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.

DadaSaheb Phalke Film Foundation Awards 2018 to be held on 29th April Akshay Kumar, Rakesh Roshan, Sonam Kapoor, Shree Narayan Singh, Manisha Koirala, R. Balki among the list of winners

The DadaSaheb Phalke Film Foundation Awards 2018 is scheduled to be held on 29th-April-2018 at Chitrakoot ground,  Andheri-west, Mumbai. Dadasaheb Phalke Film Foundation award  is one of the most prestigious awards in Indian cinema and is the highest official recognition for film personalities in the country.

This year, the winners are Akshay Kumar for Best actor in a leading role  for Padman and Toilet Ek Prem Katha, Sonam Kapoor for Best actress in a leading role for Padman, R Balki best Director for Padman. The list of other winners include Bhumi Pednekar, Shree Narayan Singh Armaan Malik, Neeti Mohan, Amit Sadh, Sanjay Mishra, Aditya Narayan Jha, Konkana Sen, Maniesh Paul, Kainaat Arora, Bhumi Trivedi, Aruna Bhatia, Shital Bhatia, Virendra Arora, Twinkle Khanna, Piyu Chohan, Siddharth Kannan, Arshi Khan, Sandip Marwah, Luv Ranjan, Nusrat Bharuch, Ishita Raj Sharma, Amjad Bagadwa, Farida Jalal. Apart from the mainstream awards, 22 Technical Awards will be presented to the technicians. Certificate of appreciation will be awarded to Eco Fashion Designer Nidhi Bhardwaj and Swati Mehrotra for Best Footwear Designer.

The awards ceremony will see live performances by Kainaat Arora, Arshi Khan, Piyu Chouhan, Arvind Neel Waghela, Santok Singh and many more.
Dadasaheb Phalke –The father of Indian cinema who had brought revolution to the Indian film industry. The film fraternity owes its evolution and success to the great Dadasaheb Phalke.  The main aim of these awards is to honor artist, technician for their contribution toward the industry. Dadasaheb Phalke film foundation awards is the only awards supported by Federation of western India Cine employees  (FWIC) show is  executed by Glocal Thinkers. These are the only awards which felicitate the technicians and is nominated and voted by 27 prominent film association across the country.

Trailer of film Veere di Wedding

A New Trend in Film Distribution with Eros Now launching ‘Meri Nimmo’ first on its digital platform in association with Aanand L Rai

Eros Now, India’s premiere Video OTT platform has been at the cusp of content and technology revolution since its inception and now adds another feather to its cap. In association with Colour Yellow Productions and Aanand L Rai, Eros Now is proud to present it’s First Original Film ‘Meri Nimmo’ to its viewers worldwide premiering on April 27, 2018.  

Ridhima Lulla, Group Chief Content Officer, Eros International comments, “This launch is a mega step on the evolution of the film business in India. We are thrilled to extend our relationship with Aanandji, with whom we share a wonderful synergy, to the digital space as well. The launch of our first direct to digital film, Meri Nimmo furthers our promise of offering very engaging original content ensuring a superior consumer experience. With this movie we embark on a journey of providing filmmakers and viewers across the globe with fantastic programming that might not get a theatrical release and delivers better viewership and engagement on digital”. 

Directed by Rahul Shankalya and produced by eminent filmmaker Aanand L Rai, Meri Nimmo was selected for 2016’s NFDC Film Bazaar and will enjoy a straight to digital release on Eros Now. A delightful coming of age film starring Newton actor, Anjali Patil in and as Nimmo along with child actor Karan Dave as the central protagonist, it earned wide praise at the 47th International Film Festival (IFFI) and the 19th MAMI Mumbai Film Festival last year. The film revolves around an eight-year-old boy who thinks he is in love with a 24-year-old girl and what follows when the object of his affection decides to get married. The story depicts the young boy’s roller coaster ride of emotions set against the backdrop of his beloved Nimmo’s impending nuptials. 

Commenting on the development, Filmmaker & Producer Aanand L Rai said, “Developing content for digital consumption on Eros Now was a natural progression after our association together on films for the big screen. The digital world excites as well as challenges me and at Colour Yellow Digital, we can’t wait to paint this blank canvas and present Indian content targeted towards audiences for this medium. Meri Nimmo is one such film that's very Indian at heart and I’m sure it will strike the right chord with its beautiful storytelling and stand out performances”. 

This association is the first of the many that Eros Now and Colour Yellow Digital are planning in 2018-19. The viewers are in for a treat with the range of programming set to roll out exclusively on Eros Now. So download the App and don’t forget to subscribe. Bolo Kya Dekhoge.

Manoj Pahwa Reveals Details Of His ‘Khajoor Pe Atke’ Character

Actor Manoj Pahwa, known for his roles in films such as ‘Being Cyrus’, ‘Wanted’, ‘Dabangg 2’, ‘Jolly LLB’, ‘Judwaa 2’ and the super-successful TV show ‘Office Office’, will be next seen in Harsh Chhaya’s directorial debut ‘Khajoor Pe Atke’ and the actor opened up about his character in the film. 

Talking about his character Jeetendar from the film, Pahwa said in an interview, “I play the eldest brother in the family and being the eldest, I feel that it is my solemn duty to take all decisions and be the father figure to everyone else in the family. Needless to say, this causes friction between the other family members and you will get to see in the film the kind of hilarious consequences that arise as a result of the way my character behaves.” 

Apart from Pahwa, ‘Khajoor Pe Atke’ also stars Vinay Pathak, Seema Pahwa, Dolly Ahluwalia, Sanah Kapoor, Suneeta Sengupta and others. ‘Khajoor Pe Atke’ is a tongue-in-cheek look at how different members of a family react when a member of the family is rushed to a hospital after falling gravely ill. This film will offer cine-goers a glimpse into the lives of the most entertaining ‘Item Family’ ever!

Presented by S.O.I.E films, produced by Welcome Films Productions and directed by Harsh Chhaya the film is set to release on 18th May 2018.

I feel blessed and humbled receiving the Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Smruti Pratishthan Awards: Ustad Amjad Ali Khan

Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Smruti Pratishthan felicitated legends from the fields of music, drama, art and social work with the prestigious Deenanath Awards at the Shri Shanmukhanand Hall, Sion. Hon. Minister  Shri Nitin Gadkari presided over the function. Hridaynath Mangeshkar, Usha  Mangeshkar, Adinath Mangeshkar, Avinash Prabhavalkar and Ravi Joshi among others played perfect hosts at the event that had a familial feel to it. 

This year, the Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Award was conferred upon the Sarod Maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan; Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Lifetime Award to Asha Bhosle, Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Special Award to Anupam Kher for his contribution to Indian Theatre and Cinema, Shekhar Sen for his contribution to Theatre, Dhananjay Datar for his Social Entrepreneurship; the Vagvilasini Award to poet Yogesh Gaur for Literature and Shriram Gogate Award to Rajiv Khandekar for Journalism; the Mohan Wagh Award to Theatre Production - Ananya for Best Drama of the Year; the Asha Bhosle Award to Mery Behlihomji, Hon. Chairperson of The Central Society of Education for the Deaf for her social cause and contribution to the progress of the hearing impaired for general public.

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan was elated. “For the musicians of India, and especially for me, the Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Smruti Pratishthan Award is the greatest and the most prestigious award of my life. The legendary Deenanath jee gave the revered Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Usha Mangeshkar, Meena Mangeshkar and Srimant Hridayanath Mangeshkar to the music world. I feel very blessed and humbled with this honour.” 

Asha Bhosle felt equally honoured. “This award is really special for me as it is in the name of my father, Shri Deenanath Mangeshkar. But more than that, I feel honoured to receive this award as it has been conferred upon many stalwarts from the music industry, over the years. This year is Deenanath ji’s 76th anniversary and legends like Pandit Birju Maharaj, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and Ajay Chakraborty among others will be part of celebrations. I feel blessed. “ 

Social entrepreneur Dhananjay Datar felt inspired. “I am extremely happy to be chosen to be a proud recipient of the prestigious Deenanath Mangeshkar Awards. The Mangeshkar family, in every way, has been giving Maharashtra, the best of their best. Apart from entertaining the society with divine music, they have been active in social service and enrichment of our culture. Their noble philanthropic service has set a unique example for others to follow. It is a blessing for me to receive this award. Secondly, I am inspired and encouraged by Pandit Hridaynathji Mangeshkar, when I humbly started promoting Indian and specially Marathi culture in Gulf countries. His words of appreciation boosted my spirit and enthusiasm to march forward in this direction.” 

Avered Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty, “Deenanath ji was a great performing musician and a trendsetter in Maharashtra. Raga music in Maharashtra was popular through Natya Sangeet and he was a King in that periphery, his memory maintained by the legendary Lata ji, Asha ji, Usha ji and Hridaynath ji. I think it’s really a privilege for everyone to come and remember Deenanath ji today and the kind of hard work that the family has put in to keep the tradition alive. I received the Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Smruti Pratisthan Award four years ago and this time, I will be performing alongside Birju Maharaj ji. It is going to be an enthralling experience for me and I am looking forward to the same.” 

The Mangeshkar family has been celebrating Deenanath Mangeshkar’s anniversary since the last 75 years and this is the 76th anniversary celebrations. Earlier the celebrations used to be a private function till they made it public since 1988. 

“In memory of Master Deenanathji, whose monumental contributions as a singer, musician and stage artiste have been an inspiration to the people of Maharashtra and India, the Mangeshkar family organizes the Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Smruti Pratishthan Awards to honour legends. We are glad that we have the love and support of the masses.” echoed Hridaynath Mangeshkar.

The Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Smruti Pratishthan Awards was followed by a classical programme, Swar Nritya Bhav Darshan wherein  Pt. Birju Maharaj and  Saswati Sen delivered a Kathak performance, Pt. Ajoy Chakraborty’s rendition of Thumris, with Anindo Chatterjee as the Tabla accompanist. The programme concluded with Pt.Ajoy Chakraborty's Thumri rendition with Bhavmudra presentation by Pt.Birju Maharaj.

The 76th Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Punyatithi was organized by Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Shruti Prathishthan along with Hridayesh Arts, who have also organized the music programme.

Ajay Mehra's bollywood debut with Jara Mara

Ajay Mehra, who is known for his prominent role in popular ongoing tv serials ‘Kasam Tere Pyar Ki’ on Colors and ‘Zindagi Ki Mehek’ on Zee TV, is taking a leap from small screen to bollywood. He is all set to make his bollywood debut with the movie ‘Jara Mara’, directed by Ajay Gupta. In this movie, he’ll be seen playing the negative role of ‘Yadav’ alongside Sumit Nijhawan.
When spoken to Ajay about his bollywood debut, Ajay said, “Bollywood was my first dream to work in. I’ve been waiting and preparing myself for bollywood since 8 years. Acting workshops and working on my craft was my battle to get into bollywood. I’ve been reading many biographies and their struggles that inspired me a lot. Now, my wait is over in bollywood but many more to go.
Ajay was last seen in BCL 3 in ‘The Ahmedabad Express’ team on MTV. His earlier work includes ‘Halla Bol Series 1’ on Bindass, BCL Punjab ‘Royal Patialvi’ and BCL India 2 ‘Chennai Swaggers’.
‘Jara Mara’ is a movie based on secularism starring Ravi Kishan, Sumit Nijhawan, Ajay Mehra, etc...

Vikram Bhatt’s Twisted 2 trailer out

The trailer for Vikram Bhatt’s original web series Twisted 2 was launched at a suburban theatre today. Present at the launch were the lead stars of the show, Nia Sharma, Rrahul Singh, Dilnaz Irani and Vikram Bhatt himself, along with the director of the show, Anupam Santosh Saroj. The trailer was followed by 2 songs from the show; Ghav Hai Ghav Par, sung by Arnab Datta, the lyrics of which have been written by Shakeel Azmi and music directed by Raja  Pandit and Pyar Na Ho Jaaye Kahin sung by Ravi Mishra, written by Shakeel Azmi, and music directed by Harish Sagane 
Twisted 2 is the second installment of Vikram Bhatt’s recently launched OTT platform VB on the Web’s original show, Twisted, which garnered a tremendous response from viewers when it first aired on the digital platform. Nia Sharma will be seen reprising her role of Aliya Mukherjee for the reboot, while Rrahul Singh, who plays an ex cop in the series, will play the role of Aryan Mathur, opposite Nia. The new face in the series, Dilnaz Irani, is making a comeback to television and will be playing Arunima, a police officer,in the show. 
Twisted 2 is slated to release on the OTT platform on 25th April 2018 and is produced by Vikram Bhatt with Jio Cinema.

Yami hopes to help kids, one book at a time!

Yami Gautam, 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 under privileged 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 connect 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. Which is why this (education) has a personal connect 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, teachers is 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. "

Rasika Dugal esctatic to celebrate 10 years of acting in films with Manto at Cannes 2018

Rasika Dugal who’s been surprising everyone with her varied roles proving herself as a versatile actress with numerous projects is soon leaping into the big pool. The actress who made headlines last year when she was roped as the lead in Nandita Das’ much talked about biopic of Sadat Hassan Manto, is now making news again as her film in which she’s paired opposite Nawazuddin Siddiquie is headed to the very prestigious, Cannes Film Festival. 
The actress has been dabbling her acting skills not just in films but in various entertainment platforms including theatre, television and web. The actress made her debut exactly 10 years back and now is reaping the benefits of her persistent trial to grow as an actor. What better way than to mark her 10 years as a working actress than with the premiere of her biggest film at the most prestigious film festival in the world. 
The actress’ film Manto has been one of the two only Hindi films this year as the official selection for Cannes where the film will be screened in the prestigious category - Uncertain Regard. 
Speaking about the occasion, Rasika said, “It has been ten years since I started acting professionally. It has been a crazy journey , with so many ups and downs and myraid experiences. And  I couldn't have thought of a better way to celebrate ten years of being in this profession than with having my film as an official entry at the Cannes Film festivals and that too in a prestigious section - Un Certain Regard'. For actors like me, appreciation for our work is most valuable. It is what we thrive  on. This selection is such an honour and an incentive to push myself further to learn more and raise the standards of performance”.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018


A treat for music lovers, one of the most versatile producers and performer in the game, an Israeli electronic artist Hod Moshonov also known by his stage name BEMET, electronic music artist, keytarist and keyboardist is all set to captivate the audiences in India at Vortex, Bandra. 
BEMET, who is also known for reviving the instrument and for putting fun and freshness back into electronic music is a man that needs no introduction. His primary Genre can be characterized as electronic hiphop but includes influences and specific songs from EDM, Electro pop, Trap, Bailefunk, Reggaeton, Drum & Bass, Jazz, and Rock. His primary following is, in addition to Israel, Brazil and India. 
BEMET's following increased pursuant to his release of the four singles from his Brazilian project. Two of these singles were TudoBemet, and "Happy". These singles were wideley shared and viewed on social media in Israel, Brazil, Portugal and India, receiving millions of views on YouTube. On October 2017 BEMET released his first video single- Sababa, which was directed at his Indian followers. The video was produced during BEMET's tour of India in the summer of 2017 and received wonderful reviews. 
“BEMET” is an artist dedicated to the music who is all set to perform at Vortex, Bandra on Saturday, 28th April 2018 9pm Onwards. 
The recently launched, all in one space, Vortex, Bandra- Diner-Lounge-Club is fast becoming one of the most happening places in Mumbai. With an incredible star-studded artist line-up and performances, Club Vortex is shaping up to be the most go-to premium club space in Mumbai. 
Located at one of the most popular places in Mumbai, Vortex Bandra offers a unique concept- an all in one space “Vortex The Fusion Bar, the diner cum lounge bar”, “Club Vortex, for all the hard-core party animals” and last but not the least, Alfresco @ Vortex, the rooftop dining space. 
Recently, the ultra-glamorous Vortex hosted the breath-taking and the much awaited EVC After Party that witnessed multiple EDM superstars such as Ruben de Ronde, RodG among others on the Electronic Family Stage at Vortex, Bandra. 
The previous incredible line-up of international EDM artists at Vortex includes Lost Stories, Joseph Ashworth, adding to the portfolio of gigs other popular talented artists includes names such as Shameless Mani, DJ Ali Merchant, Jay Weather, DJ Nelson, DJ Maddoc, DJ Shubz, DJ Kumar Swamy, DJ Gavin, DJ Anuj and DJ Dolly Sinha, DJ Ada, DJ Sandy, DJ Almost Famous, DJ Omen, DJ Gidda among others. Additionally, Club Vortex has also hosted spectacular live gigs featuring the talented musician Tansane + Varsh Jain, Burudu and Rynosax Quartet. 
Specially designed by the parametric consultants to resemble a Starship, Club Vortex is a treat for all the party enthusiasts. With an area of 3500 sq.ft., Club Vortex is a designated premium club space with an excellent sound system (the Martin Audio from U.K.) and a top-notch lighting designed using MADRIX software straight from Germany.
This 2018, the artist line-up at Club Vortex is getting bigger than ever with a mesmerising artist performances and special guests and most talented DJ’s from all over the world.

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