Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Chilsag Entertainment Network signs a six film deal with US based company

Chilsag Entertainment Network has signed Six Film deal with a USA based Company. Says Sachin Gupta, creative force behind Chilsag, “making films is my passion. I have a very strong background in Theater and advertising as a director and producer, so films are a natural step ahead. Both of my earlier films ‘Paranthe Wali Gali’ and ‘Thoda Lutf Thoda Ishq’ did decent business but I received appreciation for my work from viewers and that is most important reward for a creative person. Now with this tie up in place, we are going in for 4 Hindi feature films, one Punjabi and one Marathi film production. We will produce meaningful cinema with Content driven scripts.”

Chilsag Entertainment Network is an Indian Media & Entertainment company Headquartered in New Delhi, India and active in all aspects of entertainment industry with a focus on Film, Education & Theatre and operates a diversified portfolio in the world of Cinema & performing arts with a library of 18 Original Plays, Eight Feature films and Hundreds of short films & Web Episodes to its credit. The company offers content marketing and distribution services in theatrical and ancillary home entertainment markets to alternative and independent movie content owners, as well as to theatrical exhibitors. Other activities includes licensing, merchandising and syndication of films in India and worldwide.

Fashion for a Cause! at “Sion Carnival”

New Hope Foundation and Safal Group in collaboration the concept driven fashion destination, Jhelum celebrated the prestigious “Sion Carnival”, a two day cultural awareness and fundraising program held in aid to support the Special Children, Widows and Farmers. The event was hosted at the cultural landmark of Mumbai i.e. the Sion Fort for the first time in the history of Mumbai.

The two day cultural carnival was graced by none other than the bollywood diva, Ms. Isha Koppikar; who also contributed in the fundraising through her non-profit organization Soul Konnect Foundation. The event also attended by famous personalities like Krishika Lulla and Evelyn Sharma who dignified the prestigious award ceremony.

As a part of the fundraising, the cultural awareness program also included a series of activities like Sports and Entertainment activities for special children, Health awareness rallies, blood donation camp, Art and Cultural performances, Musical performance by Shriram Iyer and many more.

Speaking on this occasion, Mr. A. Swamy, Founder and President, New Hope Foundation said, “We started our foundation with the sole purpose of serving suffering humanity and empowering people. We are glad that we have been working towards it each time. We would like to specially thank Ms. Jhelum Gopal Dalvi, Ms. Isha Koppikar and her NGO Soul Konnect Foundation, Ms. Shriya Saran and Spandana Spa, Ms. Evelyn Sharma and her NGO Seams for Dreams Foundation, the MCGM North Ward, The Archaeological Survey of India and all the partners who have associated with us in this fundraising activity.”

Ms. Jhelum Gopal Dalvi, Founder of the concept driven fashion destination, Jhelum added, “We are glad to be associated with the New Hope Foundation for this special fundraising event. We, at Jhelum, have always believed in giving back to the society and Sion Carnival was the ideal platform.”

The proceeds of the Sion Carnival were donated to special children, widows and farmers, said Mr. Aakash Gupta (Vice President, New Hope Foundation)

Jimmy Sheirgill: Shortcut Safaari will help children reconnect with the environment

Amitabha Singh’s directorial debut Shortcut Safaari that is gearing up for release this Friday, stars Jimmy Sheirgill and ensemble of kids. Jimmy, who essays the role of a chief, has a small yet pivotal part in the film.

Jimmy may not have been the original choice for Amitabha but he has been the ultimate option for the filmmaker. Amitabha may have mulled over a few options from actors like Naseeruddin Shah to Nawazuddin Siddiqui to Irrfan Khan, he eventually settled for Jimmy Sheirgill. And now he reveals us how Jimmy perfectly fitted the bill.
“I was considering quite a few options, right from Nana Patekar to Naseeruddin to Nawazuddin Siddiqui to Irrfan Khan to Boman Irani. The initial idea was to have a grandfather figure but eventually I realised that it needs to be like elder brother or younger uncle kind of a figure, who can actually throw you in a pool even if you don’t know how to swim and make you learn swimming. The idea was to add a character that was enigmatic, somebody who can pass on as a younger uncle. If you look at the cultural context and even in my observation, children get attached to younger mama or chacha (uncle) figure. They get close to somebody, who in the relationship, is possibly higher but the age and mindset are where you can take certain liberty with them. So I was looking at that kind of a relationship and that is where Jimmy perfectly fits the bill,” says Amitabha.

He adds, “He has the right charisma, aura, right personality. More so, he has the fabulous youth connect. At times he looks strict, while at other times he looks forgiving. He has pulled it off brilliantly. Though he has few dialogues in the film, he has enacted it with his expressions and body language and conveyed the right message across.”

Probe Amitabha about having a ‘bizarre’ costume for Jimmy’s character in the film and he shares, “The costume is not bizarre. But the costume is an extension of the larger logic. It’s completely in synch with the concept of the film.”

While actor Jimmy Sheirgill said, “This role is very different from whatever I have done in the past. As soon as I heard the script, I immediately agreed to come on board. Our cinema is totally devoid of content for children.  Shortcut Safaari is not just a film for children but a learning experience for them as well. The film will help children to reconnect with the environment which is the need of the hour.”

“It has not been easy to de-learn and then find ways to learn something that one has never paid attention to- or get sensitized about. How do plants grow; how do innumerable animals coexist within the astonishing harmony of Nature. It has been a great learning, and naturally I was filled with a strong urge to express it somehow. Till Shortcut Safaari happened, I had great fun, but more than that, it was a great learning experience. I played a character working for the cause of Environment. During the making of the film, I spent lot of time with children, and what an eye opener it has been! Their innocence and trust are of paramount significance when it comes to our own role-responsibility towards wellness of our shared Habitat- our Earth,” Jimmy adds.

The film attempts to reconnect us with our roots, gives out the social message, talks about the conservation and various current issues including global warming through the eye of seven kids. Touted as jungle adventure film with children, Shortcut Safaari has been screened at select film festivals and applauded a lot for the children's performances. Having many landmark films to his credit, Amitabha Singh has been the producer and DOP on the Oscar nominated The Good Road. Shortcut Safaari features Aashi Rawal, Sharvil Patel, Mann Patel, Ugam Khetani, Stuti Dwivedi, Deah Tandon and Hardil Kanabar. Jointly produced by Xebec Films Pvt. Ltd, Kashyap A Shah & Amigos Fin-o-tainment, Shortcut Safaari aims to deliver a very effective message to conserve Mother Nature.

Dr Samir Mansuri fulfills dream of 55 blind girls through NGO Blind Dream

Blind by birth, Dr Samir Mansuri is Masters in English Literature and has trained in Ayurved / Nature Therapy under the guidance of Shamsuddin Saheb.

Dr Samir Mansuri brought 55 Blind girls from Ahmadabad to fulfill their dream of flying, meeting Varun Dhawan, Asit Kumarr Modi, Shyam Pathak (Popatlal), Guru Charan Sigh (Sodhi), Reshmi Ghosh, Meghna Naidu, Tara Alisha Beri, Shraddha Mohsani and many other celebrities and then going to Essel World. Says he, “I understand the need to fulfill their dreams. So what if they are blind? They also have feeling and they too dream. Blind Dreams has always been my own dream and since beginning I have been keeping fifty percent of my income to build corpus funds of this organization.  Under the aegis of this NGO, I have taken a promise to fulfill the dreams of blind girls and boys. And I will continue doing it.”

A Philanthropist and humanitarian at heart, he is at the helm of an NGO ‘BLIND DREAMS’. He has already held few activity programmes for blind girls and boys in Ahmadabad like Music Competition, fashion shows etc to realize their dreams.

Arriving in Mumbai on 25th April 2016 by flight, they were part of a press conference at ISKON and all are put up at accommodation in temple premises in Juhu. As a goodwill gesture, ISKON is charging a very nominal fee for the entire activity. On 26th all the girls and their care takers will be taken to Essel World to fulfill their second wish.  Dr Samir Mansuri’s motto is “To bring moments of joy, bliss and color in the otherwise bland and colorless lives of blind people. To give them sense of self respect and self reliance. Many people are there to support their education and food etc but they too have dreams. I am trying to realize their dreams. ”

Dr Samir Practices Ayurved/ Nature Therapy for external application of removal of wrinkles, skin fatigue, acne, dark circles etc with his own herbal special face packs and herbal oils. Fifty percent of income from his vocation is given to his pet humanitarian project ‘Blind Dreams’.

He has rejuvenated and done skin enhancement for celebrities like Subhash Ghai, Ashmit Patel, Kumar Gaurav, Reshmi Ghosh, Anokhi Srivastav, Gunjan, Tanvi, Rucha Gujarati and many other elite from film and corporate sector.

Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic celebrates Earth Day

As part of its green initiatives, Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic celebrated Earth Day on 22nd April 2016 in collaboration with an NGO ‘Give me Trees Trust’. The brand has always been focusing on the green mission of being responsible and reducing the stress on the environment and even the employees of the company who believes in company ethos of Being Natural , contributed to make the event a big success.

Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic along with the Give me Trees Trust planted 50 saplings on Earth Day. On this special day, Dr Blossom Kochhar, Chairperson, Blossom Kochhar Group of Companies, stated, “The nation is struggling to maintain its green belt and with the ever increasing pollution and environmental changes, we feel there’s a desperate need for everyone to plant as many trees as possible.  To begin with, we have decided to plant 50 trees on a monthly basis through Give Me Trees Trust. This is a small initiative to educate the society on the need to save the Mother Earth. ”

Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic promotes the concept of green science and has been a firm believer of all things natural. Hence, as a socially conscious organisation, the brand has taken a small initiative to educate the society on the need to save the Mother Earth by planting 50 trees on a monthly basis through Give Me Trees Trust. A brand that not only preach the society but practice it as well. We at BK believes in restoring, reviving, our mother nature.

Dr. Blossom Kochhar who is a pioneer in the beauty industry, a visionary way ahead of her time. She has been practicing and researching the science of ‘Aromatherapy and Herbalisim’ for well over 25 years.

Weather Forecast: It’s snowing in Delhi, Temperature: -15 degree Celsius

Sci-Fi themed Snow Planet, ‘Ski India’ emerges in Delhi-NCR

This April, Ski India, the indoor Sci-Fi themed Snow Park announces its grand launch at DLF Mall of India, Noida. Promoted by Chiliad Procons, one of India’s leading Hospitality and Entertainment group. Ski India blends cutting-edge technology and world-class concepts to impart iconic attractions and beyond belief experiences to its visitors.

The unique Sci-Fi themed tourism project opens its doors to enthrall visitors in the National Capital Region with its massive 100,000+ sq ft property, comprising of 2 floors housed in DLF Mall of India, Noida. This one-of-its-kind entertainment destination offers never-seen-before skiing experience and an array of intergalactic games.

On the launch, Prasuk R Jain, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Ski India said, “The winter themed sports activities seemed untapped, pan-India. Hence, we decided to conceptualize an all year round indoor snow sport resort introducing indoor skiing for the first time in India. We have a strong creative force of imaginers who combine a rich legacy of entertainment with latest technology to infuse life into our dream projects. We pushed the boundaries of innovation and to make Ski India the most loved amusement destination of India”

Further, Priyanka Jain, Co-Founder & Business Development Head added, “We are highly thrilled to announce the launch of Ski India in Delhi NCR and looking forward to provide a complete zone for family entertainment. The project is inspired by a Sci-Fi Theme, and is set to deliver the biggest themed snow and ski park of India at DLF Mall of India, Noida”.

The concept is to provide the guests a detailed replication of a snowy ski resort with adventurous ski ride, tubing, toboggan, bob sledge, penguin shows, carousal, ski of various gradients and flat snow play area. This unique family entertainment destination is planned to be user friendly by maintaining the internal space dome temperature of -10°C to -15°C for the freezing snowfall experience.

Ski India also boasts of a never-seen-before sci-fi world theme filled with intergalactic sports. The team of imaginers has designed an illuminating Wormhole Portal at the entry that would transport all the earthlings (patrons) into the unseen planet. Orri & Orran (Ski India's mascots) pilot the earthlings while the Snow Men guides them through all the intergalactic sports. So the species of this planet just can't wait to meet the Earthlings.

WOW! It’s finally going to snow in Delhi all year around at sub zero conditions.

5th edition of ‘Artist Aloud Music Awards’ accomplishes yet another milestone

Independent music artists who entertained the audiences through their music were revered in 16 categories

Stalwarts of the music industry came together this year, once again to applaud and lend their support to independent music artists at the 5th Artist Aloud Music Awards, a property of Hungama, Powered by VIBE British Audio, India’s only Digital Awards for Independent Artists in Music held on 20th April, 2016 at Blue Frog, Mumbai.

An evening of music and grandeur unfurled as the hosts, Luke Kenny for the main event and Mihir Joshi for the Red Carpet kept the moods light and engaged the audience. Talented artists like Rabbi Shergill, Shibani Kashyap, Sanam, Groove Yatra and many more lit the stage on fire, with their power packed live performances. Keeping in tune with their digital brand philosophy, Artist Aloud had the performances and the entire event streamed live via YouTube, Facebook and Twitter along with the Hungama Music app, reaching out to music lovers not only at the venue, but across the globe!

The 20 nominees who are forerunners of independent music, came together to celebrate ‘Indie’-pendence through their mesmerising and soul stirring performances at the event. They got together to create an anthem, ‘Jashn-e-Hungama’ - a dedication to the people who share their dream and are struggling to set foot in the industry. AMEYA, the Pop-Rock duo (Abhishek Bhhardwaj and Arsh Bashar) have written and composed this soulful and motivating piece. Leading artists like Sherrin Varghese from Band of Boys fame, Ghazal star Jazim Sharma, North Eastern Pop star John Mpamei, Ace producer Sanjay Pathak, Avril Quadros the diva and many more, contributed to this beautiful endeavour.

The public voting phase this year also received an astonishing response from music lovers across frontiers. The soaring response accounted this year garnered acknowledgments and praise from fans and the industry, as a large number of votes for the contenders came not only from India, but also from other countries.

The winning artists were presented awards by well-established musical legends from the industry and celebrities like Pankaj Udhas, Kabir Bedi, Suneeta Rao, Talat Aziz, Lesle Lewis, Sulaiman Merchant, Sushant Singh, Aftab Shivadasani, Gulshan Devaiah, Neeraj Roy, Soumini Sridhara Paul and many more. The presence of these musical legends was an encouragement for these independent artists and indeed made this year’s awards ceremony better than ever before.