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. 

Details 
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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Sonali Bendre introduces "Book Club" to Indian audiences


Sonali Bendre who has a successful book club to her credit , has been invited to introduce the film "Book Club" starring Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen to Indian audiences.

Sonali Bendre Behl’s book club went from strength to strength to become one of the prime platforms that caters to the needs of curious readers and aspiring writers. 

Sonali's Book Club is associating with PVR Cinemas for the release of their upcoming film, Book Club, which will hit theatre screens on the 18th of May. 

Sonali yesterday delivered an appreciation session , addressing audiences , followed by a private screening of the film.

Book Club follows the story of  four friends in their 60s who read Fifty Shades of Grey as part of their monthly book club, and it begins to change how they view their personal relationships.

Shraddha Kapoor & Siddhanth Kapoor support Bhamla Foundation's #BeatPleasticPollution campaign


Actors Shraddha Kapoor and Siddhanth Kapoor have come forward to lend their support to Bhamla Foundation's #BeatPlasticPollution initiative.Bhamla Foundation, through its environment initiatives, is working towards curbing the plastic menace, keeping in line with the UNO initiative of ‘Beat PlasticPollution’. The programme was launched at the hands of former Hon President of India Dr.Pranab Mukherjee. Following the same, the #BeatPlasticPollution song, ideated by Asif Bhamla, composed by Shaan with lyrics by Swanand Kirkire, vocals by Shaan, Kanika Kapoor, Armaan Malik, Shankar Mahadevan, Shreya Ghoshal, Ayushmaan Khurana, Sonu Nigam among others, and choreographed by Shiamak Davar was launched at a star-studded function earlier this month.

Veteran actor Tom Alter's last film 'Kitaab' premiere held in Nation's Capital


The premiere of the award-winning Short film titled “Kitaab” starring legendary actor late Mr. Tom Atler held in New Delhi.  The actor who will be remembered for his brilliant acting, Tom Alter will be seen in his last feature film. The movie is based on the increasing influence of electronic gadgets, we are moving away from books. Therefore, apart from the film screening, there was also a panel discussion on the topic of “Impact of Electronics gadgets on Books.”

The event took place in Film Division Auditorium at Mahadev Road. The entire program was graced by the presence of well-known personalities and the panelists, Padmbhushan Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, Founder Sulabh Swachchata Andolan and Smt. Maitreyee Pushpa noted Novelist and Hindi Writer, Vice Chairperson, Hindi Academy, as well as director of the film Kamlesh K Mishra.

In the panel discussion, Dr. Pathak stated, "Nowadays, people are tangled up in gadgets and mobiles. All these gadgets need support, they can’t work without any support like electricity, internet and all, but our books are free. Yes, gadgets are also important but it can't replace the feel of a book."

Whereas, Smt. Maitreyee said, "the history of Kitaab is old, it changes every phase of life and things have changed a lot, we don't need any technology for a book, no internet nothing. We can read a book anywhere, in a forest as well. Yes, technology has reached so far, mobile phones are useful for everyone even ladies in small villages as well. But the culture of books will never end and it should not end."

Directed by the award-winning director Kamlesh K Mishra, the impactful film reveals, because of the increasing influence of electronic gadgets, the books are getting away from us. And the legendary actor Late Tom Alter has played the role of an old librarian in this film and left no stone unturned to get the last reader coming to the library. 

Well, 'Kitaab' won best film Short Film, Calcutta International Cult Film Festival. A finalist for Feel The Reel International Film Festival (U.K), Chosen for Second Best Male Actor (Tom Alter).

Even Semi-Finalist for Las Angeles Cine Fest (Still in the race of Finalist) and Official Selection for Rome Independent Prisma Award.

The Team of Manto makes an impact at the 71st Cannes Film Festival



Harshvardhan Kapoor goes scuba diving for Bhavesh Joshi Superhero


Harshvardhan Kapoor, who is eagerly awaiting the release of his forthcoming vigilante drama, Bhavesh Joshi Superhero, had to do learn scuba diving for his character.

The talented actor took swimming lessons to prepare for several scenes for the movie. Not just that, Harshvardhan also learnt underwater swimming and scuba diving which was more difficult than the regular one.

He informs, “I had to learn the basics of scuba for an underwater sequence in Bhavesh Joshi… It was quite stressful as we didn’t have much time and so I did what I could in the sessions that we had.”

“We also had to shoot the sequences at night time which made it more nerve wracking. Because of my beard, the goggles kept slipping off and water kept entering my nostrils when I was deep underwater. That was scary and dangerous!” he adds.

Harshvardhan, who trained for a week, concludes, “I’d definitely like to explore getting underwater again for pleasure and not work, as it’s supposed to be a beautiful experience.”

Rajkummar Rao takes a well-deserved break


Rajkummar Rao’s latest release, Hansal Mehta’s Omerta has certainly won him huge critical acclaim for his stupendous performance as terrorist Omar Saeed Sheikh.

The versatile actor, who has been living out of his suitcase for the last two years shooting for several projects simultaneously, sometimes stretching his work hours to 20 hours a day, has worked a way to unwind. Doing so, Rajkummar has flown to the USA for a well-deserved break.

The last two years have proved quite successful for the actor, what with most of his films including Trapped, Behen Hogi Teri, Bareilly Ki Barfi, Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana and Newton have performed well at the box office.

Rajkummar informs, “The last few months have been pretty hectic and I have been running from pillar to post fulfilling my commitments. This break has come at a perfect time for me. I’m quite excited.”

Rannvijay Singha excited for his entry in Viu’s Kaushiki


Viu’s recently launched web series Kaushiki has become the talk of the town lately for its exemplary concept. The storyline revolving around a group of friend is engaging the masses and keeping them glued to the screen. The viewers will be in for some more entertainment as they will get to witness the entry of the talented actor Rannvijay Singha in one of the upcoming episode. 

A source close to the production house informs us about the new developments, “In one of the forthcoming episode of the series, Rannvijay Singha will make his entry as a cop. He will be playing an impactful role of ACP Sumer Singh. His entry will surely mark as a twist in the tale.” 

The actor Rannvijay Singha took it to the social networking site Instagram to express his excitement, “Loved playing ACP Sumer Singh, you guys will get to see me on Kaushiki this Friday, 18th May in the 7th episode! Also I might have a surprise for you all!” 

To know the surprise and to catch on Rannvijay’s phenomenal performance as ACP Sumer Singh, stay tuned to Kaushiki only on Viu.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Trailer- Mission: Impossible Fallout


Sonam Kapoor - chief guest at Positive Planet Foundation's Gala dinner at Cannes


Sonam Kapoor created a splash at the Cannes Film Festival , and yesterday attended the Gala dinner hosted by the Positive Planet Foundation , that has led over 500 initiatives all over the world.


The star was the guest of honour at the gala event , which also included a contemporary art auction , orchestrated by Simon De Pury . The proceeds of the auction will go towards Positive Planet's programs for women empowerment in Sub- Saharan Africa , the Middle East & French priority neighbourhoods.


This year also marks the Foundation's 20th anniversary and Sonam Kapoor auctioned a dinner/lunch with the highest bidder.


Says Jacques Attali ,President - Positive Planet Foundation , " Sonam has managed to bring to life colourful and unforgettable characters, all the while remaining an inspiring ,engaged and positive personality herself.We are truly honored to have her as our guest of honor as we hope to meet our goal to alleviate female poverty"


Says Sonam, " Positive Planet Foundation has been doing some inspiring work for the last 20 years. I hope to lend my support in the way I best can and help them in their noble endeavors."

Richa Chadha set to take to the stage again


Being an ardent lover of the art of acting, it’s no surprise that Richa Chadha never ceases to surprise us with her performances par excellence. Definitely the one with a bundle of talent on screen, Richa has had a rich learning experience before she became a film actress. Having trained under the guidance of Barry John, Richa has also been a successful theatre face and till date when time allows, the actress goes back to the stage as reminiscence to where it all started from.

Just two years ago the actress became the female Bollywood actress to have had the honour of performing one of the most popular plays across the world, White Rabbit Red Rabbit, and now she’s all set to make a special appearance soon we hear on stage.

In a play called The Life in Telling, produced by Quasar Thakore Padamsee’s QTP Productions, Richa is set to do a special two show only play with names likes Vinay Pathak and Ashwin Musharan. The play will run two shows each in Mumbai and Delhi end of this month. It comprises of three stories in which Richa will be seen portraying different characters. Richa has managed to squeeze in time between her manic shoot schedules, as she recently wrapped up Anubhav Sinha’s political satire, Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui Hai and will soon begin shooting for Shakeela biopic and Section 375 with Akshaye Khanna. When asked about going back to the stage, Richa said, “Theatre is an actor’s medium and I love being able to perform on stage whenever I get a chance. When I moved to Bombay, I participated in Thespo and ended up getting to know Q and his company. I am delighted to work with Vinay Pathak again as well.”

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

‘Khajoor Pe Atke’ Song ‘Duniya’ Will Have You Laughing Out Loud

The makers of Harsh Chhaya’s directorial debut ‘Khajoor Pe Atke’ revealed their latest song ‘Duniya’ and we bet that this number will have you laughing till your sides hurt.

The song features behind the scenes footage of the film shoot and offers viewers a glimpse of the funny things that occurred during the shooting of the film. Needless to say, it is a sheer delight to watch the actors having a fun time laughing and having the time of their lives while working on the film. The number has been composed by Bickram Ghosh, penned by Kumar and crooned by Divya Kumar and Ujjaini Mukherjee.

Boasting of an ensemble cast comprising Manoj Pahwa, Vinay Pathak, Seema Pahwa, Dolly Ahluwalia, Sanah Kapoor, Suneeta Sengupta, Prathmesh Parab and others, ‘Khajoor Pe Atke’ is a family entertainer about how various members of a family react on getting to know about a family member’s imminent death.


Presented by S.O.I.E., produced by Welcome Friends Productions with music on Zee Music, Khajoor Pe Atke is distributed by PVR Pictures and set to release on May 18.

Friday, May 11, 2018

The one thing these actors learnt from their mothers


Moms aren’t just birth givers. They are your biggest supporters, toughest critics, loudest cheerleaders and strictest teachers. They are also the epitome of love and strength. If it weren’t for mom’s constantly watching and leading the way, we’d all be a little lost, in life and otherwise. Here is what a few actors had to say about the one thing they’ve learnt from mom that they follow to this day. After all, Mommy knows best!!

Taapsee Pannu: My mom’s internal strength is what I became a huge fan of once I grew up. The way she handled 3 really different personalities at home (my Dad, my sister and myself) the way she became a shock absorber of our madness and still kept us together. The way she was the bridge between my Dad and me and still continues to be. The way she doesn’t give up on any one of us even though we r very mean to her at times because she is way more evolved and stronger person than us

Richa Chadha:  What I learnt from my Mom is compassion. When I was little, I would kill ants and insects. My mother told me - “Yeh cheenti shayad apni mummy ke paas ja rahi hai?”  That was such a strong rephrase at the time. It’s made me compassionate and ethical.

Ali Fazal: Somebody is always watching. Always. Just remember to fold your clothes and your own sheets. Keep your room neat. Your life is but a version of that room.

Arunoday Singh: The greatest thing my mother has taught me is that happiness and self-esteem are not synonymous with success.  She taught me to seek the joy, to stay in the light. No matter what I’m dealing with.

Sumeet Vyas: That there’s no harm in listening, rather than always waiting for your turn to speak. Also Dosing off in the most dreadful and tense situations in life.

Rasika Dugal: The one skill I have learned from my mother is- attention to detail and that has been an important skill to have as an actor. Her attention to the smallest of things in everything she does never ceases to amaze me. Whether it's in her attention to her work or in the way she chooses gifts for people and especially when she is cooking /baking. I can never be as good as her but I think I have got some of it!

Amyra Dastur: My mother has always been a very kind and generous woman. She never bought our pets over the years, instead, she would adopt them (especially strays). She has paid for the education of all our maids’ children and she’s been helping charities like Red Cross ever since I can remember. My mother has taught me to look at the good inside people and to never ever judge an individual at face value or by someone else’s statements. I admire my mother for not only teaching me how to stay kind and honest in a harsh world but also, how to laugh at myself every once in a while and to not take life so seriously. She is and always will be my hero.

Master Class by Director Faraz Haider, excited the students of Gulshan Kumar Film & Television Institute of India


It was one an unusual day at Gulshan Kumar Film & Television Institute of India, which saw the reunion of the teachers with their pupil. The famous Bollywood Film Director Faraz Haider, of ‘War Chorna Yaar’( 2014) and ‘Nanu ki Janu’ (2018) fame, a box office hit, came to express his gratitude to his teachers Prof. Kalyan Sarkar, Dean, and Prof. Mansoor Naqvi, Associate Dean of Gulshan Kumar Film & Television Institute of India. 

Faraz Haider also conducted a Master-Class on Direction and interacted with the students at length. It was a session loaded with brilliant words of wisdom which enriched the students and boost their confidence level. Students who had seen the recently released film of Mr. Faraz had several thought-provoking questions in regards to Direction, Cinematography, and Scriptwriting. He answered all potential questions with logical reasoning combined with his experience. He inspired the students to be confident and set out in the right direction.

In a reply to a question when asked about his success mantra and what he felt was of utmost importance, he emphasized the need to be well equipped with the knowledge about Film Making and be patient in order to succeed in the film industry. He also listed a few essential character traits which should be a part of media students i.e., confidence and seriousness.

Mr. Faraz Haider explained the functioning style of the film industry and what is expected of the newcomers. Mr. Faraz met the teachers and was all praise for the young talented faculty besides his own teachers from whom he had learned. He toured the Gulshan Kumar Film & Television Institute of India campus and was very impressed by the infrastructure and the facilities. Mr. Faraz Haider told the students that they are lucky and are in good hands.  Mr. Vijay Sachdeva, Director – T-Series, felicitated Mr. Faraz Haider by presenting him with a shawl.


Oberoi Mall celebrating Mothers Day


This mother’s day Oberoi Mall, one of the trendiest shopping destinations in Mumbai invites all the lovely moms to join them for mother’s day celebration. Be a part of this celebration and get clicked at Oberoi Mall this mother’s day.

Click a picture with your mom at Oberoi Mall, post it on facebook and instagram and don’t forget to tag @oberoimall with hastag #MothersDayAtOberoiMall. The best picture clicked at the mall will win exciting gifts! So come and click pictures with your beautiful moms.



Date:  11th, 12th & 13th  May , 2018

Time: 12 pm onwards

Venue:  Oberoi Mall, Goregaon (East)

Oberoi Garden City,
       Off. Western Express Highway,
       Goregaon (East), Mumbai - 400 063.

SONY MUSIC PRESENTS A UNIQUE MUSICAL EXPERIENCE WITH ‘7UP MADRAS GIG’


Global music giant, Sony Music who are constantly pushing music discovery and development of new talent, present listeners with ‘7UP Madras Gig’. In its first season, this unique initiative will showcase musicians and sounds from the South of India.

Sony Music in collaboration with Knack Studios, aims to provide listeners with fresh new Tamil Pop music created by artists such as, Oorka, Sajith Sathya and Santhosh Dhayanidhi along with established artists like D.Imman, Leon James, Vivek-Mervin. 

7UP Madras Gig’ will have artists explore and experiment with new themes and genres giving discerning listeners new and contemporary sounds by their favourite artists.  

Styled by Myntra with NAC Jewellers as jewellery partner, the first look of the digital property launches on May 14th while the weekly episode releases on May 22nd 2018. 

Says celebrated composer D. Imman, “7UP Madras Gig will change the way South listens to music. I am getting an opportunity to create themes to showcase musical and lyrical expression which is purely non-film. I am all set to get on the floor, I am sure my listeners will be surprised.”  

Adding on Shridhar Subramaniam, President India & Middle East, who conceptualized the concept says, “The idea here is to give listeners a fresh sound created by the finest talent from theSouth. We are keen to start a Pop culture in South where we connect artists and fans directly and without the aid of a Movie. We feel this will give rise to a new genre also encouraging other artists to come forth for the next season.”  

Gaurav Verma, Associate Director, Flavors Marketing, PepsiCo India said, “7UP is a well-loved brand in Tamil Nadu, and has led several refreshing campaigns to bring together the state’s youth through different mediums like cricket, dance and drama. This is the second time that we are using music as a platform to connect with the people in Tamil Nadu. It is a universal language and 7UP Madras Gig is our way of saluting the rich and vibrant talent of the state. Through the platform, we look forward to bringing together talented young voices to the forefront of the music scene in Tamil Nadu.” 

Adds on Harish Raam LH, President and Co-founder, Knack Studios “We at Knack Studios have always had a passion for providing a world class platform for independent music and feel that Madras Gig will be a cornerstone in realizing that vision. This collaboration with Sony Music is exciting as they will provide the perfect reach for the artists while we offer our state of the art facility, ensuring a world class product.” 

Each Season will consist of 6 Audio Tracks, 6 Live Performance Videos and many more ancillary music content episodes that will appeal to the audiences. 

The first season begins on Tuesday May 22nd , so stay tuned to Sony Music’s YouTube channel.

Yami Gautam graces the latest cover of FEMINA!


Pankaj Tripathi excited to debut in a Punjabi film with Harjeeta

The versatile actor Pankaj Tripathi after winning hearts of millions with his recent releases and also by winning a special mention for his performance in Newton at the 65th National Awards has made him one of the most sought-after names in Bollywood. After exploring Hindi cinema, Pankaj is set to step into regional cinema with his next magnum opus Tamil film Kaala. He will be seen sharing screen space with the superstar Rajnikanth for the first time. And now he is all geared up and excited to debut in a Punjabi film with Harjeeta which is directed by Vijay Kumar Arora. 


Harjeeta is a biopic based on the remarkable true story of Harjeet Singh, an Indian professional hockey player, who captained the Indian squad at the 2016 Men's Hockey Junior World Cup. Pankaj will be seen playing a very pivotal character of a hockey coach to Punjabi actor and singing and star Ammy Virk. This would be the first time Pankaj will be associating himself with Punjabi film industry and he is all excited about his character which is very real and resembles his own character in real life. 

When asked Pankaj about his debut in a Punjabi film, he said "I am very happy and all excited to be a part of a Punjabi film that is churning out some really good films in Punjabi. When I read the script of the film Harjeeta, I was able to relate myself to the character because I have been a sportsman entire my life. My character in the film is very real and is close to my heart and it is connected to my roots in Bihar where I belong. The character I am playing belongs to Patna and he is a National coach of a hockey team and is very real in life.”

Harsh Chhaya Makes Debut As A Singer In Directorial Debut ‘Khajoor Pe Atke’ With ‘Dhoka’

Actor Harsh Chhaya, who makes his directorial debut with family entertainer ‘Khajoor Pe Atke’, also made his debut as a singer with a song in the film and the number was released today.

Titled ‘Dhoka’, the song features Manoj Pahwa’s character as he realizes that he has been betrayed by someone close to him. The song then goes on to show a distraught Pahwa having a series of accidents as he spends the day ruing his fate. The tragi-comedy song has been penned and sung by Harsh Chhaya himself and composed by Bickram Ghosh. Boasting of an ensemble cast comprising Manoj Pahwa, Vinay Pathak, Seema Pahwa, Dolly Ahluwalia, Sanah Kapoor, Suneeta Sengupta, Prathmesh Parab and others, ‘Khajoor Pe Atke’ is a family entertainer about how various members of a family react on getting to know about a family member’s imminent death.

Presented by S.O.I.E., produced by Welcome Friends Productions with music on Zee Music, Khajoor Pe Atke is distributed by PVR Pictures and set to release on May 18.

Eros International & Windows come together once again for their next Bengali venture Haami


       
After successfully collaborating on Belaseshe, Praktan and Posto

leading Indian film studio Eros Internationaland Windows joins hands once again for their next Bengali film Haami, directed by director duo Nandita Roy and Shiboprasad Mukherjee. Starring Shiboprasad Mukherjee himself, Gargi Roychowdhury, Sujan Mukherjee, Churni Ganguly, Kharaj Mukherjee, Koninica Banerjee, Aparajita Adhya and acclaimed contemporary dancer and actor Tanusree Shankar, the film releases on May 18. 

This social commentary revolves around the friendship of two children that beautifully captures innocence of pure unadulterated love and will take you down the memory lane of your childhood days of fun and friendship. This movie also asks questions that need to be answered, who is to be blamed when society lets down our little ones? The individual or the system? Where did parent teacher trust vanish? Why don't we nurture our children's innocence? 

With a subject that will appeal to the national audience, Eros will release the movie in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Pune.

Commenting on the film’s release, Nandu Ahuja, Senior VP, India Theatrical, Eros International said, “We have had a long fruitful association with Shiboprasad and Nandita with three consecutive hits. Their films entertain as well as touch upon strong humane subjects that promise a pan India appeal. Haami too will  strike a chord  with the audiences  with the very current and relevant subject that it addresses.”.

Director Shiboprosad Mukherje added, “We are pleased with the kind of support Eros has given to all our movies. Taking Bengali cinema beyond the regular territories motivates Nandita and me to make movies for a larger audience and we look forward to a continued partnership with them” 

ABOUT HAAMI 
Haami is a story of two school friends, Bhutu and Chini, who come from completely different background. Bhutu's parents, Laltu and Mitali are rich furniture-shop owners who are more into popular culture and Chini's parents, Srinjoy and Rina are academicians - elite and sophisticated. Inspite these differences Bhutu and Chini are best friends. As luck would have it, a situation occurs, where the parents of these two children separate them and put an end to their friendship.

 However, the young vice-principal cum student counsellor of their school, Arundhati tries to make them see reason, but will she succeed? Will the adults accept the playful innocence of the children?

A story that will take you down the memory lane of your childhood days of fun and friendship, Haami is releasing in 18th May 2018.  

After their film, Ramdhanu that released in 2014, became a massive hit and touched their audiences with the very relatable storyline of a middle-class couple trying to get their son admitted in a reputed school, Nandita Roy and Shiboprosad Mukherjee decided to make a film on what happens after the child joins school. The story is inspired by the situation that we see around us every day of the growing mistrust between schools and parents. It was planned as a sequel where the lead pair Laltu and Mitali are now facing various situations because of their son's antics at school.

Harinder Sikka's 'Calling Sehmat' to launch for the audience next week


Harinder Sikka's ‘Calling Sehmat’ makes an amazing read. Published by Penguin Random House, it is set to reach the readers early next week.

Calling Sehmat is a gripping story of a Kashmiri  Muslim lady who sacrificed herself and her family for the sake of her beloved country, India.

It took eight years of toil, research and few trips to Pakistan for Mr. Sikka to research and compile the story of this amazing lady based on whom a beautiful film titled ‘Raazi’ has just been released.

Even as the book is based on an espionage, it yet spreads the essence of peace, love, harmony and patriotism. The book goes into details on how Sehmat made inroads into the Pakistani brass and left them in tatters. In the process, she saved thousands of lives and left her mark with the Indian intelligentsia.

Mr. Sikka faced numerous challenges and took enormous risks in tracing her course in order to link together limited data into an amazing book. It's a saga that needs to be read for it fills the heart and minds of all Indians with pride.

Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba receiving the book from Commander Harinder Sikka at the Naval Headquarters.

Fox Star Studios and RajKumar Gupta join hands for India’s Most Wanted


                            Arjun Kapoor to play the lead role

Fox Star Studios and Raj Kumar Gupta have signed Arjun Kapoor for India’s Most Wanted, a story inspired by true events and is about the capture of India’s most wanted without firing a bullet.The film is slated to release on 24th May 2019 and will go on floors in August 2018.

“I have been working on the script of India’s Most Wanted for past three years. It’s an inspiring story that has touched and moved me. I am looking forward to my collaboration with Fox Star Studios and Arjun Kapoor on this film. Arjun is a sincere and hard working actor and suited the character,” says the Rajkumar Gupta, whose previous film Raid starring Ajay Devgn was a blockbuster. 

Arjun Kapoor says, “Working with Raj Kumar sir obviously excited me. His films are raw, gritty, they talk about true events, true heroes. When he narrated India’s Most Wanted to me I was moved, I was proud of my motherland and its unsung heroes. It is a film that will inspire patriotism within all of us. To play a character that might not be known to everybody but needs to be known by everybody was exciting. It’s always been something that has been at the back of mind. To play a character straight out of a real life incident and that it was not just a biopic - that's where I think India's Most Wanted really appealed to me. It’s actually an event that transpired very recently but not a lot of people know much details about it. It intrigues me as an actor to play this role but it excites me as an audience that I will be getting a chance to see this story unfold on the big screen.”

Arjun is fascinated with Raj Kumar’s brand of film-making and is also extremely fond of him given their history. He says, “I think Raj Kumar sir is one of my most favourite people and directors. He was the first director who called me after watching Ishaqzaade. He is the first person who called me to his office and said I am looking forward to working with you soon. He has done Aamir, No one killed Jessica and now Raid and there is no one else who could have taken up the subject of India’s Most Wanted and done a film with it.

He adds, “I am completely sold by the fact that I am going to be working with a director who knows his craft in this sort of a gritty, real film and that's very important in the story telling. In a true event film, you need to make sure you balance out the commerce and the realism, the grit and the glamour, the emotion as well as the honesty of the characters. So, he is the perfect director for this material. He is raring to go after Raid and I am fully charged to work with him.”

“Raj Kumar has excelled in telling stories based on true events. And India’s Most Wanted is a film straight out of the headlines. He brings us an amazing story told in his special style once again. We’re extremely happy to have Arjun Kapoor play the lead in this extraordinary story that needs to be told.”says Rucha Pathak, Chief Creative Officer, Fox Star Studios

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Eros Now reaches 7.9 million Paying Subscribers as of FYE 2018 Quarter-on-quarter Subscriber growth of 58%


Eros International Plc (NYSE: EROS) (“Eros” or “the Company”), a leading global company in the Indian film entertainment industry, today announced that Eros Now, its cutting edge digital over-the-top (OTT) South Asian entertainment platform, has reached over 100 million registered users and 7.9 million paying subscribers worldwide as of March 31, 2018. This substantial growth in paying subscribers represents a 58% increase over the last reported quarter and a 277% increase from 2.1 million paying subscribers as of the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017.  The Company also today reiterated its previous guidance that its Eros Now paying subscriber base is expected to double over the next 12 months to approximately 16 million paying subscribers by fiscal year end 2019. 

Eros Now recently launched its first worldwide direct-to-digital original film, Meri Nimmo, in association with acclaimed director Aanand L Rai, to very positive critical reception. In addition, over the next year Eros Now is planning to launch a stable of feature films, made-for-digital originals films and over 20 original episodic programs, all of which will be available exclusively only on Eros Now to paying subscribers. In addition to exciting new content, several factors have contributed to the platform’s outsized growth including enhancement of the consumer experience on the Eros Now service, introduction of pioneering content innovations and renewed alliances with domestic and international content distribution partners including the major mobile telecom operators in India. The recent successes come as a result of the company’s unique partnership strategy, which has been built upon the agreements with various distribution partners over the past few years and has been key to delivering high quality subscribers with increased time spent on the platform. The steady and robust growth figures are an indication of the loyalty consumers feel towards the platform. 

Speaking on the significant development, Rishika Lulla Singh, CEO, Eros Digital said, “When we launched three years ago, our mission was to reach out to viewers looking for differentiated and quality content. In December 2016, we achieved 2.0 million paying subscribers which doubled to 5 million within a year. This quarter has seen a substantial leap resulting in 58% Q-on-Q growth. This benchmark is a testament to our strong content library coupled with a strong tech backbone. I am very confident of our original content line-up and we are geared up to experience an exponential growth in our paying subscriber base, this is just the start which will only get better.” 

About Eros Now 
Eros Now is Eros International Plc’s leading on-demand South Asian entertainment network accessible anytime, anywhere, on most Internet-connected screen including mobile, web, and TV. With over 10,000 digital titles, Eros Now offers its 100 million registered users and 7.9 million paying subscribers worldwide the promise of endless entertainment hosting one of the largest libraries of movies, as well as premium television shows, music videos and audio tracks, unmatched in quantity and quality. Product features, such as video in HD, multi-language subtitles, movie downloads, and high quality original drama series differentiate the Eros Now entertainment offering. To see, watch now: www.erosnow.com 

About Eros International Plc 
Eros International Plc (NYSE: EROS) is a leading global company in the Indian film entertainment industry that acquires, co-produces and distributes Indian films across all available formats such as cinema, television and digital new media. Eros International Plc became the first Indian media company to list on the New York Stock Exchange. Eros International has experience of over three decades in establishing a global platform for Indian cinema. The Company has an extensive and growing movie library comprising of over 3,000 films, which include Hindi, Tamil, and other regional language films for home entertainment distribution. The Company also owns the rapidly growing OTT platform Eros Now. For further information, please visit: www.erosplc.com.

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