Shahid Kapoor crowned Sexiest Asian Man in the World

British singer Zayn Malik has lost his crown as the sexiest Asian man in the world to Indian actor Shahid Kapoor. The popular Bollywood star topped the 50 Sexiest Asian Men in the world list for the first time, dethroning chart-topping pop star Zayn who has been awarded the accolade for the previous two years. The stunning victory for Shahid in the 2017 edition of the globally renowned list published by UK based newspaper Eastern Eye rounds off an action-packed year, which saw him win a number of Best Actor awards for his stunning performance in 2016 film Udta Punjab. Bollywood heartthrob and previous winner Hrithik Roshan ranked second for the third year in a row with last year’s winner Zayn falling to number three.

Shahid Kapoor, who ranked seventh last year, expressed his surprise at topping the list and dedicated the stunning victory to his legion of fans who voted for him in force. “I would like to thank everyone who voted for me. I am humbled by the desirable tag. I believe sexy is not only to do with the physical, but as much to do with the mental perspective on life. This one is for all those fans who have loved and supported me” said Shahid Kapoor.

The annual list, which is based on votes from fans around the world, heat generated on social networking sites and media attention, once again generated a massive global interest. Millions from around the world voted and helped the list trend on social media once again. Continue reading “Shahid Kapoor crowned Sexiest Asian Man in the World”

Exclusive, Online Indian Entertainment Sweeps North America

This weekend, Indian megastar SHAH RUKH KHAN will host the first-ever collaboration between TED Talks and a major Indian network, Star India, which will premiere on the online digital platform, Hotstar, before it hits television. Called TED Talks India Nayi Soch, the seven-episode series will showcase some of the best innovators and thinkers of Indian origin debuting their TED Talks in a language other than English (Hindi). Tune in to the world premiere, available starting Sunday, December 10th from 7:30 a.m. ET onwards at http://www.us.hotstar.com

Host Shah Rukh Khan raves: “It is a huge honor to host this show. When two giants like Star India and TED come together, we are  sure to fire up a billion imaginations. Bringing the power of ideas to people’s living rooms across India and reaching out to, especially, the youth of our country is something that’s really exciting. I want our youth to be inspired to think of new ideas…simple and unique ideas that pack a punch. Ideas that can change lives!”

Another genre of original, cutting-edge programming that is exclusive to Hotsar is the CinePlay. In this era of constant innovation, Cineplay is a novel attempt at storytelling by combining the grammar of theatre and power of cinema. It is an innovation that presents timeless theatrical dramas as digitally-immersive experiences and is especially calibrated for all screen sizes.

CinePlays are not just live recordings of a play. Sets are created especially for each production, and much like a film, a CinePlay is shot over a span of several days. With an elaborate camera, light and production set up, CinePlays weave elements of cinema into stories from theatre to create a whole new experience for Hotstar audiences. Continue reading “Exclusive, Online Indian Entertainment Sweeps North America”

Sushant Singh Rajput & Shekhar Kapur host an engaging Master-class at IFFI 2017

Padma Shri, BAFTA and National Award winner Shekhar Kapur along with Sushant Singh Rajput, Actor hosted anengaging and interactive master-class at the 48th International Film Festival of India on Day 7 at IFFI 2017.

Having made a spectacular directorial debut in 1983 with the multi-award winning Masoom, Shekhar gained international recognition with the 1994 Bollywood film Bandit Queen, for which he won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi, Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie and Best Direction for that year. It was premiered in the Directors Fortnight section of the 1994 Cannes Film Festival and was screened at the Edinburgh Film Festival.

From questions ranging from learning the various aspects of filmmaking right from the scripting stage to eventually putting up the final product together on the big screen and collaborating in the near future, the actor and filmmaker thoroughly entertained the crowd comprising of filmmakers, aspiring actors and his fans. The popular filmmaker with a great sense of humour had the crowd in splits with his hilarious repartees as he spoke on several aspects related to his journey and evolution as a filmmaker. Continue reading “Sushant Singh Rajput & Shekhar Kapur host an engaging Master-class at IFFI 2017”

UNITED FOR GIRL POWER!

Female Empowerment Ambassador & producer of PADMAN, Twinkle Khanna, invited to join eminent panel at United Nations, NY for ‘Woman Entrepreneurship Day

Best-Selling Author, Film Producer and vocal female empowerment champion, Twinkle Khanna was invited to be part of a panel of “girl power” change-makers at the annual international Women’s Entrepreneurship Day [WED] event, which convened at the United Nations in New York City on Friday, 17th November 2017.

Held to empower women and girls globally to help alleviate poverty, WED curated the Sparking Confidence in Girls with Stars of Today panel, which saw Twinkle Khanna join discussions with other eminent personalities including Sara Bareilles, Singer, Songwriter, 6-time Grammy Nominee, Broadway Musical Writer/ Composer “Waitress”, Mikaila Ulmer, 12 Years Old, Founder Me & the Bees Lemonade & Successful ABC Shark Tank Contestant, Angela Simmons, Founder/Designer Foofi and Bella, Editor Angela’s Rundown, Star WE TV’s Growing Up Hip Hop and MTV’s Run House, Philanthropist. The panel was moderated by Veronica Dagher, ‘Secrets of Wealthy Women’ @WSJPodcasts and Wall Street Journal Wealth Adviser Reporter.

In an event replete with a host of high-profile attendees such as the CEO of Beauty Evolution, Bobbi Brown, the First Woman Television Producer in the US Lucy Jarvis Continue reading “UNITED FOR GIRL POWER!”

48th International Film Festival of India inaugurated at Goa

Inviting film makers to India is the endeavour of IFFI: Smriti Zubin Irani 
Cultural extravaganza highlight of IFFI 2017 

Minister of Textiles  and Information & Broadcasting, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani has said  that India is a land of festivals, celebrations, dynamic youth and stories, where in  stories were told in over 1600 dialects.  Minister said this while addressing the opening ceremony of 48th international Film Festival of India in Goa.

Elaborating further, Smt Smriti Zubin Irani  said that the endeavor of Government of India through International Film Festival of India is to invite film makers from all over the world to the land of stories. Speaking on the role of IFFI, Minister said that the festival will help the film lovers to meet the biggest and brightest names of Indian film industry.

Chief Minister of Goa, Shri Manohar Parikkar in his address welcomed all the delegates to IFFI 2017 and said that Goa will be ready in 2019 to host the 50th edition of IFFI in a magnificent way. Shri. Parikkar added that Goa has developed a good film culture over the last few years and the state government would continue its work towards further developing the film industry in Goa.

Earlier, Indian film star Shri. Shahrukh Khan while welcoming all film makers and delegates to IFFI 2017 said that films are about loving, about an idea transformed into reality by hundreds of people working together. He further added that story tellers and story listeners are like a family and stories have the power to bind each and every one together. Continue reading “48th International Film Festival of India inaugurated at Goa”

2017 Canadian Folk Music Awards recipients announced during  celebrations in Ottawa

Danny Michel receives two awards for his innovation on his spectacular album Khlebnikov 
Fred Penner, Stephen Fearing, Leeroy StaggerLuc de Larochellière,  Ken Yates, Twin Flames and Kobo Town awarded for their music
Gerry Strong receives the Slaight Music Unsung Hero award 

OTTAWA-Canadian Folk Music Awards (#CFMA2017) were awarded during the first evening of celebrations at the Bronson Centre in Ottawa. The 13th anniversary event was hosted by musicians Jean Hewson and Benoit Bourque (La Bottine Souriante) in a bilingual evening filled with music including performances by 2017 nominees MAZTwin FlamesBeyond The PaleBEYRIESKobo Town and Danny Michel. Ten awards were handed out throughout evening. 

Danny Michel was honoured twice during the evening for his latest album Khlebnikov which received the Oliver Schroer Pushing The Boundaries Award. He was also awarded the Producer of the Year Award along with his collaborator Rob Continue reading “2017 Canadian Folk Music Awards recipients announced during  celebrations in Ottawa”

Female-driven comedies take the spotlight

Wexford Plaza and Suck It Up open across Canada on December 1, 2017

Wexford Plaza is a slice-of-life dark comedy starring Reid Asselstine in her breakout role as the charming and vulnerable Betty, a strip-mall security guard. The film perfectly depicts how in a world of connectivity, isolation is rapidly growing.

A lonely female security guard (Reid Asselstine) who works at a dilapidated strip mall. Isolated and friendless, a glimmer of hope appears when a charming bartender shows Betty kindness, leading to an unexpected sexual encounter. Although Betty and her deadbeat paramour are well meaning in their intentions, their behaviour ends up causing both of their lives to unravel. Wexford Plaza is about two losers who are earnestly trying to improve their condition, but ultimately become deluded by their dreams.

Hailed as “a major talent to watch” by the LA TimesWexford Plaza was directed by Torontonian Joyce Wong and was produced by Matt Greyson and Harry Cherniak.

The film had its World Premiere in the Festa Mobile Section of the 2016 Torino Film Festival and has since premiered for North America at the 2017 Slamdance Film Festival. Wexford Plaza was awarded the Comcast Narrative Feature Award at the Center for Asian American Media Festival.  Continue reading “Female-driven comedies take the spotlight”

REEL ASIAN KEEPS FAMILY CLOSE WITH OPENING AND CLOSING NIGHT GALAS: DEAR ETRANGER AND STAND UP MAN

Festival runs November 9 to 18, 2017
Public tickets on sale at reelasian.com

The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival (Reel Asian), Canada’s premier Pan-Asian festival has announced the Opening and Closing Night Galas for its 21st edition. The festival will open with Yukiko Mishima’s moving family drama DEAR ETRANGER and will close with STAND UP MAN, a Korean Canadian comedy written
and directed by Toronto-based filmmaker Aram Collier. The Reel Asian Film Festival will take place November 9 to 18, 2017.
“Given the significance of family within the Asian community, we feel that this year’s Opening and Closing Gala films will resonate strongly with Reel Asian audiences,” said Savine Wong, Interim Executive Director, Reel Asian. “Both of these films explore the joys and pains of familial relationships through two distinctly different filmmaking voices and we look forward to sharing them with festival goers.”

Opening Night Gala (November 9)
DEAR ETRANGER – Ontario Premiere
Director: Yukiko Mishima
Dear Etranger takes a hard look at a complicated family unit, headed by the 40-year-old Makoto Tanaka (Tadanobu Asano). A man with two families, Makoto tries to lead as ordinary a life as possible—he maintains a bond with his daughter from his first marriage, but he also tries to keep her away from his second wife, Nanae, and his two step daughters. When Nanae becomes pregnant, however, the fissures around the seemingly happy family begin to widen.
And this news has come at the worst time—when career ruin, fatal disease, and other events befall Makoto’s kin. Continue reading “REEL ASIAN KEEPS FAMILY CLOSE WITH OPENING AND CLOSING NIGHT GALAS: DEAR ETRANGER AND STAND UP MAN”

Bob Saget’s raunchy new comedy special opens on November 14

levelFILM announced today that it has signed an exclusive output deal with Comedy Dynamics, the largest independent comedy production and distribution company in North America. The Toronto-based independent film distributor will distribute much of Comedy Dynamics’ current and future slate in Canada.

One of the first premiere titles will be Bob Saget’s upcoming stand-up special Zero to Sixty, filmed live in Williamsburg, Brooklyn at the Music Hall, will premiere on Canadian VOD and Digital platforms nationwide on November 14.

Bob Saget’s upcoming stand-up special Zero to Sixty, filmed live in Williamsburg, Brooklyn at the Music Hall, will premiere on Canadian VOD and Digital platforms nationwide on November 14. The raunchy new special has Saget picking up where he left off in his previous specials That’s What I’m Talking About  andThat Ain’t Right, and continues his unfiltered brand of comedy that makes it hard to remember his days onAmerica’s Funniest Home Videos and Full House. Zero to Sixty has Saget reflecting on his career in show business in hilarious detail describing when he first learned what sex was, the time he lost his mojo, and the strange reason he’s scared of doves. Continue reading “Bob Saget’s raunchy new comedy special opens on November 14”

Newton:India’s official pick for Oscars 2018

Eros International, Colour Yellow Productions and Drishyam’s latest release Newton featuring Rajkummar Rao in the lead role was named as India’s official pick for Oscars 2018 in the Foreign Language Film category. The film received accolades at various international film festivals including the Berlin Film Festival, Tribeca, among others earlier this year.

The coming-of-age satire directed by Amit Masurkar has impressed several critics and B-town influencers who couldn’t stop raving about the poignant film, brilliant subject and superlative performances by the cast including Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi, Sanjay Mishra and Anjali Patil among others.

Rajkummar took to his social networking site to share the big news and congratulated the entire team of Newton. He wrote, “It’s amazing! Newton is such a unique and a special film for all of us. It’s a film which has been made with so much purity and honesty, without keeping any commercial aspects in mind. It’s a simple, honest story and it’s resonating with everyone. The response that we have been getting from the critics also is huge. I really hope this translates on to the box office as well. Now, more number of people would be interested in watching Newton!”

Sunil Lulla, Managing Director, Eros International Media Ltd says, “It gives us immense pleasure that Newton is India’s official entry to Oscars 2018. We at Eros are extremely proud as this film is totally deserving of this huge honour and we will continue to back good cinema as always.” Continue reading “Newton:India’s official pick for Oscars 2018”