Thursday, July 31, 2014

Mary Kom’s first song ‘Ziddi Dil’ out NOW!

The much awaited moment for all music lovers and movie buffs is here. The first song titled ‘Ziddi Dil’ from Priyanka Chopra’s upcoming film ‘Mary Kom’ has been released. With lyrics like ‘Bas khud ki hi sunta baatein yeh, Dil yeh ziddi hai’, this maiden track catches the essence of the dedication depicted in the movie for boxing. The video for the song features the National award winning actress Priyanka Chopra as she seamlessly portrays the role of the determined boxer, MC Mary Kom.

Watch the journey of the World Champion boxer as she fights against all odds to pursue her dream of becoming the best. The song is an inspiration for all and aptly depicts the never-say-die spirit of MC Mary Kom.

‘Ziddi Dil’ has been sung by singer Vishal Dadlani and been composed by Shashi Suman. The lyrics to this fast paced, upbeat number have been penned by Prashant Ingole.  The song has been creating a huge buzz in the industry since the announcement of its release. The film itself, has been receiving praise for its power packed trailer that was launched earlier this month.

‘Mary Kom’, the film is about the Indian Boxer and Olympic Bronze medallist MC Mary Kom, her life, struggles, family and her perseverance to be the best. Priyanka Chopra stars as Mary Kom along with Darshan Kumaar, Sunil Thapa, Shishir Sharma and American actor Zachary Coffin.

‘Mary Kom’ is directed by Omung Kumar, and produced is by Viacom18 Motion Pictures & Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The film is scheduled for release on September 5th, 2014.

View the motivational song here and watch the brand new video for exciting glimpses of Priyanka Chopra as the gritty Mary Kom.

UTV Movies International reaches out to Canadian movie enthusiasts through Asian Television Network

UTV Movies International, the 24 hour Hindi movie destination providing an instant dose of movie entertainment for viewers, is now distributed in Canada by one of the largest licensed television broadcasters - Asian Television Network (ATN). The channel, which draws audiences together to share in the universal passion for Bollywood, is available across key leading platforms in Canada, starting with the launch on Bell Fibe from July 17, 2014.

“UTV Movies has been consistently engaging with audiences in India and internationally. With the UTV Movies International channel launch in Canada, we are further expanding our footprint in the international markets and are extremely excited to work with Canada’s largest television broadcaster – Asian Television Network. Canada is a very important market for us as it has a large South Asian diaspora who are looking for fresh and distinctive Hindi movie content,” said Nikhil Gandhi, Vice President - Revenue, Media Networks, Disney India.

“We are very pleased to be associated with UTV Movies International,” said Dr. Shan Chandrasekar, President and CEO of ATN. “Bollywood is one of the most loved genres in the country and the audiences here have a special connect with Hindi films. ATN has been responsible in bringing a range of specialty channels to the diverse audiences in Canada and UTV Movies International is a great addition to our network.” he added.

Over the past 5 years, UTV Movies International has addressed the viewer’s approach of looking to television for uninhibited entertainment, instantly gratifying them with a direct experience of the spirit of Bollywood. The channel, currently present in 26 countries, has been engaging with audiences in key regions such as USA, Middle East & Africa along with countries such as Nepal, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand. UTV Movies International also has a presence in the United Kingdom under the name of UMP Movies.

Nicolai Friedrich enthrals the audience with his outstanding performance: Leaves Tisca Chopra impressed

Ashvin Gidwani Productions’ talent and world renowned German mentalist Nicolai Friedrich successfully mesmerized the audience with his fantastic performance on Sunday 27th July 2014. The St. Andrews Auditorium was echoing with constant laughter that erupted from the rapt audience during the show. The show saw the presence of a number of celebrated personalities like actress Tisca Chopra, television actress Narayani Shashtri and Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) Chairman Vineet Jain.

Nicolai’s tricks and Mental Magic had the audience stunned in their seats with each of them trying to figure out the secret behind his tricks. As he performed each part of his illusion the atmosphere in the auditorium went from silence to the thundering of claps as he finished his unique act.

Mentalist Nicolai Friedrich who has earlier performed at the same venue and received a huge response said prior to the show, “I hope a full house tonight at St Andrews and looking forward to the show.”

Post the show, Tisca Chopra was seen impressed with Nicolai and expressed her excitement saying, “Simply out of the world. I can’t believe what I have just seen! I wish I could learn some of the tricks it would be really useful, specially reading peoples mind!”

RWITC Chairman Vineet Jain was not left behind, he complimented the mentalist exclaiming, “It was outstanding, it’s a miracle what he does. Very very enjoyable!”

They were also seen blissfully posing with Nicolai after the show and seemed thrilled with the whole experience.

The audience attended the show as sceptics but as the show ended they were left completely in awe of Nicolai. Fans clamoured and clicked pictures with the master mentalist. Nicolai was seen surrounded by a large number of people who wanted to speak to him and the mentalist seemed happy with all the attention. Nicolai along with Ashvin Gidwani Productions hopes to keep entertaining his fans and trying to reach out to as many people as possible with his exceptional gift

When fairytales come true! Kunal Jaisingh to romance Namita Dubey in Yeh Hai Aashiqui

Love often sneaks in through a door that one thinks is not open. Something similar happens with Princejeet Singh, the charming and handsome teen sensation of Chandigarh. While running away from his fans, Prince accidently bumps into Srineeta, a young girl who unlike others is not star-struck by him. Srineeta comes to Prince’s rescue and gives him shelter as he is struggling to hide from his fans and media - who are just hovering outside his house. Soon friendship develops between the two, which eventually blossoms into love. But Prince is in the dilemma, whether to listen to his heart and be with Srineeta, or continue being in a fake relationship for the sake for his career.

Television actor Kunal Jaisingh will be seen as the male protagonist - Princejeet Singh. While talking about the show, and his character, Kunal said, “It was an amazing experience working with bindass. Yeh Hai Aashiqui has a wonderful and unique concept which always showcases unconventional love stories. The story of this particular episodic was so fresh and college based that it intrigued me to take up the show. I am portraying the character of Prince, a young and charming teen sensation who is always chased by girls.  But then he meets Srineeta and from there a love- hate relationship starts between the two.”

The charming actor will be seen romancing Namita Dubey and will be hosted by popular television actor Rithvik Dhanjani, who will take the viewers through the entire story. Watch this amazing love story unfold on ‘Yeh Hai Aashiqui’, this Friday 1st August, 2014, at 7pm only on bindass!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Dharma Productions pioneers movie watching on Facebook

Dharma Productions has entertained generations of movie goers and now they bring home the movies!  The production house is now the first Indian production house to enable Facebook fans to watch movies on one of world’s biggest social networking platform, Facebook.

A total of 15 films are now available as a part of the first phase launch including blockbuster Dharma movies such as Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Student of the Year, Agneepath, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. These films will be available for viewing in India and additional 150+ countries including US, UK, Canada Australia.

With a significant fan community online, Dharma Productions looks forward to engaging with its 2 crore plus followers. Aware of internet reach and with 1.28 billion active Facebook users, this could be considered as a big leap towards popularizing Indian cinema and entertaining more and more people across the globe.

Deepika Padukone goes on a World Tour with the cast of Happy New Year

Deepika Padukone is all set to go on her first world tour ever, for her upcoming film ‘Happy New Year’ this September. Directed by Farah Khan, the film, which stars the industry’s biggest names, is now in news for its unique promotional and marketing strategies. As a part of their innovative promotional idea, Deepika Padukone will be touring the United States of America and Canada for the ‘SLAM’ musical concert. The actress will be on tour along with her hit film co-star, Shahrukh Khan and the rest of the ‘Happy New Year’ cast.

With ‘Happy New Year’, Deepika hopes to deliver another entertainer for her fans this year. This is the actress’ third film with superstar Shahrukh Khan. The film is produced by Gauri Khan under the banner Red Chillies Entertainment and distributed worldwide by Yash Raj Films.

The first ever amalgamation of Art, Fashion and Bollywood: Presenting Singapore Indian Icons of the Year 2014

The first ever Singapore Indian Icons of the Year 2014 is all set to have glitz, glamour and artistry, congregate in the Lion City - Singapore. For the first time ever, Art, Fashion and Bollywood – the three pillars of entertainment of India’s upper crust will converge, leading all ritzy roads to St. Regis, Singapore on August 24th, to raise a toast and celebrate diverse Indian talent spread across the globe. Christened ‘Camera Catwalk Canvas - Showcasing the Creative Essence of India’, the event is being organized by Act for Hope, an initiative by Prerna Jhunjhunwala and Aashna Chopra, and will be hosted by the gorgeous Mandira Bedi.

The categories of Camera, Catwalk and Canvas will see a voting process come into play, so that audiences can vote for their favorites. The nominees will be selected by an eminent jury who will shortlist the best of the best from across Bollywood, Fashion and Art respectively, post which nominees opens to audiences across the world for voting. While a large part of the voting will be done digitally, Act for Hope has tied up with India’s No. 1 FM network 92.7 BIG FM to extend voting through the very powerful medium of radio, in India.

The Singapore Indian Icons of the Year 2014 will showcase the stunning high fashion couture by India’s leading fashion designer, Gaurav Gupta and Anamika Khanna, presented by Outback Steak House. Top artists like Kumari Nahappan and Vibhor Sogani, known for their contributions to Art across Europe, US and Asia also come together to showcase the rich artistic and cultural landscape of contemporary India.  With the likes of Shahrukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Farhan Akhtar, Vidya Balan, Priyanka Chopra and Kareena Kapoor expected to lead the nominations list for their splendid body of work in 2013-14, Bollywood is expected to be there in full attendance. Coming on board as partners is Yes Bank and Outback, who will present the Yes Bank Singapore Bollywood Icon of the Year Award and Outback Fashion icon of the year respectively to the winners.

A special highlight of the evening will see the first ever unique live auction, which will allow bidders a life-time experience which range, a lunch session with ace investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala or an expert training session on the pitch with cricketer Sourav Ganguly, or a bid for the extremely gorgeous Sabyasachi sari worn Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan at Cannes or for the exceptional art works of leading artists like T. Vaikuntham, Paresh Maity, Jogen Chowdhary, Kumari Nahappan and Vibhor Sogani.

Speaking on the occasion, Prerna Jhunjhunwala, Founder, Art for Hope says, “India’s upper-crust has a penchant for all things fine and hence the idea of bringing together the best of ‘Camera Catwalk and Canvas’ for those who live life with panache! It is our endeavor to recognize the extremely talented Indians that the world is proud of. We look forward to engaging and honoring talent in the times to come, as we celebrate India!” Along with a multi-media marketing plan for the event, along with its telecast on Zee Singapore, the event already has partners in Yes Bank and Outback Steak House.

Act for Hope brings together distinguished people from various backgrounds who unite over a shared enthusiasm for fine art, film and fashion, aiming to weave in Indian culture with the Southeast Asian diaspora. This glamorous platform will also be used to raise awareness about social causes that need attention and help garner support for them.