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Amaan and Ayaan string along with the legendary Joe Walsh

Sarod Brothers, Amaan & Ayaan collaborate with American rock guitarist Joe Walsh on an albumSarod Brothers Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash have announced their collaboration for a new music album with the legendary American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter Joseph Fidler Walsh popularly known as Joe Walsh. The composition will be a fusion with the Sarod and the Electronic Guitar.Some of the tracks which were recorded in Beverly Hills in LA are ready. A few more sessions of recording and creating music will bring a closure to this iconic collaboration. The ablum will be due for release in early months of 2020.When asked about their experience on working for this album, the Bangash brothers said, “First of all it’s an absolute honour to share space with such an iconic artist. We have loved his work from an early era since he was a part of famous bands like James Gang, Barnstorm and Eagles. It was amazing to interact and work with a legend who is a symbol of humility grace and excellence. When we first met him, he told us how he loves the sarod and our father’s work.”They added, “We are excited for the release and we are sure this one is going to be a treat for the lovers of classical music and rock & roll. It’s a perfect amalgamation of the strings and we cannot wait to introduce the musical fireworks to our beloved audience.Ustad Amjad Ali Khan is one of the undisputed masters of the music world. Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and his widely acclaimed disciples and Sarod virtuosi Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash were recently felicitated at the coveted Global Music Awards under the Gold Medal category for their outstanding contribution to the global music industry and excellence in the classical music sphere. The top tier honour was bestowed on the trailblazing trio in correlation with their “Peace Worshipers” album which was released in July 2017.With a whirlwind musical tour in the US and intermittent recording sessions with Joe Walsh, the brothers surely have a packed schedule.

It’s double celebration for Divya Khosla Kumar!

With double celebrations for Divya Khosla Kumar – who turned a year older recently and is reveling in the smashing success of her latest T-Series single ‘Yaad Piya Ki Aane Lagi’ – Bollywood fraternity attended the celebration in huge numbers and wished the gorgeous actor-director a ‘happy birthday’!

It was a packed house, as all roads led to the success celebration of T-Series’ latest song, ‘Yaad Piya Ki Aane Lagi’ which has already become the song of the year.

Present at the event was Bhushan Kumar, Divya Khosla Kumar and Neha Kakkar among others.

The recreation of Falguni Pathak’s iconic song has taken the internet by storm by making its way to every locker room, college campus, clubs and ruling airwaves thereby crossing 30 million views on YouTube.

Birthday girl Divya Khosla Kumar, who couldn’t contain her excitement at the success bash, said, “I was cast in a Falguni Pathak video which was the first big break for me. And again I’ve done a video of a Falguni Pathak song. I want to thank Falguni for being so generous. I’m thankful for all the positive wishes she has given. She has supported the decision of recreating her song, for the new generation who was unknown to the melody. I’m very happy with the response the video has received.”

Proud husband Bhushan Kumar said, “We launched this song 3-4 days back and it has more than 30 million views. Today, many people criticize the trend of song recreation. Lalit (Sen) praised the re-composition. He’s the best judge, and if he’s appreciating it, then it means that we have done a good job. So people who are criticizing it should stop it because we have made the song for this generation. The original song released long time back and people enjoyed it at then as well. Now, we have revisited it and many people including the original composer Lalit Sen and Falguni are happy about the recreation. Many people have criticized it, but there is a large audience that we cater to. So I’m really happy with the kind of response the song has been receiving. I’m very thankful to my audience.”

Composer Lalit Sen adds, “I’m a T-Series baby and Gulshan (Kumar) Ji gave me the chance, and then I’ve done a lot of albums for them. I’m fortunate that Vinay (Sapru) Ji and Radhika (Rao) Ji have directed this song again and Tanishk (Bagchi) has done a beautiful job, he has added more value to it. I really liked the recreation. Usually as a critic, when I’ve composed a song, I always look out for errors or loopholes, but this song is complete entertainment.”

Gulshan Kumar & T-Series presents, Bhushan Kumar’s ‘Yaad Piya Ki Aane Lagi’ is penned by Jaani, sung by Neha Kakkar and music by Tanishk Bagchi.

Inside the Most Watched YouTube Channel in the World

Bhushan Kumar (center), chairman and managing director for Super Cassettes Industries Ltd., also known as T-Series, with music composer and singer Tanishk Bagchi (right) and Neeraj Kalyan (left), president of T-Series, at a listening session in Mumbai on Sept. 25.Inside the Most Watched YouTube Channel in the WorldIndia’s T-Series built an online empire from Bollywood. Now it has to survive Netflix.On a recent afternoon in the Arabian Desert, with the temperature hovering around 40C, the cast and crew of Street Dancer 3D are trying very hard to pretend they’re in London. Starring two of Bollywood’s biggest young stars, Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor, the movie tells the story of rival dance crews facing off on the British capital’s mean streets. But because of the tiresome bureaucracy required to close actual London streets to blast Bollywood music for 10 hours at a time, the dance battles are being shot outside Dubai, in a theme park’s mock French village.To create the illusion of a London neighborhood, or at least a South Asian audience’s idea of one, the crew has strung Union Jacks across the village square and parked an array of borrowed sports cars on the cobblestones. Multicultural extras are wilting in the hoodies and coats they’re wearing to ward off the nonexistent English chill, and makeup artists are working furiously to hide everyone’s sweat. Between takes, a small man with a tote bag rushes in to shade Kapoor under an umbrella.As cinematic visions go, it all seems a little strained. But when the cameras roll, and the catchy flute loop of a Punjabi rap anthem gets going, Street Dancer 3D’s producer gleefully shimmies his shoulders. “These kinds of visuals—I am getting value for my money,” says Bhushan Kumar, a 41-year-old with a pompadour and a soft, boyish face. He’s clad head to toe in designer brands: Tom Ford glasses, Burberry T-shirt, Palm Angels sneakers. With the director at his side and his entourage all around, Kumar reclines in a folding chair, the picture of a man satisfied with what he sees. “It’s a good-looking location,” he says. “They’re getting great dancing with great actors. It has all the things that matter a lot.”When it comes to entertainment, Kumar has a better claim on knowing what matters to India’s 1.3 billion people than almost anyone. The head of T-Series, the country’s largest record label, he’s the custodian of a catalog of Bollywood soundtracks, Tamil pop tunes, and devotional music that accounts for a huge proportion of listening in the most music-crazy country on the planet. Since music and film are inextricably linked in India—almost all major hits come from soundtracks, and elaborate dance routines are the centerpiece of movies in almost every genre—Kumar is also a crucial cinematic tastemaker. T-Series’ in-house production arm has put out more than a dozen releases in the past year, including Kabir Singh, the second highest-grossing Bollywood title of 2019, with about $39 million in box-office revenue.In February the company achieved another milestone: It became the world’s most popular YouTube channel, dethroning Swedish gamer-troll PewDiePie. The ascent of T-Series, which has 117 million subscribers to its primary feed, caught many off guard. YouTube has been dominated by pranksters, vloggers, and beauty queens from the U.S. and Europe. No professional media producer, let alone one from Asia, had ever held the top spot. But thanks to low-cost broadband access, India is now the largest source of consumers on the open web, with more than 600 million people online. (China has more internet users, but they generally stay behind the walls of its sealed-off digital ecosystem.) And that still represents a market in its infancy—about half of India’s population doesn’t yet have internet access.Eager to cash in, Netflix, Facebook, and Amazon are all pouring resources into India and introducing products there before rolling them out elsewhere. In July, Netflix Inc. chose India to offer its first mobile-only subscription, an option that will be critical to unlocking emerging markets. Facebook wants to use the country as a test bed for payments via WhatsApp.For Kumar, the internet giants’ newfound interest is both a threat and an opportunity. With bigger budgets and fathomless technological assets, foreign companies might pose a serious challenge to Indian producers, peeling away talent and eyeballs while threatening the Bollywood hit factory that underpins his success. Or they could be valuable partners, eager for the intimate knowledge of the Indian market that only a company like T-Series can provide.Kumar believes it’s the latter. He envisions a self-reinforcing ecosystem where his YouTube channels promote his songs, his songs promote his movies and digital TV series, and when those become hits, people go back to YouTube to listen to the songs again and again, putting T-Series in an unassailable position. And with Bollywood content growing steadily more popular in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and other markets, that could make the company a global player, too.“All over the country, you ask anyone if they know T-Series, they will say yes,” Kumar says in an interview in Dubai. Soon, he adds, “everyone will know us all around the world.”Kumar credits his late father, who founded T-Series, with all of its success. Gulshan Kumar was murdered in 1997, shot 16 times as he exited a Hindu temple in broad daylight—reportedly for resisting an extortion attempt by a gang linked to Dawood Ibrahim, Mumbai’s most notorious underworld boss. Kumar refers to Gulshan in the present tense and says he believes his father is guiding T-Series from the afterlife; every film still opens with a title screen reading “Gulshan Kumar Presents.” Kumar attributes his most precious talent, his “ear sense” for picking hit songs, to his dad.Another trait Kumar seems to have inherited is technological foresight. In his father’s day, the medium of tomorrow was the cassette tape. Gulshan, whose own father was a Delhi juice vendor, opened a small shop stocking water-misting fans and other gizmos in the 1970s. A lifelong music lover, he also tried selling albums and experimenting with production on tape, hiring singers to record songs about his favorite Hindu shrine. When his cassettes began to outsell the fans, Gulshan traveled to Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea to learn more about the technology. He returned with a deal to import magnetic tape, and in 1980 he set up a factory to assemble cassettes, many featuring music from a studio he built out of his early forays into recording.Gulshan brought a disrupter’s sensibility to the business, offering tapes at deep discounts and distributing them through convenience stores and corner stalls. He commissioned albums in regional languages such as Punjabi and Bhojpuri, tapping markets competitors considered too small or fragmented to bother with. Along the way, he developed a reputation for playing fast and loose with the copyrights protecting India’s most popular songs, the ones from Hindi cinema’s “masala musicals”—mashups of action, comedy, and romance. T-Series denies that Gulshan ever engaged in outright bootlegging, but it doesn’t dispute that he exploited a copyright loophole permitting cover versions of hits.Gulshan’s distribution network put him in an excellent position to get into Bollywood soundtrack production, and in the mid-1980s he founded T-Series—the “T” an homage to the god Shiva, who’s usually depicted carrying a trident. In 1990 the label catapulted itself to the top ranks of the industry by releasing the soundtrack for the musical romance Aashiqui, which remains a bestseller. Gulshan also began aggressively snapping up the rights to Bollywood soundtracks T-Series hadn’t put together; film producers were often happy to part with them, since the company’s marketing footprint increased the odds a song would become a hit and drive box office sales. Gulshan loved film as much as he loved music, so T-Series also built a business producing its own movies.Bhushan Kumar refuses to speak about Gulshan’s murder, except to say it made him rethink his career plans. At 19, he took the company’s reins. “I knew what this business meant to my father,” he says. “I had to fulfill his dream. Any son’s job is to make his parents happy; that’s what I did.” To stabilize T-Series, he decided to focus primarily on music, accelerating his father’s song-buying strategy. Komal Nahta, a film industry analyst, estimates the company now holds the rights to as much as 70% of the Bollywood music released in the past three decades. At first, this business model looked fairly eccentric. For every big winner, T-Series was left with thousands of tracks gathering dust. After all, in the predigital era even the most music-mad Indians were only going to buy so many albums.In the developed world, the recent history of the music business goes something like this: Everything worked well until 1999, when a teenage coder named Sean Parker co-founded Napster, the first file-sharing service to achieve broad popularity. The ensuing golden age of piracy nearly wiped out the industry. Then Apple’s iTunes established a market for legitimate digital music and prepared the ground for Spotify and other streaming services.In India, things went a little differently. While piracy was widespread, iTunes never got much traction. Instead, people bought ringtones. Westerners might remember these as an oddity of the early aughts, snippets of songs bought directly from a carrier such as Verizon or AT&T; they went out of style once the iPhone provided more interesting things to do with a mobile device. For Indians, they were a sensation, offering a cheap and accessible means to obtain popular music legally. As mobile phones made inroads among the middle class, having the right ringtone, purchased for as little as 10 rupees (14¢), became an essential symbol of personal style.In 2003 a local web portal offered Kumar $500,000 for the right to scrape ringtones from the T-Series catalog. He said no and instead began playing telecom operators and ringtone aggregation companies—a thing, in India—against one another for ever-larger licensing fees. His passion for the format was unmatched. Kumar “used to work on every ringtone,” says T-Series President Neeraj Kalyan, who’s headed the label’s digital division since its 2003 creation. “He used to make multiple cuts of every song so you’d have your first stanza, your second stanza, every stanza of a song.” Each would be available as a separate ring. By the late 2000s ringtones were the music division’s largest revenue stream.As this boom was nearing its peak, T-Series noticed bootlegged versions of its songs popping up in a very different format: YouTube. The company’s relaxed attitude to copyright law didn’t extend to American digital titans, and in 2007 it sued for infringement. The eventual settlement required YouTube to train T-Series to put its own videos on the site—and to provide generous advances on revenue from the ads that would run alongside them.T-Series uploaded its first YouTube video, the peppy dance number Laung Da Lashkara, in 2011, just as ringtone sales were tailing off. It featured the stars of the film Patiala House, Akshay Kumar and Anushka Sharma, cavorting in full Indian formal wear through a chandeliered ballroom, accompanied by troupes of backup dancers in turbans. Like a final transmission from an era that was about to disappear forever, it included an SMS code in the description below the frame, inviting viewers to set the song as their ringtone. The video was a hit, and it marked the beginning of an all-in bet on YouTube at a time when most record labels, whether in Santa Monica or Mumbai, still viewed it as an annoyance at best. T-Series immediately got to work uploading its entire catalog, available for free to anyone who wanted to watch.Despite India’s vast size, it still offered a surprisingly small pool of consumers. With underpowered mobile infrastructure, conservative telecom carriers, and a huge number of people living below the poverty line, the country lagged behind much of Asia in smartphone adoption. Just a quarter of the population enjoyed mobile internet access in 2015. Going online didn’t became a truly mass-market phenomenon until the following year, when billionaire Mukesh Ambani launched a nationwide 4G network called Reliance Jio. Ambani gave Jio a long financial leash, allowing it to offer free voice calls and ultracheap data plans. By its sixth month it had 100 million customers. Data prices fell to the lowest level in the world—about 26¢ per gigabyte, according to calculations by Cable.co.uk, which analyzes the industry.In all, about 300 million Indians have come online for the first time in the past three years. Compared with the 330 million who had access before, they’re generally poorer and less educated—and more likely to live in the rural hinterland than in Delhi or Mumbai. They skew young: 51% of India’s internet users are 24 or younger, with just 12% over 44, according to consultant Kantar IMRB. And while they practice half a dozen faiths and speak twice as many languages, they tend to have one thing in common. They love YouTube.T-Series’ headquarters is located on the outskirts of New Delhi, in a cluster of buildings in the red and cream sandstone Indians associate with the Mughal Empire. The facility’s most important work takes place in a soundproof room deep inside. There, a portly man named Ganesh spends much of each day pulverizing his eardrums with Bollywood tunes from two monster speakers, checking for distortion as each track is digitized for posterity. A heavily air-conditioned vault next door contains the fruits of his work, T-Series’ holy of holies: the bulk of the contemporary Bollywood songbook, 160,000 songs residing on 22 servers in five stacks.YouTube popularity is essentially a volume game. Channels that upload videos more consistently get recommended and promoted more often, and people are more likely to subscribe to a channel with lots of new material. By tapping its back catalog alone, T-Series has been able to upload videos at a rate of two or three per day for most of the past decade. Its new songs are an even more reliable source of clicks, often preceded by teaser videos and followed by multiple tweaked versions to attract additional eyeballs. The label offers a wide array of tailored products, from audio-only tracks for users who want to burn less data to versions with English transcriptions, so non-Hindi-speaking fans can sing along, too. For devotional music, there are accompanying slide shows of gods and shrines and portraits of Gulshan Kumar looking devout.The actual running of this online video empire requires remarkably few people. T-Series’ presence on YouTube and other streaming platforms is maintained by just 10 full-time employees, each responsible for uploading videos and songs in one language or genre. Kumar insists that T-Series’ digital popularity doesn’t owe simply to anticipating a technological shift or cannily managing its online presence. It’s all about picking hits. “An ear sense for music is the secret,” he says. “That’s the only reason we have achieved this kind of success on YouTube, because we are giving good quality music to our listeners.”In Kumar’s telling, the components of quality haven’t really changed since his father’s era. To him there are only two types of music: “romantic songs,” which provoke an emotional response, and fast-paced “beat songs,” which get you dancing. Both need a hummable melody and catchy lyrics; from there, it’s just a question of garnishing the key ingredients with whatever vocalist, instrumentation, or technological flourishes happen to be in fashion. “That’s the thumb rule of a hit song,” he says.It’s a lucrative strategy. T-Series, which still operates legally under the name Gulshan first incorporated, Super Cassettes Industries, isn’t publicly listed. But disclosures filed with the Indian government show that revenue jumped about 18.5%, to about $109 million, from 2016 to 2018—a period that wouldn’t fully capture the recent surge in YouTube subscriptions. In its 2018 financial year, it turned a profit of $29 million.That performance, however, won’t spin off anything like the financial firepower that Silicon Valley is capable of bringing to India. The major streaming services are piling in as expansion slows in developed markets. Netflix, which will spend $15 billion on programming in 2019, has backed about 40 Indian films and series, betting that some of them, like the detective drama Sacred Games, will join the growing number of local titles that have crossed over to gain international success. Amazon.com Inc. is expanding aggressively, too. Indians now have more than 15 streaming platforms to choose from, some charging well under $1 a month.Kumar argues that T-Series has no reason to fear this invasion, and not just because it sits behind a moat filled with more than 200 million YouTube subscribers. In recent years the company has doubled down on Bollywood, producing more than 24 films since the beginning of 2017. Two of its releases are among the top 10 earners at the Indian box office this year, led by Kabir Singh, the story of a gifted surgeon who descends into alcoholism after his girlfriend is forced to marry another man.This track record, Kumar proclaims, should make T-Series the preferred partner for anyone seeking to figure out what Indians want to watch and hear. Kumar says he’s in talks to produce several digital series with Amazon and Netflix, who are “coming to me because they want series with music.” (Both companies declined to comment.) Although Bollywood makes more nonmusicals than it once did, winning Indian hearts still generally requires songs. “If a hit song comes on in a theater,” Kumar says, “the mass audience get so excited they throw money, just out of excitement.” He means this literally.The ability to promote releases on the world’s No. 1 YouTube channel certainly boosts T-Series’ appeal to potential partners. Its rise on the platform was unprecedented. In July 2016 it had about 12 million subscribers, according to research provider Tubular Labs Inc. Within two years it passed 50 million, putting it in striking distance of PewDiePie. As the gap closed, many of YouTube’s biggest stars rallied to the defense of the controversial, racially insensitive Swede (real name Felix Kjellberg), posting videos imploring their own fans to subscribe to his channel. To urge them on, Kjellberg posted a diss track titled “bitch lasagna” that mixed chest-pumping bravado with casual racism. “I’m a blue-eyes white dragon while you’re just dark magician,” he rapped to his Indian rival. “Your language sounds like it came from a mumble rap community,” went a different verse.Kjellberg held off T-Series for a while, but his relatively infrequent posts were no match for a well-oiled Bollywood juggernaut. After admitting defeat, he uploaded a mock-congratulatory video that made light of India’s caste system, suggested T-Series had colluded with organized crime, and revived allegations that it profited from pirated songs. It also identified the real reason for his loss. “All it took,” he said, “was a massive corporate entity with every song in Bollywood.”There’s no predicting whether T-Series will retain Indians’ loyalty as their options for online diversion multiply. But to the millions of them for whom getting on the web was a life-changing transformation, the label’s primary platform is more or less synonymous with entertainment.A visit to Dharavi, a sprawling slum that abuts Mumbai’s international airport, can illustrate why. Ismail Modan, a tall, mustachioed 39-year-old, lives there with his wife and two children in a second-floor walk-up with a cracking plaster facade. The family shares a single room of 180 square feet, neatly organized with a gas stove in one corner, a cot in another, and a single window looking out at the blank wall of the next building.Until 2017 no one in the family had access to the internet. When smartphones started appearing in Dharavi, Modan, who earns about $200 a month selling surplus clothes from Mumbai’s malls, saved up to buy one. At $70, the used Samsung Galaxy J7 was a financial strain, but it quickly took center stage in his life. Previously, he had to go door-to-door to alert customers of new stock. Now he just updates his WhatsApp status, and the buyers come to him. Yasmeen, his wife, goes online to find designs for her tailoring business and recipes for the family.An ancient cathode-ray television is still perched on a shelf above the cot, but it’s been largely replaced by YouTube’s unlimited library. The family huddles most evenings around Modan’s 5.5-inch screen to watch music videos and goofy viral clips. Other times, they hook up a Bluetooth speaker to play music from T-Series and other channels. Modan’s children, 10-year-old Rehmin and 14-year-old Manas, sing along. “We used to meet friends to pass the time,” Modan says with a smile. “Now we just stay home and watch YouTube.” —With Ragini Saxena

Kiara Advani is the new face of a Lifestyle Brand

Kiara Advani has been living out of her suitcase for the last couple of months fulfilling her professional commitments. In between basking in the mega success of Kabir Singh and preparing for her next highly-anticipated horror comedy, Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 along with nation’s new heartthrob, Kartik Aaryan, the gorgeous actress has just been appointed as the brand ambassador for the popular lifestyle brand, Giordano.

For someone who is known for her sartorial sense and have always earned brownie points from the fashion critics for her appearances, it was only natural that the announcement of Kiara’s recent association with Giordano would create quite the splash on social media.

This time, the popular youth icon, who enjoys a huge fan following on the social media, is endorsing Giordano to create a new style statement with their latest premium offerings by the brand.

Giordano has recently launched its versatile AW-19 handbags with Kiara, ensuring that their latest collection features some beautiful classic bags that are perfect to upgrade your style quotient.

Kiara says, “Giordano serves as a perfect fashion statement because even you could be wearing a plain outfit, with its range of stylish handbags, you entire ensemble looks vibrant and fresh. These statement handbags are not stylish but functional and affordable as well.”

“I love their shopping tote, which is ideal to carry to work since it can accommodate so many things. The brand is a one-stop-shop for all your handbag needs and offers a variety of options for different tastes,” Kiara adds.

Vidya Balan makes Shakuntala Devi’s daughter Anupama Banerji emotional on the sets of Shakuntala Devi!

Having portrayed several memorable characters in her prolific film journey, Vidya Balan is set to surprise the audience and we especially her fans with yet another interesting role of Shakuntala Devi in filmmaker Anu Menon’s highly-anticipated movie, Shakuntala Devi – Human Computer!

Sony Pictures Networks Productions (SPN Productions), the film division of Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) along with Abundantia Entertainment recently announced the first teaser of the biopic that brings to life the legendary and inspiring story of Shakuntala Devi popularly known as ‘The Human Computer’.

The first teaser featuring Vidya Balan received humongous response from the audience who couldn’t stop raving about her exciting never-seen-before avatar.

Interestingly, the movie that went on floors in London recently had a special visitor on the set. It was none other than Shakuntala Devi’s daughter Anupama Banerji, who gave the mahurat clap for the movie.

Anupama, who stays in London, was thrilled to see Vidya in her late mother Shakuntala Devi’s look and got quite emotional. She praised Vidya for pulling off her character look so well that it instantly reminded her of her mother. Anupama was accompanied by her husband, Ajay Abhay Kumar, and daughter Naina.

For those who are not aware about Shakuntala Devi, she took the world by storm with her talent of making incredibly swift calculations from a very young age. Despite no formal education, she made a name for herself globally as a ‘math genius’. Her great mathematical skills even find a mention in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Produced by Sony Pictures Networks Productions and Vikram Malhotra and directed by Anu Menon, Shakuntala Devi will see a worldwide release in the summer of 2020.

Kiara Advani to play the leading lady opposite Kartik Aaryan in Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2!

Kiara Advani roped in for Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2!

Riding high on the mega success of Kabir Singh, all eyes are on Kiara Advani. With the movie being declared as one of the biggest hits of this year, the talented actress has catapulted to the big league by smoothly making the transition from being a powerhouse performer to a successful commercial star.

Be it M. S Dhoni: The Untold Story or the popular web series, Lust Stories, Kiara has consistently delivered one great performance after another showcasing her versatility and range as an actor.

Taking her successful association with the producers Bhushan Kumar and Murad Khetani to the next level post Kabir Singh, the gorgeous actress has now signed their next, Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 as the leading lady opposite Bollywood heartthrob, Kartik Aaryan to be helmed by director Anees Bazmee.

The new-age, fresh jodi of Kiara and Kartik will be sharing the screen space together for the first time in the horror comedy that has created huge curiosity among their fans asking for more!

Kiara says, ”Bhool Bhulaiyaa was the first ever horror film that I watched. Being a huge fan of the first one, It’s super exciting to get the opportunity to be a part of the franchise. Its my first time being directed by Anees sir and I’m looking forward to the experience. It’s being produced by the makers of my most special film so it feels like home working with Cine1 and T-Series again. Kartik and I are working together for the first time, can’t wait to begin this journey so we can bring the film to you soon!”

Director Anees Bazmee says, “I always look forward to working with Gen-Z actors, this is my first collaboration with Kartik and Kiara. I am sure they will bring new energy to the table, hoping to have a blast.”

The highly-anticipated horror comedy is scheduled to go on floors in October this year and will hit the screens on 31st July, 2020.

Armaan Malik to unleash his first heartbreak song ‘Tootey Khaab’!

Taking his successful association with music giant T-Series to the next level, Armaan Malik – one of the youngest singing sensations of India is set to spring a huge surprise on music lovers with his next offering — Tootey Khaab.

Dubbed as the ‘Prince of Romance’ by his ardent fans, Armaan, who has been hugely appreciated for his romantic chartbusters such as
Bol Do Na Zara, Sab Tera, Wajah Tum Ho & Pehla Pyaar (Kabir Singh) among several others, is excited to launch his first heartbreak song, Tootey Khaab in association with T-Series this month.

The music single which promises to tug at your heartstrings is composed by the talented duo Kunaal-Rangon with lyrics penned by Kunaal Vermaa. Directed by Shabby, the song is further brought to life with Armaan featuring in the music video!

Talking about Tootey Khaab Bhushan Kumar says, “Armaan is the youngest and one of the most successful artists that we have on our label. Having carved a niche for himself with romantic tracks, he is going to surprise us with the depth and pain that he has brought to the fore with his singing in Tootey Khaab. What he’s achieved through this song is truly a mark of a versatile artiste. He is bound to move you with this song.”

Armaan says, “After Aaja Na Ferrari Mein and Ghar Se Nikalte Hi, I wanted to challenge myself and go a step further. I’ve never sung a proper breakup song and I was in search of an emotional track that depicted that melancholy in the most honest way possible. When I heard Tootey Khaab from Kunaal & Rangon, I immediately knew this was going to be my next single. It’s from the heart and I’m sure it will instantly resonate with the youth.”

The song along with the music video will be officially launched soon on T-Series.

Little Baby is a universal story and important for youth and parents: Priyanshu Chatterjee

Priyanshu Chatterjee who will be seen in film Little Baby next is gung ho about the film and says that a film like this should be seen by youngsters and parents both.

The film directed by Shekhar S Jha also stars young Gulnaz Siganporia who plays Priyanshu’s daughter in the film.

The film set in today’s world talks about millennials and how the dynamics of relationships have changed over the years.

Says Priyanshu, “The film has a universal appeal. I m single and I don’t have an experience of dealing with my own child but while doing the film I realised how each child must be seeking for compatibility and understanding outside their homes and how nice it will be if they found that in their homes with their siblings or parents. Kids are smart now a days, they are much more aware of their surroundings than we were 20 years ago but at the same time it is important that they are guided as a friend when they are going through adolescence. In that sense, Little baby is an important film for youth and parents both.”

Little Baby produced by Rinku Singh is slated to release on 27th September.

ARMANI EXCHANGE INTRODUCES KARTIK AARYAN AS NEW BRAND AMBASSADOR!

Armani Exchange is pleased to announce a collaboration with Kartik Aaryan for its Fall 2019 watch campaign. The heartthrob of Bollywood will represent selected styles of Armani Exchange watches through 2020.


The 28 year old made his acting debut in 2011 and by 2015 rose to fame with his superhit film Pyaar ka Punchnama 2. He made his entry in the 100 crore club last year with his release Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety and this year’s hit Luka Chuppi has made him a nationawide youth icon. 


The A|X Armani Exchange Fall 2019 watch collection features high-impact designs, enlivened by strong tones of white, black, electric blue and khaki. The new collection will be available on armaniexchange.com as well as in select department stores globally and at Armani Exchange stores all over the world.

Kartik Aaryan gives us a sneak peak of his YouTube channel !

Our appetites had already been whetted when Kartik Aaryan announced that he will be out with his own YouTube channel soon. And now, just when we were about to catch our breath, one of the most loved and admired stars of today has put out a glimpse of his channel on his Instagram account. As if we weren’t waiting with bated breath already! 


Kartik, who’s become the most viral celeb in recent times, owing to his success with movies such as Pyaar Ka Punchnama 1 and 2, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety and Luka Chuppi, and his popularity with the classes and masses alike, posted a small video, sharing some memorable and fun moments of his life. He wrote, ‘Every bit of my life belongs to you guys. So here’s welcoming you all into my personal world filled with love, laughter and happiness… Here’s a sneak peek of my YouTube channel – Kartik Aaryan. Launching Today.’


The video captures the Luka Chuppi actor at his candid best – cracking jokes with his staff and co-workers, sharing behind the scene footage from his ad campaign shoots, interacting with fans when he is out shooting or holidaying with his pals. It’s Kartik Aaryan, up, close and personal – just how we want it!