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Pranav Sachdeva enjoys seducing married woman in 'Delhiciously Chekhov'

Television actor Pranav Sachdeva is on a different kind of high. A simpleton in real life, he remarks that he's "thoroughly enjoying being devilish in reel life."


After playing a double-faced character in the daily soap Agar Tum Saath Ho on the revamped Zindagi channel, Pranav is again playing dual roles in a new play called Delhiciously Chekhov, starring veteran actor Tom Alter.



Being staged exclusively in the Indian capital, Delhiciously Chekhov is a tribute to Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, the Russian playwright and short-story writer, who is considered to be one of the greatest writers of short fiction in playwright history.


"I play a father in the first half who wants to make a man out of his 19-year old son and so, takes him to a woman," says Pranav. "As if that is not eww enough, the second half of the play has me playing a notorious bachelor, giving a live and practical demonstration on how to seduce a beautiful young woman with a little help from her husband."


"I know what you would be thinking. That this fellow is the scum of the earth. But to me, a good actor is a person who can even play that," Pranav quips like a smart alec, defining his most obnoxious roles.


The play's director Raj Upadhyay praises the actor for being able to carry off roles that may make the audience feel uneasy in their seats. "Pranav creates fire on stage with his presence and energy. He explores his characters like someone is finding water in a desert. His sense of improvisation is remarkable."


Turns out, Delhiciously Chekhov is not the only play the actor is doing. Come March, and Pranav will be playing the role of another veteran actor Asrani's son in a comic play called The Makkhi-Choos.

Irada stands out amidst a clutter of films this week!

Mumbai, February 22nd, 2017: Irada is an unconventional Bollywood thriller that is a clear stand out on a Friday that featured the release of multiple films. With an exceptionally talented cast and a gripping story line, Irada seems to have audiences hooked from the start. The movie boasts a stellar cast of actors the likes of Naseeruddin Shah, Arshad Warsi, Divya Dutta and Sagarika Ghatge that have impressed audiences with their performances.

The paring of Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi, which worked wonders for 'Ishqiya' and 'Dedh Ishqiya', has definitely been the driving force behind the movie. The duo have managed to captivate audiences with their strong performances making the movie a must watch.

Irada is thought provoking and ingenious with a story that has been appreciated by critics and the Bollywood fraternity alike. Taran Ararsh calls the film a captivating Eco-thriller and took to twitter to praise the film for issues it tackles. Rohit Vats, a popular film critic, tweeted his review of the film calling a clear stand out for Indian audiences from the movies releasing this week.

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Aparnaa Singh bags an ideal star cast for her first film Irada!

Mumbai, 13th February, 2017:  Debutant director Aparnaa Singh, who is all set for the release of her film Irada is living the dream with her more than ideal star cast.


This eco-thriller sees the coming together of duo Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi for the third time after Ishqiya (2010) and Dedh Ishqiya (2014).


In addition to Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi, the film also stars ace actress Divya Dutta and the beautiful Sagarika Ghatge along with Sharad Kelkar and Rajesh Sharma.


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Evelyn Sharma packs a punch at Donald Trump's 'National Prayer Breakfast'

With the mind of a deft German and the heart of an emotional Indian, Bollywood actress and fashion philanthropist Evelyn Sharma gave her first international speech at US president Donald Trump's 'National Prayer Breakfast' in the Hilton's International Ballroom at the Washington Hilton hotel in Washington DC this week.



Representing the Christian faith, Evelyn joined the high ranks of leadership from various countries and religious backgrounds giving inspirational speeches, at the massive event hosted by members of the United States Congress and organized on their behalf by The Fellowship Foundation, a Christian organization.

Bigg Boss Grand Finale with Salman Khan could happen on January 29

Bollywood PR guru Dale Bhagwagar who has publicized a full 20 contestants who have been on India's No.1 reality show Bigg Boss in the earlier seasons, has speculated that BB10 could have its Grand Finale on January 29, 2017.




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.



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.

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.


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


Completed Training


Joined Work



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.


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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.






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.



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.

"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. 


Shekhar Suman’s New show ‘Success Stories’ to air on Zee Business

Mumbai.Shekhar Suman had attained even greater share of fame long ago with his iconic show Movers& Shakers than even what Kapil Sharma has attained with his show now. Shekhar Suman is now all set to stage his grand comeback on TV with the new show 'Success Stories' produced by Water Entertainment by Gurudev Aneja and directed by Varun Middha. The new show which will have duration of half an hour will air on every Sunday from January onwards on Zee Business.

           Producer Gurudev Aneja had earlier made a film called Ebn-E-Batuta which was also directed by Varun Middha. Both Gurudev and Varun are friends who hail from Haryana and know each other for a long period of time. The sponsor of the show is www.bollywoodkart.com and Mithilesh is the writer of the show. 

          Says Director Varun about the show, “It is a different kind of a show about people who have made it big in their own respective field without having any background whatsoever, on their own steam and merit.It will feature them on the show and Shekhar will talk to them about their happiness, sadness and experience and the listeners can learn a lot from these successful stories and get inspired to become successful like them. The show will feature successful people from different fields like Films, Real Estate, IT or Education, etc.”

           “There is no one who can beat Shekhar Suman as far as hosting a show. Shekhar and I have done a lot of shows on stage together. Shekhar knows what to talk and when and to whom. We needed someone like him to host the show as he is a multi talented all round actor on his own right,” says Gurudev Aneja.

            The shooting of different episodes of the show Success Stories is being held at Madh Island,Malad (West),Mumbai in a bungalow on huge sets specially made for the show. Till date, noted personalities like Pahalaj Nihalani, who is the Chairman of the Central Board of Film certifications, popular director of comedy films David Dhawan and popular villain Sonu Sood have shot for the show.

13th South Asian International Film Festival, 2016- New York.

This Year, SAIFF-2016, runs week long, Nov 28th thru Dec 4th, 2016 in New York city. With a team of high-profile sponsors and a slate of top-notch films, the festival will give audiences of all ages and ethnicity the chance to discover new South Asian voices and celebrate the  establish ones.