Is Vijay Badllani being type casted in Costume dramas in TV?

Is Vijay Badllani being type casted in Costume dramas in TV?

Movie and TV actor Vijay G Badllani is a busy man. He can be seen in 3 TV serials being broadcasted on various channels. On Zee TV he is seen in ‘Jodha Akbar’ as Tansen, on Big Magic channel he is seen in serial ‘Bal Gopal Kare Dhamaal’ as a Kuns, and in Sony Sab he is seen in serial ‘Yam Hain Hum’ as a Naarad. All the three are costume dramas.
It begins to appear that Badllani is being now type casted for costume dramas. He plays Naarad Muni, Tansen and Kuns in these serials.

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“I don’t think I am being type casted. I appear as common man in two serials except Jodha Akbar. So it is not typecasting at all. I am enjoying my characters and that is what means most to me. People are also enjoying the work I put in. Typecasting does not hurt actor’s image. Negative and positive roles can make a difference in actors work. ,” says Vijay Badllani.

Celebrity astrologer Sundeep Kochar completes 3 years in Dubai Radio

Celebrity astrologer Sundeep Kochar completes 3 years in Dubai Radio

Celebrity astrologer Sundeep Kochar, who has completed 2700 episodes on Zee news program Kismat Ke Sitare, has reached another high point in his career by completing 3 years on Dubai’s 105.6 FM program as Astro Guru. In past few years, Kochar has been working on Astro based TV and Radio shows in and outside India.Other than Dubai, he has appeared in programs in Singapore, Hong Kong, New York, San francisco, Toronto, Vancouver, Colombo, etc. 

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       “When possible, I try to guide people by using Astrology. The Dubai Radio program is a good experience. People ask various types of questions and it is fun to reply them but with lots of responsibility. Dubai is a unique city in the world.”says Sundeep Kochar.He is debuting in a Marathi Movie, an Astrology thriller and is being produced by Ramesh Talware and director is Surendra Varma, Titled ‘ Bhavishyanchi Aishi Taishi’. 

“Everyone Can Heal” a book by Sonia Mackwani was released in the presence of renowned singer Rekha Bharadwaj

“Everyone Can Heal” a book by Sonia Mackwani was released in the presence of  renowned singer Rekha Bharadwaj

Mumbai, 26th June, 2015: ​​Leadstart Publishing and Crossword Book Store,hosted the book launch on an evening of 25th June 2015. The evening saw the presence of renowned singer Rekha Bharadwaj who unveiled the book “Everyone Can Heal”.

The event set the tone of a causal, and a very lively atmosphere. ​​Sonia Mackwani took the privilege to speak about her book: Every human being feels the need to HEAL at some point in life and to find forgiveness, strength and understanding to live each day with positivity and grace. We first need to heal ourselves then relationships and then our loved ones. Healing is the gift that we can give ourselves and those around us”.

Singer Rekha Bhardwaj and Author Sonia Mackwani launching book Everyone can heal by Leadstart PublishingAuthor Sonia Mackwani with her book Everyone can heal by Leadstart Publishing

Singer Rekha Bharadwaj said,” I would like to congratulate Sonia Mackwani for her new book launch. The book is a valuable guide to creating a life of consciousness and purpose”.

Singer Rekha Bhardwaj at the book launch of Everyone can heal by Leadstart Publishing

Mr. Swarup Nanda, CEO, Leadstart Publishing  said “Leadstart is much honored to associate with Sonia Mackwani. She is a very poised writer who focuses on helping each human being to HEAL at some point in life and to find forgiveness, strength and understanding how to live each day with positivity and grace. I wish Sonia Mackwani hearty congratulations and success in all her future endeavors. We sincerely thank Rekha Bharadwaj for being a part of the book launch”.



Mumbai, June 24, 2015: BIG MAGIC, poised to be the ultimate comedy destination from Reliance Broadcast Network Limited launched a fresh new look and channel identity. The content as part of the renewed strategic vision will be unpredictable, cutting edge, quirky, contemporary, surprising, differentiated, hilarious and entertaining; targeting families, but predominantly the male audience.

With original content including a high degree of humour, BIG Magic viewers will enjoy shows in the sitcom, non-fiction space, focused on building iconic characters which are stand out, quirky and funny. The content offered will be platform agnostic with a large play in the digital and mobile medium.

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The logo unveiling saw the presence of popular BIG Magic stars namely Kiku Sharda aka Akbar andDelnaaz Irani aka Rani from Akbar Birbal; Saloni Daini, Ami Trivedi, Iqbal Azad, Dharmik Joisar, Sushant Mohindra of the recently launched show Tedi Medi Family; Upasana Singh aka Tarawanti and Gaurav Sharma aka Pappu from Total Nadaniyaan amongst others.

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Talking about the innovation and change, Mr. Paritosh Painter, Network Creative Director, Reliance Broadcast Network Limited, said, “At BIG Magic, we strive to offer comedy content that is fresh, surprising, unpredictable and fully over the top. In line with our new campaign, we will continue our commitment to offer a comical line up of hilarious sitcoms, surprising and unpredictable short formats on topical issues, laugh out loud weekend special and festive specials.”

Commenting on the new logo and campaign, Mr. Tarun Katial, Chief Executive Officer, Reliance Broadcast Network Limited said, “It has been a great year for BIG Magic since its launch last year and we are positive that our fresh, contemporary, over the top, quirky positioning will help in amplifying the overall channel outlook. Our clear objective is to make viewers laugh out loud and build iconic characters in the comedy space. With original content targeted at metros and non-metros, both long and short formats, BIG Magic is focused to provide nothing but unique and edgy comedy through its content to make people laugh out loud.”

BIG Magic is available across all DTH players as Tata Sky, Airtel, Videocon, DD Free Dish, Dish TV, Reliance Digital TV along with all cable operators as Hathway, Incable, Digicable, DEN, 7 Star, ABS, Siticable, Star Broadband and GTPL amongst others.


About Reliance Broadcast Network Limited

Reliance Broadcast Network Limited is a media and entertainment company with interests in radio, television and television production. The Company houses: 92.7 BIG FM – India’s No.1 FM Network with 45 stations, reaching over 4 crore Indians each week; BIG MAGIC – which has built strong brand equity as a Comedy Channel and is positioned as the one stop destination for humor, BIG MAGIC Ganga – the No. 1 regional Channel of Bihar and Jharkhand; BIG MAGIC International – a channel targeted at the Indian Diaspora in the US and Canada; BIG Thrill – the destination for action entertainment; and BIG Productions – its television content production division. For more information log on to www.reliancebroadcast.com

Bank Bazaar.com launches its second season of ‘Let’s Talk About Money’

Bank Bazaar.com launches its second season of ‘Let’s Talk About Money’

New digital series educates young audience on financial planning

Mumbai, June 27h 2015- Bankbazaar.com, a leading financial marketplace, today launched the second season of the digital series ‘Let’s Talk About Money’. Through this unique knowledge-driven module, BankBazaar.com aims to educate and empower young audience about various aspects of financial planning and take charge of their finances. The second instalment of the ‘Let’s Talk about Money’ series is now live on Bank Bazaar.com’s YouTube Channel.

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The Indian financial sector has seen ‘low involvement’ by the younger audience given the high level of documentation and complex terminologies, deterring them to take decisions on their own. Despite many initiatives by financial institutes, young consumers still find it difficult to select the right brand for financial products like loans, insurance etc and negotiate for customized preferential rates. The endless paperwork only serves to further alienate them from the financial planning process. Bank Bazaar’s initiative ‘Let’s Talk About Money’ aims to overcome young audience’s apprehension associated with personal finance by imparting financial literacy with a touch of humour.

Today the digital platform has emerged as a powerful medium to engage and connect with the youth. Of late, digital channels have been very successful in effectively leveraging humour to discuss and debate a host of issues including politics, topical developments like net neutrality and much more to garner participation from young audience. Against this background, the second instalment of ‘Let’s Talk About Money’ will cover basic yet important aspects of personal finance, including  the need to invest in life insurance at a young age, insights on fixed and floating rate of interest, EMI components and planning, benefits of prepaying home loan and much more.

Commenting on the launch of the new series, Mr. Adhil Shetty, CEO said, “We want the young, internet-savvy consumer to start engaging with the financial services category, hence this initiative aims to simplify things for them. We want them to have the knowledge and understanding to evaluate various options for themselves.”

Vinay Singh, Head – Brand Marketing at BankBazaar.com said, “We believe that buying financial products should be as simple as buying any other product, like a shirt or a burger. We want consumers to start engaging with financial products in a language that they can relate to and have fun while at it. If the audience can enjoy discussing their taxes, then the job is more than half done!”

Saurabh Kanwar, Founder – Flarepath, the Social Media Agency for BankBazaar.comsaid, “The upcoming ‘Let’s Talk About Money’ Youtube series is based on the idea that personal finance does not have to be a dry, serious subject. By using a humorous, lighthearted format, we can use “infotainment” to both inform and entertain our audience and get them to engage with us. This approach to tackling financial topics and products has never been attempted quite like this before and we believe it has great potential. We look forward to a good response.”

The series is being done with popular personalities on YouTube channel – like Sahil Khattar – who are known for their trademark style to discuss a mix of serious topics with a punch of humour and desi drama that enables an easy connect with a young audience. So, while the series is humorous, each video achieves the aim of educating the audience a thing or two about personal finance. This is a first-of-its-kind initiative as no other brand has taken such an unusual route in the financial products category. While there have been light-hearted approaches to finance in the past, none have gone the whole hog and made the audience actually laugh out loud about topics like EMIs, life insurance, interest rates, and even taxes.

About BankBazaar

BankBazaar.com, established in 2008 and headquartered in Chennai, is India’s first neutral online marketplace that gives you instant customized rate quotes on loans, credit cards and insurance products. Anyone can instantly search for tailor-made offers, compare, customize it as per his or her need and apply for loans, credit cards and insurance products on Bankbazaar.com. It is designed with smart technology capabilities and over 30 leading financial institutions and insurance firms of India have chosen to integrate themselves with the platform. For the online consumer today, banking is as easy as shopping for anything online. It is enjoyable, empowering and transparent. Just like shopping. What’s more, BankBazaar.com’s services are completely free!

Randeep Hooda to play Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s brother in Sarbjit

Randeep Hooda to play Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s brother in Sarbjit

Omung Kumar’s biopic Sarbjit has been in the news lately for its various speculations on the star cast of the movie. After roping in the gorgeous Aishwariya Rai Bachchan for the role of Sarabjit’s sister Dalbir Kaur, the makers have finally locked down a name for the role of Sarabjit who is none other than talented Randeep Hooda.

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Known for his  exceptional acting skills and phenomenal performances in movies like ‘Kick’, ‘Highway’ and ‘Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster’, Randeep will be essaying the role of the slain Indian prisoner  Sarabjit.

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The movie will narrate the struggle of Dalbir Kaur whose aim of life is to get her brother out of the jail, who has been imprisoned in Pakistan for a mistaken identity of an Indian spy.

Randeep Hooda is all set to play the role Aishwariya Rai Bachachan’s younger brother.The duo will be seen sharing screen space for the very first time in Indian cinema.

Confirming the news the Director of Sarbjit, Omung Kumar says,“ Yes Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Randeep Hooda are going to be apart in my next Biopic Sarbjit”
SARABJIT . Producer – Sandeep Singh, Zeeshan Quadri & Omung Kumar. Writer – Rajesh Beri & Utkarshini Vashishtha..Director – Omung Kumar . 70  days one schedule in Punjab, Shoot starts October 2015 and releases in May 2016 Cannes.

Film Bazaar Co-Production Market 2015 CALL FOR ENTRIES

Film Bazaar Co-Production Market 2015 CALL FOR ENTRIES

Co-Production Market 2015 officially announces call for submissions from filmmakers with compelling South Asian stories seeking co-production, financial and artistic support from attending co-producers, sales agents, distributors and financiers from the world over. We begin accepting entries from 19 June 2015, submissions close on 31 July.

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20 remarkable South Asian stories will be selected this year. Projects get to pitch their film to the Indian and international film community that attends Film Bazaar with a focus on fiction features.

The pre-requisite of submission states that a film project must be an original story with a South Asian connect and must have a producer attached with 25% of the finance in place. In addition to the above the project must have scope for international co-production, distribution and sales.

Starting this year, the program has gained added leverage with the inclusion of an open forum on pitching. This activity has been introduced based on industry feedback with the intention that filmmakers should not be required to make multiple pitches during meetings.

The forum will be organised a day prior to the start of the Co-production Market and will allow selected participants to pitch their projects to noted industry professionals attending the market. This enables participants to effectively use their time during the one-on-one meetings for more in-depth discussions focused on project specific needs and negotiations.

Nina Lath Gupta, Managing Director, NFDC says, “The Co-Production Market has been and continues to be the most important segment of the Bazaar. The Market allows international producers to understand current trends in cinema from India and the rest of South Asia. With more and more co-productions from India making a mark in international film festivals and box office, and the Co-Production Market offering the best available projects in one place, the market has become a must-attend event for the international producing community.”

In 2014 the Co-Production Market hosted 32 projects from 12 different countries. Click to view 2014 Co-Production Market Selected Projects

The ninth edition of Film Bazaar organised by National Film Development Corporation will continue to provide intensive individual support to selected projects in a creative and informal setting at Goa Marriot Resort in Goa (India) from 20-24 November, 2015.

Qualified filmmakers can submit their entries by filling out an online application by registering with the market at http://www.filmbazaarindia.com/programs/co-production-market/

Film Bazaar is organised to discover, support and showcase South Asian talent and content. The aim is to boost collaboration in the realms of filmmaking, production and distribution between the South Asian and film fraternities of the world.

Brief History of Co-Production Market

Since 2007 the Co-Production Market consistently brought out noted projects. Filmmakers have applied year after year to connect with the international film financing community at Film Bazaar. In 2011, the market was expanded to include projects from our South Asian neighbours namely Nepal, Bhutan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Srilanka.

Some of our noted projects include:

       Titli, Kanu Behl (FESTIVAL DE CANNES 2014)

       Monsoon Shootout, Amit Kumar (FESTIVAL DE CANNES 2013)

       Lunch Box, Ritesh Batra (FESTIVAL DE CANNES 2013)

       Shanghai, Dibakar Banerjee (TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2012)

       Miss Lovely, Ashim Ahluwalia (FESTIVAL DECANNES 2012)

       Mumbai Cha Raja, Manjeet Singh (TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2012)

       Television, Mostofa Farooki (PUSAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2012)

       Shanghai, Dibakar Banerjee (TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2012)

       Miss Lovely, Ashim Ahluwalia (FESTIVAL DECANNES 2012)

       Mumbai Cha Raja, Manjeet Singh (TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2012)

       Deool, Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni (BUSAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2011 & 59th National Award for Best Feature Film).

       Karma, Prasanna Jayakody (ROTTERDAM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2011)

       That girl with Yellow Boots, Anurag Kashyap (VENICE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2010)

       Paltadacho Munis, Laxmikant Shetgaonkar (TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, FIPRESCI for Discovery 2009)

Further queries can be addressed to – coproduction@filmbazaarindia.com


Film Bazaar in its 9th edition is exclusively created to encourage collaboration between the international and South Asian film fraternities in the realms of production and distribution. The 2014 market saw an attendance of 1042 delegates from 38 countries with country delegations from Canada, South Korea and Poland. Film Bazaar will be held from 20-24 November 2015 at Goa Marriott Resort in Goa (India).



Incorporated in the year 1975, National Film Development Corporation Ltd is formed by Ministry of Information and broadcasting (GoI) with the primary objective of promoting the good cinema movement. NFDC is instrumental for creating an ecosystem to support the financing, distribution and development of independent films across the country.


Nawazuddin Siddiqui produce film ‘ Miyan Kal Ana ‘

Nawazuddin Siddiqui produce film ‘ Miyan Kal Ana ‘

Nawazuddin Siddiqui produce film ‘ Miyan Kal Ana ‘ will be travelling to Palm Springs International Film Festival held in Palm Springs, California.
The film directed by his younger brother Shamas Siddiqui was selected in Cannes this year. Unfortunately, Nawaz couldn’t attend the same. However this time around the actor has made sure he takes out time and accompany his brother for the same.


A lot of film are selected in this particular festival however only select 10 get special screening. Nawaz’s film is selected for this special screening from India.

Quote :- I’m very proud as a producer as the film is getting this kind of response.  I would have not thought on making a film but this subject is so relevant and issue based.  Our idea is to highlight the problem which still exists in today’s society.  It’s a proud moment as a brother to see Shamas taking such a bold step of a burning issue like this. It’s a daring step. We look forward for more festival visit and will be making india screening too soon

Manoj Bajpayee’s fitnesss funda

Manoj Bajpayee’s fitnesss funda

Actor Manoj Bajpayee may not have hopped on the flaunt-your-six-pack bandwagon, but he is easily one of the fittest actors in B-Town.  Believing in leading a healthy life, Manoj has always given health a priority.  Be it outdoor shoots or day-to-day routines at home, Manoj makes sure to exercise daily and eat healthy nutritious food all day long.

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Not many would be aware but Manoj is such a health freak that some days he even personally cooks nutritious food for his family to keep them healthy. He has also started yoga with his wife Neha in order to get mental peace and physical balance and Manoj likes doing Surya Namaskar since his school day.


Talking about his fitness funda Manoj Bajpayee says, “I believe in leading a healthy life. For me fitness doesn’t mean to have abs or muscular look but it’s more of exercising daily and eating the right food.  I am not someone who might stay in gym for hours but I certainly believe that one should not ignore his or her health, being an actor it is important that we pay close attention to our health.”

Irrfan beats all records and ranks as the no 1 Khan of Bollywood!

Irrfan beats all records and ranks as the no 1 Khan of Bollywood!

There has always been a rage of the three Khans in Bollywood, i.e Shahrukh, Salman and Aamir. From romancing heroines, action roles to breaking records with the 200cr club they have done it all! However the entrant in the Khan club has left the audience flabbergasted!

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Irrfan Khan’s Jurassic world has broken all records by giving a humongous opening of $511million worldwide. This is the biggest opening ever!

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He plays the role of Simon Masrani, the owner of the dinosaur park in Jurassic World. Irrfan is believed to have maximum screen time a Bollywood actor has every had in a Hollywood film.


His impeccable performance in the film has been appreciated worldwide. Irrfan is now prepping up for Dan Brown’s Inferno in Budapest. It is a complete new high for this brilliant actor!!

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