Monday, March 27, 2017

ITM University Gwalior Lake City International Film Festival 2017 happening on March 31st

Come March 31st and all roads will lead to the Heart of India into the City of Forts Gwalior where the ITM University Gwalior 2nd Lake City International Film Festival (LCIFF) 2017 is being held. To be held over two days (March 31st & 1st April) at the sprawling ITM University Gwalior campus and ITM Global School, LCIFF 2017 will be bringing in quality films from across the globe to the people of Gwalior for the first time.

Serving as Madhya Pradesh’s premier and upcoming International level Film Festival, the Lakecity International Film Festival (LCIFF) 2017 was founded to showcase Madhya Pradesh as a shooting destination in film making, and aims to exhibit the most captivating and innovative content. Though film festivals have become a regular affair in most countries yet most of them cater only to selected audience as well as entertain the commercially successful film makers and related personalities. However, LCIFF aims to connect the film fans and movies goers with the world, so as to bring about greater understanding of the art of film making.

Supported by ITM University Gwalior and ITM Global School, Hon’ble minister Shri Narendra Singh Tomarji has graciously consented to inaugurate the festival. Breaking all stereotypes, LCIFF's mission is to present quality films from around the world as well as support, recognize and honor indie film makers. With more than 180 films making it to the festival, the best of these films will be showcased here. BAFTA awarded Best Director Film Mantostaan that has travelled to various International Film Festivals across the globe will open the film alongside Ab To Pati Khol Do - A film on Swatch Bharat theme.

Some of the other notable films selected by the selection committee for screening include Indo Australia Sudama The Half Man, A Daughters Dream by Manto Pashupatinath, Rebellious Flower - An Award Winning film on Osho (Acharya Rajneesh) by Krishan Hooda, Rajeev Bhatia's National Award Winning Film Pagdi - The Honour, Murari - The Mad Gentleman, Beyond Blue (Cannes entry) by Zanane Rajsingh, Yaaron Samjha Karo by Dharmesh Pandit and others. In the international category, we have films like Final Project (China), The Third Eye (Mongolia / Thai), Capturing Happiness (Europe), The Eve (Italy), Alastair Tembylton (USA), Imphal 1944 (UK / Japan), September Sketch Book (USA), etc.

In the short film category, we have The Sunflower starring Surendra Rajan, The Magic of Giving starring Vaquar Shaikh (Sarbjit fame) & Shweta Gulati, Sandhya an Awakening starring Anurag Tomar (Prince), Mr. Clown, Ehsaas, Oneker Moddhe Ekjon, Café Irani Chai (Documentary), The Dinner (French), Ramadan in Bhopal by Troy Khan, Washakie (Italy), Selfish and Goodbye, Mayfly (Kashmiri) by Siddhartha Gigoo amongst others.

A celebrity event, it will be not only be attended by directors and film makers from across the globe but also known names from Bollywood including Sonal Sehgal (Radio / Damadamm) and Gauhar Khan (Rocket Singh / Badrinath Ki Dulhania / Ishaqzaade / Begum Jaan as well as the winner of Bigg Boss 7), and Actors like Nirbhay Wadhwa (Hanuman Serial playing the title role), Surendra Rajan (Jadoo ki Jhappi wala sweeper of Munnabhai MBBS), Vaquar Shaikh (Sarabjit),  Saurabbh Roy (Luv Phir Kabhie), Rishi Bhutani (Bolo Raam / Gandhigiri), RJ Mantra (Comedy Circus fame), Rahul Bhuchar and others. Renowned actress Moushumi Chatterjee will be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Renowned Novelist Siddhartha Gigoo who was awarded the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2015 for Asia will also attend the event.

The festival will also organise workshop in the field of acting, direction and personality grooming by renowned director Manto Pashupatinath, International Fashion Stylist and Celebrity Designer Mumtaz Khan, Creative Director Jaya Bhargava, Actor Saurabh Roy, as well as Independent film producer Jenif Matthew Joseph amongst others. These workshops will be entirely Free for youths and aspiring film makers, models and actors to attend. There will be No Registration Charges. However, you have to pre-register as Seats are Limited.

While Hotel Royal Inn, City Centre, Gwalior is Hospitality Partner to the event, Gwalior Abhi Tak News with Films & TV World is Media Partner to the event. The festival has also tied up with Giiffa - Global Impact International Film Festival & Awards as well as Darbhanga International Film Festival as Festival Partner to the event.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

AB & SRK - Two legends, one stage, an unforgettable conversation at the India Today Conclave.

It will be a magical cinematic experience at the India Today Conclave as Bollywood legends Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan engage in a never-before conversation at the most-awaited event of the year. The two-day event will also see talented actresses Anushka Sharma, Alia Bhatt, and Kalki Koechlin, show us their depth and range. Karan Johar, director, producer, TV show host, author, will be on the other side of the coffee table for a change, being quizzed, not quizzing.

The Conclave will also touch upon the crucial topic of racial discrimination as actor, designer, WarisAhluwalia, sheds light on living in Donald Trump’s America. With a short movie, ‘Dear America’, he also makes a powerful statement against bigotry and xenophobia.  

The Conclave will also witness the worldwide premiere of short films bySudhir Mishra, Nandita Das, Tigmanshu Dhulia and Ram Madhvani.

That’s not all. In keeping with the theme of The Great Disruption, the Conclave will premiere a VR film produced by Anand Gandhi and directed by SooniTaraporewala, celebrating the spirit of Mumbai.

India Today Conclave is a unique platform where the sharpest minds from across the globe converge to discuss and debate ideas and issues. Taking a break from previous years, the India Today Group's signature event will be held in Mumbai for the first time on March 17 and March 18. The Great Disruption, the theme of the India Today Conclave this year, will feature ground-breaking ideas, innovative experiences and thought-provoking debates.

There will be two days of talking, listening, thinking, doing and experiencing. From former President of the French Republic (2007 -2012) Nicolas Sarkozy to President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, to titans of the corporate world, the list of speakers this year is bigger and bolder, heralding a wave of change.

As Conclave Director KalliPurie describes it, “This edition of the India Today Conclave is a progressive and directional platform that aims to contribute in rebuilding the disrupted social order. This specially designed multi-sensory experience, spread across two days will be a great opportunity to listen to some of the sharpest minds across the world, get inspired and take some meaningful memories back home. We believe that significant conversations are the way to generate solutions and the Conclave promotes just that. From mobile movie premieres, spell-binding stage performances, curated experiences and gourmet delights – there’s lots that one can enjoy at the Conclave, apart from a powerful thought flow.”

Come to India's busiest two days at the India Today Conclave 2017 with the world's best sharing one stage:

1.    Abhinav Bindra, Olympic Champion
2.    Adi Godrej, Chairman, Godrej Group
3.    Alia Bhatt, Actor
4.    Amitabh Bachchan, Actor
5.    Amitabh Kant, CEO, NitiAayog
6.    Anand Mahindra, Chairman & Managing Director, Mahindra Group
7.    Ananya Birla, Founder, Svatantra Microfinance
8.    Anurag Kashyap, Writer and Director
9.    Anushka Sharma, Actor
10.  Arghya Sengupta, Research Director at Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy
11.  Asaduddin Owaisi, MP
12.  Abdul Basit, High Commissioner of Pakistan to India
13.  Chetan Bhagat, Author
14.  Deepa Malik, Paralympic Athlete
15.  Deepak Parekh, Chairman, HDFC Bank
16.  Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, Maharashtra
17.  Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum and Natural Gas
18.  Dipankar Gupta, Sociologist
19.  El Had jAsSy, General Secretary of International Red Cross
20.  Harish Salve, Lawyer
21.  Kalki Koechlin, Actor
22.  Kapil Sibal, Lawyer, MP
23.  Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs
24.  Leela Samson, Bharatanatyam Dancer
25.  Liz Mohn, Vice-Chairwoman, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Germany
26.  M. Venkaiah Naidu, Union Minister for Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation
27.  Manasi Kirloskar, Executive Director, Kirloskar Systems
28.  Mukesh Ambani, Chairman & Managing Director, Reliance Industries
29.  Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the French Republic (2007-2012)
30.  P. Chidambaram, Former Union Minister for Finance
31.  Pico Iyer, Author
32.  Piyush Goyal, Minister of State for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines
33.  Pranab Mukherjee, President of India
34.  Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister for Law, Justice and IT
35.  RohanMurty, Founder, Murty Classical Library of India
36.  SabihaSumar, Filmmaker
37.  Sajad Lone, Minister, Jammu and Kashmir Government
38.  Shah Rukh Khan, Actor
39.  Shashwat Goenka, Sector Head, Spencer's Retail Ltd.
40.  Shivraj Chouhan, Chief Minister, Madhya Pradesh
41.  SukhadeoThorat, Chairman, ICSSR
42.  Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Founder & CEO, Paytm
43.  Waris Ahluwalia, Designer, Actor

Started as part of India Today’s 25th anniversary, INDIA TODAY CONCLAVE was designed as a meeting point for the best minds from India and around the world to map the geopolitical and economic future of the country. In its inaugural year the theme was India Tomorrow 2002: Opportunities and Threats with Vice President of the USA Al Gore as the chief Guest. In its second year the theme was India Tomorrow 2003: Global Giant or Pygmy? The Honorable William Jefferson Clinton, 42nd President of the United States presided as the keynote speaker. The past 14 conclaves have been widely acclaimed and popular for the quality of speakers and discussion. The speakers who have been part of this conference each year are current and former heads of state, Nobel Laureates, spiritual leaders, industry captains, social workers, economists, authors, academics, scientist, strategists, activists, cine directors, actors and sportspersons. The past conferences can be accessed at

ग्वालियर निवासी देख सकेंगे हॉलीवुड और बॉलीवुड फ़िल्में

ग्वालियर में होने वाला है Lake City International Film Festival जो 31 March से 1 April 2017 को होगा , जिसमें दुनिया भर की क़रीब 180 फ़िल्म शामिल है। इनमे से कुछ फ़िल्में चीन, जापान, इटली, अमरीका और जर्मनी से भी हिस्सा ले रही हैं, हिंदुस्तान की भी कुछ चुनिंदा फ़िल्में जिन्हें काफ़ी इंटर्नैशनल अवार्ड्स मिल चुके है जैसे  कि  मंटो पशुपतिनाथ निर्देशित A DAUGHTER’S DREAM,  राजिब बल निर्देशित Sudama The Half Man, राहत काज़मी निर्देशित  Mantostaan और Ek Albela जिसमें की विद्या बालन ने बेहतरीन अभिनय किया है दिखाई जाएँगी। साथ ही साथ दर्शकों को चीन की फ़िल्म The Final Project, मंगोलिया की The Third Eye, इटली की The Eve, अमरीका की Alastair Tembylton और जापान की Imphal 1944 भी दिखाई जाएँगी। 

फ़ेस्टिवल के फ़ाउंडर डिरेक्टर मोहन दास कहते है की उनका इस फ़ेस्टिवल के पीछे ये मक़सद है की मध्य प्रदेश को दुनिया के सामने उजागर करना और यहाँ के कलाकारों को एक ऐसा मंच प्रदान करना जिससे वो अपनी पहचान पूरी दुनिया में बना सके। इस इंटर्नैशनल फ़िल्म फ़ेस्टिवल में शॉर्ट फ़िल्म्ज़ और डॉक्युमेंटरीज़ भी दिखाई जाएँगी जिसका ग्वालियर के निवासी ख़ूब आनन्द उठा सकेंगे। 

चेअर मैन ज़ूरी जयश्री भार्गव जो ख़ुद  मध्य प्रदेश से है उन्होंने बताया कि फ़ेस्टिवल में एंट्री फ़्री है कोई टिकट नहीं है और सभी ग्वालियर निवासी आमंत्रित है जिन्हें फ़िल्म देखने का शौक़ है । दो दिन चलने वाले इस फ़ेस्टिवल में मौशमी चैटर्जी को लाइफ़ टाइम अचीव्मेंट  अवार्ड से सम्मानित किया जाएगा, उनके अलवा काफ़ी फ़िल्म हस्तियाँ भी इस फ़ेस्टिवल में भाग लेने वाली है। 5 लोगों की ज़ूरी फ़िल्मों में से सर्वश्रेष्ट फ़िल्मों को सलेक्ट करेगी जिसको इस  फ़ेस्टिवल में दिखाया जाएगा और इनमे से ही सिलेक्टेड फ़िल्म्ज़ को 1 April 2017 में अवार्ड्स दिए जाएँगे।

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Aditi Rao Hydari launches Avon True Makeup Range in India on Facebook Live!

Avon, the women’s beauty brand that has been giving beauty a purpose since its inception, launched its coveted range – Avon True through Facebook live. For the first time, ever, Aditi Rao Hydari, the brand ambassador introduced the range to thousands of consumers by going live via Facebook.

Infused with True Color Lock technology, the range promises solutions that offer the exact colour as shown on the palette. Not just this, the line offers uncompromising, ultra-pigmented color that applies effortlessly. The new line contains self-renewing pigments which results in lasting color output and includes mascara, lipsticks, kajal, nail paints, foundation, eye shadow etc.  

Commenting on the launch, Aditi Rao Hydari says that, “AVON True is a brand which stays true to what it says – effortless, trusted and lasting. I am a big believer of AVON makeup products & initiatives. It is a beauty brand that keeps its promises. In my schedule I need products that I can trust. The make-up range has vibrant intense colors that give you the look you want to achieve. Bold, intense kajal that stays for 12 hours, Avon True Lipsticks that guarantee true colour in an incredibly smooth feel with instant hydration, Weightless Mascara that delivers upto 15 x, this is a range that women are going to love!”

Swati Jain, Marketing Head, Avon India, avers, “Avon is a company that for 130 years has proudly stood for beauty, innovation, optimism and above all for women. We are delighted to launch Avon True - a superior makeup line that comes armed with the True Color Technology. Our motto Beautiful Promises Kept captures a simple truth: when you feel more beautiful, you see more beauty and create more beauty around you. And the Avon True Range is a makeup range that offers you products that do what they say!”

Avon True Digital Launch saw Aditi interact with the audience in a fun and quirky way. She played engaging games like Truth or Dare, and other contests to keep the audience entertained throughout. The Avon True digital launch stirred excitement among the audience and during the FB Live #AvonTrue also trended on twitter. Through this endeavor, Avon India aims to keep the beautiful promises and offer products that are of international standards in a rational price range.

Sadhana Jejurikar lends her magical voice for Hariharan’s latest track Haule Haule

Maverick singer-composer Hariharan has come up with his latest love track Haule Haule. The song is presented by T-Series and has been sung by singer Sadhana Jejurikar. Featuring models Niiya Kumar and Nitish Kapoor, Haule Haule is a breezy romantic song which highlights the mystic element in a romantic relationship.

The music video was launched in Andheri and a special preview was held for the gathered media. Making of the song was also screened at the launch event. Singer-composer Hariharan was present at the launch event. Akshay Hariharan has worked on the arrangements of the track while Sahil Sultanpuri is the lyricist of the song. The music video is directed by Vivek Gupte.

Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Ghazal singer Penaz Masani and well-known Marathi actor Ramesh Bhatkar too attended the event.

A Ghazal singer by profession, Sadhana Jejurikar has achieved many milestones in her career. The latest being the well-loved album - Duaa (along with Maestro Ghulam Ali Khan). She is also a co-author of a biographical book 'Ghazal Wizard - Ghulam Ali' released by Times Publication. Sadhana has been singing in the Ghazal genre for AIR, Indore since 1992. Sadhana also participated in the musical reality show, Sa Re Ga Ma during the year 1996. She has performed on stage nationally and internationally along with various artists.

Sadhana has twice won the Madhya Pradesh Government's Lata Mangeshkar District Award and has been singing with All India Radio since 1994. In 2014, she was also bestowed with the Vikram Award in her home town. She has performed all over India and abroad with many artistes. She has also sung for a few films & music albums in various languages.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

“Sandhya - An Awakening” wins Best Film & Best Story award at 4th DIFF 2017

It seemed to be the perfect evening (29th January 2017) for team Sandhya - An Awakening at Lalit Narayan Mithila University, Darbhanga where the 4th edition of the Darbhanga International Film Festival 2017 was being held. The short fiction directed by Mohan Das was not only adjudged the Best Film in the shorts category, but it went to bag the Best Story award too. While Sumit Bansala, the producer of the film went on stage to receive the Best Film award, Mohan Das took a bow for the Best Story along with his producer.

“It’s a great feeling to have won not one but two awards - Best Film and Best Story for the very first production under our banner Sumit Uday Films. Though I was pretty sure that the film would fetch us awards, still I was keeping my fingers crossed. I am grateful to the jury of DIFF for the awards,” said Sumit Bansala. “I still remember the first time I had heard the story of Sandhya and I had decided then itself that I would be doing the film. The story is jointly written by Suren Kakkar and Mohan Das (who also directed the film) and focuses the status of women in a patriarchal village society. It also bears resemblance to real-life instances of gender imbalance and economics, fraternal polyandry, bride buying and rape in remote parts of rural India.”

Director Mohan Das who is also credited with the Best Story award says, "It will come across as a shocker to those traditional Indian audiences who have grown up on the staple diet of sugar-coated romances and feel-good cinema. You ought to have a strong stomach to absorb a film like Sandhya. With this film, we wanted to examine the emotional and psychological impact of a girl in a village society where in the garb of rituals and traditions, fraternal polyandry is a norm with the social pillars even supporting it.”

Sumit Bansala says that Sandhya is an awaited treat in store for all those who love cinema for a cause. “While Indian weddings are a beautiful, soulful affair, filled with ancient traditions and rituals which claim to bond the husband and wife, there are still some traditions that are dated. Keeping up with the times, such wedding traditions and cultures should be done away with as some of these sexist traditions may scar a girl’s mind for life. By showcasing the cause of worry of such sexist traditions, the film will be an inspirational story of how a single girl fights against such societal norms to get herself justice,” added Sumit.

The film have been shot at real time locations in Meerut, Mawana, Nangla Jamalpur, Deobandh and other parts of western Uttar Pradesh. Though this story is fictional, it is based on many of the incidents reported in main stream media. Also the central plot of the film is in sync with the recently enforced “Beti Bachao Beti Padhao” movement.

Mohan Das adds: “To jolt one out of his or her senses, Sandhya is going to make one think as there is nothing intrinsic linking any religion with any act of violence. Evoking a wide variety of emotions - anger, rage, antipathy, disgust, abhorrence, revulsion as well as anxiety, Sandhya is also an eye opener to those who are willing to fight the system and ban the practice. Her exemplary courage can be a pointer that could change girls' lives in such a polyandry and bride buying society.

Sandhya - An Awakening stars Anurag Tomar (Prince), Suren Kakkar, Sumit Bansala, Siddhant Somal, Gourav Chaudhary, Kaavya Kaushik, Anita Pundir, Alpana Mathur, Sandeep, Bittle Rastogi, Suman Somal and Kaushiki Rathore. Based on a story screenplay by Mohan Das & Suren Kakkar, the camera was handled by Dinesh Radhe Shyam Grover, editing by Nakkul Prasad, music by Shankar Dey as well as graphics and vfx by PNP Studios.

“With this film, Sumit Uday Films has tried to reach out to people around the world drawing their attention to support the movement of educating every girl child in India to secure a better future”, concludes Sumit Bansala.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Teaser poster of Patel Ki Punjabi Shaadi is out

Weddings in India are not just about two people getting married, it is also the union of two families and many times coming together of two cultures. While Indian weddings are a grand thing, Punjabi & Gujarati shaadis are larger than life, glamorous and a fun affair! Upcoming film Patel Ki Punjabi Shaadi will also explore these two rich cultures however with a sweet ‘n’ naughty clash, the teaser poster of the film reveals.

Rishi Kapoor and Paresh Rawal starrer Patel Ki Punjabi Shaadi’s teaser poster is out and promises a lot of fun. The film collaborates two fine actors of Bollywood - Rishi Kapoor and Paresh Rawal, who interestingly belong to two different rich backgrounds in real. Both of them last worked in Damini, almost 24 years back. Vir Das and Payal Ghosh play young lovers while the film also has Prem Chopra, Jinal Belani, Divya Seth, Bharati Achrekar and Tiku Talsania in pivotal roles.

Written and directed by Sanjay Chhel, produced by Bharat Patel of Bholenath Movies, the music of the film is given by Lalit Pandit and Uttank Vora.