Rapper Pitbull to perform in Noida, Mumbai, Pune in December

Eminent rapper and singer-songwriter Armando Christian Pérez, popularly known as Pitbull, is scheduled to perform at concerts in Noida, near Delhi, and Mumbai and Pune in Maharashtra early December, the organisers said today.
Pitbull will perform in Noida on December 2, Mumbai on December 3 and Pune on December 4, a press release from P3P E Ventures Pvt Ltd, the organisers said. These will be the singer's first concerts in India.
The release said the proceeds of the concerts would be donated to reputed non-governmental organisation (NGO) Suryoday Aids Foundation.

Exhibition of Polish artist Stefan Norblin's works opens in Delhi


An exhibition on the life and work of Polish artist Stefan Norblin in India between 1941 and 1946 was jointly inaugurated at the National Gallery of Modern Art here yesterday by Union Culture Minister Kumari Selja and her Polish counterpart Bogdan Zdrojewski.

The exhibition, "Stefan Norblin (1892-1952): A Master of Many Arts", will be open for public viewing till November 23 before it moves to the National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai.

An official press release said the exhibition lays special emphasis on the artist's life and works in India but also brings together his works from Poland and the United States. These include portraits of Poland’s pre-war elite, art déco posters, book covers, illustrations and designs for theatrical costumes.

Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan turns 46

Shah Rukh Khan
Shah Rukh Khan

Popular Bollywood's actor Shah Rukh Khan, who turned 46 today, was greeted by fans and well-wishers gathered outside his landmark "Mannat" bungalow in suburban Bandra here.

Many of them sang "Happy Birthday" to him and his residence was flooded with top filmdom personalities, waiting to wish him many happy returns of the day.

The actor, who has excelled in romantic and negative roles, has become Hindi cinema's most loved personality after his debut in the TV serial Fauji.

His long list of hits include Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jahenge, Kuch Kuch Hota Hain. Mohabbatein, Kal Ho Naa Ho, Baazigar and Darr, films which propelled him to dizzy heights of success.

Shahrukh has also portrayed meaningful and memorable roles in films like Swades, Chak De India and Paheli.

He fulfilled his long-cherished dream of playing a superhero through Ra.One, released on Diwali day.

"I will celebrate the birthday with a well deserved many hours of sleep...thanx for ur wishes. Don't feel older or wiser..," Shahrukh wrote on his Twitter page.



Deepti Naval's book launched by Amitabh Bachchan

Actor Amitabh Bachchan launching actor-author Deepti Naval's book
Actor Amitabh Bachchan launching actor-author Deepti Naval's book "The Mad Tibetan: Stories from Then & Now" in Mumbai on Octobr 30, 2011. UNI PHOTO
Bollywood thespian Amitabh Bachchan launched the book "The Mad Tibetan: Stories from Then and Now" by poet-author and actress Deepti Naval in the city last night.
Speaking on the occasion, Bachchan said, "I am more than honoured to be present here to launch this book. I am an avid reader, all thanks to my father. His writing was and is beautiful, and I am sure that this book is going to be an excellent read for me and everyone else."
Naval, who is acclaimed for her performance in films like "Chashm-e-Badoor", "Firaaq" and "Mirch Masala", said, "This book means a lot to me. I am very grateful to have Mr Bachchan at this launch. I hope this book makes a difference to everyone who reads it."
Also present at the event were film director Prakash Jha and actors Vinay Pathak, Anup Soni and Tisca Chopra.

Metallica concert in Gurgaon cancelled after organisers fail to get permit

In a huge disappointment for rock music fans, a concert by international band Metallica scheduled for tonight Gurgaon near here was cancelled as the organisers could not secure a permit for the show.
The concert, earlier slated to be held last night, was postponed by the organisers for the day after chaos at the venue of the event.
The promoters of the show were unable to secure a permit for the show on Saturday at such a short notice with the result that the concert was cancelled. 
In a statement here, DNA Networks, the organisers of the show, announced that Metallica would not be able to play in Delhi.
They said those holding tickets for the concert would be given a full refund.
"Within the next 24 hours, a notification will be issued by DNA Networks regarding the process for full refunds," the statement said.
"Metallica is deeply disappointed with this news and will continue to send updates as additional details are determined and confirmed," the band said on its website.
The Metallica concert in Bangalore will, however, go ahead as per schedule tomorrow.
Meanwhile, sources said the Gurgaon police have arrested four people, including a top official of the company organising the Metallica concert, on charges of cheating and breach of trust, as the event was postponed at the last moment.
Rajesh, the general manager of DNA Networks, was arrested along with the team members Umesh, Ashok Singh and Savio Faleiro, the sources said.
They were arrested under sections 406 (breach of trust) and 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code.
The concert by the rock band had evoked tremendous excitement in the National Capital region (NCR). The news of the concert's postponement yesterday led the huge crowd waiting for the performance to go berserk.
As soon as the organisers announced that the show has been postponed, people began pushing each other, broke barricades, started shouting and throwing water bottles.
The venue was vandalised by irate fans, many of whom threw bottles at the security personnel, who formed a human chain on the stage.
Technical equipment was destroyed as angry fans threw chairs at the LED wall.
The four member-band are known for albums like the 1986 release "Master of Puppets" and the 1991 album "Metallica", which reportedly sold over 15 million copies in the US and 22 million copies worldwide. Their last release was "Death Magnetic" in 2008.

Metallica concert postponed: to be held tomorrow

The much awaited concert by the international rock band Metallica, scheduled for this evening in Gurgaon near here, has been postponed for "technical reasons."

Sources said the organisers decided to postpone the concert after chaos broke at the concert venue with fans breaking through the barricades.

The chaos resulted in the band deciding not to play today.

The concert will be held tomorrow at 1600 hrs at Leisure Valley in Gurgaon.

There has been a tremendous excitement among music lovers for the concert by Metallica band, being held to coincide with the organisation of the F 1 Grand Prix in Greater Noida.




Ra. One opens with stupendous collection

File photo of Bollywood actors Kareena Kapoor and Shahrukh Khan at the music launch of their movie 'Ra One' in Mumbai on September 13, 2011. UNI PHOTO
File photo of Bollywood actors Kareena Kapoor and Shahrukh Khan at the music launch of their movie 'Ra One' in Mumbai on September 13, 2011. UNI PHOTO

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s Ra.One, which released across theatres worldwide on October 26, has garnered a gross collection of Rs 62.50 crore in the opening two days of Diwali and New Year.

An Eros international presentation, Ra.One, produced by Gauri Khan, Shah Rukh Khan's wife, grossed Rs 26.5 crore with a net of Rs 18.5 crore on October 26, making it the highest ever Diwali day collection in the history of Indian cinema.

The second day collections yesterday were even more impressive with he film raking in Rs 36 crore gross with a net of Rs 25.10 crore, making it the highest collection ever on a single day for an Indian film.

Also in the overseas market, the film has shown magnificent performance with the highest collections for any Indian film so far, a press release issued here today said.



Ra. One producer to desposit one crore in court

File photo of Bollywood actors Kareena Kapoor and Shahrukh Khan at the music launch of their movie 'Ra One' in Mumbai on September 13, 2011. UNI PHOTO
File photo of Bollywood actors Kareena Kapoor and Shahrukh Khan at the music launch of their movie 'Ra One' in Mumbai on September 13, 2011. UNI PHOTO

Ahead of its Diwali release, Bollywood's costliest and much-awaited film Ra.One, starring superstar Shahrukh Khan, got a setback with the Bombay High court ruling prima facie that it was convinced that TV writer Yash Patnaik had copyright over the concept on which the movie was based.

A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice Roshan Dalvi yesterday asked producer Gauri Khan to deposit Rs 1 crore in a day to ensure the film's release in theatres on October 26. The producer has agreed to abide by the court's directive.
Patnaik had moved the court, contending that he was the original copyright owner of the concept on which Ra.One is based. He had registered the concept with the Film Writers Association in 2006.
In his petition, Patnaik sought a stay on the film's release till he got due credit for the concept by way of damages. He wanted 10 per cent of the film's profit if he was not given credit for the concept.
When the court said it was inclined to grant an interim stay on the film's release, the counsel for Khan agreed to deposit a demand draft of Rs 1 crore in court. The bench said the amount could be deposited in a day.
"It is an unfortunate part of the film industry that people use concepts developed by others and then do not want to pay or give them credit," the judges observed.

Reliance MediaWorks to manage, operate Annapurna Studios


Film and entertainment services company Reliance MediaWorks today said it had partnered with Annapurna Studios, a leading film and television studio and production house in Hyderabad, to manage and operate their studio facilities.

Reliance will also operate and expand the digital post-production facility at the studios, a press release from the company said here today.

Annapurna Studios was founded by legendary Telugu actor Akkineni Nageswara Rao and is a leading provider of various production facilities, including sound stages, outdoor sets, editing and sound recording theatres to the Telugu entertainment industry.

Santosh Sivan's Urumi to open Indian Panorama 2011 at IFFI

Santosh Sivan's Malayalam film Urumi has been chosen as the opening film of the Indian Panorama a the 42nd International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2011 to be held in Goa from November 23 to December 3.

In all, the jury for feature films, headed by renowned filmmaker Sai Paranjpye, has selected 23 films out of a total of 118 eligible entries for the Panorama. Malayalam film Adaminte Makan Abu, directed by Salim Ahamed, which won the Best Feature Film award at the recent 58th National Film Awards, will be the 24th film in the Panorama, having received a direct entry.

Yash Raj Films launch Ishaqzade with Boney Kapoor's son Arjun Kapoor


In what marks the debut of another scion of Mumbai filmdom, Yash Raj Films have launched their new film Ishaqzaade with filmmaker Boney Kapoor's son Arjun Kapoor in the lead opposite Parineeti Chopra.

The film will be written and directed by Habib Faisal (who directed the National Award winning film Do Dooni Char and wrote the highly acclaimed Band Baaja Baarat) and produced by Aditya Chopra.

Shooting has started from today and the movie is scheduled for a May 2012 release, a spokesperson for Yash Raj Films said.

Set in "the often unrealistic and daunting political confines of rural India", Ishaqzaade, sources in Yash Raj Films say, is "the love story of a passion ignited by hatred, rising from the ashes of hooliganism and small town clan wars."

According to them, Ishaqzaade is the "love story of two people who are born to hate but destined to love."



Mumbai film festival starts with screening of Brad Pitt's Moneyball


The week-long 13th Mumbai Film Festival, a Reliance Entertainment initiative, got off to a start with the much anticipated Brad Pitt starrer Moneyball, directed by Bennet Miller, here last night.

Noted film-maker Yash Chopra and actress Dia Mirza lit the lamp to mark the commencement of the festival at the Cinemax at Versova in suburban Mumbai.

The president of the Film and TV Producers Guild Ramesh Sippy, Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) trustee Amit Khanna, jury president Hugh Hudson and actress Sarika were among those who graced the occasion.

The red carpet saw celebrities and delegates arrive for the inaugural function, which was followed by the opening ceremony get-together at a hotel, where the jury members of all sections were introduced to the gathering.

Commenting on the occasion, festival director Srinivasan Narayanan hoped that this year's selection of films would satisfy cinegoers' urge to see quality films.

On the second day today, 50 movies were screened at three venues in the city.



Katrina Kaif is world's most searched celebrity in mobile videos: Vuclip

Katrina Kaif
Katrina Kaif

Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif has become the world’s most searched celebrity in mobile videos, ahead of Britney Spears who ranked second, according to the findings of latest Global Video Insights Report for September, released by Vuclip, an independent mobile video service.

The top ten celebrities globally also included India’s Kareena Kapoor (rank 4) and Sonakshi Sinha (6), alongside international stars such as Lindsay Lohan, Beyonce Knowles and Shakira.

Indian cricket star Sachin Tendulkar emerged as the most searched male celebrity in mobile videos in India, a press release from Vuclip said.

Malaika in Delhi to endorse Pond's cold cream, hands out beauty tips

Gorgeous Bollywood beauty Malaika Arora Khan at the Pond's Cold Cream event in New Delhi on October 13, 2011.
Gorgeous Bollywood beauty Malaika Arora Khan at the Pond's Cold Cream event in New Delhi on October 13, 2011.

Popular film actress and model Malaika Arora Khan was in Delhi yesterday to endorse the iconic Pond's cold cream for the capital's forthcoming winter season.

At a function here, the Bollywood beauty arrived wearing a strappy number that showed off a beautifully toned and shapely self, looking as youthful as any teenager.

Malaika, whose skin looked radiant and taut, had only praises for the heritage beauty cream from Pond's.

Malaika then went on to divulge her reasons for using this beauty cream. She parted with some beauty tips and also sportingly displayed her dance moves from the movie "Dabangg", besides applying some Pond's cold cream on her face for the benefit of the audience.

As with many Indian children, she said she remembers her mother telling her to apply some Pond's on her knees and elbows before going outside the house.

Growing up and later, she had used many different beauty creams only to return to her trusted Pond's cold cream.

"I take great pride in my skin. I’m one of those people that can’t go to bed without washing my face and moisturizing it. After all, nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty.

"It feels great to use something so pure and at the same time so effective on my skin. It’s easy to carry, so you will always find it in my handbag as well. In fact it’s become a family heritage, which has been passed down from my mom to me and now I even use it for my kids," reveals Malaika.


In the past, other notable personalities such as Kylie Minogue have also given credit to this heritage product for their flawless skin. Malaika finds Pond's cold cream an excellent make-up remover too.

According to Hindustan Unilever, makers of this beauty cream, Pond's cold cream moisturizes, nourishes and protects skin with 10 skin nutrients and moisturizers.

It has "Pond's Quenching Moisturizers" that gently moisturize rough and stretchy skin and maintains the skin hydration balance. This winter beauty product is priced at Rs 95 for 100g.



Shri Hanuman Chalisa in Amitabh Bachchan's voice


Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan launched "Shri Hanuman Chalisa" in his unique baritone at a function here last evening.

Presented by AB Corp and Veecon Music & Entertainment, the "Shri Hanuman Chalisa" has been recorded in Bachchan’s voice along with 20 other renowned playback singers and artistes from the Indian film industry.

The music has been composed by Aadesh Shrivastava, under the Veecon Music label.

This is the first time in India that a single CD featuring only one track sung by 21 singers is being released.

Entertainment Society of Goa stops illegal film shoot in state


The Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) today said that it had, with timely assistance from the Goa police, stoped an Illegal film shoot at Morjim, Turtle Beach in the state on Saturday.

In a press release, the ESG said it had received a tip-off from a line producer, informing it of an illegal film shoot at the beach, which involved an entire crew and a foreign artiste.

The police were informed and timely action was taken to stop the shooting, it said. According to the society, it and the police are alert as the concept shot could project the state in a negaive light.

American artist Carmel Berkson donates 38 sculptures to NGMA

Union Minister for Culture Kumari Selja at the handing over and accessioning ceremony of sculptures by American artist Carmel Berkson, in Mumbai on October 7, 2011.
Union Minister for Culture Kumari Selja at the handing over and accessioning ceremony of sculptures by American artist Carmel Berkson, in Mumbai on October 7, 2011.

Renowned American scholar and artist Carmel Berkson has donated as many as 38 sculptures to the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) for its permanent collection.

The artist, who has been honoured by the Government with the Padma Shri, personally handed over the works to the NGMA at a ceremony in Mumbai yesterday evening.

Union Minister for Culture Kumari Selja formally accepted the collection on behalf of NGMA and the Government of India.

"This is a proud moment to accept the sculptures from the great artist and researcher Ms. Carmel Berkson," Ms Selja said on the occasion.

Grammy Award nominee Chandrika Krishnamurthy Tandon to perform at IIMA

Classical singer Chandrika Krishnamurthy Tandom, a 2011 Grammy Award nominee and an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) will present "Soul Journey", a concert with her ensemble, at the concluding function of the prestigious institute's golden jubilee celebrations on December 10.

NCPA to host first-ever jazz music festival in Mumbai from Oct 14-16

The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) will host its first annual international jazz festival, NCPA JazzMatazz, here from October 14-16 and feature performances by some legendary stars.

Sri Lanka's Ravibandhu-Samanthi Dance Ensemble to perform in Delhi on Oct 7


The Ravibandhu-Samanthi Dance Ensemble from Sri Lanka will present a performance at the Kamani Auditorium here on October 11 under the auspices of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).

10 fresh faces to walk the ramp at WIFW Spring/Summer 2012


Ten fresh faces have been chosen for Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) Spring/Summer 2012 which will be held from October 8-12 at Pragati Maidan here.

UFO Moviez commits Rs. 200 crore to fuel Scrabble Entertainment’s India expansion

UFO Moviez India Ltd., the world’s largest satellite delivered digital cinema network promoted by the Valuable Group, has committed an investment of Rs. 200 crore to fuel the growth and expansion plans in India of Scrabble Entertainment (Pvt) Limited, in which UFO Moviez has recently acquired a controlling stake.

Malayalm film "Adaminte Makan Abu" to be India's entry for Oscars


Malayalam movie "Adaminte Makan Abu", produced and directed by Salim Ahamed, will be India's official entry for the 2011 Oscar awards in the best foreign language film category.

Katrina Kaif to play female lead in "Dhoom 3"

After an extensive hunt for a new face for the leading lady for its much awaited film Dhoom 3, Yash Raj Films have decided to cast the beautiful Katrina Kaif for the role, a spokesperson for the company said today.

Kovalam Literary Festival to have Delhi stopover on September 29

Kovalam Literary Festival (KLF) logo
Kovalam Literary Festival (KLF) logo

The famed Kovalam Literary Festival (KLF) of Kerala will have a one-day stopover in Delhi on September 29, the first time outside Kerala.

The Delhi leg, scheduled to be held at the India International Centre (IIC) here, will be followed by the two-day main event, now in its fourth year, on October 1 and 2.

Pakistani and Israeli writers will join Indian literary stalwarts for the Delhi leg.

"The KLF has now moved to the national stage and is now firmly established as India's second biggest literary festival. Our brand equity has also improved considerably over the last four years and that is the reason why the support to the event is growing,’’ KLF founder-director Binoo John said.

Two of Israel’s best known literary figures, short story writer Savyon Liebrecht and playwright Motti Lerner will be taking part in the Delhi event. Another highlight of the festival will be the presence of Pakistani writer Mohammed Hanif, the author of "A Case of Exploding Mangoes", who will be reading for the Delhi book lovers from his new novel, "Our Lady of Alice Bhatti". He will also be in conversation with Indian author Manu Joseph.

Among the notable Indian writers is journalist-columnist and writer Jug Suraiya, who will read from his new non-fiction "JS and the Times of My Life".

Jug SuraiyaSavyon LiebrechtMohammad Hanif
Jug Suraiya; Savyon Liebrecht; and Mohammad Hanif

The event will begin with the reading by Anuradha Roy from her book "The Folded Earth", followed by a presentation by the Israeli writers, Savyon and Lerner. Devapriya Roy, the author of "The Vague Women’s Handbook" will lead another session.

Arvind Mehrotra will read from his translation of Kabir’s poems, titled "Songs of Kabir".

The literary fest also will see the launch of three books: a book on tigers of Dudwa National Park by Ashok Kumar, Anita Nair’s collection of poems "Malabar Minds" and Suresh Menon’s biography "Bishan". Menon will be in session with the subject of his book, Bishan Singh Bedi, the former Indian cricket captain and legendary spinner.


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