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On World Cancer Day, Olympic medallist Boxer Vijender Singh, who makes his acting debut in Akshay Kumar and Ashvini Yardi’s Grazing Goat Pictures film FUGLY, will be flagging off the RUN FOR MANAVTA charity marathon with five courageous children who are suffering from cancer, on Tuesday 4th February 2014 at Sharda University, Greater Noida.

The event by Manavta Cancer Foundation of India organises the run to coincide with World Cancer Day, a singular initiative under which the entire world can unite together in the fight against the global cancer epidemic. The Manavta Cancer Foundation is a charitable trust led by groups of doctors whose aim is to reduce the sufferings of cancer patients and/or to uproot the cancer permanently (if possible) by providing a range of free services to patients, which include: Cancer Awareness, ‘Cancer screening in initial stages,’ and support cancer sufferers/survivors emotionally, financially, and scientifically.

Speaking about his participation in the event, Vijender says: “We all come across a situation in life wherein we need the maximum support of our family and friends and you feel like you can fight any shortcoming. I am participating in this event to encourage the people who are suffering from Cancer to fight against it and prove to the world that no matter how Fugly the situation may be, one can always beat it. I would request everyone in Delhi to take some time out and be a part of this marathon on World Cancer Day. Let’s run together to lend our support and show that we care and do our part to fight this Fugly disease.”

Vijender will soon be seen on the silver screen for Akshay Kumar and Ashvini Yardi’s Grazing Goat Pictures’ next Hindi release after OMG! Oh My God, Fugly, a youthful entertaining film set in by lanes of Delhi, releasing on 16th May 2014. It is a story of four friends: Dev (played by Anil Kapoor’s nephew Mohit Marwah), Devi (played by grandniece of Sayed Jaffery, Kiara Advani), Gaurav (played by Vijender Singh) and Aditya (played by Slumdog Millionaire actor Arfi Lamba).

RUN FOR MANAVTA takes place at 9am, on Tuesday 4th February at Sharda University, Greater Noida.

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Rupesh Paul challenges Sherlyn Chopra to

prove one percent of her allegations

Reacting to Sherlyn’s new ruckus of allegations of forgery, cheating and outrage of modesty against writer-director Rupesh Paul, the director said, “All her allegations are fake and I have strong evidences of that. I presume she is doing this to save herself from the legal notice of Rs 5 Crore, which was sent to her earlier. Now that it is the 10th day of notice period for paying her loss, she would start up with all these over again. Sherlyn has received all her payments for Kamasutra 3D and I have her signed evidences on that. The only truth that she is saying is of the remaining payment of Rs 7 lacs, which she is to get after dubbing that is yet to be done, as she didn’t appear for it when we tried contacting her”.

Paul also alleged her for demanding of expensive gifts worth over lacs beyond her promised money for the movie also mentioning her misconduct while shooting. It is said that Sherlyn would not come out of her vanity when on floors until she felt like. Also the director unfolded that it was Sherlyn who went around saying that she has shot a song with Saroj Khan unaware to him. “Sherlyn has herself come up saying about her shoot with Saroj Khan and I just had to go with it as to not let her down”, said he. Rupesh Paul claimed that he has every evidence against the lady of blackmailing him that brought to him huge loss in the making of Kamasutra 3D.

Meanwhile, the director filed for a police complaint in Kerala police station against Sherlyn Chopra under criminal procedures of section 154, for her non-cooperation, misconduct and cheating.


25th January 2014 saw the entire cast and crew of Dhoom 3 celebrating the massive success of the film.

For the first time ever in the history of YRF, Aditya Chopra threw a big bash to celebrate the film breaking all the records in Indian cinema.

However, the team chose to have the grand celebration on 25th January because it also happened to be Victor’s birthday.

Victor, the director of Dhoom 3 was one of the most important persons behind the success of the project and so the team felt his birthday was a good day to also celebrate the success of the film.

So, this gave the guests two reasons to congratulate Victor; the big success of Dhoom 3 and his birthday.

At the party as well, there was a special cake in the shape of D3 that was called for.


The trailer of Eros International & ESM’s Dishkiyaoon creates a splash!

Businessman Raj Kundra and actress Shilpa Shetty Kundra couldn’t be more excited as the trailer of their very first home production Dishkiyaoon under their home banner Essential Sports and Media Pvt Ltd. in association with Eros International,hit the social media front only to pack a solid punch ,with rave reviews coming in from audiences and the industry alike.

Starring Harman Baweja and Sunny Deol in leading roles with music by Sneha Kanwelkar ,Dishkiyaoon also marks the directorial debut of Sanamjit Singh Talwar. Shot across several locations in Mumbai by German cinematographer Axel Fisher , the action entertainer aims to shed new light on the Mumbai underworld through the eyes of contemporary real characters.

Sporting never-seen-before avatars with gritty looks and chiseled physiques ,Harman Baweja and Sunny Deol promise to make audiences sit up and notice in the trailer that has already found much support from the industry,with praise coming in from Shah Rukh Khan,Abhishek Bachchan,Asin,R.Madhavan,Bipasha Basu,Neil Nitin Mukesh,Arshad Warsi,Riteish Deshmukh and Sophie to name a few.

Says producer Raj Kundra, “The feedback on the trailer has been overwhelming and we hope to pack a punch with the film”. Adds Shilpa Shetty Kundra, “Having watched the trailer,a lot of people have made a positive mention of the dialogues – It’s a big step for me to be producing and making an action film especially since I have always essayed romantic roles…it’s a huge challenge and very exciting..I hope people enjoy it”.

Adds producer Sunil Lulla, “It’s great to be collaborating with Raj & Shilpa Shetty Kundra on this film.We are off to a great start with the trailer receiving appreciation from all quarters”.

ESM & Eros International’s Dishkiyaoon directed by Sanamjit Talwar is slated to release on March 28.


Sidharth Malhotra gives audiences the chance to make Parineeti Chopra laugh.

Audiences across the country will now have the chance to make the gorgeous Parineeti Chopra laugh with the help of Sidharth Malhotra which is hosted on a special web application ,conceived by Dharma Productions & Phantom Films as the release of their cucking frazy Hasee Toh Phasee is just around the corner.

Sidharth gives users the chance to make Parineeti laugh online ,via a string of interesting videos that guide users to choose between options that lead to the actress’s quirky reactions.

Says Siddharth Kadam, Marketing Head,Dharma, “The film is cucking frazy and hence the creation of this quirky app that let’s users to go crazy with the actors and experience the essence of the film, online. Users have to go to and try and make Parineeti laugh. It’s a tough challenge and so we have Sidharth guiding the users through this app.”
Dharma Productions & Phantom Films’ Hasee Toh Phasee starring Sidharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra hits theaters 7th February 2014.


28th January, 2014, New Delhi : WeChat the ‘All-in-One’ social application provided its users with yet another unique opportunity to connect with their favourite singers Ali Zafar, KK and Arijit Singh, the singers created excitement amongst the users as they sang their favourite songs through WeChat’s voice messages, sent emoticons and pictures to their fans, and answered questions of their fans.

Through the course of the conversation, both the singing stars shared their stories of struggle, success they encountered throughout their life. The singers sent exciting stickers and humourous pictures of themselves to add fun to the conversation. The fans were extremely excited to have been given the opportunity to hear their favourite singers through the voice messaging feature.

And the users were in for another surprise when the popular youth figure Raghu Ram also hosted a Roadies chat conversation and connected with all the users on the chat. The youth icon shared his dose of success and struggle faced by him and even shared exclusive details on his upcoming book.

WeChat the ‘All-in-One’ social app provides its users a fun and innovative way to connect with their friends and their loved ones. With its innovative and unique features such as festive stickers, movie associations and Official accounts WeChat has given messaging a new definition. This chat session with KK, Arijit, Ali Zafar and Raghu Ram was another special and rare offering for its users to connect with their favourite celebrities.

About WeChat

WeChat is an innovative mobile social communications application designed for smartphone users. WeChat is free for download from app stores running on Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Symbian and Windows Phone operating systems*. It is the most downloaded mobile social app in many markets, with more than 100 million registered accounts in international markets.

WeChat users can add friends via a wide range of innovative actions and methods, including scanning QR codes, connecting users’ phone books and activating location-based functions such as “People Nearby” and “Shake”. The platform enhances social interaction by supporting exchanging of text, voice and video, stickers, and photos with their friends over data networks or under Wi-Fi environments. Users can choose to communicate one-on-one, or within their closed social network through “Moments”.

WeChat also comes with comprehensive privacy setting functions, which enables user to tailor their security level as needed.

For more details and application download, please visit

* Data charges may be applied to a user by network provider depending on tariff and/or internet provider

** Some features are limited to certain operating systems due to the product development cycle.


Arjun Rampal’s premier club LAP defies rumors, in style

Despite rumours plaguing Arjun Rampal’s nightclub ‘LAP’, the venue has emerged as the hottest nightspot in Delhi. LAP has not only been doing well in the capital, but will soon reach out to the elite, overseas, too.

The actor has been aggressively planning foray in Singapore, Dubai and London. In the midst of all the planning and chaos, there seems to be a certain rival who is not quite happy with the actor’s success and is spreading baseless rumors about Arjun not agreeing to pay dues to Indian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), which runs Hotel Samrat, where the premier club resides.

When contacted, our source, who is a close friend of the actor, said, “LAP has been running successfully for over four years now. It is sad to see people stoop so low, trying to bring down someone who is not only doing good business, but setting higher standards for others. Arjun is a stickler for following rules, and such rumors are just ridiculous.”

While Arjun is busy juggling between films and LAP’s overseas expansion plans, it has been heard that the actor is planning to open ‘LAP’ in Mumbai soon.


Mumbai airport’s new world-class terminal opens new avenues for
outdoor advertising – Sanjeev Gupta

Mumbai: 28 January, 2014 : The city’s newest landmark, Mumbai airport’s new terminal, T2, which will eventually cater to both domestic and international fliers under one roof, has opened new avenues for outdoor advertising in Mumbai. The terminal is equipped with a dedicated express access road (the Sahar Elevated Road), a huge seating area outside, the world’s biggest art museum and a stunning glass facade, among several other state-of-the-art facilities. From outdoor advertising perspective, terminal 2 will further enhance the visibility of brands, increase their re-call value and showcase their message to thousands of premium traveler everyday.

“The Terminal 2 is truly a first class infrastructure. It marks the beginning of a new chapter in the growth of outdoor advertising too. The opening of Terminal 2 is one of the most important milestones in the history of Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA), as well as Mumbai. Making every Indian proud of this glorious structure.” said, Sanjeev Gupta, MD, Global Advertisers.

Premium brands of automobile, entertainment, fashion & jwellery, real-estate, banks and many more have humongous scope of innovative outdoor advertising at T2.


Prime Focus World wins
International 3D Society Award for Gravity

Mumbai, January 30, 2014: Prime Focus World (PFW) has won the award in ‘Outstanding 2D to 3D Conversion in Theatrical Motion Picture’ category for its spectacular work on Gravity at the International 3D & Advanced Imaging Society’s Creative Arts Awards held in Los Angeles on 28 January 2014.

Founder and CEO of Prime Focus World, Namit Malhotra received the award at a glittering function at the Warner Bros. Studios attended by the who’s who in Hollywood. Incidentally, Prime Focus World was the exclusive 3D conversion partner for hugely successful films like Wizard of Oz, World War Z, Star Wars: Episode I, II and III (The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I and II, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and Avatar. PFW’s proprietary View-DTM technology is the industry’s most sought after 2D to stereo 3D conversion process renowned for its speed and quality of conversion.

“We accept this independent industry recognition with great humility and pride. We consider the opportunity to work on Gravity alongside Warner Bros. Pictures and Alfonso Cuaron a rare privilege and honor. This recognition means a lot as it validates our creative credentials to deliver high quality work to the world’s most advanced film making community, Hollywood”, said Namit Malhotra after receiving the award.

Gravity won more awards including Live Action – 3D Feature, 3D Scene/Moment of the Year and Stereography – Live Action.


About Prime Focus World

Prime Focus World (‘PFW’), a subsidiary of Prime Focus Limited, provides 2D to 3D conversion, visual effects and animation services to major media and entertainment companies. PFW has brought its expertise to many wide release Hollywood films, including Gravity, White House Down, Wizard of Oz, The Great Gatsby and World War Z, along with previously released Men in Black 3, Star Wars I, II and III, Dredd 3D, Total Recall, Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I and II, Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Resident Evil: Retribution, Green Lantern, Immortals, Wrath of the Titans, Mirror Mirror, Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Avatar. Prime Focus World has global operations with a presence in key centers of creative content production – Los Angeles, New York, London, Vancouver, Beijing and Mumbai.

For more details please visit

Media Relations:

Jose Kunnappally, Head, Marketing and Communications, Prime Focus Limited

+91 887 964 535


Annu Dwivedi, Genesis Burson-Marsteller for Prime Focus Limited

+ 91 982 002


Heartless’ heart touching subject…Shekhar Suman’s directorial debut on a rare medical condition ‘Anesthesia Awareness’

On the onset of the release of his directorial debut, Shekhar Suman synergizes with Fortis Hospital holding a panel discussion talking about Anesthesia Awareness and role of safe surgery outcome post anesthesia.

Popular actor & host Shekhar Suman in his very first directorial venture ‘Heartless’ brings to light a rare medical phenomenon of Anesthesia Awareness which is an integral part of the romantic medical thriller starring Adhyayan Suman, Ariana Ayam, Om Puri, Deepti Naval & Madan Jain.

After the promo of the movie doing the rounds, Fortis; a leading, integrated healthcare delivery provider in Asia came forward to be associated with the movie & spread awareness among the masses regarding the unusual medical phenomenon & hence held a panel discussion talking about the rare medical condition.

Shekhar Suman, having chosen a very sensitive medical condition as a subject for his maiden directorial confesses to having done enough research to understand the intricacies & being able to show it correctly in his movie, “Imagine going through a surgery wide awake but unable to tell anyone that the scalpel just cutting through your skin HURTS because you’re supposed to be unconscious but you are actually just bodily paralyzed from outside and conscious from within. Heartless, the movie is based on the never seen in films before phenomenon of anesthesia awareness. While the film is fiction the phenomenon unbelievable as it sounds, is absolutely real.”

Adhyayan Suman who apparently has lied down on the stretcher for 18 hours at a stretch remembers freaking out while shooting, “I absolutely don’t understand how these doctors cut open one’s body & are absolutely cool about it. I know it is their job & these guys are pretty brave but it freaked me out, lying down on an actual stretcher where thousands of patients have been operated, shooting in an operation theatre of an actual hospital made me crazy. My character suffers from Anesthesia Awareness, he is absolutely helpless, miserable & agonized, God forbid but no human should have to pass through this.”

Said Dr. Vijay Shetty, Senior Cardiac Anaesthetist and Head of Department of Anaesthesia, ” When one is supposed to be unconscious because of the anaesthesia but is actually just bodily paralysed from outside and conscious from within, that is anaesthesia awareness, a frightening condition that may occur in one in thousands of patients.”

“Fortunately, there is technology available to monitor brain activity that can indicate if the patient is undergoing awareness during surgery. It has been proven in multiple scientific clinical studies to reduce the current incidence of anaesthesia awareness,” adds Dr. Rahul Pandit, Head Intensivist of Fortis Hospital

Dr Vijay Shetty, however also cautions “The evolution of the Brain Activity monitors is still ongoing and there are sporadic reports about incidence of awareness in spite of using these monitors. As Anaesthetists working at Fortis Hospital, we are focussed on detailed planning of anaesthesia as well as conduct of anaesthesia with proper protocols and monitors including Brain Activity monitors and Agent monitors along with a dependable plan for pain control. A disciplined approach goes a long way in reducing the incidence of awareness under Anaesthesia.”

Kudos to Shekhar Suman for attempting something like this! Heartless releases on 7th February!


Swades Foundation felicitates 409 educationists and students across 131 schools in Mhasla, Raigad on Swades Education Day!

~ Honours achievers across 48 sports categories, 71 academic categories and 64 scholarship categories~

~ The deserving educationists & students were presented with trophies, scholarships and cash rewards for their contribution to the cause of education~

Raigad, January 29, 2014: Less than half of India’s children go to school and 1 in every 4 girl drops out of school in Rural India. To counter this and make education an integral part of rural India the Swades Foundation in conjunction with the Education Department, Mhasla organised the Swades Education Day bringing together 131 schools in Mhasla block having 9699 students, 543 teachers and 131 principals. The Swades Foundation felicitated 409 principals, teachers & students for their unfaltering devotion and perseverance to the cause of an empowering education.

The Swades Foundation believes in a joyful, empowering education focused on enhancing livelihoods and creating socially and environmentally conscious citizens who are catalysts for change. The Swades Foundation in partnership with Block Education Officer, Mhasla celebrated education on Swades Education Day by awarding achievers across 48 sports categories, 71 academic categories and 64 scholarship categories. The categories were created to award students for excellence in sports and academics, principals and teachers for excellence in teaching and securing 100% results for their respective schools. Schools that have demonstrated exceptional quality and environment consciousness were also recognized.

The ceremony was graced by Mr. Shreyas Talpade (Film Actor), senior Government officials & Ms. Zarina Screwvala, Founder & Managing Trustee – the Swades Foundation, who showed their support for the initiative and rewarded students, teachers and principals from aided and unaided schools in Mhasla.

Shreyas Talpade said “I’m honored to be a part of the Swades Education Day. It is inspiring to see children, teachers and principals who have defied odds, overcome barriers and excelled in their fields. These people are role-models in their own right and I’m humbled to be sharing this platform with them. My heartfelt gratitude to the Swades Foundation for taking on the huge responsibility of empowering 1 million rural people in 5 years, this is one big step towards bridging the urban rural divide”.

Speaking at the occasion, Zarina Screwvala added “The Swades Foundation’s mission is to empower 1million lives in the next five years. On Swades Education Day we are rewarding 355 students for excellence in sports and academics, 42 teachers for excellence in teaching and 12 principals for excellence in overall quality enhancement of education & leadership. The Swades Foundation salutes their effort and achievements. We hope this recognition will inspire others to excel”.

About the Swades Foundation:

Founded by Ronnie and Zarina Screwvala, the Swades Foundation operates with the single-minded focus of empowering Rural India. We aim at bringing together the best global practices, corporate thinking and accountability, the highest standards of corporate governance and transparency to create a model of sustainable development, which is a benchmark in the industry and can be replicated at scale.

At the Swades Foundation, we believe that India cannot rise to its true potential without a fundamental transformation in the lives of people in rural India. We believe in a holistic 360-degree development with a focus on five verticals Community Mobilization, Water & Sanitation, Livelihood & Agriculture, Education and Health & Nutrition. This model empowers our communities with the capability of creating choices for themselves and their families, allowing them to transform their own lives and ensuring a permanent and irreversible change for good. Our strength lies in our team of 100+ specialists and professionals both at corporate and at the grassroots committed to sustainable growth. The Swades Foundation is primarily supported and sponsored by Unilazer Ventures Pvt. Ltd.

Today, we are well on our way to achieving our mission of transforming the lives of 1 million people in rural India in 5 years.


“Find the Hackers” or Black Day on Social networks say Poonam Pandey’s fans

The seductress Poonam Pandey’s fans are on a anger Mode. 48 hours after the sexy sirens website was hacked, apparently by pro-Pakistan elements, the cyber-crime cell is yet to locate the culprits.

In protest Poonam’s fans and followers on Twitter, Facebook have resorted to a black-coloured profile .

Says Poonam’s one die hard fan, `Until our Diva’s website hackers are apprehended we have asked all fans on Twitter and Facebook to adopt the black colour. Apparently Poonam’s picture display on her Twitter and Facebook account is also black. It’s our way protesting for the injustice done to us. Afer her website was hacked we were assured by the cyber-crime organization that the offenders would be caught in no time. 48 hours have passed and no sign of them. So until our Diva’s website hackers are brought to book we fans are adopting the black colour on the internet.`

Poonam says the timing of hacking has shaken her. `Whoever these people are, they’ve planned their mischief well. My website was hacked on the same day as the BCCI’s website.So the plan was to bring attention by hacking on Republic Day.`
Evidently a political signal was sent out to the country through the hacking..

Says Poonam, `Why my website on Republic Day and why was it hacked along with the BCCI’s website? Why is the cybercrime cell not seeing the seriousness of the situation? The culprits have gotten into my website. Next they could get me.`



Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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