Green Signal to the Green Zone area of Jag Jaanani Maa Vaishno Devi- Kahani Mata Rani Ki

Adhering to the new norms and conditions, the cast and crew of Jag Jaanani Maa Vaishno Devi- Kahani Mata Rani Ki kick start their shooting. The set which is located at Naigaon is completely under green zone. Not only that the members of the show who are part of the shoot having been travelling from the nearby locations of Naigon which is also under the green zone. A big sigh of relief!

The shoots have started to resume and has been limited to few crew members on the set. The set has been sanitized regularly and people are following the regulations very properly without any guidance.

When spoken to the crew from the production house they mentioned “We have started shooting again with all the new guidelines set from the government. We are adhering to the system of social distancing. The entire set is sanitized regularly. People have been wearing masks, applying sanitizers.  Regular temperature check is also done before you enter the set. The makeup artists are fully covered with PPE kits. We are not been allowed to loiter in the set once the shoot gets over.  The entire cast from the show comes from a green zone area which has reduced the risk factor in the set”

The show will soon be aired in the month of July and looking into the amount of precautions being taken we are sure that a bundle of non-stop entertainment is on our way.

Richa Chadha and Ali Fazal pose together as a couple in their first magazine cover as a couple

They are probably one of Tinseltown’s most adorable couples, but how much do we really know about Richa Chadha and Ali Fazal? Besides a few details like they met on the sets of their film Fukrey and fell in love, the details about their love story are a well kept secret as the couple always maintained a low profile barring a few instances. Now, in a gorgeous magazine shoot for Brides Today’s June-July edition, the actors have spilled the story of how they went from best friends to life partners.

The couple was due to get married in April but the wedding was pushed owing to the ongoing global pandemic. In their first ever joint cover shoot together, weeks before the country went into lockdown, the couple paint a gorgeous picture together. Richa looks every bit as resplendent in her gorgeous lehengas, giving the world what a gorgeous bride she’d make and Ali looks his dapper best in his dulha attire. But all of it, what catches our eye is how happy they look, their eyes twinkling and heart’s content. 

For fans, the highlight from the cover issue be the journey and their complete love story.

Viewers look forward to Sukhmani’s late night banter with celebs on Friday

Sacred Games actress Sukhmani Sadana is one of the pioneers in launching an Instagram Live Show during the lockdown. ‘Sukhmani in Bed’, the show is a late night chat show that has the actress inviting celeb guests on to enjoy a pyjama party together. The show revolves around how Friday nights can be fun even on a live chat show between 2 friends keeping it cosy, candid and crazy, sprinkled with some board games like Pictionary, Truth and Dare and finally a quiz for her viewer where the winners get gift hampers. The concept turned out to be a hit for online viewers as they found something entertaining and positive to do while they are at home.

The show has aired eleven episodes and celebs like Minisha Lamba, Sonal Chauhan, Karishma Sharma, RJ Malishka, Manasi Scott, Apoorva Arora, Parul Gulati, Vedhika Kumari, Sonali Sehgal, Karishma Kotak, Tanishaa Mukerji and Kubbra Sait have already appeared on the show and their online chats are worth checking out.  

Sukhmani, who is also a writer and anchor, said, “I felt that the Viewers crave to know how their favourite celebs are in real life and how candid when they’re relaxed in their pyjamas. Sukhmani in Bed is an uplifting, happy, chirpy half hour of viewing. “Since all my guests are my buddies, it keeps the show real and unscripted. It’s been fun hosting my show. I wanted to make good use of my free time during the lockdown. Also Spreading happiness is the need of the hour right now for us. And also it never hurt or cost much 😉 There’s too much sadness around us and as I always say, Sukh is the least You can except from a Sukhmani ;)”

This Friday’s episode check out the bright and talented actress Ridhima Pandit.

2020 Indian Film Festival of Melbourne goes ahead rescheduling to October 30th to November 7th

This month the festival kickstarts a brand-new virtual event, the IFFM FILM CLUB featuring some of the finest filmmakers in India, discussing their films.

The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne today announced that this year’s festival will go ahead with dates rescheduled from August to late 2020 due to the ongoing COVID -19 pandemic. IFFM 2020’s program will be devised in line with public health guidance with plans for a compact schedule taking place over a week from October 30 to November 7. The festival is retaining the Short Film Competition and the popular dance competition (to be held on October 31, pending easing of restrictions) but the much anticipated IFFM Awards Gala will be postponed till 2021. More details of festival highlights will be announced shortly.

An exciting new innovation to the festival this year, in response to current challenges and opportunities, is the IFFM Film Club where fans of Indian movies can enroll for a virtual master class with leading filmmakers discussing their works in detail. This exciting new event is facilitated by noted journalist Rajeev Masand. Functioning like a book club, the festival asks participants to watch a classic film, and they then have an opportunity to discuss the film at the virtual film club with the filmmaker. The virtual talks are open for registration to festival-goers and accommodate 100 early bird users.

Previously, the festival has hosted master classes with acclaimed filmmakers including Raju Hirani, Rani Mukherjee, Karan Johar, Rima Das, Zoya Akhtar, Onir, Vijay Sethupathi , Nag Ashwin , Kabir Khan, and many others. With the launch of this year’s Film Club, IFFM continues to celebrate the spirit of diversity through cinema.

IFFM Festival Director Mitu Bhowmick Lange said, “This is a uniquely intimate way for film lovers to stay engaged, entertained and educated while at home in these unprecedented times. We already have a strong line up of filmmakers from various parts of India. Well-known film journalist Rajeev Masand will moderate the session as he opens the film and its maker to a world of questions from curious fans.”

Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley said: “Social distancing doesn’t mean social disconnection and through the screen, we can continue to be inspired by stories and perspectives from across the globe. I applaud the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne team for its commitment to continuing to bring the IFFM spirit to film lovers and for pivoting to a new model for 2020 in response to these challenging times.”

In 2019 the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne celebrated its tenth anniversary. In February this year pre-COVID, IFFM hosted an event in Mumbai where Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan awarded the four-year scholarship named after him to Gopika Kottantharayil Bhasi from Thrissur (Kerala), as a part of the festival’s long association with Melbourne’s La Trobe University. Now faced with restrictions and new opportunities the IFFM the team is working hard to develop new exciting elements to the year’s festival while ensuring the safety of festival attendees.

&TV starts shooting for Kahat Hanuman Jain Shri Ram

Mythological shows in India have always managed to captivate an audience with numerous unheard and fascinating tales of the great Lords. Depicting one such tale is Kahat Hanuman Jai Shri Ram. A captivating story of devotion in its truest form, Kahat Hanuman Jai Shri Ram depicts the many unexplored sides of Lord Hanuman, including the purpose of his life.

Sneha Wagh aka Anjani Mata of Kahat Hanuman Jai Shri Ram shares, “I am thrilled to be back on the sets. The lockdown gave us some family time, but it was equally dull not to hustle every day to go on the set, deliver dialogues and put my best foot forward. With the blessing of Ganpati Bappa, the first day of shoot started on an auspicious note with an aarti. It was nice to see everyone after such a long gap. As soon as I arrived, our temperature and body oxygen levels were screened. There were limited people on sets, and at every point, there was umpteen number of sanitiser bottles and sprays. I was wearing my own face shield and removed it only when I was on camera. It is a completely new way of shooting for us, but we are all thrilled to be back.”

Jiten Lalwani, who plays Kesari in Kahat Hanuman Jai Shri Ram says, “Reading the Shiv Purana during the lockdown has helped me in building my character further in the show. I am delighted to be back on the sets and doing what I love the most – that is shooting! We had proper sanitation at every nook and corner, check-up of body temperatures and numerous sanitisers on the sets. Each person on the set wore protective masks, hand gloves and face shields. The day started with all of us seeking blessings from Ganpati Bappa by performing a small aarti. The set had a different vibe that of a reunion and excitement. I am looking forward to the exciting new episodes of our show.”

Catch all exciting new episodes of Kahat Hanuman Jai Shri Ram coming soon only on &TV

& TV’s 3 more shows resumes shoot today : Bhabhiji Set Par Hain

&TV resumes shoot for the popular cult show Bhabiji Ghar Par Hai! Yet again taking the audience on a joyride of laughter, the Mishras and Tiwaris have returned to the modern colony, all excited and prepared. With limited crew and taking utmost safety and sanitation measures.

Shubhangi Atre aka Angoori Bhabi of Bhabiji Ghar Par Hai shares, “I am excited to be back on the sets and looking forward to our show to be back with fresh episodes as well really soon. Earlier our set used to be buzzing with technicians, spot dadas and the rest of the crew every morning but now with limited people, the modern colony looks very different. After clearing the sanitation and screening process, we all assembled for a short Ganesh aarti for an auspicious start, followed by rehearsals wearing masks. As I live nearby, I did my own makeup and wore my costume to the set for minimal touch-ups. Also, we are limiting our group lunches and resorting to individual breaks to avoid gathering. The entire experience was quite different, but with time, we all will get used to it.”

Sharing his experience, Yogesh Tripathi said, “I am delighted to be back as Daroga Happu Singh. I missed my show, my characters and crew big time. So many fans asked me ‘Daroga Ji Kab Wapas Aaoge? Toh Loh Mein Aa Gaya! The first day was a little different from what we were used to earlier. We were sanitised and screened, wore masks and maintained social distancing. We all recited Lord Ganesh’s aarti together for an auspicious start to our shoot. Immediately I then changed into my character look. I totally missed my moustache and pot belly! I am sure the viewers are equally excited to see their favourite Happu Ki Ultan Paltan making a comeback really soon!”

Producer Binaifer Kohli is seen on the sets of Bhabiji & Happu to encourage the cast and crew on their first day of shoot.

Sarika Bahroliya aka Gudiya* said, “I cannot express how happy, rather delighted, I am to be back on the sets. It has been quite a different experience with limited people on the sets. On arriving, our temperatures were checked, followed by meeting the other crew members. Wearing masks and following social distancing norms, we started our day with Lord Ganesh’s aarti. I had carried my bag comprising of my makeup and sanitation kit, alongside my Tiffin box. We sanitised our hands at regular intervals. We have some exciting episodes in the pipeline, and I am eagerly looking forward to it to go on air.”

The Marathi Theater to resume on 12th July 2020?

A Poster and a Video Clip on social media announcing “Launching Play at your favorite theatre on July 12, 2020” has created a flutter among the Marathi play connoisseurs

A Poster and a Video Clip on social media announcing “Launching Play at your favourite theatre on July 12, 2020” has created a flutter among the Marathi play connoisseurs today. This message has raised eyebrows as also a host of questions such as: What exactly is this play?  Who is directing it? Who are the artists?  What is the venue for staging the play? How did the Government give permission for staging the play when all theatres are closed during this period of lockdown? What about the safety of audiences in terms of social distancing while watching the play?

Many and more such questions have come up today. Fans will soon get answers to all these questions on 12th July, 2020 when the launch takes place in your favorite and nearest theatre.

The Marathi theatre had faced many challenges in the past but it was with the huge support of its fans that helped in overcoming such issues. This time too it would be these very connoisseurs who will stand behind this unique experiment and ensure its success.

Meera Deosthale to replace Puja Banejee in Star Bharat’s Jag Jaanani Maa Vaishnodevi

The television industry which was shut down due to the pandemic will resume shooting in the coming days following the guidelines of the government. The fans excitement increased as they will be getting to see their favorite shows in the coming days.

The exit of Puja Banerjee from the show Jag Jaanani Maa Vaishno Devi – Kahani Mata Rani had increased disappointment among the fans. But the good news is that a replacement has been found in no time.

Yes! Vadodara’s Meera Deosthale will replace Puja Banejee in Star Bharat’s Jag Jaanani Maa Vaishnodevi. Meera Deosthale who has been in the industry for more than a decade will join the star-studded cast of the show.

Meera Deosthale has never played any mytho character before. But the makers are confident of Meera’s capability to pull this character really well. Actress Meera is very happy about her new character and she will start shooting very soon.

The names that were shortlisted in the list included Rubina Dilaik, Tejashwi Prakash, Shrenu Parikh, Niyati Fatani but Meera Deosthale made her way for this epic character of Maa Vaishno Devi.

Two of &TV shows – ‘Ek Mahanayak Dr B.R. Ambedkar’ and ‘Santoshi Maa Sunaye Vrat Kathayein’ resume shoot

It is time for the cameras to roll! After a three-month lockdown, &TV resumed shoot for two of its shows, Ek Mahanayak Dr B. R Ambedkar and Santoshi Maa Sunaye Vrat Kathayein keeping all safety guidelines and precautions in mind starting June 26th and June 25th respectively. The limited cast and crew members who reached the sets on the first day of the shoot could not contain their happiness and were thrilled to hear the words, ‘Lights, Camera & Action’ after such a long gap. Ready to roll with the camera, Gracy Singh who plays Santoshi Maa reached the sets of its show all excited and prepared. Same goes for Jagannath Nivangune who plays Ramji Maloji Sakpal and Neha Joshi who plays Bhimabai.

Speaking about her first day at the shoot, Gracy Singh, Santoshi Maa from Santoshi Maa Sunaye Vrat Kathayein said, “The moment I got a call confirming the shoot date, my excitement knew no bounds. I prepared my bag with the required accessories and makeup items properly sanitised and even kept aside the character outfit that I wore from home to the sets. Only the touch up was done on the sets once or twice. I felt the same way as I did on the first day of my shoot on this show. The moment we reached the sets, our temperature and body oxygen levels, was screened. We welcomed each other in our traditional Indian style, i.e. Namaste, followed by a quick catching up session. There were limited people on sets and were wearing masks, including me. At every point in and around the sets, there was umpteen number of sanitiser bottles and sprays. It was quite a distinct experience, but I am sure with time, we all will get used to it.”

Jagannath Nivangune, Ramji Maloji Sakpal from Ek Mahanayak Dr B. R Ambedkar’ commented, “Upon signing up for the show, I had started reading ‘Changdev Bhavanrao Khairmode’s book ‘Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar’. But, due to busy shooting schedules, I was unable to finish the book. However, now I managed to read all eight parts of the book. It was wonderful to see Neha and Smruti Ji along with other cast members. We greeted each other with a Namaste. I am fully prepared with own personal sanitation kit and carried lot of masks with me for everyone just as goodwill gesture, though we also have those available on the sets. Our temperature was checked, alongside ensuring we sanitise our hands at regular intervals and continue wearing masks when off the camera. Everyone has been strictly adhering to the protocols and following social distancing norms. We have an exciting track coming up focusing on another landmark moment in Babasaheb’s life.”

Neha Joshi, Bhimabai from Ek Mahanayak Dr B. R Ambedkar’ said, I was missing my reading and rehearsing sessions with Jagannath and our Director Imtiaz Ji. I have been draping the saree all by myself for years and since the past couple of months I had been missing wearing one, so it makes me happy to be able to get into my saree look again. With the excitement of meeting everyone, I took out one of my favourite sarees to wear on the sets. I also carried my makeup, food, and safety kit to ensure I am fully prepared and protected, even though we have ample sanitation amenities available on the sets. It was a homecoming of sorts. We have a significant track worked out, and we are quite excited for it to hit the television screens soon.”

&TV’s ‘Ek Mahanayak Dr B.R. Ambedkar’ is a never-told-before life story of Babasaheb in the Hindi GEC space. Produced by Smruti Sushilkumar Shinde’s SOBO Films, the show is an inspirational story of Babasaheb and his journey from the tender age of five, to him becoming the prime architect of the Indian constitution.

Produced by Rashmi Sharma Telefilms, ‘Santoshi Maa Sunaye Vrath Kathayein’ is the captivating story that captures the pure connection between ‘Bhakt and Bhagwan’.

Get ready to watch the all-new episodes of ‘Ek Mahanayak Dr B. R Ambedkar’ and ‘Santoshi Maa Sunaye Vrat Kathayein’ coming soon only on &TV!

Richa Chadha has a strong message on Fair and Lovely changing its name

In a remarkable move, HUL has decided to rename their popular skin care brand Fair and Lovely. As netizens celebrated the bold move, Bollywood actress Richa Chadha who has quite often questioned the society’s set beauty norms and their depiction in popular culture, especially movies, posted a celebratory message on her social media handle. She wrote, “NOT FAIR BUT LOVELY”, I had gotten this printed on a T shirt back in 2015. Yesterday, the brand @fairandlovely_id and I were finally in agreement! 👏🏽💕❤️Yesterday, they dropped the word FAIR from their product name… Before you attack the brand for only paying ‘lip service’, please remember, it takes many generations for ideas to change. There is demand and hence there is supply…We have been told since we were children, that fairness is the only definition of beauty! It is also another unfortunate byproduct of colonialism and casteism! But it’s 2020, and a lot of BS is getting dismantled !

Link – https://www.instagram.com/p/CB4-puOjv4P/?igshid=6ga36qf9afpq

It took me many years of unlearning to gain confidence and start LOVING my complexion! Der aye durust aye, I say.

I welcome this decision by the brand… and it’s not easy… brands have a thousand meetings before they change even the FONT in their logo… I hope slowly and steadily mindsets change… we must continuously and without any influence of the West, define our own idea of beauty. Beauty must be inclusive! Bravo @fairandlovely_id 👏🏽

Richa’s post comes in after many questioned if changing the brand name is enough. As the actress rightly puts it, it’s one helluva start.