Ajay Devgn to make a biopic on The Ramsay Brothers

The flagbearer of the Horror genre in India, the Ramsay Brothers have a great story into becoming one of the most renowned names in the Indian Film Industry. To take their story to the masses, Ajay Devgn along with Priti Sinha has acquired the rights of the great journey of The Ramsay Brothers and would be producing the project together. Titled ‘The Ramsay Biopic’, it is written by Ritesh Shah.

Talking about the project Priti Sinha shares, “The late Shri Tulsi Ramsay and Shyam Ramsay along with every member of the Ramsay family instilled their faith in us by giving us their biopic rights.  Ajay and I are honored and excited to depict the fascinating journey of passion, hardships and immense success of 3 Generations of the Ramsay family who successfully set up the horror empire in India.”

The Ramsay Brothers have given the Indian Film Industry epic films like Veerana, Purana Mandir, Purani Haveli amongst others and have created renowned television show Zee Horror Show.

Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri Kick starts the shoot of The Kashmir Files

“I saw my father bring cut into pieces in front of my eyes and put in a sack and I did not get his body back also, please take my interview on record-  One victim (name withheld) told me while almost choking with tears on call”- Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri.

Agnihotri to film in 5 Countries- 20 plus states, capturing records of over 1000 victims & eyewitnesses

Post the success of The Tashkent Files, filmmaker, Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri announced his most ambitious project till date- The Kashmir Files and now he is all set to jumpstart the first schedule of the shoot across UK, USA & Canada. The month and a half long schedule will entail Agnihotri’s trailblazing journey overseas in an attempt to conduct research for the film. Along with his wife, actor & producer Pallavi Joshi, Vivek will be interviewing first hand record of displaced Kashmiri Pandits who are now settled far away from their roots.

The Kashmir Files- dubbed as #KashmirUnreported is a deep dive into the story of the biggest genocide in India’s history- ethnic cleansing of Kanshmiri Pandits, which has been unreported or under reported. Vivek Ranjan Agnihorti & Pallavi Joshi now embarks on a journey to unveil the underlying truth of this catastrophe that took place in India decades back.

The first schedule of the shoot entails on-camera interviews with victims, survivors and their family members and who have lost everything in the tryst. This shoot also marks the first ever attempt towards a consolidated report on this macabre incident which is still shrouded in mystery.

Talking of the first schedule Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri said, “I believe that this is the first schedule of The Kashmir Files and the most difficult part of the filming process because it involves real people and real stories which Pallavi and I would capture on camera. Once I get this right it is half battle won. The research for this project is an extensive one and I want to channelize my energy in digging as deep as possible to get the truth out. This incident should have gone down in the annals in History but where is it? How many people know about the magnitude of it? “

He added, “A film like The Kashmir Files has to bring out the truth or else it will be just another film that will come and go. I’m making this film ‘by demand’- I have numerous well-wishers who have urged me to pick up this subject. I have had people calling me on phone and breaking down- telling me about how they have been witness to their father being butchered into 50 pieces or mother being raped. I owe them the truth”.

The prolonged research will take Vivek and Pallavi across USA, UK, Canada, Germany and around India to record firsthand account of victims, survivors and eyewitness of this terrible tragedy. The Kashmir Files promises to be the first ever true account of most heart wrenching story of human suffering that India has witnessed.

From Ayushmann Khurrana to Vikrant Massey, ZEE5 has a power-packed November line-up

ZEE5, India’s fastest growing OTT platform has an exciting November planned for viewers. From original shows to blockbuster movies across languages, there is something for everyone.

The highlight of the month will be the digital premiere of the blockbuster and much talked about ‘Dream Girl’ starring Ayushmann Khurrana on 21st November.

The month kick-started with Tamil original series Police Dairy 2.0. This will be followed by some of the most anticipated Hindi Originals like Love, Sleep, Repeat starring Raima Sen, Anshuman Malhotra, Priyal Gor, Priya Banerjee, Harshadaa Vijay, Teena Singh and Puneesh Sharma which will be streaming on the 7th November 2019; Original Bengali series Bhalobashar Shohor season 2 on 11th November 2019; Virgin Bhasskar on 19th November 2019 and Telugu original series Hawala on the 21st November. The month will end with season 2 of Hindi original ‘Broken but Beautiful’ which will be streaming on the platform on 27th November 2019.

With all the shows and this stellar line-up, ZEE5 has an action packed November planned for viewers.

‘Vicky Velingkar’ teaser released

Producers Arjun Singgh Baran and Kartk D Nishandar of GSEAMS in association with Dancing Shiva and Pranay Chokshi,  release teaser of  Marathi film ‘Vicky Velingkar’.

Mask Man featured in the teaser creates buzz among film goers Vicky Velingkar featuring Sonalee Kulkarni in lead role, is set to hit the screens all over the Maharashtra on 6th December 202.

Producers Arjun Singgh Baran and Kartk D Nishandar of GSEAMS in association with presenters Pranay Chokshi and Dancing Shiva Production released the first look of actress Sonalee Kulkarni and glimpse of special character Mask Man and Actress Sruha Joshin from the Marathi film Vicky Velingkar recently. After the overwhelming response to the three posters of the film, producers now released its new teaser of Marathi Film ‘Vicky Velingkar’ which has created a buzz among the filmgoers. Directed by Saurabh Varma, ‘Vicky Velingkar’ features Sonalee Kulkarni, Spruha Joshi, Vineeta Kharat, Kettan Singh, Jui Pawar, Gaurav More, Sangram Samel and Rama Joshi.

The teaser depicts a more dreaded and scary face of the Mask Man, being introduced in Marathi films for the first time. Actress in lead role Sonalee Kulkarni is seen running for her life in the scary scene with the screen displaying the words “Will she be able to save herself from the clutches of the bad time.” The words hint at something terrific that to happen to the lady. This scares more to the audience. At one point Sonalee says, “Life if full of surprises.” The cine lovers can expect more surprises to be unveiled in the film once it released on December 6, 2019. The teaser is created flutter on the social media.

‘Vicky Velingkar’ is a comic book artist and a clock seller who entangles in an unexpected Life Mystery. The film is about a female underdog who rises against all odds” says Saurabh Varma, director who has Mickey Virus, 7 Hours to Go and other films to his credit as director.

Arjun Singgh Baran and Kartk D Nishandar of GSEAMS said, “The teaser has been well received on the social media and creates curiosity among the audience. The film is one- of- its-kind experience in Marathi and it is witnessed in the teaser.”

Presented by Arjun Singgh Baran and Kartk D Nishandar in association with Dancing Shiva and Pranay Choksi and Directed by Saurabh Varma and is produced by GSEAMS, Anuya Chauhan Kudecha, Ritesh Kudecha, Sachin Lokhande & Atul Tarkar.

Amitabh Bachchan’s first film SAAT HINDUSTANI completes 50 years of release

Amitabh Bachchan made his debut in Hindi film industry with SAAT HINDUSTANI released on 7th November 1969. Big B completes 50 years of his journey in Bollywood.

SAAT HINDUSTANI was written and directed by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas. The film portrays the heroic story of seven Indians who attempt to liberate Goa from the Portuguese colonial rule.

The film also stars Utapal Dutt, Madhu, Shehnaz, A.K. Hangal and Anwar Ali.

Check out Arjan Bajwa’s look in Zee5’s original series CHHABBIS GYARAH

The talented actor Arjan Bajwa will be seen essaying a pivotal role in ZEE5’s upcoming Original series, Chhabbis Gyarah which is based on Sandeep Unnithan’s book – Black Tornado: The Three Sieges of Mumbai 26/11.

The eight-episode series unravels the untold stories and is a true to account narrative of the various events that turned into the prolonged terror siege of Mumbai on 26th November 2008.

Arjan will be seen essaying the role of Colonel Kunal Sahota, the commanding NSG officer who was in charge of the Black Tornado mission. He was the mentor and guide for all the commandos. He personally handpicked the team which seized the terror attack.

In the first look reveal image Arjan Bajwa is spotted with a deep embed scar across his cheek which leaves you stunned and sombre. The scar is the testimony of a previous heroic operation the colonel was been part of in Nagaland where a bullet went through his cheek and exited through his neck.

He is reffered to as the ‘bullet catcher’ by the other black commandos. The colonel has experience, wit and immense courage and Arjan Bajwa spent some time with him to understand the many layers of his personality.

Sharing his experience, Arjan Bajwa said, “When I was offered the role, I immediately looked up the internet to know more about the officer however, there were only a few mentions and video clips available. I hope after this series audiences at large will learn about this Indian hero who was the backbone of the entire operation. I am humbled that I got the opportunity to essay this role and I cannot wait for it to premiere on ZEE5.”

Produced and created by Abhimanyu Singh of Contiloe Pictures and co-created and directed by Matthew Leutwyler, the gripping narrative provides a first-hand account of the tragedy that befell Mumbai, the city of dreams. The series will shed light on hitherto unknown facts about the entire incident.

This edge of the seat thriller also features an impressive cast comprising Arjun Bijlani, Vivek Dahiya, Sid Makkar, Tara Alisha Berry, Khalida Jaan, Jyoti Gauba, Roshni Sahota, Suzanne Bernert, Naren Kumar and Jason Shah.

Kolkata film festival to screen Lihaaf in competition round

Rahat Kazmi’s upcoming movie Lihaaf which has already won hearts of people round the globe is all set to participate in 25th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) in Competition round next week.

Organized by West Bengal Film Centre and founded in 1995, KIFF is the second oldest international film festival in India. The organization is recognized by International Federation of Film Producers’ Association (FIAPF-Paris), an international authority of film festivals.

KIFF would be inaugurated by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the presence of Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Jaya Bachchan, Mahesh Bhatt, Rakhee Gulzar, Kumar Shahani among others at Netaji Indoor Stadium on November 8. This year, the festival, which will continue till November 15, has received approximately 2,500 entries from 76 countries which include 214 feature films, 152 short films and documentaries for competition and non-competition rounds.

Nevertheless, the parameters of competition are on two levels, Indian and International level. Lihaaf would be participating in the competition of Indian Film Languages, consisting Roya Sadat, Ajja Husain, and Jeffrey Jeturian as jury members. Meanwhile, the Best Film would receive Rs 7 lakh and the Best Director in this category would receive cash prize of Rs 5 lakh along with Hiralal Sen Memorial Award.

The festival would be attended by the starcast of Lihaaf along with the director and the producers in Kolkata. The team is excited to participate in the event after the successful screening of their film worldwide.

Directed by Rahat Kazmi, the film is produced by Tariq Khan, Zeba Sajid, Namita Lal, Ashish Wagh, Umesh Shukla and co-produced by Oscar winner Marc Baschet. The film features Tannishtha Chatterjee, Sonal Sehgal and Anushka Sen in the lead roles while Shoib Nikash Shah and Mir Sarwar would be seen in parallel lead roles. The film also showcases the director and the producers in special appearances while Naresh Kamath has given soul to the music. Stay tuned for the festival schedule and tickets!

Urvashi Rautela channeling Ariana Grande vibes in Pagalpanti’s latest song Thumka

A peppy dance number, ‘Thumka’, is one of the most anticipated tracks of this year from Pagalpanti featuring John Abraham and Urvashi Rautela along with the entire star cast of the film, released last week and the audience seems to be loving it already.

The beautiful Urvashi Rautela has created quite the stir with her new avatar, she has nailed off 3 very different & fresh looks. The diva is donning a chic metallic all black look, a fresh summery beach looks in the song

Her third look in particular is receiving a lot of appreciation on social media, which is inspired by Ariana Grande wherein we see her in an all-white ensemble with an Ariana like signature high ponytail which has been stylishly accessorised as well.

Talking about her looks in the song Urvashi’s stylist Sanam Ratansi said, “The song Thumka is a fun party number, so I have kept all the looks very glitzy and glamorous. Urvashi loved the idea of having a long ponytail like Ariana, she thought it would create a different image from her previous looks. It took us two hours to attain the look and Urvashi sat through very patiently during the entire process.

Sharing her experience about the same Urvashi said, “We had a blast while shooting the song. I am so happy that the audience loves the song and my looks as well. We tried something different and I love Ariana’s style, she has a very cool yet sexy vibe which we tried to show.”

The multi-starrer film, Pagalpanti which is being helmed by Anees Bazmi is set to hit the screens on November 22nd has Anil Kapoor, Arshad Warsi, Ileana D’cruz ,Pulkit Samrat & Kriti Kharbanda along with Urvashi Rautela & John Abraham in lead roles.

Sarod brothers Amaan Ali and Ayaan Ali captivating America with a tribute to the Hindu Devi

Internationally renowned Indian Classical musicians and brothers Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash have embarked on their 2019 US Tour. The tour which also features their father & Guru, the eminent Indian Sarod player, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan is titled ‘Sarod Trilogy’.

The concert kick-starts in Dayton, Ohio with a Sarod duet by the brothers and followed by Ustaad Amjad Ali Khan’s solo presentation. The last segment has all the three playing together which is a mesmerizing view for the live audience.

While Amaan & Ayaan are very excited about this tour, they are particularly looking forward to the concert on the 8th of November at St Ignatius Loyola which is titled DEVI. The team has planned a new program as a tribute to the divine feminine energy. The underlying thought is that this Divine Feminine Energy has her strongest presence as DEVI in Hinduism which is among the major world religions from ancient times to the present.

Speaking of the US tour, Amaan and Ayaan stated, “It’s been almost two decades that we have been performing in the US but this tour is a special one. Our new presentation of the piece inspired from ‘Divine Feminine Energy’ along with our Guru and father makes its really unique. When we were preparing this piece we did not imagine that our father would also join in. Now that he has, it feels complete. The audience in the US is also fabulous, they are really very engaged and encouraging”.

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan is one of the undisputed masters of the music world. Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and his widely acclaimed disciples and Sarod virtuosi Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash were recently felicitated at the coveted Global Music Awards under the Gold Medal category for their outstanding contribution to the global music industry and excellence in the classical music sphere. The top tier honour was bestowed on the trailblazing trio in correlation with their “Peace Worshipers” album which was released in July 2017 by Affetto Records and distributed by Naxos.

While the western world is enjoying their melody currently, much awaits the brothers back home.

Upcoming concerts under US Tour 2019- Sarod Trilogy.

Date Location
8th November 2019 St Ignatius Loyola, New York
13th November 2019 Chapel Hill, NC
16th November 2019 Sixth and I, Washington Performing Arts, Washington DC
3rd December 2019 Carnegie Hall, NY
9th December San Fransisco

 

Actor Eshaan Shanker goes raw and real for his upcoming project

Eshaan Shanker who was last seen in Abbas Mastan’s ‘Machine’ is all set to be a part of a film titled ‘Pav Bhaji’ which is directed Ashokk R Konkade.

Just like the title, the film too is very different as it is all going to be shot in real locations as well as in the real light and without any makeup.

“I am very excited to be a part of this film, when I first heard the narration I was in awe by the story and my character. The character is something that I have not played before but I am all set to take this up as a challenge,” says actor Eshaan Shanker.

The film Pav Bhaji will display the rawness of the city and at the same time have a background of crime, drugs and human trafficking.

Other than this, Eshaan has also signed a few more movies and will begin their shoot soon.