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Show Man Subhash Ghai announces 3 films deal with Zee Studio on Mukta Arts’ 42nd anniversary.

It was 24th October 1978 when Subhash Ghai launched his production company MUKTA ARTS with Rishi Kapoor starrer KARZ -an evergreen musical classic till date and never looked back in launching all his movies on 24th October which is his wedding anniversary. He named his company Mukta Arts after his wife Mukta Ghai from Pune.

A student from the acting course of FTII had a stint of four years as an actor in Mumbai and became a story writer for top 6 directors of the 70s including Prakash Mehra and Dulal Guha with his scripts like Aakhri Daku and Khan Dost. After being a writer for 3 years he was given a chance to direct his own script KALICHARAN which established him as a director par excellence. He wrote n directed another super hit VISHWANATH for Shatrughan Sinha’s production. He was recognised for his crispy talent of dialogue writing extracting performances from actors big or small.

After directing two more films with a bigger canvas Gautam Govinda and Krodhi starring Dharmendra, he launched his production company on 24 October 1978 with KARZ. With KARZ he came up in the rank of top musical directors n craftsmen of Hindi main stream cinema.

After watching KARZ superstar DILIP KUMAR accepted to work under his direction n script VIDHATA a golden jubilee God father film produced by Gulshan Rai with a young new actor SANJAY DUTT again which was launched on 24 October 1981.

He launched his new company as MUKTA ARTS PVT LTD company on 24 October 1982 with his evergreen musical love story HERO introducing JACKIE SHROFF and MEENAXI SHESHADRI.

He launched a court drama MERI JUNG for his mentor N N sippy on 24 October 1984 casting then rising actor Anil Kapoor who became a star actor for his performance of a lawyer.

Since then on every 24 October the whole film industry would wait for his announcement of a new movie under Mukta Arts. Distributors would send their cheques in advance on the 24th without knowing the star cast. He became the most popular writer director producer of India. Media titled him as SHOWMAN after his biggest blockbuster action film KARMA with an immortal patriotic song “e watan tere liye”.

A string of blockbusters were followed like family drama RAM LAKHAN , Epical story of two titans SAUDAGAR with Dilip kumar Raj Kumar, an emotional crime Thriller KHALNAYAK, An Indian daughter story PARDES, a Grand big screen musical TAAL, a father-daughters social drama YAADEIEN, period drama KISNA, a musical canvas YUVRAAJ, an Issue based drama on terrorists BLACK And WHITE. All these movies were launched on 24th October of the year.

In 2001 Mukta Arts was the first Hindi production company which was listed in public in India and raised funds to set up a world class film n media arts school Whistling Woods International in Film City Mumbai to groom the next generations of content and film makers.

Mukta Arts produced 42 films including super hits like Aitraaz, China Town, Iqbal, Ek aur Ek Gyarah, Apna Sapna Money Money, Jaan etc and distributed 400 plus films and today runs 60 screens as exhibitors all over.

Mukta Arts developed a huge story bank with young and veteran writers and today it has tied up with one of India’s biggest studios ZEE STUDIO to produce three movies in 2021. Scripts of all three are ready which include a comedy, a thriller and a courtroom drama. The Cast and crew being finalised to go on floors in March 2021.

Again on 24th October 2020 when Mukta Arts is back with a bang in film productions too. Wait n watch next 24 th October 2021 for a bigger surprise.

Geetu Mohandas’ atmospheric crime drama Moothon to be the closing film at IFFM 2020

The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) 2020 that went virtual this year owing to the ongoing pandemic, officially closed its special eleventh edition with the screening of Geetu Mohandas’ visceral and imaginative film Moothon that stars Malayalam actor Nivin Pauly in lead, along with Shashank Arora, Sobhita Dhulipala, Roshan Matthew amongst others.

The film that is co-written by Anurag Kashyap along with Sreeja Sreedharan and Geetu herself has been lauded widely for the novelty of its idea and Rajeev Rai’s brilliant cinematography. Geetu’s last outing Liar’s Dice was celebrated and even became India’s entry to Oscar that year.

Moothon, however, is the story of a young boy who swims across the ocean from Lakshadweep to Mumbai in search of his elder brother. The city’s grime entraps him and he ends up in Kamathipura. The plot examines a host of ideas starting with cross-dressing, gender, identity, and the prevalent notion of destiny. Balancing realism and symbolism effectively, Mohandas tells a potent tale of love, loss, identity, and a sense of belonging.

Festival director, Mitu Bhowmick Lange said, “It’s a poignant film that speaks to you at a very human level. At its core is a tender same-sex love story, which touched our hearts. Yearning for your loved ones and feeling the pangs of separation has been a lingering mood this year. There’s no better time to watch Moothon. We are elated to have the movie be the finale film at the Festival because of its distinct voice and the narrative itself encapsulates the vibe of diversity which is so precious to us.”

Like every year, the festival this year too, IFFM offered over 60 films in 17 languages including shorts, feature films, and documentaries made locally and worldwide.

Siddharth and Souumil will create an original music track live in front of the audience

The duo music sensation, Siddharth Mahadevan & Souumil Shringarpure are all set once again to enthral the audience with their magic tunes and voices, as they always do. And this time the excitement is a scale higher because, for the first time ever! Siddharth and Souumil are going to create an original music track, live in front of the audience.

Their last masterclass on music production on Bookaworkshop received a huge response and the common demand was that all wanted a personal experience of how music is composed and blended into the lyrics to create a beautiful song. So the duo, took the challenge and will be taking a popular Hindi song lyrics and adding their own version of music to it and by the end of the session, they will have a new version of the song!

This is one of the first instance wherein a music composition is being made live for the audience and sharing his thought on why he wants to try this, Siddharth Mahadevan said, “Creating music is a creative and immersive process which cannot be entirely explained in words, so we thought to give our audience an audio-visual glimpse of how we go about the entire process and also having an evening jamming on music has its own charm,”

Adding to it, Souumil said, “It is very important to understand each other’s music sensibility when people collaborate to make music. So it’s a team work and having the right tuning always to enhance our creative space and we constantly push each other to try something different and better. So hope we also show them some good teamwork and collaborative effort which will lead to something interesting and music to the ears”

This will be the second association for the music duo with BookaWorkshop.in, a global platform for social learning and this Live Music Masterclass is curated to take participants through a step by step process of how a song is created in a studio, understanding the metering/phrasing of lyrics, choice of instruments and how the recording process happen. They will briefly touch up on music distribution as well.

Siddharth Mahadevan, son of music maestro Shankar Mahadevan, is a singer and music composer. He has sung many popular songs in Bollywood, which have been top chartbusters and has also lent his voice for numerous ad jingles and songs in the South Indian industry. The other part of the duo, Souumil Shringarpure is a trained pianist, music composer, singer, and actor. He has been performing with Shankar Mahadevan, Shankar Ehsaan Loy for over a decade and has also performed with legends like Ustad Zakir Hussain, Ustad Taufiq Qureshi, Sivamani, Ravi Chari to name a few.

Souumil and Siddharth began their music composing career as a duo in 2008. Ever since, they have composed music for several Marathi films, a couple of Hindi films and an international film too. The duo has composed anthems and jingles for numerous brands and have also done anthems for several social campaigns. Apart from singing and performance, the duo have also branched out into film production.

So here is one masterclass you would want to miss! Details for registrations are in link: https://bookaworkshop.in/event-details/learn-how-to-create-a-song/

Shraddha Kapoor shares why Baaghi 3 was an intense shooting experience!

Shraddha Kapoor always adds a special touch to each character she plays on the big screen. The actress who created a massive buzz with her character as Siya in Baaghi 3 had a very special journey while shooting for the film.

The actress is super excited and looking forward to the world television premiere of Baaghi 3 on this Sunday on Star Gold. Talking about why she feels that shooting Baaghi 3 was an intense experience, Shraddha Kapoor shares, “In Baaghi 3, my character was very outspoken and emotionally-driven. A shooting experience becomes intense when you learn new things to perfect your character and for this one, I had to specifically learn how to be foul-mouthed as that was an integral part of my character! When you receive the kind of response we did for Baaghi 3, it pays off for all your hard work!”

Start your November with the action-packed world TV premiere of Baaghi 3 on 1st November at 12 pm, only on Star Gold. To enjoy the latest Bollywood blockbusters, subscribe to Star Gold today. Call your cable/DTH operator.

Jackky Bhagnani writes a heartfelt note on sister Deepshikha Deshmukh’s birthday

Producer Jackky Bhagnani and sister Deepshikha Deshmukh steer the heritage production house Pooja Entertainment, together. Jackky posted a sweet note for Deepshikha on social media on her birthday to acknowledge the intrinsic role she also plays in his life. Along with a nostalgic picture, he shared how words always seem inadequate when he wants to express what she means to him.

Link to the post – https://www.instagram.com/p/CG7Pig7liNA/

He thanked her for not just being a supportive sister but for being his friend, mother and confidant.” He added, “I just wanna say that I am extremely fortunate to have you by my side. You inspire me and leave me amazed by how you manage everything so smoothly, be it home, kids, work and everything- I am extremely proud of you! And yes I know you are mom-dad’s favourite and my favourite too. Love you to the moon and back, and I promise to make u proud and give u immense happiness always,” followed by a heart emoji.

And wishes came in to London all the way from Latur from husband Dhiraj Vilasrao Deshmukh who penned a heartfelt note for his wife.

Link to the post: https://www.instagram.com/p/CG7CsGdDfFl/?igshid=1cmtsu3a2bscp

Not only this, her industry friends like Genelia D’Souza, Riteish Deshmukh, Bhumi Pednekar, Shilpa Shetty, Tanuj Garg, Varun Dhawan, Dia Mirza, Kritika Kamra, Ravi Chandran, Sophie Chaudhary sent their wishes for the budding producer making sure she has an amazing day and year ahead.

The brother sister duo have had a busy year creatively and wrapped up the Akshay Kumar starrer Bellbottom, sometime back and the remake of Coolie No.1, starring Varun Dhawan and Sara Ali Khan is all set to premiere on Amazon Prime Video on this Christmas.

RJ Anmol plays Solo Saxophone on Jammin & Shocks Bappi da

RJ Anmol is rocking it as the anchor of the music reality show Jammin on weekends. It is a treat for music lovers to watch him jam with legendary musicians. While, RJ Anmol is a music lover and has a deep knowledge of retro music, he has lately added another feather to his cap. The RJ is learning to play saxophone and will also perform in the upcoming episodes of Jammin.

He said, “When I was young I used to love Shammi Kapoor play the saxophone in the song O Haseena Zulfo wali and also enjoyed listening to the instrument in Gaata rahe mera dil. I also loved listening to jazz music and Louis Armstrong songs, my father used to play them.”

He added, “Three years back, I found a teacher, Mr. Anand, who teaches me how to play the saxophone. It’s still in the early stages but enjoy playing the instrument. Ironically, it has become a blessing now, because I got an opportunity to play it in the show, too.” 

RJ Anmol shares how he loves playing the saxophone while his wife actress Amrita Rao cooks in the kitchen. He said, “Music is in my blood, I breathe music every day. I am happy that when you upgrade your skills, God gives opportunities to apply them in your career.”

So stay tuned and look out for RJ Anmol’s rocking saxophone performance this weekend in Jammin.

An unrecognizable Manoj and smashing Karishma get us grooving

Setting the tone for fun, in the upcoming rib-tickling comedy Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari, is a crackling special dance number titled Basanti. Today, the makers released the scintillating number Basanti has all the makings of a chartbuster. The song stars Manoj alongside Karishma Tanna. One can also catch a glimpse of Abhishek Banerjee dancing in full fervor. The track is Karishma’s first-ever dance number in a Bollywood song. Dressed in a shimmery red gown, Karishma looks drop-dead gorgeous.

Link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nBn5TqZMdo

The one person who will be hard to spot in the video is Manoj, who looks nothing like himself. Playing a wedding detective in the movie, the song features him wearing a prosthetic look. With a full face, pointed nose, and heavy pot belly, Manoj is almost unrecognizable. Usually, known for his intense performances, the actor is seen letting his hair down and having a good time at the song-and-dance-routine this time around. The song written by Danish Sabri, sung by Javed-Mohsin, Payal Dev, and Danish, and composed by Javed-Mohsin, choreographed by Vijay Ganguly is a fun number that will make it certainly make it to every party playlist this Diwali.

Talking about it, Abhishek tells us, “It was a quintessential fun party number. In this film, the songs are a crucial part of the narrative. It’s hard to reveal the setting without giving the plot but Manoj is on a work assignment and we wanted him to have a blast on it. It was a joyride shooting this. It’s a catchy track and I hope it’s one of those numbers that gets people dancing to its tunes.”

Actor Manoj Bajpayee added, “I would have liked to explore dance in movies more but there was little scope for it in my choice of movies. I did enjoy dancing to the catchy beats of Basanti. It reminded me of Satya. I am not a big fan of dancing but I surely don’t mind when it facilitates the storytelling like in this track. I did have a good time after all and I hope people enjoy this little surprise from me”.

The film, directed by Abhishek Sharma, produced by Zee Studios is a lighthearted family entertainer releasing this Diwali starring Manoj Bajpayee, Diljit Dosanjh, and Fatima Sana Shaikh.

Global Taj International Film Festival will be held on 6 to 8 November this year

Glamour Films Live and KMI Institute Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar University have organized Global Taj International Film Festival in Agra. It will be held from 6 to 8 November. Films from 10 countries including India will be screened.

Festival Director Mr. Suraj Tiwari

Festival director Mr. Suraj Tiwari said, “We are glad to organize GTIFF this year in spite of the Covid19 pandemic. Of course, all the necessary safety measures will be taken care of.”

About the screenings he said, “The films of 7 countries have been registered till date. Films giving messages based on social concerns are being given prominence. Apart from feature films, short films, documentaries, animation films and music videos will also be screened in the festival. The screening will be held at University’s Paliwal Park Campus Jubilee Hall.”

KMI Institute,  Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar University is the co-organiser of the festival. Says director Professor Pradeep Shridhar, “During the film festival, Masters Talk and film workshops will be added attractions for film buffs. It will benefit the students of institute as well as new film makers. Question-Answer session will be also there where producers, directors and technicians will answer their queries.

Dr. Ashol Mittal, Vice Chancellor, Dr. B R Ambedkar University

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 started an award on her name last year and this year also it will be given to a female technician.

Mr. Puran Dawar, AFMEC President

The three day festival will be attended by producers, directors, production houses, writers, and artists from India and abroad. The shooting locations of Agra and nearby will also be shown. Vipin Goje’s cinematography workshop and Masters Talk Show will be moderated by film critic Dr. Mahesh Dhakad.

Curtain raiser ceremony will see the presence of the prominent people from the industry. The jury consist Vinod Ganatare, Aakash Aaditya Lama, Jitendra Sharma, actress Putul Gupta and actor Umesh Bajpayee. Film festival Patron Mr. Ranjit Sama said, “GTIFF will be attended by Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar University’s vice chancellor Pro. Ashok Mittal, state minister Chaudhary Udaybhan Sinh, MP Pro. S. P. Sinh Baghel, MP Rajkumar Chahar, Mayor Navin Jain, MLA Yogendra Upadhyay, Rampratap Sinh Chauhan, Purushottam Khandelwal, Bhagat Sinh Bhaghel, veteran poet Dr. Som Thakur, lyricist Dr. Ramendra Mohan Tripathi, Surendra Sathi, Jawahat Dawar, Pratibha Jindal, Mangal Sinh Dhakad, Mukesh Natural, Sanjay Goyal, Dhananjay Sinh and many more.”

Press Conference

Other guests expected to attend are Dhadak All Film Associations general secretary and West Media chairman Mr. Abhijit Rane, FWICE president Mr. B. N. Tiwari, WIFPA Mumbai secretary Mr. Dilip Dalwi, Anita Naik, Rama Mahera, WIFPA Treasurer Ravindra Arora to name a few.

Are you ready to make your life Colorphool again?

It’s been a while since the colours in our lives have faded, thanks to the COVID19 pandemic which put a full-stop to most activities ever since March. However, things are gradually getting back to normal. Businesses are opening up, film shoots are resuming and people are looking forward to watching new movies again.

Amid all this, Yantra Pictures and director Prakash Kunte are all set to add a dash of colour to your lives with the upcoming Marathi film Colorphool.

Prakash, who is known for films like Coffee Aani Barach Kahi, & Jara Hatke, Hampi and Cycle, has always been a name to be associated with films that are high on content and about beautiful stories. With Colorphool, he is set to take that journey ahead. And giving him company this time is another name known for backing content-driven projects, including short films and documentaries- Maansi.

Maansi has come on board as the producer for this film and it marks her foray into Marathi cinema. The reason behind her opting to back a Marathi film is the richness of stories and presentation in the industry.

But who are the actors in Colorphool? What will the film be about? When will it release?

All the answers to these questions will come in due time. Rest assured, this is one film that the audience should look forward to. Till then, let the poster add some colour to the festivities!

IFFM 2020 to pay tribute to Rishi Kapoor, Irrfan Khan and Sushant Singh Rajput with a special screening of their films

The Hindi film industry has been marred with some deeply personal losses this year. With the tragic deaths of Irrfan Khan, Rishi Kapoor, and then Sushant Singh Rajput, the sense of a void has been omnipresent. It was, thus, necessary for the year’s first Indian film festival – the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne to commemorate their legacy. As a part of IFFM’s tribute section, the festival will be screening Irrfan Khan’s Song of Scorpion, Rishi Kapoor’s 102 Not Out, and Sushant Singh Rajput’s Kedarnath this year.

In a statement, festival Mitu Bhowmick Lange, said, “Artistes live on through their legacy. These were some fine men who did some incredible movies that resonated with everyone. It was important for us to celebrate their memory. We handpicked some great films for our audience so that we relive a few bit of their lives with them. Their loss to the film industry is irrevocable but the magic of their movies will continue to entertain generations hereafter.”

It may be noted that while Kapoor’s 102 Not Out (that also starred Amitabh Bachchan) and Rajput’s Kedarnath (which marked the debut of Sara Ali Khan were commercial successes in domestic and worldwide markets; it’s the first time that the Indian diaspora world over will get access to Song of Scorpion. The 2017 film saw Khan reunite with his Qissa director Anup Singh and the movie starred Golshifteh Farahani. The film was reviewed after its premiere at the Locarno Film Festival in 2017.