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Superstar Mammootty's magnum Opus 'Mamangam,' amongst the most expensive Malayalam films' is getting ready

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Superstar Mammootty's magnum Opus 'Mamangam,' amongst the most expensive Malayalam films' is getting ready

Satisfying the curiosity of audience, makers of Mamangam finally released the second poster of this big-budget historical drama . The poster was released by Mammootty (who is playing the lead opposite Prachi Tehlan) on his social media accounts . With a budget of whooping 45 crore, the movie is touted to be one of the most expensive Malayalam films ever made. It revolves around the story of a warrior who plans to fight the Zomorin rulers and defeats him. Set against the backdrop of the popular Mamankam festival, the movie is sure to take you back to the 18th century. With the movie, Prachi Tehlan will make her much-awaited Malayalam debut. Talking about the film, Tehlan says, “I had to perform all the fight sequences in the film without any training or rehearsals. Because I am a sports person, everybody was confident that I will pull it off. However, it …

Bollywood fitspiration Malaika Arora and Superstar Rajinikanth’s daughter Aishwaryaa R. Dhanush join hands for SARVA backed Diva Yoga

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Bollywood fitspiration Malaika Arora and Superstar Rajinikanth’s daughter Aishwaryaa R. Dhanush join hands for SARVA backed Diva Yoga Superstar Rajinikanth’s multi-talented daughter becomes the latest celebrity investor to back SARVA, and will also be leading the growth of Diva Yoga in South India alongside co-founders Malaika Arora and Sarvesh Shashi With this, Aishwaryaa joins SARVA’s already illustrious league of Indian and global investors - Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez, Malaika Arora, Shahid Kapoor, Mira Kapoor, Zumba®, and many others Mumbai, 18 July 2019: SARVA, the super promising Indian yoga and wellness startup, continues its spree of attracting celebrity investors with Aishwaryaa R. Dhanush, the multi-talented daughter of superstar Rajinikanth, becoming the latest entrant to join the star-studded list. With this investment, Aishwaryaa joins hands with Malaika Arora to become a core part of the Diva Yoga team, leading its growth in the South. She joins the hallowed …

#Cinestaan's ‘#BombayRose’ TO OPEN #VeniceInternationalCriticsWeek2019

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CINESTAAN’S ‘BOMBAY ROSE’ TO OPEN VENICE INTERNATIONAL CRITICS WEEK 2019 Mumbai, July 19th, 2019: Cinestaan Film Company is delighted to announce that Gitanjali Rao’s highly anticipated animated feature, Bombay Rose shall have its World Premiere as the opening film of Critics Week at the Venice International Film Festival this year on 29th August 2019. Bombay Rose is the first Indian Animation Film ever selected to open Venice Critic’s Week. The film is the long-awaited feature debut of India’s leading animator Gitanjali Rao. Gitanjali’s five animated short films, Blue, Orange, Printed Rainbow, Chai and TrueLoveStory have been to over 150 film festivals and received 30 awards. ‘Printed Rainbow’ won three awards in Cannes Critic’s Week 2006 where it premiered and was short-listed for the Oscars in 2008. Gitanjali Rao also made her award-nominated film debut as an actress in Shoojit Sircar’s acclaimed film, October. Said, Producer, Rohit Khattar Chairman of Cinestaan…

#PicksAndPiquesInternationalDocumentaryFilmReview #FilmCriticJohnsonThomas #TheSecretLifeOfFrogs Rating: * * * *

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#PicksAndPiquesInternationalDocumentaryFilmReview #FilmCriticJohnsonThomas #TheSecretLifeOfFrogs #AjayBedi #VijayBedi #Kshitij #IDPA #FilmsDivision #AnimalPlanet #DiscoveryChannel Rating: * * * *

Romancing The Frog Film: The Secret Life Of Frogs Directors: Ajay & Vijay Bedi Rating: * * * * Runtime: 60 mins

The Secret Life of Frogs, Directed by Indian born and bred Bedi brothers, fraternal twins, Ajay & Vijay, coming from an illustrious genealogy of world renowned wildlife conservationists(sons of acclaimed wildlife photographer Naresh Bedi and the grandsons of photographer Ramesh Bedi), was premiered as part of a new anthology of wildlife documentary films ‘Animal Planet Presents’, which showcases award-winning films ‘Tigerland’, ‘A Wolf’s Journey’, legacy hit series like ‘Dodo Heroes’ ‘Epic Yellowstone’ and ‘Ivory Wars.’ The Secret Life of Frogs was also the inaugural film for Kshitij, a new documentary Film club initiative from IDPA & Films Division and screened…

#Kshitij Documentary Film Club, a partnership between #IDPA & #FilmsDivision, Inaugurated at the #MuseumOfIndianCinema

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#Kshitij Documentary Film Club, a partnership between #IDPA & #FilmsDivision, Inaugurated at the #MuseumOfIndianCinema Government of Maharashtra will support documentary film screening: MoS, Urban Development, Shri Yogesh Sagar Documentaries may not be as objective as they are portrayed to be but they showcase a viewpoint and we need to see that viewpoint.: Filmmaker Arunaraje Patil We may not have many platforms for screening of documentaries but what we do have is a large number of subjects for documentary making, as I can tell from my social work among tribal communities, rural people and children of sex workers. Government of Maharashtra will provide all the help to documentary filmmakers by making at least four Sundays available for documentary screening in theatres available with Government of Maharashtra. This was stated by the Minister of State for Urban Development, Government of Maharashtra, Shri Yogesh Sagar, while inaugurating KSHITIJ, a documentary film c…

#AmrutaKhanvilkar on a new planet

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Amruta on a new planet Continuing a string of 18 years in Tinseltown, alternating between Hindi and Marathi cinema, actress and diva Amruta Khanvilkar seen recently in box office juggernauts like the Alia Bhatt starrer and Meghna Gulzar directed Raazi where she played Alia’s sister-in-law and the John Abraham starrer and Milap Zaveri shepherded Satyamev Jayate where she played Manoj Bajpayee’s wife, the Natrang and Autograph actress is now on a new planet. Sources close to the actress confirm that she is into a business venture extending her wings to cover more facets of the entertainment industry. “She is planning to take both movie industries – Bollywood as well as the Marathi moviedom by starting her own start-up which may include diet, yoga and a possible spa. She wants to better the way the Marathi industry is looked at and bring actors on par with the ones in Bollywood as well as the Tamil as well as the Telugu industries where actors are huge stars and can draw audiences…

#VinayPathak, #RaimaSen and #SalimDiwan starrer #AliyaBasuGayabHai is a romantic thriller featuring three different sexualities

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Vinay Pathak, Raima Sen and Salim Diwan starrer Aliya Basu Gayab Hai is a romantic thriller featuring three different sexualities ~ The intriguing first look of Aliya Basu Gayab Hai was launched recently ~ ~ The Vinay Pathak, Raima Sen and Salim Diwan starrer Aliya Basu Gayab Hai marks the directorial debut of noted ad filmmaker Preeti Singh ~ Mumbai, 25 June 2019: The captivating first look of Aliya Basu Gayab Hai – a romantic thriller featuring Vinay Pathak, Raima Sen and Salim Diwan was unveiled today. Produced by Rehab Pictures Pvt Ltd and directed by Preeti Singh, Aliya Basu Gayab Hai is a romatic thriller featuring three different sexualities. The film’s content is very unique and never seen before in Indian cinema. The film portrays characters with different sexual orientations and complexities of human emotions. It shows how far a person will go to save himself/herself and how destiny has its own way of catching up. The team didn’t reveal much of the story as it i…

Short film,#Suno, featuring #SumeetVyas and #AmritaPuri as a married couple raises some disturbing but important questions

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Terribly Tiny Talkies’ next short, Suno, featuring Sumeet Vyas and Amrita Puri as a married couple raises some disturbing but important questions! ~Written and directed by Shubham Yogi, Suno, released on TTT’s YouTube channel~ Mumbai, 2019: Terribly Tiny Talkies’ next short film, Suno, featuring Sumeet Vyas and Amrita Puri as a married couple releases on TTT’s YouTube channel today. Please see the short film here bit.ly/ttt-suno It’s a story of an experimental night in bed, which ends up with a mark for the world to see. As the world looks at the mark left in bed, the couple is forced to look inside themselves and their relationship. Written and directed by Shubham Yogi, Suno is his second short film produced by TTT. They first collaborated on the short film, Glitch starring Mona Singh. Sharanya Rajgopal, Studio Head, Terribly Tiny Talkies says, "Suno is an incredibly important film for us. It's unlike any other story we've attempted yet. Films have t…

Hotstar breaks global record yet again during the India vs New Zealand ICC Cricket World Cup semi-final

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Hotstar breaks global record yet again during the India vs New Zealand ICC Cricket World Cup semi-final The streaming giant recorded 25.3 Mn simultaneous viewers during the match – a new global record, and a reach of more than 100 Mn daily users on the platform Mumbai, July 15, 2019 – Hotstar, India’s largest premium streaming platform, continued to raise the bar in live streaming, setting a new global benchmark during the India vs New Zealand semi-final on 10th July 2019. The platform registered an unprecedented 25.3 million concurrent viewers, shattering its own previous world record of 18.6 million set during the VIVO IPL 2019 final. Hotstar also witnessed upwards of 15 million concurrent viewers across multiple matches through the ICC Cricket World Cup. Built to handle immense scale, Hotstar had previously crossed the milestone of 100 million daily users during the India vs Pakistan match. Even with the massive cricket consumption, the entertainment consumption on Hotstar…

Rangbaaz Presents India's Best Hindi Musical Comedy Play #BadeMiyanDeewane

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BY POPULAR DEMAND, ITS BACK IN MUMBAI…. 10 years, 80 shows on….and still running to packed houses Rangbaaz Presents India's Best Hindi Musical Comedy Play By popular demand, one of India’s leading professional theatre groups, Rangbaaz Productions is back in Mumbai to delight theatre lovers across the city! Rangbaaz will stage their runaway hit musical comedy play -- ''BADE MIYAN DEEWANE'' – that has been enjoying a successful 10-year, 80 show run to packed houses across the country! It is being staged on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at St. Andrew’s Auditorium Bandra (W) at 7.30pm. It is suitable for children Aged 10 years and above. Bade Miyan Deewane is one of the funniest Hindi Urdu romantic comedy plays to be staged in India and it is based on Shaukat Thanvi's novel Budbhas. The popular musical stars Imran Rasheed, Muzammil Qureshi, Yasir Khan, Barkha Saxena, Harpreet Singh, Nisha Dhar, Akriti Singh, Khaleeq Chaudhary, Khushboo Atre, Varun Kumar and Ni…

#PicksAndPiquesInternationalFilmMovieReviews #Shoplifters A deeper thought-provoking look at the Social Outcast

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#PicksAndPiquesInternationalFilmMovieReviews #JohnsonThomas #Shoplifters #ManbikiKazoku #HirokazuKoreeda #Japan #SrinivasanNarayan #SanjaySuri
International Film Movie Review
Johnson Thomas
A deeper thought-provoking look at the Social Outcast

Film: Shoplifters/ Manbiki kazoku (2018)
Cast: Mayu Matsuoka, Sakura Ando, Lily Franky, Kirin Kiki, Sosuke Ikematsu, Chizuru Ikewaki, Kengo Kora, Akira Emoto
Director, writer, editor: Hirokazu Koreeda.
Camera (Color): Ryuto Kondo.
Music: Haruomi Hosono.

Rating: * * * *
Running Time: 121 min.

Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Palme d’Or-winning “Shoplifters” takes a deeper look at the concept of family. Does ‘Family’ represent blood ties or is there more to the unforgettable bonding between people that helps them cope with the many stressors of life? Kore-eda’s narrative opens to a scene which defines the very tenet of this film. A man Osamu (Lily Franky) and a boy Shota (Jyo Kairi) are seen communicating to each other non-ver…