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Upcoming Movie ‘The Legend of Michael Mishra’


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Posted by on July 29, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Rahul Bose’s #WhenIWas13 garners a staggering response!


The twitterati has had an overwhelming response to Rahul Bose’s #WhenIWas13  campaign.

Rahul Bose is donning the hat of a director for ‘Poorna’ , following which he started a campaign asking social media users to share memories or experiences from when they were 13 years old.

Amongst the politico’s and serious matters we had a happy something spreading smiles allover. The campaign fast caught momentum and became talk of the town.

Rahul Bose took twitter down their memory lane and twitter was buzzing with some bitter sweet memories of childhood.

Rahul Bose says, “When I recorded and tweeted the #WhenIWas13 video blog I did so because it was such fun remembering the time one entered teenage, the anxieties, the fun, the grown up feeling etc. But what has been amazing is the response of people who have watched it. Everyone replied with photos and tweets reminiscing about their 13 year old selves. It’s obviously struck a chord. It shows how deep down we are perhaps not all that different from each other.”

It was welcomed with open arms. Not only has twitter enjoyed themselves reliving thier memories, its also the tinsel town which had been besotted with the campaign and merrily enjoyed engaging .

Here are the Bollywood Celebrities who tweeted :

Azmi Shabana ‏@AzmiShabana – “I used to wear white ,place a candle under my chin and go around Janki Kutir singing naina barse @ la woh kaun thi”

Harsha Bhogle @bhogleharsha – “Ah, #WhenIWas13, when the dustbin was our roller, when a bat was shared among 12, when joy was small and fulfilling”

Homi Adajania‏ @homiadajania – “Bwahaha unlike u @RahulBose1 I was still growing #WhenIWas13 Waitin for @PoornaTheFilm Here’s when we were someteen” while sharing a picture of Rahul and himself.

Tara Sharma Saluja ‏@tarasharmasaluj – “@RahulBose1 I was quite the ‘muggu’ studied a lot and I loved riding horses. I looked hilarious haaha #WhenIWas13”

Vikram Chandra @vikramchandra – “@RahulBose1 when I was 13 I had just falteringly taken part in my first debate and had told myself I would never ever do so again!”

Rajdeep Sardesai ‏@sardesairajdeep – “#WhenIWas13 I was quizzing in school and playing cricket in the breaks! And yes, I read newspapers!”

Atul Kasbekar ‏@atulkasbekar – “#WhenIWas13 I wanted to be @BjornBorg and Sunil Gavaskar rolled into one. My wish came true – I played tennis ball cricket.

Salim Merchant ‏@salim_merchant – “#WhenIWas13 I wanted to start my school band. We found a bass player & gtr player but no drummer.Finally got an ex-student who played drums”

Mandira Bedi @mandybedi : “Ahhhh the days #WhenIWas13 … I had braces and a long frizzy plait!!

The movie Poorna, directed by Rahul Bose, is the story of a 13-year-old girl from Telangana who created history on May 25, 2014, by becoming the youngest girl in the world to conquer the Mount Everest.

 
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Posted by on July 29, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

“When Life Turns Turtle”


Director Ashutosh Gowariker,Actor Makarand Deshpande, Kay Kay Menon,Shivkumar Subramaniam and Benjamin Gilani at book lauch of When Life Turns a Turtle publised by Leadstart

Leadstart Publishing launched

 “When Life Turns Turtle”

Journey of a Bollywood Tramp

Written by Raj Supe

Book released by

Director Ashutosh Gowariker, Actors Kay Kay Menon and Makarand Deshpande

 

Mumbai, July 27, 2016: Leadstart Publishing played host to the launch of “When Life Turns Turtle : Journey of a Bollywood Tramp” by Raj Supe.  The book serves up a rich repast from which no reader can depart unfulfilled.

Author Raj Supe’s close friends Ashutosh Gowariker, Kay Kay Menon and Makarand Deshpande launched the book.

Author Raj Supe read excerpts from the book and also shared his spiritual journey that lead to him writing this book. Ashutosh Gowariker, Kay Kay Menon, Makarand Despande who were present for the launch complemented Raj Supe on the spiritual life that he leads and were eager to read his book.

Swarup Nanda, CEO, Leadstart Publishing said, “The world that Raj Supe creates is vividly described with a true artiste’s eye for detail. Set in the ‘belief land of Rishikesh’ on the banks of Ganga ‘perennial river of India’s mystical past’ – his story leads the reader through light and shadow to the goal Indraneel, the protagonist, has set himself – a life of spiritual bliss. Am sure our readers will love this book. “

Author Raj Supe shared, “My publisher Platinum Press an imprint of Leadstart Publishing, Mumbai were happy to create a genre for my book When Life Turns Turtle: Spirituality-based fiction.Like Somerset Maugham’s Razor’s Edge and Herman Hesses’s Siddharth that have something to do with India, I wanted to attempt a work of serious fiction investing remotely or directly, in the deepest Indian tradition of soul search. I’d like to believe my novel has a strong message from Indian Spirituality. India’s story is the story of “Self-seeking”— ours is the land of spirituality and yet, in Indian literature in English, this has scarcely found a voice. When Life Turns Turtle is that story.I would like to borrow the title of one of Carl Jung’s books to describe my novel: Modern Man in Search of a Soul.”

Artist Kay Kay Menon who was present for the book launch said, “I have known Raj Supe for thirty years, he is a consummate writer and this is his best book. Raj’s pen promotes the bona fide art from this land. I found this book very fulfilling. It’s a classic from the land of Ganga and Himalaya; I think it will be widely read and make a lasting contribution to English literature flowing from India.”

 

Artist Makarand Despande shared, “ Raj Supe writes from his heart. Toofaan! He is deep and profound. I have been a witness to his life’s journey that has only become more and more deeper and I am happy the artist in him has blossomed once again and he has given us this fantastic book tackling the greatest subject.”

 

Profile of the book: When Life Turns Turtle” : Journey of a Bollywood Tramp by Raj Supe

Indraneel is a young and successful film-maker, an alumnus of Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In an intoxicating relationship with a young and beautiful aspiring actress, his next film is being hailed as a blockbuster. Things couldn’t be going any better. Suddenly, without warning, Indraneel’s life overturns. Hurt floods his heart and soul, seemingly beyond redemption… He arrives in Rishikesh, a mountain town by the river. The artist within him, as well as the bruised individual, senses the timeless love and solace emanating from the Ganga and the Himalayas, but innumerable whys continue to invade his thoughts. Introduced to Shaman, a bookseller with a difference and a ‘closet guru’, the deeply sceptical Indraneel is introduced to a bewilderingly new, yet strangely magnetic world of spiritual seeking. As the seasons pass, as pass they will… Indraneel gradually opens his mind to what he finds around him, delving step by step into the truth about spirituality and human existence. A measure of peace finally descends on his tormented mind.
But the world beckons yet again and Indraneel stands at a crossroads once more. He is asked to make a difficult choice. Will he submit to the strong current of spirituality now flowing within him? Does a spiritual life mean giving up everything else? Can he ever go back to the world? Will he find the happiness he so desperately seeks? The world that Raj Supe creates is vividly described with a true artiste’s eye for detail.

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

‘A Death in the Gunj’ to have a world premiere at Toronto!


 

Konkona SenSharma’s directorial debut will be showcased at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival in the Special Presentation Section

Konkona SenSharma’s first feature film as a director, ‘A Death in the Gunj’ is all set to have itsworld premiere at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival in the Special Presentation Section. The film starring Kalki Koechlin, Vikrant Massey, Ranvir Shorey, Tanuja, Om Puri, Tillotama Shome, Jim Saarbh and Gulshan Devaiah also marks the debut of Honey Trehan and Abhishek Chaubey as producers.

An elated Konkona – who has also penned the script – shares, “It’s a great honour and I’m really excited. I was thrilled to get this beautiful email from Cameron Bailey (artistic director of the festival). It was like ‘OMG! Somebody understands my film’.”

Talking about her directorial debut, the two-time National Award-winning actress who has earlier directed a short film, adds, “It’s a human drama, a story of a family from Kolkata visiting retired parents settled in McCluskiegunj over a span of seven days.” She furthers that the film revolves around the character Shyamal Chatterjee (Vikrant Massey) aka Shutu, a shy student who uses a road trip to the old Anglo-Indian town now in Jharkhand as an escape from his failed semester. In the week that follows, his quiet unraveling is initially overlooked by the family revelers, until the holiday ends with an implosion.

Interestingly, the film wrapped up in just 31 days and Konkona attributes it to her cast and says, “I opted for brilliant actors. All the performers were extremely talented without me having to worry about any of them. We had workshops prior to the shoot when we got to know each other well and when in Ranchi we all lived together for a month.”

Studioz IDrream and Macguffin Pictures presentation, ‘A Death in the Gunj’ has been written & directed by Konkona SenSharma and produced by Honey Trehan, Abhishek Chaubey, Raagii Bhatnagar, Ashish Bhatnagar and Vijay Kumar R Swami.

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

The digital content economy is poised to see the exponential growth in next 3-4 years


 

Digital content specialists outlined the future of India’s digital economy at Fast Track India conference

 

MUMBAI, July 27, 2016:  Senior executives from the India’s motion picture and digital industries concluded that accessibility; affordability, quality content and online content protection will be the key drivers to sustain growth in India’s digital economy.

 

Fast Track India: Bolstering Growth in the Digital Content Economy, a Knowledge Series forum by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce (FICCI) in association with the Los Angeles India Film Council (LAIFC), assessed the extent to which screen content acts as a key driver of the digital economy in India. Creative industry executives assessed the current regulatory and infrastructural challenges, reviewed future growth trends and underlined innovative ways of monetizing digital content to stimulate growth in India’s digital economy.

 

At the opening of the forum, noted filmmaker and Co-chair, FICCI, Entertainment division, Mr. Ramesh Sippy highlighted that increased connectivity, technological innovation and new content delivery platforms all combine to spur growth. The role of the Government is pivotal to enabling legitimate content delivery platforms to protect and monetize their content in order to achieve their full potential in a rapidly changing marketplace, Mr Sippy said.

 

India is the second largest Internet user market in the world with an accelerating 40% Internet growth rate. Further; Digital India has the potential to create opportunities for businesses, promote innovation and create jobs. Currently, the Indian M&E sector is at the tipping point for online businesses to provide for a multitude of options to consumers. However online content theft, varying levels of broadband access and affordability in terms of data tariffs continue to present challenges for providers to deliver value to consumers. These factors will have a significant impact on how digital media evolves in the future.

 

The first panel Making Sense of the Economics of Digital Media featured a keynote presentation by KPMG India’s Mr. Girish Menon, Director- Transaction Services said, “The advent of the OTT services and on-the-go content aided with competitive tariffs and falling average retail price of smartphones has helped to drive video consumption in India. However, profitability still continues to be a major challenge coupled with infrastructure and affordability of data tariffs and payments models. It is imperative for the OTT players to address these concerns through innovative means to achieve the medium’s full potential.“

 

Speaking about the future of OTT content services, Mr. Ajay Chako Co-Founder & CEO, Arre said, “As in the case of broadcast TV in India, the relatively infant digital content economy is showing signs of secular, organic growth driven by an increasingly young India. We already have more than 120 million consumers of digital content. As with every paradigm shift, audience shifts will be followed by a shift in advertiser preferences and finally consumer monetization. So I am quite hopeful that the digital content economy will see the exponential growth that has been witnessed in the 2000-2010 decade in TV, in the next 3-5 years. I am happy that FICCI and the LA India Film Council have identified this important shift in paradigm in the new content economy.”

 

At the second panel on Regulatory and Infrastructural Challenges for Digital Media, Mr. Abhishek Joshi, Head – Marketing & Analytics, Digital Business, Set India said, “The OTT industry has graduated from the innovators stage to the early adopters stage within the innovation diffusion curve, based on distinguished product strategies by players in the market. However to cross the chasm to gain the majority market, policy makers will have to play a very big role. Infrastructure and regulatory policies are going to be the biggest differentiators for industry growth for the next 18 months.”

 

Ms. Archana Anand, Business Head, dittoTV said, “In light of the accelerated digital media consumption across the country, it is wonderful that FICCI and the LA India Film Council provides this much needed platform to discuss the market potential of this space and the innovations and challenges thereof.”

 

At the third panel on Building a Robust Enforcement Model to Protect Content In a Digital Economy, Mr. Oliver Walsh, Regional Director, Online Content Protection, Motion Picture Association (MPA) said, “The Indian film and TV industry supports 1.8 million jobs which are at risk because of rising online content theft. The future of legitimate content delivery platforms depends on effective enforcement measures supported by Indian State Governments. The Telangana Intellectual Property Crime Unit (TIPCU) is a great example of a dedicated law enforcement unit to tackle organized online film piracy and will set a gold standard approach to significantly reduce online infringement of films and television shows. I hope it is the first of many such enforcement units across India.”

 

Mr. Rajkumar Akella, Honorary Chairman, Governing Council, Anti Video Piracy Cell, Telugu Film Chamber of Commerce said, “As we have seen innovation diffusion curve, based on distinguished product strategies by players in the market. However to cross the chasm to gain the majority market, policy makers will have to play a very big role. Infrastructure and regulatory policies are going to be the biggest differentiators for industry growth for the next 18 months.”

 

Ms. Archana Anand, Business Head, dittoTV said, “In light of the accelerated digital media consumption across the country, it is wonderful that FICCI and the LA India Film Council provides this much needed platform to discuss the market potential of this space and the innovations and challenges thereof.”

 

At the third panel on Building a Robust Enforcement Model to Protect Content In a Digital Economy, Oliver Walsh, Regional Director, Online Content Protection, Motion Picture Association (MPA) said, “The Indian film and TV industry supports 1.8 million jobs which are at risk because of rising online content theft. The future of legitimate content delivery platforms depends on effective enforcement measures supported by Indian State Governments. The Telangana Intellectual Property Crime Unit (TIPCU) is a great example of a dedicated law enforcement unit to tackle organized online film piracy and will set a gold standard approach to significantly reduce online infringement of films and television shows. I hope it is the first of many such enforcement units across India.”

 

Mr. Rajkumar Akella, Honorary Chairman, Governing Council, Anti Video Piracy Cell, Telugu Film Chamber of Commerce said, “As we have been witnessing in recent days, the problem of online piracy is most urgent. The greatest threat now has become the pre – movie release leakages. Without real time interventions from the Government and Industry, it will go out of control. In this scenario, the latest initiative – TIPCU (Telangana Intellectual Property Crime Unit) by the Government of Telangana, the Telugu Film Industry & the Motion Picture Association, India office, is a very significant step in tackling Movie Piracy, particularly Online Piracy. It is a collaborative, dynamic model, where the Government works seamlessly with the Industry and all stakeholders. The unit will be making optimum use of Technology besides policy, enforcement and outreach. This is a step in the right direction to root out piracy in India.”

 

Sharing his thoughts on the future of India’s burgeoning digital market, Mr. Biren Ghose, in his valedictory remarks, said, “Content is assuming new life in the emerging digital economy. Technology enables innovations in imagery that could hitherto neither be produced nor consumed. FICCI and LA India Film Council need to be complimented on encouraging the conversation for the Indian agenda in this space.” Panelists concluded that a combination of government and private initiatives would need to be rolled out to achieve the ambitious goal of a truly Digital India.

 

Other eminent speakers at the Fast Track India forum included Mr. Vishesh Bhatt – Film Producer; Mr. Karan Bedi – CEO, Eros Digital; Mr. Samir Bangara – CEO, Qyuki Digital Media; Mr. Mayank Shekhar – Author; Mr. Akash Banerji – Head, Marketing & Partnerships, VOOT; Mr. Siddharth Roy – COO, Hungama.com; Mr. Rajeshree Naik – Co-Founder, Ping Networks; Mr. Uday Singh – Managing Director, Motion Picture Association, India office; Mr. Sujeet Jain – General Counsel, Viacom 18; Mr. Anupam Sharma – Director, Film & Casting Temple, Australia.

 

The forum and networking occasion was held at the Taj Land’s End Hotel, Bandra (W), Mumbai.

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Warner’s Upcoming movies based on Comic-Con


Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find ThemKing Arthur - Legend Of The SwordThe Lego Batman MovieWonder Woman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

SUNNY LEONE, RAFTAAR AND MANJ SHOOT A SIZZLING NUMBER FOR ‘BEIIMAAN LOVE’


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Choreographer Vishnu Deva shot a very sizzling and zippy dance number ‘MAR GAYE’ featuring Sunny Leone and International Punjabi Hip Hop singers Raftaar and Manj (the song has also been sung by Nindy Kaur) along with international dancers for ‘BEIIMAAN LOVE’ on 18th, 19th & 20th July at the Nirmal Lifestyle Mall in Mulund. A lot of unique and modern sets and props were used for the filming of the song.
 
The ‘MAR GAYE’ song has been created by the Super Hit trio Raftaar, Manj and Nindy Kaur and has been mixed and mastered by universally acclaimed MUZIK ONE STUDIOS IN CANADA.
 
‘BEIIMAAN LOVE’ written, produced & directed by Rajeev Chaudhari and Co-produced by Roshni Chaudhari & Vijay Valbhani, is produced under the banner of Avanti Films Pvt. Ltd., and stars Sunny Leone, Rajniesh Duggal, Daniel Weber, Rajiv Verma and is introducing Yuvraj Singh.
 
Besides the above song by Raftaar, Manj and Nindy Kaur, the Music and Songs of ‘BEIIMAANLOVE’ are by Kanika Kapoor,Raghav Sachar, Ankit Tiwari, Asees, Asaad, Amjad-Nadeem and Sanjeev-Darshan. Zee Music Company has the music rights.
 
The film is slated for release in September 2016.
 
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Posted by on July 25, 2016 in Uncategorized

 
 
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