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Orissa: Khimji announces Odia cine superstar Sidhant Mohapatra as its Brand Ambassador
Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Report by Ashok Palit; Bhubaneswar:  Khimji, Odisha and eastern India’s leading jewelry and fashion house, has today signed up Ollywood superstar Sidhant Mohapatra as its brand ambassador.

The announcement came in the backdrop of Khimji celebrating its 75th year of i...

Orissa: Mytholgy ends in Ollywood
Saturday, July 16, 2011

By Ashok Palit; Bhubaneswar: Though with the onslaught of action and romantic films the production of mythological films has taken a: backseat. in the state, it has still been 'able to "maintain its appeal with the viewers.

Interestingly,  even the first Indi¬an&...

Orissa Girl Sulagna Panigrahi in Mahesh Bhatt's Murder 2
Thursday, July 14, 2011

Report by Ashok Palit; Bhubaneswar: Sulagna Panigrahi, who made her debut on small screen with Sony TV's Amber Dhara and later featured in Zee TV's Do Saheliyaan - Kismat ki Kathputaliyaan and Star Plus's Bidaai, Sulagna Panigrahi was born and brought up in Bhubaneswar in her ear...

Bollywood actor Chandrachur Singh to act in Odia film Kemiti A Bandhan
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Report by Ashok Palit; Bhubaneswar: Bollywood star features in Odia cinema  is not new. Many hindi star have start opting For Odia cinema. Rakhee gulzar, Mithun Chakrabarty, Sadasib Amripurkar, Upasana Singh and recently Kashmira saha appeared in a iteam number in  Kies...

Ameen Sayani's "GEETMALA KI CHHAON MEIN" - Pack V the Best – and the Best of the Rest
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Report by Santanu Ganguly; New Delhi: Ameen produced, wrote and presented ‘GEETMALA’, the legendary Hindi film music countdown radio show, for almost 45 years. 'GEETMALA' remains the only credible yard-stick of popularity, from the 1950s till the 1990s. He has also interviewed, f...

Music Review: Maby Baking
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Album: Maby Baking
Artists: Supersonics -Ananda Sen, Rohan Ganguli, Nitin Mani & Avinash Chordia
Music Saregama, Price: Rs. 125/-
Music Reviewed by Santanu Ganguly

The Supersonics are planning to overthrow the world with their debut album ‘Maby Baking’. A Saregam...

Café Del Mar Gary B – Step Into The Sunshine
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Report by Santanu Ganguly; New Delhi: Long time we had to wait, to feel the sun, smell the sea breeze and chill on a white sanded beach... This new chill-mix show takes you right there, where u ever wanted to be... A musical journey for your mind, your body and your soul perfect ...

Album: Ragini MMS
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Music: Saregama, Price: Rs. 170/-
Review by Santanu Ganguly
The Ragini soundtrack is a perfect blend of modern and retro. The film features original chartbusting compositions by Faizan Hussain, Agnel Roman and Raaj music by Shamir Tandon, including the yesteryear's classic from film 'J...

Saregama India Ltd to launch the music of the classic film 'Hum Dono'
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Report by Santanu Ganguly; Mumbai: India's flagship music company and film production house, Saregama India Ltd, is all set to go back in time and re-launch the music of the classic film Hum Dono. The movie was a box office hit in Bollywood, produced and acted in by the legendary...

Saregama India launches Trinity – the finest hits of Tamil cinema’s ace film stars at Planet M, Express Avenue, Chennai
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Report by Santanu Ganguly; Chennai: Tamil cinema has completed 75 years of making history and the biggest names are still the Trinity – the three actors that first defined “stardom” – MGR, Shivaji Ganesan and Gemini Ganesan. And paying a tribute to them is Saregama’s first volume...

Best of by Poets of the Fall
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Finnish rockers Poets of the Fall - singer Marko, guitarist Olli and keyboardist Captain - started out their musical adventure from scratch in 2003. Marko sold everything he had to invest in pursuing the love of his life, music, with his buddies Olli and Captain. He moved into his folks' basement...

Album: Caravan-E-Ghazal
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Artist: Talat Aziz
Music: Saregama, Price: INR 175/-
Music Reviewed by Santanu Ganguly

Caravan-E-Ghazal is an anthology of Ghazals, which weaves together a selection from master poets of the Urdu language. Each Ghazal is introduced with recitation in verse by Salim Arif, which a...

Raj Balraj in capital for promotion of his album Ladaiyan
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Report by Santanu Ganguly; New Delhi: Recently Raj Balraj was in the Capital for the promotion of his album Ladaiyan.

Though many Punjabi singers have remained one album wonders the spirit of new artist are still hight and is they are talented like him then there is no lo...

Album: Sitare Zameen Par - Waheeda Rehman
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Artist: Various artists
Music: Saregama, Price: Rs.75 /- MP3
Music Reviewed by Santanu Ganguly

'Sitare Zameen Par' as a salute to Bollywood's living legends by making an album of their best hits. The last time they honored the legendary Dilip Kumar successfully and this year the...

Energetic Performances by Hrithik Roshan, Katrina Kaif, Farhan, Abhay enthralled cyber city...
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Report by Santanu Ganguly; Gurgaon: Star cast of movie Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara visited Ambience Mall, Gurgaon to promote their movie, where the stars talked with the media at PVR Gold Class and then they performed live amongst their fans at the atrium of the mall. The stars incl...

Manimala: A Forgotten Queen of Orissa celluloid world
Monday, July 11, 2011

Report by Ashok Palit; Bhubaneswar: True to her name, Manimala sparkled like a jewel in the firmament of Oriya celluloid world. Having already distinguish herself on stage for over two decades she entered into films in 1960 and was a tailblazer of her time. Manimala had no formal...

Orissa: Actress Priyadarshini Choudhury 'Priya' a perfect combination of beauty and talent
Sunday, July 10, 2011

Report by Ashok Palit; Bhubaneswar: Priyadarshini Choudhury popularly known as Priya is an upcoming actress of Oriya Cinema. She possesses everything that a winner requires. A fair amount talent, an attractive face and a breath taking figure. A perfect combination of beauty and t...

Orissa: Mahasweta Ray the ultimate versatile actresses of Odia Cinema
Friday, July 08, 2011

Report by Ashok Palit; Bhubaneswar: Mahasweta Ray has acted in nearly 50 Odia films during an illustrious career spanning over 35 years. A native of Puri district, Mahasweta had been a leading actor both in Odia and Bengali film industry. Noted for her versatility and acknowledge...

Mahesh Bhupati, Lara Dutta & Vinay Pathak promotes their movie Chalo Dilli at PVR Rivoli
Friday, July 08, 2011

Report by Santanu Ganguly; New Delhi: Mahesh Bhupati, Lara Dutta and Vinay Pathak promoted their ready to release movie at PVR Rivoli at Connaught Place, New Delhi.  A press conference was organised at PVR Rivoli where the trio interacted with the media and talked about thei...

Shah Rukh Khan Launches First Theatrical Promo of 'Ra.One' at PVR Cinemas
Friday, July 08, 2011
Report by Santanu Ganguly; Gurgaon: Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan aka King Khan today launched the first theatrical promo of his highly anticipated movie - 'Ra.One' at PVR Cinemas, Ambience Mall, Gurgaon. Earlier in the day he had also launched the trailer at PVR Cinemas, Chand...
Orissa: Babusan, Arachita starrer movie CHOCOLATE to be release on August 4
Friday, July 08, 2011

Report by Ashok Palit; Bhubaneswar: After a long interval Falcon Movies going to present their  second venture CHOCOLATE, earlier Falcon Movies  had  produced a success Movie Kandhei Akhire Luha directed by Rabi Kinagi. The new film Chocolate is being slated to be ...

Orissa: Manmohan Mahapatra to direct Rahul Bose, Nandita Das, Dia Mirza in film 'Bits and Pieces'
Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Report by Ashok Palit; Bhubaneswar: Director from Orissa, Manmohan Mahapatra, sets his next film in Orissa and in the outskirts of West Bengal. The story, which Mahapatra has conceived and then scripted follows reputed writer Arindam. He is fascinated by a news item on a lunatic ...

Orissa: The Village in the Films of Manmohan Mahapatra
Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Bhubaneswar: Manmohan Mahapatra  has established himself as one of India's finest filmmakers and won international acclaim for his elven feature films characterised by technical excellence and artistic beauty and noted for their extraordinary originality in ...

Orissa: Odia actress Anu Choudhary stepped in to Bollywood through Hindi movie NIRVANA13
Tuesday, July 05, 2011
Report by Ashok Palit; Bhubaneswar: Anu Choudhary is the quintessential  girl  next door who sets our hearts aflutter with her cheerful disposition and acting prowess. Anu, who has been a part of the  Odia film industry since 12 years  now stepped in to  Bol...
An interview with noted Odia film maker Ghanashyam Mohapatra
Monday, July 04, 2011

Ghanashyam Mohapatra, Producer -Director is a graduate in Science with DISTINCTION and a DIPLOMA HOLDER IN CINEMATOGRAPHY WITH FIRST CLASS from SJ. POLYTECHNIC, Bangalore in 1955-58 devoting himself to the making of purposeful documentaries on subjects like MOTHER & CHILD, FA...

Odia Film maker Ganesh Jew passes away
Monday, July 04, 2011

Report by Ashok Palit; Bhubaneswar: Baripada based film producer Ganesh  Jew breathed his last in Baripada Main hospital on 3JULY,2011 AT 7.30 AM AT THE AGE OF 79.

Mr Jews tarted his career as a pharmasit in  Health Department of  Government of  Odi...

Odia director Manmohan Mahapatra directs Hindi film 'Bit and Pieces'
Sunday, July 03, 2011

Report by Ashok Palit; Bhubaneswar: National award-winning Oriya director Manmohan Mahapatra directs first Hindi film Bits & Pieces. Manmohan Mahapatra , founder of Odia new wave cinema has been directed eleven Odia cinema.

Bits 'N' Pieces , is ready for distribution...

Devdasi dance Academy by re-experiencing the marvelous traditions of Orissa culture
Sunday, July 03, 2011

Report by Ashok Palit; Bhubaneswar: Cuttack  based institution Devdasi dance Academy by re-experiencing  the marvelous but dying traditions of Orissa culture and heritage , art and craft  trying to stage monumental cultural shows in regular interval, each focusing ...

Trupti Das to get Ruchi Kalaa Samman
Saturday, July 02, 2011
Cuttack: Eminent singer Trupti Das will be awarded the Ruchi Kalaa Samman this year for her dedicated life long contribution to the field of Odia music. The award will be handed to the singer at at the 36th foundation day function of the Ruchi Udyog to be organised at its factory pr...
Orissa: Shooting of Mane Rahib A Prem Kahani started in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Report by Ashok Palit; Bhubaneswar: The shooting of MANE RAHIB A PREM KAHANI  took off in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar with the lead cast Rudra, Rajdeep, Rupali, Ashrumochan, Samaresh, Puspa Panda, Rai Charan Das.

This film is being produced under the banner of S.K. Film...
Orissa: Noted Ollywood director and producer Basant Nayak passes away
Monday, June 27, 2011

Report by Ashok Palit; Bhubaneswar: Bhubaneswar, Veteran Oriya filmmaker, director and distributor Basanta Nayak died at a hospital here Monday after prolonged illness. He was 74.

He is survived by his wife, three sons and a daughter. His last rites are likely to be pe...

Facts & Figure about National Award for Odia Film
Monday, June 27, 2011

Report by Ashok Palit; Bhubaneswar: Facts & Figure about National Award for Odia Film (In Regional category).

Sl. No. Year Name of the Film  Award
1. 1960 Sri Lokanatha President Silver Medal
2.  1961 Nuabou &nbs...

Sabyachi, Arachita starrer 'Kebe Tume Naahha Kebe Mu Naahi' to release on August
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Report by Ashok Palit; Bhubaneswar: Kebe  Tume Naahha   Kebe  Mu Naahi: FTI   qualified Editor Chakradhara Sahoo always prefer to name his film from the old popular Odia film song. Chakradhar's production banner Silver Screen Production first film was “...
Orissa: Jayadeb Award prize money hike to one lakh
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Report by Ashok Palit; Bhubaneswar: After one decade Govt of Odisha culture department has amend State film Awards Rule-1989.Earlier the total prize money was confined around one lakh ten thousand now under the Odisha state film awards-2010 the total prize money  will be Rs.5,0...
Orissa: Seventy-Five Years of Oriya Cinema
Friday, June 24, 2011

By Ashok Palit; Bhubaneswar:  It was in the year 1934, a pious man of Puri Mohan Sundar Dev Goswami fist mooted the idea of producing in Oriya Film. Then Orissa lacked the basic infrastructural facilities for the production of film. Neither a good director was their nor...

Orissa: Ollywood rocks during Rajo Festival
Friday, June 24, 2011

Report by Ashok Palit; Bhubaneswar: Odia Cinema  producer always  prefer to released their movie  during Makar Sankranti in January  or in June  during Rajo festival. This year on the eve of Rajo  festival three films KIEA SE DAKUCHI  KEUNTHI MO...

Gulzar joins Yash Chopra & A.R. Rahman
Monday, June 20, 2011

Mumbai: After the announcement of Yash Chopra's collaboration for his next directorial venture with music maestro A. R. Rahman, comes the news that Gulzar will join in to complete the musical ensemble.

"Though he has been associated with Yash Raj Films earlier, this is th...

Ricky Bahl strikes Lucknowi style
Sunday, June 19, 2011

Mumbai: Shooting in the heartland of India, Ricky Bahl makes his move in true Lucknowi style on an unsuspecting girl!

Lead star, Ranveer Singh, plots his strategy as he trails his next victim, Aditi Sharma in a crowded market place in Lucknow. Is this his next victim as h...

Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge release shifted to Oct 14 to capitalise on pre-Diwali lean period
Friday, June 17, 2011

Mumbai: Yash Raj Films' 2nd production 'Mujshe Fraaandship Karoge', directed by Nupur Asthana and produced by Ashish Patil, has shifted its release date to October 14th.

The film features a rocking desi-rock soundtrack by one of India's most popular musicians Raghu Dixit ...

CBFC launches Online Film Certification
Tuesday, June 14, 2011

New Delhi: The Central Board of Film Certification promised to bring in more transparency in their operations and usher in a change from film certification to classification process that would enable film makers to reach out to a target audience group. This was stated by the new ...

Zee TV presents The Biggest Ever Historical Magnum Opus Shobha Somnath Ki
Monday, June 13, 2011

New Delhi: Following the glorious success of its immensely popular primetime show Jhansi Ki Rani, India's leading entertainment channel Zee TV carries on its legacy of bringing viewers the most impactful stories from India's rich history.
Reopening a remarkable c...

Hero Honda Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Li'l champs: The Show That Rocks The Nation Is Here!
Monday, June 13, 2011

Mumbai: With summers beating us down with intense heat, India's favorite family entertainer, "Hero Honda Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Li'l champs" will present some respite with its "All new Cool Avatar." It premieres on Friday June 3rd 2011 at 10 pm on Zee TV. After a talent scout across the ...

Yash Raj Films partners with YouTube to launch YouTube Box Office in India
Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Mumbai: A press release from YouTube said all netizens in India have more reasons to rejoice as YouTube is introducing a new destination for all the movie buffs titled 'YouTube Box Office'. This exclusive channel will feature a premium block buster movie every month absolutely fr...

Radio Choklate 104 FM organized Grand Finale of Orchestra Mahasangram
Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Report by Orissa Diary correspondent; Bhubaneswar: Grand Finale of Orchestra Mahasangram organized by Radio Choklate 104 FM, Odisha's Apna No.1 FM Station, on the occasion of their 4th anniversary was held at Utkal Mandap, Bhubaneswar on June 5th, Sunday. 

This i...

Orissa: Youth with Exception: Vows for Greenery
Monday, June 06, 2011
Report by Ananta Prasad; Bhubaneswar: more than hundreds of youth Volunteers set an example before all in the capital city with a noble cause. Voluntarily they created awareness for going green. People from different spheres joined them for creating awareness for safe keeping of our...
Music Review: Tere Ishq Nachaya
Sunday, June 05, 2011
Artist: Vikram Singh Sahwney
Album: Universal Music Group 
Review by Santanu Ganguly
An evening dedicated to Sufi music. ‘TERE ISHQ NACHAYA’ marks the debut of Vikram Singh Sahwney, a disciple of Sufi...
The music album is composed keeping in mind the likes of the music lovers-Akriti Kakar
Sunday, June 05, 2011
Report by Santanu Ganguly; New Delhi: Singer Akriti Kakar is well-known to go on a world tour with music maestros Kalyan Ji and Anand ji in her childhood. But that’s not why she is in the news these days. The talented young singer Akriti Kakar has launched her very first namesake mu...
Music Review: Soni Meri Sheraanwali
Sunday, June 05, 2011

Album: Soni Meri Sheraanwali
Artist: Rahul Sharma, Gurman & Priyamvada
Music: T Series
Music review by Santanu Ganguly

The album has been brought out by T-Series and is in audio CDs, VCDs and Cassettes. The album consists of eight devotional numbers like Soni Meri She...

Saregama Kids in association with Choco Lait Kidz releases “Sweet Values
Sunday, June 05, 2011

Report by Santanu Ganguly; New Delhi: Saregama Kids in association with Choco Lait Kidz releases “Sweet Values” with Darsheel Safary

Saregama, India’s leading entertainment company continues its epic journey in audiovisual edutainment content for children with the launch ...

Music Review: Neha The Rockstar
Sunday, June 05, 2011

Album: Neha The Rockstar
Artist: Neha Kakkar
Music: Meet Bros Music Co., Price: INR 99/-
Music reviewed by Santanu Ganguly

Neha The Rockstar has eight foot tapping and extremely melodious songs written and composed by Tony K, who makes his debut with this album. Meet brot...

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