ZEE5 launches Marathi original web series ‘Liftman’

ZEE5, India’s largest and most comprehensive digital entertainment platform for language content today released Liftman, its Marathi situational comedy web series from their Originals collection. With Bhalchandra (Bhau) Kadam of Chala Hawa Yeu Dya fame in the titular role, the series that launched today promises a laugh-riot delivered in unique Bhau style.

Shot almost entirely in the lift, the series introduces a range of different personalities who encounter Bhau and his quirky sense of humour on their ‘journey’ up and down. To add to that, can you imagine a situation where the lift breaks down and you are stuck inside with him? With Bhau’s comic timing, expect a roaringly hilarious time.

Widely lauded for his coming roles he has played thus far, Bhau Kadam is a hot favourite among those who count humour among their preferred genres. Liftman uses a relatable setting to delve deeper into the psyche of people and showcase how different people react to situations.

Commenting on the show launch, Bhalchandra (Bhau) Kadam said, “The concept of Liftman is such a phenomenal one and I am thrilled about the new avenues of media such as ZEE5 that naturally render themselves to such innovative formats. This series marks my web debut in a titular role, and I couldn’t have chosen a better concept for the same. With smartphones becoming such a common feature, entertainment options with the audience is gradually changing. Today, literally everything is at one’s fingertips – and in such cases how can one be left behind?”

Manish Aggarwal, Business Head – ZEE5 India commented, “The Marathi-speaking audience has an evolved sense of entertainment as may be evident from our rich heritage of theatre and cinema. With humour on the go, rich concept, relatable characters, and well-known artists from the space – Liftman has it all. Bhau Kadam in many ways is synonymous with comedy today in the Marathi industry, and I am glad that he chose to play the Liftman in our short 8-10 minute snackable comedy web series.”

Having launched on 26th July, Liftman is a web series of 10 episodes running in a short duration of 8-10 minutes taking the audience on a humorous lift ride of one liners & jokes.

Surprise party organised for Smita Gondkar

Smita Gondkar was the clear fan favourite as well as host Mahesh Manjrekar’s favorite in the show. Thanks to her non- bitchy & genuine self, the actor won hearts. Post the finale on Sunday night, Smita’s social media exploded with her fans & well wishers praising her successful stint in Bigg Boss Marathi. While few were dishearten to see her as the second runner’s up, others wished her luck for her future.

Smita Gondkar says, “To all my supporters & fans, I just came out of Bigg Boss House & stunned to see your love. Thanking all of you from the bottom of my heart.”

Gurmeet Choudhary, Deepshikha Nagpal, Ajaz Khan, Siddharth Jadhav, Dj Sheizwood, Saru Maini, Vikas Kalantri, Priyanka Kalantri, Romanch Metha, Prashant Virender Sharma, Saurav Panday, Dr Sharmila Nayak, Mitaali Nag, Basannt Rasiwasia, Aneel Murarka along with Bigg Boss Marathi Contestants Resham Tipnis, Sushant Shelar, Bhushan Kadu, Sai Lokur, Rutuja Dharmadhikari, Usha Nadkarni, Nandkishor Chougule, Harshada Khanvilkar, Aarti Solanki, Vinit Bonde, Anil Thatte, Sharmishtha Raut, Tyagraj Khadilkar celebrated the evening.

“Bajne do Shehnai….yaar” will be loved by today’s generation: Lalit Parimoo

The first show of the new play “Bajne do Shehnai…Yaar” by the theatre drama artist Lalit Parimoo had been houseful and many artist were present at the first show. In association with clap center, Natsamaj is presenting a new, humorous play “Bajne do Shehnai….yaar” which was launched at Clap Centre, Malad, written and directed by Lalit Parimoo.

Avinash Kuri, Sandeep Jain, Tripti Bajoria, Mahima Sogani, Geeta Agarwal, K Saagar are in the leads. The sets and lights are handled by Amit Srivastav. The music is given by Prem Kumar, Rahul Srivatsav and Siddharth Ranjan. Shashank Prajapati is managing the stage and backstage by Shashank Prajapati and Sharad Bisnoi and Siddharth Ranjan.B N Vishwakarma is the poster designer and Bhupali Tambloli is the producer.

The play is based on the story of an orthodox family where the parents are traditional and unable to cope up with the new changes whereas the children are opposite to their parents. This creates funny situations where both the generations seem to remain alien to one another.

The story begins with, Hansal leaving the parents’ home to live with his elder brother Mayank, which creates a stir in the family. Mayank encourages his younger brother to shed his virginity and enjoy life as an epicurean with food, girls, night life and no responsibility.

Mayank, who is a womanizer, after heartbreak with one of his girls, develops a deeper emotions and feelings for her and decided to marry the girl and becomes more responsible as a professional. Meanwhile the younger one blossoms into a playboy, imitating the elder one and has learnt dating, dancing, drinking and became irresponsible. This creates a new, interesting and humorous clash between the brothers as both have changed and are about to lead new lives.

On this occasion, writer’s director Lalit Parimoo said that the story is based on today’s social environment, wherein a metro city, the live-in relationship is augmented. Its the satire on the carelessness of freedom of today’s youth. All the artists are very happy and before the show Friends and companions were a very enthusiast for the show and hope to be staged in the nation as well as the whole world.

Sachin Gupta’s Pakhi, thriller drama brings a new take on child trafficking

After the massive success of the short film- Pihu, National Award winning Writer-Director Sachin Gupta is back with a feature film, Pakhi which is all set to release this August. The film’s music was launched recently and received great reviews from all across the world. On the occasion, Sumit Kant Kaul, Anamika Shukla, the lead actors in the film with director Sachin Gupta, singer Prateeksha Srivastava and Music Composer Shivang Mathur were present in the presence of the media fraternity.

The film Pakhi is the story of a 10-year old girl who is about to get married and is trapped in the world of web trafficking. While the subject of prostitution and child trafficking stays a matter of concern, the film aims to address what goes on behind the cruel business which sees the highest violations of agency, freedom, and esteem. For instance, the pre-puberty treatments that the women are subjected to for the flesh trade to flourish.

Pakhi is based on true events and is all set to rejig the cinematic perspectives with a plot which explores the depth of societal distress and the value of human lives. Pakhi, a social crime drama discusses the dark world of child trafficking which is plaguing our society at large with a completely fresh perspective. Set in the times of a natural conflict for existence, it explores and exposes the dark realities behind the world of human trafficking. With estimated 27 million adults and 13 million children around the world who are victims of human trafficking, “Pakhi” becomes a subject that records the highest violations and yet a subject, so obvious a subject talked about. With the refreshing plot of conflict, survival, and triumph over the circumstances, “Pakhi” is set to bring the society close to a mirror they cannot escape without introspecting.

When Sachin Gupta is asked about his work he said, “Let the force be with you. We all are Pakhi and responsible for the creation of ‘her’- #IAmPakhi”. Sachin Gupta, a National award ‘Natya Bhushan’ winning Indian film-maker and writer has directed “Pakhi” with his vision of meaningful and societal retrospective cinema. Sachin is known for his work in the field of theatre, having 14 original plays and 4 screenplays to his credit. He made his directorial debut with the critically acclaimed Paranthe Wali Gali (2014) which he produced under his production banner, Chilsag Pictures, a production house he established in 2012.

Expressing his opinion on the matter, Sachin Gupta said, “When even after 73 years of Independence we are witnessing social practices like a girl getting married off at a tender age and pushed into the cycle of flesh trade, where is this freedom or where is it leading us? When there is the right to life for the children of free India, where are we standing as moral humans? It is time we talk about what the trade encompasses when lives of women are branded. This film talks a sincere effort towards it”. At the conference, Gupta also discussed about running a campaign #IAmPakhi on social media that will highlight the issue and this Independence Day, it could be a step to free the Pakhi that we all are passively responsible for.

Chilsag Entertainment Network is an Indian Media and Entertainment company headquartered in New Delhi, India, active in all aspects of the entertainment industry with a focus on Film, Education, and Theatre. Chilsag operates a diversified portfolio in the world of cinema and performing arts with a library of 18 Original Plays, Eight Feature films and Hundreds of short films and web episodes to its credit.

Nikita Rawal celebrated her birthday with Street kids of Prayas Foundation

Nikita Rawal who is a known model and actress in Bollywood celebrated her birthday with street kids of Prayas Foundation at Goregaon, Mumbai. She distributed notebooks to kids. She also runs Aastha Foundation which looks after food and education of poor kids. She is supported by her mother Sonali, sister Aastha, Aarti and Priya in social work. Nikita is a great dancer and done more than 500 shows and twenty music videos and also worked in more than ten Hindi films and one Telegu film.

Prayas Foundation has 450 students studying in their street school .All these children come from various slums from Malad, Goregaon and Jogeshwari.The school is run by volunteer.

Richa Chadha meets the real Shakeela ahead of the film’s shoot

Actress Richa Chadha is all geared up to play the role of a popular adult film star from the south Shakeela Khan. Best known for her adult films, Shakeela became a rage overnight after her first mainstream film Playgirls in which she acted alongside Silk Smitha. One of the most popular names in the south even today, Shakeela has a story that makes for a compelling celluloid tale for the audience to watch. She rose to stardom after Silk Smitha, grabbing every producer and director’s attention in the Southern film industries also becoming the first female actor in Malayalam cinema to gain such popularity back when it was a largely male-dominated business.

Richa, who is known for doing experimental roles and roles which are defying, was the ultimate choice for the filmmakers of the Shakeela Khan biopic to play the titular role. She recently met Shakeela in Bangalore for the first time for an official meet and greets session. Both the real and reel Shakeela spent a great deal of time together and had a great time bonding understanding each other. Shakeela shared anecdotes from her early days and her long career, giving the Fukrey actress all the details she would need to play the part to perfection.

The film is being currently shot in Thirthahalli a small village in Karnataka where there is fluctuating mobile network and no proper electricity supply, but Richa took the situation in her own stride positively and without complaints, she doing her job to the best. Shakeela Khan is been directed by Indrajit Lankesh, and it is slated for release in mid-2019.

Fans Start A Petition on Change.Org Demanding Season 4 of the Iconic Kaisi Yeh Yaariyan on VOOT

Of the fans and for the fans, Kaisi Yeh Yaariyan is one of the few young romances that has enjoyed a phenomenal fandom across the country. MaNan and their “forever hamesha” love story left the viewers enthralled in its 3rd season as a VOOT Original and the fans have now taken their love for the show to a whole new level by signing a petition on Change.Org. This petition demands the release of its subsequent 4thSeason on VOOT with on screen couple – Parth Samthaan and Niti Taylor.

We reached out to the duo on this petition and here’s what they had to say. “I think this is a really sweet gesture by our fans and I am grateful for all the love and support they shower on us with each edition of the show” – said Parth.

Niti also commented saying, “The adulation we receive from our fans astounds me; I am thankful for all the times that they write to us and I am elated to hear that they want to know more about MaNan; this just inspires me to do better work.”

Kaisi Yeh Yaariyan received unparalleled response on VOOT for its 3rd season; what remains to be seen is whether the makers will now look at a Season 4!

Saurabh Shetye covers Ed Sheeran’s famous ‘Perfect’ and surprises his fans on YouTube

Saurabh – Durgesh is a music directing duo composed of Saurabh Shetye & Durgesh Khot who’ve been the voice and mind behind multiple successful songs. Recently the duo worked on the promotional song of the sport-centric movie, Monsoon Football. Post which they also composed the music for the south Icon Vijay Deverakonda’s music video. The duo also won the ‘Best Upcoming Music Composers of the year’ in Mirchi Music Awards for Anaan. In the midst of building the masterpiece, Saurabh Shetye recently dropped a jaw-dropping cover on his YouTube channel of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Perfect’. The audience who’ve been following Ed Sheeran for quite a while have been gaga over this cover for the perfect music and song coordination.

Despite the multiple projects that the duo work on, they never miss a chance to work up the vocal chords and keep surprising their fans with their potential and par talent. The video has received multiple likes and comments and as the surfers continue to watch the video the appreciation continues to fall in. The name of his channel being ‘Saurabh Shetye’, he has posted multiple covers in the past including the top chartered ‘Despacito’, Isn’t he a package now?

G77 Club & Kitchen launch with celebrities galore

GoldFinch Hotel located at Andheri East, Mumbai launched a new club G 77 Club & Kitchen. It featured TV actor Ali Merchant as the DJ for the night. With its quirky interiors, the lounge is a visual retreat.

Present at the event were celebrities like Shafaq Naaz, Shardul Pandit, Tanya Abrol, Jyotsna Chandola, Krip Suri, Akash Choudhary, Alok Narula, Mukul Harish, Soni Singh, etc.

The event was managed by Milagro, the company that manages various pubs and lounges across the city, started by Producer and Celebrity Manager, Santosh Gupta of Pinnacle Celebrity Management with partners Ali Merchant and Sakshi Jhala.

Zee TV to present Yeh Teri Galiyaan, a thought-provoking concept

Even today, a person’s background is often given more importance by society than their ambitions, abilities and accomplishments in life. Time for a change? Zee TV’s next fiction offering attempts to question this pattern and prods all of us to re-think how we judge people. In sync with its core philosophy Aaj Likhenge Kal and its endeavor to showcase stories depicting the spirit of the Indian middle class rising above their circumstances and re-writing their destiny, Zee TV is all set to launch a stimulating love story, Yeh Teri Galiyaan. Produced by Cinevistaas, the show will go on-air from 25th July 2018 at 7 PM on Zee TV, bringing viewers the story of two innocent children Shantanu and Puchki being raised in Kolkata’s red-light district of Sonagachi. A beautiful friendship commences only to be forcefully separated by destiny. While the boy is raised away from Sonagachi and studies abroad, the girl grows up in the red light district and becomes a dance teacher for kids at an NGO. Will they, as adults, ever be able to unite as lovers or will the societal pressure of ‘background’ and ‘upbringing’ pose a hurdle in their path? The biggest love story of the year, Yeh Teri Galiyaan delivers a strong message about equal opportunities for commercial sex workers, or anyone for that matter, to rise beyond their reality, to envision and work towards a better future and be accorded dignity and respect. After all, it is the ‘route’ you choose and not your ‘roots’ that should matter!

Deepak Rajadhyaksha, Deputy Business Head, Zee TV said “While judging others cannot ever be entirely eliminated, it is the manner in which we evaluate people and form opinions about them that can do with a re-think. Our next fiction offering Yeh Teri Galiyaan will prod our viewers into looking past someone’s background and respecting them, instead, for their aspirations and achievements as an individual. Packed with elements like adorable childhood friendships, separations, love, self-respect, betrayals, social stigma, pride and prestige, the show has all the drama to be a complete entertainer in the early primetime slot. With a strong line-up that makes us the undisputed slot leaders from 9 PM to 11 PM, we are hopeful that this intense drama will further strengthen our early primetime. As a robust launch pad to the show, we have innovated and conceptualised a week-long Saawan Mahotsav on our immensely popular Kumkum Bhagya starting a day prior to the launch of Yeh Teri Galiyaan and the show’s promos, disruptive pop-up astons, integrated bumpers and cast integrations across our non fiction properties have grabbed eye-balls and ensured pre-buzz for the show. ”

Producer Sunil Mehta from Cinevistaas said, “With Yeh Teri Galiyan, the point we wish to make is – It doesn’t matter where you’re from, what counts more is where you’re headed. The show starts with an endearing childhood friendship set in a red light district. Then a betrayal and separation result in the boy being raised in a more ‘respectable’ environment while the girl continues to grow up right there and becomes an NGO dance teacher. Even though its perfectly dignified to be a dance teacher, the show will explore how her background will pose obstacles in the path of her relationship with the boy. The concept and the world in which the show is set has not been attempted so far on television. We are confident that this show will strike a chord with the audience and bring about a change in people’s attitude and mindsets. We have had the privilege to associate with Zee TV in the past and we hope to strengthen our association with the channel through this new offering.”

The show features actors Vrushika Mehta (as Puchki) and Manish Goplani (as Shantanu) in lead roles. Shantanu is a suave, London-returned young man who is rather serious and introverted as a person. The separation from his own mother who wanted him to have a life beyond Sonagachi has left him with a negative mental association with anyone from the area, including his childhood best friend Puchki. Otherwise, he is a benevolent gentleman who wears his heart on his sleeve and does not get influenced or pressurized by the views of society. As a dear childhood friend, Shantanu meant the world to Puchki so when he leaves Sonagachi, Puchki’s life comes to a standstill. However, being a confident girl who is extremely optimistic about her future, Puchki grows up to be a dance teacher to kids of an NGO. As the story unfolds, Shantanu-Puchki’s love story will be engulfed by the shadow of their past, their background, the perceived difference in their upbringing, leading to a lot of drama in the show.

Talking about his character, Manish Goplani said, “This is my second show with Zee TV and I’m extremely excited to work with the channel once again. I’m essaying the character of Shantanu on the show. Born in the red light district of Kolkata, he is taken away from that milieu in his childhood and raised in a more traditionally acceptable, ‘respectable’ environment. He is obedient to his mother and dreams to become a big man to provide her security and comfort in life. For an actor, it is imperative to keep experimenting and reinventing their own selves through varied roles and I intend to do that with Yeh Teri Galiyan, which is quite different from my previous outing Detective Didi which saw me as a cop and entailed a lot of action. The unusual, thought-provoking storyline sets it apart from other fiction shows on TV right now. The last show that I did on Zee TV was more action-packed while this one is an intense love story. Eagerly waiting for our show to hit the TV screens.

Talking about her character, Vrushika Mehta said, “Puchki is a girl who’s risen beyond her roots and is on a path of achievements and realizing her dreams. Not only is the characterization interesting but also the core premise of the show that conveys a very strong and positive message of equal opportunity for all, irrespective of one’s background. I am very fond of dancing and Puchki will be seen as a dance tutor on this show. It makes me even happier as dance helps me express my feelings. I hope that the viewers like me in this new avatar and support me on this new journey I’m venturing into.”

Talking about her character, Renee Dhyani said, “The name of my character is Beauty and as the name suggests, she is a good-looking girl with shades of dark grey, who resides in the red-light district of Kolkata. She is a pompous individual who thinks that the world revolves around her. Although the role that I’m playing is negative, the character traits make her very colorful and fascinating at the same time. This is my first outing with Zee TV and I am really excited to be a part of a show like Yeh Teri Galiyaan that delivers such a strong message about love, humanity and success.”

To find out if Puchki and Shantanu be able to unite as lovers or will societal shackles of background pose obstacles in their path?tune in to Yeh Teri Galiyaan every Monday to Friday at7:00 PM only on Zee TV!