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Miss World Manushi Chillar shares her excitement about her BWAP project at Miss India 2018 audition launch

Manushi Chillar is glad that her ‘Beauty with A Purpose’ initiative is supported by the Miss World organisation

After travelling across the country as a part of their Beauty with a Purpose (BWAP) Tour, Miss World Organisation and six continental winners came together with Miss India Organization to celebrate the 55 years of legacy of fbb COLORS Femina Miss India 2018 at Carnival Cinemas, Imax Wadala. The chief guests included none other than the scintillating Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar , Chairman & CEO Miss World Julia Morley, Miss World Europe – Stephanie Jayne HILL (from England), Miss World Americas – Alma Andrea MEZA CARMONA (From Mexico), Miss World Africa – Magline JERUTO (From Kenya),Miss World Asia – Ha Eun KIM (From Korea), Miss World Caribbean – Solange Johnson SINCLAIR (From Jamaica), Miss World Oceania – Annie Diana EVANS (From New Zealand) and Miss World 2016  Stephanie Del Valle.

Manushi spoke how she felt elated and excited about her BWAP project on menstrual hygiene was being supported by the Miss World Organisation and the fact that it had started with her home country India. She recalled her journey about how it was Stephanie who had crowned her at Miss India as well as Miss World pageant and also gave advice to all those contestants who are aspiring to be Miss India.

The press conference began in a unique way with 30 school kids of Muktangan School with 30 state names on their T shirts and Tiara on head start with the National anthem as this year again the pageant will explore potential talent in all 30 states of India (including Delhi), selecting one ambassador who will represent their state at the National Finals. This year the mentors include Neha Dhupia (North Zone), Pooja Chopra (East zone), Pooja Hegde (West zone) and Rakul Preet Singh (South Zone).

Speaking on the occasion Rohit Gopakumar, COO, Miss India Organisation said, “2017 saw Miss Haryana Manushi Chhillar winning the fbb Colors Miss India pageant and she went forth to win the coveted Miss World Title for India after 17 years. Region to Nation to World has been a seamless journey for Manushi with the Miss India platform. We at Miss India last year infused our nation’s rich cultural and social diversity which gave the event a fillip in terms of reach and participation.”

The auditions for Miss India 2018 commenced on 9th February with Andhra Pradesh auditions happening at Vizag. The top three contestants from every state will proceed to the State’s Zonal crowning ceremony which will be held in Bangalore (South Zone) on 24th February, 2018, Kolkata (East Zone) on 22nd March, 2018, Delhi (North Zone) on 12th April, 2018 and Pune (West Zone) on 13th May, 2018 where one deserving girl will get a chance to represent her state at the Grand Finale in Mumbai.

 

 

 

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Kick 2: Salman Khan to play a double role in this hugely anticipated sequel?

Sources reveal that the sequel to Kick, which created a riot at the box-office in 2014, may see Salman Khan playing a double role with the younger character taking on bigger challenges

By Manishaa R

The much-talked about Kick sequel which has been confirmed for a Christmas 2019 release, will witness Salman Khan back as the ‘Devil’ but with a new twist to the tale.  According to sources, the superstar is likely to essay a double role of a father and son, with the story taking a 20-year leap on the lines of the Ravi Teja starrer, Kick 2.  Sources also reveal that the younger Salman in the film may have new traits to his character which make him a formidable threat to all his enemies, who try to challenge him.  Apparently both Sajid and Salman, who was in the know of the script since the past two years, kept improvising on it, after which it was recently finalized.

The much-talked about Kick sequel which has been confirmed for a Christmas 2019 release, will witness Salman Khan back as the ‘Devil’ but with a new twist to the tale

More interestingly, Sajid Nadiadwala is said to have once again roped in the original Kick writer Rajat Aroraa, who was instrumental in regaling the audiences with some of his memorable dialogues in the film. Apparently both Aroraa and Sajid Nadiadwala had been working exhaustively on the script of Kick 2 for the past two years, giving a new edge to the story that will now showcase Salman Khan in a role that will be high on both emotion and action.

In one of his earlier interviews post the phenomenal success of Kick, Sajid had said that one of the reasons for Kick being a huge success was the equation he shared with Salman and the way he understood him, “I felt that all the small things that people enjoyed in the film were because I knew Salman but definitely those numbers could not have been achieved without him,” he had said. In another media interaction he had confessed how it was a huge responsibility to work with Salman considering the hysteria among his fans and his huge fan base.

In a media interaction post the success of Kick, Sajid Nadiadwala  had confessed how it was a huge responsibility to work with Salman considering the mass hysteria he commanded among his fans

It is a known fact that Salman Khan and Sajid Nadiadwala have been thick friends for more than two decades since they first collaborated for the 1996 film Jeet, after which they gave several hits together like Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega and Mujhse Shaadi Karogi. It was Salman who inspired Sajid to make his directorial debut with the action comedy Kick, which went on to make history at the box-office and had the unique distinction of being Salman’s first film to enter the Rs 200 cr club. It is a little-known fact that it was Sajid Nadiadwala who gifted the title rights of Bharat-the upcoming epic film to be directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, to Salman Khan when he and his brother-in-law Atul Agnihotri felt that it would be the only apt title for the film.

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Padman to head for a massive solo release, exhibitors welcome decision

By Manishaa R

With Akshay Kumar’s mass-following and the socially relevant subject of Padman, it is only imperative to have a huge release, say exhibitors

With Neeraj Pandey’s Aiyaary now being deferred to February 16, Padman is said to be heading for a massive solo release across India in a good number of screens. The decision has been welcomed by exhibitors some of whom were in a dilemma about allocating screens to Padman and Aiyaary in the face of rising demand for Padmaavat, which is growing on the audiences in its second week.

Well-known distributor and exhibitor Akshaye Rathi, who has screens across Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, feels that it advantage Padman, which deserves a good number of screens in keeping with Akshay Kumar’s mass-following and the subject, “Padman is a subject that calls for serious endorsement not just in the Indian markets but over the world. Also Akshay Kumar shares a great connect with the masses. His films certainly deserve a wide release. When you are dabbling with a subject that is socially relevant, it is only imperative for it to have a huge release,” Rathi says.

According to distributor-exhibitor Rajesh Thadani the decision to postpone Aiyaary by a week, will not work just for Padman but for Aiyaary too, “The clash between the two films would have affected both due to the limited number of screens. Also Padmaavat is performing very well so the decision is good for everyone concerned. It will now be interesting to watch how the screens are divided between Padmaavat and Padman,” Thadani says.

Aiyaary should not be underestimated says exhibitor Akshaye Rathi

Would Aiyaary have changed the equation for Padman, apart from the number of screens? According to Rathi, the potential of Aiyaary cannot be overlooked for the simple reason that it has the formidable name of Neeraj Pandey as director, “Neeraj Pandey is among the few directors who has time and again succeeded in making entertaining and engaging films.  Knowing that he is the man behind Aiyaary, it would be incorrect to underestimate the possibility of the film,” Rathi avers. On the other hand, Rathi feels that Akshay Kumar’s films invariably make a mark at the box-office irrespective of the competition, “Akshay Kumar is among the few stars in the industry who has consistently delivered box-office success. Almost every film he does is made on a moderate budget and assures a definite lifetime business of a minimum Rs 100 cr.  It doesn’t matter whether his films have a solo release,” Rathi states.

“We want Padman to reach to the maximum number of audiences,” says producer Prernaa Arora

Meanwhile the pre-release curiosity for Padman has reached a new high with celebrities from Aamir Khan to Varun Dhawan, Anushka Shetty, Alia Bhatt and others, taking on the #Padmanchallenge and endorsing the message of the film. According to producer Prernaa Arora, there is a positive buzz surrounding the release of the film not just in India but the international market too, “It is now a global film after it was spoken about in Oxford Union, the world’s most prestigious debating society. We want it to reach the maximum number of audiences. Also it is the boldest film ever and kudos to Akshay sir for that. He has never shied away from taking up films with socially relevant issues, be it Toilet Ek Prem Katha earlier or Padman now. He is the true hero of the masses,” she says.

As of now Sony Pictures is said to be lining up a huge release for Padman in the range of 2800-3000 screens, “Sony pictures is an international studio that has solid clout in the Indian and international market. It will go the extra mile to ensure that the film gets an extraordinary release,” Rathi says.

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Padmaavat has done India proud, says Hirachand Dand-President of Film Exporters Association

By Manishaa R

The President of the Indian Film Exporters Association, Hirachand Dand has hailed the phenomenal success of Padmaavat in North America, describing it as a celebration of “India’s second biggest masterpiece after Baahubali”. Dand who has been closely tracking the overwhelming overseas response to the film, added that there was a huge craze for the film not only in North America but even the region of East Africa where there is a market for select Indian films, “I was in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam last week and it is drawing housefull crowds there. I also learnt that the film is doing exceptionally well in Kenya and Tanzania. Moreover it has done exceptional business in the Gulf too with the first week collections at 10.8 million Dirhams. But the business in North America could be considered as over the top. The audiences in the overseas territories are completely bowled over by the film and its grandeur. Padmaavat has certainly done India proud,” he said.

The Ranveer Singh-Deepika Padukone-Shahid Kapoor starrer which set the record of being the highest single day grosser in North America at $1.85 million on January 27 and later the all-time biggest opening weekend at $4.9 million (first four days), continues to draw packed houses in the second week. According to latest reports, the North American distributors, Viva Entertainment Group are now adding 30 more screens in the second week including 9 IMAX 3D screens to cope up with the increased demand for the film.  According to the latest tally for the North American market, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus has collected $6,461,556  from 328 screens so far.

Going by its performance and the figures so far, Padmaavat is heading for a new record  for being the second highest grossing film overseas after Baahubali- Hirachand Dand, President, Indian Film Exporters Association

According to Dand, the audiences in North America have a fascination for larger than life costume dramas and historical films, besides romantic family films, “If I may rightly recall, Jodha Akbar also a very good run in North America. The audiences there throng to see such films,” he said.

According to latest reports, the North American distributors, Viva Entertainment Group are now adding 30 more screens in the second week including 9 IMAX 3D screens to cope up with the increased demand for the film

Dand is expecting the film to set new records in the overseas territory with the exceptional response it continues to draw, “Going by its performance and the figures so far, Padmaavat is heading for a new record  for being the second highest grossing film overseas after Baahubali. The film is also performing exceptionally well in Srilanka, Australia, New Zealand Singapore, Germany and several other pockets in the overseas territory,” he said.

 

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Anushka Sharma has given her career best performance in #Pari, says producer Prernaa Arora

Prernaa Arora considers her collaboration with Anushka Sharma for Pari as her  best decision ever

By Manishaa R

The producer of Pari, Prerna Arora has described Anushka Sharma’s performance in the film as one of the best ever in recent times, “Anushka has amply proved her talent in her last few films but she is sure to take the country by storm with Pari. The film has been made with a lot of sincerity and Anushka has given her career best in the challenging role. It will certainly be one film to watch out for,” Prernaa said, adding that she was glad to have collaborated with the actress on the film, “Anushka is a super-talented girl, a super woman and I am happy that I collaborated with her on Pari. I consider this film as a feather in the cap for my company. It is among the best films that I will have ever released. I am glad that I took the decision,” Prernaa said.

Anushka is a super-talented girl, a super-woman and I am happy that I collaborated with her on Pari- Prernaa Arora, co-producer, Pari

Prerna who is currently in the news for her ambitious productions and her socially-driven films, also admitted to being overwhelmed with the response to the second teaser of the super-natural horror film, “It has further raised the curiosity about the film. Everyone is curious to know about Anushka’s role in the film and we are waiting to spring the surprise,” she said.

Pari is being co-produced by Anushka Sharma for her banner Clean Slate Films in association with Prernaa Arora’s Kriarj Entertainment. It will be her first release after her celebrated wedding to Indian skipper Virat Kohli. Both of Anushka’s earlier two productions, NH10 and Phillauri, dealt with socially relevant issues of honor killings and superstition. The actress was lauded for her performance in these films. The movie which costars Parambrata Chatterjee, Rajat Kapoor and Ritabhari Chakraborty, has been directed by Prosit Roy, who had earlier worked as an assistant director in Phillauri.  Pari is scheduled to release on March 2, 2018.

 

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Fitness diva Shilpa Shetty Kundra awarded for extraordinary brand connect

Shilpa, who has now come to acquire the reputation of one of the most popular fitness brand ambassadors, was awarded for her achievements at the Brand Vision Summit for her extraordinary brand connect

Her passion for fitness led Shilpa Shetty Kundra to release her own yoga DVD inspiring thousands of women to take up yoga to get back into shape.  Looking at the phenomenal response to the DVD, Shilpa then plunged further into wellness industry to establish the highly successful Shilpa Shetty Channel which inspired a whole wellness movement and proved to be a one-stop-shop for fitness enthusiasts across the globe.

Last year the fitness diva turned author with her award winning book ‘The Great Indian Diet’. The health and fitness book topped Amazon’s bestseller list and continues to remain one of the highest selling books in the health segment. More recently, the wellness entrepreneur announced her second book titled ‘The Diary of a Domestic Diva’, in which she featured 50 of her best recipes.

Shilpa, who has now come to acquire the reputation of one of the most popular brand ambassadors of fitness, was recently awarded for her achievements at the Brand Vision Summit for having extraordinary brand connect. The actress admitted to being excited about receiving the award, “This is truly encouraging,” she said.

Brand Vision has garnered immense love from its audience owing it to the mix of personalities and companies from the fields of business, entertainment, sports, art and  literature, philanthropy and media which are glorified at the Brand Vision podium.

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Salman Khan takes time out from hectic schedule to give the clap for Marathi film, Bonus

The superstar is known to have a great fascination for Marathi cinema, apart from  his long-standing friendship with director Mahesh Manjrekar

He has been busy with the shooting of his upcoming film, Race 3 but #SalmanKhan recently took time out of his hectic schedule to give the mahurat clap for a Marathi film, Bonus.  It is a known fact that Salman has a great fascination for Marathi cinema, apart from the fact that he shares a close association with his filmmaker friend, Mahesh Manjrekar. Salman had last rendered a song for Manjrekar’s FU-Friendship Unlimited and had also launched the music of Manjrekar’s film Rubik’s Cube, which starred Gashmeer Mahajani in the lead role.

Sources point out that Salman’s decision to give the clap for Bonus is an extension of the association he shared with Manjrekar and his team during the making of Rubik’s Cube. Gashmeer Mahajani who is the son of well-known Marathi actor, Ravindra Mahajani, is also a theatre actor and choreographer. Produced by Govind Ubhe, Rabish Patil, Sandesh Patil and M. Nitin, and written and directed by Saurabh Bhave, Bonus stars Gashmeer Mahajani and Pooja Sawant in the lead roles.  The film will be released in mid-2018.