Bollywood actress and cover girl Amrita Rao unveiled the Maxim October Issue 2009 Cover at Hard Rock Cafe, Mumbai yesterday. Hard Rock Cafe also announced their Wednesday Ladies Special Rock Night in honour of Amrita. To celebrate the launch guests such as Tushar Kapoor, Rahul Dev, Swapnil Shinde, Rehan Shah, Soketu Parikh, Anaida, Aryan Vaid, Nikhila Palat amongst other were present to celebrate the launch Celebrating the Maxim October launch, cover girl and Bollywood diva, Amrita Rao said, “Maxim represents the sensual woman – the woman within, who reveals her darkest, sauciest secrets. This cover was timely due to my current association with a renowned bridal reality show as well as Manish Malhotra’s successful experimentation and execution of my style in the last movie that I did. I loved the cover a lot as it portrayed me as natural and sexy without baring everything out – I was the quintessential girl next door. Gracing the cover of India’s largest selling men’s magazine, Maxim, was a fantastic opportunity and it just goes to show that I am one of the most desirable actors on tinsel town. I am delighted to see Maxim and Hard Rock café come together for a unique concept like Ladies Rock Nites and am glad to be launching this series with my Maxim cover shoot.”
“She was a pleasure, and a splendid person to work to with. She is hard-working, dedicated, talented and on top of it all, absolutely professional. She is a truly gifted actor. With values like that, Amrita is definitely going to go places in the industry,” gushes Govinda, who is now looking forward to working alongside Amrita in his other movies too.
With their dazzle spilling over the silver screen, let’s hope we get to see them together more often.
In India, cricket is much much more than just a game; it is a passion, an obsession, a religion!
Millions of youngsters, in all the corners of the country, dream of playing for India! A dream which incredibly only ONE in every 100 MILLION realizes.
‘VICTORY’ is the story of a father, Ram, who saw such an impossible dream for his son! This is also the HEROIC story of his son Vijay Shekhawat.
Hailing from the small town of Jaisalmer, Vijay Shekhawat becomes India’s latest world-class batting sensation and is catapulted to superstardom!
But it is the glamour and the glitter of this very demi-god status that makes the young, vulnerable small-town boy Vijay stray from his true vocation of cricket. Unfortunately this leads to a loss of focus and to a miserable drop in his performance. But by the time Vijay realizes the error of his ways, it is too late and he finds himself thrown out of the Indian cricket team because of disciplinary reasons. Suddenly the hero of the cricket crazy India becomes a villain in everyone’s eyes. His father Ram’s dreams are shattered and suffers a paralytic stroke.
This tragedy awakens Vijay’s conscience and sense of honor. He wants to redeem himself in the eyes of his father and every Indian. Against great odds, he once again makes it back to the Indian team and gets to play in the finals of the Champion’s trophy against Australia where he plays a stellar role in enabling India to win the Trophy. Where in the emotionally moving final, in spite of being hospitalized mid-innings because of an injury, Vijay returns to bat, risking permanent injury, when India are nine down, to pull off an impossible victory against the world champion, Ricky Ponting’s Australia.
In this, the last match of his life, Vijay Shekhawat fulfils his father’s dreams and enters the pantheon of Indian cricket. That night itself he retires from Cricket and decides to spend the rest of his life with a mission to teach the budding young cricketers of India that cricket is not about playing for one’s personal stardom, but for the pride of your country and the pride of every cricket-loving Indian.
If ‘GOAL’ was the definitive soccer film, and ”BULL DURHAM” the definitive baseball film then “VICTORY’ will be the definitive cricket film.
Starts on October 15th 2008 & ends on October 30th 2008 in London.
The film has been selected for World Cinema Category.
London Film Festival showcases the best new films from around the world.
Welcome To Sajjanpur starring Shreyas Talpade, Amrita Rao, Divya Dutta, Ila Arun, Ravi Kissen, and Rageshwari Sachdev is a delightful satirical take on a contemporary Indian village.
The film is set in a make believe world of Sajjanpur, something like the Malgudi of R K Narayan.
Says, Vikas Behl, the producer, UTV Spotboy, “We made a film that is from the heartland of India narrated in a very light hearted manner. To me, a subject like this selected for such a big festival is very encouraging and interesting. We didn’t make the film with an intension of taking it to festival circuits but such news is really encouraging”.
Shyam Benegal, the director of the film, was happy to hear the news and said, ” London Film Festival is like an annual affair for me now. Almost all my films have been showcased there. I am happy and honoured that like every year this year too, I will be a part of the festival with Welcome To Sajjanpur.. It is a nice platform to showcase the film to larger audiences. I hope everyone would like the film”.
Welcome to Sajjanpur is a story of Mahadev (played by Shreyas Talpade) who is one of the few educated young men from Sajjanpur. His ambition is to be a novelist but finds it easier to make a living by writing letters sitting next to the post office. His ability to write persuasive letters makes him popular with the largely non-literate population of the town. Aware of this power, he soon uses his talent to manipulate people with amusing and sometimes not such amusing results.
The film is slated to release to 19 Sept, 2008.