Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Bollywood Descends on Delhi at 12th Osian Cinefan FF


Bollywood Descends on Delhi at 12th OCFF

Mumbai: Bollywood appears to have descended on Delhi, as the 12th Osian’s Cinefan Festival for Asian and Arab Cinema approaches the half-way mark. The day saw the presence of veteran director Shekhar Kapur, actor and filmmaker Sanjay Suri, director Kiran Rao, actor Prateik Babbar, actor and filmmaker Nandita Das. Both veteran filmmaker Shekhar Kapur and Sanjay Suri in separate interactions complained about the grading system of the Central Board of Film Certification. Shekhar said many countries did not have any censorship and those that did had better and more rational regulations in place. Suri felt there is dire need for change in the grading system of films for certification as things like violence and even romance are being seen by children on television and other sources. In fact, he wondered why Doordarshan refused to show films that have been certified by the Central Board for Film Certification as U/A and a private television channel can show it. Shekhar said Indians should not be so crazy about the Oscars when Asia was vibrant enough to have its own Oscar-like awards, during an interaction with Osian’s Chairman Neville Tuli on “Indian Cinema, World Cinema film festivals and cinematic heritage”. He said it was wrong to claim India has the largest film industry in the world. China is ahead of India because it is creating new infrastructures for cinema. It had a very strong domestic market for cinema, worth almost $ 100,000. Therefore the only way to improve the Indian market is to improve the local market for cinema by building greater infrastructure such as financial institutions to help the film industry. Mr Tuli said that the OCFF this year was stressing on freedom of thought and expression and showing films that proved to be milestones in their fight for their right of freedom of expression. Sanjay, who was addressing a press meet for the film ‘As the River flows’ by Bidyut Kotoky in which he plays the leading role, said.filmmakers needed to be more courageous to deal with such subjects as the audiences were looking for new subjects and there was a place for a different kind of cinema. Bidyut admitted he had taken mainstream actors in his film to reach out to larger audience. Talented actor and filmmaker Nandita Das who is Chairperson of the Children’s Film Society, India, was here to inaugurate a special section for school children. Director Kiran Rao in another interaction said she believed that the way characters are conceived provides motivation to a film, which did not necessarily have to depend on the plot. She said this was why her film ‘Dhobi Ghat’ had strong characters that took their own course in the movie rather then being dominated by the plot. Kiran also said she had not wanted to take Aamir Khan initially, as she wanted to protect her script from being interpreted by an actor instead of the director. But she realized that Aamir as an experienced actor brought out many shades of the character he portrayed. Actor Prateik Babbar said he had to work on his role as he had to learn the mannerisms and body language of a dhobi and also learn to speak fluent Hindi. Later in the evening, renowned Iranian filmmaker Dariush Mehrjui in conversation with veteran critic Aruna Vasudev said it was a sad coincidence that most of his films had faced bans in his own country but won awards overseas. His film ‘The Orange Suit’ at the Festival is a satire on cleaning politics, through the idiom of the hero who takes upon himself the task of cleaning the environment.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

The Expendables 2, this August 3012


Country Club India Limited launches The Billionaire Gold and Billionaire Premium Cards, Sonu Sood did the honours


Country Club India Limited launches The Billionaire Gold & Billionaire Premium Cards:

Bollywood star SONU SOOD unveiled the card along with the CMD, CCIL Mr. Rajeev Reddy.

Mumbai,21st July 2012: Country Club India Ltd (CCIL), India’s largest global holiday , clubbing and entertainment conglomerate that offers the widest range of holiday options , state-of-the-art clubbing facilities and endless entertainment has unveiled the latest products from its stable. Catering to the growing demand for its membership, CCIL launched two new cards catering to its premium segment. The launch for this new campaign showcases the dynamic Mr. Reddy taking on the skydiving himself to encourage the members. Bollywood’s star SONU SOOD and Mr. Rajeev Reddy, unveiled the cards at the Andheri Club in Mumbai. Also present was Mr. Mani Shankar who has created the latest skydiving campaign. Speaking about the launch Mr. Reddy said, “We shot for this new campaign in Dubai and it was a thrilling experience, taking a jump out of a plane at the height of thirteen thousand five hundred feet. This Billionaire card manifests the aspirational and adventurous spirit for the members.” The Billionaire premium card : Priced at Rupees ninety thousand to one lakh ten thousand , offers members 6 nights and 7 days holidays for 10 years for two adults and two children under the age of twelve. The holidays can be availed at the most exotic locations within India and internationally. An additional bonus holiday of six nights and seven days at Bangkok (Accommodation only) to be used within the first year. Member is also entitled to a Life time membership of The Country Clubs. The Billionaire Gold : Priced at Rupees One lakh thirty thousand to One lakh Eighty thousand, offers members six nights and seven days holidays for 30 years for two adults and two children under the age of twelve. The holidays can be availed at the most exotic locations within India and internationally. An additional bonus holiday of six nights and seven days at Bangkok (Accommodation only) to be used within the first year plus two complimentary three nights and four days holidays at Dubai (Accommodation only) to be used within the first two years. Member is also entitled to a Life time membership of The Country Clubs.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

DBSF Caribbean Spotlights the Key Issues and Challenges of Switchover on the Islands


DBSF Caribbean Spotlights the Key Issues and Challenges of Switchover on the Islands

St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda, July 12, 2012 – Digital Broadcasting Switchover Forum (DBSF) Caribbean, planned for August 13 and 14 at the Grand Royal Antiguan Resort, will mark the first major conference and workshop addressing the complex issues of transition from analogue to digital transmission in the Caribbean, drawing on the combined expertise of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation and its sister agency, the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association, and key Caribbean organisations, the Caribbean Broadcasting Union and the Caribbean Telecommunications Union. DBSF Caribbean immediately precedes the 43rd Annual General Assembly of the Caribbean Broadcasting Union, from 15th to 17th August which is expected to attract CEOs and decision-makers from major broadcasters in the region including TVJ (Jamaica); CCN-TV6 (Trinidad); CBC and Starcom (Barbados); ABS (Antigua); GBN (Grenada); SXM Cable (St. Maarten); SVG and NBC (St. Vincent); Channel 5 (Belize); NCN (Guyana); Cablevision (St. Lucia); teleCuracao (Curacao) and ATV (Surinam). The 2-day event will revolve around five workshops dwelling on the strategic and practical challenges of the switchover: • Transmission and reception: Creating a digital network from start to finish • Styling and repurposing content for the digital era • Regulating the transition, with case studies from Guyana and Mauritius • Funding terrestrial infrastructure and consumer terminals • Switchover implementation checklists Mr. Pham Hai, Head of Broadcasting, International Telecommunications Union, will present the global state of play in digital broadcasting switchover while Mr. Cordel Green, Executive Director, Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica, and Mr. Cris Seecharan, Executive Director, Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad & Tobago, will present national perspectives of the two countries that have made great progress in the digital broadcasting switchover. Case studies from Mr. Valmikki Singh, Spectrum Regulator and Head of the National Frequency Management Unit of Guyana and Mr. Trilock Dwarka, Chairman of the Information and Communication Technologies Authority of Mauritius will enrich the proceedings with best practices in spectrum regulation and licensing. “The Caribbean region is characterised by the presence a multiplicity of standards, unlike Africa, which, with very few exceptions, has converged towards DVB-T,” says Prof. Tim Unwin, Chief Executive Officer of the CTO. “This makes the region a dynamic place where the interplay of policies, regulation, technology and content, is more complex. We aim to support the region as a whole to manage these complexities in way that will maximise the benefits of digital technologies for all of its peoples" The partnership of four agencies promises to bring together, at the Grand Royal Antiguan Resort on August 13 and 14, the entire ecosystem of digital broadcasting spanning the broadcasters, telecom operators, technology providers, equipment vendors and content providers together with the policy-makers and regulators at the highest-levels. The Ministry of Information, Broadcasting, Telecommunications, Science and Technology of Antigua & Barbuda will host a farewell reception for the delegates of the Forum on the 15th. On August 15, delegates and sponsors are invited to an exhibition combining screenings and presentations, showcasing various facets of the Digital Broadcasting Switchover.

In Memorium, Dara Singh, Wrestler extraordinaire, actor, filmmaker,producer


Dara Singh
An Obituary

“Dara Singh”, the magic words of strength! Almost everyone born in the fifties to sixties would easily associate at least one episode in his life when seeing a heavy object he had exclaimed “ Isse Dara Singh uttha lega ?” or chiding a wannabe bully “Oye, tu Dara Singh hai ”? The man was synonymous with a super human strength. Little wonder when the movie directors started looking out for an appropriate man to play Lord Hanuman he was a natural choice.
Belonging to a small village, Butari near Amritsar, he shot into public eye with his wrestling exploits. For the first time an Indian wrestler successful matched muscles and skills with the best international names in free style wrestling. From Rustam-e-Hind he quickly rose to be the Rustam-e-Zaman and in an era when there was nothing to cheer about in individual sports achievement he brought smiles and glory to the nation. I too saw one of his matches with a much-touted wrestler from USA named Godienko. However, to my disappointment, Mr. Godienko was dispatched to the dressing room with a twisted leg in two minutes flat.
After his tremendous popularity in the wrestling arena, which transcended age and sex barriers the call to the movies was a natural progression. I have fond memories of watching his stunt movies (or B grade stuff as it was then called) in my childhood. Pure escapist and dishoom dhisoom movies like Faulad, King Kong were a child’s delight. The audience would loudly applaud when he would apply his famous “Death Lock” on the hapless villain and have him crying for mercy. His heavily accented Hindi and an unpretentious demeanor only endeared him to the audience. Mumtaz made her debut opposite him and went on to become the queen of celluloid in the seventies. His brother, Randhawa, and other wrestlers like Tiger Joginder Singh etc tried to ride piggyback on his success in the stunt genre but none could match his innocent and gentle giant charisma. One of his finest roles was that of Alexander in the classic Sikander-e-Azam but the peak of his popularity came with TV serial on the epic Ramayan. Dara Singh was crafted, ordained, destined and made for the role of Hanuman. His innate humility and innocent honesty spilled out even through the mask of the monkey God.
I was fortunate to have the opportunity to observe him from close quarters. Way back in the winter of 1972 he walked into the office of my father to apply for a gun license, which was immediately granted (You never said No to Dara Singh !!). As reciprocation, and I suspect in deference to my father’s position in the district, we received an invitation to his eldest son’s marriage. For the avid movie buffs he was the famous Billu, Shotgun Sinha’s partner in crime, in the movie Ganga Tera Paani Amrit. The baraat was to start from the famous Bijli Pehalwan’s temple in Amritsar. The moment we were ushered into the room where he was sitting I, a star struck 13 year old, flashed out my Autograph Book to capture his signatures which would have assured me the bragging rights for the next one month. He gave out a hearty laugh and enveloped me in a gigantic bear hug. Dara Singh hugged ME! And I was in a daze for the rest of the evening. We walked with him in the baraat and even did a small Bhangra jig. Most of the inebriated baratis, many of whom were obvious gatecrashers, tried to grab his hand and dance with him. Most of them were effortlessly lifted like children, swung around in the air and then gently put down. His enormous patience was only exceeded by his generosity. Even in those times, way cheaper compared to now, he gave out a hundred buck tip to every waiter who came to him with a decorated plate. It takes an effort for me to do that even today.
It’s natural for most of us to take a lot of things for granted. Life, unfortunately, is one of them. Most of us ordinary mortals suffer from the “I am invincible” syndrome and often lose sight of the ultimate truth. But this was a different man. In our consciousness he was always indestructible and for me it is difficult to come to terms with his absence. His memory will linger in my heart for a long time to come simply because of so many associations that I have with his name, his legendry deeds, his celluloid persona and not to forget my unforgettable four hour evening with him.
I would miss him but I would not grieve his passing simply because the Dara Singhs of this world do not die. It’s just that he now lives with titans of another world.

Jessica biel plays Melina in the Total Recall reboot


Jessica Biel to play Melina in TOTAL RECALL

When the Total Recall starring Arnold Schwarzenegger was released in 1990 not just the film but also the character of bold and beautiful Melina played by Rachel Ticotin was very well received. The role made Rachel a household name and she was signed for many more films like “First time felon”, “Con air”, thereafter. The reboot of this super hit blockbuster will be released on 3rd August starring Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel. This time around it will be Jessica who will be playing the role of Melina and will be seen butt kicking the goons. But will this role of Jessica land her in a puddle of more fame and glory and will she be able to live up to the expectation of the audience who are fascinated by Rachel’s version of Melina? The audience awaits the arrival of new Melina with the release of the reboot Total Recall of Sony Pictures. The film releases on 3rd August.

Elysium, Hollywood film from Sony pictures releasing in March


ELYSIUM Release date: 8-Mar-13 Genre: Drama, sci-fi Director: Neill Blomkamp (writer, director District 9) Cast: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, Diego Luna, William Fichtner, Wagner Moura sony

In the year 2159, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster) will stop at nothing to preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium – but that doesn’t stop the people of Earth from trying to get in by any means they can. Max (Matt Damon) agrees to take on a life-threatening mission, one that could bring equality to these polarized worlds.

In Memorium Rajesh Khanna, the Superstar that was


Rajesh Khanna Born Jatin Khanna 29 December 1942 Amritsar, Punjab, India Died 18 July 2012 (aged 69) Mumbai, India Other names Jatin Khanna Kaka RK Occupation Film actor and producer Years active 1966–2012 (actor) 1991–1996 (politics) 1971–1995 (producer) Spouse Dimple Kapadia (1973–1984) Children Twinkle Khanna Rinke Khanna

____________________________________________________ Rajesh Khanna (born Jatin Khanna; 29 December 1942 – 18 July 2012) was an Indian actor in Hindi films, and was also a film producer and a politician. He appeared in 163 feature films of which 128 films saw him as the lead protagonist; he appeared in 17 short films as well. He won three Filmfare Best Actor Awards and was nominated for the same fourteen times. He received the maximum BFJA Awards for Best Actor (Hindi) – four times and nominated 25 times. In 1991, he was awarded the Filmfare Special Award for completing 25 years in the industry, appearing in a record 106 films as the single lead protagonist in a span of 25 years. In 2005, he was awarded the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award. Khanna was referred to as the "First Superstar" ofHindi cinema. He made his debut in 1966 with Aakhri Khat and rose to prominence with his performances in films like Raaz, Baharon Ke Sapne, Ittefaq and Aradhana.

Early life Khanna was born in Amritsar on 29 December 1942. He was adopted and raised by foster parents who were relatives of his biological parents. Khanna lived in Thakurdwar near Girgaon. Khanna attended St. Sebastian’s Goan High School in Girgaum, along with his friend Ravi Kapoor, who later took the stage name Jeetendra. Their mothers were friends. Khanna gradually started taking interest in theatre and did a lot of stage and theatre plays in his school and college days and won many prizes in the inter college drama competitions. Khanna became a rare newcomer who struggled in his own MG sports car to get work in theatre and films in the early sixties. Both friends later studied in Kishinchand Chellaram College(KC). When Jeetendra went for his first film audition, it was Khanna who tutored. Khanna's uncle changed Khanna's first name to Rajesh when Khanna decided to join films. His friends and his wife called him Kaka. Adult life In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Khanna fell in love with the then fashion designer and actress Anju Mahendru. They were in a relationship for seven years. Mahendru states that the couple did not speak to each other for 17 years after the breakup. Later Khanna married Dimple Kapadia in March 1973, six months before Dimple's debut film Bobby released and has two daughters from the marriage. Khanna and Dimple Kapadia separated in 1984 as his schedule kept him away much of the time and Dimple became interested in pursuing an acting career, and thereafter lived separately, but did not complete the divorce proceedings. In the eighties Tina Munim was romantically involved with Khanna till the time she decided to leave the industry to pursue her higher studies. Years of separation brought about mutual understanding between Rajesh Khanna and Dimple Kapadia. Reporter Dinesh Raheja stated that “the bitterness between Rajesh and Dimple washed away", noting that they were seen together at parties and that Dimple campaigned for Khanna's election and also worked in his film Jai Shiv Shankar. Their elder daughter Twinkle Khanna, an interior decorator and a former film actress, is married to actor Akshay Kumar, while their younger daughter Rinke Khanna, also a former Hindi film actress, is married to a London-based investment banker Samir Saran. Early career (1966–1975) Rajesh Khanna was one of eight finalists in the 1965 All India Talent Contest organised by United Producers and Filmfare from more than ten thousand contestants.[ Subsequently Khanna won the contest. He made his film debut in the 1966 film Aakhri Khatdirected by Chetan Anand, followed by Raaz directed by Ravindra Dave both of which were a part of his predetermined prize for winning the All-India United Producers’ Talent Competition. G.P. Sippy and Nasir Hussain were the first to sign Rajesh Khanna after he won the contest. Aakhri Khat was India’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 40th Oscar Academy Awards in 1967. Khanna in an interview to Hindu newspaper said,"Though “Aakhri Khat” is my first film, I received my first break as a leading actor in Ravindra Dave's, “Raaz” in 1967. My heroine was Babita, already a popular actress then. Though I had lots of confidence, I was shy in facing the camera initially. In my first three shots, I had to perform with stress on my body language and dialogue delivery. Though I was right with my dialogues, my movements were not up to the mark. Ravindra Dave explained me my scenes and movements very clearly correcting my way of walking". Being under contract with United Producers, he got projects like Aurat, Doli and Ittefaq. He was then noticed for his performances in films like Baharon Ke Sapne, Aurat (1967), Doli, Aradhana and Ittefaq. Later Waheeda Rehman suggested Asit Sen to take Khanna for the lead role in Khamoshi. Through Aradhana he rose to "instant national fame" and film critics referred to him as the first superstar of India. In that film, Rajesh Khanna was cast in a double role (father and son) opposite Sharmila Tagore and Farida Jalal. The film also saw the resurgence of Kishore Kumar, who eventually became the official playback voice of Rajesh Khanna. The Kishore Kumar-Rajesh Khanna combination worked miracles and it was almost impossible to see them as separate identities. They became a singer-actor duo and together they gave many songs till 1991. Then in year 1971, Haathi Mere Saathi became the biggest hit and also became the biggest grosser ever till then. Khanna is also credited with giving Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar their first chance to become screenplay writers by offering them work in Haathi Mere Saathi.Javed Akhthar accepted in an interview "One day, he went to Salimsaab and said that Mr. Devar had given him a huge signing amount with which he could complete the payment for his bungalow Aashirwad. But the film's script was far from being satisfactory. He told us that if we could set right the script, he would make sure we got both money and credit." Rajesh acted alongside Mumtaz in eight successful films. They were neighbours and got along very well, and as a result they shared a great on-screen chemistry. After Khanna married, Mumtaz decided to marry millionaire Mayur Madhwani in 1974. At the time, she was doing three films Aap ki Kasam, Roti and Prem Kahani with Khanna. She decided to quit movies only after completing these films. When she left films Khanna felt very lost. In one of her interviews, Mumtaz was quoted saying "I would pull his leg and tease him about his fan following. Whenever Rajesh entered a hotel in Madras, there was a queue of 600 girls waiting to see him at midnight. As a result, even I would get some importance, as people would ask for my autograph as well. He was very generous with his associates, and would party a lot." During the peak of his career he would be mobbed during public appearances. Fans kissed his car, which would be covered with lipstick marks, and lined the road, cheering and chanting his name. Female fans sent him letters written in their blood. There used to be a line of cars of his producers and hysterical fans outside his bungalow every day. Actor Mehmood parodied him in Bombay to Goa where the driver and conductor of the bus were called 'Rajesh' and 'Khanna'. Even today, he remains the favourite of mimicry artists, who copy his trademark style and dialogue delivery. During the filming of Amar Prem there was a scene that needed to be filmed at Howrah Bridge with a boat carrying Khanna with Sharmila moving under the bridge. The authorities ruled this scene out as they realized that if the public found out that the hero of the film would be there, it may create problems on the bridge itself, and that it might collapse due to the amount of people trying to get a glimpse of their favourite actor. Film critic Monojit Lahiri remembers “Girls married themselves to photographs of Rajesh Khanna, cutting their fingers and applying the blood as sindoor. Rajesh was God, there has never been such hysteria.” Several songs sung by Kishore Kumar in the 1970s were based on Rajesh Khanna. During the filming of the song 'Mere Sapnon Ki Rani' in Aradhana, Sharmila Tagore was shooting for a Satyajit Ray film and director Shakti Samanta had to shoot their scenes separately and then join the scenes together.In the seventies, his chemistry with Sharmila Tagore, Mumtaz, Asha Parekh, Zeenat Aman and Hema Malini were also popular with audiences. The BBC made a film on him, titled Bombay Superstar, in 1974, the shooting for which began the same time when he got married and his film Daag premiered. In the video it can be noticed that Khanna was shooting for Aap Ki Kasam. A textbook prescribed by the Bombay University contained an essay, 'The Charisma of Rajesh Khanna!'. Sharmila Tagore said in interview to Indian Express, “Women came out in droves to see Kaka (Khanna). They would stand in queues outside the studios to catch a glimpse, they would marry his photographs, they would pull at his clothes. Delhi girls were crazier for him than Mumbai girls. He needed police protection when he was in public. I have never seen anything like this before and since.” Music remained one of the biggest attractions of all Rajesh Khanna films throughout his career. Many of the musical scores for Khanna's films were composed by Sachin Dev Burman, R.D. Burman and Laxmikant-Pyarelal. The trio of Rajesh Khanna, Kishore Kumar and R.D. Burman went on to make a number of popular films, including Kati Patang, Amar Prem, Shehzada, Apna Desh, Mere Jeevan Saathi, Aap Ki Kasam, Ajnabee, Namak Haraam, Maha Chor, Karm, Phir Wohi Raat, Aanchal, Kudrat, Ashanti, Agar Tum Na Hote, Awaaz, Hum Dono and Alag Alag. Rajesh Khanna had 15 consecutive solo superhits between 1969 to 1971, which is still an unbroken record in Indian film history. In calculation of the 15 films, 2 hero films like Maryada,Andaz and films with box office result as hits were excluded -Mere Jeevan Saathi, Choti Bahu and Shehzada. Khanna considered Guru Dutt, Meena Kumari and Geeta Bali as his idols. Khanna dislosed in an interview," My inspirations include, Dilip Kumar's dedication and intensity, Raj Kapoor's spontaneity, Dev Anand's style and Shammi Kapoor's rhythm." 1976–1978 Between 1976 and 1978, Khanna acted in 4 box office hits and in nine films that were not commercially successful. Seven of the unsuccessful films were critically acclaimed and have achieved strong cult status over the years among the viewers and these films included Mehbooba, Bundal Baaz, Tyaag, Palkon Ki Chhaon Mein, Naukri, Chakravyuha and Janata Havaldar which were directed by Shakti Samanta, Shammi Kapoor, Din Dayal Sharma, Meeraj, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Basu Chatterjee and Mehmood Ali, respectively. Khanna persuaded Samanta to cast his sister-in-law Simple Kapadia opposite him in Anurodh. Films starring Rajesh Khanna and directed by Shakti Samanta tended to be commercially successful, but Mehbooba was an exception. The change from romantic and social movies to action oriented multi-starrers caused the decline of Khanna's career in terms of box office ratings to some extent. The declaration of emergency in India had angered the masses and this helped films having the lead character revolting against corruption becoming successes. Actor Joy Mukherjee made Chhailla Babu, a suspense thriller in 1977, which became the only successful film of his as a director and the unexpected success of the Chhailla Babu gave a boost to the career of Khanna.However, Khanna continued basically in solo hero social sober household meaningful films during this era and played a variety of characters in films of various genres. During this phase too he had box office hits like Maha Chor, Chhailla Babu, Anurodh andKarm. 1979–1991 After 1978, Khanna starred in critically acclaimed commercially successful films such as Amardeep, Phir Wohi Raat,Bandish, Thodisi Bewafaii, Dard, Kudrat, Dhanwan, Ashanti (1982 film), Avtaar, Agar Tum Na Hote, Souten, Jaanwar, Asha Jyoti,Awaaz, Naya Kadam, Hum Dono, Babu, Aaj Ka M.L.A. Ram Avtar,Shatru,Insaaf Main Karoonga, Anokha Rishta,Nazrana, Angaarey, Adhikar (1986),Amrit, Awam (film) (from 1979–1991). Director Bharathiraja decided to remake his 1978 Tamil box office hit film "Sigappu Rojakkal" in Hindi with Khanna playing the role of a psychopath. Kamal Haasan who played the same role in Tamil won South Filmfare Best Actor Award for his portrayal. But the Hindi movie was seen as controversial by traditional and orthodox Hindi moviegoers and was not a commercial success, although Khanna's performance has been rated later higher by critics than the original. Tina Munim and Rajesh Khanna became the leading on and off screen couple of the 80’s with hits like Fiffty Fiffty, Suraag, Souten, Aakhir Kyun, Bewafai, Insaaf Main Karoonga and Adhikar(1986). Ram Awatar Agnihotri wrote that Tina Munim showed the first sparks of the dedicated actress she would become in the films "Alag Alag" and "Adhikar", both with Khanna. His on screen pair with Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil,Padmini Kolhapuri and Poonam Dhillon was also popular in the eighties. He also acted in the Marathi hit film "Sundara Satarkar" in 1981. He has performed in the least number of multi-starrer films in comparison to his contemporaries and portrayed the central character in the few multistarrers he acted. Khanna delivered multi-starrer superhits like Rajput, Dharm Aur Qanoon, Paapi Pet Ka Sawaal Hai, Zamana (1985), Dil-E-Nadan and Ghar Ka Chiraag. He did three potboiler movies with Jeetendra, which were blockbusters-Dharam Kanta, Nishaan and Maqsad. In the year 1984, his film Maqsad became the 2nd highest box office superhit film earning 8.5 crores. Aaj Ka M.L.A. Ram Avtar is one of the memorable political films of Rajesh Khanna. Khanna played the character of a corrupt politician in this film. Viewers praised his role in the film. The year 1985 saw him turn a producer with Alag Alag. Eleven films, with Khanna in the lead, released in 1985 and eight of these became hits and in addition had two films with him in special appearance. Before joining politics one of his last films as the lead hero was Swarg released in 1990. David Dhawan regards Swarg as his most favourite directorial venture and said in an interview " Swarg did well. Though a serious film, people even today talk about it as it struck a chord. I was working with Rajesh Khanna for the first time. I shared a good rapport with him. He never threw tantrums on the sets." Khanna in Anand (1971) movie. He experimented with films of different genres like tragedy in Babu as a rickshaw puller, thriller in Red Rose as a psycopath, political adventure in Awam, negative roles in Dhanwan and Redrose, fantasy in Bundalbaaz and Jaanwar, crime in Phir Wohi Raat and Angarey, suspense in Chakravyuha and Iteefaq, comedy in Hum Dono and Masterji, action in Ashanti, family dramas like Aanchal and Amrit and Agar Tum Na Hote, variety of social films like Avtaar, Naya Kadam, Akhir Kyun and with different themes like reincarnation theme in Kudrat, patriotism in Prem Kahani, immature young love theme handled in different ways in films like Anokha Rishta, Nazrana and Dil E Nadan and did college romance in Bandish. He has played variety of characters as the lead hero – as a postman in Palkon Ki Chaon Mein, as a lawyer who proves that his senior has committed a rape 25 years earlier in Kudrat, as a politician in Aaj Ka MLA Ram Avtaar, as a young musician forced by fate to marry two women in Asha Jyoti, as professional advocate in Awaaz, fisherman in Prem Bandhan, a revolutionary patriot who is torn apart by love and policeman like in Prem Kahanai, as a righteous farmer in Bandhan etc. He shared a close relationship with R.D. Burman and Kishore Kumar. The trio were friends and have worked together in thirty two films. Work of Pancham with Khanna is regarded as legendary and far superior than any other actor-music director combinations. The king of playback singing Kishore Kumar had even credited Rajesh Khanna for his resurgence, so much so that he sang for Alag Alag, the first film produced by Rajesh Khanna without charging anything. In 1985 Pancham found himself being sidelined after failure of few films but Rajesh Khanna was among the few who continued to stand by him. Rajesh and Pancham worked together even after the death of Kishore in the films Jai Shiv Shankar, the unreleased film Police Ke Peechhe Police (both produced by Khanna ) and Sautela Bhai. Khanna even helped Leena Gangully and Amit Kumar in completing Mamta Ki Chhaon Mein, the last film directed by Kishore who died before the completion of the film. Pyarelal quoted in an interview that “Rajesh Khanna was lucky for us and we were lucky for him too. From the 1969 Do Raaste to the 1986 Amrit, we gave hits together both as films and as music scores.... When we went on our first overseas concert tour in 1984, he came and danced to three songs. He was very particular about his music and would take a tape home if he could not assess a song. He would then give his feedback after a day or two. But if he liked a song at the sitting, he would loudly shout “Wah! Wah!” in appreciation…. It was God’s blessing that we came up with such a vast range of hit songs for him, including in his home productions Roti and films like Chhailla Babu, Chakravyuha, Fiffty Fiffty, Amar Deep and Bewafai. Incidentally, he had a stake in Mehboob Ki Mehndi too. He had great interest in music and a terrific sense of melody too. His music is dominated by Pancham (R.D. Burman) and us and we accepted Shakti Samanta’s Anurodh only because Rajesh Khanna had some misunderstanding with Pancham then and did not want to work with him." Khanna would always request music directors to fit in Kishore Kumar wherever possible. In fact, Kishoreda was very reluctant to sing "Waada Tera Waada" in Dushman and suggested Laxmikant Pyarelal to get it sung by Rafi. Then Laxmikant made Kishoreda meet Rajesh Khanna and Khanna winked at Laxmikant and told Kishoreda that in that case the song should be scrapped. On hearing this Kishore immediately agreed to sing it by himself for Khanna. Actors who were part of the cast of most of his films include Ashok Kumar, Sujit Kumar, Prem Chopra, Madan Puri, Asrani, Bindu,Vijay Arora, Roopesh Kumar, Dina Pathak and A. K. Hangal, who remained part of his " working team" since the start until the late eighties. The lyricist whom he preferred for his movies was Anand Bakshi. Films by Shakti Samanta with Khanna in the lead, music by Pancham and lyrics by Anand Bakshi had people swooning over. The films Samanta directed without Khanna in the eighties were duds. His other close friends from the film industry include Raj Babbar, J. Om Prakash and Jeetendra. Celebrities of the post-2000 era, like Madhur Bhandarkar, say that they take at least three or four turns in Carter Road even today only to see Khanna. The younger generation stars like Imran Khan still regard Rajesh Khanna as someone who would take the top slot as the most romantic hero of all time. Shahrukh Khan idolises Rajesh Khanna and has opined,"Rajesh Khanna you can’t touch". Actor Tom Alter confessed “I still dream of being Rajesh Khanna. For me, in the early 1970s, he was the only hero – romantic to the core, not larger than life, so Indian and real – he was my hero; the reason I came into films and he still is.” Actor Irrfan Khan accepted in an interview, "The kind of craze witnessed by Rajesh Khanna has not been duplicated by anyone. He was the biggest and the most real star Bollywood has produced. I'd say stardom is that feeling of being possessed by your idol; you are so overwhelmed with euphoria you lose touch with reality." Rajesh Khanna was the last superstar to set fashion trends.The trend of wearing guru kurtas and belt on shirts became famous in seventies and eighties because of Khanna. Later career (1992-2012) From the early nineties onwards he stopped acting and served as M.P. of New Delhi Constituency from 1991 to 1996. During that period, he returned to acting, playing the lead in Khudai (1994), which was about a father and son both falling in love for the same woman. After 1992, he appeared in only 10 films and declined most film offers. He made a comeback as a NRI in Aa Ab Laut Chalen(1999), and Kyaa Dil Ne Kahaa(2002) and played the solo lead in films Sautela Bhai in 1996, Pyar Zindagi Hai in 2001 and Wafaa in 2008. He did 4 television serials in the period 2000-2009. Television Khanna was a life member of the International Film And Television Research Centre, the International Film And Television Club and theAsian Academy of Film & Television. He is the Guest Faculty of 'Specialized Cinema Courses At Asian School Of Media Studies'. On 10 April 1999 Khanna inaugurated the live concert of S.P. Balasubramanyam held at Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium, Hyderabad as a tribute to Pancham. In 2001 and 2002, Rajesh played the lead in two television serials: Aapne Parai (B4U & DD Metro) andIttefaq (Zee TV). He performed in a video album based on Tagore's songs (Rabindra Sangeet) without payment. He also endorsed Star se Superstar tak – a talent hunt programme in 2007 and donated a Gold Trophy of Rs.1 crore. In its Silver Jubilee Episode on 14–15 March 2008, K for Kishore aired a Rajesh Khanna special. He signed on to star in a TV serial with Creative Eye Banner (Dhiraj Kumar) in 2007, and in 2008 performed in a TV serial, Bhabhima, with Leena Ganguly as his co-star. His successful TV serial Raghukul Reet Sada Chali Aayi began in November 2008 and ended in September 2009. Khanna cited the lack of good roles for actors like him in the films as the reason for him not appearing much in films after 2001. He said in an interview on being queried about his decision to do TV serials, "The reach of TV is much more than cinema today and one episode of my serial is likely to be watched by more people than a super-hit film". In 2009, on his 67th birthday, Shemaroo Entertainment released his films and a song collection titled Screen Legends-Rajesh Khanna-the Original Superstar. In May 2012, Havells, the fan making company endorsed Khanna as Brand Ambassador for their new ad campaign featuring him in solo advertisements. Political and business career Rajesh Khanna was a member of Parliament for the Congress Party, from the New Delhi constituency, where he won the 1992 by-election, retaining his seat until the 1996 election. When Khanna was M.P he worked full time as a politician and did not accept new acting assignements. After leaving Parliament, he was a political activist for the Congress Party and campaigned for Congress in Punjab for 2012 elections. Khanna and a group of foreign investors bought land in Shirdi on which they planned to build a religious resort for disciples of Sai Baba of Shirdi.

Death
In June 2012, it was reported that Rajesh Khanna's health had been deteriorating for some time, On 23 June 2012 he was admitted to Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai due to some health complications. He was discharged on 8 July 2012 from the hospital and was reported to be fine. On 14 July 2012, Rajesh Khanna was readmitted to the Lilavati hospital but was discharged on 17 July. He died on 18 July 2012 at his bungalow Aashirwad, in Mumbai due to Kidney problems.

Filmography

Actor Main article: Rajesh Khanna filmography Producer Year Film 1985 Alag Alag 1989 Police Ke Peeche Police 1990 Jai Shiv Shankar

Co-producer Year Film 1971 Mehboob Ki Mehndi 1974 Roti 1995 Barsaat Playback Singer

Baharon Ke Sapne (1967) Safar (1970) Raja Rani (1973) Shehzada (1972) Amar Prem (1972) Daag (1973) Ajnabee Souten (1983)

ASUS Joins Forces with Warner Bros. and The Dark Knight Rises


ASUS Joins Forces with Warner Bros. and The Dark Knight Rises
Gets ready for Batman’s latest adventure with a special promotion covering ASUS Transformer Pads, as well as N Series, K Series, and X Series notebooks
New Delhi, July 19, 2012 ― ASUS and Warner Bros. have engaged in a special cooperative campaign to highlight the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises motion picture, which is set to take theaters worldwide by storm beginning July 20. The caped crusader has chosen ASUS tablets and notebooks as the official portable computing products of his latest campaign, offering customers superhero style on incredibly innovative and powerful ASUS products.

An alliance of great powers

From now until August 31, ASUS and Warner Bros. are giving customers around the globe the chance to get more immersed in the thrills of The Dark Knight. In addition to joint marketing efforts and eye-catching advertising created especially for the campaign, ASUS products are also set to act as the official sponsors of The Dark Knight premiere in select markets. Customers who purchase certain ASUS products may also receive free movie tickets to go see The Dark Knight as a thank-you for putting their faith in the world’s most innovative consumer technology and best detective*.

Batcave-worthy tablet and notebook technology
The Dark Knight descends on ASUS N Series notebooks, which lead portable PCs in terms of sheer multimedia excellence. Exclusive SonicMaster Premium technology, co-developed with Bang & Olufsen ICEpower®, Waves MaxxAudio 3 processing tools, and a bundled external subwoofer guarantee the most impactful audio on any notebook PC. Just as its sound excels, the N Series also provides enhanced image quality, with 150゚wide-view screens at up to full HD 1080p.

About ASUS
ASUS, the world’s top 3 consumer notebook vendor and the maker of the world’s best-selling and most award winning motherboards, is a leading enterprise in the new digital era. ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home, office and person, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktops, Eee Box and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, tablet devices, servers, multimedia and wireless solutions, networking devices, and mobile phones. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 3,886 awards in 2011, and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with the Eee PC™. With a global staff of more than 11,000 and a world-class R&D team of 3,100 engineers, the company’s revenue for 2011 was around US$11.9 billion.

Can Kate Beckinsale live up to Sharon Stone's part in reboot of 'Total Recall?"


Can Kate Beckinsale beat Sharon Stone’s performance?

Well, exactly the same question has been going on in every mind waiting for the release of Sony Pictures reboot film Total Recall. The film starring Kate Beckinsale, Colin Farrell and Jessica Biel is a remake of the Total Recall released in 1990. Though both the films are based on the same short story of Philip K Dick yet the new version is said to be tonally different. How different it will be from the previous one is a question which will be answered only on the release of the film. But there is a buzz about the characters of the film though the characters have not been changed much. The character made famous by Sharon Stone of that of Lori will now be played by Kate Beckinsale. The character is an important one but was hardly of 45 minutes in the old version of the reboot. Considering that Len Wiseman has directed the film, who also happens to be Kate’s husband, the part of Lori might be a little longer than the previous one. Who knows, probably in this version, Lori survives till the end of the movie! If that happens to be the situation then Kate will surely succeed in beating Sharon Stone’s performance. However, it is yet unofficial how big will be Lori’s part be which leaves us in the wait for dawn of 3rd August when the movie will release.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

ROLTA Announces New North America President to Drive Next Phase of Growth”.


The Board of Directors of Rolta International have selected Jason M. Cory as the new President of Rolta North America. In this role, Jason will provide leadership for all aspects of Rolta’s business operations across North America. Jason is a senior executive with an impressive record of innovation, business transformation and growth. His broad experience and expertise encompass multiple industries and geographies. Most recently he served as Senior Vice President, President and Division Executive for Global Services at Fidelity Information Services. In this role he was responsible for leading a global Information Technology and Business Process Outsourcing organization, as well as internal services including software and applications development, call centers and back office services for global delivery. Prior to joining Fidelity Information Services, Jason was Vice President & Global Portfolio Executive with CSC where he led a global portfolio of services and solutions. He has also held leadership and executive roles at Unisys, SAVVIS, Anheuser-Busch and the United States Army. Jason holds a Bachelor of Computer Science in Information Technology and a Master of Business Administration.

Mahesh Manjrekar faces the challenge of playing a Eunuch in his next ‘Rajjo’


Mahesh Manjrekar faces the challenge of playing a Eunuch in his next ‘Rajjo’!


Mahesh Manjrekar plays the character of Begum which is testing his acting abilities, while the elaborate make-up and hairdo his patience. Mahesh Manjrekar laughs, “Getting ready is a big issue for me as it takes hours. The make-up, the hairdo and donning an elaborate co stume consumes so much time. I now realize what our heroines go through day in and out.” Manjrekar says that he accepted the role because he had never played a hijra before. He explains, “It was something very out of the box for me. Also, I have taken utmost care not to give a stereotypical portrayal of the character. Eunuchs are human beings experiencing the same emotions. I have tried to keep the depiction as normal as possible. If there is a bad side, there is a good side too.”
Debutant director Vishwas Patil says, “Mahesh fits the part to the T. He is a versatile actor and has done a brilliant job.” Talking about the film he reveals, “Rajjo is a love story between a Muslim nautch girl and a Brahmin boy. Though primarily a love story, it also looks into the issue of the mujra houses that are dying a slow death in today’s competitive world of high rises and corruption. There was a time when areas like Mumbai Central and Nagpada were known for kothewallis and their kothas. In fact, I have seen life closely in those areas when I used to be there a decade ago. I met eunuchs too. It has now inspired me to write the script.”
Besides Manjrekar, Rajjo also stars Prakash Raj, Jaya Prada, Paras Arora, Tanushree Chakraborty, Dalip Tahil and Swati Chitnis. Also on board are music director Uttam Singh and ace cinematographer Binod Pradhan. Four Pillars International Pvt Ltd are the producers of the film.

“SKYFALL™” PRODUCERS CONFIRM BEN WHISHAW TO PLAY Q


007 GETS HIS QUARTERMASTER: “SKYFALL™” PRODUCERS CONFIRM BEN WHISHAW TO PLAY Q

CULVER CITY, Calif., July 12, 2012 – Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, producers of SKYFALL™, the 23rd James Bond adventure, confirmed today that the character of Q will be making a welcome return to the Bond franchise and the role will be played by Ben Whishaw.
Whishaw becomes the fourth actor to play Bond’s quartermaster affectionately known as Q. The role began with Peter Burton as Major Boothroyd in Dr. No, followed by Desmond Llewelyn (in 17 Bond films between 1963-1999), and John Cleese (who appeared as Q’s assistant, R, in The World is Not Enough and was later promoted to Q in Die Another Day).
Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli commented, “It’s a real thrill to confirm the return of Q in SKYFALL™ played by the enormously talented Ben Whishaw. We are delighted to have this beloved character back in the series.”
Daniel Craig is back as Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007 in SKYFALL™, the 23rd adventure in the longest-running film franchise of all time. In SKYFALL™, Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. The film is from Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment. Directed by Sam Mendes. Produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. Written by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and John Logan.
BEN WHISHAW will be seen later this year in Cloud Atlas alongside an all-star cast including Tom Hanks, Jim Sturgess and Halle Berry, and in the BBC’s “Richard II.” He will also be seen in the second series of “The Hour” for the BBC, in which he stars opposite Dominic West and Romola Garai. His films include roles in Bright Star, The Tempest, Brideshead Revisited, I’m Not There, Stoned, Layer Cake, Enduring Love, The Trench, Mauvaise Passé, and the lead roles in My Brother Tom and Perfume opposite Alan Rickman and Dustin Hoffman. For television, he also starred in the hugely popular BBC drama “Criminal Justice,” which saw him pick up the award for best actor at the 2009 Royal Television Society Awards, Best Actor at the International Emmy Awards 2009 and was nominated for Best Actor at the 2009 BAFTA Television Awards. His many roles on the British stage include “The Idiot,” “Cock”, “The Seagull,” “Hamlet” (for which he received an Olivier nomination), and “His Dark Materials.” He will appear in Michael Grandage’s production of “Peter and Alice” in the title role opposite Judi Dench in 2013. He was a BAFTA Rising Star nominee in 2007.

About Albert R. Broccoli’s Eon Productions

EON Productions Limited and Danjaq LLC are wholly owned and controlled by the Broccoli/Wilson family. Danjaq is the US based company that co-owns, with MGM, the copyright in the existing James Bond films and controls the right to produce future James Bond films as well as all worldwide merchandising. EON Productions, an affiliate of Danjaq, is the UK based production company which makes the James Bond films. The 007 franchise is the longest running in film history with twenty-two films produced since 1962. Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli took over the franchise from Albert R ‘Cubby’ Broccoli in 1995 and have produced some of the most successful Bond films ever including Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. They are currently producing the 23rd film, SKYFALL™. About Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. is actively engaged in the worldwide production and distribution of motion pictures, television programming, home video, interactive media, music, and licensed merchandise. The company owns one of the world’s largest library of modern films, comprising approximately 4,000 titles. Operating units include Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc., United Artists Films Inc., MGM Television Entertainment Inc., MGM Networks Inc., MGM Distribution Co., MGM International Television Distribution Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Home Entertainment LLC, and MGM Music. In addition, MGM has ownership interests in domestic and international TV channels reaching over 130 countries. For more information, visit www.mgm.com.

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 and distribution; television production and distribution; home entertainment acquisition and distribution; a global channel network; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of entertainment in more than 159 countries. For additional information, go to http://www.sonypictures.com/

WOMEN DEVELOPMENT MINISTER UNVEILS INDIA’S FIRST MOBILE VIDEO CHANNEL FOR WOMEN


WOMEN DEVELOPMENT MINISTER UNVEILS INDIA’S FIRST MOBILE VIDEO CHANNEL FOR WOMEN

Vuclip launches Mira! – India’s first mobile video portal – catering to a woman’s needs such as health, beauty, parenting, cookery, career and entertainment all within the comfort of her handset, anywhere, anytime
Vuclip survey shows that out of nearly 13000 Indian women respondents, 60% use handsets as a primary source of entertainment, while 80% reported steady increase in their time spent on mobile-viewing
New Delhi, July 11, 2012: Vuclip, the world’s largest independent mobile video destination, today launched India’s first mobile portal, Mira!, designed to appeal to the new age women who are independent, tech savvy and full of life. Mira! draws quality content from almost 30 leading content providers in India and globally to offer free access to the best videos that cater to a woman’s needs, all within the comfort of her own mobile handset, anywhere, anytime. It features video content relating to health, beauty, fashion and style tips, parenting, cooking recipes, career, entertainment, celeb-speak, astrology and more. This women’s mobile video channel can be accessed from virtually any internet-enabled mobile phone from a range of over 5500 different handsets including the most basic feature phones to sophisticated smart phones.
Launching the first mobile video channel for women, Mira!, Chief Guest Prof. Kiran Walia, Women Development Minister for India’s national capital territory of Delhi, said, “Mobile phones are emerging as an economical tool for accelerating mass-scale development of women. These days, mobile offers a very affordable and easy to use means to even access internet as compared to computer and other devices, and can be used by a much larger section of women in the society. Studies show that the mobile phone has helped women feel safer, more independent and connected, and has opened new professional avenues and income sources for women. As India’s first mobile video channel for women, I hope that this initiative will help boost mobile adoption among women, and will encourage the creation of more women-oriented mobile content.” A report by the Cherie Blair Foundation and GSMA Development Fund on the mobile phone gender gap in low and middle-income countries had found that mobile penetration among women in India is only about 28% as compared to 40% among men.
Vuclip also unveiled the findings of its global survey in which almost 40,000 women users participated from 176 countries, including nearly 13,000 women from India. Conducted over just five days, the survey found that besides voice and text, 60% of Indian women respondents use their handsets as a primary source of entertainment. As many as 80% of the respondents reported steady increase in their time spent on mobile-viewing. Besides movies and music, Indian women also loved watching TV soaps, cute/funny videos, sports, home and lifestyle, news, celeb gossip and amazing/whacky videos on their mobile. Women aged 18-35 years comprised 65% of the Indian respondents, while 24% were under 18 years and another 11% were over 36 years. Commenting on the survey findings, Meera Chopra, Vuclip’s Vice President Advertising in India, said, “Even as the adoption of mobile among women grows in India, it is encouraging to note that mobile is already becoming a woman’s preferred source for content. While 37% women from India reported that they spend more than one hour daily on TV, print or radio media, a close 32% women reported that they spend over an hour to access mobile content every day.” Added Meera, “Currently, women constitute only 14% of the total 11 million users on Vuclip in India. We hope that by the end of this year, Mira! will help Vuclip double its existing 1.54 million women users in India. Already, Mira! provides you access to thousands of videos on yoga, aerobics and fitness, fashion and style, hobbies and pets, food and cookery, Bollywood, popular TV shows, animated stories, cartoons and rhymes for children, as well as devotional and astrology related content all on your personal mobile screen.” Vuclip’s Global Vice President for Marketing, Judith Coley, said, “In contrast to the developed countries, internet in the developing world is arriving on phones before even traditional computers. About 59% of internet users in India get online only via mobile phones. We hope that Mira! will help spark a revolution in the way women’s mobile content is perceived – by content providers, brands, and women themselves. Cisco predicts that mobile video will increase 25-fold to account for over 70 percent of total mobile data traffic between 2011 and 2016. As the world’s leading independent mobile video destination, Vuclip is uniquely positioned to help usher in mobile adoption among women through enriching mobile content. Vuclip thinks women are wonderful and is honored to be able to bring them the best of web video for their entertainment snack.” Elaborating on the name and the philosophy of Mira!, Judith said, “‘Mira!’ in Latin is the root word for ‘wonderful’, while in Spanish, ‘Mira!’ means ‘look’. Mira! is also the name of a bright star. The Mira! Woman is busy, engaged, radiant and full of life. She wants to make the most of every moment, and when she takes a break, she turns to her mobile phone for entertainment, news and tips. Meaning prosperity in Sanskrit, ‘Mira!’ defines the woman who yearns for the vast expanse of global knowledge and information to enhance her life and livelihood. Mira! reminds us that like a mirror, it's important to take time out to reflect, relax and enjoy.” The launch was attended by well-known women leaders from different walks of life who exemplified the everyday extraordinary Mira! woman: · Anisha Subandh, Certified Yoga Instructor from Chennai (Onkar yoga), said, “I access mobile videos often, and can imagine why it has grown into such a rage globally. When Vuclip team invited me for this launch, I was delighted to learn that over 1.1 Crore users in India are already accessing mobile videos on Vuclip actively. Earlier, I had been using it for self learning and reference, but now thanks to Mira!, I think I will be able to take my yoga classes to mobile phones to reach a wider global audience where my students can practice it even in the comfort of their home or while traveling.” · Rupal Sancheti, noted event planner from Gurgaon, says, “Work pressures often tend to bog you down. It is at times like this when one really needs to take a quick break, some kind of an entertainment snack which can pep you up and help you de-stress. Watching a short fun video clip or health/ parenting tips or gossip about my favorite celeb should do the trick. Thanks Vuclip for giving me Mira!”

Additional Resources · To watch videos on any mobile device worldwide, go to http://m.vuclip.com · To watch videos clips on Mira! on any mobile device worldwide, go to http://mira.vuclip.com · To view Vuclip’s most recent Global Video Insights report, a monthly overview of global mobile video trends, please visit: http://www.vuclip.com/101-global-insights/

About Vuclip For millions of people around the world, Vuclip is an essential part of their daily lives. Vuclip serves video on-the-fly, on any device, and in any country, providing unparalleled reach for its partners. Every day Vuclip delivers more than 20 million videos to consumers in over 200 countries. Vuclip is headquartered in Milpitas, California with offices in Los Angeles, New Delhi, Mumbai, Singapore, Shenzhen and Beijing. Check out Vuclip on your phone: m.vuclip.com.

Total recall- a Reboot


TOTAL RECALL

For the entertainment of the audience once again the action packed sci-fi thriller Total Recall is back. The Sony pictures movie which releases on 3rd August worldwide stars Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel and Colin Farrell. The film is inspired and based on author Philip K Dick’s short story “We can remember it for you Wholesale.” The film is not only action thriller but is also inspired by truth. Total recall will be the remake of the old “Total recall” which was released in 1990 with Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger in the lead and was directed by Paul Verhoeven. What was so special in this film and the short story “We can remember it for you Wholesale” that producer Neal Moritz and Toby Jaffe decided to remake the film? What will be the unique selling point of this film of Director Len Wisemen? The answer to these questions lies way ahead in time. The movie releases on 3rd August.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD – Releasing this July


SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD – Releasing this July

Releasing :THIS JULY
Plot:
An asteroid named "Matilda" is on a collision course towards Earth and in three weeks the world will come to an absolute end. What would you do if your life and the world were doomed? One man decides to spend his time searching for his long lost love from high school during the coming catastrophe.
Director: Lorene Scafaria
Genres: Comedy | Drama | Romance
Writers: Lorene Scafaria

Stars: Steve Carell, Keira Knightley and Melanie Lynskey

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN SWINGS INTO INDIAN HISTORY WITH BIGGEST HOLLYWOOD OPENING OF ALL TIME


THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN SWINGS INTO INDIAN HISTORY WITH BIGGEST HOLLYWOOD OPENING OF ALL TIME ~ Takes in 34 cr at the Indian Box Office ~ The Amazing Spider-Man posted the highest opening in history for a Hollywood film in India, setting several records and, once again, comprehensively consolidating Spider-Man’s position as India’s favourite superhero by far. The film grossed approximately INR 34 crore (approx. USD 6m) in its three day opening weekend starting 29 June with a final tally of 1236 prints in four languages – English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu and in 3D, 2D and IMAX formats. The film also posted record-breaking highs for each day – Friday, Saturday and Sunday respectively. Kercy Daruwala, Managing Director, Sony Pictures India said – “Spider-Man is the most consistently successful movie franchise in India and it’s great to see that five years since the last movie, and with a whole new cast and storyline, the franchise is going from strength to strength. What’s important to note is that a significant part of the box office has come from smaller centres as we have leveraged our strength in distributing and marketing this film across the country.” The film also got rave reviews with some critics calling it the best Spider-Man film yet. “Houseful boards across the country this past weekend have meant that many people have not had a chance to see the film yet. That, along with great reviews and word of mouth, leads us to expect to continue this performance over the weeks to come,” said Daruwala. A sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has already been announced for release in May 2014. Meanwhile, still to come in an exciting summer for Sony Pictures is a remake of the 1991 blockbuster Total Recall with Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel releasing worldwide on 3 August.