Telugu action entertainer ‘Amar Akbar Anthony’ to hit screens on Nov 16th

Eros International acquires highly anticipated Telugu film Amar Akbar Anthony

 Eros International Media Ltd, a leading global company in the Indian film entertainment industry, in association with Mythri Movie Makers will be releasing Telugu action entertainer Amar Akbar Anthony. The action filled romantic drama is slated to hit the screens on November 16.

Co-produced by Naveen Yerneni, Ravi Shankar Yalamanchili and Mohan Cherukuri under the banner Mythri Movie Makers, the film has all the elements of a masala entertainer – action, comedy and romance. Largely filmed in the USA, Amar Akbar Anthony is directed by Srinu Vaitla starring celebrated Telugu actor Ravi Teja in three different roles along with Ileana D’Cruz, marking the fourth venture of the hit couple together.

Srinivas Reddy, Raghu Babu, Jayaprakash Reddy, Tanikella Bharani, Satya, Vennala Kishore, Ravi Prakash, Tarun Arora, Aditya Menon, Abhimanyu Singh, Vikramjit, Rajveer Singh, Shiyaji Shinde, Subhalekha Sudhakar comprise the remaining cast. The music has been composed by renowned composer, S Thaman.

Speaking on the announcement, Sunil Lulla, Managing Director, Eros International Media Ltd said, “We are excited to collaborate with Mythri Movie Makers once again for Amar Akbar Anthony. The film looks very promising with its mass appeal and popular pairing of lead actors. We are looking forward to entertaining the audience with this light rom-com action film and remain focused on expanding our regional presence across languages and genres”. Continue reading “Telugu action entertainer ‘Amar Akbar Anthony’ to hit screens on Nov 16th”

Marc Anthony, Bad Bunny and Will Smith to open the 19th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards®

The Biggest Night in Latin Music® to air live on the Univision Network Nov. 15 from 8–11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central)

The Latin Recording Academy® today announced that six-time Latin GRAMMY ®  and two-time GRAMMY winner Marc Anthony, current Latin GRAMMY nominee Bad Bunny, and four-time GRAMMY® winner Will Smith will perform their new song “Está Rico” live for the first time at the 19th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards®.

Actress Ana de la Reguera and singer Carlos Rivera will host The Biggest Night in Latin Music® live on the Univision Network Nov. 15  from 8–11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Previously announced performers include Ángela AguilarEl David Aguilar, Pablo AlboránJ BalvinJorge DrexlerKarol GKany GarcíaHalsey, Mon Laferte, Natalia Lafourcade, ManáVictor ManuelleBanda Los RecoditosCarlos Vives, and Sebastián Yatra.

A very limited number of tickets for the 19th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards, are still available for purchase through www.axs.com.

LatinGRAMMY.com will offer through Facebook Live, exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of the 19th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards. The live stream will include interviews from various locations, including the red carpet, Latin GRAMMY Premiere ceremony, backstage, and the media center, beginning at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT. Continue reading “Marc Anthony, Bad Bunny and Will Smith to open the 19th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards®”

India Pavilion Inaugurated at Videocittà 2018 in Rome Film Festival

Co-production opportunities between India and Italy Re-energized; Mare Pyare Prime Minister: India’s Lone Entry in Rome Film Festival

India was partner country at Videocittà 2018, an event focussing on Virtual Reality, Video gaming, Animation, Film Making, etc. was organized along with Rome Film Festival and Mercato Internazionale dell’Audiovisivo (MIA) (the International Audio Visual Market). India’s participation at Videocittà 2018, Rome was organized by Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and coordinated on Ministry’s behalf by FICCI.

India Pavilion at Videocittà 2018 showcased Indian films’ heritage, ease of film shooting in India, promoted film shooting locations in India, International Film Festival of India, Indian Cinema from different regions, Audio Visual Co Production between India and Italy. Daily cultural performances related to Indian classical dances, performances based Indian films, Yoga sessions, Vocal performances, screening of Indian films across regions, etc happened in the India Pavilion.

While inaugurating the India Pavilion at Videocittà, Joint Secretary (Films), Ministry of Information & Broadcasting Shri Ashok Kumar Parmar highlighted the film heritage of India and India as the largest film making country. He also said that India is not only one of the leading countries in telling stories full of different shades of life, but also emerged as one of the destination for high end services related to filmmaking. Continue reading “India Pavilion Inaugurated at Videocittà 2018 in Rome Film Festival”

ANOKHI MEDIA Announces Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

— Final Attendance To Include Monika Deol & Shama Hyder
ANOKHI MEDIA, North America’s leading South Asian entertainment & lifestyle media and events company is very pleased to announce the third group of personalities that will be attending the 15th anniversary event on November 3rd, 2018 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto, a milestone being marked by the EMPOWER ME Campaign in support of the not-for-profit organization, Free-Them. Full details can be seen at the event’s official website: www.AnokhiAwards.com.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD:
 
In commemoration of ANOKHI MEDIA’s 15 year milestone, the company is thrilled to announce the presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award for the very first time in its history. “The recipient is a decorated Canadian figure who has exemplified true global leadership as well as shown by example, how to honour one’s Country and one’s culture at the highest levels, while continuing to serve with humility“, said ANOKHI MEDIA’s CEO, Raj Girn.
The Hon. Harjit Singh Sajjan, Canada’s Minister of National Defence will be presented with ‘The ANOKHI POWER Award 2018’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Presented For Global Empowerment In The Advancement Of Leadership’. The award is brought to you by Canada’s most awarded air cargo airline, Cargojet.
Minister Sajjan will be providing a video acceptance speech and opening the Summit during the day with a few words of encouragement around the “ANOKHI EMPOWER ME” campaign. Raj Grewal, Member of Parliament for Brampton East, will be receiving the award on stage on behalf of the Minister.  Continue reading “ANOKHI MEDIA Announces Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient”

Factory presents its 49th Season “Canada at Your Doorstep”

FACTORY presents THE MEN IN WHITE
Written by Anosh Irani | Directed by Philip Akin October 13 – November 4, 2018

Factory presents its 49th Season “Canada at Your Doorstep,” six provocative works in the Mainspace that challenge and interrogate popular narratives of Canadian identity. The 2018-2019 season begins with the return of Dora Award-winning playwright Anosh Irani (Bombay Black) to Factory, and the Toronto premiere of his latest play, THE MEN IN WHITE, directed by Philip Akin.

Abdul’s Vancouver cricket team wants to end its losing streak by recruiting his younger brother Hasan, a talented “all-rounder” from India. One problem is that he is a professional chicken cutter from the wrong side of town – a fact not lost on some of his teammates, let alone the immigration authorities. Bringing Hasan to Canada will take more than just a plane ticket, and not all of the team agree it is worth the cost.

Alternating between the Dongri neighbourhood of Mumbai, and a Vancouver locker room, this touching and funny story follows a charming band of feisty misfits as they discover that home can be found in a sport, and unite family across nations.

It is a sweet comedy about a group of rag tag cricket players in BC banding together to bring a ringer over from Mumbai. It is the game of cricket that times them all together, and gives them a sense of home, so far away from home. Continue reading “Factory presents its 49th Season “Canada at Your Doorstep””

Anurag Choudhury becomes famous British graffiti artist Banksy in Toronto!

–By Nita Balani

There is no better way to welcome fall than spending an evening at the theatre. Becoming Banksy is running at the Redwood Theatre until October 14, 2018. This theatre is an ideal location for this avant garde fringe theatre script about an English tourist who visits Toronto and is mistakenly identified as none other than the famous British grafitti artist, Banksy.

The timing could not be better as Toronto just hosted one of the largest art exhibits of Banksy the past three months. The location is more than perfect as the Redwood Theatre (originally a vaudeville theatre) is one of the city’s oldest independent theatres built in 1914. It supports a diverse range of innovators in the creative fields including circus, theatre, art, and film.

Becoming Banksy is a delightful tale of Will Banks (Anurag Choudhury), an unemployed artist from London who is going through an emotional separation . His best friend and fellow street art artist Mark ( Daniel Pagett), suggests he needs to get away from the painful and highly emotionally charged atmosphere at home by taking a well-deserved break to visit Toronto. The plot then takes a comical twist as Will is caught up in a case of mistaken identity by the Toronto hotel receptionist, Caitlyn (Caitlin Driscoll), who thinks he is definitely the graffiti artist Banksy. When Mark finds out, he suggests they take advantage of this folly to sell a number of their paintings for a profit. Continue reading “Anurag Choudhury becomes famous British graffiti artist Banksy in Toronto!”

‘Roobha’ – She’s enchanting…and then she dances!

The 18th Reelworld Film Festival will feature the film ‘Roobha’ as their opening night Gala on October 9th.  The evening will include a cocktail reception, the Toronto premiere of opening feature film ROOBHA, and an engaging Q&A with director LENIN M. SIVAM and special guests. 

Speaking  an exclusive interview with the director Lenin Sivam says it is “. A raw multi-layered look into feelings that many don’t understand. A relationship develops between an older Sri Lankan man and a young woman. He’s… married, with children, and she’s… a trans-woman. Yes, it’s complicated, but it’s also a beautifully thoughtful portrayal of what we all want… to love and be loved.”​

Roobha weaves a unique romantic tale that deals with the complexities of personality and gender identity within the South-Asian community. Roobha, a trans-woman, struggles to make a living in Toronto after she is ostracized by her family. Her chance encounter with a family man, Anthony, leads to a beautiful romance. However, their blissful existence is short lived as their families soon discover their relationship.

When asked if the passing of the Bill 377 recently would make a difference in how the film is perceived, Lenin says that certainly, it would have a positive impact. He is excited about the film being one of the feature presentations in an upcoming Film Festival in India as well. The LGBT community in India  is currently rejoicing and celebrating their victory and the timing of this film couldn’t have been more perfect.

It is a taboo subject among the South Asians, and they are not ready to accept this and the film will aim to tell a beautiful love story, so that there’s more acceptance. The director says that we need to accept our transgender members for who they are with open arms. He hopes that the film can at least initiate a meaningful dialogue. Continue reading “‘Roobha’ – She’s enchanting…and then she dances!”

‘WOMEN’S RIGHTS ARE A GLOBAL CONCERN; IT IS A UNIVERSAL ISSUE’  – SHAZIA JAVED

 

In India, Muslim women have been fighting an arduous against the law of triple-divorce that allows Muslim men to give instant, oral divorce. 3 Seconds Divorce tells their story.                                                                               

‘Talaq’. Lubna’s husband said this one word, three times and threw her out the house along with their infant son. As per the prevailing sharia practice of triple or oral Divorce, this divorce was legal and final. In order to return to her husband, Lubna was asked to undergo halala that requires the divorced woman to marry another man, let him ‘consummate this marriage’ and then divorce her before she can remarry her original husband.  3 Seconds Divorce’ tells Lubna’s story as she reels under the effects of triple-divorce and finds her way into Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan, an Indian muslim women’s group fighting for reforms to Muslim family law with focus on ban on triple-divorce.  However, Muslim faith leaders are adamant and accuse the muslim women of pandering to the agenda of Hindu right. Under resourced and out-numbered, the women continue the struggle against all odds and celebrate small victories.

The documentary follows Lubna and the members of Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan in this bitter-sweet journey.  Shot over three years, the story is told through a mix of verité, interviews, archival images and animation. Although the practice of triple-divorce and halala are prevalent in many Muslim dominated countries like Pakistan, the documentary focuses on the issue in India as the socio-political circumstances of the country with Muslims as the largest minority add a unique perspective to the story.

In an exclusive interview with Usha Pudukkotai, the film maker Shazia Javed shares her ideologies, and how would like to make an impact and create an awareness on gender based issues. Continue reading “‘WOMEN’S RIGHTS ARE A GLOBAL CONCERN; IT IS A UNIVERSAL ISSUE’  – SHAZIA JAVED”

Present yourself with respect and dignity – Tonya Williams

Canada is celebrating the first-ever annual Gender Equality Week from September 23 – 29, 2018. At Namaste Newsline, we take pride in supporting women’s causes and empowering women. As part of our initiatives, we had an opportunity to speak with one of Toronto’s very successful woman entrepreneur, who has been making a huge impact in the society for over a decade.

Tonya Williams, Founder, Executive and Artistic Director of ‘ReelWorld Film Festival’, says that Gender Equality is something she grew up with, everyday of her life. She calls out to all women to take this week to reflect on what they have accomplished and not to think that they are disempowered. Especially, with regards to sexual harassment issues that came forth last year, Tonya says that how women present themselves confidently and professionally will contribute hugely towards their success.

A WIFT-T Crystal Award recipient, Tonya Williams has established herself as a force to be reckoned with. Always fearless, in 1979 she was one of the first black actresses to break into mainstream Canadian television. She is best known for her twenty year starring role as “Dr. Olivia Barber Winters” on the popular daytime drama The Young and The Restless which airs in over 60 countries and has garnered her two Emmy Nominations and numerous national and international awards, including two NAACP Image Awards and an ACTRA award of excellence.

With over forty years in the entertainment industry, she has worked in front and behind the cameras. Through her production company, Wilbo Entertainment, she has been both producer and director, and for five years Tonya sat on the Toronto Film Board where she worked tirelessly at creating more opportunities for emerging talent. Tonya Williams is a passionate, tenacious advocate for filmmakers of colour around the world. Continue reading “Present yourself with respect and dignity – Tonya Williams”

Rock Hall Nights Kicks Off on Wednesday, October 3rd

NEW MONTHLY ROCK HALL NIGHTS SERIES ALLOWS FANS TO EXPLORE THE MUSEUM & ITS COLLECTION IN EXCITING WAYS
Discounted $20 Online Ticket Purchase includes Drink Voucher

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is amplifying its fan experience on select Wednesday nights. The monthly “Rock Hall Nights” series invites fans to step inside exhibits and experience the museum in a whole new way. Grab a drink and a bite to eat from the All Access Cafe, hear stories from Rock Hall experts, and put your musical fandom to the test. Each night explores a different topic, providing a chance to cast your Inductee vote, show off your pinball skills, test your music history knowledge, and celebrate rock and roll’s culture-shaking moments.

Rock Hall Nights are offered once a month on select Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. EST. Rock Hall Members and City of Cleveland residents (ID required at box office) can attend for free.

The Rock Hall Nights $20 ticket is available online only at rockhall.com/nights. Metered parking is available surrounding the Museum and is free after 6 p.m. daily.
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