Karan Aanand: It is an immense pleasure to launch my first Digital film

The world has come to a screeching halt as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. As the country enters lockdown 5.0 of the nation-wide lockdown, a slew of Bollywood celebrities – Amitabh Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, Rajinikanth, Ranbir Kapoor, Diljit Dosanjh, and Alia Bhatt among others, teamed up for a short film called ‘Family’, And now Bollywood actor Karan Aanand has also made a short film during the lockdown named ‘Aaina’.

The film is meant to stress the importance of staying at home, staying safe, working from home, and most importantly paying to the daily wage workers and house cleaners. Aaina is premiered across the globe through the Pink Panther Youtube channel and has received a good amount of response there, Check out the link below.

”It was really challenging to shoot this film, but now as it is getting great response from the audience I’m really happy about this. and it is an immense pleasure to launch my first digital film via youtube and I’m looking forward to doing more like these, and raise awareness about social problems. I request everyone to stay at home and stay safe”, says Karan Aanand.

The film is made under the banner of Pink Panther Production, Karan Aanand and Preeti Verma are starred in this film. Film ‘Aaina’ is directed by Bobby Khan and produced by Shantanu Srivastava.

Success hasn’t managed to change me!’ : says hit girl Bhumi Pednekar, who feels she is still the same person who debuted in Dum Laga Ke Haisha, her breakthrough debut*

Bhumi Pednekar has had a glorious rise to fame in Bollywood as she delivered back to back box office successes and also got two thumbs up from critics for her incredible performances. From Dum Laga Ke Haisha, Son Chiriya, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, Toilet : Ek Prem Katha, Pati, Patni Aur Who, Saand Ki Aankh, the actor has carved a place for herself in Bollywood as an incredible actor. Bhumi is very aware of her rise to fame but she is confident that success hasn’t changed her a bit!

“I am the same girl. Honestly I haven’t changed much. Success hasn’t managed to change me! I am still very vulnerable, ambitious, still have stars in my eyes and have huge dreams. This has been, I think, my biggest push in life because I was very young when I decided I wanted to be an actor,” says the young star.

Bhumi wants to chase goals that she wants to personally achieve as a performer. She says, “I want to do the work that I want to do and want to carve a separate space for myself. I don’t want to be a part of the rat race and I had such a clear vision about it.”

The actress feels she was fortunate to have got the opportunity to try her hand at acting. “I am so fortunate that I had the opportunities and it all started with that one job at Yash Raj Films. When I started with them I was all of 17, I didn’t know what I was doing. I was honestly thinking of going abroad back then for studies. I randomly went to that interview because I knew I had to start working otherwise my parents will send me off abroad for further education and my life changed. There was no stopping after that!” she says.

We Died Looking At The Price Tag Of The Sunglass Owned By Urvashi Rautela

Celebrity-approved accessories are completely on-trend, as you’d expect. But they’re also going to burn a hole in your pocket, much as you’d expect. This time, Bollywood celebrity Urvashi Raautela burning that hole through our pocket. So how expensive is the accessories wardrobe of our favorite Bollywood actors and actresses?

Now, we know sunglasses are a must-have for everyone, however, our fave Urvashi Rautela do it the celebrity way. Urvashi owns a Dolce&Gabbana Glitter sunglass which is one of the most expensive sunglasses owned by any Bollywood celebrity. The DG frames with engravings on them are perfect for a beach holiday while soaking up some sun! And the prize for this pair of sunglasses is 1 lakh Rupees.

On the work front, Urvashi Rautela was last seen in the film Pagalpanti. Pagalpanti also featured Anil Kapoor, John Abraham, Arshad Warsi, Ileana D’Cruz in the pivotal roles. Urvashi Rautela is gearing up for her upcoming comedy-drama film titled Virgin Bhanupriya. It also features Gautam Gulati and Archana Puran Singh in pivotal roles.

AMITABH BACHCHAN’S DRASTIC MAKEOVER FOR GULABO SITABO

Since the announcement, Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana starrer Gulabo Sitabo has been one of the most awaited movies of the year. . The Shoojit Sircar directorial is all set for World Premiere on Amazon Prime Video on 12th June, making it a Bollywood movie to premiere directly onto the streaming service. Amitabh Bachchan plays Mirza, a 78-year-old owner of a crumbling Lucknow mansion, that is overrun with tenants. The trailer of this slice-of-life dramedy has received positive word of mouth from B-town and fans. One of the highlights of the trailer was Mr.Bachchan’s never-seen-before look in the movie. Mr Bachchan’s larger-than-life persona is brilliantly down-played by the unkempt silver beard, weary spectacles and a long nose, making him almost unrecognizable. The credit goes to the make-up artist PIA Cornelius, who has blended the prosthetics in a way that doesn’t restrict Mr Bachchan expressions and his ability to emote and instead adds to his character and his performance.

YT Link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZAIBZFD7fE

RAKUL PREET SINGH APPEARS IN WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY AD: ‘TRY VEGAN’

Film Star Goes Green and Glam for PETA India Campaign

Posing behind a larger-than-life stalk of broccoli, De De Pyaar De and Marjaavaan star Rakul Preet Singh appears in a new campaign for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India that encourages fans to “Try Vegan”. The ad, which debuts just in time for World Environment Day (5 June), was shot by ace photographer Shivangi Kulkarni, with hairstyling by Ashis Bogi, make-up by Salim Sayed, and styling by Nidhi Jeswani.
Singh, who made her mark in both Bollywood and South Indian films, decided to go vegan earlier this year and immediately called it one of the best decisions she’s ever made.
“Rearing [animals for] meat for human consumption uses one-third of the world’s freshwater resources and one-third of global cropland for feed – the same can be used to feed humans directly, which is the first necessity,” says Singh. “Vegan foods are very high in nutrients. Leafy green vegetables are high in protein – broccoli is, too. [Getting] protein through your pulses and beans and other vegetables is best.”
Everyone who follows Singh’s lead and goes vegan dramatically reduces their carbon footprint: according to the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization, animal agriculture is responsible for nearly a fifth of human-induced greenhouse-gas emissions. Going vegan also helps combat the spread of deadly viruses: filthy factory farms and meat markets crammed full of stressed animals are breeding grounds for diseases like bird flu and swine flu.
And of course, vegan meals help animals. As PETA India reveals in its video exposé “Glass Walls”, chickens killed for food are often shackled upside down before their throats are slit. Cows and buffaloes are crammed into vehicles in such large numbers that their bones often break before they’re dragged off to the slaughterhouse, and pigs are stabbed in the heart as they scream. On the decks of fishing boats, fish suffocate or are cut open while they’re still alive.
Singh joins Kartik Aaryan, Anushka Sharma, Shahid Kapoor, Hema Malini, R Madhavan, and many other celebrities who’ve teamed up with PETA India to promote healthy, humane meat-free meals.
PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.

Actress Meera Chopra receives rape, death threats for not being a Junior NTR fan

Celebs across the world are the easiest targets for social media trolls. So much so, that they usually get immune to nasty comments. But sometimes it’s hard to not get affected. Actress Meera Chopra is the latest example in that regard. The actress held a chat session with her fans on social media and is being trolled incessantly for one of her answers.

Talking about the incident, the actress says, “I conducted an ‘Ask Meera’ session on Twitter and a fan asked me about my favourite actor from the south film industry. I said Mahesh Babu. Then somebody asked if I liked Junior NTR, and I said I don’t know him and I’m not a fan. That’s it. As soon as I said that, I was bombarded with abuses, murder threats, rape threats, character assassination and threats against my parents. Some morphed my face with pornactors. I’ve got close to 30,000 abusive tweets so far.”

Ask Meera if a female celeb, she feels disgusted when the character of a woman is torn to bits if they express an opinion that may not be in consonance with what others think, and the actress says, “Is there no freedom of choice and expression left in today’s social media world? How can it be a crime to not be somebody’s fan? We can’t possibly love everybody. I’ve been tagged a whore, porn star, bitch and what not for just expressing my opinion on not being a Junior NTR fan! It’s unfortunate. I’ve been given threats of gang rape, wishes that my parents die of Covid-19. Is this a civilised society? I am angry, but not scared. I’ve been constantly talking about women issues and here I face one myself.”

Is she willing to take a strict action against this? “Yes,” says Meera, adding, “I am already in talks with the cyber cell team. I’ve always advocated that women should fight for themselves and stand against what’s wrong. Then how can I not do anything abut this! You cannot character assasinate a women, give threats, and abuse her for sharing her choice. I have to raise my voice against such fan clubs. These are the kind of people who go out and commit rapes and murders.”

The actress goes on to say that such fans draw encouragement from the stars they root for. “I feel sad for such stars who have such twisted fanbase, is this what stardom is? I think a star should address such fan clubs and insist that they refrain from such hooliganism. But they don’t do that. Their fans are openly discussing gang rapes and murders and they also use their DPs, but stars just stay quiet,” says Meera, adding she has tagged Junior NTR, sharing some abusive tweets. “I hope he responds to his fans.”

While such trolls don’t scare her, she feels worried about the safety of women in the country. “Apart from threats to me, one of the trolls wrote, ‘Your parents will die soon because of corona.’ How can such statements not incite anger in you? I want all his fan clubs to be pulled down from Twitter. People who have given death threats and gang rape threats should be arrested. And if that doesn’t happen, I’ll start believing that there is no safety for women in our country,” says Meera.

Interestingly, she’s not alone in the battle. As soon as the activity on Twitter started, Meera also garnered tremendous support from the social media community. In fact, #wesupportmeerachopra was trending on number one on Twitter Wednesday morning.”

Akshay wants citizens to plant trees to fight climate change!

The superstar has come forward to support actress Bhumi Pednekar’s initiative Climate Warrior

Akshay Kumar is one of the most socially conscious superstars of our generation and he has always come forward to raise his voice on issues, support citizens in need and bring awareness to important causes. In the run up to World Environment Day which is on June 5th, Akshay is requesting the citizens of our country to plant trees to combat climate change.

The superstar has come forward to support actress Bhumi Pednekar’s initiative Climate Warrior that is trying to raise awareness on several important issues plaguing our climate through a campaign called ‘One Wish For The Earth’. Bhumi’s campaign will see Bollywood’s biggest thought leaders come forward to discuss climate justice. The platform will see the stars urge citizens to take climate change seriously and, along with them, also do their bit to protect the planet.

Akshay says, “Our Beautiful Planet that has sustained us now needs us to protect it more than ever. During this time we as a community must tread carefully and act immediately. A lot of damage has been done and climate change is a grave reality that all of us are facing.”

He adds, “Today, the one wish that I have is that we all work towards rebuilding mother nature by the simplest act of planting trees. I consider this as one of the most basic and efficient deeds that we can exercise individually and also urge others to do so. Let us do our bit to heal and rebuild the only planet we have, so join me and become a Climate Warrior.”

Nushrat Bharucha To Play The Lead In The Hindi Remake Of Hit-Marathi Horror Film, Lapachhapi titles Chhori

Abundantia and Crypt TV announce first film together – CHHORI

After making waves with the announcement of a multi-platform content alliance between India’s Abundantia Entertainment and Crypt TV of the USA, the companies have announced their first production together will be the feature film, Chhori.

Chhori is the Hindi remake of the hit-Marathi horror film, Lapachhapi (translated as ‘Hide and Seek’) and stars the talented and youth-favourite star Nushrat Bharucha, who recently starred in India’s Pyaar Ka Punchama series, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety and Dream Girl. Vishal Furia, who directed the original, will once again write and direct the film

Abundantia’s Vikram Malhotra and Crypt TV’s Jack Davis will produce on behalf of their respective companies.

Abundantia Entertainment, producer of successful and impactful content across screens like Airlift, Baby, Toilet-Ek Prem Katha, Shakuntala Devi (under production), Durgavati (under production), Sherni (under production) and the Amazon Original Series Breathe – is currently developing the film under its horror content vertical ‘Psych’ along with Crypt TV.

Crypt TV represents a new type of media company, creating a new generation of iconic monster IP for young people by launching new characters on YouTube, Facebook & Instagram. In 2019, they announced a 5-series slate deal with Facebook Watch, that got underway with THE BIRCH which took in more than 32-million views during its 14-episode run.

A thrilled Nushrat Bharucha says, “I am extremely excited to be a part of Chhori. This genre excites me and the fact that the story is anchored in practices of our society, makes it relatable and impactful. I have wanted to work with Vishal Furia and I am so glad we are finally getting to collaborate on Chhori, which is so close to his heart. Abundantia Entertainment and Vikram Malhotra have always backed high-quality, progressive stories and are known to make films with strong female voices and as an actor, I couldn’t ask for more. Our collaboration with an international creator like Crypt TV and its CEO Jack Davis, whose expertise in this genre is unparalleled, makes this even more thrilling. I have enjoyed some of their content thoroughly and in my very first meeting with Jack we connected instantly on how we envisaged this genre and film. I am looking forward to beginning my experience with each one of them.”

Producer Vikram Malhotra outlines his vision for Chhori, “Abundantia Entertainment has always believed in supporting progressive and insightful stories. I am delighted that we are extending our content philosophy further with the Hindi remake of Lapachhapi in partnership with Crypt TV and Jack Davis. I am confident that our collaboration on this film will allow us to create some irresistibly scary content under our latest vertical ‘Psych’. I am also delighted to collaborate with the immensely talented Nushrat. I have seen her grow as an artist and her dedication to her craft is amazing. Nushrat’s appeal with the youth will help drive the film with the fans of the genre. I am especially delighted to work with a brilliant, young filmmaker like Vishal, who has woven an evocative narrative that cuts across themes and has a universal appeal.

Jack Davis adds, Co-Founder and CEO, Crypt TV, adds, “I am ecstatic to partner with Abundantia and Vikram on this film. When I first saw it in Mumbai with Vikram, I was blown away and instantly knew it could lead the way in elevating the horror genre in India. Abundantia and Crypt share a passion for using genre as a way to tell culture changing stories and I found the perfect mix of that and meaningful social issues in Lapachhapi. Working with an exceptional filmmaker like Vishal Furia is a privilege and key to telling such an important story in the horror genre. And to have Nushrat Bharucha playing the lead in the film is a true thrill. She is a world class actor who has such a strong connection with the youth in India and she will be essential to elevating this story and creating social conversation around the film in India and the world.”

Director Vishal Furia says, “When I first heard that Vikram Malhotra and Abundantia Entertainment were considering a remake of my film, I was thrilled – simply because I believe there is a lot more I want to say with this story. Getting a chance to revisit the film has been an amazing experience. I want to take the remake a few steps further and make a much more impactful, scary and thrilling film – more so because I am grateful for all the love I still receive for Lapachhapi. Partnering with Vikram and his team along with Jack Davis has been a wonderful process and I am confident that all of us can take this film to even bigger heights. Nushrat is a very strong and promising actor who I believe is well equipped to essay a strong role all by herself. I have wanted to collaborate with her for a while now and I am glad that we finally have a film together.”

Milind Soman and wife Ankita Konwar shot cover page for HT Brunch on Zoom app

Milind Soman and wife Ankita Konwar has shot for HT Brunch on Zoom app. Its India’s first remotely shot editorial cover and the issue will be out on Sunday, 31st May 2020

Magazine shoots are usually big business. To say there’s a small army of people involved is not an exaggeration: a photographer and his crew, lightmen, studio hands, a stylist and his/her assistants, make-up and hair, and then the celebrity and his/her entourage: a small shoot would have a dozen pair of hands, while an average sized one, would be even bigger. The times of Covid, however, throw at us odd challenges. And the Hindustan Times’ Sunday magazine, Brunch, which churns out covers on a weekly basis, faced a challenge: if we can’t shoot, how do we come out? That’s when the magazine organised India’s first every photo shoot shot entirely on Zoom!

Photographer Subi Samuel was roped in, who agreed to the challenge immediately. “Let me “remotely shoot” my assistant who is quarantined in his home and see how it works,” he said, adding “I want to see if Zoom is better, or FaceTime!” The cover personality, supermodel Milind Soman, was a little more wary. “Can’t you use an old picture instead?” he asked the magazine. The story was to celebrate two years of his marriage to Ankita Konwar, a former flight attendant who is 26 years his junior. It was a marriage “they” said wouldn’t last…

The photographer got on phone with Milind and Ankita to see the house they were quarantined in. Subi Samuel was in Versova in the Mumbai suburbs, while the Soman’s were in Shivaji Park in central Mumbai.

Subi Samuel wanted to see where his shots would work. Where would he have enough light. He found that on the terrace of the Soman’s apartment, but it is on the third video call that he discovered that the early morning light–usually the best to shoot in– was not so at this particular location, the late afternoon light post 5.30pm, just before sunset, was better. Schedules were drawn up. Stylists, make and hair was conferred upon. And on Monday, May 25, while all of Mumbai was still under lockdown, this long distance shoot happened.

The biggest challenge for photographer Subi Samuel was not the light. Nor was it his star subjects, who were willing to go out of their way to cooperate. The challenge was to shoot and hope the network held up. For, when it didn’t, the image on Zoom that was transmitted to him, pixelated and was not usable. (See quote below.)

Milind Soman, meanwhile, says he felt disconcerted that he couldn’t see the pictures on the camera viewfinder. It reminded him of the time he started modelling 30 years ago, when digital cameras were not invented yet. Milind Soman says: “Shooting on Zoom was a fun experiment for us. I am a bit of a control freak so it was disconcerting not to be able to see what Subi was shooting, reminded me of 30 years ago when we didnt have digital, and everyone had to wait to see what the pics looked like. Subi must have had a hard time with the internet signal fluctuations and shouting click and move so that we knew what to do!”

Subi Samuel says: “Jamal Shaikh, the Editor of Brunch, and I have partnered on various ‘firsts’, like we did the first moving cover when he was the Editor of Men’s Health. When I was called to shoot with Milind and Ankita, I realised that this was going to be a very exciting and challenging opportunity as no one had done an online shoot like this for an editorial before. There were quite a few factors that had to fall into place. The resolution of the images have to be high enough to be printed for an editorial cover. Secondly, the network on the phone has to be consistent. Most importantly, the models have to be totally cooperative and willing to do the extra bit against a failing light. Till you see the final results, there is also the fear that the entire shoot may have to be scrapped. Thankfully, all these fears were just that and the shoot turned out be fabulous with amazingly cooperative and good looking couple.”