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One of the hottest actresses among coming age heroines, Esha Gupta started her career with bold films like ‘Jannat 2’ and ‘Raaz 3’ and audiences have also loved the new hot diva in all her avatars.

Now this festival season the dusky beauty turned even more hotter – making a ‘blasting’ impression. Wondering how? Well, Esha’s hot quotient has got the actress on various bomb packets. This year Esha has become a popular face for atom bomb packs as of which Esha’s brand bombs have become very popular all across country. Our birdies revealed that they were in so much demand that people have started asking for Esha Bomb.

The actress was recently praised for the party number in Punit Malhotra’s upcoming film ‘Gori Tere Pyaar Mein’. According to sources, the song which was shot in Bangalore, made the actress to fall in love with the city. During its shoot Esha had managed to step out and explore the city and also visited some of the popular eateries in Bangalore. So recently when Esha happened to visit Bangalore once again for a work commitment she became nostalgic about her earlier visit. However since it was a brief visit she could not go out but she has fond memories of the city.

Besides this, Esha is currently shooting for ‘Humshakals’ opposite Saif Ali Khan.

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Roop Kumar Rathod recorded song for Musical Film “SUFI SALAAM”

Singer Roop Kumar Rathod rendered second song, based on Punjabi folk, for musical love story “SUFI SALAAM” at Empire Studio, Veera Desai Road, Andheri West, under baton of music director Ricky Mishra and lyrics by Yogesh. Roop Kumar’s soulful voice created a magical impact on persons present in studio.

Film is being produced under banner of ‘Watermarks Films’ being written and directed by N.S. Chauhan, with music by Gufy & Ricky Mishra, lyrics by veteran lyricist Yogesh & Deepak Agarwal, singers are Javed Ali and Roop Kumar Rathod, cinematography by Alendar Singh. Film is co-produced by Choudhary Ram Singh and executive producer is Kanwaljeet (Sam). Other cast are being finalized. This film “SUFI SALAAM” is based on love story of two characters, film will roll soon in December after recording all songs.

Pro Wasim Fame Media

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Hungama TV to Launch Vir, the Story of A Robot Kid on November 9th

November 9th, 2013: In line with its new look and proposition of Hungama Machaya Kya, Hungama TV will premiere a brand new series, VIR: The Robot Boy. A weekly animated comedy/adventure series set in the desi heartland of India. The channel has associated with Maya Digital to bring this show weekly starting November 9th, 2013 at 11.30 am.

Vir is a heartwarming story of a robot with human like qualities and a unique blend of emotions and superhuman abilities. The series follows his humorous escapades as he manages to save through his quick thinking and a wide array of robotic abilities, along with his closest friends – Chulbul the pet Donkey, 8 year old Imli and Gintu, his magical Djinn. Vir is naughty yet intelligent, funny yet compassionate, playful yet helpful and street smart yet has a golden heart, all of which define the kids of today.

According to Ketan Mehta, CMD, Maya Digital Studios, times are changing for the Indian animation industry. “We already have Indian animated shows on air which has become immensely popular. With Vir, we are expanding more. The channels, till now, were basically thriving on recycling of American or Japanese shows. But slowly, they are opening up to the idea of home-grown shows. To penetrate the Indian market, it is important to come up with Indian content that is relatable to the audience,” he says.

“We recently launched a fresh new look for Hungama TV, which embodies the spirit of friendly mischief and spontaneous laughter which is our core proposition for the channel. VIR: The Robot Boy truly celebrates the spirit of childhood and personifies what the channel represents. We are confident that kids will develop a great affinity to the local narrative, humour and situations that Vir and his friends find themselves in” said Devika Prabhu, Director, Programming, Kids Network, Disney UTV.

About Maya Digital Studios Ltd

MAYA (established in 1996) pioneered the art and technology of Computer Animation and Digital Visual Effects in India. Founded by the internationally acclaimed film maker – Ketan Mehta and renowned film actress, producer and director – Deepa Sahi, MAYA today is one of the largest computer animation and visual effects studios in India. American computer animation & visual effects veteran, Frank Foster is the president of MAYA, and oversees the studio’s daily operations. The studio has specialized in stereoscopic 3D and offers services for S3D visual effects, S3D CG rendered animation, left and right camera live action cinematography and very high quality, cost effective 2D to 3D conversion. MAYA DIGITAL STUDIOS was the first dedicated CG animation and visual effects studio in India. Founded in 1996 as Maya, it has extended its creative services to top global clientele including BBC, Disney, Google, Sony, Electronic Arts, Ragdoll Inc UK, Rainbow, Mike Young Productions, Activision, Brown Bag Films, VGI Entertainment to deliver prestigious projects in television, film and gaming. Maya’s work has won several international honours & awards including the IFTA, BAFTA, Pulcinella, FICCI and GDC.


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PRaxis Media
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Kautilya’s Lungi dance with Big B

It was dream come true for ‘Google boy’ Kautilya as he matched steps with Amitabh Bachchan and grooved to ‘Lungi dance’ on Kaun Banega Crorepati.

Kautilya will be seen putting his vast knowledge to test in the upcoming Children’s day special episode of KBC. The five year old will put his grey cells to test as AB asks him questions related to various fields. Though he wasn’t playing for money, Kautilya left AB and the audience stunned with his remarkable intelligence. He later expressed his desire to dance with the legendary host. AB obliged and the duo moved to the beats of the popular song ‘Lungi dance’.

Now that’s a very multi-talented kid!

Groove to ‘Lungi dance’ with Kautilya and Amitabh Bachchan this Friday, November 8th, 8:30pm only on Sony Entertainment Television

Ayan Dutta

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Kehta Hai Dil… Jee Le Zara to witness Saanchi confessing her love for Dhruv

Sony Entertainment Television’s popular show Kehta hai Dil… Jee Le Zara has a reason to celebrate this festive season. The fans Saanchi (Sangeeta Ghosh) and Dhruv (Ruslaan Mumtaaz) has a reason to celebrate as their wishes finally coming true.

The show was hitting the headlines on the eternal emotions of Dhruv (DV) for Saanchi. So far it was seen that Dhruv was trying hard to help Saanchi to solve her problems and prove his love for her but Saanchi was very firm with her decision. The sources inform that Saanchi will go to pour her heart out and confess she is in love with Dhruv.

Heena Nankani

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zoOm into the most beautiful women in the Universe

~ Watch the finale of Miss Universe 2013 live from Moscow exclusively on zoOm on Saturday 9th November, 11 pm onwards ~

National, November, 2013: zoOm – India’s No. 1 Bollywood channel, is the biggest platform for glitz, glamour, style and beauty on Indian television. And this November, zoOm is bringing its viewers closer to 86 of the Universe’s most beautiful women with the live and exclusive telecast in India of the Miss Universe 2013 pageant finale from Moscow, Russia.

Miss Universe, now its 62nd year, is undoubtedly the biggest and most prestigious beauty pageant. This year the Miss Universe telecast will be broadcast in approximately 190 countries and an estimated 1 billion viewers worldwide are expected to tune-in. Thomar Roberts (“MSNBC LIVE”) and former Spice Girl Mel B (“AMERICA’S GOT TALENT”) will be the hosts as Grammy nominated ‘PANIC! AT THE DISCO’ and international recording artist Emin are set to perform on the 9th November broadcast from Moscow, Russia.

Speaking about the telecast, Avinash Kaul, Chief Executive Officer – ET NOW, TIMES NOW and zoOm, said, “zoOm has consistently set the benchmark for glamour and glitz and hosting the India telecast of Miss Universe 2013 is a perfect fit with the zoOm brand. The hugely popular Miss Universe pageant will get its biggest platform India in recent times on zoOm, truly enabling the Indian audiences to partake of this spectacular global event.”

With a robust multi-media marketing plan, zoOm is leaving no stone unturned to promote this prestigious pageant in India. The extensive nationwide marketing campaign will encompass the perfect blend of traditional and new age media. Besides the traditional media matrix of TV, Print, Radio and Outdoor, zoOm is leveraging its dominant Social Media presence to create buzz around the Miss Universe telecast. The first phase of the Social Media campaign on zoOm’s Facebook page and Twitter handle involves rallying support around the Indian contestant – Manasi Moghe. The next phase will see some very interesting pegs designed exclusively for Social Media platforms that will surely generate huge excitement among zoOm’s core youth audience about the Miss Universe finale telecast.

The Times Group is the official partner of the Miss Universe organisation in India and produces the Miss Diva pageant to pick the official Indian contestant for Miss Universe. 21 year old Manasi Moghe won the title of Miss Diva 2013 to become India’s representative at the Miss Universe 2013 finale. Manasi Moghe, an engineer and model, was born and brought up in Nagpur. This diva is fond of singing, dancing, and music. She oozes with passion as she practices classical dance, and is known to be a good hand on the synthesizer too. Having won beauty pageants in college, this glam girl followed her dream. Known only to a close few, Manasi spends her spare time in school working with blind students and advocating for the betterment of the poor with the Pallottine Youth Forum Social Service Committee.

Will Manasi join the likes of Sushmita Sen and Lara Dutta who did India proud by bringing home the Miss Universe crown? To find out tune into to the live and exclusive telecast of Miss Universe 2013 on Saturday 9th November, 11 pm onwards only on zoOm – India’s No. 1 Bollywood channel.

The Miss Universe 2013 telecast on zoOm is presented by Artistry from Amway. Solitaire Partner – Divine Solitaires. Associate sponsors – Streax Hair Colour, Loreal ParisTotal Repair 5, Fogg Fragrance Body Spray and Philips LED. Outdoor Partner – Alakh.

zoOm will also air a prime-time repeat of the Miss Universe 2013 telecast on Sunday 10th November, at 8.30 pm.

Regards,

Gitanjali Khatau

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Prime Focus Technologies launches the world’s largest Digital Media Services Cloud

With True North, Prime Focus Technologies offers two compelling solutions to the industry: Digital Lab for Cinema and a Production Hub for TV.

Mumbai, November 06, 2013 – Prime Focus Technologies (PFT), the technology arm of Prime Focus, announced the inauguration of the world’s largest digital media services cloud – True North. The 24x7x365 Global Content Operations Hub spread across 100,000 square feet, manages over 300,000 hours of content, over 100 TV Shows a day and is the Digital Backbone for Over 200 TV Channels.

True North is built on a 17 Giga bit media network and powers CLEAR, PFT’s Media ERP platform. True North is a Digital Media Services Cloud doing Unified Transcoding, Preparation, Packaging and Delivery.

“True North is where our technology and talent comes together to create innovative solutions for our clients. As a global operations hub, True North will add to the already existing 300,000 hours of content under our management, which has led to a robust growth of 300% over the past three years for PFT. True North is a confluence of many things. It is a Digital Lab for Cinema. It is a Production Hub for TV. True North will enable the future today, said Ramki Sankaranarayanan, Founder, President & CEO, Prime Focus Technologies.

Why True North: The compass always points to True North, the geographic North Pole. It stands for “Absolute”, “Unambiguous” and “Certainty” just like PFT’s solution, CLEAR.

-ENDS-

About Prime Focus Technologies:

Prime Focus Technologies (PFT) is the technology arm of Prime Focus, the global leader in media and entertainment industry services. PFT brings together a unique blend of Media and IT skills backed by a deep understanding of the global media and entertainment industry.

CLEAR™, our award-winning Hybrid Cloud technology enabled Media ERP platform and digital content services help broadcasters, studios, advertisers, sports bodies, news agencies, the government and service providers drive creative enablement, enhance ecosystem efficiencies & sustainability, reduce cost and realize new monetization opportunities.

PFT works with major content owners like Bloomberg, Disney, Warner Bros., News Corporation-owned STAR TV, EROS International, SONY Music, Viacom 18, SONY MSM, BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India), IPL (Indian Premiere League), Hindustan Unilever Limited, The Associated Press, A & E TV Network, Netflix, Schawk! and WPP.

Prime Focus’ worldwide network of studios and WorldSourcing® model supported by a Global Digital Pipeline allows PFT to offer customers transformational solutions that help them manage their business of content better.

Prime Focus is listed on the NSE and BSE in India. For more information visit: www.primefocustechnologies.com

Media Relations for Prime Focus Ltd:

Jose Kunnappally

Head, Marketing and Communications

Prime Focus Limited

+91 887 964 5359

jose.kunnappally@primefocusworld.com

Annu Dwivedi

Genesis Burson-Marsteller for Prime Focus Limited

+ 91 982 002 4293

annu.dwivedi@bm.com

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‘Shahbaz Khan and Jaya Bhattacharya mentoring new Akbar to learn Urdu’

Arish Bhiwandiwala who plays the role of Akbhar in Sony Entertainment Television’s Bharat Ka Veer Putra-Maharana Pratap has been at a learning spear. It is known that young Akbhar is trying hard to get the perfect fluencies in Urdu language and to help him in this Shahbaz Khan and Jaya Bhattacharya is giving him special Urdu speaking classes.

Talking about it Arish says, I come from a Paris background, so my command over Urdu language is a little weak. When I got to know I am playing the role of young Akbar who comes from a strong Mughal family I thought it is essential for me to get the perfect language on Urdu language. I am really glad that I got the opportunity to get the chance to work with such talented and helpful actors like Shahbaz Khan and Jaya Bhattacharya who are mentoring me to learn Urdu.

Well it seems. Arish is walking at the lines of not only Hrithik Roshan but also Aamir Khan, believing in being a perfectionist.

Abhishek Yadav

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Ronit Roy who is currently playing the role of KD Pathak in Sony Entertainment Television’s Adaalat is seen as a serious defense lawyer with an impeccable track record of winning cases and setting helpless innocent victims free is off late highly impressed by his co-star Romit Raj. As we all know recently Romit Raj has made a comeback in the show and in his new innings, the actor will be seen donning various avatars. Talking about it Romit says “I will come back with a bang and you’ll see me playing different characters in every episode. I hope I do justice with my character and wish audiences like me in my new experiment.

Ronit Roy shares his thoughts about his costar saying, I was in complete shock when I saw him. I think it is the most challenging role an actor can get but I am very confident that Romit will come up with bright colors.

To discover this new Romit, tune in to Adaalat Saturday- Sunday at 7.30pm only on Sony Entertainment Television.

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Ruslaan Mumtaz a mama’s boy

Ruslaan Mumtaz, television’s new poster boy is all set to celebrate his success which he has gained on small screen with Kehta Hai Dil… Jee Le Zara. Rather than putting the dance floor on fire and partying hard the actor has decided to celebrate his success with his mother. The actor who is climbing the success ladder by playing the next-door character of Dhruv in Kehta Hai Dil… Jee Le Zara is rejoicing his success by gifting his mother a brand new CAR. Recently, Ruslaan Mumtaz has brought a SUV (Ford Eco Sport) for his mom from his first pay check.

On this festive occasion Ruslaan Mumtaz says, “My mom would always tell me that actor Jackie Shroff would send a Pagero for his mother to travel to his film sets. I knew that mom wanted an SUV since a long time, so I thought the best gift I could gift her on this Diwali could be a mini-SUV which I got from my first paycheck. It will take me a while to buy her a proper SUV. But on the other hand, this one is perfect to travel around a crowded city like Mumbai”

Heena Nankani

Senior Management Associate

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Experience the raging power of the Mutants this November!

~ Watch the Ultimate X-Men starting 9th November~

Trivia Ø It took nine hours to apply Rebecca Romijn’s (Mystique) prosthetic makeup. She could not drink wine, use skin creams, or fly the day before filming, because it could have caused her body chemistry to change slightly, causing the 110 prosthetics applied to her skin to fall off. Ø 11 different companies worked on the extensive special effects of the X-Men Last Stand. The movie went on to be the most financially successful in its series Ø There were three types of Wolverine claws – plastic, wood, and steel – and more than 700 individual claw blades were used by Hugh Jackman and his four stunt doubles. This November, MOVIES NOW unravels the power of the X-Men! Starting 9th November, every weekend, the ever popular mutants will have you spellbound with their enigmatic powers! Get set for the complete line-up of one of the most popular superhero franchises.

Based on the Marvel comic series, X-Men not only entertained one and all but created a cult of its own. Innovative characters, a sci-fi storyline with the unbeatable super powers of the mutants, the movie is the perfect blend to get your pulse racing. Ever imagined having the abilities of Wolverine, Cyclops and Storm? Ever argued if Mystique is cooler than Phoenix? Ever fist bumped your buddy while watching Magneto and Professor-X battle it out? Get set for an exciting weekend with the Ultimate X-Men every Saturday at 11pm.

Be a part of the X-Men journey right from their origin. Catch them training to master their abilities to choosing sides and forming alliances. Watch as the war escalates between the humans and mutants and the X-Men give it their all to battle the Brotherhood for what they believe in most. Don’t miss the complete line-up featuring- X-Men, X2- X-Men United, X-Men Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X Men First Class.

Aside from the gripping storyline what makes the mix better is the incredible cast- Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, James Marsden Patrick Stewart, Rebecca Romijn, Famke Janssen, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender to name a few. So join the mutant movement as MOVIES NOW showcases the supremacy of the series that grossed over $2 billion worldwide.

Be sure to gang up and support your favourite mutant on MOVIES NOW every Saturday at 11pm!

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Dr Junaid Alam – Doctor Radio Jockey Screen Writer celebrated his birthday with wife Dr.Shenaz Alam Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and his close friend Amy billimoria ,Manish paul,Gunjan Utreja spotted in fun mood the party also was witnessed with the presence of Shama sikander ,alex and suresh menon

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“Destiny” A momentous album of Sumeet Tappoo,

Anup Jalota, Pankaj Udhas, Talat Aziz, masterpiece, collectors item for music lovers launched by Amitabh Bachchan, creates history

HMV Saregama is proud to be launching “DESTINY” – an album featuring Pankaj Udhas, Anup Jalota, Talat Aziz & Sumeet Tappoo. Each artist brings their own unique individual style, to create a masterpiece album and a collector’s item for both lovers of Ghazal and music all over the world.

For three decades, the three stalwarts Anup Jalota, Pankaj Udhas & Talat Aziz have been ruling the music world with their albums and performances. Their own respective fan bases are in the millions not only in India but worldwide. For each one of their fans, this album will be a treat to be cherished.

Sumeet Tappoo with Mr. Bachchans consent sang “Neela aasman” and Mr Bachchan said sumeet sang really well and he could have sung as good as him.”

Mr Surya Mantha and Adarsh Gupta of Saregama were present and they mentioned “keeping with our policy to find and promote upcoming artists, we began our search for a talented young international singer to join the 3 legends so as to add a youthful perspective to the album and attract the next gen throughout the Indian diasp. The singers came with their respective wives

DESTINY – What else can you call it when three of the most renowned artistes in the Ghazal world come together for the first time ever for a momentous album! And can it be anything less than destiny that an upcoming youngster, Sumeet Tappoo, joins the terrific trio in that album.

But add to this, a youngster, Sumeet Tappoo, fast making a name for himself in the Indian music industry. Hailing from the Fiji Islands, Sumeet lends a youthful perspective and a fresh new voice to the album so as to attract the next gen throughout the Indian diaspora. His multiple album releases, his ever growing international fan base and his successful live concerts and performances around the world is testimony to his increasing popularity.

Penned by (Late) Sri Ram Prakash Goel “Soz”, the Ghazals have been exquisitely composed by Anup Jalota and complete with a soulful musical score by Bhavdeep Jaipurwale.

The four singers have given the Ghazals their heart and soul with brilliant renditioning of their two individual solos each. Perhaps the highlight of Destiny is the “quartet performance” where Anup Jalota, Pankaj Udhas, Talat Aziz and Sumeet Tappoo come together in a rare treat for music lovers. One must see the music video to see the fun and joy the four portray when singing this Ghazal together.

ARTIST PROFILES

SUMEET TAPPOO

Sumeet Tappoo Born in Fiji Islands, Sumeet Tappoo, an Australia MBA graduate, has moved to Mumbai to pursue a career in music as a playback singer. His multiple album releases, his ever growing international fan base and his successful live concerts and performances around the world is testimony to his increasing popularity. Sumeet has also sung alongside industry legends such as Shankar Mahadevan, Hariharan, Suresh Wadkar, Shaan, Sadhna Sargam and others and has established him as a respectable talent. His obvious progression into playback singing has seen him record a few romantic film songs set for release in movies in 2014.

PADMASHRI ANUP JALOTA

Padmashri Anup Jalota, known for his versatility, renders both Ghazals and Bhajans with equal grace and finesse. His mellifluous and powerful voice has an incredible range but one which soothes the soul. His live concerts leave audiences spellbound in admiration. He has created world records by achieving Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum awards for over a hundred of his releases. The ever-smiling and ever-obliging legend continues to perform the world-over adding to his thousands of performances already.

PADMASHRI PANKAJ UDHAS

Padmashri Pankaj Udhas has been credited for taking Ghazals to the realms of popular music. His silk soothing voice has attracted millions of fans around the world. The breadth of his success spans across various platforms of albums, playback singing as well as his flawless live performances across the globe. Thirty-three years and fifty albums since his first release, Pankaj Udhas continues to be one of the most successful Ghazal singers of our time. The multi-award winning singer is also a well-respected philanthropist the world over.

TALAT AZIZ

Talat Aziz, one of the most celebrated disciples of Ghazal great Ustad Mehdi Hassan, came on to the music scene thirty four years ago with his first album “Jagjit Singh Presents Talat Aziz” which became an instant hit with Ghazal fans. Three decades on, multitudes of albums and concerts later, the dashing Commerce Graduate from Hyderabad has become a favourite for many around the world for his versatility in singing both Ghazals & Sufi and his soul-stirring renditions for Ghazals in Hindi Films.

Regards

Parul Chawla

Piicture N Kraft

Email: parul@picturenkraft.com

Hand Phone: 9833577407/ 9004136155 Landline : 022 -22926509

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Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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