Kailash Kher rips it up at Celebration Square in Mississauga!

— Lachman Balani

 On Saturday Aug 12, 2017, the Celebration Square witnessed the likes of a concert never experienced before!

Padma Shri (India’s fourth highest civilian award) winner, singer Kailash Kher, took the stage at Celebration Square for TD Mosiac’s 12th annual festival. The organizers brought him and his band all the way from India to perform! Throngs of people had gathered to see this living legend. There were so many people that the grounds were jam packed and late comers had to sit on the stairs by the fountains behind the grounds to soak in the music.

The crowd went wild when Kailash stomped onto the stage with his lion’s mane of hair. He and his band, Kailasa, regaled the crowd for an almost 2 hour free concert. The audience knew every last one of his songs- not just the popular Bollywood tunes but even his folk and sufi music and sang along. Kailash was totally impressed that the patrons knew so much and even expressed his amazement to the public. Continue reading “Kailash Kher rips it up at Celebration Square in Mississauga!”

AKSHAY KUMAR GRACES INAUGURAL “FESTIVAL OF EDUCATION” IN JAIPUR

RT. HON. CHIEF MINISTER VASUNDHARA RAJE APPLAUDS AKSHAY KUMAR FOR HIS EFFORTS IN TAKING ON TABOO SUBJECTS SUCH AS THE OPEN-DEFECATION CRISIS IN INDIA, HEAD ON

 Bollywood megastar Akshay Kumar, well known internationally for enabling passionate tailwind for notable social causes, extended his support for the Festival of Education, a first of its kind event in South Asia, incepted by the Government of Rajasthan in partnership with GEMS Education, to celebrate the future of education in India. An unprecedented event, the festival saw over 1,00,000 global innovators, academicians, faculty, change-makers, vice chancellors, educationalists, teachers, students, parents, scientists, and policy makers under one roof, united by the same goal – to give shape to the future of education through discourse, discussion and debate.

 The Festival of Education entertained and inspired in equal measure and was divided into three experience zones which included Fundamental to capture high-level, thought-leadership panel discussions led by Continue reading “AKSHAY KUMAR GRACES INAUGURAL “FESTIVAL OF EDUCATION” IN JAIPUR”

AWARD-WINNING ANIMATED FEATURE OPENS IN CANADA TORONTO, HALIFAX, VANCOUVER, CALGARY and OTTAWA

 

An empowering coming-of-age tale set against the backdrop of World War II, In This Corner of the World is a captivating story about the resilience and triumph of the human spirit. Based on the award-winning Japanese manga by Fumiyo Kouno, In This Corner of the World is written and directed by Sunao Katabuchi and produced by GENCO and Japanese animation studio MAPPA. Bolstered by emotionally resonant storytelling and exquisite hand-drawn animation, this acclaimed animated feature recently won the coveted Animation of the Year award at this year’s 40th Japan Academy and the Jury Prize at ANNECY 2017.

The award-winning story of In This Corner of the World follows a young lady named Suzu Urano, who in 1944 moves to the small town of Kure in Hiroshima to live with her husband’s family.  Suzu’s life is thrown into chaos when her town is bombed during World War II. Continue reading “AWARD-WINNING ANIMATED FEATURE OPENS IN CANADA TORONTO, HALIFAX, VANCOUVER, CALGARY and OTTAWA”

First song ‘Naak’ of Trinity Pictures’ first franchise Sniff!!! launched!

After launching the exciting trailer of Eros International’s Trinity Pictures’ first franchise ‘Sniff!!!’ the makers have unveiled the first song, Naak from the family entertainer today.

Helmed by acclaimed director, Amole Gupte, of Taare Zameen Par, Hawaa Hawaai & Stanley Ka Dabba fame, the man reputed to spot talent in children is all set to launch his next discovery- Khushmeet Gill, who plays the 8-year-old wonder boy who acquires a superpower.

Khushmeet plays the lead protagonist, Sunny Gill, in this family entertainer that revolves around a young Sikh boy, who is a spy-in-the-making along with his curious gang of extraordinary cohorts. 

Amole, who has previously composed for his film, Hawaa Hawaai, has not just crooned the fun and quirky song in Sniff but also penned the lyrics related to the movie theme.

The song launch activity also witnessed the talented screenwriter-actor-filmmaker jamming live with the music composer, Mujtaba Aziz Naza. Continue reading “First song ‘Naak’ of Trinity Pictures’ first franchise Sniff!!! launched!”

Eros International and Viki Rajani’s Chanda Mama Door Ke becomes the first Bollywood film to be at NASA

Produced by Eros International and Viki Rajani and directed by National award-winner Sanjay Puran Singh (of Lahore fame), Chanda Mama Door Ke is India’s first epic space odyssey with a massive cast of Sushant Singh Rajput, R Madhavan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui among others.

Sushant Singh Rajput, who is known to get under the skin of all his characters, is going the extra mile for Chanda Mama Door Ke and is currently at NASA’s Space & Rocket Centre at Alabama, in U.S.A. The actor is preparing for the role of an astronaut, by participating in workshops and various training regimes aimed at acquaniting him with the life of an astronaut, in as realistic a manner as possible.

USSRC recently welcomed Sushant Singh Rajput, the first actor from the Indian film industry who will undergo special training at NASA, to step into the shoes of an astronaut on the silver screen. In an official statement released from USSRC, they said, “We would like to welcome Youth Icon and promising Indian Actor, Sushant Singh Rajput for undergoing this training schedule, including the important training regimes such as, ‘Flying a Space Shuttle Simulator’ or ‘Lunar Module/Mars Lander Simulation’, ‘Experiencing Zero G’, ‘1/6’, ‘Wearing a professional Space Suit’, ‘Flying a multi-axis trainer’ and ‘Docking the shuttle to the ISS’. Continue reading “Eros International and Viki Rajani’s Chanda Mama Door Ke becomes the first Bollywood film to be at NASA”

Powerhouse, Director & Producer Karan Johar to judge TIFFxInstagram Shorts Festival 

Photo Credit: Ivan Herrera, La Pasión Original

MINIATURE MOVIES WELCOME: TIFFxINSTAGRAM SHORTS FESTIVAL RETURNS

TIFFxInstagram Shorts Festival to showcase the best in tiny films from Aug 9 to 20

TIFF is proud to announce the return of the TIFFxInstagram Shorts Festival, TIFF’s digital short film competition. Beginning today, aspiring filmmakers from around the world can submit their pint-sized films for consideration. Finalists will have the unique opportunity to have their films judged by a panel of A-list film and industry professionals, including some of today’s top filmmakers and actors. To enter, submit a 60-second-or-less film on Instagram using the hashtag #TIFFxInstagram and complete the submission form at tiff.net/shortsfestival. The deadline for submissions is July 30. Entries must be submitted from an open Instagram account and accounts must remain open until August 21. The TIFFxInstagram Shorts Festival is presented by UNIQLO.

The inaugural 2016 competition saw entrants from regions all over the world, including submissions from Asia, Africa and the Americas. During the festival’s run, finalists’ videos were viewed over 4 million times in just 11 short days. Last year’s TIFFxInstagram produced Fan Favourite Award winner, Tunisia’s Mohamed Abdallah for Hopeand Jury’s Choice Award winner, the Dominican Republic’s Ivan Herrera for La Pasión Original. Since their wins, Herrera and Abdallah have had continued success, including Herrera’s work on the music video for John Legend’s Love Me Now” alongside 2016 TIFFxInstagram Shorts Festival jury member, photographer and director Nabil Elderkin. Continue reading “Powerhouse, Director & Producer Karan Johar to judge TIFFxInstagram Shorts Festival “

EDINBURGH ANNOUNCES HOGMANAY FESTIVAL 2018

The home of Hogmanay and the place to celebrate New Year, Edinburgh today announces the programme for its 25thHogmanay festival.

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2018 is better than ever before with new events, including the family friendly Bairns Afore and a new look ceilidh at the foot of the city’s iconic castle, an extended fireworks display which will rival any other city in the world this New Year, and a revamped and animated Street Party that keeps the celebration going all evening.

The three-day festival opens on 30 December 2017 with the stunning traditional Torchlight Procession which this year blazes a new path seeing the river of light weave its way through the historic heart of the city around Holyrood Palace and the Scottish Parliament before culminating in a stunning visual moment in Holyrood Park: #ScotWord project.

Marking the start of Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay will celebrate Scotland’s young citizens at the Torchlight Procession and give them the limelight on a Scottish and global stage. A Scotland wide engagement campaign co-designed and led by young people will seek to reach their peers in Scotland between the ages of 8 and 26 over the autumn/winter period this year in a quest to find #ScotWord. This one word will form the fiery finale of the popular Torchlight Procession on 30 December sharing with the world the answer of Scotland’s young people to the question “What makes you most proud to live in Scotland?”. Underbelly is working with Young Scot, the Scottish Government and EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate to realise the project. Young Scottish singer and songwriter Nina Nesbitt leads the engagement campaign.  Continue reading “EDINBURGH ANNOUNCES HOGMANAY FESTIVAL 2018”

THE IIFA AWARDS BROUGHT THE BEST OF BOLLYWOOD WITH A STAR STUDDED AWARDS SHOW!

The celebrated IIFA Awards took over the city of New York with a dazzling awards show bringing together the biggest names of Bollywood in celebration of Indian Cinema. Giving Indian cinema a global platform, the Awards was held at the iconic MetLife Stadium at New York, USA.

This year the IIFA Awards stage saw Bollywood’s most dynamic duo- the talented stars Karan Johar and Saif Ali Khan – host India’s most awaited awards ceremony. The pair amazed the crowd present with their quick wit and zingers as leaving them in splits with their amusing one-liners and on-stage chemistry.

The IIFA Awards, the finale of the IIFA Weekend saw a host of stellar performances and acts. The show kicked off with Alia Bhatt performing on the Awards stage for the very first time since her debut in Bollywood five years ago. The night featured spellbinding  performances by Bollywood superstars- Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Shahid Kapoor, Sushant Singh Rajput and Kriti Sanon, to name a few.

Bollywood’s Youth Icon, Varun Dhawan performed on the IIFA Awards stage with a stunning performance celebrating his father’s legacy in Bollywood. This year, IIFA presented the Woman of the Year Award to actressTaapsee Pannu and The Myntra Style Icon to Alia Bhatt. The award night included legendary actor Anil Kapoor and Sudhanshu Vats, Group CEO – Viacom18 honoring A.R. Rahman for his illustrious career and work as they celebrated his 25 years in the industry. Continue reading “THE IIFA AWARDS BROUGHT THE BEST OF BOLLYWOOD WITH A STAR STUDDED AWARDS SHOW!”

#BollywoodMonster Mashup Reveals Bollywood Star Zee Cine Award Winner Kamal Khan

…. Announces Comedian Ali Hassan as FoodFest Host

Singer of “Ishq Sufiyana” added to the festival’s larger-than-life programming, Host of CBC’s Laugh Out Loud Ali Hassan to emcee Monster FoodFest

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Mississauga, ON: Multi-award winning Bollywood star Kamal Khan is set to appear at Canada’s largest South Asian Festival, #BollywoodMonster Mashup presented by TD, this July at Mississauga Celebration Square. With over 8 million views on YouTube, his hit song “Ishq Sufiyana” from the film The Dirty Picture has stood the test of time and continues to be a fan favourite. Kamal Khan’s hypnotic vocals paired with the song’s bright melody makes it the perfect single to enjoy the summer air and earned the singer a Zee Cine Award for Fresh New Singing Talent, in addition to Male Vocalist of the Year at the Mirchi Music Awards and Best Music Debut at the Global Indian Music Awards. Popular among both critics and fans Kamal Khan’s skilled musicality earned him Favourite Male Singer at People’s Choice Awards India and Best Playback Singer (Male) at the PTC Punjabi Film Awards for the song “Dil De Varke” from the film Fer Mamla Gadbad Gadbad. Following his award-winning singles, the Punjabi singer continues to release hit after hit. His latest songs, “Barsatan” and “Sach” have over 1 million views on the artist’s YouTube channel. Kamal Khan is bringing his irresistible hits to #BollywoodMonster Mashup as the festival’s Friday night closer in a can’t-miss performance!

“I can’t wait to close the show Friday night at #BollywoodMonster Mashup! I’m excited to connect with the crowd at this massive festival and get a feel for their energy,” says Kamal Khan, “It will be great to reach such a wide audience and be able to perform for so many fans at once.” Continue reading “#BollywoodMonster Mashup Reveals Bollywood Star Zee Cine Award Winner Kamal Khan”

Little India, Enormous Dreams

Success is a beautiful thing. Whether in business, school, sports or any endeavour. Filmmaker Nina Beveridge, successfully captures the essence of Little India, in her film A Village of Dreams. The film, unsurprisingly, is more a paean to Toronto’s beloved Indian bazaar on Gerrard Street. The documentary is loaded with nostalgia and Did-You-Know trivia that keeps viewers sated. Ultimately one walks out knowing little more about the little India.

For most part Little India, a Village of Dreams, runs a highlight reel, revisiting the key milestones of the entrepreneurs, the culture, the atmosphere that form the essence of what Gerrard Street is all about.

Over the years, the few blocks stretch of Gerrard has acquired the noteworthy status of being one of the most charming, beguiling and multicultural streets in Canada. Walking in there, especially in the summer is like entering a movie set.

It’s an amazing journey to just watch the restaurants and stores evolve. It’s fascinating, it’s forever changing, evolving and it’s a mini India. Watching the beautiful film, will want you to visit and revisit this village of dreams.

Voices of the family members of the business owners recalling anecdotes, sharing their personal stories acknowledge the collective dreams, vision and passion. There are several aww-worthy moments, and the one that lingers most is when Mr. Multani who learnt to speak English when he arrived in Canada, by watching cartoons on TV. Today, both his sons are medical doctors.

The musical score is very impressive. The film also briefly manages to make viewers aware of the diversity, the peaceful co-existence among different ethnicities. Documentaries made with the support and participation of the subject’s families can be informative and insightful.

It took Nina and her partner Paul Hart of Beevision Productions more than a year to document the eclectic neighbourhood’s history. Continue reading “Little India, Enormous Dreams”