Film Director Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri shifts base to Goa

Few hours away from the tinsel town, Goa has often proved to be a creative haven for writers and directors to jam on their scripts. Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri who is basking in the glory of a monstrous hit- The Tashkent Files which is dubbed as one of the most profitable films of 2019, has bagged a book deal on the film. The director is en route Goa to pen his tryst with the subject- getting it off the ground to the cash registers ringing.

Known for his disruptive ideas both on making and marketing, the IIMC (Delhi) graduate closed a plum deal with Bloomsbury publishing on his journey with The Tashkent Files and the author-director intends to lock himself down in the quiet and scenic locales of Goa to see the book through. A chunk of the content of this book will utilize the realms of unused research material from the film, dotted with Agnihotri’s personal struggle to get a subject as volatile as this off the ground and turning it to gold.

Speaking on the book around The Tashkent Files, author- director, Vivek  Ranjan Agnihotri stated, “Mumbai is very distracting. There is too much of ambient noise and visual clutter. I’m finding it difficult to sit still and work on the heap of content that I have to sift through. I have commenced my research work on The Kashmir Files too but this book really needs undivided attention- hence Goa. Need to go incommunicado for a few days”.

Agnihotri made his debut as an author with The Urban Naxals – a riveting saga of a filmmaker’s struggle and conviction, the behind the scenes story of the making of an award winning film- Buddha in a Traffic Jam. The director turned author travelled half the world with The Urban Naxals, garnering rave response. It went onto becoming a bestseller and No.1 ranking title under Political Ideologies on Amazon. The book on The Tashkent Files will be Angihotri’s second outing as an author.

Here’s whishing Vivek loads of luck on his Goa sojourn !

SHASN creates buzz over social media!

The newest board game in town SHASN by filmmaker Anand Gandhi and Zain Memon has taken the gaming world by storm and created a sensation of sorts by closing 80 percent of their kick starter goal within 24-hours of the launch. Never in the history of gaming or board games has a Made-in-India game generated so much buzz as SHASN.

With so many celebrities and media influencers chiming in for this very addictive game, SHASN is indeed changing the narrative of how the average layperson views Indian politics. The very USP of this game lies in its immersive power of persuasion and political simulation. It is forcing players to look at Indian politics and how elections are conducted with its juggernaut focus to retain power.

Shekhar Kapur tweeted about this mesmerizing game with fair warning to the players, “Don’t try it. Unless you’re willing to be addicted. Unless…you are willing to let #Shasn take over your life.”(sic) Former Rajya Sabha MP and National Spokesperson of the Janata Dal(United) tweeted the kick start launch.

The Indian Board game sector has not experienced the kind of sensation that SHASN has generated across the gaming world in such a short span of time with popular media influencers taking to their Instagram stories and Twitter to post about SHASN and how it has changed the way we see Indian Politics. Stand-up comedian Abish Mathew took to his Instagram stories to talk about SHASN and stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra who is very vocal and critical with his political opinion tweeted about SHASN this morning, “Being political has never been so much fun. Playing Shasn gives you a taste of the real world politics.”

Faraz and Amaira come closer on set of web series Ishq Aaj Kal streaming on Zee 5

Ishq Aaj Kal characters Faraz and Amaira played by Paras Kalnawat and Shagun Jaiswal come closer on sets. Reel life begins a love affair between them. Naughty, childish Paras Kalnawat have also laughed and shared a mutual liking for cute and bubbly Shagun Jaiswal on sets of Ishq Aaj Kal.

The cast and crew have become more of a family. Producers Dheeraj Kumar, Zuby Kochhar and Sunil Gupta of Creative Eye Ltd are proud to be associated with Zee 5 for first of its kind Web Series which is a spin off from their path breaking serial Ishq Subhan Allah.

Singer Samson Mukesh’s voice in the latest music video ‘Kareeb Kareeb’

On 15th July 2019, at Red Bulb Studios the musical launch of ‘Kareeb Kareeb’ was held in the presence of the music composer and lyricist of the album, Kumarjeet Sarkar hitting the right chord with his new romantic album.

To tune-in to the musical evening, The King of comedy, Johnny Lever was seen making his special appearance as the chief guest. His comical nuances took the complete vibe all together to a new level. Ehsaan Qureshi, Arvind Kumar, Neelu Vaghela, Sudesh Bhosale, Pakhhi Hagde, Dilip Sen and many more joined him. Azhar Khan, Greeva Kansara and Raj Survade are the featured star-casts in the Music video.

The overall crowd along with the media journalists experienced the groovy vibe throughout the musical launch of ‘Kareeb Kareeb’ where people were seen humming along with the music and enjoying themselves.

The album is produced and sung by Samson Mukesh, directed by Amaan Khan (Raju). Music & Lyrics by Jiban Krishna Sarkar, Choreographed by Shabana Khan, Edited by Sajjal Ray, DOP by Hitesh Beldar, Line Produced by K R Krishnan & Veer Mahender Teotia .The music album is released under the label of Ultra music by Darshan Chhotani.

Sanjay Dutt releases trailer of BABA, his first production of a Marathi film

The Marathi and Hindi Film Industry is excited about BABA, the first Marathi film being produced by Sanjay Dutt and his wife Maanayata Dutt. The first trailer of the film was released by none other than Sanjay Dutt in the presence of entire cast and crew of the film. The trailer has further increased the curiosity about the film as it gives the glimpse of the story and hints at the twists and turns BABA has to offer.

The first trailer of the film was released, on the auspicious occasion of Guru Purnima, on Tuesday, July 16 at PVR Cinemas Juhu by Sanjay Dutt in the presence of actors Deepak Dobriyal, Nandita Patkar, Spruha Joshi, Abhijeet Khandkekar, Chittaranjan Giri, Jaywant Wadkar, Shailesh Datar,Jayant Gadekar, child artist Aaryan Menghji and entire cast & crew of film.  Director Raj R Gupta, producers Maanayata Dutt & Ashok Subhedar too were present on the occasion.

BABA is co-produced under their banner Sanjay S Dutt Productions, with Ashok and Aarti Subhedar of Blue Mustang Creations. The Poster had Created a lot of Buzz around the Movie and the Teaser has already gone Viral given the content and the star cast. The first most awaited song from the film, ‘Adgula Madgula’ released last week has been well received by audience and has been making rounds on social media. The glimpses of the film brought forward in bits and pieces have further induced the curiosity about the film. The trailer released on Tuesday reinforced the fact that the film has its own class.

From the trailer this looks story of a unique & poor couple staying far away from a bustling village.By grace, their world is silent yet they are very happy and contended. They have an eight year old adorable son who also does not speak. One day a high profile couple comes to their home to take the boy away from them. Local police intervenes and advises them to seek legal claim through court if they so believe. Through the ups and downs of legal battle and his personal challenges, does a father’s love succeed in retaining his beloved child or not is the story of the film “BABA”. Slated to release on 2nd August, audience will have to wait and see this beautifully shot film in picturesque Konkan.

The film is directed by Raj R Gupta and produced by Sanjay S Dutt Productions & Blue Mustang Creations.

Sanjay Dutt had announced the film on his twitter handle a few weeks ago. In a spree of tweets, he had expressed his feelings about the film over his twitter handle. He has said, “Dedicating our first Marathi Film BABA to the Person who remained Steadfast in my life through everything! Love you Dad! Our first song is out now. Catch the fun bond between father and son from our song Adgula Madgula.”

Maanayata Dutt too had tweeted saying, “Dedicating our 1st Marathi Film BABA to the one and Only Sunil Dutt Sahab, whose rock solid support always enhanced our Confidence!” While expressing about the song, she had tweeted, “Here is our 1st song Adgula Madgula, one of my favorite songs of the film…out now.”

“BABA” features Tanu Weds Manu fame actor Deepak Dobriyal in his very first Marathi film, along with Nandita Patkar. Spruha Joshi, Abhijeet Khandkekar, Chittaranjan Giri,Jaywant Wadkar, Shailesh Datar,Jayant Gadekar, child artist Aaryan Menghji.

The film is directed by Raj R Gupta, Director of DHAGHA, a Marathi short film released on Zee 5.  The music is by Rohan Rohan while background score is by Susmit Limaye.

On the release of Teaser, Ashok Subhedar of Blue Mustang Creations expressed his excitement and was eager to share stories behind the making of this wonderful film “BABA” This is a story written by Manish Singh – BABA is beautiful story of a father and his son. “Set in a scenic village in a coastal village of Konkan, this is a story that will resonate with every age group, for its simplicity and innocence”.

Raj R Gupta, the Director of ‘BABA” says, “I truly believe emotions have no language and this has been beautifully conveyed by the actors in our film. It is a bittersweet tale of how a family strives to stay together despite all odds.”

Umesh Kamat and Priya Bapat together in web series AANI KAY HAVA?

After seven years Umesh Kamat and Priya Bapat will be seen together in Marathi web series AANI KAY HAVA?. The web series is produced by Anish Jog and Ranjeet Gugale, directed by Varun Narvekar.

The story is about what happens with Saket and Jui after marriage who fall in love everyday with each other.

AANI KAY HAVA? is streaming now on MX Player.

Poster of KHICHIK released on social media

Kantanand Productions upcoming film KHICHIK poster was released on social media. The film is produced by Anil Dhakate, written and directed by Pritam S. K. Patil, co-produced by Amitkumar Bidala.

KHICHIK is in news because of absolutely different title and one can not know more about the film. It stars Siddharth Jadhav, Prathmesh Parab, Sudesh Berry, Anil Dhakate, Shilpa Thackrey, Pola MacGilin, Sheetal Dhakane, Rasika Chavhan and Yash Khond. The music is composed by Abhishek-Dutta, lyrics by Guru Thakur and Dutta, cinematography by Yogesh Koli. Sachin Dubale Patil is executive producer.

KHICHIK will release on 20 September 2019.

YE RE YE RE PAISA 2 music launched

Amey Khopkar Entertainment, Purple Bull Entertainment, Trans FX Studios and Panorama Studios upcoming movie YE RE YE RE PAISE 2 music was launched in presence of cast, crew and many celebrities. On the occasion veteran actors Ashok Saraf, Sachin Pilgaonkar and Charusheela Sable were specially present.

The film is directed by Hemant Dhome who has also penned screenplay and dialogues with Hrishikesh Koli. With this film Amey Vinod Khopkar of AVK Entertainment has stepped in distribution with Aakash Pendharkar and Ankit Chandiramani.

The album has 3 songs composed by Troy Arif who has also scored background music. The speciality of album is 32 years old song “Ashwini Ye Naa” from the film Gammat Jammat is recreated in new version. The film was released in 1987. Kishorkumar has sung this song and it was his debut in Marathi films, composed by Arun Paudwal.

Sachin Pilgaonkar shared a memory about this song. “The choreographer did not come for the shoot that day. So I did the choreography on the spot,” he said.

“Ashwini Ye Naa” is now sung by Avdhoot Gupte and Mugdha Karhade. The other two songs are sung by Shalmali Kholgade and Mika Singh.

YE RE YE RE PAISA 2 stars Sanjay Narvekar, Priyadarshan Jadhav, Aniket Vishwasrao, Prasad Oak, Pushkar Kshotri, Anand Ingle, Mrunal Kulkarni, Mrunmayi Godbole, Vishakha Subedar and Smita Gondkar. The cinematography is by Sanjay Memane, Editing by Faisal Imran, Make-up by Sunal Navle, costumes by Sachin Lovlekar and choreography by Rahul-Sanjeev.

Jimmy Sheirgil and Sunny’s laughter delays the shoot

Over the career span of two decades Jimmy Sheirgill has worked in many blockbuster films like Mohabbatein, Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster, Munnabhai M.B.B.S., Tanu Weds Manu and many more. The actor lastly seen in Happy Bhag Jayegi, will now be sharing screen space with Rishi Kapoor in the film ‘Jhootha Kahin Ka.’

Jimmy is prominently known for his serious roles in the industry, but this time in the film Jhootha Kahin Ka he will be playing a comedy character. The actor is portraying the role of Sunny Singh’s elder brother. The comedy drama film ‘Jhootha Kahin Ka’ is directed by Smeep Kang featuring Rishi Kapoor, Jimmy Sheirgill, Sunny Singh, Omkar Kapoor, Lillete Dubey and Manoj Joshi.

According to the source, Jimmy will be speaking in Bihari language throughout the movie. The actor was absolutely able to pull out the accent and Bihari dialect as he was guided periodically by the writers of the film Vaibhav Suman and Shreya Srivastava .

When asked, director Smeep Kang about Jimmy’s character in the film he adds, “Jimmy plays a very interesting character of a money launderer , serious by nature but gets into funny situations.” Smeep recalls an incident when the actor Jimmy Sheirgill and Sunny Singh were shooting for a sequence where Jimmy had to act serious but because of the funny dialogues both the actors burst out laughing and we had to call off the takes as they were unable to hold their laughter. Finally we had to take a break for 10 mins till they are ready for the shot. Their laughter made the entire unit also laughing as if someone has blown laughter gas on the set. Their laughter has made me more positive about the audience reactions in the theatre when the film releases.

The film “Jhootha Kahin Ka” is produced by Anuj Sharma and Deepak Mukut under the banner of Shantketan Entertainment Films and presented by Soham Rockstars Entertainment. The film is releasing on 19 July 2019.

La Trobe to honour Shah Rukh Khan with An Honorary Doctorate at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne

Global icon, multi-award winning actor, producer and women’s equality advocate, Shah Rukh Khan, will be awarded La Trobe University’s highest accolade during his visit to Australia for the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne.

La Trobe is the first Australian University to award Mr Khan with an Honorary Doctor of Letters (honoris causa), in recognition of his efforts to support underprivileged children, his unwavering dedication to the fight for women’s empowerment through MEER Foundation and his unparalleled achievements in the Indian entertainment industry.

Meer Foundation is a philanthropic foundation named after Shah Rukh Khan’s father Meer Taj Mohammed Khan which aims to effect change at ground level and works to build a world that empowers women. One of the key focus areas under women empowerment has been to support the cause of acid attack survivors. The Foundation provides support to women victims of acid attacks and major burn injuries through a 360-degree approach that helps them with their medical treatment, legal aid, vocational training as well as rehabilitation and livelihood support. The foundation’s efforts are not limited to helping acid attack victims alone. It has sponsored treatment and surgeries for women and children at several hospitals across the country.

Mr Khan said having his humanitarian endeavours recognised for the first time in Australia was a great honour, “I’m proud to be conferred with a great University like La Trobe which has a long-standing relationship with Indian culture and impressive track record in advocating for women’s equality. I feel truly privileged to receive this Honorary Doctorate and I would like to sincerely thank La Trobe for choosing to recognise my achievements in such a humbling way.”

La Trobe will present Mr. Khan with his Honorary Doctorate ‪on Friday 9th August at its Melbourne campus in Bundoora.