Wearing the hat of success – undeterred, unfazed & standing tall

Anand Sudharshan, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pt. Shivkumar Sharma, Amitabh Bachchan, Subhash Ghai & Meghna Ghai Puri
Wearing the hat of success – undeterred, unfazed & standing tall

Subhash Ghai’s Whistling Woods International adds 200 more

media & entertainment professionals to the industry. The graduating batch receives blessings from stalwarts like Amitabh Bachchan, Pt. Hari Prasad Chaurasia & Pt. Shivkumar Sharma amongst others.

Mumbai July 17: The 6th Annual convocation of Whistling Woods International, largest Film, Television, Animation and Media Arts institute, founded by Mr. Subhash Ghai, today held the Convocation Ceremony for its sixth batch of students at Rang Sharda Auditorium.The institute takes pride in being ranked as one of the top 10 film schools by Hollywood reporter. Over 200 students commemorated completion of their education at Whistling Woods, Mumbai and were handed their degrees by the Maestros and founder Subhash Ghai along with Meghna Ghai, President, WWI. In continuing tradition, Whistling Woods International presented two lifetime achievement awards, titled the Whistling Woods Maestro Awards to legends of Indian Cinema, Amitabh Bachchan and the ace duo Pt. Shivkumar Sharma & Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasiya.Anand Sudershan, former chief executive of Manipal Global Education Services, current advisor of Everonn Education Ltd and associate of the WWI was also seen addressing the students.

Since its inception, Whistling Woods International (WWI) has added more than a 1000 media and entertainment professionals to the industry. This includes Film-makers, MBA graduates & Animation experts. In the recent past, the alumni of the institute have been associated with prominent films like Bhaag Milka Bhaag, Lootera, Life of Pi & The Dark Knight Rises amongst a list of several prestigious projects and organizations. Whistling Woods alumni are today seen in enviable positions at Fox Films, Adlabs Media, Viacom, Dharma Productions, Mirchi Movies, Mukta Arts, BIG Animation, Paprikaas, Optimystix, Red Chillies, Endemol, Balaji, Rajkamal Films (Kamal Hasan), BR Films and Network 18 amongst several others.

Expressing his excitement Mr. Subhash Ghai said, “I am amazed by the aptitude, maturity and competitive spirit of this batch of students graduating from our school. This will stand them in good stead in the years ahead. I feel fortunate that WWI has had the unstinted support and encouragement of our filmmakers and stars alike that provide students, immense inspiration. I wish all the students a very good luck and heartily thank Mr. Bachchan, Pt. Sharma & Pt. Chaurasia for motivating the students. We are glad to be able to give this opportunity to our students to hear from legends of such stature.”

Speaking at the occasion, superstar Amitabh Bachchan said, “It’s a proud moment for me to see the future of film industry today. I am grateful to Subhash ji for building a platform that will enhance the skills of actors, filmmakers, screenplay writers and more. There is a huge amount of interest in film making so I wish all the luck to the graduating batch that will now bear the burden of taking the industry to newer heights.”

Meghna Ghai, President Whistling Woods International said “It is heartening to see the support of our industry and their recognition of the value that Whistling Woods adds to the industry. We will continue our dedication to provide world-class education with 95% placements in the years to come. It’s indeed a proud moment to also see the batch graduating and facilitate the Maestro Award that has been instituted by WWI to recognize true legends who have contributed academically to the industry. Our alumni continue to look up to all our Maestro awardees for inspiration.”

Expressing his excitement, Karan Bhutani, one of the students of WWI said, “The amount of knowledge I have gained from WWI as well as the knowledge I am gaining from my current work is incredible. When I enrolled for the Film making course in WWI, I never thought I would get such a big opportunity, however, by the end of the course as my understanding and awareness of the subject increased I hoped to get a good break which did happen”. Karan has worked on movies like “Paan Singh Tomar” & “Sahib,Bibi aur Gangster” and is now working on his own film that is sponsored by Whistling Woods International to help him take his first step as a director.

WWI Maestro Awards

The Maestro Award is constituted by Whistling Woods International and conferred on an artist for sheer respect for his/her work for his or her contribution to Entertainment & Media. The awards were initiated to felicitate those who’ve had a highly successful and long career in any artistic or technical field in entertainment and media and have raised the bar on quality and performance on regular occasions throughout their careers. The first Maestro award was given away to Mr. Dilip Kumar. He has done all kinds of films and balanced a wide variety of roles in films like Andaz, Aan, Devdas, Azaad, Mughal E Azam and Ganga Jamuna to name a few. Even towards the latter stage of his career the powerhouse performer gave some memorable performances in films such as Shakti, Karma & Saudagar. The second award was given away to V.K. Murthy, who is worshipped by renowned film makers across the generations for his work that has created unparalleled history in the field of cinematography. He is responsible for some of Indian cinema’s most breathtaking visuals and has put forth some of his most celebrated work in films like Kaagaz ke phool, Pyaasa and Sahib Bibi aur gulaam, Chaudhvi ka Chand and Pakeeza.

About Whistling Woods International

Promoted by Subhash Ghai, Mukta Arts Ltd & Film city Mumbai, Whistling Woods International is Asia’s largest Film, Television, Animation and Media Arts institute. WWI provides world-class education in all technical and creative aspects of filmmaking and television through 2-year, full-time residential programs in 8 specializations namely Acting, Animation, Business of Film & Television, Cinematography, Direction, Editing, Screenwriting & Sound. The full-time faculty of Whistling Woods International is a body of academics and industry professionals (like Subhash Ghai, Naseeruddin Shah, Rajen Kothari, Anjum Rajabali, etc), with regular guest lectures by leading film-makers, actors & technicians (like Rakeysh Mehra, Vishal Bharadwaj, Ashutosh Gowarikar, Ashok Amritraj, Shyam Benegal, Madhuri Dixit, Govind Nihalani, Farah Khan, Makarand Deshpande, Suhasini Mulay, Neeta Lulla, Rajkumar Hirani, Nagesh Kukunoor, etc). Whistling Woods has also been rated amongst the top 10 film schools in the world. WWI has initiated affiliations with several national and international film schools. Some schools that we have finalized tie-ups with are D.Y Patil, Griffith College Australia, Seneca College Canada, and The Norwegian Film Institute, Bradford College & Deakin College Australia.

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New entry in Amita ka Amit

Sony Entertainment Television’s popular show Amita ka Amit is undergoing various twists and turns by blossoming love and romance. Soon there will be a new entry in the show in the form of Paresh Bhatt, popularly known as Mohan. In Amit ka Amit, he will be playing the character of Jignesh from Rajkot, who has come to Mumbai in the hunt for a job. Jignesh is Amit’s cousin and will be going to live in Amit’s house. This new entry will be getting lot of humor to the show by his funny accent and fun loving nature.

For more fun and excitement tune into Amit ka Amit Monday to Friday at 8.30 pm only on Sony Entertainment Television

Mili Savla

Management Associate

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Zoa Morani to train with N.K Sharma

Zoa Morani will soon head to Delhi for a week to train with theatre personality N.K Sharma who has earlier trained Gen-X actors like Imran Khan,Ayushmann Khurana and Yaami Gautam – Having trained some of the biggest names in the industry N.K Sharma is a renowned theatre personality introducing actors to the craft of speech and diction and everything from their postures to their gestures .

Always a keen learner, Zoa will soon head to Delhi ,before the last schedule of her film Bhaag Jhonny to brush up on her acting – Says Zoa, “I do have a little spare time before the last schedule of my film and thought what better way to use it than to brush up on my skills….NK Sharma is extremely renowned and has trained some of the biggest talents – I’m excited to be training with him”.

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Amitabh Bachchan Shoots for Kalyan Jewellers new Television Commercial

Mumbai 17th July Kalyan Jewellers will launch a new television commercial that is part of their brand campaign’Vishwasam Athalle Ellam’ meaning Trust Is Everything. The TVC top lines Mr. Amitabh Bachchan along with the company’s other brand ambassadors like Najarjuna, Prabhu Ganesan, Shivraj Kumar. After a hiatus of 14 years Manju Warrier makes a comeback with this commercial. She is known for her work in Malayalam films such as “Aram Thampuran”and “Kanmadam”.

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Bhojpuri superstar Ravi Kishan celebrated his birthday with Mamtamai Shri Radhe Guru Maa Trust at Shanti Daan Ashram.

Much beyond cakes and parties

Mumbai: Bhojpuri superstar Ravi Kishan celebrated his birthday on 17 July, 2013 with the people of Shanti Daan Ashram, Mumbai in a donation programme of “Food & Clothes”, conducted by Mamtamai Shri Radhe Guru Maa Trust. The residents of Shanti Daan enjoyed the food and clothes offered to them from the hands of Ravi Kishan. They also sang birthday song for Ravi and made his day unforgettable. “The joy of giving is greater than the joy of receiving. I have never felt so touched on my birthday ever before, I truly appreciate this social cause.” said Ravi Kishan.

Sanjeev Gupta, a volunteer of Shri Radhe Guru Maa says “From last 20 years. Mamtamai Shri Radhe Guru Maa Charitable Trust has been engaged in social activities to up-lift the underprivileged children, women and men.”

The trust runs donation programme of clothes, food, books, plants and medicines to orphanages, old age homes and sadhus. Medical check-up camps for Dental, Eye and Cardio and Blood Donation Camp are also being organized by the trust regularly.

Sanjay Sharma Raj

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Shah Rukh Khan, Rajan Verma, Madhuri Dixit and Shahid Kapoor graced 14th IIFA awards at Macau

The most awaited accolade of the Indian film industry –The 14th IIFA awards held at Macau was indeed a star studded event. At the ceremony, Shah Rukh Khan and Shahid Kapoor played the animated hosts and sent the audience to splits with their one-liners. IIFA was attended by stars like Rajan Verma, Deepika Padukone, Sridevi, Madhuri Dixit, Chiranjeevi, Anushka Sharma, Kamal Hassan, Parineeti Chopra, Ayushmann Khurrana, Sonu Sood, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Richa Chadda, Jacqueline Fernandez and Abhishek Bachchan among others.

Rajan Verma said, “14th IIFA awards was an excellent night and It was a great pleasure to be present at such an event where all stars from Bollywood have come together at Macau.”

Bollywood divas Madhuri Dixit and Sridevi charmed every one with their mesmerizing dance acts at the IIFA awards 2013. Madhuri Dixit, who made a debut this year in IIFA, received a standing aviation from the film fraternity for her brilliant stage performance.

IIFA honoured the best talent in Bollywood for the past year. Where Anurag Basu`s ‘Barfi!’- which was a clear winner at the 14th IIFA Awards – won multiple awards including that of the best film, best director and the best performance in leading role (male).Vidya Balan bagged the award for the best performance in leading role (female) for her super-hit thriller ‘Kahaani’. Deepika Padukone misses her ex-boyfriend and actor Ranbir Kapoor, who wasn’t present at the event.

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Hrithik Roshan’s Poetic Side

Hrithik Roshan who is currently Recovering after his brain surgery has been penning down poems.

Hrithik has even posted two of them on his Facebook page in the last week itself, around the same time that he underwent brain surgery

We all know that Hrithik is a briallant actor and has played many roles. After reading his poems on facebook many of the friends have requested him to come out with “an inspirational book”.

“Hrithik is giving it (writing a book) a thought considering he isn’t working these days (he is on a four-week break after the surgery). But nothing is finalised yet,” says an insider.

Poem by Hrithik Roshan

> Eyes on the stars…
> Feet on the ground…
> I am….. Homebound…
>
> If the clot recurs…a bigger price I pay…
> So I’m bound to the bed…4 weeks they say…
>
> (A test of my will in every way)
>
> Duties, tasks, promises unsettled and undone…
> The confines of this bed even denies me the Sun…
>
> Betrayed trapped imprisoned restrained…
> (i smile) these little blows many a times I have sustained…
>
> In doing so, a trick I learnt…yes a trick I say…
> Cause life’s just a game dammit, u gotta see it that way!
>
> So a curse or a boon?
> Opportunity or doom?
> The trick of the game…is invent the freakin Rule!!
>
> Who decides? ..Who ordains?
> We give up that Power..!
> is that Sane?
>
> “Luck”,”Fate”,”Destiny”,”Why me?”..
> With all of these I disagree.
> Its a helpless state…n that’s not me.
> Cause What I think… i will eventually Be.
>
> I turn to my bed…now my magical cocoon…
> Armed with a vision
> N my Attitude…
> A miraculous tool!
>
> So ‘I’ decide…and ‘I’ ordain…
> This is my enchanted vehicle for infinite growth n gain…!
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> Read, learn, love, laugh, discover even invent!
> The things I can do…this is going to be a supreme event!
>
> So when its time…I’ll fly a higher kind…
> With wider wings…n an enlightened mind…
>
> Cause the promise I made yesterday…
> Is a promise I cannot betray…
> That a Champion i must be… come ….what may..!
>
> Now I look up and Rise…
> With stars in my eyes…
> My feet on the ground…
> I am……. Homebound.
>
> In the horizon I see a glimmer…(Flashbulbs)
> In the distance I hear a sound…(Action)
> I return a wink to my mother…
> My sisters laughter resounds…
> They are soldiers who’v battled forever…
> This is their turf…their ground.
>
> A father stands triumphant…
> His pride silent yet loud…
> A wife walks along steadfast…
> The meaning of her love avowed…
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> Eyes on the Stars.
> Feet on the ground.
> Firmly… … on the ground…
> I am ……………..Homebound.

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Laughter Riot now online on HumaraComedy

Description: Description: HumaraComedy Logo.jpgHumaraMovie joins hands with Akarsh Khurana to create quality comedy for its patrons online

Mumbai, July: HumaraMovie & Akvarious Productions bring to you HumaraComedy – a comedy destination to tickle your mind and your funny bone. Watch out for crazy, eccentric, outlandish and downright hysterical characters come to life at www.youtube.com/HumaraComedy. The channel that will go online on 16th July 2013 will be curated by Akarsh Khurana – prolific theatre producer and director, film writer, reluctant actor and a sometimes funny man.

My Romantic History a play directed by Adhaar Khurana, featuring Hussain Dalal, Priyanshu Painyuli, Shriya Pilgaonkar and Shikha Talsania which is a part of the content showcased on HumaraComedy was performed by the Akvarious Team in association with HumaraMovie to mark the launch of HumaraComedy at the Canvas Laugh Factory, Lower Parel. HumaraComedy will showcase the funny talent we find everywhere. A fun place to spend some time, where the attempt is not to be funny. So expect stand up, format based comedy, sitcoms and generally mature humor.

Four time META nominee for Best Director (Afsaneh: Bai se Bioscope tak, Blackbird, The Interview and Baghdad Wedding) and one time META winner for Best Stage Design, Akarsh Khurana is the proprietor of Akvarious Productions, a Mumbai based theatre group that has produced over 40 plays in 13 years, of which Akarsh has directed 17. He is also a screenwriter, and his work includes Rakesh Roshan’s Krrish, Ajay Devgan’s U Me aur Hum, Anurag Basu’s Kites, the upcoming Krrish sequel, Sajid Khan’s next comedy and Bejoy Nambiar’s next thriller. He also acts part time, and his work includes several stage productions, including notable comic turns in Bade Miyan Deewane and Rafta Rafta, and a significant part in Bejoy Nambiar’s David.

Akvarious Productions was founded by noted actor (film and theatre), screenwriter and director Akash Khurana in the early 90s. Its purpose was to groom and promote new talent in the fields of screenwriting and theatre. Since 1997, the founder’s son, Akarsh Khurana, has spearheaded Akvarious. In the last 13 years, Akvarious Productions has staged over 40 plays covering a wide range of genres and languages, of which 5 have been nominated for the Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) and 2 have won the prestigious award for Best Play. Akvarious has also produced 7 plays for children. Contemporary comedies have been the company’s forte, with successful plays like All About Women, The Interview, Rafta Rafta, Some Times and Super 8 to mention a few.

Talking about the launch of the new channel an excited Pallavi Rohatgi, Co-Founder,HumaraMovie says, “HumaraMovie has always aimed at providing quality content to its viewers. HumaraComedy is our effort in the same direction, the originality of the script and innovative characters is sure to fascinate its viewers. After a year of Humara Movie, we felt comfortable launching a destination for comedy. And, with Akarsh curating the channel, we are confident of robust audience engagement!

Speaking further about the content created for the channel, Akarsh Khurana of Akvarious Production says, “That too much trying to be funny, is not really fun! HumaraComedy is going to showcase humour where you & I can feel like participating. An environment, a situation we would like to get into & make funny!”

About HumaraMovie

HumaraMovie is the premier destination for alternate, independent, Indian content. Since, its inception in March, 2012, it has produced over 200 short films and feature films and releases one film a week on www.humaramovie.com and its YouTube channel www.youtube.com/humaramovie. HumaraMovie.com realizes the importance of content, and the talent that goes behind the creation of such content. Filmmakers and the talent come first at humaramovie.com.

About Akvarious Productions

Akvarious Productions was founded by noted actor (film and theatre), screenwriter and director Akash Khurana in the early 90s. Its purpose was to groom and promote new talent in the fields of screenwriting and theatre. Since 1997, the founder’s son, Akarsh Khurana, has spearheaded Akvarious. In the last 13 years, Akvarious Productions has staged over 40 plays covering a wide range of genres and languages, of which 5 have been nominated for the Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) and 2 have won the prestigious award for Best Play.

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Sanchiti Sakat a god gifted singer.

Sanchiti Sakat daughter of a Licensing Inspector Raju Sakat, was attached with music since she was sweet little girl. Her mother Swati use to sing devotional and melodious songs in her daily routine, Sanchiti started following her, slowly she started reciting songs watching television programmes in tender age of 3 years.

In her school days Sanchiti took part in many singing competitions and won many prizes also, slowly she started getting recognition in Music Industry and her some music album’s also were launched, they were ‘Natwar Nagar’ and ‘Bhajan Sangrah’ by music director Ritesh Ranjan Mishra.

Famous music director Dilip Sen got a chance to listen Sanchiti’s song and find it to be an extraordinary voice. Dilip Sen started grooming Sanchiti in music and also recorded a music album “A Krishna Mataji” in her voice along with veteran singers Anup Jalota and Sadhana Sargam which will be released soon. Dilip Sen also gave her brake in Bollywood music by recording a song in Sanchiti’s voice for his forthcoming film “Baat Ek Raat Ki….The Imagine”.

Dilip Sen feels that Sanchiti’s talent will make her popular not only in Bollywood music but also in National and International level. So just wait and watch.

Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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