“Khub ladi MARDAANI,
Who toh Jhaansi Wali RANI Thi”…
The saying may be dedicated to the Rani of Jhansi who gave her life to protect her kingdom from the clutches of the British rule but these lines reverberated in Kolkata when a different Rani set foot in the city to promote her upcoming Bollywood film Mardaani. And as you may have already guessed, Bollywood actress Rani Mukerji was in the city for the promotion of Mardaani.
The actress was in the city for a whirlwind promotion of the film. She visited St. Xavier’s College after which she headed straight to the Kalighat Temple. She offered a Puja at the temple and prayed for the success of her upcoming film.
Directed by Pradeep Sarkar, this New Hindi film is about a female cop who is investigating the kidnapping of a teenage girl. The investigation eventually leads to the unraveling of human trafficking in the country.
Speaking with the press, the actress said “I play Shivani Shivaji Roy in the film, who is a tough cop in the film”. The actress also highlighted on the fact that women must be taught self defense techniques so that they can fight against the oppressors. The self defense must be taught at the school and college levels so that the girls can become self reliant and defend themselves from the people taunting them.
Tollywood Bengali Actor Jisshu Sengupta plays the role of Dr. Bikram Roy in the film and with this movie makes his entry into Bollywood. Tahir Bhasin, Priyanka Sharma, Vikrant Koul will be seen playing pivotal roles in this upcoming Bollywood flick.
The film is eyeing for a 22nd August release.
On behalf of Sholoana Bangaliana, we wish team Mardaani all the best.
If the aroma of the Mughlai and the Awadhi dishes bring water to your mouth, then this will indeed be good news for you. Aminia, one of the top restaurants in the city opened a new outlet at Chinar Park, Rajarhat. The inauguration was done by Tollywood actor Abir Chatterjee and actress Nusraat Jahaan.
The seventh outlet which was opened will be offering the customers with a swanky Sufi styled dining experience. This is the second outlet after the outlet at the Golpark branch to get a themed décor. The whirling dervishes which are one of the most prominent motifs of Sufiana have a recurrent refrain in the decorations of this restaurant.
Abir Chatterjee and Nusraat Jahaan cut the big cake with Aminia written on it to signify the opening of the new outlet. Speaking with Sholoana Bangaliana at the occasion, Abir Chatterjee said “The dishes are lip smacking. I am a big foodie but due to the acting schedules I have to keep a watch on the food that I eat. Or else I will gain weight and will be chided by my directors. However the opening of this outlet just before the Pujas will indeed be a treat for the food lovers”.
Chef Sharafat Ali said “We specialize in Mughlai and Awadhi cuisines. We have kept both non-vegetarian and vegetarian dishes. Dal Tarka, Palak Makhani Kofta, Dal e Khaas, Palak Paneer are some of the vegetarian dishes which will be available for the customers with vegetarian preferences. For the non-vegetarian customers, Chicken Isfahan, Kakori Kabab, Mutton Khara Masala, Chicken Sahi Rezalla are some of the lip smacking dishes available. The pricing is also reasonable. An individual will be able to complete a full-fledged meal at Rs. 250 only”.
Aminia promises to be a treat for the food lovers. Give your taste buds a royal treat at Aminia.
Kutchina is the pioneer in the field of auto clean chimneys. The company has been providing great chimneys to the people for the past fourteen years. The brand which stormed the markets with their products is back with another product. The product is a new age water purifier which was unveiled recently.
“Water is life. The water we consume has a major effect on our health. Hence it is of prime importance to drink healthy water. With water purifiers like this, individuals will be able to drink safe and clean water” said Tollywood actress Tanushree Chakraborty at the unveiling of the new water purifier range of Kutchina at the Kutchina showroom.
The new range of water purifiers come with three unique features- auto clean, back wash and mineral candles. All these features ensure that the water is free from the harmful impurities but will also retain the essential minerals in the water which is so important for us. One of the models in this range called Purica DLX also comes with a digital display feature. This will help in indicating when the products will need servicing or when there develops a problem in the UV protector.
“Health is wealth. Why compromise with health? When companies like Kutchina are coming up with such great products at such affordable prices, one can always buy a water purifier and ensure the safety of his/her loved ones as most diseases that turn deadly are water borne. This will also be a way of showing that you care for your family” said the gorgeous actress Tanushree while speaking with Sholoana Bangaliana.
The price range of this new range of water purifiers starts from Rs. 13990 onwards.
Picasso entertainment celebrated a two daylong music festival featuring some of the greatest musical stalwarts of the Bengali music industry. The stalwarts were from different musical background and they performed much to the delight of the assembled audience. The festival took place at ICCR.
Remembering the auspicious day of 22 Shraban, the first day of the music festival Picasso paid their homage to the Bard Rabindranath Tagore. Picasso paid their homage through their exclusive brand new production ‘Swapne Pawa Badal Hawa’ featuring Srabani Sen, Lopamudra Mitra & Joy Goswami for the first time together. This production showcased gems from Tagore by Srabani & Lopamudra besides recitation by eminent poet Joy Goswami. The trio created magic on the stage with their soulful rendering of the songs and the poems.
Lopamudra who had sang one of the poems written by the poet Joy Goswami titled Benimadhob felt it was a wonderful occasion to share stage with the talented writer. Joy Goswami also highlighted on the fact that it is Bratati Bandpadhyay and Lopamudra who have been helping the Bengali poets in reaching out more to the people.
The soulful presentation was blessed with gems from Tagore as Gaaner Bhitor Diye Jakhan Dekhi ( Srabani ), Mone Holo Jeno Phire Elem ( Lopamudra ), Kandale Tumi More ( Srabani ), Madhugandhe Bhora ( Duet ), Hridaye Mandrilo Damaru Guru Guru ( Duet ), Pagla Hawar Badal Dine ( Srabani ), Badal Baul Bajay ( Lopamudra ), Rimjhim Ghana Ghana Re ( Duet ) and so on.
The two daylong festival was an event to remember for the music lovers in the city of Kolkata.
Pran Kumar Sharma
(15 August 1938 – 5 August 2014)
Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, they are all superheroes in the world of comics. Either they have enviously toned bodies, muscles to die for or some superhuman powers which are beyond imagination of the mankind. But in 1969 a young cartoonist from India thought of something else. Born on August 15 when India celebrates its Independence Day, Pran is credited with fueling independent creative thinking, as while the world was busy creating super heroes with super natural powers, he created a character who was just a frail, old man, complete with his rather large white mustache and a red turban and named him Chacha Chaudhary. This character, as wise as his age, outsmarted monstrous villains to become India’s own superhero albeit robust physique and those unearthly powers which previously defined the genre. This was the uniqueness of PRAN. His immortal creation CHACHA CHAUDHURY was one of a kind superhero, who triumphed every time relying on his wit (far more advanced than a computer, as the tagline goes) only. Looking back at Pran’s creations such as, SHRIMATIJI (1968), BILLOO (1973), PINKI (1978) etc…. all the characters are very much drawn from our everyday life whom we can easily connect with. Pran, a boy from a small town made it big in Indian Comics Industry by publishing over 400 comic books. Pran may have left this mortal plain but just as his name translates into ‘LIFE’ in English, through the life and the world his characters have created over the years, Pran will continue to live amongst us and will always be remembered by the comics enthusiasts, young or old alike.