Saturday, March 31, 2012

Hotel Transylvania- First Look

Presenting the first look trailer of HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA (3D): Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky who brought us such animated classics as Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack and The Powerpuff Girls. HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA (3D) India release date: 28 September 2012 Genre: 3D animation, comedy Director: Genndy Tartakovsky Cast: Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Cee-Lo Green, David Spade, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, David Koechner Synopsis: Welcome to the Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s (Adam Sandler) lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free to be the monsters they are without humans to bother them. On one special weekend, Dracula has invited some of the world’s most famous monsters – Frankenstein and his bride, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, a family of werewolves, and more – to celebrate his daughter Mavis’s 118th birthday. For Drac, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem – but his world could come crashing down when one ordinary guy stumbles on the hotel and takes a shine to Mavis.

17th European Union Film Festival, Pune, 3-9 April 2012

The 17th edition of the European Union Film Festival is back, bringing “Europe in Love” to the Indian audiences. Screening films from as many as 25 EU countries, the festival starts in Pune on 3rd April 2012 and continues till 9th April 2012. The film screenings will be held at the National Film Archive of India (NFAI), Film & Television Institute of India (FTII) and British Library.
Entry is free for all; first preference to pass holders. Entry to non pass holders is subject to seat availability. Passes will be available at the British Council and NFAI. see screening card in attachment The opening film on 03.04.2012 at NFAI shall be Romantics Anonymous (France, 2010; Jean-Pierre Améris, 80’) The Ambassador of the European Union, H.E. Dr João Cravinho said, "I am very happy to present the 17th EU Film Festival to the Indian audiences. This is the strongest representation we have ever had in this festival. I think it truly reflects the European Union – 25 nations joining hands to speak in one voice but preserving their cultural identities and respecting one another.”
Themed on "Europe in Love" and narrating engaging stories about Europe, the festival will offer the viewers a heady cocktail of cultural diversity that Europe is known for. This year's selection of films, 12 of which have been awarded domestically and/or internationally, is bound together by one central thread, telling different stories about Europe and its countries, languages and histories.
“Viewers will find that many of these films involve more than one country, which is the reality of modern lives all over the world. I believe that Indian film buffs as well as those wishing to learn more about Europe will find the EUFF2012 a rewarding experience," adds the Ambassador of the European Union. The EU Film Festival is organised by the Delegation of the European Union and the Embassies of the EU Member States in India, in collaboration with a number of partners: Alliance Francaise, British Council, Goethe Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, Federation of Film Societies of India, Suchitra Film Society and Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy, Indo-Cine Appreciation Foundation, Cine Central Calcutta, Entertainment Society of Goa, National Film Archive of India (NFAI), Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) etc.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Miss World 2011, Ivian Lunasol Sarcos Colmenares, visited the breast cancer patients at Tata Memorial Hospital, Parel on 28th March 2012.

Miss World 2011, Ivian Lunasol Sarcos Colmenares, visited the breast cancer patients at Tata Memorial Hospital, Parel on 28th March 2012.

Ivian came to india to support the woman’s cancer initiative. She said she’s happy to be a part of the cause and felt good meeting and promoting the cause. The Foundation pays for the treatment of 250 – 300 women annually, diagnosed with Breast, Cervical & Ovarian Cancers and who are unable to afford the costs of their treatment at the Tata Memorial Hospital but have a great chance of recovery.

Details of Pictures Pic 1: Dr. R.A Badwe, Director, Tata Memorial Centre, Miss World Ivian, Devika Bhojwani, Vice President, Womens Cancer Initiative Pic 2: Devika Bhojwani and Ivian Sarcos Pic 3: Ivian Sarcos and Breast cancer Patients
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- About Miss World...... A woman who spent five years living in a nunnery and once dreamed of becoming a nun has been crowned Miss World 2011. Miss Venezuela, IvianLunasolSarcosColmenares, beat contestants from 113 countries to the coveted title after impressing the judges in the categories of beach beauty, top model, talent, sports, and beauty with a purpose - where the contestants must demonstrate involvement in a charity project.
MsSarcosColmenares, 21, one of 13 siblings, was orphaned at eight and spent five years studying at a nunnery. She dreamed of becoming a nun but her life took a different direction, as she gained a degree in human resources and worked for a broadcasting companybefore becoming a beauty queen. She was the favourite for the Miss World title going into the final at Earls Court, London, yesterday evening but reacted with delight and disbelief when she was announced as the winner of the famous beauty pageant. Now she said she wants to use her title to help other people.
She said: "Winning means everything to me and I hope to take advantage of being a winner in a productive manner. I’m unbelievably happy to have won and there are some incredible girls. I first and foremost want to help people in need. I would like to help people like me. I am an orphan. I would also like to help the elderly and troubled teenagers. As many people as I can."
'Unfortunately I lost both my parents at a very young age which led me to study for five years in a nunnery. I spent my five years in there and my dream was to become a nun.'

13th Annual Convocation Indian Institute of Management Indore

13th Annual Convocation Indian Institute of Management Indore

Indian Institute of Management Indore (IIM Indore) is hosting its Thirteen Annual Convocation during March 30-31, 2012. The pre-convocation ceremony was witnessed by eminent dignitaries from industry, academia and society. The convocation is held each year to confer title of the Fellow of Indian Institute of Management Indore for its Fellow Programme in Management (FPM) and Diplomas to the successful participants of Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGP) & Executive Post Graduate Diploma in Management (EPGP).

The FPM is doctoral programme of IIM Indore. After rigorous course work of two years, FPM participants carry out independent research supervised by a Thesis Advisory Committee and submit a thesis which is defended before a Thesis Examination Committee. The PGP, a flagship programme of IIM Indore, is a two-year full-time residential programme which is equivalent to MBA Degree of an Indian University. The EPGP is an intensive one-year residential program exemplifying the academic rigor and progressive thinking at IIM Indore. Specially designed to enhance knowledge, skills and capabilities essential for managing and leading organizations, the programme combines skill-building with exploration of good management practices.

A total of 5 FPM participants will receive the title of Fellow of IIM Indore, 433 PGP participants will receive the Post Graduate Diploma in Management and 39 EPGP participants will receive the Executive Post Graduate Diploma in Management during the Convocation on March 31, 2012. Dr. N. Ravichandran, Director, IIM Indore gave a warm welcome to distinguished guests Shri G. Narayana, Chairman Emeritus, Excel Industries Limited, Professor Pradyumana W. Khokle, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, other guests, and the whole IIMI Community. Dr. Ravichandran observed that the annual convocation is the most auspicious occasion for the students and the whole IIM Community.

Professor Pradyumana W. Khokle, the first faculty member of IIM Indore in his address observed that the first batch of IIM Indore was of 45 students has now gone up to 450 students in a short span of time. Shri Narayana in his pre-convocation address to the IIM Community stressed upon the need for inspirational leadership to achieve outstanding success. He said that the inspirational leadership can transform the team into leadership team which shines like a sun spreading light in all directions.

During the pre-convocation event, the Scholarships and Awards were given by the Director, IIM Indore to the following participants: 1. State Bank of India Scholarship to Ram Kumar C. 2. Eicher Scholarship to Madava Hegde; 3. Eicher Gold Medal for Best-All Round Performance to Anshul Jain; and, 4. K.K. Alagh Gold Medal for Best-All Round Performance for Women to Neha Goel This was followed by a popular Hindi play The Prophet and the Poet which is based on the exchange of letters and articles between Mahatma Gandhi and Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore over about 25 years with the freedom movement as the backdrop. The exchange from actual correspondence is interspersed with imaginary dialogue, but based on historical facts.

The production adopted a minimalist design, emphasizing the dialogue between two great personalities, rather than realism in stage décor. The actors emphasized the content of the letters, rather than attempting to portray Gandhi or Tagore. The play was well-conceived and directed by Vijay Padki and presented by 1. Aparna Nori— the narrator, 2. Anshul Pathak— the actor exploring the life of Gandhiji and 3. Abhijit Ganguly— the actor exploring the life of Tagore— who collectively rediscovered Indian history. What made the play so popular among IIM Community was its deep humanism, transcending barriers of religion, culture and language.


The 50th anniversary celebrations of the Beatles were recently launched in Liverpool and are continuing throughout 2012. For fans across the world it’s definitely a great time to visit and we even have a very special guest coming in on April 4th to visit the Beatles Story. Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall, will be in Liverpool to tour the Beatles Story and commemorate the 50th anniversary of this legendary band. Attached is a press release about her upcoming visit.


HRH The Duchess of Cornwall will tour Liverpool’s award-winning Beatles Story attraction on Wednesday 4th April 2012. During the visit, Her Royal Highness will unveil a plaque to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the creation of ‘The Fab Four’. HRH will be given a tour of the exhibition by The Beatles Story’s Managing Director, Jerry Goldman, who will guide The Duchess as she explores the life and times of the iconic band. Her Royal Highness will be greeted at the entrance by a staff member dressed in a colourful Sgt. Pepper costume before being invited to meet members of The Beatles Story team. In The Cavern area of the attraction The Duchess will have the opportunity to see a short performance by The Mersey Beatles, one of the country’s leading Beatles tribute bands before moving on to The Beatles Story’s Discovery Zone where HRH will meet pupils from Liverpool’s Saint Vincent De Paul primary school. The visit will conclude with the unveiling of the 50th anniversary plaque specially commissioned for the occasion. The plaque will then be on permanent display for all visitors to the attraction. The Duchess of Cornwall expressed a specific interest in visiting the exhibition as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations which are taking place across Liverpool throughout 2012. Jerry Goldman, MD of Beatles Story comments: “It is a great honour to offer Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall a warm welcome as she visits the birthplace of The Beatles during our wonderful 50th anniversary celebration year. “We hope that she will gain a lot of pleasure from visiting the exhibition and finding out even more about the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band. “The children of Saint Vincent De Paul primary school are very excited about meeting Her Royal Highness in our Discovery Zone which uses the story of The Beatles to educate children in line with the National Curriculum. We sincerely hope she has a splendid time.”

Monday, March 26, 2012

5 highest paid bollywood actors

5 Highest Paid Bollywood Actors

Competition exists everywhere, be it politics, business or the glamour world. Considering the intense competition in today’s world the bollywood actors are in race to take the lead. Politicians and Bollywood celebrities are always on comparison not for their work, but for their earnings. We adore and respect the stars of glittering world of Bollywood, but how many of us have actually given a thought to their earnings? The rates keep fluctuating, which largely depends on the acting skills and hits delivered by these heroes. As per a recent survey, the below enlisted were ranked on the basis of their payment for 1 movie-

3. Salman Khan
Our controversial hero, Sallu Bhai comes third in the list who rakes in big money for his movies, getting an average pay of about 10-15 crores per movie plus add-on territories .He may be the bad boy who finds controversies and problems inseparable from his life, but when it comes to his pay package, he is left nowhere behind. Salman has a miracle of turning his movies into blockbusters which can be proved taking the case of just one film, Dabaang and he is also the one and only hero in Bollywood, who has huge female fans following him.

4. Hrithik Roshan
With an approximate of 10- 15 crore for 1 movie, green-eyed romantic hero of Bollywood, Hrithik Roshan found himself a place among the highest paid bollywood actors. He rose to this present position quite rapidly with a bunch of action thrillers and romantic movies such as Jodha Akbar, Krrish and Guzaarish and presently B-town is busy gossiping about his three film deal with Adlabs, which is rumoured to be worth an amount of 30 crores. Hrithik, who has been capturing the heart of girls with his mind-blowing performances since ‘Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai’,has become favourite with his recent hits, ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ and 'Agneepath'.

1. Shah Rukh Khan
Most of us will not be surprised to see Bollywood Baadshah in the first position, a name which is anyways expected to be on the top. King Khan charges an amount of 12 -25 crores per movie. He also continues to be one of the most wealthy actor, with 34 brand endorsements worth Rs 238 crore, and the earnings from his Red Chillies Entertainment production house and IPL Cricket Team ;not to forget the properties he own in India and abroad.

2. Aamir Khan
One cannot expect Aamir to do movies once in five or six months; this Bollywood perfectionist does one movie in a year, but makes sure that it is a blockbuster. Be it Ghajini or 3 Idiots, Aamir has given his best and producers feel there is nothing wrong in paying him around 13-14 crores for 1 movie. Ghajini and 3 Idiots broke all the records and were recognized as the highest-grossing bollywood movies of all time, which once again confirmed Mr. Perfectionist’s position as one of the richest men in the Bollywood world.And now comes 'Talaash'

5.Akshay Kumar
Akshay, nick-named Akki sits in the last position with his latest flops felling him off the top rung. This king of mindless comedies who was once rumored as getting paid an amount of 15 crore for one single movie seems to have lost his magic touch at the Box office and now has to contend with much more meager take home.

National Award winning Marathi film actor girish kulkarni gets felicitated by stalwarts from the Kerala film indiustry

Short takes 2, entries invited

Saturday, March 24, 2012



Los Angeles, CA (March 23, 2012) The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA/ has just announced its 5th Annual Industry Leadership Awards (ILA) honorees, Eros International Head Kishore Lulla and Sundance Institute’s Michelle Satter and Alesia Weston.
"It is an honor for IFFLA to bestow its highest accolades to such distinguished executives of the entertainment community. They were selected for their vision, leadership, and unique contributions to the educational, business, and creative arenas not only related to Indian cinema, but the film community as a whole," says IFFLA Board member Noel De Souza. "In addition we are thrilled that three of Hollywood's most highly regarded talents join us for the 2012 Industry Seminar. We cannot wait for them to share their inspiring stories while enlightening and encouraging the fledgling filmmakers in our audience," adds De Souza.
Kishore Lulla, Group Executive Chairman of Eros International, the largest fully integrated film and Entertainment Company in India, has been instrumental in spearheading the growth of Eros International Group. Since the 1980's he has expanded the company’s presence in the UK, USA, Europe, Middle East, Australia, Fiji, and other international markets. He is a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and also a board member of the University of California, Los Angeles Film School (UCLA). In 2010 Lulla and his family created the Eros Foundation to aid in children’s education in the poorest regions throughout India.
Lulla commented, "the past few years we have witnessed an emerging popularity of Indian cinema outside of the Country. Eros is proud of its role in bringing this culture, its creativity, and energy to audiences worldwide. IFFLA has been a major component in elevating the presence of Indian cinema in the US, especially within the entertainment industry, and to be recognized by such a prestigious festival is truly an honor."
Michelle Satter is the founding director of the Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program. As part of the Leadership Team, Satter has been one of the chief architects of the Institute's programs since 1981. Through the Feature Film Program, a year-round program of Lab residencies, artist granting and the project support continuum, she has supported the ground-breaking and award-winning filmmakers Benh Zeitlin (BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD), Sean Durkin (MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE), Kimberly Peirce (BOYS DON'T CRY), John Cameron Mitchell (HEDWIG and the ANGRY INCH), Quentin Tarantino (RESERVOIR DOGS), Paul T. Anderson (HARD EIGHT) and Darren Aronofsky (REQUIEM FOR A DREAM), among many others. Satter was responsible for establishing the Institute's international initiatives in Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East. Most recently, Satter along with
Alesia Weston developed Sundance Institute's multi-faceted collaboration with Mahindra, which includes the annual Sundance Institute Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award and the Mumbai Mantra/Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab in India. She has served on the Boards of the Independent Feature Project, MAISHA, and Equinoxe.
Alesia Weston leads the international work of Sundance Institute's year-round Feature Film Program. She oversees the Sundance/NHK Award, the Sundance Institute/Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award and selects international filmmakers for the Institute’s Screenwriters and Directors Labs (Andrea Arnold with Red Road, Hany Abu Assad with Paradise Now and So Yong Kim with Treeless Mountain). Under her leadership, the International program has worked to build infrastructure in other regions to support filmmakers locally. Through Sundance's Middle East Film Initiative, she’s worked closely with the Royal Film Commission of Jordan to establish RAWI Middle East Screenwriters Lab, now in its 8th year. Additionally, she spearheaded and led the Sundance in Tel Aviv and Sundance in Istanbul Screenwriters Labs. Weston initiated and along with Michelle Satter, developed Sundance Institute's multi-faceted collaboration with Mahindra which just launched the first Mumbai Mantra/Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab in India.
She is part of the core team at Sundance working on Film Forward: Advancing Cultural dialogue, a partnership between the Institute and the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities. She serves on the Advisory Board of TorinoFilmLab and the Jerusalem International Lab. Filmmaker and journalist Ahmed Lateef will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s ceremony. Originally from India, he began his film career in California in 1951. Since the late sixties, Lateef has been a member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Films Editor’s Union (IATSE Local 776), and the Directors Guild of America.
The Awards presenters are Teri Schwartz, Dean, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, Noel De Souza, HFPA & SAG member, screenwriter Howard Rodman, and David White, National Director, Screen Actors Guild.
The Awards will be presented at a Gala Luncheon on Thursday, April 12, 2012, at the world famous House of Blues Los Angeles. Critically acclaimed composer/vocalist/double violinist Gingger Shankar will perform excerpts of the multi-media performance piece, “Himalaya Song” which premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival.
Limited tickets are available to the public beginning March 24th. For further information visit
IFFLA also announced today this year’s Industry Seminar "Aiming High: The Personal Journeys of Three Indian-American Industry Leaders". The panelists are Universal Television Production Head Bela Bajaria, and producers Sunil Perkash (SALT) and Adi Shankar (THE GREY). The seminar will be moderated by actor (Royal Pains, FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS, THE NAMESAKE) and IFFLA board member Rupak Ginn.
SUNIL PERKASH is an independent producer whose credits include Disney's smash hit ENCHANTED (executive producer), which grossed 340 million worldwide; the supernatural thriller PREMONITION (producer), starring Sandra Bullock and Julian McMahon, for Tri-Star Pictures; and the New Line Cinema romantic comedy BLAST FROM THE PAST (executive producer), starring Brendan Fraser and Alicia Silverstone. He most recently produced the blockbuster SALT starring Angelina Jolie, which grossed 300 million worldwide. He is currently developing a sequel to Salt at Columbia pictures, as well as TIMELESS at Relativity Media with Phillip Noyce set to Direct and Liam Hemsworth to star.
BELA BAJARIA, a veteran network and cable television executive, was named Executive Vice President, Universal Television in August 2011. Bajaria, oversees creative programming for one of the country's largest and most successful television studios, which is responsible for such hit series as "30 Rock," "The Office," "Parks and Recreation," "House," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and "Parenthood." In addition, the studio produces such new series as "Smash," "Grimm," "Whitney," "Up All Night," "Bent" and "Best Friends Forever."
ADI SHANKAR, co-founder and co-chairman of boutique movie studio 1984 Private Defense Contractors, has quickly made a name for himself by producing a string of studio-level, filmmaker-driven action movies. These include last year's acclaimed MACHINE GUN PREACHER, and the Liam Neeson-starrer THE GREY, which opened number one at the US box office this past January. Shankar’s upcoming 2012 releases include the long-awaited Judge Dredd reboot, DREDD, and Andrew Dominik’s COGAN'S TRADE, starring Brad Pitt. The Industry Seminar will take place Sunday, April 15th, 11:30 a.m., at ArcLight Hollywood. Tickets are available now at
Source Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles
Editor's Note: The Industry Leadership Awards first premiered at IFFLA in 2008. The Awards were created to recognize the achievements of industry executives who have had a substantial and personal impact on the creation and distribution of Indian themed content globally and have led the expansion of the entertainment and media industry in India.
PAST HONOREES 2011 ANDY KAPLAN, President, Networks, for Sony Pictures Television (SPT) MAN JIT SINGH, Chief Executive Officer for Multi Screen Media Private Limited in India AJAY BIJLI, Founder, Chairman & Managing Director, PVR Limited
2010 SANFORD PANITCH, President, Fox International Productions UDAY SHANKAR, CEO, STAR India ASHOK AMRITRAJ, CEO, Hyde Park Entertainment
2009 RICHARD J. FOX, Executive Vice President, International, Warner Bros. Entertainment AMIT KHANNA, Chairman, Reliance Entertainment
2008 ANDY BIRD, Chairman, Walt Disney International TIMMY KANDHARI, Executive Director, Entertainment and Media Practice, PricewaterhouseCoopers India
ABOUT IFFLA Now in its 10th year, the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) is a nonprofit organization devoted to a greater appreciation of Indian cinema and culture by showcasing films, honoring entertainment industry business executives and promoting the diverse perspectives of the Indian diaspora. For more information, please visit

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Your film festival

Vikalp screenings at Prithvi, Juhu on 26th march


CULVER CITY, Calif., March 22, 2012 – The theme song to the highly anticipated action adventure comedy Men in Black™ 3, titled “Back In Time,” has been written and recorded by RCA Records/Polo Grounds Music/Mr. 305 recording artist Pitbull, it was announced today by Lia Vollack, President of Worldwide Music for Sony Pictures. The song will be available as a digital single and released to radio on March 26. Men in Black 3 will be released in 3D in theaters nationwide on May 25, 2012.
“Back In Time” was written for the film by Armando C. Perez (Pitbull), Marc Kinchen, Adrian Trejo and Urales Vargas and features a sample of the 1950s hit “Love is Strange,” written by Sylvia Robinson, Ellas McDaniel and Mickey Baker, which went to #1 for the R&B duo Mickey & Sylvia.
“It's an incredible honor to be a part of such an amazing franchise as Men in Black and I have so much respect for Will Smith, especially with our similar musical backgrounds,” says Pitbull. “Wanting to keep the music fun yet modern, we used the slogan of the movie and flipped it back into the song that ‘in order to understand the future, you have to go back in time.’”
Barry Sonnenfeld, the director of the film, added, “My 19-year-old daughter turned me on to Pitbull. I'm thrilled that he wrote such a great song for our movie that totally gets it.”
In Men in Black 3, Agents J (Will Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones) are back... in time. J has seen some inexplicable things in his 15 years with the Men in Black, but nothing, not even aliens, perplexes him as much as his wry, reticent partner. But when K’s life and the fate of the planet are put at stake, Agent J will have to travel back in time to put things right. J discovers that there are secrets to the universe that K never told him -- secrets that will reveal themselves as he teams up with the young Agent K (Josh Brolin) to save his partner, the agency, and the future of humankind. Barry Sonnenfeld directs the film. The film’s screenplay is written by Etan Cohen, based on the Malibu Comic by Lowell Cunningham. Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald produce, and Steven Spielberg and G. Mac Brown are the executive producers.
ABOUT PITBULL Global pop sensation Pitbull’s critically acclaimed sixth studio album, Planet Pit, was named Best Party Album by Entertainment Weekly. The album features pop music luminaries such as Marc Anthony, Enrique Iglesias, Jamie Foxx, and Chris Brown as well as star-studded producers Dr. Luke, Max Martin and David Guetta. The album’s knockout single, “Give Me Everything,” featuring Ne-Yo, Nayer and Afrojack, reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, Top 40 Mainstream and Rhythm charts. In addition to his chart-topping success, Pitbull starred in the season premiere episode of VH1’s music documentary series Behind The Music and is currently spotlighted in this month’s GQ Magazine. He has also been nominated for an outstanding 11 awards at this year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards and will receive the BMI Latin Music Awards President’s Award, the top honor at the ceremony.
ABOUT SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; home entertainment acquisition and distribution; worldwide television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of entertainment in more than 142 countries. Sony Pictures Entertainment can be found on the World Wide Web at

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Chirgut, Marathi Film stills,

“The Wedding Card story”

“The Wedding Card story”
A path breaking innovation in the world of IPO marketing
The staircase walls were lined with fluttering pink and white fabric creating a floaty, romantic look that set the tone for the ambience. At the entrance, the pillars encased with plantation leaves and blooming flowers gave an exotic South Indian feel. A table placed nearby displayed vivid red bags embossed with a brilliant gold, to be given to the invitees. The hall inside was bedecked with flowers, red, pink, yellow and white blooming in their happiness at the event. The backdrop for the main event was a solid red- the primary colour of Indian weddings. A glittering samai stood quietly, its light shimmering on the flower petals strewn around its base. As invitees entered they were greeted with the melodious music of ‘nadasvaram’ the traditional South Indian music played in weddings.
The ambience was an Indian wedding – but, hold on- the event was not. The event was an IPO media and analyst conference - of a wedding card manufacturer! As analysts, used to the nitty-gritty of profits and margins entered the hall, an involuntary smile lit up their face. The ambience was so apt that it drew them into the world of weddings and greeting cards. The display of greeting cards by the company just seemed so right in these surroundings.
The Managing Director of the company ‘Olympic Cards’ beamed with pride. This was his world and this was his business – the business of weddings.
Prana PR and Raka Advertising, the organisers of the event had thought up this concept – A path breaking innovation in the world of IPO marketing. A first of its kind. Says Sushil Bahal, Managing Director of Prana PR and Raka Advertising “the idea was to differentiate wedding cards business from other products manufactured by Olympic Cards. This was critical because the Company is known for its wedding cards and is a well known brand in Tamil Nadu and other southern states. We were keen that the invited media, analysts and stock brokers at the Roadshow in Mumbai get the message that wedding cards is a big business and our client is a category leader in their market. The rest of the task of explaining better profit margins in wedding cards, reasons for expansion, etc. was delivered through an innovatively crafted powerpoint presentation, which also retained the flavor of celebration”.
Said Noor Mohamed, Managing Director of Olympic Cards Ltd “We are in the business of creativity and design innovation. It is this aspect of our approach, more than anything, else that drives our success. The challenge for us was to communicate, in our IPO marketing, the uniqueness of our market. Prana PR and Raka Advertising not only understood this but extended this to our communications for the IPO. We are extremely pleased that Prana PR and Raka PR have shown a great commitment and understanding of our market and used great innovation to communicate it. “
Adds Sushil Bahal, “ It felt good when, at the end of press conference, a couple of journalists walked up to me and mentioned that they had really wondered if they have reached at the wrong venue and have ended up at someone’s wedding reception. We had driven the point home”
About Prana PR and Raka Advertising Prana PR and Raka Advertising, part of Adfactors group, largely focus on corporate and financial services communications. For an IPO, Raka Advertising offers advertising solutions while Prana PR manages media relations and other stakeholder communications. Raka Advertising currently ranks as joint leaders on the number of IPOs handled in India in the current financial year. Based in Mumbai, Raka Advertising has been an INS accredited agency since 1983 and Prana PR has been in business for over 12 years now. Prana PR consistently delivers value to its clients through the application of skill, knowledge and experience. Its Corporate Financial Communication services comprise communication programs for the pre-IPO build-up phase, IPO communications as well as to sustain interest in the post-IPO phase. Services include value- based positioning development, investor outreach, market intelligence and audience research, investor events, financial media outreach and collateral development, among others. PRANA PR’s reach spreads across the length and breadth of India. The Group’s resources include dedicated offices at Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Cochin, Pune, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Indore, Chandigarh and Bhubhaneshwar and over 30 other smaller centers through our representative offices.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

'Masala' marathi film's music launch

Anand Modak, Narendra Bhide, Bela Shende, Umesh/Girish/Sandesh Kulkarni, Amruta Subhash, Sonali Kulkarni, Dr.Mohan Agashe, Hukamichand Chordia, Sou Kamalbai Chordia, Rajkumar Chordia, Sou Madhubala Chordia, Vishal Chordia & Anand Chordia graced the occasion

Sai Prasad Group Pvt Ltd’s Marathi Film Kashaala Udyaachi Baat releasing 12th April,2012 all Over India.

Sai Prasad Group Pvt Ltd’s Marathi Film Kashaala Udyaachi Baat releasing 12th April,2012 all Over India.

Director: Pramod Joshi, Producer: Balasaheb Bhapkar and Shashank BhapkarCo-Producer: Suresh Shrivastava, Associate Producer: Sanjay Roy, Star Cast:Anupam Kher, Sachin Khedekar, Mrinal Kulkarni, Atul Parchure, Anjan Shrivastava, Kishori Ambiye, Shruti Welankar, Barkha Bishit Sengupta, Vijay Patkar, Suresh Menon, Rajesh Upadhya, Kishor Paradhan, Raghvendra Kadkol, Swapnil Rajshekhar Dialogue: Pramod Joshi and Sanjay Dole Screenplay: Pramod Joshi and Raj Kazi, Cinematographer: Salil Sahastrabuddhe, Music Director: Salil Kulkarni, Music Director (Background score): Bapi Tutul,Lyricist: Sandip Khare, Editor: Shankh Rajadhyaksh, Sound Designer: Dyanesh Kelkar, Production Designer: Siddharth and Bhakti Tatuskar, Choreographer: Saroj Khan and Kartik Pal, Film Project Executor :-Balaji Iyer Marketing and Media consultant -Picture N Kraft.
The movie shows the journey of an IT professional (Sachin Khedekar) from his workaholic stage where he always craves for more, to a stage where he is satisfied and content and living the present. During this journey he comes across an interesting inspirational individual, Charismatic Blind man (Anupam Kher) who makes him understand the importance of living life wholeheartedly. Overall the film is a feel good cinema suiting all ages.

That's my boy preview

Pls see the first look trailer of THAT’S MY BOY: Below is more info:
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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Celebrating the success of 'Deol' Marathi film, at the National awards

Karan Johar on the exemption of service tax for recording of cinematograph films

Karan Johar’s statement on Union Budget

March 17, 2012 : Commenting on the Union Budget, Mr Karan Johar, Co-chairman, FICCI Entertainment Committee said “We are really thrilled that the Service tax will now not be applicable on copyrights relating to recording of cinematograph films. This will provide a major relief to the M&E Industry. We are thankful to the finance minister and I&B Minister for accepting the industry demand to exempt service tax on copyrights relating to recording of cinematography films. While we have to read the fine print, this will cheer the industry as we celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema in 2013”.

Friday, March 16, 2012



Los Angeles, CA (March 15, 2012): With what promises to be its most ambitious slate yet, the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles ( has announced its impressive 2012 lineup. 33 features, documentaries, and short films will be screened from filmmakers throughout the world including Canada, Italy, India, Germany, South Africa, UK, and the U.S. Among the offerings are three world premieres, nine U.S. premieres and twelve Los Angeles premieres. This is a banner year for the festival as it celebrates its 10th anniversary, running April 10-15 at ArcLight Hollywood in Los Angeles, the home of IFFLA since its very first year.

"We look back on our first decade with a sense of exhilaration and pride. From the very beginning, our mission was to establish a film festival that would not only pave the way for a greater appreciation of Indian cinema and culture in the U.S., but also serve as the portal between the two largest entertainment industries in the world-- the U.S. and India. Today, IFFLA stands as the barometer of Indian cinema worldwide and has become the gateway to India in Hollywood. I look forward to the next decade with zeal and I anticipate what IFFLA's board and staff will be able to achieve as the dialogue between these two film industries continues to flourish and content is being created," Christina Marouda, IFFLA's founder stated. IFFLA programmer Stacey Marbrey noted, “now that we are in the centennial of Indian cinema, we have found that the medium has reached a global crossroad. From traditional to masala to neo-realism, this year IFFLA has seen an amazing breadth of submissions. We painstakingly choose films that represent the full spectrum of the diaspora and are very excited to introduce artists whose voices will be heard for years to come.“ Opening and closing night red-carpet galas showcase the first feature works of two directors, Bedabrata Pain and Prashant Bhargava.

Opening night is the world premiere of Bedabrata Pain's drama CHITTAGONG and stars award-winning actor Manoj Bajpayee (PINJAR). The film is set against the backdrop of 1930’s British-occupied Chittagong on the brink of a youth led revolution, and tells the story of 14-year-old Jhunka who comes of age as he is faced with the ultimate questions of sacrifice, love, and the quest for true freedom. Closing night's festivities will begin with the screening of director Prashant Bhargava's richly woven award-winning drama PATANG. PATANG tells the story of Delhi businessman Jayesh and his daughter as they journey back to his childhood home in Ahmedabad for a family reunion during India's largest kite festival. Under the kaleidoscope of colorful kite-filled skies, a Pandora’s box of family drama and past conflict is exposed. PATANG has become a festival favorite playing to sold-out audiences worldwide and is making its Los Angeles premiere at IFFLA. Among the eight feature films screening will be India's 2011 official submission in the Oscar™ foreign language category, Salim Ahmed's poetic drama ABU, SON OF ADAM (ADAMINTE MAKAN ABU). US premieres include Rajan Khosa's critically acclaimed GATTU which won a special mention this year at the 62nd Berlinale for capturing the ironies, the complexities and the vitality of India, and Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni's inspirational satire THE TEMPLE (DEOOL).

Documentaries include the world premiere of Ruchika Muchhala and Faiza Khan’s fascinating look into Indian society with THE GREAT INDIAN MARRIAGE BAZAAR and the US premiere of Raffaele Brunetti's MOTHER INDIA which intertwines four distinct stories about India’s booming fertility industry.

Back by popular demand are two shorts programs consisting of 13 films, including the world premiere of Anirban Roy's AUDACITY (AASHPORDHA).

In honor of its 10th year, the festival is bringing back three of its past award winners as part of a 10th ANNIVERSARY RETROSPECTIVE. Throughout 2011 the festival asked the public to vote online for their favorite film from the past decade. The films that received the most votes and selected by the public to be screened in the retrospective are past Jury Award winners for Best Narrative Feature UDAAN (2011) and BLACK FRIDAY (2005) as well as Audience Choice Award winner for Best Feature LOINS OF PUNJAB PRESENTS (2008). Also returning is the crowd pleasing BOLLYWOOD BY NIGHT sidebar which includes the highly anticipated AGENT VINOD directed by Sriram Raghavan and starring Bollywood superstars Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor and Abhinay Deo's DELHI BELLY produced by acclaimed Indian actor/director/producer Aamir Khan. WELLS FARGO returns for the seventh year as one of the fest's main sponsors and this year IFFLA welcomes new corporate sponsor TURKISH AIRLINES.

Source: Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles TICKETS AND PASSES The 10th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) runs April 10-15 at ArcLight Hollywood located at 6360 W. Sunset Blvd between Vine and Ivar. Festival and All Access passes may be purchased via the festival website, Individual screening tickets go on sale on March 16, 2012, at the fest's website. For more information please follow us on Twitter. ABOUT IFFLA Now in its 10th year, the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) is a nonprofit organization devoted to a greater appreciation of Indian cinema and culture by showcasing films, honoring entertainment industry business executives and promoting the diverse perspectives of the Indian diaspora. For more information: About ArcLight Cinemas ArcLight Cinemas, created by Pacific Theatres, represents an evolution in the movie going experience. ArcLight Cinemas with locations in Hollywood, Sherman Oaks, Pasadena and El Segundo offers an unprecedented combination of technology, amenities, comfort, and customer service. Facilities include the historic Cinerama Dome (only at the Hollywood location) and state-of-the-art “black box” auditoriums as well as a café bar and a cinema-focused gift shop. Tickets can be purchased online without a fee and printed at home and at the theaters’ automated ticketing kiosks. For more information about ArcLight visit 2012 PROGRAM OPENING NIGHT GALA CHITTAGONG World Premiere Tuesday, April 10, 7:30PM India/2012/105min Director: Bedabrata Pain Producers: Bedabrata Pain Cast: Manoj Bajpayee, Barry John, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Delzad Hiwale On the brink of a youth-led revolution, 14-year-old Jhunka comes of age in British occupied Chittagong as he is faced with the ultimate questions of sacrifice, love, and the quest for true freedom. Hindi with English Subtitles CLOSING NIGHT GALA PATANG Los Angeles Premiere Sunday, April 15, 7:00PM USA/India/2011/93min Director: Prashant Bhargava Producer: Jaideep Punjabi Cast: Seema Biswas, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sugandha Garg Under the kaleidoscope kite-filled skies of Ahmedabad, a family reunions brings out drama, painful past memories, and hope for a new beginning. Hindi with English Subtitles FEATURE FILMS ABU, SON OF ADAM (ADAMINTE MAKAN ABU) Wednesday, April 11, 7:15PM India/2010/101min Director: Salim Ahmed Producer: Salim Ahmed, Ashraf Bedi Cast: Salim Kumar, Zarina Wahab, Venu Nedumudi After a lifetime of saving, Abu and Aisa are finally ready to realize their lifelong dream: to go on the Hajj to Mecca. Malayalam with English Subtitles ANIMA AND PERSONA Los Angeles Premiere Saturday, April 14, 7:15PM India/2011/132min Director: Thiagarajan Kumararaja Producer: S.P.B Charan Cast: Jackie Shroff, Sampath Raj, Ravi Krishna, Yasmin Ponnappa Things get ugly in the underworld when a large shipment of cocaine arrives in town and everyone wants a piece of it. Tamil with English Subtitles CORRODE (KSHAY) Los Angeles Premiere Saturday, April 14, 9:45PM India/2011/90min Director: Karan Gour Producer: Karan Gour, Shaan Vyas Cast: Rasika Dugal, Alekh Sangal, Sudhir Pednekar KSHAY artistically revolves around the personification of obsession, fueled by nothing more than intangible desires. Hindi with English Subtitles DELHI IN A DAY Los Angeles Premiere Saturday, April 14, 5:30PM India/2011/88min Director: Prashant Nair Producer: Prashant Nair Cast: Lee Williams, Lillete Dubey, Kulbhushan Kharbanda After a British stranger arrives, the complexly woven fabric of a bourgeois Delhi household is turned upside down. English and Hindi with English Subtitles GATTU US Premiere Saturday, April 14, 12:00PM India/2011/80min Director: Rajan Khosa Producer: Children's Film Society India Cast: Mohammad Samad, Naresh Kumar, Bhura Gattu, a fierce and precocious little street urchin, takes matters into his own hands when one day he's had enough of the ridicule and day-to-day toil of his life. Hindi with English Subtitles LUCKY Saturday, April 14, 3:00PM South Africa/2011/100min Director: Avie Luthra Producer: Christopher J. Wilmot Cast: Sihle Dlamini, Jayashree Basavaraj, James Ngcobo In the wake of his mother's tragic death, Lucky, a young Zulu orphan, embarks on a personal journey with an elderly Indian woman in modern day South Africa. English, Hindi and Zulu with English Subtitles THE TEMPLE (DEOOL) US Premiere Thursday, April 12, 9:00PM India/2011/135min Director: Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni Producer: Abhijeet Gholap Cast: Mohan Agashe, Vibhawari Deshpande, Hrishikesh Joshi Alum Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni returns to IFFLA with a well-crafted poignant satire about the consequences of religious profiteering. Marathi with English Subtitles WATCH INDIAN CIRCUS (DEKH INDIAN CIRCUS) Los Angeles Premiere Sunday, April 15, 12:00PM India/2011/101min Director: Mangesh Hadawale Producer: Chirag D. Shah Cast: Tannishtha Chatterjee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Virendrapratap Rathod How far will a poor family go to take their children to watch the circus? Hindi with English Subtitles DOCUMENTARIES DECODING DEEPAK Los Angeles Premiere Thursday, April 12, 8:30PM USA/2012/75min Director: Gotham Chopra Producer: Mark Rinehart, Gotham Chopra Gotham Chapra chronicles a year in the life of his father, spiritualist and pop culture icon, Deepak Chopra. English THE GREAT INDIAN MARRIAGE BAZAAR World Premiere Friday, April 13, 6:00PM India/2011/52min Director: Ruchika Muchhala, Faiza Khan Producer: Mediacorp Singapore & NHK Japan Featuring: Ruchika Muchhala Ruchika Muchhala chronicles her fascinating personal journey into the nucleus of arranged marriages in Indian society. English and Hindi with English Subtitles (screens with LOVE HACKING) MARATHON BOY Saturday, April 14, 3:30PM UK/USA/India/2010/98min Director: Gemma Atwal Producer: Gemma Atwal, Matt Norman Featuring: Budhia Singh, Biranchi Das When 4-year-old Budhia, a slum child, is taken by a coach to be trained as the youngest marathon runner ever, a compelling human story emerges full of moral dilemma, dramatic twists, and ethical and legal debate. English and Oriyan with English Subtitles MOTHER INDIA US Premiere Saturday, April 14, 5:00PM Italy/2011/61min Director: Raffaele Brunetti Producer: B&B Film, Al Jazeera, Rai, OHM, YLE MOTHER INDIA intertwines four distinct stories about India’s booming fertility industry. Bengali, English and Telugu with English Subtitles (screens with RAJU) "BOLLYWOOD BY NIGHT" AGENT VINOD Los Angeles Premiere Saturday, April 14, 9:15PM India/2012/150min Director: Sriram Raghavan Producer: Sunil Lulla, Shwetanjali Rai, Saif Ali Khan Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Gulshan Grover While in pursuit across the globe, Saif Ali Khan as Agent Vinod uncovers the ultimate conspiracy. With much anticipation, alum filmmaker Sriram Raghavan (JOHNNY GADDAAR) returns to IFFLA with the Los Angeles première of AGENT VINOD. Hindi with English Subtitles DELHI BELLY Friday, April 13, 9:45PM India/2011/102min Director: Abhinay Deo Producer: Aamir Khan, Kiran Rao, Ronnie Screwvala Cast: Imran Khan, Kunaal Roy Kapur, Vir Das Three crude, rude, and completely irresponsible roommates become entangled in the underbelly of Delhi's dirtiest criminal gangs, in the most comedic of situations. Produced by Aamir Khan, Delhi Belly was one of the most talked about films of 2011. English and Hindi with English Subtitles SHORTS LOVE HACKING Friday, April 13, 6:00PM USA/2011/22min Director: Jenni Nelson Producer: Jenni Nelson Featuring: Tim Heath, Sarita Heath A virtual relationship becomes a reality when a robot inventor falls in love and journeys across the globe to meet his fiancée for the first time. English (screens with THE GREAT INDIAN MARRIAGE BAZAAR) RAJU Saturday, April 14, 2012, 5:00PM Germany/2010/23min Director: Max Zahle Producer: Hamburg Media School, Creative Producer Stefan Gieren When their newly adopted son disappears, a heartbroken young German couple discovers the horrific truth behind the elaborate scheme that they are now a part of, in this Academy Award nominated short. German with English Subtitles (screens with MOTHER INDIA) SHORTS PROGRAM I Wednesday, April 11 9:15PM Saturday, April 14 2:30PM THE 5 L.A. Premiere USA/2011/19min Director: Ravi Kapoor Producer: Reena Dutt The hippest chapter of the Mahabharata plays out when a group of brothers, in light of their mother's death, come together for a final showdown. English AUDACITY (AASHPORDHA) World Premiere India/2011/14min Director: Anirban Roy Producer: Somnath Sen How far will rebellious 13-year-old Lily go to defy her overbearing father and ridiculous, nosy neighbors? Bengali with English Subtitles NOISE (SHOR) L.A. Premiere India/2011/17min Director: Neeraj Ghaywan Producer:, Deep Singh Kakkad, Anurag Kashyap Films Barely surviving in the seedy ghettos of Mumbai, Lallan and Meena find each other while embracing death, divorce, and redemption. Hindi with English Subtitles PLACE FOR LANDING L.A. Premiere USA/2010/6min Director: Shambhavi Kaul Producer: Shambhavi Kaul A household landscape implodes and explodes into space as a child and its reflection are inscribed into a shadowy lunar patchwork. English THE REAL MILLIONAIRE (KHARA KARODPATI) L.A. Premiere India/2011/19min Director: Piyush Thakur Producer: Film and Television Institute of India When Vishnu, a desi farmer, gets an unexpected call, he and his entire village embark on a comedic and touching journey to find the true meaning of winning. Marathi with English Subtitles SUJATA U.S. Premiere India/2011/18min Director: Shlok Sharma Producer: Anurag Kashyap Films, Sujata takes matters into her own hands after years of running and failing to escape when her childhood tormentor hunts her down. Hindi with English Subtitles SHORTS PROGRAM II Thursday, April 12, 6:30PM Sunday, April 15, 1:00PM AFTERNOON (DO PAHAR) L.A. Premiere India/2011/28min Directors: Shazia Shrivastava, Sharifa Roy Executive Producers: Shazia Shrivastava, Sharifa Roy When abused and elderly Sudha forms an unlikely bond with a hitman one afternoon, she is brought to ask the ultimate question. Hindi with English Subtitles DANCE OF GANESHA (NAACH GANESH) US Premiere India/2011/15min Director: Bikas Mishra Producer: Pankaj Dubey Modernity and tradition clash when a tribal dancer's daily burdens of family and survival conflict with the important legacy he carries. No Dialogue GINGER (ADRAK) US Premiere India/2012/5min Director: Sahirr Sethhi Producer: Sahirr Sethhi, Pallavi Rohatgi, Vinay Mishra Through his lens, two worlds merge as a photographer is inexplicably drawn to a stranger. Hindi with English Subtitles PRAKATA HET YAD US Premiere India/2011/20min Director: Milind Dhaimade Producer: Vasudha Wantu A 'vagabond' family sets up a home in a public park defying all conventions in this absurd and playful tale of Indian society's modern psychosis told completely in Gibberish. Gibberish SAFE (MEHFUZ) US Premiere India/2011/16min Director: Rohit Pandey Producer: Anurag Kashyap A solitary undertaker walks between the world of life and death when he becomes transfixed by a strange woman. Hindi with English Subtitles 10th ANNIVERSARY RETROSPECTIVE BLACK FRIDAY Friday, April 13, 6:30PM Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature - IFFLA 2005 India/2005/143min Director: Anurag Kashyap Producer: Arindam Mitra Cast: Kay Kay Menon, Pavan Malhotra, Aditya Srivastava Black Friday is a film about the 1993 serial bomb blasts in Bombay, from the perspective of the conspirators and the police detectives investigating them. Hindi with English Subtitles LOINS OF PUNJAB PRESENTS Wednesday, April 11, 7:00PM Audience Choice Award for Best Feature - IFFLA 2008 India/2007/88min Director: Manish Acharya Producer: Manish Acharya Cast: Shabana Azmi, Ajay Naidu, Ayesha Dharker When Loins of Punjab sponsors a singing contest in a small New Jersey town, a motley group of would-be stars converge on a hotel with the hope of becoming the next “Desi” idol. English UDAAN Thursday, April 12, 9:15PM Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature - IFFLA 2011 India/2010/134min Director: Vikramaditya Motwane Producers: Ronnie Screwvala, Sanjay Singh Ssf, Anurag Kashyap Cast: Rajat Barmecha, Ronit Roy, Aayan Bordadia, Ram Kapoor An inspirational coming-of-age drama about a teenage aspiring poet forced to fight for his dreams when he returns home from boarding school to live with his repressive, authoritarian father. Hindi with English Subtitles

CCI urges film bodies and trade associations to impose self-regulatory do’s and don’ts to align business practices with tenets of competition

CCI urges film bodies and trade associations to impose self-regulatory do’s and don’ts to align business practices with tenets of competition

Mumbai, March 16, 2012. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has advised film bodies and trade associations to put in place self-regulatory do’s and don’ts to align their business practices with the tenets of competition and free play of market forces. Speaking at FICCI FRAMES 2012 here on Friday, Mr. Ashok Chawla, Chairman, CCI, urged entertainment and media enterprises and related trade associations to initiate competition compliance programme. Trade bodies could be used for price coordination or market allocation amongst member companies, he cautioned.
A competition compliance programme would include imparting awareness and training to employees who may engage themselves or are exposed to anti competitive conducts. It not only reduces the risk of contraventions, but also facilitates timely detections and can be useful in mitigating penalties by suggesting disclosure of information at the first opportunity. To make the programme really effective, a continuous review is essential. It also requires continuous backup from senior management which should be visible and reinforced from time to time.
He said CCI encourages member companies of trade associations and non-member companies to bring before the commission issues related to market practices so that the way forward could be found in a manner that does not disrupt market forces. The restriction of release of films other than theatres, he said, was an anti-competition practice, adding that “collective boycott in the market has no place in the competition lexicon.”

CCI, Mr. Chawla said, can initiate penal action in cases of anti-trust and ant-competition practices and restrictions on freedom of trade. Mergers & Acquisitions and Combinations that could affect the free play of market forces need mandatory approval of the CCI. The end objective of CCI was to ensure benefit to the consumers through efficiency, cost reduction and better quality of goods and services. -----------

Thursday, March 15, 2012

MPAA CHAIRMAN AND CEO CHRIS DODD JOINS LA-INDIA FILM COUNCIL GOVERNORS TO ANNOUNCE 2012 PROGRAM Event during FICCI FRAMES to feature new website, video- and industry publication

MPAA CHAIRMAN AND CEO CHRIS DODD JOINS LA-INDIA FILM COUNCIL GOVERNORS TO ANNOUNCE 2012 PROGRAM Event during FICCI FRAMES to feature new website, video- and industry publication Mumbai: 15 March, 2012: Senator Chris Dodd, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), participated in a special event of the LA India Film Council during the 2012 FICCI FRAMES Convention at the Renaissance Mumbai Convention Center Hotel in Mumbai, India today. During a glittering occasion, attended by Bollywood celebrities, CEOs of media and entertainment companies, senior government dignitaries, Chairman Dodd and other members of the Council’s governors emphasized the need for collaboration and cross pollination of knowledge, technology and talent between two of the world’s largest film communities - Hollywood and India The event included the announcement of the Council’s governing body, the premiere of a “sizzle” video highlighting the initiative, and a presentation of the Council’s enhanced website. A special Council publication commissioned from Ernst & Young providing further information about the LA and Indian industries was released and plans for upcoming activities, including film premiers and conference events, were discussed. “The LA India Film Council is a natural corollary to the rapidly increasing creative, technological and location partnerships developing between the two countries and promises to set new benchmarks in the world of cinema. On the behalf of the MPAA, and as a big fan of Indian cinema, I wish the Council great success in the future”, said Senator Dodd. Sharing singular sentiments, Ramesh Sippy, President, FTPGI and Filmmaker & Producer adds, "We can learn from schools in LA. We should learn from each other. Create and enrich each other's knowledge, strengths and experiences I feel the council can only take us forward. One thing is for sure it will bring people of two cultures closer together." "India is a preferred destination for a lot of films, and I think the LA India film council will hugely benefit both countries. We could co-create film schools and schools of technology. The mingling and merging of the two cultures is essentially the desire behind a co-production", adds filmmaker Shekhar Kapur. The LA India Film Council was set up in 2010, as part of a declaration between the city of Los Angeles and the Indian film industry. The initiative aims to explore mutual opportunities in fostering and encouraging partnerships between the two influential film industries. "Without a body like this people may get connected with wrong people. A body like this can help and support those who seek guidance" says Anil Kapoor, Actor and Producer. The Council focuses on developing and strengthening motion picture production, distribution, technology, content protection and commercial cooperation between the two filmmaking communities. Members of the Council’s governing body comprise powerful film guilds, government organizations, industry experts and leading companies in the areas of VFX, animation and post production from both Los Angeles and India. In recent years, the Indian film industry has globalized its reach as producers have improved the international marketability of their films by building partnerships with international domain experts. More and more producers in India are considering foreign locales to shoot their films. Previous big budget Indian productions filmed in Los Angeles include: Kites (2010), My Name Is Khan (2010), Kambakkht Ishq (2009), Kaante (2002) and Pardes (1997) Other joint ventures and co-productions between individual Hollywood studios and Indian production houses over the past two years alone include: Ek Deewana Tha (2012), Dum Maro Dum (2011), Stanley ka Dabba (2011), Force (2011) and Engeyum Eppothum – Tamil (2011). Indian investment in Hollywood has also been steadily increasing, most notably with Indian entertainment conglomerate Reliance Entertainment’s (A.D.A.G.) acquisition of DreamWorks SKG and the launch of YRF Entertainment in Los Angeles. About LA India Film Council: Established in November of 2010 by a Joint Declaration between the City of Los Angeles and the Indian Film Industry, the Los Angeles India Film Council was formed to facilitate and strengthen motion picture production, distribution, technology, content protection, and commercial cooperation between the two communities. For more information, visit: # # # About MPDA: The Motion Picture Dist. Association (India) Pvt. Ltd. (MPDA) is a wholly owned local office of the Motion Picture Association, and represents the interests of the American motion picture industry in India. MPDA works closely with local industry, government, law enforcement authorities and educational institutions to promote and protect the Indian film and television industry. # # # ABOUT THE MPA: PROMOTING & PROTECTING SCREEN COMMUNITIES IN ASIA PACIFIC The Motion Picture Association (MPA) and the Motion Picture Association International (MPA-I) represent the interests of the six international producers and distributors of filmed entertainment. To do so, they promote and protect the intellectual property rights of these companies and conduct public awareness programs to highlight to movie fans around the world the importance of content protection. These activities have helped to transform entire markets benefiting film and television industries in each country including foreign and local filmmakers alike. The organizations act on behalf of the members of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc (MPAA) which include; Paramount Pictures Corporation; Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.; Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation; Universal City Studios LLC; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures; and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. The MPA and the MPA-I have worldwide operations which are directed from their head offices in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. and overseen in the Asia Pacific by a team based in Singapore.

Due diligence in news reportage vital for preserving media freedom: Justice J S Verma at FICCI FRAMES 2012

Due diligence in news reportage vital for preserving media freedom: Justice J S Verma at FICCI FRAMES 2012

MUMBAI, March 15, 2012. Justice J. S. Verma, former Chief Justice of India, today advised the media to exercise due diligence in news reportage by questioning whether a news item is true, fair, necessary and in public interest. The answer to these questions were necessary in order to inform and enlighten the people accurately and obviate any possibility of regulation by the government as that would tantamount to curbing the freedom of the media.
Addressing the session on “Freedom of Media: Significance of Self-regulation’ on Day II of FICCI FRAMES 2012 here, Justice Verma said “I often hear people say why is the media not responsible? This might just be a pretext for the authorities to step in, and if they do step in, the dangers to free expression and the right to report freely will be immeasurably curbed.”
The practice of ‘breaking news’, of being the first with the news, has to be controlled, he said and added that since the reach of television is wide and its effect on the viewer instantaneous, the scope for damage is more.
Mr. Narayan Roa, President, News Broadcasters Association (NBA) & Executive Vice Chairman, NDTV, said that NBA ‘s membership comprised 95 per cent of the news channels and the Association has laid out a code of programming and ethics. Besides, a News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) has been created which regularly issues advisories on news depiction and coverage. Yet, have standards improved? “Perhaps not, not yet, and our intent is to ensure that self-regulation in this regard is important, “ he said.
Mr. Nitin Desai, former Under Secretary General, United Nations & Member, NBSA, pointed out that rather than self-regulation, there is need to subject the media to independent regulation to preserve its independence. “People have the right to accurate information, free of rumour, falsehood and superstition,” he said and added there was no substitute to due diligence in news reporting.
Mr. Phillip Turner, Chief of Bureau, CNN International, South Asia, said that news stories from India were important to the rest of the world. With a surfeit of new media and technological advancement, there is need to ensure that the rules of attribution and authenticity are not broken. “How does one report objectively in the face of the plethora of news that is pouring in all the time? he asked and added that it would be important to say that “ We are hearing this and seeing this, but we don’t know whether it is true.”
Mr. Kiran Karnik, Member, NBSA & former President, NASSCOM, said one of the challenges before the news channels was posed by technology. For instance, there are citizen reporters who pass on spot news and if these are picked up by the media it would be important to say that it is unverified. He also cautioned against the danger posed by news channels when they begin to make news and starting setting the agenda.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Kohlapur to be new film shooting centre: Maharashtra CM Single window clearance soon for film shooting in India: I and B Secretary 3-day FICCI FRAMES 2012 gets under way

Kohlapur to be new film shooting centre: Maharashtra CM Single window clearance soon for film shooting in India: I&B Secretary 3-day FICCI FRAMES 2012 gets under way

MUMBAI, March 14, 2012. The Union Ministries of Information & Broadcasting (I&B) and Tourism propose to set up a Film Commission to put in place a single window clearance mechanism for film shooting in India to replace the current requirement of multiple on-ground permissions and clearances that results in huge loss of potential revenues to the film, tourism and ancillary sectors. The two ministries have also signed a MoU to work together to promote India as a global film shooting destination.
This was stated by Mr. Uday K. Varma, Secretary, Ministry of I&B, while addressing the inaugural session of the three-day FICCI FRAMES 2012. Mr. Varma said that in order to combat piracy in the film industry, there is an urgent need to have an effective legal mechanism and creation of public awareness about the effects of piracy on the economy. “We therefore propose to carry out an all-encompassing multi-media campaign during the 12th Plan period involving all stakeholders from the film and music industries,” he said.
The Ministry will also provide assistance in training programmes and workshops to sensitize the police, judicial and administrative officials about the Copyright Act. In addition, Mr. Varma said, “We will aim at facilitating research on the effects of piracy, as well as the development and implementation of public-private strategies to combat piracy.” Earlier, Mr. Prithviraj Chavan, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, announced that his government was creating new centres for film shooting in the state; the first such centre will come up at Kohlapur where entrepreneurs would be provided with lots of financial incentives.
Mr. Chavan said that “the Maharashtra Government would protect any creative work that is within the framework of law and will not allow fascist elements to thwart creativity.” He also assured the film industry that its concerns over policing on film locations, the high levels of entertainment tax and stamp duties was receiving close attention of the government.
The Chief Minister released the FICCI-KPMG Indian Media and Entertainment Industry Report 2012; FICCI-Amarchand Lawbook and ‘Positivity: The impact of television on India’ by The Indian Broadcasting Foundation. The Union Government, on its part, remains committed to time-bound to digitisation of the broadcast chain, especially the cable television distribution chain. The I&B Ministry has notified the dates mandating digital addressable transmission in phases, beginning with the four metros which will switch over to digital transmission on July 1, 2012. The entire country will go digital by December 31, 2014. “This will address a plethora of issues facing the television industry, such as addressability, carriage fees, audience measurement and consumer choice. This will have a long term beneficial impact for all players, increase transparency in the sharing of distribution revenues and help improve both the quality and variety of content,” Mr. Varma said. To celebrate 100 years of cinema in India, the Government of India, in cooperation with the film industry, proposes to line up a host of activities between May 3, 2012 and May 3, 2013. It also proposes to present a tableaux of ‘100 years of Indian Cinema’ at the Republic Day parade next year.
He said that in view of the vociferous demand for lending professionalism in the conduct of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), the Ministry is in the process of setting up a new organisation to make IFFI a landmark international event. Mr. Varma also announced the Government’s proposal to set up a National Film Heritage Mission to safeguard and salvage India’s celluloid history by undertaking frame-by-frame picture and sound restoration of more than 2,500 films that are an important component of Indian film history. In Addition, the Mission, with a budget of over Rs 500 crore, would also look at constructing preservation vaults to international standards for archiving restored material, and for conducting workshops and training to further consolidate the processes of restoration, preservation and archiving. Senator Chris Dodd, Chairman, Motion Pictures Association of America, underlined the urgent need to protect content. “When content is stolen, 95 per cent of the people who contribute to the vitality and success of a film are adversely affected”, said. Quoting an Ernst & Young report, he said, movie theft contributes to a loss of US$ 1 billion annually and threatens the jobs of half a million people.
Mr. Uday Shankar, CEO, Star India & Chairman, FICCI Broadcast Forum, expressed concern at industry’s lack of preparedness to transform or find new business models for the digital media. With universal digitisation, he cautioned, broadcasting business models which are built on centralised creation and distribution of content and even a centralised advertising revenue model will come under huge pressure. He called for a clear policy to enable multiplicity of beams and splits that would be a powerful trigger of content and revenue opportunities. The inaugural session was also addressed by Film maker Karan Johar, Co-Chair, FICCI Entertainment Committee and Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Secretary General, FICCI. -------------

Nasik international Film Festival 2012

FICCI FRames 2012:Digitisation has disrupted revenue model of newspapers, says Rajiv Varma, HT Media CEO Press is under stress: T N Ninan, Chairman, Business Standard

Digitisation has disrupted revenue model of newspapers, says Rajiv Varma, HT Media CEO Press is under stress: T N Ninan, Chairman, Business Standard
MUMBAI, March 14, 2012. The impact of galloping digitisation and proliferation of digital media on the print medium came in for close scrutiny at FICCI FRAMES 2012 here, with Mr, T N Ninan, Chairman, Business Standard, stating that the “Press is showing signs of stress”, that proliferation and consolidation in the in the Indian print market was taking place simultaneously and advertising going towards entertainment media while advertising in news content moving towards the internet. “The Indian print market is displaying contradictory trends,” Mr. Ninan said and added that while proliferation is being seen in the form of new titles and new editions, consolidation is also evident. Eventually, however, proliferation would give way to consolidation. What is not clear is how long this process would take, he said. Mr. Rajiv Varma, CEO, HT Media, in his remarks, noted that “the print medium has a bright future.” His optimism was based on the market dynamics in the eastern part of the world – Japan, Korea and Singapore – where newspapers are thriving. Seen from the western lens, the picture was not very encouraging, he said. For instance, in the U.S. print newspaper advertisements declined from $ 60 billion in the late nineties to $ 20 billion in 2011, mainly due to the impact of the internet. Whether India is in the eastern or the western, situation was not very clear as it was difficult to predict how the audience is going to behave in the next decade, he said and remarked, “The best strategy would be to plan for the worst and hope for the best.”
Ms. Lynn De Souza, Chairperson and CEO, Lintas Media Group & Chairperson, Readership Studies Council, noted that the Indian print market remains buoyant. Advertising spends during the last five years have doubled -- from Rs 15000 crore to Rs 30,000 crore. The share of the print media at 40 per cent has remained unchanged. Asked by the moderator of the session, Mr. Swapan Dasgupta, Columnist and Senior Journalist, whether at all there is a viable revenue model to make the print medium hold its own, Mr. Varma said that digitisation has disrupted the decades-old model of making the reader walk through the news stories in a newspaper to reach the advertised product or message. Mr. Ninan pointed out that internationally the business model is subscription-led and at some point of time India would have to move towards that model.

Internationally acclaimed film ‘Yeh Khula Aasmaan’ questions the current academic scenario

Internationally acclaimed film ‘Yeh Khula Aasmaan’ questions the current academic scenario

Mumbai, 13th March 2012: Winner of the Best Foreign Feature Film at the All Sports Los Angeles Film Festival and Kids First! Film and Video Festival in USA, upcoming Bollywood film Yeh Khula Aasmaan is based on the issue of extreme academic stress prevailing in the current young generation. Directed by Gitanjali Sinha and produced by Hemendra Aran, the film stars veteran actors Raghubir Yadav and Yashpal Sharma in principal characters.
Yeh Khula Aasmaan revolves around Avinash, who is just one of the many young students of today’s generation expected to survive in the competitive bubble in which they exist. Such a competitive academic scenario has not only led to impractical expectations from students, but also extreme stress and pressure to live up to the same. Predictably, with every passing year, the number of unfortunate demises has increased surrounding the exams period.
Hoping to address this issue through her endeavor Yeh Khula Aasmaan, director Gitanjali Sinha says, “The extreme pressure on today’s youth to excel in academics is absolutely unfair. Academic performance has become the only benchmark against which they are judged. Failure to live up to these expectations can leave them de-motivated and shatter their confidence. Such intense pressure at this young age can affect the rest of their life. As a responsible parent myself, I make sure that I support my child during this complicated phase instead of building up the pressure. This was one of the primary reasons I decided to make Yeh Khula Aasmaan.”
Having witnessed incidents of this sensitive nature closely in her professional career, popular Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist, Dr. Jyoti Sangle has been an avid supporter of the stress-free children cause. She does not hesitate in underlining the role of prolonged stress and high pressure in wreaking havoc on children. She lauds Gitanjali Sinha’s cinematic attempt in the form of ‘Yeh Khula Aasmaan’ to focus on the need of a supportive family for the success of a child. Dr. Sangle avers, “Each child has a unique blueprint, which needs to be tapped by parents and teachers. The pressure on children to perform conforming to the standards set by others creates tremendous pressure on their tender minds. It reduces their frustration tolerance and drives them to impose unreasonable expectations on themselves. Finally, many children crumble under pressure leading to the high incidence and prevalence of anxiety. The film shows how parental support and positive emotions can help the child to overcome the vulnerability to disappointments and restore its lost confidence to successfully combat challenges in life.”
Veteran actor Raghubir Yadav, playing the role of ‘Dadu’, says, “I am extremely proud to be associated with Yeh Khula Aasmaan considering it enlightens such an important issue existing among today’s youth. Academics alone don’t define the future of a child. I believe that the recipe for success is to keep trying your best, success will just follow.” Yashpal Sharma, playing the role of the NRI fathers adds in, “One of the reasons for which I agreed to be a part of Yeh Khula Aasmaan was to address this issue of academic stress. I have seen the pressure my children go through to keep up with their peers. Competition is great, as long as it’s in moderation. This is the same advice I gave my children before the cut-throat competitive spirit caught on them. Like me, all parents need to take up responsibility.” Lastly, an IITian and MBA from London Business School, producer Hemendra Aran says, “While the academic excellence does help in life, long term success is less about academic excellence and more about building one’s own personality, internal strength and emotional intelligence. Yeh Khula Aasmaan subtly emphasizes upon the importance of these aspects.”
About Yeh Khula Aasmaan
Like many of the current generation’s young students, Avinash is going through an extremely challenging phase of life due to his academic failures. Along with the tremendous academic stress, he feels an immense vacuum which unfortunately his busy parents are unable to fill. In desperation he visits his grandfather (Dadu) after several years. Realizing the fragile mental state and troubles of his grandson, Dadu subtly imparts in him the lessons of life through the medium of a kite leading him to a life full of hope, joy and success. Yeh Khula Aasmaan is the first ever Bollywood film to have won the Best Foreign Feature Film at the All Sports Los Angeles Film Festival. Additionally, the film has not only won an award at the Kids First! Film and Video Festival in USA but has also been appreciated and selected at the International Film Festival – South Africa, International Youth Film Festival, International Film Festival – Ireland and Heart of England International Film Festival. The film also received a standing ovation at the Haryana International Film Festival.



RABBI PERFORMED SONGS FROM THE NEW ALBUM `LIVE’ WITH HIS BAND AT THE HARD ROCK CAFÉ, MUMBAI, TODAY Wednesday, 14th March 2012, Mumbai: Universal Music unleashed India’s true urban balladeer Rabbi Shergill’s latest album ‘III’ today at the Hard Rock Café in Mumbai. Rabbi performed tracks from his new album as well as his previous hits `live’ for his fans at a packed house at the Hard Rock Café.
Rabbi is back after a period of 4 years with his brand new studio album ‘III’ signifying his 3rd offering. Inspired by the genre of rock as well as Sufi and Punjabi folk, his songs are deeply philosophical and blends archaic, almost lost Punjabi phrases into today’s contemporary Indian music with great ease. On his new offering album, Rabbi says, “Over the years, I've fallen in love with the concept of an album. It gives a much more complete idea of an artist, his environment, his times than a one-off song. I like tracing a trajectory, plotting it with songs; the songs must have variety, but still fit in as a whole. I like looking at their keys, their tone, their tempos, their texture. It's like writing a novel. 'III' comes out of this love of craft. It gives a very complete idea of who I was post-2008."
The lead single from the album is the infectious “Ganga” – once again showcasing Rabbi’s lyrical intensity and his compositional skills. For the video, Universal Music tied up with UTV Bindass to initiate a first-of-it’s-kind campaign to hunt for the face of “Ganga”. The just concluded campaign met with a tremendous response from aspiring models all across the country. The winner is now being finalized between Universal Music, UTV Bindass and Rabbi.
Devraj Sanyal, Managing Director, Universal Music, India & SAARC says, "As a musician Rabbi has proved himself to be an artist who is a notch above most simply because his lyrics and music are for the thinking individual. They convey a much deeper meaning and relate to things he stands for but at the same time his fans understand and more importantly embrace. Ganga, his lead single is my humble opinion is the new "Bulla" and is going to change many people's belief that non-film music has its own space and stands proudly alongside all other forms of music. Today we proudly release "III" his 3rd studio album which everyone has been eagerly waiting for, after almost 4 years"
Keith Alphonso, Business Head, UTV Bindass, says, “UTV Bindass aims to lead the way in promoting ‘folk rock’ as a genre which has popular artists like Rabbi who are a part of this category. In doing so we have associated with Universal Music, wherein we will give our audiences an opportunity to be a star in Rabbi’s music video of the first single, the infectious “Ganga”, from his much awaited new album ‘III’. We have received a phenomenal response from a lot of youngsters on the `Hunt for Face of Ganga’ campaign and we will soon reveal the winner. The campaign will be on-air on Bindass exclusively”.

Tracklisting: 1. Ganga 2. Cabaret Weimar 3. Tu Hae Khubsurat 4. Tu Hi 5. Song For Picku 6. Zero Dubidha 7. Aadhi Kranti 8. Labhda Eyn Jihnun 9. Eho Hamara Jeevna The album “III” is released worldwide on physical and digital formats, Exclusively on Universal Music.

About Universal Music India: Universal Music India Pvt. Ltd. (UMIPL) is a 100% subsidiary of the Universal Music Group. UMIPL has an extremely rich Indian catalogue comprising songs from Classic Hindi and Regional Films, IndiPop, Bhangra, Ghazals and Devotional. It’s enviable catalogue includes artistes such as Asha Bhosle, Anup Jalota, Bombay Vikings, Jagjit Singh, JoSh, Malkit Singh, Pankaj Udhas, Panjabi MC, Raghav, Bohemia, Mohit Chouhan to name a few. UMIPL ‘film’ catalogue (the 2nd largest in India) spans music from blockbusters such as Sholay, Qurbani, Amar Akbar Anthony, Chori Chori Chupke Chupke, Devdas and Munnabhai MBBS amongst the numerous jewels which symbolize the musical journey from the 70’s to date. On the International music front, UMIPL are the clear market leaders with artistes such as ABBA, Akon, Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams, The Black Eyed Peas, Enrique Iglesias, Eminem, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber amongst host of other popular music icons and household names in India.
About UTV Bindass: Launched in September 2007, Bindass is the first 360 degree Entertainment Brand for Indian Youth. Bindass’ brand values of being fun, frank, and fearless and Indian has created a community building platform to bring Indian Youth together using the power of TV, Movies, Web, Mobile, Ground and Campus Activities. Offering a unique blend of programming in well researched genres that attract the Youth –Action Thrillers, Comedy, Magic, Reality, Game Shows to date Bindass has reached 64% of Indian Youth.

Monday, March 12, 2012


Saga Music Brings UK's #1 Asian Hit, ‘Tusi Bewafa’, To India
Produced by DJ Sanj of American Desi fame, the duet album also features Satwinder Birdi and Miss India UK 2012, Deana Uppal

New Delhi, March 12, 2012 – Saga Music, a rapidly-growing music distribution company expanding its footprint in Bollywood, today announced that it has been selected by MovieBox, UK’s largest Brit-Asian Record Label controlling the largest catalogue of UK 'Bhangra' in the world, for India music distribution of Punjabi music album ‘Tusi Bewafa’. The album is a creation of the immensely talented Punjabi singer Satwinder Birdi and internationally acclaimed DJ Sanj, who has 200 plus songs and over 18 albums to his credit, including blockbuster album American Desi and the hugely popular official remixes for the Bollywood flick ‘Love Aaj Kal’ such as Twist, Aahun Aahun and Ye Dooriyan.
Singers with varying vocal range have contributed to the ten tracks in the album, making it interestingly diverse in both mood and style. The lead track 'Tusi Bewafa' is a sad song rendered in solo by Satwinder Birdi, who gained huge popularity among Punjabi music fans with his previous hit 'Athre' from the album American Desi. The other sad song 'Yadaan Teriyan' has been sung by Mangal Singh of ‘Rail Gaddi’ fame. The dance numbers ‘Boli Pauni’, ‘Bhangre Paun Nu’, ‘Mitran De Naal Nach Ke’, and ‘Agiya Sawaad’ are fast-paced tracks in the youthful voice of eminent Bhangra and pop singers such as Soni Pabla, Binder Bajwa, J.Deep and Karan MC. The album also has two tracks in the popular category, titled ‘Jayeen Na Canada’ and ‘Marde Salute’, sung by Sonu and XLNC-Harbhajan Talwar, known for their famed albums R U Ready II Dance, Mere Yaar Ne 2K11 and Deja Vu. The album also features instrumental versions of ‘Tusi Bewafa’ and ‘Agiya Sawaad’.
The lyrics have been penned by Satwinder Birdi, Mangal Singh, Chan Jandialvi, Kultar Singh, Soni Pabla, Chan Jandialvi, and Dilshad. Directed and produced by DJ Sanj, the video of the album features Satwinder Birdi, DJ Sanj and Deana Uppal, the recently crowned Miss India UK.
Commenting on the announcement, Mr. Alipt Bhatia, Business Head of Saga Music said, “Saga Music shares more than a decade-long association with the Punjabi music industry and has had the privilege of taking some of the most brilliant works of musicians to the fans. Tusi Bewafa to us is one of the most promising albums this year, being high on both composition and vocals. We are excited to partner with MovieBox, who like us, have a strong focus on Punjabi regional music market.”
"We at MovieBox UK are very excited to be working with Saga Music on this new project of DJ Sanj and Satwinder Birdi. ‘Tusi Bewafa’ has already become the official number 1 selling record in the UK's official Asian download chart by storming to the top spot in the very first week. We aim and hope to achieve similar success in India as DJ Sanj is already a household name in the country after the huge success of his last album ‘American Desi’,” said Mr. Kamraan Ahmed, Owner of Movie Box.
Saga Music will release the album in CD and cassette formats. Unisys Infosolutions is the digital partner for promoting the album on mobile and online platforms.
About Saga Music Saga Music is a fast-growing privately-held music distribution company with presence in Bollywood and regional film industries of India. Saga Music to its credit has a repertoire of more than 15 Tamil movie labels and music albums by almost 100 leading and upcoming Punjabi singers. It has an inventory of more than 4,000 tracks of film and non-film music including genre such as devotional, romantic, remixes, folk, and pop Bhangra, among others.