29 March, 2016

Crime Affairs aur Badla – movie review

It is the story of a girl who gets involved in the world of Crime, falls into trap of affairs, only to be scroned and gets manipulated by the loves in her life.

An innocent girl is been forced to commit crime in her life. It is the story of a girl’s revenge.

The story revolves around Kaynaat (Naina) who is the centre of the story. She was forced by her mother to get married to a politician and please his friends too.

Managing to escape this situation, she manages to flee her native place with the help of a Bombay based businessman who brings her to this megacity, only to manipulate her.

While in Mumbai, she has a silent admirer in the form of Sahil (Virendra Mishra) at the same time she is looked after so well by the businessman who rescued her, that she falls for him, only to be sold by him to the flesh traders in Mumbai.

In the brother, she comes in touch with Kinjal (Neha Bansal) who helps her to escape alongwith Sahil only to be betrayed again.

In the game of crime and betrayal, Kaynaat is supported by the Police officer and his wife.

28 March, 2016

Meet the 'Tu Kheech meri photo' girl - Akasa Singh

Akasa Singh debut song Tu Kheech meri photo from film Sanam teri kasam became the selfie anthem of youth

Akasa Singh, born and brought up in Mumbai, hails from a musical family. Father Arvinder Singh is a singer and music director.Since the age of 12 Akasa has been on stage performing for various colleges, as singer, anchor and entertainer. 

At 17, Akasa joined famous Bollywood singer Mika Singh's band as the lead female vocalist. For four years after, she performed with him and his band all over the globe- India as well as International audiences in USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Russia, Switzerland etc- to name a few. 

Akasa is known for her upbeat and entertaining performances and for stirring up a fun and lively atmosphere amongst the audience. 

She gained internet popularity from her video "Brown rang" on YouTube, that garnered a lot of views and also got the attention of Yo Yo Honey Singh who chose her to be amongst the top 10 of reality show Indias Rawstar. 

However, since due to prior commitments and gigs, Akasa couldn't enter the show, she later entered the famous reality show INDIAS RAWSTAR as wild card, where in she challenged 7 boys being the only girl. 

She won many hearts with her versatile performances- rapping, dancing, singing and making the viewers groove with her. She is one of the Top 5 artistes of RAWSTAR and the only girl. 

Her then Mentor on the show Himesh Reshammiya was mighty impressed with her and promised her a movie song on national television. 
True to his promise, post RAWSTAR, he gave Akasa her first Bollywood break with Tu Kheech Meri Photo in the movie Sanam Teri Kasam. The song went on to become the selfie anthem of the year and caught public interest aplenty. 

Akasa's fresh voice has  garnered a lot of attention of music directors and she has since been approached by music directors like Pritam, Sachin-Jigar, etc. Akasa's YouTube covers of songs like Judaai and Jugni ji gained a lot of popularity on social media. 

It’s a wrap for ‘Sarbjit’

Omung Kumar's much talked about biopic 'Sarbjit' finally wrapped up it's shooting on Wednesday 23rd March, 2016 .The movie has completed its shooting schedule and is gearing up for release on 20th May. Setting a record of shooting the film in just 52 days,the cast and crew are currently rejoicing with a sigh of relief. Starring Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Randeep Hooda, Richa Chadda and Darshan Kumar, Sarbjit portrays the life story of Sarbjit Singh, an Indian farmer who who was convicted of terrorism and spying in Pakistan.

Since it was a biopic, the director Omung Kumar chose real locations which were related to Sarbjit Singh's life. Commencing their shoot journey with a set created in Mumbai of a Pakistani jail , to shooting at Palghar, the beautiful   Golden Temple to the mesmerizing small villages of Punjab, the locations had a varying range. Kick starting it schedule in December 2015, the makers completed the shoot smoothly in the planned 52 days. 

Producer Sandeep  Singh say's "To make a film is a team effort, and when everyone in the team is equally passionate about the subject in hand there's hardly anything unachievable. To pull of such a demanding film in 52 days is the result of this passion and dedication.

The film is slated for release on 20th May worldwide and will be premiered at the prominent Cannes Festival in May. 

Producer: Vashu Bhagnani, Bhushan Kumar, Sandeep Singh, Omung Kumar, Deepshikha Deshmukh and Krishan Kumar, Creative Director: Sandeep Singh; Co-Producers: Ajay Kapoor, Priya Gupta, Vanita Omung Kumar, Rajessh Singh; Director of Photography: Kiran Deohans;  Screenplay: Utkarshini Vashishtha and Rajesh Beri, Dialogue: Utkarshini Vashishtha; Chief Marketing Head: Vinod Bhanushali; Production Designer: Vanita Omung Kumar; Editor: Rajesh G Pandey, Costume: Shaahid Amir & Neetu Singh, Music: Amaal Malik, Shail-Pritesh, Lyrics: Rashmi Virag, Turaz, Sandeep Singh; Sound: Kunal Parikshit, Choreographer: Vishnu Deva, Media Head: Archana Sadanand (Imagesmiths),Casting Director: Shruti & Parag, Action Director: Pradyumna Kumar Swain (PK)-- 

Ileana D'cruz at Reliance Trends Concept Store Launch

Ileana D'cruz, Shadab Faridi the Singer of Bajirao Mastani Fame and Sheehan Dixit (Madhuri Dixit's Nephew) at the launch of Reliance Trends Concept Store at infinity 2, Malad, Mumbai

Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra on complete focus mode

Filmmaker Rakeysh Om Prakash is known to give his heart and soul to his work.

The talented filmmaker is currently busy with the edit work of his next, a love story titled Mirzya.

We have already seen the examples of all his efforts with masterpieces like Rang De Basanti and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag to name a few.

The film maker creates benchmark not only for Indian Cinema but himself, which he loves to exceed with every film.

After his last film Bhaag Milkha Bhaag became the celebrated film in 2013 and bagged major awards that year, the director has been focused on his upcoming project, Mirzya.

Mirzya is Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's first ever Love story. The film features debutantes Harshvardhan Kapoor and Saiyami Kher in the lead.

Though the film has been shot and is complete, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra being the perfection that he is is brushing up on the intricate details of the film.

Rakeysh has been spending major part of his days editing the film with utmost focus.

Since this is the filmmakers first tryst with the genre he is leaving nostone unturned to make Mirzya yet another fine work his.

Inspired by the folk tale of “the legend of Mirza – Sahiban”, Mirzya is an epic action-romance that plays out in contemporary times. The film unfolds filled with heightened drama & action packed sequences in the visually rich terrain of Rajasthan, juxtaposed with flashes of the fantastical universe of the folklore set in the bleakness of Ladakh.

The story of Mirzya has been written by poet and lyricist Gulzar, with music created and crafted by the musical trio of Shankar Ehsaan Loy.

The film introduces Harshvardhan Kapoor and Saiyami Kher, along with Anuj Chaudhary, all of whom make a dramatic entry in this untold love story and brought to life in the Director’s inimitable style.

Produced by Cinestaan Film Company & ROMP Pictures and directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. The film is set to release on 7th October 2016.

Mia Lakra’s pleasant rendezvous with Sunny Leone

Actress Mia Lakra who rose to fame with her stint in Splitsvilla Season 8 feels elated to have shared screen space with the very popular Actress Sunny Leone

On sharing screen space with her Actress Mia says, “She is a very humble and down to earth person. This was the first time I met her and she made me comfortable, she appreciated my dance moves and shared acting & fashion tips as well. She encouraged me to chase my dreams of becoming an actress and shared her experience as well”.

“Appreciation coming from Sunny Leone for my dancing skills was such a big compliment for me as dance has always been my passion as I always believe in the mantra Dance like no one is watching me.”says an excited actress.

Being a fashionista and talk of the town for her innovative and experimental fashion sense Actress Mia Lakra will soon be launching a fashion portal of clothes and bags.

Elaborating further on her fashionista image the actress says, “Well this is because I always keep exploring things as I love travelling and most of the time I travel abroad, hence I am always updated with the trending fashion”

Well the actress has explored acting, dancing, fashion and now travelling too. Now time to think what’s NEXT!

Bappi Lahiri's 'Slumstars of India' now released by PMs of India, Bangladesh, Nepal

1st time in the history,Music Icon Bappi Lahiri directorial short film "Slumstars of India" released by three Prime Ministers of different Countries- India, Bangladesh & Nepal - Narendra Modi, Sheikh Hasina & Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli

Bappi Lahiri was fortunate and privileged when his directorial short film "Slumstars of India" produced byBappa Lahiri was released by the Prime Ministers of 3 noted countries within a fortnight- Honourable Prime Minister of India Shri. Narendra Modi, Honourable Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina, Honourable Prime Minister of Nepal Sri Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli by the hand of L.K Advani.

Bappi Lahiri has reached a landmark of  composing for 650 films and recent one being "Jai Gangaajal”

"Slumstars of India" has been acknowledged and broad casted by Fox News in the US. "Slumstars of India"has received Best Short Film at the Sydney Film Festival and also Best Short Film at the Rajasthan Film Festival.

Bappi Lahiri composed songs which have been penned by Bharat Ratna Shri. Atal Bihari Vajpayee which was released by the Honourable Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi and Honourable Shri L.K. Advani.

It's Family and TEAM first for Jacqueline Fernandez

Jacqueline Fernandez has been busy with back to back shooting schedules of Housefull 3, Flying Jatt and Dishoom.

We all wish to spend festivals with our families. 

Recently,during Easter, Jacqueline Fernandez spend her special day with her entire family, which included her mom and her entire team.

The actress is an outsider from the industry and has made a commendable mark in Bollywood.

Jacqueline is extremely close to her team and is very fond of them.

The actress strongly considers her team as her extended family.

She likes to keep them close to herself.

Her team is very special to her and the actress doesn't fail to express it to them.

She always takes good care of her team and makes sure to make an extra effort each time towards them.

Mohan Joshi & Sayaji Shinde in Marathi film “SHOOR AMHI SARDAR”

Indo Aus Entertainment, Jhumka Films & Sasa Productions new Marathi film “SHOOR AMHI SARDAR” was launched on 26th March 2016, on auspicious day of Shivaji Jayanti, at S.J.Studios, Chandivali, Saki Naka.

Muhurat clap was given by Mr. Sunil Deshpande, where in Sayaji Shinde, Shantanu Moghe and Harshada Patil faced the camera for Muhurat shot. 

Shoor Amhi Sardar is being produced by Ganesh Loke with NRI Pradnya Duggal (a doctor also trained in Kathak Dance) & Shweta Deshpande as co-producers. 

Film is being directed by Prakash Jadhav, story Ganesh Loke, screenplay & dialogue by Sachin Darekar and Ganesh Loke, music Vaishnav Deva and lyrics by Mumtaz Nikhat, Sangeeta Mahanta, Megha Dalvi and Ganesh Loke. 

The Film is being made on current topic of terrorism in country.

Film stars Mohan Joshi, Sayaji Shinde, Shantanu Moghe, Harshada Patil, Ganesh Loke, Pradnya Dugal, Shweta Deshpande, Bharat Ganeshpure etc.

- Arun Singh

Tiger and Shraddha to talk about Love in the second song from Baaghi

Sajid Nadiadwala's Baaghi is to showcase Tiger and Shraddha putting on their dancing shoes as they rock and roll together like never before for this ultimate dance number.
The duo share a sizzling chemistry in this song.

Director Sabbir Khan associates with Manj Musik once again after the chartbuster Whistle Baja from Heropanti.

The song is sung by Raftaar and Neha Kakkar.

After winning accolades for the first song from the film, the romantic number Sab Tera, the makers of Baaghi are to treat the audiences with yet another rocking number.

Baaghi has been receiving tremendous response for its trailer which features Tiger and Shraddha flaunting their action moves.

The film which delivered a power-packed dose of action with its trailer, surprised the audiences with its romantic side by releasing Sab Tera. The song was much loved with the highlight being Shraddha's soulful voice as she actress did complete justice by singing the high pitched song.

Sajid Nadiadwala's Baaghi - Rebels for Love is a rebellious Love story which will feature Tiger and Shraddha going against all odds for Love.

Directed by Sabbir Khan, the film is set to release on April 29th, 2016.

Fourth Song Of ''SHRAAP'' Recorded

Music director Altsaf Sayyad, singer Lalitya Munsha, leading lady Kavita Radheshyam and writer-director Faisal Saif

The fourth song of  Neelam Sharma Entertainment's maiden venture "Shraap'' was recorded on 19th March at R & Reggae Studio where the song was recorded in the voice of Lalitya Munsha. 

The song was penned by Atiya Sayyed and tuned by Altaf Sayyad..

The film is written and directed by Faisal Saif and it stars Rajpal Yadav, Kavita Radheshyam, Dev Sharma, Aman Verma, Amita Nagia, Nishant Pandey, Puneet Vashishth, Naseer Abdulla, Anupam Shyam and Aryan Vaid. 

Kannad star Mythriya Gowda is being introduced in it.

The film produced by Neelam Sharma and co-produced by Sanjay Sharma is India's first vampire film and for it Shibani Kashyap has also recorded two songs and it has cinematography by Sharath Kumar, and editing by Ashutosh Anand Verma.

- Inder Mohan Pannu

Elena Fernandes attends Nishka Lulla’s new summer collection launch!

Supermodel-actor Elena Fernandes, who made a stellar Bollywood debut with Karan Johar’s latest romantic family drama, Kapoor & Sons, recently attended designer Nishka Lulla’s new summer clothing line for high-street label 109F at Tote on the Turf in Mumbai.

Having born and brought up in London, Elena shot for Kingfisher Calendars, several high-end beauty products and TV commercials.

She is also involved in charity work in India for both animal and child welfare.

Aamir Khan to donate his plus size clothes for charity

Aamir Khan is currently shooting for an extensive schedule of Dangal in Punjab where the actor will be seen essaying a role of a wrestler in his next. 

He has been vesting all his time and energy on his upcoming next.

Aamir who had gained 25 kgs for his character in his forthcoming film Dangal is now in the process of shedding the same amount of weight in 25 weeks. Not many were aware that Aamir had to lose the same amount of weight that he had initially gained yet again for his character.

The actor will be seen playing different ages of his character in the film, therefore the actor is now preparing himself to shoot other portions of the film wherein he is required to appear different.

Since the shoot for the portion where he has to look fat has come to an end, Aamir has started to lose weight from 1st January onward. Moreover, this weight loss process also includes an intense workout schedule. We would soon be witnessing the actor in a different avatar. 

Aamir had created tremendous buzz when the actor had started gaining weight, the actor has completely dedicated himself for doing justice to his character. 

The actor has been going through several fluctuations in weight and thereby resulting in lots of clothes in the actors wardrobe.

Due to the variation in weight, the actor has different sizes of clothes in plenty.

The actor has decided to give it to charity.

Spokesperson confirms the news and adds "Aamir Khan has gone through series of sizes as he had to put on 25 kgs and again he will be going through series of sizes." 

Kriti Sanon reminisces of Traditional Holi's played during Childhood in Delhi!

Festive season is around the corner and everyone has found memories of Holi spent in their early days!

Kriti Sanon recalls celebrating Holi with her family in the Capital city.

Sharing that she enjoys the festival of Holi and is excited to celebrate the festival with her parents who are in Mumbai,the young actress says, “I have always loved Holi, But ever since I shifted to Mumbai [from Delhi], I haven’t played much. I don’t have the kind of friends circle here, like I had in Delhi. Plus, being an actor, I need to take care of my skin. Even though I don’t play Holi the way I used to back home, it’s still my favourite festival,” 

Reminiscing of her Holi's in Delhi, Kriti informed to having friends and family members gathering in a park in Patparganj, to celebrate the festival of colours.

Further giving details of her staple Holi's Kriti shares,“Before starting, my sister and I would oil each other’s hair. Then hit Holi songs would be played loudly all day,” she recalls, adding, “There would be pakoras and thandai for everyone. It used to take us an hour to wash the colours off.”

More than anything, it is the food that is an essential part of the festival for Kriti. “Eating gujiyas is a must for me every Holi. This year, my parents are in Mumbai, and my sister has also moved here. So, I am excited because we will all celebrate together,” she says.

Here's hoping Kriti spends the festival of colours in Mumbai with her dear family with as much as fun and frolic as her Delhi Holi day

Shahid goes Chameleon, again!

Shahid Kapoor, along with co-star Kangana Ranaut, director Vishal Bhardwaj and a braveheart unit, has just returned from a gruelling three-week schedule of Rangoon. 

The Casablanca-like love story is set during the Second World War, and producer Sajid Nadiadwala, managed a coup of sorts by getting permission to shoot in virgin locales of Arunachal Pradesh where the Indo-Burma border was recreated.

The crew was staying in a hotel in Rottung and while the locations are picture-perfect, the living conditions were at best spartan even for the stars. 

But neither of them complained, even though Kangana is playing a diva of the '40s. Even the nawab, Saif Ali Khan, who was down for a couple of days, soldiered through long drives to and between Pasighat, Rottung and Kibang, sometimes an eight nine-hour journey one way, and long treks through jungles.

Since the sun rises in the east, days dawned early and it was action from 4 am. But they also packed up early, around 4-5 pm, once the light faded. And as there wasn't much to do except for work, everyone would be in bed by 8 pm.

Shahid couldn't skip his workouts as he plays a soldier in the film and needed to be in peak physical condition for the action scenes. He's never been fitter.

Vishal Bharadwaj's Rangoon also marks Shahid's hatrick with the director who has already worked on 2 hit films previously! 

Rangoon is produced by filmmaker Sajid Nadiadwala and features Shahid with Saif Ali Khan and Kangana Ranaut in lead roles. The film is all set to release on October 14, 2016.

'Chittiyan Kalaiyan' girl Jacqueline bonds with Kids of Panbai International School!

We all are aware of the huge destruction the incessant rains caused during the months of November and December, 2015 in Tamil Nadu. The rains led to losses of lives, assets, households and livelihood of the people.

While it is already out of the memory of most of the people, there are still a few who are putting in their best to help the affected victims rebuild their homes and restart their lives.

Jacqueline Fernandez is one of them, the actress has joined hands with an NGO, Habitat for Humanity, and they have in unison launched a Tamil Nadu Flood Relief Campaign 'Jacqueline Builds' . 

On the 9th of April Jacqueline will be manually building houses for the victims.

For this initiative funds are being raised to build  houses and to help the victims.

Jacqueline has been encouraging school kids to spread awareness for Jacqueline Builds. 

The actress visited Panbai International School in Mumbai on today to appreciate the commendable efforts of the students.

Jacqueline received a very warm welcome at the school with children addressing her with her famous song 'Chittiyan Kalaiyan' which is a huge rage amongst the youth.

The enthusiastic students and their families shared to feel for the cause and have lent their utmost support in helping victims rebuild their life. 

Jacqueline bonded with the children who were all smiles seeing the lovely actress. 

She interacted with the students, teachers and expressed her gratitude as well as to the parent community for encouraging the children to participate in such noble initiatives.

Jacqueline's team is leaving no stone unturned as they also largely feel towards the cause the actress is supporting. They are putting in their best to help the actress on her initiative.

The actresses entire team, her manager, her assistant, her hair and make up artist, her spot and her driver have lend their support to the cause by contributing as much possible in their capacity.

Chandrasekhar Reddy's Fireflies in the Abyss' selected at 2016 Hot Docs

Chandrasekhar Reddy's docu-feature 'Fireflies in the Abyss' is the only Indian docu-feature selected at the prestigious 2016 Hot Docs

~ The film about coal mining had it’s world premiere at the Busan International Film Festival and India premiere at the 14th MIFF where it won two top awards~

Mumbai, March 25, 2016: The acclaimed Indian documentary featureChandrasekhar Reddy’s Fireflies in the Abyss will be featured in 2016 Hot Docs, Canadian International Documentary Festival, one of the most prestigious International documentary festivals, which will be held from April 28 – May 6, 2016.

The film is selected among 38 best features from across the world to be screened in the World Showcase section, marking its North American premiere at the festival.

Now in its 23rd edition, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival is North America's largest documentary film festival, conference and market that is held annually in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Reddy’s feature captures the dream of an 11-year-old boy who fights his way out of life in the rat-hole coalmines, to put himself in school.

The film made its world premiere at the Busan International Film Festival and made its India premiere at the 14th Mumbai International Film Festival where it won two top awards - the Golden Conch award for Best Documentary Feature film and the Best Cinematography in the National Competition category.

Delighted with the selection at Hot Docs, Chandrasekhar says, “After the response and appreciation at the Busan and Mumbai fesivals, it is a great opportunity for the film to get a platform at HotDocs, which will help reach the North American audiences and market. The Toronto audiences are known to be hugely appreciative and I am really looking forward to present the film there. There is also a brilliant selection of films this year to watch, including Herzog's new film and am hoping to catch some of them."

Apart from Fireflies in the Abyss, the documentary short, Amdavad Ma Famousdirected by Hardik Mehta, is competing in the international shorts category.

Synopsis of Fireflies in the Abyss:

The ‘rat-hole’ mines in the Jaintia Hills of Northeast India, are hostile pits where men and boys risk their lives everyday to scratch coal out of hard rock. Burrowing into narrow tunnels, they are armed with nothing more than a pickaxe and a torch.

Each of them comes to the coalpit for different reasons. But once there, all of them are looking for a chance to breakout. Some are able to escape, most can’t. Even with the odds stacked against him, Suraj, an 11-year old boy, grapples his way out of this abyss to eventually put himself in school.

The film follows Suraj and several other miners whose lives intertwine with his, to reveal lives under extraordinary circumstances and the brutal choices they are forced to resolve at every turn of their lives

About the Chandrasekhar Reddy:

Chandrasekhar Reddy is an independent producer/director, having extensive experience in a variety of documentary formats –factual, developmental and environmental. Previous credits include films for National Geographic Asia, Discovery Asia, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Ministry of Tourism GoI, and BBC/OU, UK. His short‘Coalboy’ was part of the “Why Poverty’ series. ‘Fireflies in the Abyss’, is his debut feature length documentary.

Film's trailer link -  https://youtu.be/9bFMut61RFA

Katrina Kaif stuns in a nude Antonio Grimaldi creation !

Katrina Kaif who has always ruled the Sexiest lists , slayed on the red carpet at the recent HT Style Awards in a customized nude Antonio Grimaldi gown ,with a thigh high slit.

The actress accessorized her look with Gehna Jewellery and Christian Louboutin shoes and was honored with the HT Style Award for the Most Stylish Actress.

Apart from thanking her stylist on receiving the award for always making her look ultra glamorous, Katrina when asked who she considered the most stylish actor ,was quick to reply "Shah Rukh Khan" .

The actress had a blast at the award show and was all smiles as she interacted with Sanjay Dutt,Alia Bhatt, Sonam Kapoor,Amitabh Bachchan, Ranveer Singh and Varun Dhawan.

Spooky senses on Vikram Bhatt's sets

Model turned Actor Gaurav Arora who is making his Bollywood debut with film 'Love Games' opposite Patralekha, recently ran into a spooky experience of his own!

The whole cast and crew had an experience while they were shooting for a song sequence in South Africa. The sequence required everyone to be on their energetic best, but somehow the crew and cast were pulled down with a feeling a wary and tiredness. Not just that the crew even faced several technical glitches while shooting for the song and had to eventually wrap the song much earlier than expected. Somehow the song was shot but on probing the owner of the club, Gaurav discovered something really creepy about the place. 

As to Sources, "The team was in search for a Gothic looking place, they did get a perfect location as per the requirement which was a club But that place had a draining effect on the entire cast, the whole day the crew was feeling very down emotionally as too much negativity had surrounded them"

Gaurav Says,"It was a very different kind of experience altogether. I  personally was feeling very drained out but later what we got to know came as a shock to us as the place where we were shooting was built on a cemetery"