Anupma Chauhan, the newest singing sensation is all set to hit the music marquee with this Independence Day! Serenading her way into the music industry with a patriotic song Sar Himalaya Ka Jhukne Na Denge releasing on the 15th of August, Anupma is all set to woo the music lovers.
The upcoming singing star has learnt music from the best of the best in the industry. “I was fortunately to meet the nicest soul in the music fraternity, Kishori Amonkar. Known as the biggest classic singers in India, Late Kishori Amonkarji who I fondly called Tai, trained me in music for more than a year. I later also trained under the Padmabhushan, Padmashree and Padmavibhushan awardee Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan Sahab and also his son Qadir Mustafa Khan Sahab,” says Anupma while further adding her Bollywood connect, “Well it’s imperative to know playback singing as well and for that I got mentored by Lalit Panditji as well. I was also fortunate enough to get trained under Late Ravindra Jain before he passed away.”
As for her debut number, she seems super excited for it also brings about a collaboration with really talented people. While the song is Produced by Rizwan Pandey, the lyrics and composition is done by K. P. Singh. The music video is directed by Nitesh Sinha.
A Short Film Festival where stories come to life
FILMBUG: A CHARITABLE INITIATIVE TO TEACH PURPOSEFUL FILM MAKING TO LESS FORTUNATE & MARGINALIZED CHILDREN ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO BRING ABOUT SOCIAL CHANGE AND AWARENESS.
Evening saw the presence of Kapil Mattoo, Jackie Shroff, Kunal Kohli, Shaan, Sanjay Mishra, Nandish Sandhu, Gaurav Goyal,Nikhila Varun, Pawan Panara, Rashmi Kucchal, Satish Kaushik Ranvijay Singh and many more.
- About FilmBug Foundation & The Initiative:
Founder: Nameeta Premkumar
Co-Founder: Kapil Mattoo
- Jury- Ms. Shabana Azmi, Ms. Smita Thackeray, Mr. Kabir Bedi, Mr. Satish Kaushik, Mr. Sudhir Mishra, Mr. Kunal Kolhi, Mr. Siddharth Anand (Bang Bang, War), Shaan, Mr. Ritesh Shah (Writer: Airlift, Kahani, Pink, Batla House etc).
- 65 children came from all across India to watch their films with the jury at a magical evening
- This year 11 short films were screened, made by children from Haryana, Shivpuri,Satara, Jaipur ,Patna ,Bhubaneshwar and Mumbai before an eminent jury at the Mukti Cultural Hub, Andheri West, Model Town, Andheri West.
FilmBug is a charitable initiative that was formed with the philosophy of giving back to children who lack opportunity. The idea is to teach professional film making “with a purpose” which is otherwise an expensive skill to Less Fortunate & Marginalised Children through Film making workshops across the country.
Nameeta Premkumar has had over 20 years of experience as a Producer and Director and has learnt film making in New York and India. She is on the Faculty of a few media schools and runs the company Imagik Media Pvt.Ltd which has made varied content across platforms from feature films, music, commercials and series.
Filmbug started with the idea of taking professional and good film making to less fortunate children who have fertile minds but no vent or avenue to be creative and express themselves.The idea was to train them and impart a skill that is lifelong and empower them to tell their stories through film
Kapil Mattoo has been a Producer and worked on feature films, events, series and with the company Imagik Media has produced content that has always pushed the envelope. Together they travel across imparting knowledge and skills to the less privileged.
Filmbug is designed to encourage children to think out of the box, to work in teams, to give vent to their emotions, to gain confidence, to empower them to tell their stories through film and to enjoy an immersive movie making experience.
-The genesis of an idea
-From an idea to a story
-From a story to a screenplay –Writing in Final draft format
-Technical: Camera angles,Shots ,Lenses , Axis , Lighting and sound for film
-Pre Production & Planning
-Shooting on location
-Making their own films
Film making workshops:
Over the last two years the FilmBug team has gone across 6 towns in phase one
And 5 towns in phase 2.
The result has been tremendous.
350 children came together to write, act and direct their own films.
PHASE 1 (2016-17)
Patna –Rat eating community children
Bhubaneshwar –Children from the rag picking community
Kangra –Orphaned and homeless girls
Kolhapur-Children working in brickyards
PHASE 2 (2018-2019)
Haryana- Girls Sexually abused and rescued from trafficking
Shivpuri – Children who are victims of child marriage
Satara- Children from Nomadic tribes
Jaipur – HIV positive children
Bengaluru- Slum and laborers children
Advanced workshop-Children from first phase (Bhubaneshwar,Patna , Mumbai)
ABOUT INDIA ALIVE SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2017
The films needed a serious platform where they could be showcased and appreciated for their technical prowess and content.
The India Alive Short Film Festival is a platform that celebrates these films with eminent makers who are a part of viewing these films as a jury and encourage the skills of these children as filmmakers.
The films were showcased at a red carpet event at Cinepolis Mumbai on the 31st of May, 2017 to a thunderous applause from the audience and the children shared the stage with prolific filmmakers in Mumbai.
For the first time ever, these children were brought down from various cities to participate in this one of its kind Festival which is purely to encourage talent.
The jury comprised of eminent personalities from the fraternity who supported and applauded this initiative namely Prakash Jha, Kabir Bedi, Farah Khan, Satish Kaushik, Sudhir Mishra, Emraan Hashmi, Shanm, Jackie Shroff and Varun Dhawan were also present to interact and meet the children as it was their wish list and a dream come true to be with their stars.
The Festival Directors Nameeta Premkumar & Kapil Mattoo are very hopeful that this will kick start something big as the platform that is being created is a serious one and will open doors to these children which are unimaginable. True talent can be spotted, nurtured and taken to another level as these children are hardworking, realise the value of this opportunity and have great stories to tell. They just need the right support.
At the end of the 14-day workshop the children pick their own ideas to make a film. They write their screenplays in final draft format, act in them, and direct the films themselves.
About India Alive Short Film Festival 2017- The films needed a serious platform where they could be showcased and appreciated for their technical prowess and content. The India Alive Short Film Festival is a platform that celebrates these films with eminent makers who are a part of viewing these films as a jury and encourage the skills of these children as filmmakers.
FILMBUG TALENT POOL- Filmbug has created a talent pool with children from the first phase who have come together to make the curtain raiser of the festival. This is a film that was made after Filmbug conducted master classes and an advanced workshop with the children from the first phase who displayed exceptional skills in film making. Children were picked from Patna, Mumbai, Bhubaneshwar who came together to make a film which was shot in Mumbai.
Television is no longer the space for entertainment any more. Personal content viewing has given family entertainment a big run for its money and that’s just why there are OTT platforms that are picking up pace in the web world. And while a lot of big players in the OTT space are vying for customers and luring their attention with cheaper monthly subscription plans, soon enough the market will see the rise of a new player that’s sure to be lapped up readily by the masses. Going by the name of Rapchee App, this new OTT platform is soon to take over the content space. The unveiling of logo of the OTT APP was organised by Dharam Gupta at Ramada Palm Grove Hotel, Juhu. Gauhar Khan, Rahul Roy, Jasleen Matharu, Kangana Sharma, Gehna Vashisth, Jyotsna Chandola, Tinaa Ghai, Sajan Agarwal, Dr. Yogesh Lakhani of Bright Outdoor, Hemant Birje, Nigar Khan and others came specially to attend the unveiling . Kangana Sharma performed live on this occasion.
With great promise and potential, Rapchee App is said to be going live with 15 shows and while the curtain is just raised, there’s lots to follow. “The subscription is free for a year and while the customers will get a taste of great Indian content, there will also be a lots of international content up for consumption on this app. I am currently in process of tying up with content creators from 6 different countries and while I have already got 3 countries legally on board, 3 more are in the process. So while we will get to see their content in our local language, they too will get a taste of our content in their local language. Provisions are being made for that. Our shows will also be available in 10 regional languages, so people from every nook and corner can enjoy this content!” says Dharam Gupta.
Reliance Nippon Life Insurance company is pleased to present the #WalkPeChal campaign an initiative to promote Walking as a Way to stay fit. It is a wellness initiative aimed at promoting health and wellness amongst citizens of the country. The fast-paced life and quick access to services have led to increased stress and a sedentary lifestyle. This is at the core of increasing instance of lifestyle related ailments.
As a responsible Corporate Citizen, Reliance Nippon Life Insurance Company has embarked on the #WalkPeChal campaign. We are pleased to share that Malaika Arora, who is a fitness enthusiast herself, has graciously agreed to join hands in promoting this campaign. Malaika Arora and Ashish Vohra who is ED and CEO of Reliance Nippon Life Insurance Company officialy launch the campaign at Reliance Centre, Santacruz East. The campaign is conceptualised by Himanshu M Sharma of Joker Films Pvt Ltd.
As per research by the Harvard University, walking improves many of the cardiac risk factors such as cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, vascular stiffness, inflammation and mental stress. It also helps protect against dementia, peripheral artery disease, depression and against some forms of cancer.
About Reliance Nippon Life Insurance
Reliance Nippon Life Insurance Company is amongst the leading private sector life insurance companies in India in terms of individual WRP (weighted received premium) and new business WRP. The company is one of the largest non-bank supported private life insurers with over 10 million policy holders, a strong distribution network of 727 branches and 55,492 active advisors as on March 31, 2019. The company’s individual Claim Settlement Ratio, at 97.7% as on March 31, 2019, is amongst the best in the industry. The digital log-ins for the company stands at 74% as of March 31, 2019, as against 53% same time last year, clearly indicating the heavy digitisation focus.
Address: Patel wadi, Juhu Church Road, AB Nair Rd, near horizon hotel, Juhu, Mumbai.
1. Owned by Ali Reza Abdi
2. Two Levels – Sheesha Sky Lounge, Open China- High Energy Bar
3. Sheesha Sky Lounge- Indian Cuisine
4. Open China- High Energy Bar- Cantonese Cuisine
5. Different brands of liquor in all shapes and sizes specially curated menu to indulge in gastronomical delights.
6. Huge space.
2nd August, 2019- Mumbai dwellers get set for the gastronomy voyage and experience the best in Indian & Chinese cuisine at “Sheesha Sky lounge 2.0, Open China- High Energy Bar”
Launch saw the presence of – Haji Arfat Shaikh, Member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He serves as President of the Maharashtra State Minority Commission (Cabinet minister Status) and the President of the Maharashtra State Muslim Khatik Samaj Unit, Aditya Pancholi, Nilesh Singh, Deepak Singh ,Gulfam Khan, Mukesh Rishi , Kawal Sharma , Tanuj Garg, Paras Kalnawat , Asif Merchant, Barkha Sengupta , Nivedita Basu, Sanjay Gagnani , Priya Patidar , Akanksha Jindal , Zain Iman, Abhishek Bajaj , Neel Motwani and Vindhya Tiwari , Jaswir Kaur , Shera , Lalit Pandit , Shantipriya , Sanjay Chhel , Prashant Virender Sharma , Mitaali Nag , Romil Chaudhary , Hansa Singh , Aditya Singh Rajput , Roma Navani , Avinash Wadhawan, Arshi Khan & many more.
If you are a part of the town and would like to experiment with food and drinks then “Sheesha Sky lounge , Open China- High Energy Bar” is worth a dekho.
Ali Reza Abdi, owner of “Sheesha Sky lounge , Open China- High Energy Bar” says “The purpose of Sheesha Sky lounge , Open China- High Energy Bar is to provide the residents of Mumbai, with quality entertainment in an enjoyable, pleasant atmosphere. We must prove to our guests that exceptional service is still available and should be expected as part of a entertainment experience. We lay emphasize on exceptional service experience by assuring that all guests enjoy themselves, we will secure market share through repeat business”
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Food & Drinks – Sheesha Sky lounge boasts of a brilliant kitchen with an exhaustive menu of Indian Cuisine. Open China- High Energy Bar serves a deeply researched traditional mystical ancient recipe secrets to create progressive fascinating Chinese Cuisine. The extensively explored twists to the entire gourmet makes both Sheesha Sky Lounge, Open China- High Energy Bar the most strikingly rare menu ever designed comprising of delicious catered food, finger food, combo meals & many more.
The cocktails & mocktails range too have been dugout from unexampled experiments between stately monarchical tastes & contemporary mixes to create rare & exclusive drinks.
Ambience – The rawness & refinement defining the well lit decors & interiors coupled with micro detailing and vintage vibes add to the ultimate experience at both Sheesha Sky Lounge, Open China- High Energy Bar. Owner of both the properties offer two different places according to the mood of the guests. A large well-lit & well-done High Energy Bar dominates the space of Open China with a separate section for private parties & dinners. It can be rightly called a combined place for masses and the classes.
The state-of-the-art décor and contemporary ambience at the city’s newly opened lounge will play background to the luxury experience will be equipped with audio, lighting and video systems, serving the need for a true entertainment venue.
Hospitality:-The warm welcome by the staff lents the guests their first few moments of comfort, it is committed to providing the consumer the highest level of hospitality services. The lounge aims to create a niche for them and set new benchmarks in quality, efficiency and service.
GET NESTLED WITH THEM AS THEY OFFER SOMETHING WHICH THEIR GUEST HAVE NOT EVEN DESIRE NEVER BEFORE!!
Manhunt India 2019 was announced amidst fanfare with its Indian Associate Director Riitu Sood welcoming the media in the presence of Rosko Dickinson, President of Manhunt International and Ahmad Kabir Shadan of BloomFair Productions and National Director of Manhunt India.
“I am fascinated about being in Bollywood and am extremely pleased working with Kabir and Riitu who were the earlier arrangers of Manhunt in the UAE,” expressed the Australia based Rosko Dickinson who mentioned that theirs is the premier most Manhunt International, now in its 26 year.
“There are many handsome males in India, with Rajeev Singh being named Mr Manhunt International in 2001, and I am positive that it will be another Indian male bringing the crown to India,” Riitu Sood hoped.
The auditions in India will be held in Delhi, Chandigarh, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Mumbai between 18 August to 6 October, culminating into its finals to be held on 25-27 October which will be held at ND Film World in Karjat, Mumbai. The winner will represent India in the World Final which will be contested along with 40 International models from all over the world and will be held in Phillipines between 15-23 February 2020.
What makes Indian males so attractive to the world? To which Ahmad Kabir mentioned, “Indian males have God gifted skin complexion and they have a history of its rich culture and heritage.”
John Abraham, Dino Morea, Muzammil Khan and Karan Singh Grover are among those who have won the Manhunt India contests and are now successful in their Bollywood careers.
This is the first year that Bloomfair Productions are associated with the International Manhunt contest which is owned and managed by an Australian firm which is headed by Rosko Dickinson.
If you look at it objectively, the Marathi film film industry has gone through a severe drought in the first six months of the year and only around three films have succeeded at the box office out of 73 films. In such a period, a film like Takatak was released in the last week of June which was away from the usual stereotyped beaten track and also out of the box. The film took over the box office in a frenzy. Takatak directed by Milind Kavde has done an an amazing business of 14.27 cr just in 3 weeks all over the country and is now running in its fourth week.
To celebrate the success of the film made under the banner of Purple Bull Entertainment Pvt. Ltd., V. Patke Films and Gaonwala Creations, actors Prathamesh Parab, Ritika Shrotri who play the lead in the film along with Pranali Bhalerao and Abhijeet Aamkar celebrated its success with a grand party. Prathamesh is happy that he has successfully shed the name Dagadu with which he has been associated till now and after Takatak is known by the name Thokya. “I am very happy that Takatak has emerged as a big blockbuster hit besides affording me an opportunity to display my acting prowess in a different and daring role”, says Prathamesh.
It was big risk to make a sex comedy but the audiences have received the film overwhelmingly at the box office, says Milind Kavde, who adds that he is greatly indebted to the audiences . “I have always tried to make something different and out of the box away from the beaten track and Takatak is not at all an exception to the rule. It was risky to present a sex comedy but then one does not taste success without risks. Takatak has proved this and hence the success of my film isn’t only ours but that of the entire film industry”, he quips. According to Milind Kavde, to a large extent, the success of the film belongs to Om Prakash Bhatt, Sujay Shankarwar, Ravi Bahry, Inderjeet Singh, Ajay Thakur, Dhananjay Singh Masoom and Ravindra Chaubey as they did not at all interfere with him and lent him a free hand to direct the film though they are the producers. The producers express their happiness at having catered to, all sections of the audiences with their film and assert that the success of the film has inspired them to make more and more films with a lot of strength and confidence in future. Distributors like Sameer Dixit and Hrishikesh Bhirangi have also played a very vital role in distributing the film reach the maximum number of the audiences.
Prathamesh-Ritika, Abhijeet Aamkar and Pranali along with Bharat Ganeshpure, Pradeep Patwardhan, Ananda Karekar who also are jubilant about the film’s success, partied with vengeance.The song Aapla Haath Jagannath sung by Adarsh Shinde and the Jay Atre written romantic track Ye Chandrala Ya crooned by Shruti Rane have also emerged big hits. Varun Likhate has composed the music. Milind Kavde has written the humorous story and screenplay in tandem with Ajay Thakur while Sanjay Navgire has penned the meaningful dialogues and Hazraat Shaikh has cranked the camera with a lot of zest.