Archive | January, 2012

SAMIR KOCHAR ON SURVIVORS … NOW IN INDIA

26 Jan
Samir Kochar
Hosting one of the biggest reality shows in the world coming to India for the first time has been an amazing journey for Samir Kochar. Survivor as a show has been successfully running in many countries across the world. It has completed 22 seasons in the US where the host for the series Jeff Probst has won 4 back to back EMMY’s as best reality host.
Let’s hear about this show straight from the Kochar’s Mouth!
When Miditec approached me for host I was very kicked with the idea of being marooned on an island for 2 months. Being an outdoor person, living on a beachside, snorkeling, water sports rock climbing, scuba got me excited. Had no idea the kind of journey it would turn out to be. Truly a life changing 2 months they were, and 3 days away from seeing it all come together premiering on star plus on the 6th of Jan 2012 I am on cloud nine. Couldn’t have asked for the year to start off in a better way.
400 TV experts have been setting up this show for the last 8 months. It was twice as hard because to get to the caramoan islands one has to catch a flight to Manila, and then catch a domestic flight to the city of Naga, travel by road for 2 hrs to a port, sit on a boat travel 4 hrs into the Pacific Ocean when you reach a Caramoan. Then Tavel another hour by road to get to the village of Gota which was our base. The Philippine government has actually constructed a resort with 200 wooden GABANAS for the crew to shoot this show. Took about 24 hours to get there and bad weather would not make the journey sometimes longer. We were at the mercy of nature.
In the 2 months I stayed there I didn’t see a car, my mode of transport was a jet ski or a motorboat that took us from one island to the other. Was on a kayak every evening which was my work out routine and snorkeling made me fall in love with the world under water. Saw dolphins, stingrays, jellyfish, water snakes and a whole other world of marine life that blew my mind. There were days of serious hardship while I was on the island, we went through hurricanes with winds that would nearly throw you off; we caught a 7 foot python on the beach we stayed at. Value Valu certain kind of a sea snake which is amongst the top 10 poisonous snakes in the world lived in the waters we were at. Valu means 8 and if this snake were to bite a person would die in 8 minutes or 8 seconds. Luckily I survived all of that.

The contestants were divided into 2 tribes. 11 celebrities’ vs 11 commoners. Kept on 2 different islands who were given nothing but 2 pairs of clothes, a pair of shoes and they had to survive. I was the only person from the outside they would interact with, lack of food and tough living conditions were not easy for them to survive in. Living away from the comforts of their homes, families didn’t make their life easier. They would sometimes cry in front of me, someday get super excited when they’d win rewards. Wasn’t easy at times for me to see them go through the arduous 45 day journey where survival meant winning challenges and also playing the cards right at every moment in order to last longer than the others. Some of them lost 15 to 20 kgs in 45 days. This was as real as it got.

Wasn’t easy for me and the entire crew as well. Have climbed mountains to shoot for links, stood in the hot sun for sometimes 5 hours at a stretch while the contestants would compete in the challenges. When I came back my wife could not recognize me as I was burnt and tanned beyond repair. Had to stay indoors for a week to look normal. Remember there was a day when we were on a motorboat and there was a rogue wave, 7 footer that came and knocked us over. Luckily we managed to get back on and make it back safely. We lost a lot of equipment but that’s just the way things were.

Would not change the experience for anything and now the only hope is that people in India and worldwide like what we’ve done and see the show for its true spirit of survival. 22 Indians 45 days 1 survivor. This is garner fructice presents Survivor India. Jo tikega it’d ass likhega!!!

On the movie front, I just finished shooting with Vikram Bhatt. Did a special appearance In Dangerous Ishq with karishma kapoor in Jodhpur. My first ever 3D experience. Release is lined up for next year.

Hosting the horse racing circuit for India. R1 on ten sports as well. Just finished hosting the 1000 Guinness and the Casino Royal Indian 2000 Guinness.

Will also host the Mumbai marathon this year.

2012 babyyyy!!!! Bring it on!

HEMA MALINI & SUSHMITA SEN FELICITATE 94 YEAR OLD ACTOR

25 Jan

Hema Malini & Sushmita Sen felicitate 94-yr old actor.
Sandip Soparkar invites Model, Dancer turned Yoga Teacher Tao
Porchon-Lynch at Sheesha Sky Lounge Gold.

It was one of the most memorable evening with the very graceful Tao pochon lynch performing on the satge in her heels and best of attire which took away everybody by the surprise

The highlight of the event was Aditya Raj kapoor performance on Baar Baar Dekho song as a tribute to late Shammi Kapoor along with Renuka Shahane.  Sandip and Jesse opened the show with their performance followed by highlight of the evening which was Tao and Sandip who received standing ovation by all the celebrities present for the evening.

Hema malini mentioned that she was touched by Tao’s performance and said she didnt look 94 and proved dance has no age ba.

Madhoo Shah hosted the special evening and did a great job. Sushmita Sen was there for Tao and Sandip. Jesse said she was amazed at Mam Tao’s dedication and poise and grace at this age and touched her
feet saying this is what one does in India to give respect.  Sushmita Sen also humbly touched Tao’s feet.

It was a fanatastic winter evening where the performances kept all warm and on the toes. 

Extraordinary leaders and teachers change the way we perceive the world. So do extraordinary dancers! The 94-year old young Tao Porchon-Lynch, Master Yoga teacher, danced with ace Ballroom dance specialist Sandip Soparrkar at Sheesha Sky Lounge, Andheri West. The world’s oldest dancer Tao, an ex Hollywood actor and super model of yore, made her moves in high heels and short skirts as she sways to perfection with Master Soparrkar. Tao also gave Yoga demo and demonstrated Yoga dance and  was felicitated by Chief Guests actresses Hema Malini and Sushmita Sen.

With actress Madhoo turning compere for the first time in her, the evening
promises to be a very exciting one with couples including Aditya Raj Kapoor
with Renuka Shahane; Amit Ahlawat and Jesse Kaur; Smiley Suri and Nakul
Mehta showcasing their ballroom dancing skills. Vijayshree will give a
classical performance. Ajay De’s wife Ryoko De will also show her moves.

Actress Hema Malini said, “Being a dancer, it is fascinating to see a dancer like Tao matching steps with youngsters so effortlessly. Tao is a living advertisement for how to tap into our human potential. Yoga dance is a new concept and I am sure many people in India will follow it when an accomplished dancer like Tao leads the way.”

Actress Sushmita Sen added, “At ninety four years-young, Tao is the embodiment of many profound Yoga principles. She exemplifies the positive “can-do spirit” that can accomplish anything. Tao is unique in her ability to overcome the effects of aging to control her body and mind in harmony
with Yoga’s principles.”

Actress Madhoo says, “I agreed to become the compere for the first time in
life simply because Tao fascinates me like a mystery that I would like to
solve. At a youthful 94, Tao brings a delightful, childlike love of life
and nature to all that she does. Prepare to be enchanted and inspired if
you’re blessed to have the opportunity to meet her.”

Ballroom dance master Sandip Soparrkar added, “Showcasing that she is a better dancer than many of us, Tao teaches discipline and control of the body and mind through Yoga. As she elevates and balances her body in classic poses, she demonstrates how to tap into the primal spark of energy
that all of us receive from the universe. Whatever our religious beliefs, the spark makes us one with our fellow human beings and all forms of life on our planet.”

The very best lead us by their example. Tao Porchon-Lynch, Master Yoga teacher, 94 years young, synthesizes the most positive aspects of Indian, European and American thought. Tao is uniquely equipped to spread Yogic insights, originating in India, to Westerners seeking enlightenment. She  has trained and certified hundreds of yoga instructors, since founding the Westchester Institute of Yoga in 1982. Tao has over 70 years of yoga practice and more than 45 years of teaching yoga to students in India, France and the U.S.

Having studied with Indra Devi and Aurobindo and BKS Iyengar in Pune and Mumbai, Tao learned how to tap into the incredible power all individuals possess but only few can access. She has made over twenty-five trips to India with her students because she believes that such visits offer enlightenment about the true spirit of Yoga. Tao continues to teach workshops at many yoga centers, including the Kripalu Center for Yoga
and Health, Integral Yoga Institute in Manhattan and the Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, Buckingham, Va.

In 1995, Tao attended the Yoga for Peace International Peace Conference in Israel with Indra Devi to try to help bring peace to the Middle East through yogic principles.Tao believes that following the principles of yoga
can heal individuals and by extension, help heal our planet. Tao has received much media attention of late, including an interview on the NBC “Today” morning program, a taped segment in the upcoming documentary on extraordinary older women, “I Know A Woman Like That,” feature articles in the Journal News and Westchester Magazine; and an appearance on the Martha Stewart Show. Recently, Tao was a workshop presenter with Dr. Terri Kennedy at the Newark Peace Conference and sat on the Panel for Peace with His
Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Before teaching yoga, Tao had a long and varied career. Tao was an actress in England, France and the USA (under contract to MGM) in the 1940’s and 50’s, wrote screenplays and made documentaries in the 60’s and 70’s.Her life in India encompasses many historic events. There aren’t many people still alive who witnessed first-hand some of the events Tao has. She made several documentaries in India including, “To Light A Candle,” about 100 year- old philanthropist, Dr. Wealthy Fisher and her work in education and
literacy in Luck now. Tao also worked for Unitel and helped in their efforts to try to introduce television to India in the 1950’s. Her reminiscences regarding her life in India will be detailed in her forthcoming book.

Tao’s philosophy is “There is nothing we cannot do if we harness the power within us.” Her yoga principles and practices will be appreciated by current and future generations. Her current passion, in addition to yoga, is ballroom dancing and she is an award winning world-class dancer.

Tao has recently published her first meditation book, Reflections: The Yogic Journey of Life. This important book includes several guided meditations. As a bonus, an added CD of GTao’s meditations with music by Valerie Romanoff, lends an extra dimension to her words of wisdom.

CREDITS :
This Event came to an existence because of Mr. Mehul Choksi from Gitanjanli and Mr. Salil Chaturvedi from Provogue.   Advertising – Mr. Ajay from Blenders Pride and Mr. Ankit Choudhary from TVA Group. For the Invites,Stage, Sound and Light – Our student Mr. Vivek Jindal from Heritage Marbles.On Air Partners – Radio City. Gift Sponsors – Ms. Zeba Kohli from Fantasies Chocolate, India’s leading cosmetic Doctor – Dr. Rashmi Shetty and Mr. Ameen from 911 Protection Squad. Venue : Sheesha Sky Lounge Gold – Mr. Ali Reza Abdi. Instructors and Students of Sandip Soparrkar’s Ballroom Studio.  Event Management – Mr. Prashant Shirsat from 3rd Rock event.

PR Agency – Ms. Parul Chawla from Picture N Kraft.
Reporter – Zuhaib Khan PRO BOLLYWOOD

CAN AN ITEM GIRL WIN VOTES FOR A POLITICAL PARTY?

25 Jan

The hot & sexy Pakistani babe Veena Malik, recently in the news for her controversial FHM nude cover page and Playboy nude photoshoot offer and who has been getting attention from fans all over the world is excited on the way her new item song is appreciated and is very happy with the response. The song has Veena as the face of a political party and during the election time has to perform and gather more votes for her political party. Besides wearing a hot & revealing costume for the sequence, Malik will also seen sporting a Nathani, which was added to her look ,“Nathani is a very important ornament in Pakistan and it gives a very beautiful look. So on my request we added and it is looking very stunning” says Veena.
When contacted Nitin Manmohan, he said, “Veena fits best for the item number and I’m sure she’ll do justice to the song. It is shaping up very well and Veena so far has given a brilliant performance.
The item song of hot Veena Malik Channo is choreographed by Ahmed Khan and sung by Mamta Sharma, Anu Malik has given the music.
However, will it convert votes for that political party? Let’s wait and watch!

AUDIO LAUNCH OF MARRIED 2 AMERICA

25 Jan
AUDIO LAUNCH of Film MARRIED 2 AMERICA was held on 16th jan 2012 at DN Nagar THE CLUB.
The main starcast & crew of the movie were present on the function was as follows. A few of the celebrities included Dilip Shankar (Director), Archana Joglekar, Raghubir Yadav, Akhilendra Mishra, Ashok Samarth, Chetan Pandit, Anwar Hussain (Music Director), Javed Ali (Singer)
The Music of Film is on WORLD WIDE RECORD.
PR : Perfect PR
Reporter : Zuhaib Khan

Archana Joglekar

UFO CAN BE SPOTTED NOW IN KANDIVALI

24 Jan
Rohit Roy
UFO spotted in Kandivali
Revolving restaurant comes to Mumbai’s suburbs
For the best international cuisine in the most spectacular ambience, UFO is here to transport you to Space Age Also launching U-Turn, a unique barn-style diner and U-Turn Sports Lounge, Mumbai, 
What a beautiful
logo!
January 22, 2012: After the success of U-Turn, a popular suburban bistro in Khar, restaurateur Jimmy Chhadha launched city’s only REVOLVING FINE DINING RESTAURANT with an unusual décor that allows you to dine in Space Age! 
Spread across 7000sq ft, the revolving restaurant can seat around 200 diners in a setting of vibrant colours and fascinating sounds of an electrifying space station. Enjoy delectable Indian, continental and Oriental cuisines prepared using finest ingredients by master chefs. Tuck into tasty pizzas, share a platter and enjoy some creamy desserts as the view keeps changing every time you look outside! 
The circular bar in the center adds to the dramatic tone of the décor, making it inviting and upbeat. Our list of select wines, classic spirits and creatively crafted cocktails will leave you asking for more. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Jimmy Chhadha commented, “I wanted to offer the people from Bandra to Borivali and beyond a decent place to dine where each meal is an experience in itself.” 
Jimmy Chaddha & Sanjay Gupta
So whether it’s a business breakfast or an informal lunch, or an intimate dinner, join our orbit and say cheers to a good life!Added bonus: two more eatery surprises in the same complex!U-Turn- exquisite barn-style dinningThis upscale diner pays a tribute to colonial style stables. Get captivated by a space lit by Victorian lights, a beautiful horse-drawn tram, tree trunk tables, jockey tables, macchan and elements like saddles, horseshoes, bridles, winkers that remind of a true-blue rustic barn. Relish the finest cuisine and signature dishes served with a selection of wines, margaritas and spirits. 
Choose your setting and get transported to a world of royal allure to savour a good al fresco meal.U-Turn Sports Lounge – for the love of game!Indulge in a distinct dining experience that explores cuisines from across the world without distracting from our first love – sports! Here’s to some adventure dining with giant flat screens TVs alongside large caricatures of sports personalities. The lounge serves an extensive selection of beer and spirits, gourmet snacks, light meals and beverages making it perfect place to watch your favourite game with friends and cheer aloud for your team.A voyage into space, the Wild Wild West or sporting madness that you loved from the late 1960s America, we’ve recreated it all in the comforts of the 21st century. Welcome aboard! 
Jimmy & Gudiya Chaddha

CAFE MANGII FOR THE "SHAUKEEN" PEOPLE

24 Jan
Rohit Roy with Sanjay Suri

Versova now has its own Café Mangii extraordinaire! 
All-day Deli, restaurant and alfresco dining at Versova’s newest Italian eatery 

Exclusive Party Hosted by Rohit Roy for Tinsel Town Stars to launch “Shaukeen”Mumbai,

21st January 2012: Saturday night saw the glamour and glitterati from tinsel town basking in the glory of an amazing evening at the newly launched Cafe Mangii in Versova. Welcoming the guests to an epicurean slice of Italy, hosts Rohit Roy and promoter of Café Mangii, Prashant Chaudhri greeted and welcomed leading luminaries of the film and television fraternity, to indulge in the warm hospitality and delicious food that Café Mangii is famous for. The star-studded evening witnessed the launch of Rohit Roy’s film “Shaukeen” – a remake of the 1982 classic by Basu Chatterjee. 
Café Mangii opened its doors in the plush locales of Versova in a completely new and luxurious avatar! Well-situated in one of Mumbai’s up-market neighborhoods, the two-storey villa very distinctly catches eyeballs with its artistic furniture, highlighting rustic architecture at its best and a well-illuminated porch, alluring people from all walks of life. Famous for its hand-crafted Napolitana wood-fired oven pizzas and al dente pastas cooked to perfection, the guests enjoyed every bit of what was served.Café Mangii has an extensive menu that boasts of some of the best of Italian appetizers, heady wines and cocktails along with a variety of mouth-watering desserts and rich coffees to complete the experience. Café Mangii has gone all out with its lush interiors, well-designed to tap one’s mood. 
While the bottom floor opens its doors to an all-day Deli & Patisserie, level one gives you a reason to wine & dine with your loved ones. For those looking to unwind in the lap of luxury, the open-air sea-facing pizzeria on the terrace gives you the perfect setting to indulge. At the launch party, there was plenty to choose from for the vegetarians – Tortilla chips, Beignet-wild mushroom risotto, Arancini di Risso, Fried Brie, Asparagus mousse on crackers, Bruschetta of brie and figs, Grilled cottage cheese and vegetable skewers, Olives & Sun dried tomato tarts, and Roasted mushrooms to name just a few. The non-vegetarians relished the Chicken Olivetti, Egg Mayo & Chive Toasti, Chicken Frango, Chicken Liver Pate on crackers, Lamb Teriyaki, Prawn on skewers, fried calamari served with pesto mayo, Marie rose prawns served on melba toast, salmon mousse and many other delicious appetizers. 
Café Mangii is the brainchild of Mumbai-based Prashant Chaudhri, who has a passion and flair for hospitality and good food. With several restaurants already to his credit and the third Café Mangii in Mumbai (after Powai and Khar), Prashant has his hands full with expanding the brand across the country. Speaking about his new venture, Prashant said, “Café Mangii has made a name for itself because of its high quality and warm and friendly service, offering its loyal patrons an unmatched culinary experience. With Versova being the haunt of many foodies, we are sure this multi-level dining destination will be appreciated by one and all. The hand-made wood-fired pizzas enjoy pride of place on our menu and we hope to attract many gourmet lovers here with our little slice of Italy.”The evening saw eminent personalities enjoying the delicacies and flavors of the restaurant. While lip-smacking food and exotic wines were flown in between animated conversations, one could hear soft music blending in with the warm and intimate ambience complimented perfectly by the nip in the air.

Aarti Chhabria
Shama Sikander
Jackie Shroff
Gulshan Grover
Gul Panag
Divya Dutta
Dipannita Sharma
Bappa Lahiri
Ali Zafar with a friend

Aditya Panscholi
R.Madhavan with a friend
Mahima Choudhary
Manoj Bajpai
Mika Singh
Maria Goretti
Mini Mathur
Poonam Dhillon
Prashant Chaudhri with Sophie Choudhary
Rahul Mahajan & wife Dimppy
Danny Dengzongpa & Rohit Roy
Mrs. & Mr. Rohit Roy
Urvashi Dholakia
Mrs. & Mr. Shaan
Sharman Joshi
Sanjay Kapoor

Sameer Soni & Neelam

NOMINATIONS FOR CHEVROLET APSARA AWARDS 2012

24 Jan
The biggest films of 2011 vie for the
Chevrolet Apsara Awards 2012
The Film & Television Producers Guild of India & Wizcraft International Entertainment announce Award Nominees for the Best Film Talents of 2012

Thursday, 19th January 2012: The biggest film and television award function in Bollywood, Chevrolet Apsara Awards 2012 will take place on Wednesday, January 25th at the Yash Raj Studios in Mumbai. The Awards are brought to you by the Film & Television Producers Guild of India and Wizcraft International Entertainment. As we look forward to the big celebration, we get one step closer to finding out who will be honored with the prestigious Apsara chosen by members of The Film & Television Producer Guild of India. The nominees for the best talents in Hindi Film & Television for the year 2012 were announced today.

Nominees and winners are meticulously chosen by the members of the Film & Television Producers Guild of India, making it the official Award for the Film and Television industry. This year the Guild will also flag-off the ‘100 years of Indian Cinema’ celebrations showcasing a special tribute dedicated to the legends of Indian cinema and their glorious years in Bollywood. A melody of hit songs will showcase from the yesteryears and the stars that emulated the iconic onscreen characters.

Indian Cinema had an exciting year in 2011; a wide range of multi-genre films like No One Killed Jessica, Rockstar, Singham, The Dirty Picture and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara are up for the Best Film Apsara. In the total tally Rockstar has received the maximum number of nominations closely followed by Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.

BEST ACTRESS : Priyanka Chopra (7 Khoon Maaf), Katrina Kaif (Mere Brother Ki Dulhan), Rani Mukerji (No One Killed Jessica), Mahie Gill (Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster), Kangna Ranaut (Tanu Weds Manu), Vidya Balan (The Dirty Picture) are competing for Best Actress in a Leading Role. 
BEST ACTOR : Nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role are Salman Khan (Bodyguard), Shah Rukh Khan (Don 2), Emraan Hashmi (Murder 2), Ranbir Kapoor (Rockstar), Ajay Devgn (Singham).

BEST SINGERS : Shreya Ghoshal has been nominated for her sensational tracks Teri Meri (Bodyguard) and Saibo (Shor in the City) while Sunidhi Chauhan has been nominated for her foot tapping hits Te Amo (Dum Maaro Dum) and Aa Zara (Murder 2) for Best Singer – Female. In the Best Singer – Male category we have Mohit Chauhan for Saada Haq and Naadaan Parindey (Rockstar), Akon & Vishal Ravjiani for Chammak Challo (Ra. One), Rahat Fateh Ali Khan for Teri Meri (Bodyguard) and Mohammed Irfaan for Phir Mohabbat (Murder 2).

In the Technical Category, films like Ra,One, No One Killed Jessica, 7 Khoon Maaf and Tanu Weds Manu have received the highest number of nominations. 
The popular TV show ‘Bade Achhe Lagte Hai’ has garnered the highest number of nominations for the Apsara Awards 2012 including, Best Drama Series, Best Director – Fiction, Best Actress & Actor in Drama Series, Best Writer & Best Ensemble Cast in the Television Category. Other nominees include Comedy Circus Ka Naya Daur, Guinness World Records – Ab India Todega, Jhalak Dikhla Ja – Season 4, Just Dance and Kaun Banega Crorepati for Best Non-fiction Series.

Ramesh Sippy, President – Film & Television Producers Guild of India said, “There are so many films in contention for the awards this year and it is fascinating in terms of the diverse kind of movies that were made. The growth has been remarkable. We have witnessed some awe inspiring work; the jury is sure going to have a tough time. Indian television has also seen a plethora of soaps and reality series doing very well which we are excited about.”

Wiz Sabbas Joseph, Director, Wizcraft International Entertainment Ltd said, “We are honored and we take great pride in partnering with the Guild to present The Chevrolet Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards. Like always the Awards will be packed with glamour, great performances, suspense and excitement…it’s going to be a riot.’

Established by the Film and Television Producers Guild of India, the awards were initiated to honour exceptional talent and breed new potential within the film and television fraternity. Having garnered great popularity and success since the first awards in 2004, the Chevrolet Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards TM powered by Micromax have acknowledged talent, perseverance, innovation and pure artistry. In the last five years they have gained enormous momentum, receiving a large response from the Film & Television circles, reflected in the growing volume of entries received, year after year.

About the Film & TV Producers Guild of India
GUILD – Enhancing the value of Cinematic Arts- The Film & Television Producers Guild of India Limited is an autonomous non-profit premier film trade body comprising of industry stakeholders, is to be a principal negotiator with the Government on various critical issues, resolving intra and external trade disputes of the industry, liaising with foreign delegations to provide international exposure for its members, arranging conclaves for the benefit of members. Established in 1954 by the stalwarts of the Indian film industry including B.N. Sircar, S. Mukherjee, The Film & TV Producers Guild is today the most progressive body in show business. From renowned film makers/production houses like Yash Chopra, Ramesh Sippy, Mukesh Bhatt, Subhash Ghai, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Rakesh Roshan, AB Corp, Prakash Jha, Eros entertainment, Shree Ashtavinayak, Excel Entertainment ; to the young brigade of Aditya Chopra, Karan Johar, Ashutosh Gowariker, Farhan Akhtar, Kunal Kohli, Rohan Sippy etc.to stars turned producers like Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Anil Kapoor, Anupam Kher, Akkineni Nagarjuna Rao; to new diversified media companies like UTV, Reliance Entertainment, Balaji telefilms, PVR, Viacom 18, Zee, Sahara,; to the film makers of international stature from the East and South such as Mrinal Sen, Goutam Ghose, D. Suresh Babu, etc., to leading TV production houses like Star TV, Zee TV, Colors, Sony TV, TV Today, NDTV, BAG Films & Media Ltd. – all are symbols of the Indian filmed content. Over the years, the Guild has also been instrumental in organizing fund raisers such as Help Telethon Concert in aid of tsunami victims and seminars & conventions with influential trade bodies like FICCI and CII. Also, the Guild has instituted the Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards for excellence in film and television – an award by the industry, for the industry and of the industry.

About-Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.
Wizcraft International Entertainment, India’s leading Event and Entertainment Company is dedicated to showcasing its expertise on the world stage. Having begun its operations in 1988, Wizcraft has conceptualized and produced events staged in Mauritius, UK, New York, Dubai, Singapore, Malaysia, Netherlands, South Africa, Iraq, Australia and Sri Lanka among others. Wizcraft’s clientele comprise leading global corporates, governments of various countries, leading international entertainment and sports associations and celebrities. The company is focused on providing Global Event Management Solutions at the doorstep of its global clientele.

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And the Nominees for the Chevrolet Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards 2012 are…

POPULAR CATEGORIES
BEST SCREENPLAY
1.      
Shridhar Raghavan
Dum Maaro Dum
2.      
Rajkumar Gupta
No One Killed Jessica
3.      
 Imtiaz Ali
Rockstar
4.      
Megha Ramaswamy & Bejoy Nambiar
Shaitan
5.      
Reema Kagti & Zoya Akhtar
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara



BEST STORY
1.  
Kamlesh Pandey
Aarakshan
2.      
Madhur Bhandarkar, Neeraj Udhwani
& Anil Pandey
Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji
3.      
Raj Kumar Gupta
No One Killed Jessica
4.      
Sanjay Chouhan & Tigmanshu Dhulia
Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster
5.      
Reema Kagti & Zoya Akhtar
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara



BEST DIALOGUE
1.      
Prakash Jha
Aarakshan
2.      
 Farhad – Sajid
Singham
3.      
 Himanshu Sharma
Tanu Weds Manu
4.      
Rajat Aroraa
The Dirty Picture
5.      
 Farhan Akhtar
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara



BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
1.      
Raju Sundaram
Doosri Darling (7 Khoon Maaf)
2.      
Bosco – Caesar
Desi Boyz(Desi Boyz)
3.      
Ganesh Acharya
Jalebi Bai (Double Dhamaal)
4.      
Bosco Caesar
Dum Maaro Dum (Dum Maaro Dum)
5.      
Ganesh Hegde
Chammak Challo (RA. One)
6.      
Bosco Caesar
Senorita (Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara)



BEST LYRICS
1.     
 Gulzar
Darling (7 Khoon Maaf)
2.      
Shabbir Ahmed & Neelesh Mishra
Teri Meri  ( Bodyguard)
3.      
Irshad Kamil
Naadaan Parindey(Rockstar)
4.      
Sameer & Priya Panchal
Saibo (Shor in the City)
5.      
Javed Akhtar
Zindagi  Na Milegi Dobara
(Zindagi  Na Milegi Dobara)



BEST MUSIC
1.      
Himesh Reshammiya & Pritam
Bodyguard
2.      
Pritam
Dum Maaro Dum
3.      
Sachin
Jigar – F.A.L.T.U
4.      
Sohail Sen
Mere Brother Ki Dulhan
5.      
Pritam
Ready
6.      
A.R.Rahman
Rockstar



BEST SINGER – MALE
1.      
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
Teri Meri (Bodyguard)
2.      
Mohammed Irfaan
Phir Mohabbat (Murder 2)
3.      
Mohit Chauhan
Saada Haq (Rockstar)
4.      
Mohit Chauhan
Naadaan Parindey (Rockstar)
5.      
Akon
Chammak Challo (Ra. One)
6.      
Tochi Raina
Saibo (Shor In The City)



BEST SINGER – FEMALE
1.      
Shreya Ghoshal
Teri Meri (Bodyguard)
2.      
Sunidhi Chauhan
Te Amo (Dum Maaro Dum)
3.      
Neha Bhasin
Dhunki (Mere Brother Ki Dulhan)
4.      
Sunidhi Chauhan
Aa Zara (Murder 2)
5.      
Harshdeep Kaur
Katiya Karun (Rockstar)
6.      
Shreya Ghoshal
Saibo (Shor in the City)



BEST PERFORMANCE IN A COMIC ROLE
1.      
Jaaved Jaffrey
Double Dhamaal
2.      
Kartik Tiwari
Pyaar Ka Punchnama
3.      
Paresh Rawal
Ready
4.      
Deepak Dobriyal
Tanu Weds Manu
5.      
Bobby Deol
Yamla Pagla Deewana



BEST PERFORMANCE IN A NEGATIVE ROLE
1.      
Gulshan Devaiah
Dum Maaro Dum
2.      
Vidyut Jammwal
Force
3.      
Prashant Narayan
Murder 2
4.      
Prakash Raj
Singham
5.      
Naseeruddin Shah
The Dirty Picture



BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
1.      
Rana Daggubati
Dum Maaro Dum
2.      
Randeep Hooda
Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster
3.      
Gulshan Deviah
Shaitan
4.      
Naseeruddin Shah
The Dirty Picture
5.      
Emraan Hashmi
The Dirty Picture
6.      
Farhan Akhtar
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

LAILA NABEEL KHAN

23 Jan
Model & Actress Laila Nabeel Khan
Actress & model Laila Nabeel Khan has reclaimed her space on the net.  Her website http://www.lailanabeel.com designed & maintained by freelance graphic designer & photographer Qamaal Mustafa Sikander is live again after a brief lull.
About Laila Nabeel Khan :
Laila is a model & actress active in Malaysia & Burma and has arrived in Bollywood. She has already walked the ramp for many fashion designers in India and abroad. Having done a few assignments in Bollywood, now she is ready for a mega launch.

She was enrolled in the Science faculty. After acquiring a degree in B.Sc (Physics) she continued her further studies from University of California (Golden States University) and became a Master degree holder which is M.B.A majoring in HR but ended up modelling for Lancome cosmetics (Malaysia) when she was 22 years old. That was her first step in the entertainment world.

Laila was born in Yangon (Burma) and has a small family of four in which Laila is the elder and only daughter of the family. She is brought up by a doctor father and a simple house wife mother of an Arabic Indian family who settled in Malaysia (KL). She has spent most of her life in KL Malaysia. Her name means ‘Beautiful Night” in Arabic language. Laila made her foray into Bollywood with her first Hindi movie “Kool Nahi Hot Hai Hum” in Nov. 2008. 

About Qamaal Mustafa Sikander :
Freelance graphic designer Qamaal Mustafa Sikander provides a host of creative services for his clients under brand name of GRAPHIKAMAAL.  Qamaal has creative solutions for small & medium businesses as well as creative professionals in Bollywood, the Hindi film industry in Mumbai.  A few of his services include graphic design for print, web & signage, printing services, website creation & maintenance, blog creation & maintenance, Facebook profile & page creation & maintenance etc.

LAPATAGANJ 500 EPISODES CELEBRATION

23 Jan
SAB TV threw a surprise bash for the cast and crew of Lapataganj to mark the completion of 500 episodes. 
The party held at Red Ants saw entire cast turnout in full force and have a ball at the celebrations!!!
Ashwini Dheer alongwith Preeti Ameen & Shubhangi Gokhale were the first to reach the venue. Mr. N.P.Singh,COO, MSM Network & Mr. Anooj Kapoor, EVP & Business Head ,SAB TV and too joined in the celebrations. Starcast of Chidiyaghar i.e. Debina Bonerjee along with beau Gurdeep, Paresh Ganatra, Jeetu Shivhare, Rajendra Gupta, Shilpa Shinde too dropped in to congratulate Ashwini Dheer and cast & crew of Lapataganj.
 
Cast of Lapataganj –Abbas Khan, Rohitashv Gaur, Preeti Ameen, Shubhangi Gokhale, Sucheta Khanna, Anup Upadhyay, Ashwini Dheer and Mr. Anooj Kapoor and Mr. N.P.Singh were part of the cake cutting ceremony. After the cake cutting everyone started dancing on some foot tapping numbers.Rohitashv, Preeti, Shubhangi were in their element and showed their dancing skills on the floor. They even did some thumkas and cheered each other and were seen having a whale of a time!!!
 
The party saw everyone in great spirits and entire cast was seen enjoying the evening.
 
About SAB:
SAB is a part of the network of Television channels owned by Mutli Screen Media.SAB is India’s only family comedy entertainment channel with a core brand promise of ‘Asli Mazaa SAB ke Saath Hai’. SAB with its impressive lineup of innovative programs and light-hearted content ranging from daily family comedy to path breaking concepts like Silent comedy is dedicated to promoting an enjoyable “family-viewing” experience. Its programming mix includes Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, Don’t Worry Chachu, Chintu Chinki Aur Ek Badi Si Love Story, , Chidiyaghar, R.K.Laxman Ki Duniya, Lapataganj, FIR, Sajan Re Jhoot Maat Bolo, Gutur Gu, Sajan Re Jhoot Maat Bolo, Sab Ka evening shows on Saturday’s & features classic films on weekends. For its differentiated programming and healthy entertainment SAB has also won the Brand Leadership award in Media & entertainment space.

CID KE NAGHME!

23 Jan

They say those who wish to sing
will always find a song. 
And guess ACP Pradyuman and his team
have found one for themselves. 
The team of cops, who are known for their stern characters on screen, recently shed their hard on screen images and donned the brand new melodious avatar. For the first time ever, CID team consisting of ACP Pradyuman, Inspector Daya and Inspector Abhijeet sang a song, which is going to be part of one of the episodes of the longest running crime thriller.The actors recently recorded a lullaby ‘Aari Aaja Neendiya’ from the Mehmood starrer movie Kunwara Baap, originally sung by Kishore Kumar and composed by Rajesh Roshan. 
And guess who inspired them to record a song!!! 
None other than the legendary Lata Mangeshkar! 
The team also took her blessings before recording.We all know ACP Pradyuman and his boys are the best crime busters of Indian Television, lets see how well they do in singing!!!
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