Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Mumbai’ madness makes waves at NY Shorts Fest!

Varadraj Swami, director, Akhbar Ka Ek Panna
Varadraj Swami and Shahzad Ahmad, the writers of Manjhi The Mountain Man recently tasted sweet success again when their short film Akhbar Ka Ek Panna won at the New York short Film Festival and Rasika Agashe won the Best Actor Award. The shorts is written by Shahzad Ahmad and Varadraj Swami and directed by Varadraj Swami as well.

A Still from Akhbar Ka Ek Panna
Interestingly, the film seems to be straight out of the life of the writers, who even after Manjhi await the world to know that they have been responsible for the research and dialogues of the acclaimed film.  Says the duo, “Metropolitan life brings with it urban chaos.  The stress and the need to prove oneself at every step is not just painful but at times suicidal. Success in a metro spells the beginning of a stressful journey, not the end. Here, at every step one needs to go through so many complications that it is not easy living the life. We are glad our feelings on the metro madness made sense even in New York.”

The writers plan to take the film on a world festival tour before embarking on their next. “This time it will be a feature,” discloses Varadraj. “You can say Akhbar Ka Ek Panna was the fourth leaf from our book, replete with exciting stories waiting to hit the celluloid.” The other short films by the duo are The Endless, Shades and Recession. "Our short films are our short stories coming to life," avers Shahzad Ahmad.

Monday, 11 July 2016

When the Tap overflowed with enthusiasts!

Savio D'sa, Gaurav S Bajaj, Dillzan Wadia, Sandip Soparrkar, Lesle Lewis,
Kavitta Verma, Jeetendra Varma and Vikas Bhalla

Shriya Tamang

Satyajeet Dubey 

It was time to grab the Mic… And take home the spotlight at Tap Restobar, Saki Naka as the amazing 14000 sq ft gigantic watering hole opened its doors to one and all with the prestigious Karaoke World Championships.
Mumbai’s party animals made a beeline for the place and how! Pretty and enterprising Shriya Tamang and Savio D’Sa played the perfect hosts to a fullhouse, as Lesle Lewis, Vikas Bhalla, Jimmy Felix, Sumeet Sachdeva took over the music for the evening with the karaoke champs. Choreographer  Sandip Soparrkar set the dance floor afire with lyricist Manoj Muntashir, actors Alecia Raut, Dalip Tahil, Satyajeet Dubey, Gaurav Bajaj, Dilzan Wadia, Kavitta Verma, Pradeep Rawat, Jeetu Verma, Yogesh Lakhani, Dj Shameless Mani, Bharat and Doris Godambe, Pratap Sarnaik and many others joining the celebrations with their presence.
Karaoke enthusiasts can now unleash their potential at the 6th season of The Karaoke World Championships India, that besides making its mark in Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata & Goa, will see the national winners vie at the world finals in Vancouver, Canada amongst 40 other participating countries.
Besides a host of celebrities who will join KWC boasts of a robust panel of Judges from Ankit Tiwari, Suleiman Merchant, Jaaved Jafri, Lelse Lewis, Meet Brothers, Remo Fernandes, Manasi Scott, Shibani Kashyap, Suneeta Rao among others, while Tap boasts of an amazing array of mouthwatering cuisine, an exciting ambience and of course, the foot-tapping extravaganza on store at the dancefloor that has a life of its own.
A perfect match. And a perfect evening… And an energetic beginning of a lot of good things to come…