ZEE5 premieres Babbar Ka Tabbar – an Original Series

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Close on the heels of the successful launch of Zero KMS, ZEE5 – India’s largest and most comprehensive digital entertainment platform for multilingual entertainment, today released yet another unmissable series, a light humoured family watch – Babbar Ka Tabbar.

Babbar Ka Tabbar reflects the times that we live in and addresses the generation gap between today’s youth and their parents in a quirky way. Watch out for the ultimate generation battle that’s the story of every household in the country! The series showcases a Punjabi family, the Babbars and their daily life struggles while trying to maintain sanity. Their saviour is their tenant Jamia played by Anshuman Jha, who becomes the sutradhaar between the parents and the kids. Jamia, because of his affinity to every member becomes almost a ‘part of the family’, providing solutions to everyday issues in the lives of the Babbars.

The 12-episode series set in Delhi is launching in 2 parts and stars Manu Rishi, Anshuman Jha, Ayesha Raza, Avneet Kaur and Bhavin Bhanushali who portray quirky and loveable characters. A ‘trying too hard to be cool’ father, an over-protective mother, a socially-awkward son, an overconfident daughter and a good-for-nothing paying guest cum family therapist. All these characters come together to make Babbar Ka Tabbar, a masala entertainer you can’t afford to miss.

LSD (Love, Sex aur Dhoka) fame Anshuman Jha, on his first web series says, “It has been really exciting working with seasoned actors like Manu Rishi and Ayesha Raza. Babbar ka Tabbar is fresh, relatable and a fun to watch series, something I have never attempted before. I can’t wait to find out the audience’s reaction to the show.”

ZEE5 has a diverse array of content that it is curating through the platform. Zero KMS– a thriller series, Mehmaan riding on suspense and Life Sahi Hai 2– a mix of drama and comedy; these are Hindi shows already garnering a great response. The regional series like Horn Ok Please in Marathi, America Mappillai in Tamil, Nanna Koochi in Telugu, Utsaha Ithihasam in Malayalam, etc. and some of our big launches in pipeline include – Sunny Leone’s biopic ‘Karenjit Kaur’, ‘Lockdown’, the first musical series from Rapper Badshah’s production house and many more.

Manish Aggarwal, Chief Marketing Officer, ZEE5 India said, “After Life Sahi Hai 2, here is another mass entertainer from our OC stable, and we are confident that the Babbars and Jamia will be loved as much as the rest of our characters. Since our launch, we have been registering viewers from across the country who are seeking entertainment and are willing to pay for it. This is in keeping with the content strategy we have carefully chalked out for ZEE5, and viewers have much to look forward to in the coming months. In a first, we will also be offering the first two episodes of Babbar ka Tabbar free for non-subscribers; we are confident that this binge watch-worthy series will have the viewer hooked.”

Speaking about the show, Victor Mukherjee, Producer of the show, said: “We are excited about partnering with ZEE5 on a format that is unique and has loads of desi tadka. Babbar Ka Tabbar is a light-hearted, funny and entertaining show which is perfect for an entertaining binge-watching experience. It has been an absolute pleasure working with such brilliant actors. We do hope the viewers enjoys watching it as much as we enjoyed making it.”

ZEE5 has an exciting original content line-up which will feature some of the biggest and most entertaining faces from the world of Indian entertainment. The platform will have 90+ original shows by the end of March 2019.

Availability: The ZEE5 App can be downloaded from Google Play Storehttp://bit.ly/zee5andand iOS App Storehttp://bit.ly/zee5ios. Also available at www.zee5.com, as a Progressive Web App (PWA), and on Apple TVand Amazon Fire TV Stick.ZEE5 also supports Chromecast.

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“It is time we should celebrate our Indian heroes and not look at the West” – Varun Dhawan

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One of India’s most popular authors, Amish launched the cover of his new book, ‘Suheldev and The Battle of Bahraich’, at Title Waves, Bandra. Gracing the event was millennial heartthrob Varun Dhawan who through his varied work in Hindi cinema have won the hearts of millions of people.

‘Suheldev and The Battle of Bahraich’, traces the story of Raja Suheldev, a legendary but forgotten hero and an unforgettable battle which kept the Turks at bay for almost 170 years. The book, assisted by Vikas Singh, is the first book with which Amish has introduced Writer’s Center in India and will be published under Amish’s brand new series titled ‘Indic Chronicles’.

While speaking at the event Varun went on to discuss how excited he would be to feature in an adaptation Amish’s books. “When you read the book and when you see the landscape of how he describes the world, your imaginations just run wild. Then I thought when a movie can be made out of this. Can I be a part of it or will I be very short for it? I was very fascinated with the back drop of the book. It tells the story of a hero.”

Hearing Amish’s thoughts on how the author is trying to revive the legends of our forgotten heroes, the actor said, “It’s the time when we should celebrate our Indian heroes and not look at the West to look up to heroes. I want to say is that around 20-25% of the population is made up of tribes and castes and that’s not really been represented in books or our literature as much or in films for that matter. Amish is doing a great job by actually representing it. He is doing a better job than politicians by writing about a hero.”

To this an excited Amish said, “With Indic Chronicles I want to explore unexplored heroes who are forgotten in histroy. There are so many heroes who have been airbrushed in our textbooks and it is time we learn about the rich culture of our motherland.”

When asked whose biography the actor would like to play on screen someday, Varun says, “You know honestly when someone offers me to do a biography, I get scared. I don’t want to do it most of the times because I feel all the fictional characters I am playing are like biographies but only to me. I think if I had to do a biography on someone, it would be on my father’s life. Sometime in the future I would like to enact his young and old days. Probably till the time he had me.”

‘Suheldev and The Battle of Bahraich’ will be published by ​​Westland (An Amazon Company) and will release on 23 July 2018 across online and offline bookstores.

World Environment Day: Lack of access to finance key hurdle in municipal solid waste mgmt., says study

The Government must set up a financial mechanism for municipal solid waste management (MSWM) which makes an agency responsible, will ensure that the system works with the necessary revenue collection that it was deemed to make, suggested an ASSOCHAM-PwC joint study.
 
“Finance is a major issue in solid waste management sector. Implementing agencies and ULBs (urban local bodies) in particular, find it difficult to create and manage projects with limited finance,” noted a 2017 ASSOCHAM-PwC joint report titled, ‘Waste Management in India-Shifting Gears.’
 
It further said that infrastructure created is not properly utilised and the return on investment is often neglected leading to failure of the entire effort.
 
It was also highlighted that private sector which is held up as more efficient in terms of MSWM is facing issues in terms of access to market based/debt finance for projects.
 
“While the private sector has been involved in waste management services on a regular basis, the sector has seen a number of issues and bottlenecks which have made it challenging to successfully implement projects,” said the report.
 
It added that lukewarm response of banks and financial institutions is a major issue seen in MSWM.
 
The ASSOCHAM-PwC study sought ‘industry’ status for waste management sector to provide it necessary boost and regulatory adherence with dedicated monitoring and compliance cell.
 
Considering the direct and indirect implications of poorly managed waste to urban environment and India’s economy and growth prospects, the study impressed upon the need for relooking into the present systems of waste management in the country.
 
It also noted that mismatch between requirement and availability of waste management services together with improper planning, constraints in capacity to manage waste using modern techniques and best practices, complex institutional setup, and limited funds with urban local bodies (ULBs) have collectively led Indian cities and towns to crumble under piles of garbage left in the open.
 
Welcoming the changes made in the Plastic Waste Management Rules, the study said that ‘real implementation is yet to happen.’
 
“A full-scale preparatory exercise needs to happen for its implementation before we can take on this mammoth issue called ‘plastic pollution,’” it recommended.
 
It further said that the wave of cleanliness drives had brought some change in Indian mindset about waste management in over past two years. “The momentum should be utilised for benefit of the sector and implementation of rules and regulations should now be started on a serious note.”

Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar set to release on March 1, 2019

Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra starrer Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar is set to release on March 1, 2019. The Dibakar Banerjee thriller will see Arjun play the role of a Haryanvi cop, while Parineeti essays the role of an ambitious girl from the corporate world whose lives suddenly intertwine.

Dibakar says, “I feel this is my first film all over again, at least in terms of the excitement with the material. Sandeep and Pinky bring to screen the two Indias that are forever clashing. I want the audience not to lose a second of that. We finished the shoot one month late because of the intense weather conditions on the Indo-Nepal border. I don’t want Sandeep and Pinky to be shortchanged on edit time. YRF agreed with my request and so we are pressing on together to the new date. 2019 is when India chooses its future. I’m looking forward to release in that year and choose mine.”

Rohan Malhotra, VP – Distribution at YRF adds, “Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar will now release on March 1, 2019. Arjun and Parineeti have Namaste England releasing on Dussehra this year and the makers had announced this date a while back. It would have been unfair for us to request them to shift their film. Also, we wanted to have a gap between these two films as it features the same star cast and given the extremely busy release calendar of this year, we feel March 1 is the best date for our movie to open.”

I hope Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan becomes a superstar, says Karan Johar at Saahitya Aaj Tak

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I hope Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan becomes a superstar, says Karan Johar at Saahitya Aaj Tak

Karan Johar was at his candid best at the Saahitya Aaj Tak event in Delhi.

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Karan Johar sent the grapevine into a tizzy with the explosive revelations made in his memoir, An Unsuitable Boy. At the Saahitya Aaj Tak event in Delhi today, Karan opened up about his much-talked-about book, whose title is a tongue-in-cheek reversal of the bestseller, A Suitable Boy. His journey may be seen as unsuitable, Karan Johar believes.

ON BEING A PARENT TO YASH AND ROOHI

Earlier this year, Karan became a parent to twins, Yash and Roohi, through surrogacy. “I wanted to take my life to second gear. I have always said ‘it’s all about loving your parents’, it’s time I became one,” the Ae Dil Hai Mushkil director said, adding that his life has changedfor the better.

While the filmmaker’s son is named after his father, Yash Johar, his daughter Roohi’s name is an anagram of his mother Hiroo’s name. Karan said that he, his father and his mother were very strong as a family unit, and when his father passed away, it left a huge void in his life. When Karan’s son was born, no other name fit better. But he did not want his mother to feel left out, hence he named his daughter Roohi.

ON HIS FALLOUT WITH KAREENA KAPOOR KHAN AND KAJOL

In An Unsuitable Boy, he wrote about his fallouts with Kareena Kapoor Khan and Kajol. It is no secret that Karan’s friendship with Kareena soured because she asked for the same remuneration as Shah Rukh Khan when offered Kal Ho Naa Ho. They did not talk for a year, and the filmmaker now realises that it was all “childishness”. “She’s 10 years younger than me, I should have exercised restraint and realised that I was the one who was wrong,” he said. Thankfully, all is well between the two now.

Karan also fell out with his once-upon-a-time best friend Kajol, although they have now rekindled their friendship. “I don’t want to go into detail about what went wrong. I love her a lot. When we love someone that much, we also get hurt more,” he said. Talking about their renewed relationship, he called it the “2.0 version of our relationship” and said that he felt like they have gone back to the time they lost.

He also had developed a distance with Shah Rukh Khan, “but there’s not a single day that (they) stopped loving each other”, despite the ups and downs in their relationship.

ON MAKING FILMS ONLY ABOUT RICH PEOPLE

Karan has often been criticised for making films only about rich people and their lives, but he feels that he does not get enough credit when he tries to push the envelope. “I made My Name Is Khan, which is a very real story. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil had an unconventional ending. I made a short film in Bombay Talkies which showed homosexuality, but I never got credit for it. If my name was Karan Kashyap, and not Karan Johar, I would have got credit,” he said.

ON HIS SEXUAL ORIENTATION

There has been a lot of conjecture, to use Karan’s favourite word, about his sexual orientation. While he addressed the rumours in the book, he did not explicitly state his orientation, something he faced a lot of flak for. “That’s my right, I wished to express it the way I did,” he said, adding that he is proud of who he is.

He has been abused and called horrible names, but it no longer bothers Karan. “Trolling is my breakfast,” he said. What once bothered him has now become enjoyable to him, and in fact, he feels bad if he wakes up one morning and finds that he is not trolled.

ON NEPOTISM

If you haven’t been living under a rock, you know all about the Karan Johar vs Kangana Ranaut nepotism debate. While Kangana accused Karan of being the “flag-bearer of nepotism“, he begged to differ. At Saahitya Aaj Tak, Karan admitted that he was “a result of nepotism” – he got an opportunity to become a director only because his father was a producer.

“Yes, nepotism gives you easy access, but it’s true to most industries, whether you’re a businessman or a journalist. It’s very easy to make the film industry a soft target,” he said. He added that while nepotism gives easy access, it is one’s efforts which decide if they will be able to survive and succeed.

‘I HOPE ARYAN KHAN BECOMES A SUPERSTAR’

When asked if Shah Rukh Khan was the last superstar, he said that there was no doubt that SRK was a bona fide superstar. However, Karan hoped that he wouldn’t be the last. “I hope Shah Rukh Khan’s son, Aryan, becomes a superstar, not because he’s Shah Rukh’s son, but because he is a bundle of talent. I hope he can rise from the criticsm,” he said.

ON THE PADMAVATI CONTROVERSY

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati has been in the eye of a storm for its alleged distortion of history. Political groups have been raising slogans against the film, something that Karan Johar is no stranger to. From My Name Is Khan to Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, he has had run-ins with political parties.

About the Padmavati row, Karan said, “I feel very bad, I hope that he’s protected by people who understand that creativity is a form of expression. He has already clarified that there is no such scene, I watched his video. We should trust and believe that statement and give his film all the love.”

Discovery bringing the amazing stories of footballing legends to viewer’s screens across India

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Discovery is set to excite audiences in India by bringing the amazing stories of footballing legends to viewer’s screens across India. Cristiano Ronaldo-The world at his feet and Sleeping Giant –An Indian football story are the two movies Discovery will premiere under its recently launched ‘Movie Nights’ on Saturday, 29 April and 6th May 2017.

 

These movies will encourage viewers to follow their dreams, and never give up. Cristiano Ronaldo-The world at his feet is based on the life of the current global Portuguese superstar who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Portugal national team. The documentary reveals how he spent his childhood practicing football for hours, skipping his meals and sometime school too. The movie further showcases how he honed his natural ability, through sheer determination and commitment to his craft and shaped his attitude to conquer his fears and realize the ultimate dream – to be the best footballer in the world.

 

On the other hand, Sleeping Giant – An Indian football story is about the future of Indian football. The movie features the story of two ordinary children from Mumbai who followed their passion, persevered and earned a golden chance to play for famous football clubs in England.

Afeemi the latest song from Meri Pyaari Bindu Salutes The Intoxicating Effects of Love

Love is intoxicating, heady and ensnaring. Afeemi, the latest song from Yash Raj Films’ Meri Pyaari Bindu encapsulates this classic, evergreen aspect of falling in love. This is one hangover, that of heady intense love that no one wants to get rid of!  Parineeti Chopra as Bindu and Ayushmann Khurrana as Abhimanyu find their romance bloom  in the city of Mumbai as this mellifluous number plays out.

 

Kolkata kids who jived to the carefree Ye Jawaani Teri as college came to a close, the scene now shifts to Mumbai where both Abhimanyu and Bindu are trying to set themselves up professionally. In the backdrop of this busy, bustling city, Bindu focuses on her dream of becoming a singer, and Abhimanyu find the headiness of love in everyday moments. Beyond grandeur and largesse, Afeemi captures that extra special feeling of doing small things together, of sharing little moments everyday which is very easy to relate to. Be it a walk on Marine drive, or dancing in the rain, or lazing around in bed on a weekend, Afeemi celebrates love in the simple, everyday moments of life.

To build on the romance of Bindu and Abhimanyu, director Akshay Roy drew on his own experiences of Mumbai. He said, “In Afeemi, Abhi and Bindu find love amidst the simpler pleasures of life. Coming to Mumbai with a bunch of friends, years ago, trying to make something of our lives in this bustling city, for us it was always about those smaller joys – our first apartments, coffee shops, Carter road, long chats into the night about our ‘auditions’ of the day. In Afeemi, I’ve tried to show Abhi and Bindu’s journey through that ‘outsider’ lens. It’s something that I’m sure will be relatable for many.”

A heartfelt story that encompasses the stories of its protagonists over three decades, Meri Pyaari Bindu presented it’s trailer innovatively- divided up in five chapters over time. Song composed by Sachin-Jigar, Afeemi is sung by Jigar Saraiya and Sana Moidutty. Kausar Munir has composed the lyrics. Meri Pyaari Bindu will release on May 12 across India and worldwide.