28 June, 2014

Ek Villain – Film Review

Not all memories are happy, Some leave you with pain... 

Rating: ***

An action-romance film directed by Mohit Suri featuring Sidharth Malhotra, Riteish Deshmukh and Shraddha Kapoor as the pivotal characters in this violent film loosely based on a Korean film. 

Guru (Sidharth Malhotra) is a quiet, tough and ruthless boy, working for a local don, Prahlad. Guru has a dark past and its disturbing, recurring memories refuse to let Guru lead a normal life day and night.

While being interrogated at the Police station, he has the first glimpse of a girl, Aisha (Shraddha Kapoor) and more than him it is Aisha who is intrigued, impressed with his persona. Aisha is the talkative, ‘ek joke sunoge’ types (which is a bit too much to bear at times).

Ek Villain is intriguiging, edge-of-the-seat drama in the first half. Then onwards there is romance in the air and some enchanting back-ground songs.

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23 June, 2014

Humshakals – Film review

Rating: **

Nine Times the fun. It isn't as promised.

Ram Kapoor is the uncle aka KANS and his nephew is Ashok (Saif Ali Khan). Ashok is seen all throught with Kumar (Riteish Deshmukh), his friend and a director in the board of their family business empire. The story is about these three characters who have their look alikes, and their look alikes too have their look alikes.

Confusing? It really is! The uncle funds an illegal research team of his doctor-friend (Nawwab Shah) who develops a potion so strong that just a drop or two in the drink of the victim, would make him think and behave like a dog.

With this weapon the uncle plans to prove his nephew of unsound mind during a board meeting and get the board vest full power of attorney on his name to grab the fortune.

The premise itself is senseless, which insults the intelligence of a common men. If it were so eary to usurp someone’s wealth, then the world would have been upside down.

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22 June, 2014

Sherlyn Chopra sings for her upcoming film 'BAD GIRL'

Sherlyn Chopra Sings The Title Track Of Her Multilingual Film Bad Girl

The Bad Girl, Sherlyn Chopra who has stunned us with her impeccable singing talent in her single, has just lent her sensuous voice for the title track of her forthcoming multilingual film, Bad Girl.
When Sherlyn was asked about her crooning act, she said, “The title was inspired by my single, Bad Girl.
I heard the script and fell in love with the protagonist who is highly vulnerable.”
Sherlyn adds, “I’m very excited to be playing a supermodel in a multilingual film for the first time in my career!”
Sherlyn has completed 2 days of recording for her title track at the Yash Raj studio under the able guidance of the Music Director, Sri Murali and the award winning Film Director, Shajiyem.

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This multilingual film which is loosely based on Monica Bellucci’s Oscar winning film Malena will give us an insight into Sherlyn’s prowess as an actress!

Rajiv Mahavir, Aruni Bagga Re-create SOUND OF SUFI

Singer Composer Rajeev Mahavir and Singer Aruni Bagga Re-Created the Magic of Sufi with "Sound Of Sufi"

The evening witnessed soulful performance by Rajeev Mahavir and Aruni Bagga ,Times Music presents the launch of a soulful mesmerizing music album “The sound of Sufi”. The album launched by Ace and renowned singer and Music Director “Roop Kumar Rathod”.

Album “The Sound of Sufi” will feature the melodious voice of Rajeev Mahavir with Aruni Bagga and Javed Ali lending their harmonious voice, featuring in a song in the album with the launch of a band “The Sound of Sufi".
Produced by Rajpal Von Khattri and Rajeev Mahavir, the lyrics of the album “The Sound of Sufi” is penned by the celebrated lyricists Rajeev Mahavir, Haider Najmi, Praveen Kumar Ashok, and Anupama Rao., Deepak pandit on Violin and Chintu on Guitar 

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Euphoria the launch of the album “The Sound of Sufi” created drowned everyone in the soothing Sufi music. The launch of the album and band was amidst the gracious presence of Roop Kumar Rathod who launched the album in the presence Kavita Seth , Mitali Singh, Shivamani, Taufiq Qureshi, Deepak Pandit, Kiran More and other eminent personalities from like Dr.Ruby Tandon, Dr. Mouidin Makani, Kavitta Verma, Nisheeth Sharan,  Amy Billimoria, Vasant Bhandari,  Tochi Raina, Raj Suri,  etc who immersed themselves in the soulful music. 

21 June, 2014

Monsoon Tips from Designer Amy Billimoria:

Come the rains and it is very important to follow special care instructions for all heavy ensembles in your wardrobe.

v  Never leave the outfits in plastic bags, whether new or if dry leaned as they will leave damp water marks on the fabrics which will be impossible to remove.

v  Always open saris especially ones with Zari and embroidery as it's important to allow the fabrics to breathe in order to avoid the peculiar damp smell which is very common this season.

v  Also after opening it is important to cover the outfits in sheer mulmul fabric or old cotton dupattas. This will ensure that the embroidery is not damaged and will increase the life of the garment.

v  Never put items like clove or other articles to reduce the damp odour in clothes as they will only leave stains and yellow brown spots on the fabrics and will be hard to remove.

v  Tie Dye saris, shaded fabrics or dark shades that run color should be kept in single covers away from other outfits as they may stain easily.

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v  And lastly if any damage caused due to weather conditions don't discard the beautiful embroideries as transferring these could renew the ensembles and help save fashion waste.

Vintage is Forever- Manali Jagtap

L’Oreal presents Ingenious 2014

Manali Jagtap Fashion Show with Manjari Phadnis 
Choreographed by Ace and renowned Choreographer Shie Lobo

Manali Jagtap show cased her Bridal apparel line at the Pink city with the very gorgeous and beautiful Manjari Phadnis walked the ramp as a show stopper for Manali Jagtap.

Drawing inspiration from the Pink City, fashion show was held at Jaipur with Manali Jagtap exhibiting her bridal apparel line. Manali Jagtap having her expertise in Bridal couture displayed her bridal clothing line at the Ingenious Fashion show which took at Jaipur. It rained fashion in Jaipur, as Manali Jagtap explored the culture and the market of Pink City.

Red has been a favorite for centuries but pinks, golden, maroons, orange, green and even blue can be opted for wedding. So there she was with a whole new collection designed with extreme intricate detailing for different wedding functions from Sangeet, Mehndi, cocktail to the wedding reception.

Enhancing the high end fashion event Manjari Phadnis graced the event as she walked as a show stopper for Manali Jagtap’s fashion show. Donning a heavy lehenga choli with the lehenga done in velvet with heavy golden embellishments on the lehenga teaming it with a simple choli was just the perfect way how the modern Indian bride would dream to wear on her big day.  

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Grazing the ramp, top models Parvathy Omanakuttan, Prachi Mishra and many other saunter the fashion show choreographed by the very talented Shie Lobo.

Talking about the collection Manali says, “Indian Weddings being larger than life affairs where the bride and the groom dress up like’s royals to get married & devote their lives to each other. Indians love tradition, but these days’ brides want a contemporary styling to their look also. When it comes to Indian Bridal-wear, there many rules are not that one needs to follow. Your family jewels and outfits are the best thing that you can get your hands on for your big day. Vintage speaks volumes about your heritage and a beautiful way to let people know about your legacy”.

Fastest Five Million for the trailer of Kick

Sajid Nadiadwala’s upcoming release, Kick, which is also his directorial debut, has been a much awaited release of 2014.

The trailer of the film was recently launched in a single screen theatre amidst thousands of people and huge fanfare.

On Sunday evening, the trailer went up on the public domain and within 59 hours, the trailer has crossed five million views on YouTube which is the fastest 5 million views ever.

It has gone out to break all the records and become the biggest success of any trailer in B-town. Not just that, the trailer has also crossed 49000 likes.

Sajid Nadiadwala has shot it on a huge scale, in a very different style and with immense grandeur.

It has got immense appreciation from all quarters; audiences and even celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Sonakshi Sinha and others.

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The film starring Salman Khan is all set to release this Eid.

A.K.A. Jennifer Lopez's album released by Universal



Mumbai, June 18th : 

Leading music label, Universal Music India released Hollywood diva and pop music icon, Jennifer Lopez’s all new 10th studio album titled A.K.A.

A.K.A. http://smarturl.it/AKAJLo features collaborations with famous International artists French Montana, Rick Ross, TI, Pitbull, Iggy Azalea, Tyga, Sia, Chantal Kreviazuk, Kirby, Chris Brown, and producers Max Martin and Savan Kotecha, Detail, RoccStar, DJ Mustard, Diplo, Harmony, Pop and Oak and long-time collaborator Cory Rooney. You can view the official video for Lopez’s new single, “First Love,” HERE.

Lopez, who graces this week’s cover of Billboard Magazine, recently delivered not one but two killer performances at theBillboard Music Awards and became the first female recipient of the Billboard Icon award. In an emotional speech, she recalled her days as a little girl in the Bronx and spoke directly to all the kids who were watching the show, encouraging them to dream big.

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Since her first album, On the 6, debuted in 1999, Lopez has been transforming the global music scene and has sold over 75 million records worldwide.  She has had 16 top 10 hit songs and three #1 albums. Her music achievements include winning three AMAs, three ASCAP Pop Music Awards, eight Billboard Latin Music Awards, three Billboard Music Awards, and two VMAs. Lopez is also a two-time Grammy nominee. In 2001 Jennifer Lopez made history by being the first woman to have a #1 movie and #1 album simultaneously. “The Wedding Planner” was the nation’s top grossing film while her second album J.Lowas #1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.

Vidya Balan to visit Narendra Modi's tea stall in Baroda

Vidya Balan, who will be seen playing the role of a detective in her next “Bobby Jasoos” is currently covering an extensive promotion leg for the film.

We now hear that Vidya, who will be soon visiting Baroda, Gujarat for promotions has decided to also visit the tea stall which sold free tea during elections in support of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Narendra Modi started his journey from a  tea stall years ago and has now reached greatest of heights.
So during marketing meetings, Vidya shared how she is keen to visit this particular tea stall which had become chatter throughout the election campaign.

Vidya will be visiting the stall to have a cup of tea.

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Vidya Balan confirms the news and adds, “When the team told me that we are going to Baroda, my immediate reaction was I would like to go the stall. It has become one of the most popular destination in Baroda.”

The versatile actress, Vidya Balan, who never ceases to surprise audiences, will be seen in 12 different looks in Bobby Jasoos. In the film her character wishes to become the number one detective in the old city of Hyderabad. Ali Fazal plays the male lead role opposite Vidya.

Internationally applauded IDENTITY CARD releasing on August 29th

After worldwide acclamation and selection in world festivals, IDENTITY CARD, which is quoted as “bravest film of Indian cinema” recently in a top newspaper in United Kingdom, is scheduled to release on August 29th .Kazmi, director of the film happily announces that an established international corporate house of UK ‘Blue Sapphire Films limited’ has keenly joined hands for the Indian release of film. 

This is the first Indian film that will be presented by Blue sapphire said company’s MD, he further said that we are more into international cinema but with IDENTITY CARD’s buzz internationally we were intrigued to watch the film and we were so impressed with the film that it did not take us time to say yes to it. Another international company MEDIAMARK from Canada is associated with the company as associate producers, Javid Banday, national award winner from India years back was thrilled to hear about this sensitively handled Kashmir based film and he came on board, revealed a source from the film.

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IDENTITY CARD’s international distribution is already in the hands of a South African distribution network called RED CRUSH, Glen Clack of RED CRUSH is very excited about Kashmir issue film saying this film has a certain audience in many countries and this is the reason that we are dubbing it in many international languages.

IDENTITY CARD has veteran actors like national award winner Saurabh Shukla, Raghubir Yadav, Vipin Sharma, Brijendra Kala and uprising Tia Bajpai, Furqan Merchant, Shoib Kazmi, Prashantt Guptha and very telented Manini Mishra is a guest appearance. Film is being produced by Rahat Kazmi Films, Amarchand Motion Pictures, Films and Reels Production Pvt. Ltd. and Helping Hand film is being co produced by a Kashmiri filmmaker Tariq Khan.

Gazal show ''Sajda'' by Samarpit

Model turned actor Samarpit  who has acted in serials such as ''Aprajeeta'', ''Desh Mei Nikala Hoga Chaand'', ''Astitva'' , ''Zameen Se Aasmaan Tak'' etc. has now ventured into show business and he has successfully organised the city tour of noted gazal singer Riaz Khan, He organised the gazal show ''Sajda'' at Bhopal and Indore and following the tremendous response now the ''Sajda'' show was organised in Mumbai on 14th June at Birla Matushree Auditorium. 

The auditorium was packed when Riaz Khan took the center stage and he mesmorised the gazal lovers with one gazal and the another. He started with the gazal ''banke aakhon mei haseen khwaab chala aoonga...'' followed by many immortal gazals. 

Later on obliging the audience Riaz Khan also rendered the farmaiyshee gazals. Whenever there was a word in rich Urdu he also narrated the meaning of it and thus made a special bonding with the listeners. In between Riaz Khan also kept on praising the musicians and thus the mood on the dais was very relaxed. 

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Riaz Khan made the day of gazal listeners and the entire credit for the success of this show should go to Samarpit whose hard work had really paid off.

Now with the success of this event Samarpit is planning to organise ''Sajda'' show in Ahmedabad and he is busy to make the preparations for it. 

Sohum Shah to work with Vishal Bhardwaj and Irrfan Khan in his next

Sohum Shah was hailed as ‘the most brilliant discovery of the year’ for his breakout performance in Ship of Theseus last year, which also won the top prize recently at the National Awards.

Now the news is that Sohum Shah will be seen in a film written and produced by Vishal Bharadwaj. The untitled film will be directed by Meghna Gulzar.

Sohum Shah plays an extremely pivotal role in the film, that of an investigating officer along with Irrfan Khan. “It is a matter of much honor and excitement to share space with Irrfan Khan.I see it as an opportunity to observe and learn from someone who I believe is one of the finest actors working in the world today.”Sohum gushes.

Being a complete outsider from the industry and with no film background, it was Sohum Shah’s dream to work with both, Vishal Bhardwaj and Irrfan Khan. Sohum continues, “As an actor I would like the kind of work that would give me sleepless nights and demand complete submission to my craft. I deeply admire how Vishal Bhardwaj does exactly that to his actors with his wonderfully humane films. I really hope that I get to work with him often and quench my thirst to hopefully portray complexities well.”

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This intense thriller which will soon go on floors , will be released next year. This will be the first of three big releases of Sohum, which also includes his ambitious epic home production, Tumbad.  “These are really the exciting times, where a bunch of amazing filmmakers are working today. From Ritesh Batra, Abhishek Chaubey, Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar  Banerjee, Vishal Bhardwaj to Shekhar Kapur, I sincerely hope to collaborate with all these stalwarts soon and often.” Sohum signs off.

Sai Tamhankar - Classmates On Location Gossip

Sai Tamhankar known to be beautiful, bold and sexy will soon be also known as a Tom Boy. 

Sensual Sai Tamhankar will be soon witnessed on screen riding bike for the upcoming movie Classmates.

Recently on the sets of Classmates, the team witnessed Sai Tamhankar riding a Yamaha bike which was also the requirement of the scene. 

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The fan followers of Sai will love her sturdy look in the movie. The marathi movie actress are certainly catching the pace to Bollywood and setting benchmarks.     

Manoj Maurya makes Blind ‘See’ paintings at ReBORN Painting Exhibition

Mumbai, June 16, 2014:  In a first of its kind initiative towards making art accessible for masses, Manoj Maurya invited blind students from the city blind schools and made them ‘see’ the paintings. Manoj described and discussed paintings with blind students and also took an interactive workshop where he taught them how to create paintings. Manoj Maurya made a painting with the blind students which he later gifted to the students. The evening brought immense joy to the painter and he exclaimed, “I want to make even blind capable for expressing their thoughts through the medium of visual arts and paintings. The reactions and questions that these students asked me on my paintings were as insightful as those asked by art connoisseurs. After understanding ReBORN series, one student asked me what I think is the color of soul? Another asked me the color of birth & death?. They grasped my paintings and the thought behind them". 

He added, "I thoroughly enjoyed the journey of ReBORN with them. Another Blind student expressed his heartiest gratitude to Manoj and thanked him for making him see the colors for the first time in his life."

ReBORN Painting Exhibition by Manoj Maurya established a missing connect between art and general masses. Manoj felt that paintings as form of art should increase its reach and be more relevant and productive for the society. During the exhibition he had invited underprivileged kids and taught them finer nuances of paintings. He invited autorickshaw drivers to explore and understand the importance of art. While helping them acknowledge their creative potential, Manoj felt educating autorickshaw drivers about art would go a long way in keeping city clean and beautiful.

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ReBORN Painting Exhibition which ends today at Nehru Centre Art Gallery, Worli was a breakthrough movement in art industry with strong artistic body of work which also served to be productive for society.

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Homeland Star Damian Lewis Receives OBE honour By The Queen

Homeland’s Damian Lewis an honorary Dame was given an OBE (Order Of The British Empire) in the Queen's Birthday Honors along with the other A-listers celebrities like Angelina Jolie has been made an honorary Dame, with plaudits also going to British stars Daniel Day-Lewis and John Barrowman.

London-born actor Damian said: “I was very surprised but very happy to accept. I decided to do the very un-British thing of accepting the compliment.” Damian, 43, who is married to actress Helen McCrory and has two children, added his family were “delighted, when they stopped asking what it was for”. Emmy winner for Outstanding Lead Actor - Drama Series, Damian said he thought he would take his father with him to the investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace. “I don't think you ever stop trying to impress your parents and I hope they will be proud and enjoy being there with me to celebrate the honour," he said.
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Seasons 3 of HOMELAND is currently airing on Star World in the 9pm slot and the upcoming season (4) of the hit show will come to Indian viewers, exclusively on Star World Premiere, along with its broadcast in America.

Marathi mingles with ‘Dance India Dance’ only on Zee Talkies

Watch every Friday from 13th June at 9.30 pm

June 2014: 

India’s largest dance-based reality show, one of the most loved and appreciated show is Dance India Dance (DID). Indians across the globe got a magnificent platform to portray their dance talent through this reality show. 

DID is successfully running its fourth seasons creating several records and all set to recreate the same magic only on Zee Talkies. The viewers will witness best episodes of DID every Friday from 13th June onwards.  

With the promise to offer something new to their viewers, Zee Talkies is again creating a history by airing best episodes and performances of Dance India Dance. DID has hypnotized the audience in India and beyond. The show has given many talented dancers to the Indian film industry. The same thrilling show will now be aired with a zing of Pooja Sawant’s marathi anchoring

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Watch Dance India Dance on Zee Talkies from 13th June every Friday at 9.30 pm and repeat telecast on Saturday at 11.30 am. So be prepared once again to twist with Dance India Dance…

डान्स इंडिया डान्स चा मराठमोळा अंदाज झी टॉकीजवर
13 जूनपासून दर शुक्रवारी सायंकाळी 9.30 वाजता

Bobby Jasoos will explore Hyderabadi flavor

Now days films are exploring cities like never before. Film makers are creating characters out of a city, where the society, people's behavior, style of talking and inter personal relationships form a huge backdrop or character. 

Bobby Jasoos takes this to greater lengths. In Bobby Jasoos Hyderabad is not shot as a city where the film is set, Hyderabad is a character in itself.

Vidya Balan starrer Bobby Jasoos is set in Hyderabad and the entire film is shot there.
Bobby Jasoos is a film about Bobby, who wants to become the no.1 detective of her moohala. The film explores her journey exploring different aspects of Hyderabad. 
Hyderabad plays an important role in the story just the way Kolkata was a major part of the film Kahaani. 
Vidya had shot for her film Kahaani in Kolkata during the festival of Durga Puja, in the same way she shot during Ramzaan in Hyderabad for Bobby Jasoos.  

The flavor of the city of  has been brought out in the film and one can get a feel and vibe of the city by watching the film.

For an actor it becomes enhances their performance as the character becomes more steeped in reality.
Vidya is infact also taking a keen interest in the marketing of the film and she wishes to market the film around the city of Hyderabad, establishing the part it plays in this film.

Directed by Samar Shaikh, the film is slated to release on July 4th, 2014.

Be ready for the Devil this Eid

This year's Eid is set to be celebrated by the most awaited film Kick.

Salman Khan starrer, Kick had its trailer launch on 15th June at Gaiety Theater.

A few Salman Khan fans were invited for the trailer launch who exclusively got to see the trailer of the film with him.

The entire cast of the film which included Salman Khan, Jacqueline Fernández, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Randeep Hooda were present for the theatrical launch along with Director Sajid Nadiadwala, music composer Himesh Reshammiya, screenplay writer Chetan Bhagat and Siddharth Roy Kapur.

The film which will debut Sajid Nadiadwala as the director received roaring applause from the audience on the trailer.

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Like Salman's other film the film has action, drama and a lover story but unlike his other films the action has gone a notch higher.