The DY Patil – Whistling Woods Film & Media School in Pune!!

PRESS RELEASE : Two of the strongest and most credible names in Education in Maharashtra today, DY Patil and Whistling Woods International, have announced that they are jointly setting up a revolutionary Institute of Film, Media & Communication. The DY Patil – Whistling Woods Film & Media School will be set up in Maharashtra’s emerging education hub – the DY Patil Knowledge City in, Pune.

The DYP – WWI Film & Media School will commence operations from August 2013. The collaborative film and media school will offer students from across the country integrated undergraduate courses in film-making, animation, media and communication, and a MBA in Media & Entertainment. The 3-year degree film-making course will feature a twinning model where the students will spend the final 18 months at the Whistling Woods Mumbai campus and thereby be exposed to the cultural experience of studying in Mumbai’s Filmcity.

Announcing the alliance with the illustrious DY Patil Group, Subhash Ghai, Founder & Chairman – Whistling Woods International, said “It is a great privilege for Whistling Woods to be associated with a university of this stature. Over the past year or so, we have been exploring opportunities to expand nationally, and in the institute being set up jointly in Pune, we have found the perfect partner in the DY Patil Group. Whistling Woods is here to stay and this is one step towards expansion with many more to come.”

On the partnership between WWI and the DY Patil Group, Dr Ajeenkya D Y Patil, Chairman, DY Patil Group, commented, “We are delighted that our two institutions have joined forces to create a world-class institute of Film, Media and Communication at the DY Patil Education City in Pune. I am convinced it will raise the bar further for professional Media education in India. Our vision is to help shape young lives by providing them cutting-edge professional education and training for rewarding and fulfilling careers in the high-growth sector of Media & Entertainment.”

Dr Patil added, “I am delighted to announce that Pavan R Chawla, a respected and award-winning Media & Entertainment professional with close to 25 years of rich and varied experience in Content & Communication with some of the biggest and best Media & Entertainment brands in India, has joined us as Dean of the DYP-WWI Institute of Film, Media & Communication in Pune. He has a large and impressive body of professional achievements, and I am sure he will be a driving force to achieve our joint vision for the institute.”

Meghna Ghai-Puri, President, WWI, commented, “DY Patil and Whistling Woods International are two institutions that have earned a great reputation in education. It is extremely exciting to be associated with a renowned Institution such as DY Patil, and we look forward to a very successful partnership in the future.”

Wassup! Andheri – Back and Bigger!

PRESS RELEASE : After a successful debut last year on the city’s event scene, Wassup! Andheri by F5 Advertainment, an exclusively designed festival for the suburbs is set to return, only this time in a bigger, better avatar. Having celebrated the suburb’s and the city’s pulse and created a brand of its own already, this year’s edition promises to pack in all the extravaganza of last year and much more.

 First up, the length of the festival is longer this time, owing to public demand and Wassup! Andheri will now be held over four days – beginning from February 28, 2013 and going up to March 3, 2013. It moves to a larger, more characteristic location too, the Chitrakoot Grounds in the heart of Andheri West.

 That said, it is the itinerary packed in by promoters F5 Advertainment that’s the newsmaker again this year. From performing arts and fashion to literature and music, the Wassup! 2013 calendar has reinvented itself already, while keeping its motto of ‘entertainment for all ages’ intact. This second edition, the list of events expands too, with workshops, street plays, readings and innovative acts.

 Speaking on the replicating the success, Mr Ajay Modgil, Founder and CEO, F5Advertainment shared, “We were overwhelmed by the reactions of guests and participants during the first edition and had promised to return in a bigger, better avatar. Having learnt several knacks of the event, we’re prepared this time to make Wassup! Andheri an even better experience. We owe it to the suburb which has been a focal point for the entertainment industry not only locally but nationally.”

 Wassup! Andheri gives you a chance to view some of the rare and fascinating art pieces and paintings by sculptors and artists from across the country. More than 15 large installations curated by Aura Art will be displayed on the grounds, and more than 50 paintings, sculptures and photographs will adorn the Gallery section. Works of renowned artists like Arzan Khambatta, Sangeeta Singh, Manasi Manjrekar, Avantika Mathur, Chandrakant Ganacharya, Prakash Bal Joshi, Amisha Mehta, Sunil Deore, Sanjay B Nikam, Manoj Das,  Rohan Sonavan name a few, will be exhibited. The festival promises not only entertaining but also an enriching cultural and educational experience for the city. 

 And to make an impact as powerful as the debut edition, the organisers have roped in a host of celebrities, experts and known names –most of them locals who’ve made it large in their respective fields – to participate and advise on the themes and content of the event. No doubt that the festival will have cross-disciplinary events and a 360-degree view of Mumbai and India, albeit with the suburban perspective of Andheri.

 Leading Bollywood choreographers and partner Wassup! Andheri Bosco – Caesar shared, “Love it or loathe it, Andheri today is at the heart of Mumbai, and Wassup! Andheri is undoubtedly the biggest event on its social calendar.”

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PRESS RELEASE : Fire in the Blood, a feature-length documentary film produced by Sparkwater India, Mumbai, has been selected for the World Cinema Documentary Competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, to be held January 17-23 in Park City, Utah, USA, and thus nominated for the coveted Grand Jury Prize. It is a unique achievement for an Indian film to be selected for this competitive section at what is considered to be the world’s leading showcase for independent cinema.

“Sundance is the world’s most prestigious platform for independent and documentary films, so for our first feature-length production to be selected is a truly immense honour”, said Writer/Director/Producer Dylan Mohan Gray. “This, to the best of our knowledge, is the first documentary film of international scale and scope to come out of India, and to be chosen for the World Cinema Documentary Competition and nominated for the Grand Jury Prize out of a massive pool of submissions from talented filmmakers everywhere is extremely encouraging in terms of the future prospects for this film”, he added.

Sundance received a record 12,146 submissions this year, among which were over 4000 feature-length films. From these, just 12 U.S. and 12 international films were selected for competition.

“Whenever anyone asks me what Fire in the Blood is all about, I always say it’s about the crime of the century. I felt totally compelled to make this film because the historian in me first could not believe, and then could not accept that there was not a single film or even book in circulation which told this endlessly fascinating and important story,” said Gray. “Sundance is the biggest and best possible stage for films like this, and I am immensely grateful that the festival selectors shared our view that this is a story the world absolutely needs to know about. And, without giving too much away, I’m certain that the hugely positive leadership role played by India and Indians in turning this story from one of unspeakable horror into one of hope and resurrection will be a great source of inspiration and pride for audiences in this country and beyond.”

“Getting a film selected for the Sundance Film Festival is an immense honour and a tremendous achievement for Dylan, who has spent five years making this film” said Executive Producer Christopher Hird of Dartmouth Films in London (The End of the Line, Black Gold, The Flaw and John Pilger’s The War You Don’t See), adding “Sundance is the festival which sets the agenda for independent film for the rest of the year and so I confidently expect that Fire in the Blood will be seen around the world and have a noticeable impact on public attitudes and public policy, as well as telling an important contemporary story about India.”

Fire in the Blood will be released in Picturehouse and other select cinemas around the UK and Ireland on February 22nd, 2013, in partnership with Dartmouth Films. This will be an unprecedented British theatrical release for an Indian independent or documentary film.

Theatrical release in India is tentatively planned for April 5th, 2013.


An intricate tale of ‘medicine, monopoly and malice’, Fire in the Blood tells the story of how Western pharmaceutical companies and governments aggressively blocked access to low-cost AIDS drugs for the countries of Africa and the global south in the years after 1996 – causing ten million or more unnecessary deaths – and the improbable group of people who decided to fight back.

Shot on four continents and including contributions from global figures such as Bill Clinton, Desmond Tutu and Joseph Stiglitz, Fire in the Blood is the never-before-told true story of the remarkable coalition which came together to stop ‘the Crime of the Century’ and save millions of lives in the process.

As the film makes clear, however, this story is by no means over. With dramatic past victories having given way to serious setbacks engineered far from public view, the real fight for access to life-saving medicine is almost certainly just beginning.


In the late 1990s and early 2000s Western governments and pharmaceutical companies blocked low-cost antiretroviral drugs from reaching AIDS-stricken Africa and other parts of the global south, causing 10 million or more unnecessary deaths. This is the untold true story of the improbable group of people who decided to fight back.


The untold true story of how an unlikely group of people took on giant pharmaceutical companies and major Western governments to stop ‘the Crime of the Century’ and save millions of lives.


Trained as a historian, Mumbai-based Indian-Canadian filmmaker Dylan Mohan Gray has worked as first assistant director and second unit director on feature films in over two dozen countries with numerous leading directors including Fatih Akin, Peter Greenaway, Paul Greengrass, Deepa Mehta and Mira Nair.

Fire in the Blood is his first feature-length film as writer/director.

“Saint Dracula 3D” screenplay enters the Oscar Library

PRESS RELEASE : After 4 selections at OSCARS in 3 categories – ‘Best Original Song’ (2 songs) and ‘Best Original
Score’ and ‘Best Picture’ category, achievements seem to galore Saint Dracula 3D in 2013 yet
again. Produced by BizTV Network, the movie screenplay is now officially acquired by the Oscar
Library for its permanent core collection. This news came as an unexpected New Year gift to the
entire crew.

Credit for the story and screenplay goes to its director Rupesh Paul, where as the entire project
is designed by Sohan Roy, the director of BizTV Network’s first film, DAM 999. Defying the
normal convictions which define ‘Dracula’, the movie has secured the honour of being the first
3D movie in the Dracula series, with the help of the latest 3D technologies that are bound to
create a new impact of horror effect in the international level with a romantic flavor.

Saint Dracula 3D was also widely acknowledged and appreciated for its theme and demeanor
at Cannes Film Market, Berlin Film Market and American Film Market and was specially
honored by the Motion Picture Association of Antigua (West Indies). The movie is slated to
release all across India in March 2013.

Here are some stills from the movie!




Some of the highlights of this movie are :

1.World’s First 3D Dracula movie – Shot completely in 3D
2.First movie to visualize a different dimension for the iconical character ‘Count Dracula’
3.From the production house of 3D international movie ‘DAM999’
4.Project Designed by Sohan Roy, director of DAM999 3D and umpteen award winning
documentary ‘ Dams – The Lethal Water Bombs’
5. Supported & promoted by Marine BizTV, the global maritime media

Abhishek Dutta, Shyamal and Bhumika Shodhan give their Creations a New Style Statement at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012


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Creating a medley of form fitting and voluminous shapes, Abhishek Dutta’s creativity was dazzling as the “Tangram” collection appeared on the ramp at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012.

Matching the aspects of the inspiration, the intricately crafted almost futuristic garments were splashed with beautiful thread work appliqués with fabric and leather, interesting laser cut designs, panels with mix and match combos of leather and fabrics.

From high waist trousers to long or cropped jackets, the look moved from classic to androgynous. Black and white, moved to brown and then the colour story brought in blue, dramatic purple and canary yellow for a line of boleros with checked design and 3D blocks teamed with figure hugging trousers. Flowing Samurai pants with Tangram prints, jackets with hints of kantha embroidery and pin tucks were striking, while the coats with sheer tulle sleeves and zippered front were eye catching.

The show opened with two male models striding in from the audience wearing gas masks while a female model in grey Jodhpuri pants, embroidered cropped top and a luminous head band glided down the ramp. The very sombré but creatively designed and constructed men’s wear had jackets with leather appliqués, trims and embroidery on shoulders, yokes and garments. Contrast lapels made an appearance for a few jackets, while printed kurtas in diverse colours were teamed with well finished coats.

Women’s wear was sharply cut with a clever mix of fabrics, leather and laser cutting insets. 3D shoulder appliqués highlighted net sleeves; while contrast yokes with back drape for a shrug was an out-of-box idea.

Evening wear had long pleated umbrella skirts, net and fabric combinations for jumpsuits, lots of sheer bodices for gowns and the only purple sari with a leather cutwork pallav; was very futuristic in concept and style. The show ended with a sexy cowl pocket pair of shorts and a skinny long sleeved blouse that further emphasised the theme of the show.

Bringing oriental glamour with a marked western touch for his collection to centre stage, Abhishek Dutta’s “Tangram” line presented an innovative look for the coming season.

Grandeur and Glitz Came onto the Ramp with the Shyamal and Bhumika Shodhan Collection at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012

Called the “Maharaja”, it was a collection from Shyamal and Bhumika Shodhan that recreated the grandeur and glory of royalty from the past at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012.

With custom designed motifs for every garment, the perfectly coordinated men’s and women’s bridal outfits gave a new direction to wedding trousseaux for Him and Her.

The silhouettes were reminiscent of the Mughal era with chogas, kalidar lehengas, Sherwanis, panelled kurtas for men and embroidered kali details for saris, angarkhas, lehengas, dupattas and cholis making a dramatic impact on the catwalk. Known for their lush ornate creations, the designing duo had zardozi, metal wire, zari peeta, aari and Marodi embroidery to add to the beauty of the creations.

Velvet was the favoured fabric for the pair as it appeared for sherwanis, kurtas, cholis, saris and even for dupattas and shawls; while net brocade and georgette added to the glamour of the collection. The colour palette was obviously rich to match the theme with red, wine, jade, black, maroon, teal, purple, ivory, blue, ruby, champagne, beige and gold painting a luxurious story.

Men’s wear was opulent in style and detailing almost recreating the grandeur of the Mughal courts. Heavily embellished sherwanis, chogas, kurtas and Jodhpuri jackets were worn with dhotis, salwars or churidars and imposing shawls or dupattas.

Women’s wear had floor length panelled kurtas that floated down the catwalk in the regal splendour. The multi fabric saris – net, brocade and velvet – created a magnificent look for the traditional attire. The lehengas fully encrusted with zardozi embroidery will definitely gladden the hearts of many a blushing bride.

Detailing played a major role as placement embellishments were given a greater dimension to recreate royal grandeur.

The “Maharaja” collection from Shyamal and Bhumika Shodhan was an exquisite bridal offering that will have a timeless appeal and will surely turn into heirloom pieces.


Ritika Bharwani and Karishma Shahani Khan Make a Great Fashion Impact during Usha Talent Box Show at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012


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Ritika Bharwani’s label, “Ritika” charmed all with her new collection titled ‘Midnight Soiree’.

This collection inspired by contemporary architecture included dresses, separates, jumpsuits and gowns- keeping her line vast and versatile.

In a colour palette which moved from fiery vermillion, electric blue, molten gold among other luxurious tones; the range aimed at being unusual, and at the same time maintaining the effortless natural concept intact.

Keeping with the richness of her designs, Ritika Bharwani made use of fabulous fabrics such as georgettes, nets and jersey as well as shimmer foil for the metallic pieces, while silk taffeta made an appearance occasionally to add a sophisticated touch.

Styled by the Lakmé beauty experts, tousled hair, dark lips and accentuated cheek bones helped add an air of mystery to the collection.

Elevating the glam appeal of her designs, 3D embellishments made their way onto the bodies of the pieces, in geometric and structured patterns. This involved overlapping contrasting sequins, mother of pearl as well as gold metal materials.

Incorporating both structured draping as well as free flowing silhouettes this collection by Ritika Bharwani is one to watch out for, especially if the buyers believe in a little bit of fairy dust.

Karishma Shahani Khan’s Look was Elegant and Sleek at Usha Talent Box Show

Karishma Shahani Khan’s label, ‘Chauraha’ displayed a new collection titled ‘Silk Route’ which was a pop coloured fantasy any youthful diva would dream of.

The concept of this range was based around merchants, their caravans, gypsy lives as well as their rich, hidden culture.

The range comprised dresses, jackets, skirts, tunics and blazers infusing the Indian cultural theme of celebration with western silhouettes.

Although serious in structure with their solid geometric forms, the pieces graced the runway in bold, bright shades such as vibrant tangerine, bumble bee yellow, sky blue, and peacock green with certain sections being in darker tones such as midnight blue and black.

Designer Karishma Shahani Khan made use of natural fabrics such as khadi, jute, silk and cotton; fusing luxury with simplicity in a unique and adorable way.
Sequins and embroidery along with quilting and beadwork helped add a glam touch to the pieces.
Muted orange toned lips and cheeks along with tied up hair tastefully done by Lakmé beauty salon experts helped add a sensual touch.

With a funky-fusion twist, it’s no wonder this collection titled ‘Silk Route’ by Karishma Shahani Khan will fly off the racks during the coming months.

VEEV Presents the Stunning Second Skin Collection of Stylish Trendy Bags at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012


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Giving the stylish elegant woman a great collection of bags, VEEV presented its latest line of hand bags called “Second Skin” at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012.

The show styled by ace designer Aki Narula, opened with leggy models lining the ramp with their faces hidden under yards of fabrics and dressed in very simple stark black/grey outfits. Soon, striking models quickly strutted down the ramp showing a kaleidoscope of colours and designs to suit every woman’s tastes and fancies in the choice of bags and clutches.

The great looking collection had a timeless sophisticated quality with its perfect finish. The structured bags and pretty clutches had easy silhouettes that came alive on the ramp with leather and highlighted the natural grains on the skins.

The beautiful attachments like the trims and handles added charm to the bags. Layered appliqués along with clever leather weaving, gave a luxurious touch to the collection. Colours ranged from earthy tones to gentle pastels as well as bright hues and shimmering metallic options.

Hand bag flaps and handles were clasped with gleaming silver attachments; while the hand bag shapes moved from dainty evening clutches to large spacious drum shaped handbags, portfolios, shopping and shoulder bags – some with very artistic textured stitching or basket weaves.

The finale was reserved for the very stylish bag with a leather weave featured in eight different colours on the arms of a graceful model.

To complete the look for the festive season, it is VEEV bags that will add that touch of classic sophistication to every ensemble with their “Second Skin” collection.

Bhairavi Jaikishan Creates a Wonderful World of Ornate Traditional Fashion at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012


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Calling her collection “A Wonderful World”, Bhairavi Jaikishan presented at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012, the intricate techniques, colours and silhouettes created for several decades.

Keeping the focus on cocktail, evening and bridal wear, Bhairavi showed ornate saris and lehengas along with the very unique lehenga-sari, which is her trademark in a crisply edited show.

Rich shades of black, nude, ivory, mustard, emerald, midnight blue, aubergine, shocking pink, red and burgundy scorched the ramp with their beauty.

The silhouettes were traditionally classic; restricted to the favourite options as contrasts appeared for saris and blouses with dramatic eye-catching necklines that almost resembled jewelled neckpieces.

Using only net as her fabric choice, Bhairavi turned the fragile beautiful fabric into visions around which only dreams are woven. Down the red velvet covered ramp, the models looked ethereal as the first black lehenga-sari with the contrast lining glided down the catwalk. From visions in black, Bhairavi brought in ivory for the sari with bunches of tonal resham floral embellishments, a contrast petticoat and black net choli.

Detailing came in the form of scalloped sequin borders for the saris and badla work for the lining and lehengas. The bouquets of floral embellishments on the cholis’ neck were superb. Bhairavi’s choice of motifs for the embroidery was partial to roses, flowers as well as pencil lines of sequins or diamond shapes in zari. 3D magenta roses were appliquéd on the sari pallav or splashed on the fabrics and cholis. The final red section had gold lace appliqué snaking down the sari for some of the entries while ornate gold serpentine vines decorated the others. The final two lehengas, cholis and dupattas were exquisite in their embellishments and a great tribute to the design sensibilities of Bhairavi and the skill of her craftsmen.

For Indian exotic creations with an ornate appeal, the global woman will love to be a part of Bhairavi Jaikishan’s “Wonderful World”.

Anita Dongre Ends Day Three with a Gorgeous Blend of Traditional and Contemporary Fashion at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012


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It was glamour at its elegant best when Anita Dongre presented her collection called “Urban Goddess” to end the Indian Textile Day celebrations at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012. Blending the traditional with the contemporary, Anita’s fashion story was aimed at the jet setting Indian women.

Bringing together the gorgeous weaves of Benares and combining them with the intricacy of ikat from Andhra Pradesh and the beauty of raw and Mushru silk, the result was a colourful mélange of silhouettes. From elegant cigarette pants, classy jackets, to trendy dresses and flouncy blouses, the look was ideal for easy comfortable wear. Adding to the beauty of the garments were the colourful vegetable dyed block prints from Bhuj, which gave the collection a perfect timeless touch.

Opening the show with five sexy multi fabric silk knee length sheaths with strappy backs, Anita set the mood of the show. The colour story was a rich mélange of red, green, gold, beige, black, magenta, bronze and nude all glamorously woven with gold motifs or colourful prints for the predominantly western line of scooped hem dresses, floor length gowns, figure hugging skirts, soft unstructured jackets and hipster skinny trousers.

Anita’s main styling directions were the 1950’s look, with knee and calf length pencil skirts, dresses – some pleated and gathered shapes for long feminine gowns with contrast bodices. Quilting played an important role and appeared for the jackets, hemlines and bodices of the dresses and gowns. Interesting touches were given to the sleeves with flyaway layers of fabrics. Occasionally, origami folds appeared for the outfits which were predominantly sexy and strappy. Sheer georgette blouses with slit long billowy or dolman sleeves were luxuriously embroidered in silver, gold, zari and sequins. At other times the multicoloured resham embellishments covered lean skirts.

Mention has to be made of the very opulent jewellery studded with pearls, diamonds and precious stones, the very classy black stilettos and the elegant embroidered sling bags.

Men’s wear was restricted to grey ombré or maroon jackets, double breasted bundgala and single breasted Jodhpuri coats.

Ending the show was Preeti Desai, Miss Great Britain 2006 and star of the Bollywood film “Shor in the City” in a regal white and gold gotta embroidered bridal lehenga, choli, dupatta and wearing the most exquisite heavy pearl jewellery.

For women who desire a mix of Indian weaves and prints with western sartorial elegance, Anita Dongre’s collection for Winter/Festive 2012 will turn the wearer into an “Urban Goddess” with all the right options.




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Milan Luthria has asked Imran Khan and Sonakshi Sinha to catch up often with each other as to prepare for their forthcoming film, Once upon a time in Mumbai.

Milan has adopted a very interesting way to make his upcoming film ‘Once Upon a Time in Mumbai’ look real. He has asked Imran Khan and Sonakshi Sinha to catch up regularly with each other as part of the prep for the film.

Milan wants their chemistry to look real and for that its very important they become like best buddies. This is going to be their first film together.

The two needs to spend time with each other, know each other thoroughly before they face the camera.

Our source says, Imran also plans to invite sonakshi over for dinner at his place.

Interesting prep we must say !