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Bollywood Actor Ranveer Singh Turns Rapper with National Campaign of Jack & Jones


JACK & JONES, an international menswear fashion brand, announced an exciting new brand campaign- “Don’t Hold Back”, featuring Bollywood’s boldest youth icon, Ranveer Singh, as their new brand ambassador.

Marking the launch of a national campaign, JACK & JONES and Ranveer Singh released a rap music video titled- ‘Don’t Hold Back’. The entire flagship stores façade was converted into a giant LED screen! Fans waiting for Ranveer and lucky passers-by got to see the new Don’t Hold Back video on it! Ranveer Singh rapped the new single live for hundreds of wild, cheering fans, driving crowds into an absolute frenzy. After his high on energy, spectacular live performance, he jumped headfirst into the audience, onto a moving car on Linking Road, and into some nearby stores too!


On ground at the event, JACK & JONES also offered fans the opportunity to the ultimate denim makeover – the first 200 customers to come in and dump their old branded denims got a pair of brand new JACK & JONES denims for free! This makeover was started by Ranveer Singh, who called 5 young lucky men on stage, to dump the denims they had on, into a giant bin, and presented them with a brand new pair of JACK & JONES denims.


Bollywood heartthrob Ranveer Singh said, “Performing this song live for my fans was an absolutely unbelievable experience. I have written the lyrics and sung the rap myself, which is what made this experience doubly special. My reason for associating with JACK & JONES’s campaign ‘Don’t Hold Back’ was simple. It matches completely with my own personal philosophy that the youth today need to follow ones heart”.

Priyanka Dutta

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Interview: Mahesh Bhatt on his Debut as a Stage Artist with “The Last Salute”, the Spirit of Kolkata, Daughter Alia’s Career and More; Sholoana Bangaliana Exclusive


He was in the city for his debut performance on stage at the Odeum Festival 2016. Sholoana Bangaliana correspondent caught up with veteran director Mahesh Bhatt at Science City auditorium before he headed to attend musician Ghulam Ali’s concert. Excerpts from the conversation..

Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana- Welcome to the city of Kolkata, yet again for your debut stage performance!!

Mahesh Bhatt- Thank you!! Yes it is true that I have indeed been coming to the city quite a lot these days. You may be amazed to hear that Kolkata is high on the list of cities which I am frequenting too much in recent times. There is something about the city which pulls me to it.

The Last Salute marks your debut on stage. What took you such a long time to make this decision?

Mahesh Bhatt- To tell you the truth, I never ever had the slightest inclination to head towards theatre. However, mediocrity and conformity are the two elements which took the soul from Indian cinema away. It was at this juncture that “The Last Salute” happened. It was a good thing that happened to me. Better late than never and here I am with my debut stage performance.

Since you are making your debut with this play, can you throw some light about the play?

Mahesh Bhatt- This in an age of globalization!! When one part of the world is affected, it is bound to have an impact on the other parts of the world. The contemporary value of the story based on the event of the shoe thrown at President George W Bush made me select this story. This is based on the book by the same name written by Muntadhar al-Zaidi.


Since you are making your debut with this play, can we expect you to direct and write plays in the future?

Mahesh Bhatt- No, that will not be the case simply because I do not think I possess the skills required for writing or directing plays. Watching plays is all right for me, though I don’t watch much plays. Appreciating it is possible but diving straight into the direction or writing of the plays is not my cup of tea.

Have you watched any Bengali play?

Mahesh Bhatt- As I said before, I have not watched much plays before. Sadly, I have not watched any Bengali plays, though I have heard that they are extremely good. I have just watched some Marathi and Hindi plays.

After having worked in both theatre and cinema, how do you differentiate between these two mediums?

Mahesh Bhatt- The trouble in today’s times is we seek for acceptance. Going against the tide, is not what many people are willing to do. As a result, cinema which is a mass medium is always treading on the path of acceptance and gives in to the wishes of the majority. On the other hand, if you take theatre, it raises its voice for the marginalized. In today’s time theatre can become an important medium for protesting against anything.

What are your views about the Odeum Festival 2016?

Mahesh Bhatt- This is indeed a great initiative. One can celebrate the diversity of the country with such festivals. The fact that youths are connected with this festival will give the festival a new lease of energy.

You will be attending music maestro Ghulam Ali’s concert. After what happened in Mumbai, how do you feel about this decision taken up the West Bengal CM?

Mahesh Bhatt– Kudos to CM Mamata Banerjee for actually keeping politics away from art!! What happened to Ghulam Ali in Mumbai is very shameful and should not have happened to him. He is a senior colleague and an artist of world stature. Not letting him perform in Mumbai was insulting him. I felt small because we live in the country where Gandhi ji, Swami Vivekananda lived. We preach Ahimsa, tolerance and yet not letting an artist perform was something that could have been avoided. The West Bengal CM has shown “himmat” in asking the music maestro to come and perform in the city. I just cannot wait to go and see him perform. However, we are film makers and we believe in happy endings. Ghulam Ali’s coming to Kolkata is the happy ending that we have been seeking.

Your daughter Alia is doing quite good with her films. Are you happy with the way her acting career is shaping up?

Mahesh Bhatt- Well she has done quite good so far!! However, I feel that she can do much better. Maybe, I expect more from her as a father. But I simply cannot go ga-ga about what she has done till now. She is doing good but she has much more to achieve.

We hear that you are a possessive father. Is that true?

Mahesh Bhatt- (laughs out loud) Yes I am!!

Since Mahesh Bhatt was in a hurry to go to the Ghulam Ali concert, the conversation had to end. However his parting words were “Celebrate Culture, Celebrate Bengal and Make Us a Part of It”.



Priyanka Dutta takes a keen interest in lifestyle and entertainment related news. She also enjoys interviewing celebrities and other renowned personalities. Priyanka holds a post graduate degree in English and Mass Communication. Journalism is her passion and she has reported for many a reputed international web portals.

Prabhu Dheva’s ACTION JACKSON to Bring Back Ajay Devgn in a Comic Avatar

From the promos of the upcoming Bollywood film, it is very much evident that Ajay Devgn will be seen in the role of a no-nonsense police officer. His role is that of a police officer who is out to cleanse the system. However there are many audiences who love to see the Bollywood hero in his comic avatar too. This will be indeed a piece of good news for them. The actor will be seen in a funny role in the upcoming film of Prabhu Deva titled Action Jackson. This will present the actor in the typical masala form that many of the audience love watching him in.

With Prabhu Deva at the helm of affairs, one can very well understand that the film will be a typical commercial film. It will not be wise to think that there will be anything serious or philosophical in the story telling style. There will hardly be any messages in the film. It will be a sheer entertaining film which will be loved by the audience. After back to back serious films like Satyagraha and Singham Returns, it will be really great to see the actor in his comic avatar.

With three gorgeous and talented heroines namely Sonakshi Sinha, Yami Gautam and Manasvi Mamgai as the leads in the film, ACTION JACKSON is set to be a fast paced affair with lots of action, great music and ample romance lacing the narrative.

Prabhu Deva mentioned that the audiences will be seeing Ajay Devgn doing great stunts and dance moves which the actor had never done before.

The audience will surely be having fun once this Eros and Gordhan Tanwani production releases all over on 7th November, a couple of weeks after Shahrukh Khan’s Diwali release HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Sholoana Bangaliana wishes the actor the very best for all his future projects.

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Anurag Kashyap’s Bombay Velvet has an Ensemble of Props from Around the World

Anurag Kashyap’s Bombay Velvet has been in the news ever since the very idea of the film was conceived as along with an interesting concept it has many queer as well as interesting things to look forward to and just to keep a tab on all those unique features of the movie here is a brief outline of all that has been in news till now:

  • Anushka Sharma plays a 70’s rock star in the movie and her makeup used to take over three hours to be done to perfection
  • Over 100 Vintage cars from around the world have been used in the movie
  • The movie has been extensively shot in the island of Srilanka
  • The movie’s BGM and even a song may have music by the Srilankan Nay Band
  • Ranbir and Anushka use real guns that have been imported from Germany in the movie.
  • The bullets that are to be used with these imported guns have been sourced from Turkey and the same shall be shown in close up shots
  • Scenes that show bloodshed show real blood and the blood capsules used have been imported from the U.K
  • Costumes worn by the stars have been handpicked from various parts of the world, especially from Europe.

It thus turns out that Anurag Kashyap is leaving no stone unturned to give his movie an edge over all others as not always do we hear of such an ensemble of props from around the world and we sincerely hope that Mr. Kashyap’s actors duly complement his efforts with some great performances in the upcoming Bollywood Movie Bombay Velvet.

Its Now time for Star Siblings to make a Place in Bollywood


Bollywood seems to be more of a hierarchical and legacy driven industry as nowhere else do we get to see families succeeding their forefathers in the industry, that too in such huge numbers. While one generation of these legacy bearers led by actresses like the Kapoor sisters, actors like the Khan brothers and junior Dutt has already made a strong foothold in the industry the younger lot is just about ready to take the reins in their own hands and the elder siblings seem to be happy enough passing on the baton to the younger ones.

Ready to make their debut with some big banner films are the star siblings Harshwardhan Kapoor (brother of Bollywood’s fashion icon Sonam Kapoor), Isabel Kaif (as is evident from the surname, sister of the ravishing Katrina Kaif), Armaan Jain (grandson of RajKapoor with a host of star Kapoor cousins) and Mohit Marwah ( Arjun and Sonam Kapoor’s cousin) with movies Mirza Sahibaan, Dr. Cabbie, Lekar Hum Deewana Dil and Fugly.

These star kids and star siblings are definitely born with the art in their blood line but it is their onscreen success that will eventually decide if the genes are recessive or dominant. While we are eagerly waiting to welcome this new generation of actors we sincerely hope that they are able to hold on to the legacy of good Indian cinema.