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What's your go-to plan when your friends ditch you for the dinner you have been planning for ages? We are sure you, just like us, catch up with your favourite web series. OTT platforms have changed the whole idea of how we consume entertainment now, at least for a section of people and soon, we will see the OTT platforms have completely penetrated into our daily routines. With big names being a part of the web series, the similarity quotient has come in to play and people have got interest in watching original content which is just a click away. Many celebs are now trying to explore the web space and are not shying away from experimenting. Now, we have Akshay Kumar who is at the top of his game and he too is entering into the web arena. The revolution has begun as somebody of the stature of 'Khiladi' Kumar finally signed a deal with Abundantia Entertainment for a mutli-seasoned series, 'The End'. For all Akshay Kumar fans, it's sort of a win-win situation as they will get to see him on the big screen and on their laptop screens too. When Akshay announced that he will be part of 'The End', fans went crazy. MensXP got in touch with the producer of Akshay Kumar's upcoming web series 'The End', Vikram Malhotra, to know more details about this collaboration. © Abundantia Entertainment Akshay and Vikram have, in the past, collaborated on films like 'Airlift', 'Baby', 'Toilet – Ek Prem Katha', 'Special 26', and 'OMG - Oh My God'. We asked Vikram how is it different when it comes to web series. On this, Vikram told us, "Akshay and I have enjoyed a tremendous relationship built on mutual respect and alignment of creative and production sensibility and most importantly, it's the fundamental desire of story telling which is always attempting to break the mould or be a breaker of the genres that are conventional that we are part of. Having been a part of diverse films in a span of a year, so this was the time to take things to the next level. Working with him, I have learnt that what appeals him about stories and story telling is that he would always want to do something new and push the bar each time that he comes out for work. Therefore, the plan of doing an original series came to existence which in turn was genesis of 'The End'." Digging into more details, we told him that one of the reports claim that the show will have three seasons. Wondering if it's true or not, we asked him to clarify these reports. He said, "I will confirm to you that it's a multi-seasoned show and number of seasons can only be confirmed after we see how the story is progressing." Feeding to our curiosity, he said, "It's in the action adventure thriller space. It's a uniquely Indian story with human emotions and will surely connect with the audience across the country." Interestingly, Vikram's last venture 'Breathe' on Amazon Prime did pretty well. Cinema buffs appreciated the show for its originality and power-packed performances. Further into the conversation, we asked him that how does he see the change of A-Listers like Akshay venturing into the web space and giving it a broader outlook. "For us and foremost, it's about which actor fits the role which we have envisaged. If that actor happens to be from film world and therefore demands recognition, attention and love from their wider audience, it becomes a win win situation for all. I will tell you why it makes sense. OTT platforms are relatively new in India despite all the clutter and craze around them. For the lower strata of people to consume the content on these platforms, it's important for them to see a familiar face so that they get a reassurance about the value for their time and money they spent on the platform. As far as my shows are concerned, I am proud to say that no one could have pulled up the role of Danny Mascarenhas and Kabir Sawant better than R Madhavan and Amit Sadh respectively. Similarly, we see Abhishek Bachchan not only as a star moving to the OTT world making his digital debut but somebody who will elevate the role that he has in 'Breathe 2' significantly. When it comes to reigning superstar like Akshay Kumar, it is truly the gripping point because now you have someone who has millions of fans across the globe and he will be available in an original web series. I am checking at my end and I am sure that nowhere in the world you see a current reigning star for an original series as a lead," said Vikram. Considering Akshay always has a line-up of movies and now a full-fledged web series, wondering how has he been able to manage it at all? Well, if you have known Akshay, you would know that his discipline sets him apart from the rest of the industry and he puts in his 100% to the project that he gets into. Well, Vikram also thinks the same and told us, "If it comes to taking a toll and requiring to do hard work or being committed and disciplined, there's no better example than this man in our industry. Akshay's dedication, commitment and ability to push harder are the clear factors with which he becomes an obvious choice for the original web series, especially when the commitment is multi-seasoned. Not only he is doing three to four films a year but they are mostly high quality and highly conceptual which are not only doing well in terms of the creative appreciation but also at the box office. He is successfully managing it." After talking about Akshay and the whole revolution bit, our conversation panned into discussing some technicalities about the OTT platforms. How different are these platforms from each other, considering all the parameters -- recovery of the money spent, audience reach and the budget? Explaining us the concept behind it, he told us, "To begin with, they are completely different ecosystems and they are different not only because they are consumed differently but they are created differently. The technology that enables production, distribution and consumption is completely different. Secondly, how do you recover money is different as well because they are commissioned shows we are talking about. The audience reach is ever expanding and these are the future mediums and the control of what the viewer watches is entirely in the hands of the viewer. It's smaller than the conventional medium but if you are following the growth, you would know that an explosion is waiting to happen and it soon will become the primary medium of entertainment. Talking about budget, you can't put a generic number on it as it totally depends on many factors." With this, we were almost on the end of our conversation. We have seen Vikram's production house Abundantia creating a mark in both film space as well as online space. Taking the massive reach of 'Breathe', we asked him about the growth of Abundantia in the digital space. "Based on the building blocks that Abundantia was created on, we pay a lot of attention to what our audiences want and we take immense pride in collaborating with progressive storytellers who put lot of efforts and focus in creating content that connects with the audience. Abundantia realized this medium as the future of our industry as early as possible in 2015 when none of these big streaming platforms were available in the Indian market. We are building a separate unit that only focuses on the digital aspect. We have 'Breathe 2' coming up, 'The End' is in the production and many other shows are underway," answered Malhotra. © Abundantia Entertainment Before we finally ended the conversation, we asked him something that will be surely of your use. Yes, we asked him when the second season of 'Breathe 2' will be aired. "We have one last lap left for Breathe 2 and according to my sense, it should be out by next year," shared Vikram and signed off with a promise that he will keep us posted about the shows. Are you excited for 'The End' and 'Breathe 2'?
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsFalling in love with the right person and then getting married to the love of your life is a blessing not everyone is graced with in their lives. Sonam K Ahuja and Anand Ahuja's wedding last year was surely a grand affair. From the starry guest list to the very first picture of the newlyweds, everything was just perfect. The bigwigs of Bollywood didn't only make their presence felt at one of the biggest weddings of 2018 but actively participated in all the functions. From Salman Khan to Shah Rukh Khan, everyone celebrated the big day with the Kapoors. They walked the aisle on May 8, 2018, and this year, the lovebirds will be celebrating their first wedding anniversary. View this post on Instagram that smile is everything! ð #everydayphenomenal A post shared by anand s ahuja (@anandahuja) on Jun 9, 2018 at 2:28pm PDT If one remembers correctly, Sonam and Anand had to cancel their honeymoon plans because the actor had prior commitments. What if we tell you that, this time is no different? MensXP got in touch with Anand Ahuja to know more about their first wedding anniversary plans and guess what? Sonam is busy again with her erratic and hectic schedules. When we asked Anand what has he planned for his wife, he cracked up and said, "It's funny. Sonam is always messing on my plans. Last year, she had canned right after the wedding. We didn't do a honeymoon. We did a really short one in Japan. This year, we were again planning to go to Japan but then her 'Zoya Factor' schedule is there and it has changed a bit. We are not going in June but we will go after her birthday. We are so fortunate that with our schedules, we travel so much and get to spend time. We will be in London for the anniversary. London is a little break for her. We will surely do a Japan trip at the end of the year." We wonder what Sonam has to say to this? View this post on Instagram ...Time to eat in @discoverLA! ð Getting down w a cool, vegetarian -friendly restaurants in town: @salazarfrogtown! ð#ComeFeeltheLove #everydayphenomenal A post shared by anand s ahuja (@anandahuja) on Jan 20, 2019 at 12:24am PST We all know Sonam is an uber fashionista and doesn't go wrong with her fashion choices. Both Anand and Sonam have been setting the bar high with their individual fashion sense. From their airport looks to their red carpet style, everything is just to the point and perfect according to the occasion. On Twitter and Instagram, people tag them as one of the most glam couples and we do agree with it. When we asked Anand about the tag they are given, he told us, "It's more Sonam. Whenever you are with your partner, you just gain more confidence. We have just amazing stylists. Everyone in her family be it Anil Kapoor or her mom, they all are style icons." View this post on Instagram âð¼ð®ð¹ A post shared by anand s ahuja (@anandahuja) on Sep 24, 2018 at 10:58am PDT Before we parted ways, we gave him a suggestion saying that a book should be written on the two of them with a tagline - 'A couple that travels in sneakers'. Anand agreed with us saying, "We actually do travel in sneakers. Now, she has a couple of sneakers and she pairs it everything now." On this note, we wish the two a Happy Wedding Anniversary well in advance.
Smriti Mandhana Spills The Beans On Her Real-Life Secrets In Hilarious 'Quirky Questions Quiz'
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsEver since making her debut in 2013, Smriti Mandhana has come a long way to becoming a vital cog in the Indian women's cricket team. On the back of consistent performances, the left-hander has become one of the batting mainstays for her side across the formats. Her majestic strokeplay and ability to mould her innings have been the prime reasons why she is India's preferred opener. Such has been her batting performances that, in February, Mandhana became the world's no. 1 batswoman in One-Day Internationals (ODIs). She is also placed sixth in the list of top batswoman in Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is). One of the key members of the Indian women's team, the youngster has aided her side in crunch situations more often, than not. © Red Bull The 22-year-old's outstanding achievements in cricket also earned her the coveted Arjuna Award in 2018. In the same year, the International Cricket Council (ICC) also awarded her the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award for the best female cricketer of 2018. She was also named the ODI Player of the Year in 2018. While Mandhana's batting might has been well known around the globe, she has successfully managed to keep her personal life under wraps all this while. But, not anymore. In one of its first, the Red Bull athlete took the 'Quirky Questions Quiz' and spilt the beans on her real-life secrets. Q. If you had one hour left on Earth what would you do? A. Half an hour batting and the other half with my friends and family. Q. If you were not a cricketer what would you be? A. I would be a chef. It's been a long time I've been cooking. Earlier, I used to get time to cook. And, I've also taken classes of cooking Punjabi dishes. I use to love making paneer tikka masala and all. Q. What are the destinations on your travel bucket list? A. Right now, Switzerland and Austria. Q. What do you do on your day offs? A. I love sleeping and watching movies. Q. One cricketer you want to partner with? A. Australian captain Meg Lanning. I really admire her batting and it would be great to bat alongside her. Q. A well-kept locker room secret? A. If it's a secret well kept, it should be well kept in the locker room only. Q. What are you scared of the most? A. Crossing the road scares me the most. And, I also can't watch horror movies at all. Q. Pineapple on pizza? A. No, not at all.
Ranveer Spills The Beans On Why Deepika Was Seen Blessing Them At The 'Simmba' Success Party
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsLast year ended on a great note for Ranveer Singh and Rohit Shetty, with the grand success of their film 'Simmba' at the box office. In order to celebrate the mega feat, director Rohit Shetty, producer Karan Johar and actor Ranveer Singh got together to throw a success party for the team and fellow friends in the industry. View this post on Instagram I think i know what you're talking about @itsrohitshetty ððððð A post shared by Karan Johar (@karanjohar) on Jan 7, 2019 at 10:24am PST However, amongst all the gazillion photos from the party that surfaced on social media, one particular snap, in particular, went viral on social media. The picture was first shared by producer Karan Johar on his Instagram stories with a caption that read, “Good luck blessings”. In it, we can see Deepika Padukone holding out her hand over their bowed heads in the gesture of blessing the trio, which included husband Ranveer, 'Simmba' director Rohit Shetty and producer Karan Johar. View this post on Instagram She blessed us down and she blessed them up too ððð#deepikapadukone A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Jan 7, 2019 at 11:58am PST Netizens took a great interest in the picture which soon went viral, and speculations over the intention of the act began surfacing on social media. However, when Ranveer himself was asked to comment on the real reason behind the picture during the trailer launch interview of Ranveer's upcoming film with Alia Bhatt, 'Gully Boy', he explained that the trio was seeking the blessings of Ranveer's “lady luck” who is also the “Lakshmi who has come home”. Ranveer also told Pinkvilla, that right before the said picture was taken, his friends were talking about Ranveer's “lady luck”, and how “Lakshmi (as in the Goddess of wealth) has come home”. So, the trio felt that they should take Lakshmi's blessings. He also added that, “So, she blessed us and we did that and it was a cute moment.”
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsYou have read her name in headlines all this week, you have seen her trending on all social media platforms and you know you have already stalked her on Instagram, but there is very little that is known about Harleen Sethi, a gorgeous woman with immense talent inculcated in her. View this post on Instagram But "just friends" don't look at each other like that ð #justsaying #aankhonhiaankhonmein #indianwedding #ranipink #anitadongre #gotapatti A post shared by Harleen Sethi (@itsharleensethi) on Sep 21, 2018 at 8:25am PDT Just like most people on the internet, our curiosity got the best of us and we finally got to speak to the beautiful woman herself. I had a few questions in mind before we talked, you know how you try do a bit of Google search, gather whatever little information you can, wondering how the celebrity in question will be like. We hit it off well from the word 'Hello' because first of all, similar names you see, and secondly, Harleen comes across as a very warm person. My first obvious question was that how did acting happened to this pretty woman. Harleen spoke about the days when she was a dancer and during one of the projects where she was a dancer, she got the offer to do an ad film. Then one thing led to another and before she knew it, she had already done over 50 to 70 odd ad films. View this post on Instagram Yours truly 'à¤«à¤¼à¥à¤²'ing it ðºð»(Part 1) Directed by @niteshtiwari22 Choreography @caesar2373 Music by @ameet_trivedi Shot by @tapanbasu Styling by @urvashishah99 And all this for @zee5 #zee5 #feel A post shared by Harleen Sethi (@itsharleensethi) on Feb 16, 2018 at 10:27pm PST View this post on Instagram My first project down South with the heart-throb Dulquer Salmaan..directed by the lovely @bhanuprakasan #anotherfirst #goingsouth #malabardevelopers #architect #dubbed #southfilmindustry #dulquersalmaan #harleensethi A post shared by Harleen Sethi (@itsharleensethi) on Jul 23, 2017 at 11:53pm PDT Harleen never dabbled with dramatics and here she was, becoming a rising star in the ad world and being noticed for not just her looks and stellar dance, but the confidence she could ooze on the screen. She is currently being seen on ALT Balaji's web series titled 'Broken But Beautiful', which Harleen explains is about how two broken people , who are stuck in time in their respective ways, meet and end up being a mirror for the other person. The love story is a mature, complicated and a layered one which takes you on a journey of its own. View this post on Instagram Yeh Kya Hua â¤ When i heard @shreyaghoshal was going to be singing for me I was over the moon.. Still am!!! Show releases on 27th Nov at 1pm on @altbalaji #BrokenButBeautiful #2daystogo #AltBalajiOriginal A post shared by Harleen Sethi (@itsharleensethi) on Nov 24, 2018 at 11:33pm PST I asked her about the kind of roles she'd like to take up and if there was any role she'd love to do and she was quick to add that she is a fan of women-centric roles and Alia's role in 'Raazi' would be something she'd have loved to take up. Amongst the name of directors who she really wants to work with, Imtiaz Ali , Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane are on top of the list. Moving to her favourite actors she'd like to share the screen with, Ranbir Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Ayushmann Khurrana and Vicky Kaushal made it to Harleen's list. View this post on Instagram I am. Photographer ð· @amitverma_in A post shared by Harleen Sethi (@itsharleensethi) on Nov 21, 2018 at 10:09pm PST When Vicky's name came, I had to address the elephant in the room so I was quite eager to ask about the rumours doing the rounds about this wonderful lady being the special someone in B-town's eligible bachelor Vicky Kaushal's life. For some context, the handsome actor was on Neha Dhupia's show where he was asked to dedicate a song for Harleen and he was quick to sing Diljit's 'Do You Know'. View this post on Instagram He's self obsessed and we are obsessed with him. Hear @vickykaushal09 at his most wicked best on #nofilterneha only on @saavn Co produced by @wearebiggirl ð link in bio âï¸ A post shared by Neha Dhupia (@nehadhupia) on Nov 22, 2018 at 1:28am PST Naturally, I had to ask her if she could throw some light and put our curious minds to rest because there are girls who have their hearts broke thinking about Vicky not being single, and then there are boys who have realised that Harleen is their latest crush and are already crushed wondering if she is not single as well! She of course has a hearty laugh (that too a melodious, musical one), and then spills the beans on their 'bond'. 'We share a good bond, there is a kind of comfort level we have that is wonderful', she says. I ask her if she would dedicate a song for him, so she adds that Diljit's 'Putt Jatt Da' would describe him well. If you're wondering how did they meet, well, they met at a party, through common friends and connected instantly. Well, that's exactly how love stories blossom in today's age after all! We can't wait for the two 'close friends' to work together in a project soon and let their natural chemistry reflect on the screen.