Events – BollySpice.com http://bollyspice.com The latest movies, interviews in Bollywood Fri, 29 Jul 2016 20:21:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.3 LIFF Closing Night Report: Q & A with Ketan Mehta about Toba Tek Singh http://bollyspice.com/liff-closing-night-report-q-ketan-mehta-toba-tek-singh/ Sat, 23 Jul 2016 16:17:23 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=126316 As this year’s London Indian Film Festival came to an end last Thursday with the world premiere of Toba Tek Singh, the audience had the opportunity to interact with director Ketan Mehta about the making of the film and Zee’s Zeal for Unity initiative, along with producer Shaili Kejriwal. “I have been admirer of Manto’s work and specially Toba Tek Singh. It’s such an incredible story, and ever since I read it many many years ago that I’ve been wanting to make a film.” The director knew that Toba Tek Singh was the right story for the Zeal for Unity

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LIFF closing night11As this year’s London Indian Film Festival came to an end last Thursday with the world premiere of Toba Tek Singh, the audience had the opportunity to interact with director Ketan Mehta about the making of the film and Zee’s Zeal for Unity initiative, along with producer Shaili Kejriwal.

“I have been admirer of Manto’s work and specially Toba Tek Singh. It’s such an incredible story, and ever since I read it many many years ago that I’ve been wanting to make a film.”

The director knew that Toba Tek Singh was the right story for the Zeal for Unity initiative. “The idea was fascinating, and when they asked me what I would like to do, the first story that came to mind was Toba Tek Singh, which was I think one of the greatest Urdu short stories of the time as far as the Partition is concerned, and Manto is one of the greatest Urdu writers of all times.”

The producers agreed with the director and quickly came on board with the project. “One good thing about this entire experiment is that there were no preconditions. The filmmakers were given complete freedom to do what they wanted to do”, the director added.

However, the project was very challenging. With a budget of under £70,000, the film was completed in 11-12 days, but the director praised the commitment of the whole team, including the lead actors. “All these actors worked for really nothing, just for the passion of it, just for the good will of it, just for the joy of it. That’s how this type of films are getting made.”

Producer Shaili Kejriwal also talked of the challenges of the project. “This is the first time in the history of India and Pakistan that filmmakers from both sides are coming together, and that was the real challenge of convincing twelve people and getting them to make films in trying conditions with no budgets.”
The director added: “I believe that films don’t get made with money, they get made with passion. And this film is a good example of that.”

The Zeal for Unity initiative is an ambitious project that aims to bring together nations in conflict through their creative thought leaders. This is just the first project in the initiative which will be followed by other campaigns on other creative platforms such as music and television.

About the impact of the film on the audience, producer Shaili Kejriwal was very clear. “I hope this film offends people, I really wanted to offend people. Only then something will change. The fact of dividing people senselessly, mindlessly is offensive; the act is offensive. I want people to feel offended and do something.”

The premiere at LIFF is just the first stop in the journey of Toba Tek Singh and the other films in the project, as producers are planning to take them to several festivals, and then they will be broadcasted on the Zee network, which is available in 171 countries. “We want as many people to watch it as possible”, she added.

Despite being conceived decades ago, Mehta felt that the story of Toba Tek Singh is still much relevant today. “The lunacy is actually multiplying. The fanatism, the intensity of violence, internal as well as external, is galloping away.”

The director stressed the social responsibility of artists and how their work can contribute to a better future. “It cannot be left to the politicians to harmonise; the artists have to do their bit. I am proud that twelve filmmakers, six from this side and six from that side, actually came forward for this initiative. I think it’s a great first step; I think we all should applaud that.”

This was a very interesting Q&A to conclude this year’s LIFF. We hope to hear from Toba Tek Singh and other Zeal For Unity projects in the near future.

We have pictures from the Q&A as well as pictures from the red carpet!
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Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s Song of Lahore Wins Best Film London Indian Film Festival http://bollyspice.com/sharmeen-obaid-chinoys-song-lahore-wins-best-film-london-indian-film-festival/ Fri, 22 Jul 2016 17:18:36 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=126236 Last night at the closing night of the The Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival the final tally of awards throughout the festival came to four gongs. Recipients included acclaimed Indian actress Sharmila Tagore (Apur Sansar -1959), Days and Nights in The Forest – 1970), director Shekhar Kapur (Mr India – 1987), Bandit Queen – 1994) & the Oscar winning Elizabeth films, and also winners of this year’s Satyajit Ray short film award and LIFF Audience Award for best film. • ICON Awards© for outstanding contribution to world cinema from Sun Mark Ltd went to Shekhar Kapur, and Sharmila Tagore.

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Song_of_LahoreLast night at the closing night of the The Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival the final tally of awards throughout the festival came to four gongs. Recipients included acclaimed Indian actress Sharmila Tagore (Apur Sansar -1959), Days and Nights in The Forest – 1970), director Shekhar Kapur (Mr India – 1987), Bandit Queen – 1994) & the Oscar winning Elizabeth films, and also winners of this year’s Satyajit Ray short film award and LIFF Audience Award for best film.

• ICON Awards© for outstanding contribution to world cinema from Sun Mark Ltd went to Shekhar Kapur, and Sharmila Tagore.
• Satyajit Ray Short Film Award in association with the Bagri Foundation went to MOCHI (The Cobbler), by Saqib Pandor
• LIFF Audience Award went to Song of Lahore, by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Andy Schocken

The awards included the festival’s rarely presented ICON Award© for outstanding contribution to Indian and world cinema, which was won by Bengali actress Sharmila Tagore, who started her career with acclaimed director Satyajit Ray, and went on to be one of the greatest actresses of Indian cinema, playing in award-winning films in both Hindi and Bengali cinema. Lahore born Director Shekhar Kapur is one of the very few Indian directors to have a truly global career from Bollywood to Hollywood, and UK cinema.

Sponsoring the ICON Award© for the 2nd year running, Sun Mark Ltd C.E.O Harmeet ‘Sunny’ Ahuja stated: “These individuals are not just icons but visionaries, that have forged a path for the new generation of filmmakers, and so for us, the relationship has great synergy. It was an honour to present the Sun Mark and Pure Heaven LIFF Icon Awards to these two giants of cinema.”

Sharmila Tagore commented on winning the festival’s award: “The festival has had a special focus on women and cinema this year with seven films by women directors. I am happy to receive the ICON award and have enjoyed doing the masterclass at this rapidly growing event.”

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The Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival’s Audience Award went to Song of Lahore, by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Andy Schocken. Said directors Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Andy Schocken: “We are delighted that Song of Lahore has won the audience award. The film is a labor of love, and an ode to the beautiful city of Lahore and the Sachal orchestra.”

The short film jury awarded the Satyajit Ray Short film award, carrying a cash prize of £1000, in association with the Bagri Foundation, goes to to Saqib Pandor for MOCHI (The Cobbler). Chair of the jury, Satwant Gill, said: “This multilayered film, evocative and striking, manages to inject real suspense in a short timespan. The drama stays with you long after it has finished, and heralds in a talented new filmmaker. A special commendation went to Debanjan Nandy for his emotional, warm and haunting animation CHHAYA.”

The director of The Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival, Cary Sawhney stated: “We are really pleased that this year, the festival has expanded in stature in both London and Birmingham and included films in 15 languages and 7 women filmmakers. Our awards aim to highlight just some of the many achievements of filmmakers and actors from South Asia, who may otherwise go unsung by the broader world film community.”

We have more to come but check out these pictures from Shekhar Kapur and Sharmila Tagore’s talks!
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London Indian Film Festival Opening Night with Parched and Ajay and Nysa Devgn! http://bollyspice.com/london-indian-film-festival-opening-night-parched-ajay-nysa-devgn/ Mon, 18 Jul 2016 15:16:58 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=125967 The 7th Edition of the London Indian Film Festival is currently thrilling audiences both in London and Birmingham with its eclectic and cool mix of some of the best new Indian and South Asian independent cinema, which includes feature films, documentaries and short films by both acclaimed and new filmmakers. The festival opened on July 14th with Leena Yadav’s Parched. Produced by Ajay Devgn, Parched stars Radhika Apte, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Surveen Chawla, and Lehar Khan. Parched is a wonderfully joyous and inspiring tale of comradery. Four ordinary women live in a desert Gujarati village, weighed down by centuries of tradition.

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parchedposterThe 7th Edition of the London Indian Film Festival is currently thrilling audiences both in London and Birmingham with its eclectic and cool mix of some of the best new Indian and South Asian independent cinema, which includes feature films, documentaries and short films by both acclaimed and new filmmakers. The festival opened on July 14th with Leena Yadav’s Parched. Produced by Ajay Devgn, Parched stars Radhika Apte, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Surveen Chawla, and Lehar Khan.

Parched is a wonderfully joyous and inspiring tale of comradery. Four ordinary women live in a desert Gujarati village, weighed down by centuries of tradition. Rani (Tannishtha Chatterjee) lost her husband at 16 and struggles to bring up her teenage son, careful to follow every village rule. Her friend Lajjo (Radhika Apte) is always brimming with positivity, but fears beatings from her drunken husband. Bijli (Surveen Chawla) is secretly Rani’s friend, she’s a local performer and prostitute, but her beauty is coming to an end along with her youth. Janaki (Lehar Khan) is a child bride to Rani’s son, secretly struggling to come to terms with a loveless marriage. As the magical festival of Dussehra approaches these friends’ bonds are put to the test, forcing them to make decisions that will dynamically change their lives forever.

The opening night gala saw Ajay Devgn walk the red carpet and he brought his beautiful daughter Nysa to the event. Also seen on the red carpet were Shekhar Kapur, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Leher Khan, Chandan Anand and director Leena Yadav and husband cinematographer Aseem Bajaj and many more! The screening of the film received a tremendous response and thundering applause. Another highlight was the riveting Q and A with director Leena Yadav, Tannishtha Chatterjee, and Leher Khan.

Check out these pictures from the red carpet!

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The outstanding festival runs through July 24th! To find out more be sure to check out http://londonindianfilmfestival.co.uk.

Also be sure to check out BollySpice becuase we have fabulous movie reviews and and some very cool interviews for this year’s festival!

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Pictures: IIFA Awards In Madrid A Spectacular Show http://bollyspice.com/pictures-iifa-awards-in-madrid-a-spectacular-show/ Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:46:44 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=125326 Giving Indian cinema a global platform, the 17th edition of the IIFA Awards took over the capital city of Madrid with an exceptional show. This year the IIFA stage saw Bollywood’s most hilarious duo – the talented actors Shahid Kapoor and Farhan Akhtar – host India’s most awaited awards ceremony. The pair bowled over the audience and all of the industry members present, leaving them in fits of laughter with their amusing wisecracks, impeccable delivery and impressive on-stage chemistry. The awards ceremony witnessed remarkable acts by Bollywood’s very own crème de la crème Salman Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka

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Giving Indian cinema a global platform, the 17th edition of the IIFA Awards took over the capital city of Madrid with an exceptional show.

This year the IIFA stage saw Bollywood’s most hilarious duo – the talented actors Shahid Kapoor and Farhan Akhtar – host India’s most awaited awards ceremony. The pair bowled over the audience and all of the industry members present, leaving them in fits of laughter with their amusing wisecracks, impeccable delivery and impressive on-stage chemistry.

The awards ceremony witnessed remarkable acts by Bollywood’s very own crème de la crème Salman Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, Sonakshi Sinha and Tiger Shroff among others.

Check out these cool pictures both from the green carpet and from the IIFA awards show!

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About IIFA (International Indian Film Academy):
Conceptualized and produced by Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. and supported by the key members of the Indian film fraternity, IIFA is the most appreciated South Asian film academy and a global platform that gives the Indian film fraternity an opportunity to reach audiences in international territories. The alliances made via the platform of IIFA provide huge benefits and gain to India but an equally important objective of this prestigious brand is to create similar outcomes in its host country. The aim is to establish a system of mutual benefit to both India as well as the host destinations by boosting tourism, economic development, trade, culture, cross-border investments and film co-productions.

Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd promotes the IIFA Weekend & Awards globally each year and travel to new, exciting and beautiful destinations, taking the film fraternity with it to unite and celebrate the best of Indian film and culture, thereby taking Indian Cinema& India to a wider audience. www.iifa.com

Just in case you missed it here is the full IIFA AWARDS 2016 WINNERS LIST:
Best Lyric Writer: – Varun Grover for ‘Moh Moh Ke Dhaage’ – Dum Laga Ke Haisha

Best Female Playback Singer Award: Monali Thakur for ‘Moh Moh Ke Dhaage’ – Dum Laga Ke Haisha

Best Male Playback Singer Award: Papon for ‘Moh Moh Ke Dhaage’ – Dum Laga Ke Haisha

Best Music Direction: Meet Bros, Anjjan, Ankit Tiwari, Amaal Mallik – Roy

Best Cinematography: Sudeep Chatterjee – Bajirao Mastani

Best Screenplay: Kabir Khan, Parveez Shaikh, V. Vijayendra Prasad – Bajrangi Bhaijaan

Best Editing: A Sreekar Prasad – Talvar

Debut Male: Vicky Kaushal – Masaan

Debut Female: Bhoomi Pednekar – Dum Laga Ke Haisha

Best Performance in a Comic Role: Deepak Dobriyal – Tanu Weds Manu Returns

Best Performance in Negative role: Darshan Kumar – NH 10

IIFA Jodi of the Year: Athiya Shetty & Sooraj Pancholi

Best Performance in a Supporting role (Male): Anil Kapoor – Dil Dhadakne Do

Best Performance in a Supporting role (Female): Priyanka Chopra – Bajirao Mastani

IIFA Woman of the Year: Priyanka Chopra

Best Story: Juhi Chaturvedi – Piku

Best Performance in a Leading role (Male): Ranveer Singh – Bajirao Mastani

Best Performance in a Leading Role (Female): Deepika Padukone – Piku

Best Direction: Sanjay Leela Bhansali – Bajirao Mastani

Best Picture: Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Producers – Salman Khan, Rockline Venkatesh

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Bajirao Mastani Wins 9 Technical Awards at IIFA Madrid! http://bollyspice.com/bajirao-mastani-wins-9-technical-awards-iifa/ Sat, 25 Jun 2016 15:46:55 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=125187 Along with fabulous hosts Karan Johar, Fawad Khan, stars galore, rocking musical performances as well as gorgeous fashion both on the green carpet and on the stage during the Vikram Phadnis fashion show, the Technical Award winners also were announced at IIFA Rocks. Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani was honored with 9 awards, also taking home the statue were Piku, Talvar, Badalpur, Tanu Weds Manu, Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Deewani Mastani. Here is a full list of Techincal Award winners Screenplay Kabir Khan, Parveez Shaikh, V. Vijayendra Prasad – Bajrangi Bhaijaan Dialogue Juhi Chaturvedi – Piku Editing A Sreekar Prasad –

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16june_bajirao-mastani-iifaAlong with fabulous hosts Karan Johar, Fawad Khan, stars galore, rocking musical performances as well as gorgeous fashion both on the green carpet and on the stage during the Vikram Phadnis fashion show, the Technical Award winners also were announced at IIFA Rocks. Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani was honored with 9 awards, also taking home the statue were Piku, Talvar, Badalpur, Tanu Weds Manu, Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Deewani Mastani.

Here is a full list of Techincal Award winners

Screenplay
Kabir Khan, Parveez Shaikh, V. Vijayendra Prasad – Bajrangi Bhaijaan

Dialogue
Juhi Chaturvedi – Piku

Editing
A Sreekar Prasad – Talvar

Production Design
Saloni Dhatrak, Sriram Iyengar, Sujeet Sawant – Bajirao Mastani

Choreography
Remo D’souza – ‘Pinga’ from Bajirao Mastani

Action
Sham Kaushal – Bajirao Mastani

Sound Design
Bishwadeep Chatterjee & Nihar Ranjal Samal – Bajirao Mastani

Best Song Engineer
Tanay Gajjar – Deewani Mastani & Bajirao Mastani

Sound Mixing
Ajay Kumar PB – Badlapur

Background Score
Sanchit Balhara – Bajirao Mastani

Special Effects (Visuals)
Prasad Sutara (NY VFXWalla) – Bajirao Mastani

Costume Design
Anju Modi & Maxima Basu – Bajirao Mastani

Make Up
Vikram Gaikwad for Kangna Ranaut as Datto – Tanu Weds Manu Returns

Cinematography
Sudeep Chatterjee – Bajirao Mastani

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PICTURES! IIFA Rocks GETS BIGGER AND BETTER WITH AN ELECTRIC MIX OF FASHION AND MUSIC EXTRAVAGANZA http://bollyspice.com/iifa-rocks-gets-bigger-and-better-with-an-electric-mix-of-fashion-and-music-extravaganza/ Sat, 25 Jun 2016 15:16:13 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=125159 The 17th Edition of IIFA Celebrations – the most spectacular celebration of Indian Cinema worldwide has unfolded in the capital city of Madrid, Spain from 23rd – 26th June this year and the hosts for the musical spectacle IIFA Rocks this year were none other than heart throb Fawad Khan alongside renowned Director-Producer Karan Johar with guest host Manish Paul! IIFA Rocks has always been a perennial star studded affair with a mix of fashion and music. It is a celebrated global event that has been only been growing each year. This year, the Videocon d2h IIFA Rocks stage included

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The 17th Edition of IIFA Celebrations – the most spectacular celebration of Indian Cinema worldwide has unfolded in the capital city of Madrid, Spain from 23rd – 26th June this year and the hosts for the musical spectacle IIFA Rocks this year were none other than heart throb Fawad Khan alongside renowned Director-Producer Karan Johar with guest host Manish Paul!

IIFA Rocks has always been a perennial star studded affair with a mix of fashion and music. It is a celebrated global event that has been only been growing each year. This year, the Videocon d2h IIFA Rocks stage included noted music director-composer-singer Pritam, the melodious sounds from Kanika Kapoor with Meet Brothers, Benny Dayal and Neeti Mohan among others. National-award winner Monali Thakur with Papon serenaded the audience. To add to the already starry affair, Shilpa Shetty, Ameesha Patel, Mouni Roy, Sooraj Pancholi, Eli Avram and Daisy Shah performed as well. Alongside the gamut of musical acts and performances, the distinguished Indian Fashion Designer Vikram Phadnis showcased a breathtaking Fashion Show.

Walking the green carpet looking beyond gorgeous was Deepika Padukone, along with the beautiful couple Bipasha Bashu and Karan Singh Grover, as well as the cool Sonakshi Sinha and that is just to name a few. Other stars seen were Dia Mirza, Salman Khan, Shahid Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Zoya Akhtar and many more!

Also announced were the winners for The Technical awards! Stay tuned we will have a full winner list!

With the perfect destination to host the gala celebrations, the International Indian Film Academy is all geared up to unfold and present a breathtaking amalgamation of two richly diverse countries and cultures. IIFA 2016 aims at bringing the magic of Indian Cinema not only to Spain but to Latin America as well.

Check out some fabulous pictures of the stars on the green carpet including and the rocking music and fashion extravaganza!

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SHILPA SHETTY CONDUCTED AN EXCLUSIVE IIFA STOMP YOGA MASTERCLASS AT THE IIFA WEEKEND in Madrid http://bollyspice.com/hilpa-shetty-conducted-exclusive-iifa-stomp-yoga-masterclass-iifa-weekend-madrid/ Sat, 25 Jun 2016 14:19:11 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=125148 Shilpa Shetty is known not only for her acting prowess but for her incredible lithe figure as well. The leggy stunner has always sported a strikingly fit body and constantly carries her-self with infinite grace and style. Even post becoming a mother Shetty has maintained her youthful figure and IIFA Madrid had given fans the chance to get up close and personal with the superstar and her fitness secrets! Shilpa Shetty conducted an exclusive Yoga Masterclass at the IIFA 2016 Celebrations in Madrid, Spain. The two hour event was addressed by Ambassador Vikram Misri and Shilpa Shetty followed by a

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Shilpa Shetty is known not only for her acting prowess but for her incredible lithe figure as well. The leggy stunner has always sported a strikingly fit body and constantly carries her-self with infinite grace and style. Even post becoming a mother Shetty has maintained her youthful figure and IIFA Madrid had given fans the chance to get up close and personal with the superstar and her fitness secrets!

Shilpa Shetty conducted an exclusive Yoga Masterclass at the IIFA 2016 Celebrations in Madrid, Spain. The two hour event was addressed by Ambassador Vikram Misri and Shilpa Shetty followed by a film that was showcased to the audience.

This year marks the 17th edition of the most spectacular celebration of Indian Cinema worldwide. With the perfect destination to host the gala celebrations, the International Indian Film Academy is all geared up to unfold and present a breathtaking amalgamation of two richly diverse countries and cultures. IIFA 2016 aims at bringing the magic of Indian Cinema to Spain and opening doors for Indian cinema across Europe and Latin America.

Check out some shots from the event!

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Pictures: The Stars Shine at IIFA Madrid Opening Day Press Conference http://bollyspice.com/stars-shine-iifa-madrid-press-conference/ Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:08:07 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=125109 The 17th edition of the Videocon D2H IIFA Weekend and the NEXA IIFA Awards powered by Le Eco began the festivities yesterday in Madrid, Spain. One of Europe’s busiest cultural centers and the football capital of the world – Madrid has come to be known as “A City with Music in Its Soul” and a “City That Knows How To Live”. 2016 also marks the important milestone of Celebrating 60 Years of India-Spain Diplomatic Relations The IIFA Celebrations for 2016 were officially kicked off with the Opening Press Conference held at Hotel Westin Palace, which was attended by media, dignitaries

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iifamadridpresscon16The 17th edition of the Videocon D2H IIFA Weekend and the NEXA IIFA Awards powered by Le Eco began the festivities yesterday in Madrid, Spain. One of Europe’s busiest cultural centers and the football capital of the world – Madrid has come to be known as “A City with Music in Its Soul” and a “City That Knows How To Live”. 2016 also marks the important milestone of Celebrating 60 Years of India-Spain Diplomatic Relations

The IIFA Celebrations for 2016 were officially kicked off with the Opening Press Conference held at Hotel Westin Palace, which was attended by media, dignitaries and friends of IIFA. Eminent Bollywood Stars like Anil Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt, Sridevi, Boney Kapoor, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Shabana Azmi, Javed Akhtar, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Boman Irani, Kabir Khan, Ranveer Singh, Bipasha Basu, Huma Qureshi, Vivek Oberoi, Dia Mirza, Riteish Deshmukh, Neha Dhupia, Madhavan, Aftab Shivdasani, Sohail Khan, Sajid Nadiadwala, Shriya Saran, Sonu Sood, Jackie Shroff, Richa Chaddha, Frieda Pinto, Lara Dutta and Mahesh Bhupathi are some of the many stars and celebrities participating in the biggest Indian Film Awards show internationally.

Andre Timmins, Director, Wizcraft Entertainment International said, “This is the fourth time that IIFA will travel to Europe and Madrid has proved to be the best destination yet. We have been welcomed with open arms by the city and the very spirit of the city is vibrant and colourful just like the culture in India. This Weekend will see some of the most incredible talent from the Indian Film and music Industry on an international stage and we can whole-heartedly be assured that the 17th edition of the IIFA Celebrations will be as outstanding and remarkable as always.”

The NEXA IIFA AWARDS powered by Le Eco and the Videocon d2h IIFA ROCKS will be broadcast on India’s leading Hindi entertainment channel, Colors Viacom18. Commenting on Viacom18’s network wide partnership with IIFA 2016, Sudhanshu Vats, Group CEO, Viacom18 said “The IIFA Weekend brings together the entire film industry making it one of the most-awaited and most-watched Awards ceremony for audiences across the Indian diaspora spread across almost 100 countries. Indian cinema and our talent have made significant inroads globally and we are delighted to extend the IIFA extravaganza across our network. With Colors being the lead global broadcast partner, this year we embrace the IIFAs across our broadcast channels with Rishtey, Rishtey Cineplex, Colors Infinity and MTV. This year we will also be streaming the IIFAs for our digital audiences on our recently-launched VOD platform, Voot.”

The press conference was followed by a special teaser screening of the Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra film- Mirzya, which was received very well by stars and the audience alike!

At this was just the beginning of the fabulous 4-day IIFA celebration!

Fans of Indian Cinema can look forward to a string of star-studded events including the IIFA Rocks – a music mega-event held at IFEMA – Feria de Madrid where some of the best artists in the music industry will perform. The FICCI – IIFA Global Business Forum, being organized in association with Camara Spain, – is a platform for international business and networking where global dignitaries and business leaders discuss and connect to create opportunities for India and Spain.. Madrid will also get to experience IIFA Stomp & Rang Jam- a celebration of one of the biggest and most colorful festivals in India – Holi. IIFA will also be an intrinsic feature of the Mulafest this year, Madrid’s annual culture fest that brings together music, art and food all in one place and hosted at IFEMA – Feria de Madrid.

Day 2 of the Videocon d2h IIFA Weekend will feature the FICCI-IIFA Global Business Forum, which will focus on urgent environmental issues that affect the global population. With regard to economic and political relationships, the highlight of this year’s Global Business Forum will be innovation and entrepreneurship that are becoming staple features of an evolving society and bringing out tremendous changes across the world in the way that businesses are forming and altering the face of modern trade and industry and state connectivity.

The musical spectacle IIFA Rocks will be hosted by none other than heart throb Fawad Khan alongside renowned Director-Producer Karan Johar with guest host Manish Paul! IIFA Rocks has always been a perennial star studded affair with a mix of fashion and music. This year, the IIFA Rocks stage will include noted music director-composer-singer Pritam, the melodious sounds from Kanika Kapoor with Meet Brothers, Benny Dayal and Neeti Mohan among others. National-award winner Monali Thakur with Papon will be serenading the audience and Shilpa Shetty, Ameesha Patel, Mauni Roy, Sooraj Pancholi, Eli Avram and Daisy Shah will be performing as well. Alongside the gamut of musical acts and performances, the distinguished Indian Fashion Designer Vikram Phadnis will be showcasing a breathtaking Fashion Show.

Additionally, another facet of the IIFA extravaganza which is all set to make its way to Madrid, bringing together the best of Spanish and Indian culture is the IIFA Stomp in collaboration with MULAFEST Urban Trends Festival, organized by the MULA community and supported by IFEMA with a line-up that underlines its electronic heart, with pioneering artists from the international scene. The second day of the Weekend will feature a celebration by renowned electronic artists and musicians like Raghu Dixit Project and Midival Punditz featuring Karsh Kale and friends.

Day 3 opens with a one-in-a-lifetime opportunity as Shilpa Shetty will conduct the IIFA Stomp Yoga Masterclass at IFEMA – Feria de Madrid.

Then the highlight of the Weekend Celebrations – the NEXA IIFA Awards powered by Le Eco, a spectacular and glamorous night which honors and celebrates excellence and deserving work in Indian cinema. Hosted by the multitalented Farhan Akhtar and the versatile actor Shahid Kapoor, the awards ceremony in Madrid will witness awe-inspiring performances by Bollywood’s very own crème de la crème Salman Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, Sonakshi Sinha and Tiger Shroff among others.

Check out these cool pictures from the press conference and see your favorite star!

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Pictures: Salman, Shah Rukh, Katrina and more attend Baba Siddiqui’s Iftaar Party http://bollyspice.com/salman-shah-rukh-katrina-attend/ Tue, 21 Jun 2016 16:17:18 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=124973 Baba Siddiqui’s Iftaar Parties have always been the talk of the town every year. Whether it is for mending broken friendships or Bollywood personalities letting their hair down and having fun. This year the much awaited awaited Iftaar celebrations of Baba Siddiqui were held on Sunday evening at a five-star hotel in Bandra and many Bollywood celebs graced the event. Celebs like Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif, were spotted at this star studded party. The newly married couple Karan Singh Grover and Bipasha Basu were seen enjoying each other’s company and were inseparable throughout the evening. They walked

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Baba Siddiqui’s Iftaar Parties have always been the talk of the town every year. Whether it is for mending broken friendships or Bollywood personalities letting their hair down and having fun.

This year the much awaited awaited Iftaar celebrations of Baba Siddiqui were held on Sunday evening at a five-star hotel in Bandra and many Bollywood celebs graced the event.

Celebs like Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif, were spotted at this star studded party. The newly married couple Karan Singh Grover and Bipasha Basu were seen enjoying each other’s company and were inseparable throughout the evening. They walked in holding hands and posed for the media together. Arpita Khan and Aayush Sharma attended the event with their newly born son Ahil in tow. Much to everyone’s delight Salman Khan was seen enjoying the evening playing with his adorable nephew.

The King Khan of Bollywood Shahrukh Khan came in late for the party. But he was at his charming best and graciously thanked the generous hosts, Baba Siddiqui and Zeeshan Siddiqui for their hospitality.

Also present at the event were, Salman Khan’s parents Salim Khan and Helen, Alvira Khan Agnihotri and Atul Agnihotri, Prateik Babbar, Huma Qureshi, Saqib Saleem, Tusshar Kapoor, Manish Paul among others.

Check out these cool shots!

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Papon’s ‘Chhu Liya’ from Hai Apna Dil Toh Awara Launched http://bollyspice.com/papons-chhu-liya-hai-apna-dil-toh-awara-launched/ Fri, 10 Jun 2016 08:29:20 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=124651 The cast and makers of forthcoming film ‘Hai Apna Dil Toh Awara’ – Director Monjoy Mukerji, Producers – Depakk Gupta and Neha Gupta and singers Papon and Neha Rajpal launched a new song titled ‘Chhu Liya’. The film is set to revive legendary actor Shree Joy Mukerji’s production house. The song was launched in a high octane event full of fanfare, where Bollywood had turned up to support legendary actor Joy Mukerji’s son Monjoy Mukerji who makes his directorial debut with the film. Shot in the picturesque location of Kashmir, ‘Chhu Liya’ is a romantic number crooned by Papon and

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The cast and makers of forthcoming film ‘Hai Apna Dil Toh Awara’ – Director Monjoy Mukerji, Producers – Depakk Gupta and Neha Gupta and singers Papon and Neha Rajpal launched a new song titled ‘Chhu Liya’. The film is set to revive legendary actor Shree Joy Mukerji’s production house.

The song was launched in a high octane event full of fanfare, where Bollywood had turned up to support legendary actor Joy Mukerji’s son Monjoy Mukerji who makes his directorial debut with the film. Shot in the picturesque location of Kashmir, ‘Chhu Liya’ is a romantic number crooned by Papon and Neha Rajpal and composed by Ajay Singha. The song features the lead couple Sahil Anand and Niyati Joshi. The beautiful scenery and along with soothing lyrics will definitely touch your heart.

Speaking on the occasion of the launch singer Papon said, “Monjoy is a very dear friend of mine and has a very good ear for music, so when he asked me to sing for his movie, I immediately said yes and this song will be very close to my heart.” Apart from the cast, singers Papon and Mohit Chuahn were also present for the launch. Zarine Khan, Tanisha Mukerji, Gautam Gulati and many more were present to support the film.

Commenting on the same director Monjoy said, “I am very proud of our film’s music. We have tried to keep a good balance reaching out to maximum people. My father’s movies always had great music and the challenge was to match it up and am very happy we have managed to reach the same level. ‘Meharam Mere’ by Mohit Chauhan and ‘Chhu Liya’ by Papon are my personal favourites though I like the entire album.”

Check out the teaser

Produced by Monjoy Mukerji Productions in association with Anikaa Films, the film is written and directed by Monjoy Mukerji. Younger brother Sujoy Mukerji along with Ashwani Kumar of K.N Films are Associate Producers. Shree Ashok Sanghvi is the Co-Producer of the Film. The Music of the film is composed by Ajay Singha there are two additional Composers Subhash Pradhan who composed the title track and Pervez Quadir who composed the Sufi track on the Poetry of “Bulleh Shah’ lyrics are written by Pinky Poonawala, Mohit Pathak and Kumaar. Anil Singh is the DOP, who has done a wonderful job with his refreshing framing. Both Chhuliya and Mehram mere have been Choreographed by Ranju Varghese. The film stars Sahil Anand, Vikram Kochhar, Herry Tangiri, Niyati Joshi, Jayaka Yagnik, Nilesh Lalwani Divya Chouksey and Sareh Far.

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