Thursday, April 26, 2018

Yami hopes to help kids, one book at a time

Yami Gautam, an actress of the upcoming Batti Gul and Uri posted on her social media that she has just supported and donated towards setting up a library for underprivileged kids in Kohlapur, Maharashtra. Her donation will help over 400 children in the area to read, learn and imagine. The books were science, math, history, keeping in mind the age group of 7-15 year olds. 
The actress mentioned the reason she felt so strong for children's education was, “I have a personal connection as I have grown up watching my grandpa start a school which was for underprivileged kids who could not afford to spend on education. I remember going to that school and interacting with them when I had an off from my school so that was a small initiative I saw my family start in Chandigarh. This is why this (education) has a personal connection with me. I have always wanted to do something for the education and empowerment of children. Especially the rural kids as accessibility to basics like books, good public schools, and teachers are still work in progress in such pockets of the country. While researching I came across various NGOs who are working on this front and the least we can do is a contribution in whatever small ways we can."

Prachi Tehlan refrained from revealing the reason behind leaving Ikyawann! What’s cooking?

Star Plus’ popular show ‘Ikyawann’ went on air with a bang, appealing a large section of the audience with its unconventional plot. But after running for a period of six months, Prachi Tehlan starrer is counting its last breath. What worsened the shock for Prachi’s fan is the news that the lead actress has left the show and is going on a long break.

A recently posted selfie by Prachi  − captioned as ‘Last selfie on the sets before I leave for a long gap’− stirred the audience. When asked about the same, Prachi revealed, “In the upcoming episodes, you will see me doing mud fight with a professional wrestler. It is actually a very important sequence that would contribute to the progression of the story. Post the sequence, the story will take an expected turn which demands my exit from the show.”

“You have to wait and watch to know what comes next”, Prachi chuckled.

In the show, Prachi is playing the character of Susheel, who challenges the norms of society and fights to redefine the image of a girl.

On being asked about the reason behind taking a long break from the show, Prachi refrained from giving any clear answers. But the actress had earlier revealed about learning Malayalam and Mohiniattam.  Also, in a recent Instagram post, she announced the news of moving to Cochin from Mumbai. Well, that give some hint about what exactly is cooking.

Karan Johar introduces 6 Pack Band 2.0 for mental disability awareness with Y-Films & Brooke Bond Red Label

India’s 1st transgender band, the Brooke Bond Red Label 6 Pack Band exploded on to the scene in 2016, winning millions of hearts across the globe and became India’s most awarded campaign ever. The band had special collaborations with Anushka Sharma, Hrithik Roshan, Sonu Nigam, Asha Bhosle, among others, that became huge talking points.
In its 2nd edition, the 6-Pack Band 2.0 focuses on the important theme of Mental Health & Disability. Celebrated Producer-Director-Author-Host Karan Johar joins this cause to change the way we perceive children with different abilities. 
India’s 1st isspeshal band, the 6-Pack Band 2.0, comprises 6 teens between the ages of 13 to 18 [3 girls, 3 boys] with special needs but incredible music skills, drive and passion. Their spirit, their infectious energy, their resolve and their life stories are extremely inspiring. The band has been conceived & produced by Ashish Patil, Head of Y-Films, the youth wing of Yash Raj Films and curated by Shameer Tandon. They’re here to show the world that no disability can hold you back if given the right kind of love & support. 
Given the extensive research he’s done on Autism for his film ‘My Name is Khan’, Karan Johar is deeply invested into his support for the cause. As April is also Autism Awareness Month, the band’s launch becomes even more special. Karan says, “It’s so wonderful to see these young, super talented kids come together to create something so epic. I’m excited to be a part of something I know will not only change you and me but also has the power to change the world. I can’t wait to see what these kids do next, they are here to conquer the world with their talent!” 
Head of Y-Films, Ashish Patil adds, “Y-Films has always created content that does more than just entertain. Be it for gender equality, LGBTQ support or Sex Education, we’ve been at the forefront in getting these important messages across in the most fun manner. Being a special needs parent myself, the theme of mental health & disability is very very close to my heart. I know what one goes through as the world judges these kids day in and day out. But I’ve also learnt from my son how to take that with a smile, to accept everyone as they are and to spread happiness unconditionally. With 6-Pack Band 2.0 we really hope to show everyone how these kids are the missing puzzle pieces this world needs to complete itself!” 
The band’s curator Shameer Tandon says, “I am elated to be part of this path breaking journey of 6 Pack Band 2.0 with Y-Films. Last year along with Ashish Patil, we set out to enable a life altering experience for the LGBT community which took us  all the way to perform at the Cannes festival. This year our focus is mental health awareness. Rarely does one get an opportunity to nurture innocent and raw talent in these truly special children. Music is a universal language they say, these kids beautifully connect the notes with their voice. There’s lot one can learn about life from them, like the ability to stay immersed in every task with a smile.” 
Shiva Krishnamurthy, General Manager, Beverages, Hindustan Unilever adds, “Brooke Bond Red Label stands for inclusiveness. We encourage people to overcome their prejudices and find common ground with fellow human beings over a steaming cup of chai. A delightful way of doing this has been our partnership with YRF. Encouraged by the overwhelmingly positive response that India’s first transgender band received, we are back with India’s most special band. We hope that our talented band members receive similar love this time around as well.” 
Prasanth Kumar, Mindshare CEO South Asia, Middle East & Africa says, “Brooke Bond Red Label 6 Pack - The journey needs to go on. And that’s exactly what we have been working on post the first phase of ‘Brooke Bond Red Label – 6 pack initiative’. As we continue this journey, we are back with ‘6 Pack Band 2.0’ - a collaboration between the Team Mindshare and Y-Films. This would continue to focus on some important and pertinent social issues and how the world needs to be more accommodating and inclusive. We as Mindshare have believed in this journey and we are at it working together to make this another delightful experience. It’s been motivating for all of us as we also saw many of the global recognitions (Glass Lions Grand Prix at Cannes) blessing all of us. The work for Brooke Bond Red Label ‘6-pack 2.0’ is in resonance with the brand ethos of Brooke Bond Red label that has always stood for inclusion and partners the campaign. BBRL 6 Pack band 2.0 addresses social ostracism of people with mental disability, thereby making the world a more welcoming place for all. Power and full throttle to the #ISSPESHAL6!" 
The first single 'Jhakkad Pakkad Dance' is now live on:  : 
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The band’s 1st single, ‘Jhakkad Pakkad Dance’ celebrates life. It showcases how we all need to shed our ignorance and our inhibitions. And learn to accept everyone as they are and dance like no one’s watching. Shot all over the city, it shows the band having a blast as they perform without a care in the world. The song has been written by Kumaar and the video has been directed by ace choreographer Adil Shaikh. 
Mental health & disability is a matter of critical importance as WHO estimates that almost 20% of the world’s population needs some or the other form of medical intervention. And almost 80% of cases go untreated for at least the first 12 months due to the stigma associated. Specifically, 1 in 68 children are affected by autism with the condition being 5 times more prevalent in boys than girls. This campaign hopes to create much more awareness, conversations and hopefully impact about this important theme over the 6 songs and 6 music videos that it will release over the next 6 months.
The Brooke Bond Red Label 6-Pack Bandmates:
Ananya Halarnkar
Anjali Ramesh
Maitreya Matale
Paarth Padhye
Prerna Agarwal
Rishaan Patil
Music Credits:
Composer & Music Director: Shameer Tandon
Lyrics: Kumaar
Intro Written by: Ashish Patil
Music Supervisor: Ahan Shah
Music Assisted by: Tushar Wader
Talent & Project Manager: Harsh Pandya
Shamir Tandon’s Entertainment & Music Boutique Team: Prakash Nair & Ria Shah
Arranged & Programmed by: Emon Goswami
Guitars & Bass: Shon Pinto
Rhythms: Arun Solanki
Rhythms Recorded by: Alok Punjani, 208 Studios
Mix & Mastered by: Rupjit Das, Posthouse
Music Video Credits:
Director & Choreographer: Adil Shaikh
Cinematographer: Ujwal Gupta, Zack Fenwick
Asst. Director & Asst. Choreographer: Islam Paco
Assistant Choreographer: Pavan Shetty, Kajal & Aquleem
Editor: Nitin FCP
Costume Designer: Chetna Rawat
Costume Assistant: Tanushka D’Silva
Costume Department: Mohammed Salim Ansari 
Production Company: Shake Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.

Karanvir Bohra wraps up his first feature film, “Hume Tumse Pyaar Kitna”

Karanvir Bohra wraps up his first feature film, 'Hume Tumse Pyaar Kitna, yesterday in Madh Island This is his first Hindi film under his production company, Bora Bora Entertainment. It is made in association with Tseries. The film is directed by Lalit Mohan. Starring Karanvir Bohra and Priya Banerjee play the leads roles along with Samir Kochar and Mahesh Balraj. The crew shot for a song on the last day of the shoot. 
Karanvir Bohra said, ‘The film is like a baby for us because it had been with us since the inception stage, not only from the story or even idea but from the germ that we need to make a film. Today, it is unbelievable that the filming is over and we are on post the post-production stage. 
The director and the team have the equal amount of passion and fire towards their work and it shows in the film with its production value and grandeur which had been captured by the Ace Cinematographer Santosh Thundiyal. 
We also have a beautiful ensemble choice of music composers, Jeet Ganguly, Raaj Aasho, Tony Kakkar and Toshi Sharib the lyrics are penned by Shabbir Ahmed. 
T-series has given a great choice of also of singers for my movie, Guru Randhawa, Kanika Kapur, Armaan Malik, Shreya Ghosal, Tony Kakkar, Ali Azmat, 
Slated to release this year... the date will be announced soon.

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Girls Bring Out the Best in You - Veere Di Wedding trailer crosses 12 million views

Strong women lift eachother up and Veere Di Wedding is out to prove that your girls truly do bring out the best in you! 
With powerhouse producers like Ekta Kapoor & Rhea Kapoor coming together with four gamechanging female stars, two of whom are undoubtedly looked upon as fashion icons in the country; one would typically expect a chick flick to come out of this collaboration. However, with the trailer of Veere Di Wedding, the makers have reiterated that this is “more than just a chick flick” and rightly so! 
The trailer of the film directed by Shashanka Ghosh went on to create a splash online registering over 12 million views in less than 24 hours , with everyone talking about the electric chemistry between Kareena Kapoor Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bhaskar & Shikha Talasania . Packaged with all the ingredients of a fun & fresh Gen-X entertainer , Veere Di Wedding , takes audiences through the journey of four women from different walks of life . 
With something for everyone , Balaji Motion Pictures & Anil Kapoor Film Company’s Veere Di Wedding is all set to release nationwide on the 1st June.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Diana Penty wins ‘Style Icon of the Year’ award at asiaSpa India Awards 2017

Diana Penty was conferred with 'Style Icon of the Year' honour at the asiaSpa awards 2017 held recently at St Regis, Mumbai. 
Celebrating the best in luxury and wellness, the asiaSpa Awards 2017 also honored the names who exemplified what it meant to be leaders in the entertainment, lifestyle and fashion space. 
Always a trendsetter, Diana never fails to make heads turn with her impeccable sartorial choices, as she truly believes in ‘whatever you wear, you should be comfortable with it’. With a huge following among the youth, it is hardly a surprise that the gorgeous actress has bagged the prestigious honour. 
The asiaSpa India Awards have been dedicated to promoting this very important segment of wellness for the past 10 years so that they can contribute towards the growth of the emerging Spa and Wellness industry. These awards recognise creativity, originality and excellence in the wellness industry as well as individuals who adopt wellness in their life and motivate others to do so as well.

Yami hopes to help kids, one book at a time

Yami Gautam, an actress of the upcoming Batti Gul and Uri posted on her social media that she has just supported and donated towards se...