Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay to entice Indian audiences from November 28, 2014

It’s time to enter the dystopian post-apocalyptic future in the land of Panem, as this year’s most anticipated film, The Hunger Games:  Mockingjay - Part 1 is set to arrive in the Indian theatres on November 28, 2014. Presented by Lionsgate, a premier next generation global content leader, this science fiction adventure film is based on the novel Mockingjay, the third in a trilogy written by Suzanne Collins. The movie continues to follow female ‘tribute’ Katniss Everdeen who becomes a reluctant hero and a symbol of hope for the nation of Panem. The Hunger Games:  Mockingjay - Part 1will be released in all key metros.

The film, the third in the global blockbuster Hunger Games film franchise, opens in theaters worldwide on November 21, 2014 and will hold its world premiere in London, England on November 10th. Beginning in Beijing, the cast including Academy Award®-winner Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, director Francis Lawrence and producers Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik, will embark on a World Press Tour with stops in Seoul, London, New York and Los Angeles.

The worldwide phenomenon of The Hunger Games continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games:  Mockingjay - Part 1, which finds Katniss Everdeen in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore)and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a nation moved by her courage.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 stars Jennifer Lawrence, reprising her character as Katniss Everdeen along with Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Donald Sutherland, Stanley Tucci, Jeffrey Wright, Natalie Dormer, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Willow Shields. The movie is directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Danny Strong and Peter Craig and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 is a highly awaited movie of this year. With previous series having gained critical acclaim & massive box-office success, the movie anticipates same kind of response this year. The first Hunger Games film generated nearly $700 million at the worldwide box office. The second film in the franchise, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, was the #1 domestic film of 2013 and the 10th highest-grossing North American release of all time, grossing over $860 million around the world.

The movie is the first of the two cinematic parts based on the novel and will be followed-up by a concluding installment The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2.   The ‘Hunger Game’ series have a huge fan following worldwide and promises to entice the audience with its latest offering as well.

SRK & Vroovy team up to launch the official mobile game of ‘Happy New Year’

King Khan’s upcoming and most awaited film of the year, ‘Happy New Year’ is all set to enthral fans on the mobile devices. The “Badshah of Bollywood” has partnered with Vroovy (a joint venture between South Asia’s largest Digital Media Company Hungama and India’s largest game service company Gameshastra) and launched the official mobile game of the film. ‘Happy New Year: The Game’ is now available for download on iOS, Android and Facebook.

The game is a side scroller action adventure where a group of six highly trained thieves take on thrilling missions using their unique skill sets and gadgets to pull off the greatest diamond heist of the world.The mobile game encapsulates the essence of the film, which allows gamers to play as Champion Charlie, Marvellous Mohini, Notorious Nandu, Juggernaut Jag, Terrific Tammy or Rowdy Rohan and gear up foran action packed, heart racing adventure where they have to unlock doors, break walls, hack alarm systems, and bash guards.
Commenting on the launch of the game, Neeraj Roy, MD & CEO, Hungama Digital Media Entertainment Pvt Ltd. said, “We are delighted to be working with the superstar of Bollywood and creating the magic of his upcoming film – ‘Happy New Year’ on the mobile devices. The game has eight levels and it allows you to play as the characters of the film, and that I believe is a thrilling experience for the fans. I am certain that the engagement level of the game with its extremely immersive features and gameplay will keep the gamers hooked on to the game. With soaring anticipation for the film and the massive fan following of SRK, we hope the game will be well received by Mobile & Casual gamers across the world.”

Some of the features of the game are:
  • Super realistic 3D modeled characters of Shahrukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Abhishek Bachchan, Boman Irani, Sonu Sood and Vivaan Shah!
  • Complete objectives, collect diamonds and discover secret chambers to help you advance in the game
  • 8 complete levels designed to test your mettle at different locations - The Bank, The Dockyard, The Streets of Dubai etc.
  • Overcome the obstacles in the form of watchful guards, lasers, falling cargo, burning barrels to get to the final level: The Magnificent Atlantis Hotel
  • Powerup: With weapons, skill upgrades, invisibility shields, and the much coveted BomankaBatwa!
  • Real-time social multiplayer mode: Challenge your friends on Facebook/Twitter
  • Discover the abilities of your favorite character by unlocking them: Some are super speedy, some are expert hackers and some fight like ninja samurais!
  • Unique tag-team format: Switch between characters who have unique skillsets
  • Fight your way to the top of the worldwide leaderboards. Stand a chance to win exciting prizes!
  • Simple and intuitive controls and amazing realistic graphics
Should you wish to download the game, here are the links:

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Bejewelled festivities at Poonam Soni brought in with Raell Padamsee, Sharon Prabhakar, Kriti Soni & Vidya Malavade

She believes in ushering the revelries in style ….as the occasion demands it!! Offering the choicest of designer jewels from Poonam Soni’s signature collection, the iconic trendsetter in the industry hosted an intimate exhibition at the brand’s flagship store. Giving the swish set of the city a glimpse of her signature collection.

Enamouring guests with her generosity, Poonam’s personalised engagement and flawless designs left them besotted with the vibrant colour palette of lilac, rosy, auburn, flushed pinks in the rarest of precious stones combined with quality diamonds in noble gold. Bringing in the festivities were Raell Padamsee, Narendra Kumar Ahmed, Sharon Prabhakar, Malti Jain, Bindu Ranna Kapoor and Radha Kapoor, Laxman and Sunita Shreshta,  Kriti Soni  and Vidya Malavade.

The bold play at rose and yellow gold with hints of diamonds crafted to form solid looking bracelets was a hit with Actor Gulshan Grover; while Kadambari Lakhani  choose some exclusive and refreshing designs in chandbali's with colored stones, Jamuna Pai selected a pair of earrings with large sized emeralds in a vintage look. Bringing high end fashion trends with statement neck pieces, Poonam Soni also showcased a stunning collection of wearable designs. With expansion for the brand on the cards, Poonam Soni offers the perfect blend of designer jewellery ….something for everyone.

Fury special screening attended by Richa Chadha, Ali Fazal, Aalim Hakim and Sonu Nigam

A special screening of Brad Pitt's Fury was held at Light Box Santacruz and was attended by Richa Chadha, Ali Fazal, Aalim Hakim and Sonu Nigam among others. Fury, directed by David Ayer, is a hot favourite for an Oscar this season. The movie is set in the Second World War and focuses on the life of 5 soldiers in a tank who set out to meet the last remaining forces of the German Nazi army.

Brad Pitt essays the role of battle hardened Army Sgt. Don Collier who leads his team of five men - Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena and Scott Eastwood in a mission to gain victory over the Nazi Army.

Richa's grandfather served in the Army and she associates closely with the cause of soldiers. Fury, which depicts the struggles - mental and physical - of battle weary soldiers, made a great connect with the actress, "My grandfather served in the Indian Army, and I have heard his stories. I am glad I got to saw the movie along with the rest of the world. Fury has great cinematography, direction and art. Definitely a front runner for the Oscar."

The movie released worldwide on 17th October, with an India release on the 31st of October. Fury will be distributed in India by PVR Pictures.

Cinema spree continues on Day 7 of 16th Mumbai film festival

It has been a week since the 16th Mumbai Film Festival started and cine goers are yearning for more with every passing day. An exciting mix of movies, master classes, music and more personified cinema at its best ever at India’s biggest film carnival running at Chandan Cinema, PVR Andheri and Cinemax Versova from October 14-21, 2014.

Cine goers at Chandan have got habituated to grab a seat for some daily movie magic that began on Day 7 with a hat-trick of Arab cinema celebration as Mohamed Khan’s 1987 exciting Egyptian drama ‘The Wife of an Important Man’, Mohamed Khan’s 1989 black & white film ‘Dreams of Hind and Camilia’ and Merzak Allouache’s 1994 film ‘Bab el Oued City’ were screened. Edward Berger’s German adolescent drama ‘Jack’ and Michel Hazanavicius’ French drama ‘The Search’ followed next.

At PVR Andheri, Italian crime drama ‘Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion’ directed by Elio Petrifilm in the Restored Classic segment left an indelible period feel of the 70s. The lineup of World Cinema such as Marcelo Galvão’s Brazilian film ‘Farewell’, Anne Villacèque’s French film ‘Weekends in Normandy’, Tayfun Pirselimoğlu’s 2013 film ‘I Am Not Him’, Vladimir Khotinenko’s Russian film ‘Demons’ and Ken Loach’s ‘Jimmy’s Hall’ thoroughly indulged every movie buff.  The cinematic carnival also showcased Sonja Prosenc’s Slovenian film ‘The Tree’, Sudabeh Mortezai’s Austrian film ‘Macondo’, Sanjib Sabhapandit’s Assamese film ‘The Pulsating Mindscape’, Malyalam film ‘Names Unknown’ directed by Dr. Biju, Raphaël Neal’s French film ‘Fever’, Naji Abu Nowar’s ‘Theeb’, Spanish film ‘Schimbare’ directed by Alex Sampayo contending under International Competition.

Films such as  Mashti Esmaeil’s Iranian film ‘Mahdi Zamanpoor’, Ron Mann’s ‘Altman’, Mahendra Teredesai’s Marathi film ‘Dombivli Return’, Thomas Cailley’s ‘Love at First Fight’, Olivier Assayas’ ‘Clouds Of Sils Maria’, André Téchiné’s ‘French Riviera’ and Bertrand Bonello’s French biography drama ‘Saint Laurent’ across different sections ensured that film lovers had a lasting cinematic memory to take along. That’s not all, film aficionados at PVR got more choices than they anticipated with screenings such as Grigoriy Chukhray’s Russian black & white film ‘Ballad of a Soldier’, Karen Shakhnazarov’s Russian film ‘Rider Named Death’ marking Celebration of 90 Years of MOSFILM Studio, and Attila Szász’s Hungarian film ‘The Ambassador To Bern’, Levent Çetin’s Tukish film ‘Civilian’ and Sallas de Jager’s  South African film ‘Musiek vir die Agtergrond’  under Above the Cut segments.

Cinemax Versova kept the film buffs hooked on to a versatile lineup of films ranging from Hoku Uchiyama’s 2013 American documentary ‘Upaj: Improvise’ under the Real Reel, 2004 father-son pilgrimage film ‘The Big Journey’ directed by Ismaël Ferroukhi under Celebration of Arab Cinema, Tommy Lee Jones’ American western drama ‘The Homesman’ as the World Cinema gem of the day, Mathieu Amalric’s ‘The Blue Room’ and Christophe Honoré’s ‘Metamorphoses’ within Rendez-vous with French Cinema segments.

Choices ranging from Ana Lily Amirpour’s vampire film ‘A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night’, Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger, Samuel Theis’ French film ‘Party Girl’ in Above the Cut, Manu Warrier’s Hindi film ‘Coffee Bloom’, Bramma G.’s Tamil film ‘The Punishment’ in New Faces of Indian Cinema, to Sergei Eisenstein ‘s  Russian 1938 black & white film ‘Alexander Nevsky’, Sergei Bondarchuk’s 1968 classic Alexander, left city’s cine goers beaming with delight on a movie-studded Monday.

While the International Competition segment dazzled bright with films such as Churni Ganguly Bengali film ‘Banished’, Mini Padma’s Malayalam-Paniya film ‘Earth Seeking Shades’, Asaf Korman’s Israeli film ‘Next to Her’, Yann Demange’s British film ‘‘71’ and Chaitanya Tamhane’s Indian regional film ‘Court’; the Dimensions Mumbai segment on its 2nd day witnessed films set in the tinsel town competing neck to neck to stand out to judges and Mumbaikars alike.

Movie lovers were in for a surprise when they spotted the new age Bollywood rage Rajkumar Rao grace the evening. As the sun set, talented film maker Imtiaz Alia met Indian cinema stalwarts including Shyam Benegal, Nafisa Ali,  Govind Nihalani and Kunal Kapoor over FC Roundtable conversation about the film ‘Junoon’ which was later presented by Imtiaz Ali as part of FC Director Choice.

Before drawing the curtains actors Kal Penn & Rajpal Yadav launched  the first look and  behind-the-scenes footage from their upcoming film ‘Bhopal: A Prayer For Rain’. A social thriller based on the Bhopal gas tragedy of 1984 is produced by Sahara Movie Studios and Rising Star Entertainment.

Studded with world’s best movies, master sessions and lasting memories, Day 7 became this year’s most exciting Monday that closed on a starry note. But knowing the 16th Mumbai Film Festival’s love for surprises, there is surely a miraculous last and final day in store.

Martin Moran’s award winning show tours India, hopes to spark a debate on sexual violence against boys

Aristotle said the function of theatre is “to heal the city”. Martin Moran’s hugely ​​transformative one-man-shows are all set to tour India.​ ​Producer Poorna Jagannathan, who also produced ‘Nirbhaya’ earlier this year, hopes the plays will spark a debate on a much needed conversation - that of the epidemic of sexual violence against boys.

​​This November, Moran’s award winning one-man-shows, THE TRICKY PART and ALL THE RAGE will be seen by audiences in Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi.

Both plays are testimonial in nature- drawn from Moran’s real life experiences. ​​THE TRICKY PART, one of the most heralded one-man plays in recent memory, tells the true story of sexuality, spirituality and the mystery of human experience.​ ​​​ALL THE RAGE is Moran’s second award winning one-man-show. It’s a complimentary piece and as powerful.

​​Deftly crafted by director Seth Barrish who will be touring as well, Moran offers a firsthand perspective on sexual abuse. Full of complexity, honesty and surprising humor, Martin’s shows leave audiences transformed and deeply engaged with a subject matter previously inaccessible to most.​

Jagannathan says of her decision to bring these plays to India, “​​Today, 1 in 2 BOYS are sexually abused in India. That means half of all boys in India are exposed to an unwanted sexual interaction.  It’s mind-boggling. But the culture of extreme shame surrounding male sexual abuse prevents survivors from seeking help or healing.

Most times, violence is internalized and cycles of abuse just continue. At a time we are trying to combat sexual violence against women, we remain relatively blind to sexual violence against boys and men. I’m hoping, like NIRBHAYA did, these plays too can pry open this difficult yet vital conversation. I strongly believe that ending sexual violence against boys is one of the key to ending the cycles of violence.”

Ministry of Women and Child Development study called ‘Study on Child Abuse India 2007’ revealed that more than 53% of children in India have probably been sexually abused. Of these, 53 percent were boys and 47 percent girls.(http://wcd.nic.in/childabuse.pdf)

The ministry emphasized that around 70 percent of abused children never reported the matter to anyone and children of all socio-economic groups were found to be equally vulnerable. (Broken down, the statistics are as follows: 1 in 2 children are sexually abused: 1 in 2 boys, 1 in 2 girls with there being a higher incidence rate among boys in some studies.) Human Resource Watch also acknowledges that in majority of cases abuse remains under-reported because children are reticent to raise a voice and if they do, often caregivers themselves hush them up. www.hrw.org/reports/2013/02/07/breaking-silence

Starting this month, the two plays, each 80 minute long, will tour along with Martin Moran, director Seth Barrish and producer Poorna Jagannathan across Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore. The plays run in Mumbai between October 30 and November 2, 2014 at the much-awaited Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest held at the National Centre of Performing Arts (NCPA) and Prithvi Theatre. Subsequently, both plays will be staged at the Rangashankara theatre in Bangalore between November 11 and 13, and reach Delhi to the India Habitat Centre on November 15 and 16, 2014.​​