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I consider myself lucky to be part of Khichadi Returns: Abraam Pandey

Abraam Pandey, who will soon be seen in Khichadi Returns, is on cloud nine. The actor says that he has always been a fan of the show and is thrilled to be part of this season. “Khichadi was one of the best shows on TV till date and working with the Khichadi cast is like finding diamonds in the sand. When you are not from any filmy background and are doing ads, cameo roles, etc. and all of a sudden you get a chance to work with big actors, it really feels like you are on the top of the world. It’s a very big thing for me and I consider myself lucky,” he says.

The actor adds that he is on the lookout for other interesting work as well. “I am on the lookout for different type of characters. I want to explore my abilities as an actor and try to do something very challenging,” he says.

Abraam has been seen in a lot of comedy roles in shows such as Bakula Bua Ka Bhoot and says that he is scared of being typecast. “I am scared of getting the same kind of roles again and again. I want to play characters with grey shades. I love comedy but would love to experiment more as an actor. I have been doing comedy shows since some time now and I want to try my hand at something new,” he says.

Sanil Gosavi produces his new short film ‘My Mothers Wedding’

Sanil Gosavi is a complete package filled with talents. From being the runners up in the Fresh Face of Bombay to creating YouTube channel where he reviews the movie is what defines him in true sense. Sanil Gosavi who has entered the field of short films is popularly known for focusing on the topics that many people do not relate to. One of his previous short film ‘My 5 minutes with God’ had created a lot of buzz in the industry which left people thinking and giving them a new perspective.

Sanil Gosavi is now all set to move forward with a bigger project with Revolutionnare Picture Productions titled ‘My Mother’s Wedding’ featuring Delnaaz Irani which is to be released on 28th January 2018. It is a story that shares a social message about how life moves on and sometimes you have to accept the things the way they are.

Parinaaz Billimoria urf Delnaaz Irani an ordinary Parsi woman is all set to get married for the second time to a Catholic man. Parinaaz son is shown to be understanding and decides to arrange a wedding for his mother. The story focuses on the importance of respecting others decision that make them happy.

Sharing his experience about producing a film Sanil mentioned, “Well this is the first time i have produced a film, my previous work has been more of production and direction. Hence, this is my first movie as a producer which gets excited as well as nervous at the same time. Delnaaz saying yes made all of this happen in the first place. We found a great investor who put his money where his mouth was and believed in us to carry out this mammoth task”.

First look of Raja Abroadiya launched

The first look of Shabla Films’ Raja Abroadiya was launched at a suburban preview theatre of Mumbai. Raja Abroadiya is romantic dramedy of director-producer Lakhwinder Shabla. Under the banner of Shabla Films, Raja Abroadiya is starring Robin Sohi, Vaishnavi Patwardhan, Abhishek Singh Pathania, Olga Hoffmann, Alankrita Bora, Vaishnavi Macdonald and Yograj Singh.

The film producer and director Lakhwinder Shabla, lead actors Robin Sohi, Vaishnavi Patwardhan along with actor Harry Verma and Abhishek Singh Pathania were present at the event.

The story revolves around a rich boy Raja of a village who was very proud and enjoying his royal status, but he got his ego hurt by a drunken villager whose son returned from abroad after being married to foreign girl. Raja accepts his challenge, announcing he too will become Abroadiya .The leading lady Preety also has dreams of going abroad & change her social & economical status. The two meets in the process, they make a deal between them. It’s the story of both to achieve their respective goals and what struggles they have to face in this journey.

The multi-talented Lakhwinder Shabla quoted “the film is a pure romantic comedy along with the passion to achieve one’s goal. This film will give zeal to the young crowd to follow their dreams. The film is shot in Germany as well as Punjab. Both the locations define their own beauty in their manner. The landscapes of Germany are charming, bewitching, and staggeringly pretty. Punjab, on the other hand, with its fertile farming land, is one of India’s most prosperous states. Home to bhangra music and the brotherhood of the Sikh religion, it has a distinctive and lively culture. The cinemagoers will enjoy this movie in theatre by 23rd February, 2018.”

Hyder Kazmi’s JIHAD is winning praise across India and Worldwide

Hyder Kazmi, the renowned actor-producer, has produced a heart touching & soul-stirring movie named JIHAD and ironically at a time when every Indian citizen simply hates even the word Jihad itself. JIHAD is not just a film but a passionate pursuit close to the heart of Hyder Kazmi, since he really wanted to make an out of the box film which would pull the audience’s heartstrings. Not only this, his desire to make such a film like JIHAD would not only prove to be a message oriented movie for today’s youth but would also serve as a yardstick and lighthouse for the youngsters to choose a path for protecting our motherland India and not against it. Hyder Kazmi had visited the birthplace of Lord Rama, Ayodhya and he launched the poster of his movie in Ayodhya on 6th December 2017.The purpose of launching it in Ayodhya was to give a message to the nation that Humanity rules supreme and the Hindus and Muslims should live in harmony just like they do in Ayodhya.

The Babri Masjid demolition completed 25 years on 6th December 2017 and on this occasion, Hyder Kazmi had said, ” The Ram Temple can be made in Ayodhya as it is Lord Shri Ram’s birth place and the Masjid can be made in Lucknow or somewhere else near Ayodhya.” Being a Muslim, Hyder has given an amicable solution to the Ayodhya dispute and believes that Hindus and Muslims in India living harmoniously have already set a benchmark for so many generations. This visionary message by Hyder at the promotion of Jihad movie in Ayodhya speaks volumes about this noble soul and the underlying message he wants to communicate through the medium of Jihad. He has made JIHAD based on such an interesting & topical theme that whenever & wherever JIHAD has been screened in the Global Film Festival circuit, the festival’s official Jury Members have not hesitated even for an iota of a second in bestowing JIHAD with the “Best Film Of The Year” award.In fact, JIHAD has bagged awards & accolades galore. So it will not be out of place to make a mention of a few well-deserved nuggets at this juncture. JIHAD has bagged the following Winner awards: Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival(Best Actor), DadaSahebPhalke Film Foundation Award(Best Actor),Malta International Film Festival (Best Actress), Maverick Movie Award, Los Angeles Film Festival, Cinema London (Best Actress), DadaSaheb Phalke Golden Camera Award(Best Film), Calcutta International Cult Film Festival (Best Actor, Best Film), NRI Achievers Award (Best Debutant Actress), National Human Rights & Social Justice Commission (Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress) Film Festivals. Entering as Finalists in Los Angeles Independent , Los Angeles Cinefest (Best Film, Best Actor, Best Actress), Global Revolution Film Festival,New York, Malta International Film Festival, Kuala Lumpur Independent (Best Film), Out of the Can Film Festival(Winner Best Film, Best Actor Finalist). Officially Selected at Creation International film Festival,Canada, The CK Long Island NewYork, Pembroke Taparelli Arts Los Angeles, Royal Starr Michigan, HongKong National, Boston Galactic Stars, San Francisco, Aab International Punjab, KaPow Intergalactic Los Angeles etc.

Last but not the least Hyder Kazmi seems ecstatic about JIHAD as his long-cherished dream seems to have reached its ultimate pinnacle of fulfillment .Meanwhile for these Hyder Kazmi gives the entire credit to the legendary actors, our very own “Bharat” of Hindi films, Shri Manoj Kumar, Tragedy King Shri Dilip Kumar. A point to be noted here is that it was Manoj Kumar who was entirely responsible for bringing Hyder Kazmi to Mumbai then Bombay and gave him a break in his small screen serial. In fact, Hyder Kazmi had one more dream and that was to act in a film with Dilip Kumar. However, Hyder Kazmi had succeeded in getting the negative cutting of his released film Bobby, not to be confused with the Late Raj Kapoor’s film Bobby, at the hands of Dilip Kumar.

In the last one decade Hyder Kazmi has produced & acted in scores of films but the creative satisfaction which Hyder Kazmi experienced in producing & acting in JIHAAD is unbelievable, unthinkable & even unparalleled. In fact, Hyder Kazmi is really at a loss for words to describe his phenomenal feelings. Bollywood will definitely get a serious & accomplished actor in the form of Hyder Kazmi after witnessing his effortless albeit flawless act in JIHAD a la Naseeruddin Shah, Irrfan Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Manoj Bajpai et al.

The most ardent desire of Hyder Kazmi is that the members of the 4th estate should view JIHAD very carefully albeit very interestingly & very sensitively too. As without the proper & the adequate support of the media nothing is possible. Hence Hyder Kazmi wants the media should see the film first and express their unbiased verdict for JIHAD which is all set to release in 2018. JIHAD has been directed by Rakesh Parmar, and it stars the bold & the beautiful Alfeeya.

Promo of the 2nd Season of Amit Khanna’s webseries ‘All About Section 377’ released

Ace photographer Amit Khanna’s latest offering All About Section 377 season 2 is bang on, targeted to highlight the struggles of LGBTQ community the first season of this series was highly appreciated and won accolades galore.

Amit Khanna who plays the central protagonist in this show has not only acted in it but has written directed and produced it as well. The web-series is the first of its kind revolutionary in its own way as its set to highlight the transgender issues and is set against the back drop of a village, The cast involves Gulshan Nain, Ankit Bhatia, Mustafa Shaikh, Yash Yogi, Gunjan Malhotra, Amit Khanna and others. The season 2 is being produced by Asmiy Entertainment (Dhaval Patel), Dancing Shiva (Ritesh Kudecha, Anuya Chauhan Kudecha) and Philum Makers (Shyam Patel and Amit Khanna).

Amit Khanna says, “Love is a beautiful emotion which must be expressed freely and not be restricted on the basis of gender Our series All about section 377 season 2 highlights LGBTQ issues at a basic grass root level its not only the first series to take up struggles faced by the Hijara/transgender issue but it happens to deal with homophobia in Indian villages due to prejudices and lack of knowledge.”

Anuya Chauhan Kudecha (Dancing Shiva) feels, “As mankind progresses in the realm of technology, infrastructure and so on, our thoughts need to progress, one’s sexual orientation is no basis to discriminate individuals as it’s very offensive for a person’s dignity. Mr. Shyam Patel (Philum Makers) quotes “ It is important for people to understand the true emotional journey of the LGBTQ community in our society our web series enlightens the viewer on the harsh reality.”

Ankit Bhatia who plays a bisexual character says that the series is extremely close to his heart and he had no problems romancing a man in the show, Where as Gulshan Nain who had played the homophobic man in the first season matures in the next season and stands up for the basic rights of an individual and against homophobia as well as in support of transgenders.

All About Section 377 season 2 thus is an important content for the world to witness as it aims to break prejudices as well as brings in light the reality of the LGBTQ community.

Take a look at the trailer of season 2 here: https://youtu.be/RUtt82ex6xk

T-Series Hate Story IV to release on March 9

Hate Story IV, directed by Vishal Pandya, produced by T-Series’ Bhushan Kumar and Krishan Kumar will release on March 9.

The revenge drama stars Urvashi Rautela, Karan Wahi, Vivan Bhathena and Ihana Dhillon.

Hate Story IV is a story of greed, passion and revenge set against the backdrop of political upheaval in London.

Indian Doctor cum Producer Anmol Kapoor honored with prestigious award In Canada

Dr. Anmol Kapoor who has entertainment and educated audiences by producing some noteworthy films like Patiala Dreamz (2014), Phullu (2017) and many more has received a prestigious award of Immigrant of Distinction from Immigrant Services Calgary in Canada. Each year, the Herald honours 20 Calgarians making a difference in their community or their mark on a grander stage. Their achievements are significant but, often, are outside the public spotlight. This year Dr Anmol Kapoor has been honored with the efforts he is making to keep Canada a much healthier place.

A producer and doctor, Dr. Anmol Kapoor has always produced films which have a social message backing to it. His film “Palki” which was shot in India and all crew including post production was done by best of Hollywood technicians, was sent to Cannes film festival. It starred Piyush Mishra, Ritika Anand, Rajesh Sharma, Vibha Chibber and special appearance by Dr. Kumar Vishvas and touches issues of women empowerment and education. Similarly, Phullu” which was released on 16th June 2017 also raised women health issues and it starred National Award Movie (Filmistan) actor Sharib Hashmi in the main lead. It was critically acclaimed and we were the first one to touch sanitary napkin issue through this movie. He also partnered with International Platinum Selling Artist Raqhav and released a single with Abhishek Bachchan, Nelly and the video was shot in Africa, where they raised issues of lack of electricity in Africa’s continent and other countries. The video was very well received and Until the Sun Comes up was a hit song which helped raise awareness about this important issue.

Expressing his emotions after receiving the award, Dr Anmol Kapoor says : When you get acknowledged as one of the immigrants of distinction, that tells me that the path I’m working on is the right path and I should keep working in this direction. My work focuses on heart disease prevention, particularly among the South Asian community and women. It is quite difficult and challenging to raise awareness. “Doctors in clinical settings aren’t used to looking at it from the patient’s angle. We’re always giving them advice and treatments but sometimes we fail to understand their background, their ethnicity, and their risk factors. Some have more demands from a heart disease point of view and some have less. The challenge also is making minorities and immigrants aware of the resources available for them. They only come in contact with health-care professionals when the damage is done. I want to make them aware earlier, so we can prevent disease and the damage.”

Kapoor, originally from India, went to medical school in Russia, then came to Canada for more schooling, first in Lethbridge, then Edmonton and Winnipeg. In the fall of 2010, he arrived in Calgary.

He helped establish a clinic in Marlborough, run by nurses, that deals with some 200 heart disease patients, thereby taking the strain off hospitals. He’s also involved in developing an app that will allow patients to be triage at home. It’s a groundbreaking project, deploying artificial intelligence that will undergo a clinical trial.

Modern Naarad made me who I am today: Abraam Pandey

While actor Abraam Pandey has been part of multiple shows, he says that his last show Bakula Bua Ka Bhoot was the turning point in his career. The actor adds that his character of modern Naarad made him quite popular. “This character made me who I am. People started knowing me, started loving the character. This character proved me as an actor in the industry. Also, I was offered Naarad’s role many times after this. But I refused as I did not want to play the same part again. I want to experiment more as an actor. It’s really hard to do mythological shows but playing modern Naarad was a fun and I loved it. Modern Naarad established me as a versatile actor,” he says.

Ask him if he is at all like Naarad, Abraam says, “I am a very straight forward guy. I am blunt. I can say whatever I feel about the person, on his face even if it’s hurting him. I am not like Naarad at all.”

He has a lot of sweet memories of the show. “Whenever a new show is on-air, we would all sit together and watch the first episode. You can say it is the tradition of the production house. One more memory is that on the first day, the second scene was mine and everybody were saying that ‘Yeh Naarad bahot cute hain’ so that was also a compliment for me. J. D. Majethia sir and Aatish Kapadia sir were 100% confident that I will do justice to the role. And also people said that we have never seen a Naarad like you, with a fit body and six pack abs. Earlier whoever played a Naarad were a bit ‘Gol Matol’,” he says.

Talking about his association with the producers J. D. Majethia and Aatish Kapadia, Abraam says, “I am like a kid for both. Majethia sir and Aatish Kapadia sir treat me like a kid. They have taught me many things and are still teaching me. They support me a lot. My association with them is like family. They must be legendary or big for many but for me, they are my family.”

NASHIBVAN first look unveiled

Cinematographer Amol Vasant Gole who has worked for many award winning films has now donned director’s hat. The first look of Gole’s debut directorial film NASHIBVAN was unveiled.

Flying God Films presentation, the film is produced by Amit Naresh Patil, Vinod Manohar Gaikwad and Mahendra Gangadhar Patil, co-produced by Prashant Vijay Mayekar.

Apart from direction, Amol Vasant Gole has written story, screenplay and dialogues with cinematography. NASHIBVAN stars Bhau Kadam as protagonist.

SET ORIGINALS’ first production ‘PRITHVI VALLABH’

Aimed at bringing compelling Indian tales with universal relevance to an increasingly interested global audience, Sony Entertainment Television (SET) launches its sub-brand ‘SET Originals’ with ‘Prithvi Vallabh’ being the first production to premier under this brand. With SET Originals, the channel will collaborate with new creative storytellers to offer premium, fresh and finite content with superior production values and narratives that have a global appeal.

The show will mark the debut of Anirudh Pathak of Writers’ Galaxy as a Producer and will enrapture viewers by its breathtaking visuals, canvas, and scale of production. A finite series, Prithvi Vallabh narrates a tale of two archival warriors; Prithvi and Mrinal. Prithvi, the heir of the Malwa dynasty, is an advocator of the ‘philosophy of humanism’, while Mrinal, the princess warrior of Manyakhet, is ‘born out of pure vengeance’. It is a unique story that starts with hatred on a battlefield and ends up becoming a grand love story. The show will take us to an era where various Indian states were at constant war for territorial expansion. In this era of continual struggle, Prithvi Vallabh’s philosophy of ‘live and let live’ forms the crux of the show, which is relevant even today. It has both, a sense of history and a mystery of those times.

The show’s stellar star cast includes Ashish Sharma as Prithvi, Sonarika Bhadoria as Mrinal, Pawan Chopra as Singhdant, Shalini Kapoor as Rajmata, Alefia Kapadia as Savita, Jitin Gulati as Tailap, Piyali Munshi as Jakkala, Surendra Pal as Vinayaditya, amongst others.

Comments:

Danish Khan, Executive Vice President, and Business Head, Sony Entertainment Television:
“It’s time for Indian stories to reach out to global audiences. India has a rich legacy of civilization, culture, literature and history. Indian stories have a universal appeal and are extremely relevant to the world if told well. SET Originals is a step in that direction. Prithvi Vallabh is our first production under the brand. We are delighted to collaborate with Anirudh Pathak, the writer and the creator of the show. With SET originals, we take a brave and visionary leap to define the content for the ever-evolving global audience.”

Anirudh Pathak, Producer & Creator of Prithvi Vallabh
“Prithvi Vallabh is my first show as a producer. I am grateful to Sony Entertainment Television for putting their faith in me and offering us all the backing in creating this world-class series. I do believe there is always a story out there waiting to be told. Behind the story somewhere, there are many unheard of improbable, yet true stories that merit attention. Prithvi Vallabh is one such attempt of ours to present a story of two rival warriors, a complete contrast in personalities, yet connected by one emotion – a hatred which will transform into love, making it one of the most romantic historic love stories of all times.”

Tune in to ‘Prithvi Vallabh’ premiering on January 20, 2018, at 9:30 PM, every Saturday-Sunday only on Sony Entertainment Television!