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59th Idea Filmfare Awards 2013 Announced

Gurgaon, 17th December 2013: For decades, movies have been a religion in our country and film stars our demi-Gods. And every Friday, the followers increase by leaps and bounds. Our movies find appreciation worldwide with each passing day. In 2013, Indian cinema turned 100. A landmark year for the industry and moviegoers.

Being the pioneer of film magazines and award ceremonies in India, Filmfare celebrates the glorious history of our films. The Filmfare Awards have always been the gold standard to gauge excellence in cinema for the past 60 years. The first award ceremony was held on March 21, 1954 at the Metro Cinema with five award categories – Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Music Director. Today, we have 31 award categories. The awards night remains the most sought after event of the film industry. It’s the night when the biggest stars shine together. And this year, will be no different. We are thrilled to announce that the 59th Idea Filmfare Awards 2013 will be held on January 24, 2014 and we continue our association with Idea, our partners and title sponsor for the Awards. It’s a relationship that is well into its sixth year now.

The 59th Idea Filmfare Awards for 2013 are all about commemorating the magic of the movies and paying tribute to unforgettable stars, films, songs, dialogue and celluloid memories. Gracing the occasion to announce the most anticipated award ceremony of 2014, was the Bhaag Milkha Bhaag star Farhan Akhtar along with Mr. Tarun Rai – Chief Executive Officer, Worldwide Media, the publishers of Filmfare magazine and Mr. Rajat Mukarji, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Idea Cellular. Together they lit the lamp marking the start of yet another magical journey to honour Hindi cinema’s best.

“It has been another astounding year for Bollywood. More than 130 films produced – films that have been huge commercial successes and have won critical acclaim. For the first time seven films have crossed the Rs 100 crore mark. It will be a tough task for the Filmfare readers and jury to select the winners as we have both popular and critics’ awards. And, of course, you can look forward to a spectacular Awards night on January 24. It will be nothing like what we have done before or people have seen so far.” Tarun Rai Chief Executive Officer – WWM TARUN RAI CEO Worldwide Media Commenting on the 59th Idea Filmfare Awards 2013, Mr Tarun Rai said, “It has been another astounding year for Bollywood. More than 130 films produced – films that have been huge commercial successes and have won critical acclaim. For the first time seven films have crossed the Rs 100 crore mark. It will be a tough task for the Filmfare readers and jury to select the winners as we have both popular and critics’ awards. And, of course, you can look forward to a spectacular Awards night on January 24. It will be nothing like what we have done before or people have seen so far.”

Extending their association to yet another magnificent year Mr Rajat Mukarji said, “The 59th Idea Filmfare Award marks another glorious year of Idea’s association with Filmfare. Idea has always been committed to provide the best in class mobile telephony service to its customers. With Idea’s 3G services and devices, our over 128 million subscribers will get an opportunity to experience the best mobile experience across various platforms. Idea will also enable its subscribers to access movie content and results of the Idea Filmfare Awards on their mobile phones.”

The grand ceremony of the 59th Idea Filmfare Awards 2013 is scheduled for the 24th of January, 2014 at YRF Studios, Mumbai.

About Worldwide Media:

Worldwide Media is a part of the Times Group, one of India’s largest media and entertainment conglomerates and publishes Filmfare – India’s No 1 entertainment magazine. Femina – the largest women’s magazine in India, BBC TopGear, HELLO! GRAZIA, BBC GoodHomes, Lonely Planet, Home Trends, BBC Knowledge and BBC GoodFood are other exciting titles of Worldwide Media.

About IDEA Cellular:

IDEA Cellular is India’s 3rd largest national mobile operator, with more than 128 million subscribers. With traffic in excess of 1.5 billion minutes a day, Idea ranks among the Top 10 country operators in the world. Using the latest in technology, Idea provides world-class service del4ery through the most extens4e network of customer touch points. Idea is listed on the National Stock Exchange (NSE) and the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in India.

IDEA Cellular is an Aditya Birla Group Company, India’s first truly multinational corporation. The Group ranks Number 4 globally and Number 1 in the Asia Pacific in the 2011 Top Companies for Leaders (TCFL) study conducted by Aon Hewitt, Fortune (the Global Business Magazine) and the RBL Group. It operates in 36 countries, and is anchored by more than 136,000 employees belonging to 42 nationalities. More information on Idea Cellular is available at and on the Aditya Birla Group at

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Divya Khosla Kumar: ‘Casting For Yaariyan was the toughest part’

Former actress Divya Khosla Kumar will be making her directorial debut with ‘Yaariyan’, a youthful film about the trials and tribulations of the youth and the dynamic Divya recently spoke about the challenges that she had to face while casting for the film.

Talking about the casting of the film, Divya, who wanted to direct a film ever since she was 18, added, “Casting was the toughest part. If there are only two or three characters in a film, it’s comparatively easier but I had 20 characters in the age group of 21-22. I did not find any actors from the existing lot, in this age group, who could fit into my characters. So, I cast fresh faces. Also, though my vision was big, I had a limited budget. Now that the trailers are out, people are saying it looks refreshing and I am glad.”

Produced by Bhushan Kumar, ‘Yaariyan’, which is slated to release on January 10, is a contemporary and youthful film that takes audiences through the trials and tribulations of the best years of their life. The film stars Himansh Kohli, Dev Sharma, Shreyas Pardiwala, Rakul Preet, Nicole Faria, Evelyn Sharma, Deepti Naval and Gulshan Grover.


Shahid Kapoor, who is the only actor of this generation to deliver a masala hit film with R… Rajkumar, has been approached by all the award functions this year to perform.

It is year ending and it is time to felicitate performers of the year. The award season is coming close and Shahid Kapoor is in extreme demand.

Shahid Kapoor, who is also an exceptional dancer and performer on stage, has three songs in top five songs to be performed this year.

The actor’s songs this year have been a huge hit (Gandi Baat, Agal Bagal, Dhating Nach).

No doubt the music of these songs is phenomenal, but most importantly, these songs are a visual treat for the audiences.

The energy that Shahid throws, is just in the right amount and his moves have become very popular among the audiences.

So much so, that the organizers are ready to pay any amount to get Shahid Kapoor on board to perform at the award ceremonies.


Rasgulla competition on Boogie Woogie

It was time to be a kid again for judge Jaaved Jaaferi on the sets of Boogie Woogie as he played around and had fun with the contestants. Here’s the complete story.

After Chirasmita’s performance, host Sargun Mehta revealed that Chirasmita’s mother doesn’t allow her to eat rasgullas. After being asked by judges she revealed that she can have as many rasgullas at one go. The judges called for a bowl and therein began a competition between Rakshit and Chirasmita. Halfway down the competition Jaaved couldn’t control his urge and he ran away with the bowl and started eating himself.

Watch the fun on Boogie Woogie, this Saturday 21st December 2013 at 8:30 pm only on Sony Entertainment Television


250 artists at Maya converted more than 285000 frames for Sholay’s 2D to 3D conversion

Mumbai ,December, 2013: Maya Digital Studios, the company that pioneered the art and technology of animation and visual effects in India, has successfully converted the biggest blockbuster of its time Sholay from 2D to Stereoscopic 3D. One of the most difficult movies to be converted from 2D to 3D, 250 artists of Maya Digital Studio converted 285120 frames to transform Sholay in 3D and create an interactive movie watching experience.

“The first and the most important challenge which the team faced was restoration and colour correction of the movie’s negative. The film had to be scanned; several portions had to be painted and touched-up using various softwares and many manual processes. It was after this restoration process that the film was ready for 3D conversion”, said Mr. Ketan Mehta, MD & Chairman, Maya Digital Studios. This was followed by creation of a depth map, which indicates what is near the screen and what is far away. With the help of the depth map, a 3D environment is created, and the third dimension is given to the image. This combined with other processes like adding of colours, placement of objects in frame is a time-consuming, technical process that requires a lot of precision along with creative insights.The tediousness of the task can be imagined from the fact that one second of filmed footage is 24 frames, and the length of the film is 198 minutes. So essentially, the 2D to 3D conversion of Sholay meant conversion of 285120 frames, from 2D to 3D”, he further added.

Maya digital Studios have ensured that the final 3D output of Sholay is as good as the legendary movie.

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BEYONCÉ Shatters iTunes Store Records With 828,773 Albums Sold in Just Three Days

Best First Week Album Sales & Number One in 104 Countries

Apple® today announced that BEYONCÉ has become the fastest selling album ever on the iTunes Store® with an unprecedented 828,773 albums sold in just its first three days. BEYONCÉ also broke the US first week album sales record with 617,213 sold and proved to be a global success going to number one in 104 countries.

The self-titled, BEYONCÉ, is the fifth solo studio album from Beyoncé, which was made available exclusively worldwide on the iTunes Store on December 13 by Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records. The self-titled set is the artist’s first visual album. BEYONCÉ is infused with 14 new songs and 17 visually stunning, provocative videos shot around the world from Houston to New York City to Paris, and Sydney to Rio de Janeiro, all before the album’s release. The album represents Beyoncé’s biggest sales week ever.

The iTunes Store is the world’s most popular music store with a catalog of over 26 million songs and is available in 119 countries. The iTunes Store is the best way for iPhone®, iPad®, iPod®, Mac® and PC users to legally discover, purchase and download music online. All music on the iTunes Store comes in iTunes Plus®, Apple’s DRM-free format with high-quality 256 kbps AAC encoding for audio virtually indistinguishable from the original recordings.

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Shilpa Shetty Kundra Voted The Yummiest Mummy In India!

It is a well-known fact that Shilpa Shetty Kundra has bagged the ‘yummy mummy’ tag ever since she became a mother and has inevitably always scored brownie points for her style…and how courtesy her svelte figure, glowing skin and an effervescent personality always accompanied with that hundred watt smile .The country now celebrates that fact as the actress turned producer , recently emerged the Yummiest Mummy in India as per the recent AC Nielsen poll.

The international survey organization AC Nielsen, a global marketing research firm that operates in over 100 countries ,with worldwide headquarters in New York City, United States of America, recently conducted a survey on ‘Yummy Mummies’ and leggy lass Shilpa Shetty Kundra bagged the maximum votes.

When contacted, an elated Shilpa said, “The poll results have come to me as a huge surprise and I’m truly flattered. I give credit to a balanced diet, dedicated fitness routine and my genes.”


Hasee Toh Phasee leads Sidharth Malhotra & Parineeti Chopra not allowed to meet prior to the shoot.

While audiences are raving about the trailer of Dharma Productions & Phantom Films’ Hasee Toh Phasee,directed by Vinil Matthew,and the chemistry between the film’s leads ,very few know that Sidharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra were asked not to interact with eachother prior to the shoot of the film in order to keep their chemistry intact.

Talking about this exercise says director Vinil Matthew, “There is a certain kind of tension that you experience when you are not familiar with a person and I wanted that kind of chemistry in my film. Since Sidharth and Parineeti haven’t interacted much, I wanted to keep that slight tension intact and also wanted them to get to know eachother only during the course of the shooting.”

The advertising veteran who makes his directorial debut with the cucking frazy film also conducted separate workshops with Sidharth and Parineeti before the film went on floors.

“I did separate workshops with them for 3 weeks – I decided to do them separately as I didn’t want to ruin the kind of chemistry I wanted them to share on the film.” adds Matthew.

Dharma Productions & Phantom Films’ Hasee Toh Phasee starring Sidharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra hits theaters 7th February 2014.


Attend the grandest Bash of the year with MOVIES NOW

~Celebrate the Christmas and New Year festivities all day long~

National, December 2013: 2013 may have been tough, rough and downright exhausting for many but with the year coming to an end MOVIES NOW presents its MOVIES NOW party line-up December Ø JINGLE ALL THE DAY- 25th December, starting 11.30 am onwards Ø HIGH ON 2013- 31st December, starting 1 pm onwards viewers with an outlet for it all! Get loose and join the Christmas and New Year celebrations to be a part of the biggest bash on television till date!

Ending the festive season with Jingle all the day and High on 2013, MOVIES NOW has undoubtedly escalated the holiday fun with the most superlative line-up of the year.

Starting 11:30 am onwards on the 25th of December, Jingle All the Day will not only get you in the holiday mood but will also prove to be the biggest family entertainer. Featuring blockbusters for everyone from tots to teens, Jingle All the Day will showcase all-time favorites Baby’s Day Out, Alvin & The Chipmunks, Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar, Madagascar 2, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, The Spiderwick Chronicles. So get set as Santa slides down the chimney with the biggest goodie bag of the season!

Making sure fans have a wild and crazy New Year and end the year on a High, MOVIES NOW brings its fans High on 2013. So rev the music and power-up your New Year fun with the hottest action blockbusters on the 31st December 2013, starting 1 pm onwards. Featuring Hangover, Final Destination, Fantastic Four – Rise of the Silver Surfer, Karate Kid, X Men First Class and Salt, the channel lines-up the bash of a lifetime!

This December, explore your wild side and join the party bash with the best of Hollywood only on MOVIES NOW – Hollywood in HD!


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Venus Records & Tapes Pvt. Ltd’s and Satish Kaushik Entertainment’s Gang of Ghosts to release on 11th April 2014.

Starring an ensemble starcast-Sharman Joshi, Mahie Gill , Anupam Kher, Parambrata , Meera Chopra, Jackie Shroff, Saurabh Shukla, Rajpal Yadav, Chunkey Pandey, Yashpal Sharma, Asrani, Vijay Verma , Rajesh Khattar and J.Brandon Hill.

Gang of Ghosts has been produced by Ganesh Jain Ratan Jain , Satish Kaushik and directed by Satish Kaushik.

Music & Background Score – Dharam- Sandeep.

DOP – Johnylal

Production Designer – Sukant Panigrahy

Editor – Hemal Kothari

Sound Designer – Shahaab Alam

Executive Producer – Sanchita Chatterjee


In the Spirit of Science!!!

Dr. M. I. Patel, Chairman of VASVIK and Shri. Nayan Patel held one of its kind VASVIK INDUSTRIAL RESEACH AWARDS!

Vasvik, (Vividhilaxi Audyogik Samshodhan Vikas Kendra) is it’s in 39th edition this year in the previous year’s eminent and respected personalities attended which were APJ Kalam Azad, Manmohan Singh (1993) Narendra Modi, Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott(2000), Lord Dholakia, Morarji Desai when he was Prime Minister in 1976, Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma(1984)

VASVIK is a non-profit, non-government organization established in 1974 and run by the Patel Family of Mumbai, who are the owners of the Patel Extrusion Group, with ISO 9002 certified companies. The Group has been the winner of various awards including theJamnalal Bajaj award, Priyadarshini award, Arch of Europe award and the Cleo award of the USA.

The VASVIK Research awards are given with the aim of promoting industrial research, Science and technology in India.

The prestigious awards were given away amidst the gracious presence of Dr. R. A. Mashelkar & Director of Bajaj Group; Shri Niraj Bajaj.

Chairman, Dr. M. I. Patel explains the objective of VASVIK “We have instituted nine annual VASVIK Industrial Research Awards, each of Rs. 1, 00,000/-, and a citation to be awarded to an individual or group of individuals, who, in the opinion of our Board of Advisors, have made outstanding contribution to the advancement of science and technology or provided leadership leading directly to national prosperity in India.”

Prof. M. M. Sharma adds, “India is passing through one of its best phase of history; the economic growth, the rising level of the standard of life of our people, the spread of education and involvement of our people in the affairs of the country as never before.”


It is now well realized that in any industrial society or country, economic growth is essential to improve the quality of life. For a country like India striving to achieve economic prosperity and sustainable development, all individuals and organizations, which have the ability to do so, should help the cause of promoting research. The above multi-purpose industrial research promoting centre was founded to contribute towards this end and strengthen the efforts being made in the field of industrial research in India.


Consideration will be given to achievements in design or any production techniques or methods, particularly with regard to their impact on industrial and economic growth, import substitution, saving of foreign exchange, cost reduction, etc. Achievements within the past 10 years will be given priority.

Following Awards of Rs. 1, 00, 000/- each were given to Indian citizens for research in each of the following fields:

1. Agriculture Science & Technology

2. Biological Sciences & Technology

3. Chemical Science & Technology

4. Electrical & Electronic Sciences & Technology

5. Environmental Sciences & Technology

6. Mechanical & Structural Sciences & Technology

7. Information & Communication Technology

8. Materials Sciences & Technology



Along with turning a producer Abhay Deol is also overlooking the marketing of his upcoming film One By Two.

Like his films as an actor, he has chosen to produce a film that reflects his sensibility. The actor has been over looking into varied aspects of the film. Taking a cue from the film, in terms of marketing, One by Two will have a special outdoor marketing campaign.

The protagonist of the film is played by Abhay Deol himself and his character name is Amit Sharma.

Abhay along with Viacom 18 suggested a marketing idea where across cities there will be hoardings reading Are you Amit Sharma? With options similar to his traits in the film… Have you been dumped by your girlfriend? Are you pakaoed with routine? Are you stuck in a job?

As his character is a person who feels that he is ‘pakaoed’ in life. When Abhay conducted the research he realised that most people feel the same like his character from the movie.

These hoardings will be plastered across the city and are creating a lot of intrigue and hype. The idea is to generate curiosity among audiences and at the same time increase relatability with the protagonist.

The plan is currently underway and creative – logistics are being worked upon.

The movie casts Preeti Desai alongside Abhay Deol. The movie is directed by debut director Devika Bhagat. It is set to release on 7th February 2014


Aamir Khan willing to shape up nephew Imran Khan’s career!

Till now Mamu Aamir has never interfered in Imran’s career. According to the superstar every actor goes through a bad phase in his career. However, seems like Aamir Mamu is quite worried about the way in which Imran’s career is shaping up.

In an exclusive interview with zoOm, Aamir said that he is now ready to guide Imran and he will be more than willing to share tips that will help him get off this bad phase. Seems like Imran’s back to back flops this year has got Aamir thinking. He has not just offered to guide Imran but also the film makers who are interested in signing up Imran. Being Aamir’s nephew, everyone expects Imran to be like his mamu in the way he chooses his scripts. However, when Imran tried the Aamir way of working by opting for diverse role, the movies failed to impress at the Box Office.

Let’s hope that this mamu can get his nephew’s career back on track. For the latest and biggest stories from Bollywood, stay tuned to Planet Bollywood News every day at 7 pm only on zoOm – India’s No. 1 Bollywood Channel.

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Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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