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New poster from Deepika Padukone's xXx: Return of Xander Cage out now!

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Liam Neeson movie A Monster Calls Trailer out now!

The makers of upcoming movie A Monster Calls have released the trailer of the movie.


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A Monster Calls is a low fantasy novel written for children by Patrick Ness, from an original idea by Siobhan Dowd, illustrated by Jim Kay, and published by Walker in 2011.

Set in present-day England, it features a boy who struggles to cope with the consequences of his mother's terminal cancer; he is repeatedly visited in the middle of the night by a monster who tells stories. Dowd suffered from terminal cancer herself when she started the story and died before she could write it.

The film stars Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones and Liam Neeson.

Amyra Dastur graces cover of Wedding Affair New Year Special issue

Bollywood actress Amyra Dastur was featured on the cover of the new year issue of Wedding Affair.

Dressed in a beautiful bluish silver gown Amyra looked every bit like a dream.

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Watch Aditya Roy Kapur & Shraddha Kapoor singing a Christmas Carol

Adi and Tara decide to jam to the '12 Days To Christmas' song with an OK Jaanu twist to it! 



Directed by Shaad Ali, OK Jaanu (OK जानू) is a millennial love story! Adi & Tara move to Mumbai to pursue their dreams. A chance meeting sparks off a heady, no strings attached romance until their careers pull them apart.  Produced by Mani Ratnam, Hiroo Yash Johar, Karan Johar, & Apoorva Mehta and distributed by Fox Star Studios, the film with release on the13th of January, 2017.

Haripada Bandwala Premiere Pictures

Shree Venkatesh Films presents Haripada Bandwala , directed by debutante director Pathikrit Basu starring Ankush Hazra, Nusrat Jahan, Swastika, Kanchan Mullick, Laboni Sarkar, Kharaj Mukherjee and others premiered yesterday at Cinepolis - Lake Mall.

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Byomkesh Pawrbo - Official Trailer Launched at J.W Marriott, Kolkata

25th November, Kolkata: Just a year after enthralling the audience with ‘Har Har ByomkeshShree Venkatesh Films and Surinder Films are back once again with a revamped Byomkesh Bakshi –  Arindam Sil directed ‘ Byomkesh Pawrbo.


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The theatrical trailer of the second installment of  the Byomkesh  Bakshi  series – ‘ Byomkesh Pawrbo’ was launched by the cast and crew of the film at the J.W Marriott Hotel  at 12 noon  on 18th November - Friday. This rebooted franchise will see an eclectic cast - Abir Chatterjee, Sohini Sarkar, Ritwick Chakraborty, Rajatavo Dutta, June Malia, Sayantika Banerjee, Kaushik Sen, Sumonto Mukherjee and others. Releasing on 16th December, this Christmas release promises to enthrall the audience with a more gripping narrative and some unabated action.

Based on Sharadindu Bandhopadhyay’s classic series, the quintessential  cerebral Bengali sleuth Byomkesh Bakshi  will be revealing his daring side as he pulls off some daredevil stunts for very the first time.  ‘ Byomkesh Pawrbo’ begins immediately after the independence, where the undaunted seeker of truth will make his way through the dark jungles of Dooars  solving the engima of a ghostrider and ensuing murders in North Bengal.

Declaring his unending admiration for the Byomkesh series, director Arindam Sil explained why going back to this particular series is immensely important to him. “ I can keep re-inventing Byomkesh for multiple times and in multiple ways. Byomkesh Bakshi is one character in Bengali literature whose colossal depth lies in the multiple layers of his persona. Though he is a deep thinker, a ‘satyanweshi’ yet his unflinching courage , righteous nature  and dauntless spirit keep him apart from the rest. In ‘Byomkesh Pawrbo’ , audience can actually get to see a rare side of Byomkesh’s persona. A sleuth who always goes beyond his limits to divulge the truth and never refrains to strike back when situation requires.” stated Arindam Sil.

 

Mahendra Soni, Director, Shree Venkatesh Films, said , “ Byomkesh is my all time favourite sleuth like every other Bengali. After all the brilliant responses we got for Har Har Byomkesh, we just couldn’t keep our audience waiting for long. We had to come back with detective Byomkesh Bakshi, but adding more nail-biting twist and turns to keep all of you at the edge of your seats till the end”.


Arshi Khan goes topless for director Maneesh Singh's Green Terror - paints Pak flag on bust and crotch

OMG! Arshi Khan has done it again. After painting the Indian and Pakistan flags on her bare, semi-nude back last year during the 20-20 World cup, Arshi Khan who plays the main lead in director Maneesh Singh's film "Green Terror" reportedly posed with a Pakistani flag painted on her bust and crotch.


Some photographs which were leaked reportedly by a photographer, show Arshi Khan posing with the Pakistani flag painted on her bikini - both on her bust and crotch and her bare bosom and back.


According to sources, while the leaked photographs which first appeared on Facebook depict Arshi Khan in a bikini, our sources tell us that Arshi Khan has posed completely nude for the same film. She plays a female terrorist who is used by her handlers in Pak to seduce Indian military officials and leak out sensitive information about military assets in North India.

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Chennai and Mumbai-based director and producer Maneesh Singh refused to comment on the subject. Please ask Arshi Khan about the photos, he said, adding that they did shoot a controversial poster for his film "Green Terror" but he does not know from where the current photographs have appeared. While the photographs which have appeared on Facebook seem to be edited, the uncensored images can be seen here.



Last year, Singh announced a film with controversial Pakistani model - the late Qandeel Baloch - who he claimed was his 'good friend'. But the film was shelved following the Uri attacks and after the Pakistan government denied Singh and his team permission to shoot in Pakistan.

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Talking about his ties with Baloch, he said that they used to speak via telephone 2-3 time in a month and also spoke to each other just before her death. We were very close to each other for over 18 months, he added.


“We were discussing a film project and if she could visit India to shoot the film or settle in Mumbai,” Maneesh Singh had told reporters at that time.


According to media reports the film  named “Ghairat” – referring to the word honor in English – was supposed to feature the issue of honour killing in both Pakistan and India.


In an interview, Singh had said: “I will soon file a formal request with the Pakistani government to get permission to shoot the film in her native village in Pakistan,” further adding that Qandeel was a revolutionary girl.


Maneesh Singh is associated with Frank Franklyn Films, Vision Telefilms and Vrindaavan Films as director and co-producer and is currently working on four Tamil film projects - Razia, Haider and the Tiger of Mysore. His Bollywood projects on the drawing board include College Khiladis and Crimson Khaki.



According to our sources, the leaked photographs are "trial shots" or reference photos which were junked or discarded after being shot for the initial poster of Maneesh Singh's film Green Terror. Arshi Khan was not available for comment.  

“It was a funny experience teaching STOMP the tricks of Bollywood” says Terrence Lewis

Mumbai, December 16th, 2016: STOMP, a British theatrical sensation have been creating a lot of buzz ever since they step foot in the land of Bollywood! After having traveled 54 countries, STOMP decided to make a mark in India on their 25th year anniversary and the credit goes to AGP World.


Industrialists, political leaders and celebrities have been all praises about the Stompers in the last week. Our most recent encounter was with Terrence Lewis, who did not only meet with them but taught them our infamous Bollywood thumkas.


Terrence first experienced the magic created by STOMP 16 years ago during his first Broadway visit and fell in love with them. “I am so glad Ashvin Gidvani got STOMP to India, this gives each one of us a chance to witness the creativity these talented Stompers weave in their performance.”


He also added,”It was a funny experience teaching STOMP the tricks of Bollywood. I taught them Shahrukh’s romantic expressions to Salman’s madness and it was beyond amazing!”


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Well, what’s better than having international musicians shake a leg to our filmy thumkas!!



Kunal Kapoor starrer Veeram finds its place in the Oscars!

The excitement towards Veeram just increased a manifold! Adapted from the Shakespearean classic Macbeth, the film Veeram’s soundtrack ‘We will rise’ has been nominated for the Original Song category at the 89th Academy Awards. The song finds its place in a list of 91 songs from eligible motion length pictures. Sung by Kari Kimmel, it has been composed by Jeff Rona who has also composed the music for movies like Phantom, God of Water, and Traffic III amongst others.

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Tata Motors generates employment opportunities for over 200 candidates in J&K, through Project Udaan

Tata Motors generates employment opportunities for over 200 candidates in J&K, through Project Udaan

Mumbai/Kolkata, December 14, 2016: Tata Motors, India’s leading Commercial Vehicle manufacturer, recently completed training of over 200 candidates under the Prime Minister’s Udaan Scheme, through ‘Tata Motors Certified Works Manager’programme.

 

After becoming the first automobile company to enroll under the scheme in 2013, the collaborative effort has resulted in training and generating employment opportunities for three-year engineering diploma holders and professional degree holders of Jammu & Kashmir, through a collective action oriented agenda.

 

Under the Tata Motors Certified Works Manager’ programme, fresh graduates from engineering colleges of Jammu & Kashmir are recruited and trained for a period of 6 months at Amity Noida and Tata Motors’ STC (Service Training Centers). On completion of their training, these graduates are placed at Tata Motors dealerships as ‘Service Managers’.

 

Out of the 230 UDAAN candidates enrolled under this program in last four batches, 218 candidates have completed their training and have been assured a job. The table below represents the success rate of Project UDAAN-Tata Motors Certified Works Manager Program.

Candidates Joined Training

230

Completed Training

218

Joined Work

187

 

Commenting on the association, Mr. Sanjeev Garg, VP & Global Head - Customer Care-CVBU said, “At Tata Motors, our constant focus is on providing quality technical education that is focused on employment. Through this initiative, we aim to provide job opportunities to over 1300 youth in Jammu and Kashmir, in the next 5 years. With an increasing number of vehicles plying on the road, quality repair and maintenance is an important aspect, and schemes like these help us equip a pool of skilled candidates, in turn helping strengthen our service. We will continue to invest in such training programs, for aspiring youth who wish to work with corporates.”

 

Speaking on the occasion, Deepak Verma, Batch-II trainee, now placed as a Customer Support Manager said, “The training sessions were insightful and helped me build my technical skills. In Jammu and Kashmir, the availability of industrial courses is limited; and opportunities, scarce. Owing to Tata Motors’ initiative on skill building, we have been empowered to explore our capabilities, at par with the Nation’s best.”

 

Tata Motors has been at the forefront in creating the right set of talent pool for the automobile engineering and manufacturing industry. With a first-of-its-kind MoU with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), Tata Motors has over the past few years, has signed over six such agreements with leading institutes and organisations, to develop skilled & highly competent manpower to be future ready.

 

About Tata Motors:

Tata Motors Limited is India’s largest automobile company, with consolidated revenues of INR 2,75,561 crores (USD 41.6 billion) in 2015-16. Through subsidiaries and associate companies, Tata Motors has operations in the UK, South Korea, Thailand, South Africa and Indonesia. Among them is Jaguar Land Rover, the business comprising the two iconic British brands. It also has an industrial joint venture with Fiat in India.  With over 9 million Tata vehicles plying in India, Tata Motors is the country’s market leader in commercial vehicles and among the top in passenger vehicles. Tata cars, buses and trucks are being marketed in several countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia, South America, Australia, CIS and Russia.

 

(www.tatamotors.com; also follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TataMotors)

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Tata Motors Corporate Communications

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LION ROARS WITH FOUR GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINATIONS


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LION ROARS WITH FOUR GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINATIONS  

 

The film earned nominations for Best Motion Picture – Drama,  Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Original Score – Motion Picture

 

December 12, 2016 - New York, NY – The Weinstein Company’s (TWC) film LION was nominated for four Golden Globes by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in the following categories: Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best  Performance by an Actor in a Supporting role for Dev Patel, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting role for Nicole Kidman, and Best Original Score. The Hollywood Foreign Press will hand out their awards at the 74th Annual Golden Globes® on Sunday, January 8th, 2017.


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LION tells the true story of Saroo Brierley, who at 5 years old gets lost on a train, accidentally separated from his family, and struggles to survive alone on the streets of Kolkata before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.

 

Dev Patel, who plays the adult Saroo, was woken up to a phone call from his publicist sharing the good news. "I literally just woke up to this news. I am so humbled to be acknowledged in a category alongside these incredible gentlemen. I'm feeling an overwhelming sense of gratitude for my real family back home in London and in India, and for my "Lion" family, especially for the leader of our pride, director Garth Davis. The best thing about this though is that my mom is going to be really f-ing happy."

 

Nicole Kidman, who plays Sue Brierley, Saroo’s adoptive mother was ecstatic about the news, “This nomination is even more emotional and I’m more grateful than ever before. Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press!”

 

Producers Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, and Angie Fielder commented: “We are so pleased and humbled by the nominations this morning. It’s been a privilege to tell this extraordinary true story about unconditional love of family and its ability to transcend decades and oceans. We are overjoyed that the HFPA shares in the triumph of Saroo’s emotional journey to find home.”

 

Composers Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka commented: “We awoke early this morning by the exciting news, in the same house in Los Angeles where we wrote most of the score to LION, so it feels full circle. We are extremely honored by this nomination and also to be a part of this film which has so much meaning for us, and hopefully for others. Everyone who worked on this film put so much heart into it and it’s wonderful to receive this esteemed acknowledgment.”

 

TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein commented: “We are thrilled by all the nominations. It’s always an honor to achieve such recognition from the HFPA. Everyone who worked on our films - LION, SING STREET, and Dimension's GOLD has so much passion and dedication for their films and I’m so proud of the incredible work they’ve done.”

 

The film reveals that an astonishing 80,000 children go missing in India each year and over 11 million children are living on the streets alone. TWC and See-Saw Films have partnered with non-profit organizations Magic Bus and Railway Children to launch the #LIONHEART campaign in the hopes of helping the millions of vulnerable children in India, and preventing stories like Saroo’s from happening again.


Deepika Padukone rules the social media brigade

Deepika Padukone rules the social media brigade

~Most followed woman on Twitter India’s most followed list in 2016~

 

Mumbai, December 13th, 2016:  From bagging multiple awards this year including the Esquire’s International Woman of the Year award, Star Screen Style Icon of the Year award to debuting in her first Hollywood movie xXx: Return of Xander Cage, Deepika’s had an exceptional 2016. 


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With her star on the rise, she continues to amass a huge fan following on social media from across the globe. Earlier this year, Deepika became the most followed woman on Twitter in Asia with a whopping 16 million followers! 

 

Twitter India recently released its “Most Followed” list for 2016 and it’s no surprise Deepika is the most followed Indian woman on the platform. The list also features Prime Minister, Narendra Modi at the top spot followed by Bollywood actors like Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan.

 

Though Deepika has admitted to not being very tech savvy, she has always been able to leave a lasting impact on her fans on social media by always engaging with them and making them feel special. Her fans are some of the most ardent and active a celebrity can have and they come from across all age groups and walks of like. 

 

With an ever growing fan base constantly talking about where she was last spotted, what she was wearing to the characters she plays, the digital community seems to be completely smitten by the beautiful actress.

 

Deepika continues to be the most dominant Bollywood actress on social media with her also being the most followed Indian woman on Facebook and Instagram.

 

The actress is currently shooting for her upcoming movie, Padmavati.


International Indian Beauty Fagun Thakrar looks absolutely stunning as she graces the Marrakech film festival

International Indian Beauty Fagun Thakrar looks absolutely stunning as she graces the Marrakech film festival

Fagun Thakrar was invited to speak at the Women in Cinema panel at the Marrakech Film Festival due to her work as a critically acclaimed international actress, writer, and director. Fagun was talking on the topic of female empowerment as her projects she writes and directs are driven by strong female protagonists.

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Fagun wows up the festival as she looks absolutely stunning from head to toe as she walks on the red carpet for the movie premiere. Fagun wore a fusion pink and gold embroidery gown by French fashion designer Christophe Guillarme, she completed her look with gold shoes and clutch by Carmen Steffens and diamond earrings by Mounier Bouvard.

Fagun was named best dressed last year at the Cannes Film Festival and after her stunning consecutive red carpet appearances, her fashion icon style set to continue internationally.


ADB President Nakao Receives AIIB President at Manila Headquarters

Photo release issued by the Asian Development Bank on 13 December 2016

ADB President Nakao Receives AIIB President at Manila Headquarters
ADB President Takehiko Nakao met with visiting Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank President Liqun Jin at ADB HQ in Manila on 13 December 2016. Mr. Jin also met with other members of Management and ADB Board members during his visit.
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"The Clothing of Books" --Talk by Jhumpa Lahiri at Labyrinth Book Store. Princeton.

Pulitzer Prize Winner, acclaimed author Jhumpa Lahiri was at the Labyrinth Book Store, Princeton, New Jersey this evening at the occasion of the publication of her essay-length book " The Clothing of Books" along with her Book Designer Amanda Weiss. They spoke on the art of clothing a book, putting on it a jacket that would connect the author, the designer and the reader with the same thread yet have different perspectives. 

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