#UrvashiRautela regales audiences with her scintillating dance moves at Umang 2018

Actress and supermodel Urvashi Rautela who brought the stage down with her recent live-wire performance on New Year’s Eve at Kolkata, set the stage on fire once again this time at Umang 2018-the annual event held in celebration of the Mumbai police yesterday. The actress enthralled the audiences with her magical dance moves as she performed to a medley of songs from the recent Tiger Zinda Hai number Swag Se Swagat to Crazy Kiya Re,  A.R. Rahman’s memorable composition Urvashi Urvashi and her own iconic Kaabil number, Saara Zaamaa, with which she got the world grooving not so long ago. The interesting addition to her performance however was Justin Bieber’s version of the internationally famous track, Despacito, which topped the global charts last year. Urvashi had earlier admitted to be an ardent fan of Justin Bieber and was among the privileged few to get a personal audience with him during his India concert.

According to sources, the actress who prepares for each of her performances, rehearsed day and night for her Umang performance. Among the other personalities who performed at the event were Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Katrina Kaif, Ranveer Singh, Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and others. Urvashi will be seen next in Hate Story 4, where she will be playing the main protagonist. The movie is scheduled to hit the screens on March 9, 2018.


Tiger Zinda Hai emerges highest grossing Salman starrer at Sri Lanka box-office

By Manishaa R

The film has redefined the following for Salman starrers in the market which is traditionally dominated by Shah Rukh and Salman Khan

While Tiger Zinda Hai recreated box-office history in several Indian and overseas territories, few are aware that the film also achieved the unique distinction of grossing the highest business for a Salman starrer in Sri Lanka. According to famed distributor Kalapi Nagada of Cinekorn Entertainment, Tiger Zinda Hai was hailed by audiences at the Srilankan box-office, despite the fact that the market is traditionally dominated by Shah Rukh Khan, “Both Shah Rukh and Aamir command a cult following in Sri Lanka, while Salman starrers are a big draw in the Middle East but Tiger Zinda Hai broke that pattern at the Srilankan box-office. It has also changed the way Salman starrers are perceived,” Kalapi revealed.

Kalapi who had also released the first installment Ek Tha Tiger and the Salman starrers, Kick and Sultan in Sri Lanka, added that the film had redefined the market for Salman starrers in the region, “The film did a business in the range of $1, 50,000 to $2,00,000, which is what Aamir and Shah Rukh starrers normally command there. It was exciting because the audiences were absolutely impressed with the action scenes and the entire packaging of the film. This is certainly one of the biggest Salman Khan grosser in Sri Lanka,” he said.

“Both Shah Rukh and Aamir command a cult following in Sri Lanka, while Salman starrers are a big draw in the Middle East but Tiger Zinda Hai broke that pattern at the Sri Lankan box-office”- Kalapi Nagada, Srilanka distributor, Tiger Zinda Hai

The distributor who is now readying for the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat in the region said that Sri Lanka was the next big market for Hindi films in South East Asia after Singapore, “There is a huge draw for Hindi cinema. It is almost on par with India as far as the inclination towards Hindi movies is concerned, with both the Tamil-speaking audiences and the Sinhalese, endorsing them,” Kalapi revealed.



“I love the energy and vibe while performing live, says Urvashi Rautela after enthralling Kolkata audiences on New Year’s Eve

The actress talks about her life-long passion for dance and why live concerts inspire her

By Manishaa R

She has been to Kolkata on several occasions earlier but actress Urvashi Rautela describes her Hasta La Vista event on New Year’s Eve as one of her most exciting performances in recent times. Reports suggest that the huge crowds who had gathered at Ekante Island, Eco Park to witness the high voltage spectacle, went berserk as the actress gyrated to some of the most popular numbers in recent times, including her own Haseenon Ka Deewana number in Kaabil.

Urvashi recalled her experience and the great connect she shared with the audiences, “I have performed to some of the most vibrant crowds in the past but this was something different. There was a different energy and vibe and the feeling was amazing. I wanted the Kolkata audiences to usher the New Year in a unique way and they were thrilled,” she said. She also remembered her recent live-wire act in UAE at the Sharjah International Cricket Stadium, when she performed for her Dubai fans, “That was another novel experience. I wanted to do something different and I performed an Arabic dance form especially for my Dubai audiences. It was an exhilarating experience,” she revealed.

The actress said that performing live in front of thousands of fans gave her a new high, “I am extremely passionate about dancing but when I take to the dance floor at a concert, there is so much more excitement since the audiences are right there in front of you giving you a direct feedback,” she said, adding that she loved to choreograph her own act with creative dance moves.

Talking about her life-long connect to dance, Urvashi recalled an incident in her childhood days when she choreographed a number for a school function, “I was just 12 years old then. I used to choreograph dance numbers for school events and conduct dance classes for free for the kids living in my area. One of the numbers I taught to a student was the ‘Dil Mein Mere Dard E Disco’, which shaped up so well that the six year old won the first prize in the school competition. It prodded me to pursue dance further. I am very creative about my dance moves and it comes to me very instinctively. I think it’s gifted,” she said.

“I remember I had choreographed the Shah Rukh Khan number, ‘Dil Mein Mere Dard E Disco’ at the age of 12 for a school concert for which my six year old dance student won the first prize” – Urvashi Rautela

Interestingly, Urvashi is said to have choreographed two of the dance numbers in her forthcoming film, Hate Story 4, “I have added my own creative inputs to the two very catchy numbers but I have done it unofficially but it gave a whole new dimension to the way the numbers finally shaped up,” she said.


A short film on how Shah Rukh Khan’s DDLJ transformed lives during historic run at Maratha Mandir is trending on social media

Novelist Pankaj Dubey’s short film looks into the unprecedented run of Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge at Maratha Mandir and how it changed the lives of those living in the murky lanes of surrounding red-light area

By Manishaa R

Celebrated novelist and former BBC journalist, Pankaj Dubey, had never quite contemplated making a film on the iconic Maratha Mandir cinema, until his attention was drawn to an incident that set him thinking.  Dubey who had tracked some of the best international stories, during his stint with the BBC, received a call from a journalist friend working in Sydney three years ago, about protests happening outside Maratha Mandir. The protests were from crowds, who were upset about the management’s decision to discontinue the screening of the classic Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge on February 19, 2015, after completing an unprecedented 1009 week run at the celebrated theatre. That’s when Dubey decided to go out to Marathi Mandir and explore the truth, “I was aware of the fact that the theatre had many firsts to its credit in the history of cinema, including the fact that Maratha Mandir had hosted the premier of Mughal-E-Azam, when elephants were used to bring the prints of the film. Apart from the protests, it intrigued me about how a cult classic like DDLJ continued to draw packed houses in the matinee show for close to two decades.”

When he ventured out to decode the success of the film and its die-hard audiences, Dubey was taken aback, “What I came across was an eye-opener. I noticed that Maratha Mandir was situated in an area, behind which lay the second most densely populated red light area in India. When I delved deeper in the protests, I realized that this Shah Rukh Khan movie had made a great difference to the lives of several sex workers, who lived a hopeless existence in the dark and dismal lanes of Kamathipur.”

The prolific novelist soon noted that there was a strong social-cultural connect in the historic success of the film at the iconic theatre, which had celebrated many a jubilee, “I found out that these sex workers would regularly patronize the morning show of the cult classic every day all decked up, making it housefull and then disappear into their murky trade in the dark lanes. Those few hours would transport them into the world of romance and happiness which they cherished. They followed this practice religiously for 19 years and continue to do so even today after 22 years, after the management decided to resume the screening,” Dubey revealed.

I found out that these sex workers would regularly patronize the morning show of the cult classic every day and then disappear into their murky trade in the dark lanes”- Novelist and filmmaker Pankaj Dubey

This insight of a longest running classic at a famous theatre being instrumental in transforming several lives, led Dubey to take his first step into direction and make a short film. However the paucity of funds was a hurdle and that’s when his good old friend, veteran actress, Sarika came in, “Sarika had inaugurated my first book and I approached her for a very pivotal role in the film. I told her that I would pitch it to people who could come on board to produce the film but she offered to produce it. I also got another friend, famed Hindi movie writer and lyricist, Swanand Kirkire, to play a fantastic role in the film and it turned out to an engrossing fare,” Dubey recalled.

Moreover, he was thrilled when Manoj Desai, executive director of Maratha Mandir, went out of his way to help in the making of the film, “Manoj Desai did not even charge a single rupee for shooting in the real locations of his theatre. He is also a father figure to Sarika and has known her for a long time. He made sure that we faced no problems in the making of the film.”

Titled Maratha Mandir cinema, the short film which has been nominated for the Filmfare People’s Choice Awards, has got more than a record number of 1,30,000 views online so far. Irrespective of whether the film finally makes it, Dubey admitted that he is glad that he took the decision of making his directorial debut, “It is a tribute to Maratha Mandir, Yashraj Films and Shah Rukh Khan. I am quite kicked about it and am glad that I am bringing this to the audiences. I now intend to make all my novels into films. This is just the beginning,” he quipped.