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Aftab launches his own production house

Uday Pratap Singh

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Bollywood actor Aftab Shivdasani and his wife Nin Dusanj Shivdasani launched their production company, Mount Zen Media, which aims to tell good stories and make quality content high on entertainment

Speaking on his new venture, Aftab said, “We are very excited to announce our company as we have been wanting to get into production for a long time. These are exciting times to develop content that is cutting edge, contemporary, and appealing. Being in the industry for over 20 years has given me a great deal of experience in front of the camera and valuable insight into filmmaking.”

 Nin said, “Coming from a creative background from Art, Design, Advertising and Branding it’s interesting to be involved in a new medium of production, where all areas of my experience will be in use. I am excited about this new endeavour as there are so many fascinating stories to be told on this creative journey. Always intrigued by the art of storytelling, I look forward to working with a multitude of talent across various projects.” Mount Zen Media was formed under the ideology of Zen, which tries to free the mind from the slavery of fixed notions and ideas and instead focuses on the intuitive process of creativity. One hopes Aftab and Nin achieve what they wanted to with their new endeavour.

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WHY I ALWAYS ROOT FOR INDIAN DESIGN, NOT ETHNIC

Gunjan Gupta

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I am blessed to be in a family with a rich legacy of design, where the only thing discussed each day were new finishes, textures and international trends. Every month, there would be an international designer or a buyer working on the floor of the factory and getting totally floored with the way our artisans could etch on brass, create Art Deco sheens on iron or master a perfect curve on a piece of wood.

When I stepped into the world of interior design formally, I realised that what was being achieved in the factory was nothing short of a miracle or a design feat. And it was letting traditional craftsmen employ their skills to create a completely new and modern design language. To be able to turn around a wood carving from decorative Indian art to Art Deco contemporary only needed a change of vocabulary. To be able to interpret the Indian cheent into chintz just meant opting for a more European colour palette and to bend brass into a sharp texture was a matter of going geometric rather than floral.

Indian motifs have a very strong language. Our lattice works are geometry in perfection, our florals have stumped even the mills of Manchester and our craft in furniture making is solid and driven by natural woods and handcrafted finishes. No boards and veneers for us, please! Our craftsmen can rustle up a rare sheen with their very able hands on the best natural teak or pine wood.

It is this meeting of two cultures and the skill to create modern, yet warm and hospitable homes that led me to create our brand, “It’s All About Home”. Here, we use the task force of our artisans to create luxury that you and I can afford. We turn the privilege of bespoke into reality. After all, bespoke is firmly entrenched in the Indian psyche. Each one of us might have seen our parents get a furnisher to turn around the upholstery before our eyes, crafted our four poster bed to make it younger and usable, redone the facades of our homes to bear a new look each year, or added a hand-painted fresco with much ease.

Today, as a brand owner and a self-driven entrepreneur, this is the privilege I am trying to make possible for the young Indian homemaker, simply because ‘vocal for local’ must begin at home and exquisite craft should not find itself being shipped out of the country without us imbibing the depth of its design.

Born into the family of a leading exporter in Moradabad, Gunjan Gupta is an interior designer and the brain behind luxury décor brand It’s All About Home.

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Divya Dutta, Dino Morea and Shweta Basu reveal favourite Hostage 2 scenes

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Hotstar Specials latest crime-thriller Hostages 2 has been garnering immense love from viewers and the industry alike. As the plan of killing CM Handa (Dalip Tahil) in Season 1 goes awry, audiences were
left guessing about Prithvi Singh’s (Ronit Bose Roy’s) next move. As the story in season 2 picks up steam, it introduces a whole new set of characters, each with their own agenda and complicated reason for being involved in the murky situation surrounding Handa’s kidnapping. The show stars Ronit Roy, Divya Dutta, Dino Morea, Shibani Dandekar, Shweta Basu Prasad, Dalip Tahil and Aashim Gulati in pivotal roles.

The stellar star cast Divya Dutta, Dino Morea and Shweta Basu Prasad revealed their best moments from the show.

Divya Dutta: The final face off of my character, Ayesha Khan with Prithvi Singh(Ronit Roy) is definitely my favourite. That is a very important moment from a negotiator’s perspective because we were constantly in touch throughout the season talking on phone without knowing who the actual person is behind the receiver. So when we finally meet, the scene has so many layers to it because we are saying something, and gauging some- thing else. It is a multilayer scene and Ronit is such a fabulous actor, that I loved doing that scene with him. This extremely dramatic scene comes during the pre climax and adds a lot to the tension in the series as well as the equation of Prithvi and Aayesha and I feel it’s brilliant.

Dino Morea: A lot of my scenes have been meticulously constructed but my personal favourite is when my character Ranbir has a final face off with Prithvi. The intensity of the moment, where they both come from different stories and are negative in a way come together, culminates to the final climax and is very special to me. When two tough guys come face to face, a lot goes down and the entire show comes to a crescendo at that moment.

Shweta Prasad: As an actor, the entire shooting experience and series was special, but when I binge watched the season, as an audience. I really loved the scene between Handa and Sabha. He is Sabha’s father, though he hasn’t even been there with her; he is her biological father. There is something innately human about that scene, even though it is slightly awkward. What I liked the most about Hostages 2 is that everybody is a hostage of a situation, at the end of the day it’s a story of a family and how they overcome this situation.

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Kangana ‘will quit Twitter’ if anyone can prove she starts fights

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Kangana Ranaut

Amid a backlash against her abrasive comments on Urmila Matondkar, Jaya Bachchan and Bollywood in general, actress Kangana Ranaut has claimed that she has a record of never starting a fight, and is ready
to quit Twitter if anyone can prove otherwise.“I may come across as a very ‘ladaku’ person but it’s not true, I have a record of never starting a fight, I will quit twitter if anyone can prove otherwise, I never start a fight but I finish every fight. Lord Krishna said when someone aks (ask) you to fight you mustn’t deny them,” Kangana tweeted on Friday.

Her statement came shortly after she engaged in a tweet spat with filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, which followed when the filmmaker took a jibe at Kangana and said that she is a warrior who would keep fighting for herself and the country.

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Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston’s flirty reunion

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Former Hollywood couple Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt got flirty while reading out a raunchy scene, when they got together for a virtual reading out session. The couple, who got divorced in 2005, united for a live reading of the 1982 film ‘Fast Times At Ridgemont High’ along with Sean Penn, Julia Roberts, Shia LaBeouf, and Matthew McConaughey.

A moment that made fans excited was when Aniston and Pitt were re-enacting a steamy scene in which their characters, Linda Barrett and Brad Hamilton, flirt during one of Hamilton’s dreams, reports ew.com. “Hi, Brad,” said Aniston as Linda, adding: “You know how cute I always thought you
were. I think you’re so sexy. Will you come to me?”

Netizens loved the moment, with one commenter tweeting: “I love seeing Brad and Jen together on the same screen.” A user wrote: “Actually, Jen coming onto Brad (in character) and telling him he’s sexy is my highlight of 2020”.

The event highlighted best scenes from the cult classic film, and served as a fundraiser.

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Donal Bisht is thrilled about the response of Teri Patli Kamar

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Kumkum Bhagya fame Krishna Kaul and Donal Bisht have been roped in the recently released music video ‘Teri Patli Kamar’. This foot-tapping single by Photofit Music marks their debut in peppy numbers.

Donal Bisht is thrilled about the response the music video has been garnering. Donal says, “I got so many calls appreciating the song and calling it catchy and alluring. I am pretty sure it will be on the tip of everyone’s tongue.” Sunidhi Chauhan and Saim Khan will also be seen in the video.

Producer Suresh Bhanushali is elated with the response. Bhanushali says, “It feels good and also encourages you to do better.” It has been sung by Yash Wada and directed by Tanveer Syed.

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Big B leads by example, wears face shield for KBC 12

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Amitabh Bachchan, who is back at work after recently re- covering from Covid-19, is taking no chances on the sets and following due protection norms against the virus. A new Instagram picture Big B posted from the sets of “Kaun Banega Crorepati 12” has the veteran actor wearing a face shield. “Be safe .. and be in protection,” he captioned the image. 

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