I thought it was bold and complex and like nothing I’d ever read before: Joaquin Phoenix

Undoubtedly the most anticipated film of 2019, Joker is the filmmaker Todd Phillips’ original vision of the infamous DC villain, an origin story infused with, but distinctly outside, the character’s more traditional mythologies. Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck, who is indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, is of a man struggling to find his way in Gotham’s fractured society. Longing for any light to shine on him, he tries his hand as a stand-up comic, but finds the joke always seems to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty and, ultimately, betrayal, Arthur makes one bad decision after another that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty, allegorical character study. 

Interestingly, though he’d resisted any sort of genre- inspired projects in the past, Joaquin Phoenix was intrigued when he read the script of Joker. Talking about what he liked about the story and working with Todd Phillips he says, “I thought it was bold and complex and like nothing I’d ever read before. Todd has a unique way of looking at things that is really perfect, I think, for this movie,” Phoenix observes.  “When I work with a director, I want somebody who has a singular take on the material, and nobody could have made this movie but Todd.”   

Directed, co-written and produced by Todd Phillips, Joker is all set to release in India on Oct 4 by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Devi Shaktipeeth Darshan in AADISHAKTI’s Navratri special episodes

Navratri festival is of nine days dedicated to Goddess Shakti and her nine incarnations.  Fakt Marathi Channel is celebrating Navratri by playing the special episodes of Devi Shaktipeeth from the show Aadishakti. There are total 51 Shaktipeetha temples out of which three and a half Shaktipeethas are situated in Maharashtra. Along with Saptashrungi, Mahurgarh, Tulja Bhawani and Kolhapur Mahalaxmi temples, other famous Devi temples across Maharashtra shall be shown under this Navratri special show. Accordingly, audience shall be able to watch Devi temples and related stories on their small screens at Fakt Marathi Channel.

NAVRATRI SPECIAL: AADISHAKTI NAVRATRI

SR NO   NAVRATRI SCHEDULE                     DEVI TEMPLE

  1. 29TH SEPTEMBER MAHALAXMI TEMPLE, KOLHAPUR
  2. 30TH SEPTEMBER TULJABHAWANI TEMPLE, SOLAPUR
  3. 1ST OCTOBER RENUKA MATA, MAHURI
  4. 2ND OCTOBER SAPTASHRUNGI MATA, WANI
  5. 3RD OCTOBER EKVEERA DEVI MATA, KARLA
  6. 4TH OCTOBER SHREE CHATURSHRUNGI MATA, PUNE
  7. 5TH OCTOBER KALUBAI DEVI MANDHAR DEVI, SATARA
  8. 6TH OCTOBER SHREE PRABHADEVI, MUMBAI
  9. 7TH OCTOBER SHREE VAJRESHWARI DEVI, THANE
  10. 8TH OCTOBER SHREE VINDHYAVASINI DEVI, CHIPLUN



Get ready to ROFL as Discovery Kids and Excel Entertainment launch the animated comic caper ‘Fukrey Boyzzz’

Dreams can be extremely powerful! But when desi-jugaad is applied to achieve dreams, it could lead to unimaginable chaos! You don’t believe it? Just ask Choocha, Hunny and Laali. Nobody knows more about the power of dreams better than these three!  The friends come together to do some masti which ultimately leads to Fukrapanti. Every time Choocha has an outlandish dream, Hunny tries to make sense of it by putting together an equally outlandish ‘desi jugaad’. While Laali tries to warn them, Bholi Punjaban is always in fray to sabotage the whole plan. But somehow, these motley crew of misfits manage to weasel their way out of trouble and get some good laughs along the way. Fukrey Boyzzz is a rib-tickling production that captures the innocent and harmless masti/mischief of kids. Get ready to ROFL starting October 12th, 2019 at 1.30PM and 7.30PM every day, only on Discovery Kids.

Discovery Kids, the leading kids’ channel from Discovery India, which revolutionized the Indian animation industry with ‘Little Singham’ – an animation series inspired by India’s most successful Supercop brand ‘Singham’, has teamed-up with Excel Entertainment to create this fun-filled laughter-riot based on super hit Bollywood franchise ‘Fukrey’ and ‘Fukrey Returns’.

Present at the launch of ‘Fukrey Boyzzz’ which was held in Mumbai on 25th September to introduce the new animation series, was the lead cast from Excel Entertainment’s movie Fukrey: Richa Chadha, Varun Sharma, Pulkit Samrat, Manjot Singh, film director Mrigdeep Lamba and film writer Vipul Vig.  Excel entertainment’s co-founder, Ritesh Sidhwani, Megha Tata, Managing Director – South Asia, Discovery and Uttam Pal Singh, Head – Discovery Kids were also present on the occasion.

“Fukrey Boyzzz is an apt representation of our ambition in the kids’ genre.  We will continue to innovate and invest heavily in the genre with an aim to be a consistent top 3 player,” said, Megha Tata, Managing Director-South Asia, Discovery. “We are also working towards skinning the Fukrey Boyzzz IP in multiple ways including launching branded merchandise.”

“The launch of Fukrey Boyzzz opens new horizons for us. We are making our foray into animation and are enamored with how this series has shaped-up. I am extremely excited to have characters from our Film Fukrey spread joy to everyone with their crazy antics at school,” said, Ritesh Sidhwani, Co-Founder, Excel Entertainment, as the show preview was unveiled.

Speaking about the show, Uttam Pal Singh, Head – Discovery Kids, said, “We are on a bold and fun journey to invest, invent and innovate our content to endearingly engage with as well as expand our audiences.  In the kids’ genre, there is plethora of content targeted at 4-8 years, however there is a prominent white space for content targeted at pre-teens broadly bracketed between 8-14 years old. With Fukrey Boyzzz and its hilarious ensemble of Choocha, Hunny, Lalli and Bholi, we are launching a new contemporary series which will have a much wider appeal. Infact, we are confident that this innocent fun feast will attract co-viewing – parents watching along with their children.”

Discovery Kids will launch Fukrey Boyzzz starting October 12 in six languages – Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and English.  The kids’ channel will launch an aggressive marketing campaign based on the core ethos of the show ‘Friends + Masti = Fukrapanti’.  Fukrey Boyzzz is produced by award winning production house ‘Paper boat’ for Discovery Kids. Watch the all new and exciting animation series Fukrey Boyzzz starting October 12th, 2019 at 1.30PM and 7.30PM every day, only on Discovery Kids!



Ankit Mohan as Yesaji Kank in FATESHIKAST

Ankit Mohan who got applauds in ‘Farzand’ now will be seen in FATESHIKAST as Yesaji Kank.

Ankit likes action and he wanted to do actions scenes himself. In one of the scene Ankit jumped from second floor.

He said, “I feel really lucky to play Yesaji. I am thankful to director Digpal Lanjekar for putting trust on me. I am sure audience will like my work.”

Films co-opration and Almonds Ctreation’s presentation, the film is written and directed by Digpal Lanjekar. The cinematography is by Reshami Sarkar, editing by Pramod Kahar, music and background score by Devdutt Manisha Baji, lyrics by Sant Tukaram Maharaj, V. S. Khandekar, Digpal Lanjekar, costumes by Pournima Oak, make-up by Sanika Gadgil, sound by Nikhil Lanjekar, stunts by Babbu Khanna, choreography by Subhash Nakathe and VFX by Illusion Ithirial Studios. Utkarsh Jadhav is executive producer.

FATESHIKAST will release on 15 November 2019.

APPA AANI BAPPA trailer released

Garima Productions presentation, Producer Garima Dhir and Jalaj Dhir’s first Marathi film APPA AANI BAPPA trailer was released in Mumbai. The film will hit the screens on 11 October 2019.

APPA AANI BAPPA stars Bharat Jadhav, Subodh Bhave, Dilip Prabhavalkar, Sampada Kulkarni, Shivani Rangole, Umesh Jagtap.

The story is written by Ashwani Dhir and Arvind Jagtap, cinematography by Surya Mishra, music by Sarang Kulkarni, Sayli Khare and Abhang Repost. Ajit Singh is line producer. The film is released by Panorama Studioz Distribution LLP.

Bollywood welcomes the new villain actor Aakash Ahuja

‘Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas’ has been very forthcoming to the industry by presenting three new actors like Aakash Ahuja, Karan Deol and Sahher Bambba. The film is a romantic drama based on a young love story set in snowy & hilly regions which is directed by Sunny Deol.

The film revolves around three characters tied in a love triangle. In which actor Aakash Ahuja who has made his debut is seen playing a negative lead. He portrays the character of a rich Delhiite who will go to any ends to win back his lady love. His mean and menacing character throughout the film is something which will send shivers down your spine.

Previously, Aakash was seen in shows like Dil Buffering and Qubool Hai which got him a very strong fan base, for his charismatic looks and brilliant performance.

During the premier Dharmendra was seen praising Aakash, “Being a debutant he has done a brilliant job. His acting as a villain in the film is quite remarkable. I wish him all the best for his future projects.” On the film premier several actor like Bobby Deol also appreciated Aakash for pulling out such a difficult role efficiently.

When asked Aakash about the role in the film he stated that, “It was my first project and that also directed by a superstar Sunny sir, so I tried to give my best . Though after the first show only  I started getting praises from near and dear ones and friends from the fraternity .I am keeping my fingers crossed that I live up to audience expectations too.”

‘Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas’ stars Karan Deol, Sahher Bambba and Aakash Ahuja and is directed by Sunny Deol and produced by Sunny  Sounds Pvt LTD and Zee Studios.

Navratri Special : Fakt Marathi ‘ Anadi Nirgun’ Movie Festival

Navratri festival is of nine days dedicated to Goddess Shakti and her nine incarnations. Fakt Marathi is celebrating Navratri by playing nine devotional movies of Goddesses under a movie festival titled ‘ Anadi Nirgun’. The movie festival which is commencing from 29th September will end on 7th September. All these nine Devi movies shall be broadcasted at 08:30 timeband.

‘Ude Ga Ambe Ude’ Movie Festival consists of Aai Tulja Bhawani (29/09/2019), Kalubai Pavali Navasala(30/09/2019), Jai Mohata Devi(01/10/2019), May Mauli Manudevi (02/10/2019), Mahima Annapurna Devicha (03/10/2019), Aai Ekvirecha Udo Udo (04/10/2019), Jogwa Ambabaicha(05/10/2019), Kulaswamini Tuljabhawani (06/10/2019) and Ma Shakambharicha Mahima (07/10/2019). All of these movies has significant stars from Marathi industry. Also each film has a strong message underlined depicting the prowess of each goddess and women power.

‘Pride of language…Heritage of culture’ is the tagline of Fakt Marathi. Accordingly, it is catering across all segments of the society, dedicated to all entertainment needs of viewers with best programs and movies. Now the channel has broadened it’s horizons with the start of fresh and original content programming through ‘Dhoomdhadaka’ and ‘Sindhu’. ‘Another couple of projects are in the pipeline and there’s an interesting programming roadmap ahead’ states Shyam Malekar, the Business Head of Fakt Marathi.

Actress Iti Acharya turns out as a fashionsta at the Times Hospitality Icon 2019

Actress Iti Acharya who was seen in a hit Kannada film ‘Kavacha’ along with actor Shiv Rajkumar was recently spotted attending Times Hospitality Icons 2019 that was held in Bangalore.

The stunning actress Iti attended the event to present the award for the best Event Organiser in Town wearing a short glamours dress by the coveted in a black knee length boots. Iti was styled by the famous stylist Devesh Pant .The event was attended by several Sandalwood celebrities to present the awards to the winners including director Saad Khan, actress Priyanka Upendra, Akul Balaji and many more.

On the Times Hospitality Icons 2019 event several respected and popular restaurants, cafes, dining, places, pubs and lounges in the town participated in this event. Times Hospitality Icon event was organized by Avinash Sharma of optimal media solutions.

‘Dunno Y Love is Love’ to be screened at the Cardiff International film festival

‘Love is Love’, is a trilogy of 11 international Award winning Dunno Y Na Jaane Kyun that stars actors like Zarina Wahab, Kapil Kaustubh Sharma, Yuvraaj Parashar, Kitu Gidwani, Bidita Bag, Mona Ambegaonkar and Shahjahan. ‘Love is Love’ is the only Bollywood film to be screened at the prestigious Cardiff International film festival this year.

When asked actor-producer Yuvraaj Parashar about the screening he said, “It’s an honor that Dunno Y is making India proud Overseas… as it will be screened alongside other talented artists. I am thankful to all the cast and crew members of Love is Love whose hard work and passion has got us to this platform today.” The film also witnesses the debut of Zeenat Aman’s son Zahaan Khan as a music composer.

Till date films like Gangs of Wasseypur has been screened at Cardiff International film festival.

“India is creating some exciting cinema and we at Cardiff International Film Festival are very excited to showcase this at our platform. Dunno Y 3 is one them and we are looking forward to welcome the film, the cast and crew to Cardiff,” says Rahil Sayed the director of Cardiff International film festival.

The film Dunno Y: Love is Love is written and directed by Kapil Kaustubh Sharma and is produced by Yuvraaj Parashar.

Bilingual film ANYA is about human trafficking

Right from the inception of Cinema in India, Maharashtrian thespians have always displayed their prowess in acting and attained popularity and have achieved their own special position and status in films, the viewers will very soon experience this in the forthcoming film Anya which is being made in Marathi as well as Hindi.

Being made under the banner of Initiative Films with the support of Capital Woods Pictures, the film introduces the South Indian director Simmy Joseph, who is making his debut as a director in both Hindi as well as Marathi films. Along with stalwarts like Atul Kulkarni and Prathmesh Parab, Bhushan Pradhan will also be seen in the film in a central role. Besides these actors, the film will also have Tejashri Pradhan, who has acted not on Marathi serials but also plays and films. Raima Sen is also making her debut in Marathi films with Anya. The film will also boast of Govind Namdev, Yashpal Sharma, Sunil Tawade and Kritika Dev.

The film is about human trafficking. An attempt has been made to explore a realistic hard core issue in society today and expose the sordid truth behind it. Besides directing the film, Simmy Joseph has also written the story as well as the screenplay for the film. A holder of PHD degree from JNU, Simmy is also the author of the book The Art of Satyagraha and the Messiahs. A writer with a lot of experience, Simmy will display his ability to wield the megaphone in this film with finesse. Mahendra Patil has written the meaningful and incisive dialogues for the Marathi film. Sajan Kalatheel has cranked the camera for the film. Vipin Patwah from Bollywood is the music composer of the film along with Ramanathan , Rishi S and Krishna Raj while Rohit Kulkarni has scored the background music. Hindi Lyrics by Dr. Sagar & Sanjeev Sarathi & Marathi Lyrics by Prashant Jamdar. Shekhar Ujjainwal is the production designer while Nandu Achrekar, Robin and Raju are the associate directors. Saba Mayuri is the choreographer while Neelam Shetye is the costume designer. Thanuj is Editor of the Film. The post production of the film is going on in full swing and the film is slated for release all over the world in the month of November this year.