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Rakesh Jhunjhunwala acquires stake in Nazara Technologies for approximately Rs. 180 crore

Rakesh Jhunjhunwala acquires stake in Nazara Technologies for approximately Rs. 180 crore Mumbai, 13th December, 2017: WestBridge Capital-backed Nazara Technologies today announced, that Rakesh Jhunjhunwala has acquired a minority stake in Nazara for approximately Rs. 180 Crore. Nazara Technologies is a leading mobile games company which is engaged in the acquisition of, value addition to and distribution of mobile games across emerging markets. Commenting on the recent investment made by Rakesh Juhunjhunwala, Nitish Mittersain, Managing Director & Founder, Nazara Technologies says, “We are delighted to have Rakesh Jhunjhunwala as an investor in Nazara and it is a great validation of value augmentation delivered by Nazara for its existing shareholders.” Sandeep Singhal MD & Co founder WestBridge Capital added, “WestBridge has had a fantastic journey with Nazara and Nitish for 14 years and we welcome Rakesh Jhunjhunwala as an investor to join us on Nazara’s future journ…

Actor-writer-director #AdityaOm, whose script of bold film '#Bandook' enters the esteemed Oscar's library

Actor-writer-director Aditya Om, whose script of bold film 'Bandook' has got an entry into the esteemed Oscar's library. The unique part is that his script of not only one, but three films in different languages have got this honour. These are 'Bandook'(Hindi), 'Friend request' (Telugu ) and 'The dead end' ( English). Aditya Om said, 'I am delighted that my work has now become part of the history of Acadamey of Motion pictures of arts and sciences.' He is currently busy with his Hindi feature film ‘Maassaab’, based on primary rural education in India.

India’s Beauty icon and actor par excellence #Rekha praises #DivyaKhoslaKumar for her short film #Bulbul.

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India’s beauty icon and actor par excellence Rekha praises Divya Khosla Kumar for her short film Bulbul. special screening of Divya Khosla Kumar’s short film Bulbul, organized at Lightbox on December 11

Film ‘#MumbaiDreams’ Poster Unveiled by #FaaizAnwar, #RitikaGulati, #ShivomYadav, #HoneyLamba, #RajanBhan

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Film ‘#MumbaiDreams’ Poster Unveiled by #FaaizAnwar, #RitikaGulati, #ShivomYadav, #HoneyLamba, #RajanBhan Mumbai.The poster of FRV Big Entertainment Private Limited’s film ‘Mumbai Dreams’ was unveiled at a large gathering held at Andheri (West), Mumbai on Saturday, 9th December 2017. The first poster was launched by Faaiz Anwar, Ritika Gulati, Shivom Yadav,Honey Lamba, Rajan Bhan, Nivedita Chandel, Nagma Khan, Farzan Faaiz and others with great fanfare & made their presence felt and made it a memorable evening. The film is produced by Faaiz Anwar, Prem Prakash Gupta, Rajan Bhan & it is written and directed by Shivom Yadav.The film with music by Farzan Faaiz. Film is scheduled for release in February 2018. The film stars young and talented faces like Honey Lamba, Ritika Gulati, Rajan Bhan, Nivedita Chandel and Pramod Moutho, Raju Mavani, Ahsaan Khan,Aashik Khan,Salim Ahmed and others. Meraj Ali is the Editor, Sujit Kumar is the choreographer,Lyrics by Faaiz Anw…

A Biopic ‘#Sardarni’ on Shaurya Chakra Winner #AmrikKaur

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A Biopic ‘#Sardarni’ on Shaurya Chakra Winner #AmrikKaur Sunil Manchanda is producing his upcoming Hindi feature film “Sardarni” under his banner of Mad Films. The film is a biopic on Shaurya Chakra winner Amrik Kaur’s life. The film is jointly being written by Sunil Manchanda, Raman Kumar, Amrik Gill and Abhishek Dudhaiya. The film will be directed by Abhishek Dudhaiya a.k.a Mukesh. The film will mount the sets next year. Earlier Mad Films has produced super-hit films like “Tere Naam”, “Chini Kum”, “Pa” amongst others. “Sardarni” is their latest venture. Abhishek Dudhaiya the director of this bio-pic hails from Jamnagar in Gujarat. In Bollywood he has assisted renowned directors in films like Mukul S. Anand in “Trimurti”, Raman Kumar’s “Raja Bhaiya”, “Wah Wah Ramji”, “Sarhad Paar” and others. Independently he has ventured into short films and documentaries. From his documentaries, “Pradhanmantri Shrimati Indira Gandhi” aired on Star News and “Satyagrah” on Aaj Tak …

Poster Release of #AkshayKumar starrer #PadMan.

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Poster Release of PadMan. Synopsis: An inspiring tale of an incredible Indian innovator and inventor, PadMan is a fictionalized account of Arunachalam Muruganantham’s life and traces his journey as a rural welder from small town India to the international arena, as he follows his dream to bring a revolution to female hygiene in India. An entrepreneur who refused to give up in wake of resistance and ridicule and used his resilience and inventiveness to come up with India’s low cost sanitary napkin making machine, PadMan is a tribute to every ordinary and simple man and woman, who dares to dream and make a difference in the life of million others. Produced by Mrs Funnybones Movies, SPE Films India, Kriarj Entertainment, Cape of Good Films and Hope Productions, PadMan stars Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte and has been written & Directed by R. Balki. The film will be released worldwide by SPE Films India on Jan 26th, 2018.

Heart-break is the Universal HIT formula be it Hollywood or Bollywood

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From Hollywood to Bollywood, heart-break is the HIT formula From Bollywood chartbusters like ‘Raanjhna’ to Hollywood classics like ‘Titanic’, all these became hits because the viewers built an emotional link with the characters. But it’s not just limited to movies. Even the television show makers are tracing these steps to increase the viewership and thereby raise the TRP. The best example is the ongoing show Big Boss. The reality show showed an interaction of the contestants, who have been on a house arrest, with their loved ones. The emotional sequence, where Hiten and Shilpa touch the feet of Puneet’s father-despite their internal clashes- strikes the right cords with the audience. At the same time, a discriminatory decision by ‘The Big Boss’ to not allow Hiten to talk or meet his wife Gauri was found unfair and unjust by the audience. People took to Twitter to criticize the move which evidently proves that how connected people are to this show and its contestants. Speaking…

THE SECOND EDITION OF LUX GOLDEN ROSE AWARDS TO BE HOSTED BY THE BAADSHAH OF BOLLYWOOD SHAH RUKH KHAN

A GRAND EXTRAVAGANZA, THE SECOND EDITION OF LUX GOLDEN ROSE AWARDS IS BACK TO CELEBRATE AND RECOGNIZE THE BEAUTY BEHIND THE BEAUTY OF BOLLYWOOD’S ICONIC DIVAS TO BE HOSTED BY NONE OTHER THAN THE BAADSHAH OF BOLLYWOOD SHAH RUKH KHAN Nomination Categories Include Lux Golden Rose Award for Power Packed Beauty Of The Year, Timeless Beauty of the Year, Versatile Beauty of The Year and Unstoppable Beauty of the Year (Mumbai, 9th December, 2017): Setting a milestone in its premiere edition, being the first ever awards show to celebrate India’s female cinematic legends, theSecond Edition of Lux Golden Rose Awards 2017 is geared up once again to raise the bar further. Gracing the occasion with his well-known charm and popularity, the King of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan will reprise his role as the host in the second edition. As a prelude to the awards, SRK hosted a chat show - Lux Golden Divas - Baatein With Baadshah, where he engaged with leading ladies Deepika Padukone, Alia Bhatt, Kareena…

Sterling Media awarded with the top accolade at the The Drum Creative Awards

Sterling Media awarded with the top accolade at the The Drum Creative Awards after being named the judges’ “Grand Prix” winners as well as also picking up the “Film-Online” award at last night’s event on Thursday 30th November 2017 at the Emirates Stadium in London for the iconic and inspirational #WhatIReallyReallyWant video. The award winners were announced at a glamorous ceremony which recognised and celebrated the achievements of the digital and creative industry over the past year. Sterling Media was engaged to launch and popularise the film #WhatIReallyReallyWant globally, securing mass coverage in media in Europe, USA, India, the Far East, Australia and Africa. Sterling also secured talent such as Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez, who opens the film. The video received support from high profile personalities such as Spice Girls Victoria Beckham, Melanie C and Emma Bunton on Social Media, the public and international media to help it generate a staggering 150 millio…

The Fascinating Global Journey & interesting facts about the Indian "1 Rupee" note since its launch from 30/11/1917 to 30/11/2017 across its 100 years of tenure..

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The Fascinating Global Journey & interesting facts about the Indian "1 Rupee" note since its launch from 30/11/1917 to 30/11/2017 across its 100 years of tenure.. The Government of India issued currency notes for the first time in 1861. But the most fascinating and important amongst all those notes was the “One Rupee” note which was issued for the first time as a promissory note on 30th November 1917. It was printed in England & depicted a silver coin image of King George V on the left corner of it. The words ‘I promise to pay the bearer the sum of One Rupee on demand at any office of issue’ was printed on it This smallest paper denomination note from India has travelled through a Glorious historical journey globally , since it was issued in 1917. Some of the its key highlights are as follows Since 1917 to 2017 there have been 125 different one rupee notes that have been issued for circulation with different serial numbers & signatures The design of a one …

#PlanetMarathi has its own Milky Way

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Planet Marathi has its own Milky Way As Twitter India’s Marathi content partner Planet Marathi completes six successful months of being after its launch in May 2017, they are launching a brand-new show for the social media. Planet Marathi arrived in the Twitterverse after Manja Bole with Mahesh Manjrekar and #Faces with veteran journalist Raju Parulekar and another Marathi review show with expert Ganesh Matkari. And now... they have a brand-new show soon to be launched by the former popular anchor of ABP Mazaa - someone who has witnessed the Marathi movie industry surge from 2000 to 2017 and his role has been remarkable for the silver screen celebrities to also take notice. The maverick Amit Bhandari is soon to be launched by Planet Marathi for their new brand-new show called as Lai Bhaari with Amit Bhandari. Bhandari who is moonlighting as this face of this new Planet Marathi oeuvre also happens to be the Vice President of the soon to be launched Marathi channel from the …

It's a wrap for #ShoojitSircar's #October starring #VarunDhawan & newbie #BanitaSandhu..

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It's a wrap for Shoojit Sircar's October starring Varun Dhawan & newbie Banita Sandhu.. Shoot completed ahead of schedule. The film releases on 13th April, 2018 MANALI; 30.11.2017: The shoot of Shoojit Sircar's October is complete. A slice of life love story directed by Shoojit and written by Juhi Chaturvedi, October stars Varun Dhawan and newbie Banita Sandhu in the lead. The film is produced by Shoojit's partner at Rising Sun Films- Ronnie Lahiri. The film has been shot in Delhi and in Himachal Pradesh. The unit completed the shoot yesterday in Manali, within 38 days much ahead of its schedule! Soon after the wrap, Varun posted a picture of the entire crew on twitter with the message - " #October wraps in November. Will release in April and will stay with you forever." A visibly happy Shoojit said, "We are very relieved that we have finished the shoot before time. Since our last schedule was in Manali – the weather would have got…

Ultra-heightened thriller ‘Sisters’ filmed on a big canvas

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Ultra-heightened thriller ‘Sisters’ filmed on a big canvas ‘Chacha Chaudhary’s’ Rajesh Singh (Sabu) debuts as Hero Mumbai: There is no easy shortcut to stardom, but for some, whether they came from stage, TV, or the first timer, comes that life-changing role. Here is one actor who has made an impact in television with various roles in different serials. Be it as ‘Sabu’ in Chacha Chaudhary, ‘Raavan’ in Brahma Vishnu Mahesh, ‘Bheem’ in Jai Hanuman, the six foot four Inch tall multifaceted actor, Rajesh Singh, will be seen on the silver screen as a hero. Shivanand Entertainment and Dream World Film Productions upcoming Hindi feature film Sisters is gearing up to hit the marquee worldwide.It’s directed by Nishant – Vikaas .TV star fame Rajesh Singh is playing the lead in this suspense thriller which has the feel of a mega Hollywood film. The film feature five beautiful girls like Dollaps Singh, Nandini Singh, Khushboo Khan, Mismi Vishwas and Saloni Pandey rubbing sh…

Caribbean countries urged to make progress in switch to digital broadcasting

Caribbean countries urged to make progress in switch to digital broadcasting Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation and Jamaica’s Broadcasting Commission engage policymakers and regulators on benefits of digital switchover. Kingston, 28 November 2017 – Shola Taylor, secretary-general of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO), warned Caribbean countries they will miss out on the economic and social benefits of digital broadcasting if they fail to make progress on the transition from analogue. Mr Taylor was speaking at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Digital Broadcasting Caribbean Forum’17, which took place over two days on 21 - 22 November in Kingston, Jamaica to examine the challenges and solutions for digital broadcasting in the region. “The benefits of transitioning to digital broadcasting are clear,” said Mr Taylor. “The digital dividend realised by switchover can meet the growing demand for wireless communication, such as mobile broadband. The…

PARANJOTI ACADEMY CHORUS CELEBRATES 50 EVENTFUL YEARS OF COOMI WADIA’S CONDUCTORSHIP

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PARANJOTI ACADEMY CHORUS CELEBRATES 50 EVENTFUL YEARS OF COOMI WADIA’S CONDUCTORSHIP Mumbai, November 2017: The Paranjoti Academy Chorus, one of India’s oldest and well renowned choirs, has been in existence for more than half a century, having performed globally and under the baton of Coomi Wadia for the last 50 years. To celebrate this successful and credible milestone, the Paranjoti Academy Chorus is all set to perform a revered concert featuring Mozart’s Requiem and Coronation Mass along with the SOI Chamber Orchestra and soloists Valentina Marghinotti – Soprano, Margherita Tani, Mezzo-Soprano, Sorab Wadia – Tenor and Eugenio Di Lieto, Bass. The concert will be held at the Tata Theatre, NCPA at 7pm on November 28th 2017. Commenting on her musical years, Coomi Wadia says, “My journey as a Conductor has been extremely challenging, rewarding, exciting and fulfilling, as I look back with a great sense of accomplishment to the last 50 years. There have been many wonderful experie…

Discussion on immense opportunities offered by Asian Independent cinema in Knowledge Series #FilmBazaar at #IFFI2017

Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and Michael Werner, Film & Media Strategic Consultant conducted an engaging discussion on the immense opportunities offered by Asian Independent cinema in the Knowledge Series on Day 2 of Film Bazaar at IFFI Film and Advertising veteran Prahlad Kakkar turns the spotlight on the exotic Lakshadweep while 12 films from the Film Bazaar Recommends section were showcased and the Open Pitch generated an astounding 121 meetings Goa, 24th November 2017: The second day of the Film Bazaar at the International Film Festival (IFFI) continued with great fervor with the celebration of the indie cinema movement. Celebrating the Asian Indie looked at the scope of promotion and monetisation of Indie films through sales agents, who play a critical role in choosing, acquiring, promoting and cultivating business opportunities for such films. The session was a conversation between the much-acclaimed Cameron Bailey, Fil…

Knowledge Series presented Google’s endeavour to create easy access to tools for VR content generation at #FilmBazaar, #IFFI2017

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Knowledge Series presented Google’s endeavour to create easy access to tools for VR content generation at Film Bazaar, IFFI 2017 ~Producers’ Workshop focused on the importance of a Film Market and its navigation~ Goa, 24th November 2017: The third day of Film Bazaar at the International Film Festival of (IFFI) 2017 saw a host of interesting panels and sessions that focused on diverse range of topics such as Virtual Reality (VR), using film festivals to reach newer audiences and markets and how to create the perfect pitch for sales agents and festival programmers in the Knowledge Series and Producers’ Workshop. At the Producers’ Workshop The session Importance of a Film Market and Navigating saw Manas Malhotra, Head of Production at Amazon Prime Video talk about how independent film producers can successfully leverage the business and other commercial opportunities provided by the platform of Film Markets. Pitching to Sales Agents and Festival Programmers dealt with the strat…

Elisa Paloschi’s Award winning Documentary Driving With Selvi is touring across India with Selvi’s Bus Tour, a Social Impact Campaign for girl’s empowerment~

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Elisa Paloschi’s Award winning Documentary Driving With Selvi is touring across India with Selvi’s Bus Tour, a Social Impact Campaign for girl’s empowerment~ ~Driving With Selvi is based on the inspiring true story of Selvi – South India’s first female taxi driver ~ ~Twenty-five day Selvi’s Bus Tour launched in Delhi on October 11th 2017 on the occasion of the International Day of the Girl and will now tour the South during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence~ ~The campaign will conclude with Gala Screenings of Driving With Selvi in Bengaluru and Delhi on 4th and 8th December 2017, co-hosted by the High Commission of Canada~ Mumbai, 27th November 2017: Director Elisa Paloschi’s multiple award winning documentary Driving With Selvi tells the remarkable true story of Selvi – South India’s first female taxi driver. Forced to marry at the young age of 14, Selvi found herself in a violent and abusive marriage. One day, in a desperate bid to escape, she fled to a hig…

#FilmBazaar at #IFFI2017 ends on a high note with a grand award ceremony

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Film Bazaar at IFFI 2017 ends on a high note with a grand award ceremony The State Film Offices of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Delhi, Rajasthan, Lakshadweep, Telangana, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh collaborated with the Film Facilitation Offices (FFO) to promote their states as filmmaking locations to national and international filmmakers The Prasad Digital Intermediate (DI) award 2017 by Prasad Labs were awarded to Ivan Ayr’s Soni (Film Bazaar Recommends 2017) and Ere Gowda’s Kannada film Balekempa (The Bangle Seller) Facebook Awards 2017 winners are Ivan Ayr’s Soni (Work-In-Progress Lab 2017) and Sandeep Modi’s Chumbak (The Lottery) (Film Bazaar Recommends 2017) Goa, 25th November 2017: The fourth day of the Film Bazaar at the International Film Festival of (IFFI) 2017 which was held at the Marriott Goa from 20th to 24th November 2017 ended on a high note! The Producers' Workshop had 15 participants and was focused towards film students this ye…

Late Tom Alter’s fantasy short film 'The Black Cat' official adaptation of a short story by celebrated Indian author Ruskin Bond~

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Late Tom Alter’s fantasy short film 'The Black Cat' is live on youtube today ~The Black Cat is an official adaptation of a short story written by celebrated Indian author Ruskin Bond~ ~The film stars Tom Alter as Ruskin Bond and Shernaz Patel as Miss Bellows, a traditional English Witch~ Mumbai, 14th November, 2017: Director Bhargav Saikia’s short film The Black Cat, which features legendary actor Tom Alter in his final lead role, releases online today on the occasion of Children’s Day. The film is the last completed film of Tom Alter who passed away recently after a long and courageous battle with skin cancer. The Black Cat which is produced by Lorien Motion Pictures is released on their official YouTube channel. You can watch the film here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5RAKpdahQU The Black Cat which is an official adaptation of a Ruskin Bond short story is a children’s fantasy film. The film belongs to the Fantasy genre, which has not been widely explored i…

Hollywood's #SonyPictures Joins #AkshayKumar's '#Padman' As Global Distributor

Hollywood's Sony Pictures Joins Akshay Kumar's 'Padman' As Global Distributor MUMBAI; 15th November, 2017: In a move that lends weight to Bollywood’s welcome trend toward star-driven movies focused on women’s issues, Sony Pictures Entertainment has partnered with Prernaa Arora and Arjun Kapoor’s KriArj Entertainment on the Akshay Kumar-starring drama Padman. Sony has committed to handle worldwide distribution for Padman, which is scheduled to release in theaters in India and around the world on January 26th, 2018. In the upcoming film, which was written and directed by R. Balki (Cheeni Kum, Paa), Akshay Kumar portrays the real-life social entrepreneur Arunachalam Muruganantham, the inventor who risked everything, including his own reputation, to introduce low-cost and easily accessible sanitary napkins to poor women in India and around the world. Over the course of many years, Muruganantham dedicated himself to solving a massive challenge of women’s hygiene i…

#Ajji a Battlecry for Justice Releasing on 24th November

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When a Granny Stirred a Storm... AJJI ! Releasing on 24th November at a theatre near you With rave reviews pouring in from BUSAN International Film Festival & MAMI, Industry veterans like Javed Akhtar and Kabir Khan are stunned by Yoodlee Films’ AJJI.. MUMBAI; 14th November, 2017: Director Devashish Makhija’s Hindi film AJJI , a dark twist on the fairy-tale Little Red Riding Hood, has been receiving a thunderous applause from both audience and reviewers! The film will release in theatres on 24th November. Its stunning trailer lends a peek into the dark world of the film and leaves you numb. To watch the trailer, please click on: http://bit.ly/ajjitrailer24thnov Yoodlee Films' first outing- AJJI, premiered at the prestigious Busan International Film Festival and MAMI last month and has received fantastic reviews. Looks like the critics have finally found something to satiate their yearning for content-driven cinema. Reviews- - “Indian Revenge Drama Ajji is…

#Newton chosen for the World Cinema section at the 31st #AFIFEST2017

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After being chosen as India’s Official Entry to Oscars’ 2018, Drishyam Films' much loved film Newton made its L.A. Premiere at the 31st AFI FEST 2017 ~Newton which stars Rajkummar Rao, Anjali Patil, Pankaj Tripathi and Raghubir Yadav was chosen for the World Cinema section at the 31st AFI FEST 2017~ Mumbai/ Los Angeles C.A, 14th November 2017: Drishyam Films' critically acclaimed Newton which has been chosen as India’s official entry to the Academy Awards 2018, recently made its L.A. Premiere at the ongoing 31st American Film Institute (AFI) FEST 2017. The film which is directed by Amit Masurkar and features Rajkummar Rao, Anjali Patil, Pankaj Tripathi and Raghubir Yadav in pivotal roles was chosen for the World Cinema section at this year’s edition of the AFI FEST which ranks amongst the most prestigious film festivals globally. Newton is an official selection along with 12 other Oscar contenders such as Chile’s A Fantastic Woman, Poland’s Spoor, Germany’s In The Fad…