Monthly Archives: November 2018

Dr Batra’s celebrates the 12thannual Positive Health Awards at the Royal Opera House, Mumbai

Honours the Positive Health Heroes and the indomitable spirit of exemplary citizens

Mumbai, November 28th, 2018: Dr Batra’s Multi-Specialty Homeopathy is a brand that goes beyond its service goals as a medical organization and is committed to actively supporting social causes. With that aim in mind, through the Positive Health Awards, currently in its 12th year, Dr Batra’s recognises and celebrates those who have overcome disabilities to lead lives full of courage and determination and who have a positive impact on society at large.

Celebrating the triumph of human spirit, Dr Batra’s Positive Health Awards 2018 presented by Bajaj V recognized six heroes whose extraordinary courage in the face of adversity is an exemplary testament of the true Indian spirit. The prestigious awards ceremony was held on November 27th 2018 at the majestic Royal Opera House, Mumbai. Present at the event were stalwarts of industry and glittering celebrates like Shatrugan Sinha, Zayed Khan, Dolly Bindra, Madhoo Shah, Anu Malik, Shekhar Suman, Ali Asgar, Kiran Shantaramamongst others.

Speaking at the award ceremony, Padma Shri recipient Dr. Mukesh Batra, Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Dr. Batra’s Group of Companies said, “As a doctor for over 40 years, I have witnessed first-hand the struggles of people suffering due to disabilities. I believe survivors of these afflictions are a huge motivator and inspiration for other patients as well as the community at large.

Today the Positive Health Awards are an inspiration to every Indian and this annual awards ceremony has become the springboard for most of our awardees and helps them to realize their dreams and their ambitions. Our past winners have gone on to excel and win many other accolades in India and internationally. We would like to thank all the people that have supported us these past 12 years especially Mr. Bajaj whose unwavering support has helped to make this the most anticipated event of the year. We also congratulate each one of our winners as we raise a toast to their unbreakable spirit and wish them the best in all of their future endeavors.”

Rajiv Bajaj – MD, Bajaj Auto said, It is a privilege to be associated with Dr Batra’s Positive Health Awards. I am a firm believer in the science of homeopathy and have witnessed its healing power personally in my family and amongst my friends. Dr. Mukesh Batra, is a pioneer and visionary in the field of homeopathy and has single-handedly taken homeopathy to millions of people across the globe. Thank you Dr. Batra, for giving us this opportunity to contribute in our small way to helping our fellow Indians through the wonderful platform that is the Positve Health Awards.”

This year’s awardees referred to as ‘Positive Health Heroes’ include individuals from all walks of life who have defied the odds and proven that ‘Nothing is impossible’. Their inspirational stories have not only struck an emotional chord with the jury but also captivated the audiences leaving many teary-eyed. These heroes are: Kousalya Periyaswamy from Chennai – an HIV-positive activist fighting for the rights of AIDS patients, Major General India Cardozo from Delhi– the one legged amputee and the first disabled army officer to command a brigade, Sabari Venkar from Coimatore – a partially blind, 15 year old boy who has given over 150 motivational speeches, Devieka Bhojwani – a breast- cancer survivor who has started an initiative to improve awareness and raise funds for this cause, Kiran Nayak from Bangalore– a disabled transgender activist working towards sexuality and disability rights, Kiran has founded 3 support orgainzations and Vikram Agnihotri who bagged the People’s Choice Award by garnering over 47500 votes on social media.

Our illustrious jury panel comprised of eminent personalities like Union Cabinet Minister for Women & Child Development- Maneka Gandhi, acclaimed filmmaker- R Balki, Rajiv Bajaj – MD, Bajaj Auto, actor Vivek Oberoi and Dr. Mukesh Batra.

It is the goal of the Dr Batra’s Foundation that no patient should be turned away from treatment due to the lack of money. It has been instrumental in aiding the underprivileged with their medical, educational and nutritional needs since its inception in 2001. The foundation’s mission is to provide 50,000 needy patients with free treatments in the year 2018-19.

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Posted by on November 30, 2018 in Uncategorized



It is socially relevant:
Not only is it a thriller and entertainer; 2.0 is also a social commentary on our over-dependence on technology and how we as a race are heading towards a colossal disaster. The film deals with the effects of cellphone radiation on the environment. Since most children and adolescents rely heavily on gadgets today, 2.0 does a splendid job in alerting us about the fact that the biggest epidemic today is none other than our cellphones.

It will take you on an exciting 3D ride:
In what is touted to be a first in the history of Indian cinema, more than 80% of the film has been shot with Native 3D digital cameras. This has been done to give the audience a near life experience and wholesome 3D experience. Also, several international VFX studios have collaborated to help bring the director’s vision to reality. ‘2.0’ is the biggest and most visually spectacular movie India has ever produced.

It is packed with powerhouse performances:
‘2.0’ starring two giants of Indian cinema, Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar will not disappoint you! While Rajnikanth reprises the role of the brilliant scientist and innovator Vaseekaran; Rajnikanth essays 3 other characters. The smart, efficient and powerful robot Chitti also makes a comback and Rajnikanth portrays the dual roles of good and evil Chitti. Akshay Kumar, the Bollywood megstar nails the emotional angle developing the connect with his character Pakshi Karan. There’s a lot for both Rajinikanth & Akshay Kumar fans.

It is the most ambitious and expensive film ever made in Hindi cinema:
India’s costliest film has finally hit the screens after years of struggle and hard work. 2.0 is a film worth 550 crores and has taken nearly two years and numerous deadlines to finally see this stage. Every minute of this film costs over 3 and a half crores. 2.0 is an effort unlimited of more than 3,000 technicians around the world.

2.0 is a cinematic marvel:
Director Shankar has unfettered visual imagination and unconventional thinking. He has left no stone unturned to bring his vision to reality. Shankar has shattered the bar catapulting to levels no one can reach anytime soon now. While the film is a brilliant marriage of technology, art and storytelling..

2.0 is a VFX Wonder:
It is India’s first 75+ million Dollar VFX wonder and it is one of the most complex visual effects films ever made in India. The project also involved 20 VFX studios, five animation studios and approximately 2,400 VFX shots with 1,000 VFX artistes to help bring the directors vision to reality The films has almost 2400 visual effects shots out of which 1200 shots have high level complexity.

The film involves awe-inspiring music:
Oscar winner A.R. Rahman’s background score goes very well with the awe-inspiring happenings on screen. A.R. Rahman’s background score elevates the adrenaline pumping moments.

2.0 involves an epic war: The film is an elaborate execution of a battle between Nature and Technology. There is an epic face-off between superstar Rajnikanth and Akshay Kumar and you don’t want to miss that! The dichotomy of good and evil forms the central conflict in the movie. When the fifth force evolves into a force beyond limits, a superpower must reboot in order to combat this force that is ready to destroy mankind.

The last 30 minutes will win your heart:
The film pushes the limits of imagination, leaving no stone unturned. It surprises the viewer in a blood thumping climax that will give an adrenaline rush to every viewer. Everything happening on screen is much larger than life.

The film’s action sequences will blow your mind:
The action sequences raise the bar with Shankar’s vivid imagination and what’s achievable with visual effects. To ensure that the action sequences were at par with international films, the makers roped in action directors Kenny Bates (Pearl Harbor, Transformers : Dark of the Moon), Nick Powell (The Bourne Identity’,‘X-Men’, Gladiator and The Last Samurai) and Steve Griffin (Mad Max: Fury Road and Inception) from Hollywood and popular Tamil stunt director, Silva.

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Posted by on November 30, 2018 in Uncategorized


Dharma Productions ventures into the digital space.

Dharma Productions owned by Karan Johar who is a brand in himself is one of the most prestigious production banners in Bollywood. They have given some most successful and memorable films to the industry. Dharma Productions now ventures into digital medium.

With the digital content growing faster and faster, Karan Johar has forayed into digital space. With Dharmatic Entertainment, Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions will now create content for the digital space. Dharmatic Entertainment would create and provide content to digital channels.

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Posted by on November 28, 2018 in Uncategorized


After Maharashtra, Amitabh Bachchan pays off loans of farmers in Uttar Pradesh

The megastar to personally arrange for 70 selected farmers to travel to Mumbai and receive their Bank letters
After the recent announcement about his generous donation towards the Kerala relief fund, Amitabh Bachchan helped around 350+ farmers pay off their debts and also help the families of around 44 martyrs of Maharashtra. Along with Jaya Bachchan, the thespian had personally handed over the amount to the farmers and army Martyrs families privately in Mumbai, a few months ago.
The superstar has now taken care of approximately 1398 farmer loans from the state of Uttar Pradesh , amounting to over a sum of 4.05 Crores. Mr Bachchan has done an OTS: One Time Settlement with Bank Of India and cleared the farmer’s loans with the bank. What’s more the superstar has invited 70 farmers to Mumbai: he has blocked an entire train compartment for their travel, to personally receive the bank letters from him in Mumbai on 26th November. The 70 chosen farmers will receive their bank letters personally from Mr Bachchan at his office in Mumbai.
He blogged for the same, “BUT .. gratitude leans across to the desire of removing some of the burdens that farmers continue to suffer from .. it was Maharashtra first, when over 350 farmers loans were taken care of .. now its UP and 1398 of them that had out standings of loans on Banks has been done with an outlay of 4.05 cr .. and the inner peace it generates when the desired is completed ..”

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan will be visiting Baroda today, 20th November to receive the BMA’s prestigious, national level Sayaji Ratna Award, a tribute to the people’s king Sir Sayajirao Gaekwad Ill. The award shall be presented to Mr. Amitabh Bachchan on 20th November 2018 in a glittering ceremony.

The award recognizes and acknowledges living legends of India, for their iconic character and outstanding contribution in the field of Business, Sports, Arts, Humanity, Education, Governance or Medicine.

He is the third personality to receive this prestigious award. The 1st Sayaji Ratna Award was presented to N. Narayana Murthy (Founder, lnfosys Ltd.) and the 2nd was presented to Ratan Tata, Chairman of TATA Group.

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Posted by on November 20, 2018 in Uncategorized



Ajay Devgn Films, Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series and Panorama Studios have come together to venture into the Punjabi film industry with an official remake of the 2011 hit SINGHAM starring Ajay Devgn.

The Punjabi remake will star the multi-talented Parmish Verma as the heroic cop and Sonam Bajwa stars in the female lead and Kartar Cheema. The film is presented by Gulshan Kumar (T-Series) & Ajay Devgn and is produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Kumar Mangat Pathak, Abhishek Pathak, and co-produced by Munish Sahni and Sanjeev Joshi.
For Ajay Devgn in a presenter’s role, this is going back to his roots in many ways. A Punjabi himself and having played the Singham character, this is home turf.
Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series was the first Hindi film studio who made lavish budget Punjabi films back in the day. The studio back in 2002 produced Jee Aayan Nu which was the first high budgeted movie made in Punjabi that became a mega hit was also a movie that welcomed new age Punjabi cinema. They are set to re-enter the industry with Singham’s official remake. T-Series has already given several Hindi film hits like Hindi Medium, Aashiqui 2, Tumhari Sulu, Raid, SKTKS along with umpteen Punjabi singles out of which a couple of them have reached Billboards like Lahore and Made in India by Guru Randhawa.
Head Honcho of T-Series, Bhushan Kumar, says, “Ajay Devgn’s Singham became a box office wonders in Hindi markets. Unlike what is believed, Punjabi films have an audience across the globe. We had previously made couple of films in Punjabi with budgets no one even imagined investing for regional cinema back then. When the decision of producing Punjabi films was done, producing Singham remake was the right call. The audience are going to love it.”
This also marks the first in the Punjabi space for Panorama Studios, the studio behind Raid, Drishyam, Special Chabbis, and the Pyaar Ka Punchnama films.
Abhishek Pathak, Managing Director, Panorama Studios said “The Singham character played by Ajay Devgn is a household name across the country and Singham the film is one of the most successful franchises in Indian cinema. Punjabi films are big locally and have a large following overseas too. We felt a Punjabi remake with an interesting take on Singham would be the perfect choice for our entry into the Punjab film industry and with the combo of Parmish, Sonam and Director Navaniat Singh we are sure the audience are going to love this entertainer.”
Filming commences on 16/11/2018 and the release date is set for summer 2019

Posted by on November 19, 2018 in Uncategorized


Finally, Some Me Time For Sidharth Malhotra 

Sidharth Malhotra has recently moved into his new bachelor pad in Mumbai. However, due to his hectic work schedule the actor was not able to spend time in his house. The actor was continuously shooting for his next film Jabariya Jodi in Lucknow and has recently returned to the city and is finally able to enjoy his newly designed abode by Gauri Khan. Talking about it, the actor says, “I have been shooting continuously for Jabariya Jodi and have had no time to spend time in my new bachelor pad. Now that I have returned to Mumbai, I can unwind and spend some quality time in my new abode. Thanks to her, I can enjoy some tranquil time after a hectic day at work. It’s a warm and cozy home, just the way I like it. I even shopped recently for my house. So yes, I am really enjoying spending time in this house.”
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Posted by on November 19, 2018 in Uncategorized


Supreme Court comes to the rescue of Arshad Warsi’s Fraud Saiyaan

With the scrapping of Sec 497 that makes adultery no longer a criminal offence, Prakash Jha’s latest production venture ‘Fraud Saiyaan’, can now get away with having extra marital affairs.
This light hearted comedy film is inspired by a real-life fraudster who wed seven women in seven different cities, none of them aware of the other. Arshad Warsi who plays a fraudster in and as “Fraud Saiyaan” juggles between his multiple wives and has turned marriage into a very unique business.
Talking about the film, producer Prakash Jha said, “He has 13 wives and multiple affairs which gets him into scraps with the law. It’s a fun-filled con-caper set in the Varanasi, Mathura, Allahabad belt with Arshad (Warsi) as a guy who very early in life realises that he can make gullible young women fall in love with him and with the promise of marriage, on occasions even taking the pheras with them, can use them to support his lifestyle without the daily grind of a job.”
Naturally his choice of profession, gets him into a lot of problems. For instance, if the woman he is pursuing is already married, her aggrieved spouse can turn up on his doorstep with a cop in tow and threaten to have him thrown behind bars. “But now, thanks to a recent Supreme Court ruling, he cannot be arrested nor can criminal charges be pressed against him. This ruling has unknowingly come to the rescue of our protagonist though eventually he will have to face the consequences of his actions,” admits the veteran filmmaker.
Presented by Prakash Jha Productions and produced by Disha Prakash Jha and Kanishk Gangwal, ‘Fraud Saiyaan’ is directed by Sourabh Shrivastava, and stars Arshad Warsi, Saurabh Shukla and Sara Loren in pivotal roles. It will hit the silver screen on 18th January 2019.
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Posted by on November 15, 2018 in Uncategorized

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