First look of Shah Rukh Khan in Yash Chopra's new film

First look of actor Shahrukh Khan in Yash Chopra's untitled film
First look of actor Shahrukh Khan in Yash Chopra's untitled film

Well-known director Yash Chopra has started shooting for the next schedule of his yet untitled film in Ladakh last week.

The first look of the film broke with a theatrical teaser trailer recently and this has added to the  interest and buzz for the film. 
Starring Shahrukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma, the film also brings together A. R. Rahman and Gulzar, who along with Chopra, are creating the music for the romantic film.
The film is scheduled for a Diwali November 13th 2012 release, the festive time when Chopra's movies over the years have lit up homes worldwide.

Ketan Mehta launches "Mountain Man" on real-life story of Dashrath Manjhi

Ketan Mehta, one of India’s most internationally acclaimed filmmakers who has made several greatly applauded  films like Mirch Masala, Maya Memsaab and Mangal Pandey, has launched his next film, "Mountain Man".

Mountain Man is the soul-stirring story of the amazingly inspiring Dashrath Manjhi, famous for being the man who broke a mountain for love.  
The film was announced today in Mumbai on the occasion of the ‘Punyatithi’ of this noble man. 
According to the makers of the film, Mountain Man is a tribute to the power of the human will.  It is the untold story of a hero, who achieved the unachievable, and conquered the unconquerable, benefitting generations from his selfless act.
Set in 1960, the movie tells the inspiring real story of a man who singlehandedly, armed just with a hammer and chisel, worked day and night for 22 years and broke a mountain!  He  managed the feat of constructing a 360 feet long, 30 feet high and 25 feet wide passage through Gehlour hills in Bihar reducing the distance between Atri and Wazirganj  in Gaya district from 75 km to just one km.
“To me, Dashrath Manjhi, the Mountain Man, is Mr. India. He embodies the spirit of independent India, the amazing, indomitable, never-say-die spirit of achieving the impossible against all odds. It is the story of mind over matter," Mehta said.
"The film depicts the victory of an idea – the idea of being the change.  But above all it is a 
great love story, set amongst the wretched of the earth.  His sheer perseverance  and determination, as they say, would ‘move the mountains’ of apathy- a fighter whose weapon was not a gun but the human will, fuelled by love !’’ he said.
To play the eponymous role of this altruistic man, Ketan has chosen the rising star of Indian cinema, Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Nawazuddin has recently managed to charm critics and audiences alike with his brilliant performance as Faizal Khan in Gangs of Wasseypur.
Speaking about the film and his role, Nawazuddin said, “As an actor I always crave for challenges, and working with Ketan Sir is a huge opportunity and honour. I’m also fortunate to get the opportunity to essay the role of such a great man. What Dashrath Manjhi has done is greater than anything anyone could’ve ever done for love. He made a monument of love, with his own hands! And his monument of love, for me, went even beyond being just a thing of beauty like the Taj Mahal - it actually transformed the lives of millions of people! I cannot wait to begin the shoot for this film.”
Said producer Deepa Sahi ‘’I am most excited about Nawazuddin acting in it -  unfortunately I had not seen him before I saw ‘Kahaani’  but  the moment he stepped into frame as ‘Khan’  I knew a great actor had come in  – and how he handled the difficult scenes in Gangs confirmed that!  Watch out for this new age actor as, ’Dashrath Manjhi’. ‘’
The script has been co-written by Mehta himself, along with Anjum Rajabali and Mahendra Jhakar. The rest of the cast will be finalized soon and the film will go on the floors later this year.

Actor Amitabh Bachchan launches his Facebook page

Amitabh Bachchan's Facebook page
Amitabh Bachchan's Facebook page

Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who has a huge following on social networking sites, launched his official Facebook page this morning.

This page will be a one stop destination for Bachchan’s fans to connect, interact and engage with him.
It will also provide up-to-date information about the actor’s coming movies, pictures and videos, as well as exclusive photographs from his private collection. It will also have a welcome video by Bachchan.
“Facebook needs no introduction and I feel that my official Facebook fan page was long overdue. Facebook is a powerful tool that helps bring people together and allows us to embrace being a part of a larger community. I have been encouraged by the overwhelming reception to my tumblr blog, and this is another avenue to reach out to my fans, not only in India, but globally,” Bachchan said.
Bachchan’s fans who are on Facebook can now join in the conversation with the Bollywood actor at his Facebook page at

Sonam Kapoor unveils "The Great Indian Wedding Book"

Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor with publisher Atul Pandey at the launch of The Great Indian Wedding Book at a function in Mumbai on August 19, 2012
Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor with publisher Atul Pandey at the launch of The Great Indian Wedding Book at a function in Mumbai on August 19, 2012
Popular actress Sonam Kapoor, along with Hema Malini, the original "dream girl", unveiled "The Great Indian Wedding Book", a collection of articles and pictures by experts on couture, food, entertainment, jewellery and many other aspects of Indian weddings, at a function here yesterday.
"There is a certain poetic charm about the Great Indian Wedding, steeped in tradition and replete with notes of luxury, that makes it quite a 'spectacle'. The rustle of silks and luster of jacquard weave a spell. Festivities and traditions dalliance with each other as notes of celebration blend with unadulterated luxury to create an extraordinary affair that needs to be chronicled," a press release from the publishers of the book.
Others present at the launch of the limited edition coffee table book, during the ongoing India International Jewellery Week (IIJW) here, included the publisher Atul Pandey and editors Iram Mirza and Jotica Sehgal.
The book also includes an interview with Sonam on how she would like to plan her edding.
"It takes the marital romance forward with a peek into the traditional and contemporary sartorial stylizations of maverick Indian couturiers and pins a mood-board documenting the myriad color inspirations for the wedding. The saga of grandeur continues with a dip into the indulgence and excess another segment that features assortment of lifestyle luxury mementos and extravagance that marks 'The Great Indian Wedding', the release said.
The book lists the luxury wedding specialists in the country and from around the world in its last segment.
"The Great Indian Wedding Book aims to morph into a holy grail for soon to be brides. A never before concept, this book encapsulates the soul of this epic celebration. Poised between the timeless traditional and lure of luxury, the traditional Indian wedding has carved its own niche. The wedding experts from around the globe contribute their unique ideas to stitch a fairytale wedding. With its old worldly ornate look, The Great Indian Wedding Book offers an exhaustive guide to the readers, as they embark on the journey to weave a grand nuptial spectacle," Pandey said.
"The Great Indian Wedding Book is a saga of nuptial grandeur with its poetic charm intact. While the first segment 'The Wedding Wishlist' chronicles the excerpts of some of the most luxurious weddings around the world, woven by the ace wedding experts the second segment,'The Wedding Ideas' has ace industry experts like mavericks couteriers, master chefs, fabled jewellery makers, contributing unique ideas for a grand wedding. The book also features an exhausting guide of the ace wedding makers in the 'The Wedding Resources' segment and ‘The Wedding Pallete' that offers the new bridal styles and decor palette for a luxurious wedding affair,' Mirza and Sehgal added.
The contributors to the book incude couteriers J J Valaya, Shantanu and Nikhil, Tarun Tahiliani, Gauri and Nainika, Gaurav Gupta, Suneet Verma, jewellery experts Umesh Nagappa, Ramesh Narang, Sudhir Kasliwal and Rajiv Arora, jewellery designers Roopa Vohra, Farah Khan, food experts Puneet Sikand and Vikas Khanna, wedding expert Aditya Motwane, invitation expert Ravish Kapoor, perfume expert Roja Dove and luxury personal shopper Monica Vaziralli.

Bollywood Snippets: Katrina Kaif wows the box office with Ek Tha Tiger

Ek Tha Tiger promotion on sets of Dance India Dance

With Ek Tha Tiger storming the box office, Bollywood’s lucky mascot Katrina Kaif has proved lucky yet again, as the film goes on to rake unprecedented figures.

Says a trade source: “Katrina has been part of some of the biggest commercial films, right from Welcome, Singhh is Kingg, Race, Rajneeti, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, and adding to that hit roster now is Ek Tha Tiger ,that has gone on to garner historic figures."
"Katrina has always associated with the right films and is dedicated both in her performances as well seeing the film through from the filming to the promotions," he said.
While the action-entertainer makes for the actress’s 13th hit so far, critics and audiences alike don’t hold back praise for Katrina, who was lauded for her dignified performance and action sequences.
Says acclaimed critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh, “Katrina is not relegated to the backseat. Neither is she arm candy here. She has a meaty part and to her credit, she handles it with aplomb. Also, watch out for her stunts… This is a new Katrina here!” 
Says critic Sukanya Verma,Rediff: “Snappy, snazzy, and substantial. Especially the Katrina bits, the Kat roars...The leading lady's nimble accomplishments took me by surprise."
“Katrina Kaif is gorgeous as always and puts in a confident act. Her agility in action sequences adds to her conviction.” adds Gaurav Malani . 
 It’s an exciting professional phase for Katrina, who is working with all three Khans this year, .bringing it in with Salman Khan in Ek Tha Tiger, followed by Yash Raj’s venture with Shah Rukh Khan and Dhoom 3 with Aamir Khan
Cast and crew of 3G bond over games and movies
Shot entirely in the picturesque Fiji Islands, Eros International  and Next Gen Film’s 3-G starring Neil Nitin Mukesh and Sonal Chauhan gave the cast and crew ample time to bond,  having shot for a month and a half on the South Pacific islands. 
Whenever time permitted, the entire team of the psychological thriller, including Sonal’s sister Himani and Neil ‘s brother Naman, who is also working as one of the assistant directors on the film, would catch up on movies, their favorite being the animated ones like The Lion King, Monster House, Finding Nemo, Madagascar, Ice Age and Toy Story series.
Apart from that, card games were another favorite pastime, not to mention games on their tablet computers. 
Confirms a unit source, “Shooting in Fiji for about two months gave the entire cast time to bond. Everyone was like a family unit, staying up until the wee hours of the morning playing cards or watching back to back films .In fact, Sonal was never into animated flicks. However,  now we’ve got her addicted to them. She was also very lucky during card games and would always end up winning."
3G is scheduled to release at the end of this year.
Katrina's red "tilak" leads to speculation
While there has been speculation over the red "tilak" Katrina Kaif sported at the recent private screenings of her film Ek Tha Tiger, sources close to the actress confirm that the tilak was nothing more than a religious one, applied to her forehead during a pooja she attended.
While various sections of the media blew the incident out of proportion, sources reiterate that Katrina had attended a traditional South Indian pooja at manager Reshma Shetty's house  just before the screenings.
Putting rumours to rest, confirms Katrina's spokesperson: "Katrina has always been spiritual. The tilak was applied to her forehead by her manager Reshma’s mother during a religious ceremony held at their home. It’s ridiculous how a simple tilak has been blown out of proportion." 
Katrina, who proves lucky at the box office yet again, is celebrating the unprecedented response her recent film Ek Tha Tiger is receiving, making it her 13th hit.
The actress was spotted with the tilak on her forehead during the special screening of the movie, and speculation started doing the rounds that she had secretly got married.

Bollywood Snippets: Shootout at Wadala to be released on May 1 next year

Ekta postpones release 'Shoot out at Wadala'

Balaji Motion Pictures and White Feather Films have announced the release of their next multi-starrer, Shootout At Wadala, on May 1, 2013, giving the action flick a clear five-day weekend.

May 1st is International Workers’ Day & Labour Day in India. The theme of the film s based on the life a Maharashtrian labourer who became involved in the first ever police encounter in the country.  
Producer Ekta Kapoor who wants the best possible release for SAW said, “When I recently watched the rushes, I was blown away. It’s such an engaging and powerful film. With its content and massive star cast, topped by the kind of marketing push that the Balaji team will give, we need a long weekend for SAW. The film is a supreme mass entertainer and we will hype it to the hilt!”
Director Sanjay Gupta said, “May 1 is Maharashtra Day / Labour Day. Manya Surve, our lead protagonist, is a Maharashtrian  from a work-oriented middle-class family whose life takes a precarious turn.”
Shootout At Wadala stars Anil Kapoor, John Abraham, Kangana Ranaut, Tusshar Kapoor, Manoj Bajpai, Sonu Sood, Ronit Roy, Siddhant Kapoor and Arif Zakaria, among others.
Director Vikram Bhatt lends his voice for Raaz 3
Guaranteed to send chills down your spine, the signature spooky voice in the trailer of Fox Star Studios' and Vishesh Films' Raaz 3 has been dubbed by none other than Vikram Bhatt.
The director’s voice has been used for a certain portion of the film that signifies lead actress Bipasha Basu being haunted. 
Reveals a source: “A crucial couple of scenes in the film required a spooky voiceover and while Vikram was imitating it ,the cast and crew suggested he do it instead of having it dubbed by a voice artiste. After much cajoling he was convinced to do it and his recordings have been retained in the film”.
The 3D horror film,starring Emraan Hashmi, Bipasha Basu and Esha Gupta, follows the journey of a fading superstar’s revenge against a rising star. Presented by Fox Star Studios and produced by Vishesh Films, Vikram Bhatt’s Raaz 3 releases on 7th September, 2012.
Katrina Kaif down for a day with flu
While a recent piece of news reported by a tabloid stated actress Katrina Kaif was unable to promote her coming film Ek Tha Tiger due to food poisoning, sources close to the actress clarify that such was not the case.
States the source, "Katrina was ill and was suffering from a bad flu and not food poisoning as reported by a popular publication. She has never been the kind to skip any of her professional commitments and has never let health get in the way."
Confirms Katrina’s official spokesperson: “Katrina has been down with a bad flu since Saturday morning but despite that fulfilled her prior commitment and walked for Manish Malhotra at the Delhi Couture Week .Since the release of Ek Tha Tiger is two days away, it was a collective call that she should rest it out for a day.She is now perfectly fine and will resume promoting the film with Salman Khan as per schedule.”

Jury announced for third edition of Skoda Prize for Indian art

Eminent art historian and critic Geeta Kapur will chair the jury for the third edition of the Skoda Prize, one of the most influential platforms for Indian contemporary art.
The jury will include Anupam Poddar, co-founder of the pioneering Devi Art Foundation and leading Indian artist Sheela Gowda, a press release from the sponsors of the prize said.
Launched in 2009 by Škoda Auto India and 70EMG, the Skoda Prize is supported by museums and cultural institutions of international repute.
"The Škoda Prize offers an unparalleled opportunity for mid-career artists across India to showcase their work amongst the country’s leading artists, to a discerning art audience both within India and internationally. 
"The hugely successful top 20 exhibition, which receives thousands of visitors every year, showcases the most exciting trends in contemporary art practices in India and is representative of a diverse spectrum of established and emerging artists from across the country," the release said.
The top 20 exhibition which is curated by Girish Shahane and the jury panel will open alongside the India Art Fair in New Delhi in February 2013. The top 20 longlisted artists also get an opportunity to be represented in the annual ŠKODA Prize book.
In 2011, The Škoda Prize platform was extended to include a 'Breakthrough Artist Award’ to showcase emerging artists who are at the beginning of their careers and help them gain exposure to a wider audience. 
Madhuban Mitra and Manas Bhattacharya won the first Breakthrough Artist award and received a cash prize of INR 50,000. In 2012, this award will be presented in association with Art India magazine and the prize will include a cash prize of two lakh rupees as well as a trophy.
“We’re delighted to have onboard such a distinguished jury. We aim to build on the reputation the award has established as a benchmark of artistic quality, while also attracting new voices through the Breakthrough Artist Award," Girish Shahane, Director of Art, The Škoda Prize, said.
According to the release, nominees for the Skoda Prize need to be below the age of 45 and should have had a solo show in the country over the last 12 months.
Apart from the prize, the winner will also receive a purse of Rs 10 lakhs. Past Škoda Prize winners include Mithu Sen and Navin Thomas. 

5th edition of India Art Fair to be held in Delhi from Jan 31-Feb 3, 2013

A view of the 2012 edition of the India Art Fair in New Delhi
A view of the 2012 edition of the India Art Fair in New Delhi

The fifth edition of the India Art Fair, one of the premier art events of the country, will be held at the NSIC Exhibition Grounds here from January 31 to February 3, 2013, the organisers announced today.

"Since its inception, the fair has sought to provide a relevant and sustainable platform for the development of the Indian art scene including providing infrastructure, access and transparency, contributing to the overall growth of the domestic market and helping put India on the global map for art," they said in a press release.
The release said the event had achieved a three-fold growith, in terms of scale, footfalls and participation, since its inception in 2008, attracting 260,000 visitors from 67 cities around the world over four years.
International participation grew from three foreign galleries in 2008 to 44 in 2012, while the total number of exhibitions increased from 34 to 91. The total size of the fair has increased from 1500 sq meters in 2008 to 20,000 sq meters in the upcoming edition. 


PVR Pictures pushes back release of “Step Up Revolution” in India to August 3

Entertainment major PVR Pictures today said it had pushed back the release of "Step Up Revolution", the third sequel of the dance movie Step Up, to August 3.
The movie, starring Kathryn McCormick, the dancing queen from So You Think You Can Dance, with an entourage backing her up in the streets of Miami, was earlier scheduled to release on July 27.
The movie will be releasing in both 2D and 3D across all major cities.
Directed by Scott Speer, Step Up Revolution also has super model Ryan Guzman, Misha Gabriel, Peter Gallagher and Steven in the cast. The movie features the latest trend of flash mobs that seems to have captured dance enthusiasts across the globe.
In the movie, Emily arrives in Miami with aspirations of becoming a professional dancer and soon falls in love with Sean, a young man who leads a dance crew in elaborate, cutting-edge flash mobs, called ‘The Mob’. 
When a wealthy business man threatens to develop The Mob's historic neighbourhood and displace thousands of people, Emily must band together with Sean and The Mob to turn their performance art into protest art, and risk losing their dreams to fight for a greater cause.  
PVR Pictures is the flagship film production and distribution arm of PVR Limited and has built a film slate in Hindi and English which it markets and distributes. 
PVR Pictures made its debut in 2007 with the enormously successful ‘Taare Zameen Par’ and ‘Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na’.

Jamaican reggae artiste Sean Paul to perform in India in November

Sean Paul
Sean Paul

Jamaican dancehall and reggae artiste Sean Paul has confirmed plans to pay his maiden visit to India in November this year for a series of full-fledged concerts in different cities.

The visit is being planned around Diwali and the concerts will be based on the theme of the Festival of Lights, the organisers Blue Note Entertainment said in a press release today.
The 39-year-old Sean Paul Ryan Francis Henriques, who performs under the stage name Sean Paul, will give his fans an exclusive taste of a never seen before musical extravaganza, it said.
The highly successful and multi-platinum selling artiste from Kingston has had three Billboard #1 singles and five Billboard Hot 100 top ten tunes with over 110 lakh album sales worldwide. 
He has had even more chart entries over three worldwide best-selling albums, which have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide and earned him a Grammy Award. 
His hit studio albums include Stage One (2000), Dutty Rock (2002), The Trinity (2005), Imperial Blaze (2009) and Tomahawk Technique (2012). 
He has contributed to soundtracks for films like The Karate Kid,  So You Think You Can Dance , Entourage , Step Up, 2 Fast 2 Furious.
He won a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album “Dutty Rock” in 2004 followed by an MTV Romania Music Award for Best International Artist in 2005. In 2009, he won a MOBO Award for Best Reggae Act and a Soul Train Award for Best Reggae Artist in the same year. Sean Paul beat out Kanye West and Nick Lachey to win the American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist in 2006.
Armed with a new guise and a modified musical aura, the past year has produced a creative outburst from the reggae giant who will dig into his Indian support this November. 
After a brief hiatus from performing, Sean Paul is back onto the scene with multiple international summer tours in support of his latest albums Imperial Blaze and Tomahawk Technique. 
His hit singles continue to enjoy steady rotation on local and overseas stations and the tunes are still readily available for download at His recent albums showcase a modified direction for Sean Paul, who challenged his new producers to submit their interpretations of a dancehall beat while keeping the global pop sound they are known for.
With an undeniable track record of continual pop dominance for crafting infectious hit singles as a solo artist, as well as a history of taking other artists’ songs to the next level through duet tracks like Jay Sean’s “Do You Remember”,  Estelle's "Come on Over," "Give It Up To Me" with Keyshia Cole, "Break It Off" with Rihanna, 'Baby Boy" with Beyonce Knowles and Blue Cantrell’s “Breathe” Sean Paul has established himself as one of the seminal pop voices of his generation.
Although having collaborated with industry heavyweights like Pitbull, T-Pain, Ludacris, Bob Sinclar, CongoRock, Mya, Kelly Rowland, 50 Cent, The Clipse, Jay Sean, Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dog, Cecile, Tami Chynn, Mr. Vegas, Wayne Marshall, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Wiz Khalifa, Ke$ha, Natasha Bedingfield, Nelly, P Diddy, Usher, Rihanna, Ne-Yo, Chris Brown, Alexis Jordan, Kelly Rowland and Shaggy his main emphasis lies is creating individualistic music.
This ace musician, singer-songwriter and producer’s increasing demand and multi-faceted talent has made him a pioneer of dancehall, reggae, R&B and raga. Fans can expect to hear his platinum smash hits such as Get Busy, Gimme The Light, I'm Still in Love with You, Like Glue, We Be Burnin, Ever Blazin, Give It Up to Me, Baby Boy, Never Gonna Be The Same, So Fine, Temperature, Press it Up, She Want Me, Private Party, She Doesn't Mind, Got 2 Luv U, Deport Them, Hold My Hand, Lately, Now That I've Got Your Love to name a few.
Mr. Prashant Kumar, Director Operations, Blue Note Entertainment, said, “India is a huge market for international artistes and we aim to capitalize on this opportunity by delivering professionally managed concerts that appeal to the modern youth.  A lot of artistes talk about 'staying on the grind', but few work harder than Sean Paul. He has done much more than any other dancehall artist to bring the dedicated sound of Kingston to new audiences around the world. Moreover an artist like Sean Paul is much loved across the globe and after a research of over one year we decided to bring him down to India. We are working towards concerts in Dubai and Nepal apart from India for Sean Paul and have received stupendous response.”
Mr. Fardeen Shirazi, Creative Head, Blue Note Entertainment said, “We are strategizing on a concept based on Diwali and interestingly our stage set-up and décor will comprise mirrors, lights and crystals, something that hasn’t been explored before in India. We will also be using international dancers on stage to add a global touch and make it look like one big party as seen internationally at most concerts. We can assure you that his concerts will be mind-blowing and electric and we promise to give all his fans in India a night to remember.”
Speaking from across the globe, Sean Paul confirmed the news, “It’s your boy Sean and you heard it straight from me - India get ready for my live show. The wait is finally over and now for the first time ever, I’m excited to bring my live show to India. I can’t wait for my fans to join me where I’ll be performing all of your favorites and some new songs from my latest album. Watch this space for more to know where all I’m performing”
The Indian edition of Sean Paul Live In Concert is being presented and managed by Blue Note Entertainment, a company that specializes in film promotions, exhaustive artiste management, corporate events and destination weddings and is now foraying into the concert space for the irst time.

12th Osian's Cinefan Film Festival to be held in Delhi from July 27-August 5

A still from Rituporna Ghosh's movie Chitrangada that will be premiered in India at Osian's Cinefan Film festival from July 27-August 5 in New Delhi.
A still from Rituporna Ghosh's movie Chitrangada that will be premiered in India at Osian's Cinefan Film festival from July 27-August 5 in New Delhi.

The 12th Osian's Cinefan Film Festival -- which will bring together a mix of drama, tragedy and entertaining movies from different parts of India, the Arab world and Asian countries -- will be held at the Siri Fort Complex and Osianama & Blue Frog at the Kila Complex here from July 27 to August 5.

A press release from the organisers said the festival would provide a platform for 15 world premieres, eight international premieres, 104 Indian premieres and 13 Asian premieres.
The festival is being organised in collaboration with the Government of Delhi.
"The best of Asian, Arab and Indian cinema will be shown within an all-embracing framework which focuses on freedom of creative thought and expression. Thirty-eight countries will participate with a total number of 175 films, including 61 shorts," the release said.
Participating countries include China, Estonia, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Japan, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Morocco and Algeria, among many others. 
Osian’s-Cinefan had also provided a platform for first substantial showings in India to some of the most significant directors in the world such as Wong Kar-wai, Im Kwon-taek, Tsai Ming-liang, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Fatih Akin,  Garin Nugroho, Kim Ki-duk and Nuri Bilge Ceylan.
The highlights of this year's festival include Film Craft: the Art of Animation -- an engagement with the history and contemporary practices of the animation film with a special focus on Animation from Estonia -- and launching of a focus on environmental films.
There will be a two-day summit on "Delhi as India's Next Cinema City" that will bring together representatives of the Government of India, the Government of Delhi, the Indian film industry and various state and non-state cultural agencies to discuss the way forward to develop Delhi as a film city.
The "Freedom of Expression" section will include a set of five landmark films from the history of cinema made against prevailing censorship norms - Pier Paolo Pasolini's Salo, Virginie Despentes and Coralie Trinh-Thi's Baise-Moi, Shuji Terayama's Emperor Tomato Ketchup, the Devika Rani-Himanshu Rai starrer Karma and Jafar Panahi's This is Not a Film.
The festival will feature a tribute to the multi-faceted contribution of filmmaker Mani Kaul to the world of cinema, music, art and literature and the launch of the annual Mani Kaul Memorial Lecture. The inaugural lecture will be delivered by Marco Mueller, Director of the Rome International Film Festival.
There will also be tributes to Japanese filmmakers Koji Wakamatsu and Masao Adachi with a set of seven films made by them.
The organisers have also planned curated events exclusively for children, including master classes on animation and daily film screenings.
The festival will screen 61 short films. There are sections such as New Stream, Short Features, Master classes, First Features and Events at the Blue Frog specially programmed to engage the youth in specific activities and debates and discussions.
There will be an exhibition from the Osianama Archives, honouring the divas of Indian cinema, to celebrate 100 years of Indian Cinema. There will also be auction of rare artifacts and publicity material from Indian cinema on July 31.
Daily events throughout the Festival including panel discussions, film screenings, and high profile Q & As with festival guests.
The evenings will see delegates and invitees converge at the Blue Frog to converse and network at the Osian’s-Cinefan Adda. Specially curated musical and performance events will be held from 10 pm onwards every day, the release added.
Osian's, a pioneering arts institution, was established in 2000 as part of its founder Neville Tuli's vision of creating a new infrastructure and model for the Indian arts, whereby a merit-conscious and financially self-sufficient infrastructure is put into place.
With Osian’s acquiring the famous Asian Film Festival - Cinefan & Asian Cinema Journal -Cinemaya, its entry into the infrastructure of Indian and Asian cinema increased dramatically. It owns the world's largest archive on Indian & Asian cinema. In November 2011, 

Jeena Hai Toh Thok Daal to release on September 7


Jeena Hai Toh Thok Daal, produced by Aparna Hoshing under the banner of Rash Productions and directed by Manish Vatsalya, will release on September 7.

The film marks the return to lead roles in Hindi cinema for Bhojpuri superstar Ravi Kishan. The film also has Manish Vatsalya playing a key character along with Hazel Croney, Pooja Welling, Rahul Kumar, Yashpal Sharma, Murli Sharma, Govind Namdeo, Ashwini Kalsekar, Sharat Saxena, Shubha Khote and Mukesh Bhatt. 
The music of the film has been done by Siddhant Madhav and Shadab Abhik. Veteran Ganesh Acharya has choreographed all the songs in the film.

Esha Deol's wedding celebrations kick off with star-studded "sangeet"

Sangeet ceremony of Esha Deol

The wedding celebrations of actress Esha Deol, the elder daughter of actors Hema Malini and Dharmendra, with Bharat Takhtani kicked off with a star-studded "sangeet" here last night.

The event was a glittering extravaganza, with close friends and relatives of the two families and the who's who of Bollywood in attendance.
Esha looked resplendent in a traditional gagra choli in orange, red and indigo with gold zari work, designed by Rocky S, whilst Bharat wore a blue velvet sherwani with bold zari work which was designed by his close friend Simone Khambatta.
A very special dance act was put together by Esha, Ahana, and Karan (Mani Ratnam's assistant) for both the families. Esha was in full flow and enthralled those present with the medley of songs Kajra Re, Tauba Tauba, Dhoom Machale whilst Bharat and his friends matched step by step with a class act on the medley of songs like Desi Boyz, Thamma Thamma, Nagada, Satte pe Satta, Señorita, Koi Kahe, Yamla Pagla, Deewana and so on.
Abhay Deol joined in the songs with Bharat and Esha in Aaja Na Chule, Meri Chunari Sanam and Mujse Shaadi Karoogi, whilst the 'Original' dream girl Hema Malini made a grand entry with the song playing and danced gracefully.
The retro theme of the sangeet was red and black colour scheme with shining disco balls et al. Ranveer Singh and other celebs were seen dancing the night away.
Some  of the celebrities who were spotted attending the sangeet were Hema Malini, Dharmendra, Ahana Deol, Abhay Deol, Preeti Desai, Ranveer Singh, Nasseruddin and Ratna Shah, Sohail Khan, Zayed Khan with wife, Riya and Raima Sen, Ritiesh and Genelia, Abhishek Kapoor and wife, Jacky Bhagnani, Arjan Bajwa, Deepa Sahi, Ashish Chowdhary and Samita, Zoa Morani, Neeta and Nishka Lulla, Pankaj Udhas and wife, Anu Mallik and family, Madhoo Shah and family, Shonali Nagarani and Anusha Manchanda, Shweta Pandit, Shaina N C, Harry Baweja, Chetan Hansraj, Shweta Salve, Bunty Walia, Pia Tivedi, Sudanshu Pandey, Arya Babbar with wife, Ravindra Jain, and Masaba Gupta, among others.
The theme and the wedding planning activities were choreographed by Shailesh Gandhi's 'Discovery Events' team.
Esha's mehendi is on June 28, followed by a traditional morning wedding on June 29.

PVR Pictures to roll out “Step Up Revolution” in India on July 27

Ryan Guzman and Kathryn McCormick in a scene from Step Up Revolution
Ryan Guzman and Kathryn McCormick in a scene from Step Up Revolution
Entertainment major PVR Pictures today said Step Up Revolution, the fourth sequel of the dance movie Step Up, will be released in theatres in India on July 27.
The movie stars Kathryn McCormick, the dancing queen from So You Think You Can Dance, with an entourage backing her up in the streets of Miami. The movie will be releasing in both 2D and 3D across all major cities, a press release from PVR Pictures said.
Directed by Scott Speer, Step Up Revolution also has super model Ryan Guzman, Misha Gabriel, Peter Gallagher and Steven in the cast.
PVR Pictures is the flagship film production and distribution arm of PVR Limited and has built a film slate in Hindi and English which it markets and distributes. 
PVR Pictures made its debut in 2007 with the enormously successful ‘Taare Zameen Par’ and ‘Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na’.
A still from Step Up Revolution
A still from Step Up Revolution

Ferrari Ki Sawaari grosses Rs 25 crore worldwide in opening week

Ferrari Ki Sawaari Film Promotion
Entertainment major Eros International Media Ltd today said its new release Ferrari Ki Sawaari had grossed Rs 25 crore worldwide in the opening weekend.
A press release from the company said the film, directed by debutant Rajesh Mapuskar, had grossed more than Rs 20 crore in India (net Rs 13.91 crore) and Rs 5 crore overseas.
The film is a comedy of errors about small guys and their big dreams. Produced by Vinod Chopra Films, the film was released worldwide on June 15.
“Vinod Chopra and his team have gained a reputation for presenting clean, entertaining films with a message for the entire family and with Ferrari Ki Sawaari, they have once again won the hearts of the audiences. We are also happy with critics’ reactions to this joyride. The film showed a growth in collections over the weekend viz. Saturday showed a 36% increase over Friday, Sunday showed a growth of approx 47% over Saturday and Sunday over Friday was 99%," Nandu Ahuja, Senior VP – Distribution – India, Eros International Media Ltd, said.
Pranab Kapadia, President – Marketing & Distribution, Eros International, said, “Ferrari Ki Sawaari is yet another success story which goes on to show that modest budget films are gaining popularity with the audiences. We had similar success with Vicky Donor earlier this year and this augurs well for new talent, be it actors or directors, to make their presence known in a rapidly growing Indian film industry. We are delighted to see this evolving trend that allows Eros to offer more such films later this year such as Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi and English Vinglish.”
Ferrari Ki Sawaari is a story about a young father’s endeavor to fulfill the dream of his talented ten year old son. It stars Sharman Joshi, Boman Irani and Ritwik Sahore with a song appearance by Vidya Balan. 
The cast also includes Paresh Rawal, Nilesh Divekar, Deepak Shirke, Akash Dhabade and Satyadeep Mishra.

Actor Ram Charan Teja marries Upasna Kamineni in star-studded ceremony

Ram Charan, Upasana Wedding
Actor Ram Charan Teja, the son of mega star Chiranjeevi, married Upasna Kamineni, the grand-daughter of Apollo Hospitals chairman Pratap C Reddy, at a star-studded ceremony in Hyderabad today.
One of the most anticipated weddings of the year in Hyderabad, the ceremony took plae at the Temple Tre farmhose of the Kamineni family on the outskirts of the city.
The bride, dressed in a Tarun Tahiliani special, followed Ram Charan who walked in a flower decked canopy to a specially designed hall to accompaniment of the traditional nadaswaram.
The high profile wedding was graced by the who is who of politics and tinsel town. Megastars Amitabh Bachchan, Rajnikanth and Sridevi were present, and so were almost all of Tollywood.
Andhra Pradesh Governor E S L Narasimhan, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, Telugu Desam leader N Chandrababu Naidu and TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao were the others present.
From the business world, those who turned up included Shivinder Singh of Fortis and Kiran Mazumdar Shaw of Biocon
Telugu news channels telecast the arrivals of VIPs and other details throughout the wedding.
The three-hour ceremony was conducted in traditional Telugu style with priests chanting mantras and the bride and the groom smearing the Jeelakarra Bellam and Madhuparkam, followed by the other rituals, including the tying of the mangalsutra and Saptapadi, the seven steps that the bride and groom took around the fire.
The high profile wedding which began four days ago with ceremonies at Domakonda Fort was interspersed with sangeet, parties and tradition. Chiranjeevi hosted a reception this evening and there will be another one by Ram Charan, 27, for his fans tomorrow.
Upasna, 22, is currently the Vice-President of Apollo Charity and Editor of B Positive, Lifetime WellnessRx International Limited, Apollo Group of Hospitals. 

Pritish Nandy Communications announces Shaadi Ke Side Effects with Vidya, Farhan

The makers of the 2006 hit Pyaar Ke Side Effects have managed to pull off a casting coup of sorts and have roped in Vidya Balan and Farhan Akhtar for the sequel titled “Shaadi Ke Side Effects” - a take on the fascinating ways love works before and after marriage.

The romantic comedy will see the actors essaying the role of a married couple who are coping with their issues, much on the comic lines of the first film.
Talking about the plot, producer Pritish Nandy says, “Vidya will be playing a Delhi girl and Farhan a Bombay boy. The story moves ahead from where Trisha and Sid’s characters (Pyaar Ke Side Effects) left - they get married and the changes that come in their married life, the transformation in their relationship and how they tackle these changes."
“Farhan Akhtar and Vidya Balan are the two most successful actors of 2011. We are privileged to have them as the stars of Shaadi Ke Side-Effects and that is why I think this film tops our calendar for the coming year. My belief is that Shaadi Ke Side-Effects has the ability to be 2012's most exciting film, wild, wicked and wonderfully, wonderfully entertaining. Mars vs Venus at its best."
While the film has an all-new starcast, the director Saket Choudhary and music composer Pritam stay the same.
Irnoically, this would also be Farhan Akhtar’s first romantic comedy and the actor couldn’t be more excited.
“SKSE is a departure from my earlier work as an actor so it promises to be a new experience. Saket has written a funny yet moving story about simple things that everyone can relate to," he said.
Talking about being cast alongside Farhan Akhtar for the first time, Vidya Balan said, “It's the first time that Farhan and I will be working together. He's so real that everything about our situation in SKSE would seem believable. SKSE begins where every romcom ends."

Rowdy Rathore enters the big league, crosses Rs 105 crore mark in week 2

Movie ROWDY RATHORE Interview
Rowdy Rathore, the Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha starrer, is turning out be a winner all the way for the producers.
After a bumper opening and a  steady run in its first week, the UTV Motion Pictures & Sanjay Leela Bhansali Productions' movie continues to rule the box office even in its second week with audiences pouring into theatres across the country.
Confirms acclaimed critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh: “RowdyRathore has crossed Rs. 105 cr nett mark in week 2. Has performed exceptionally well at single screens as well as plexes”
"We are thrilled with the incredible response that Rowdy Rathore has received from audiences across the board. It’s been a great year so far for all of us with the back to back success of Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu, Paan Singh Tomar, Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya, The Avengers and Rowdy Rathore. 
"It is a very proud moment for all of us associated with the movie - Sanjay, Prabhudheva, Akshay and Sonakshi," says Siddharth Roy Kapur, MD - Studios, Disney UTV.
Adds co-producer Shabinaa Khan, "It's exciting news that Rowdy Rathore is getting audiences to the theatres even after the second week of its release. I am very proud to have co-produced this action-entertainer."

Upasna Kamineni, Ram Charan Teja visit Domakonda temple before wedding

Anil Kamineni, Ram Charan Teja, Upasna Kamineni and mega star Chiranjeevi after the rituals at the Domakonda temple near Hyderabad on June 12, 2012
Anil Kamineni, Ram Charan Teja, Upasna Kamineni and mega star Chiranjeevi after the rituals at the Domakonda temple near Hyderabad on June 12, 2012

It had all the trappings of tradition and ceremony with a fort as the perfect setting. The

Ram Charan Teja – Upasna Kamineni wedding went into an overdrive with a traditional ceremony at the century-old family fort of the bride at Domakonda in Nizamabad district, about 100 kms north of Hyderabad, yesterday.
The morning at Domakonda started with Upasna, 22, grand-daughter of Apollo Hospitals Chairman Pratap C Reddy, doing her puja with her parents Anil and Shobana Kamineni
at the Kakatiyan era Shiva temple and was soon joined by Ram Charan, 27, and his father, Chiranjeevi. both well-known actors.
That done, Upasna gifted sarees to the women of the village, a tradition that the family has been following for generations. From there, the congregation moved to the fort proper where a small ceremony was followed by a traditional procession, with Upasna walking along with a pathway of sarees till the entrance of the fort and later seeking the blessings at the Pochamma temple. 
Upasna Kamineni walking on 300 sarees amongst the residents of Domakonda village near Hyderabad on June 12, 2012.
Upasna Kamineni walking on 300 sarees amongst the residents of Domakonda village near Hyderabad on June 12, 2012.
The entire population turned up and the village elders took the lead in conducting the various aspects of the ceremony.
The wedding will be held on June 14 at Temple Trees, Moinabad. The same evening megasar Chiranjeevi wil host a reception at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre.
The next morning on June 15, will be a day reserved for Ram Charan’s fans to savour and that will be followed by lunch.
Upasna is currently the Vice-President of Apollo Charity and Editor of B Positive, Lifetime WellnessRx International Limited, Apollo Group of Hospitals. 

Bollywood Snippets: Ajay Devgn grooves the desi way in Bol Bachchan

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National Award winning actor Ajay Devgn has done his first full-fledged desi-dance number in Rohit Shetty's Bol Bachchan.

Taking it up as a challenge, Devgn brought out his dancing shoes and has given his best.  Raju Khan, who choreographed the song, says, “There has been a major growth in Ajay Devgn as a dancer. Unlike earlier years where he was very shy, today he’s absolutely confident. He is well-versed with dancing and can grasp steps quickly.
"Also, having worked with him for over a decade now, I am very familiar with his body language. I know what will go down well with his personality and what will not suit his persona. For this particular number with Asin, I gave him steps that would be in perfect sync with his character in the film.”
Shetty is known for always incorporating something out-of-the-box in his song and dance routines and this time around the audience will see a larger than life, colorful mela in the backdrop of the song, which will feature Devgn flaunting some unique moves and Asin showcasing some latkas and thumkas!
The song, Chalao Na Naino Se Baan Re, is a full-on desi dance number where we see "pehelwaan" Devgn wooing his lady love, Asin. 
Another thing you must know about the song is that it doesn’t boast of the regular, run-of-the-mill professional background dancers. Instead we have some very cute and tough looking pehelwaans singing and dancing comically in the background! Together with Himesh Reshamiya’s singing and Ajay Devgn’s unique stint, the song makes for an out-and-out entertainer!
Presented by Fox Star Studios, the movie which is produced by Shree Ashtavinayak Cinevision Pvt Ltd and Ajay Devgn Ffilms is slated for a 6th July release.
Chasme Baddoor to release on August 24
David Dhawan’s upcoming comic caper Chasme Baddoor, which is a remake of the original 1981 hit film, is slated for release on August 24.
The movie boasts of a fresh young cast such as Ali Zafar, Siddharth (Rang De Basanti fame), and Divyendu Sharma (Pyaar Ka Punchnama). It also features Rishi Kapoor, Anupam Kher,
Lillete Dubey and southern beauty Tapasee, who is making her Bollywood debut.
The movie is produced by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and music is by Sajid Wajid.
Sarah Jane Dias turns choreographer with Kya Super Kool Hai Hum
Actress Sarah Jane Dias will soon be grooving to her own choreography in Balaji’s Kya Super Kool Hai Hum starring Tusshar Kapoor and Riteish Deshmukh.
A professional dancer, Dias volunteered to choreograph a couple of steps while shooting a song in a popular nightclub in the city, given that dancing has been a passion since her childhood.
Reveals a source “While shooting a peppy party track with Neha Sharma and Sarah-Jane in a club, Sarah asked director Sachin if she could suggest a few steps she felt would be apt for the song. Everyone loved her ideas and decided to go along with them. These have now been included in the film."
Directed by Sachin Yardi, Kya Super Kool Hai, Hum starring Tusshar, Riteish Deshmukh, Neha Sharma and Sarah-Jane Dias, is scheduled to release on August 2.
Hyderabad’s a favorite for Shruti Hassan 
After having settled in Mumbai,Shruti Hassan has barely had  quality time to spend in her sprawling new apartment in the suburbs. The reason being her long standing love for Hyderabad city!
The actress who recently shifted base to Mumbai has been traveling back and forth to Hyderabad for her professional commitments.
Explaining how Hyderabad holds a special spot in her heart, says Shruti Hassan 
"Hyderabad has always accepted and loved my movies. Gabbar Singh has been a huge hit over there. After being told it's running house full, I managed to visit a theatre, and I am extremely overwhelmed with the response that I've got from the people of Hyderabad. 
"Now I'm busy with projects in Mumbai, but Hyderabad has always been one of my favourite cities, and you will see me there a lot more," she said.

Bollywood Snippets: Bachchans, Devgn come together for peppy song in "Bol Bachchan"

Ajay Devgn, Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan in Bol Bachchan title song.
Ajay Devgn, Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan in Bol Bachchan title song.

The title track from Rohit Shetty’s Bol Bachchan has some of Big B’s cult dialogues.

The title track which features the magnificent trio of Amitabh Bachchan along with Ajay Devgn and Abhishek Bachchan, is a peppy and fun song.
The track which is also sung by the trio has a number of Big B’s famous one-liners which are mouthed by none other than Bachchan Jr.
Abhishek has added his own flavour to iconic lines like “Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota” and “Daaru Peene Se Liver Kharab Hota Hai”.
This is the first time that these three actors have come together for a song and their chemistry is definitely something to look out for. Devgn stays true to his character in the movie and translates the Hindi one-liners into his style of broken English which gets you laughing your guts out!
‘Bol Bachchan’ is slated for a 6th July release.
Title song of Ferrari Ki Sawaari released
Ferrari Ki Sawaari Releases a Brand New Joyride Track
Ferrari Ki Sawaari Releases a Brand New Joyride Track
Ferrari Ki Sawaari is on a roll with less than 2 weeks left for the release and the promotions going on in full swing all over India.
The movie's latest release is the title song and it’s picked up very well as the song has a heartwarming vibe to it that leaves one feeling nostalgic. The song is a treat to the eyes as after a long time we have a happy family enjoying and dancing along in this age dedicated to item numbers.
The track has the old days feel to it with very simple and catchy lyrics. The visuals highlight
the father-son relationship with Sharman Joshi and Ritvik Sahore enjoying the Ferrari ride and singing along to the joyride song.
Sharman fits effortlessly into the role of a doting father and Ritvik the child lead, comes across as a natural actor. It is also said that Ritvik was so much at ease with his character that the cast had to match up to his standards.
The movie is slated to release on June 15.
Sonakshi Sinha gets a "sweet" surprise on her birthday
Ajay Devgn and Ashwini Dhir celebrate Sonakshi Sinha's birthday on the sets of Son Of Sardar.
Ajay Devgn and Ashwini Dhir celebrate Sonakshi Sinha's birthday on the sets of Son Of Sardar.
The entire team of Ajay Devgn's Son Of Sardaar gave their lead actress Sonakshi Sinha a 'sweet' surprise on her birthday.
Sonakshi dropped by on the sets in Mumbai and the crew arranged for delicious chocolate cake and celebrated her birthday in great style on the sets.
Director Ashwini Dhir and Devgn were present as a pleasantly surprised and excited Sonakshi cut the cake on the sets.
‘Son of Sardaar’ directed by Ashwini Dhir, stars Ajay Devgn, Sonakshi Sinha, Juhi Chawla and Sanjay Dutt. Produced by Ajay Devgn Ffilms and Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, SOS is slated for a 13th November Diwali 2012 release.
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Rowdy Rathore roars with third highest opening day collection ever


UTV & Bhansali Productions' Rowdy Rathore opened to an unprecedented response, creating a splash at the box office – with single screens registering phenomenal collections.

The action-entertainer collected a whopping Rs 15.10 crore on its opening day, the third biggest opening day of all time after Agneepath and Bodyguard and the biggest non-holiday opening of all time, given that the other two blockbusters released on national holidays.
Directed by Prabhudeva, the film that marks Akshay Kumar’s return to out-and-out action film is also the star’s biggest opening day ever.
Acclaimed critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh said, "Rowdy Rathore is the biggest non-holiday Friday opener. Outstanding!  Business in mass-dominated circuits is humungous."
Siddharth Roy Kapoor ,MD, Disney UTV Motion Pictures said: "We are thrilled with the incredible opening day collections of Rowdy Rathore across the length and breadth of India. Rowdy Rathore has notched up the third biggest opening day of all time and the biggest non-holiday opening day of all time."
"It is also Akshay Kumar's biggest opening day ever. All of us - UTV, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha and of course Prabhudheva - are immensely thankful to audiences for helping this film to rewrite box office history," he said.
While centres like Kanpur, Nagpur, Indore, Jaipur, Udaipur and Lucknow have recorded 85% average collections in single screens, multiplexes too showed encouraging occupancy. The film has also received an overwhelming response overseas especially in centres like United Kingdom, Canada and United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Adds analyst Komal Nahata: “Single-screen cinemas going beserk over Rowdy Rathore..A straight Blockbuster! That’s what Rowdy Rathore is! Next 100 crore film? All chances!"
The film also received rave reviews in industry circles. Tweeted director/producer Karan Johar: “Huge congratulations to Shabina khan, SLB,team UTV,@sonakshisinha,@akshaykumar!!!! For roaring ROWDY RATHORE!!!! More POWER to all of u!!!!”
Said author Shobha De: “Rowdy Rathore Rocks! Hysterical, nonsensical, annoying. So deliciously 'Seventies. Like Sholay with a rassam flavour.”
Directed by Prabhudeva, starring Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha, Rowdy Rathore produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and co-produced by Shabinaa Khan released June 1.

Cinema100 makes a grand start at Whistling Woods International

Lyricist Gulzar,  film-maker Subhash Ghai, music composer A.R.Rahman and choreographer Saroj Khan pay tribute to film industry pioneer Dadasaheb Phalke at Cinema100, a festival organized by Whistling Woods International in Mumbai on June 1, 2012.
Lyricist Gulzar, film-maker Subhash Ghai, music composer A.R.Rahman and choreographer Saroj Khan pay tribute to film industry pioneer Dadasaheb Phalke at Cinema100, a festival organized by Whistling Woods International in Mumbai on June 1, 2012.

Well-known music composer and Oscar award winner A R Rahman inaugurated Cinema100, a three-day film festival organized to celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema at the Whistling Woods International campus in the heart of Film City here yesterday.

The inaugural ceremony started with renowned cinema stalwarts Gulzar, Saroj Khan, Sukhwinder Singh and Rahman being invited on stage by film-maker and founder-chairman of Whistling Woods, a film-making institute, Subhash Ghai.
Together, they lit the lamp to formally open the festival. They also unveiled a life-sized statue of Dadasaheb Phalke, the pioneer of the Indian film industry, which will now be kept for display in the college premises. 
This was followed by a short film which gave a glimpse of the various phases of cinema, right from the era of black and white films to the present day animated and pictorial films.
“I am so thrilled to be here. Whistling Woods International has been an inspiration to me. I am looking forward to see your exhibition on 100 years of cinema. I can see a glorious future for the students of filmmaking and I wish them all the very best," Rahman said.
Ghai said Whistling Woods aimed to promote quality film education and provide the latest knowledge and best infrastructure to its students.
"Cinema 100 is our tribute to the fascinating 100-year journey of Indian cinema. We are very happy to have in our midst industry stalwarts and legends who are whole-heartedly willing to share their knowledge and experiences to make this event successful. I am especially proud of the students of the school who are my support and inspiration. Their hard work in putting together this event is truly commendable," Ghai said.
Singer Sukhwinder Singh enthralled the crowd with Sufi songs from the 1950s onwards. Bollywood’s favourite choreographer Saroj Khan threw some light on some of India’s top 12 choreographers in the past 100 years and Gulzar addressed a packed session in the auditorium on his poetic journey in Indian Cinema.
In the festival mood, Gulzar said, “Cinema is lucky that after these 100 years it has an institute like Whistling Woods International and it has students like this, who respond to cinema and who know its language. If anything happens to this institute, I will be the saddest man . Bachchon ne bohot khoobsurat kaam kiya hai. Yeh muhavren zubaan ke gayab hote ja rahe hain. In muhavron ko sambhalna humari zimmedari hai.” 
On being asked by an audience member on the art of translating poetry into song, he said “yeh toh trade secret pooch rahe ho aap.” 
The festival showcased great amount of reverence to Indian cinema of old through special screenings of Raja Harishchandra Harishchandrachi Factory, which is based on the life of Dadasaheb Phalke, who introduced motion pictures for the first time in India.
Some of the highlights of Day 1 of the event included:
- Some of the oldest cameras, film posters of the bygone era and costumes from landmark films were on display in a one of a kind exhibit tracing the 100 year journey of Indian cinema
 -Mumbai-based film-circle activist Subhash Chedda showcased a collection of over 4,00,000 posters.
 -GEM dresswalla contributed some of the most popular film costumes of the century to lend an added charm to the spectacle.
 - Renowned artist Nandita Choudhri presented her installations on Indian films.
 - The original posters bought at an auction by ad filmmakers Arti and Kailash Surendranath were on display.
 “Whistling Woods is among the top ten film making institutes in the world. Over the last few years the school has encouraged and shaped some of the best talent in the industry. Cinema100 is our tribute to the industry at large, the event will not only showcase rare films but also will be a tool to educate the youth about the rich heritage in cinema and its future," Ms Meghna Ghai Puri, President of Whistling Woods, said.
The first day also saw the likes Randhir Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Kiran Shantaram (son of V Shantaram), Rinki Roy Bhattacharya (Bimal Roy's daughter), Rakeysh Mehra, Arjun Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra and many others walking down the campus corridors to soak in the cinematic journey.

Ranbir Kapoor to perform on stage for first time at IIFA Awards

Actor Ranbir Kapoor will perform on stage for the first time at the IIFA Awards this month, hoping to bring the Kapoor magic to the audience at the Singapore Indoor Stadium as well as television viewers worldwide on June 9.

Joining the elite list of performers, including IIFA choreographer Prabhu Deva, Shahid Kapoor, Bipasha Basu and Sonakshi Sinha, will be Priyanka Chopra and Farhan Akhtar.
The 13th IIFA weekend will be held in Singapore from June 7 to 9.
Ranbir, who is known for his performances in movies like Rockstar, Anjana Anjani, Saawariya and Bachana Ae Haseeno, said, “This is the first time I’m performing at IIFA, this marks a special significance for me. I know that the expectations are huge and it is quite a challenge to match Prabhu Deva’s moves but I’m going to work hard and I’m sure we are going to have a lot of fun as well.”
Teri Meri Kahaani actors Priyanka Chopra and Shahid Kapoor along with director Kunal Kohli will also promote their film at the Videocon IIFA Weekend, with both stars headlining IIFA Rocks! followed by solo performances on the Jaypee IIFA Awards stage. 
Spanning three eras from 1910, 1960 and 2012, world media will get a sneak preview of Teri Meri Kahaani at the Weekend. 
Shahid Kapoor will also play co-host at the Awards this year, with director-actor, Farhan Akthar.
Priyanka Chopra said, “We are very happy to showcase our upcoming film, Teri Meri Kahaani at the IIFAs this year. I am honoured to perform for my fans in Singapore and look forward to the IIFA Weekend and Awards. See you in Singapore!”
The chemistry between Shahid Kapoor and Farhan Akhtar is expected to be magical and the script, interactivity and repartee should delight the audience.
The International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) had earlier also announced that designers Suneet Varma, Masaba and Varun Bahl’s special collections will be showcased at the music-cum-fashion extravaganza ‘IIFA Rocks’ in Singapore. 
 The high-end event is one of the key initiatives showcased at the Videocon IIFA Weekend and will be held on June 8.
IIFA Rocks will bring to the ramp a night of glamour, glitz and entertainment – a coming together of the best in Indian fashion and music.
Mr. Pradeep Dhoot, Director - Videocon Group says “Videocon and IIFA share a common vision to showcase India across the globe. Videocon is delighted to be associated with Videocon IIFA Weekend for the fourth year in a row."
IIFA Rocks is a music-cum-fashion fashion extravaganza held annually showcasing leading avant garde Indian designers. Leading models from India and the host nation grace the ramp alongside the musical talent from India. Film stars are show stoppers for their favorite designers.
This year, IIFA Rocks! will showcase three  Indian designers – Masaba, Suneet Varma and Varun Bahl.
"IIFA by Masaba" is a chic fusion wear line with strong Indian elements - the colour palette and imagery of the collection is inspired by the IIFA logo and brand world.
Keeping the glamour quotient in mind, Masaba will unveil a special collection which has been conceptualised and inspired by the colors of IIFA. The designs would be avant garde drawing inspiration from the ‘Sun’.
Designer Masaba, said, “I am glad to be part of IIFA Rocks this year and I am sure it will help me reach out to a diverse set of audiences and cultures. Inspired by IIFA, my collection is a chic fusion wear line with strong Indian elements. It has a youthful vibe and is aimed at the contemporary Indian woman who has a strong sense of style and is modern in her sensibilities yet veryrooted to her aesthetics and culture. It is indeed going to be a special experience since it brings together the best of music and fashion.”
Gitanjali Group in partnership with Gemfields, will be unveiling Envi by Gitanjali while showcasing “The Eternal Lightness of Being’ by Suneet Verma”. Envi is a collection of high-end jewellery studded with emeralds.
Suneet Verma’s 25th anniversary celebrations come alive with his Spring Couture 2012 collection.
With all the designers taking centre stage, the Academy has also announced a line-up of performers like musical-duo Vishal-Shekhar,singer Mika, Bollywood divas Neha Dhupia and Gauhar Khan to name a few
IIFA Rocks will be co-hosted by Chitrangada Singh and Ayushman Khurana. Chitrangada Singh said, “This is my first time at the IIFAs and I am truly excited to be part of this celebrated global event. It is amazing to see how the IIFAs have managed to take Indian cinema to the world over the years and it is only getting bigger every year! I will be stepping into the shoes of a co-host along with Ayushman for the first time at IIFA Rocks and I am looking forward to having a great time.”
With Dibakar Banerjee’s ‘Shanghai’, produced by PVR Pictures, premiering at the IIFAs, the IIFA Weekend will also see Bollywood’s upcoming action-flick ‘Maximum’ being showcased where the world media will get a first glimpse of the police-drama.
Directed by Kabeer Kaushik, the film stars actor Naseeruddin Shah, Sonu Sood, Neha Dhupia and Hazel Keech in the lead roles.
Sonu Sood, said, “I have many great memories of the IIFAs from the different countries that I have visited so far. It is always a great feeling to be part of such a huge celebration that brings together all our friends and colleagues to support and promote talent on an international platform. I am also very excited about my movie ‘Maximum’ being showcased at the Videocon IIFA Weekend and I hope to receive all the love and support from my fans.” 
For the sixth year running, IIFA will persist with its signature Green Carpet inviting the film industry to campaign for planet Earth. With support of the film stars, IIFA will continue to share ideas about small steps that everyone can implement in their daily lives in order to become planet savers. 
Wiz Sabbas Joseph, Director - Wizcraft International, said, “India is a land which has a rich reservoir of talent. When we began the IIFAs, the focus was largely on the cinema front. Now, with the support of the film industry we are also using the IIFA platform to promote our music and fashion, giving them a leg up across global markets."

GQ India announces its list of India's Best Dressed Men


Corporate heads Ratan Tata and Captain C P Krishnan Nair, Bollywood stars Shahid Kapoor, Imran Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham and Ranbir Kapoor, politician Omar Abdullah and fashion designers such as Manish Malhotra and Narendra Kumar feature in a list of India's 50 Best Dressed Men published by lifestyle magazine GQ India.

The list of the country's most stylish men, featured as a special in the June 2012 issue of the magazine, also includes sporting stars like Virat Kohli and Bhaichung Bhutia.
The magazine announced the list at its annual event GQ Best Dressed Men at the Four Seasons Hotel here last night in the presence of a large number of celebrities.
Those spotted at the event included Shahid Kapoor, Imran Khan, Sidhartha Mallya, Arjun Kapoor, Rahul Bose, Rohan Sippy, Bhaichung Bhutia, Purab Kohli, Arjun Khanna, Atul Kasbekar, AD Singh, Sahil Shroff, Shantanu and Nikhil.
Che Kurrien and Sidhartha MallyaMukul Dev and Arjun KhannaSarah Jane Dias and Purab Kohli
Che Kurrien and Sidhartha Mallya, Mukul Dev and Arjun Khanna, Sarah Jane Dias and Purab Kohli at the GQ Best Dressed Event
Rahul BoseBhaichung Bhutia Neha Dhupia
Rahul Bose, Bhaichung Bhutia and Neha Dhupia at the GQ Best Dressed Event
Also present were GQ June issue cover girls Angela Jonsson and Malika Haydon, Neha Dhupia, Indrani Dasgupta, Monica Dogra, Avantika Malik Khan, Sarah Jane Dias, Queenie Singh, Simone Singh, Shazahn Padamsee, Shenaz Treasury and Jiah Khan.
On GQ’s Best Dressed Men list, Che Kurrien, Editor, GQ India said, “The ranks of sharply dressed men are swelling across the country, and the winners on this list represent the Indian man at his best: elegant, confident and poised. May our tribe increase!”
The following is the list of GQ's 50 Best Dressed Men in India:
1. Manish Malhotra 2. Mukul Deora 3. Ajay Bijli 4. Arjun Rampal 5. Saif Ali Khan 6. Narendra Kumar 7. Mahesh Mathai 8. Rahul Bose 9. Captain Nair 10. Milind Soman 11. John Abraham 12. Gaurav Bhatia 13. Viren Rasquinha 14. Sanjay Kapur 15. Abhishek Bachchan 16. Shahid Datawala 17. Theron Carmine 18. A D Singh 19. Sidhartha Mallya 20. Naveen Ansal 21. Arjun Khanna 22. Subodh Gupta 23. Sahil Shroff 24. Imran Khan 25. Nikhil Mehra 26. Karan Johar 27. Arjun Saluja 28. Rohan Sippy 29. Ranbir Kapoor 30. Bhaichung Bhutia 31. Shahid Kapoor 32. Kunal Rawal 33. Chetan Jaikishan 34. Ratan Tata 35. Purab Kohli 36. Vir Das 37. Raghavendra Rathore 38. Siddharth Pujari 39. Prateik 40. Jai Dinani 41. Virat Kohli 42. Tikka Shatrujit Singh 43. Jyotiraditya Scindia 44. Atul Kasbekar 45. Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi 46. Arjun Kapoor 47. Omar Abdullah 48. Anil Kapoor 49. Vikram Raizada 50. Rahul Khanna
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