August 21, 2019
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Actor, director and producer Vinay Jaiswal hosted the screening of his short film “Cheetiyan” on the 14th of August. Actors spotted at the event included Mrunal Jain, Kunal Thakur, Sana Sheikh, Kanwar Dhillon, Rupal Tyagi, Jayashri Venkatraman, Mayank Malik, Abhinav Kohli and Abhishek Rawat.
The film deals with issues of divide between Hindus and Muslims. The audience was full of praises for the film and loved the performance of the actors.

Talking about the film, Vinay says, “Cheetiyaan is my debut short film as an actor and it is very special to me. I wanted to make this short film for a long time now. But things were not working out. I wanted some big actors to be part of it but finally, I decided to do it myself and I am so happy with the way it has turned out.”

Talking about the thought process behind making the film, he says, “My friend Maddy and I were talking one day at my house about this Hindu- Muslim divide. He, being a religious Muslim, told me a few things which I agreed and disagreed and vice versa. I remembered hateful things being fed and drilled in my mind when I was a child and the same was true for him as well. That’s how we thought of this concept. The title is the most interesting – Cheetiyaan – Ants! The uniqueness is how people create big differences and divide themselves over the smallest of things.”

Actor Akhlaque Khan, who also plays a pivotal role in the film, says, “When Vinay (Jaiswal, director) narrated this script to me I was totally sold. Very rarely does an actor get a chance to speak his heart out through a story. So, when he asked me to be a part of it, I didn’t blink before saying yes. The response is fabulous,” he says.

Ishq Aaj Kal star Angad Hasija is not blessed with a sister in the family but has found a rakhi sister in Seher. He also says that KinshukMahajan and Sara Khan are like his family members

Raksha Bandhan 2019 will be celebrated in India on 15 August 2019. Ahead of the celebrations, we got in touch with Ishq Aaj Kal star AngadHasija to know his ‘Rakhi’ story. The television actor revealed that although he doesn’t have a real sister, he celebrates the occasion with his rakhi sister Seher. Talking about his childhood memories, he said, “I have a different story of Raksha Bandhan. Punjabis celebrate the festival with great pomp. My Nani would make chawal and dal, some dish that we prepare only on Raksha Bandhan. I and my brother would go to my Nana-Nani’s house, my cousin sister would tie me and him a rakhi. But suddenly, we all grew up and she stopped tying a rakhi to us. These things matter to me a lot, maybe it’s because I don’t have a real sister. I would feel a lot about not having a sister, then I came to Mumbai and saw my friends would get a rakhi from their sisters and cousins. There was this other cousin, who is very younger to me. Now she has shifted to America, so after she grew up, she perhaps realized and every now she calls me on Raksha Bandhan.”

He further added, “After coming to Mumbai, I found a rakhi sister in Seher. Every year, whether I am shooting or not, if I am not able to make it, she will come anywhere to tie me a rakhi on Raksha Bandhan. At the same time, I am also very lucky to have friends who are like family. Kinshuk Mahajan, Sara Khan – my two best friends never make me feel like I am away from home. Kehte hai na, jo cheej aapke paas nahi hoti hai, uske baare me aapko jyada feel hota hai… it’s the same with me.”

If you loved actor Ravi Dubey in Jamai Raja, here is some great news for you.

Edgier, sharper and, of course, more stylish, Jamai 2.0 had already got all our attention. Ravi looks super amazing in sharp ensembles. He compares his character to the power of a joker in a pack of cards. A card with immense value and power, which simply fits anywhere one likes. Ravi’s character will take revenge and destroy Durga Devi Patel, essayed by Achint Kaur.

Nia Sharma and Ravi Dubey’s intense chemistry was the USP of Jamai Raja. The fans of the show have been constantly demanding for the two to be paired again and the makers decided to grant their wish. The trio is all set to create a roar with Jamai Raja 2.0 and this time on the digital platform as a web-series. The first teaser of the show is already out and is soaring the temperature.

It’s a no usual teaser with a story revelation but a teaser in complete Bollywood style that will make you scream for more right now! From the exotic locations to the upgraded and fashionista looks of the three leads – Everything will catch your eye.

This little teaser is enough to entice the interest of not only the previous fans of the show but any regular viewer also. From the locations, direction, plot – Nothing looks any less than a Bollywood flick and that makes us damn excited for the show to get set going! Ravi Dubey is looking super hot and all fans are waiting for September 10th for the web series.

Prachi Tehlan, who is all set to debut in Mollywood with Mamangam, opposite superstar Mammootty, is pained at seeing the condition of Kerala post the floods. In a video that she uploaded on Tuesday, she is seen appealing to people to contribute generously towards the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund.

“I have spent almost two years shooting in Kerala, that it pains my heart to see the condition of the state now. Keralites are warm and loving people and I pray that all suffering ends soon,” she said in the video.

When we spoke to her, she said, “A lot of my fans have been sending photos of their flooded houses and are requesting me to pray for them. It is really sad. I have done my bit of contribution to the CM fund, and am urging others to do the same through whichever way I can. These days, my Insta stories are all about artworks, the sales of which will be donated to the flood victims,” the girl with the golden heart said. Prachi has an event scheduled in Kerala, which is being delayed because of the rains. “I hope the situation gets better soon so that I can visit my favourite state at the earliest,” she signed off.’

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Rajan Shahi’s Ye Ristha Kya Kehlata Hai is keeping the audiences glued. The question of Kartik and Naira reuniting still looms large and how this might happen is keeping the audiences at the edge of their seats. The biggest truth will be revealed in today’s Maha episode.

The episode has emotional performances by both Kartik and Naira, played by Mohsin Khan and Shivangi Joshi. The couple has had a ling journey, from young lovers to a married couple and amazing parents.

The maha episode will also reveal the status of the relationships between Kartik and Naira and Vedika.

Trust Rajan Shahi to entertain his audience well! After all there is a reason that the show has gone on for so long!

Veteran actor Deepak Gheewala who is currently playing the popular Bapuji in Rajan Shahi’s Yeh Rishtey Hain Pyaar Ke has an amazing connection with late superstar Sanjeev Kumar who was also known as Hari Bhai. Speaking about their long association Deepak shares,”We go a long way. In the sixties, we used to be a part of a famous Gujrati play titled Maare Judaa Thavu chhe. It was a big hit. Sanjeev Kumar and I shared a great rapport. We both belong to Surat and I remember he used to like my mother’s cooking specially Khandvi and Dhokla. Sanjeev Kumar was a genius who left us early, I have learnt a lot from him. In the initial years of his career he had a tough time and saw a lot of hardship. He used to live in a chawl in Bhuleshwar. 1967 onwards he started getting work and what a talented actor he was. The list of memorable films he acted in is endless – Koshish, Sholay, Angoor, Grihpravesh, Pati Patni Aur Woh are only few. One can learn a lot of acting skills by just observing him. After he passed away there was a void in my life. One principle which I always followed in our friendship was I have never asked for any kind of favour from him. That was the reason our relationship never had a problem.” Apart from Sanjeev Kumar Deepak has been inspired by Amitabh Bachchan, Balraj Sahni and Dilip Kumar.

Celebrity tarot card reader-actor Munisha Khatwani is all set to marry next year. She met her Mr Right, Sameer Thakur, through an online dating app and two have been dating since some time now. “Right from the time I met him, it always felt right with Sameer. I just felt very comfortable and it just felt that this is the right thing for me. He is very humble, kind and very loving. I felt comfortable with him and we soon started talking about anything and everything. It just felt like he was made for me. Even though the universe made me wait for a while, I got the best in the end,” she says.

She adds, “He is Sindhi, so we are of the same caste and our families kind of knew each other, so things moved faster. We felt an instant connection with each other and within 7 days, he told me that he loves me and things just moved super fast!”

Munisha says that she always knew that although it might take long, the right man for her will come along very soon. “People used to tell me, ‘You’re getting older, and you’re now in your late 30s and all that. So where is the chance for you to find somebody nice or find somebody loving?’ They would tell me that I would have to compromise and settle either for a divorcee or a widower, or maybe someone with children. But I was always sure that I didn’t want to compromise. I was happy being by myself and I totally had faith in the universe and the Lord. I knew that the universe is going to take care of me. All I can say is that Sameer is my destiny and all I know that he was destined for me that is the reason why it did not work out with anyone else,” she says.

An entrepreneur by profession, Sameer has just relocated to India and is figuring out his business plans. “He has lived abroad for almost 18 years. He is just figuring out between couple of options such as trading, the jewellery business or opening a café now that he has moved to India from Cameroon. He has been involved in the trading business for last 18 years so he has a good experience in it. He has also had a jewellery business in Hong Kong and China,” she says.

The two will soon get engaged formally. “ As far as the engagement goes, it will take place in a few weeks,” he says.

Ask her how she feels about marriage, and she says, “My views on love and arranged marriage are the same. I feel in both the cases, as I am into astrology and tarot, things need to match. His family has accepted me with open arms. I think I am very lucky and blessed to have such a good family, one which really loves me and treats me not like a daughter in law to be but like a daughter. I think I am very blessed to have a family like that. The same thing is true for my family too. They also love him a lot. I think in both cases, we have been super lucky.”

Ye Ristha Kya Kehlata Hai is the longest running show On TV and it is10th year running. The show had made stars out of Kartik Naira (Mohsin Khan and Shivangi Joshi) and producer Rajan Shahi like the captain of the ship is bringing in new tracks maintaining family values as the core essence of the story and depicting romance as well. Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai fans haven’t been very happy with the current track and have been dieing to see Kaira’s (Kartik and Naira) milan and they have gone on to trend #RIPDirectorsKutProductions ever since they saw Kartik addressing Naira as his ex-wife in the recently telecast episode. Fans are commenting on social media and expressing their rage. Even the new wife Vedika played by Pankuri Awasty is getting the hate of audiences. How will drama unfold and when will Kaira reunite is on everyone’s mind. Actors being trolled or trending on social media is common but a production house name trending is something new. Rajan Shahi is the same producer whose two shows sapna Babul ka Bidaai and Ye Ristha Kya Kehlata Hai had one hour slot and now again he has two shows Ye Ristha…and Ye Risthe Hai Pyar Ke donig well on Star Plus. Rajan Shahi is surely proving if speech is silver silence is golden!

Fans are commenting on social media and expressing their rage. Even the new wife Vedika played by Pankuri Awasty is getting the hate of audiences. How will drama unfold and when will Kaira reunite is on everyone’s mind. Actors being trolled or trending on social media is common but a production house name trending is something new. Rajan Shahi is the same producer whose two shows sapna Babul ka Bidaai and Ye Ristha Kya Kehlata Hai had one hour slot and now again he has two shows Ye Ristha…and Ye Risthe Hai Pyar Ke donig well on Star Plus. Rajan Shahi is surely proving if speech is silver silence is golden!

Mark the beginning of their association with trailer launch of Coldd Lassi Aur Chicken Masala and Mission Over Mars (M-O-M)

Coldd Lassi Aur Chicken Masala

ALTBalaji and ZEE5, the two OTT industry giants recently announced a content alliance, where they will co-create 60+ originals. Following the announcement, the OTT platforms today launched the trailer of two Originals – Coldd Lassi Aur Chicken Masalaand Mission Over Mars (M-O-M).These co-created Originals will be available on both platforms, further bolstering their content library. The trailers were launched at a high-octane press conference in the presence of ContentCzarina Ekta Kapoor and ZEE5 Programming Head,Aparna Acharekar. Adding a dose of glamour were popular actors from both shows – Divyanka Tripathi, Rajeev Khandelwal, Sakshi Tanwar, Mona Singh, Nidhi Singh and Palomi Ghosh.

Starring heartthrob Rajeev Khandelwal and the reigning queen of television Divyanka Tripathi, Coldd Lassi aur Chicken Masala is a story of two aspiring Chefs- Nitya and Vikram. The trailer gives a sneak peek into their lives as they fall in love but get separated due to circumstances. The trailer successfully builds curiosity among viewers, while momentarily showcasing their recipe of love which is infused with love from the past and hatred from the present. Their crackling chemistry sure promises a delicious treat but leaves a thousand questions unanswered. Why do they fall apart? … Will they be able to resist the conspicuous attraction? The series produced by Doris De and Suhail Zaidi of Linga Bhairavi Devi Productions will see two iconic faces from the television industry coming together to create magic in the digital space. The show also features actors Barkha Sengupta, Maninee Mishra, Navniit Nisshan and Priyanshu Chatterjee in pivotal roles.

Mission Over Mars (M-O-M) is a fictional adaptation of real-life heroes at ISRO who worked on Mangalyaan and played pivotal roles in making the mission a success against all odds. The web-series charts out the journey of M-O-M from inception to execution and will be a moving story of the faith and determination of four lady-scientists who aid ISA (Indian Space Agency) to overcome insurmountable technical and financial challenges as well as time pressures to mount the successful mission over mars. They not just make the whole nation proud, but also place India ahead of many other countries on the map. In the process, they conquer their own inward imperfections, making for an inspirational story. This series is certain to inspire people across the globe that ‘Nothing is impossible.’ The show stars some of the most prolific actors Sakshi Tanwar, Mona Singh, Nidhi Singh, Palomi Ghosh in lead roles, along with veteran actors Ashish Vidyarthi and Mohan Joshi in prominent roles. Directed by ace filmmaker Pradeep Sarkar, the web-series is produced by Endemol India.

Ekta Kapoor, Joint MD, Balaji Telefilms said, From the event “Zee and Balaji have been collaborating for close to 25 years. With Zee’s expertise in choosing the best scripts and ALTBalaji’s insights into audience preferences, this is a collaboration based on mutual trust and faith in each other. Having two of the biggest homegrown OTT platforms collaborating to co-create content, we are sure to cover the A to Z(ee) of entertainment genres and cater to all preferences. And there are no better shows than Coldd Lassi Aur Chicken Masala and M-O-M to kick off this collaboration as both are close to my heart! We have been working on M-O-M for over 3 years, to showcase the inspiring story behind the ladies who helmed India’s historic Mars mission.

And Coldd Lassi aur Chicken Masala with two of the biggest stars on Indian Television coming together for the first time, in never before seen avatars, is equally special for me! “Aparna Acharekar, Programming Head, ZEE5 said, “Aparna Acharekar, Programming Head, ZEE5 India said, “With Coldd Lassi Aur Chicken Masala and Mission Over Mars, we take the first step towards strengthening our association with ALTBalaji. 2019 has been a great year so far with us having clocked in some of our biggest successes this year – The Final Call, Abhay, Kaafir, Barot House and many more. We believe that both these shows will keep the success run going, as also bring a new set of audience to the platform. We are seeing a huge uptake among youth for movies and shows that instill pride for the country, and M-O-M. will be the perfect show for them; Romantic stories told beautifully have always been a winner for Indians and that assures us that Coldd Lassi Aur Chicken Masala will be a winner. Through this association with ALTBalaji, we believe we will be able to bring a robust portfolio of engaging content to our subscribers the world-over.”

On his new digital outing, Rajeev Khandelwal said, “Coldd Lassi Aur Chicken Masala is a sweet and spicy romantic story which will surely grip the attention of the audience. The show portrays the challenges in a relationship and is beautifully written and shot. We went through special training to prep for the role under the guidance of established chefs, where we tried to pick-up the fine art of chopping, cooking and arranging. It’s a perfect blend of love and hate topped with drama against the backdrop of food. I really hope the audiences shower their love on us.”

On her digital debut, Divyanka Tripathi Dhaiya said, “I couldn’t have asked for better platforms than ALTBalaji and ZEE5 for my digital debut. I have been a part of Ekta’s shows and this is yet another opportunity to thank her for. My character in the show is very different from what I have done in the past and I am really excited about it. We recently released the teaser of the show and the response received in just three days since the launch is absolutely overwhelming.”

On Mission Over Mars, Sakshi Tanwar said, “I feel proud to be a part of this project and would like to thank Ekta for giving me this opportunity. The web-series not only celebrates the tremendous achievement of our nation but also the sheer hard work, grit and determination that these wonderful women scientists put into making it a success. Mona and I have known each other for years and for the first time we got an opportunity to work together on-screen. My experience of working with such a wonderful cast and crew was totally amazing and I hope the audience likes me as Nandita Hariprasad.”

With 42 Originals as part of its vast and diverse, multi-genre content library, ALTBalaji continues to entertain the audiences like never before. Shows like ‘Apharan,’ ‘Home’ ‘The Test Case’ ‘Kehne Ko Humsafar Hain,’ ‘PuncchBeat’ have received adulation and accolades aplenty from across the length and breadth of the country. ZEE5 is India’s fastest growing OTT platform with over 100,000 hours of content. In 2019 itself, it has rolled out around 25 original shows across genres, and the platform is committed to launching 72+ Originals by March 2020. It has crossed 50 million gross downloads since launch on the Play Store and had 76.4 million monthly active users globally in June 2019.

So, fasten your seat belts and get ready for a double dose of entertainment this September. As M-O-M streams on 10thSeptember and Coldd Lassi Aur Chicken Masala on 3rd September 2019. It’s a ride that you’re sure going to enjoy!

Watch the epic tale of Mahabharat in a 20-year leap

&TV launched its magnum opus, Paramavatar, Shri Krishna, two years ago taking viewers through the fascinating chronicles of Gokul Ke Nandlal. The spirited and mischievous makhan chor captured hearts across the nation to become one of the most beloved character on television. Paramavatar Shri Krishna is now set to take a 20-year leap. Presenting for the very first time on Indian television, the Mahabharat from Krishna’s perspective. The leap will trace Lord Krishna’s many teachings and important lessons during the epic tale of Mahabharata; exhibiting his pivotal role in the battle of Kurukshetra – one of the greatest wars in the history of mankind. Produced by Peninsula Pictures, the show will take a leap on 30th July and will air every Monday – Friday at 8.30 pm only on &TV.
Post the leap, Paramavatar Shri Krishna will present the teachings and life lessons of Lord Krishna through five important chapters depicting the philosophical discourse and explaining the impermanence of life. Commencing from Lord Krishna’s encounter with the unbeatable and evil Jarasandh, the story will then traverse through the crucial points of Lakhshagreh, Draupadi Swayambar, Paanch Pati Drama, Nar aur Narayan ki Katha, and Indraprastha while also exploring the backstory of all the incidents that led to the epic battle.
Speaking about the next phase of the storyline, Alind Srivastava and Nissar Parvej on behalf of Peninsula Pictures said “It is a well-known fact that Krishna has been the core to the epic story of Mahabharata. Many of his battles and his philosophical teachings are illustrated and presented as a discourse of the Bhagvat Gita. Krishna took birth at the end of Dwapara Yuga to cleanse the earth of adharma. He vanquished many evil forces and the 18-day war of Mahabharata was almost like a climax of sorts in Krishna’s life. The Mahabharata has never been seen from Krishna’s perspective, it has been always told as the story of the Pandavas and the Kauravas. Depicting this epic tale from Krishna’s perspective gives us a unique opportunity to explain the reasons and philosophy behind the incidents of the Mahabharata.”
Lord Krishna’s role will be essayed by popular television actor Ssudeep Sahir who is all set to make his debut in mythology. Talking about his role, actor Ssudeep Sahir said “Mythology as a genre has always had a captive audience. The timeless tales of Krishna connect with the audiences across all age groups and his teachings hold relevance even today. Each one of us have grown up listening to it. I am a strong devotee and follower of Lord Krishna’s teachings and when I got this opportunity to portray the Lord himself, I couldn’t ask for anything more. It has been a wonderful experience shooting with the team and I am eagerly looking forward to my audience response to my portrayal of such a supreme personality on screen.”
The epic and timeless tale of the Mahabharat is all set to unfold once again as &TV’s Paramavatar Shri Krishna takes a 20-year leap starting 30th July 2019, every Monday to Friday at 8:30 PM