Thursday, January 30, 2014

Curtains drawn at Indian International Film Festival of South Africa -IIFFSA 2014 in Johannesburg

Pune's Dr. Mohan Agashe won Best Actor Award for Film Aastu and Marathi Actress Vina Jamkar won best Actress for movie Tapal in IIFSA 2014.

The Indian International film festival of South Africa (IIFFSA) by Utkarsh Projects had a glittering start in the presence of a galaxy of stars on a huge platform.The opening ceremony was graced with a tribute given to Nelson Mandela followed by National anthem of South Africa and India. Ganesh Vandana was recited by the well-known actress Amruta Subhash to glitter this occasion.

The function was cultured with a lighting ceremony performed at the hands of chief guest Mr. Virendra Gupta, Indian High commissioner South Africa, Guest of Honor Ms. Hendrietta Bogopanezulu , Deputy minister, Women & Children with Disabilities, Mr. Joe Mafela, Legendary South African actor, writer, director, producer, singer and businessman and Special Guest - Mr. S P. Balsubramaniam, an eminent playback singer Indian Film Industry.

The event was greeted by addressing a welcome speech by Mr. Virendra Gupta. He said, "A token of appreciation and a special thank to IIFFSA for the recognition of talent not just from Bollywood but also from regional cinema. We need to promote the film industry which has a huge potential for providing job opportunities."

The grand opening ceremony began with a scintillating performance by a Zulu Dance that was presented by some local artists. The event was staged with some mesmerizing performances by actress Amruta Subhash that entertained all her fans with some glorious numbers.

The event was rejoiced by a splendid skit enactment by talented Marathi actors like Mr. Mangesh Desai, Mr. Vijay Kadam, Ms. Amruta Subhash, Thantele. The Indo African Fusion dance called 'Anusuya' brought a glory to the entire event as it conceptualized the unity built amongst the African and Indian culture.

S. P Balsubramaniam was bestowed with the Outstanding Achievement Award at the hands of Host and Festival Director Rajiv Terwadkar and Mr. Dinesh Naidu - Director Serendipity tours. IIFSA gave tribute to him by playing a 3 minitue medley of his famous songs from Bollywood industry.The renowned singer enchanted the crowd with his magical voice. He sung his famous songs from different Indian languages. medley transporting the eager listeners to another world. On this occasion he shared his emotions , " I am very grateful to be here to see the harmony of the culture in 2 countries, IIFSA 2014 is giving platform to Cultural Fusions. IIFSA is bringing culture together by doing this kind of events , I am sure this will take on high level by showcasing new talent as well renowned stars and their performances. This is great to see Indian films are screening here and South African Film industry also showcasing their talent . I wish all organisers of IIFSA all the best and would like to take this talent to Indian Cinema."

The ceremony was followed with the award function where renowned film-makers, actors, producers, directors from film industry were awarded for their outstanding work.

The winner of the Best film in short film category for India , for Maharashtra was awarded to 'Shuruaat' directed by Suresh Shelar at the hands of Mr. Thinus Leroux, Owner of Coachman Coaches.

An award for the Best film in Documentary film category for South Africa was given to film Sobukwe - A great Soul directed by Micky Madola Dubey at the hands of Mr. Shreeni and Sajit, Owner Bombay Blues Restaurant.

Award for the Best Actress for India was awarded to Actress Vina Jamkar for the movie Tapal & Best Actress Award for South Africa Awarded to Jay Anstey for the film Slippers Wake at the hands of Mr. Ashok Thakur (CEO Mahindra & Mahindra ) and Mbalenhle Mlotshwa, actress of South Africa.

4The award for the Best Actor India, Maharashtra Mr.Mohan Agashe for the movie Aastu and Best Actor South Africa to John Henry Opperman for the film Musiek Vir De Agtergrond the hands of Hanita Motheli, Owner of Shonalanga Resort and Joe Mafela, renowned legendary actor.

A very prestigious award for the Best Director India went to Salim Ahmed for the movie Kanjunathan Kada and Award for the Best Director South Africa went to Sallas De Jager for the film Musiek Vir De Agtergrond at the hands of South African well known actor Clint Brink and Amit Pansari, Astrum Representative.

Award for the Best Feature film India went to movie Lesson in forgetting directed by Unni Vijayan and award for the best feature film South Africa was awarded to movie Verraaiers Directed by Paul Eilers at the hands of Mambato Ramagoshi, Chairman N F V F (National Film and Video Foundation), and Ms. Hendrietta Bogopanezulu, Deputy Minister of South Africa for Women and Children for Disabilities.

Jury members were felicitated which included Actor Mangesh Desai, Santosh Pathare, Prasad Khatu.

The audience were revitalized and entertained with various dance performances by professional and local artists like Ninja Dance, Tshwana Dance and Flexibility dance, during the event.

"Firstly I would like to congratulate all the awardees for their achievement in various spheres and also thank all the invites for their great presence at the function and a token of appreciation to all the partners, sponsors, the media, the IIFFSA team and most importantly the delegates for making IIFFSA 2014 a grand success", said Mr. Rajiv Terwadkar.

KISNA Diamond Jewelry announced as the Jewelry Brand of the Year

KISNA Diamond Jewelry the flagship brand of Hari Krishna Group has been awarded as the Jewellery Brand of the Year by the Indian Jewellers (IJ) Choice Design Awards. The awards were announced at a gala ceremony held at Marriott, Jaipur, India.

With a stringent selection process, more than 1,000 retailers across the country voted on an online platform wherein 70 companies across India, had been nominated in 24 categories.

Gracing the occasion Mr. Ghanshyam Dholakia the Managing Director of the company said

"From last 3 years the Indian Jeweller (IJ) magazine has been making an incessant effort to promote the Indian Jewellers and the Jewellery brands not only to India but to the world at large. We appreciate their efforts. 
We are both happy & proud that KISNA has received the Jewellery Brand of the Year award. Launched in July 2005, KISNA is today the largest distributed diamond jewellery brand in the domestic Indian market with availability in more than 6,000 retail outlets through 450 distributors. All the 500 designs of the brand can be viewed online through

The credit of this award goes to the entire team of KISNA including the employees, distributors, retailers, brand consultants, the top management, as well as the stake holders."

Varun Dhawan, spends the day with Breakfast to Dinner

This week, UTV Stars' Breakfast to Dinner brings to its viewers the dashing star who in spite of being a new kid on the block, is definitely going places - Varun Dhawan. The star kid who proved his mettle in his debut film, shares a slice of his life with the viewers as he talks about himself, his work and all that is dear to him.

The super energetic actor starts off his day with a healthy breakfast after which he heads for the gym. "I am a morning person," says the actor as he gets ready to pump some iron. Varun confesses that he enjoys working out at the gym; which is a good thing, as the actor is going to have to bulk up for his upcoming movie, Main Tera Hero. The actor reveals that in the movie he will be sporting washboard abs and in order to achieve that, rigorous workout is a must. After the gym session, he takes the viewers on a stroll in his magnificent home where he talks about himself and what makes him a happy go lucky guy. This down to earth actor likes keeping people around him happy and maintains that talking about strains and struggles is just not the Varun Dhawan way.

After the tour of his palatial home, Varun now heads out of doors to his first commitment of the day. The actor needs to be at a poster shoot for his upcoming film. He pops into a rickshaw as soon as he gets out of his house and that is how he arrives at the studio! It is all work at the studio where Varun is busy with the photo shoot involving a swanky bike. Varun, being a bike lover, ends the episode on a high note as he takes a short spin on the bike. The actor took on the wheels despite being forbid by his parents from riding one. Well, that's Varun Dhawan for you, spunky, unapologetic and upbeat.

Find out more about Varun Dhawan this Sunday, 2nd February at 7 PM only on UTV Stars' Breakfast to Dinner

Censor Board Likes Pandavulu Pandavulu Tummeda gives U/A

The 30 Cr big budget family entertainer will see the return of collection king Dr Mohan Babu to theatres as a smart , intelligent and entertaining tourist guide.

Tollywood Hit machine Machu Vishnu plays the role of a angry man and Manchu Manoj plays an interesting dual role as a cop and a lady.

"We are happy that the Censor Board has passed our film giving it a U/A certificate. This is a very special film for us and we are glad the audiences will get full paisa vasool on january 31 when they throng to theatres. Producers of the film Lakshmi Prasanna Pictures said in a statement.

The buyers and the trade experts are also upbeat and they expect PPT to be a big grosser at the box office.

PPT features Raveena Tandon, Hansika, Praneethi, Tarun and Varun Sandesh in lead roles.

The film garnered tremendous attention right from the time it was announced. The posters, audio and the theatrical trailers rocked the social media.

The many interesting aspects of the film has the buzz level up right through.

Mumbai model Arshi Khan to feature in India's first mainline Bollywood 4D historical film

Afghanistan-born, Bhopal-educated model and actress Arshi Khan will be seen in India's first mainline Bollywood 4D historical action film tentatively titled "The Last Emperor".

The film is produced by a Pune-based production house Ganesh Saraswati Films and will be directed by a well-known director from the south V Ganesh Kumar. Ganesh Saraswati Films is a tie-up between V Ganesh Kumar and Anand Saraswati Films of Pune owned partly by an NCP politician from the city.

The well-endowed and voluptuous Arshi Khan who has now made Mumbai her home says, "It's a pleasure to be part of this project. The film covers a historical era and will portray the historical chronology of events in the late 16 and early 17th century in Maharashtra and south India. Maharashtra was ruled by the Mughals till the early 17th century after which the Marathas were the predominant power in the region. The film will portray the rule of the Nizamshahi of Ahmadnagar, Adilshah of Bijapur and the Qutubshah of Golkonda as well as the emergence of the Maratha kingdom in the mid 17th century as seen by British soldier. It also covers the death of the last Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in 1707 after an exhausting 27 years of futile war against the emerging Maratha power.

Arshi Khan was born in Afghanistan but came in India when she was just 4years old as her parents migrated back in India to Bhopal, she finished her school and college in Bhopal itself, and was attracted towards theater since her early childhood. Acting brought her to Mumbai where she bagged many assignments in a short span of six months. She was introduced to the famous stage personality Janab Ehsaan Chishti, a famous director in theater in Bhopal. Says Arshi, "Ehsaan ji thought that I have a attractive face and figure and if I try I can possibly make it as an actor." He used to instigate me, and it was at Ehsaan ji's provocation that I started acting in various dramas in Bhopal city. I started get offers for modeling, and that's how got assignments for modeling for "Madame", "Diesel Genes", "Pepe Jeans", "Agarwal Jewelers" and many more." She simultaneously got a break in a Tamil Film "Malli Mishtu" where she played the lead role opposite Tamil Star Naresh.

4D films combine a 3D film with additional physical effects that occur in a specially designed and constructed theatre in synchronization with the film. 4D films are not actually four-dimensional in the geometric sense of the word. Because physical effects can be expensive to install, 4D films are most often presented in custom-built speciality theatres at special venues such as theme parks and amusement parks or malls. However, some movie theatres have the ability to present 4D versions of wide-release 3D films. The films Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008), and Avatar (2009) are among the films that have received a 4D treatment in certain theatres. Effects simulated in a 4D film may include rain, wind, strobe lights, and vibration. Seats in 4D venues may vibrate or move a few inches during the presentations. Other common chair effects include air jets, water sprays, and leg and back ticklers. Hall effects may include smoke, rain, lightning, air bubbles, and special smells or aromas.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Ajay Devgan shakes leg with Prabhudeva in 'Action Jackson'

Bollywood star Ajay Devgn who has made a distinct identity in the industry with his great performances in many movies was recently spotted shaking legs with dancing king Prabhudeva in his much anticipated film 'Action Jackson' starring Superstar Ajay Devgn.

'ACTION JACKSON' is directed by Prabhudheva and stars Ajay Devgn, Sonakshi Sinha,Yami Gautam, Kunal Roy Kapur & Others.

The film is being produced by Gordhan Tanwani under his banner Baba Arts Limited Production & distributed by Eros International and has been scheduled to be released on 6th June this year.

'ACTION JACKSON' has Music by Himesh Reshammiya, Action by Ravi Verman, Choreography by Vishnu Deva, the film's DOP is by Vijay Kumar Arora and Art by R. K. Nagu.

Delhi to witness India’s First original English Musical Theatre

Delhi is all set to witness India’s first original English Musical Theatre, “ 7 Days to Wonderland”, from 30th Jan to 1st Feb, 2014 at Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi.

India’s very own Broadway, the play fits perfect for family entertainment and is original in every way, script, dialogue, music, sets, etc.

Theatre lovers and lovers of theatre to be, eat your heart out this will be an experience that will never be forgotten or witnessed before.  With 22 Sets Changes, 36 Costume Changes, 12 original pieces of music and live singing by actors on stage.

Dhruv Sachdeva director and script writer of the play said we have put in lot of efforts in bringing our the best in theatre. We auditioned more than 4,500 students from different schools in and around Delhi to find the right talent.  We plan to do 100 shows every year all over India and travel overseas to Singapore & London, adds the confident and optimistic Director.

 “7 Days to Wonderland” is a 90 minutes theatre fantastic, magical, musical odyssey about the audacity of hope that is guaranteed to change our perception of life. The audience journeys down a cobbled Imaginarium with the characters as they take you through a thrilling & adventurous journey to Wonderland - where make belief becomes bigger than life itself! With its heart-warming music, splendid sets, onstage illusions, lights and costumes, the show will leave audiences of all age groups mesmerized.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Imtiaz Ali launches Tisca Chopra's debut book 'Acting Smart'!!

Stunning actress, Tisca Chopra recently had a pre-launch event for her 1st book 'Acting Smart' at the Indian Non-Friction Literature festival with director Imtiaz Ali.

We hear that Imtiaz Ali who is a very dear friend of Tisca Chopra not only unveiled the book but has also contributed to a few episodes and anecdotes in the book along with Raju Hirani, Shabana Azmi, Boman Irani and many more.

The event saw Tisca Chopra and Imtiaz Ali talking to the audiences and sharing few of their personal and interesting experiences which they have come across, since Acting Smart is a book for all the cinegoers and movie buffs!!

Also present at the event was Tisca Chopra's husband Sanjay Chopra who is also a writer and cheered and supported Tisca throughout the event.

Well, we are sure that Tisca Chopra with her book ‘Acting Smart’ definitely has a long way to go!

Blenders Pride Bangalore Fashion Week 2014 ends with a grand finale

Roohafza keeps it traditional, while Rwitti Roy plays with bold prints; Aslam Khan expresses his love for surface ornamentation; Manoviraj Khosla grooves the audience with a live band and a lively collection during the grand finale of the 10th edition of Blenders Pride Bangalore Fashion Week 2014.

The finale day saw the opening by Rwitti Roy. The label Rwiti inspired by Indian folk and pop art the bags are vibrant, vivacious and spirited. Combining different textures of fabric and leather, with bold graphics and sophisticated designs Rwiti collection was a head turner.

Designer Roohafza , qualified in finance degree, but transformed into designer by passion The collection is a plethora of ensembles in pure silks, Georgette, Chiffon delicately done up zardozi and appliqué work on kalamkari print.

Aslam Khan’s models showcased voluminous embroidered lehengas with elaborate borders. Gotta was extensively used to accentuate the appeal of leheria lehengas, as they glittered with Swarovski; a perfect attire for any Indian bride. The Patiala shalwars in brocade and net swayed to the notes of BFW tunes paying homage to the rich culture and large-hearted people of Punjab.

With a live band performance by ‘One Night Stand’ Manoviraj Khsola’s collection showcase got the crowd grooving to the retro tunes.

The collection is a tribute to Bangalore since this was the 10th edition of the Blenders Pride Bangalore Fashion Week. Primarily a party collection…something you would wear for a night out in town with friends. It is a fun, party collection meant to be worn when fun is the only thing in your mind.

There is a wide range of vibrant colors used that rightly showcase the light heartedness of the collection. There is a good blend of linen, velvet, silks and organzas and sequin fabric for women.
Tulip Joshi stunned the audience with her presence as a showstopper for Manoviraj Khosla.

Jacqueline Fernandez shares Gym with Salman Khan

Bollywood heart throb and super sexy Jacqueline Fernandez and superstar Salman Khan work out together on the sets of Kick. Both the actors are super gym freaks and can't leave the gym for a day also. So while shooting they make sure they work out together and Jacqueline is very impressed the way Salman workouts

Jacqueline says, "It been so much fun working with Salman on Kick ....he is a great gym-partner and really inspiring"

Monday, January 27, 2014

Nach Baliye-6 finalists Ripudaman and Shivangi in Indore

After 12 weeks of nonstop dancing and romancing, Nach Baliye has finally reached its peak with 4 celebrity couples - Rithvik Dhanjani & AshaNegi, Vinod & Raksha Thakur, Ripudaman Handa & Shivangi Verma, Gurmeet Choudhary and; Debina Bonnerjee battling it out in the finale. The couples in the running have tirelessly worked on their chemistry, performances & grooming for over three months to impress the judges' trio - Shilpa Shetty Kundra, Sajid Khan and Terence Lewis to win the semi-finals. Who finally walks out with the glory will be decided on February 1st at 9.00 p.m. only on Star Plus.

Ripu-Shivangi -From a Delhi boy to the winner of Master Chef India season -3, things have taken an upturn for this cute boy! With the show getting bolder & hotter this season, Ripu & Shivangi took everyone by surprise with their flawless performances. While Ripu's fan-following doubled through the season, Shivangi made her mark in the all-celebrity show. They made a grand entry with the wild card and have been top performers since. Will they be second time lucky & take away the trophy?

Vinod-Raksha- We call them celebrities of life, this is a love story that will inspire many. For Vinod dance is his passion and Raksha is his suppor t system. With a union like theirs, they have proved that wining in love or slugging it out on the dance floor needs only some grit and determination. Their passion and dedication has got them to the finale of NachBaliye. This Jodi has n various occasions earned standing ovation not only from the judges but also the contestants and may be that is the reason why the couple has managed to get number one position at various times.

Rithwik - Asha - A stark contrast to their reel chemistry, this couple is full of life and notorious to the hilt! There isn't a moment when they take a break. They are constantly pulling each other's leg and when tired, people around them serve as targets! The young &

enthusiastic Ritwik & Asha are definitely cutting an edge with the youth of the country! They've reached this far in the competition because of the overwhelming support of the public and some outstanding performances. Asha and Rithwik have always made it in top three positions in the show.

Gurmeet-Debina - Gurmeet who is a versatile dancer has been working day in and day out on himself to come back with a bang! While Debina juggles between her fiction shows and home, she yet wants to make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to dance with her husband! They wanted to become actors so that someday they could participate in NachBaliye. With the first dream fulfilled, will they now be able to achieve their ultimate dream of winning NachBaliye?

Ripudaman and Shivangi were in the city on a short trip to explore the city and solicit fans' support. The talented Chef who has been given the name DBI (Dancing Bawarchi of India) by Sajid Khan planned a short visit to the popular chappandukan and then indulged in the delicious delicacies of Sarafa Market.Ripu who is also the winner of Masterchef India season-3 was very excited to be on the street. "Shivangi and I are both very thankful of our viewers who made it all possible for us and who have unconditionally showered their love on us. For me it is the second time that the viewers have got me this far and hope they all will also support us in the finale as well", said Ripudaman.

Catch the finale of Nach Baliye-6 on 1st February at 9 pm only on STAR Plus!

Bangalore Fashion Week Day 3 brought a plethora of beautiful collections

The young and vibrant designer Shloka Sudhakar showcased her collection for the opening show on DAY 3 of Blenders Pride Bangalore Fashion Week 2014. The collection is a plethora of beautifully constructed sarees, anarkalis, lehengas and cocktail dresses.  The use of gutsy colours and combinations besides the use of the finest fabrics took the leading role. The fabulous show ended with a shout out to all the women: WEAR YOUNG. FEEL YOUNG. STAY YOUNG.

ANIYA by Taniya Sagwan is a reflection of the experiences in the design industry. A couture label with a range carefully constructed and pieced ensembles. Taniya Sagwan’s work has been adorned on the red carpets of the OSCAR AWARDS and has also been a constant showcase in the Paris and Milan fashion weeks. 

Bangalore’s favourite designer Ramesh Dembla showcased his collection SOUL SHINE with a Yakshagana (Karnataka folk dance) performance.  The collection is an inspiration from all things that makes the designer happy. Like the colour red and the passion, the mystery and suprise of black and the glamour and opulence with gold/silver. The definition of ornamentation was redefined with an interesting use of sequins and beads. It was a play of contours as tassels and drapes in striking reds and floor length dresses took centerstage. The menswear line is for who's just as dapper, who has a sense of style and created a niche for himself. Chic jackets made of a combination of printed wool and velvets exuded elegance. Fukrey fame Vishaka Singh walked the ramp for Ramesh Dembla in a black and red lehenga which truly a personification of beauty on earth.

Kolkata designer Abhishek Dutta is already a glittering star on Kolkata's fashion firmament.  The designer’s distinctive style is the fusion of ancient embroidery with futuristic cuts. This season the collection showcased his mastery over detailing.  His love for handloom and natural fabrics personifies an unmistakable combination of bohemian freedom with subtle sensitivity.

The highlight was Sandalwood star Pooja Gandhi walking the ramp for Abhisek Dutta supporting the talented designer.

Tri Colour launch to a Glamorous start of Priceless Possessions

It was a glamorous and stylish start of Priceless Possessions in New Delhi which is a unique answer to all the lifestyle needs of today’s fashion conscious fraternity.  It’s now just a click away for the tech savvy generation to browse through and buy the latest in Fashion, Beauty, Interiors, Art & Food, etc. 

From the young and budding entrepreneurs to rapidly growing brands and even well established brands, you will find all under one roof of Priceless Possessions. To name a few, it has leading German Kitchen & Home furniture brands like Hacker, Huelsta, Rolf Benz, well acclaimed Designers viz., Pawan Sachdeva, Gautam Gupta, Rajdeep Ranawat, Rinku Sobti, Jewellery Designers Shalini Kochchar, Vandana Bhargav, Trousseau Packaging Designer Shalini Beriwal, Make up Expert Meenakshi Dutt, Simmi Ghai, Artists Rajiv Puri, Swati Pasari, NGOs Tamana, Freesia, etc.

“As the name Priceless Possessions reveals, each product or brand being represented by the company is priceless in its own unique way, be it a display of sheer innovation, passion, or proof of ability in disability, each product has a Priceless tag attached to it. Truly affordable and yet Priceless”, says Poonam Kumar, Director, Pricessless Possessions.

Guests were seen flaunting the tri-colour theme and enjoying the sumptuous delights and the music played by DJ at the beautiful outdoors of the The Zen Garden.

Guests seen at the do included Entrepreneurs Harjinder Kaur, Hitesh Keswani, Golfer Neelam Pratap Rudy, Designers Pawan Sachdeva, Gautam Gupta, Niket & Jainee, Niharika Pandey, Manish Gupta, Varija Bajaj, Hair Stylist Sylvie, DJ Barkha Kaul, Make up Meenakshi Dutt, Simmi Ghai,  Socialites Reena Kumar, Roshni Thakur, Thenny Mejia, Media Professionals Anurag Batra (Owner, Exchange 4 Media, Stylekandy, Business World) Rakesh Taneja (ZEE Network), etc

Spotted: Varun Dhawan, Ileana D’cruz and Nargis Fakhri during the trailer launch of Main Tera Hero

It was an afternoon to remember where the trailer of one of the most anticipated films of the year ‘Main Tera Hero’ was launched. With youthful energy and vibrancy, this event felt another aura of energy. Entire cast of the film including Varun Dhawan, Ileana D’cruz and Nargis Fakhri, Producer Ekta Kapoor and Director David Dhawan  were spotted during the occasion.

The king of comedies ‘David Dhawan ’ will be seen directing his younger son Varun Dhawan for the very first time. Main Tera Hero is a comic love triangle which encircles around Varun Dhawan, Ileana D’cruz and Nargis Fakhri with various twists and turns. 

The Trailer of the film which recently released created a tremendous amount of buzz and people are already quite keen to see the film.

The entire cast and crew of Main Tera Hero were present on stage to interact with the media and share wonderful moments from their experiences together: Producer Ekta Kapoor, Director David Dhawan and Actors Varun Dhawan, Ileana D’cruz and Nargis Fakhri.

Directed by David Dhawan and produced by Balaji Motion Pictures,Main Tera Hero is all set to hit the screens on 4th April 2014, starring Varun Dhawan, Ileana D’cruz and Narghis Fakhri in the lead roles.

Grammys 2014: Nominees and Winners

The 56th annual Grammy Awards was recently concluded this Saturday in Los Angeles which witnessed some of the spectacular performances by Lorde, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Jay Z, Beyonce and many others which made the evening even more special.

Here is the list of winners of the 56th annual Grammy Awards:

Record of the year

"Get Lucky" -- Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers 
"Radioactive" -- Imagine Dragons
"Royals" -- Lorde
"Locked out of Heaven" -- Bruno Mars
"Blurred Lines" -- Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell

Winner: "Get Lucky" -- Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers

Album of the year

"The Blessed Unrest" : Sara Bareilles
"Random Access Memories" : Daft Punk
"Good Kid, M.A.A.D City" : Kendrick Lamar
"The Heist" : Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
"Red" : Taylor Swift

Winner: "Random Access Memories" : Daft Punk

Song of the year

"Just Give Me a Reason" : P!nk featuring Nate Ruess
"Locked Out of Heaven" : Bruno Mars
"Roar" : Katy Perry
"Royals" : Lorde
"Same Love" : Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Winner: "Royals" : Lorde

Best new artist

James Blake
Kendrick Lamar
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Kacey Musgraves
Ed Sheeran

Winner: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Best pop solo performance

Sara Bareilles : "Brave"
Lorde : "Royals"
Bruno Mars : "When I Was Your Man"
Katy Perry : "Roar"
Justin Timberlake : "Mirrors"

Winner: Lorde : "Royals"

Best pop duo/group performance

Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers : "Get Lucky"
P!nk featuring Nate Ruess : "Just Give Me a Reason"
Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko : "Stay"
Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell : "Blurred Lines"
Justin Timberlake and Jay Z : "Suit & Tie"

Winner: Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers : "Get Lucky"

Best pop instrumental album

Herb Alpert : "Steppin' Out"
Boney James : "The Beat"
Earl Klugh : "Handpicked"
Dave Koz, Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair and Richard Elliot : "Summer Horns"
Jeff Lorber Fusion : "Hacienda"

Winner: Herb Alpert : "Steppin' Out"

Best pop vocal album

Lana Del Rey : "Paradise"
Lorde : "Pure Heroine"
Bruno Mars : "Unorthodox Jukebox"
Robin Thicke : "Blurred Lines"
Justin Timberlake : "The 20/20 Experience : The Complete Experience"

Winner: Bruno Mars : "Unorthodox Jukebox"

Best dance recording

"Need U (100%)" : Duke Dumont featuring A*M*E & MNEK
"Sweet Nothing" : Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch
"Atmosphere" : Kaskade
"The is What it Feels Like" : Armin Van Buuren featuring Trevor Guthrie
"Clarity" : Zedd featuring Foxes

Winner: "Clarity" : Zedd featuring Foxes

Best dance/electronica album

"Random Access Memories" : Daft Punk
"Settle" : Disclosure
"18 Months" : Calvin Harris
"Atmosphere" : Kaskade
"A Color Map of the Sun" : Pretty Lights

Winner: "Random Access Memories" : Daft Punk

Best traditional pop vocal album

"Viva Duets" : Tony Bennett and various artists
"To Be Loved" : Michael Bublé
"The Standards" : Gloria Estefan
"Cee Lo's Magic Moment" : Cee Lo Green
"Now" : Dionne Warwick

Winner: "To Be Loved" : Michael Bublé

Best rock performance

Alabama Shakes : "Always Alright"
David Bowie : "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)"
Imagine Dragons : "Radioactive"
Led Zeppelin : "Kashmir"
Queens of the Stone Age : "My God is the Sun"
Jack White : "I'm Shakin' "

Winner: "To Be Loved" : Michael Bublé

Best metal performances

Anthrax : "T.N.T."
Black Sabbath : "God is Dead?"
Dream Theater : "The Enemy Inside"
Killswitch Engage : "In Due Time"
Volbeat featuring King Diamond : "Room 24"

Winner: Black Sabbath : "God is Dead?"

Best rock song

"Ain't Messin' 'Round" : Gary Clark Jr.
"Cut Me Some Slack" : Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear
"Doom and Gloom" : The Rolling Stones
"God Is Dead?" : Black Sabbath
"Panic Station" : Muse

Winner: "Cut Me Some Slack" : Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear

Best rock album

Black Sabbath : "13"
David Bowie : "The Next Day"
Kings of Leon : "Mechanical Bull"
Led Zeppelin : "Celebration Day"
Queens of the Stone Age : "... Like Clockwork"
Neil Young with Crazy Horse : "Psychedelic Pill"

Winner: Led Zeppelin : "Celebration Day"

Best alternative music album

Neko Case : "The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You"
The National : "Trouble Will Find Me"
Nine Inch Nails : "Hesitation Marks"
Tame Impala : "Lonerism"
Vampire Weekend : "Modern Vampires of the City"

Winner: Vampire Weekend : "Modern Vampires of the City"

Best R&B performance

Tamar Braxton : "Love and War"
Anthony Hamilton : "Best of Me"
Hiatus Kaiytoe featuring Q-Tip : "Nakamarra"
Miguel featuring Kendrick Lamar : "How Many Drinks?"
Snarky Puppy with Lala Hathaway : "Something"

Winner: Snarky Puppy with Lala Hathaway : "Something"

Best traditional R&B performance

Gary Clark Jr. : "Please Come Home"
Fantasia : "Get It Right"
Maysa : "Quiet Fire"
Gregory Porter : "Hey Laura"
Ryan Shaw : "Yesterday"

Winner: Gary Clark Jr. : "Please Come Home"

Best R&B song

"Best of Me" : Anthony Hamilton
"Love and War" : Tamar Braxton
"Only One" : PJ Morton featuring Stevie Wonder
"Pusher Love Girl" : Justin Timberlake
"Without Me" : Fantasia featuring Kelly Rowland and Missy Elliott

Winner: "Pusher Love Girl" : Justin Timberlake

Best urban contemporary album

Tamar Braxton : "Love and War"
Fantasia : "Side Effects of You"
Salaam Remi : "One: In the Chamber"
Rihanna : "Unapologetic"
Mack Wilds : "New York: A Love Story"

Winner: Rihanna : "Unapologetic"

Best R&B album

Faith Evans : "R&B Divas"
Alicia Keys : "Girl on Fire"
John Legend : "Love in the Future"
Chrisette Michele : "Better"
TGT : "Three Kings"

Winner: Alicia Keys : "Girl on Fire"

Best rap performance

Drake : "Started From the Bottom"
Eminem : "Berserk"
Jay Z : "Tom Ford"
Kendrick Lamar : "Swimming Pools (Drank)"
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz : "Thrift Shop"

Winner: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz : "Thrift Shop"

Best rap/sung collaboration

J. Cole featuring Miguel : "Power Trip"
Jay Z featuring Beyoncé : "Part II (On the Run)"
Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake : "Holy Grail"
Kendrick Lamar featuring Mary J. Blige : "Now or Never"
Wiz Khalifa featuring the Weeknd : "Remember You"

Winner: Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake : "Holy Grail"

Best rap song

"F***in' Problems" : A$AP Rocky featuring Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar
"Holy Grail" : Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake
"New Slaves" : Kanye West
"Started From the Bottom" : Drake
"Thrift Shop" : Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Winner: "Thrift Shop" : Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Best rap album

Drake : "Nothing Was the Same"
Jay Z : "Magna Carta ... Holy Grail"
Kendrick Lamar : "Good Kid, M.A.A.D City"
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis : "The Heist"
Kanye West : "Yeezus"

Winner: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis : "The Heist"

Best country solo performance

Lee Brice : "I Drive Your Truck"
Hunter Hayes : "I Want Crazy"
Miranda Lambert : "Mama's Broken Heart"
Darius Rucker : "Wagon Wheel"
Blake Shelton : "Mine Would Be You"

Winner: Darius Rucker : "Wagon Wheel"

Best country duo/group performance

The Civil Wars : "From This Valley"
Kelly Clarkson featuring Vince Gill : "Don't Rush"
Little Big Town : "Your Side of the Bed"
Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban : "Highway Don't Care"
Kenny Rogers With Dolly Parton : "You Can't Make Old Friends"

Winner: The Civil Wars : "From This Valley"

Best country song

"Begin Again" : Taylor Swift
"I Drive Your Truck" : Lee Brice
"Mama's Broken Heart" : Miranda Lambert
"Merry Go 'Round" : Kacey Musgraves
"Mine Would Be You" : Blake Shelton

Winner: "Merry Go 'Round" : Kacey Musgraves

Best country album

Jason Aldean : "Night Train"
Tim McGraw : "Two Lanes of Freedom"
Kacey Musgraves : "Same Trailer Different Park"
Blake Shelton : "Based on a True Story"
Taylor Swift : "Red"

Winner: Kacey Musgraves : "Same Trailer Different Park"

Best Latin pop album

Frankie J : "Faith, Hope y Amor"
Ricardo Montaner : "Viajero Frecuente"
Draco Rosa : "Vida"
Aleks Syntek : "Syntek"
Tommy Torres : "12 Historias"

Winner: Draco Rosa : "Vida"

Best Latin rock, urban or alternative album

Café Tacvba : "El Objeto Antes Llamado Disco"
El Tri : "Ojo Por Ojo"
Illya Kuryaki and the Valderramas : "Chances"
La Santa Cecilia : "Treinta Dias"
Los Amigos Invisibles : "Repeat After Me"

Winner: La Santa Cecilia : "Treinta Dias"

Producer of the year, nonclassical

Rob Cavallo
Dr. Luke
Ariel Rechtshaid
Jeff Tweedy
Pharrell Williams

Winner: Pharrell Williams

Best compilation soundtrack for visual media

"Django Unchained"
"The Great Gatsby" (deluxe edition)
"Les Miserables" (deluxe edition
"Muscle Shoals"
"Sound City: Real to Reel"

Winner: "Sound City: Real to Reel"

Best score soundtrack for visual media

"The Great Gatsby"
"Life of Pi"
"Zero Dark Thirty"

Winner: "Skyfall"

Best song written for visual media

Coldplay : "Atlas" : "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"
Jessie J : "Silver Lining" : "Silver Linings Playbook"
Adele : "Skyfall" : "Skyfall"
Colbie Caillat featuring Gavin DeGraw : "We Both Know" : "Safe Haven"
Lana Del Rey : "Young and Beautiful" : "The Great Gatsby" (deluxe edition)
Regina Spektor : "You've Got Time" : "Orange is the New Black"

Winner: Adele : "Skyfall" : "Skyfall"

Best music video

Captial Cities : "Safe and Sound"
Jay Z : "Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film"
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton : "Can't Hold Us"
Justin Timberlake featuring Jay Z : "Suit & Tie"
Jack White : "I'm Shakin'"

Winner: Justin Timberlake featuring Jay Z : "Suit & Tie"

Best music film

Coldplay : "Live 2012"
Green Day : "¡Cuatro!"
Ben Harper With Charlie Musselwhite : "I'm in I'm Out and I'm Gone: The Making of Get Up!"
Paul McCartney : "Live Kisses"
Mumford & Sons : "The Road to Red Rocks's"

Winner: Paul McCartney : "Live Kisses"

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Pandavalu Pandavalu Thummeda to be released Overseas

24 Frames Factory announced that it will release Pandavalu Pandavulu Thummeda (PPT) in the international market.

The conversation about the movie audio and the theatrical trailer continue to rise for its unique presentation. The lead actors challenging roles have raised a lot of curiosity about the film content both in India and international markets.

There is a growing appetite for Indian films in the overseas market, and the producers of PPT feels, Telugu Films have great potential to expand its market penetration in the International markets.

We expect the growth to come from alternate distribution platforms, including theatrical-on-demand, video-on-demand and other forms of online and mobile distribution.

We expect the attention of international distributors, exhibitors, sales agents for Telugu film distribution in the global market to grow rapidly. We would like to tap this growing market potential in a big way with Pandavulu Pandavulu Thummeda.

Directed by Srivas under the banner 24 Frames and Lakshmi Prasanna Pictures features Dr. Mohan Babu, Vishnu, Manoj, Varun Sandesh, Tanish, Raveena Tandon, Hansika Motwani and Pranitha are in the lead role.

The music by Bappa Lahiri, Achu Rajamani, Chinna is currently one of the favorites in music charts.

The post production of the film is done and it is all set for theatrical release world wide on January 31, 2014.

Designer Gunkiran Kaur's Collection GKB at BFW 2014

Ace designer Gunkiran Kaur presented her exclusive designer label entitled ‘gkb’ during the opening day of Blenders Pride Bangalore Fashion Week 2014. The collection was ethnic wear with a blend to suit, the needs of the modern women. Have a look on the designer collection of Gunkiran.

14th Zee Cine Awards 2014 Nominations

The 14th edition of Zee Cine Awards was recently announced for which the event will take place on  8th February and the final telecast will be done on 23rd February 2014. The show will be hosted by bollywood star Abhishek Bachchanan.

In addition to that, the 14th Lux Cozi Zee Cine Awards 2014 will also witness a special performance by superstar Shahrukh Khan which will be a major highlight of the show. In all, the event is once again expected to be a great entertainment night in the presence of the entire film fraternity.

Here are some of the nominations for the 14th Zee Cine Awards 2014 in different categories. So hold your breath to watch the most spectacular award event of the year to your favourite stars under one roof.

Best Film:

Aashiqui 2
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Chennai Express
Dhoom 3
Goliyon Ki Raasleela: Ram-leela
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

Best Actor – Female:

Deepika Padukone – Chennai Express
Deepika Padukone – Goliyon Ki Raasleela: Ram-Leela
Deepika Padukone – Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Parineeti Chopra – Shudh Desi Romance
Shraddha Kapoor – Aashiqui 2
Sonam Kapoor – Raanjhanaa

Best Actor – Male:

Aamir Khan – Dhoom 3
Aditya Roy Kapur – Aashiqui 2
Farhan Akhtar – Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Ranbir Kapoor – Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Ranveer Singh – Goliyon Ki Raasleela: Ram-leela
Shahrukh Khan – Chennai Express

Song of the Year:

1234 Get on the Dance Floor – Chennai Express
Balam Pichkari – Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Badtameez Dil – Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Jeene Laga Hoon – Ramaiya Vastavaiya
Lungi Dance – Chennai Express
Tum Hi Ho – Aashiqui 2

Saturday, January 25, 2014

NaMo To Finally Hit the Theaters in 4D

After yearlong speculations, NaMo is all set to be captured on the celluloid. The producers have hired director Rupesh Paul, the man who made 3 successful contention nominations in the 86th Academy Awards with his movie, to direct the movie, which is to hit the floor from February 15 of this year with the biggest stars of Bollywood. The actors to portray the adolescent and veteran stages of NaMo would be announced by the week next.

The movie would be the first ever 4D movie of India marking it as the biggest achievement of Bollywood, so far presented. The 4D effect in the movie will simulate the feel of rain, wind, strobe lights, lightning and vibration. Also the viewers would be attracted to special smells, smoke, air bubbles, and more.

Talking on the movie, the Director promises that the movie will not be like any other dry political drama rather it would be a treat as a political thriller like The day of the Jackal, JFK or The Manchurian Candidate. He further added that NaMo is a bare resemblance on the life of the great political leader, Narendra Modi but is a bigger inspiration of his charisma in the Indian polity.

With no 4D theatres in India, the makers in association with a Korean company have decided to facilitate the 4D equipment’s to the theatres with a budget of 18 lakhs INR per theatre that would help them to equip to the 4D tools in connection to the release of the movie. The makers have released the first teaser of the movie, on director Rupesh Paul’ Youtube channel.

Sohan Roy is the Project Designer of the movie while Mitesh Patel would adore the Associate Producer’s hat.

Blenders Pride Bangalore Fashion Week Day 2 brings more glitter and glamour

The DAY 2 of Blenders Pride Bangalore Fashion Week opened with exquisite luxury resort couture line from SOIREE COUTURE by Disha and Menaka. The ensembles are a beautiful collection of hand embellished gowns, embroidered palazzos, catsuit inspired outfits and dresses.

The silhouettes are inspired by the various aspects of the lily, which forms the crux and the keynote of the collection. The garments are airy and flowy, occasionally voluminous and three dimensional with fabric manipulation.

Followed by Lalita & Amit ‘DAKSH’ a label launched in 2007 by the Rohtak based designer duo. Both the designers have a strong personal vision of their design range, which has been reinforced by their hands-on approach, and by their insight into how a garment can transform the person wearing it.

DAKSH clothing is striking for its use of exceptional, sensuous fabrics coupled with creative possibilities of various fabrics.

Fresh, sexy and beautifully wearable, DAKSH clothing draws on the romance of the past to create an elegant, contemporary vision of what women want to wear right now.

APHRODITE by Prabhat Kumar is done in highly soft materials, environment friendly leather mixed with the strongest of emotions giving you a sense of true luxury in itself.  Prabhat Kumar started career in designing with reality show ,”lets design season 3”, followed by Lakme Fashion Week , Summer resort, and the latest being Bangalore fashion week this season. 

The closing show was by REHANE, who hails from of the honourable Khaleeli family, is known for her use of rich, classy fabrics and culture conscious prints which come together to create a graceful, yet exquisite ensembles.

Her design philosophy is a perfect culmination of bold yet delicate. Rehane’s collection for Blenders Pride Bangalore fashion Week brought together a picturesque combination of flamboyance, edgy cuts, multiple hues and ornamentation.

1st Afro-Asian Media Submmit 2014 concludes in Delhi

Convergence India 2014 expo, South Asia’s largest ICT, media, entertainment and applications industry expo, was inaugurated by Hon’ble Member of Parliament and Former Union Minister, Shri Syed Shahnawaz Hussain at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. Speaking on the occasion, Shri Syed Shahnawaz Hussain had said, “I am pleased to be present at this important platform that recognizes the potential of the evolving telecommunications, media and entertainment industry and its contribution in boosting the economy, and overall growth of the nation”.

Following this, Dr. Rahul Khullar, Chairman, TRAI set the agenda for the three day expo by opening the floor for dialogue on “Connecting India”, the theme for the 22nd edition of Convergence India 2014. The inaugural ceremony also saw industry leaders such as N Ravi Shankar (Special Secretary & Administrator, USOF, DoT), Anupam Shrivastava ( Director (CM) & CMD (Designate), BSNL), Umang Das, Chief Mentor, Viom Networks Ltd., Rajan S Mathews, ( Director General, Cellular Operators Association of India ), Pankaj Mohindroo (National President, Indian Cellular Association) and Rajiv Bawa (Country Head, Telenor).

The 1st Telecom summit 2014 on “Home Grown Technologies and Skills’ was inaugurated on the day 2 of the 22nd Convergence India, 2014 expo. The summit was jointly organized by Telecom Centers of Excellence (TCOE), Telecom Sector Skill Council (TSSC)and Exhibitions India Group and was supported by Government of India (DoT &DeitY), service providers, manufacturers, training partners, industry associations and academia.

The day 3 of 22nd Convergence India 2014 witnessed the first of its kind Afro-Asian Media Summit which was chaired by Mr. Phil Molefe, Vetran South African Broadcaster. In his address, he said, “Geographical boundaries have fallen away and we are now one big media community driven by the power of technology. We have to be committed, skilled and innovative to capitalize the abounding opportunities”.

This dynamic initiative will create opportunities of partnerships, investments, support and many more collaborations. With this platform in place, there can be an exchange of ideas, expertise between the two nations.

Mr. Albertus Aochamub, President SABA, said, “This is a partnership of equals. Both India and Africa have common history, struggles and challenges. India is a hub of skilled personnel and with the help of media, technology and other ICT tools, both the countries can learn from each other.”

Mr. Rahul Nehra, Co-Founder Afro Asia-Media Summit, announced the launch of Afro-Asian Media Awards 2015. He said, “We are taking the first step in driving excellence through the awards. We need to felicitate people of our own continents for the work they do”.

H.E. Dr. Perks Ligoya, High Commissioner of Malawi, said “I feel honored to be in the First Afro-Asian Media Summit. This event comes at a very good time”. He also commented on how through e-learning, e-health, e-money, e-commerce, Africa and India can benefit from each other.

In addition, 22nd Convergence India 2014 also witnessed a seminar on FTTH Council Asia-Pacific, also strategic partner of Convergence India this year. The theme for the seminar was ‘Fiber for Convergence’ and offered great opportunities to the participants to network & collaborate while providing consistent information on FTTH from industry experts.

Some of the prominent speakers were N Ravi Shankar, CMD, Special Secretary & Administrator, USOF, DoT, Anil Pande, Director, Dura-Line, Anuj Jain, PWC and Vipin Tyagi, C-DOT.

Prem Behl, Chairman, Exhibitions India Group said, “With this 22nd Convergence India 2014, the roadmap for telecom, media and entertainment industry has been outlined and we will continue to contribute towards the changes and development of these sectors as the journey continues.”