Month: May 2016

KHOYA – A film by Sami Khan


 A Mumbai Film Festival entry, and selection of the Tribeca Film Institute’s All Access program

OPENS IN TORONTO June 10, 2016 Carlton Cinema


Rupak Ginn (Royal Pains, The Namesake, Cheetah Girls) Stephen McHattie (A History of Violence, 300) Ravi Khanwilkar (Once Upon a Time in Mumbai) Vipin Sharma (Gangs of Wasseypur, Taare Zameen Par)

Roger Moreau (Rupak Ginn) – the hero of Sami Khan’s Khoya – is indifferent to India’s tourist attractions. The young Toronto-raised, Indian-born man is on a quest to solve the mystery of his birth.

That quest takes him to some of the country’s rougher patches, where Roger follows in the footsteps of the poor, the desperate and the borderline criminal, gradually unraveling the tangled circumstances of how he came to be adopted by a white Canadian couple.

Unable to speak Hindi, he is met with hostility by non-English speakers, by locals who may have something to hide and with chilly reluctance by Subash Uncle (Ravi Khanvilkar), the one Indian willing to offer him a mattress on a floor (“Everyone in India is either an uncle or an auntie – whether they want to be or not.”). Continue reading “KHOYA – A film by Sami Khan”

Sri Sanskriti Dance Academy presents “Natya Samarpanam”

Sri Sanskriti Dance Academy, a well-known Indian Classical Dance School founded by Artistic Director Prabha Raghavan is proud to present Natya Samarpanam, a vibrant performance showcasing over a hundred talented students of the Academy. This tenth year celebration involves an evening of dance performances choreographed by Prabha Raghavan highlighting the 3 main elements of Bharatanatyam- Bhava, Raga, and Tala. The Mississauga based Dance Academy has embarked on an incredible decade-long journey that has introduced young children and families to the renowned and beautiful art form of southern Indian classical dance – Bharatanatyam. Sri Sanskriti Dance Academy has been involved in community and charity events across the Greater Toronto Area, and has firmly established itself as an energetic platform to showcase talent and provide remarkable opportunities for multicultural artistes and aspiring dancers. The Academy has presented over 20 Arangetrams (solo debuts) and many large Productions in the past decade. Sri Sanskriti Dance Academy has grown sizably since its inception in 2006, and this success is greatly owing to Prabha Raghavan and the support of countless Friends, Family, Students, Parents, and Musicians. We wish the team of Natya Samarpanam, and all future productions and performances of Sri Sanskriti Dance Academy great success in the years to come! |

Akshay Kumar’s riding on post cricket match good luck for Housefull 3!

In the last few years, every time Akshay Kumar had a release immediately after the Indian Premier League, the annual cricket tournament, it became a hit at the box office. After the super successful Rowdy Rathore (June 1, 2012) and Holiday -­ A Soldier Is Never Off Duty (June 6, 2014), this year, the superstar is ready with a laugh riot, Housefull 3, that opens in cinemas after the cricket tournament ends.

Ever since the release of the trailer and the songs of the film, the buzz generated by the movie has been really good. Akshay’s last few hits like Baby, Gabbar Is Back and Airlift had him portray intense characters, and now his fans are waiting to see their favourite action hero return in a comic avatar. The Housefull 3 team is optimistic about Akki scoring a post-cricket tournament hat-trick with his upcoming entertainer.

For this film, producer Sajid Nadiadwala has raised everything to the power of three -three heroes, three heroines and a June 3release.

Starring Akshay Kumar, Riteish Deshmukh, Abhishek Bachchan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Nargis Fakhri and Lisa Haydon, Housefull 3 has been directed by Farhad-Sajid. An extremely popular franchise, the movie is an Eros International presentation, produced by Sajid Nadiadwala. The laughter riot commences, June 3rd, 2016!

Kering and the Festival de Cannes bring the second ‘Women in Motion’ programme to a successful close


Susan Sarandon et Geena Davis
69ème Festival de Cannes –  Women in Motion Awards
Vittorio Zunino Celotto / Getty Images pour Kering

∞ Organised by Kering and the Festival de Cannes for the second year running, the ‘Women in Motion’ programme brought together a large number of film industry figures over ten days to discuss the issue of women in cinema. Exploring subjects such as representation, visibility, contribution, wage inequality, funding difficulties and potential solutions, a great number of topics were discussed at the 2016 ‘Women in Motion’ Talks, which welcomed more than 500 guests.
∞ The highlights of the programme included the ‘Women in Motion Awards’, which were presented to actresses Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon, who had travelled to Cannes to mark the 25th anniversary of cult film Thelma & Louise, as well as to three young female directors: Leyla Bouzid, Gaya Jiji and Ida Panahandeh.

Susan Sarandon et Geena Davis
69ème Festival de Cannes –  Women in Motion Awards
                                                                                     Vittorio Zunino Celotto / Getty Images pour Kering

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HOLLYWOOD, CA (May 23, 2016) – Paramount Pictures, Skydance, Bad Robot and director Justin Lin today announced that the world premiere of “STAR TREK BEYOND” will play in the immersive IMAX® format at Comic-Con
International: San Diego, in partnership with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra and IMAX Corporation, on Wednesday, July 20, at the Embarcadero Marina Park South.

The red carpet event at San Diego Comic-Con, which marks the first-ever open-air IMAX world premiere, will feature special appearances by Lin and the “STAR TREK BEYOND” filmmakers and cast, as well as a live
concert performance of Academy Award®-winning composer Michael Giacchino’s film score by the San Diego Symphony Orchestra. Lin made the announcement at the STAR TREK FAN EVENT, where all fans in attendance were invited.

“I am thrilled to celebrate the premiere of the film together with the fans at Comic-Con and excited for everyone there to experience Michael Giacchino’s incredible score played live,” said Lin.


Jamie Oliver calls Food Revolution Day 2016 in India a “game-changer” for addressing the child nutrition crisis

·         Leading Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez and host & judge of MasterChef Kunal Kapur join Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution; See them cooking live on Facebook at 3.30pm IST on Friday 20th May.

·         The world’s largest free midday meal programme led by The AkshayaPatra Foundation to serve 2 billionth meal on Food Revolution Day

·         Millions of children in India suffer from being severely undernourished

·         Over a quarter of Indian children between the ages of 13 and 18 are classed as obese *

On Food Revolution Day this Friday 20th May, Jamie Oliver and numerous famous faces, including the campaign’s Global Champions Bollywood A-lister Jacqueline Fernandez and judge and host of MasterChef Kunal Kapur, will be calling for people around the world to sign up to the Food Revolution. Jamie and his army of revolutionaries will be putting pressure on governments at the World Health Assembly meeting in Geneva on 23rd May to tackle the child nutrition crisis.

In a move that Jamie Oliver has called a “game-changer”, he and numerous other well-known personalities will take to Facebook Live on 20th May for a 7-hour cooking marathon. The aim is to encourage people to join them in a full-scale, global Food Revolution – a major part of which will be giving people power to lobby their own governments to fight diet-related disease.

Currently 41 million children under five are overweight while another 159 million are too undernourished to grow properly: we are in the middle of a global health crisis. Food Revolution Day, now in its 5th year, aims to provoke discussion and inspire positive, meaningful change in the way we access, consume and understand food.  Starting in kitchens at home and moving up to the highest levels of business and government, Jamie believes people must work together to empower children with the nutritional knowledge and resources they need to live healthier, happier lives.

Jamie Oliver says:

“The last 15 years have been tough at times. There were a few of us out there asking questions, wanting answers and making a lot of noise but it often felt like no one was listening. But recently we’ve started making headway, governments are beginning to change policies. This Food Revolution Day we’re going to give governments that extra little nudge by running the longest-ever Facebook Live campaign, getting millions of people involved from all around the globe. The World is crying out for action and there has never been a better time to make changes to save millions of lives.”

 Jacqueline Fernandez says:

“It’s great to be involved in the Food Revolution this year. It’s particularly important to us here in India because we’re in the middle of a child nutrition crisis – as millions of kids suffer from being severely under-nourished, whilst last year over a quarter of Indian children between the ages of 13 and 18 were classed as obese*. If we’re going to combat the nutrition crisis we have to do it as one.”

Chef Kunal Kapur says:

As a father myself, I understand the vital importance of good nutrition and a balanced diet to aid a child’s physical and mental development. I jumped at the chance to be involved in this worthwhile and unique initiative. It will be great to bounce off some of my cooking skills with Jacqueline and to demonstrate just how easy it is to cook nutritious meals.”

Supporting the Food Revolution in India, The AkshayaPatra Foundation, the world’s largest free midday meal programme, will serve it’s 2 billionth meal in a school in the Guwahati, Assam.  

Started in 2000 at a kitchen in Bengaluru, The AkshayaPatra Foundation serves nutritious food to over 1.5 million children every school day, in 11,000 schools across 10 states in India. With 23 kitchens all over India that provide nutritious, vegetarian India staple food like daal (lentils), rice and delicious vegetable preparations, The Foundation believes that no child should be deprived of education because of hunger; for many children in India their daily midday meal in school is the only proper, nutritious food they receive. Their mission is to feed 5 million children by 2020.

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