31 December, 2015

Star Wars, The Force Awakens – Movie review

The seventh installment in the main Star Wars film series STAR WARS – The Force Awakens is set approximately 30 years after Return of the Jedi (1983), and follows Rey, Finn, and Poe Dameron’s fight with the Resistance, led by veterans of the Rebel Alliance, against Kylo Ren and the First Order, descended from the Galactic Empire.
A generation after the second Death Star was destroyed, Luke Skywalker, the last Jedi, has disappeared. The First Order has risen from the fallen Galactic Empire and seeks to eliminate Luke and the Republic. The Resistance, backed by the Republic and led by Luke’s twin sister, Leia Organa, opposes them while searching for Luke to enlist his aid.
The engrossing adventure begins with Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), a Resistance X-wing fighter pilot who is sent on a mission by a certain princess. He is rescued by Finn, the First Order stormtrooper, and their fates are forever intertwined. They crash on Jakku, and Finn appears to be the only survivor
- Read the full review and see more pics at:

30 December, 2015

Will ‘Fitoor’ make ‘Body Sculpting’ the new in thing?

If one goes by Aditya’s new avatar for ‘Fitoor’, one can surely start believing that, flaunting six- or eight-pack abs for a film have become passe .
Aditya Roy Kapur has taken a different route to showcase a well-toned physique in his next- ‘Fitoor’. He has opted for body sculpting.
“Aditya has always had an athletic physique, but for ‘Fitoor’, that stars Katrina Kaif — he decided to take up body sculpting to develop a completely different look from what has been seen of him before,” says a source.
Body sculpting or core conditioning is a non-aerobic, muscle-toning regimen that usually focuses on one’s core strength. “It is a technique that is used to shape the muscles in one’s body to perfection without bulking it up in any way,” adds the source.
- See more at: http://www.filmytown.com/will-fitoor-make-body-sculpting-new-thing/#sthash.oqKvo8VZ.dpuf

23 December, 2015

Bajirao Mastani wins big at the Renault Sony Guild Awards

Bajirao Mastani wins big at the Renault Sony Guild Awards 2016 with 9 Awards
Akshay Kumar performs at the Renault Sony Guild Awards 2016

Sonakshi Sinha performs at the Renault Sony Guild Awards 2016

Priyanka Chopra performs at the Renault Sony Guild Awards 2016

Mumbai, December 23, 2015: 

The Renault Sony Guild Awards 2016 was a dazzling, glamorous event held at Reliance Mediaworks, Film City. The Film & Television Producers Guild of India and Wizcraft International Entertainment announced the winners in Indian Cinema for the year 2015.

The evening came alive as some of the most prolific names in the Indian film industry lit came together to revel in the success of Hindi Cinema in 2015. 

Bajirao Mastani took home the highest number of accolades with a total tally of 9 awards including Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Sound Design, Best Costume Design, Best Dialogue, Best Choreography, Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Best Actor in Leading Role.

Bajrangi Bhaijaan won 4 awards including Best Film along with Best Screenplay, Best Story and Best Actor in a Supporting Role.Ranveer Singh won for Best Actor for his performance in Bajirao Mastani while Deepika Padukone walked away with the award for Best Actress in Piku.

Taking the podium as host, the inimitable Kapil Sharma had the audiences in splits as he brought down the house with innumerable jokes.
The evening also saw some incredible performances - Sonakshi Sinha opened the evening with a fantastic aerial entry and performed to a medley of songs including Desi KalakkarDJ Wale Babu, Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui Hai and Banno Tera Swagger.
Kriti Sanon held the audience spell-bound with a stunning performance and Ayushmann Khuranna lit the stage on fire with some incredible moves. Other highlights of the night included the gorgeous Priyanka Chopra who danced to a medley of the best songs from her most successful films including hits like Right Here Right Now, Jalwa, Anjaana Anjaani, Darling, Desi Girl, Dil Dhadakne Do and the most recent hit Pinga.
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20 December, 2015

A masterpiece of love, and war, exploring the romantic side of a 18th-century Maratha general, Bajirao Ballal Bhat, a brahmin by birth and who fought and won 41 battles at a stretch against the Mughals with an aim to create a unified Hindu kingdom across India.

The glorious rule of the Peshwas, its grandeur, their culture, and the their large heartedness during those times takes us back to that era of righteous rulers which we have only learnt in our history lessons.

It opens with a Maratha emperor Chhatrapati Shahu (Mahesh Manjrekar) seeking nominations for the post of the Peshwa (a Prime Ministerial candidate). The brahmin youth Bajirao (Ranveer Singh) with his superlative display of his skill and wisdom lands him the title. History has a special mention about this Peshwa’s reputation as a warrior and statesman par excellence which is widely known.
- See more at: http://www.filmytown.com/movies/bajirao-mastani-movie-review/#sthash.h8dgbMfX.dpuf

19 December, 2015

Tammanah Bhatia on a success high

The gorgeous actress Tammanah Bhatia, who has been in the film industry for 10 yrs years and has gained huge popularity in Tollywood, Kollywood and Bollywood is on a high these days with the success of her films.

In the year 2015, the young talented actress was among the top 3 actress who were a part of movies that were in the 600 crore box office collection club. With Baahubali: The Beginning being a blockbuster hit worldwide, Tammanah Bhatia becomes the only south actress who has reached that fame with just one movie in a span of just a year.

The success chart of 2015 doesn’t stop there for Tammanah.
- See more at: http://www.filmytown.com/tammanah-bhatia-success-high/#sthash.AAsICwCk.dpuf

17 December, 2015

Is Kunal Kapoor- the Indian Ashton Kutcher?


The dashing Kunal Kapoor has been in the limelight for his dapper looks and amazing acting prowess. He received a lot of appreciation for his performance in his latest film ‘Kaun Kitne Paani Mein’.

In fact, New York Times referred to him as the ‘Indian Mathew McCougnahey’ But we think if he has to be compared with a Hollywood counterpart – he would be more on the lines of Ashton Kutcher.

Like his Hollywood counterpart, besides being known as a phenomenal actor, he is also known as an entrepreneur and a startup investor. Kunal is the co-founder of Asia’s largest crowdfunding platform ‘Ketto’, besides having invested in a number of start-ups which he is closely associated with. He is spotted speaking at tech conferences, as much as he is at film functions.

Well, from what we hear from our sources, it’s said that he has become the ‘go to guy’ amongst his film friends that are looking to invest in startups.
- See more at: http://www.filmytown.com/kunal-kapoor-indian-ashton-kutcher/#sthash.W0fSKDZn.dpuf

Bajirao Mastani to create records: Numerologists

Bajirao Mastani to have a longer run and higher collections at the BO- predicts numerologists!

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus, Bajirao Mastani, is all set to hit theatre screens tomorrow and audiences are waiting with baited breathe to witness his poetry in motion.

The period drama told in signature Sanjay Leela Bhansali style, will release alongside a contemporary entertainer and while there has been several speculation surrounding the clash, tarot card reader and numerologist ,Shradha Salla, predicts how Bajirao Mastani will have a longer run and higher collections at the box office.

Predicts Shradha, “Bajirao Mastani is a sure-shot super hit, going into three figures, a movie that will be remembered for a long time. Some people will love it, some will hate it, but every single person will go watch it. The music will be a hit, too. The dances and dress trends will be followed with box-office collections. BM will cross Dilwale at some point because this movie will be watched more than once by the same person.”
- See more at: http://www.filmytown.com/bajirao-mastani-create-records-numerologists/#sthash.e7cxwDzt.dpuf

16 December, 2015

Onir discovers Arpita Pal for Shab

Onir’s upcoming romance-drama, Shab will introduce Bangla superstar Prosenjit’s wife Arpita Pal as the female lead. The movie also starring Raveena Tandon will transform Arpita’s traditional Bengali beauty’s image into a hip South Delhi socialite.

Interestingly, Onir had visited Prosenjit’s place in Kolkata for a script narration and while discussing the same, he came across Arpita and was fascinated by her look. The National award winning filmmaker spoke to Prosenjit about her who was later introduced to him.

While Onir had started working on the script of Shab, he felt that Arpita fits perfectly for the role of a socialite in his movie. Arpita heard the script and liked it but the only concern for Onir was that her character needed to sport boy cut hair and Arpita had long hair. He convinced her to cut her hair short as he didn’t want her to use a wig. Arpita was convinced and she bagged the role in Shab.

Set in Delhi, Shab is an edgy, dark and complex relationship story revolving around three central characters played by Raveena Tandon, newcomer Ashish Bisht and Arpita and will release next year.  
Onir says, “The first time I saw Arpita, I was quite fascinated by her sensuous and good looks. After giving it a thought, I realised Arpita is apt for the role, but I wasn’t sure whether she’ll agree to do the movie or not. I’m glad I got Arpita on board for Shab.”

- See more at: http://www.filmytown.com/onir-discovers-arpita-pal-shab/#sthash.MP9d3JvM.dpuf

15 December, 2015

'Saankal' is about age-old traditions: Chetan Sharma

He hasn't any formal training in acting, yet delivers impressive performance for the
character of Kesar he has played in the upcoming film Saankal.
20 something, the 5 feet 8 inches boy Chetan Sharma stands tall at the International Film Festivals where his film Saankal received overwhelming response.
Saankal is based on a true story about the exploitation of women in a remote village in Rajasthan. The women are supposed to get married within their own community, no matter whatever the age of the boy is. A woman is forced to get married to a 10 year old boy as per the age-old traditions of their 'Kabila"(comunity).
The character of Kesar is portrayed over 3 age groups, out of which he plays the adolescent and then a middle aged villager.
When enquired who is his inspiration, Chetan says, "I am highly inspired by the roles Robert DeNero plays, and in Bollywood, Anupam Kher is my role model for the character played in his first film."

Gorgeous Yami in her music single

Actress Yami Gautam recently released single with Ayushman has created immense buzz on the social platform already!
However the actress is getting tremendous positive feedback on her look! Yami looks gorgeous in the video!
Here are a few glimpse of the actress. The actress is looking distinctly different in it.
The actress has donned a teenage college going look and has done full justice to it.
The actress who is also known as one of the few naturally pretty looking girl that Bollywood has has also donned minimal amount of make up in the video.
We also see Yami and Ayushman come back after Vicky donour, her debut film which did a brilliant job at the box office!
The video received tremendous likes in just a few hours of its release on youtube.
- See more at: http://www.filmytown.com/gorgeous-yami-music-single/#sthash.n9dMo0jT.dpuf

14 December, 2015

THE SILENT HEROES – Hindi movie review

Specialty abled kids achieve the impossible, never achieved before!

These specially abled kids achieve the impossible, never ever attempted the world over.

No words to speak, No sound to hear, Just a dream to fulfill.

This describes best about this honest film, an adventurous and emotional story of 13 REAL deaf and mute children on a Himalayan mission, their struggle for survival, their courage and their heroism.

A fictional story of 13 deaf children from a school in Uttarakhand who want to work on something which shall bring them respect and that the world shall look up to them.

10 December, 2015

Parineeti Chopra: Harder you fight, Higher you soar!

“4 years ago, a chubby, childish girl was
introduced to the world.
4 years later, I am where I want to be.
A very special photoshoot, made me get rid of
my inhibitions, and portray the strong, confident
girl I feel today.
Anybody who thinks it’s a challenge,
Take it from me – you can also do it!
Because I am sure that, like me, like me, even you are
built that way.”

-Parineeti Chopra
- See more pics of PARINEETI CHOPRA at: http://www.filmytown.com/parineeti-chopra-harder-fight-higher-soar/#sthash.T6iXnSHh.dpuf

Tanima Bhattacharya: Where are our modern values?

Meet Tanima Bhattacharya, a girl from a non-filmy background. Her initial aspirations were to join the armed forces. She then decided to complete Bachelors of Commerce from Kolkata. It is destiny that has brought her into Bollywood.
Tanima makes her Bollywood debut with the upcoming film Saankal which releases early next year.

Saankal is about an age old custom which is still prevalent in interiors of Rajasthan, near the Pak border, there are several ‘Kabilas’ (communities). 

This Kabila has a custom that that girl from that community marries within that community itself, and nowhere else. This leads to a gender imbalance in that community where the females are more in number than the males.
Tanima Bhattacharya plays the central character of the film who is forced to marry a 10 year old boy Kesar.

08 December, 2015

Sonu Sood’s intense horse riding for Kung Fu Yoga

Sonu Sood is currently shooting for Jackie Chan’s forthcoming Hollywood film, Kung Fu Yoga, being directed by Stanley Tong.

The fitness enthusiast, who plays a royal character in his debut English venture, learnt horse riding for the movie. The actor shares screen space with a horse and falcon belonging to the UAE royal family.

Sonu says, “It was tough riding a horse striding across the hot sands, with the powerful and heavy falcon, perched on my hand. That is my introductory scene in the film. Both animals belong to the UAE royal family.”

“I can stand on a horse and ride now. I learned horse riding during Jodhaa Akbar. Stanley thought making my entry on a horse would look regal and larger-than-life. But as they say, the most beautiful visuals can be achieved under the most difficult conditions,” Sonu adds.

The talented actor, who is all praise for producer and co-star Jackie Chan, informs, “Jackie is one of the finest, most grounded superstars I have met. It is a treat to work with him. He takes care of you and makes you feel very special.” 

The actor is flying to China next week to shoot the remaining scenes of Kung Fu Yoga.
- See more at: http://www.filmytown.com/sonu-soods-intense-horse-riding-kung-fu-yoga/#sthash.KcIcZNKc.dpuf

Dhara 302 is about dacoits of Kota in Rajasthan

Jitendra Singh Naruka, the director of upcoming crime drama film – Dhara 302 says that the audience would be surprised to know that there existed the regime of dacoits in Kota in Rajasthan, similar to what it was in Chambal in U.P.

Talking to FILMY TOWN, Jitendra puts forth his point, “Till now, you used to see movies made on lives of bandits who are in UP, Bihar, Lucknow, etc. There isn’t any film made on the bandits from Rajasthan. People have the general impression that all the Rajasthanis are timid Marwaris, who are shopkeepers and fearful, feeble people. No one ever has heard of any Rajasthani outlaws or a criminal.
When asked about how he decided on this genre, he said, “During a research of crimes in Rajasthan, we came across the real life story of Bhanupratap who was a collegian in around 1997. The crime-lords in Rajasthan had their blessing on this lad, and he started growing by stature as the time passed.”
Speaking about his protagonist, he continued, “Bhanupratap was never scared of death. he used to keep pistols as toys. The loots at the Toll naka fascinated him. There were netas who shielded him. And he even confronted some of them after he grew up in his stature as a dreaded dacoit.”
“There was a telecom company by a prominent business group to be launched in Rajasthan which was threatened by Bhanupratap and hence withdrew their handsets from the market. It was only after coming to a settlement with Bhanupratap that this company launched the mobile handsets in a large scale.”
- See more at: http://www.filmytown.com/dhara-302-dacoits-kota-rajasthan/#sthash.bmwNsT21.dpuf

Jacqueline Fernandez launches The Body Shop Oils of Life

The Body Shop launches 3 New Ranges inspired by Finest ingredients from around the world with JACQUELINE FERNANDEZ
Unveiling the new beauty rituals of SKIN.SPA.SCENT
Savita Kaushim Dhami, Marketing Head, Jacqueline Fernandez, Aradhika Mehta, National Manager Training and Shikhi Agarwal, Head Training - The Body Shop India

Mumbai, Friday 4th December, 2015: The Body Shop, UK’s iconic retailer of cosmetics and toiletries along with the dynamic brand ambassador Jacqueline Fernandez, unveiled new SKIN.SPA.SCENT beauty rituals with the naturally infused products ranges; OILS OF LIFE, SPA OF THE WORLD & NEW VOYAGE COLLECTION. The launch showcased The Body Shop’s expertise in exploring traditional cultures in faraway destinations, the combination of ancient beauty rituals, perfected by centuries of wisdom.
The intensely revitalising skincare range Oils of Life, is an expert blend of three exceptional seed oils, known for their supreme abilities to repair and revitalise skin. Sourced from the three continents Egypt, Chile and China, the most precious and potent natural seed oils known since ancient times for their richness in essential nutrients and supreme restoring properties is part of the new daily life-infusing skincare range to revitalise skin, replenish nutrition, revive radiance and visibly reduce signs of ageing.

The Body Shop’s new body care range, Spa of the World™ alters your bathroom into the greatest spa on earth. Perfected by centuries of wisdom, it discovers the finest natural ingredients, refined textures and delicate fragrances, from purifying and firming clays, sensorial and luxury oils, refining natural scrubs and decadent creams. It’s the perfect indulgence imbibing the finest, natural ingredients from around the world.
- See more at: http://www.filmytown.com/jacqueline-fernandez-launches-the-body-shop-oils-life/#sthash.C6cSfZrb.dpuf

05 December, 2015

HATE STORY 3 (Movie review)

Rating: ***

An erotic revenge thriller, a third installment of the ‘Hate Story’ franchise, this one filled with love, romance, sex, betrayal, back-stabbing, revenge and suspense.

Hate Story 3 begins with the inauguration of ‘Vikram Dewan Memorial Hospital’ at the hands of Aditya Singh Dewan (Sharman Joshi) & Siya Singh Dewan (Zareen Khan) to establish that Aditya Dewan and Siya Dewan are large hearted philanthropists.

But the fact is otherwise as even once Siya is questioned of getting married to the younger brother of the person she was in love.

04 December, 2015

Goa Governor Mridula Sinha at K KH G – 21st Century screening

A 50 year old uneducated man rises from ashes to glory with the help and support of seven year old boy. Filmy Town reveals the gist of K..Kh..G..21st Century, which is produced by Shakuntala Art & Creations

The Governor of Goa, Mridula Sinha is also a renowned writer in Hindi Literature. Even after her marriage, she pursued a post-graduate degree in Psychology. She, along with her husband were interested in serving the poor and the uneducated, rather than in making money. The couple therefore settled at Motihari, a remote and under-developed East Champaran District of Bihar.

Speaking to Filmy Town, the story, screenplay and dialogue writer, Mukesh Kumar Malo said, “‘K Kh G… 21st Century’ is an edutainment (education through entertaining medium) film depicting the importance and value of education for a common man. After watching it the viewer would say “padhna likhna jaruri hai ” (being literate is must or education is must!)

The movie shows the journey of a commoner, who is exploited due to his illiteracy and ignorance. The shattered truck driver is given a hope to survive by a bright and confident seven year old boy. The child educates him and equips him with the power of knowledge to assert his rights and win back his pride and property. His quest for knowledge doesn’t end here….

We are blessed that a such a noble personality attended our film screening and encouraged us”, said Bipin Vinayak who plays the protagonist ‘Buddhan’ in the acclaimed film, covered by Filmy Town, which held its special preview on on 24th November 2015 at the NFDC Film Bazaar in Goa.
- See more at: http://www.filmytown.com/goa-guv-mridula-sinha-k-kh-g-21st-century-screening/#sthash.6bnomL58.dpuf

01 December, 2015

TAMASHA – Movie Review

Rating: ***
(Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone)

Create your own myth, choose your own story. This is what the director tells us through Tamasha which has Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone in love with each other.

We have a fairy-tale romance of Ranbir and Deepika’s love story with the backdrop of picturesque Corsica bistros, dreamy countryside, sparkling blue waters. This could go down as one of the most complex love stories woven by Imtiaz Ali.

‘Tamasha’ tell you that one doesn’t need to be satisfied with the stories that one hears around.

Ved Vardhan Sahni (Ranbir Kapoor) is enchanted by stories, who grows up hearing them and expresses himself by performing them. Ved is a dreamer. A free spirited person who wants everybody around him to be happy.

Read the full review and see more pics at:

30 November, 2015

SPECTRE 007 – Movie review

Rating: ***

By Paresh B. Mehta

Genre: Thriller   Recommended: General Audience   Released: 20 November 2015 
Starring: Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux
Directed by: Sam Mendes - 

Daniel Craig’s fourth appearance as the fictional British Secret Agent 007 James Bond in Spectre was worth the wait. His earlier appearances as the British spy were that in Casino Royale (his debut as James Bond), followed by Quantum of Solace and then in Skyfall.

The 007 franchise is the longest running in film history with twenty-four films produced since 1962. This is the largest Bond film release across India exclusively in high-quality 2K digital format in 1250 screens in four languages – English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu – and in 2D and IMAX formats.

Spectre comes across as a ‘mature’ Bond flick with an intriguing story with enthralling moments and more so with the life-like realistic situations, a special mention of the situation when the helpless 007 notices that the car which he runs off from the Agency wasn’t equipped with ammunition but he has to get rid of the baddies.

Read the full review and see more pics at: http://www.filmytown.com/movies/spectre-movie-review/

15 November, 2015

Prem Ratan Dhan Payo – Movie review

Rating: ***

Set on a lavish canvas about Royals residing in palaces and forts, this film directed by Sooraj R. Barjatya is strewed with goody characters preaching ethical ways of living a goody life.

The family drama is about a dreamy world set in the era of Kingdoms and consisting of obedient sons, ‘agyakari’ women where Yuvraj Vijay Singh (Salman Khan) a prince of Pritampur, who is soon to be crowned as king and is engaged to princess Maithili (Sonam Kapoor). Does this awaken memories of Shammi Kapoor’s ‘Prince’ or the much later Anil Kapoor’s ‘Rajkumar’ and dozens of ficticious Raj Gharana Bollywood films.

It seems doubtful if this concept would work in the present times of fast paced lives of people who manage to be in touch with their own families with difficulties.