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Salman Khan has a new diehard fan! And this time its an actress! The gorgeous Mandana Karimi, who is set to make her debut in Bollywood with Vikram Bhatt’s Bhaag Johnny, is super-charmed by Sallu’s superbrand Being Human.

“She’s keen to find out how she can be associated with Salman’s noble cause in some way or the other,” reveals her publicist Dale Bhagwagar.

And if you think Mandana is enamoured by Salman’s looks, marital status or movies, you’re wrong!

“All she wants is to reach out and help people grow in their endeavours and be their best. She’s a good soul and thus identifies with Being Human,” Bhagwagar adds.

But why the special interest in Salman’s brand? “It’s not about Salman; it’s about the cause he’s been working for. See, Mandana hails from Iran and has seen a lot of conflict and emotional upheavals while growing up. That’s a huge reason why being human comes above everything else in her life,” explains the PR specialist. Now we see the point! Indeed.


Bappi da welcomes Ganesha home

Bappi Lahiri welcomes Ganesha home with pomp and splendour. The Lahiri household was again open for all and the fragrance of prasad wafted through the entire Lahiri house and beyond, as Bappa was welcomed with prayers, modak and delicious spread of the choicest of food.
Lalit Pandit was one of the first to arrive followed by Adesh Shrivastava and Mudasir Ali. Ila Arun followed. Babul Supriyo, Sharbani Mukherjee, Shubir Mukherji, Sophie Choudhary with mom, Mahendra Verma, Shefali Verma, Harsh Verma were greeted warmly by Bappid da, wife Chitrani, son Bappa, daughet-in-law Tanisha, daughter Rema and son-in-law Govind Bansal. Little Swastik Bansal was the cynosure of all eyes. Sridevi was the last to arrive and sought Ganesha’s blessings with the family.





Teaser Trailer Launches on 9th September Unveiling Superstar Rajinikanth as Mythological King in India’s First Photorealistic Performance Capture Film

Film aficionados across the world are gearing up for the futuristic fantasy event of the year with the release of the eagerly awaited film Kochadaiiyaan – The Legend worldwide in cinemas this December 2013.

After igniting interest and anticipation across social mediums for the launch of the teaser trailer, producers Mediaone Global Entertainment Limited, Eros International and director Soundarya Rajnikanth Ashwin will release the film’s first teaser trailer on the 9th of September 2013. Expected to garner a vast number of views as soon as it is released, the teaser trailer will showcase some of the breath-taking special effects used to tell the majestic mythological tale.

Poised as the grand finale film of the year, Kochadaiiyaan will rival and transcend the CG capabilities utilised in such Hollywood masterpieces as Avatar, Tin Tin and Beowulf. The avant-garde film features the unique visual mastery of Photorealistic Performance Capture technology, a first within the realm of Indian film-making.

Kochadaiiyaan is an epic dramatisation of good versus evil starring South Indian megastar Rajinikanth who is cast as the archetypal superhero in a dual role. Also starring in the grand production are Indian A-listers Deepika Padukone, Jackie Shroff and South India’s leading stars R. Sarathkumar, Nazzer, Aadhi, Shobana and Rukmini.

Providing the musical score is maestro and Oscar-winning composer A R Rahman, whose list of credits includes a BAFTA, a Golden Globe and two Academy Awards for his outstanding musical compilation for the multi-Oscar winning film Slumdog Millionaire.

Kochadaiiyaan stemmed from the grand vision of the director Soundarya Rajnikanth Ashwin, a talented and forward thinking filmmaker who is well versed with various trend setting film techniques. She says: “My ambition has always been to immortalise my father



and bring the legendary Rajinikanth that audiences around the world adore in an ‘avatar’ he hasn’t ever been seen in nor experienced.

During the making of Kochadaiiyaan, I began to realise that through the medium of this film, we had to embrace a much broader aim which had the potential to be a game-changer for Indian cinema on a global level.

I have been passionately involved in film animation techniques and production for the last six years and for Kochadaiiyaan we wanted to do something unique and to create a new cinematic experience for India. To achieve this we decided to use Photorealistic Performance Capture technology which allowed us to have unlimited creativity on all grounds from building lavish sets, directing expansive fight sequences and creating elaborate costumes. Through the film, we will be able to transport audiences back to historic India and provide them with a much broader sensory experience.

Kochadaiiyaan has created not only firsts in Asia but also on a world level through the use of the technology. What we achieved with the support of our technical partners in the UK, USA, India and China, has made this project a truly international venture and we are sure that Kochadaiiyaan will set the path for Indian cinema’s next 100 year journey.”

The British funded project by reputed producers Mediaone Global Entertainment Limited and the AIM listed company Eros International has been shot exclusively at Pinewood Studios in the UK with a team of world-class technical experts including 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 the recent Brad Pitt starrer World War Z, Pirates of the Caribbean, Ironman 2 and Harry Potter, and Counter Punch Studios from Los Angeles, who have been behind successes such as Beverly Hills Chihuahua. They worked in collaboration with Faceware Technologies, who have worked with The Mummy 3 and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button for the Facial Capturing technology. A team of technical experts from South India and China have worked on the animation and the overall completion of the project.

Mr. Sunil Lulla, Managing Director, Eros International says, “Eros is proud to be associated with Rajinikanth once again. We are confident that like Sivaji and Robot, this will also be a landmark film in Rajinikanth’s prolific career and we are privileged to be a part of it.”



Speaking about the global venture, Dr J Murali Manohar of Mediaone Global Entertainment Limited says: “As a British production company, we have always been fascinated by the global reach and magnitude of the Indian cinema fraternity. We worked along with technicians from across the globe and top talent from India and are now delighted to present a world first to an international audience with Kochadaiiyaan.

We are sure that the film will appeal to a much wider audience given its technological innovations, stellar star-cast and captivating narrative and the film will seal its place as being a global representation of Indian cinema.”

India’s first Photorealistic Performance Capture film Kochadaiiyaan – The Legend is not only set to transcend boundaries creating a market first in the realm of world cinema but will cement Indian Cinema’s place indefinitely within the global film fraternity.

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Kochadaiiyaan – The Legend releases worldwide this December 2013.


Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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