August 29, 2014
Versatile actor Paresh Rawal, who will soon start shooting for a biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, says he is the right choice to play the role of the politician.
"I am confident about the film and no one else can play Narendra Modi other than me. He is in a different league altogether and I am more than excited to play the role. I am not allowed to talk much about the film but, yes, I will start shooting soon for this film," said Paresh.
Meanwhile, the actor was seen in "Raja Natwarlal". Directed by Kunal Deshmukh, the film, which also stars Emraan Hashmu and Humaima Mallick, among others, came out Friday.
August 29, 2014
Broadcaster Discovery will launch over 100 multi-genre series in India, catering to the interests of children, youth, men and women, through its 11 networks in the last quarter of 2014, an official said Friday.
Discovery's current portfolio in India includes 11 channels, which are Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, ID, TLC, Discovery Kids, Discovery Science, Discovery Tamil, Discovery Turbo, Discovery HD World, TLC HD World and Animal Planet HD World.
"We have tripled our networks in India in the last five years. Today, we operate in six unique genres through our robust portfolio of 11 networks reaching a cumulative 240 million homes in five languages," Rahul Johri, executive vice president and general manager - South Asia and head of Revenue, Pan-Regional Ad Sales and Southeast Asia, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, said in a statement.
Now, the plan is to go on an expansion drive with new offerings in terms of new shows in categories ranging from adventure, survival, cuisine, travel, space, gadgets, natural history, fashion, pets, auto, engineering and reality.
The shows are scheduled to air starting September to December.
"We will continue to strengthen our leadership and make investments in content, communication and availability across all our networks and deliver an unmatched experience to millions of viewers across urban and rural India," he added.
Among three India productions, set to be beamed on Discovery Channel includes "Revealed: Rann Of Kutch", will showcase the region's geology, history, culture, people and wildlife.
Another show "Revealed: World's Biggest Election" will be a start-to-finish account of the logistical feat of putting together the world's largest election.
Also, lesser known facets of India's cultural practices, living traditions, art forms and natural phenomena will be captured in "India Living Traditions".
Discovery Kids, along with leading filmmaker Ketan Mehta, will present an animation-based series "Kisna" in October.
August 29, 2014
If South Korean pop star Psy hit the right chord with "Gangnam Style", now N-Sonic, a band from the country which is here for a music fest, is wowing Indian music lovers.
Music enthusiasts not only love grooving to their songs like "Crazy" and "Run & Run", they also sport tees with the band members - J. Heart, Sihoo, Byeol, Minkee, Black J or Zion - photos imprinted on them.
One of the fans, dressed in an N-Sonic t-shirt and a pair of jeans, said that she got "addicted" to K-POP after being introduced by one of her friends.
"I love music. A few months back one of my friends made me listen to South Korean band SHINee's songs. I couldn't understand the lyrics, but I found the melody very catchy and then I got hooked to the genre of music.
"Most of my friends back home and in Manipur and Mizoram also love Korean pop," said the 20-something girl from Nagaland.
N-Sonic is in town for the third edition of K-POP India festival, which is becoming bigger with each passing year. They will judge the competition and even perform at the finale being organised at the Siri Fort Auditorium Saturday.
K-POP, a modern form of South Korean pop music that includes dance-pop, pop ballad, electronic, rock and hip-hop, has reached India after winning a fan following in China and Japan.
From the 37 entries in the maiden year, this year the fest has received almost 130 entries, while the number of followers of the Korean music genre seems to be just multiplying.
And it's not just the northeast that has come under the spell of the genre. The fest sees participants from Chennai, Mumbai and the capital.
"Many Indian people are liking our music. The number of fans is growing rapidly. Earlier, people saw it as just a hobby, but now it's more professional. Maybe in the next three to five years, the whole country will know about our music," Kim Kum-pyoung, director, Korean Cultural Centre, told IANS.
"Indians are looking for something new. Something that is not western or Bollywood and they are liking this Asian style of pop music," he added.
Presented by the Korean Cultural Centre, the festival is co-organised by Korea Tourism Organization.
"We have invited N-Sonic for the first time to India to be a part of the Indian edition of the festival. But I hope we get more demand for such acts and accordingly we will plan concerts in the country," said Kum-pyoung.
Kum-pyoung says that the song and dance festival is a way to bring Korean culture to Indians.
"The K-POP craze can be witnessed in China and Japan too. We would like to invite participants from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal as well if they are interested and hold a South Asian competition," he said.
August 29, 2014
Popular South Korean band N-Sonic is set to give its maiden performance in the country as part of the K-POP India festival 2014 finale here Saturday.
The all boys K-POP band consisting of J. Heart, Sihoo, Byeol, Minkee, Black J and Zion, is all set to make the crowd sway when they belt out their hit numbers at the finale at Siri Fort Auditorium here.
Although K-POP comprises all genres of "popular music" within South Korea, the term is more often used to describe a modern form of South Korean pop music covering mostly dance-pop, pop ballad, electronic, rock, hip-hop and more.
K-POP India sensation focuses on finding new talents and the band members are part of the jury. They will judge participants from the capital, Chennai, Dimapur and Mumbai.
Greeted with garlands, after short performances by some of the finalists of the competition, they gave a glimpse of their singing and dancing talent at the Korean Cultural Centre Friday.
K-POP India festival is in its third edition. Divided into song and dance categories, the winners of the Indian edition will get a chance to visit Korea and represent India in the globally popular K-POP Festivals -- K-POP World Festival 2014, to be held in October and Incheon Korea Music Wave 2014, which will take place Sep 17 in Incheon Metropolitan City.
The Indian winner from dance category will have to compete with winners from other countries in Incheon K-POP Festival and the winner from song category will get to compete with winners in K-POP World Festival to be held in Changwon, South Korea for the K-POP 2014 title.
August 29, 2014
The future of the 16th edition of the Mumbai Film Festival, one of the country's key international movie extravaganzas, seems bleak due to lack of sponsors and funds. However, organisers are hoping to bail it out and said the final call will be taken Monday.
The festival, organised by Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI), is scheduled to take place Oct 14-21.
With the end of a five-year long partnership with Anil Ambani's Reliance Entertainment, the organisers are now on the lookout for a title sponsor and additional funds.
"It's very easy to say the festival may not happen, but we're trying our best to make it possible. We do not have a title sponsor as of now but we are meeting potential sponsors and also trying to garner support and funds via social media," Srinivasan Narayanan, Mumbai Film Festival director, told IANS.
He said the "final call" about the fest will be taken Monday evening.
A Facebook post disclosing "an uncomfortable truth for #cinema-lovers in#Mumbai" brought the uncertainty over this year's event to the fore.
The message read: "The Mumbai Film Festival...faces a skip this year due to lack of sponsors. Organising a film fest doesn't happen in small change, and MAMI requires roughly Rs.5 crore to put up a great show. This also means that if just 5,000 cinema lovers contribute Rs.10,000 each, the target can be achieved.
"#Shame, for five crores is probably a weekday's collection of a masala film. #SaveMAMI, do share this message!"
With hashtags such as #SaveMAMI and #SaveMFF, the fate of the fest is much-talked about on social networking platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.
Narayanan said if Bollywood stars like Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan show their support by even tweeting in favour of the fest, "MAMI festival will be funded like anything else".
The team is also seeking state funding apart from the Rs.10 lakh support and other permissions they get from the Maharashtra government.
The Mumbai Film Festival has, over the years, brought in big names to the country. Just last year, Oscar winning Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi and noted French filmmaker Costa Gavras, visited the event and shared their expertise with the audience.
Narayanan said Reliance Entertainment had invested over Rs.22 crore over their five year contract and took the festival to new heights.
"We are very grateful to them," he said, adding that MAMI officials are now meeting industrialists to make the fest see the light of the day, however, support from any film actor or filmmaker is yet to come their way.
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