Looking Back – Dia Mirza playing Maanyata Dutt

Two years since the release of the popular 2018 biopic ‘Sanju’, actor Dia Mirza relives a fond memory with one of her favourite directors Rajkumar Hirani. The actor’s first biopic brought high expectations,
but with Hirani’s support Dia did justice to the role of Maanyata Dutt. Having worked with the director on ‘Lage Raho Munna Bhai’, this was their second outing together and Hirani made sure to guide every nuance of Dia’s portrayal of the real life character. Well before the script for ‘Sanju’ could be finalised, Dia was intrigued by how the story would pan out under Hirani’s influence and was pleasantly surprised to be invited for a script-reading. One session with ‘Raju Sir’ later, the actress was happily onboard. Dia credits Hirani’s relentless encouragement on the journey of empathetically playing Sanjay Dutt’s wife in the film.

Subhash Ghai expresses his emotions on Karz 40th year!

Subhash Ghai’s superhit film Karz enters its 40th year. The ace fimmaker says,

Karz enters its 40 th year since release in 1980 and the film is as fresh as ever today for its story telling as well as music for the youngsters
Karz launched on the showman’s wedding anniversary 24 October 1978 and released on this date in 1980… it was raining heavily on that day in Mumbai and we were looking forward to the audiences to come to the theatres. … Very few came. We waited in hope and today we are proud of this film and feel blessed .. its in the list of the most iconic films of that decade….. but I miss RISHI KAPOOR today ….”

After a grand 10th year celebration last year with Shah Rukh Khan as their last chief guest, 2020 Indian Film Festival of Melbourne goes ahead rescheduling to October 30th to November 7th

This month the festival kickstarts a brand-new virtual event, the IFFM FILM CLUB featuring some of the finest filmmakers in India, discussing their films_

The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne today announced that this year’s festival will go ahead with dates rescheduled from August to late 2020 due to the ongoing COVID -19 pandemic. IFFM 2020’s program will be devised in line with public health guidance with plans for a compact schedule taking place over a week from October 30 to November 7. The festival is retaining the Short Film Competition and the popular dance competition (to be held on October 31, pending easing of restrictions) but the much anticipated IFFM Awards Gala will be postponed till 2021. More details of festival highlights will be announced shortly.

An exciting new innovation to the festival this year, in response to current challenges and opportunities, is the IFFM Film Club where fans of Indian movies can enroll for a virtual master class with leading filmmakers discussing their works in detail. This exciting new event is facilitated by noted journalist Rajeev Masand. Functioning like a book club, the festival asks participants to watch a classic film, and they then have an opportunity to discuss the film at the virtual film club with the filmmaker. The virtual talks are open for registration to festival-goers and accommodate 100 early bird users.

Previously, the festival has hosted masterclasses with acclaimed filmmakers including Raju Hirani, Rani Mukherjee, Karan Johar, Rima Das, Zoya Akhtar, Onir, Vijay Sethupathi , Nag Ashwin , Kabir Khan, and many others. With the launch of this year’s Film Club, IFFM continues to celebrate the spirit of diversity through cinema.

IFFM Festival Director Mitu Bhowmick Lange said, “This is a uniquely intimate way for film lovers to stay engaged, entertained and educated while at home in these unprecedented times. We already have a strong line up of filmmakers from various parts of India. Well-known film journalist Rajeev Masand will moderate the session as he opens the film and its maker to a world of questions from curious fans.”

Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley said: “Social distancing doesn’t mean social disconnection and through the screen, we can continue to be inspired by stories and perspectives from across the globe. I applaud the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne team for its commitment to continuing to bring the IFFM spirit to film lovers and for pivoting to a new model for 2020 in response to these challenging times.”

In 2019 the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne celebrated its tenth anniversary. In February this year pre-COVID, IFFM hosted an event in Mumbai where Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan awarded the four-year scholarship named after him to Gopika Kottantharayil Bhasi from Thrissur (Kerala), as a part of the festival’s long association with Melbourne’s La Trobe University. Now faced with restrictions and new opportunities the IFFM the team is working hard to develop new exciting elements to the year’s festival while ensuring the safety of festival attendees.

Carnival Cinema to follow safety guidelines and return!

Carnival Cinemas will follow all Government Safety Guidelines and best practices to ensure our patrons’ safety and comfort. The plan also includes safety measures based on feedback received from employees and moviegoers they have deemed most important for their return. Come let’s celebrate safety! We can’t wait to welcome you more.

Guidelines include:

Use of body temperature detectors for customers

Measures to ensure social distancing at every point during a visit to the cinema, especially while seating, with people from different households sitting apart, and with a limited capacity in each screen

Encourage customers to use face masks

Enhancing cleaning and hygiene, including the provision of antibacterial gels stations (sanitizers) for cinema-goers throughout each site

ULV Foggers. Employees will sanitize every auditorium and seat after each movie. This form of deep sanitization is highly effective in disinfecting all materials with a non-toxic formula that is fast drying

Health emergency programs

Moviegoers will be persuaded to keep the contact with the staff as minimal as possible with e-tickets and e-orders for food and drinks being in place and contactless paperless payments

Revised scheduling of films to allow time for deep cleaning of auditoriums between screenings and to avoid crowding in corridors
Food shall be served with utmost care and hygiene

Touch free facilities at the washrooms

Smooth exits to avoid crowd

WHO certified COVID19 staff training to manage various difficult situations

Carnival employees will undergo daily health screenings including temperature checks where mandated

Employees will be required to wash hands at minimum every 30 to 60 minutes, dependent on job role

All employees will be required to wear masks


The superstar Salman Khan’s philanthropic nature stands out yet again with the Being Human Foundation supporting the ‘Chhoti Si Asha- For Future of Our Children’ a fund-raiser to safeguard the future of disadvantaged children, launched as a joint initiative by Rotary India, Rotary Club Of Bombay and Wizcraft International Entertainment and Partnered By AskNestle.in and Finolex Pipes. Salman’s donations and charitable work has always made a mark and helped all those who need it the most & we’re sure this initiative will help paint a brighter future for our country.

Highlighting Rotary’s service horizon that stretches from newly born children to the elderly, with special focus around the holistic development of children the fund-raiser event program will be presented by Salman Khan, who was quoted saying, “Being Human is delighted to participate in this endeavour for the future of our children. The good that we do in the present will decide a better future.”

A clothing line with a heart that has made its mark in 15 countries around the globe since its inception in 2012, Being Human Clothing is a brand under Being Human – The Salman Khan Foundation, a charitable trust devoted to education and healthcare initiatives for the underprivileged in India. The Foundation was launched by Salman Khan, one of the most successful actors of the Indian film industry. He also performs the role of a brand ambassador for the brand. Fashion that spreads love, care, share, hope, help, and joy – Being Human Clothing, Salman Khan’s pet project is not only about looking good but also doing good.

Designed as a people’s initiative, Chhoti Si Asha- For Future of our Children, the fund-raiser event, is a three-hour program that will air on COLORS And Facebook on Sunday, 28th June at 3 pm.

Zareen Khan Muses on the Entertainment Industry

Zareen Khan seemed to be in a thoughtful and pensive mood recently, where she was reflecting on everything going on around her. In a recent post on Instagram, she shared her deepest thoughts, all of them being questions beginning with the word why, as she sought to understand the reason behind why things were the way they were.

The unfortunate and untimely demise of Sushant Singh Rajput left not just the entertainment industry, but everyone in the nation quite shaken. Zareen reflected on several matters, on the young actor’s death and the repercussions of it, which were felt in the whole entertainment industry.

The talented celebutante asked numerous questions, from why it takes a person’s death to appreciate their worth, and why people couldn’t appreciate them when they were alive, to why people comment and have opinions on other people’s lives when this shouldn’t concern them at all. She questioned why people with high IQs tend to be identified as mentally ill or unstable, and why we all seek validation through social media, whether it is praises for our achievements and happy moments, or empathy for our sad ones.

The last, and most important question on the star’s mind is why the world has become such a cruel place that people have sensationalized the death of a fellow actor, and sought publicity and money from it.

SaniaMirza’s #Father Explains What Kind Of #Parenting It Takes To Raise A #SportsChampion

It has taken exceptional #passion, #hardwork and #dedication for the #tennissuperstar @mirzasaniar to reach where she is today. When she wins any #tournament for #India, we applaud her #achievement. But, seldom do we #appreciate the efforts that Sania’s #parents must have put in to #support her #journey. In fact, this holds for all #sportsplayers and their parents across the world.
It is evident that Sania’s father @imranmirza58 and #mother @nasimamirza must have left no stone unturned to nurture their #daughter’s #talent. In a recent podcast with former Indian cricketer WV Raman, Sania’s father candidly spoke about their parenting experiences.
Imran Mirza stated that his #family believed that #sports is a great life teacher. As parents, they simply wanted their daughter to enjoy the sport (and it remains their mantra to date). It was only when her coach drew their attention towards her natural flair for the sport that they decided to #encourage her to pursue it seriously.
It also took several financial challenges to meet Sania’s training expenses even though she was yet to carve a name for herself. Not the ones to deter, they spent relentless endeavour in finding sponsors.
Right from ensuring Sania eats and sleeps well and follows her training schedule, handling media controversies and pepping her up when she loses a match, her parents also juggle a lot between compartmentalizing their roles as a parent, coach and psychiatrist.
Imran Mirza also said that Sania always needed the conviction to #believe in herself. But, once she did, she would chase her #goals. He advised that parents should never view their children as return on investment and never allow their negative emotions to impact their child.
We have only one word for Sania’s parents. #Respect
* You can watch the full podcast on YouTube.

📷 @mirzasaniar

Bharat Goel-Nikhita Gandhi excited about their indie release, Kamli

Bharat Goel and singer Nikhita Gandhi have come together for a song, Kamli. To release on June 24, the song tells the story of a girl in awe of a boy, who she secretly admires. Mesmerised, almost in a trance, she longs for the day he becomes her lover.
With cutting-edge composition and production by Bharat and stunning vocals by Nikhita, the track is a sure hit.

*Ask the award winning composer-music producer, who has been associated with Bollywood films like Bajrangi Bhaijaan , Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Aye Dil Hai Mushkil and Badhai Ho, about kamli, and he says, “The song has been written beautifully by Anurag-Deepak. They are very talented writers. The track was recorded during lockdown at Nikhita’s place. She is very proactive and professional, hence she managed to record Kamli in just three days*

Speaking about the idea behind the song, *Bharat says that Kamli is the story of secret admiration based in modern times. “I have always had a very keen interest in dance music composition and production. The song needed a contemporary vocal texture along with precision-based performance. Nikhita has phenomenal control over her notes as well as the apt texture to match the track,” he says*

For Nikhita, working on the song was sheer pleasure. “When Bharat approached me with this song, I was immediately intrigued. I was excited about being part of such a commercially viable song through an indie release. I even told Bharat jokingly that, ‘Bro, pitch this to a film, they will love to feature this.’ But his bold and awesome attitude to release this as a single, and own this genre was what made it really exciting to come on board. We need more artistes like Bharat who proudly release such awesome work! Looking forward to all of you hearing this track,” says the singer.

Ask the composer what’s the most special thing about this composition, and he says, “While it sounds phenomenal as a dance record with cutting-edge dance music production, it sounds equally pleasing if one was to just hum it with a simple guitar, which is why I believe it will appeal to a wide variety of audience across all age groups and demographics.”

Urvashi Rautela’s film Virgin Bhanupriya receives a thumbs up from fans!

Bollywood filmmaker Ajay Lohan’s quirky comedy film Virgin Bhanupriya, starring Urvashi Rautela will be soon released on Zee5 worldwide. Twitterverse is exploding with comments and reactions as the film’s poster is out. the poster is receiving many positive nods from the netizens.

Sharing a character picture of Urvashi from the poster, a user tweeted: Such a fabulous one #virginbhanupriya movie, you are looking so cute mam, can’t wait to watch you in the movie 😍😍🥰😘” While another tweeted, ”we love u urvashirautela I definitely watching your upcoming movie #VirginBhanupriya” another said, ” Virgin Bhanupriya has Undoubtedly the best actress India will ever have, the excellent versatility in #virginbhanupriya”.

Poster review:

The film is about a conservative girl who is looking for a suitable partner. But all her attempts go in vain one after the other. The film is a family comedy that explores the relationship between youngsters and their families. Urvashi Rautela plays the lead role in ‘Bhanupriya’ in the film.

The film also features Gautam Gulati, Archana Puran Singh, Delnaaz Irani, Rajiv Gupta, and Brijendra Kala, Niki Aneja Walia, and Rumana Molla. The film is directed by Ajay Lohan and produced by Shreyans Mahendra Dhariwal.

Sona Mohapatra’s new song for World Music Day puts a spotlight on our most valuable gift in these times.

Sona has conceptualised a music video “Portraits of Quarantine” as an idea to timestamp this tough period of isolation with a ‘moving photo album’ of her band, crew & team members & further on the people they have shared this tough, unpredictable lockdown with. There is also a message to many who are battling loneliness & depression to reach out & seek support & in turn to people who know them to rally around & lean in. Everybody needs somebody who can remind them of their own value, beauty & strength!

The songstress & producer performs a soulful song – ‘Tori Surat- Unplugged’, with a chill lounge soundscape & Ameer Khusraus poetry with her band . The video features the ‘faces or surats’ that make this period an easier one to navigate. A moving extended family ‘photo album’ to watch back in better times & remember the quarantine & it’s lessons.

Speaking about it Sona says, “We don’t have to have “mental illness” to experience psychological issues during COVID-19’s stressful impact on humanity. To cope, everyone needs connection & compassion. If we are lucky we have shared this quarantine period with someone who provides that support, be it by being physically around or even available virtually. This music video is an ode to that. World Music Day is around the corner & is a wonderful occasion that lets my whole team come together virtually to do what we do best; perform music that not only entertains people but also uplifts their soul. Crehyl Periera is a very talented young music arranger & he produced a jazz-lounge track for Ram Sampath’s composition that I know will be loved. The music video has been shot individually by each team member but edited in the Himachal Pradesh hills by Nitesh Bisht. The last few months haven’t been easy on any of us. Today when I look back, I feel it is important for us to cherish & celebrate our support systems; the ones we share our lockdown & homes with. “Portraits of Quarantine” celebrates that thought. Tori Surat is timeless poetry by a Sufi master & I hope my relationship & love with my band & team also endures similarly.”