Thursday, November 27, 2014

Films & TV World to launch Calendar 2015 to commemorate its 5th Anniversary

Come January 2015 and we will be completing 5 wonderful years when we launched this portal - Films & TV World - for you. We are not only thrilled but all set to usher in our 5th Anniversary in a wonderful way. And we want to make this a memorable occasion for you too….

On our 5th Anniversary, we take this occasion to launch the Films & TV World Calendar 2015. To commemorate monumental achievement we take this initiative to promote and give break to fresh faces that are looking to make a mark in the industry. Through this calendar, models and actors can view their milestones in a traditional calendar layout.

So get ready for this golden chance - a once in a year offer absolutely FREE… However, this golden opportunity is only for 12 Best of the Best Models.

To be a part of this special venture, mail your 3 best pictures in high resolution (Original Size) at ftv@filmsntv.com latest by 15th December 2014. Only the best will be selected – so send your best entries.

And ya, do mention that the Films & TV World can use the pictures in their Calendar 2015 and the pics are copyright free and not copyrighted by any photographers, stylists, makeup artists, graphic designers and printer for their efforts.

So looking forward to your wonderful entries. Hurry up!!

Why is Mona Singh behaving like Jashodaben?

Heavy work schedule is not something that is new to an actor, especially one with a television background. But Mona Singh has experienced so much of 'promotion work' in the last month that she is amazed at the amount of work one has to put into promotions of one's movie.

"We started the promotions of ZED PLUS in the last week of October and are still travelling," reveals the actress who has (within the span of three weeks) along with the cast, made it to Bhopal, Jaipur, Pushkar, Ajmer Sharif, Ahmedabad, Baroda, Hyderabad, Delhi, Chandigarh and Haryana. "We have attended press conferences in all these places and what has amazed me the most is the warmth I have received from the journalists and the people," smiles Mona.

Throwing light on the hectic schedule, Mona says, "I'm enjoying the process a lot as this is the first time that I am a part of movie promotions. It's not easy to take early morning flights every day, in and out of cities, but the process is so amazing that one forgets about being tired."

Ask her what was the one common question she was put forth by journalists all over, and the actress says, "Everywhere I went I was asked the same question unanimously; why am I so choosy about my work? I liked the fact that the media wants to see more of me."

For Mona, however, 'Less is more'. "I don't believe in quantity but quality of work. Years later, when I look back, I should be proud of the cinema I have been a part of," she says.

Looking back is what Mona is doing nowadays, what with Jashodaben, wife of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, also looking back every time she steps out, wondering what her security is all about! ZED PLUS releases this Friday, and actually Mona is looking forward!

Naseeruddin Shah’s book “And Then One Day - A Memoir” launched by Shyam Benegal

Literature Live! Evenings and Penguin India in association with NCPA presented an evening with author Naseeruddin Shah in conversation with Anil Dharker at the launch of his memoir's 'And then one day' by Shyam Benegal at Experimental theatre, NCPA.

Naseeruddin Shah has been an actor in films since 1975, and an actor–director–teacher in theatre almost as long, having played the lead in over two hundred feature films and more than sixty professional theatre productions, both in India and abroad. A first-time writer, he is passionate about playing and watching tennis, cricket and movies, in that order. The recipient of numerous awards which he neither treasures nor cares to mention, he lives in Mumbai with his wife, Ratna, their three children and a cat.

Naseeruddin Shah commented at the book launch, "I made my dear ones read the book and my wife found it really hilarious and entertaining. My book talks about my entire journey from getting into theatre to struggles, hardships, love, family, and friends. I think I would not be writing a second part of the book as this includes everything of my life."

And Then One Day tells a compelling tale, written with rare honesty and consummate elegance, leavened with tongue-in-cheek humour. There are moving portraits of family members, darkly funny accounts of his school days, and vivid cameos of directors and actors he has worked with, among them Ebrahim Alkazi, Shyam Benegal, Girish Karnad, Om Puri and Shabana Azmi. The accounts of his struggle to earn a living through acting, his experiments with the craft, his love affairs, his early marriage, his successes and failures are narrated with remarkable frankness and objective self-assessment. Brimming with delightful anecdotes as well as poignant, often painful revelations, this book is a tour de force, destined to become a classic of the genre.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thespo 16 to host numerous workshops at the festival: Now at Prithvi Theatre & Sitara Studio

The 16th edition of Thespo, the annual drama festival for theatre-wallahs below the age of 25, is back. Taking place from 15th to 21st December 2014, the festival is centered on the theme ‘Plug-In to the Tamasha’. Along with providing a stage for today’s young theatre wallahs, the festival also believes in nurturing their craft and expanding their knowledge through its numerous workshops.

Playing Comedy: A fun workshop on The Art of Comic Timing by Imran Rasheed
When: Monday, 15th December’2014 and Tuesday 16th December’2014, 10 AM – 2PM at Prithvi House

Magic Hour: Arghya Lahiri has worked in the theatre for over fifteen years, primarily as a Lighting Designer and Director will host a workshop that will cover lighting theory, standard lamps and accessories, their uses and the range of their ability, lighting systems and rigs, and approaches to designing and executing light plans. The aim is to arrive at a greater understanding and appreciation of a lighting designer’s role within the theatre.
When: Monday, 15th December 2014, 10 AM - 8 PM, Prithvi House

Workshop by Mahesh Dattani: Mahesh Dattani is a playwright, stage director and film maker will host a workshop on the aesthetics of writing and acting in Indian English. Every aspect of theatre contains scope for artistic choices, including language. The workshop will explore the choices available to playwrights who choose to write dialogue.
When: Tuesday, 16th December 2014, 2 PM - 5 PM, Prithvi House

Collaborative Writing Workshops: A half-day workshop for writers and performers exploring how we can use each other’s skills to create texts for performance. We will use short writing exercises, stolen quotes and stupid games to create our writing. This is not about being precious; it’s not even about being good – it’s about finding ways to begin writing, to stop being scared of it and to look at it as a collaborative practice rather than something that exists only within the writer-director-actor set-up. Rachel Clerke is a UK based maker of performances, writings, drawings and films.
When: Tuesday, 16th December 2014, 10 AM - 1 PM, Prithvi House

Out of the box: In a toilet, on a bench, up some stairs. This workshop will be an introduction to creating movement and sound for unconventional performance spaces. Using acapella soundscapes and movement in unusual settings, we'll look at how to tell stories without speaking; breaking the boundaries of traditional theatre set ups and exploring what we can do outside of a black box studio. The workshop is by Josephine Joy, a professional performer and deviser working in the UK. She has a background in dance and acapella singing.
When: Wednesday, 17th December 2014, 10 AM - 1 PM, Prithvi House

Understanding Music for Theatre: Kaizad Gherda who is grade 8 western classical pianist trained from the Royal School of Music will conduct a workshop on the general uses of music, it's styles, themes and scales of performance in various types of productions, and how it can be the most adaptive member of your cast. This workshop will also teach to start thinking and developing a particular chain of thought while composing for a production.
When: Wednesday, 17th December 2014 and Thursday, 18th December 2014, 2 PM - 5 PM, Prithvi House.

Speak the Speech by Shernaz Patel: We actors love the sound of our voices, don't we?! Booming voices fill the stage after all. But in truth our job is to serve the text that we have been given...to communicate someone else's words and emotions to an audience. This workshop will focus on the actor's relationship with the script....how we can unravel the meaning of not just our lines but also what lies behind these lines and what lies between them.
When: Thursday, 18th December 2014, 10 AM – 2 PM, Prithvi House

Acting In A Musical: Alyque Padamsee to talk about the making and re-making of the musical spectacle Jesus Christ Superstar, how the production has retained its entertainment quotient and is a story worth telling even four decades later. Learn the intricacies of a genre of theatre that has not been experimented to its full potential in India. Joining him will be Karla Singh, the associate director of Jesus Christ Superstar.
When: Friday, 19th December 2014, 2 PM - 5 PM, Prithvi House

The Actor’s Tool Box: An acting workshop created exclusively for theatre artists. Designed for actors, emerging and established, to discover, explore and maintain their talents using tools and techniques that Glenn has developed over his 28 years as a working artist together with Kyla's training at The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute in New York.
When: Saturday, 20th December 2014, 10 AM – 5 PM, Sitara Studio

A Musical Rebellion: Catch Lok Shahir Sambhaji Bhagat in all his glory talking ever so passionately about music and theatre. Described to be the voice of millions, a political soothsayer, rebel and a man of astonishing talent, Sambhaji Bhagat's infectious energy manages to captivate his audience and engage them in a musical dialogue. Join him as he recounts the history of protest theatre in India, in his energetic style! Lok Shahir Sambhaji Bhagat dons many hats. He is a folk poet who believes that power grows out of music. Through his songs he speaks of the many misgivings of society and the oppressive nature of the society we live in. He teaches in a school in suburban Maharashtra and along with his troupe performs in the slums of Mumbai.
When:  Saturday, 20th December 2014, 2 PM – 5 PM, Prithvi House

An Actor’s Foundation: Aspirants can also look out for ‘An Actor’s Foundation’, which offers a peek into an actor’s inner emotional life and how to effectively wield the instrument of body movement under the guidance of Jeffery Goldberg, faculty member at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, The School of Visual Arts, and Fordham University.
When: Sunday, 21st December 2014, 10 AM - 1 PM, Sitara Studio

Playing With Masks: Our facial expressions are the windows of our soul: a give-away into our feelings. But what happens when these basic tools are hidden? Come explore the world of masks with Puja Swarup that enables for interesting experiences, allowing one to be in the moment and making the most of it. Find a character and its story through different masks like the silent mask and the half mask and get a feel of the level of energy the actor needs to maintain to keep the mask alive. Puja Sarup, a trained theatre actress from Mumbai University who has worked world over with various theatre companies and directors.
When: Sunday, 21st December 2014, 2 PM - 5 PM, Sitara Studio

Creating a Make-Believe World: A two-day workshop for anyone who has a passion to create and an imagination that knows no boundaries. A man of many talents, Vivek Jadhav will walk us through the meandering streets and markets of Mumbai that serve as an inspiration to his acclaimed work as a stage designer followed by a session of how to apply ideas to create a whole new world on stage that not only aids the craft of story telling but takes it to a whole new level.
When: Sunday, 21st December 2014, 10 AM – 5 PM, Prithvi House.

With such an all-rounded medley of workshops, Thespo 16 is no less than a week-long crash course in Theatre School. Organized by QTP, under the aegis of Theatre Group Bombay, it will be taking place in two venues this year: the iconic Prithvi Theatre, which has been the home of Thespo since 2008, and Sitara Studio, the city’s latest indie cultural space that used to stage Marathi plays back in the 1970s.

For workshop registrations please contact: 9769145101. For information on the complete schedule of events, ticket prices, etc., please visit www.thespo.org.

Big Magic ropes in gorgeous Mouni Roy in Uff! Yeh Nadaniyaan

Big Magic, India’s one stop destination for Humour brings forth yet another chapata week for all its viewers.  Leaving no stone unturned to provide best entertainment possible; Big Magic ropes in one of the biggest names from the television industry Mouni Roy for Uff! YehNadaniyaan. The celebrity led episode on Uff! YehNadaniyaan will go on air on 26th November at 8pm.

As per the track on Uff! YehNadaniyaan, there is a commotion in the house with regards to the 6 degree theory. To resolve the issues and prove the theory, TV actress Mouni will play a cameo which will leave an interesting twist for the audiences. Will the commotion end? What is the conclusion of the 6 degree theory?

Featuring some of the best in comedy and television entertainment, Uff! YehNadaniyaan revolves around the Verma family whose conversations and situations promise to keep viewers in splits. Catch the star studded humorous episodes this wednesday, 26th November, 8 pm, only on Big Magic

Monday, November 24, 2014

Asha Bhosle lends voice to Marathi film Gurukul; sings lavani

Legendary singer Asha Bhosle recently recorded a Lavani for Marathi film Gurukul, written and directed by Rommel Rodrigues. Ashji said she was happy doing this song and it’s not a typical Kolhapuri masala lavani but is a different kind of song. The song has been written by Mary Kom lyricist Prashant Ingole and the music has been composed by Sanjay Raj Gaurinandan. The film is under shooting and is expected to wind up by the last week of December 2015.

"Ashaji's golden melodious voice has given a outstanding treatment to the lavani that we have in the film, which has been set in a very apt situation and is not just a filler," said Rommel.

The film is based on the theme of politicization of higher education in Maharashra,  and the importance of human values with education should be imparted to students of higher education. Certain things which are done only in school like start with prayer are practiced in Gurukul. People specifically send their children to Guukul only because only in Gurukul along with education, ethics and values of human life is taught.

The film revolves around six three ex-students, (three boys and three girls) of Gurukul a big campus college based in the outskirts of city in a town called Raanjangaon and the central character of the film is the Guruji of the college. The three boys and girls are now settled in lives as leading lawyer, ceo and businessmen.

The central character of the film is the principal (Kulguru) of the college who is fondly called as Guruji who believes guiding the students without using harsh methods, he never punishes the students the usual way. For example when one student is caught copying he sends him to the VIP guest house and treats him, after some hours he gets self-realisation of his mistake and he vows never to repeat his mistake.

Post interval we see that one politician has captured Gurukul by fraud means forging paper and pained by all this Guruji has left the college and gone somewhere which no one knows. The three students then take a vow to search and bring back the guruji, along with social movement to expose the politician. The climax takes a dramatic turn and even the politician repents and reforms in the end.

Endemol’s Lagori wins the Viewers Choice Award for Best Serial of the Year

Endemol India produced Lagori ….Maitri Returns which airs on Star Pravah every Monday to Friday at 9pm, has been named the Best Serial of the year at the Viewer’s choice MMW (marathimovieworld.com) Gaurav awards.  Popular actress Anuja Sathe-Gokhale who reprises the role of Urmila was awarded the Best Actress award in the viewer’s choice television category.

Lagori Maitri Return, the fun filled emotional roller coaster ride of friends Mukta, Poorva, Rujuta, Urmila and Dhanashree has received immense love and support from fans. The story line with the twists and truths of their life and friendship in the Marathi daily soap which started in February 2014, has already struck the right cord with its audiences and recently also completed 250 episodes on Star Pravaah

Commenting on the recent awards and the completion of the 250th episode of Lagori Maitri Returns, Abhishek Rege, COO - Television, Endemol India, said “Lagori Maitri Returns has touched a chord with the audiences especially a younger demographic who identify with the story and the characters. The serial through these 250 episodes has weaved a touching tale of friendship and bonds which has left a lasting impression on the minds of the viewers. This love has been vindicated with the show receiving the Viewer’s Choice MMW award.”

Mr. Anand Chavan Marathi Business Head, Endemol India, added “The recognition and the response the show is receiving is very gratifying. The storyline resonates with the audiences own life experiences, and further lends to the popularity of the show.  We hope that with continuing support from Star Pravah team and the cast and crew, the show continues reaching new highs.”

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