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Celebrity choreographer Abhishri Sen brings Bolly-Hop right into your homes!

Ace choreographer Abhishri Sen is one if the leading Bollywood people who are using online avenues during the lockdown to connect with fans and dance enthusiast, across the country, with her fun-filled dance sessions! 

She has now partnered with Bookaworkshop.in, a one of its kind digital platform which curates learning workshops across a wide gamut of subjects and range of activities. These masterclasses are led by experts from the respective field, thus offering the participants not only access to celebrity trainers but also gain quality knowledge and for the time and resources invested.

Her session will be on Bolly Hop, a dance form that blends hip-hop dance techniques with Bollywood moves. It is a fusion dance form that blends western moves of hip-hop dance with Eastern influences of Bollywood moves and takes your energy to a new high!

Abhishri Sen, part of Mudassar Khan’s team, has worked with Indian superstars like Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Alia Bhatt, Akshay Kumar, Simalhotra, Tara Sutaria, but has also choreographed international sensations like Katy Perry and Ditto.

Her Bolly-hop session is scheduled on Sunday, July 05, 5:00pm – 6:30pm over a Zoom call. Registrations for her session is priced and registrations are on Bookaworkshop.in

Link:  https://www.bookaworkshop.in/event-details/bolly-hop-with-abhishri-sen

After Iti, Mandiraa and Vivek Anand Oberoi announce their second film with Vishal Mishra, ROSIE – THE SAFFRON CHAPTER

After the announcement of Iti, Mandiraa Entertainment and Vivek Anand Oberoi’s Oberoi Mega Entertainment come together again for their second film, Rosie-The Saffron Chapter which is set to become India’s first horror-thriller based on true events.

This film will also be helmed by Vishal Mishra, who is known for Coffee With D and more recently, Iti.

Based on true events that took place in Gurgaon, ROSIE is planned as a horror-thriller franchise. The first part, Saffron Chapter is based in the Saffron BPO, considered as one of the most haunted places in Gurgaon. The story revolves around a girl called Rosie who was an employee in this BPO.

In the light of recent events and discussions around nepotism, the makers have also decided to launch a nation-wide hunt for a new face that will star in a prominent role in the film. The details would be made available soon on official movie handles, @RosieIsComing along with the announcement of the lead cast.

Vivek Anand Oberoi, producer says, “With my new venture, I want to support the concept-driven films that I believe can change the movie landscape in their respective genres. And not just the film, but also make way for new talent. With Rosie, I hope to achieve both. It’s a franchise and with every sequel, we hope to introduce someone new in the industry.”

Prerna V Arora says, “I’m thoroughly excited with the concept of Rosie, and we want to develop this as our in-house franchise brand. We want to tell different and novel stories, especially based on true incidents. An idea or the talent can come from anywhere, and we want to be able to facilitate them through such films and such initiatives.”

Vishal Mishra, writer – director says, “In a country full of strange supernatural events, we have rarely seen any horror-thriller films based on true events. With Rosie, I hope to break those grounds without falling prey to any horror film clichés. I’m excited that this project, like Iti is backed by Vivek Anand Oberoi and Prerna V Arora, who share my vision on both films. Being an outsider myself, I can relate to the struggles or challenges that are posed in this industry. I’ve been lucky to get so much acceptance and support here, and I want to pass it onto those who are trying to make it here.”

Kussum, producer says, “Our intent will always be to pick the best stories & back the right content. The story of Rosie instantly connected with us & gave us the impetus to bring it to our audiences. We are very excited to go on floors with this one.”

Girish Johar, producer says, “Vishal always comes up with very novel ideas and unique concepts. Rosie, especially, is a hair-raising story. This is an in-house branded franchise, which we want to develop and explore. The minute I heard the story, along with producers Kussum & Reshabh, I was sure to back this up. This film is expected to redefine the horror genre in India and leave you wanting for more.”

The film is expected to go on floors by September 2020 and release shortly after. 

Rosie: The Saffron Chapter is presented by Mandiraa Entertainment and Oberoi Mega Entertainment, and produced by Vivek Anand Oberoi, Girish Johar, Kussum Arora, Reshabh D. Saraf, Keyur Pandya and Sanjeet S. Yermal.

Pooja Entertainment ropes in Vaani Kapoor opposite Akshay Kumar in’Bellbottom’

Pooja Entertainment ropes in Vaani Kapoor as the leading lady opposite Akshay Kumar in high-end espionage thriller ‘Bellbottom’!

Pooja Entertainment presents in association with Emmay Entertainment ‘Bellbottom’ Produced by Vashu Bhagnani, Jackky Bhagnani, Deepshikha Deshmukh, Monisha Advani, Madhu Bhojwani and Nikhil Advani. ‘Bellbottom’ to release on 2nd April, 2021.

CEO of VU Technologies Devita Saraf is the cover girl for Hello Magazine’s June Issue

Devita Saraf, a new-age role model and businesswoman is this month’s cover for HELLO magazine. This Harvard-educated techpreneur started VU Televisions in 2006. The rare combination of beauty, brains and bravado is what has given Devita the edge to tackle her success with such elan.

She has put to shame anyone who says a woman can’t succeed in a man’s world. She’s not just succeeded she’s slayin it! She’s taken VU Technologies from a tech-company to become a 1000 Crore revenue brand, with no signs of slowing down or stopping here!

“Indian women are incredibly intelligent, just like our goddesses, but we are always seen as the back-end strength, not front end as leaders, at least not in the corporate sphere. So I decided to be the face of my business,” says Saraf. This thought-leadership coupled with her dynamism, versatility and ideas are bound to greatly change this world that loves its disruptors.

Always blending fashion and power, she is wearing a strapless pink dress from Solace London and Jimmy Choo shoes on the cover. This statement cover has been well appreciated on social media with over 40,000 likes.

Richa Chadha-Ali Fazal spill the beans on their love story

They could be two of the film industry’s most outspoken people but Richa Chadha and Ali Fazal have been fairly tight lipped about their love story. So we know that they met on the sets of Fukrey in 2012 and then made an announcement at the world premiere of Victoria and Abdul in Venice in 2017. In a cover shoot for Brides Today’s July 2020 issue, the actors gave out the details of their story. Though initially intended as the first magazine cover post wedding, the pandemic has postponed their wedding plans for the year.

Speaking to the magazine, Richa recounted the first time she knew this was love. “We were at my house watching Chaplin – the 1992 British-American biographical comedy drama starring Robert Downey Jr. I was happy to see him enjoy the movie and was grateful to have found someone with similar tastes. That is when I said, “This is really sweet, I love you.” to him. It took him three months to say I love you back to me.”

But Ali has a special reason why he loves his Kuki (as he affectionately addresses Richa). She is Ms Butterfingers, he says fondly. “She thinks I fell in love with her only because of her clumsiness – and it surely is one of the reasons. She is as clumsy as it gets. If she is eating, there will be glasses spilling , food will be all over the place, and cutlery will definitely fall. Her most embarrassing clumsy moment was in Venice. It was at a fine dining event and Judi Dench was sitting at the next table. Suddenly a bean went flying over – of course, it was from Richa’s plate. She calls it her Pretty Woman moment!”

But of all the glorious proposal stories you’ll ever hear, here’s the most heartwarmingly romantic woman. On being asked how Ali proposed, Richa said, “He had planned a romantic dinner on a small, secluded island in the Maldives. I thought it was for my birthday – I didn’t suspect a thing. We had finished eating and were sipping on champagne when Ali, being his spontaneous self, asked me to marry him. He didn’t go down on his knee, nor did he have a ring but that’s all right. After that he took a 10- minute long nap on the sand – I think it was because he may have been stressed about the proposal!”

After decades of celebrating stories of elaborate proposals, here’s a couple that committed to a lifetime of companionship with a simple promise of being there through thick and thin. Richa quotes Javed Akhtar’s iconic line, “Hamari dosti itni pakki hai ki shaadi bhi iska kuch nahi bigaad payi…”

Mandiraa Entertainment & Oberoi Mega Entertainment Production “ITI” marks the launch of Rajeev Sen, Sushmita Sen’s brother

Rajeev Sen, as we all know will be featuring in ITI – CAN YOU SOLVE YOUR OWN MURDER? And this will be his debut onto the big screen. 

Sushmita Sen’s brother Rajeev Sen says, “Movies, acting, performing are a massive part of my life. When Mandiraa offered me this movie, I was equal parts humbled and excited. To get such a brilliantly written role in a concept-driven, unique thriller for my debut movie, is an honour. I’m thrilled to team up with Mandiraa Entertainment, Oberoi Mega Entertainment and Vishal Mishraji on this and am confident that we are going to knock everyone’s socks off.”

Rajeev Sen also adds, “I have been an introvert, a shy one, Gradually, I opened up but I had this hidden desire to express my creative side and bring alive characters. I contemplated for a long time but ones my near and dear ones discovered my passion for acting they pushed me to take this up and explore the journey into the film industry.  My sister the most beautiful person  “Sushmita Sen also inspires me largely. A self-made women who made the Country proud and is a global Icon .. and I am so proud to be her brother… and fortunate to have their support. 

They encouraged me to embrace this side, helped me to open up and to chase my dream and passion.  I worked extremely hard on myself to enhance myself, I was very certain, I wanted to act in movies, but on my own merit, and here I am, announcing my debut film with this fantastic team and I am super excited.

Beaming with excitement, KussumArora says, “Really delighted and extremely happy to announce that with our debut film production Mandiraa Entertainment &Viviek Oberoi’s Oberoi Mega Entertainment  we are also launching Rajeev Sen, onto the big screen, as one of the principal & key character, in our ensemble cast for ITI” and we are extremely humbled.

Vishal Mishra, the director, says “I always believe in new talent so that there’s a lot of diversity in the industry. I’m glad to have Rajeev Sen on-board, who’s a well-versed actor and has a technical training for acting.”

Sonu Nigam confessed he is most scared of Cockroaches on India’s most loved digital game show ‘Viral Vith Vipul’

Actor-producer Vipul Roy’s chat show ‘Viral vith Vipul’ has garnered a huge response in the past few months. The show had guests from all feilds- Vivek Dahiya and Divyanka Tripathi, Gurmeet Choudhary and Debina Bonnerjee, Kiku Sharda, Terence Lewis,Tushar Kapoor and Director Farhad Samjh and many more had viewers rolling in laughter. The show has finally wrapped up and in its finale episode had musician and singer Sonu Nigam along with Sanjay Chitale as guests on the show.

Ask Vipul if he called Sonu due to the ongoing controversy on music mafia in showbiz and he said, “No, I don’t feel my show’s concept was about digging controversial answers. It is a fun show and relevant during these times when people are at home and need to entertain themselves. Sonuji has a perfect sense of humour and a great comic timing too. Everyone knows how he entertains crowds during his concerts. In fact, the most funny thing that came out from the show, was his fear of Cockroaches. Sonu confessed how he is most scared of Cockroaches. This was funny and such other interesting trivia set the ball rolling for the entire episode.”

Vipul plans to come back with the second season soon. For now, check out the finale episode and enjoy yourself watching those witty oneliners and humour in ‘Viral with Vipul’.

They were intrigued to know what is the show about : Anindita Bose

ZEE5 is a leading OTT platform and everyone’s first choice because of the variety of content it offers. It’s not just the palette of content it holds but the originals of different genres from comedy to drama to romance and thriller. Adding more to the list of thrilling content, ZEE5 has one in the pipeline and the audiences much awaited for titled “Mafia”.

The trailer was recently released and spins around how the college gang has reunited at Madhupur their ‘adda’ and how they all smiles for meeting after so long. But things take a twist when they decide to play ‘Mafia’. It’s avoided first but then the death of a villager changes everything and hold on, is there a ghost? And is the outsider who barged in forcefully, the murderer? The gang decides to play Mafia, the game of life to dig out all the things that have been buried for many years.

The show has indeed struck the right chord from its announcement with its trailer release but is it a psychological thriller or a horror show? One cannot wait to see. The trailer just dropped and everyone who has seen it has been rooting on their social media about how they cannot wait for another nine days and so much more, for the show to finally release on ZEE5 as it has now added to the layers of truth that need to be dug out. Anindita Bose shares the reaction that she received about the show, post the release of the trailer.

The actress shares, “When my friends and family saw the teaser of Mafia they were confused and shocked at the same time. As they had a perception of the show based on some underworld scene but when they saw the teaser, they were intrigued to know what is the show about and what will happen. Getting a feedback from them like this, felt like we have stuck the right cord with the teaser.”

The upcoming show has many layers of truth to be unfolded. Will some lovers reunite? Will the dent that the friendship already has damage everything, permanently?

The show has Namit Das as Nitin, Tanmay Dhanania as Rishi, Isha M Saha as Ananya, and Anindita Bose as Neha. The show is going to be released in Bengali and Hindi. This is going to be one of the most adventurous shows as the incidents will force the friend to come face to face with their past and much more. ‘Mafia’ will release exclusively on ZEE5 on 10th July 2020.

ITI – CAN YOU SOLVE YOUR OWN MURDER? : A whodunit thriller – Teaser Poster Out !!

The story revolves around a woman who is racing against time to solve her own murder. Intricately woven, it is full of ensemble of characters intertwined in their own struggles. It is written and directed by Vishal Mishra. Produced by Mandiraa Entertainment and Vivek Oberoi’s Oberoi Mega Entertainment, this film marks their first collaboration. The film is creatively backed by Prerna V Arora, a name synonymous with, successful and path breaking films. The film is expected to go on floors by September – October 2020 and will be released shortly thereafter.

Mandiraa Entertainment, “The name is a Sanskrit adaptation of Temples, with the blessings of Tirupati Balaji, made out of love for movies and movie making, is a new venture that is set to push the boundaries of storytelling. Our temple of work. With Kussum, Reshabh, Keyur and Sanjeet at the helm, Mandiraa Entertainment is honoured to have such immeasurable talent working on its first film. The audiences need to buckle up and await the thrilling experience that’s coming their way.

Vivek Oberoi, actor-producer says, “I instantly liked the high-concept idea that Vishal presented, and decided to back the project immediately. I’m sure it’s going to be an exciting journey with Prernaa, team Mandiraa and Girish and we hope to present an engaging piece of cinema to the audiences.”

Vishal Mishra, writer – director says, “I always believe in exploring new concepts. With this film, I hope to bring something new in my favourite genre, whodunnit-thriller. Prerna V Arora is a passionate producer and has a glorious box office record. And I share a very very special bond with Vivek. It feels great to collaborate with both of them.”

Girish Johar, producer says, “Along with producers Kussum, Reshabh and Keyur, I am super excited and keen to share this story with our audiences. Vishal is a very gifted talent and we are pretty sure that with this film, we have a winner on our hands.”

Kussum Arora, producer says, “Prerna has always inspired us to fearlessly go ahead and dream big . Along with Mandiraa Entertainment, we are doing exactly that. ITI is going to be a fantastic start for us to deliver to our audience, the best content.”

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.