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Camaal Mustafa Sikander grooms models and actors for IndiaNewz Bollywood Fashion Fiesta

Bollywood satirist, creative director and designing and imaging guru Camaal Mustafa Sikander teamed up with Newz66.com to conduct a grooming session for models and aspiring actors for the forthcoming IndiaNewz Bollywood Fiesta 2014.

CMS – as he is known amongst his friends, along with actor Rajkumar Kanojiya, ballroom dance trainer Daniel Ibess Clifford and writer Sanjeev Rajat are also working on a series of photo cartoons on various political characters depicting the ongoing election campaigning in India.

Present at the special grooming session were actresses Arshi Khan, Tara Singh, Sheetal Rathore, Laila S Khan, dance trainer Daniel Ibess Clifford, Quresh Songerwala from Angelz Models and Bollywood fashion photographer Raju Asrani.

Says Camaal Mustafa Sikander explaining his passion, “It was my childhood dream to become a singer and actor but due to stage-fright and other circumstances I did not make it. However, I now utilize my free time training actors and models in professional stage mannerisms. I am proud to be associated with the IndiaNewz Bollywood Fashion Fiesta 2014 and thank Newz66.com for this fantastic opportunity.

Camaal  is a creative consultant for print, web and OOH and has helped design the creative branding for various events, brands, artistes and his clients range from Mohammed Rafi Academy, Immortal Memories (GV Films) and many others. His former clients include Asit Modi of Neela Telefilms, Vipul Shah of Optimystix, the late Pran Saab, Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi, writer J\aved Siddiqui and many others.

Photo Credits: www.newz66.com

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Photographer Raju Asrani glamour shoot for Fashion & Lifestyle Asia magazine

Mumbai-based fashion photographer Raju Asrani shot for Fashion & Lifestyle Asia magazine.  The new glossy-glamour and fashion magazine is expected on stands in May this year according to a media release by content agency Newz66.com. Over 26 designers and 50 models will be featured in the 300-plus pages bumper inaugural issue of Fashion & Lifestyle Asia, says sources. In addition to the above, photographer Raju Asrani has shot with six sizzling models for  the swimwear special section of Fashion & Lifestyle Asia.

Designs and garments from all 26 States of India, including, handlooms, handwork and Khadi by designer Randell Gomes, designers Raymond Fernandez and Sunita De Souza will all form part of the content which is being meticulously shot and profiled by the editorial team. A special feature on age-old fabric painting technology using eco-natural colors from different parts of India will form the highlight of the issue, not to forget the designer lingerie center spreads that will provide for the glamour component.

Speaking to Newz66.com, bollywood and fashion photographer Raju Asrani said, “Fashion photography in India is still in its infancy. Most models, brands and photographers mix bollywood and glamour photography with fashion photography. I am grateful to Fashion & Lifestyle Asia magazine for starting a special series on Fashion and Glamour photography and eagerly await the inaugural issue of the magazine.”

Photo Credits: www.newz66.com

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Farhan Akhtar reminisces in ‘Hawaa Hawaai’s Dreamer Video
~ Speaks about achieving dreams and aspirations ~

Mumbai, 8th April 2014: The makers of ‘Hawaa Hawaai’ have released the first in a series of ‘The Dreamer Videos’ showcasing celebrities from different walks of life, speaking about their dreams and journey towards fulfilling them. The first video of the series revolves around the well-known writer, director and actor Farhan Akhtar. It can be viewed on http://bit.ly/FarhanAkhtar-Dreams

Sharing his childhood memory, actor Farhan Akhtar says, “When I used to sneak into my father’s study… there were couple of Filmfares that used to be lying on the table, and a friend of mine and me would sneak in there, and we’d pose with those trophies and, you know, wave to the crowd, pretend that we won a Filmfare award. So when I went up on stage and collected it, it really took me back to that moment. It was a very surreal fulfilment of that dream.” The video showcases Farhan Akhtar talking about his aspirations and his dream of making his children proud.

The story of ‘Hawaa Hawaai’ is about the remarkable journey of a poor boy ‘Arjun’, rich with dreams, as he tries to achieve his goal of becoming a champion Inline Skater. The movie stars Partho Gupte as Arjun, an in-line skater and Saqib Saleem as his coach. Presented by Fox Star Studios and written, produced and directed by Amole Gupte, the film is slated to release on 9th May, 2014, and is touted to be the first film on in-line skating in the world.

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Birthday girl Leena Kapoor
When Leena Kapoor let her hair down!

Leena Kapoor, the model-actor who shot into the limelight when she no-balled umpire Asad Rauf, celebrated her birthday party at Watering Hole, Andheri.

Friends Adi Irani, Shiv Rindan, Dr Ajit Kadam, Amit Sinha, Pitobash Tripathi, Moushumi Naik, and a host of others joined Leena Kapoor in her celebrations. The guests danced to the tune of Bollywood’s popular beats and the celebrations went on till they could dance no more…

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Asin Unwinds With Water Sports On Bali Vacation

Actress Asin, who is quite fond of adventure sports, recently had a blast while on a vacation to Bali.

A source said that while in Bali, Asin indulged in water sports like jet skiing, snorkeling and sea walking. A source says, “Asin is an adventure sports enthusiast. She plans to explore other such activities as and when she gets a break.”

On her part, Asin added, “Bali is one of my favorite travel destinations. I am a complete water baby so it is an ideal place to unwind.”

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Asin’s picturesque property down south

Asin has a farmhouse down south, which is located in the hill station of Vagamon in Kerala, and personally looks into its maintenance. It has a river flowing through it and She takes off often to that tranquil place.

It is her family property and its where’s she’d spend most of her summer holidays back in her school days. Many of her friends from the industry have also visited the pretty picturesque property.

Rohit Shetty commented on seeing her Farmhouse “If I ever had such a beautiful house, i’d never feel like coming back to mumbai”

If sources are to be believed, all food is grown there organically and there’s cattle in the farm for fresh milk and swans in the property. Its literally according to her ‘her little piece of heaven’.

Asin also paints and loves reading and whenever she’s there that’s exactly what she does!

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Kochadaiiyaan – a Truly Global Venture

Superstar Rajinikanth’s forthcoming blockbuster that is set to rival Hollywood’s Avatar, Kochadaiiyaan – The Legend, has been making waves and world firsts ever since it started filming one and half years ago.

Kochadaiiyaan has achieved a major international feat as it combines the technical prowess of partners based in both the East and West including London – UK, Los Angeles – USA, South India and from China, making the film a truly international venture.

Kochdaiiyaan boasts a filming schedule at Pinewood Studios in the UK, the very same studios where Harry Potter was filmed, to having used the same technical team who have worked on projects such as Brad Pitt’s World War Z and Pirates of the Caribbean.

Working on the project was the London based Centroid Studios, a state of the art facility for Full Body Motion Capture, which have worked on various famous Hollywood productions including World War Z, Pirates of the Caribbean and Ironman 2. They were supported by Counter Punch Studiosfrom Los Angeles, who have been behind successes such as Beverly Hills Chihuahua, for the Facial Capturing technology used together withFaceware Technologies. They have worked on The Mummy 3 and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. A team of technical experts based in South India and China have worked on the animation and the completion of the project.

Speaking about Kochadaiiyaan’s international heritage producers Mediaone Global Entertainment Limited and the AIM listed company Eros International say: “We have been keen to use Kochadaiiyaan as a strategic springboard to elevate the profile of Indian cinema globally. To achieve this, we knew as companies that we needed to appeal to a much broader audience. The connecting point has been the use of world class technological innovations such as Motion Capturing Photorealistic technology which register with a Western and younger demographic. To achieve this we have worked with some of the best technicians from across the globe and top talent from India to create a project that we feel is a true depiction of ‘world cinema’.

Kochadaiiyaan is set to blaze a trail globally in cutting-edge Motion Capturing with Photorealistic Technology, as it rivals and transcends the technological capabilities of Hollywood masterpieces Avatar, Tin Tin and Beowulf. South Indian megastar Rajinikant is cast as the archetypal superhero in the epic dramatisation of good versus evil. He performs a dual role with the reigning Queen of Indian Cinema Deepika being paired opposite the younger character. They are joined by current and veteran stars of North and South Indian Cinema such as Jackie Shroff and R. Sarathkumar for a global, Pan-Indian cinematic treat.

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Raveena  went to town on her Twitter handle by tweeting about something that Irrfan Khan did and it has been picked up immediately by the Twitteratti.

On further investigation, our credible sources have confirmed that Irrfan Khan’s college video has been leaked. After relentless search, our sources have found an image of what the video might be.

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Vikram Singh To Turn Rowdy Jat For Sajid Nadiadwala’s ‘Heropanti’
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> Vikram Singh, who was last seen playing the main protagonist in Vishesh Films release ‘Ya Rab’, will be seen next in another big project and will be essaying the role of the antagonist in Tiger Shroff’s launchpad ‘Heropanti’, which is being produced by Sajid Nadiadwala and directed by Sabbir Khan. Singh, who will play a loud  Rowdy Haryanvi Jat character named Rajjo Fauji in the film, claims that his character is more of an anti-hero than a downright villain. “I also have a romantic track with the female lead and me and Tiger will be seen clashing for the heroine in the film,” says Singh.
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> Singh was auditioned for the role by director Sabbir Khan himself and Singh, who was busy shooting for a South flick in Hyderabad, flew down to Mumbai for a day for the auditions. “After three auditions, I was selected for the role of Rajjo Fauji,” informs Vikram,
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> Usually, actors take the help of professionals to get their accent and diction right for a role. However, for Heropanti, Vikram Singh invited his Haryanvi Jat pals on the sets to help him with the mannerisms and diction of Haryanvis. “I have a few Jat pals and I took their help while playing my character. Their inputs were quite helpful and helped me play the role effectively.”
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> Interestingly, Vikram, who has trained as a boxer in New Zealand a few years back, plays a boxing champion in the film. “Playing a boxing champ came real easy to me as I have learned boxing and was quite familiar with the sport, which was helpful during my action scenes.”

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Raveena Tandon Turns Entertainer On Mad In India Sets, dances to Shammi Kapoor’s tunes.

Actress Raveena Tandon, who was recently on the sets of comic show Mad In India, decided to be proactive and entertain the audience with a few dance steps during the long breaks between rehearsals.

A source attached to the show said, “Between the rehearsals, some of the performers were dancing to keep the audience entertained and on seeing this, Raveena, who was on the sets, also sportingly joined them and grooved on the stage to Shammi Kapoor songs, earning the applause of the audience.

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This summer perform on stage like a star with Shiamak Davar

·        The guru of contemporary dance, Shiamak Davar’s, brings Summer Funk 2014 in your city

·        To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Shiamak announces a grand inter-city Dance Competition, taking the experience to the next level!

Shiamak Davar, Artistic Director of India’s premier dance institute – Shiamak Davar Institute for the Performing Arts (SDIPA), brings Summer Funk to your city and now it’s bigger than ever. At Summer Funk 2014, dance enthusiasts from across the city can learn Shiamak Style (Contemporary), the cool moves of Shabop (Hip Hop & Street Funk) and the trademark Bollywood Jazz, culminating into a grand stage extravaganza- the Summer Funk Show!

The Summer Funk show this time has an interesting twist! Every class will become a competing team and the show will become a stage to Shiamak’s Dance Competition. Shiamak Davar will personally judge the competition and announce the winner of Shiamak’s Summer Funk Dance Competition.

What’s more, enroll before 13th April and win a chance to avail early bird discounts!!

The Summer Funk dance workshop gives students an opportunity to learn and train in the

favorite dance style, learn the finer nuances of dance movement and gain a wholesome perspective working on costumes and properties. The annual student show, Summer Funk Show, gives a platform for all participating students to perform on stage in a professional setup. Making them feel like stars, the show is a true performing arts experience. The classes are open to all age groups, four to eighty four years; without any discrimination.

The stage that has created many stars before including Shahid Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Sushant Singh Rajput, Darsheel Safary and many more is ready to create more at the shows this year!

Come dance through this summer at Shiamak’s Summer Funk 2014!

·        Enrollments start from: 12th April 2014

·        Batch fees – Rs. 4300, exclusives taxes

·        Classes start from: 17th April 2014

·        For more details call: 61543000

·        Branches: Nanachowk, Kemps Corner, Bandra (W), Juhu, Matunga, Borivli, Andheri (W), Andheri (E), Churchgate, Goregaon, Vashi, Powai, Kandivali (E), Thane, Chembur and Panvel

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Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital organized 2nd National Conference on Quality Improvement & Patient Safety in Pune.

Monday, 7th April 2014: Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital, Maharashtra’s first Joint Commission International (JCI), USA and NABH Accredited Hospital and India’s First HACCP and  ISO 22000; 2005 certified, organized the 2nd National Conference “ABMH QIPS 2014” on Quality Improvement & Patient Safety on 5th& 6th April at Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital Auditorium. The two-day conference witnessed more than 200 participants including speakers and delegates from all over India. Eminent CEO’s, COO”s, Medical Administrators, Quality Heads from the most known names in the healthcare industry like Apollo Hospital, New Delhi; Medishield Hospital, Mumbai; Fortis Hospital, Mumbai and  Mohali; Seven Hills Hospital, Mumbai; Care Hospital, Hyderabad; SPS Apollo Hospital, Ludhiana; BJ Medical, BD Medical and NABH amongst others, discussed various factors to deliver quality and safety to patients.

During the two-day conference various approaches, practices and methodologies were shared amongst the delegates to bring about an improvement in health care delivery in their own hospitals, which in turn would result in rendering quality services for better patient care and safety. Paper and poster presentation sessions were also arranged which enabled the participants to showcase various initiatives undertaken by them to improve the quality of patient care at their respective Hospitals.

Emphasis on the following factors was given to deliver quality and safe care to patients. Some of the factors included:

Legal Aspects of Patient Safety – Focus on Peer Group Review.
Innovative Methods of Quality Improvement
Clinical Audit – How to get it in Right Perspective?
Enhancing Interdisciplinary Collaborative Care for Superior   Patient Safety
Why Accreditation at All? Pros and Cons
Involvement of Clinicians in Quality and Patient Safety
Human Factors in Patient Safety – Retrospect and Prospect?
Measurable Goals in Clinical Practice – How to Implement in Real World Scenario?
Patient Safety Leadership Walk Rounds
Antibiotic Stewardship : Difficult Challenge
Infection Control with Limited Resources – Role of Innovative Strategies
Linked Nurses – Key to Infection Control Practices
Nosocomial Fungal Infection
Panel Discussion
The Role of I.T. in Quality Improvement & Patient Safety
Patient Family Education to Improve Safety Outcomes

“We are very happy to organize this event the second time and it again turned out to be a grand success. This sort of conference helps us to review the current status of healthcare delivery in terms of patients’ safety and sensitize the healthcare professionals and policy makers on the innovative and evolving concepts and strategies to improve the quality of patient care and safety in India. We hope to take this event to the next level in our next conference to improve the overall healthcare delivery in India.” said Ms. Rekha Dubey, COO, Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital.

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Shahid wants to learn adventure sports

Shahid Kapoor is enthusiastic to learn new things.

The young actor recently spoke to a friend who went river rafting and had a fantastic experience… Since then Shahid river rafting has caught his fancy.

Most people go for river rafting as an experience…. However Shahid is keen to learn the nuances of the sport and go rafting himself.

River rafting is one of the most difficult adventure sports and  needs a lot of strength.

One needs to be familiar with the different rafts, understand tides, routes and also how weather affects.

Shahid has actively been reading up on river rafting.

He has also been doing research on where is the best river rafting in India.

North particularly is known for river rafting. Shahid has been talking to various people about river rafting and would like to remove some time out and try the sport

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Get ready for a shaandaar Sunday with Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

Only on &Pictures

~Arnold Schwarzenegger is back to fight evil on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 12 noon on the exclusive Hollywood Sundays program~

This Sunday, watch a robotic warrior from a post-apocalyptic future – Arnold Schwarzenegger travel back in time to protect a 20-year old drifter and his future wife from the most advanced robotic assassin the world has seen. This third installment from the ‘Terminator series’ saw Arnold ensuring they both survive a nuclear attack.

Incidentally, this is also the first among the trilogy which doesn’t involve franchise creator, director and writer James Cameron.

Time travel, fight robo-zombies in the most thrilling action sequences and dhamakedar special effects – the perfect recipe for the perfect Sunday!

Tune in to &pictures for the unforgettable Schwarzenegger in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines – 12 pm on April 13, 2014!

Prerna Jain I Account Executive I Avian Media

Office no A-001, A Wing, Ground floor, Neelam Centre

Hind Cycle Road, Next to TV Industrial Estate

Worli, Mumbai – 400025

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VSERV.MOBI LAUNCHES RTB ON ITS MOBILE AD EXCHANGE TO LEAD THE PROGRAMMATIC WAVE ACROSS EMERGING MARKETS

Advertisers gain unparalleled reach across 150,000+ apps & sites; Developers benefit from lift in global monetization

Mumbai, 8th April 2014: With an aim to empower advertisers and developers, award winning mobile ad exchange, Vserv.mobi today announced the launch of its data augmented mobile Real Time Bidding (RTB) platform. With this, Vserv.mobi bridges a value gap across emerging markets as it enables RTB for its customers on both the demand and supply side of its exchange. The platform will provide advertisers massive reach while allowing them to selectively target and bid for specific clusters of audience. Additionally, developers in emerging markets gain access to global RTB demand, which maximizes their mobile advertising revenues by auctioning each ad request to the highest bidder. Combining the RTB platform with the strength of its flagship products – AppWrapper and AudiencePro, gives Vserv a strategic advantage and creates an opportunity for the ecosystem to maximize mobile advertising in emerging markets.

Key capabilities of the RTB platform include:

Advertisers gain access to high volumes of rich media inventory through real-time, programmatic buying even with minimal to no understanding of the RTB platform
Advertisers can target desired audience groups and bid only for those specific audience segments
Access to over 150,000 apps and mobile sites including premium full screen ad inventory to target specific genres and serve ads based on location
The Vserv bidder connects with its audience targeting platform – AudiencePro and leverages Big Data capabilities of its exchange for Supply Forecasting, Price Landscape and ROI optimization models
Developers focused on creating world class apps and leveraging Vserv’s monetization tools like AppWrapper and SDKs across operating systems can now maximize monetization for their inventory through auctioning each ad request to multiple demand partners from around the globe, including Vserv’s direct advertisers
Supports OpenRTB 2.1 industry standard for seamless integration into both DSPs and SSPs. The platform also supports MRAID compliant Rich Media ads, VAST enabled video ads and iAB ad specs with category mapping
Key Demand and Supply partners already live on the exchange include MoPub, Smaato, Nexage, PocketMath, Lifestreet, Go2mobi amongst others

Commenting on this strategic launch, Dippak Khurana, CEO and Co-Founder, Vserv.mobi said, “With the introduction of audience data powered Real Time Bidding on our Ad Exchange, we are further strengthening our product offering for high growth emerging markets. The RTB platform combined with our flagship products – AudiencePro and AppWrapper, give us a strategic advantage to maximize the mobile advertising opportunity for the entire ecosystem. As advertisers look to target the next billion consumers, our RTB enabled exchange will help them leverage the power of programmatic buying, while eliminating the learning curve and risk that comes with it. Additionally, developers can tap into real-time demand across the globe, which maximizes their eCPM. Along with our key partners like Smaato, Nexage, MoPub, PocketMath among others, we are well positioned to lead the programmatic wave across emerging markets.”

The rise of smartphones in emerging markets means the future of programmatic advertising will be driven by markets such as India, Middle East and Africa, Latin America, China, and Southeast Asia. The rise in these mobile connected consumers means advertisers are tasked with looking for smarter mobile marketing strategies and giving developers access to a great number of bidders, which in turn, increases the value of their inventory.

Commenting on the partnership, Ajitpal Pannu, Chief Strategy Officer, Smaato said, “Emerging Markets are amongst the top downloaders of mobile apps across the world. Our partnership with Vserv is built on their expertise in monetizing mobile media in these markets. With an added edge of efficient audience targeting, Vserv will enable publishers and developers that are connected to Smaato’s platform gain higher fill rates and maximum ad revenues.”

“The Vserv.mobi exchange offers access to a premium full screen ad inventory that delivers exceptionally well for our advertisers”, adds Casey Grooms, Co-Founder, PocketMath, the first demand side platform to integrate with Vserv.mobi. “Further their exchange offers unique audience targeting capabilities powered by the AudiencePro platform. As brands look to target the next billion consumers, we believe that the Vserv.mobi exchange will give us unparalleled reach across emerging markets.”

Traditionally, access to mobile display inventory has been restricted to fixed price buying, leaving developers with underutilised inventory fetching low yields, while advertisers were buying bulk impressions at lower ad quality and relevance. In this regard, programmatic and Mobile RTB will revolutionize mobile advertising for developers and advertisers through its value maximisation and efficient targeting capabilities. It allows inventory to be purchased on a per-impression basis through a bidding system resulting in boosted ad revenues for developers and superior targeting for advertisers.

To know more visit: www.vserv.mobi/rtb

About Vserv.mobi

Vserv.mobi is an Award Winning Mobile Advertising Exchange across Emerging Markets that maximises value of mobile media for advertisers, developers, publishers and telecom operators. Powered by the award winning AudiencePro™ and AppWrapper™ platforms, Vserv.mobi has delivered mobile advertising experiences for leading Fortune 500 brands & digital media companies, across 200 countries. AudiencePro™ leverages privacy compliant Telco subscriber data and user profiling, to enable credible audience targeting capabilities on the Vserv.mobi advertising exchange. AppWrapper™ is an independent platform that brings “One Click” integration of SDKs for App Developers across Advertising, In-App purchases, Analytics, Bug Tracking and more. The company was founded in January 2010 and has a global presence, with offices across USA, UK, South Africa, India, Dubai, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines & Vietnam. For more information, please visit www.vserv.mobi.

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Raveena went to town on her Twitter handle by tweeting about something that Irrfan Khan did and it has been picked up like the plague by the Twitterrati.

She Tweeted using her handle @TandonRaveena: Can’t believe YOU could do this Irrfan Khan

On further investigation, our credible sources have confirmed that Irrfan Khan’s college video has been leaked. After relentless search, our sources have found parts to the video.

The details of the video still seem sketchy but our ever resilient team of reporters will not give up till we get to the bottom of this. Meanwhile, Irrfan Khan and Raveena have gone incommunicado and our repeated requests for their bytes have gone unanswered.

Stay tuned to get the first updates of this news as and when it breaks.

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Sony Music Punjab bags 5 awards at the Punjabi Music Awards 2014!

April, 2014: Music industry giant Sony Music India continues to outshine in the Punjabi music space by bagging 5 awards at the recently held PTC Punjabi Music Awards 2014. Last year saw Sony Music Punjab delivered some amazing foot-tapping and melodious tracks that got the entire nation humming to its tunes. Personalities from the field of Punjabi Music including singers, Music Directors, Video Directors, Vocalists and lyricists were awarded in several categories in this prestigious award function.

Punjabi pop sensation Diljit Dosanjh’s Proper Patola feat Badshah triumphed with 3 awards under the categories; Best Video, Most Popular Song of the Year and Best Vocalist Male. Prince of Bhangra singer Jazzy B won the award for the Best NRI artist while Navraj Hans/Gurmit Singh won the Best Duet award for their song Saiyaan.

Says Sanujeet Bhujabal, Marketing Director, Sony Music India said, “We are extremely excited on the awards and are proud to be associated with artists like Diljit, Jazzy B, Badshah, Navraj Hans, Gurmit Singh, …….. who are now like family to us. Our single point vision for the Punjabi music market was to engage with the Talent directly and have a long term perspective to the markets growth and this approach has helped in our efforts to achieve this feat. We are extremely happy with the response we have received so far from the Talent fraternity and the Fans in this market. We hope to achieve more this year as our line-up is extremely exciting and in tune with what is liked by todays audience.’’ Since the past six years, PTC Punjabi Music Awards that are both a celebration and a felicitation to the versatility and vibrancy of Punjabi Music genre has stood witness to the evolution of the Punjabi Music Industry.

Punjabi music has huge potential with followers not only in India but internationally as well. Sony Music India’s entry into this market reinforces its commitment to expand in the regional music business

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Multiple Generations of stellar acting talent in Bhoothnath Returns!

Bhoothnath Returns directed by Nitesh Tiwari not only marks the debut of Parth Bhalerao but also brings big names from the Hindi film industry on screen for the first time – Amitabh Bachchan, Boman Irani along with cameos by Shah Rukh Khan and Ranbir Kapoor.

Bhoothnath Returns will give movie connoisseurs the experience, talent and dynamism of multiple generations of cinema in one perfect entertaining package!! Amitabh Bachchan continues to play the role of the friendly ghost ‘Bhoothnath’ but this time opposite a new kid ‘Akhrot’ aka Parth. Joining the main cast is Boman Irani who plays the role of a corrupt politician ‘Bhau’. Adding these successful names are Ranbir Kapoor and Shah Rukh Khan who have cameos in the film. Where Ranbir plays himself in the film, Shah Rukh reprises his role from Bhoothnath.

Bhushan Kumar, producer, T-Series says, “Bhoothnath Returns is a very important film for us. We are glad to have Amitji on board to play Bhoothnath again without whom the film was impossible to take off. Parth is a fabulous actor, he is a bundle of acting surprises. Boman is increadible. We are so thankful of Shah Rukh and Ranbir who gave their time to be a part of the film. We also got Anurag Kashyap who will play himself on screen.”

Bhoothnath Returns directed by Nitesh Tiwari produced by T-Series & B R Studios releases on 11th April.

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10TH  APRIL  2014 THURSDAY- JAAT HI POOCHHO SADHU KI  -A  Bitter  Comedy -6PM  & 9PM

DINESH THAKUR’S ANK  presents  the  Hindi version  of Vijay Tendulkar’s  PAHIJE  JATEECHE  by Dr.Vasant Deo

Jaat Hi  Poochho  Sadhu  Ki, one  of  Tendulkar’s  more popular plays  is a  bitter  comedy   hitting  out  at casteism and is  also  a  tongue-in-cheek comment  on  the  education  system which  specializes  in  churning  out  educated  illiterates.

11th APRIL  2014 FRIDAY- JIS LAHORE NAHI DEKHYA -6PM & 9PM.

DINESH THAKUR’S ANK  presents JIS LAHORE  NAHI  DEKHYA.  Directed  by  Dinesh Thakur  with  lyrics  by Nida  Fazli  and  music  by  Kuldip  Singh. It  is  the  story  of  two  communities,  who  have  suffered  first-hand  the  horrors  of  partition  and  still  have  the  strength  and  humanity  to  rise  above  petty  hatred. In  the  light  of   the  spate  of  the  recent  terror attacks  globally, it  has  become  even  more  imperative  to drive  home  the  message  of ‘tolerance  and  mutual  respect’  to  prevent  the  birth  of  future  terrorists. We  need  to continually   remind  ourselves  that Lines  may divide countries,  but they cannot divide Humanbeings.

JIS LAHORE…  Asghar Wajahat’s powerful Human Saga set  in  the  bygone era of  partition  is  very  much  a play of  our  times. While  it  recreates  an era  of  nostalgic  charm, after  more  than 200  shows,   it  has  been  able  to  successfully  put  across the  important  message  of  brotherhood which  goes  beyond  the evil  politician  and fanatic  to make  a difference  to the  common man.

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Arshi Khan is Ms Bikini Online India Finalist

After a tough fight with about 20 hot bods, model Arshi Khan was selected one of the finalist of the final round for the Ms Bikini Online 2014 pageant. Speaking to entertainment content agency Newz66.com immediately after her selection, Arshi Khan said, “I am happy to be selected among one of the finalists and thank Newz66.com Events for giving me this opportunity. I wish all the other contestants the very best and am working on my body to tone myself up for the grand finale next month.” Ten girls will compete for the title of Ms Bikini Online India, a release from Newz66.com Events said. The judges included bollywood fashion photographer Raju Asrani who said, Arshi Khan deserved to make it to the coveted position as she was poised, graceful and talented. Her GQ is good and she is the perfect epitome of Beauty with Brains.”

For Arshi Khan this is a hat trick or the third win in three months. She was crowned Miss Glory Earth 2014 recently at an event held at the YWCA in Delhi. Present at the same event were participants from various cities and countries including Finland, Paris, etc. Arshi Khan was also selected and crowned Miss Maharashtra Global Tourism – as part of the ongoing Miss Maharashtra King & Queen 2014 Pageant in early Feb this year. She will represent the State of Maharashtra at the Global Tourism glam event and conference – Miss Global Tourism 2014 to be held in May. She will also be seen at the Miss Tourism Universe pageant to be held in Singapore later this year.

Arshi Khan was born in Afghanistan but came to India when she was just four years old as her parents migrated back in India to Bhopal. She finished her school and college in Bhopal itself and was attracted towards theater since her early childhood. Acting brought her to Mumbai where she bagged many assignments in a short span of six months. She was introduced to the famous stage personality Janaab Ehsaan Chishti, a famous theater director in Bhopal. “Ehsaan ji thought that I have a attractive face and figure and if I try and work hard, I can possibly make it as an actor. He used to instigate me and it was at Ehsaan ji’s provocation that I started acting in various dramas in Bhopal city. I started getting offers for modelling and that’s how I got assignments,” Arshi Khan told content agency Newz66.com. Taking a cue from him, she got a break in a Tamil film ‘Malli Mishtu’ where she played the lead role opposite Tamil star Naresh and has not look back since then.

Designer Randell Gomes will design the bikinis for the finale, while the event will be covered in a special photo feature by Fashion & Lifestyle Asia magazine – to be launched next month.

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Bollywood satirist Camaal Mustafa Sikander creates waves with his election photo spoofs

Maverick Bollywood Satirist Camaal Mustafa Sikander along with his “cronies in crime and satire” – as he terms his associates, are working on a Photo Series  on the Great Indian Election Circus. CMS – as he is known amongst his friends, along with actor Rajkumar Kanojiya, ballroom dance trainer Daniel Ibess Clifford and writer Sanjeev Rajat are seen here working for a series of Photo Cartoons on various political characters depicting the ongoing election campaigning in India.

Says Camaal Mustafa Sikander explaining his passion, “It was my childhood dream to become a singer and  actor but due to stage-fright and other circumstances I did not make it. However, I have found solace in a new passion and now I create spoofs of various Bollywood actors, movies, songs including all times greats like Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand, Amitabh Bachchan to name a few. With the help of well-known Bollywood photographer Raju Asrani who snaps the action very creatively, I create posters and photo cartoons based on that. I have evolved a particular style for this piece of satire and though I am still trying to identify a unique name for it, ‘Har Fun Maula – Jack of All Master of Fun’ is a self-given tagline.”

Professionally Camaal  is a creative consultant for print, web and OOH and has helped design the creative branding for various events, brands, artistes and his clients range from Mohammed Rafi Academy, Immortal Memories (GV Films) and many others. His former clients include Asit Modi of Neela Telefilms, Vipul Shah of Optimystix, the late Pran Saab, Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi, writer Javed Siddiqui and many others.

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Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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