Happu Ki Ultan Paltan fame Aryan Prajapati tunes in to online guitar classes this lockdown

The current lockdown phase has been giving people everywhere time to undertake activities and revive hobbies which were on their checklist for a very long time. Right from movie marathons to wearing a chef’s hat or resuming a long-lost hobby, people are finding pleasure in undertaking leisure activities; and who would know this better than child actor Aryan Prajapati, our notorious and over smart Hrithik in &TV’s Happu Ki Ultan Paltan. The popular child artist has been spending his time at home picking up new activities and the very recent one is learning guitar chords on the internet.

Aryan, who has been entertaining the viewers with his dramatic character in Happu Ki Ultan Paltan is utilising this lockdown period in the most productive way. Commenting on his love for the instrument, he says, “I am trying to make this time interesting by acquiring new skills. I love guitar and have been wanting to join classes to master the instrument since a very long time.  Now since the lockdown period has brought events and shoots to a standstill, I am using it to make up for things I missed doing and learning guitar chords tops them all.”

He further added, “All of us can make the best use of our time at home by indulging in things we love to do. This is also a great time to strengthen you family bond and reunite with your distant relatives and friends through videocalls. And please do not step out of your houses unless there is an emergency kyuki hum ghar ke andar to corona bahar.”

Having begun his acting journey at a very young age, Aryan Prajapati has been widely appreciated for the role of Hritik in &TV’s show Happu Ki Ultan Paltan.

Karanvir Malhotra marks his feature debut with What Are The Odds?

Having cemented his position in the OTT circuit with Kabir Khan’s Amazon Original Series, The Forgotten Army and Netflix’s Original Series Selection Day, actor Karanvir Malhotra bags the lead role in a feature film titled ‘What Are The Odds?’

Slated to release on 20th May exclusively on Netflix, Karanvir will be sharing screen space with Bollywood’s very own thinking actor, Abhay Deol and paired opposite Yashaswini Dayama of Delhi Crime and Dear Zindagi fame. ‘What Are The Odds?’ tracks the journey of Ashwin and Vivek over one day in a whimsical version of Mumbai and their interactions with interesting characters that are dotted along the journey. The film is directed by Megha Ramaswamy and Abhay Deol will be seen playing the role of a Rockstar in the film.

Talking about his film and the timing of his first film Karanvir said, “We’re living in extraordinary times and we all are extremely overwhelmed by the happenings around us. I think my role as an actor and entertainer is to help people escape their reality so I’m glad that my first feature is a light, fun and slice of life film about two teenagers and the extraordinary events that happen within the span of a day. I play the character of Ashwin who is a ‘good boy’ but certainly not conventional. The film’s tone is playful and fanciful hence even a straightforward character like Ashwin had to be played with a lighter shade. There’s always a feeling of nostalgia and euphoria simultaneously when you play a character younger than you. The most fun element for me in the film was the relationships Ashwin discovers, realises and builds in a single day not just with human beings but certain other species too.”

He added, “I see this film as a major building block in my career. Megha is a brilliant story teller – distinctive and original. I’m thrilled to have had her as my director in my debut film. Working with Yashaswini was a treat. Her ideas are ingenious and I learnt heaps from her as she’s a natural!  Not just that, getting to work with Abhay was icing on the cake. I have always admired his craft and his ability to pick up unconventional roles and narratives staying within the framework of mainstream Bollywood. His sense of humour and impeccable demeanour make him the star he is!”

The film also stars Monica Dogra, Priyanka Bose, Manurishi Chaddha and Sulbha Arya.

‘Bhalla Calling Bhalla’premieres on 20th May 2020 exclusively on ZEE5

ZEE5, the largest OTT creator of Original content in the country recently announced ‘Bhalla Calling Bhalla’, a show shot entirely online! The trailer of the show is out now and gives you a sneak peek into the Bhalla family, while you laugh away!

The trailer gives a glimpse of the Bhalla family and each of its members for the first time since the poster released. It opens with Mr. Bhalla (Businessman. Kavi. Husband) and his son Sahil (Actor. Chef. Mumma’s Boy) talking about what they want / expect from life. You can then see Mrs. Bhalla (Mother. Happy. Ladies Club President) speaking to her daughter who insists on calling her by her new name ‘Arundhati’ (Rebel. Arundhati. Angry), a glimpse of Gogi (Yogi. Zen. Mischievous) and finally the time when the lockdown news was announced and the reactions from the respective family members via a zoom call. The video closes with Gogi summing up the Bhalla family for us and advices to take a deep breath saying, “I hope you are not positive, I mean, Corona positive.”

The 12 episode show is a lockdown special series shot from the safety of the actors’ homes, with each episode around the duration of 7-8 mins. The lockdown has made the family realize the need to be with each other and that they need Lovely Bhalla to tide them through this crisis as they are all stuck in different parts of the country.

The most unique thing about Bhalla calling Bhalla is that it is a show is completely being conceptualized, written, shot, edited and is presented to the audience during a lockdown. There was no set, no actors met each other.

Starring Lubna Salim as Mrs. Lovely Bhalla, Rajesh Kumar as Mr. Bhalla, Leenesh Matoo as Sahil Bhalla (son), Gracy Goswami as Lisa aka Arundhati Bhalla (daughter) and Gaurav Gera as Gaurav Singh (Mrs. Bhalla’s brother)

The show premieres on 20th May 2020 exclusively on ZEE5.

Explore the best adventure destinations that Asia has to offer with Discovery’s Expedition Asia with Ryan Pyle’

Join adventurer Ryan Pyle as he spends months exploring the best adventure trekking destinations in Asia. Ryan’s human-powered adventures are always inspiring as he proves that anyone can get out and explore the great unknown. Expedition Asia is a modern television series that is focused equally on adventure, exploration and cultural education. Join Ryan Pyle has he unplugs from his urban life and heads out to explore the world in an exciting new 10-part series ‘Expedition Asia with Ryan Pyle’, which premieres on May 25 at 8:00 pm on Discovery, Discovery HD and newly launched app Discovery Plus.

Ryan Pyle’s Expedition Asia explores Asia’s best adventure trekking destinations such as Mount Apo in Philippines, Badain Jaran Desert in China, Bali in Indonesia, Khuiten Peak in Mongolia, Holy Ridge in Taiwan, Maclehose Trail in Hong Kong, The Turkestan Circle in Kyrgystan, Mount Kinabalu in Malaysia, Northern Thailand Trail and finally Jagatsukh Peak near Manali in India.

The Indian experience

Ryan and his team arrive in Manali, the hub of adventure sports in India. After a short acclimatization and enjoying some local food and culture it’s time to head out to explore the eastern Himalayan range. The early stages of the journey are a gentle stroll through forested mountains just outside of Manali, but soon things become incredibly difficult with challenging weather, snowstorms and Mother Nature puts their entire journey in India at risk.

“Going on an adventure is all about adapting to the change; the most important thing about an adventure is to adapt to the changes and the unknown. One needs to understand and respect the world around and put yourself right in the natural world. That’s why on my TV show, I am never the main host, I’m always the second host. Nature is the first host,” said, Ryan Pyle. “The Indian experience was exhilarating as we landed in the beautiful Manali with people busy with Dussehra celebrations.  The trek from Manali to Jagatsukh was breath-taking and helped me imbibe the beautiful Himalaya’s. Beyond the physical location, the hospitality of India is what enamours you. I’ve spent a lot of my professional career filming in India, either on the back of my motorcycle or on my feet exploring the magical nature that exists in the country. My heart goes out to my friends in India as we globally deal with this challenging viral pandemic. I hope when we can rise up and defeat this virus, I’ll be back in India continuing to explore.”

Sai Abishek, Director–Content, Factual & Lifestyle Entertainment – South Asia, Discovery said, “Discovery India has always been at the forefront of bringing the best explorers from around the world who discover the world from fresh perspectives bringing new insights in the modern day adventure travel. A very interesting aspect of Expedition Asia with Ryan Pyle is that Ryan effortlessly lets nature do the talking thereby taking the audience on a journey that they not only get to see but also, experience. At a time like this, when we’re practicing social distancing, a show that allows viewers to explore this world and live the adventure right from where they are, safe and sound at home, is definitely going to be well liked and admired by the audiences.”

Join Ryan Pyle as he unplugs from his urban life and heads out to explore the world. Tune in to EXPEDITION ASIA WITH RYAN PYLE, premiering on 25th May at 8 PM, only on Discovery, Discovery HD and Discovery Plus app.

Gemplex’s latest offering ‘Silence of Sleep’ to release on 20th May 2020

While we are all feeling a bit travel deprived amidst the lockdown, Gemplex is ready to take you to the beautiful Himalayan hills through their latest series “Silence of Sleep”. The two-part web film is a psychological suspense thriller shot in the beautiful hills of Uttarakhand in places like Kausani, Nanital & Ranikhet.

The web film is a Rowdy Rathore Production film and the lead cast compromises of Rishabh Raj Mehrotra and Naina Khan, ably supported by seasoned actors like Krishna Srivastava & Rahul Tomar. Rishabh Raj earlier featured in Gemplex original series “Twosome” as well.

Keeping its varied contents slate promise, Gemplex brings to its viewers an edge of the seat thriller Directed by Sudhish Kumar and produced by Udayyan Raathore and Divvya Rathore. The web film premieres on the platform this 20th May with a runtime of 90 minutes (48 mins and 44 mins).

This Film is the story of a woman who has suffered a serious accident while she was hypnotized by her mysterious and psychopath love and is now in coma. All she can do is think of different ways to take revenge on this person who has trapped her against her will. But the effects of hypnotism seem to be so strong that things don’t go as per plan even in her own imagination. She realizes that she is alone in this struggle and has only two options, to keep fighting or to give up.

Gemplex is a niche Video-on-demand platform having their presence in India and 50+ countries worldwide. They have an amazing range of contents targeted at all sections of the society. You can stream the contents and the latest release on www.gemplex.tv and can download the App on Android, iOS and Amazon Firestick.

A never seen avatar of Nawazuddin Siddiqui in a comedy breakthrough

Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui who has played various characters in so many films will be yet again seen playing a different role in his upcoming film Ghoomketu. Directed by Pushpendra Nath Misra and produced by Phantom Films and Sony Pictures Networks (SPN), this film will be exclusively releasing on ZEE5.

Ever since Ghoomketu was announced to be premiering on the platform, everyone has been looking forward to the release on 22nd May. A fun-filled comedy-drama, Ghoomketu has a wickedly playful backdrop and will be great for the entire family to watch together. The teaser of the film was released a few days ago and there is no doubt that this is a must-watch family entertainer.

 Here’s what Nawazuddin Siddiqui has to say about his character in the film: “When I was in theater, I use to do a lot of comedy plays but on the silver screen, because of my intense look, the characters moved towards a more serious genre. Ghoomketu is from a small town in UP, wears quirky outfits and has a tonality of a UP wala. He is an aspiring writer with quirky takes & is on a roller coaster ride to achieving his dream. In short, its a light-hearted family entertainer.

In a comedy movie or show, I believe timing plays an important part and especially in Ghoomketu because I play the role of storyteller, so I have to compel the audience about the character as well. The chemistry and rapport with all my co-stars made it even easier. I could let go of all my inhibitions and make a fool of myself on the sets as well, play around with the character, and do weird poses just like Ghoomketu would do. The movie is made with a lot of love and honesty, I hope my fans will enjoy watching me in a comic role and subscribe to ZEE5 to watch it on 22nd May” expresses Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

Apart from Nawazuddin Siddiqui, the film also has ace director Anurag Kashyap as a cop and the talented Ila Arun as Ghoomketu’s Aunt, in lead roles along with Raghubir Yadav, Swanand Kirkire, Ragini Khanna and others. Along with Amitabh Bachchan, Ranveer Singh, Sonakshi Sinha; the film will also see special cameos from Chitrangada Singh, Lauren Gottlieb and filmmaker Nikhil Advani.

ZEE5 recently launched the poster of Ghoomketu which shows the lead, Nawazuddin Siddiqui arriving in Mumbai with his ‘pitara’ and the iconic Gateway of India as the backdrop. The movie is a comedy-drama from the viewpoint of an inexperienced writer struggling to make it big in the film industry in Mumbai. On his quest to come up with a great story, he is inspired by day to day mundane life activities. Will his ambition and determination exceed his talents? Or will a corrupt cop, who is on a mission to find Ghoomketu, put a brake on his 30-day escapade? 

Ghoomketu premieres on 22nd May, exclusively on ZEE5. Stay tuned!

Music Director Abhijeet Kawathalkar’s new song “Don’t You Worry…Bas Naa Ghari”

In this lockdown period producer and music director Abhijeet Kawthalkar has composed a song “Don’t You Worry…Bas Naa Ghari”. The song was released on social media. It features cricketers like Shreyas Aiyer, Dhaval Kulkarni, Waseem Jafar, Sairaj Bahutule, Jemima Rodricks and others.

Abhijeet who has given music in films like Kutumb, Jhakkas, Disco Sanya has composed this song for Corona Safety requesting to stay at home.  The lyrics are written by Abhijeet and the video is produced by him with Dr. Jyotsana Chitroda, video direction by Rajesh Kolan.

Cricketers Shreyas Aiyer, Dhaval Kulkarni, Waseem Jafar, Sairaj Bahutule, Jemima Rodricks, Chandrakant Pandit, Siddhesh Laad, Paras Mhambre, Balwinder Singh Sandhu, Moma Meshram, Rahul Tripathi, Shantanu Sugawekar, Iqlab Siddiqui and Dhiraj Jadhav has done shoot at their home only.

Gautam Gupta and Smriti Khanna’s romantic song WAJAH releases soon

B -Town couple and new parents  Gautam Gupta and Smriti Khanna give major couple goals in the first glimpse of Wajah, a romantic song by Jjust Music that releases soon.

Singer-composer Rahul Jain, “Wajah is a contemporary romantic track and still has a very soulful vibe to it. As an artist I am grateful to Jackky Bhagnani Sir for having Faith in my work and giving me the freedom & opportunity to create my kind of music. I am looking forward to this collaboration with JJust Music again and I hope the audiences love it as much as we do.”

Gautam and Smriti said, “We have been avid creators of different kinds of couple videos on the social media. Like Romantic videos, pranks, funny videos. These videos have been well received by our followers and they have always encouraged us to create more. Jackky has loved our chemistry in these videos and one day to our surprise he approached saying that he wants us to be part of this amazing romantic video which has been his best curation for Jjust music. We totally jumped on this opportunity because we love the kind of music Jjust music has been creating and also because we have always used borrowed tracks for our videos and for the first time we will have our own song which we are hoping that other couples will be encouraged to use for their videos. Super great full to Jjust music to consider us to be a part of this song. Besides we had super time shooting the song in the beautiful locales of Armenia. We are sure that everybody will love the song. Still fingers crossed.”

Manisha Rawat explores her painting skills during this lockdown

Manisha Rawat who is essaying the role of Maa Saraswati in the show Jag Jaanani Maa Vaishno Devi – Kahani Mata Rani Ki’ decided to explore her painting skills during this lockdown. Turns out this immensely talented actor is an amazing artist too. She believes in trying times like this adding colour to your life might just brighten up your day.

When spoken to the multi-talented actor about her painting skills she said, “Painting has been my hobby ever since I was a kid. But now, due to hectic shoot schedules I don’t really get the time to paint regularly. I used to paint only during special occasions to present a gift to my close and loved ones in order to make them feel special with a gift that has a personal touch to it. Although on a brighter side, this lockdown has helped relive my childhood days and I have revisited my love for painting.”

Manisha further added, “Painting makes me feel calm and brings in a lot of positivity in me. It helps me be in a different world. I would suggest everyone to do something that they always wanted to do and couldn’t because of time constraints. This is a real good opportunity to explore your rusty childhood skills and hobbies and work on it; not only will that you remain positive during this phase, it will also make you happy.”

Covid- 19 has brought out the talents of many artists and hopefully Manisha Rawat gives more surprises to us and explores her inner talent and shares it with her fans

Vidya Balan starrer Shakuntala Devi biopic to premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video

As Vidya Balan gears up to don the hat of math whiz Shakuntala Devi to teach the world the universal language of mathematics, it’s time for cinephiles to rejoice the return of movies. In an announcement, OTT giant Amazon Prime Video today confirmed that the much-awaited biopic based on the life of mathematician Shakuntala Devi will exclusively premiere for Prime members across 200 countries and territories this June.

Headlined by the National Award winning actress Vidya Balan, as the widely revered as the human computer; the film also stars Sanya Malhotra, who will be seen playing the role of Shakuntala’s daughter Anupama. The movie also stars Amit Sadh and Jisshu Sengupta in pivotal roles. Helmed and written by Anu Menon, the film has been produced by Sony Pictures Networks Productions and Vikram Malhotra. The screenplay is penned by Menon along with Nayanika Mahtani, while the dialogues are penned by Ishita Moitra.

In a statement, Menon said, “Shakuntala Devi’s passion for maths and her determination to spread its joy to the world was unparalleled. She lived ahead of her times and on her own terms – and as we all strive to change the narrative of the female protagonist on screen, her story is one that calls out to be told! And there’s no one better than Vidya Balan to capture Shakuntala’s wit and wisdom! I’m so excited that the film will have its world premier on Amazon Prime Video and everyone will get to experience Shakuntala’s incredible journey and Vidya’s magical portrayal of her soon!”