music Jive!

February, 2014: Sony Music, a global music giant, gives you a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the superstar Rajnikanth through a simple contest of just Download maximum songs and Win with Sony Music Jive!

Sony Xperia users have to download maximum number of songs on Jive to stand a chance to meet the superstar. The winner will get to meet Rajnikanth on March 9th in Chennai. Sony Music is constantly innovating & experimenting to reach out to music lovers and providing them with exclusive content. This contest is one of their means to engage and reach out to their fans, giving them a chance to win exciting prizes and meet their favourite celebrities.

Sony Music Jive’s existing catalogue already has an access to 100 years of music ranging from iconic to pop artists. The application has received remarkable response from its users since its inception and is growing at a rapid speed.


Experience world-wide sensation of Star Wars this month!

~This March, the galaxy descends with the mega franchise only on MOVIES NOW starting March 3rd, 2014~


ü Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace: – The planet “Tatooine” was named after the town Tataouine in Tunisia. Close to that town where the shooting took place.

ü Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones: -With an estimated budget of $120 million, this is the most expensively-made of all the Star Wars films

ü Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith : For some shots during the birth scene, the infant Luke and Leia are portrayed by an animatronic puppet

ü Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope: – The humorous moment when Chewbacca frightens a skittish mouse droid was thought up on set and not scripted.

ü Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes: – George Lucas was so impressed by Frank Oz’s performance as Yoda that he spent thousands of dollars on an advertising campaign to try and get him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Lucas’s campaign ultimately failed because it was felt that a puppeteer wasn’t an actor.

ü Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi:- Carrie Fisher complained about her costumes in the previous two movies. She said they were so long, you could not tell “she was a woman”. Those complaints led to the skimpy outfit she wore as Jabba’s prisoner
Mumbai, March 2014: Every story has a beginning. Every journey has a first step. MOVIES NOW, this month brings the most iconic mega Hollywood franchise of all times- Star Wars, on your television screens. This popular franchise has captured the world over, by winning enormous academy awards and crossing $4.38 billion at the box office collection! On popular demand, MOVIES NOW brings the most popular galaxy battles – Star Wars, pumping up action on your TV screen from 3rd March, Mon – Thursday @ 11 PM, all through March!

A franchise so big, that it captured the world, a series so influential that it sparked a new religion and a phenomenon breaking box office collections and winning awards; this mega franchise has achieved it all. From themed weddings, to merchandise and tattoos, Star Wars franchise has numerous fans, world over who are strongly influenced by it!

This March, viewers will get a chance to experience an assembly of six action packed movies of Hollywood’s most popular film series for the first time in HD on India’s No. 1 Hollywood Movie Channel – MOVIES NOW. Experience George Lucas’s visionary world in the series that redefined Hollywood filmmaking and has also set a benchmark for many of the Hollywood icons.

Taking you into the world of galaxies, Star Wars blockbuster hits with Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Episode IV: A New Hope, Episode V: The Empire Strikes and Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, showcasing all month long starting 3rd March onwards, Mon – Sat @ 11 PM, only on MOVIES NOW!


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India shakes Amsterdam.

Viacom 18 Motion Pictures & Phantom Films’ Queen directed by Vikas Bahl,includes a remixed rendition of Asha Bhosle’s Hungama Ho Gaya, a number that predominately stood out in the 70’s .And giving it a quirky twist,the makers decided to picturize the song in a local club in Amsterdam called NL.

If sources are to be believed,the song created a riot of sorts with the Dutch crew taking to the dance floor post the song’s shoot.It was the very first time a Hindi/Bollywood song was played in the club and the local dancers and international crew had a ball as they were introduced to the iconic number.

Hungama Ho Gaya was met with such an unprecedented response that Club NL at Amsterdam hosted its first ever Bollywood Party, after the crew shot there.If that wasn’t all , the inhouse DJ belted out his own mix for it, which is being used in the end credits of the film.

Confirming the news says director Vikas Bahl, “We did not anticipate the kind of craze the song would garner….The locals went absolutely crazy , dancing to the track all night long.It was a moment when India shook Amsterdam”.

Viacom 18 Motion Pictures & Phantom Films’ Queen directed by Vikas Bahl is scheduled to release 7th March.


Whistling Woods hosts thought leaders roundtable:

Indo-Canadian co-productions now possible!

Governor General of Canada initiates dialogue with Filmmakers Subhash Ghai,

Ketan Mehta, Mukesh Bhatt, Production Houses & senior members from the Film Trade

Whistling Woods International has always been at the forefront for initiatives related to building the Indian Media and Entertainment industry. So when the treaty for Indo-Canadian co-productions was being explored, the Canadian Embassy requested Whistling Woods to host a roundtable discussion.

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada chaired the roundtable where the future of audio-visual co-production between India and Canada was discussed.

Over 30 members from the Indian Film and Media industry passionately exchanged views with the 16 member delegation from Canada at the Whistling Woods Campus. The idea was to facilitate creative and intellectual exchange between the two countries.

The group spoke of how Indo-Canadian diasporas identify with Indian films. The latent connect to their original motherland is a potential angle to be explored. The possibilities of increasing film trade through co-production initiatives was also discussed. The aim of the discussion was to broaden the bilateral relations between India and Canada.

Filmmaker & Chairman of Whistling Woods, Subhash Ghai said, “Being an international film school, Whistling Woods has always striven to strike a balance between Indian and World Cinema. The co-production treaty is a path-breaking move towards exchange of concepts, technology, creativity and intellect. Over the years, our institute has grown to become an incubation centre where the next generation filmmakers are nurtured. Today’s discussion with the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada is one more step towards building the Indian Media and Entertainment Industry.”

The Indo-Canadian linkage with Whistling Woods is certainly not new. In 2013, a team of students& faculty from Whistling Woods and University of Calgary co-produced a film. This successful initiative led to a cultural, creative and intellectual flow of thought and ideas between the two countries.

Joining the Governor general, other delegates who were present included Stewart Beck, High Commissioner of Canada to India, The Honourable Deepak Obhrai, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and for International Human Rights, select members of parliament, Peter MacArthur, Director General, South, Southeast Asia and Oceania, Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, Admiral (Retd) Nirmal Verma, High Commissioner of India to Canada amongst others.

Background: The Governor General’s Role Representing Canada Internationally. In the exercise of his duties of head of State, the Governor General receives invitations to conduct State and official visits to various countries on behalf of all Canadians, He also hosts numerous foreign heads of State during their visits to Canada. During these visits, which build on existing international relationships and develop Canada’s people-to-people ties, the Governor General leads delegations of Canadians reflecting a broad range of interests, accomplishments and expertise. The Governor General also receives the credentials of foreign heads of mission and signs diplomatic documents.

About WWI: Founded by one of the India’s leading filmmakers – SubhashGhai and is promoted by Mukta Arts Limited & Filmcity Mumbai. Whistling Woods International (WWI) is Asia’s largest Film, Television, Animation and Media Arts institute, providing world-class education in all technical and creative aspects of filmmaking and television.Whistling Woods has also been ranked amongst the top 10 film schools in the world. The WWI Mumbai campus is located inside Mumbai’s film & television production hub ‘Filmcity’, and offers courses that vary in duration from 1 year to 3 years, both full-time and part time in nature.


Shraddha Kapoor, who was shooting for the second schedule of Haider in Kashmir, recently got a chance to meet and interact with one of the officers who fought the Kargil War.

When the actress was shooting there, she happened to meet one of the officers, Rashid War and briefly spoke to him about his experiences.

Listening to the officer’s story first hand was an emotional experience for Shraddha Kapoor. She had only heard and read lots about this heavily impactful war.

But to hear about it from the officer himself was a different experience altogether.

When contacted Shraddha Kapoor, she confirmed the news and said, “It was lovely to meet and chat with the Kargil officer as he was sharing his experiences with me.”

Shraddha Kapoor has been shooting for Haider and The Villain currently.


They used my name to sell the film: Hrishitaa Bhatt

Hrishitaa Bhatt not so pleasantly surprised to see her on the hoardings of Raju Mavani’s next Anuradha!

Hrishitaa Bhatt finds it funny to be all over the hoardings of Raju Mavani’s next Anuradha in which she has made a special appearance.

Hrishitaa Bhatt wonders how her small role in the film has her name all over the hoardings. It is pretty much evident that the pretty actress has been used to be the face of the film that releases today.

Hrishitaa Bhatt had been missing from action from quite some time now & made her comeback recently & how! The stunning actress has been considering movie scripts & readily agreed to do a small role in Raju Mavani’s next Anuradha that releases today.

The role that she apparently obliged to do for her cordial relations with the director agreeing over a cameo has Hrishitaa Bhatt’s name being used for publicity.

Hrishitaa Bhatt explains, “I clearly did Anuradha as a favor to the director & yes… I do have an important role. I play shades of grey character that is an important twist. I do not object the entire using my name thing for the publicity but this is shocking for me as special appearances don’t get highlighted.”

She further adds, “They used my name to sell the film. There is nothing I can do about it. I wish the film all the luck.”


The fresh pair of Bewakoofiyan, Sonam Kapoor and Ayushmann Khurrana had their first press meet yesterday at Welingkar Collage.

Keeping the concept of the movie as the theme of a presentation, the duo presented a fun and interesting concepts of money, love and office romance.

They announced the job contest that will be conducted through the film and the winner will get the job of a senior marketing executive at YRF.

Keeping their humor high, the two interacted with the media and the college students.


4th Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival-14: Announcing Call for entries

After the grand success of the three editions of Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival, The festival is all set to bring up its 4th edition, which will be held on 30 April 2014 in Noida, Delhi NCR. The Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival is a not-to-profit, non-commercial & India’s only independent film festival, established in the year 2011 in Noida (Delhi NCR) with a mission to celebrate the cinema & work of aspiring, young, independent & professional filmmakers.

The festival is important for Indian film industry as it is organized on 30 April each year to mark the birth anniversary of Late.Shri. Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, who is regarded as the father of Indian Cinema & fondly remembered as Dada Saheb Phalke by the film fraternity across the India & globe, its aim is to recognize the enlightening, entertaining & progressive new age cinema of youth & experienced filmmakers.

DSPFF-14 is inviting Feature films, short films, documentaries, animations, music videos & ad films of any genres to participate. The regular submission deadline is 15 March 14 & late entry deadline will be 30 March 14. For participation details Kindly visit the following URL

In addition to film screening the festival first time will organize a film market this year which includes script pitching, professional networking, producers meet, workshops, master class & many more.

In past years festival gains reputation & regarded as among most prestigious festival in India. The festival grows over the years & attracts filmmakers from across the India & 45 nations across the world. The festival has sections for feature films, short films, documentaries, animations, music videos & ad films. The festival awards the filmmakers in production, creative, music & performance categories.

Founded by the Educationexpo TV, a leading entertainment research & branding company and managed by Miniboxoffice, Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival-14 provides chance to filmmakers to showcase their creativity. While the festival is open to filmmakers of all age, we feel that just as it is imperative that we should support and encourage participation by filmmaking community members & professional, it is also important that we find and cultivate the future members of the entertainment industry, informed by festival director Rambhul Singh.

Download Press Release in word format & images by follow the link-


Alia Bhatt costumes in 2 states change through the film.

Alia Bhatt plays Ananya Swaminathan in 2 states. Anusha, is chetan bhagat’s wife on whom Alia Bhatt’s character, Ananya Swaminathan, in the upcoming romantic drama 2 States is modelled
Alia Bhatt’s costumes are designed by Manish Malhotra for 2 States. Her look is the not the typical tam-brahm look. It changed throughout the film. As alia look was designed keeping in mind as a management student, then going to the IIM Ahmadabad campus, to working woman then meeting parents in delhi to getting back into the traditional outfits to keep her folks hap


‘Highway’ my attempt to have more elbow room: Imtiaz Ali

28th February, New Delhi, PTI: Imtiaz Ali says he braced himself for a free fall while working on his experimental road drama ‘Highway’ but the director is happy that the risk has paid off.

The film, starring Alia Bhatt and Randeep Hooda, was made on a budget of Rs 18.25 crore. Ali says the film earned Rs 15.50 crore before its release and made Rs 22.38 crore from 800 screens in its first week of release. The director, who turned producer for ‘Highway’ with his Window Seat Films, says the project was his attempt to have more creative freedom.

“With ‘Highway’ I was trying to plant a seed. How else do you create an elbow room for yourself? I want to direct what I feel is interesting not what is supposed to be my zone. I don’t want it to be narrow. It was a huge risk as I was into completely uncharted territory but luckily it paid off,” Ali said in an interview.

Things started falling into place when Sajid Nadiadwala pitched in by turning a presenter while AR Rahman came on board for music again after collaborating with Ali on ‘Rockstar’. Still assailed by doubts, Ali says he promised himself that he will abandon the project midway if the story did not come together as it was an open script.

“I took money from Sajid bhai hoping that I will manage to return it and if I don’t I will pay him by working. I have always tried to make profitable films because people’s offices shut down if films fail and I will do everything to avoid that. This is why I wanted ‘Highway’ to be my risk alone,” says Imtiaz.

The journey has not ended for Ali with the release of the film as he has been touring cities and gouging audience response by visiting cinema halls.

“The audience has responded and connected with the story on an emotional level with both Alia and Randeep’s characters. It is very important to have honest feedback and that comes directly from those who have just watched your film. This is why I have have been travelling even now,” he said.

Ali was trying to make the film for a long time and now that it has released, he says there is a certain vacuum.

“There is always a vacuum at the end of a film. I was trying to make it for so long and I know that I have made it there is a certain kind of emotional gratification that has happened,” Imtiaz said.

The ‘Jab We Met’ director says the lessons he learnt while directing ‘Highway’ will impact the course of his future films. His next will have Ranbir Kapoor after ‘Rockstar’.

“I am now zoning towards the other film. I think I will go into it quickly. It is again something that I have been thinking for a while now. It is projection of something that is very personal but it is told in a story telling type of way. I don’t know how it will turn out,” says Ali.

The director says he has to begin from zero as the previous versions of the story were lost when his computer crashed.

“All the other versions have been erased and I have to begin from zero which in a way is good. I will be able to recall what is important while the decorations would be gone. I am glad about it,” he said.

-Bedika, PTI



Sangram Singh becomes Brand Ambassador for Sanjay Gandhi Animal care centre

For building muscles it is necessary to have very good diet; a diet which is rich in minerals, vitamins and low on fats. Every bodybuilder likes to eat chicken and fish in their diet, some also include red meat in their diet because it is the fastest way to build muscle. But our own Indian Pehelwanji Sangram Singh is a Pure Vegetarian he belongs to a family which doesn’t even have eggs. They have cows, buffaloes, dogs at their village home as Pets. Sangram believes in Nature’s Power & Natural products. He was born a premature baby & was weak as compared to a Normal child. When he was 3 and half year old then he got Arthritics. His parents took him to various doctors but he was not cured. He spent around 8 years on a Wheelchair. He basically could stand on his feet through natural products like food, milk, ghee and Only Vegetarian food.

So Sangramji believes that being Vegetarian is Powerful as compared to Non-vegetarian. He says, “Being an International Wrestler, I will advise everybody to be Vegan & Save Animals & Birds. When I got a call from Menka Gandhiji’s office, I visited Sanjay Gandhi Animal Care Centre I saw that lots of Cows, Dogs, Donkeys, Monkeys and many species of Birds were hungry & injured. Menkaji is trying to give food and treatment to all these Animals. This effort touches me a lot, so I decided to be a part of this great organization. We should keep Pets at our homes. I request everyone to Save Animals and Birds they are god gift to us.”

He further added “When I saw the conditions of these Animals, I met Menka Gandhiji she advised me to joint hand with them. “Being an International Wrestler who is a Vegan, I should promote Vegetarian Food and Save Animals.” I agreed. I promised her that l will do my Best. God gave us a Human Body so we should protect Every Small/ Big animal & Birds. Menkaji is doing a very nice job. She is a very Strong and a Positive Lady, that’s why I Respect her and became a part of this initiative.”



Ali Zafar sings a special song for Total Siyapaa only for Digital Media.

Inspired by the scenario in Total Siyapaa, Ali Zafar composes a special song for the film.

Ali is known for his signing and writing skill. Post packing the film, Ali got an impromptu idea of writing a song on the mindset of Aaman in the film. Ali saw the film and got inspired as he loved the film.

The song titled Asha is centered around the chaos happening post Ali’s meet with Yami’s family. The is song directed to Asha which is Yami’s character in the movie.

The video being made on it was too a very impromptu decision taken by the makers, the video of the song is very interesting with a black and white backdrop, made on a single handicam.

Rustic shoot and a peppy performance has made the song even more appealing.

The music of the film comprises of a generous mix of Punjabi, romantic and fun making it a perfect pack in the album track.


Tanishaa Mukerji sizzles on the Red Carpet

Mumbai, 1st March, 2014: Tanishaa Mukerji has been turning heads of late, looking simply spectacular post her Big Boss stint. The diva was recently seen at an awards event, as glamorous as ever. Flaunting her long, lustrous hair, Tanishaa looked stylish in a pink gown designed by Harsh.

Recently, Tanishaa had also attended another event in a stunning blue bodycon dress from Harsh’s latest Spring Summer collection.

Tanishaa teamed the show stopping gown with pearls from her mother, Tanuja Mukerji’s enviable collection and the gown worn by her is made of pure silk taffeta. This simple yet elegant pink gown, with clean lines and impeccable fit, definitely seems to have been the best choice for Tanishaa, which made her look as stunning as ever.


> HOLI this 2014…EDM Style!
> All New Official Holi Reloaded Album
> Plus 91 gears itself for the grandeur Holi celebrations this year launching the official Holi Reloaded Album…a promotional Dance Music Album for Holi 2014, spearheaded by Aarnavv Shirsat of 3rd Rock Entertainment
> The music launch was a magnanimous affair at one of Mumbai’s happening nightspot with Aarnavv Shirsat of 3rd Rock Entertainment, Siddharth Sharma, Gaurav Sharma, Kashyap Trivedi, Raju Chanana, Teenu Arora, Bharat Goel, Karan & Sunny, Sahil Joshi, Urvil Shah, Gaurav, Sartek Sadana & others.
> The Plus 91 Holi Reloaded Album consists of 7 Home grown Indian Artist that have composed original tracks for the same. The artists featured are Kash Trivedi (Progressive House, Techno Progressive), Teenu Arora (Electronic) to name a few.
> Coloring the town with the mega Holi celebration Holi Reloaded 2013 that saw a crowd of 3500, this year 3rd Rock Entertainment ups the bar by bringing the most happening Holi party ‘Holi Reloaded 2014’ to 3 cities & introducing the party goers to Plus 91 Holi Reloaded Music Album… the official Dance Music Album.
> After the success of Holi Reloaded 2013 comes a much bigger & grandeur Holi Reloaded 2014 that will see a line of major artists from across the globe, spearheaded by Aarnavv Shirsat of 3rd Rock Entertainment.
> Aarnavv Shirsat explains the purpose of the album launch, “I am happy to be associated with Saregama & 9XM for helping us put up this dance musical & the next big thing in EDM this Diwali… Plus 91 Holi Reloaded Music Album. Basically this album is to give the youth some fresh & new tracks never heard before.”
> Holi Reloaded is a unique Electronic Dance music (EDM) festival that started in the year 2013 in Mumbai, ‘Holi’, and the festival of colors, has been celebrated and loved by millions of Indians and foreigners for centuries. At Holi Reloaded 2014, the beauty of color has been fused with dance music mania at an open venue in the presence of various international and national acts.


Rare Plays — “K L SAIGAL”, “GHALIB IN NEW DELHI”– on March 1 & 2



(, 91 9029986955 & 91 9810255291



K C Marg, Bandra Reclamation, Bandra (West)

A Yusuf And Farida Hamied Foundation Initiative

K L Saigal (Hindi –Urdu Musical, 2 Hrs – 77th Show)

March 1(Sat), 7:30 pm

Watch Saigal as Sita Ji in Jammu, Saigal as Salesman in Delhi, Saigal as Struggler in Calcutta and Saigal as Superstar in Bombay, as narrated by India’s most Gora actor – Tom Alter – and 14 fair ones, includingYashraj Malik who looks, sings and acts like Saigal.

Script & Direction: Dr M Sayeed Alam

Ghalib In New Delhi (Urdu – Hindi Comedy, 2 Hrs – 354thShow)

March 2 (Sun), 7:30 pm

Watch the bold and bearded Mirza Ghalib in busy and brash New Delhi; right from his Punarjanm at a Bus Stop — to staying in a servant quarter with a student from Patna (and the land lady being aPunjaban) — to becoming a Page-3 Persona.

Script & Direction: Dr M Sayeed Alam

Tickets: Rs 750/-, Rs 500/-, Rs 300/- & Rs 200/-

Online Booking: or call 39895050 (Toll Free)

Tele booking: 91 9029986955 (Mumbai), 91 9810255291 (Delhi)

Current Booking: Booking Window, Rangsharda Auditorium from February 26 and on the show days – 10 am onwards

Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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