Sunday, June 19, 2016



Mumbai: A first-of-its kind workshop titled ‘Kathak For Him’ is set to storm Mumbai on June 19, Father’s Day and will see grown men dance to the tune of one woman - Kathak guru Aparna Mishra. 

The danseuse, who has trained in the classical dance form for 16 years, has especially designed a 90-minute workshop for men because she wants to bust the myth that Indian classical dance is  predominantly the domain of women. 

Through this unique Kathak workshop for men, Mishra will educate the audience that activity and emotions have nothing to do with gender. “If you want to smile or cry, there is nothing wrong. If you want to blush, go ahead and let the blush come to your cheeks irrespective of your gender,” says Aparna.

While Aparna has been teaching Kathak to both men and women for many years, she now wants men to do away with the taboo they associate in their minds by taking up classical dance. The special workshop will see Aparna employ male specific foot work, bhaav, bol and body posture involving the Fibonacci series (a mathematical pattern prevalent in nature). She has consciously included elements of mathematics and physics because she feels more men easily relate to these subjects. 

The aim of the workshop is to introduce Kathak to people not only as a form of entertainment but as a life-changing experience. This will help break stereotypes about dance and liberate us.

We still practise gender-based inequalities socially and behaviourally. In the fight to prove superiority of one gender over the other, we have forgotten to enjoy the gender differences. “Yes, the make of a man is different from a woman’s and vice-versa. However, does that mean one or the other should be considered strong or weak?” asks Aparna. 

The workshop is an attempt to highlight, discuss and celebrate gender inequalities in terms of strength, weakness, emotions and areas of power through Kathak. “We appreciate equality, so let’s also appreciate, celebrate and not shy away from these inequalities because that is the way nature has made us,” believes Aparna. 

Kathak For Him happens on Sunday, June 19,  2016, 7.30 to 9 PM at Experimental Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point, Mumbai. 

About Aparna Mishra
Aparna Mishra began learning Kathak at the age of three under late Pandit Viswanath Mishra, a celebrated guru and her great grand father who hailed from Mithila and followed the ‘parampara’ of the Benaras Gharana. She has also trained under Pandit Sant Lal Jha Sumanand, completing Nritya Bhaskar (Masters) from Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh. Subsequently Aparna continued honing her skills under the guidance of Pandit Birju Maharaj. 
Aparna promotes Kathak under the ‘Guru-Shishya Parampara’. She has studied and researched the Vedic scriptures, shastras and shlokas, ayurveda, yoga and meditation. Their interpretation through dance has added to her teaching and presentations which defines her signature style, Natya Yoga - an engagement of all the five senses through movements, meditation and holistic chanting leading to a spiritual detox and purification.
She has imparted professional Kathak training to more than 3000 students and has successfully conducted mass choreography working with 500 participants on stage at one time. She has choreographed and presented compositions for the NCC and Indian Army. She has received the gold medal on Republic Day 2002, from then Prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee for her solo dance presentation. She has also choreographed the video album ‘Policing Plus’ for Delhi Police for all the IAS and IPS officers and was awarded by the Delhi Police Commissioner.

For a detailed account of Aparna Mishra’s work you could visit

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Vindu Dara Singh in Hilarious Comedy play 'Hello Darling!

Vindu Dara Singh in Hilarious Comedy play 'Hello Darling! 

Mumbai. The Hindi hilarious comedy play ‘Hello Darling’ will open on Sunday 8th May 2016 at 7.30 PM at Rang Sharda Auditorium, Bandra(west), Mumbai. The play was first in Punjabi but now it will be premiered for the first time in Hindi at Rang Sharda auditorium. It is produced and directed by Yogesh Sanghvi and the writer is Mir Muneer. The play stars Sheeba, Payal Goga Kapoor, Vibha Bhagat.Manish Arora and Vindu Dara Singh.

Vindu Dara Singh says, "It is a hilarious comedy drama. Husband and Wife must have trust on each other and should not be unfaithful to each other. This is the message given to the audience through this drama in a very comic way."

ENatya Shodh announces the third edition of its online one-act play competition. Take your play to a wider audience.

ENatya Shodh announces the third edition of its online one-act play competition.
Take your play to a wider audience. launched ENatya Shodh three years ago in collaboration with Astitva and the project has proved to be popular.

ENatya Shodh welcomes one-act plays in Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati and English. The entire process takes place online and the plays are judged by an informed jury. The winning plays are thus announced. This opportunity gives theatre groups and individuals a wider reach and audience. It is one of its kind of theatre competitions and the only online theatre competition today.

We have more than 80 plays available online, and which have been sourced from this project.

You can visit to find out more about this unique e-initiative and to know the rules and regulations to submit your entries.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Delhi’s oldest literary and cultural festival Spring Fever 2016 featuring Penguin Random House’s books from 15 March to 20 March 2016, open from 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily; followed by sessions with highly acclaimed speakers

Sunil Khilnani, Ram Guha, Shilpa Shetty, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Shashi Tharoor, Twinkle Khanna, Hussain Haqqani, Emraan Hashmi, Gulzar, Sonali Bendre Behl and much, much more. A line-up like never before…

Penguin Random House
is delighted to bring back to you

Delhi’s oldest literary and cultural festival

Spring Fever 2016
In collaboration with Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

(With an open-air library featuring Penguin Random House’s books from 15 March to 20 March 2016open to allbetween 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily; followed by sessions with highly acclaimed speakers from 7 p.m. onwards, every evening) at the Amphitheatre, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

Spring Fever—Delhi’s oldest literary and cultural festival hosted by Penguin Random House India—celebrates its 8thanniversary this March with an outstanding selection of literary and cultural highlights that reflects the success of its past years. With a lineup of highly respected and popular speakers, Spring Fever 2016 will bring to you plenty more to capture your imagination.
It is a one-of-a-kind celebration of books, reading, music, and much more, and presents a great opportunity for Delhi’s young audience to interact with their favorite authors. It is the first festival of its kind organized by an Indian publisher. We run an open-air library (a browser’s paradise) at the Amphitheatre during the day. In the evenings, the same space is transformed into a hub of literary bustle, featuring key authors, previews of forthcoming and current attractions, panel discussions around interesting and relevant topics, usually followed by music performances.
Our evening events are very popular and attract an involved audience of booklovers. Our sessions in the past have featured well-loved such as Amitav Ghosh, Ruskin Bond, Vikram Seth, Anupam Kher, William Dalrymple, Ravinder Singh, Gurcharan Das, Rama Bijapurkar, Mira Nair and Raghu Rai.

This year Spring Fever will be held from 15th to 20th March. The highlight authors for this year are:

·      Anand Kumar
·      Emraan Hashmi
·      Gulzar
·      Hindol Sengupta
·      Husain Haqqani
·      Luke Coutinho
·      Nawazuddin Siddiqui
·      Neeraj Kumar
·      Payal Gidwani Tiwari
·      Ramachandra Guha
·      Shashi Tharoor
·      Shilpa Shetty Kundra
·      Sonali Bendre Behl
·      Srijan Pal Singh
·      Sunil Khilnani
·      Sunil Sethi
·      Twinkle Khanna

The Schedule:

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

#HindiTheatreReview #DilThoBachchaHaiJi #JohnsonThomas

Theatre review

'Dil Tho Bachcha Hai Ji'
Written by Imtiaz patel
Directed by:Dhiraj Palshekar
Cast: Ali Asghar, Arya Rawal Bharbhaya, Prasad Barve, Monaz Mevawala, Sanjay Bhatia, Raju Lodhia
Produced by: Raju Lodhia, Ali Asghar
Rating: * * 1/2

A contrived comedy, this sitcom like theatre has a businessman rekindling his love for his harridan wife by having an affair with his dumb secretary.
The problem here lies in the fact that the businessman( Ali Asghar) doesn't even like his secretary(Monaz Mevawala) , in fact has only derision and derogratory remarks to describe her skills and only gets the idea of having an affair when it's planted into his head by a lax subordinate who
 is merely trying to keep his job in spite of his tardiness. So when the businessman changes tack and decides to wine , dine and bed his secretary it comes as a contrivance that is just not believable. The farce continues on till the secretary decides to go for the kill and starts creating problems for the businessman and his wife.

poorly written characters, ridiculously plotted and shabbily directed, this play may tickle your funny bone only intermittently. And all thanks go to the Ali Asghar who is fluid and consummate with his skills -enough to overide the dull levity of the enactment. producer Raju Lodhia essays four bit roles to save himself some money I guess.

Johnson Thomas


TV Star studded premier of Ali Asghar starring comedy theatre ' Dil Tho Bachcha hai Ji'

TV Star studded premier of Ali Asghar starring comedy theatre ' Dil Tho Bachcha hai Ji'

TV actors came for premier of Ali Asgar new play Dil to baccha hai ji at Manik sabhagriha,Bandra.

Ali Asgar is back on stage with a new play- Dil To Baccha Hai Ji which is a hillarious Hindi comedy play.It is produced by Ali Asgar and Raju Lodhia under their banner Be Positive Entertainment and directed by Dhiraj Palshetkar and written by Imtiaz Patel.Cast  - Ali Asgar,Arya Rawal Barbhaya,Prasad Barve,Monaz Mevawala,Sanjay Bhatia and Raju Lodhia.

Satish Shah,Ekta Jain,Neeraj Vora,Tanaz Irani,Bakhtiyar Irani,Gurubhai Thakkar,Khushi Gurubhai,Yogesh Lakhani of Bright Outdoor,Kiku and Devshi Khanduri came specially to see the first show .Everyone loved the play.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Reliance Home Video & Games Releases Shoojit Sircar’s PIKU: Motion Se Hi Emotion on Home Video

Reliance Home Video & Games Releases
Shoojit Sircar’s PIKU: Motion Se Hi Emotion on Home Video


Mumbai, 9th July, 2015:– Reliance Home Video & Games, in association with MSM Motion Pictures, Saraswati Entertainment and Rising Sun Films released one of 2015’s biggest hits, Shoojit Sircar’s family comedy drama,
Piku: Motion Se Hi Emotion on the Home Video format.

The well attended launch function was held at Crossword located in the tony suburb of Juhu, Mumbai.

Vivek Krishnani, Senior Vice President, Revenue & Marketing, MSM Motion Pictures kick started the event welcoming everyone. As a Studio that backed Shoojit Sircar’s heartwarming tale, he said, “Piku is a really special film for us and this DVD release will give people an opportunity to bring ‘PIKU’ in to their lives once again and relieve this journey many times over”

Sweta Agnihotri, COO, Reliance Home Video & Games, said “Reliance Home Video and Games are pleased to bring the much celebrated ‘PIKU’ to Indian audiences. Shoojit’s insightful view of a modern day Indian family is brought to life by power house performances by Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Irrfan Khan, Moushumi Chatterjee and Jishu Sengupta. This is a must have DVD to any collection & the additional bonus content is worth a watch for every avid fan, industry watchers & people associated with film making.”

Commenting on the launch, filmmaker Shoojit Sircar added, We are excited to bring to the audience the home video of‘PIKU’. We hope it gives a sneak peek into all that went into Piku, Baba and Rana's journey of a lifetime."

Irrfan Khan expressed that he was happy to be a part of the film. Speaking about the DVD launch he said “…in these times when the life of any movie is getting shorter and shorter, I think it’s a great privilege for us to bring it again on to DVD”

The audience and the media had a great opportunity to interact with Amitabh Bachchan who gave interesting anecdotes about the life on the sets of ‘PIKU’. He particularly appreciated the script & screenplay of Juhi Chaturvedi and also the work of the other co-actors in the film. Mr. Bachchan mentioned that “he was happy on the Home Video release of the film as DVD is a medium which allows audiences to take the film home and watch it whenever they want to”.

Sneha Rajani, Dy. President and Head, MSM Motion Pictures, sent out a special message for the launch event to say that,‘PIKU’ will always be a very special film for us at MSM Motion Pictures. The sheer love showered by the audience worldwide has been overwhelming and now with the launch of Piku's home video they can relive this unforgettable journey over and over again.”

Audiences across the country can now watch the movie in the comfort of their homes as Piku: Motion Se Hi Emotion will be available on Blu-Ray, DVD & VCD formats. The DVD comes with a bonus disc of about one hour of additional material and behind the scene videos as part of the making of the movie. The Blu-ray provides the true film connoisseur the opportunity to own the film in a High Definition format.

Piku: Motion Se Hi Emotion Home video will be available across leading retail stores and ecommerce sites as follows:
Blu-Ray: MRP Rs.799
DVD: MRP Rs. 399 (Two Disc)
VCD: MRP Rs.149

About Reliance Home Video & Games:

Reliance Home Video & Games is the leading player in the Indian Home Entertainment industry and also a key player in the Toys & Games licensing and merchandising industry.

The company is the exclusive licensee to prestigious studios including Universal Pictures Int. Ent., Paramount Home Ent. Global, DreamWorks Pictures, BBC Worldwide Ltd., Tanweer Group. The company is also a licensee for PVR Pictures. With its robust pan India distribution network, the company has ensured reach for Bollywood and Hollywood products, not only in urban market but also mass markets. Reliance Home Video & Games has launched acclaimed blockbusters such as The Lunchbox, Haider, Khoobsurat, 2 States, Kick, Singham Returns, Boyhood, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles etc on home video, and iconic collections such as The Godfather Trilogy, Transformers franchise, Bourne franchise, Fast and Furious franchise, besides regional titles like Manam. In addition, Reliance Home Video & Games has also released epic TV series like Mahabharat and SampoornRamayan pan-India through a robust network of distributors.

Through its New Media and Digital Distribution arm, RHVG provides Video on Demand content to ISPs, Telecom Companies, VAS aggregators, online retailers, platforms and devices. 

Amongst the top 5 licensing and merchandising brands in the toy & gaming business in India, Reliance Home Video & Games is the fastest growing company in the kids’ leisure space. Reliance Home Video & Games is the exclusive licensee to Winfun (a leading infant and pre-school toy brand) and Smartlab (a leading creator of educational toys). The company is a licensee to Welly (leading licensed die-cast and RC Cars brand) and Jakks Pacific (leading US toy brand).

Reliance Home Video & Games is also the exclusive licensee to leading developer and publisher Codemasters for their gaming software for PC & Console