The transformation of Ashish Sahdev for Sikh character

Ashish Sahdev says I am happy that I could imbibe all the mannerisms of Sikh culture and portray it on screen.

Ashish who is making his Bollywood debut with the film San 84 Justice, has all the research of the entire team behind him to look like a real Sardar of that era. The actor shared how he did many things to imbibe the Sikh rituals and tradition to be a part of his life. He said, “I visited the Gurudwara regularly, did seva, washed utensils and cleaned them, sat with volunteers and understood the Sikh’s perspective and honour towards their faith.”

Stressing on the way, Sikhs wear their turban, he said, “The turban has really evolved over a period of times. Earlier the turban cloth used to be two meters or more in length with a thick fabric and now the fabric is much thinner and fine so the turbans are usually smaller. In the film audiences will see me wearing slightly bigger turban and shirts or kurtas to match the look of 80s. The entire process of transforming into a Sardar was a month long process and to portray Ajit certain mannerisms became natural as I grew confident.”

The actor also added how the turbans were made to look real. He said, “The turbans were not supposed to look very neat and pleated as in those days turban cloth was not ironed. So, the minutest details were kept in check. I am happy that I could imbibe all of it.”

Writer-director Sandeep Kumar Rana is delighted with Ashish’s casting and says “If u look the character, half the work is done, and that exactly is why we chose Ashish to play the role of a Sikh, because he looked like one easily.  Once the costume trial was done complete with a turban, our character was standing in front of us.  Then his dedication to grow actual beard and maintain that look for months was commendable and matched the zeal of stars of the day like Aamir khan, Ranveer Singh, Shahid Kapoor who get into their characters deeply and resonate the characters very well.

Chicken Curry Law trailer released

Hard-hitting social drama, Chicken Curry Law unleashed its trailer. The high octane 2 minute long trailer gives a sneak peak into a very sensitive subject and the moot point of multiple debates in our country – Rape.

Directed by Shekhar Sirrin, Chicken Curry Law follows the journey of a young girl Maya, a trained belly dancer who comes to India in search of employment but gets brutally raped and left to die. Her quest for justice brings two power house actors Ashutosh Rana and Makrand Deshpande at a court room face off. Directed by Shekhar Sirrin, Chicken Curry law not just dishes out an engaging social drama but raises multiple questions and punches holes in our legal system.

Speaking on the trailer launch, Director Shekhar Sirrin states, “Chicken Curry Law is the outcome of extensive research. We have spoken to and interviewed a myriad mix of professionals- activists, lawyers, psychologists and victims as well. I would say that was the most difficult part of making this film. I wanted an in-depth research before attempting a subject like this. I have been lucky to have Ashustosh and Makrand on board and their nuanced performance brings the story to life.”

He added, “We keep talking about content being the king. This is one film which I can safely say has two key driving forces- research and script. I would urge movie goers to watch the film as I believe there is substantial takeaway for every Indian”. Ashutosh Rana, Nivedita Bhattacharya, Makarand Deshpande, Zakir Hussain, Aman Verma, and Polish actress, Nataliya Janoszek are a part of the stellar star cast.  This film aims to shatter stereotypical assumptions faced by foreign women in India and upholds our cultural tradition of Atithi Devo Bhava. Chicken Curry Law is written and directed by Shekhar Sirrin and will hit the screens on August 9, 2019

Produced by Seven Hills Cine Creations, Chicken Curry Law is being released by Panorama Studios International.

No Roadblocks for actress Bidita Bag

Actress Bidita Bag ,popularly known for her sensational role in film ‘Babumoshai Bandukbaaz’ and  also for  her  performance in biographical period drama film  ‘Sholay Girl’, will now be seen in a thriller film ‘Moksh to Maya’ directed by Manoj Singh, written by Kapil Kaustubh Sharma . Bidita plays the character named ‘Moksh’, a free bird who decides to choose her desire and face its consequences with pride, depicting her bold and mysterious journey.

Director Manoj Singh recalls an incident, during the shoot, when Bidita’s passion and dedication towards her work impressed him. Manoj singh narrates that how the actress was so resolute towards the film that she once walked to the location and did not even express her agony about it. “We were shooting in Alwar, Rajasthan, and the location was around 5km from the hotel and due to some local elections, the roads were blocked so instead of going back to the hotel Bidita walked 2kms through the farms and reached the shoot location,” Quoted the director Manoj Singh.

As she reached the set all the crew members were amazed by her dedication and could not stop praising her professionalism. She believes that it takes a lot to make a film and each day in the process requires a lot of effort, by a huge no of crew members associated. Every day there is a lot of finance on stake by the makers, so she cannot afford to let them down with these minor uncalled obstacles in the making. Understanding this she chose to walk through the farms and not cancel the shoot.

Undoubtedly the actor has a promising career in the industry, with this right attitude towards her profession.

‘Moksh to Maya’ also promotes women empowerment, feminism and many different social causes which gives a wide range of knowledge about the problems faced by women in our society.

Moksh to Maya is slated to release on 26th July 2019 and is produced by Antaraa Creations LLP, Shweta Thakore, Neeraj Bharaddwaj, Ramesh Rajpurohit and Krishnajee.

I started my career with theater : Srishti Jain

Star Bharat’s eminent show Ek Thi Rani Ek Tha Raavan has been the source of many dramatic twists and turns for its viewers. The latest twist is that there is going to be an entry of a new Rani on the show. This new Rani will better embody the vision of the creators of the show and will be portrayed by noted actor Srishti Jain.

Acting was always her number one passion and she wanted to pursue it since she was a little girl. She says, “I have always wanted to be in front of the camera, my family was a little skeptical initially but when they saw my passion towards acting they gave me their full support.

Later in my life theater really boosted my confidence as an actor. Theater gave my acting depth, I believe theater is the foundation of acting. I Learnt most of what I know from my experience here in the TV  industry but, Theater also had an important role to play in my career. Now after finally proving my mettle my family is really proud of me.

Srishti Jain seems to be one to look out for in the coming years. If her performance as Rani wows audiences and critics alike is yet to be seen.

Watch Ek Thi Rani Ek Tha Raavan Monday to Saturday 8pm only on Star Bharat

Sakshi Pradhan will play the villain in the action-thriller Poison

A high octane action thriller Poison, featuring Bollywood actors like Arbaaz Khan, Riya Sen, Freddy Daruwala, Tanuj Virwani will revolve around mafia groups in Mumbai. Sakshi Pradhan, who has earlier acted in TV shows and films, has landed a role of a lifetime in this Zee5 Original series. Sakshi will play the main antagonist holding her own against actors like Arbaaz Khan and Freddy Daruwala. Describing her role in the film, she says, “I am playing Rani, who hails from a small suburb of Mumbai, Nalasopara and she leads a gang of four men. Her journey from Mumbai to Goa brings about a whole lot of transformation and I play this woman gangster in the film. The character is very brutal and she mercilessly kills people and does not think twice even when she has to kill her lover. I had to heavy duty action scenes and stunts in the film and it was a great experience. I feel this is a role of a lifetime because I have never gotten an opportunity to do so many things in one role. Rani transforms from wearing salwar suits to a typical Goa girl, while playing the gangster.”

Ask Sakshi, how was it working with Arbaaz and the entire team and she says, “Arbaaz sir really liked my performance. He felt that I almost stole away his thunder in every scene and he was very happy. Similarly, Riya, Tanuj and Freddy all applauded my performance. In fact, I got a huge response from the entire team so I am really excited when the series will go on air and I will wait for the audiences’ reaction then.”

Sakshi is an Indian TV actress, model and a travel host. She started her career at the age of 18 and won season 2 of the reality show MTV Splitsvilla. She was also seen hosting the Travel Show ‘Kissed By The Sea’, which was showcased in 70 countries across the world. The actress is also part of the rib tickling horror comedy Booo Sabki Phategi.

Sunny Leone dazzles with Omkar and Sunny on the song launch of ‘Funk Love’

‘Funk Love’ was recently launched in Mumbai in the presence of Sunny Leone, Omkar Kapoor, Sunny Singh and director Smeep Kang at a club in Andheri. The music launch marked the return of the hit duo Sunny Leone and Honey Singh after “Chaar Bottle Vodka” in 2014. ‘Funk Love’ is a monsoon party song that was sung by Makhana singer Yo Yo Honey Singh and is released by Zee Music Company.

The makers of the film ‘Jhootha Kahin Ka’ have surely hit the right chord with the audience by getting this power pack duo back on screen with ‘Funk Love’. It song features Sunny Leone as a mermaid and she  will be dancing along with the lead pair Omkar Kapoor and Sunny Singh.

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

Girlfriend’ Trailer and Music Launched In A Grand Ceremony

Trailer and music of the soon to be released film ‘Girlfriend’ was launched in the presence of the lead pair Ameya Wagh and Saie Tamhankar. The cast and crew, director Upendra Sidhaye and producers Anish Joag and Ranjit Gugle were present on the occasion.

The sneak previews of the film so far have created a lot of curiosity, especially with the fresh pairing of Ameya Wagh and Sai Tamhankar.

The trailer shows Nachiket aka Ameya Wagh being cornered by everyone around him – his mother, his boss and his friends, for not having a girlfriend. Exasperated with this repeated questioning and taunts, Nachiket manages to get the beautiful Alisha, played by Sai Tamhankar as his girlfriend. How did the diffident and introvert Nachiket manage to pull this off, has to be seen on the screen.

Girlfriend is being produced by Huge Productions and Pratisaad Productions. Music by the trio of Hrishikesh-Saurabh-Jasraj is already creating waves. Lyrics written by Kshitij Patwardhan are sung by Shamali Kholgade, Shruti Athavale and Jasraj Joshi. The song ‘Nachya Got A Girlfriend’ has been well received on social media and Digital Platforms. The peppy songs in the ‘Western Musical’ mould are an intrinsic part of the story. The on-screen chemistry of Ameya Wagh and Sai Tamhankar brings alive the song ‘Love Story’.

The lead pair is supported by a strong supporting cast of Kavita Lad, Yatin Karyekar, Sagar Deshmukh, Isha Keskar, Tejas Barve, Suyog Gorhe, Uday Nene and Rasika Sunil.

‘Girlfriend’ releases all over Maharashtra on 26th July.

Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri honoured by Indian Film & Television Directors’ Association

Close on the heels of The Tashkent Files crossing 80 days, the Indian Film & Television Directors’ Association (IFTDA) honours Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri with a coveted trophy for delivering a stupendous Box Office success.

The film records a collection of INR 20 Cr plus with a shoestring making & marketing cost of 4 Cr and garnering a position among the top 5 “profitable films” status of 2019. The Tashkent Files, released on 12th April faced a slew of onslaughts week on week from the big budget and star led films like Kalank, Avengers, SOTY 2, Bharat and De De Pyar De yet it maintained a steady graph gliding through its 12th Week run.

The award was presented to Vivek Agnihotir by 4 times National Award Winner Madhur Bhandarkar and Sriram Raghvan. Talking about the recent honour, Vivek Ranjan Agnihorti, Director, The Tashkent Files stated, “It is always heartening to be recognised and acknowledged by the fraternity. This film has broken all the rules, it has every element that is a big no-no in film’s rule book. Yet it ran for over 80 days. This means that if you chase your conviction, anything is possible.”

Agnihotri has announced his next venture- The Kashmir Files which is based on my mass exodus of Kashmiri Pundits and the biggest ethnic cleansing that India has seen. The Tashkent Files is still running in theatres.

Ekta Jain to be part of comedy horror film Khalli Balli

Bollywood actress Ekta Jain who has done several TV serials, few Hindi films, Plays in Hindi, Hinglish and Sanskrit will be seen in comedy horror Hindi film Khalli Balli Produced by Kamal Kishor Mishra of One Entertainment Film Productions and Prachi Movies.

The film is written and directed by Manoj Sharma. The film will be shot in Mumbai and Lucknow. The film also stars Dharmendra, Madhoo Shah, Rajniesh Duggal, Kainaat Arora, Rohan Mehra, Vijay Raaj, Rajpal Yadav, Hemant Pandey, Yasmeen Khan and Asrani.

Vijay Raaz lends his voice over to KK Binojee’s ‘The Wild Cards’

Often movies are narrated and picturized for the audience via a voice over which keeps them on the edge of their seats. Indian actor Vijay Raaz who was recently seen in Zoya Akthar’s film ‘Gully Boy’ has agreed for being a voice over for a Hindi feature film with an extraordinary subject called ‘The Wild Cards’.

The movie ‘The Wild Cards’ depicts the reality of slums which are widely considered as factories for criminals and how the young boys from these slums are forced and directed towards crime. ‘Wild Cards’ in detail takes us through the journey of some such criminals who are moulded in such a way, by the society they grew up in.

Vijay Raaz who is known for his remarkable and cult performances in the Bollywood industry has taken upon another such project with ‘The Wild Cards’ where his narration has given the story the much required tribe and vibe.

The director stated, “Vijay Raaz Sir loved the story at the first narration, he told me that the story of the film sounds appealing and he would love to be a part of the film. I felt that this is a story which is needed to be told with a narrative and Vijay Raaz is a perfect fit for this job and I know he will give his 100%. I hope the audience gets the message this story tries to evoke amongst them and achieve the greatness it deserves.”

The movie ‘The Wild Cards’ is the 1st feature film beautifully written and directed by extremely talented KK Binojee who has worked with the likes of Ram Gopal Varma and Krishna Vamsi. It is produced by Munaf Baluch and Sanjog Singh of Sara Film Factory. This movie cast actors of the NSD and Theatre like Sushil Pandey, Akkash Basnet, Vikram Singh Sodha, Ashish Warang, Nakul Tomar, Meenakshi Pandey, Maya Gehlot and other extremely talented theatrically claimed names.