Friday, November 21, 2014

Natalie Dormer sportingly partially shaved her own hair for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

Natalie Dormer, the 32 year old English actress has been in the news recently for her half shaved look for the upcoming movie The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. Natalie plays Cressida, the hot young media-savvy rebel who makes “propos,” a mix of viral advertising, on-the-fly news clips and inspirational messages that are the only way for the rebels to communicate to the outside world.

The actress who had to buzz the left side of her head for the role was very nervous about shaving half her head, but once she had done the deed she felt surprisingly free. The actress felt empowered after shaving her long locks and the half shaved head gives a very edgier look and shows the rebel in her.

Makeup department head Ve Neill says, “Since Natalie was coming off Game Of Thrones, we really wanted to give her a completely different look than people were used to.” In the book she is described as having a shaved head and being tattooed with green vines, which could mean a number of different things, so we began to explore from there.”

Ultimately, Dormer sportingly partially shaved her own hair on one side. “Natalie was kind of freaked out about the hair at first, but then she said, ‘You know what?  I’m rocking it.’  And she did,” muses Neill.

About her look Natalie feels, “We all felt that shaving just half the head was more Capitol -- funkier, edgier, and it gave insight into Cressida’s personality.”

At the recently held world premier Natalie said, “So much of female identity is bound up in our hair. It was fascinating to explore my idea of what makes me physically attractive. I felt empowered.”

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, the third in the global blockbuster Hunger Games film franchise, releases in India on November 28, 2014.

Mantra`s Piya Behrupiya the only Indian entrant at the Whuzen Festival China

The very talented actor, RJ, anchor and TV presenter Mantra was a part of Wuhzen Theatre Festival, China. He plays the role of Andrew Aguecheek/Sebastian in 'Piya Behrupiya', a Hindi interpretation of Shakespeare's famous literary work Twelfth Night.Piya Behrupiya happened to be the only entry from India at the prestigious Wuzhen Festival China.

Apart from being a part of multiple National festivals and winning various awards, Mantra has also performed in the Shakespeare Globe Theatre festival, London 2012. Currently, he`s hosting Family Antakshri on Sab TV with the famous Anu Kapoor. The play, 'Piya Behrupiya’ is produced by The Company Theater and next they perform in the Paris theatre festival, February 2015.

Follow your Pride and let go of the Prejudice with Halla Bol Season 2

One cannot deny that female stereotypes are deeply embedded in every society. From dress codes to career choices, the dos’ and don’ts section of the big fat Indian rule book for women never falls short of norms. But it’s time to break the silence and raise your voice with youth entertainment channel bindass’ iconic show ‘Halla Bol’ which is all set to return for a second outing this November. bindass, which has established itself as the enabler of purposive action, will bring inspiring stories of women who have dared to dream , dared to say no and dared to defy convention.

Yes! bindass' popular show Halla Bol's is coming to enthrall the viewers once again. The much acclaimed show’s second innings ‘Halla Bol's Second Season’ was launched amidst great fan fare in Delhi yesterday clubbing it with an event of felicitating great women achievers at a special gathering. Joining the show host and popular actor, Karan Tacker, were three women achievers from different walks of life who broke the convention and made a mark in their respective fields:
The 24 year old Mamta Rawat is a trained mountaineer from the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, who saved over a 500 lives during the flash floods of Uttarakhand on her own. She had no official badge, no uniform, no map, no government order or logistical support
Rajani Pandit, the first woman private investigator in the country; this 47 year old started the work at a young age in 1983 and had spent more than 25 years in the profession. She was the first lady detective who mounted towards eminence
Mamta Devi, a trained bodybuilder, is the first and only Indian to win a medal in the World body building championship, making the country proud in international platform.

These achievers spoke about their journey, trial and tribulations. Also present at the event was a female graffiti artist, Samita Chatterjee who created special graffiti art to honor these successful women.

With 26 solid episodes, Halla Bol Season 2 will shed light on the prejudices that have become a harsh reality in our society and tend to pre-define women. Exploring the trials and tribulations of the fairer sex, the show will go on to illustrate how strength and self confidence go a long way and why it is imperative not to stay silent about any injustice. Through these stories the show will take up relevant issues such as women empowerment, lack of respect for women’s abilities and choices and low self-esteem among women. From young Pakistani girls who refused to give up on their musical dreams to a pregnant woman who dared to walk out of an abusive marriage, these wonderful tales of sheer courage aim to not only create awareness but also inspire millions.

Resuming his role as the ‘host with the most’, popular television personality Karan Tacker will take audiences through the emotional journeys and triumphs of the characters. With a successful stint on prime-time television, Karan is a household name and will further establish a strong connect with the audiences.

Walt Disney studios debuts trailer for “Cinderella”

Walt Disney Studios debuts the trailer for “Cinderella” on Wednesday, November 19, 2014.  A live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, “Cinderella” brings to life the timeless images from Disney’s 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realized characters in a visually-dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation.

The trailer will introduce audiences to Lily James (“Downton Abbey”) in the iconic role of Cinderella, a beautiful young woman with a gentle spirit who, despite the cruelty and abuse she is subjected to from her stepmother and her daughters, continues to remain positive and steadfast, as well as the first images of Oscar winner Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine”) as the wicked stepmother, Richard Madden (“Game of Thrones”) as the dashing, intelligent and thoughtful Prince, and the one-of-a-kind glass slipper. The slipper was designed by three-time Academy Award®-winning costume designer Sandy Powell (“The Aviator”) and produced by Swarovski, and is a magnificent work of art.

The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella (James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother (Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home. But, when Ella’s father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to “have courage and be kind.” She will not give in to despair nor despise those who mistreat her. And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an apprentice at the Palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul. It appears her fortunes may be about to change when the Palace sends out an open invitation for all maidens to attend a ball, raising Ella’s hopes of once again encountering the charming Kit (Madden). Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand, and a kindly beggar woman (two-time Oscar® nominee Helena Bonham Carter) steps forward and, armed with a pumpkin and a few mice, changes Cinderella’s life forever.

Directed by Academy Award nominee Kenneth Branagh (“Thor,” “Hamlet”), “Cinderella” is produced by Simon Kinberg (“X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Elysium”), Allison Shearmur (“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I”) and David Barron (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”) with Tim Lewis (“Goldeneye”) serving as executive producer. The screenplay is by Chris Weitz (“About a Boy,” “The Golden Compass”).

“Cinderella” will be released through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures on March 13, 2015.  You can watch the trailor here....

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Saheem Khan to feature in Sony TV's Crime Patrol

Actor Saheem Khan who has done episodics in Savdhan India, CID & Crime Petrol will yet again be seen in an engrossing story in Sony Entertainment Television’s long-running crime real issue based show Crime Patrol. Apart from these, Saheem Khan has also done ‘Chehra - The Unknown Mask’in the lead. He has just finished shoot of another film ‘Prakastha’ that is directed by Jagmohan Kapoor who have written hit films like Nagina, Nigahen, Banjaran, Sansaar, etc. ‘Prakastha’ is scheduled to release in the June of 2015.

Saheem has done more than 14 stories as lead in Crime Petrol and is once again going to lead the current episode to be telecast on 22nd & 23rd November. Speaking about his role, Saheem says, “I have done many stories earlier, but this one will always be close to my heart as this time I got to work with Amit Jha sir who got the Best Director Award for Crime Petrol. I was always looking forward to work under his direction and in a way, my dream has come true. Also, I have learnt quite a bit of nuances working with Amit Sir.”

Speaking about the storyline to Films & TV World, Saheem says, “It is the story of Ajit and Priti who are in love with each other. Ajit basically is a small time petty criminal and when Priti’s parents come to know about their affair, they send her to her uncle's place. Her uncle gets her admitted in a local college where one guy constantly keeps on harassing and eve-teasing her. Also her uncle has ulterior motives and has evil intentions on Priti. When Priti realizes this, she calls up Ajit and informs him. What happens next forms the crux of the story.”

Meanwhile, Saheem is completing his latest film “Power of Money” and is looking forward to do more intense author backed roles and is keenly looking forward to sign such a film. Meanwhile, as the search for a good script continues, he keeps doing episodics in Savdhan India (he has done more than 28 stories) and other serials as that doesn't tie him up totally and he can take up any good offers that come his way. We at Films & TV World wish him all the best.

Jacqueline Fernandez reveals her secret to smoother looking skin younger and the body shop brand ambassador

The Body Shop, UK's iconic retailer of cosmetics and toiletries along with the vivacious brand ambassador Jacqueline Fernandez, unveiled the remarkable youth enhancing Concentrate - the 'Drops of Youth Serum'. This powerful serum contains 98% ingredients of natural origin delivering the results for a young, healthier and radiant skin in just 5 days.

Stunning actress, Jacqueline Fernandez also launched the perfect partner to the serum – the new 'Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate'.  Infused with stem cells of Edelweiss, a rare flower that possess exceptional skin renewal properties for eyes that look and feel wide open with reduced appearance of lines and eye bags.

A true fan of The Body Shop products, the gorgeous Jacqueline Fernandez said “I'm so excited to be in Kolkata today and share my secret of younger looking smoother skin. This power duo of Drops of Youth serum and the eye concentrate is my perfect solution for healthy, radiant and happy skin.”

Agreeing with the brand ambassador, Varun Sharma, General Manager, The Body Shop India said, “At The Body Shop we always strive to offer innovative products enriched with powerful natural ingredients. This time we bring to our customers the Drops of Youth Serum and Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate which are nature's potent skin smoothers, perfect for the skin and eyes. It's a youth enhancing boost to your skincare regime, a must have natural beauty solution for every woman.”

Drops of Youth benefits from Community Fair Trade organic babassu oil. The Body Shop trade has helped to empower the women of the COPPALJ co-operative in Maranhão, Brazil, by turning the traditionally female occupation of shelling and pressing babassu nuts into a key source of income. Its 150 members now have a greater say and new standing and respect in their communities.

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This weeknight enjoy an entertaining episode full of suspense, twists and Birbal’s wits

What will happen when a blood sucking vampire enters the Mughal era? For the first time, Big Magic brings a suspense filled comedy with a supernatural twist for its viewers. Witness an episode full of excitement and splendour of Royalty with versatile actor Adhvik Mahajan, playing the role of blood sucking vampire with a pinch of comedy. BIG MAGIC, the flagship entertainment channel from Reliance Broadcast Network continues to bring in an unlimited streak of entertainment to make your days more majestic and entertaining.  Catch this special episode on Thursday 20th and Friday 21st November, at 9 pm on Big Magic.

Akbar’s kingdom has been infested by a Vampire who is on a blood sucking spree. The terrorised villagers reach out to their King for help. Entrusted with the responsibility of freeing the kingdom of this demon, Birbal, Baldev, Salim, Vasu and Tansen are now off to the village. The Mukhiya warns them of the danger that lies ahead. Unperturbed by the situation, Birbal and his brave team sets out to keep the Emperors word.  As the petrifying night progresses, they surround every corner of the village to capture the vampire. Laughter ensues when there are a series of event which take place leaving the audience in splits. Will they be successful in capturing the vampire? Will Birbal tackle his way through this mystery like always?

Featuring some of the best in comedy and television entertainment, Har Mushkil Ka Hal – Akbar Birbal is a fresh, comic take on the much-loved childhood folktales. The first in the genre of Historical Comedy, Akbar Birbal has captured the audience’s imagination with its delightful storyline and stellar cast featuring Kiku Sharda, Delnaz Irani, Vishal Kotian and Kishwar Merchant.  Aired on Big Magic at 9pm, the show has received a lot of adulation from fans and critics alike. Over social media, there has been an outpouring of praise for the well-crafted script, the actors’ quick comic timing and their unique chemistry. Be a part of this spooky episode of Akbar Birbal on Thursday 20th and Friday 21st November, at 9 pm only on Big Magic.