Hawa Badle Hassu Gets a ‘Special Mention’ at the News18 iReel Awards

Hawa Badle Hassu, an Environmental Sci Fi thriller web series, released on Sony Liv was recently recognised by News18 iReel Awards 2019 for taking up environmental issues as a talking point. The award was collected jointly by GAIL (India) and Handyyman which have presented and produced the series respectively, along with the star cast and crew.

This series is a part of GAIL (India) Limited’s ‘Hawa Badlo’ initiative. The series boasts of a stellar cast led by Chandan Roy Sanyal, Smita Tambe and Vikram Kochchar.

Hawa Badle Hassu is an Environmental Sci-Fi thriller web series with a total of forty minute run time broken into 4 episodes. Each episode tackles crucial spaces and aspects pertaining to Environment (pollution). The first episode focuses on ‘Home Environment’ and as the story progresses it moves to cover topics like ‘Education and career building options around environment’, ‘Outdoor Environment’ and finally escalates to ‘Global Environment’. Actors from mainstream Hindi cinema have been cast for all key roles with Chandan Roy Sanyal essaying the lead and titular role of “Hassu”. Sanyal is joined by Smita Tambe, Vikram Kochar and Hollywood actor Zachary Coffin in meaty roles.

Speaking on the series, Creative Producer and Co- Writer, Protiqe Mojoomdar said, “This is a true honour and pleasure, and we are thankful to News18 for responding to our shoutout to the audience and the industry. Grateful to GAIL India for entrusting us with the task of producing this kind of a path breaking series. We as content creators, have the responsibility to start & motivate living room conversations, and this opportunity has also come to us because of OTT platforms and the web series medium, which lets us explore new subjects and experiment with storytelling styles. The most burning conversation we want to have is on our environment and what we should be doing to protect it from further decay, and we would like to raise Nature’s share of voice. But we need to do it with empathy and entertainment, hence a sci-fi thriller and fun snackable storytelling of 10 min episodes! We hope this honour helps it to gain new audiences and gives them another reason to watch and share its message.

Viineet Kumar packs a punch in Saand ki Aankh trailer

Mukkabaaz fame versatile actor Viineet Kumar is all set for his upcoming Diwali release Saand Ki Aankh. The trailer of Saand Ki Aankh starring Taapsee Pannu, Bhumi Pednekar and Viineet Kumar is out now. The film is revolves around Chandro and Prakashi who take up shooting at the age of 60 to encourage their daughters towards a bright future as they did not want their daughters to go through a lifetime of suppression.

Viineet is playing a dynamic role of the trainer to Taapsee Pannu (Prakashi) and Bhumi Pednekar (Chandro). Dr. Yashpal played by Viineet Kumar acts as a catalyst and provides support and strength to Prakashi and Chandro to combat patriarchy and truly come on their own. He is a harbringer of change in a deeply rooted male dominant society of Haryana. It’s remarkable to see the film that totally focuses on female protagonist and Viineet seems to have an impactful performance.

Not only in Saand Ki Aankh but Kumar will be debuting in his upcoming Netflix web Bard Of Blood releasing this September and his Aadhaar film is going to hit the theatres this December.

Saand Ki Aankh releasing on 27th October 2020.

Rajkummar Rao’s unique look in Made In China!

Rajkummar Rao recently launched the trailer of his film Made In China along with his co-star Mouni Roy, director Mikhil Musale and producer of the film Dinesh Vijan. The trailer gave glimpse of Rao’s unique look in the film, where he plays a small time Gujarati businessman.

Known to get under the skin of every character he plays on screen, actor-extraordinaire Rajkummar Rao raised the “prep” bar many notches higher with his next – Made in China that will hit the big screen this Diwali. Since this was his first tryst with the Gujarati culture, Raj decided to take the bull by the horns and spent a month in Ahmedabad ahead of the shoot. He even spent time learning the language – both at its core and how it’s locally spoken.

Also for his look, not only did Raj gain around 8 kgs for his belly but also added a unique feature to his face, a unibrow. Interestingly, director Mikhil Musale actually has a unibrow. Inspired by his director, Raj came up with the idea of sporting the same and added it to his look to give his character, Raghu Mehta a standout feature that’ll capture eyeballs.

Raj says, “When i saw Mikhil, I immediately made up my mind to sport a unibrow. It looked very hatke and I felt it gave my character an interesting look” Well, we can definitely say that it was a good idea. Rao’s look has got a big thumbs up from his Industry colleagues.

Produced by Maddock Films in association with Jio Cinemas, The film also stars Mouni Roy, Boman irani, Sumeet vyas, Paresh Rawal and Gajraj Rao and is set to release this Diwali.


After 20 years, Bhaskar to meet his mother on Sony SAB’s Tenali Rama

Tenali Rama, the historical fiction show of Sony SAB will soon be witnessing the reunion of Bhaskar (Krishna Bharadwaj) with his mother, Sharda (Aasiya Kazi), after 20 years of being apart. The show continues to garner immense love and support for its revamped look and Bhaskar’s exciting journey to bring his family together has enthralled the audiences even more.

Vijayanagar is in chaos with the disappearance of the diamond studded mor pankh during Janmashtami. Kaikala (Vishwajeet Pradhan) is furious with the theft as he promised to gift his daughter – Amrapali (Manul Chudasama), this exquisite object. The evil Kaikala acting upon his hatred for Bhaskar, blames him for the theft and tortures him to confess to the crime. Later, it is uncovered that the dacoit queen, Mushak aka Sharda had stolen the mor pankh. After learning the truth, Bhaskar assures Kaikala to help him get back the mor pankh.

In his quest to recover this prized item, Bhaskar assures Nakush (Pradeep Kabra), that he should be the one around the dacoits when they resurface in Vijayanagar market to search something more to steal, where Bhaskar with his remarkable wit and intelligence would outsmart them and recover the mor pankh. The situation takes a shocking turn when Bhaskar almost comes face – to – face with his mother, Sharda, the dacoit queen, while waiting for the dacoits to make an appearance and sees the same tattoo he saw on Sharda’s arm while growing up.

Bhaskar will embark on his journey to find his mother by passing through the Jadui Gufa, the place from where no one comes back alive and make his way to her Kabila where all the dacoits reside.

How will Sharda react after seeing her son after 20 years?

Krishna Bharadwaj, playing the role of Bhaskar said, “Bhaskar is on one mission, to find his parents and get his family back together. The upcoming episodes are exciting and yet emotional and the viewers will feel the beautiful bond between a mother and her son. As an artists it was really emotional for me while shooting for the episodes and I felt the happiness when Bhaskar finally reunited with Sharda and the episodes further will document his challenging journey while looking for her.”

Aasiya Kazi, playing the role of Sharda aka Mushak said, “Sharda has kept herself hidden and safe for years now and fate has brought her son, Bhaskar to her after 20 long years. The episodes further in the week will show Sharda’s struggles and Bhaskar’s effort to find his mother. It has been a phenomenal experience so far. My character is edgy and really different of what I have done so far. I look forward to our viewers’ responses to this anticipated reunion.”

Watch Bhaskar unite with his mother only on Tenali Rama every Monday – Friday at 7:30 pm on Sony SAB


After the super success of his latest film – Mission Mangal, Actor Dalip Tahil will now be seen on Amazon Prime’s latest web series – The Family Man. Created by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K, Tahil plays a pivotal role in the web action-drama as the Chief of the special cell of the National Investigation Agency. In his last web series – Hostages by Sudhir Mishra, he was seen playing the role of the Chief Minister Khushwant Lal Handa. So far, Tahil has featured in five different web series on various OTT platforms including Hotstar, Zee5, Netflix and Amazon to create a record of sorts as one of the first mainstream actors to quickly embrace the Indian web series space.

“Over a decade and half ago, watching movies transitioned from single screen to multi-screens and today, one can simply entertain oneself on their devices. The mode of distribution has transitioned radically and revolutionized the way movies or cinema is consumed. The role of OTT platforms has allowed a variety of motion pictures outside the mainstream to make it to its viewers and to actors, viewers matter the most. Other than this, web based content has opened up a new avenue for creativity to be explored and distributed. It’s a win-win for all and I feel that today, Indian web series is the place to be,” says Dalip Tahil.

Within a span of a year and half, Dalip Tahil featured in Zee5’s Parchayee which is on based Ghost Stories by Ruskin Bond followed by Selection Day based on Arvind Adiga’s novel, then in Zoya Akhtar’s – Made in Heaven and the latest – Hostages based on the original Israeli TV series.

Tahil began his career on stage back in 1968 when he joined the Theatre Group Bombay and since then has worked in television, radio, web-series and films.


Journalist and renowned author – Shri Aashu Patel’s latest novel on philanthropist Shri Rizwan Adatia was recently launched in the presence of several renowned actors and personalities of the Indian entertainment industry. This is the 50th book penned by the author on which Director – Jayant Gilatar of Chalk n Duster fame has announced a major web series.

The book was launched by Directors Abbas-Mustan and Jayant Gilatar, Producer Jayantilal Gada, Astrophysicist Dr. J.J. Raval and Mr. Aashishkumar Chauhan, CEO and MD of Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) at the Taj Lands End. The event also saw the presence of stars from the television industry Neha Mehta and Apara Mehta. The occasion was to celebrate the 50th birthday of Shri Adatia – Founder and Chairman of Rizwan Adatia Foundation (RAF).

“There couldn’t be a better gift than to have a novel based on your own life presented to you on your birthday. I am thankful to the author and my dear friend Aashu Patel for it. To mark this occasion, RAF will initiate a tree plantation campaign to plant 50,000 trees across India. Alongside, we are also initiating infrastructure development activities in fifty schools each across rural areas of Maharashtra and Gujarat,” says Shri Rizwan Adatia.

Born in Porbandar, Gujarat, Shri Adatia is an African businessman settled in Mozambique. He founded RAF in 2015 to positively impact the quality of people’s life through innovative initiatives. RAF focuses on lending the required support to the vulnerable including children, youth, women and senior citizens through the several channels it has developed for catering to specific issues.

Manmohan Tiwari receives a rare compliment from dad

Every new role opens a whole new world of opportunities for an actor. Some of these actors make every character ‘theirs’ with the kind of grit and passion they embrace each varied character. One such underrated gem on television is actor Manmohan Tiwari who has made a name for himself with his acting skills.

Tiwari who began his journey on television with a reality show went on to ace the role of a villain in numerous shows thereafter. When people thought that’s all he is good at, he proved them wrong by taking up some roles in the comedy genre and aced it with perfection. The actor who is currently a part of &TV’s light-hearted drama Gudiya Humari Sabhi Pe Bhari plays the role of Pappu (Gudiya’s brother) on the show. He recently revealed some heart-warming things his father had to say about his character in the new show.

The actor shared, “Universally moms are the ones that always praise their children even in their smallest of achievements while Dads are those tough nuts to crack, not very forthcoming or expressive. As they believe praising their child more often might result in them becoming overconfident. While Manmohan has always been praised by his mom always, but his father has always been more reserved with his comments and appreciation. But seeing his son’s performance and the show Gudiya Humari Sabhi Pe Bhari, his father not only praised him but also the makers for putting together such a situational comedy show bringing smile to everyone’s face in every frame. He particularly remarked, Ye show agar nahi chala toh kya chala? Hearing him rarely appreciating my work, I just couldn’t control my emotion and surely heart swelled with pride. In my career of almost 16-18 shows never has my father said any like that and these sudden words really meant a lot to me and pleasantly surprised me.”

Watch Manmohan’s stellar performance on Gudiya Humari Sabhi Pe Bhari every Mon-Fri at 9.30 only on &TV.

Kumar Sanu dubs a romantic song for comedy horror film Khalli Balli

Bollywood playback singer Kumar Sanu dubbed a romantic song for Horror comedy film Khalli Balli at AMV Studio in Andheri West. Punam Thakkar and Suresh Raheja have composed the romantic song which is written by famous lyricist Shabbir Ahmed.

Madhoo, Hemant Pandey and Rohan Mehra attended the recording .The film is produced by Kamal Kishor Mishra of One Entertainment Film Productions and Prachi Movies. The film is written and directed by Manoj Sharma. The film is 65 percent complete and the next schedule will be in Lucknow. Dharmendra, Madhoo Shah, Rajniesh Duggal, Kainaat Arora, Rohan Mehra, Vijay Raaj, Rajpal Yadav, Hemant Pandey, Yasmeen Khan, Asrani and Ekta Jain are cast of the film. The film will release in April 2020.

KHICHIK STORY – Son produced film for father

Generally we see always father produces film to launch his son or daughter in the industry. But this case of father-son duo is different. Sachin Dhakate has produced film for his father Anil Dhakate who will be seen in a different role in upcoming film KHICHIK.

Sachin Dhakate of Kantanand Productions has produced this film. Parag Jambhule and Amitkumar Bidla are co-producers, written and directed by Pritam SK Patil.

Electrical Engineers Anil Dhakate has worked as higher post in government service. He does not have any film background but it was only love and fascination for big screen. His son Sachin decided to fulfil father’s wish. In the film Anil Dhakate has played ilitterate grand father.

KHICHIK also stars Siddharth Jadhav, Sudesh Berry and Prathmesh Parab.

Pravin Tarde as Inspector Deewane in TRIPLE SEAT

Actor, writer and director Pravin Viththal Tarde was seen in ‘Mulshi Pattern’ as Nanyabhai. Now he will be seen playing Inspector Deewane in Sanket Pawse directed TRIPLE SEAT. Recently new poster was released where he is seen as Deewane.

Before this film Pravin was seen as Police Officer in ‘Rege’ and he portrayed Inspector Bhaurao Deewane.

Anushka Motion Pictures and Entertainment, Ahmednagar Film Compay production, the film is produced by Narendra Shantikumar Firodiya. It stars Ankush Chaudhary, Shivani Surve and Pallavi Patil.

The story, screenplay, dialogues and creative direction is done by Advocate Abhijit Arvind Dalvi, music and background score by Avinash-Vishwajeet, lyrics by Guru Thakur, Ashwini Shende, Madar Cholkar and Vishwajeet Joshi.

Swapnil Sanjay Munot is co-producer and Advocate Pushkar Shripad Tamboli is assistant producer. The film will release on 24 October 2019.