Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Shah Rukh Khan fan Madhu Sneha meets him in Dubai with comic Nitin Mirani: All set now to go International after ‘Switch’

Self-confessed Shah Rukh Khan fan, Madhu Sneha, an actress, model, DJ, Pantaloons Femina Miss Fashionista 2012 and Kingfisher Calendar finalist, has gone international after being signed by Dubai’s Diva Modelling and Events, one of the largest and prominent modeling agency in Dubai with operations across the US, UK and Middle East. Interestingly, Madhu Sneha also met her idol and iconic star Shah Rukh Khan with comic Nitin Mirani during the launch of a promotional event for a real estate venture where actor-director Sohail Khan and others were also present. In fact, Madhu Sneha became the toast of Dubai’s socialite circles having being featured in leading media in the Middle East.

Madhu Sneha has been shuttling between the Middle East and Mumbai after completing her film ‘Switch’ also starring Vikrant Massey (‘Lootera’ fame) and comic Nitin Mirani. She has also supported Nitin Mirani, an Indian origin, to make it to the final shortlist of the ‘Funniest person in the World’ to be held at Los Angeles in October 2014. Madhu Sneha and Nitin Mirani will fly off to Laugh Factory LA Hollywood this October to compete for "The Funniest Person in the World".

Madhu Sneha, who returned to Mumbai after completing her film in Dubai, also judged ’Just Dance’, the most awaited show at Sydenham College management institution annual fest ‘Simerations 2014’ and crowned the winners Bhola & Group from KES College & Lords Dancing Crew from Lords College.  

Tyra Banks of India Madhu Sneha says, “Well, it has been a hectic summer shooting in Dubai shooting for Switch and driving in the fast lane in the most luxurious luxury car brands owned by Sheikhs gave me a high. Then came the meeting with my idol Shah Rukh Khan where he publicly invited me to the stage and hugged me thanks to our good mutual friend Nitin Mirani. And his luck rubbed off on me as Nicole Rodrigues, Managing Director, Diva Modelling & Events offered me to shift to Dubai promising me top modeling and acting assignments from across Europe, US and the Middle East. This October onwards, I shall be based in Dubai for a few days and will open a new chapter in my career.”

At Simerations 2014, Madhu Sneha urged talented students to go global and expand their horizons. “Indian stars such as Shah Rukh Khan are global icons today and have a fan following from across the world. They inspire us to go global and make the world our stage. I am proud that Nitin Mirani is the only talent of Indian origin is amongst the finalists of Laugh Factory’s World Funniest man event to be held in Hollywood. Let us all pledge to take Indian talent to the world, “ said Madhu Sneha amidst cheers. 

A great and unabashed fan of Bollywood Badshah Shah Rukh Khan, the multi-faceted Madhu Sneha, who just participated in a Theatre Lab workshop by Neeraj Kabi (‘Ship of Thesus’ fame), has been encouraging the students from different institutions to get inspired by the indefatigable Shah Rukh Khan and his quest for super success.

Madhu Sneha, who is an anchor on Food Food channel, was also on the jury of Sydenham College's Simsree annual fest Simerations 2013 and NMIMS Euphoria Oomph show 2013.  Model, actor Madhu Sneha Upadhyay is a young cooking enthusiast who steals time between shoots to experiment with cooking. Young, tech savvy, well travelled with a high food quotient, she in every way represents the new generation of home cooks, with less time on their hands and yet the will to never settle for the ordinary especially when it comes to their culinary palate.

This mesmerizing model was born in Howrah (near Kolkata) and was a studious conservative middle class family geek till she participated in the Bhawanipur College Fest and her entire life changed! The scintillating Sneha Upadhyay is the first runner up of the Kingfisher Calendar Girl 2012 hunt in association with NDTV Good Times and chosen in the Top 3 after a long hunt for a talent race among contestants from all across India. The girl, who had not even worn track pants is now scorching the ramps across India with what ace lensman Atul Kasbekar calls is the ‘perfect body’.  And renowned Bollywood designer Manish Malhotra chose only this Kolkata girl for his shows. The diva now aims to model her career a la Trya Banks and wants to replicate the global icon’s success in India. 

Sneha started off with an audition as a ‘Cat Woman’ and the model with ‘Rhythm in her Body’ had leading  fashion choreographers drooling over the Indian equivalent of Hollywood star Halle Berry! In fact, Sushma Puri from Elite Model Management chased her all the way upto the Kolkata Fashion week in order to sign her on. And ace designer Nandita Thirani chose her as the lucky opening mascot for showcasing her Lakme Fashion Week collections.  And then followed a string of fashion designer fans including Manish Malhotra (he only chose Sneha from Kolkata she closed for him in the Kolkata Fashion Week), Jaya Misra  and Shantanu-Nikhil amongst others. 

An ambitious young fresh face, Sneha quit her marketing job in the fast-paced city of Mumbai to change her career course to the glamorous world of fashion. A true believer in herself, Sneha swears that soon the world will know and believe in her! She is the most confident about “Myself as a whole” and her asset is her “confidence that has got her quite a lot at a young age.  She reads quite a lot and is a linguist with English (literature graduate with honours), Hindi, Urdu and Bengali. And she claims that she is a born dancer. She has dabbled in copywriting and thinks of writing scripts during her leisure time. She has also tutored the contestants of the Indian Princess contest organized by the Mumbai-based Atharva Group. She enjoyed the task of grooming and tutoring young raw contestants and elevating their self-esteem, self-confidence and self-belief.

As in sync with her Kolkata mindset, Sneha dreams of doing meaningful globally crossover films in the mould of actress such as Aparna Sen, Smita Patil and Madhuri Dixit amongst others. And Sneha Upadhyay is very clear that she is here to be and carve a niche for herself while leaving her footprints in the sands of time. ..

Shreya Narayan's 'Super' journey!

Tigmanshu Dhulia's ‘Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster’ saw her leave her indelible mark on the film. In between she did some memorable cameos in ‘Rockstar’ and ‘Samrat & Co.’ Prior to that she worked on the Bihar Flood Relief Mission with Prakash Jha during the Koshi river floods. In the Madhuri Dixit-Juhi Chawla starrer ‘Gulaab Gang’, she wrote the lyrics for the catchy song ‘Sharm-laaj'.

A familiar face in the entertainment industry, Shreya Narayan, who hails from Bihar and belongs to the lineage of the first President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, is constantly moving forward playing varied roles in the entertainment industry.

In her forthcoming films, one will see her doing comedy, playing the tragedy queen and even being naughty; a mixed bag of roles for any actor.

‘Super Nani’ with Rekha was “super fun,” she says about this upcoming Indra Kumar film. Shreya missed an opportunity to work in Rajkumar Hirani's ‘PK’ because her dates were already committed with Indra Kumar, and although it was a big loss, she says, “It was a great learning experience for her to work with Indra Kumar and Rekha in ‘Super Nani.”

Saheb's Mahua is now ready to pick up from where she left.

“Serena” to open 16th Mumbai film Festival

As the city’s most eagerly awaited cultural event, the 16th Mumbai Film Festival, organized by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image draws closer, it has been revealed that this edition of the festival will kickstart with the screening of “Serena”, directed by Susanne Bier starring, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper as its Opening Film.

Serena was filmed over eight weeks on location in and around Prague, theCzech Republic during the spring of 2012. The story begins with North Carolina Mountains at the end of the 1920s - George and SerenaPemberton, love-struck newly-weds who begin to build a timber empire. Serena soonproves herself to be equal to any man: overseeing loggers, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving a man’s life in the wilderness. With power and influence now in their hands, the Pembertons refuse to let anyone stand in the way of their inflated loveand ambitions. However, once Serena discovers George’s hidden past and facesan unchangeable fate of her own, the Pemberton’s passionate marriage begins tounravel leading toward a dramatic reckoning.

The 16th edition of the Mumbai film festival organized by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) will be held from 14-21 October 2014 at PVR Cinema Andheri and Cinemax Versova as the main venue. The festival has a lineup of about 185 films from over 65 countries.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

World’s most revered monster - Godzilla - now arrives on Home Video

The king of the monsters is reborn as Home Entertainment Services by Sony DADC releases this science - fiction monster film Godzilla on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD & Auto-play DVD. Based on the character ‘Godzilla’ owned and created by Toho Co. Ltd., the movie is a reboot of the famous Godzilla franchise and retells the origins of the iconic monster in current times. A powerful story of human courage and reconciliation in the face of enormous forces of the nature when the awe inspiring Godzilla rises to restore the balance as humanity stands defenseless.

In this gritty, realistic sci-fi action epic, Godzilla returns to its roots as one of the world's most recognized monsters. Directed by Gareth Edwards and featuring an all-star international cast, this spectacular adventure pits Godzilla against malevolent creatures that, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

An epic action adventure directed by Gareth Edwards, Godzilla  stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson (“Kick-Ass”), Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (“The Last Samurai,” “Inception”), Elizabeth Olsen (“Martha Marcy May Marlene”), Oscar winner Juliette Binoche (“The English Patient,” “Cosmopolis”), and Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine”), alongside Oscar nominee David Strathairn (“Good Night, and Good Luck.,” “The Bourne Legacy”) and Bryan Cranston (“Argo,” TV’s “Breaking Bad”).

Available on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray & DVD, Auto-play DVDs are also available in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu while 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray & DVD also includes 5.1 Hindi Audio option.

Magnificent Launch of Parul Grover Designer Studio

Parul Grover
The lovers of style, glamour and fashion witnessed an evening of true celebrations with the grand launch of Parul Grover Designer Studio at Faridabad Sector 14. Owned by Parul Grover, the designer studio brings together one of the most innovative designer couture, much for the delight of the trendy customers who love to stay in vogue.

Located in posh area of Faridabad, the stylish store offers one-stop shop solution for all high-end fashion buyers in Faridabad and Delhi. The new store was launched with a festive affair including a glittering gathering of socialites, models, fashion designers and other media personalities. The guests included Parul Grover’s friends Mrs. Paul, Nikita, Twinkle Kasana, Salma Chug, Shipla Dhara, Sonia Nishta, Sangeeta, Sidharth Agicha, Aakash Agarwral and many more. The launch party was hosted by Designer Parul and Puneesh Grover.

Parul Grover: Redefining Attitude
Starting her design journey in 2005, couturier Parul Grover combines the finest hands- craftsmanship with modern silhouettes and styles. Her collections accentuate the wearer's inner beauty, setting a glow to her face. She creates intricate design in a feminine and soft color palette. Creating collections for the arch lights she combines the glitz and shine of crystals and rhinestones with interesting and innovative drapes and forms.

The label Parul Grover -redefining fashion has been part of exclusive exhibitions in different countries like Dubai, Abu Dhabi etc. Ethereal and sumptuous would be the apt words to describe hew work. Pleated and draped to give a new stoke to the conventional classics. Inspired by the Greco-Roman drapes these supple and delicate drapes would make any women look   Greek Goddess. The use of luxury fabrics encrusted with crystals offset ethereal drapes and the color palette suffused with rich colors like dark purple, deep red, bright pink and ivory to nudes and beiges.

Her collection is indeed very pleasing to look at since the colors used are not shocking or in-your-face but very appealing and elegant. What makes her every piece so incredibly gorgeous is of course the fabric used along with the heavily embellished borders with delicate motifs. The intricate embroidery of every single piece is adorned with sparkling stones, crystals, sequins, beads, etc and the ornate workmanship truly demands admiration. Rich design combined with sexy feminity defines the designs of Parul Grover. With opulent surface ornamentation, simple and clean silhouettes and a fusion of techniques her collection includes a range of draped saris, lehengas and draped dresses and anarkalis.

Shiamak Winter Funk 2014: World’s biggest dance academy to start new batches

Guru of dance, Shiamak Davar has been giving an opportunity to dance enthusiasts of all ages to learn and perform on stage. Through the motto, ‘Have Feet. Will Dance’, he reaffirms his belief that anybody can dance. Shiamak as a brand has become synonymous with dance in India, and his dance academy is India’s premier dance training school.

The Winter Funk dance workshop gives students an opportunity to learn and train in their favorite dance style, learn the finer nuances of dance movement and gain a wholesome perspective working on costumes and properties. The annual student show, Winter Funk Show, gives a platform for all participating students to perform on stage in a professional setup. Making them feel like stars, the show is a true performing arts experience.

Kids from the age of four years learn creative dance movement, importance of physical activity and team spirit. Through dance based exercises, dance activities and choreography; students become more confident, focused, fit and of course, better dancers! The adults are offered beginners and advance classes in Contemporary and Shabop (Hip Hop & Street Funk) taught by Shiamak’s expert faculty. Bollywood jazz is a high energy, fun class where students learn dance to latest, retro Bollywood music.

The stage that has created many stars before including Shahid Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Sushant Singh Rajput, Sonakshi Sinha and many more is ready to create more at the shows this year!

For the fitness conscious, Shiamak has also introduced Zumba Classes at SHIAMAK. With the most fun way to get fit, this is a one hour classes where participants will dance away their calories. An extremely popular form of exercise around the world, Shiamak’s instructors who are Zumba certified will be taking these classes.

While Enrollments start from 30th September, Classes for the same will start from 4th October at various Venues including at Nana Chowk, Bandra, Andheri (W), Matunga, Borivli, Juhu, Goregaon, Vashi, Powai, Kandivali, Thane, Chembur, Charni Road, Kemps Corner, NCPA (Nariman Point). For more details, call: 022 6154 3000

Monday, September 29, 2014

"Tapaal" loses to "A Rainy Day" at the 5th Jagran Film Festival

Laxman Utekar's directorial debut Marathi film ‘Tapaal’ that has won National & International Awards has lost out to Rajendra Talak’s ‘A Rainy Day’ (Marathi) at the Jagran Film Festival. Tapaal that had its World Premiere at 18th Busan International Film Festival 2013, South Korea was also a contender at the 5th Jagran Film Festival. Rajendra Talak’s ‘A Rainy Day’ (Marathi) was adjudged as the Best Feature Film at the Jagran Film Festival.

‘A Rainy Day’ recently bagged the Best Film in Debut Marathi Producer category at the Maharshtra Government State Awards 2014 held recently. The film also bagged the award for Best Sound Design which went to Oscar winning sound designer of Slumdog Millionaire fame, Resul Pookutty.  ‘A Rainy Day’ revolves around the life of a corrupt man Aniket whose wife Mugdha is against the immoral means he resorts to for getting his work done. Mugdha does all in her capacity to stop him from doing wrongs but in vain. One fine day she decides to leave him. What happens next? The film deals with questions like - How far a woman is responsible for a man being corrupt and can a woman stop her husband from being corrupt?

On the other hand, ‘Tapaal’ was selected in Indian Panorama Section at 44th IFFI (International Film festival 2013) and 9 other International Film Festivals as well. It was also screened at 3rd Eye Asian Film Festival and Pune Film Festival. That’s not all. Veena Jamkar bagged the best actress award at South Africa Film Festival. While Rohit Utekar won Best Child Actor Award, Prakash Holkar got the best lyricist award for his emotional composition 'don disanchi sawali ' at the Maharashtra state film Awards.

National & International Award winning Marathi film ‘Tapaal’ is set in a small village in the year 1977. It dwells with sympathy, concern and understanding on the bond between a little boy and a childless couple, and the social discrimination that they face.