Saturday, August 15, 2015

Manoj Bakshi joins Bhanwarey

Delhi based versatile actor Manoj Bakshi has been in the news for his splendid performance in the highest grossing film of the year - Eros International, Salman Khan Films and Rockline Venkatesh’s “Bajrangi Bhaijaan”.  After his fabulous appearance in Bajrangi, Manoj Bakshi has joined the cast of “Bhanwarey” to play an important role in the upcoming comic caper being directed by Shaurya Singh, an actor/ director based in Mumbai.

“Our relation goes a long way back while both of us were trying to make our mark in the film industry. While I was writing this character I had no one in mind but him. He is immensely talented and hugely experienced and bringing him onboard had added creative value to the film” said Shaurya Singh when asked about how he cast Manoj Bakshi for the role.

Manoj Bakshi, who has given both serious and entertaining performances in acclaimed movies such as Do Dooni Chaar, Delhi 6, Dev D, Miss Lovely, No One Killed Jessica, Pyar ka Punchnama, Gori Tere Pyaar Main, Filmistan, Besharam, Hate Story and the most recent Bajrangi Bhaijan, will be seen in a never before avatar in Bhanwarey.

Speaking about this film, Manoj Bakshi says, “Shaurya called me up for a narration of Bhanwarey and I almost instantly agreed to do the role as it’s an interesting role plus we are an old team. This is not the first time we are working together. We did a few short films in the past and this team has a great sense for creating entertaining and responsible stuff.”

A dark comedy, Bhanwarey, made under the banner of “Sudha Creations” has Shaurya Singh, Karan Thakur, Jashan Singh Kohli in stellar roles. The film is currently wrapping up its last schedule in Delhi and will be released by the end of this year.

Big Win! Bhumi Pednekar Wins Best Actor- Female at Melbourne

She proved her mettle and confidence by playing the unusual overweight, ambitious small town girl in ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’. Now, Bhumi Pednekar, sans the weight and with loads more confidence has won the Best Actor-Female award at the Indian Film Festival Melbourne.

In this gem of a sleeper hit, the character of Sandhya in this film broke barriers & brought in a fresh new talent in Bollywood with Bhumi Pednekar. Her role won hearts and minds, which is evident in the fact that Bhumi has won this prize over and above experienced leading ladies like Anushka Sharma in 'NH 10', Kalki Koechlin in ‘Margherita With A Straw’ and Deepika Padukone in ‘Piku’.  In a year where Bollywood’s leading ladies have made great impact with substantial roles, Bhumi’s victory at this international film jamboree is encouragement for a genuinely talented actress!

Elated with the win, Bhumi said, “I am so happy that Sandhya was accepted without question by audiences across the world. I believe my hard work has paid off in this applause that my character won. To win overseas at a diaspora centric event, feels even more special!”

With this award from IFFM, Bhumi is set to take on new challenges onscreen.

Parineeti to Be Grand Marshall of India Day Parade in NY

With her universal appeal & her self made success story, Parineeti Chopra personifies the spirit of the independent, 21st century Indian achiever. Which is why this young actor has been invited to become the Grand Marshall & Guest of Honour at the prestigious New York India Day Parade this year.

On 16th August, in the heart of New York, non resident Indians gather from all across North America to celebrate India’s independence; the Tri color flies high as this proud, successful & respected community of overseas Indians celebrates Independence Day, while aspiring to a world record for highest number of flags flown on one occasion! An event of globally impressive proportions, with over 40 floats & hundreds of people, the New York India Day Parade becomes a spectacle for the USA.

Parineeti Chopra will be sharing this dias with super achievers from the NRI community, and will be interacting with them. Parineeti will also be ringing the opening trade bell at Nasdaq, apart from other key event appearances. As Grand Marshall of the India Day Parade, she will oversee this grand procession.  She said, “I believe India’s story should be celebrated everywhere, and the journey of NRI citizenry is nothing short of incredible. The most successful community of expatriates anywhere, I treasure this opportunity to celebrate our independence in such a festive manner in New York.”

With Bollywood’s biggest stars being Grand Marshalls here before, Parineeti’s participation marks her popularity with Indians everywhere!

Gaurav Khanna to play the iconic character of Birbal on Big Magic’s Hazir Jawab Birbal

Revamped show will be in line with new channel positioning of providing comedy based edgy and contemporary content, reaching a younger audience of 15+ males

Akbar Birbal renamed as Hazir Jawab Birbal will focus on issues which are powerful, topical and relevant

Big Magic, poised to be the ultimate comedy destination from Reliance Broadcast Network Limited revamps its flagship show Akbar Birbal as Hazir Jawab Birbal, bringing in freshness and innovation with quirky, cutting edge, relatable and youthful content. The channel has roped in popular TV personality Gaurav Khanna to portray the character of Birbal, the protagonist of the show. Launching on 17th August, Hazir Jawab Birbal will air daily from Monday - Friday at 9 pm. Triangle Films will continue as producers and the show will be shot on the gorgeous set which was redone recently.

A strong and powerful character, Birbal will act as an agent of change, a reformist as identified with today’s world, targeting solutions and transparency in governance issues, a strong central character who believes in democratic views and rights. Hazir Jawab Birbal will feature a younger Akbar, who wants to make his own decisions (even if they may be wrong), live life and rule on his own terms. Only one person encourages and allows him to do so - his biggest ally, his biggest critic, his friend, philosopher and guide, Birbal.

In the last one year, Akbar Birbal has grown tremendously and is recognized as BIG Magic’s most renowned shows. Popular for its unique content and stellar star cast, it featured some of the best comedians from the industry like Kiku Sharda, Delnaaz Irani, Vishal Kotian amongst others, who contributed greatly to the show’s popularity and growth.

Elaborating on the new concept of the show, Mr. Paritosh Painter, Network Creative Director, Reliance Broadcast Network Limited said, “In our endeavour to provide fresh new content to our viewers, we have decided to revamp Akbar Birbal, one of our highest rated shows on BIG Magic. Renamed as Hazir Jawab Birbal, this new show will be relatable, fresh, surprising and unpredictable with a high degree of humour. Respected and hugely popular stars like Kiku Sharda, Delnaaz Irani, Vishal Kotian amongst others have made this show iconic and the No. 1 show on the channel. By introducing a new, younger star cast as Gaurav Khanna, our focus will continue to build popular iconic characters which are stand out, quirky and funny.”

Vande Mataram by Sarod Maestros Amjad Ali Khan and his sons Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan

One of the 20th century's greatest masters of the sarod Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and his sons Amaan and Ayaan have paid tribute to the nation on its 69th Independence Day with their new video track titled 'Vande Mataram'.

khan saab has to say that Vande Mataram has been sung by several singers over the years, but it has hardly ever been played only on an instrument.The aim is to make our countrymen realise that we are Indians first.

This idea was by Ayaan Ali Khan and Amaan thought that it will be apt tribute to the 69th Independence day.

This Independence Day Amitabh Bachchan Brings #Didyouknowyourindia for his Fans

Celebrating the spirit of Independence Day, Amitabh Bachchan,  has a special surprise for his fans and followers. Starting 12am on 15 August 2015, Mr. Bachchan, will bring #DidYouKnowYourIndia with insightful but lesser known facts about this great country of ours, on the hour every hour for 24 hours all through Independence Day.

“Loving India to me is like breathing air, it is a part of my being. So on the occasion of Independence Day, I would love to share with my well wishers some interesting but lesser known facts that have played an important part in shaping our country. #DidYouKnowYourIndia is an effort of showcasing the India that I love, to the world”.

So starting 12am at the stroke of midnight on 15th August celebrate our country’s 69th Independence day with Amitabh Bachchan by getting to know #DidYouKnowYourIndia!

Click Digital Studios unveils triple dose of Independence Day special spoofs

This Independence Day, makers of Shudh Desi endings, raps and gaane, Click Digital  Studios have ‘patriotism’ written all over them, but not without their signature witty and whacky take on just about everything. Be it Bollywood, cricket, politics or Indo-Pak relations, the Shudh Desi camp has more than a couple of twisted tales in store.

The special Independence Day spree of side-splitting spoofs and some all pun intended moments features – a Shudh Desi Endings (SDE) spoof on film ‘Border’, a Shudh Desi Rap (SDR) between Bapu and NaMo, and a 100% desi parody on the Swades melody ‘Yeh Jo Des Hai Tera’.

For those who were wishing to revisit the classic Sunny Deol starrer ‘Border’ this August 15th, SDE Border spoof is the ideal pick. 

The SDG ‘Yeh Jo Des Hai Tera’ parody is some food for thought for every freedom loving Indian. Packed with reality checks and moments of introspection this one is not just a parody – it is a call to action.

And the fun continues with a clash of two time-honoured patriots, Mahatma Gandhi and Narendra Modi in a tussle like none other. In the rhythmic spoof, Bapu comes to life irked with India’s current state of affairs and NaMo who appears equally loaded with quite a lot of verbal arsenal, counters Bapu’s round-spectacled, half a century old wisdom and oral laathi charge strength to strength.