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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.

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.

The first look of the film Sab Kushal Mangal out, film releases on 3rd January 2020

They say if the year starts with a good omen, the whole year is likely to be good. The makers of Sab Kushal Mangal have decided to release the film on the very first Friday of the new year and it won’t be wrong to say that they wish it to be a Sab Kushal Mangal year for audiences.

The makers of the film unveiled its first poster on social media platforms, announcing it’s upcoming release on 3rd January 2020. The film marks Akshaye Khanna’s return to comedy and introduces the world to two new actors, Priyaank Sharma, son of actress Padmini Kolhapure and Riva Kishan, daughter of actor Ravi Kishan.

The poster of the film directed by Karan Vishwanath Kashyap, has Akshaye with a gun pointed towards Priyaank while offering a red rose to Riva with his other hand. With a promise to be quirky, crazy and romantic, the film looks like a rollercoaster ride that promises to leave audiences with tears of laughter.

Presented by Nitin Manmohan’s One Up Entertainment, Akshaye Khanna and Abhishek Jagdish Jaiswal, the film marks the debut of Prachi Nitin Manmohan as a film producer.

Reliance Entertainment To Release Panipat Worldwide On December 6th 2019

One of the most awaited period dramas of 2019, Ashutosh Gowarikar’s Panipat is all set to hit the theatres worldwide on December 6. The film stars super amazing talents like Sanjay Dutt, Arjun Kapoor, Kriti Sanon and an eclectic cast that includes Padmini Kolhapure, Mohnish Bahl and Zeenat Aman in a Special Appearance which makes it all worthwhile.

We all know how Ashutosh’s films are all about intriguing storylines and majestic sets, which gives the best cinematic experiences. With Panipat too, the maverick director is all set to take his magnum opus Panipat to an all-new cinematic high. He has made sure that everything from the grand sets, casting the best actors to hire the best technical team, everything’s just on-point.

Speaking about the film, producer Sunita Gowarikar says, “Our film Panipat will bring alive the great glory of Marathas and will showcase not just the epic battle in which more than a lakh soldiers were martyred but also the reasons behind the war. It is an epic tale of great historical significance.”

Shibasish Sarkar, Group CEO, Reliance Entertainment, says, “It is our privilege to associate with such a magnum opus that will showcase one of the biggest ever battles fought in the world. The scale, grandeur and compelling story telling will make it an unputdownable watch when the film opens in theatres.”

Producer Rohit Shelatkar of Vision World says, “We are proud  to be a part of such a film which will showcase one of the biggest battles ever fought.Panipat will also show how this battle changed history. Being directed by Ashutosh Gowarikar, we are sure that this will be a visual treat for all of us.”

Panipat is based on the Third Battle of Panipat, which is one of the most epic battles in the history of India that took place on 14 January 1761 at Panipat. The battle was fought between the northern expeditionary force of the Maratha Empire and invading forces of the King of Afghanistan, Ahmad Shah Abdali, supported by two Indian allies—the Rohilla Afghans of the Doab, and Shuja-ud-Daula, the Nawab of Awadh.

Directed by Ashutosh Gowarikar, Panipat is produced by Sunita Gowariker under their home banner AGPPL in association with Rohit Shelatkar’s company – Vision World. The film is scheduled to release on December 6, 2019.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui shakes a leg with Sunny Leone for Motichoor Chaknachoor

Garnering millions of views and creating waves with the trailer of his new rib-tickling and off-beat romcom – Motichoor Chaknachoor, Nawazuddin now burns the dance floor with a lit-up song ‘Battiyan Bujhaado’. After trying to woo his lady love in Crazy Lagdi, Nawaz will now be seen in a never seen before avatar, as he matches steps with the queen of hearts Sunny Leone, and together they bring down the roof in this foot-stomping promotional song for the film. Motichoor Chaknachoor, directed by Debamitra Biswal uniquely showcases the marital journey of the most unusual jodi – Pushpinder Tyagi and Anita Awasthi played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Athiya Shetty.

Sung and composed by Ramji Gulati, who is joined by singer Jyotica Tangri, Battiyan Bujhaado will bring the vibe and tempo to every party, on its way to becoming the next anthem of the season when it launches today.

Setting temperatures soaring yet again, Sunny Leone said, “I was hooked to the soundtrack from the very first time I heard it. A catchy tune, that really grows on you, Battiyan Bujhaado is a full-blown dance song, that will surely be on every party’s playlist. And shooting the song with Nawaz, with whom I am sharing a screen for the first time, was an extremely enjoyable experience. He has quite surprised me with how sporting and fun he can be at dancing, on and off-screen, which the audience will see when the song launches today.”

Producedby Viacom18 Studios and Woodpecker Movies, Rajesh and Kiran Bhatia, Motichoor Chaknachoor is set to release on November 15

Nawazuddin Siddiqui honoured with the Prestigious Golden Dragon Award

Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui has been honoured with the esteemed Golden Dragon Award at the Cardiff International Film Festival for his excellent contribution to cinema in the global arena.

Rahil Abbas, the Founder & Festival Director of Cardiff International Film Festival, who also hosted the ‘Candid Chat with Nawaz’ expressed his delightful experience with Nawaz.

CIFF India Partner & Facilitator Suhail Sayed walked the red carpet along with Rahil and Nawaz and revealed his experience of the festival. “It’s been an amazing journey with Rahil and Nawaz so far, especially the Gala Night & Candid Chat with Nawaz was outstanding. As a facilitator, I’m honoured here and will soon come up with some extra-ordinary happenings.”

The Gangs of Wasseypur actor took to his Twitter to share an image of him accepting the Golden Dragon Award at the Cardiff International Film Festival in the United Kingdom. The Counsel General of Wales, Mick Antoniw, on Sunday presented the award at CIFF in Cardiff to The Gangs of Wasseypur actor. Hollywood legend Judi Dench was likewise respected with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the event.

Nawazuddin took to Twitter and wrote, “Congratulations #DameJudiDench on receiving the Lifetime Achievement award. Thank You Mr. @MickAntoniw1 the Counsel General of Wales, UK & Cardiff International Film Festival for bestowing me with the prestigious Golden Dragon Award.”

The actor has made an imprint universally with Netflix’s Sacred Games, Ritesh Batra’s Photograph and BBC UK’s McMafia. He is the only actor in the world having 8 films being officially selected in five years at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. Also, his two series were nominated at the prestigious Emmy Awards.

Bala comes out with a beautiful Love Ballad – Pyaar Toh Tha

Some love stories last a lifetime, others fade away like a receding hairline. But one hopes and one believes that things will go back to the way they used to be. That emotion is at the heart of the latest Bala track, Pyaar Toh Tha.

Composed by Sachin Jigar with lyrics penned by Priya Saraiya, it features the voices of Jubin Nautiyal and Asees Kaur and is picturized on lead pair Ayushmann Khurrana and Yami Gautam.

Encompassing a sea of emotions, Pyaar Toh Tha sees Ayushmann and Yami in a stark departure from the mood we’ve seen them in so far. The comedy gives way to an intense romance, some cute moments and healthy dollops of drama. Jubin and Asees bring the fire to the raging intensity one sees on screen and one cannot help but feel overwhelmed with all the emotions at play. Directed by Amar Kaushik and produced by Dinesh Vijan of Maddock Films, the story of the film is all about a man in deep distress over his baldness.

The song is now available on Sony Music India’s YouTube channel and across all streaming platforms.

Song Name : Pyaar Toh Tha

Movie Name : Bala

Composed by Sachin Sanghvi – Jigar Saraiya

Lyrics by Priya Saraiya

Published By: Sony Music Entertainment India Pvt. Ltd.

Singer : Jubin Nautiyal; Asees Kaur

Actor: Ayushmann Khurrana; Yami Gautam; Bhumi Pednekar

(P) 2019 Sony Music Entertainment India Pvt. Ltd.

From the Film : Bala

Repertoire Owner: SME India Pvt. Ltd.

Housefull 4 Associates With Team RichFeel

The Housefull 4 team has associated with World’s largest chain of Trichology clinics and India’s most trusted hair care brand RichFeel, to spread awareness about the importance of hair care and seeking professional assistance whenever needed. The Founders of RichFeel and Pioneers of Trichology in India, Dr. Apoorva Shah, along with Dr. Sonal Shah, the first certified woman Trichologist in India, met the lead male cast of Housefull 4: Akshay Kumar, Riteish Deshmukh, Pooja Hegde and Kriti Kharbanda in a meet-and-greet session in Mumbai at Novotel Juhu.

Akshay Kumar, who portrays the character of ‘Bala’, is shown bald in the movie. Bala Dev Singh didn’t have an option 600 years ago, but you have one! Gone are the days when there were no solutions! RichFeel, through this instance, wishes to raise awareness amongst people about their receding hairline or hair concerns and how seeking professional guidance from a Trichologist can make a difference to them.

“Films have a great impact on society. It can be a great learning curve for people and we wish to take this opportunity to reach out to the maximum number of people. One should take care of their hair as it is their crowning glory and an indicator of stable health. When in any doubt, one should always seek professional help from a certified Trichologist. Even after 38 years of catering to this industry, helping someone get their confidence and smile back, is the best reward,” said Dr Apoorva Shah.

Dr. Sonal Shah observed that hair loss and balding have become more prevalent now owing to the current lifestyle that people lead. “But we have the best solutions to treat these hair problems using the best of technology that one can find. Hair transplants and Hair Systems are the best way to restore hair, especially for the ones with irreversible hair loss and thinning,” she added.

World’s largest hair care network, RichFeel, has successfully conducted more than 1 lakh hair treatment procedures and for that, they have received several accolades.  ‘Best Hair Restoration Service Provider’ award from Frost & Sullivan is one of several such recognition received. They also won Iconic Brand award by The Economic Times for Outstanding contribution in the field of Trichology. They are internationally affiliated with many brands from London, Bolimattstrasse, Italy, Israel and the USA.

Hair loss and balding have now become a very prevalent concern among people, but path-breaking treatments and technologically advanced solutions from RichFeel have opened doors wide, enabling a permanent resolution to these hair problems.

Today, RichFeel, India’s Most Trusted Brand in Hair Care (as per Brand Trust Report) has grown synonymous with hair and scalp care, with its presence in 33 cities, with 88 clinics spread across the country.

First time an award in the name of Mrs. Saraswati Dadasaheb Phlake – The first female technician of India

Taj Mahal city Agra is gearing up to host first ever Global Taj International Film Festival which will be held on 15th to 17th November 2019. The festival will showcase films from 15 countries.

Talking about GTIFF festival director Mr. Suraj Tiwari told, “This is the first edition of Global Taj International Film Festival. We are doing this festival and this year it is International. This year films from 15 countries have registered till now. Films from India and 6 other countries will be there in the final screening. The subjects of the films will be related to social concerns, social messages, short films, animations documentaries and music videos as well. After selection from the jury project, screening of the films will be done for 3 days continuous. The jury will see final films and give their decision and according to that filmmakers will be awarded.”

“The special thing about this festival is new unique award. Everybody knows pioneer of film industry Dadasaheb Phalke but less known about his wife Smt. Saraswati Phalke who was the first female film technician of India. For her contribution towards Indian Cinema we are starting an award on her name which will be given to female technician every year. This is first time in history of Indian Film Industry an award to honor female technicians in the name of Mrs. Saraswati Dadasaheb Phlake. Apart from this we will also give Dadasaheb Phalke Lifetime Achievement Award. There will be a talk session with Mr. Chandrashekhar Phalke who is grandson of Dadasaheb. Also present will be Mrs. Mrudula Chandrashekhar and Mr. Gajanan from Phalke family,”adds Mr. Tiwari.

In this 3 day festival producers, filmmakers, production houses, writers, actors from different countries will visit different beautiful and new locations of Agra. Henceforth in coming future maximum shootings will take place in Agra and Uttar Pradesh. This will enhance cities as well as States tourism and will establish a new picture of the city and give new modes of employment to people.

Global Taj International Film Festival is being organised under Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar University’s I.T.H.M. combined banner. There will be Master Talk Show with lyricist and writer Mr. Sudhakar Sharma.

Festival patron Mr. Ranjeet Sama informed about the guests, “Guest of honor of the festival will be Dhadak Association’s secretary Mr. Abhijeet Rane, President of F.W.I.C.E. Mr. B.N. Tiwari, secretary of W.I.F.P.A Mr. Deep Dalwi, Anita Naik, Rama Mehra, and Treasurer W.I.F.P.A. Arvind Arora. Also other dignitaries like Dr. Luvkush Mishra, Dr. Arvind Dixit (VC Dr. B.R.A University), Shri Choudhary Udaybhaan Singh (state minister U.P.), MP Mr. Rajkumar Chahar, MLA Mr. Yogendra Upadhyay, Mr. Prem Pratap Singh, Mr. Pushttam Khandelwal, Shri Ishwar Dayal (area chief Dharm Jagaan samanvay), Mr.Gutiyari lal Dubesh (ex MLA), ex-Mayor Anjula Singh, veteran singer Pramila Gupta, Som Thakur, Ramendra Mohan Tripathi, Amardev Sahni, Manval Singh, Satish Arora, Narayan Das, Birbal Khan Anoj Ahwal, Mukesh Natural, Sanjay Goel, Girdharilal, Umesh  Bajpai and many more will grace the GTIFF.”

The curtain raiser ceremony of festival will be done by renowned Bollywood writer Mr. Manoj Santoshi whose serials Bhabhiji Ghar Pe Hain, Jeejaji, Happu Ki Paltan has grabbed immense success. Inauguration of festival will be done by famous Bollywood senior actor Mr. Raza Murad.

Marathi film Lucky And Sweety by Anita Naik, Kerala film Abode by Jose Jayaraj , One Night Stand by Indranil Banerjee from Kolkata, Kumar Raj’s Tara film, Yuvraj Parashar’s music video Mehroo, Chithiya by Swati Chug from Delhi, Biscuit by Abhay Sharda from Delhi, Last Dream by Tashken Shekh, Missing by Keval Jani from Ahmedabad are few films of India participating the GTIFF.

In foreign film categories there is film of Rajibul from Bangladesh, documentary of Navneet from UK, film of Murjani from Canada, film of Yuvi from Switzerland, film of L.D.N from France among others.

According to festival director Mr. Suraj Tiwari, this festival will be notifying its presence in India as well as abroad which is going to be beneficial for Agra, UP and Indian film fraternity as well as Indian film industry.