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The first-of-its-kind ‘political’ party that
will live up to its promise …!




Mumbai, 17th April, 2014: Guys … There’s a new ‘political’ party being formed on the eve of elections … and it has only ONE promise that it intends to live up to – That of making you laugh! Fikar not … this one’s not about to stand you up like the rest! After all, this special party is nothing but Zee TV’s first-of-its-kind ‘variety’ comedy show. Be it your classic Indian style hasya kavis who’ll make you laugh at the very life issues that usually make you cry or new-age stand-up comedians whose hilarious spoofs will bring you the asli chehras of some of the most talked-about netas, actors and sports figures, ‘Dabur Glucose D Gangs of Hasseepur’, that launches on Saturday, 26th April and airs every Saturday- Sunday at 8 PM on Zee TV, has all that it takes to tickle your funny bone!


Peppered with anecdotes plucked out of your own life, the show will see funnymen Raju Shrivastav and Suresh Menon leaving viewers in splits with their witty punches and comic timing. Comedienne Bharti Singh will add her own flavor of masti to all the madness on the show. The gorgeous divas Mandira Bedi and Tanishaa Mukherjee will step in as the Hasseepur ki Haseenayein, adding to the glamour quotient of the gang. Known for her penchant for comedy, the vivacious Ragini Khanna will be seen as the host of the show. With rib-tickling impersonations of famous personalities and spoofs on topical issues that affect human life, here’s a show that seems set to make you fall off your chairs!


Speaking of the new show, Zee TV Programming Head Namit Sharma said, “It’s not because we also wanted a comedy show that we are doing this. The idea behind it is to reflect what’s happening in the country and humour is the best way. The whole show is meant to have fun. The line of the show is ‘Jo cheezein aapko rulati thi, wohi aaj hasaayengi’. Everything that is a pain point for the country is fodder for humour on the show. It’s a variety show with different styles of comedy. It’s election-related with issues like inflation, lack of trust in the politicians, etc forming the basis of humour.”


Comedy veteran Pankaj Saraswat who is co-producing the show with Zee’s in-house production arm Essel Vision Pvt Ltd, said, “Gangs of Hasseepur is a melting pot of diverse styles of humor presented by different types of comedians. In addition to stand-up heavyweights like Suresh and Raju, the show will feature some of the finest stand-up talent from across the country. It’s an open platform for celebrating different styles of comedy that Indian television hasn’t experienced yet.”


Returning to the tube after creating quite a stir on reality television, Tanishaa Mukherjee is all kicked about the new show, “While humor is subjective, there are certain things that we collectively feel strongly about – as a nation. One of them is the upcoming elections and the state of affairs in the country. When you have humor that is linked to such a theme that everyone relates to and actively discusses – it immediately becomes universal in its appeal. So, I strongly feel the show has the potential to instantly connect with the audiences!”


The gorgeous Mandira Bedi who turns to Comedy, yet another male-dominated genre after sports, says, “I feel a natural connect with comedy. I’ve lived my life, with an eye for the funny. My upbringing has instilled a sense of humor in me and I tend to look at the lighter, quirkier side of everything. We’ve shot just two episodes but I already feel at home on this show!”


Get prepared to handle the madness as the Gangs of Hasseepur are about to attack … ‘Dabur Glucose D Gangs of Hasseepur’ starts on 26th April, airs every Sat-Sun at 8 PM, only on Zee TV!


About Zee TV: Zee TV, the flagship channel of Zee Entertainment Enterprises LTD was launched in October 1992. Having completed 20 years since its launch, Zee TV has pioneered and driven the growth of the satellite and cable industry in India. With a reach of more than 169 countries and access to more than 670 million viewers globally, Zee TV has created strong brand equity and is the largest media franchise serving the South Asian Diaspora. Realizing its strength in programming and the need for Indian entertainment in the overseas market, it launched Zee TV in the UK / Europe (1995), the USA (1998), Africa (1998) and is available across five continents.

Through its positioning of ‘Umeed Se Saje Zindagi’, Zee TV celebrates a woman’s emerging beliefs and reflects her changing hopes, dreams and optimism. Zee TV’s programming delivers a variety of choices for all segments of the audience, including primetime drama series, reality shows, comedy, horror, historical and mythological sagas, awards shows, events and specials. Aware of its role in driving public perception and bringing about societal change, Zee TV has been at the forefront of introducing shows with topical themes and subjects such as Punarvivaah, Ek Muthi Aasmaan, Sapne Suhaane Ladakpan Ke, Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi Kijo, Saat Phere, Pavitra Rishta and Aap Ki Antara amongst several others. Apart from setting new programming trends in the country, its reality shows Sa Re Ga Ma Pa and Dance India Dance have celebrated the talent of India’s common man, paving the way for millions of youngsters across the country to showcase their talent. The popularity of Zee arises from its understanding of Indian culture and beliefs which are depicted in its programming.


Pied Piper woos Cardiff audiences, bags best screenplay


Vivek Budakoti’s Pied Piper, produced by Rajita Sharma wins the Best Screenplay Award at Cardiff Independent Film Festival. At the same time comes the good news of the film being selected fo the Gothenburg Independent Film Festival screening.

Run by a non-profit community group, Cardiff Independent Film Festival (CiFF) exists to provide a showcase for independent filmmakers to exhibit both features and shorts. Cardiff’s reputation as a major creative hub and attractive location for filmmakers makes it a natural home for our self-sustainable independent film festival. Besides the victory for best screenplay, Pied Piper was also nominated for the Best Film and Rajpal Yadav for the Best Actor at the Cardiff Fest as well.


Pied Piper is a satirical folklore of a simple laundryman,Chunnilal (played by Rajpal Yadav), who is rumoured to have acquired his beloved donkey’s brains in a freak accident. Charming millions with his asinine traits, Chunnilal soon rises to become the most popular hero of his time .Ill at ease by his non-conformist approach, suspicious establishment starts to fear his influence on society. He must be stopped. Or better, he must be eliminated. The question remains, however, whether Chunnilal, the hero of a people, can altogether be erased from a collective consciousness? A tale of a simple man’s tryst with his asinine conscience laced with wry humour, the film mirrors the current socio-political turmoil in Democratic India.


Pied Piper, incidentally, already has an overcrowded cap. It has earlier won the Best Film category at the Delhi International Film Festival and the Best Film at LUMS (Lahore University Management Studies) International Film Festival 2014, besides prestigious selections at the Mumbai FIlm Festival MAMI 2013; Fer film Festival, Republic of Kosoves 2013; Alexandria Film Festival, Washington DC 2013; Freethought International Film Festival, Orlando 2013; Chicago South Asian Film Festival 2013; Jogja NETPAC Asian Film Festival, Indonesia 2013; Rafi Peer International Film Festival, Lahore 2013; Daring Independent Film Festival, Toronto 2013; Dhaka International Film Festival 2014; The Indian International Film of South Africa; Berlin International Directors Lounge among others.


Bollywood salutes Mumbai Police at Umang 2014


Umang 2014 is back to honour and felicitate the Mumbai Police Fraternity in the presence of the crème de la crème of Bollywood celebrities. The gathering will witness all the Bollywood biggies like Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, Anil Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Madhuri Dixit, Prabhudeva, Priyanka Chopra, Jacqueline Fernandez coming together to express solidarity to the Mumbai Police for all the efforts they take to make this city a safer place.


The host for the evening will be none other than the energetic Manish Paul. The occasion will witness some entertaining performances by Mika Singh, Varun Dhavan, Sonakshi Sinha and Shraddha Kapoor. The charismatic jodi of Ajay Devgan and Kareena Kapoor Khan will be seen enthralling the viewers with their entertaining cop act. This is not all, actor Shahid Kapoor will be seen setting the stage on fire with his adrenaline filled performance on his hit songs. Stand-up comedian and host Kapil Sharma will take the viewers on a roller coaster laughter ride with his wisecrack jokes. The audience will be left asking for more when the sensuous Katrina Kaif will be seen mesmerizing the audiences with her sexy moves.


The entertainment doesn’t stop here! The King of Bollywood Shahrukh Khan will make this year’s Umang special in its own way for the Police Community with his special act on his popular song Lungi Dance. The cops will also be seen shaking their leg with Shahrukh Khan and Hritik Roshan. The show stealer of the evening is however a unique felicitation which is a tribute to one of the finest sport person and icon of the Cricket Industry – Sachin Tendulkar – by the Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan and India’s leading vocalist Asha Bhosle.


So get ready for a star studded evening filled with some unforgettable performances this Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 2pm and 5pm only on Sony Entertainment Television


Milap Zaveri – writer and director, recently hit a hat-trick with the success of his three movies that he has written – Shootout At Wadala, Grand Masti and Main Tera Hero. Filmmaker Sanjay Gupta – a dear friend of Milap Zaveri hosted the party for him at his residence. The makers of all the three films were present for the same.

Date: 16th April, 2014 – Wednesday

Venue: Wood Stock Villa – Sanjay Gupta’s residence.
Sonam Kapoor’s sweet treats on the sets of Dolly Ki Doli.
Sonam Kapoor’s love for dessert is no secret and recently while shooting for a scene for Arbaaz Khan productions’ Dolly Ki Doli ,the actress treated the entire unit to cupcakes.
A certain scene in the film required Sonam to gorge on cupcakes and she loved them so much that she inquired with the production team about the cakes and ordered over a 100 cupcakes for everyone on the sets!
A source attached to the film said, “Sonam is known for being a darling on the sets. Whenever she has a sweet craving, she makes sure that the entire set gets to eat with her, which is one of the reasons she is a favorite with the unit members. Not only this, she is also known for s




Lapataganj – Ek Baar Phir is a lively TV series which shows daily life happenings in a small village and the funny happenings amongst the different families that reside in it.

Rohitash Gaud plays the character of Mukundilal Sughandhilal Gupta, an upright government clerk with a refined set of moral values. Mukundi is an intelligent person and is always helpful towards his neighbours and other village folks. In the on-going track, Mukundi wants all the people of Lapataganj to be responsible citizens and cast their vote for a better government and better future of the country. He appeals to the people to consider Election Day as not a holiday to laze around but a day to decide and contribute in the country’s future.


Rohitash said, “With the on-going elections in the country, the recent track will see me convincing people to cast their votes and be model citizens. Also on the personal front, I feel each and every citizen of our country should vote. It is not only a social responsibility but also an authority vested in us which empowers us to change the face of our nation. Even one vote can make a huge difference. The women of our country should also come forward in huge numbers and contribute in this endeavour. ”


Tune into Lapataganj – Ek Baar Phir to catch all the fun and comedy, from Monday to Saturday at 10 pm only on SAB TV!



‘Amitabh Bachchan Is My Inspiration’ ….. :Manie
Manie is a well-known actor in the Indian Film Industry. He is a very happy person today. His film ‘NIRMOK’ in which he played the lead actor’s role has won the ‘BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM AWARD’ in the recently concluded International Film Festival at Darbhanga. Manie was also nominated in the ‘BEST ACTOR’ category for the same film.
Reacting to this news Manie says, “We shot ‘Nirmok’ in Purulia (West Bengal) and we enjoyed working in the beautiful locations there”.
Manie is a versatile actor who can perform any role with ease. He is inspired by the legendary Amitabh Bachchan. Says Manie, “Amitabh Bachchan sir is my inspiration and I try to follow him in terms of his dedication, punctuality, focus and professionalism in my daily routine task”.
Manie is presently working in two south Indian films which would be releasing this year. Manie is also doing a Hindi 3D film with filmmaker Satyaprakash Mangtani. Manie is also working in Hemanth Sharma’s (brother of music director Monty Sharma) film ‘NEELA’ inspired from Salman Khan’s hit and run case. Manie will be enacting the role of Salman Khan in the film.
Apart from these films, Manie is also doing two films in Bengali- ‘JACKET’ with Biswajit Sarkar and ‘VINAYAK-THE SAVIOUR’ with Dishari Productions. Although, Manie is a South Indian actor but he speaks Bengali fluently.
Says Manie, “Though I was born in south but brought up down in east of Kolkata because my father was working there in high profile government job. We were shifted Kolkata when I was child.
I did my schooling there that’s why I love everything about West Bengal- the culture, the people, the language, the literature, the places, the food etc. I fall in love with West Bengal every time I visited there. That’s the reason I am also doing Bengali films”.
Manie is a very hard working, disciplined, down- to- earth and a very good human being too. He wants to win more and more state, national and international awards for all his forthcoming films. We wish him all the best for his current and future projects.


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Party toh banti hai!!!


With the success knocking the doors of Bhoothnath Returns team, it was party time for the cast and crew of the film at J W Marriot.


After receiving an overwhelming response from the critics and the audience, the producers threw a party for the cast and media yesterday to celebrate their success at the box office. Director Nitesh Tiwari, The producers Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Renu Ravi Chopra along with her sons Abhay & Kapil Chopra joined by Amitabh Bachchan, Boman Irani and the wonder kid Parth Bhalerao shared their experiences while making the film and shared the joy with the media. Mr Bachchan did a jig with his champion Parth on ‘party toh banti hai’ that suited the occasion well.


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New Delhi: [April 17, 2014]


Swatch, the popular Swiss watch brand, lived up to its reputation by presenting its latest collection in an unusual manner. The Big Classic collection was unveiled at the city’s leading lifestyle mall, Select CityWalk, in the presence of one of the country’s most stylish and elegant men, the renowned film director and writer Imtiaz Ali.


A line designed for classy people with refined tastes and a sure sense of style, Big Classic is everything the name promises: a big, 41 mm diameter watch head offers a wide-open space to show what a classic is all about.


At the special launch event the Swiss brand invited participants to engage in a game of billiards in the atrium of Select CityWalk. Imtiaz Ali then made his entrance, commenting, “I have always admired Swatch watches. They have a watch for every occasion, be it a vacation or a formal affair. The Big Classic surely will be a big hit!” The evening culminated with a photography session as winners of the Swatch billiards competition were photographed together with Imtiaz Ali.


The new collection, with prices from Rs.6750 to Rs.8450, takes up the Swiss brand’s renowned flair for colour, presenting models in black and white, petrol blue, eggshell and silver, with classy Swatch bracelets in stainless steel, a range of leathers in trend-wise colours and a mix of traditional and innovative textures; the leather strap models are fitted with a butterfly buckle.


About Swatch


Swatch, launched in 1983 by Nicolas G. Hayek, is a leading Swiss watch maker and one of the world’s most popular brands. The first Swatch watches surprised everyone with their revolutionary concept, creative design and provocative spirit. Today Swatch continues to innovate and surprise with new models, collections and special editions. The brand maintains a strong presence in the world of sports with its commitment to snowboarding, free skiing, surfing, FMX and ice cross downhill. Right from the start, Swatch connected with art and artists, and Swatch watches remain a prominent canvas for artists from a broad range of disciplines.








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