ANNIVERSARIES:

! Big Boi (Outkast) 1-Feb ! Don Everly (Everly Brothers) 1-Feb ! Lisa Marie Presley 1-Feb ! Mike Campbell (Tom Petty & Heartbreakers) 1-Feb ! Ray Sawyer (Dr. Hook) 1-Feb ! Anwar 1-Feb ! Alan McKay (Earth, Wind & Fire) 2-Feb ! Graham Nash 2-Feb ! Robert DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots) 2-Feb ! Ross Valory (Santana) 2-Feb ! Shakira 2-Feb ! Tony Butler (Big Country) 2-Feb ! Asif Merchant 2-Feb ! Ganayogi Panchakshara Gawai 2-Feb ! Rahim Fahimuddin Dagar 2-Feb ! S.Somasundaram (Madurai Somu) 2-Feb ! Sean Kingston 3-Feb ! Mani Krishnaswami 3-Feb ! Alice Cooper 4-Feb ! Natalie Imbruglia 4-Feb ! K.K.Ravi 4-Feb ! Pandit Bhimsen Joshi 4-Feb ! Bobby Brown 5-Feb ! Chris Barron (Spin Doctors) 5-Feb ! Duff McKagan (Guns N' Roses) 5-Feb ! J.R. Cobb (Atlanta Rhythm Section) 5-Feb ! Axl Rose (Guns N' Roses) 6-Feb ! Fabian 6-Feb ! Rick Astley 6-Feb ! David Bryan (Bon Jovi) 7-Feb ! Garth Brooks 7-Feb ! Steve Bronski (Bronski Beat) 7-Feb ! Dave "Phoenix" Ferrel (Linkin Park) 8-Feb ! Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (Daft Punk)8-Feb ! Vince Neil (Mötley Crüe) 8-Feb ! Biddu 8-Feb ! Jagjit Singh 8-Feb ! Shobha Gurtu 8-Feb ! Sophiya 8-Feb ! Carole King 9-Feb ! Roberta Flack 10-Feb ! S.Rajam 10-Feb ! Sanjay Tandon 10-Feb ! Brandy 11-Feb ! Kelly Rowland (Destiny's Child) 11-Feb ! Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park) 11-Feb ! Sheryl Crow 11-Feb ! Louis Bank 11-Feb ! Chynna Phillips (Wilson Phillips) 12-Feb ! Chitravina N.Ravikiran 12-Feb ! Rama Ravi 12-Feb ! Ed Gagliardi 13-Feb ! Freedom Williams (C&C Music Factory) 13-Feb ! Les Warner (The Cult) 13-Feb ! Peter Gabriel 13-Feb ! Peter Tork (The Monkees) 13-Feb ! Robbie Williams 13-Feb ! Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20) 14-Feb ! Roger Fisher (Heart) 14-Feb ! Vijay Koparkar 14-Feb ! Ali Campbell (UB40) 15-Feb ! Brandon Boyd (Incubus) 15-Feb ! David Brown (Santana) 15-Feb ! John Helliwell (Supertramp) 15-Feb ! Mikey Craig (Culture Club) 15-Feb ! Ronnie Vannucci, Jr. (The Killers) 15-Feb ! Harish Bhimani 15-Feb ! Ramanathapuram C.S.Murugabhoopathy 15-Feb ! Andy Taylor (Duran Duran) 16-Feb ! Ice-T 16-Feb ! James Ingram 16-Feb ! The Weeknd 16-Feb ! Ed Sheeran 17-Feb ! Sonali Raod 17-Feb ! Dennis DeYoung (STYX) 18-Feb ! Derek Pellicci (Little River Band) 18-Feb ! Dr. Dre 18-Feb ! Yoko Ono 18-Feb ! Khayyam 18-Feb ! Seal 19-Feb ! Smokey Robinson 19-Feb ! Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) 19-Feb ! Meena Jobalia 19-Feb ! Brian Littrell (Backstreet Boys) 20-Feb ! Ian Brown (Stone Roses) 20-Feb ! Jon Brant (Cheap Trick) 20-Feb ! Lew Soloff (Blood, Sweat & Tears) 20-Feb ! Rihanna 20-Feb ! Anu Kapoor 20-Feb ! Charlotte Church 21-Feb ! James Blunt 22-Feb ! Jon Brant (Cheap Trick) 22-Feb ! Michael Wilton (Queensryche) 22-Feb ! Brad Whitford (Aerosmith) 23-Feb ! Howard Jones 23-Feb ! Johnny Winter 23-Feb ! Lasse Johansson (The Cardigans) 23-Feb ! Shobha Joshi 23-Feb ! Lonnie Turner (Steve Miller Band) 24-Feb ! Paul Jones (Manfred Mann) 24-Feb ! Nakash Aziz 24-Feb ! Naksh Lyalpuri 24-Feb ! P.S.Narayanaswamy 24-Feb ! John Jon (Bronski Beat) 26-Feb ! Jonathan Cain (Journey) 26-Feb ! Michael Bolton 26-Feb ! Paul Cotton (Poco) 26-Feb ! B.V.Lakshmanan 26-Feb ! B.V.Raman 26-Feb ! Chilli (TLC) 27-Feb ! Neil Schon (Journey) 27-Feb ! Paul Humphreys (O.M.D.) 27-Feb ! Kunika 27-Feb ! Sameer 27-Feb ! Cindy Wilson (The B-52's) 28-Feb ! Ian Stanley (Tears For Fears) 28-Feb ! Pat Monahan (Train) 28-Feb ! Padma Talwalkar 28-Feb ! Ravindra Jain 28-Feb ! U.Shrinivas 28-Feb ! Versha Usgaonkar 28-Feb ! Cyrus Broacha 29-Feb ! Rukmini Devi 29-Feb

Optimystix Entertainment & Ashwin Varde join hands to launch 'Wakaoo Films'

Optimystix Entertainment, India’s flagship television production company, announced strategic partnership with Ashwin Varde, one of India’s most prominent film producers, to launch a new film production company, ‘Wakaoo Films’. The joint venture will comprehensively engage in content development and production across feature films and digital media. The new entity will produce a minimum of 3 to 4 feature film projects this calendar year and a few web-series for OTT platforms.

Commenting on this strategic association, Vipul D.Shah, Founder & Chairman, Optimystix Entertainment said, “We have been successfully scripting our success story in highly competitive TV arena with an array of leading fiction & non-fiction shows since almost two decades. Having produced 125+ prime-time TV shows including the long-running Comedy Circus & Crime Patrol we have created an ecosystem of Comedy & Crime that currently exists in the TV space. Our vision is to build a similar content driven ecosystem in the film & OTT business. I began my career as a film writer & it feels good to finally come back home. I am equally very excited to announce this joint venture with Ashwin Varde who is a credible force to reckon with in the film industry & this association will help us further in creating more significant value in our business and will channelize us to harness the growth across Feature films & OTT content business.”

Ashwin Varde, who produced one of last year’s biggest blockbusters Kabir Singh, also has to his credit prominent movies like Mubarakan, Boss, The Shaukeens, Notebook and others, is excited about this new development. He said,I am extremely happy to form this joint venture with Optimystix, one of India’s leading content creators. With Wakaoo Films, the idea is to redefine content and create your own dazzle in the film and digital world. The word ‘Wakaoo’ is an expression of joy; it’s a burst of innovation. That’s what we intend to do with the content we create. The best part is that both Vipul and Rajesh share the same vision - to create something exceptional. Let’s say Wakaoo to a great new beginning”.

Further elaborating on Optimystix Entertainment's first ever creative collaboration with Indian producer to form a film production company, Rajesh Bahl, Director & Group CEO Optimystix Entertainment said, “Wakaoo Films is the beginning of an exciting new chapter for Optimystix. At the heart of this partnership is our love for cinema and content creation. With so much to his credit, Ashwin Varde brings immense knowledge, industry relationships and unique insights about the business of cinema and storytelling. I am sure with this collaboration, Wakaoo Films will be able engage & entertain the audience with a range of films and web shows.”

He added, "We have been working on our slate for next 2-3 years and a number of big and interesting feature film and digital projects are in the works that we will be announcing shortly under this partnership.”

92nd Academy Awards To Air Exclusively on Star Movies

Oscar season is officially underway and Star movies is all set to bring you the most awaited award show in the world, the 92nd Oscars on 10th Feb, 2020. It will be aired simultaneously on Star Movies and Star Movies Select HD. The channel has been the official home of the Oscars® in India for more than two decades and like every year, this year too, millions of movie lovers across the country can watch the Red carpet revelry and glamorous ceremony live, courtesy of Star Movies

As a countdown to Oscars, the channel brings to you an iconic collection of Oscar-winning movies every Mon-Fri at 7 PM from 27th Jan to 28th Feb. Star Movies will keep the audiences glued to their television screens on Saturday evenings with some of the recent Oscar blockbusters including Bohemian Rhapsody which premiered recently on the channel, The Favourite where Olivia Colman delivered a knockout performance and took home the Academy Award Actress in a Leading Role and the likes from 8th Feb to 28th Feb at 7 PM.

Every year, Oscar marks the climax of award show season and has always caught the viewer’s eye. Almost every year there is nail-biting tension around nominees, winners or celebrities in attendance. Like last year, the 92nd Academy Awards will be going host-less. 

The biggest event in showbiz has recently announced Nominations in all 24 categories. Among the 2020 Oscar nominees, Joker received the most nominations with 11, including nominations in the categories of Best Picture, Actor in a Leading Role, and Directing. Other Oscars 2020 nominees with multiple nominations include The Irishman, 1917 and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood with 10 nominations and Jojo Rabbit, Little Women, Marriage Story and Parasite with 6.

So grab a strong cup of coffee and enjoy the biggest Red Carpet event live 10th Feb, Monday morning 5:30 AM only on Star Movies!  And the Oscars goes to

 

Sunny Inder Bawra's Tribute To Bharat With Hotel MumbaI

While Hotel Mumbai, the Hollywood movie that recreated the terrorising event of 26/11 attacks in Mumbai, got critically appreciated, the one thing thing that also stayed with people was patriotic song which, after Jai ho, is sure to be the next most played patriotic number of recent times.
This cross over cinema's patriotic song, Humein Bharat Kehte Hain happens to be composed by musical brother duo Sunny and Inder Bawra and they still can't believe the song is really working that well with people. "We have worked really hard on this track and usually when it isn't an item number or a peppy, romantic or upbeat one, you don't expect the song to pick up this easily. But Humein Bharat Kehte Hain turned out to be an anomaly which pleasantly surprised us. The lyrics written by Kumaarji made this song doubly special because you really have to have the right words when it comes to writing a song for our mother country!" says Sunny Inder.

Hailing from a humble background in Bathinda, Punjab, this composer duo haven't had their success easy. "We moved to Mumbai in 2000 and after a struggle for either years, we got our first break with mythological TV Series Jai Shri Krishna on Colors! That changed things for us and we eventually went onto do 50 Tv shows and earned our space in the television industry. Our most acclaimed work in the small screen still remains Devon Ke Dev Mahadev." says Inder while further added, "But movies were still a distant dream till we met Mr. Vikram Bhatt who gave a break in Ankur Arora Murder Case. The music worked well in the film and we later went onto do Hate Story Series Background score with our dear friend  Director Vishal Pandya along with Wajah Tum Ho."

"Work eventually started trickling in along with recognition in the industry. We were approached by Mr. Nishikant Kamath and Mr. John Abraham for Rocky Handsome, Madaari and later also did a song in Badhaai Ho lyrics by one of the best Lyricist of Bollywood Kumaar Ji and sung by Padam Bhushan Shubha Mudgal Ji,"says Sunny Inder who's happy that they finally have their hands full work some good work. 

Sunny Inder also won their first Filmfare Award for their musical works in Punjabi film Jora 10 Numbari. 

The duo have recently also released their single with Zee Music Company titled Rule Ke Gaya Ishq Tera that has already cross a million views. "I am thankful to Mr. Anurag Bedi  for giving us this beautiful association with Zee Music," says Inder who is also looking forward to an amazing fun flick Bole Chudiyaan for which they are not only composing music but also making Nawazuddin Siddiqui rap for a song!
Well their upcoming work sure sound interesting and would be worth eagerly waiting for.

4th International Film Festival & Awards Macao

The 4th International Film Festival & Awards?Macao (referred to as “IFFAM” or the “Film Festival”) will be staged from 5th to 10th December this year. As an annual international event in Macao, the Film Festival will continue to push forward the development of Macao’s film, cultural and creative industries, enhance exchange opportunities with international movies as well as unveil a wider landscape for the development of cultural and artistic platforms, tourism and other fields. Following the announcement of featuring best actress in Chinese cinema, Carina Lau, as the first Talent Ambassador of this year’s IFFAM earlier, the IFFAM Organizing Committee announced yesterday (30th September) the appointment of Karan Johar (KJo), an Indian film director, producer, screenwriter, costume designer, actor and television personality, as Festival Ambassador along with Kim Jun-myeon (Suho), leader of the popular Korean boy band EXO, as Talent Ambassador.

The International Film Festival & Awards?Macao celebrates the extraordinary contributions of filmmakers to the Asian film world and pays special tribute to classic film works, while enhancing the experience Macao has to offer as an international city and showing to the world the city’s diverse new dynamic of cultural and creative development.

In this edition of IFFAM, famous Hong Kong Director Peter Chan will be Jury President of the Competition; acclaimed best actress of Chinese films, Carina Lau, and famous Korean star Suho will be Talent Ambassadors; Wang Xiaoshuai (China)Kim Yong-Hwa (Korea) and Karan Johar (India) will be Festival Ambassadors.

In addition, the Film Festival will feature a new competition “Shorts” this year, whereas five new accolades including Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor and Best Actress will be conferred to commend prominent filmmakers of Chinese films in “New Chinese Cinema”.

Organized by Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) and the Macau Films & Television Productions and Culture Association (MFTPA), the Film Festival is committed to become a major gathering for international filmmakers to enhance cultural exchange, while putting forward Asian film talent and film works onto the global stage. Many eminent film stars were invited to join IFFAM as Talent Ambassadors in the past editions, including (in chronological order) Jang Keun-Suk, Rhydian Vaughan, Jeremy Renner, Donnie Yen, Miriam Yeung, Doh Kyung-Soo (D.O.), Nicolas Cage, Aaron Kwok, and Lim Yoon A.

For more information about the 4th International Film Festival & Awards Macao, please visit: http://www.iffamacao.com/

Varun Dhawan Geared to Groove Again 

Just when you thought you’ve seen the best of hip-hop in India, Breezer and Only Much Louder (OML) will set the floor on fire once again with Season 3 of Breezer Vivid Shuffle. The competition kick-started with a colourful bang at a ‘Secret Cypher’ hosted by Varun Dhawan in Mumbai on Wednesday night, at an exclusive party that saw several faces from the hip-hop scene. With performances by Naezy, MC Altaf and Spin Doctor, Varun Dhawan officially launched India’s biggest hip-hop dance festival that will take place across the country along with an international qualifier, over the next 3 months.

Going strong in season 3, Breezer Vivid Shuffle will be going to 11 cities this year. With one international round taking place in Bangkok, Breezer is taking it up a notch with its mission to discover the different colours of the hip-hop scene. Furthermore, participants in each of these cities will have the chance to learn from the best in the business, through ten special workshops conducted by acclaimed dancers from across India. After 3 months of qualifiers, the season’s ‘Final Battle’ will take over Famous Studios in Mumbai in September. The winning talent will bag a cash prize of INR 1 million, and get the opportunity to be mentored by the industry’s finest dancers, along with a chance to perform at some major national platforms, such as Bacardi NH7 Weekender.

“Through Breezer Vivid Shuffle, we have witnessed remarkable artists from across the country pushing the boundaries of their talent and the genre as a whole. They have become part of a disruptive movement that continues to experiment and set global standards within India, where the hip-hop culture has exploded in the last couple of years, with brands like Breezer rooting for rising stars. This season we are thrilled to announce that Breezer Vivid Shuffle is expanding its horizons with four more cities in India along with an international qualifier.” said Anshuman Goenka, Director Marketing, Bacardi India Pvt Ltd

However, the crazy fun does not stop at the ‘Final Battle’. The most exciting feature of the platform is the annual Breezer Vivid music video, which will feature Varun Dhawan, Breezer Vivid Shuffle winners and some of hip-hop’s biggest names.

Varun Dhawan whose movie ‘Street Dancer’ will be releasing soon said “In the awesome two years that I’ve been a part of Breezer Vivid Shuffle, I’ve witnessed some incredible talent from across the country. Hip-hop has always been very close to me and these artists inspire me to take my love for hip-hop to the next level with movies like Street Dancer. This year again, I’m super pumped to groove with these artists who know exactly how to live life in colour, through dance.”

The competition includes 4 categories – ‘Breaking’, ‘Popping’, ‘All styles’ and ‘Rep your style’, that encourage other dance forms in tandem with hip-hop. Over the last two seasons, the competition has seen more than 2300 participants with last year’s winners being Tornado (Breaking), Popcorn (Popping), Same Age Crew (Rep Your Style) and Polestar (Crew). Breezer Vivid Shuffle will come alive in the following cities: Shillong, Delhi, Jaipur, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Pune, Bangkok, Bhopal, Indore and Mumbai.  With a mix of dance battle editions and cyphers across each of the 11 cities, this promises to be a season like no other.

 Registrations open on 13th June, so stay updated with Breezer Vivid Shuffle on Facebook and Instagram.

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Best Jazz Venue in India

Those of you who have been around from the 1960's through the 1990's will remember the vibrant live music scene in almost every starred hotel in India. Those were the days when you walked into a nightclub like 'Rendezvous' at The Taj Mahal hotel and 'Supper Club' at the Oberoi Sheraton in Mumbai to see curtains going up on a band that was the prime focus of these outlets. Every seat in these restaurants allowed an unobstructed view of the band that performed every night on resident contracts. Today all this has disappeared thanks to some ridiculously high entertainment taxes on live music. Today, non off these hotels have complete bands playing save for a few that feature small duos or solo singers. The Lodhi in New Delhi, recently listed among the world's best hotels, decided to step in and rewind to the good old days. They got Goa's premier jazz quartet 'Jazz Junction' to move to Delhi on a resident contract and the decision has paid off in terms of footfalls generated by the band. Jazz Junction featuring singer Daniella Rodrigues, pianist Tony Dias,
bassist Colin D'Cruz and drummer Angelo Colasco began playing at The Lodhi in June 2018. Four months into the contract the band generated a sizeable following, with quite a few high profile guests choosing to celebrate their special occasion at the Elan bar where the band performs. Against all odds the rewind option proved to be a huge success and hopefully other properties around the country takes the cue to trigger a whole new revival  of live music.