29 February, 2016

Sagar Sarhadi, Kamlesh Pandey honored at International Film Festival of Prayag

26 January, 2016, Allahabad: 
Second edition of International Film Festival of Prayag (IFFP) was inaugurated by veteran writer Sagar Sarhadi by lighting the lamp. This auspicious occasion was marked with the presence of some of the eminent people from the film fraternity that included film writer Kamlesh Pandey, producer-director N. Chandra, filmmaker Deepak Mahaan, Gaurav Dwivedi (Vice president, U.P. Film Development Board). The founder and director of IFFP, Hasan Haider welcomed all the guests. The whole ceremony was conducted by Anita Sehgal.

Sagar Sarhadi, writer of films like Kabhie Kabhie, Silsila, Bazaar and Anubhav was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award by Hasan Haider, the founder-director of IFFP. Along with him veteran writer Kamlesh Pandey was honored with Shaan-e-Prayag, producer-director N. Chandra got the Excellence in Cinema award while Deepak Mahaan received the Emerging Filmmaker award. Gaurav Dwivedi and Anita Sehgal were felicitated as the guest of honor at the ceremony. Mumbai filmmaker Manto Pashupatinath’s  ‘A Daughter’s Dream’ was kick started the event as the opening film.

Many national and international movies based on International Film Festival of Prayag 2016’s theme ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ were selected for the festival.  Amrit Ganger (Film scholar) and Gul Riyaz (Actor and filmmaker) are among the jury members while Masood Bakshi, filmmaker from Tehran will be there as International Jury member. These three jury members will be present for all the 56 films screened during the festivals.
- See more at: http://www.filmytown.com/sagar-sarhadi-kamlesh-pandey-iifp/#sthash.nvgG3hOw.dpuf

26 February, 2016

Dhara 302 is Dipti Dhotre’s Bollywood debut

She Is from Pune. Was keen in acting since College, haven’t undergone any formal training in action, and it is her keen observation sense that has brought her to this level. Was a video editor for a corporate agency and then went on to assist the action editor of Salman Khan’s ‘Bodyguard’.
This was the turning point in her career as it dawned on her that she wanted to something different.
Dipti is doing 4 Marathi films all of which are under production, While Dhara 302 is her first hindi film which releases on 26 February 2016.
Dhara 302 is an action – gang war film based on true events in the land of Rajasthan. It is the story of a boy Veer Singh who takes the route of crime under difficult circumstances at the age of 12 years. The young lad is forced to continue his journey in the big bad world of crime.
It follows the life struggle of a man who unfortunately ends up becoming a criminal. Change of heart doesn’t help the protagonist as he’s forced to lead a life which nobody would want to.
Dhara 302 is written & directed by Jitendra Singh Naruka and produced by Bhawani Shankar Yogi.

Dipti Dhotre speaks to FILMY TOWN:
- See more pics and read the full interview at: http://www.filmytown.com/dhara-302-dipti-dhotres-bollywood-debut/#sthash.EMAF5QvP.dpuf

22 February, 2016

Vicky Kaushal, Sarah Jane Dias dazzle at Zubaan event

Vicky Kaushal’s special tribute to Indian soldiers at Zubaan’s music celebration party!

Vicky Kaushal, Sarah Jane Dias, Zubaan Mozez Singh at Zubaan event 
Vicky Kaushal, who will be seen playing an inspiring character in Mozez Singh’s coming-of-age musical, Zubaan, ensured that the music celebration event held on 19th February at the popular ‘Please Don’t Tell’ was one to remember, as he entertained the audience to the hilt.
Eagerly awaiting the release of Zubaan, Vicky is quite fond of music and also likes to rap. The talented actor performed a special rap dedicated to Indian soldiers while celebrating the music of Zubaan as he took to the stage along with his co-star Sarah Jane Dias and the movie director Mozez Singh who jammed to a couple of songs much to the audience’s delight.
- See more at: http://www.filmytown.com/vicky-kaushal-sarah-jane-dias-dazzle-zubaan-event/#sthash.ucTbsWTh.dpuf

Neerja – Movie review

Rating: ****
Review by Akshita Gupta

Neerja, as is known, is a biopic based on Neerja Bhanot (played By Sonam Kapoor) who was the head purser on the Pan Am flight from Mumbai to New York via Karachi and Frankfurt. The film is about the hijack of Pan Am flight 73 that took place on 5th September 1986.
The film starts with a closer look into Neerja’s life, her real character that of an ordinary girl with wonderful relationships with people in her life.
She is the apple of her father’s eye, the center of her mother’s universe as well as the darling younger sister of two brothers. The film then goes on to depict the incidents of “the day”, from the time Neerja gets ready for the flight till the end of the dreaded incident.
Even though the film is based on the hijacking that took place, it is much more than just that. The heart of the film lies in the mother-daughter relationship. The story goes beyond the incidents of just that day and gives further insight into Neerja’s life before the hijacking – her values, her rocky past and the beautiful relationships she had with the various people in her life. The story moves back and forth in time to depict these past incidents from her life to the time of the hijack which prevents the film from being monotone and provides an interesting change in storytelling and cinematography if not its pace.
- See more at: http://www.filmytown.com/movies/neerja-movie-review/#sthash.9Zh88qRX.dpuf

Loveshhuda – Movie Review

Love is complicated... But it's worth it!

A fresh, young take on romance, ex – Miss India World 2013 Navneet Dhillon debuts with Girish Kumar in Loveshhuda.
This rom-com has been shot in exotic locations in London and Mauritius .
An unconventional romantic story that starts in bed, it is about a man who wakes up one morning with a girl whom he does not know. While he gradually falls in love with her, he must choose between love and practicality.
Gaurav (Girish Kumar) is to get married and his friends come up with the idea of a bachelor’s night out and they indulge in the wildest of their behaviours which leads Gaurav to realise the next morning that he was in bed with an unknown girl Pooja (Navneet Kaur Dhillon). Pooja misplaces her top and departs with the shirt (gifted by the groom’s mother-in-law) that Gaurav hands over to her.
With the lead characters’ love-hate banter growing even as their chemistry is apparent, whether their bond, which begins in bed, ends as friendship and a life-long relationship.
Loveshhuda has no villain. The villain is circumstances in one’s life. The film tells us that we are our own enemy and incidentally we take certain decisions which have other repercussions leading a person away from being happy.
- See more at: http://www.filmytown.com/movies/loveshhuda-movie-review/#sthash.W4qBqcn3.dpuf

20 February, 2016

Mita Vashisht’s crazy, comic side in Love Life & Screw Ups

The Crazy Comic side of Mita Vashisht to be seen in LOVE LIFE & SCREW UPS, Directed by Kapil Sharma
Award winning actress Mita Vashisht, famous for her intense roles in films like Drohkaal, Drishti and Dil Se, will be now seen in out and out crazy comical role, in a youth based web series called Love, Life & Screw Ups!!! For this role, she is also undergoing a glamorous makeover.
The writer and director of the series, Kapil Kaustubh Sharma says “MitaVashisht is one of the finest Indian actresses.
Unfortunately filmmakers have tapped only her serious and emotional side. In this series, for the first time her glamorous and crazy comical side will be seen! We are working on her look, costumes and mannerisms.
She herself has come up with fantastic suggestions. I can say with confidence, after watching her in this series, people will be surprised to see a new MitaVashist!” ,..........
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18 February, 2016

‘Neerja’ the film sets a benchmark with social marketing !

Neerja Bhanot was an ordinary 23 year old girl with an extraordinary soul. For this a group of likeminded individuals got together with their expertise and created the movie Neerja because this story needed to be told.
Neerja is a biopic drama on the life Neerja Bhanot played by Sonam Kapoor, directed by Ram Madhvani, produced by Fox Star Studios and Bling Unplugged.
It is the courageous story of a 23 year old girl – an air hostess – who lost her life while saving passengers from terrorists on board the hijacked Pan Am Flight 73 on 5th September 1986. Movie releases in theatres on 19th February 2016.
- See more at: http://www.filmytown.com/neerja-film-sets-benchmark-social-marketing/#sthash.aFtc9j0h.dpuf

15 February, 2016

Music of “Murari The Mad Gentleman” launched!

Mumbai, 11th Feb 2016: 
Music of the much-awaited Comedy Drama film “Murari The Mad Gentleman” was launched in Mumbai.
Deepa Krishna Production No 1,Sunny Worldwide Films and Jignesh Shah’s movie “Murari The Mad Gentleman” Starring Asrani, Surendra Rajan, Sanjay Singh, Natalya llina, Kiran Sharad, Yajuvendra Pratap Singh, and Amitabh Acharya in important roles. Music released worldwide by Red Ribbon Music Company.
The music and Trailer of the movie was well received by the Guests.
Asrani, Sanjay Singh, Natalya llina, Kiran Sharad, Amitabh Acharya, Director Suzad Iqbal Khan, producer Kishor N Patel and Jignesh Shah , music director Biswajit Bhattacharjee along with Vinod Nishchal of Rich Junior Entertainment were present during the launch event.
Director Writer Sanjay Chhel, Actor Ajaz Khan also present as guest at music launch.
Produced by Kishor N Patel, Sunil Patel and Jignesh Shah , under the banner Deepa Krishna Production No. 1 & Sunny World Wide Films, directed by Suzad Iqbal Khan, “Murari The Mad Gentleman” is scheduled to release on 11th March 2016.
Red Ribbon acquired the music rights of the film which has some amazing tracks.
The album includes five songs, the first song “Raabta” sung by Sonu Nigam is a soothing melody with sentimental lyrics, second song “Tera Deewana” is a romantic number with Hindi & English lyrics, third song “Shabbo” is an item number sung by Mamta Sharma, 4th & 5th song which is “Udi Udi” & “Udi Udi Duet” sung by Krishna Beura, Shahid Mallya & Khushboo Jain respectively are happy mood romantic songs.
Music is aptly Composed by Biswajit Bhattacharjee ‘Bibo’ and lyrics by Krishan Bhardwaj.
Rich Junior Entertainment will distribute movie worldwide.
- See more at: http://www.filmytown.com/music-murari-the-mad-gentleman-launched/#sthash.UFscUGjc.dpuf

12 February, 2016

Sachin Tendulkar’s film shoot comes to an end

30 Months, 5 Countries….its been a long journey for the film.
Today Shivaji Park, Dadar, witnessed the last day of the shoot.
Nostalgic Moment, says Ravi Bhagchandka, Producer 200 Not Out.
As soon as he entered Shivaji Park, Sachin visited the temple like he used to visit before going to Achrekar sir’s net where it all began for him. He drank the tap water and believes it gave him Power.
Sachin was on a nostalgic trip as he walked on the ground going back into his memories….
- See more at: http://www.filmytown.com/sachin-tendulkars-film-shoot-comes-end/#sthash.RAw3wMCS.dpuf

First look of Sakshi Entertainment’s movie Dhara 302 was released today.

The actors Rufy Khan, Deepti Dhotre are seen on a bike ready to take on any kind of attack!

They give a very Gun & Roses feel to the poster!

This movie features Rufy Khan, Gulshan Pandey, Kannan Iyer , Vicky Pandit, Pradeep Kabra, Gagan Pradip, Rohit Tada, Paras Saraswat , Rupesh Patel, Om Pandit, Parmod Vaishnav, Hardeep Baddowal & Sima Singh and is scheduled to release in on 26 Feb February 2016.

Dhara 302 follows the life struggle of a man who unfortunately ends up becoming a criminal. Change of heart doesn’t help the protagonist as he’s forced to lead a life which nobody would want to.   
Production manager Karan Kamboj , Dhara 302 is written & directed by Jitendra Singh Naruka and produced by Bhawani Shankar Yogi.

Nisha Rawal’s Musical Ode this Valentine’s

Actor turned singer Nisha Rawal has scored her fourth cover as her ode to love this valentine’s season.
The romantic track is a mash up of the song, Meherbani from film The Shaukeens composed by Arko and the chartbuster English number; Love me like you do by the international pop sensation Ellie Goulding.
The cover song captures the mood of the month- a perfect Valentine tune which is supported by a classy video, directed by none other than, Karan Mehra. Nisha has always been a romantic at heart and the season of romance is best defined by music.
- See more at: http://www.filmytown.com/nisha-rawals-musical-valentines-gift/#sthash.UsqNvcQ0.dpuf

11 February, 2016

Shraddha to romance in rain again?

After creating a rage with a rain sequence in Aashiqui 2 alongside Aditya Roy Kapur, Shraddha is all set to recreate the magic onscreen.  

The actress is shooting for a rain sequence which is a part of a song for her upcoming film Baaghi opposite Tiger Shroff.  

The music track is to feature the actress on a railway platform drenched in rain.  

Shraddha who was immensely loved for her rain sequence in Aashiqui 2 is to give a sense of deja vu to her audiences.

- See more at: http://www.filmytown.com/shraddha-romance-rain-again/#sthash.YDt6hOQp.dpuf

05 February, 2016

Manoj Bajpayee’s ‘TAANDAV’ after 18 years

Manoj Bajpayee has always been the talented actor who is versatile and one who always takes up challenges. We have always seen him in diverse roles, be it a gangster in ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’, a politician in ‘Rajneeti’, a police inspector in ‘Shool’, a psycho in ‘Road’ or the very recent gay professor in ‘Aligarh’. Manoj Bajpayee proves to be the actor who has always surprised the audience with his phenomenal performances and daring choices. 
‘Road’ or the very recent gay professor in ‘Aligarh’. Manoj Bajpayee proves to be the actor who has always surprised the audience with his phenomenal performances and daring choices.
Living up to his quality of being the most versatile actor, the two times national awardwinner Manoj Bajpayee is now going to be seen in the most unconventional role of a constable in the short film ‘Taandav’.
Directed by Mr. Devashish Makhija and Produced by online portal Muvizz.com, the film portrays the life of a head constable who is torn between following the righteous trail and being seduced by the dark path of dishonesty.
- See more at: http://www.filmytown.com/manoj-bajpayees-taandav-18-years/#sthash.5Itqj8bC.dpuf

03 February, 2016

MIFF HUB is a smash Hit

MIFF HUB, this year, with a pragmatic approach, aims to provide a vibrant B2B platform and meeting point for documentary filmmakers to network, interact and develop productive contacts with International and Indian mentors, funders, commissioning editors, broadcasters, distributors and co-producers.
As like its earlier edition, several round table sessions were held where the documentary filmmakers were enlightened with tips from the industry experts about what to do and ‘What not to do’ which provided a great help to them.
“In festivals abroad, there is a Festival Programme and then an Industry Programme that covers all the workshops other than the screening,” says Rashmi Lamba, Manager of MIFF HUB, a filmmaker with over 20 years experience internationally, having gained experience working at various capacities at Festivals in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Toronto.

“This time, we also have something called Speed Dating where immediately after the Round Table, a filmmaker can thereafter request a personal discussion with the expert for a brief period. It is an unscheduled or impromptu meeting. It is little more than that. We actually match them and direct the person to the right expert on guidance on funding, methods of distribution.”
- Read full news and See more pics at: http://www.filmytown.com/miff-hub-smash-hit/#sthash.OAODjWf4.dpuf

Boxing is still perceived as a Male Sport: Ameesha Joshi

Say Ameesha Joshi and Anna Sarkissian - directors of 'WITH THIS RING' - a documentary feature

“Till the recent past, Indian society was yet to fully accept the short hair and track pants associated with women’s boxing. It is generally perceived that women in Boxing aren’t supported much by the people. Even in Canada, there is the general perception that boxing is a Male sport,’ announced Ameesha Joshi and Anna Sarkissian at the MIFF after a special screening of their film – With This Ring, featuring Indian women boxers Sarita Devi, MC Mary Kom and Chhoto Loura.

With This Ring - Producers Ameesha Joshi and Anna Sarkissian

The film, shot across four countries – India, China, Barbados and UK, during various Boxing Championships is an attempt to tell the stories of these Women Boxers and their life.
It was during 2006 at the 4th AIBA World Women’s Boxing Championships, the Indian Women made a clean sweep, winning medals in eight out of 13 categories. They became the number one team in the world. Yet the champions remained unknown even across India.
Anna Sarkissian reveals further, “Mary Kom was an unknown person until her win. It is a pity that despite winning 5 championships on the trot, incidentally never achieved by any male or female boxer, nobody cared about her and Mary Kom was virtually an unknown person. It is encouraging to note that many of them are offered jobs in Government Enterprises.”
- See more at: http://www.filmytown.com/boxing-still-perceived-male-sport-ameesha-joshi/#sthash.lnswiUku.dpuf