The India Speed Week 2016 (ISW) was a three day extravaganza which was a celebration of speed, adrenaline and glamour. It brought together for the very first time, drag racing teams and speedsters across various automobile segments and categories, to Kolkata. Governed by the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI) and managed by Elite Octane Inc., ISW 2016 put Kolkata on the national and international airstrip racing phenomena.
The citizens of the city witnessed a huge number of speeding cars and bikes at the Behala Flying Club air-strip. The India Speed Week 2016 spread over three days was a splendid speed fest. The fest unveiled a number of thrilling experiences including drag racing, auto-car expo, test drives, adventure sports, glamour and entertainment concoct amongst others.
Self-acclaimed bike fanatic and speed lover John Abraham flagged off the racers on the inaugural day. The event also witnessed Tollywood actress Raima Sen who enthralled the event and interacted with the participants.
Keeping the entertainment quotient intact, bands like Ganesh Talkies and Nucleus kept the audiences hooked. The band performances brought forth rock, pop, indie rock, fusion music and much more to the event. Bollywood actor Jackie Shroff, Tollywood actor Parambrata and Baichung Bhutia attended the event in the second day. Vinyl Records and Sukanti & Anushree kept the audience engaged on the second day of the event.
The third day saw another Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor making his appearance at the event. He made the Awards night special for the winners at the event. Nusrat Jahan was also present at the event on the third day. Fossils and Underground Authority kept the audiences engaged with their performances.
A dedicated Auto Expo featuring stalls zone displaying Indian labels as well as premium international, proved to be eye catching for the visitors. The full-fledged auto-car and bike arena included companies like Mahindra, Suzuki, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Rolls Royce, Maserati, Mini Cooper, Indian, Polaris, Skoda, Chevrolet, Mercedes, Honda, Triumph, Kawasaki, KTM, Hexa, Jaguar and vintage cars.
New Bollywood Film Dil Dhadakne Do Kolkata Promotions
What is the secret of making a successful film? A multi-star cast or a good story or great songs or picturesque locations? Well the answer to this question will be different for different individuals. Let’s see how the third directorial venture of Zoya Akhtar Dil Dhadakne Do having almost all the above essentials fared.
The story is essentially about the Mehras (based in Delhi), a rich high class business family consisting of Kamal Mehra, his wife, their son and daughter. The son Kabir, aged twenty five wants to pursue a career in aviation as opposed to his family’s wish of taking over the business (despite having no interest in it). The daughter Ayesha is married and runs her own business successfully and even featured in a reputed magazine’s list of successful entrepreneurs. Even then she is not asked to take over the family business, because she is a girl and married. Kamal and his wife have no love in their marriage and they just tolerate each other. The members of the Mehra family have a transforming experience when they set out on a cruise trip to celebrate the anniversary of Kamal and his wife.
Zoya Akhtar is one of those few directors who have set very high standards with their works. Her last film, the super successful Zindegi Milegi Na Dobara has been watched and re-watched several times. But can we do the same for Dil Dhadakne Do? Well, not really!! Like Zindegi Na Milegi Dobara, this film is also about a trip which changes lives and people’s perspectives. But the earlier film had its heart at the right place. This film has too many characters for comfort. I understand it is an anniversary party trip with many friends and relatives, but still there are many unwanted characters who the director could have avoided. It looks like a page from one of the novels of Jane Austen!! The last scene where the whole family becomes adamant to save Kabir looks like a scene from the Sajid Khan movies. That is not what we expect from Zoya!!
The length of the film is another pain in all the wrong places. At 170 minutes, the film is way too long. Had the film been half as entertaining as Zindegi Na Milegi Dobara, it would be easy to sit through the film. The editor did not do the job assigned to him properly. He should have chopped away scenes liberally and made the film half an hour short, at the least!!
Many may oppose my comparing DDD with Zindegi but the comparison becomes obvious because Zoya herself had set a high bench mark with the previous Hindi film ZNMD!! Hence comparisons are bound to happen. The film showcases the journey wonderfully and places like Spain and other international locales are also beautifully highlighted. However, the much hyped cruise had some shots of the cruise ship and fleeting glimpses of places like Istanbul or a Hamam Bar. The director could have shown the cast exploring different places and that would have taken the film to another level. Most of the scenes happen within the ship. The cruise does not get highlighted much. Then why all the promotional hype about the ship?? And about Pluto Mehra, the dog of the Mehras!! He is just another pet who is the narrator of the film. But he has pretty less to do, apart from imparting knowledge on relationships and human values. How I wish the director would have done something interesting with Pluto.
Music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy is a big letdown. The songs are too loud and I doubt whether it will remain with you after you leave the hall.
Acting by the huge cast consists of some good performances and some mediocre performances. Anushka’s Farah needed fine tuning. The song Girls like to Swing looked like as if Anushka stepped in the set after completing Bombay Velvet. Priyanka Chopra is OK as Ayesha but one expects more from such a powerful actress. The director just makes her cry. I mean a lady who can run a business which gets featured in Forbes will at least be able to speak her mind once in a while. But she cannot do that when confronted by her family and her in-laws about her divorce. That is very strange!! Anil Kapoor and Shefali Shah as Mr and Mrs Mehra are good as the money minded individuals who show off and also can marry their son to a rich tycoon’s daughter to save the business. Ranveer Singh shines brightly amongst the lot. The actor brings in the much needed humor in the film and is a bundle of energy. His confrontation scene with his parents deserves praise.
Dil Dhadakne Do is like a cup of cappuccino!! The director just places the characters at the froth level and never delves deep inside. Hence the film lacks the vibrancy and lively spirit of Zindegi!! While watching the film, the only thing that kept crossing my mind was Anupam Roy’s song Gobheer e Jaao!! Had high hopes from this New Bollywood Hindi Film but Alas!!
Shooana Bangaliana Rating-2/5
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New Bollywood Film Dil Dhadakne Do Kolkata Promotions
Dressed in a printed shirt and matching three quarter trousers, along with a yellow ochre hat and goggles to match- Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh made sure he was prepared to face the heat and humidity of the City of Joy. The actor along with Anil Kapoor, Farhan Akhtar and producer Ritesh Sidhwani was present in Kolkata for the promotions of the upcoming Hindi film Dil Dhadakne Do.
The film Dil Dhadakne Do, directed by Zoya Akhtar is the story of a Punjabi family on a cruise trip. Speaking about their experiences of shooting on the cruise, actor Farhan Akhtar (who is also producing the film along with Ritesh Sidhwani) said “The ship could not sail during the first seven days. We waited for the ship to get rid of the technical difficulties. When after a week, we finally sailed, we were all so very ecstatic”. Ranveer Singh was speechless on sharing screen space with Anil Kapoor during the shooting of the film. “I have always looked up to him. I wanted to be like him. When on the first day I found that the scene demanded me to stand beside him and stare at the rising sun, I was speechless. My happiness knew no bounds”.
Ranveer Singh who will be sharing screen space with Anushka Sharma after a few years praised the actress for her dedication, hard work and her evolution as an actress over the years.
Gallan Goodiyan is one song which made all the actors’ heart beat louder than the normal pace. “Imagine us dancing to a song of four minutes duration non-stop!! My goodness, it was one hell of an experience. I just hope that the audience likes our one shot dancing extravaganza” said Ranveer Singh, who plays Kabir Mehra in the film.
The actresses of the film consisting of Anushka Sharma, Priyanka Chopra and Shefali Shah were not present at the occasion. “Anushka is not well, as many of you might know from news. Priyanka and Shefali are busy with their other film schedules and hence they could not turn up. However we are having a grand time as this is a boy’s day out. We will be heading to watch the IPL match and I will be supporting Mumbai Indians” said Ranveer Singh.
Pluto, the dog will be seen in an important role in the film. “He is actually the hero and we are the supporting actors and actresses” said Anil Kapoor with a smile.
Taking cue from what he said, Farhan added “In one scene he was to run up to me and lick my face. The dog is also an actor and he was not in the mood that day for the scene. So I had to put vanilla ice cream on my face so as to tempt the dog to come and lick my face. It was a hilarious experience”.
On the request of the assembled guests and the media personnel, the actors also broke to a jig to the song “Gallan Goodiyan”.
The trailer and the songs have already gained much popularity amongst the masses. The audiences will have to wait till the 5th of June to understand what adrenaline rush the film promises.
The team of the upcoming Bollywood film Dil Dhadakne Do consisting of Anil Kapoor, Farhan Akhtar, producer Ritesh Sidhwani and Ranveer Singh was spotted at the IPL finals between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians. The four men were in the city to promote their upcoming Hindi film Dil Dhadakne Do in the city.
The actress’ of the film however were not spotted along with the actors. While Priyanka Chopra and Shefali Shah were busy shooting for some other films, Anushka Sharma did not make it to the match due to her sickness. However there have been many speculations about her decision. The actress who is a cricket lover is mostly found cheering from the stands when Virat Kohli plays in a particular match. Can we deduce that since Virat’s team did not make it to the finals, she chose not to make an appearance? Or is it something deeper than that? With ex-boyfriend Ranveer Singh at her side, she did not want to land up in any more controversies regarding her personal life? Whatever may be the reason, the crowd missed the ladies.
However the actors could be seen cheering from the stands as they supported their home team Mumbai Indians, who also emerged victorious this IPL Tournament. Later the actors’ also posted pictures of them celebrating after the win on Tweeter.
With the actors’ engaging in so much publicity and promotions for the film, the audiences will surely be interested to watch this new Bollywood Entertainer on 5th June. The countdown has started and lets if the magic of Zoya Akhtar is able to make the heart of the audience beat to her tune!!.
Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor was recently in Kolkata for the promotion of COLORS’ Television series 24 . The show presented by Safari Storme is the Indian adaptation of the International Emmy Award winning series 24.
This espionage series has Anil Kapoor essaying out the role of the ATU chief Jai Singh Rathod. He fights against time to foil the assassination of the Prime Ministerial candidate Aditya Singhania (Neil Bhoopalam). So far audiences have seen Jai being called to the ATU office by his colleague Nikita Rai (Mandira Bedi) to warn him of the impending assassination. His daughter gets kidnapped and he is forced to follow the orders of the head of the assassination team Yakub. In the coming weeks the audience will see the strong and impactful entries of actors like Shabana Azmi, Rahul Khanna and Richa Chaddha in the series. To know what happens next, the audience will have to wait and watch the series.
“I am really humbled by the feedback that the initial episodes of the show have received. The team has put in a lot of passion and hard work in converting our vision into reality and we are glad that the audience has enjoyed it as well. In the next few episodes, the audience is in for a lot more excitement as unexpected twists and turns along with some new characters make for edge of seat moments that will keep viewers glued to their seats” said Anil Kapoor. The actor also revealed that the series will also have a second season coming up once the actor finishes shooting for this season. The finale episodes will be mind blowing. To add to the excitement surrounding this show, the channel COLORS has also launched 24- The Game, a fast paced 3D interactive shooter based game that allows players to step in the shoes of Jai Singh Rathod as he races against time and attempts to save the assassination of the to be Prime Minister. Anil Kapoor is also busy shooting for the sequel of Welcome and No Entry.
The espionage series 24 is a must watch for the great star cast, catchy story line and the great production value.