Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Galaxy of African Broadcasters Light up CTO’s Digital Broadcasting Switchover Forum

Galaxy of African Broadcasters Light up CTO’s Digital Broadcasting Switchover Forum Johannesburg, 25 January 2012 -- A galaxy of African broadcasters has confirmed their presence at the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation’s 7th Annual Digital Broadcasting Switchover Forum (DBSF) 2012. The line-up of broadcasters includes: • Phil Molefe, Group Executive, News & Current Affairs, South Africa Broadcasting Corporation • Mallam Usman Magawata, Director General, Nigerian Television Authority • Habbe Gunze, Director of Broadcasting, TCRA, Tanzania and • Albertus Aochamub, Director-General, Namibian Broadcasting Corporation. South Africa is the first country in Africa to commit to digital switchover and Dr. Mashilo Boloka, Director, Broadcasting Policy in the Department of Communications will headline the proceedings with an overview of digital broadcasting in the sub-continent. He will be joined by peers including Yomi Bolarinwa, Director General, National Broadcasting Commission, Nigeria and Trilock Dwarka, Chairman, Information and Communications Technologies Authority, Mauritius. Among the vendors who have lent their support to the event are satellite provider, SES, as well as ATDI, Digital TV Labs and NDS. Exhibitors will include Gilat Satcom and DekTec. All-inclusive and non-discriminatory digital migration programming is of particular importance in providing access to disabled and historically disadvantaged members of society and this year’s edition has adopted the theme “Engaging the Viewer, Protecting the Consumer” to highlight the twin priorities of creating and managing appropriate content on the one hand and public education and awareness on the other. Beth Thoren, Communications Director of Digital UK, will lend the perspective of a country which has led in public information campaigns. The conference will examine among other issues the tradeoffs between DVB and DVB-T2 for the emerging Commonwealth and how regulatory standards impact commercial decisions. Among other issues to be debated are: which market structure best serves the consumer: horizontal or vertical? Seventh in an annual series to equip broadcasters, policy-makers, broadcast regulators and programmers for the complex and extensive preparations to ensure a smooth transition from analogue to digital, DBSF 2012 will be held from February 22 to 24 at the Protea Balalaika Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa and Hon. Dina Pule, Minister of Communications for the Republic of South Africa, is expected to inaugurate the event as the special guest of honour.

Brahma Kumaris Shanti Anubhuti Spiritual Fair from 2nd to 7th Feb at Ramlila Maidan opposite Borivali court

Brahma Kumaris on the occasion of its Platinum Jubilee celebration invites you for the coverage of Shanti Anubhuti Spiritual Fair from 2nd to 7th Feb at Ramlila Maidan opposite Borivali court, Borivali (W). It will be inaugurated by renowned Film Director Subhash Ghai at 5:30 pm in the presence of Mr Sanjay Nirupam, Member of Parliament (MP) and Gopal Shetty, MLA. The objective of this Spiritual Fair is to tell that how Meditation can help one develop Healthy Relations, Positive Attitude, Disconnect from damaging habits of thought, feeling and reaction. This results in a conscious, positive release of energy which improves the quality of our attitude, actions, and interactions. The main attraction of this Spiritual Fair will be Value Games Stall, Short Play Stall, Deities Tableau, Meditation Room, etc. To explain the science and method of Rajayoga Meditation a 10 day camp has also been organized free of charge at the same venue. Mentioned below is the date and time of the Rajayoga Meditation camp: 5th to 14th Feb, Timing: 7:00 am to 8:00 am & (Evng) 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm and 8th to 17th Feb Timing: (Morn) 7:00 am to 8:00 am, (Evng) 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm & 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The people who are interested can contact at 022-28916442.

Disney to Acquire Controlling Interest in UTV Software Communications Limited (UTV) in India

Disney to Acquire Controlling Interest in UTV Software Communications Limited (UTV) in India Disney and UTV to integrate operations -- Ronnie Screwvala named Managing Director, The Walt Disney Company India -- Burbank, Calif. and Mumbai, India (January 31/February 1, 2012) – The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) announced today it will acquire, through a subsidiary, a controlling interest in UTV, one of India’s premier media and entertainment companies. The acquisition will be completed through a successful delisting offer and will enable Disney to integrate UTV’s current operations. In addition, UTV CEO Ronnie Screwvala has been named Managing Director, The Walt Disney Company India reporting to Andy Bird, Chairman, Walt Disney International. “Increasing our brand presence and reach in key international markets is a cornerstone of our growth strategy. This acquisition expands our footprint significantly and allows us to more effectively build, monetize and brand multi-platform franchises, and deliver a rich library of content to the world’s second largest population,” said Mr. Bird. “We couldn’t be more pleased that Ronnie, with his vast experience and proven track record, will now run our operations in India. Under his leadership, we will be able to deliver more programming on more platforms to this considerable audience.” As a result of this acquisition and building on UTV’s success in the market, Disney will be India’s leading film studio and will produce both UTV and Disney-branded local films. UTV is the leading TV producer in India with distribution in 20 countries in seven languages and across 27 channels. Its six owned channels have emerged as the fastest growing cable and satellite network in India. In three years UTV has also become a leading broadcast network in the country. After the transaction, Disney will be one of the leading broadcasters reaching more than 100 million viewers weekly in households across India. Disney will also gain a significant presence in digital media with the addition of UTV’s Indiagames, the country’s number one mobile gaming company, to its portfolio. “In combining the creative capabilities of each company we will integrate a large stable of vibrant brands and franchises in the branded entertainment space,” said Mr. Screwvala. “With the middle class expected to grow from 50 million to more than 500 million people by 2025, this market offers huge potential for us to deliver quality branded entertainment to consumers,” he said. Disney currently owns India’s leading kids’ television networks Disney Channel, Disney XD and Hungama and is the largest retail character licensor in the country. The Company’s mobile, internet and gaming division creates some of India’s most popular content, including Club Penguin, the virtual world for kids that launched in India in 2010. About The Walt Disney Company: The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with five business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. Disney is a Dow 30 company and had annual revenues of about $40.9 billion in its last fiscal year. About UTV Software Communications Ltd: UTV is a leading media and entertainment company in India reaching more than 247 million consumers with a presence in motion pictures, television and interactive media. UTV is listed on India's premier stock exchanges, The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE Limited) and the National Stock Exchange (NSE), and The Walt Disney Company holds a strategic stake in the company. More information on the group is available at www.utvgroup.com

INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF LOS ANGELES TO CELEBRATE 10th ANNIVERSARY APRIL 10-15, 2012 AT ARCLIGHT HOLLYWOOD

INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF LOS ANGELES TO CELEBRATE 10th ANNIVERSARY APRIL 10-15, 2012 AT ARCLIGHT HOLLYWOOD (LOS ANGELES, California – January 31, 2012) – The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) will host a bevy of special events to mark its 10th anniversary and during the annual film fest to be held April 10-15, 2012, at Arclight Hollywood in Los Angeles, California. The six-day fest will once again bridge the gap between the two largest entertainment industries in the world, showcase over 40 films from or about Indian culture, host the highly anticipated gala events, bring back the wildly popular “Bollywood by Night” film section, and feature live music and dance performances. IFFLA will also host and honor leading South Asian entertainment industry executives, present its annual seminars day, and offer jury and audience choice awards. WHO: Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) WHAT: 10th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles featuring special events, over 40 films, galas, IFFLA Industry Leadership Awards, seminars day, live music and dance performances, and awards for best feature film, documentary, and short film. WHERE: ArcLight Hollywood 6360 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles , CA WHEN: April 10-15, 2012 WHY: IFFLA aims to create a greater appreciation of Indian cinema and culture by showcasing films, honoring entertainment industry performers and business executives, and promoting the diverse perspectives of the Indian diaspora. MORE: Contact (310) 988-2602 or info@indianfilmfestival.org WEBSITE: www.indianfilmfestival.org for more details and a complete list of sponsors and archives.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Gali Gali Chor Hai Premiered at Ralegaon Siddhi with Anna Hazare and 2000 villagers- Johnson Thomas


Gali Gali Chor Hai Premiered at Ralegaon Siddhi with Anna Hazare and 2000 villagers

A new tack for an industry mostly concerned with raking in the moolah at any cost . In a first(most filmmakers prefer to prostrate their films at the feet of political thugs) for any mainstream production house, the makers of the Akshaye Khanna, Shreya Saran, Mugdha Godse starrer 'Gali Gali main Chor Hai' travel all the way to Anna's conservative hamlet 150 kms away from Pune in order to screen it for the man whom most politicians love to hate-their bette-noire, Anna Hazare, who has been campaigning endlessly for the anti-corruption cause giving the political bigwigs endless sleepless nights.
Producer Nitin Manmohan along with Director Rumy Jafry and Star Cast Akshaye Khanna, Shriya Saran, Mugdha Godse and Anu Kapoor showcased their Upcoming film "Gali Gali Chor Hai" releasing on 3rd Feb 2012 to Anna Hazare along with his 2000 villagers at his village Ralegaon Siddhi.

The film was shown on an Specially Created LED wall screen in an open auditorium.

A frail looking Anna greeted and welcomed the Star Cast of the film and praised them for their effort. During his address at the felicitation function at the village stadium, He hoped that the middle-class audience of the film would find time away from their worldly cares to come out in stronger numbers to voice their anger against administrative corruption.Anna seems to have understood the lessons he learnt from the Mumbai experience which virtually shut-down his finely orchestrated campaign against corruption.

Though unwell, Anna Hazare watched the whole film and after watching the film he spoke to a few media persons and was immediately whisked away to his abode for some much needed rest. Before he left, he said " I wish for a corruption free India and hope more people from different walks of life and fields come together to fight for this universal cause. A film can send out a strong message and since the film medium has a far wider reach than any organised campaign it is possible that this satire about a common man's travails with the law and it's protectors will touch a chord enough to wake up those who have hitherto not made it a point to raise their voices against corruption. 'Gali Gali Main Chor Hai' is a film about a common man's struggle against corruption, it can reach out to many more people." Anna also made it a point to extort his followers to make sure they themselves were corruption free before joining in on the fight against corruption.

Nitin Manmohan, the Producer of the film was only too happy at the stunning reception accorded to the cast and assisting crew by Annaji, the sarpanch and villagers. He said "this was the best Premier I could ever imagine for my film. I got the perfect audience for my film and I am humbled by the love and affection accorded to my cast and crew." He added ,"I experienced the audience watching, laughing, smiling, crying along with my film. I was thrilled to see Anna's reactions while watching my film. 2000 villagers stood up and clapped and that was my reward."

Akshaye Khanna, Rumy Jafry and rest of the cast including Shreya Saran, Mugda Godse, Annu Kapoor also watched the film seated besides the great man.

"I was sitting next to Anna and every gesture and expression from the great man was complement to our efforts. When he was laughing, clapping, those were my best memories, experiencing it live sitting along with him. It was a Proud Feeling" said Rumy jafry. Akshaye Khanna and the other cast members were happy with the vociferous ovation they received from the assembled villagers.
Johnson Thomas

Mumbai international Film festival 2012, for documentaries, shorts and animation films

http://www.filmsdivision.org/miff/images/miff_eye.jpg Mumbai International Film Festival 2012: 101 best documentary and short films to be showcased during MIFF 2012 Prize Money almost doubled. Mumbai : January 25, 2012 The 12th edition of the biennial Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Short and Animation Films (MIFF 2012) will be held at the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai from February 3 – 9, 2012. Addressing the curtain raiser press conference in Mumbai today, DG, Films Division and Festival Director Mr. Bankim said every effort has been made to make the MIFF 2012 content rich. He said the festival has been made more competitive and as a result evinced a keen interest from film makers across the world. Festival Highlights Films from around the world 101 Films including 40 international films will be screened during the week long festival. Films from USA, UK, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, Denmark, Romani, Georgia, Russia, Hong Kong, Myanmar and Australia, besides India are in the International competition section. MIFF Jury World renowned film maker John Bradbury of Australia, Japanese animation director/producer Sayoko Kinoshita, Austrian cinematographer and Director Michael Glawogger, Bulgarian film maker Adela Peeva, Irish film maker Stefanie Dinkelbach, acclaimed film maker Kumar Shahni are part of the Indian and International jury. Prize Money almost doubled Beginning this edition of the Film Festival, the award money has been enhanced significantly and the total award money stands at Rs 63.50 lakhs. Unlike 2010, which had a single competition section, MIFF 2012 will have two competition sections – 1. International and 2. Indian. There will be 12 awards in the international section with Golden Conch Award for Best Documentary (upto 40 minutes), Best Documentary (above 40 minutes) Best Fiction and Best Animation film, each with a prize money of Rs 5 lakhs. Similarly, there will be 10 awards in the Indian section with Golden Conch Award for Best Documentary, Best Fiction and Best Animation film. “Best Student Film Award” (instituted by IDPA) which was introduced in MIFF-2010 has been retained in MIFF-2012 to promote student filmmakers in India and the award money has been enhanced from Rs. 25,000 to Rs.1.00 lakh. The best debut film award worth a trophy and Rs 1 lakh is sponsored by the Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagari, an undertaking of the Maharashtra Government which supports the MIFF. The prestigious “Dr. V. Shantaram Lifetime Achievement Award” will be given to an Indian documentary film maker for his/her contribution to documentary movement. The award comprises of trophy and Rs.5.00 lakh in cash. Record number of entries From a micro animation of 33 seconds to a 200 minutes documentary, MIFF 2012 received a record 791 entries from all over the world with 37 countries entering the festival. There were 224 entries in the International Section with major participation from Hong Kong, USA, Spain, Israel and Australia. The Indian competition section received 567 entries, with Maharashtra, particularly Mumbai accounting for almost a third of them. Delhi, West Bengal, Tamilnadu, Karnataka ,Assam, and Manipur sent large number of entries. Retrospectives and special packages Apart from Indian and International competitions in documentary, fiction and animation categories, the festival has acclaimed films sourced from India and abroad in special packages and retrospectives. These include the much-admired Eye Candy Animation, films from Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Venezuela, Netherlands and Balkan shorts, best of festivals, films from film schools, world war specials, North East package, PSBT films, Expresion enCorto from Mexico and decades’ cream by FTII. Another attraction is MIFF salute to the all-time greats, Gurudev Ravindranath Tagore and Satyajit Ray, to commemorate their 150th year and centenary respectively. The Homage section includes films of Mani Kaul, MV Krishnaswamy, BD Garga, PB Pendharkar, Zull Velani and Pratap Sharma. Seminar, workshops and Open Forum on various aspects of short film genre will be organized by the Indian Documentary Producers Association (IDPA) during the festival. Also, Master classes by veteran film makers and workshop on animation and Canon D7 camera will be held during MIFF 2012. Beginning its momentous journey in 1990, MIFF has grown in size and stature as one of the premier global events of documentary film movement. With successful 11 editions to its credit, MIFF is considered on par with acclaimed international film festivals like Leipzig, Berlin, Oberhausen, Cracow, Yamagata and Tampere.

CM Sheila Dixit launches Vande Mataram

CM Sheila Dixit launches Vande Mataram! Veecon Music Entertainment launched yet another album,‘Vande Mataram’at the plush Le Meridien Hotel in New Delhi, after the success of Amitabh Bachchan`s ‘Hanuman Chalisa’ and Sonu Niigaam’s ‘Icchapurti Gayatri Mantra’. Sheila Dixit launched the album, ‘Vande Mataram’ and said, “This song is being released close to the Republic Day when the entire nation is overwhelmed with patriotism, and rejoices the freedom given to us 64 years back. The video and music composed by Bickram Ghosh is simply inspiring and I should say it is one of world’s best composition so far.” The guests who honored the event with their presence included Farooq Abdullah, Subodh Kant Sahay, Pandit Vishwamohan Bhatt , Bickram Ghosh, Sonu Niigaam, Kumaresh , Kamal Sabri, Mahalaxmi Iyer, lyricist Samir, Anand Raj Anand, Indian ocean, Vipin Handa. On this occasion Farooq Abdullah did an impromptu act of singing Vande Mataram, so moved was Sonu Niigaam by this, that he joined him in singing the song which turned out to be a beautiful treat for the audience. Bickram Ghosh the music composer of the album said, “My version of 'Vande Mataram' is introspective and philosophical. It is the national song woven into a new melody 64 years after independence. It is not a song of uprising as was the mainstay of the original song. I've created a melody straight from my heart and the finest of India's artists have executed. » Vande Mataram is sung by 21 singers such as Pandit Vishwamohan Bhatt, Shaan, Indian Ocean, Shankar Mahadevan, Sonu Niigaam, Sunidhi Chauhan, Roop Kumar Rathod, Palash Sen, Mahalaxmi Iyer to name a few. The album is produced by Group Chairman Vijay Srivastava of Veecon Group and Lalit Srivastava and conceptualized by MD J.K Srivastava who has promised to donate all the proceeds from this album towards the education of the underprivileged children in India.

Galaxy of African Broadcasters Light up CTO’s Digital Broadcasting Switchover Forum

Galaxy of African Broadcasters Light up CTO’s Digital Broadcasting Switchover Forum Johannesburg, 25 January 2012 -- A galaxy of African broadcasters has confirmed their presence at the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation’s 7th Annual Digital Broadcasting Switchover Forum (DBSF) 2012. The line-up of broadcasters includes: • Phil Molefe, Group Executive, News & Current Affairs, South Africa Broadcasting Corporation • Mallam Usman Magawata, Director General, Nigerian Television Authority • Habbe Gunze, Director of Broadcasting, TCRA, Tanzania and • Albertus Aochamub, Director-General, Namibian Broadcasting Corporation. South Africa is the first country in Africa to commit to digital switchover and Dr. Mashilo Boloka, Director, Broadcasting Policy in the Department of Communications will headline the proceedings with an overview of digital broadcasting in the sub-continent. He will be joined by peers including Yomi Bolarinwa, Director General, National Broadcasting Commission, Nigeria and Trilock Dwarka, Chairman, Information and Communications Technologies Authority, Mauritius. Among the vendors who have lent their support to the event are satellite provider, SES, as well as ATDI, Digital TV Labs and NDS. Exhibitors will include Gilat Satcom and DekTec. All-inclusive and non-discriminatory digital migration programming is of particular importance in providing access to disabled and historically disadvantaged members of society and this year’s edition has adopted the theme “Engaging the Viewer, Protecting the Consumer” to highlight the twin priorities of creating and managing appropriate content on the one hand and public education and awareness on the other. Beth Thoren, Communications Director of Digital UK, will lend the perspective of a country which has led in public information campaigns. The conference will examine among other issues the tradeoffs between DVB and DVB-T2 for the emerging Commonwealth and how regulatory standards impact commercial decisions. Among other issues to be debated are: which market structure best serves the consumer: horizontal or vertical? Seventh in an annual series to equip broadcasters, policy-makers, broadcast regulators and programmers for the complex and extensive preparations to ensure a smooth transition from analogue to digital, DBSF 2012 will be held from February 22 to 24 at the Protea Balalaika Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa and Hon. Dina Pule, Minister of Communications for the Republic of South Africa, is expected to inaugurate the event as the special guest of honour. For more information, contact: Bashir Patel Chief Operations Officer b.patel@cto.int +44 208 600 3802 For media participation, contact: Osman Siddiqui Marketing Communications Officer o.siddiqui@cto.int +44 208 600 3820

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Staying Alive, special screening of Ananth Mahadevan's new film

Love you to Death, Hinglish film by Rafiq Ellias

Fat Mama Films presents "Love You To Death" - a wild and whacky comic thriller in Hinglish. A film about love that does not exist, therapy that does not work and three murders waiting to happen! Dir: Rafeeq Ellias Starring: Chandan Roy Sanyal (of Kaminey and Faltu), Suhasini Mulay, Sohrab Ardeshir, Nicholas Brown and Yuki Ellias 105 mins running time Releasing Date: Feb 3 LYTD has been screened at 7 international film festivals and has also won an Audience Choice Award. Pls find attached stills, synopsis etc along with links to trailers and our poster below. FACEBOOK - http://www.facebook.com/LYTD.thefilm YOUTUBE CHANNEL - FATMAMAFILMS Synopsis 'Love You To Death' is a 'seriously funny' comic thriller in 'Hinglish' that takes a dig at the crazy times we live in, especially in urban 'globalising' India. Triggered partially by stories of greed and ambition in newspapers like the Mirror itself, it includes a bunch of bumbling murder attempts. A doctor who is a 'sexpert' by day, a rockstar by night. A theatre director whose other vocation is organising 'supari' deaths. A spectacular dog funeral with dogs of all castes and 'breeds' in attendance! There's Sonia who's rich, who loves her dog. Her dog has human problems including anorexia and insomnia. Both receive therapy in the form of crystals and herbal teas from an attractive, manipulative therapist. The therapist is having an affair with Sonia's father-in-law. Sonia's husband Atul and his mom are driven by greed and ambition. A Russian Israeli arms dealer (who's son is a 'peacenik') has a business proposal. Atul wants to set up an arms factory with him even as he personally suffers from 'missile failure'. A hilarious scene with the 'sexpert' ensues. Sonia meets a born-again Indian, an 'eco-warrior' who's dream is to build low cost solar panels for every village in the country. Atul and his mother plot two murder attempts. The film culminates in an art gallery. A tragic-comic denouncement with loads of blank guns, a single loaded pistol and some unexpected collateral damage! A funeral with classic hypocrisy. A small commentary on the futility of war. The talented ensemble cast includes Chandan Roy Sanyal and Suhasini Mulay. In the gallery scenes at BMB, Bose Krishnamachari making a momentary appearance as the gangsters younger, artistic brother! An accountant at a leading hospital in South Bombay is the accountant in two scenes. Instead of Bollywood stars we have a story, a script and outstanding performances. The film has been screened in 7 festivals in India, the United States and Canada; it won an Audience Award in Anchorage too. THE TRAILER http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFzCg059L5A&list=UUgvl_5-22fWXkIwG_r5wYqA&index=8&feature=plcp THE 'SEXPERT' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VB5qEfvy-tU&list=UUgvl_5-22fWXkIwG_r5wYqA&index=1&feature=plcp GIRLFRIEND http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tL-asfaM9_w MURDER http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PU7DjgdCIyk&feature=related PERFORMANCE FAILURE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Wg8qSn-eLk&feature=related

Resident Evil: Retribution, First look

RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION Action, horror Director: Paul W.S. Anderson Cast: Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Sienna Guillory, Kevin Durand, Shawn Roberts, Colin Salmon, Johann Urb with Boris Kodjoe and Li Bing Bing The wildly successful film franchise adaptation that has grossed nearly $700 million worldwide to the popular video game series, Resident Evil, returns in its highly anticipated fifth installment, RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION in state-of-the art 3D. The Umbrella Corporation’s deadly T-virus continues to ravage the Earth, transforming the global population into legions of the flesh eating Undead. The human race’s last and only hope, ALICE (Milla Jovovich), awakens in the heart of Umbrella's most clandestine operations facility and unveils more of her mysterious past as she delves further into the complex. Without a safe haven, Alice continues to hunt those responsible for the outbreak; a chase that takes her from Tokyo to New York, Washington, D.C. and Moscow, culminating in a mind-blowing revelation that will force her to rethink everything that she once thought to be true. Aided by newfound allies and familiar friends, Alice must fight to survive long enough to escape a hostile world on the brink of oblivion. The countdown has begun.

chennai rhinos versus Kerala strikers in Hyderabad 21-1-2012

Actor Vishal led Chennai Rhinos proved second time lucky at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. The CCL-I winners who had lost there first game to Mumbai Heroes snatched a thrilling victory against Mohanlal led Kerala Strikers. In a low scoring game Chennai rhinos put up a score of 115 runs and in return kerala strikers could only manage 113 runs. The stadium was packed to capacity and saw a huge turnout of stars from various film industries. The maximum cheers were saved for superstar Mohanlal and the stadium reverberated with deafening sound the moment he took to the ground. Both the teams put up some brilliant performances and as usual the glam quotient was high in both the team dugouts with actresses like amla paul, sonia agarwal, bhavana , madhushalini and many more cheering for their favourites. Lissy priyadarshan was seen along with her husband Director priyadarshan through the match supporting her. The match saw some super kodak moments with expressions that rarely these actors show in real life. Lissy Priyadarshan seemed pretty dissapointed with the end result though and Mohanlal was seen cheering her up.Suchitra Mohanlal who has rarely made any public appearance was seen in the kerala strikers dugout through the match .

Nokia Lunia sky party event

Nokia hosts the first ever Sky Party on-board the Nokia Lumia aircraft ‘Spot the Lumia’ contest winners join Bollywood celebrities in a once in a lifetime experience! Friday, 20th January, 2012: Move overyacht parties!It’s time to take theme parties to a whole new altitude -- and literally! Nokia today hosted the first ever Sky Party for the lucky winners of the ‘Spot the Lumia’ competition which was announced as part of Nokia’s ‘Amazing Everyday Campaign’. The online contest receivedthousands ofentries, with innovative ‘spottings’ of the new Nokia Lumia smartphone. The winners were joined by Bollywood celebrities such asTisca Chopra - Indian film actress, known for her role in Taare Zameen Par, Meiyang Chang – singer, actor and winner of reality dance show, JhalakDikhlaja, RajatBarmecha - the lead actor in last year’s blockbuster Udaan, Manasvi Mamgain – Miss India World 2010 and GurpreetBedi – Miss India 2010 contestant. The celebs interacted with the lucky winners and joined the extravaganza in the sky. The party was hosted by one of the finest stand-up comic artist – Papa CJ, who had the winners and Bollywood celebs in splits. Mr. Prashanth Mani, General Manager, West, Nokia India, said, “The Amazing Everyday Journey has been designed to live and share the consumer’s everyday adventures.The campaign is aimed at reminding people that even everyday routine can be amazing and there are little adventures waiting for everyone around the corner.” He added, “We always want to connect with our consumers and create unmatched experiences for them. This Sky Party has taken our Amazing Everyday campaign to new altitudes of excitement and helped us in creating those Amazing moments for our consumers.” Nokia’s ‘Amazing Everyday Campaign’touched new amazing heights with Lumia Sky Party. Branded entirely in the new Lumia colours, the Jet Airways aircraft was the venue for this amazing Sky Party. Nokia had announced an exciting consumer competition, ‘Spot the Lumia’, the lucky winners from that contest got a lifetime opportunity to be a part of the ‘Sky Party’ on this aircraft today. To participate, the consumers had to spot the Nokia Lumia -- on the plane, or outdoor, at Nokia retail or even on TV -- and upload the picture on www.facebook.com/nokiaindia.

Jodi Breakers music launch

Artists present at the event were: (Main Cast) R Madhavan Bipasha Basu Helen Omi Vaidya Milind Soman Dipannita Sharma Mrinalini Sharma Tarana Raja Mazhar Sayed Ashwini Chaudhary (Director) Salim_Sulaiman ( Music Director) Jodi Breakers is produced by Prasar Visions Pvt. Ltd.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Michael Ealy's candid interview(Underworld : Awakening)

Underworld Awakening – The most exciting 3D film! Michael Ealy who plays Sebastian in the latest film Underworld – Awakening of the Sony Pictures which is soon to release in theatres near you, opens up about his experience while working with the successful franchise of Underworld series. He’s excited about all the action and explosion in the film, as it was a great opportunity for him to go in a sci-fi world and do as much action as he possibly could while still being human! Exploring a little about his character ‘Sebastian’ in the film, he says, “there is a certain amount of resistance and rebellion in him that I love, as the best thing in his life was taken away from him. I like the different layers of the character.” The direction which is the crucial part of any action film is done by Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein from Sweden. Michael Ealy was the closet to these two on the sets, “They just switched and alternated days, so they were the closest two guys on set with a common vision. And they never got tired because in a way they each had two or three days off every week!” Written by Len Wiseman and John Hlavin, this 89 minute film of Sony Pictures is in 3D, which adds to the total experience of watching the film. Talking about the pace of this action film Michael adds, “Oh man, it is fast! And it’s more graphic than the other ones I’ve seen. I loved it! It’s everything a vampire/werewolf movie should be. It made the gore, the explosions and all the action components much more vivid to me. I jumped up from my seat a couple of times because I thought some things were going to hit me! And it kind of made it look more like a graphic novel that was coming right off the page. I think all these films belong in 3D now.” Everybody seems to be secretly obsessed with vampire lore these days. Let’s see what this has in store for us.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Daniel Radcliffe starrer “Woman In Black” is all set to hit Indian theatres on February 10’ 2012

Mumbai, January 16’ 2012: After months of whispers, rumors and speculations about the highly anticipated movie “Woman In Black”, PVR Pictures, the movie production and distribution arm of the PVR Group has finally made an official announcement of the release date of movie. This Daniel Radcliffe starrer, “Woman In Black” is slated to open in Indian cinemas on February 10’ 2012. Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe), a widowed lawyer leaves his son in London to settle the legal affairs of the recently deceased Alice Drablow. But upon his arrival, it soon becomes clear that everyone in the town is keeping a deadly secret. Although the townspeople try to keep Kipps from learning their tragic history, he soon discovers that the house belonging to his client is haunted by the ghost of a woman who is determined to find someone and something she lost… and no one, not even the children, are safe from her vengeance. • India Release Date – 10th Feb 2012 • Genre – Drama, Thriller • Director – James Watkins • Star Cast – Daniel Radcliffe (His first movie post the Harry Potter franchise), Janet McTeer and Ciaran Hinds • To be dubbed in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu • Official website - http://www.womaninblack.com/

Mumbai heroes Versu Chennai Rhinos, Celebrity Cricket league Match at sharjah

Aaa ye Re Aaye Mumbai Chey Heroes...... Sohail Khans - powered Mumbai Heroes delivered their first victory of Celebrity Cricket League season 2 by 23 runs over the mighty Chennai Rhinos. Cheered on by thousands of their fans in the Sharjah Cricket stadium on Saturday Mumbai Heroes were fully charged. After a nail-biting tie in the first game of the season this Friday at the same venue the team led by Suniel Shetty proved that they were not to be taken lightly this season. Mumbai Heroes skipper Suniel Shetty won the toss and opted to bat first on a pitch that promised a cracker a match for those present at the night in Stadium. After the festivities of Day 1 it was time for some serious cricket on day 2. Mumbai Heroes owner Sohail Khan who was still seething form their loss to Chennai Rhinos last season set the tone for the evening, At their home ground in Sharjah, the Mumbai lads turned the heat on the Chennai superstars and up a strong batting performance. Raja was the top scorer with a swashbuckling half-century. Raja was well-supported by ‘Mast’ star Aftab Shivdasani who made a valuable 26. The duo ensured that Mumbai Heroes set a stiff target of 148 for the team from Chennai Rhinos. When Mumbai Heroes came out to field they were different team from the one that dropped almost 4 catches in the previous game a day before. Their captain Suniel Shetty set the standard who made some scintillating diving saves despite nursing a painful groin injury. Friday night’s villain in the filed Aftab Shivdasani took a difficult catch to make amends for his flip-flops in the earlier game where he dropped 4 catches. Chennai’s batting suffered a major setback when Mumbai’s Sunny dismissed their opener in the first over itself. There on it was downhill for Chennai as they were denied any easy opportunity to score runs. Salman Khan who had seen his team manage a heart-breaking tie just the last evening summed up his team’s performance, ”We have been working really hard to make Mumbai Heroes a strong cricketing force this season and the results are showing on the field today”. Mumbai’s support team that included Genelia D’souza, and Kangana Ranaut among other Bollywood hotties made sure that mercury level never dropped even on a chilly Sharjah night. When Mumbai Heroes finally won in the last over, after Chennai managed only 123 for 6 in their 20-overs, all the Bollywood starts travelling with Mumbai invaded the pitch. Soon all the Mumbai supporters from Bollywood were hugging each other and the players carried their skipper Suniel Shetty on their shoulders off the pitch. Mumbai captain Suniel Shetty said, “I smelt victory right from the start and today I felt that cricket was a team game. Last season, we came as pure celebs, but this season we left acting behind and played a good game. We were missing some key players in the side due to injuries but we will keep fighting like we did today till we win this tournament”. My two strong players Apoorva and Ritesh could not play, Angad could not play well, though he is a very good player. We were very good in fielding today. We are a strong team, we hope to win and play well. It was the team spirit and we as a team played well We played well, feeling great, we opened the second season of CCL in Sharjah, though there was a draw yesterday, today we won, we beat Chennai Rhinos consistently, with great effort and team spirit. Also it was the team spirit that made it happen. We have seen our first victory and plan to play well in this season said, “ Sohail Khan” Raja was awarded the man of the match for his quick fire 52 that ensured Mumbai's first win of the season. As a part of special presentation ceremony Salman Khan was presented with a special memorabilia. The memorabilia was a bat signed by Pakistan team that played the 200th ODI at Sharjah against Sri Lanka in November last year.
Sohail Khan, Bobby Deol, genelia D'souza.