Rajan Shahi is one producer-director who believes in the power of love & prayers. Rajan Shahi keeps having Hawan from time to time. On Dhanteras morning a hawan was organized with the presence of the cast & the crew. Rajan Shahi is one producer whose sets always have a cosmopolitan culture & all the festivals are celebrated. The positive vibes are always in the air.
There were not as many stars on the sky that night as at the Westin Mumbai Garden City where the most awaited event of the year, asiaSpa India Fit & Fabulous Awards was held. The celebrities from Bollywood, glamour, fitness, sports & lifestyle came in full force & made the night a stunning spectacle. After the resounding success of Wellfest 2018 in Delhi, India’s leading luxury wellness & lifestyle magazine; asiaSpa India proudly brought together the unique festival of wellness to Mumbai. Curated by Parineeta Sethi, Chief Editor & Publisher of the magazine, the festival not only celebrates people who are already “fit & fabulous”, but also inspires others to achieve their wellness goals. asiaSpa was proud to be back in the city that’s home to Bollywood with the new edition of their Awards ceremony that spread out the green carpet to leading celebrities from all walks of life including Bollywood, glamour, fitness, sports & lifestyle. Over the years, asiaSpa’s signature wellness featured the best of the wellness & fitness industry! This year too, wellness icons & enterprises across varied categories across the country were recognized & felicitated. While Shilpa Shetty Kundra, Suniel Shetty, Sonakshi Sinha, Raveena Tandon, Gauahar Khan, Shraddha Salla & Harshvardhan Rane bagged the “Fit & Fabulous” award, the evening also witnessed celebrities including Karishma Tanna, Dia Mirza, Dino Morea, Nandita Mahtani, Harbhajan Singh, Geeta Basra, Karan Tacker, Lulia Vantur, Simone Khan, Elli Avram, Divya Khosla Kumar, Queenie Singh, Pooja Makhija, Terrence Lewis, Namrata Purohit, Yash Birla, Atul Kasbekar, Farah Khan Ali, Shivoham, Samir Purohit, Eefa Shrof, Alanna Panday, Deanne Panday, Sameer Nerukar, Nawaz Modi Singhania, Nikhil Kapur, Aarti Surendranath, Ksrija Surendranath, Anil Singh, Shweta Shetty, Samir Srivastav, Waluscha De Souza, Pria Kataaria Puri, Hema Hariramani, Malavika Mohanan & Sheeba Akashdeep who walked away with the prestigious “Fit & Fabulous” trophy back home.
A Protest March Was Held By The Secular Democratic Congress Party Against The 2nd Anniversary Of The Demonetization Scheme Imposed By The Central Government 2 Years Ago
The 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI 2018) will be held in Goa from 20th Nov, 2018 to 28th Nov, 2018. The 49th edition of the fest will showcase 212 films from over 68 countries, which reflects diversity of taste. The “International Competition” section has 15 films out of which 3 are Indian. The “Competition section” itself will represent films produced & co-produced by 22 countries. The Fest’s Kaleidoscope section carries 20 critically acclaimed international films that have been to major film fests & the majority of them being multiple award winners. This is one of the most sought after sections of the fest that showcases the “Best” & the “Top” films of the year. The “World Panorama” section has 67 films, which are specially curated for the fest. This includes 4 World Premieres, 2 International Premieres, 15 Asia Premieres & 60 India Premieres. This year the “World Panorama” section presents 15 films, which are Oscar submissions from their respective countries.
Retrospective Of Ingmar Bergman
The Opening Film: World Premiere Of ‘The Aspern Papers’
The Festival will open with the World Premiere of The Aspern Papers with international star cast. The Aspern Papers tells a story of obsession, grander lost & dreams of Byronic adventures. The delegation constitutes Jonathan Rhys Meyers (lead actor) Golden Globe winner, Joely Richardson (lead actress), Oscar nominated actress Julia Robins (actress), Morgane Polanski (actress & daughter of Roman Polanski), Nicolas Hau (actor) & Julien Landais (director).
Country Focus – Israel
Every year the International Film Festival of India (IFFI 2018) features a Country of Focus that brings out the cinematic excellence & contributions of that particular Country. In its 49th edition the International Film Festival of India (IFFI 20918), the Country of Focus will be on Israel. 10 films in collaboration with the Consulate General of Israel in Mumbai, has been selected for the country focus package. The opening film for the “Country Focus Section” is The Other Story by Avi Nesher. Important celebrities from Israel including the famous Israeli Actor, Alon Aboutboul, is the special guest from Israel, who has worked in several Hollywood films including, Rambo III, Munich by Steven Spielberg, Body of Lies by Ridley Scott & The Dark Knight Rises to name a few. The Indo-Israeli co-production seminar is slated to be held on 22nd Nov, 2018.
A State focus – Jharkhand
The movies in the Jharkhand Package include Death In The Gunj, Ranchi Diaries, Begum Jaan with others. Jharkhand has been selected as the “State Of Focus” for the 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI 2018) & the “Jharkhand Day” will be celebrated on 24th Nov, 2018 as part of the fest.
The International Competition Jury
The International Competition jury comprises of John Irvin, Adrian Sitaru, Polish director Robert Glinski, Anna Ferraioli Ravel & Indian member Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra.
Indian Panorama – 26 Feature & 21 Non Feature Indian Films
Olu directed by Shaji N Karun as the Opening feature film of Indian Panorama Section. Kharvas directed by Aditya Suhas Jambhale as the Opening non-feature film of Indian Panorama. 26 feature films & 21 non–feature Indian films are selected by the Indian Panorama Jury to be screened as part of this section out of the 100’s of entries sent by filmmakers from varied parts of the Country. The feature film jury selected the film Olu directed by Shaji N Karun as the opening feature film of the Indian Panorama 2018. The non-feature film jury selected the film Kharvas directed by Aditya Suhas Jambhale as the opening non-feature film of the Indian Panorama 2018. The prominent feature films are as follows: Olu (Opening film) Malayalam by Shaji N Karun, Nagarkirtan Bengali by Kaushik Ganguly, Sa Bengali by Arijit Singh, Uma Bengali by Srijit Mukherji, Abyakto Bengali by Arjun Dutta & Uronchondi Bengali by Abhishek Saha. The feature film jury of 13 members was headed by acclaimed film director & screenwriter, Rahul Rawail & the other prominent members included: Major Ravi, filmmaker & actor, Ahathian, director, Ujjwal Chatterjee, director, producer & screenwriter, Imo Singh, director & Utpal Datta, filmmaker & others. The non-feature film jury of 7 members was headed by acclaimed film director & editor, Vinod Ganatra. The jury constituted of the following Members: Uday Shankar Pani, filmmaker, Parvati Menon, director & film educationist, Mandar Talaulikar, filmmaker, Padmaraj Nair, film journalist, Ashok Sharan, actor & producer & Suneel Puranik actor, director & producer.
Sketch On Screen (Animation Film Package)
The sketch on screen (Animation Film Package) is a section which will screen around 3 International feature length films done in collaboration with Indian studios.
Indian Sports Biopics
The Indian spoirts biopics like Gold, Mary Kom, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, 1983, MSD: The untold story & Soorma will be screened at the 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI 2018) as an extension of the “Khelo India Branding”. The “Open Air Screenings” are organized during the fest where a large screen is put up in a vast open area, where these films will be screened.
The ICFT Prize
The ICFT prize consisting of the UNESCO Gandhi Medal to a film, which reflects the ideals promoted by UNESCO. This year 10 films will be showcased for selection of a film to be presented with this coveted award. The International Film Festival of India (IFFI 2018) collaborates with the International Council for Film, Audiovisual Communication (ICFT) Paris, to present a special ICFT prize consisting of the UNESCO Gandhi Medal to a film, which reflects the ideals promoted by UNESCO. This year 10 films will be showcased for selection of a film to be presented with this coveted award.
Masterclasses & In-Conversation Section
The masterclasses & in-conversation section will feature several renowned celebrities from the film industry including Prasoon Joshi, Dan Wolman, Sreekar Prasad, Anil Kapoor, Sumit Israni, Boney Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Jahnvi Kapoor, David Dhawan, Varun Dhawan, Rohit Dhawan, Jairaj, Kaushik Ganguly, Shaji Karun, Srijit Mukhrjee, Sridhar & Sreeram Raghvan, Anupama Chopra, Rajiv Masand, Bhawana Somaaya, Jason Hafford, Meghna Gulzar, Leena Yadav, Gauri Shinde et al. A retrospective of films of the recipient of the most prestigious film award of the Country, Dadasaheb Phalke Award is showcased during the 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI 2018). This year Vinod Khanna received the award posthumously. The 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI 2018) will be showcasing some of his best films including Achanak, Lekin & Amar Akbar Anthony. Retrospective of the Lifetime Achievement Awardee section recognizes the contribution of our Lifetime Achievement Awardee in the field of Cinema by showcasing some of his/her “Best Films”. This year Dan Wolman from Israel will be honored with Life Time Achievement award.
The “Homages” section pays tribute to the film personalities of our country who has taken refuge in the abode of God. This year homage will be paid to the Late Shashi Kapoor, the Late Sridevi, the Late M. Karunanidhi & the Late Kalpana Lajmi. in the International Homages this year the fest will pay a tribute to Terence Marsh, Milos Forman & Anne V Coates.
A special package for Visually Impaired Children’s special screenings with audio description will be organized for the children who are visually impaired. The fest will showcase the movies Sholay & Hichki under this section. This year there will also be a special presentation of the Tunisian films.
The Thugs Of Hindustan’s Song “Manzoor – E – Khuda” Is A Salute To Being Free. Katrina Kaif & Fatima Sana Shaikh Salute The Spirit Of Freedom
Films mega action adventure Thugs of Hindostan has wowed audiences worldwide with its larger than life, extravagant trailer & its lavish & catchy songs, making it the biggest ever Hindi film release. This visual spectacle about an epic war & adventure on the high seas, is releasing this Diwali. YRF is now releasing the teaser of its 3rd song that is surely going to light up the internet. Titled “Manzoor – E – Khuda”, this patriotic dance number salutes the spirit of freedom & has Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif & Fatima Sana Shaikh dancing on it. Director Viktor (Vijay Krishna Acharya) says, “Manzoor – E – Khuda” comes at a very crucial turning point in the film & it had to be a moving & powerful song. I think it’s lyrics, composition & vocals have created an overwhelming effect, making this salute to being free an incredibly special song. We love the song & we are certain that the audiences will love the spirit of freedom in it.” The Thugs take on the mighty British Empire in the film. Thus, the significance of this song is immense. Chinni & Rekha Prakash, who are known for their unique choreography which always becomes a huge talking point, has directed it. Sukhwinder Singh, Sunidhi Chauhan & Shreya Ghoshal, 3 of the most brilliant singers of our generation have sung this powerful song. Composed by the talented duo Ajay-Atul, “Manzoor – E – Khuda” literally means “By The Will Of God”. This particular track talks about undaunting grit & determination of the Thugs. Standing up for freedom, of living as per one’s free will, is the message that’s embedded at the heart of this inspiring song. Visually grand, the powerful lyrics have been written by Amitabh Bhattacharya. Thugs of Hindostan brings 2 of the biggest icons of Hindi cinema Amitabh Bachchan & Aamir Khan for the 1st ever time the celluloid silver screen, making it a must watch movie for Hindi film lovers worldwide. The film is set to treat audiences with the biggest jaw -dropping action sequences seen on screen to date. With its edge – of – the – seat thrills & a visually immersive experience, Yash Raj Films (YRF) out & out Diwali entertainer, Thugs of Hindostan, is all set to release on 8th Nov, 2018, a national holiday, in Hindi, Tamil & Telugu.
Allah Rakha Rahman Thanks Keeravani
M M Keeravani is in for praise from musical genius Allah Rakha Rahman. It’s because the senior musician from Telugu cinema has rendered a song for the upcoming Rajinikanth-Shankar magnum opus. “Keeravani Garu …Thanks for singing ‘Bulliguva’ for #2point0 Telugu … Looking forward to the release tomorrow,” the Mozart of Madras today tweeted out. It will be interesting to listen to Keeravani’s voice in this much awaited movie. Many years ago, Allah Rakha Rahman had interned with Keeravani as a learner. He must have given a ting song to his one-time guru.
Government Passes An Order For ‘Sarkar’
Thalapathy Vijay’s Sarkar releasing on the festive occasion of Diwali day on 6th Nov, 2018 is tracking for a staggering rupees 50 Crores opening day collection worldwide. Celebrations have already started in theaters screening the much awaited film as the posters & the banners have been put & fans too are decorating the buildings & the entrance arches. But the irony of the whole thing is that Panneerselvam the President of the Theater Owners Association has sent a circular to all the cinemas screening Sarkar to remove any poster or banners that have Vijay smoking in accordance with the Government’s order.
Rajnikanth’s Film ‘2.0’ Screening – Mind Blowing Technology Used 1st Time Ever In The World
The trailer of Superstar Rajinikanth’s film 2.0 launch is taking place in a grand manner at Sathyam Cinemas Chennai. It has been revealed that the new age technology of 4D sound has been used for the 1st time ever in the world for this mega Sciene – fiction thriller. Usually, the surround sound system consists of speakers on the ceiling & the side walls. This innovative sound system will be placed under the seats to give a realistic & immersive viewing experience.
Rana Daggubatti – The Manly Macho Hunk
Hunk Rana Daggubati is on a roll. Only the other day, he signed up to do the Hindi comedy-drama Housefull 4. He got the role that Nana Patekar had vacated. And now comes the news that the Baahubali villain will romance Sai Pallavi in a movie to be produced by Sudhakar Cherukuri. The big news about this project is that Sai Pallavi will be its heroine. Venu Udugula, who directed the critically overrated Needhi Naadhi Oke Katha, will wield the megaphone. Now that he has impressed Rana Dagubatti & the Fidaa girl. Sai Pallavi awaits the release of Sharwanand-Hanu Raghavapudi’s Padi Padi Leche Manasu on 21st Dec, 2018.
Rehamanan The Anchor Turns An Actor In Vanilla
Handsome, well built & eloquent speaker Rehmanan is making a big leap from anchoring to acting. He was a strong contender in Big Boss Season 3. He is all set to star in his 1stever film titled Vanilla as a researcher & caring brother to female protagonist Swathi Konde in the film. A news reader in a very popular television channel Rehaman was picked for this film Vanilla by director Jayathirtha for his looks & Kannada diction. Rehaman has already acted in Gara Kannada cinema in the direction of advocate turned director Muralikrishna. In Gara he is hero with a negative shade. It is in post production stage.
Trisha Makes A Request To Sun TV
The pure romance film 96 starring Vijay Sethupathi & Trisha has appealed to all sections of the audiences & it is one of the biggest hits of 2018 considering its budget. The film directed by Premkumar & produced by Nandagopal has been snapped up by Sun Group for Satellite broadcast. Sun TV has scheduled 96 as one of its high profile Diwali day telecasts on 6th Nov, 2018 much to the chagrin of the fans, the cast & the crew. Trisha has sent out a request stating “It’s just our 5th week and we still have 80% occupancy in all theatres. We as a team feel it’s unfair to be premiering 96 this early. So it’s our request to push it to a Pongal viewing please. Will be grateful” It remains to be seen if the television giant relents or telecast the much loved movie as advertised.
Vishal – Tamannaah’s New Movie Launched
Trident Arts, the popular production & distribution company celebrated its 25th year anniversary recently in which many Kollywood celebrities were present. The 4th production under the banner was jointly launched by Samuthirakani & Sasikumar. The untitled project has Vishal & Tamannaah as the lead pair reuniting after Kaththi Sandai. Sundar C is helming the project and this will be his 3rd film with Vishal after Aambala & the unreleased film Madha Ghaja Raja.
‘ABCD’ In Last Schedule & Release Date Sealed
‘ABCD’ (standing for “American Born Confused Desi”), starring Allu Sirish as the hero, is gearing up for a release on 8th Feb, 2018. The remake’s final schedule is currently on in India. “The entire shooting will be completed by 15th Dec, 2018.” says debutante director Sanjeev Reddy. Rukshar Dhillon of Krishnarjuna Yuddam fame is the heroine. Famous child artiste Bharath will be seen as the hero’s friend. The son of Sirivennela Seetharamasasthri Raja, Kota Srinivasa Rao & Subhaleka Sudhakar is also part of the cast. Produced by Madhura Sridhar Reddy on Madhura Entertainments banner in association with BigBen Cinemas’ Yash Rangineni, its music is by Sandalwood music director Jodha.
Adah Sharma Upbeat About Rajasekhar’s ‘Kalki’
Adah Sharma, who was recently famously seen in Puri Jagannadh’s Heart Attack & the thriller Kshanam, has bagged a female lead’s role in Rajasekhar’s upcoming investigative thriller, Kalki. And the Commando actress is gung-ho about it. “My next Telugu film will be Kalki. I always try to do something different & like Heart Attack, Son Of Sathyamurthy & Kshanam, I hope I can bring something new to this film too! I am super happy to be the leading lady in a film directed by Prasanth Varma,” she writes. Prasanth this year debuted with the multi-genre Awe!. “I am doing a period film after 1920 & Rajasekhar garu & a producer like C Kalyan will bring the grand scale that is required for a film like this. I am thrilled that they chose me to play the leading lady. Can’t wait to start! Need all your love & blessings,” Adah further writes.
East Coast Vijayan’s New Film Announced
East Coast Vijayan, a well-known Malayali lyricist, is credited with changing the dynamics of Malayalam video album songs. The news is that he is going to direct a feature film In the past, he has done 2 movies, namely Mohabath & Novel. His new outing is titled Chila New Gen Nattu Visheshangal and it is expected to be yet another family entertainer. Written by S L Puram Jayasurya, it will have music by M Jayachandran. “Their combination has produced some of the most memorable melodies of Malayalam. Jayachandran has composed the songs for the film and this is a highly anticipated part. KJ Yesudas, P Jayachandran, Sankar Mahadevan & Shreya Ghoshal will render their voice to these songs,” a source says.
Jeetu Joseph Maker Of ‘Aadhi’ Starts His Bollywood Debut Film
Drishyam fame Malayalam director Jeethu Joseph has started the work on his bollywood debut film. The director informed the matter through social media .The bollywood actors Emraan Hashmi & Rishi Kapoor will play important roles in this film. The director shared a couple of photos from the movie’s sets on his social media Facebook’s page. The movie is being produced by Sunil Kheterpal & will be presented by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures. According to the makers, it is a crime thriller with elements of horror. It is said to be the remake of Spanish thriller The Body, which was released in the year 2012.
Anupama Gowda Doing Suhasini Role In ‘Bah’
The talented actress of the small screen arena namely Anupama Gowda is taking up a big task in a feature film. She had acted in Aa Karala Rathri of director Dayal Padmanabhan. She caught attention at Big Boss 5 competition. She was noticed prior to that for her Akka TV serial. A good performer today Anupama Gowda is doing the role of what Suhasini Manirathnam had done in K Balachander’s Kannada cinema Benkiyalli Aralida Hoovu. The title of this film is used once again & the character of Anupama Gowda is 21st century’s Suhasini Manirathnam’s role. It is in this film that Dr Kamal Haasan played the role of bus conductor.
The 49th International Film Festival of India recently announced the selection of Indian Panorama films for the year, 2018 to be screened in Goa.
The Feature Film Jury of 13 members was headed by acclaimed film director & screenwriter, Rahul Rawail.
The Feature Film Jury selected 22 Feature films.
The feature film jury selected the film Olu directed by Shaji N Karun as the Opening feature film of Indian Panorama 2018. 4 Mainstream films are also selected under Indian Panorama Section of 49th International Film Festival of India, 2018 by an Internal Committee of Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF) based on the recommendations of Film Federation of India (FFI) & Producers Guild (PG).
List of 22 feature films & 4 mainstream films selected in Indian Panorama 2018 is as follows: Opening film Olu (Malyalam), Nagarkirtan, Sa, Uma, Abyakto, Uranchondi (Bengali), October & Bhor (Hindi), Sinjar (Jasari), Walking With The Wind (Ladakhi), Bhayanakam, Makkana, Poomaram, Sudani From Nigereria & Ee. Ma. Yau. (Malyalam), Dhappa & Amhi Doghi (Marathi), T0 Let, Baaram, Periyerum Perumal BA. BL, Peranbu & Padayyi (Tamil) & from Mainstream Cinema: Mahanati (Telugu), Tiger Zinda Hai, Padmavat & Raazi (Hindi).
The non-feature film jury of 7 members was headed by acclaimed film director & editor, Vinod Ganatra. The Jury constituted of the following Members: Uday Shankar Pani – filmmaker, Parvati Menon – director & film educationist, Mandar Talaulikar – filmmaker,Padmaraj Nair – film journalist, Ashok Sharan – actor & producer & Suneel Puranik – actor, director & producer.
The non-feature film jury selected the film Kharvas directed by Adity Suhas Jambhale as the Opening non-feature film of Indian Panorama 2018. The complete list of 21 non – feature films selected for Indian Panorama section for 49th International Film Festival of India 2018 is as follows:
Opening film Kharvas (Marathi), Sampurak (Bengali), Naach Bhikari Naach (Bhojpuri), Decoding Shankar, Gyamo – Queen Of The Mountains, The World’s Most Famous Tiger & Bunker: The Last Of The Varanasi Weavers (English), Moniter, Nani Teri Morni & Burning (Hindi), Sword Of Liberty, Midnight Run & Lasyam (Malyalam), Happy Birthday, Na Bole Wo Haram, Silent scream, Yes I Am Mauli, Pamphlet, Aai Shappath & Bhar Dupari (Marathi) & Malai (Oriya).