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UK-born Gazala Singh in a three-film contract with Canadian production house White Tulip Films

 

 

By Megha deSouza  – Futuristic Media Network

 

The hot, sexy and vivacious 21-year-old Gazala Singh aka Navreen Kaur aka Gazala Kaur has been signed on for a three-film, two-year exclusive contract by the Canadian production house White Tulip Films. Gazala who originally hails from the UK has been in India for the last two months. She has deep-rooted Indian links as both her parents are Indian, but moved to the UK years ago.

 

Says Gazala, “I had sent out my photos to various agencies. I was initially looking for modelling assignments in India. A casting director, Andy who saw my photos called me for an audition. And before I knew it, I was offered a three-film exclusive contract with White Tulip Films.”

 

Gazala Singh’s publicist Flynn Remedios says, “It was a dream come true for Gazala who is a very talented dancer, singer and actor. She has been acting since the age of 10 and has done theatre, dance and drama. She has done several music videos and short films or documentaries in Great Britain and is proud to be associated with the Canada-based White Tulip Films.”

 

Gazala is a trained dancer, actor and singer. She is familiar with over six dance forms including Indian classical dance. She has done an acting course from the UK, but intends to further brush up her acting skills by doing a crash course in Mumbai.

 

Sources said that White Tulip films have recently shot a big budget music video as a test project and are planning to get into TV software production in India in a big way. “We have launched a mega project and will be producing and packaging TV software like speciality travel, lifestyle, living and fashion shows including Reality Shows for the Indian Television market. We plan to invest about Rs 50 crore initially in the Indian TV software market during the financial year 2010. Besides this, we have embarked another Rs 50 crore for four Bollywood film projects,” says Martin Samuel, President of White Tulip Films of Canada in an exclusive interview to this journalist.  White Tulip Films also offers angel and venture funding for interesting film projects. Their business model is based on inviting various partners to co-produce a film with the company playing an advisory role, also ensuring that returns are guaranteed to the investors.

 

While Gazala or her publicist Flynn Remedios were unwilling to comment further, sources said that she will also be doing a Dance and Beauty Reality show titled Dancing Beauty for the production house White Tulip Films. The show is expected to go on floors by end December this year.

CAST OF BEGUM SAHIBA TO PAY HOMAGE TO 26/11 MARTYRS

PRESS RELEASE

For immediate publication:

 

Special staging of the play for Mumbai Police on Saturday Nov 21st 2009.

 

Mumbai  20th November 2009: The cast and crew of India’s most expensive stage production Begum Sahiba will pay homage to the martyrs and police and para-military personnel injured during the 26/11 terrorist attack on Mumbai last year. Begum Sahiba features Poonam Dasgupta with Rahul Roy, supported by Raj Premi, Amit Pachori, Zara and Amit. The play is directed by Kiran Avidikononu.

 

Announcing this today, Poonam Dasgupta said: “We have decided to have a special show on Saturday 21st November 2009. All police personnel from Mumbai are invited to attend the play with our compliments. They are only required to produce their ID card for a free entry. This is a small gesture of gratitude and respect for those who laid down their lives defending our city and also for those police personnel and para military soldiers who were injured during the operation.” Echoing Poonam Dasgupta’s words Rahul Roy said that this was the least that they could do as a team for the police and para-military officers who fought shoulder to shoulder to subdue the terrorists who held the entire city to ransom for three days last year during this time.

 

Elaborating further Flynn Remedios publicist for Begum Sahiba explained, “We will observe a two minute silence, followed by the lighting of a lamp and a multi religious prayer. There will be a felicitation of senior police personnel followed by the staging of the play. Through this Press Release we would like to extend a warm invitation to all police personnel in Mumbai who are invited to watch this play free of cost. This invitation is with the compliments of the producer.”

Begum Sahiba is one of India’s most expensive stage productions. The play will be staged in 6-7 cities in India and is expected to also travel to Europe, USA and Australia.

 

For more information contact:

Flynn Remedios +919821666000 / +919819233444    Email: remediosflynn@gmail.com

 

SPECIAL PRESS INVITIATION

ALL MEMBERS OF THE PRESS IN MUMBAI (BOTH PRINT AND TV) ARE INVITED TO JOIN US IN PAYING OUR RESPECTS TO THE DEAD AND TO THOSE WHO WERE INJURED IN THE ATTACK.

 

PLS CONFIRM YOUR ATTENDANCE BY SENDING AN SMS TO +919821666000 or +919819233444.

Rgds

Flynn Remedios

PS: Rights of Admission Reserved by the Producer

Look alikes or Copy Cats: Kareena Kapoor in Kurbaan, Bosky Sheth in The Three Kings

By Ashwin Salian – Futuristic Media Network

 

 

The posters of The Three Kings and Kurbaan Look Similar

 

 

Spectra Multimedia Films about two weeks ago released an advertisement in a Bollywood Trade Publication for their recently launched project The Three Kings which looked very much like the Kurbaan poster featuring Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan. We couldn’t help observing the striking similarity.

The colour scheme of the poster of The Three Kings is similar to that of Kurbaan and the actress featured is Bosky Sheth who plays Zeenat Aman in the film. The actress is also bare-backed like Kareena Kapoor though there is no male, unlike in Kurbaan where Saif poses with his lady love.

Even the colour scheme of the lettering is quite similar. We couldn’t help wondering who copied whom. When we contacted Bosky Sheth she said that she couldn’t comment on the designs, layouts and artwork. “We had shot some stills for the film about three weeks ago. The advertisement was designed much before the Kurbaan posters and ads came out all over the place, said script writer and Executive Producer Flynn Remedios, refusing to comment any further on the similarity in the layout.  The Three Kings is based on the life of Parveen Babi, played by Shikha Puri.

We wonder if this is very strange and rare coincidence or a clear case of Copy Cats at work. Anyway the striking resemblence of the two designs including the similarity in the fonts and colours is amazing.

TRUST BETRAYED: TV JOURNO BACK STABS, DOUBLE CROSSES PUBLICIST FOR 15 SECONDS OF FAME

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Rejane Coelho – Futuristic Media Network (futuristicmedianetwork@gmail.com)

 

 

 

Bollywood scriptwriter, freelance journalist and celebrity publicist Flynn Remedios was at the receiving end when a Headlines Today journo Aditya Amal and a couple of others broke the trust imposed in them and double crossed him. They promised him excellent coverage on Aajtak, claiming to be Aajtak journos if he shared with them private footage of some earlier rehearsal recording.

 

The story goes like this: PR invites journalists for a play or stage performance. As usual, PR hypes it up saying it’s a great, splendid performance and lots of Dhamaal expected. Messages are sent to media requesting them to witness a great performance. PR makes follow-up calls to ensure media attendance. Journo from the News channel says he cannot cover it as they don’t normally cover plays. Journo says, unless he gets something exclusive or unless he is given special footage or the exclusive opportunity to get some ‘great’ footage he cannot send his unit.

 

 

 

In course of the conversation, PR suggests he has some earlier shot rehearsal footage which is not part of the actual stage performance. Once journo gets to know about this he begs, borrows and steals the footage promising, inducing and even threatening the PR who in the anxiety to get some fab publicity doesn’t even take his client’s permission to hand over footage which was shot to improvise the scene enacted in the play.

 

Says Flynn Remedios, himself a journalist and writer for the last 16 years, “The relationship between a journalist and a publicist is based on Trust. The world over, every day thousands of journalists and publicists discuss, suggest, brainstorm and “pitch” stories. Publicists are very often some of the most confidential “sources” for journalists and as a journalist myself we learn to protect our “sources” with our lives from the very start of our career. A journalist is only as good as his or her “source”. Journalists and Publicists are both highly qualified professionals of this great fraternity called the Media. So when a publicist “pitches” a story to a journalist the ensuing conversation is privileged. A journalist is under no obligation to accept or “do” the story pitched to him. But the entire process of pitching a story is an accepted principle of Public Relations and is a confidential discussion as would be between a lawyer and client or doctor or patient. It is solely on this Principle Of Trust that thousands of publicists the world over pitch stories and journalists in turn call spin doctors for “masala” or info. As a publicist myself, I get at least five calls each day from both Tv and Print journalists asking for information or “leads” or inputs which I am under no obligation to share, but which I may do “OFF RECORD” or ON CONDITION OF ANONYMITY. Besides this concept of pitching stories, the concept of “OFF RECORD”  or CONDITION OF ANONYMITY is sacrosanct. What is off record is and must stay Off  Record. These concepts and principles have been accepted and religiously respected by media professionals the world over ever since mass media came into existence.

 

Bollywood news or masala is mostly gossip or grapevine. But imagine what would happen if a journo forgot the code of Omerta and  quoted on record the chairman of a large corporate or a politician on something that was strictly meant to be off record. Imagine what would happen if a publication or Tv channel did a sting operation on one of their own brethren or fraternity or bit the hand that fed them with juicy tidbits each day.”

 

This is exactly what happened to Flynn Remedios. According to our information the concerned journalist conned, cajoled,  coaxed and even coerced Flynn Remedios to part with video footage which was strictly confidential and private. Explains Flynn Remedios, “I was not ready to give them that footage (Read RAW footage). But they told me that if I wanted coverage for my client I must give them all the raw footage. That footage was of a rehearsal and was the private and confidential property of my company. It was given under certain explicit terms and conditions. There was a clear embargo against its use except for the sole purpose for what it was given. In that sense the journalist concerned cheated me and has committed breach of trust. He has fraudulently induced me to part with private footage the copyright of which is solely with me and the producer. The footage was given under a verbal contract that it would be used for “a” particular purpose only. In that sense they have stolen my private footage by misrepresenting themselves, cheating me and then claiming it to be a sting operation.

 

We share a lot of confidential info with journalists and also pass comments or voice our personal and private opinion about our clients or the products we promote based on this concept of Trust. Very often a journalist will ask a PR questions or info which is off record only for his background or personal knowledge. And a PR may say things in good faith or may share certain info which he otherwise should not because of this concept of trust.  But what
happens when an over enthusiastic journo or editor clandestinely records this conversation and projects it as a sting operation. Bollywood gossip is not in national interest or in the interest of national security. I am not a government servant or public servant or official. What was the journalist and channel trying to prove. The journalist called me several times and almost begged and cajoled me to give him the footage. He asked me to get him some smokes at 3 am. I gave him a pack of fags which I borrowed from someone else because I considered him a friend and brother.  But all the while he had a hidden camera on.

 

 

In fact, I would like to inform all PR professionals and the general public at large not to entertain one TV journalist Mr Aditya Amal and another called Sachin. They will double cross you and anything you may share with them off record and in confidence will be taped by hidden cameras. I never contacted or telephoned or called Aditya Amal. I didn’t know him from Adam. I contacted a friend and asked him for help. A friend who has also asked me for help in the past. If journalists do sting operations on their PR sources, then I would like to tell them (that is the rotten apples among their ilk)  that several journalists have asked me for favours which I am ashamed to even mention. Should I start doing sting operations every time a journo calls up for a favour.

 

Will the Aditya Amal who came to me as a friend and even told me who his ex girlfriend was from another channel,  tell me what should I have done when a former Bureau Chief from the same group that his news channel belongs to asked for sexual favours from one of my former clients. What should I have done when other journalists asked me for “loans” to marry their kids or to pay their credit card bills or their car EMIs. Will you please tell me Aditya Amal as to what should I have done when an editor of a new news channel asked me to get him or arrange for “funding” from a certain politician and another business baron whom I was close to. I could have done a sting operation and got my 15 seconds of fame brother Aditya, but I respect the code. The code of silence that keeps this great industry called “the media” going. A lot of journalists ask for illegal favours. I politely decline. But I don’t kiss and tell. I don’t indulge in pillow talk brother Aditya. I don’t rat on journos who ditch me or let me down. We need each other. We exist because the other does. If I was trying to spice up my story, I was doing my legitimate job which is accepted as a profession by the University of Mumbai. You asked for the “special footage” which I would have never given. You phoned me several times. Brother Aditya all my phone calls are recorded by default. It says so on my website too. But I don’t make private conversations public. I NEVER reveal info that’s meant to be Off Record. You broke the code. And it was not in national interest or in the interest of national security. It was not to expose a corrupt official. It was to try to pull the rug off the feet of a poor, hard working dedicated PR professional. It was for your and your Channels’ 15 seconds of fame brother, not mine or my clients. And the sad part is my client didn’t know anything about this. My client was unaware of everything.”

 

 

We tried to contact the journalist concerned, immediately after this footage went on air, but his phone was switched off and he was not reachable. We wonder why would he switch off his phone when he had the scoop of the day.

 

 

Well, well what do we say to all this. Like they say when clouds collide there is bound to be lightning. But when brothers in arms fight its really sad and reflects the dog-eat-dog world we live in.

 

 

ACTRESS AASHI THAKUR THREATENED FOR PLAYING REKHA IN BIGG B FILM

 

 

By Rejane Coelho © Futuristic Media Network

 

New bombshell on the block Aashi Thakur (also known as Aashi Singh) – who is all poised to take Bollywood by storm  – got a couple of threatening calls on Thursday evening from an anonymous caller who threatened to cause her harm if she played the role of Rekha in an upcoming Bollywood film.

 

According to sources, Aashi Thakur has signed a film called “The Many Faces of Rekha” produced by Spectra Multimedia Films (I).  The film has some vague references to Bollywood diva Rekha and her much-publicised linkage with the Big B.

 

Spokesperson and Executive Producer for Spectra Multimedia Films (I), Flynn Remedios refused to comment on the issue saying that the project is ‘under consideration’.

 

Aashi Thakur, the sexy siren from the hills (yes, she is a true blue pahadi chori from the green hills up north) has signed on another one Bollywood films and is working on her latest music album tentatively titled AASHI UNPLUGGED also produced by Spectra Multimedia Films.

 

 

Aashi is not new to Bollywood. In a matter of two years, she has built up a very impressive biodata and is a name to reckon with. Her line up of work includes TV commercials like ITC’s Ashirwad Namak, for Foot Candles Films, Livon Silky Potion with Shadow Light & Sound Productions,  Thums up, with AdFilmwala’s for Chennai market with Chiranjivi’s sister, Emami Fairness Cream, Himgange Hair Oil for Bangladesh, Aarsi Cola & Danish Juice for Bangladesh and many others. Aashi Singh has done print ads like that for the ICC World Cup, Hughes Telecom, Times of India, Sahara Airlines, Cipla Pharma, Eureka Forbes, Stayfree, Ponds, Exide Batteries and promos for MTV, Channel V, SAB TV, B4U and Star News.

 

 

She has also featured on MTV Fully Faltoo and MTV Style Check and in music videos like the X-mix remix medley of Aa Dil Kya, Tum Kya Jano & Mil Gaya Sathi Mil Gaya, with Ken Ghosh for Saregama HMV, Balle Balle Boys for Universal, Bagpiper Club Soda and Foolpakhru on the Rocks (a Marathi Re-mix Music Video) for Saregama HMV.

 

 

Aashi Singh has also featured in varying roles in television serials like “Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki”  by Balaji Telefilms, Shushh….Koi Hai by Cinevestas, CID, Josh on Star Plus, Dehliz Ek Maryada for DD-1, Aap Jo Bole Ha to Ha and Rajjo Fajjo ETV Urdu.

 

 

In addition to the above, Aashi Singh has featured in Tamil, Kannada and Marathi films.

SEXY SIREN AASHI SINGH TAKES BOLLYWOOD BY STORM

By Ashwin Salian  © Futuristic Media Network

 

New bombshell on the block, Aashi Singh is all set to take Bollywood by storm. The sexy siren from the hills (yes, she is a true blue pahadi chori from the green hills up north) has signed on two new Bollywood films and is working on her latest music album tentatively titled AASHI UNPLUGGED produced by Spectra Multimedia Films.

The video which is being made at a budget of Rs 50 lakh is pegged to be one of the most expensive videos ever made. The promotion and marketing budget of this video will be in the range of Rs 30 lakh and the total project cost is estimated to be around Rs 80 to 90 lakh. The video will be shot in 3 international locales, but details of the same are not yet available. Our sources said that the project will take off in Dec-Jan and is expected to be on air in Feb 2010.

Spokesperson and Executive Producer for Spectra Multimedia Films, Flynn Remedios who have signed Aashi Singh for this project said that the music is being worked on by DJ Shezwood and DJ Akbar Sami. “We are still working on the theme of the video and once we have a fix on the music, we will decide on the location of the shoot. This is a very ambitious project and we are keeping our fingers crossed,” he added.

Aashi is not new to Bollywood. In a matter of two years, she has built up a very impressive biodata and is a name to reckon with. Her line up of work includes TV commercials like ITC’s Ashirwad Namak, for Foot Candles Films, Livon Silky Potion with Shadow Light & Sound Productions,  Thums up, with AdFilmwala’s for Chennai market with Chiranjivi’s sister, Emami Fairness Cream, Himgange Hair Oil for Bangladesh, Aarsi Cola & Danish Juice for Bangladesh and many others. Aashi Singh has done print ads like that for the ICC World Cup, Hughes Telecom, Times of India, Sahara Airlines, Cipla Pharma, Eureka Forbes, Stayfree, Ponds, Exide Batteries and promos for MTV, Channel V, SAB TV, B4U and Star News.

She has also featured on MTV Fully Faltoo and MTV Style Check and in music videos like the X-mix remix medley of Aa Dil Kya, Tum Kya Jano & Mil Gaya Sathi Mil Gaya, with Ken Ghosh for Saregama HMV, Balle Balle Boys for Universal, Bagpiper Club Soda and Foolpakhru on the Rocks (a Marathi Re-mix Music Video) for Saregama HMV.

Aashi Singh has also featured in varying roles in television serials like “Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki”  by Balaji Telefilms, Shushh….Koi Hai by Cinevestas, CID, Josh on Star Plus, Dehliz Ek Maryada for DD-1, Aap Jo Bole Ha to Ha and Rajjo Fajjo ETV Urdu.

In addition to the above, Aashi Singh has featured in Tamil, Kannada and Marathi films.

An ecstatic