Thursday, May 17, 2018

Yash Raj Films to Distribute “Hanuman vs Mahiravana” and “Chhota Bheem: Kung Fu Dhamaka” across India for Green Gold Animation

Apart from its home productions, Yash Raj Films has successfully distributed films of other renowned film-makers across India through its strong & vast distribution network. Adding to its ever-growing list of titles, YRF will distribute forthcoming Indian animation films “Hanuman vs Mahiravana” and “Chhota Bheem: Kung Fu Dhamaka”, across India. Produced by innovative animation content company Green Gold Animation, these films will be released in Hindi and Tamil languages across India in stereoscopic 3D & normal 2D versions.

In the past, YRF has had a successful distribution collaboration with Green Gold Animation, while distributing their film “Chhota Bheem And the Throne of Bali” across India in May 2013.

Speaking about this twin film deal, Rohan Malhotra, Vice President, Yash Raj Distribution said, “Chhota Bheem and Hanuman are iconic animation characters among Indian kids today. Green Gold Animation has been able to build these inherently Indian animation heroes, Hanuman from mythology and Chhota Bheem as a fictional character and their films deserve a strong release. “Hanuman vs Mahiravana” will release across India on 22 June, 2018 and “Chhota Bheem: Kung Fu Dhamaka” will release later this year.”

Elaborating on their distribution deal with YRF, Rajiv Chilaka, CEO of Green Gold Animation said, “YRF is a big and strong partner for us and we have worked together in the past and we are happy that this partnership will bring two amazing stereoscopic 3D animated movies for Indian audiences. “Hanuman vs Mahiravana” is an Untold story from the Ramayana and is an action packed family movie and we are targeting teenage and older audiences with this movie.”

This collaboration with Indian animation for YRF will amplify the reach of these films to their widest possible audience, ensuring Indian audiences get the best of home grown entertainment. 

Synopsis of  Hanuman vs Mahiravana 
The quest to rescue princess Sita is coming to an end as Rama and his army of monkeys make their final push for victory against the demon king Ravana of Lanka. In the ensuing battle, Rama defeats and disarms Ravana but magnanimously spares his life. That night, Ravana unleashes his most powerful ally; his brother Mahiravana, a dark and powerful sorcerer who rules over the Underworld. Mahiravana's shadow casts a blanket of deception over Rama's army and the unseen enemy captures Rama and Lakshmana. Mahiravana intends to kill the two princes at day break to fulfill a prophecy that will make him invincible. Can Rama’s friend Hanuman save them before it is too late?

Watch the Hanuman vs Mahiravana trailer here :

Credit Slate of Hanuman vs Mahiravana
a) Producer :  Rajiv Chilaka, Samir Jain & Srinivas Chilakapaudi.
b) Director :  Ezhil Vendan.
c) Starring :  Animated Characters of Rama, Sita, Hanuman, Lakshman, Sugriva, Vibhishana, Ravana, Mahiravana, Sage Tamisra, Taka & Baka.
d) Writer :  Narayanan Vaidyanatan.

Synopsis of Chhota Bheem: Kung Fu Dhamaka 
On the emperor’s invitation, Chhota Bheem, now stronger than ever, is in the kingdom of China, participating in a prestigious martial arts competition. When Kia, the emperor’s daughter is taken by her uncle Zuhu, Bheem and team go after the kidnappers, but Zuhu is unlike any enemy Bheem has ever encountered. Steeped in dark magic and martial arts Zuhu is pure evil, Bheem may just have met his nemesis in the land of Dragon.

Credit Slate of Chhota Bheem: Kung Fu Dhamaka
a) Producer :  Rajiv Chilaka, Samir Jain & Srinivas Chilakapaudi.
b) Director :  Rajiv Chilaka
c) Starring :  Animated Characters of Chhota Bheem, Chutki, Jaggu, Raju, Kalia, Princess Kia   and Zuhu
d) Writer :  Nidhi Anand & Teja Pratap

About Green Gold Animation 
Green Gold Animation is a pioneer in creating original Indian animation content and has been entertaining the younger generation for over a decade. The shows produced by Green Gold have been hugely popular across all leading kids TV channels like Cartoon Network, Pogo, Discovery Kids, Hungama & Disney, drawing an active viewership of over 60 million kids. The popularity of the characters created by Green Gold has transcended over the years and it has helped the company establish itself as a leading player in Licensing & Merchandising, Movie Production & Distribution, Digital Business, Retail Stores and Events.

"I am a one-man- woman” – Tara Alisha Berry

Viu’s popular Love Lust And Confusion’ explores the conundrum that the millennial generation is facing. It has been receiving rave reviews through its relatable and true content as far as relationships are concerned. Tara Alisha Berry aka Poroma Sarkaar, the protagonist of the series juggles with her love-life and the flipsides it has to offer. Although, Tara believes to have opposing views from her character.

Expressing her true feelings, she revealed, “There are lots of moments of discovering oneself while growing up. When you are young, you want to see the world, you want to try newer things. As much as I respect any girl having her own free will to be with whoever she wants and exploring their love-life, I on the other hand, am a one-man-woman. Whereas, Poroma is very unapologetic and fearless to explore. To play a promiscuous role was challenging and that’s why I loved portraying thi character.”

Lovers of this kind of practical-arrangement, will connect to it and find it to be real. To see more on how Poroma copes up with the rollercoaster relationship-drama of Love Lust and Confusion, stay tuned to Viu.

Zee Studios’ Marathi film Nude wins big at the New York Indian Film Festival 2018

Zee Studios received top honours at the 18th edition of New York Indian Film Festival for its Marathi film Nude directed by Ravi Jhadav. The critically-acclaimed and commercially celebrated social drama bagged two awards—Best Film and Best Actress (Kalyanee Mulay) at the prestigious New York Indian Film Festival this year. 

Starring Kalyanee Mulay, Chhaya Kadam and Naseeruddin Shah in a special appearance, the movie is centred around a mother who poses as a nude model for students of an art college, to fund her son's education.

Speaking on the occasion, Mangesh Kulkarni, Marathi Film Division’s Business Head- Zee Studios, shared, "We are ecstatic with the kind of response our film Nude got post it’s screening at NYIFF and especially proud for it to have bagged both Best Film and Best Actress awards. The award does not belong only to Nude but to everyone who dare to tell extraordinary stories through cinema." 

Commenting on the win, director Ravi Jadhav, said, “I am overwhelmed to receive this honour on Mother’s Day. The film has always stood tall against all odds and there is a remarkably rugged renaissance across Marathi cinema. It is a triumph of an art.”

Lucky Month for ‘Dil Hi To Hai’ lead actress Yogita Bihani

Luck is a matter of ability coupled with opportunity at the right time. This has been proved correct for Yogita Bihani who has bagged another big assignment. Yogita, who will soon be seen on Sony Entertainment Television’s show ‘Dil Hi To Hai’ essaying the lead role has now completed shooting for a commercial advertisement with Tollywood star Nagarjuna. She was last spotted on television with Dumdaar Salman Khan wherein she shot for a Dus Ka Dum promo. Yogita has done multiple commercials but it’s not often that a budding actor gets an opportunity to feature with Salman Khan, then bagging a lead role in television Czarina Ekta Kapoor’s show and now getting a chance to feature in another commercial with Superstart Nagarjuna is a dream come true for the starlet. 

Expressing her excitement, Yogita says, “it truly is the luckiest month of my life. Though I have been trying my luck in acting for some time, scoring such big opportunities in a month has put me on cloud nine. Working with Salman has been the best experience of my life till date, which every actor wishes for at least once in their career. Then being chosen to play the female lead for Ekta Kapoor’s show and now I am in seventh heaven after working with Tollywood Superstar Nagarjuna. I was striving a lot to get a good break and now looking back at this month, all my efforts have paid off really well. After Dus ka Dum promo, I have been approached for other ad projects as well. I hope lady luck stays with me a little longer with our show coming soon on Sony Entertainment Television.”

Anupam Kher’s look from ‘Mrs Wilson’ revealed

In his prolific film career spanning over three decades, Anupam Kher has portrayed several interesting and memorable roles in successful films, including Bollywood and Hollywood.

One of the most celebrated Indian actors in Hollywood who has the distinction of having bagged two nominations at the Screen Actors Guild Awards for Silver Linings Playbook (2013) & The Big Sick (2018) and a BAFTA nomination for The Boy With A Topknot, Anupam Kher is set to spring a huge surprise on the audience and his fans in BBC’s highly anticipated drama, Mrs Wilson.

The first look of Kher’s character from the highly anticipated series was revealed recently.

In addition to his popular shows, Sense8 and The Indian Detective, the thespian has just wrapped NBC’s medical drama ‘New Amsterdam’ and will be seen portraying a pivotal role in Mrs Wilson.

Making for a profoundly moving story, the upcoming show that is set in 1940s and 1960s London is inspired by the memoir of Ruth Wilson's (an award-winning English actress, known for performance in The Affair) grandmother and her family’s complicated history.

Kher will be part of an ensemble star cast that includes Wilson in the lead, Iain Glen (of the Game Of Thrones & Delicious fame), Keeley Hawes (known for The Durrells & Ashes To Ashes) and Fiona Shaw (who was in the Harry Potter series & True Blood). If sources are to be believed the seasoned actor has already started shooting for the series at Belfast in Northern Ireland.

Anupam Kher says,"Mrs Wilson is a BBC One drama series production. It’s a three part series featuring Ruth Wilson, myself, Iain Glen, Keeley Hawes and several other talented actors.
I started shooting the series on 9th May in Belfast (Northern Ireland) and various other locations. It’s an espionage thriller, mystery, human drama series where Miss Wilson who is portraying her own grandmother, is a real life story about Alison Wilson who was a British spy working for MI5. I play his handler who was based in India and later shifts to Lahore and eventually in London. The story revolves around 1930's and 1960's, so it is a great period drama. It was a great experience working with the director and I will be going back to shoot on 3rd June to finish the remaining schedule. Ruth Wilson is a fabulous actress and every actor associated with the series is amazing. Game of Thrones actor Iain Glen is brilliant and he plays Alek, the author and undercover officer. I have most of my scenes with him, Keeley Hawes and Alison Wilson.
My character will have two different and interesting looks. The kind of authenticity and research that went into the making is phenomenal and has turned out to be quite a challenging task working with these fabulous actors, also because I don’t think in English, so I translate the lines from Hindi to English. It helps to push my boundaries as an actor. And I think it worked out well."

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Yash Raj Films to Distribute “Hanuman vs Mahiravana” and “Chhota Bheem: Kung Fu Dhamaka” across India for Green Gold Animation

Apart from its home productions, Yash Raj Films has successfully distributed films of other renowned film-makers across India through ...