30 May, 2015
28 May, 2015
The President has one small chance of survival
Fate of the most powerful man in the world lies in the hands of a 13-year-old boy Oskari, a timid young lad yearning to prove his capability to the village elders.
BIG GAME is about the young Oskari’s determination to prove to his Village folk that he has grown up, that he is a ‘man’ and can fend for himself in the wilderness of the forest.
In the village in Finland, the tradition dictates that like his forefathers before him, the boy’s time has come to spend one day and one night alone in the wilderness. Armed with only a bow and arrow, he must return with a prize to prove himself a man.
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25 May, 2015
An entertaining and engrossing sequel
A sequel to ‘Tanu Weds Manu’, the couple leads a happy married life in Europe.
It is nearly 4 years of their marriage, that Tanu (Kangana Ranaut) and Manu (R. Madhavan) loose interest in living together. She is ruing the loss of romance, while he too, is struggling to figure out what exactly has gone wrong. They visit a counselor, who makes the matters worse and next we see that they are separated.
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23 May, 2015
Meet Salman Khan's latest die-hard fan Aishwarye Choubey
One look at Aishwarye Choubey and one can't help but notice the striking resemblance the girl bears to Salman Khan's former flame Aishwarye Rai. The same light eyes, enchanting smile, straight nose and every other facial feature reminds one immediately of the former Miss World. But apart from looking eerily similar to Aishwarye Rai, Miss Choubey also shares one great fascination. She wants to be near Salman for she adores the superstar more than anybody else in this world.
Hailing from North, Aishwarye first landed in Mumbai during the shoot of Ek Tha Tiger and was only able to catch a slight glimpse of Salman. Disappointed she went back but is back now with renewed vigour and is eager to chase her dream in meeting Salman.
Aishwarye is also a brilliant sketch artist and has sketched many portraits including some of Salman. Says Aishwarye, "I have got into acting now hoping I will get to meet Salman. I am not really interested in acting. I just want to meet Salman."
Ask her what she will do when she meets Salman, Aishwarye says, "I will adore him and would want to be next to him at all times."
The girl will reportedly soon be seen making her debut in Akira.
22 May, 2015
Mumbai, May 2015:
Indian Princess 2015 began its journey this year with participation contestants from countries across the globe. This mega event has not only created waves in the Fashion and Beauty industry in the country but also made a global impact. We are extremely glad to inform you that Indian Princess and Indian Princess International is now a unified Global Beauty Pageant wherein the National and International contestants will be globally competing amongst each other on this Grandeur Mega platform. The contest is conceptualised by Educationist, Entrepreneur and Social Activist, Shri Sunil Rane and is backed by the Atharva Group in association with its Hospitality Division-Blue Ocean Resort & Spa as well as the Entertainment Division- Ashwagandha Entertainment Pvt. Ltd, Study by Janak is wardrobe partner and Air Shagoon is travel partner of the event. The announcement was made in the presence of Shri Sunil Rane Chairman Indian Princess, Mrs. Varsha Rane, Mrs Ramon llamba, CEO Indian Princess 2015, Ms.Archana kochhar Fashion Designer Mumbai, Mrs. Aarti Mehra and Mr Manoj Mehra –Styudy by Janak Fashion Designer Delhi, Mrs. Shikha Birla, Chairman Air Shagoon Group Ms. Chandni Sharma Winner Indian princess 2014 and Ms Nadeen Makhanlal Winner Indian princess International 2014.
The Journey began on 7th May 2015 where participants from countries like Netherland, Austria and Suriname arrived in Mumbai. A week long training and grooming session will begin from 8th May to 15th May 2015 at Blue Ocean Resort & spa. A grand finale has been scheduled in Bangkok on 24th May 2015.
Training & Grooming at Blue Ocean Resort and Spa
Contestants after auditions from the different regions were trained in the areas of diction, fitness, grooming, etiquette, ramp walk, make up, styling, photo shoots and international mannerism by eminent experts from all over the world who groom them to achieve PERFECTION at the Five Star Blue Ocean Resort and Spa…Hospitality Division of Atharva Group. The Indian Princess is in honour of our gallant soldiers who laid down their lives for our country along with a social cause for synchronised education to the girl child in the remote and rural area of India. The Atharva Group has been undertaking several rural outreach programmes to improve the lives of underprivileged girl children and providing educational incentives to several villages in rural Maharashtra.
Indian Princess and Indian Princess International is in honor of gallant soldiers who laid down their lives for our country along with a social cause for synchronised education of girl child in the remote area of India.
LEARN. MOVE. UNITE
DANCE WITH MADHURI 2.0
Mumbai, Wednesday, May, 2015:
RnM Moving Pictures Ltd., a media and content company focusing on creating and disseminating superior content across all platforms and genres today announced the launch of ‘Dance with Madhuri’ TM (DWM) – Version 2.0. It is the world's first celebrity backed online, gamified dance initiative that allows you to learn in a fun and social manner. It also encourages users to stay fit and unite with the world anywhere, anytime and on any platform. Madhuri Dixit joined by her husband Dr. Shriram Nene, Saroj Khan, Terence Lewis and Leena Mogre, introduced the Learn Move Unite philosophy adopted by the upgraded version of DWM. ‘Dance with Madhuri’ is an e-learning platform that allows people to easily Learn to Dance, Move to stay fit and seamlessly Unite and connect with the world to create a marketplace for their skills. The access to website is free for the users and thereby giving everyone a chance to learn, move and unite.
‘Dance with Madhuri’ was built and nurtured as a lifelong dream of Madhuri Dixit - Nene, to teach the world to dance and synchronize everyone's step while bringing together people from around the world. It was the vision and support of her husband Dr. Shriram Nene whose technical expertise helped make this dream a reality. Today this dream has garnered over 2 lakh followers from more than 200 countries. Encouraged by the love and support of her fans and lovers of dance across the world, DMW has now collaborated with the best dancing talent in India, the best technology providers in Robosoft, and the best production houses like BBC and 120MC to take the portal to the next level.
Talking about the launch of ‘Dance with Madhuri’ – Version 2.0, Madhuri Dixit-Nene said, ”It has been very humbling to see how fans and dance enthusiasts have accepted our online dance offering. I am amazed by the talent we are discovering and nurturing on the platform. It is clear that everyone has a spark of genius. The key is giving everyone access. It’s been an exciting journey and I am glad that I am being able to share the joy of dancing with lakhs of dance enthusiasts across the world. With growing number of the users, we were encouraged to scale up the content and have now introduced more dance forms, and introduced new gurus to offer a more robust learning experience. At the same time, we have introduced new ways to use dance to stay fit with dancercise, body conditioning, dance pilates, dance yoga, tabata and more. People can learn dance and stay fit by accessing the DWM any time anywhere on any platform.”
People, irrespective of gender, age, location, background can learn to dance from the dance diva, herself, as well as a host of renowned gurus and choreographers in all genres. There are lesson that have been crafted with great attention to detail by gurus like Pt. Birju Maharaj, Saroj ji, Terrence Lewis, Remo D’Souza and a host of renowned choreographers from all the popular dance shows. There are now over 93 classes, 50+ hours of content and 1800 lessons.
Dr. Shriram Nene, with a very experienced in-house team and Robosoft, a world class Indian software company, have designed the e-learning platform, fitness portal and social network called ‘Dance with Madhuri’. He stated that, “the beauty of the dance initiative is that you can learn dancing at your own convenience in your own comfort zone without having to physically go to a studio. Instead of replacing physical academies, it actually allows dance institutes to scale and reach out to their users and build passion. It’s an exciting time for media and content as the world is getting smaller. The wonders of modern technology are offering numerous options to connect with audiences. Through this online dance academy we are able to reach a large number of people and create a global village for culture.”
Besides learning, the Move section in the app encourages users to dance to stay fit. Exercises range from simple stretching to the intense Tabata – from Beginner to Advanced level. You can burn 400 calories in 15 minutes and have great fun in the process. The Unite section is a community bound by passion for dance, it allows the users to exhibit their talents by uploading their videos, progress and much more. Users can not only discuss but also interact with each other and find jobs, registered institutes and events in their area.
Simply said, it allows you to dance as if no one is watching, anytime, anywhere and with anyone.
To get started, log on to: DanceWithMadhuri.com.
RnM Moving Pictures comprises 5 verticals: Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle, Interactive and Gaming, all of which allow for synergy through innovation, interaction and content development.
Leveraging their individual passions, brand identities and strengths, RnM combines the technology and medical strengths of Dr. Shriram Nene and the iconic beauty and grace of Madhuri Dixit Nene to produce world class content and media across all platforms.
The company has produced significant digital products in the way of the madhuridixit-nene.com website and the Madhuri Dixit apps across all iOs and Android devices as well as TopHealthGuru.Com, DrNene.Com. MadhuriDixit-Nene.Com was created with the intention of connecting with fans on a broader spectrum and an initiative to return the love and support received through the years, the website features the latest information on Madhuri’s films, dance, art, music, as well as the star’s tips on fashion, health & beauty. At the same time, it integrates seamlessly with social media (Facebook and Twitter) to stay connected. Madhuri’s dance academy at DanceWithMadhuri.com extends her legacy and attempts to bring her passion for dance to the world. While TopHealthGuru.Com is a medical blog focusing on evidence based, international healthcare standards and a holistic approach to medicine.
The Dil Dhadakne Do team was set a sail on a cruise to shoot the film.
The film was shot across the Mediterranean and they were extensively travelling on the cruise for 5 weeks.
The team of the film bonded on the cruise and even spent time together when they were not shooting.
In fact, while the ship was sailing there was no network connectivity and only once it would anchor at any port would they get connectivity.
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So they all spent even more time together as they did not have their phones to go back to.
Even in between breaks and after pack up they would be seen spending time together.
The entire team would be constantly playing games and engaged in some discussion.
The team of Dil Dhadakne Do had a lot of fun together and this camaraderie is visible on screen.
There is great on screen chemistry visible between all the actors.
This is a statement by Mr. Mukesh Agarwal, Whole-time Director, Rupa & Co. Ltd. and spokesperson for the Brand:
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It is not our intention to hurt anyone's sentiment. We will be adding a disclaimer to the ad to this effect."
Films an important constituent of Govt.’s ‘Make in India’ and ‘Skill India’ initiatives,
says Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore at Cannes 2015
Cannes, 14 May 2015:
Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting, Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore (Retd), inaugurated the India Pavilion at Cannes Films Festival today in France. Speaking at the packed inaugural session of the India Pavilion, Hon’ble Minister said, “new Government at the Centre is certainly more decisive and focused and is constantly working towards taking India to higher levels of growth which is inclusive. The government is channelizing that objective through campaigns like ‘Make in India’ and ‘Skill India’ and realizes that the film industry is an important part of these campaigns given its tremendous potential towards job creation”.
Adding to that the Minister said that, “even though steps may seem slow but they are certainly for sure”. Col. Rathore further said,“India has already signed coproduction agreements with a slew of countries. In the last one year five co-productions have been undertaken with France alone. We need to take these partnerships to the next level now”.
He added that the government is rigorously working towards providing a seamless work environment for the film industry by establishing a single window clearance mechanism. Also, a center of excellence for gaming and visual effect s has been announced. The government would do its best to be an infrastructure partner and would like to have faculty coming from the industry itself and looks forward to more faculty exchanges.
The session also saw unveiling of the 46th IFFI, 2015 regulations and ‘India Film Guide’ by the Minister. The India Film Guide is a comprehensive booklet with information on policy initiatives by the government pertaining to film sector, the listing of Indian companies at Cannes Film Market, Indian Films at Cannes and contacts of important people in the business of film making.
The session was attended by luminaries such as Dr. Mohan Kumar, Ambassador of India to France, Mr. Bobby Bedi, Film Maker, Ms. Nandita Das, Actor/Film Maker, Mr. Roshan Baig, Minister of Information and Public Relations, Government of Karnataka, Mr. K. Sanjay Murthy, Joint Secretary, Films, Ministry of I&B, Govt. of India and Mr. Ravi Kottarakara, Former President, Film Federation of India.
Mr. Bobby Bedi, the celebrated film maker, in his welcome address said that, “India’s presence at Cannes has increased tremendously over the past decade and we have seen an increase in representation in terms of quantity and an improvement in the quality of content as well”. Dr. Mohan Kumar, Ambassador of India to France said that the ambition should be to get Indian films in the most important category of films at Cannes. He added over the next two to three years he will strive to work on that. The quality of films from India has been wonderful quality and content now. Mr. Ravi Kottarakara, Former President, Film Federation of India felt that India has on offer some of the best shooting locations. There has been a tremendous change in the Indian film landscape and the sector is definitely going to grow by leaps and bounds. We should try to experiment more to have a wider global acceptability. Also, India’s linguistic cinema which includes films in Tamil, Malayalam, Bengali, Marathi, Bhojpuri are as good as mainstream Bollywood films and should get an equal opportunity to be showcased.
Ms. Nandita Das, Actor/Film maker said that she would like to raise the issue of censorship in India. As we mature, it is important to promote freedom of expression rather than curtailing voices. Mr. Roshan Baig, Minister of Information and Public Relations, Government of Karnataka suggested that it will be really great if the regional film industry is showcased as a part of the delegations to some of the major international film festivals.
Mr. K Sanjay Murthy, Joint Secretary, Films, Ministry of I&B, Government of India said that over the course of next few days we hope to learn from various film commissions and carry back new partnerships and learning experiences.
19 May, 2015
Taylor Swift has always been vocal about her admiration for Kendrick Lamar’s work. The 1989 singer has roped in Compton rapper, Kendrick Lamar for her next single. And this time, Lamar will not be seen doing what he is best known for! Instead the ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ rap icon will STAR in the music video for ‘Bad Blood’, the fourth single from Swift's 2014 pop album 1989. Kendrick Lamar and Taylor Swift’s fondness for each other has never gone unnoticed, but this is the first time they'll be working on a project together. Interestingly, Kendrick also happens to be the only male star to feature in the video.
The video will involve weaponry, slick outfits, dark emotions, death, violence, soft smirks under long eyelashes, long shadows, a high kick or two, a feel-good moment, a bad guy, city streets wet with dew, the glint of a knife in the moonlight, a howl, breezy hair, scowls, muscles, a smokey-voiced narrator and a starry ensemble. An excited Taylor Swift took to her Twitter account to reveal Lamar will be playing ‘Welvin the Great’ in the upcoming video, which is set to debut on Sunday May 17th at the Billboard Music Awards.
Each model/singer/actress/rapper in the video was allowed to choose their character’s name and persona. Lamar settled on “Welvin Da Great” for his character as he best related with the internet celebrity with a catchphrase— “Who don’t got no bitches?”—and more than 1 million Instagram followers. Also Welvin Da Great and Lamar are from the same hood in Compton. The others who have joined the Swift squad for the video are Hailee Steinfeld, Serayah McNeill, Lily Aldridge, Ellie Goulding, Lena Dunham, Jessica Alba, Gigi Hadid, Hayley Williams, Zendaya, Martha Hunt and Karlie Kloss.
BOLLYWOOD’S FINEST SLATED TO BE PART OF THE 16TH IIFA WEEKEND
ANIL KAPOOR,FARHAN AKHTAR, SHAHID KAPOOR, ARJUN KAPOOR, RANVEER SINGH, PRIYANKA CHOPRA, JACQUELINE FERNANDES,ANUSHKA SHARMA, SONAKSHI SINHA,CHITRANGADA SINGH, PARINEETI CHOPRA, BIPASHA BASU, RITEISH DESHMUKH& MANY MORE TO FOLLOW
TICKETS TO THE IIFA 2015 AWARDS NOW OPEN FOR SALE
New Delhi 15th May 2015: The 16th edition of the most spectacular celebration of Indian Cinema globally, the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards today announced the hosts for some of IIFA’s most awaited sub-events and performances that will take place at the IIFA Weekend this year. The Videocon d2h IIFA Weekend & Awards will take place at Stadium Putra in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 5-7 June 2015.
What started off as a one night awards show has grown into a mega three day weekend extravaganza in order to accommodate the myriad magical elements that Indian Cinema has to offer. The IIFA movement has taken the world by storm by bringing a spectacular weekend to a new locale every year filled to the brim with film-festivals, workshops, exhibitions, film-showcases and premieres, global business forums and sporting events.
The IIFA Weekend this year will also see a night exclusively dedicated to fashion which will be hosted by Friend of IIFA, Neha Dhupia. IIFA Rocks, the exclusive music extravaganza will see a host of fantastic musical performances by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Mika, Ankit Tiwari, Kanika Kapoor, Jawed Ali and theNooran sisters. Superstars Jacqueline Fernandes, Aditi Rao Hydari, Lisa Hayden and Lauren Gotlieb will also take the IIFA Rocks stage for some incredible performances.
At the 16th Videocon d2h IIFA Weekend, the IIFA Gala Screening on 6th June in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia will feature the highly awaited star-studded film Dil Dhadakne Do. The film is a bittersweet comedy drama about a family that takes a trip which changes them forever. With an ensemble cast of Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra, Anil Kapoor, Shefali Shah, Farhan Akhtar and Anushka Sharma, the film is directed byZoya Akhtar and produced by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar.
Speaking on the occasion, Andre Timmins, Director – Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd, said, “We have some incredible performances all set for the IIFA stage this year including some of the biggest stars of Bollywood in film as well as music. Huge preparations are on to manage the backend, airlines, hotels, different venues and other logistics and we are happy that the Malaysian Government is laying the red carpet to make this a spectacular event.”
Speaking on the occasion, Anil Kapoor, Actor and Friend of IIFA said “Through time, IIFA has grown from a mega awards ceremony into an iconic global platform for Indian films and culture while showcasing to the world the best that Indian cinema has to offer. I am looking forward to the film media briefing of Dil Dhadakne Do which will be a part of the Weekend this year and I am delighted to see IIFA return to Malaysia, this timeto the vivacious city of Kuala Lumpur.”
Saurabh Dhoot – Executive Chairman, Videocon d2h said, “Videocon d2h has had an extremely successful innings with IIFA and we are pleased to continue this association with them for the 4th year. The common link of wholesome entertainment brings IIFA and Videocon d2h together. Our recent listing on the Nasdaq stock exchange, bears testimony to our global outlook & tremendous growth. Videocon d2h will continue to bring unique content, new mediums of delivery and innovative services to our consumers.”
The event will be telecast on India’s leading Hindi entertainment channel Colors with foot printsin over 140 countries.
Raj Nayak – CEO, Colors said, that “IIFA is the World’s biggest Global Indian Event, where the entire industry comes together to showcase Bollywood & India. We at Colors are proud to be associated with IIFA and we promise our viewers, in true Colors style Bollywood entertainment like never before.”
Mr. Anil Khera – CEO, Videocon d2h said, “We thank our 6.5 crore consumers for making us India’s Fastest Growing DTH Service. IIFA is a pioneer in recognizing excellence in entertainment and Videocon d2h blends perfectly with the platform due to relentless desire to innovate & excel with a winning attitude. We are committed to providing the best technology to our consumers and delighting them always. Our continued partnership with IIFA is an endeavor to strengthen this association and take the wholesome entertainment experience across the globe.”
Speaking on the association with IIFA, Mr Pankaj Munjal, Co Chairman and Managing Director of Hero Cycles said, “IIFA awards are one of the most eminent and widely popular awards for Hindi cinema. We are pleased to associate with this mega event as cause partners for our campaign 'Cycling Heroes'. We believe this is a great opportunity to connect to a larger audience to spread the message of taking up cycling to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. Sedentary lifestyle of the present generation is one of the biggest causes of many lifestyle diseases. It is our endeavour to encourage people, across various age groups to take up cycling as their first step towards staying fit”
Tony Nagamaiah, General Manager of Malaysia Major Events said “As excitement heightens, we are proud to host the 16th IIFA Celebrations 2015 and welcome its entire contingent to Malaysia. Being host city, Kuala Lumpur anticipates the weekend’s buzz as it shall be among our biggest showcases for the year in conjunction with the Malaysia Year of Festivals (MyFest) 2015. The city's dazzling setting will imprint the Bollywood family and fans with spectacular experiences in a truly diverse environment.”
According to Malaysia Airlines’ Regional Senior Vice President, South Asia & Middle East, Mr. Azahar Hamidsaid, “It is an honour for Malaysia Airlines to be a part of this glamorous event and flying in some of the best Bollywood stars to our home ground, Kuala Lumpur. The airline’s extensive network and world-class service makes it a desirable partnership with IIFA.
“It is our commitment to provide the best service and we look forward to welcoming the celebrities from the Indian Film Industry and fans of the IIFA awards on-board Malaysia Airlines,” he added.
Tickets for the biggest celebration of Indian Cinema abroad are available for sale. Log on towww.myticket.asia or call 03-8080 8700 or 017 2447139. Patrons wishing to purchase VIP Hospitality Tickets can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
IIFA Awards 2015 will be held at Stadium Putra, the Official Hospitality Partner is JW Marriot/The Ritz Carlton, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Malaysia Airlines is the Official Airline Partner for the 16th edition of the IIFA celebrations.
Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd promotes the IIFA Weekend & Awards globally each year and travel to new, exciting and beautiful destinations, taking the film fraternity with it to unite and celebrate the best of Indian film and culture, thereby taking Indian Cinema& India to a wider audience.
About IIFA (International Indian Film Academy)
Conceptualized and produced by Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. and supported by the key members of the Indian film fraternity, IIFA is the most appreciated South Asian film academy. Also, the IIFA Awards is India's biggest media event. With a viewership of almost 800 million, it is among the world's most-watched annual entertainment events. From a one night celebration in 2000 at the Millennium Dome, London, the last sixteen years have seen the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) movement grow into a cine-packed weekend of film-festivals, workshops, exhibitions, film-showcases and global business forums, all of which climax into the highlight of the Weekend, the IIFA Awards. www.iifa.com
Rock On star turns a scribe
However, for the first time we will see the actor playing the role of a journalist in his upcoming next film Dil Dhadakne Do.
In his real life Farhan has encountered a lot of journalists and interacted with them over the years so he understood the character well and could play it with conviction.
He plays a journalist for an international media house.
Farhan found it very interesting to play the character that he knows so well by now.
Moreover, in real life too Farhan is a writer and so this character was an extension of his personality only.
Spokesperson of the film confirms and shares, "Farhan will be seen essaying the role of the journalist in the film. A journalist who is on a vacation. It is an interesting role and his character is very well etched."
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