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Rima Das’ Village Rockstars to be part of the English textbook in Assam

The Filmmaker’s film has won the national award

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Rima Das’ National Award-winning Assamese film Village Rockstars to be part of the Class VII English textbook in Assam.

The chapter ‘Dhunu’s Guitar’ talks about the journey of the film and narrate its story.

The film won four National Awards for Best Feature Film, editing, audiography and child artist. It was India’s official entry to Oscars 2019 is now part of the Class VII English textbook in Assam. 

Sharing her joy Rima Das says“My dad was a school teacher and my mom ran a printing press. I was preparing to be a teacher. We’ve been a family that placed a lot of emphasis on education. Of all my achievements, my parents are most proud of this one and this has made me very happy. The entire Village Rockstars team is very happy!”

“I feel blessed that the children of Assam will be exposed to new ideas and get a glimpse of my filmmaking journey. I hope to see a new generation of filmmakers from Assam. Many thanks to Toronto International Film Festival who premiered Village Rockstars and believed in us,”  Rima Das added.

Village Rockstars released on Netflix on 15th January 2020. The film traveled to over 80 film festivals across the world and bagged 44 awards. Perhaps India’s most traveled film in recent years.

Village Rockstars tells the journey of 10-year-old Dhunu living who comes from a humble background living in a village in Assam and dreams of owning a guitar. 

In April 2019, SCERT team was developing the new middle school textbooks under the leadership of Dr Mizo Prova Borah. Professor Padmini Baruah, the reviewer felt that the children in Assam could learn from Rima Das’s journey, and become more familiar with the slice of Assam her film had brought home. They approached Rima and she happily agreed. Mizo Baidew, with the complete support of the SCERT Director Dr. Nirada Devi, managed to put the official procedure in place, and so history was made.


Our Smiles will be Back !!!

That is what Jackky Bhagnani and Akshay Kumar’s ‘Muskurayega India tells us through the song

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At a time when the entire nation is facing the pandemic lockdown, Akshay Kumar and Jackky Bhagnani along with Bollywood’s leading stars brought a new track, ‘Muskurayega India’ which released on 6th April, 2020 by jackky bhagnani’s music label Jjust Music. Driven by the efforts of Everyone, the self shot videos of our favourite stars, straight out of their homes made for a perfect anthem of hope during these trying times for everyone.

The initiative that brought some positivity to the people of India, marks the coming together of the fraternity for a cause, in a never seen or heard before manner in the song.

Talking about the same, Jackky Bhagnani says, “I am highly indebted to all my fraternity friends who have come together and helped us create the song. It was heartening to see that just like me, everyone else also wanted to do something to give a sense of hope. Everyone made the effort to shoot their own videos amiDst this home quiarantine period. As a fraternity, we earn our bread and butter through films, entertainment and music. As artists, I feel this was the best way we could use our art to raise awareness and contribute to the society. Most importantly, this is the time to be united.“

Curated by Jackky Bhagnani’s music label Jjust Music and composed and sung by the talented Vishal Mishra, ‘Muskurayega India’ is a symbol of India’s spirit of solidarity, battling against the pandemic. The song has meaningful lyrics penned by Kaushal Kishore. The anthem is being presented by Cape of Good Films and Jackky Bhagnani.

Following the nationwide lockdown, the stars walked an extra mile by opting for bare minimum make-up and shot videos on their own. To make the music video appear interesting, the actors also came up with their own unique ideas.

Talking about this initiative, Kriti Sanon says, “When Jackky sent me this song for the first time, it instantly touched my heart, got my eyes teary and gave me goosebumps. Kudos to Just Music and Cape of Good Hope for backing this initiative. Hope and unity is what we need in this difficult time. And if everyone comes together, toh definitely muskurayega India!”

Ayushmaan khurrana says, “It is amazing to see our industry unite for an important cause like this and collectively do our bit to raise funds for the people in need. Coronavirus has affected everyone and it is our duty as Indians to stand by each other and protect our fellow brothers and sisters in crisis. Muskurayega India captures this beautiful spirit of unity and as soon as I heard the song, I agreed to be a part of this initiative. Akshay sir has been one of the most prominent torchbearers, who have come forward to help so many people and he has again lent his support. I thank him and producer Jackky Bhagnani for galvanising our industry for our country.”

Talking about the sincere initiative, Vicky Kaushal says, “This initiative is a small effort to spread some hope and positivity in these times of crisis. I also want to encourage people to work from home, to help in the relief of those affected by covid-19 or to even stabilise the economy of our nation. This is the time for us to be united. We are in this together and we will win this together. I am happy to be associated with this cause.”

Telling us how it all fell into place while she did her part, Ananya Panday also shares, “Jackky called me and spoke to me about this song and I really liked the idea because at a time like this we all need to be positive and hopeful for a better tomorrow and stand together – not only as an industry but as humans. Keeping social distancing in mind we all did our little parts from our own homes and it’s important everyone stays at home and stays safe as well”.

Karthik aryan mentioned, “Spreading positivity is always my first priority. I’m glad to be a part of a song that symbolises unity at a time when it’s most needed.”

Within 24 hours of the song’s release, our nation’s Honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to his handle and is all praise for the anthem.

Taking to this social media, PM Narendra Modi tweeted, “फिर मुस्कुराएगा इंडिया…

फिर जीत जाएगा इंडिया…

India will fight. India will win!

Good initiative by our film fraternity.”

Not just the audiences, the fraternity and even the dignitaries across the country are all praise for the hope that the song ignites during these times of nationwide lockdown.

The prominent names from the world of entertainment and cricket namely, Akshay Kumar, Tiger Shroff, Taapsee Pannu, Vicky Kaushal, Bhumi Pednekar, Kartik Aaryan, Kriti Sanon, Ayushmann Khurrana, Kiara Advani, Rajkummar Rao, Sidharth Malhotra, Rakulpreet Singh, Shikhar Dhawan, Ananya Panday and Jackky Bhagnani are a part of the video ‘Muskurayega India’ which brings us all closer, spreading the message of love and positivity. A must watch!

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Flipkart introduces a stay-at-home reality show with Varun

The show titled Entertainer No 1 will be launched on April 13

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India – April 8th, 2020: As famously said, the show must go on! As the world is discovering new norms in the current situation, entertainment knows no bounds. During this time, Flipkart believes in addressing the need of the hour, for positive entertainment. The stage is now set for the launch of Flipkart Video’s latest show Entertainer No. 1’ – the latest addition under the Flipkart Originals umbrella, which is scheduled to launch on the Flipkart app on April 13Aimed at giving budding entertainers a platform to stay connected, this new show is curated with the intention to cheer up India during this difficult time, and encourage people to bring out their creative best, while more importantly, staying at home. This launch brings together India’s heartthrob Varun Dhawan with Flipkart Video, to introduce India’s unique stay-at-home reality show. Varun was found to be a great fit because he is someone who is deeply involved in various initiatives which are currently dedicated to helping people across the country.

Speaking about the association with Flipkart Video, Varun Dhawan said, “I’m very excited to partner with Flipkart and be a part of India’s unique stay-at-home reality show. Flipkart’s efforts during this difficult time are commendable and through this new show, we are seeking to entertain millions of fellow Indians as we bring in some much-needed positivity. I’m looking forward to delivering the best entertainment in collaboration with people from across India. Our country is a treasure trove of talent and I truly believe that anyone should have the opportunity to showcase their entertainment skills. What better way to do it than an easy upload on the Flipkart app. Given the unique format of the show, I’m looking forward to some exciting entries from across India and can’t wait to get on this entertaining roller-coaster ride that begins next week.”

Participants will be able to record their performance directly under the ‘video’ section on the app, with a large library of songs and dialogues to choose from. Open to participants over 13 years of age (allowing minors to participate under supervision), with no bar on gender or geography, people can participate and showcase their talent. Over a period of 8 weeks, the show will consist of diverse weekly challenges, in a quest to find India’s most talented entertainers from home. The most popular entries each week will move on to the next round, for a chance to win exciting cash prizes and gift vouchers.

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The Best of Nostalgia Now Streaming on Disney+ Hotstar!

Disney+ Hotstar will take you back in time with these timeless classics

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Recently, Disney+ Hotstar launched in India with the promise of unmatched entertainment experience for families – with the world’s best superhero movies, unrivalled animated films, popular kids programming, recently released Bollywood blockbusters, exclusive Hotstar Specials shows, unlimited LIVE sporting action, and much more.

This summer go down memory lane and revisit your favorite timeless classics from the 90s – this time in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu only on Disney+ Hotstar VIP. Here’s top 5 titles for the ultimate nostalgia trip.

  • 101 DALMATIANS (1996): The happy household of Dalmatians Pongo and Perdy is in a state of chaos when their new-born pups are missing along with a boodle of other Dalmatians from the London area
  • Aladdin (1992) Aladdin, an urchin, falls in love with Princess Jasmine. He cannot marry her as she can only marry a prince. He finds a magic lamp that turns him into a prince, but first, he must face the evil Jafar
  • Beauty And The Beast (1991) Belle, a beautiful young woman, agrees to live with the Beast in exchange for the return of her abducted father. Soon, Belle discovers that her hideous captor has a sensitive side.
  • Ducktales: The Movie Treasure Of The Lost Lamp (1990) Join the DuckTales team for a trek across the Egyptian desert on a fearless quest for the legendary Treasure of Collie Baba. There’s excitement at every turn as they close in on the fabled fortune with the evil sorcerer Merlock right behind them
  • Fantasia (2000) Sixty years after the release of the 1940 classic, a new generation of Disney animators and filmmakers offer an exciting reinterpretation of classical compositions for today’s audiences.

Watch the magic of the world’s best stories unfold on Disney+ Hotstar

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