Thursday, December 24, 2009

Saikathaboovile Saumyasaparya-Book Release

East West Music Fest

Christmas and New Year celebrations on Asianet channels

All Times are in UAE


Asianet has lined up daylong programmes for the festive season and that will appeal to various segments of viewer’s. The programme menu comprises heritage, movies, musicals, and stage event shows.
The Christmas day begins with Christmas songs, a half-hour programme “Bell of Christmas “ at 5.30. This will be followed by an exclusive interview with actress Sumalatha at 6.30 and special episode of Cinemala “My Bada Father” at 10.30. At 14.00, a special episode featuring various activities by contestants of Star Singer juniors ‘Ullasa Paravakal’ exclusively shot at Kishkinda theme park will be a major attraction of the day. Viewers can also watch X’mas special feast by the contestants of Idea Star Singers at 19.30.
Asianet is also all set to telecast World movie premiers such as  “Lollipop” (starring: Prithviraj, Jayasurya, Kunchako Boban, Roma and Bhavana) at 7.30, “Crazy Gopalan” (Starring: Dilip, Harisree Asokan and Radha Varma) at 11.00 and at 15.30 will be another blockbuster “Sagar Alias Jacky” (Starring: Mohanlal, Manoj K. Jayan, Shobana and Bhavana).

Asianet Plus
Asianet Plus heralds in Christmas with a variety of programmes. On 25th December, Children’s special “Christmas Kids” at 6.00. Halcyon memories by the celebrities on X’mas at 7.30, followed by a review on X’mas released movies will be aired at 8.00.Viewers can also watch Interviews with Mega Star Mammootty, Jayaram and Family, Kunchako Boban, Jayasurya, Kalpana are the highlights of the programme menu. The bouquet of programmes include comedy shows, musical programmes and super hit movies.

Asianet News

Asianet News Channel also adds to the Christmas cheer with live telecast of midnight mass from churches. There are special cookery shows and a special programme on the Christmas cake. Catch mega show ‘Yesuvinte Rathri’ and tête-À-têtes with, Mega star Mammootty, Bishop Phililas Cristom Methrapolitha, MG Sreekumar, Musical chat with Malayalees own deedi Usha Uthup and actor Lalu Alex.

 New Year Programmes

Asianet celebrates the coming New Year with a long list of programmes for its viewers. On December 31, Join the New Year countdown at 20.30 with a mega stage show “Dance Party 2009” featuring playback singers and artistes like Vijay Yesudas, Benny Dayal, Muhammed Aslam, Anoop Shankar, Bollywood performer/singer Neha Bhasin, Sayanora, Teenu Tellence, Lakshmi Jayan, Muktha George and other artistes will rock the event in style.
Usher in the New Year on January 1, 2010 with ‘Suprabhatam New Year Special’ at 5.30. Trace the hit songs of Mollywood  ‘Malayala Cinema 2009’ at 7.00 and “Malayala Cinemaganangal 2009 “ at 15.30. Viewers can also watch blockbuster premier movies.
Asianet Plus celebrates the New Year with a list of celebrity interviews and other New Year special programmes.
Asianet News has already lined-up ‘Kauthukalokam 2009’ on December 31. Special episodes of  “Lokajalakam 2009”, “India 2009”, “Kerala 2009” and other live entertaining programmes.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Dance India Dance: The Hunt for India’s Biggest Dancing Star IS BACK!

Tune-in to Zee TV every Fri & Sat at 20.00 to catch the best dancing talent on Dance India Dance.

Zee TV is back with a brand new season of Dance India Dance. The passion, the frenzy, the camaraderie, the rehearsals, the victories, the disappointments, the hosts, the judges and above all, the spectacular talent – it’s all back – with a BANG!

Grand Master Mithun Chakraborty 

While Zee TV has unearthed some phenomenal dancers who will bring the house down with their performances this season, there were some heart-wrenching moments along the way when a deaf-mute girl presented herself for the auditions, having prepared the whole year to be a part of the show. Equally touching was the instance where a mentally challenged child from Delhi who had appeared for last year’s auditions, on being inspired by mentor Geeta Kapoor’s words, returned to the auditions this year with rigorous preparation and dazzled the judges enough to make it to the top 100. Very evidently, Dance India Dance, as a platform, has emerged to be a beacon of hope and recognition for legions of dance enthusiasts across the country. Grand Master Mithun Da said, “I’m extremely happy to be back again with this wonderful family called Dance India Dance. There’s great satisfaction when one is surrounded by so much energy and talent. There is no doubt that the show will be a rocking success this year too!”

Master Geeta Kapoor

Started Airing from Friday, Dec. 18 at 20.00 on Zee TV, the show will follow a format similar to the original season where the 18 contestants are divided into three teams led by the choreographers - Geeta ki Gang, Terence ki Toli and Remo ke Rangeele! Episode after episode, the masters will groom their respective teams to face the trials of dance ahead of them. The contestants will be judged on their grasp in learning new dance forms, their versatility in lending themselves to diverse styles and the grace and charisma that sets a “dancing star” apart from the dancers. It is a matter of immense pride for the master whose protégé walks away with the coveted ‘Sunehri Taqdeer Ki Topi’. Needless to say, there’s a healthy rivalry already brewing between the masters. Last year, with Bangalore boy Salman having clinched the trophy, master Remo D’souza had plenty to smile about. The grapevine has it that masters Terrence Lewis and Geeta Kapoor have gone the extra mile and are burning the midnight oil to ensure that the winner of this season emerges from their teams.

Master Terence Lewis 

When asked how they felt at the beginning of the all-new season of Dance India Dance, the mentors sounded extremely upbeat and raring to go. Terrence Lewis said, “I’ve traveled the world over in search of the most exotic dance forms and drawn great inspiration from beautiful traditional Indian styles too. I look forward to introducing dance forms that India has not yet witnessed in the latest season.” Remo D’souza added, “If Dance India Dance was a revolution in dance last year, the show will set even higher benchmarks this year. We have some fantastic dancers coming up and I cannot wait to begin training them.” Geeta Kapoor echoed their sentiment saying, “With the kind of talent Dance India Dance throws up, every single day of shoot and rehearsals is a revelation in itself. I cannot wait for the fever to begin!”

Master Remo Dsouza

Having made chocolate boy Jay Bhanushali and the gorgeous Saumya Tandon household names, Dance India Dance brings this charming jodi together again to host its latest season. And to bring out the best in every contestant, the show has tied up with internationally acclaimed dance gurus ‘Storm’ from Germany who specializes in Hip Hop, an agility and stunts expert “Hari Das” from Africa and our very own Sandip Soparrkar to conduct intensive workshops with them. With spectacular talent waiting to explode on your television screen and the Grand Master all set to delight you with his charismatic persona, here’s a show you cannot afford to miss!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Vodafone Comedy Stars on Aisanet

A Reality Show with mimicry artistes "Vodafone Comedy Stars" airing at 19.30 on every Saturday and Sunday on Asianet Television.

Asianet Introduces "Vodafone Comedy Stars", to find the most talented comedy actor in Kerala.
The contestants were  shortlisted  from thousand’s of applications received. The final 24 teams, each teams contains three members,  were selected by a panel of eminent jury comprising film directors and actors, on the basis of  audition held in major cities in kerala.
Reality show “ Vodafone Comedy Stars” kicked off in the presence of leading comedy artistes Suraj Venjaramoodu, Gunnies Pakru, actress Lakshmi Gopalaswami, Asianet MD KMadhavan,  permanent jury members Jagadeesh and Tini Tom, Asianet Senior Vice president R Sreekandan Niar were some of the special dignitaries, who attended the ceremony.
In the show, teams will be tested on their skills in rapid, spontaneous and natural presentation of comic roles and foot-tapping numbers to advance to the next rounds.
Other leading comedy actors from Malayalam film industry such as Jayasurya, Jayaram, Salim Kumar, etc. will appear as celebrity judges.
The programmes is anchored by Jagadeesh.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Orikkal Oru Chritmas Raavil... A World Classic in Kairali TV on Christmas Eve

Director: Rafeek Ravuther
Script: Kaliph Anaz
Airing Date: Dec. 24, 2009
Airing Time: 16.00 (UAE)

Septuagenarian actor Thilakan portrays the lead role  of Charles Dickens’ well-known character Ebenezer Scrooge in a New Malayalam version of ‘A Christmas Carol.’ The tele-film titled as Orikkal Oru Christmas Raavil… is directed by Pravasalokam fame Rafeek Ravuther.

“Even after a one-and-a-half century, the message of A Christmas Carol is still relevant to the materialistic society,” says Rafeek. He added “We are grateful to veteran actor Thilakan for donning the tough role despite ailments. His performance will raise the bar of handling Dickensian character’s in the future.”

The film is produced by Nayanthara Communications and was picturised in Kochi and nearby areas. Other important roles are played by Tony, Shafeeq, Murali, Rajesh, Majeed, Mehboob, Shameem Poovath, Pollachan, Roji Varghese, Paulose, Geethu, Master Roshan and Baby Abhishna.

A Christmas Carol tells the experiences of Ebenezer Scrooge on a Christmas evening during the Victorian era. The script-writer Kaliph Anaz, Editor, Asian Lite Magazine published from London, is recreating the sequences in Fort Kochi.

Jacob Mathews aka Mathai (Thilakan) is a self-made businessman like Scrooge. He is minting millions with his flourishing spice export business but ignoring the welfare of staffs and the society. The greedy and selfish Mathai is totally unaware about the plight of  the under privileged during the festival season. His Office Assistant represents the working class in Kerala society. Even though Tony is working for a millionaire businessman, he is struggling to meet the basic needs of his children on a Christmas Day.

Three Ghosts visit Mathai on a Christmas evening and trying to convince him about the importance of compassion especially during Christmas.

Desperate Housewives (Season 4) Premieres Thu, 17 Dec at 21.00 on Star World

Back for a scandalous fourth season, the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning Desperate Housewives returns to STAR WORLD. In this year’s premiere episode, former Wisteria Lane resident Katherine Mayfair (Dana Delany, China Beach) returns to the neighbourhood after a 12-year absence. But while the other housewives celebrate Katherine’s return, Bree suspects she is hiding a dark secret. Along with the regular cast, fans can expect guest turns from Nathan Fillion (Firefly), Shirley Knight (Law & Order), and John Slattery (Mad Men).

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Yahaaan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli on ZEE TV

Rajshri Productions marks its grand debut on Zee TV with Yahaaan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli. Which tells the story of the Thakur family, who owns a palatial house in Ujjain called Swarn Bhavan. The head of the family Thakur Uday Pratap Singh (played by veteran actor Alok Nath) believes in living a lavish lifestyle and is proud of his rich heritage. He would under no circumstances compromise on his pride and principles.

His daughter Swarn Abha (played by Suhasi Dhami) has been brought up in a very comfortable environment and is attached to her family, especially her father. She nurtures her father's pride.

Unfortunately, the family faces the unforeseen and is compelled to lead a life of adjustments and struggle. Will Swarn Abha be able to cope up with the changed circumstances keeping her father's pride intact?

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Idea Star Singer: Season 4 - 150th episode celebrations.

Asianet is all set to telecast the 150th episode celebrations of  “Idea Star Singer – Season 4 on Nov. 27th & 30th at 19.00 (UAE).

South Indian television’s popular reality show “Idea Star Singer: Season 4” to find the most talented young singer, is celebrating the completion of 150 episodes. Actor Prithviraj was the chief guest for the special event. Asianet MD K Madhavan, Idea Marketing Manager Balaji, Actress Mallika Sukumaran, Jury members Sarath, KS Chithra, MG Sreekumar, Pop Singer Usha Uthup, Asianet Senior Vice President R Sreekandan Nair were some of the special dignitaries who attended the ceremony.

Viewers from all over the world tune in to watch the show that has seen some of the best musical talents in Kerala, wherein contestants battle it out for the top slot. Film stars, musicians and celebrities from various walks of life will appear as special guests in every episode of the show.
The 150th episode celebrations will be an mélange of glamour, music and showmanship. The contestants showed their multi talented skills by performing dance, skits, acrobatic performances and needless to say rendered melodious & fast and peppy numbers specially for their dear viewers.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

CNN Abu Dhabi debuts with Daily News Show ‘Prism’

CNN Abu Dhabi, the latest newsgathering expansion from the global news brand, opens its doors recently, it was announced by Tony Maddox, MD and EVP CNN International.
Maddox was joined for the opening in Abu Dhabi by Phil Kent, Chairman and CEO of CNN parent company Turner Broadcasting System, Inc, and by Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour and presenter Richard Quest, both in Abu Dhabi filming for the network.
Other senior executive attending from CNN included Katherine Green, Head of Programming for the network and Rani Raad, Head of CNN's commercial arm in the region.
CNN’s new state-of-the-art production centre and newsgathering hub for the Middle East will also be home to CNN’s first ever daily live news show from the region.
‘PRISM’, hosted by news veteran Stan Grant, debuts this evening and joins existing feature shows Inside the Middle East and Marketplace Middle East as a major addition to its regionally based programming portfolio.

“The Middle East has played a significant role in CNN’s heritage and is part of our DNA, two of our earliest international bureaux were in Cairo and Jerusalem”, said Maddox. “This region unquestionably plays an integral part in world affairs, and the new hub in the UAE  gives us the opportunity to get even closer to the heart of the rich and diverse stories across the political, business, social and cultural spectrums.”
“The establishment of a permanent broadcast and production centre in the Middle East by CNN is a significant and unique move by a Western news broadcaster”, added Maddox. “It gives CNN a powerful base from which to coordinate seven regional bureaux and also launch a new daily news show from the Middle East.”
The new facility sits alongside CNN’s existing 32 international newsgathering operations which also includes three other digital production centres in Hong Kong, London and Mexico City.
CNN Abu Dhabi will coordinate newsgathering for the seven CNN operations in the region:  Baghdad, Beirut, Cairo, Dubai, Jerusalem, Kabul and Islamabad.
With more than two dozen staff, CNN Abu Dhabi not only consolidates CNN Worldwide’s investment in global newsgathering; it also underlines CNN’s growth strategy which includes the commercial launch of the CNN Wire, the unveiling of the new and the addition of new prime time shows across CNN International and, in the US, HLN.
Built as a fully HD and on-line production facility CNN Abu Dhabi houses a four camera digital studio, with 24/7 live capability, edit suites and fully integrated newsroom.
First daily scheduled show from the region
For the first time in CNN’s history daily live news show PRISM, presented by Stan Grant, will be broadcast from the Middle East. CNN Abu Dhabi will also be the home to CNN’s perennially popular feature shows Inside the Middle East, now in its sixth year, and Marketplace Middle East which launched two years ago.
PRISM is the tenth new show to be launched on CNN International in the past 12 months — joins the network’s new primetime line-up, uniting Stan Grant, Christiane Amanpour, Richard Quest, Becky Anderson and Fionnuala Sweeney, Michael Holmes and Hala Gorani in a schedule that between them covers off business and current affairs programming, breaking news and behind-the-scenes reportage in distinctive formats.

Australia's Next Top Model (Season 2) Premiers on Star world Tue, 17 Nov at 21.00(UAE)

Australia’s most ambitious wannabe models are about to embark on the runway ride of their lives. Australia’s Next Top Model chronicles the transformation of everyday young women into potentially fierce supermodels.
This season, the fashions are more fabulous and the challenges are more demanding than ever! Fans will be able to see if these newbies have the chops to survive the world of high fashion. Find out which beauty from Down Under will end up on top when the second cycle of Australia’s Next Top Model premieres on STAR WORLD.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Kurbaan: In The Making and Date with Kurbaan on Star Plus and Star One

Special episode of “Date with Kurbaan” featuring Karan Johar, Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan will be telecast only on Star Plus at 18:00 (UAE) Sat, Nov. 14 and Star One at 19.00 (UAE) on Sun, Nov. 15.

“Kurbaan:  In the Making” on Star One at 22.30 (UAE) on Fri, Nov. 20 and Star Plus at 18.30 (UAE) on Saturday Nov. 21.
STAR Middle East and UTV Motion Pictures presents Kurbaan: In the making exclusively on STAR One & STAR Plus. Dharma Productions’ Kurban, directed by Renzil D’silva, stars Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan in lead roles and releases in the Middle East on November 19, 2009.
STAR Middle East will play a special episode called ‘Date with Kurbaan’. Date with Kurbaan will have Karan Johar interacting with Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan.
STAR Middle East will also be playing exclusive content excerpts from the film. The exclusive behind the scenes of “Kurbaan – In the Making” episode will also be aired only on STAR One.
On this exclusive, the lead cast comprising Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan will speak on the making of this film and share with viewers their experiences and anecdotes, while shooting the film.
Says Sumantra Dutta, Country Head for STAR Middle East, Pakistan and Africa “We have been consistently bringing the latest and the best content to our viewers and in keeping with this we continue to raise the bar in terms of viewer expectations. Quality Bollywood programming content is an important part of our unique offering and we will continue to bring viewers exclusive BOLLYWOOD contents on STAR Plus & STAR One.”
STAR viewers will also get an opportunity to take part in a special contest around Kurbaan. Viewers will just have to answer the simple question:-

Who does Kareena Kapoor get married to in the movie ‘Kurbaan’?

a). Saif Ali Khan
b). Vivek Oberoi
c). Om Puri


SMS STARKB your option A/B/C to:

•    6070 in the UAE ( for Etisalat & Du customers)
•    9121 in Egypt (for Vodafone, Etisalat & Mobinil subscribers).
•    77658 in Bahrain (for Zain subscribers).
•    85218 (for STC Subscribers) & 732006 (for Zain Subscribers) in KSA.

If you answer correctly, you could win movie merchandise that includes outfits worn by the Stars in the film, autographed Music CD’s, couple movie tickets and more.

*Terms & Conditions apply

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Mammootty: The Best Actor Award 2009 Grand Finale & Event “Nammude Swantham Mammuukka" airs on Asianet TV

Mammootty; The Best Actor Award 2009 Grand Finale and an event with the mega star of Malayalam cinema “Nammude Swantham Mammuukka“ was held recently at Dubai. The show was witnessed by 20,000 strong crowd. Luminaries from the Malayalam and Tamil film industry turned out in force to celebrate the first ever mega event conducted at Airport Expo Auditiorium, Dubai.
Mega Star Mammootty was felicitated by K Madhavan, Managing Director, Asianet Communications Ltd for his outstanding contributions to Indian Film Industry. Asianet Communications director Jagdish Kumar, Tamil Supreme Star Sarath Kumar, President of Malayalam Movie Artistes Association Innocent, Siddique, Jagadeesh, Jagathy Sreekumar, director Siddique were some of the personalities attended at the function. The show also honoured with the presence of mega star Mammootty in a mega event of this magnitude, in the Middle East after a gap of more than 10 years.

Abhishek from Kottayam won 'Mammootty: The Best Actor Award 2009", an unique reality show conducted by Asianet, in search of budding talents. Sreekumar from Thiruvananthapuram is the first runner-up, Chinnu from Mumbai was declared second runner-up and last but not the least, Aneesh G Menon from Malappuram secured the third runners-up spot in the Grand Finale held at Airport Expo, Dubai.
The show focused on Mega Star Mamootty’s acting career and the entire theme of the event was divided into six different segments viz: Mammootty as Family Hero, Evergreen youth Hero, The Macho Hero, The Epic Hero, Hero with a humour touch and Unusual Hero. Each segment was presented by leading stars of tinsel world.

Other artistes such as Swetha Menon, Suraj Venjaramoodu, Mamukoya, Tini Tom and Kottayam Nazeer, playback singers KS Chithra, MG Sreekumar, Usha Uthup, Vijay Yesudas, Rimi Tomy , Vivekananandan ( Idea Star singer winner 2008 ), Ocean Kids & Kairali Kalakendra from Dubai also entertained the viewers.

14 dancers selected from UAE for DID second round at Mumbai

Dance India Dance Season 2 UAE auditions held on Oct. 30 at the Sheikh Rashid Auditorium, Indian High School, Dubai was participated around 100 dancers. There were direct round with star choreographer Remo D’Souza judging the auditions for the UAE. As soon as Remo reached, his fans could just not wait to get a glimpse of him but lucky few even got to hug him!!

Remo’s words to Dubai were: Can Dubai Rock?!?!?

All the dancers showcased their unique dancing skills with Hip-Hop, Break dance, Indian classical and some of the dancers doing back flip somersault as well!!

Of all the dancers who wanted to make it big only 14 made it to the next level of auditions which would take place in Mumbai before Nov. 22. These 14 will fly off to Mumbai and after landing accommodation and Food would be taken care by Zee TV India.

These 14 would give their second round of auditions along with other short listed participants from the UK, US, Russia and Asia Pacific countries and from 14 Indian cities. These dancers would then be short listed to 100 with judge’s decision and move on to reduce to mere 18.
These 18 are then divided into 3 groups, each of 6 dancers who would be mentored by our 3 celebrity judges – Remo D’Souza , Terrence & Geeta along with Mithun Chakraborty as the Maha guruji.
SMS inter activity starts from this stage with voting making the dancers either dance to the next level or just walk out back to their home. And final 4 of this 18 make it to the grand finale of which just one gets to wear the dancing hat with the Feather in it!!
The last year winner, Salman Khan won RS. 50 Lakh contract with Zee TV plus got a chance to groove his body with super star Salman Khan in the movie Wanted.
Similarly this season the winner would get a contract with Zee TV and a chance to appear in a forth coming Bollywood album.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Dance India Dance Season 2 Middle East Auditions.

  Dance India Dance Season 2, Middle East Auditions will be held at Oct. 30 2009 at Sheikh Rashid Auditorium, Indian High School, Dubai from  07.30 hrs onwards.

For registrations Mail to –

SMS type: DID NAME to 7575 (Etisalat) & 7575 (DU) / 7576 (DU)

Eligibility criteria:

Upper Limit: Born on or after 1st January`1979

Lower Limit: Born on or before 31st December`1994

Terms and conditions:

   1. Participant can be of any nationality but must have an understanding of Hindi.
   2. Participant shall carry valid proof of age and nationality. (Proof of Identity -  Passport, Driving License, College Mark sheet, School Leaving Certificate etc )
   3. Two passport size photographs
   4. The participant needs to carry an audio CD with the track number written on it on which they want to perform.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

DIFF 2009 announces UAE children’s painting competition

12 selected works to feature in DIFF 2010 tabletop calendar
The Dubai International Film Festival, the leading cinema event of the Middle East, Africa and new Asia recently announced its second school painting competition for children under 12. The contest, which focused on Dubai schools in 2008, has been extended to schools across the nation this year.

Children in the age group 5-12 can submit drawings and paintings in any medium, including crayons, watercolors, acrylic and oil paints, through their schools. Entry to the competition is free, and all entries should reflect the theme ‘Children and Film.’ Twelve finalists will feature in the DIFF 2010 tabletop calendar.

Mahsa Motamedi, Director of Marketing and Sponsorship said the annual competition is part of DIFF’s community outreach campaign, aimed at strengthening the involvement of students in the Festival, honoring children’s outlook on cinema and supporting their creativity.

“The response to our inaugural painting competition and the subsequent tabletop calendar was overwhelming. We look forward to continuing this special initiative for our youngest fans well into the future,” she said.

The broad topical framework of the competition is intended to give participants a free hand in explaining what films mean to children and exploring their understanding of the different facets of cinema. The Festival, which includes a dedicated Children’s Cinema section, is keen to give children a stronger role in influencing content created for them.

“DIFF believes quality, engaging content for children is only possible if children participate as active viewers, encouraging filmmakers to direct works that challenge their creativity, stimulate their curiosity and feed their imagination,” Motamedi added.

All entries must reach DIFF offices at Dubai Media City on or before November 1, 2009. Participating schools must certify entries as original works created without assistance. The school with the highest number of entries will receive a DIFF Certificate of Recognition.

The sixth Dubai International Film Festival will be held from December 9 to 16, 2009.

For more information, please contact:
Majid Wasi
Communications Manager
Dubai International Film Festival
Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone Authority
Direct: + 97 14 361 3882
Board: + 97 14 391 33 78
Fax: + 97 14 367 28 92

Mildred Fernandes/Chloe Martinez
ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller
Tel: + 971 4 3344 550
Fax: + 971 4 3344 556

Monday, October 5, 2009

Short Film Competition based on Love story

Film 15, the movie production company of England, headed by Emma Macy is conducting a short film competition in association with the Indian film maker Sohannlal.
Emma Macey and her crew
The contestants of all ages and nationalities are eligible for participation. The main content of the film should be based on a love story or a romantic situation. The duration of the film do not exceed one minute. The film can be made in any language however other language films requires English subtitles.
The entires need the below mentioned detials:-
· DV, MiniDV or DVD format
· Script of the film
· Bio data of the director and the producer
· List of the artists
· List of technicians and crew

The winners of the competition wwill receive a cash award as well as invitation to various international short film festivals.
The entires should reach the following address before the 31st of December 2009.
Love in 60 seconds,
GNA 177,Gandhi nagar,
Phone:+919895625321,+919387330604, +919495022014, +919847359046

Saturday, October 3, 2009

New Serials Autograph and Vigraham on Asianet

(Airs Monday to Friday at 22.30).

Vigraham is a crime investigation tele-serial. In a township, people with different walks of life lived happily. One fine moring an antique shopowner purchases a bunch of Krishan Idols for selling on a better price. One by one the idols sold out, but whoever purchases the idol faces death immediately. The answer of why it happens is a suspense of the story. In the first part of the story a political leader Gopinath purchases the Krishna Idol and was seen murdered. It rocks the town and Priyamvadha IPS was posted as the Investigation Officer, she was accompanied by a young dynamic circle Inspector John Joseph.They slowly find out the corruptions related with Gopinath, but the secret of Krishna Idol remains secret itself.
When the second part comes, it’s a film producer who purchases the Idol, he was also killed. There Priyamvadha find out the inner struggle and exploitations in the filmdom…but the secret of the idol remain secret. Likewise the murdor goes on and the search of the real culprit continues.. Starring: Sarath, Kollam Thulasi, TP Madavan, Jayan, Ravi Vallathol, Riza Bava, Yadu Krishnan, Mahesh, Kavitha Nair, Sangeetha Mohan, Aerchana etc..
(Airs from October 5 onwards every Monday to Friday at 18.30).

Autograph tells the story of five boys and girls who are Plus II students. Three boys and two girls - who are known as Five Fingers are from a well settled family they are famous in the school being all round in all activities including studies. Thus, the five fingers became leaders in the school. In the meantime, a new teacher named Nandini Nair was posted in the school. The teacher, on joining heard the sad news of the death of the Principal. The false news was a propaganda arranged by the five fingers as a revenge to the Principal’s refusal to grant a leave to the sweeper. The basic character of the five fingers goes like this and gains an upper hand in the school.The new teacher recognized the habit of five fingers and tries to bring them back to normal habits like other students. The family background of five fingers have some complicated issues, which they have never bothered. Rahul Krishna, gets a chance to participate in a reality show and Mrithula, accompany him without the permission of the school and boarding. They fails to return on the same day due to an unforeseen incident which they hides from others. 
The incident was a murder and later they tells it to the three others. The murderer's plans to catch them being witness. Rahul and Mrithula becomes lovers due to their close relationships. Deepa Rani another girl from a high family enters the school. She learns about five fingers and started activites against m. In the meantime the five fingers splits into two groups and they loose the fame in the school. Nandini teacher tries to unite them. The murders have relation with Deepa Rani. One day fingers were rounded up by the murderer gang. Rahul was missing after that. The rest of four are blamed for the missing of Rahul.

Starring : Rajeev, Devan, Niya, Resmi, Sarath, Sreekutty, Renjith, Ambareesh, Soniya Etc..

Friday, July 17, 2009

Face to Face with Amitabh Bachchan on CNN

CNN International brings to its global audience a living legend of Indian cinema, Amitabh Bachchan on TALK ASIA.
CNN’s Anjali Rao sat down with Mr. Bachchan in Macau, where the industry gathered for one of Bollywood’s most prestigious awards ceremonies. In a revealing and candid interview, Bachchan shares insights into his long film career, the highs and lows of his early days in Bollywood, and becoming the global superstar and screen idol of Indian cinema.

He also discusses the global financial recession, its impact on the Indian film industry and how it is trying to overcome it.

Bachchan opens up about his experience of working with son Abhishek Bachchan and daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai Bachchan - and about the controversy over his reaction to the Oscar-winning film, Slumdog Millionaire. He also talks about what prompted him to decline an honorary degree from an Australian university recently.

A must-watch for all fans of Bollywood’s former ’Angry Young Man’, ‘this special edition of Talk Asia premiers on CNN International at the times above. It can also be seen online at after the first airing.

Show times
Wednesday, July 22 at 1630 UAE
Thursday, July 23 at 0700 UAE

Saturday, July 25 at 0830 & 1830 UAE
Monday, July 27 at 0600 & 2130 UAE

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Buzz Aldrin on CNN's Talk Asia

In line with the 40th anniversary of the moon landing, Talk Asia's guest this week is US astronaut and second man on the moon Buzz Aldrin.
On July 20th 1969, an estimated 500 million people watched the live broadcast of the first moon landing, marking one giant leap for mankind. Forty years on, Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin looks back to that extraordinary achievement with host Kristie Lu Stout on CNN’s TALK ASIA. He walks audiences through the experience as it happened, as archive footage illustrates his journey. He also shares his views on the future of space travel, the race to Mars and how he struggled to adjust to life back on earth upon his return.