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Admen Sunny Arora and Anand Mishra of Marinating Films prime up to launch the most anticipated calendar for 2014

Marinating films and Telly calendar are well known for transforming television stars with a glamorous makeover. After two successful years, the team took another leap and shot the calendar for the first time at an international destination – Malaysia.

Mr. Anand Mishra, Director Marinating Films opines, “I am confident and excited for Telly Calendar 2014. Like every year, this calendar features 12 most famous female faces of Indian Television Industry in their most alluring avatar. The backdrop is set in Malaysia adding charisma to the whole look of the calendar.

“We have received appreciation for our earlier calendars by the industry inspiring us to go International and add an oomph quotient to our calendar this year. Transforming the Actors in a modern avatar with class, elegance and glamour, we at Marinating films aim at creating a brand with the popularity of Telly Calendar” shares young and dynamic Director Marinating Films Mr. Sunny Arora.

Twelve popular faces from the Indian television industry came together for the most coveted Telly Calendar. The calendar features Krystle D Souza, Asha Negi, Rati Pandey, Sara Khan, Rucha Hasabnis, Sukirti Kandpal, Divyanka Tripathi, Ada Khan, Barkha Bisht, Tina Dutta, Pooja Gor and Sana Khan in most astounding avatar.

Telly calendar is reason enough to go date savvy this New Year.

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Naseer wins Best Actor, The Coffin Maker lifts the Golden Pegasus

The awards for the 4th Peloponnesian International Film Festival “Bridges” were presented at the crowded Cineplex Lais of Corinth in Greece. The ceremony was conducted by Corinthian actress Helen Petropoulou along with festival director Petra Terzi. The audiovisual presentation ceremony was prepared by Socrates Lambropoulos. The choreographer of the closing ceremony is Glykofrydi and the dancers were Aggistrioti Maria, Andrea Kapasakalidi and Helen Stamatopoulou.

Amidst much applause and in the presence of the Honorable Ambassador of India in Greece Tsewang Topden and the First Secretary of the Embassy of India in Greece Somnath Halder it was India’s THE COFFIN MAKER that stole the glory at this year’s festival winning 5 awards decided by the eminent jury consisting of Bollywood Producer Vivek Singhania, Greek actor and director George Pirpasopoulos, the director of the Corinthian theater George Tzavaras, the German director Oliver Kyr and the Greek Director of Photography Olympia Mytilineou.

Noted Indian actor Naseeruddin Shah won the Best Leading Actor award for his performance in The Coffin Maker which also won Best Production Design for Bharat Vijan, Best Original Score for Bapi – Tutul, Best Director for Veena Bakshi and THE GOLDEN PEGASUS for BEST FILM

Praveen Morchhale’s BAREFOOT TO GOA was the other Indian film in competition and also won for Praveen a SPECIAL MENTION FROM THE JURY for his sensitive direction of the little child artistes

Clearly it was India’s night at Corinth. Through the realization of this year’s Peloponnesian International Film Festival “Bridges” from 7 to 15 December, in cinema LAIS in Corinth , the Seventh Art emerged as an intellectual cultural and inspirational event, with the projection of 70 films from 20 countries in total and along with various cultural events attractive even for the most discerning viewer.

The festival director Petra Terzi warmly congratulated, all actors and directors who participated and competed with their films at the festival, renewing the appointment with all cinephile public in December 2014 !

The hospitality hotel is “Ephira” , the parties of the festival were hosted at cafes “Lemon”, “Fin”, “The House of Aloustini” and “Livingroom”, and the wine was provided by the winery Orfanos.
The Official photographer and poster designer of the festival is Lorena Kir-Giannoulis.

Specifically, the awards given were the following:

Short Films:

1. Best Short Film :
“Picture Perfect”- Irina Izmestieva (United Kingdom)

2. Best Direction in a short film :
“The Case of Mary Ford”- Ben Mole (United Kingdom)

3. Best Cinematography in a short film :
“KIN” – Director of Photography Ben McKinnon (Canada)

4. Best animation :
“8-minute Deadline” – Zina Papadopoulos & Petros Papadopoulos (Greece)

5. Best Greek Short Film :
“A hardworking robber” – Michael Felanis ( Greece )
6. Best Music or Dance Film :

“Elizabeth” – Tori Lawrence – (USA)
B) Documentaries:

1. Best documentary :
“Stories of Livadero Kozanis” – Alexandros Karaiskos ( Greece )

World Cinema “Bridges”

“I loved you so much” – Οrhan Tekeoglu (Turkey)

Feature Films “Golden Pegasus”

1. Best Production Design:

Shared by: Nedeljko Bajić, Predrag Jočić, Jelena Mila – “Ice” ( Serbia ) /

Bharat Vijan – “The Coffin Maker” (India)

2. Best Sets / Costumes :
Mei Karamanidi and Louiza Karamouzi – “The Dragonphoenix Chronicles: Indomitable” ( Greece )

3. Best Original Score :
BAPI – TUTUL – “The Coffin Maker” (India )

4. Best Editing Award :
Lara Tosello – “You cannot write a letter” ( France )

5. Best Screenplay :
Guillaume Levil – “You cannot write a letter ” ( France )

6. Best Leading Actor :
Naseeruddin Shah – “The Coffin Maker” (India )

7. Best Leading Actress :
Danijela Mihajlović – “Ice” ( Serbia )

8. Best Cinematography :
Pedrag Jočić – “Ice” ( Serbia )

9. Best Director :
Veena Bakshi – “The Coffin Maker” (India)

10. Best Debut Director:
Shared by: Stephanie Pedros – “Reality Check” (Germany) and Manolis Damianakis -“Kame Koummando” ( Greece )

Special Mention to Praveen Morchhale for his sensitive direction to get outstanding performances from the child actors in his debut film “Barefoot To Goa”

11. Audience Award in a feature film :
Alexander Leontarites – “The Final Payoff” (Greece)

12. Golden Pegasus :
Veena Bakshi – “The Coffin Maker” (India)


WIFT held a workshop on Character and Costume

~ With Neeta Lulla, Niharika Khan, and Gavin Miguel, 3 of the best costume designers of Bollywood moderated by Sarah-Jane Dias ~

Mumbai, December, 2013: WIFT India, Women in Film and Television India conducted an in-studio event with three top Bollywood costume designers, Neeta Lulla, Gavin Miguel, Niharika Bhasin Khan. The workshop, moderated by actress Sarah Jane Dias was based on the topic whether the character does define the costume and the role it plays in influencing stereotypes, mind-set about the much uproar about what “good” women “should” wear!

The evening was spectacular as it got together three iconic personalities from fashion industry Neeta Lulla, National film award for Balgandharva and Jodha Akbar, Niharika Khan, National award winner for Best Costume design in The Dirty picture, and Gavin Miguel, attributed to styling , Priyanka Chopra, Hrithik Roshan, Katrina Kaif, Shahrukh Khan and many other.

The event also displayed costume designs designed by Neeta Lulla, Gavin Miguel and Niharika Khan; one from period drama and one from current times that set the fashion trends; discussing the detailing that goes into making the sketches and finally how true the costumes to its character are.

On this special occasion, Petrina D’Rozario, Founder President of Women in Film and Television Association India(WIFT), “These events are a way to open up doors for women to network with industry professionals and to form a support structure to help those who want to work in films and tv. ”

“Times have changed and so have the characters in Bollywood films. What hasn’t changed is the importance of jewellery for any character’s look. With this association, we wish to accentuate the importance of jewellery in a woman’s life, as has been portrayed by innumerable and memorable Bollywood characters through the 100 years of cinema our country has seen” Ashutosh Joshi, General manager, Sales and Corporate Strategy, P N Gadgil Jewellers.

On this very occasion, Neeta Lulla said, “While making costume for a film it’s very important to understand the script the character the director’s mind and then walk on a thin line to create a costume which defines the character”.

The very ecstatic Niharika Khan said “In comparison, period movies are easy to work on as one has references of time and space you just have to put everything together but contemporary movies are difficult to work on as you are always expected to create something new”.

Also Gavin Miguel added, “As a designer its always putting your hard work forward and not just researching on your computer to create something. It’s always putting your little in the costume”.

The event was followed by High tea pre-Christmas party.
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Shakir Shaikh’s Just another reason to Celebrate!

Fashion Choreographer Shakir Shaikh yet again celebrated his birthday this year amidst close set of friends at a suburban lounge.

The night beginning with Shakir Shaikh cutting 2 surprise cakes followed by singing & dancing all the night till wee hours.

Shakir was in high spirits playing the perfect hosts to his friends from the industry. The birthday party saw the attendance of Terrance Lewis, Bally Sagoo, Rohhit Verma, Rehan Shah, Aditya Singh Rajput, Ejaz Khan, Aziz Zee, Mumait Khan, Ali Merchant & Iris.


Katrina Kaif Wows Everyone In ‘Dhoom 3’

One of the most successful actresses of Bollywood, Katrina Kaif was recently seen in YRF flick ‘Dhoom 3’ and the Kat seems to have blown everyone away with her looks and her sheer screen presence in the film.

Taran Adarsh said, “Katrina looks ethereal and her acrobats will catch you unaware. Moving with incredible grace in dance numbers, she’s sure to astonish the viewer with her dexterous act no end.”

Sukanya Verma from Rediff gushed, “Katrina Kaif. She’s the greatest special effect of Dhoom 3. Styled to perfection, the lady moves like silk — smooth and effortless. Her stupefying acrobatics are highlighted in Vaibhavi Merchant’s magnificently choreographed sequences, which include one of the most graceful, yes graceful, stripteases I may have seen on big screen.”

Komal Nahata said, “Katrina’s beauty and dances will add to the film’s repeat value.” However, it was not just Kaif’s pretty face, her performance or her dance moves that took everyone’s breath away-the actress also impressed everyone with her acrobatic scenes. It is being said that Katrina worked so diligently on the said scenes that people on the sets started referring to her as Miss Perfectionist. The Jagran Post review states, “Kudos to Katrina Kaif, for playing the role of an acrobat diva so convincingly. She displays the energy like never before while performing stunts and unusual dance.”

All in all, it sure seems like Katrina’s year is set to end on a high note, what with all the praises being heaped on her.


Jackky Bhagnani Encourages College Kids To Vote

Keeping in mind the fact that his next film ‘Youngistan’ revolves around the youth and a love story set against the backdrop of politics, actor Jackky Bhagnani, who will be seen playing a young political leader in his upcoming film ‘Youngistan’ recently visited the prestigious Jai Hind College in South Mumbai as a celebrity guest for their festival ‘Talaash’.

Jackky, who went to the event dressed up as his ‘Youngistan’ character had a great time interacting with the young minds there and said, “The college students were quite attracted to the idea of having a political leader who is young and dynamic like them and is also casual and approachable because he is someone who speaks their language- the language of the youth. Apart from telling them about the film and the essence of ‘Youngistan’, I also told them about how voting is their right as well as their duty and everyone present at the event promised to vote this year, which was quite heartening.”

A student, who was helping with the festival events, said, “Jackky’s next film ‘Youngistan’ revolves around the youth and hence, we thought of inviting him as a celebrity guest for the event. At the event, Jackky spoke about his film, the youth of the country and their rights and duties.”

Jackky also took to the stage and shook a leg to the tunes of his earlier songs, which was one of the highlights of the event as Jackky is considered one of the best dancers in Bollywood.

Co-produced by MSM Motion Pictures and Pooja Entertainment & Films Limited, ‘Youngistan’ also stars Neha Sharma, Farooq Shaikh, Boman Irani, Kayoze Irani and other actors.


When ‘Yaariyan’ Male Leads Himansh Kohli And Shreyas Pardiwala Dressed Up As Women…

In the past, actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan and recently, even Shahid Kapoor have dressed up as women for some scenes in their movies and in T-Series’ ‘Yaariyan’, two of the three male leads Himansh Kohli and Shreyas Pardiwala too did a drag queen act in a hilarious sequence in the film.

A source attached to the film unit said, “Nicole and Rakul Preet in a funny sequence decide to sneak out for a pajama party under the pretext of attending a ‘Jagrata’. However, at the party, Rakul’s character Saloni gets drunk and Himansh and Shreyas are entrusted with the responsibility of dropping her home. This is when the two men dress up as women to drop Saloni back home and when confronted by her skeptical dad, the two start singing the ‘ABCD’ song (which was played at the pajama party) in the manner ‘Jagrata’ bhajans are sung, with hilarious consequences.”

Talking about the sequence, Himansh said, “It was quite a funny sequence and though initially, we were reluctant to dress up as women, we decided to deal with the situation sportingly.” Shreyas Padriwala too chuckled when he recalled the scene and said, “It is one of the craziest scenes in the film and am sure everyone will laugh till their sides hurt when they see this sequence in the theatres.”

Produced by Bhushan Kumar, ‘Yaariyan’, that marks the directorial debut of Divya Khosla Kumar, is a contemporary and youthful film that takes audiences through the trials and tribulations of the best years of their life abd is slated to release on January 10.


KareenaKapoor sizzled on stage in Reza Shariffi’s costumes at Big Star Entertainment Awards

The 4th edition of the Big Star Entertainment Awards brought by Reliance Broadcast Network (RBNL) in association with Star Plus, took place on December 18, 2013. The function was attended by top stars of Bollywood cinema.

With almost all the A-listers of film industry from Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Shilpa Shetty, Shraddha Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Sunny Leone to many leading television stars making their presence felt, Big Star Entertainment Awards turned out to be genuinely a BIG event of the year.

The stage was set on fire by the stunning performances of Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Sunny Leone and Elli Avram among others.

Kareena Kapoor made a grand entry on stage in bright pink corseted gown with high neck beaded neck piece followed by the Black embroidered body suit with diamonte embellishments, black sequined pants and black and silver stilettos. She concluded her act in a heavily embroidered emerald green lehenga looking like a dream. The ensemble was designed and styled by renowned designer Reza Shariffi.

Reza recently designed and styled Kangana Ranaut in Tanu weds Manu and Rajjo. He has designed costumes for many actors of Indian Film industry both, Hindi and regional.

As of now, Reza is busy with celebrity costumes of stars like Jacquline Fernandes, Malaika Arora Khan and others.


Kangana Ranaut pens dialogues for Queen.

While Kangana Ranaut has wowed audiences and critics alike with her performances over the years, the actress stepped into the dialogue writer’s seat as she penned a couple of dialogues for Viacom Motion Pictures & Phantom Films’ Queen directed by Vikas Bahl.

Given that Kangana plays a small town girl in the film , there was a reel life-real life connect which inspired the actress to contribute towards the dialogues.

Confirming the news says director Vikas Bahl, “I like it when characters find their own language in the film. That’s why, as Kangana got more into the character, I wanted her to have lines that came naturally to her”.

Says Kangana, “I have to talk like a real person and I have to be candid because I play the part of a shy, sheltered and submissive girl, who is very protected by her family”.

Says Rudrarup Dutta, Head of Marketing and Creative , Viacom 18 Motion Pictures , “When Kangna heard the script she just feel in love with the character of Rani, she could relate completely to her world, emotions and innocence. Kangana’s inputs on the dialogues have really enhanced the impact of the story and made Rani’s personality come alive .”

Viacom Motion Pictures & Phantom Films’ Queen directed by Vikas Bahl is scheduled to release 28th February 2014.


Objections Raised on Ram Gopal Varma’s movie title’ Bruce Lee’ by Chitah Jeet Kune Do

Mumbai.Objections is being raised on use of title Bruce Lee by Ram Gopal Varma for his upcoming movie. Chitah Yagnesh Shetty, founder & president of CHITAH JEET KUNE-DO GLOBAL SPORTS FEDERATION in India, has submitted a letter of concern to RGV’s office. “We have submitted the letter to Ram Gopal Varma’s office and we have not yet received a reply,”said Chitah Yagnesh Shetty.

“Ram Gopal Varma, whose name is synonymous with sensations and controversies, is said to be shooting the female-centric film idea.“RGV seems to go all out to take advantage of icon’s image and his popularity, but surprisingly he should have been responsible enough to take the necessary rights before going for Announcement of the film.’ BRUCE LEE FOUNDATION has forwarded the concern to legal team to decide further course of action as per international copy right law”, says Yagnesh Shetty.

Chitah Yagnesh Shetty has trained more than 110 Bollywood and Hollywood stars spanning over 3 generations and is vying for Guinness Book of records for the same. Asked about his reasons for the protest, Yagnesh Shetty says “I am the student of Richard Bustillo, who is the senior most student of Bruce Lee and founding member of the California based Bruce Lee Foundation. He was also the Jeet Kune Do Instructor to Bruce Lee’s children, Brandon Lee and Shannon Lee. When there are important issues related to Bruce lee and his legacy, I have to report to Richard Bustillo. This is a clear cut case of copyright infringement and as I understand that neither RGV nor anyone else has taken permission nor informed BRUCE LEE foundation to use the legends name.”

Currently Yagnesh Shetty’s organisation has trained almost 50,000 women in self defence in Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Andhra Pradesh and Uttarakand. The movement is being spread to more towns and cities.


Royal wedding for Rajveer & Nandini

Indian Television will soon witness a grand royal wedding of Rajveer and Nandini. The wedding on Sony Entertainment Television’s political saga ‘Desh Ki Beti Nandini’ is going to be one royal affair with ace designer Riyaz Gangji designing the wedding costumes for the gorgeous couple.

The intricately designed Lehenga made for the Raghuvanshi family’s daughter-in-law Nandini costs a whooping Rs. 75 lakhs. The Lehenga and Sherwani are the highlights as it almost took 3 months to craft them as they have been adorned with fresh white water pearls and Zardosi. While to create the impact of cutwork, the fabric has been hand cut. The style of the Sherwani and the Lehenga is iconic and it’s practically possible to find these pieces only in the museums of Jaipur. The Sherwani’s are specially created to be worn while riding a horse or an Elephant. These cuts are what actual Maharajas’ and Maharanis’ used to wear during their high profile weddings.

Speaking about the costumes, Riyaz Gangji said, “This is probably one of the best works of my wife Reshma and team Libas and the result is there for everyone to see. The rich quality of these handcrafted costumes have never been seen before on Indian television screens and it will be remembered for a long time.”

While for Kirti Nagpure who plays Nandini had just one thing to say, “I feel like a true rajkumari and this is definitely a dream wedding for Nandini!” and Rafi who plays Rajveer was truly mesmerized by his brides beauty and could only say, “I am speechless.”

Here’s wishing Rajveer and Nandini a very happy married life.

Abhishek Yadav

Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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