“WEBINAR NEWS” TO BRING ABOUT A NEW REVOLUTION ON OTT PLATFORMS” Says GOPI SAPRU

Sohel F Fidai :

Webinars attempts to provide right information about innovation and can be valuable under the right circumstances.

A new app – “Webinar News” is joining the network of the fast growing Over The Top (OTT) platforms. This unique OTT platform will contain all genres of web series – social dramas, romance, crime, thriller, 18+ and so on – providing entertaining content for the all generation audiences.

This apart, the OTT platform will also be providing “Online Tuitions” for children and students. The first of its kind of terms will provide coaching for them on all the subjects by skilled tutors and professors from across the country and will also resolve any doubts or issues by a team of educators.

Another distinctive feature will be a 24 X 7 OTT News channel – “Webinar News” covering news, happenings from all corners of the country; i.e. from a remote village sarpanch to the Prime Minister in the capital city, round-the-clock. “Webinar Entertainment” has two important apps – “Webinar Education” and “Webinar 18 Plus” and Webinar Entertainment.

Gopi Sapru is the Editor-in-Chief of “Webinar News” and has traversed miles in the entertainment industry. Having acted as a child artiste in a number of films and then working as an director and then wielding the megaphone for television serials, tele-films and feature films followed by making ad-commercials, etc. have come a long way. He says, “In this era of competition, the audiences are the biggest judge. If there is no innovation in your presentation of any content then you cannot win the young generation. In our “Webinar News” we are trying to connect from village to metropolitan news. We also provide platforms for young and enterprising sports person who can showcase their talent and ability not only on the national but international level too.”

Sapru further adds, “Webinar News will be the first 24 X 7 OTT news in the country. We have worked on various novel concepts and game plans to make it an interesting news feed channel. We have recruited a large team of proficient news persons across the country who will diligently and honestly carry authentic and breaking news from gram panchayat to metro cities across the country.”

Rapchee Originals” to stump OTT platforms!

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ndia has seen a tremendous rise of video content on various platforms in the past couple of years. With cheaper and efficient data costs, the Over the Top (OTT) platforms are racing ahead as far as online video streaming consumption of contents are concerned.The pandemic and the lockdown has given rise to online-video streaming consumption.“Rapchee Originals” is the new OTT platform which will join the bandwagon from this ‘Chhath Puja’ (21st November 2020) and is gearing up to emerge as the most preferred online platform to watch content on different genre across the globe.Adding radiance to the glitter of the festival season “Rapchee Originals” is all set to take the audience by storm with its compact story telling in all forms, high-rated production values, combined with blossoming romance and eerie thrills.Dharam Gupta, the Founder and Managing Director of “Rapchee Originals” is beaming with joy at the launch of his new baby. He says, “It is like my distant dream come true. My OTT platform – “Rapchee Originals” is entirely free for all its viewers.” Wishing all the viewers and those concerned, he adds, “ ‘Chhath Puja’ is an ancient Hindu vedic festival dedicated to the solar diety ‘Surya’ and ‘Shashthi Devi’ (Chhathi Maiya) and in order to thank them for bestowing the bounties of life on earth and request granting of certain wishes. Thus I too chose this day after facing uncertainty throughout the lockdown periods.”Gupta further states that my OTT platform is for the entire family. There is no vulgarity or cheap thrills, obscenity in any of my different contents and over all is purely Indian in nature. “All the members irrespective of any age can sit together and watch and enjoy all the contents streamed on this platform.”He further adds, “We have categorized and as an extended arm into three more FBs; viz; “Lollypop Originals” and “Shuddh Bhojpuri”; while in “Selfie Originals” it will provide a podium for young talents not only from India but across the world, who will be given an opportunity to showcase their art and present different variety of programmes.”Dharam Gupta began his career as an assistant production manager and rose to the ranks of starting his own production company – Water Drop Entertainment & Media Private Limited.His production house made many television serials including “Crime Alert” which gave opportunities to many aspiring makers to film their content overseas for the first time.His various programmes to be aired on his platform have veteran and dignified actors like Ranjit, Kiran Kumar, Raza Murad, Jasleen Matharu amongst many others.The corona virus pandemic had indeed put a spanner for his launch, but that gave him and the web platform enough time to re-work on good quality contents which speaks volumes of culture. Highlighting traditions and customs, he recalls that the ages’ old saga “Ramayana” and “Mahabharat” is still today successful and appreciated.“Raapchee Originals” has an assortment of programmes like family drama – “Lips to Gather”; social drama “M for. Mom”; web series “Bechare Bhaiji, Main Aaon”; desi crime stories “ C.C.C. Dilhiwala Dil”; comedy series “Yamlok.com”; “Vabasta Soch”; “Made for each Other” and many others will woo the hearts of all the audiences.

Let’s take a moment and appreciate Abhishek Bachchan’s all new avatar!

Lately, Abhishek Bachchan has been in the news for all the right reasons. His performance in recently released ‘Ludo’ has been appreciated and loved by all.

And now AB junior has yet again surprised his fans with his new uber-cool haircut. Master Hairstylist Aalim Hakim has given a razor sharp fade haircut with a beautiful quiff to the actor.

Well, the new look definitely suits Abhishek!

Padmashree Awardee Shri. Manoj Bajpayee to Head the Jury of The Filmy Monks 2nd International Film Festival 2020.

Sohel F Fidai :

TFMIFF 2020 begins 1st November! While we wait for our new normal and practice
social distancing, virtual film festivals make it worth their while.
Here’s everything you need to know about The Filmy Monks International Film Festival 2020. First of its
kind online film festival in India, It features Award Winning Films curated from around the world on their
Digital streaming platform http://www.ONTFM.com. The esteemed jury is presided by Shri Manoj Bajpayee
along with the illustrious jury comprising of Writer Director Tariq Siddiqui, Marrakech International Film
Festival curator Anne Doshi, Radio Nasha RJ Divya Solgama, and Distributor/Exhibitor Girish Wankhede. TFMIFF 2020 is curated by the Mumbai based Festival Director Prachee Soman and Ron Roy Nag to
promote Independent Film makers and their Films through their digital platform http://www.ontfm.com. Through November 2020, they will be showcasing over 180 handpicked International films from 25
countries including Shorts, Feature Films, Documentaries et al, They aim to have something for
everybody. Prachee says, ‘We are honored to have Manoj Bajpayee as the Head of the Jury and we are
elated to have the winning film selected by him’.
ONTFM is an independent OTT platform which plays the selected films, arming Film makers in this digital
space fight with a platform for them to connect with their audiences. With a great line up of
International content, ONTFM aims to make your binge watching worth your while and bring an added
freshness to its audiences.
‘Cinema has always been a way for us to escape reality and create make-believe moments of magic and
wonder. We hope you enjoy our holistic approach for you to enjoy your time ONTFM. Your support to the
filmmakers will help us boost their confidence while they entertain us get through this pandemic’.

“I am very thankful for all the amazing show opportunities that came my way, giving me some iconic characters to play” – Sourabh Raaj Jain

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Actor Sourabh Raaj Jain has been a part of some of the most iconic and prominent fiction shows over the years, portraying some cherish worthy characters which are till today loved by the audiences.

Also having showcased his other side to the viewers through couple based dance reality show Nach Baliye, Sourabh even got a chance to explore the nonfiction space, where he was very well received by his fans & wellwishers.

Having had wonderful opportunities of showcasing his diversity on screen over the years, Sourabh recently completed 16 long years in the industry which was warmly celebrated and acknowledged by his fans.

Speaking about the long and eventful journey, Sourabh shares,”These 16 years have been nothing short of a wonderful ride! I still remember having had to take a break post my first show Remix to complete my studies and then resuming back to the acting field once again. Overall there was so much learning, so many amazing people that I met along the way and some who are still very much an integral part of my life! I am very thankful for all the amazing show opportunities that came my way, giving me some iconic characters to play which really helped me grow in so many ways! Now I am just looking forward to the journey ahead which is unpredicatable as always, but still looking to see it unfold with full enthusiasm, passion & curiousity.”

Speaking about one of the most iconic youth shows on television and his debut show ‘Remix’ also completing 16 years,Sourabh shares,”I still remember being so shy in front of the camera back then as even a normal photoshoot would get me conscious. All the acting workshops that were provided to us on set were also very new and a bit of a struggle for me during those days, but all the initial struggles actually became part of the learning process and overall helped me understand what I was passionate about. So being a part of such an iconic and amazing show like Remix, meeting some amazing people and getting a chance to work with them on the show, was all truly a wonderful experience and one which I will cherish for life!”.

Tanmay Ssingh makes his big bolly debut with “Sayonee

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Tanmay Ssingh makes his big bolly debut with “Sayonee” says today his dreams have taken a 360 degree turn and turned into reality. “From the Mandi House gully to big bollywood debut, under the banner of Lucky Nadiadwala Morani Production and Music from T-Series with the recreation of the legendary song Sayonee sung by Arijit Singh, what more can I ask”

Title Track – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YsKSxwqu3M

*A project by Lucky Nadiadwala Morani Productions & D & T Productions Pvt. Ltd.; Directed by – Nitin Gupta & Abhay Singhal*

*Cast*- Tanmay Ssingh, Musskan Sethi, Yogesh Singh, Rahul Roy, Upasana Singh

Camera Rolling and Action – Bhoot Police shoot begins!

The much-awaited spooky adventure comedy ‘Bhoot Police’ has begun its shoot in Dalhousie.

The lead cast of the movie includes Saif Ali Khan, Arjun Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez, Yami Gautam, Jaaved Jaaferi and helmed by Pavan Kirpalani. The actors shared the official logo of the film on their social platform along with the clapboard announcing the commencement of the shoot.

Tips Industries Ltd in association with 12th Street Entertainment presents ‘Bhoot Police’, directed by Pavan Kirpalani. Produced by Ramesh Taurani, Akshai Puri and co-produced by Jaya Taurani

आश्रम : विश्व के सबसे बड़े कुश्ती पहलवान को, निर्देशक प्रकाश झा ने खास बुलाया, आश्रम में अदिति पोहनकर को पहलवानी के गुर सिखाने के लिए !

निर्देशक प्रकाश झा की बहुचर्चित श्रृंखला आश्रम का दूसरा अध्याय रिलीज के लिए तैयार हैं । आश्रम को सफल बनाने के लिए हर कलाकारो ने जी तोड़ मेहनत की साथ ही प्रकाश झा ने भी कोई कसर नही छोड़ी। इसी श्रृंखला की सबसे बड़ी कड़ी हैं पम्मी उर्फ अदिति पोहनकर। जो इसमें एक कुश्ती पहलवान बनकर अपने सपने को साकार करने के लिये बाबा के शरण मे आती हैं।

वैसे फिल्म दंगल के फाइनल ले आउट में अदिति फिट तो नहीं हो पाई लेकिन निर्देशक प्रकाश झा ने अपने आश्रम के अखाड़े में इन्हे जगह दी। आपको बता दे की स्क्रीन पर अदिति की पहलवानी दमदार लगे इसीलिए प्रकाश झा ने विश्व प्रख्यात कुश्ती पहलवान और मशहूर शक्सियत संग्राम सिंह को चुना ।

संग्राम सिंह के नेतृत्व में अदिति को मिला पहलवानी का सबसे बड़ा गुरु और शुरू हुई पम्मी की जद्दोजहद । कहानी के मुताबिक पम्मी को भारी दिखना था और अदिति का वजन सिर्फ 48 किलो ही था। अदिति कहती है ” मैं सोच रही थी कि कैसे मेरा वजन बढेगा? मैं कैसे कर पाऊंगी? क्योंकि मेरा वजन जल्दी नहीं बढ़ता इसीलिए वजन बढ़ाना मेरे लिए एक चुनौती था’ । लेकिन मुझे लगा कि तकनीक सीखकर आप अच्छे से अच्छी दाव खेल सकते हो। एक-एक कुश्ती तो 24 मिनट तक चलती थी” ।

संग्राम सिंह के बारे में अदिति कहती हैं कि ” वो एक महान खिलाड़ी हैं ।उन्होंने मुझे अपने आप पर विश्वास दिलाया और कहा कि तुम चिंता मत करो तुम कर सकती हो’ ।

अदिति के बारे में संग्राम सिंह कहते हैं ” वो कुश्ती सीखना चाहती थीं और उसने बहुत उम्दा प्रदर्शन किया। वो ऊर्जा से भरी थी और उसके हौसले बेहद बुलंद थे” ।

प्रकाश झा द्वारा निर्मित और निर्देशित, इस सनसनीखेज श्रृंखला में बॉबी देओल के अलावा अदिति पोहनकर, चंदन रॉय सान्याल, दर्शन कुमार, अनुप्रिया गोयनका, अध्ययन सुमन, त्रिधा चौधरी, विक्रम कोचर, तुषार पांडे, सचिन श्रॉफ, अनुरीत्ता के झा, राजीव सिद्दीकी, राजेश सिंघल भी हैं। तन्मय रंजन, प्रीति सूद, जहाँगीर खान, कनुप्रिया गुप्ता और नवदीप तोमर प्रमुख भूमिकाओं में भी दिखाई देंगे।

पहले अध्याय की भारी सफलता के बाद, यह 9 प्रांसगिक क्राइम ड्रामा दर्शकों को फिर से उत्साहित करने के लिए आश्रम : दूसरे अध्याय -गहराते रहस्य के रूप में लौट रहा हैं, जो 11 नवंबर को MX Player पर लाइव होगा।

महाराष्ट्र के राज्यपाल महोदय माननीय श्री भगत सिंह कोश्यारी जी के हाथों से दादासाहेब फालके आईकॉन अवॉर्ड फिल्म्स इस अवॉर्ड शो के ट्रॉफी का उद्घाटन उनकी हाथों से किया गया

Sohel F Fidai :

आज आप सभी की दुआ से महाराष्ट्र के कार्य सम्राट, हम सबके के दिलों पर राज करने वाले महाराष्ट्र के राज्यपाल महोदय माननीय श्री भगत सिंह कोश्यारी जी के हाथों से दादासाहेब फालके आईकॉन अवॉर्ड फिल्म्स इस अवॉर्ड शो के ट्रॉफी का उद्घाटन उनकी हाथों से किया गया, और राज्यपाल महोदय को सम्मान चिन्ह से सम्मानित किया गया, यह अवार्ड शो 24 नवंबर को पेनिनसुला ग्रैंड होटल, साकीनाका मेट्रो स्टेशन, अंधेरी ईस्ट में होने जा रहा है, जहां पर फिल्म जगत के सम्मानीय कलाकार, टेक्निशियन टीम, मीडिया पर्सन, एनजीओ, इन सभी को ट्रॉफी देकर सम्मानित किया जा रहा है, और उसके साथ साथ पहली बार लाइटमैन और स्पॉट बाय को अवार्ड दिया जा रहा है,
मैं दिल से धन्यवाद करता हूं मीरा रोड के जाने-माने समाज सेवक डॉ अजय एल दुबे जी को और बिजनेसमैन सुशील यादव जी को, हमारे साथ थे एक्टर एंड मॉडल भेरू जैन
और आप सब के गरीबों के मसीहा, इस प्रोग्राम के ऑर्गेनाइजर डॉक्टर कल्याणजी जाना,
दिल से धन्यवाद व्यक्त करता है आप सभी को धन्यवाद धन्यवाद धन्यवाद
जय हिंद
हर हर महादेव जय शंभू

‘I have checked into a hotel’ : reveals Bollywood star Ayushmann Khurrana,* who despite shooting in his hometown Chandigarh isn’t staying with his family because of coronavirus threat

Sohel F Fidai :

Bollywood star Ayushmann Khurrana is busy shooting his next, a progressive love story Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui, being directed by Abhishek Kapoor. The youth icon, who has been recently voted TIME magazine’s one of the most influential people in the world, is shooting this film in his hometown Chandigarh but we discovered that he is not staying with his family! In fact, he has checked himself into a hotel! Reason – the deadly coronavirus threat that is looming on the heads of every Indian.

Ayushmann reveals, “I have been extremely cautious through the pandemic and taken every possible step to not catch the virus and protect my family. My wife and my two young kids can never come in harm’s way because of me. With me starting to work, our parents in Chandigarh too should be safe at all times. Though I want to contribute to restart the industry, I also want to safeguard my family from the virus.”

He adds, “Following this, I have checked into a hotel along with the entire production team. We are all staying there till the end of the shoot. Whenever I go to meet my family now, we are maintaining social distance and also wearing our masks. It feels odd but it is an important security step.”

Ayushmann admits that is dearly missing spending time with his family. He says, “I’m also getting tested at regular intervals through the shoot to keep checking on my health. Staying at a hotel helps protect my family and the crew members because we have all tried to create a bio-bubble. Once the shoot is complete, I will catch up on lost time with my family and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Ayushmann credits Abhishek and Pragya Kapoor and their entire production crew’s supervision to keep the virus at bay on the sets of Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui.

“The production team has done a good job in ensuring that our set is a safe work place for everyone. We are shooting in extraordinary circumstances that no one has ever seen before and our production team has really left no stone unturned to ensure we are all safe and healthy,” he says.

Manoj Bajpayee is the reason I did the song, Basanti, says Karishma Tanna

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Actress Karishma Tanna, who made her Bollywood debut in the year 2005, recently featured in her first-ever dance number, titled Basanti, in the upcoming film Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari along with Manoj Bajpayee.Shot in the 90s style with satirical lyrics, the song has been praised for Karishma’s energetic dancing and expressions and Manoj Bajpayee’s funny acting and dance. Speaking of working with the legendary Manoj Bajpayee in her first-ever dance number in Bollywood, Karishma said,“I consider it my honor and blessing to share screen space, even if it’s just for a dance number, with the multi-talented Manoj sir. It was an outstanding experience of working with him, better than what I imagined it to be. There is so much to learn from him, he is so full of talent, it’s unbelievable. The reasons I did the song were, one for the melody of the song and two, for Manoj sir.”The song has been choreographed by Vijay Ganguly which features a lot of quirks, impromptu high-voltage steps, and funny expressions just like the trailer of the film.

Kala Chashma and Saturday Saturday singer Indeep Bakshi furious on getting attacked and receiving death threats on family and himself on his recent song release ‘Raaj’

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Singer Indeep Bakshi who has given hits like Saturday Saturday, Kala Chashma and more is currently staying indoors in his Delhi residence on getting attacked and receiving death threats on family and hinself. All this because of one song and his collaborator. He claims that it all started with Sumit Goswami, who was named in the suicide video of Aman Baisla, a businessman who hung himself and accused the former for not returning his money. Singer Sumit Goswami (who is currently in jail) is Indeep Bakshi’s co-singer in his recent release ‘Raaj’.

Due to people’s rage on Indeep Bakshi releasing the song. He did clarify that the song was shot far before the incident took place and was absolutely unaware about the same. Indeep quoted, “I was going to go Bigg Boss 14, and had wrapped up all my shoots, but who knew what was coming up for me. Who’ll feature in a song is not in our hands. I just rapped, edited the song, and featured in it. It’s in the hands of the music company, they have the rights, and also decide when they’ll release it,” he shares.

Bakshi adds that he had given eight songs to the company, out of which three had Goswami.

“I’m an artist-producer, how would I be aware of a person’s person life as I was only professionally associated with that person, that to on behalf of a song shot via the company. It doesn’t mean I’m involved. For the company, controversy is good, that is totally their concern. I spoke to them, too. Earlier, this track was going to come in November. Then the video went viral (in which the deceased accused Goswami). The track was shot two months ago, and came out in October,”.

Bakshi further quoted,
“After the poster of Raaj came out, I went to a convenience store, and I had to filter whether people there are my fans or going to kill me after they recognised me. I ran from there. I posted a picture of my dad on social media on his birthday, and people wrote comments like ‘maar denge’. I can’t even ask for help, because nothing has happened. They’ll hit my car, and someone wrote on my bonnet ‘panga kyun liya’. I’m not against anyone, I have only written the rap. More than half of the artists are scared of working with me now, because of the threats. My mom is crying all day long, I don’t know what to do. If you want, I will even stop singing, for me my family is everything. I haven’t seen my mom cry in front me,” he concluded.

Indeep Bakshi’s song ‘Raaj’ is considered to be one of the most controversial songs today, it was premiered on 25th Oct.

MX Player drops the trailer of AASHRAM: Chapter 2 – The Dark Side, directed by Prakash Jha

Trailer Link- http://bit.ly/AashramChapter2Trailer

MX Player drops the trailer of AASHRAM: Chapter 2 – The Dark Side,
directed by Prakash Jha

This 9 episodic MX Original Series goes live on 11 November

Mumbai: 29 October 2020 – Bigger, bolder and stronger …Aashram: Chapter 2 – The Dark Side will see Kashipur Waale Baba Nirala return as the uncrowned king of his own kingdom. Bending every rule to suit himself, this edition will see him as a man so dark and vile, preying on the innocent in the name of faith.
The audience, who were taken aback by Bobby Deol’s serene and calm Baba avatar in the first part of the series will be in for a shock with his demonic persona in Chapter 2. Rakshak ya Bhakshak asks the trailer that has dropped today, and the depth of darkness that is seen in this character is sure to leave you questioning yourself and your faith in this self-proclaimed Godman.

Here is a sneak peek into that sinister sanctuary from where there is no return.

Babaji’s insatiable greed for power, money and lust sees him use the façade of the Aashram to conduct illegal activities, trading the trust of his vulnerable followers to grow his own political clout, smuggling drugs and exploiting the women whom he promised solace and his protection.

Produced and directed by Prakash Jha, this sensational series also stars Aaditi Pohankar, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Darshan Kumaar, Anupriya Goenka, Adhyayan Suman, Tridha Choudhury, Vikram Kochhar, Tushar Pandey, Sachin Shroff, Anuritta K Jha, Rajeev Siddhartha, Parinitaa Seth, Tanmaay Ranjan, Preeti Sood, Jahangir Khan, Kanupriya Gupta and Navdeep Tomar in pivotal roles.

After the huge success of Part 1, this 9 episodic crime drama returns to wow audiences again as AASHRAM: Chapter 2- The Dark Side goes live on 11 November on MX Player.

Bollywood celebrities Aman Verma, Lilliput & director Partho Ghosh grace the inauguration of an upcoming App Digiflix TV’s new office in Mumbai.

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On the auspicious occasion of Dussehra, Sunday . 25th October, 2020 ,Nishant Awasthi, CEO & MD, of Digiflix TV along with actors like Aman Verma, M. M. Faruqui aka Lilliput ,Vishal Roy and director Partho Ghosh inaugurated the new Digiflix TV office in Andheri, Mumbai.

Digiflix TV is a soon to be launched entertainment app which will be divided into 2 sections i.e. Digitok & Digimovies. Digitok will allow users to upload their own videos showcasing their talent whereas Digimovies is an online streaming platform for movies and web series.

“Digital platforms are where all the youth are today, they spend hours shooting a video or watching movies, web series etc. Digiflix is the project I created keeping in mind PM Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India Movement’ Youth today , if given the opportunity would love to engage with more homemade apps, so this is what we have created. Digiflix will give you all the content you need both for watching as well as for entertainment. ” Said Nishant Awasthi , the CEO & MD of Digiflix.

Celebrity Guest actor Aman Verma came forward to support the Digiflix team, “I am here to wish the entire team of Digiflix great success, and this is a really good opportunity that Nishant has started amidst difficult situations of the lockdown. This will provide a good opportunity for actors, directors in the industry who are extremely talented but do not get the right platform to showcase their work. I am looking forward to working with this great team.”

Veteran Director Partho Ghosh (Agnisakshi ,Ghulam -E- Mustafa fame) was also present at the inauguration wishing and encouraging the Digiflix team. Also present at the inauguration was Vishal Roy (COO of Creative & Production) Inder Mohan Singh (Chief of Finance & Business Development) and Rahul Dwivedi (COO of Content and marketing).

So get set to watch some good content and be blown away with a mix genre right from horror, comedy, thriller, romance etc

Mukta arts celebrates its 42nd anniversary today with a 3 film deal announcement with Zee Studios

Mumbai, 24th October 2020: It was 24th October 1978 when Subhash Ghai launchd his production company MUKTA ARTS with Rishi Kapoor starrer KARZ -an evergreen musical classic till date and never looked back in launching all his movies on 24th October which is his wedding anniversary. He named his company Mukta Arts after his wife Mukta Ghai from Pune.

A student from the acting course of FTII had a stint of four years as an actor in Mumbai and became a story writer for top 6 directors of the 70s including Prakash Mehra and Dulal Guha with his scripts like Aakhri Daku and Khan Dost . After being a writer for 3 years he was given a chance to direct his own script KALICHARAN which established him as a director par excellence. He wrote n directed another super hit VISHWANATH for Shatrughan Sinha’s production. He was recognised for his crispy talent of dialogue writing extracting performances from actors big or small.

After directing two more films with a bigger canvas Gautam Govinda n Krodhi starring Dharmendra , he launched his production company on 24 th October 1978 with KARZ. With KARZ he came up in the rank of top musical directors n craftsmen of hindi main steam cinema.

After watching KARZ superstar DILIP KUMAR accepted to work under his direction n script VIDHATA a golden jubilee God father film produced by Gulshan Rai with a young new actor SANJAY DUTT again which was launched on 24 oct 1981.

He launched his new company as MUKTA ARTS PVT LTD company on 24 th October 1982 with his evergreen musical love story HERO introducing JACKIE SHROFF N MEENAXI SHESHADRI.

He launched a court drama MERI JUNG for his mentor N N sippy on 24 oct 1984 casting then rising actor Anil Kapoor who became a star actor for his performance of a lawyer.

Since then on every 24 th October the whole film industry would wait for his announcement of a new movie under mukta arts. Distributors would send their cheques in advance on the 24th without knowing the star cast. He became the most popular writer director producer of india. Media titled him as SHOWMAN after his biggest blockbuster action film KARMA with an immortal patriotic song “e watan tere liye”

A string of blockbusters were followed like family drama RAM LAKHAN , Epical story of two titans SAUDAGAR with Dilip kumar raj kumar , an emotional crime Thriller KHALNAYAK , An indian daughter story PARDES , a Grand big screen musical TAAL , a father-daughters social drama YAADEIEN , period drama KISNA , a musical canvas YUVRAAJ, an Issue based drama on terrorists BLACK And WHITE. all these movies were launched on 24th October of the year

In 2001 Mukta Arts was the first hindi production company which was listed in public in India and raised funds to set up a world class film n media arts school Whistling Woods International in Film City Mumbai to groom the next generations of content and film makers.

Mukta Arts produced 42 films including super hits like Aitraaz, China Town, Iqbal, Ek aur Ek Gyarah, Apna Sapna Money Money, Jaan etc and distributed 400 plus films and today runs 60 screens as exhibitors all over.

Mukta arts developed a huge story bank with young and veteran writers and today it has tied up with one of India’s biggest studios ZEE STUDIO to produce three movies in 2021. Scripts of all three are ready which include a comedy, a thriller and a courtroom drama.Cast and crew being finalised to go on floors in March 2021.

Again on 24th 2020 when Mukta arts is back with a bang in film productions too. Wait n watch next 24 th October 2021 for a bigger surprise.

Sejal Shah’s debut film “All Ladies Do It” brings famous Italian filmmaker Tinto Brass’s brand to Indian screening app

Veteran and world famous Italian filmmaker Tinto Brass a promising experimental and avant-grade director of various genres in the 1960s-70s and now today is known for erotic genre of films is all set to storm the Indian film industry. Lingerie model and actress Sejal Shah is gearing up to bring this Tinto Brass in Hindi cinema. Inspired by his famous film, “All Ladies Do It”, Sejal Shah starer movie by the same title in Hindi will be released on November 10, this year on Nuefliks OTT platform.
The talented actress Sejal Shah has earlier featured in many web series, short films and music videos. She is making her unique and exclusive debut with this film which is directed by Akhil Gautam; where she plays a young married woman who along with her husband pursues and stalks a young man. Speaking about her character, the young starlet says, “The role is befitting it till the ‘T’, she gracefully carries herself in Indian dresses including sarees and also has the gleaming western look to add a class and authenticity to this erotic subject.”
The aspiring starlet had to struggle immensely for 6-years to get a foothold in the glamour industry. In the last 2-years she succeeded in breaking the ice when she took to modeling and walked down the ramp sporting lingeries for many fashion designers. With lady luck smiling on her she moved ahead by being a part of photo shoots and music videos. Adding to her repertoire she got a chance to feature in various web series titled “Mere Husband Ki Dulhania”, “Wedding Nights”, “Gun Point” amongst others which were aired on various OTT platforms and were appreciated. Recently she shot for a series to be telecast on a Canadian app. An interesting web series “Devdasi” is in the pipeline of release
Sejal, who has a bold image in the entertainment industry, says that she is from a small conservative city like Ratlam (Madhya Pradesh). She grew up in the traditional family amid restrictions; where playing outside, travelling or studying in high school was forbidden. Being of a rebellious nature and no one from the family trying to understand her desire, she ran away from her hometown at the tender age of 16-17 to fulfill her desires in this Mumbai city. Her dream is not only to work with Bollywood stars but to be a part of the film by good and talented directors. She is fascinated by films made by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and would like to work with him. It would be like a dream come true. Sejal Shah adds, “I want to be part of films which depicts our history and culture and would like to make them too.”
Looking back, Sejal Shah recollects her tedious journey to this glittering world. Spending nights and sleeping on the pavements of Mumbai and having ‘vada-paav & ‘samosa’ as meals….. till lady luck came knocking on her doors. A model co-ordinator from an event management company where she worked sent her for a photographer’s lingerie shoot. The photographer liked her looks and figure and that was the turning point of her career. She looks forward to becoming a source of inspiration for the new generation of girls. She says, “Looking at my journey, girls should learn from it and become fearless. They should not hesitate and must raise their voice against unnaturalness and orthodox thinking.”

North Bombay Sarbojanin Durga Puja Samiti, one of the oldest and the biggest Durga Puja in Mumbai goes virtual amid the COVID -19 pandemic, adheres to strict norms

*DAY 1 North Bombay Sarbojanin Durga Puja Samiti, one of the oldest and the biggest Durga Puja in Mumbai goes virtual amid the COVID -19 pandemic, adheres to strict norms, day 1 witnesses less than 30 members at one given time*

*North Bombay Sarbojanin Durga Puja Samiti will have a live broadcast of Durga Puja from Panchami to Dashami Visarjan on their website http://www.nbsdp.com*

*https://t.jio/nbsdp – Jio Link can be put on any channel to add the livefeed*

As the festival of Maa Durga is approaching, the members of North Bombay Sarbojanin Durga Puja Samiti are all set to go the virtual way amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The members have decided to take their puja to the people through live streaming and social media through cell phones and laptops. They are concerned that with crowded pandals many may get infected by the deadly virus.

Infact this year they have scaled down the idol from 25ft to 4ft. The venue has been shifted to a small hall in Santa Cruz. Elder members are requested to stay home. Infact members are allowed to visit the pandal in small batches adhering to social distancing norms. Unfortunately outsiders, bhog, prasad and flowers are strictly prohibited to avoid physical contact. There will be two hours of morning anjali without flowers and two hours of sandhya aarti.

*Debu Mukherjee* says “This year it’s different. We have to maintain social distance and wear masks. Because of that we are not letting a lot of people come in. It is only members. Keeping everyone’s safety in mind we thought that’s the best decision to make. Even the members are allotted a specific time when they can visit the pandal. We seek maa’s blessings and pray for everyone’s safety”

Durga Puja is celebrated from Shasti to Bijoya Dashami

MAHASHASHTI: On this day, Maa is welcomed with much fan fare. In the evening ,the Kulo is decorated with Paan, Sindur, Alta, Sheela (stone) , Dhaan etc..and amidst the beats of Dhaak and sound of Shaankh, Maa is welcomed… This is called Amontron and Adhivas -Maa’s Bodhon…Maa is being welcomed.

MAHASAPTAMI: On this day the Kalash (Earthen Pot) is placed with a green Coconut and Mango Leaves . This is surrounded on all sides by a red thread and tied. This is called KALASH STHAPAN. The Kalash is an earthen Pot because Maa’s Murti is made of Ganga clay and Maa’s PRAAN (or life) is concentrated in the Pot. So the Pot is the symbol of Maa. The Puja starts with praying to Ganapati , followed by prayers to Maa. Another name of Maa Durga is NABA PATRIKA, which means nine trees i.e.Banana tree, Kochu tree, Haldi tree, Jayanti tree, Branch of Bel tree, Dalim tree ( pomegranate) are tied together. The double Bel fruit is tied to the Banana tree. This is then taken to a river bank or sea and given a bath. When it is brought back it is drapped in a white and red sari with sindur and it now looks like a married lady with her head covered. This is called KOLA BAHU. Many have a misconception that KOLA BAHU is wife of Ganapati but actually she is MaaDurga or Naba Patrika.. Ganapati’s mother

MAHA SNAN: On this day Maa Durga is given a bath. First a vessel is placed in front of the Murti; a mirror is kept in the vessel, so that the reflection of Maa is seen in the mirror. The Priest applies Haldi and Mustard oil on the mirror, as though they are applying it on Maa before the bath. In earlier times when there was no soap, haldi and mustard oil were used for having bath. The Pujari puts different kinds of water, i.e. Coconut water, Chandan, Ganga jal, Sugar cane juice, water from seven holy seas to give her bath. During this time, mud from every region, as well as mud from Prostitute’s door is very essential. After bath the Pujari puts dhaan- durba and new sari with Maa’s name written on the mirror which is then placed on the Bedi (the place of worship).

PRAN PRATISTHA: This means bringing life into the mirror. The Pujari takes Kusha and flowers in the right hand, and touches Maa from head to foot and with Mantra Path life is brought into the Murti, Mirror and Kalash.

MAHA AGAMAN: Every year Maa comes either on a Palki or an Elephant or a Boat or a Dola (Swing) , or a Horse etc.
This Bengali year 1423, Goddess Durga’s arrival on a horse significes, indicates the “bad horse”- The most destructive mood, hence all her path is trampled. The Goddess arrives & leaves the earth on the same vehicle, indicating natural calamities, social unrest and political
upheavals. Maa Durga’s agaman- is on the horse & gaman – on a horse.

Welcome :
The puja to welcome Maa is done with 16 items- Ashan Swagatam [ Welcome ], Paddyo [ Water To Wash The Feet ], Argho, Achmoniyom, Madhu Parkam , Purnar Achmaniyam, Abharan [ Shringar], Sindoor, Gandha [ Scent ], Pushpa[ Flower], Pushpa Mallya [ Garland] , Billo Patra [Bel Leaf] , Billopatra Mala[ Garland Of Bel Leaf], Dhoop,Deep, Kajal, Naibiddo, Bhog And Mishti [Sweet], Paan, Supari.

PUSHPANJALI [PRAYER OFFERING]: Puspanjali means offering prayers at Maa’s feet to give everyone long life, fame, good luck, health, wealth, happiness. The devotees request Maa to protect them from all evil, sadness, greed & temptations.

MAHA ASHTAMI PUJA: Maa is now Maha Gauri- The Puja starts with Mahasnan & Maha gauri puja. The Puja is done to give Maa the strength of the 64 Yoginis. This is a Puja of 9 pots.Then the weapons of Maa are worshiped.

SHANDHI PUJA : This is the puja when Ashtami Puja ends and Navami Puja begins,so the name Shandhi puja. This is considered to be the most vital time, meeting (shandhi)of Ashtami and Navami puja. The duration of this Puja is 45 minutes. At this moment Maa is CHAMUNDA.
Pushpanjali: Prayer offering. Bhog is offered which consists of fruits and sweets are offered to Maa, followed by “NEET BHOG” , consisting of Rice, Ghee, Dal, Fried Vegetables, Chutney and Payesh. This prasad is later distributed amongst the devotees which is called KANGALI BHOJAN.

At this time 108 diyas are lit and 108 lotus are offered to Maa.
There is a famous story that Lord Ram prayed to Maa Durga offering 108 lotus at her feet in order to defeat Ravan. But to his surprise he found one lotus missing , to replace it ,he wanted to sacrifice his eye and pray to Maa..at that moment Maa appeared in front of him and stopped him..returning the missing lotus to him. She then blessed him for his ” VICTORY”.

MAHA NAVAMI PUJA : On this day, Maa is SIDDHI DHATRI. This Puja starts with Ganapati Puja and then puja of all the other DEV and DEVIS are performed..followed by Maha Snan of Maa.

BIJOYA DASHAMI:- On this day Maa had defeated and killed Mahishashur.

DEVI PUJA:- Bhog with curd, honey and milk is offered to Maa.. this is called CHARANAMRIT. The pujari sitting on the Asan takes a flower near the sacred pot and keeps it in the Northern direction because Maa is from KAILASH.

Then the pujari takes the sacred mirror which was on the vessel and performs the ritual of Visharjan. This is the same mirror which was used to welcome Maa because her reflection is on the mirror .

SINDUR UTSAV: The married ladies apply sindur on Maa’s forehead and offer sweets after which all the other ladies apply sindur on each other’s forehead. This is followed by KANAK ANJALI when Maa is departing back to her husband’s abode.

VISHARJAN:- During the Visharjan of the Murti, all the devotees either go to a river bank or sea and immerse the Murti in the water.

SHANTI JAL: – The sacred pot is brought back from the river/sea filled with the water where the Murti is immersed. Then the pujari chants the Mantra and sprinkles water with the help of mango leaves on the head of all the devotees for peace and happiness.

DASSERA: This is the day of rejoicement, where youngsters touch the feet of their elders seeking their blessings and sweets are distributed.

Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari trailer is a laugh riot that pays homage to family entertainers of the 90s*

The world needs a little bit of humor and some bone tickling comedies to survive the grimness of 2020. Keeping that in mind, Zee Studios is all set to release the trailer of their new film Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari today. With Diljit Dosanjh wowing the audience with some crackling punchlines, and Fatima Sana Shaikh ready to be seen in a drastically different avatar and Manoj Bajpayee, who plays a wedding detective making his living out of spying on prospective grooms. The actor dons multiple looks in the trailer as he disguises himself while on the job.

Bajpayee plays Madhu Mangal Rane with flair and steadfast conviction. Battling him out is his equally worthy opponent, Suraj Singh Dhillon played affably by Diljit. Fatima plays a Marathi mulgi from Bombay, with a rebellious streak, whose family wants to see her settled.

Set in 1995 Bombay, the director has captured the city in all its glory. Every detail of the era is beautifully woven into the trailer, from the typical cars reminiscent of the 90s to the background score that was a trademark of the 90s Hindi films.

Talking about his passion project, Sharma says, “This film captures the innocence of bygone times. There is a certain simplicity in the tone we have used which we hope to remind people of the movies of Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Chatterjee. It is a clean family-comedy. It is a funny film but we have consciously ensured to not tread into slapstick humor. It’s a take on the great Indian wedding ‘milestone’ where the whole family participated and ends up in hilarious situations.”

Shariq Patel, CEO Zee Studios, told us, “We are proud to present a clean wholesome family entertainer as Zee Studio’s first in house film production. Cinema in India has always been a community experience, and we are hopeful that Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari is a film that families can enjoy together this Diwali.”

The film is produced by Zee Studios and it’s slated to release around Diwali.

Vidya Balan resumes shoot for Sherni in Madhya Pradesh

National award-winning actor Vidya Balan has resumed shoot for her upcoming film Sherni in Madhya Pradesh post the lockdown.

The shooting for Sherni came to a halt in mid-March as the nation went into a lockdown owing to the pandemic.

With productions getting back on track with the requisite Safety protocols, Vidya Balan has started shoot for Sherni in Madhya Pradesh

Sherni directed by Amit Masurkar, explores the man-animal conflict featuring Vidya Balan as a forest officer, and is being shot in the jungles of Madhya Pradesh.

Last seen in Shakuntala Devi, Vidya Balan shifted her release to OTT platform given the corona virus outbreak and nationwide lockdown.

Known for her brilliant performances, the national award-winning actor has always delivered remarkable characters that stay etched in the audience’s minds.

With her upcoming next, Vidya Balan has created immense anticipation amongst the audience to witness her in an all new avatar.

  1. *Vidya Balan resumes shoot for Sherni in Madhya Pradesh*National award-winning actor Vidya Balan has resumed shoot for her upcoming film Sherni in Madhya Pradesh post the lockdown. The shooting for Sherni came to a halt in mid-March as the nation went into a lockdown owing to the pandemic. With productions getting back on track with the requisite Safety protocols, Vidya Balan has started shoot for Sherni in Madhya Pradesh Sherni directed by Amit Masurkar, explores the man-animal conflict featuring Vidya Balan as a forest officer, and is being shot in the jungles of Madhya Pradesh.Last seen in Shakuntala Devi, Vidya Balan shifted her release to OTT platform given the corona virus outbreak and nationwide lockdown. Known for her brilliant performances, the national award-winning actor has always delivered remarkable characters that stay etched in the audience's minds. With her upcoming next, Vidya Balan has created immense anticipation amongst the audience to witness her in an all new avatar.

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