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- Jun 06, 2018
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"Sapne dekhna toh basic hota hai, itna toh sabko allowed hona chahiye"

Bringing back the Dangal fame Zaira Wasim along with Aamir Khan, this highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2017, Secret Superstar narrates the story of a young girl who dreams to be a singer but faces several restrictions from her conservative and abusive father, until she meets a musician who can make her dreams come true. The film features Zaira Wasim, Aamir Khan, Meher Vij and Raj Arjun in lead roles and is written and directed by Advait Chandan and produced by Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao. After breaking several records globally, the film will telecast on Zee Cinema, Home of Blockbusters on Sunday, 24th June at 3pm.

Secret Superstar tells the story of Insiya (Zaira Wasim) a fifteen-year-old Vadodara-based girl who has a great talent for singing and dreams of becoming a famous singer. Insiya’s father (Raj Arjun) is a typical patriarch who only loves his son and wants his daughter to be confined to the house but her mother (Meher Vij) is supportive. Insiya records a song while disguising herself in a niqab and uploads the video on YouTube under the name of 'Secret Superstar'. She becomes an overnight sensation and grabs the attention of Shakti Kumaarr (Aamir Khan), who is a talented but is an obnoxious music director who was once a successful singer. The film shows showcases her journey of fulfilling her dream by overcoming various emotional hurdles with grit, determination, willpower and the help of her mentor and guide Shakti Kumaarr.

Watch ‘Secret Superstar’ on Sunday, 24th June at 3pm only on Zee Cinema

Instagram has unveiled a new video service where people can post content up to an hour in length

Instagram launched IGTV at an event in San Francisco featuring many of the Instagram creators who’ll make IGTV great.

This move will put Instagram’s content in competition with YouTube, which uses programs like YouTube Creators to support its community of video makers.

Here is what Kevin Systrom, Co-Founder & CEO said during the launch

Today, we have two big announcements to share. First, Instagram is now a global community of one billion! Since our launch in 2010, we’ve watched with amazement as the community has flourished and grown. This is a major accomplishment — so from all of us at Instagram, thank you!

Second, we’re announcing our most exciting feature to date: IGTV, a new app for watching long-form, vertical video from your favorite Instagram creators, like LaurDIY posting her newest project or King Bach sharing his latest comedy skit. While there’s a stand-alone IGTV app, you’ll also be able to watch from within the Instagram app so the entire community of one billion can use it from the very start.Teens are now watching 40 percent less TV than they did five years ago,"It's time for video to move forward and evolve."

IGTV is different in a few ways. First, it’s built for how you actually use your phone, so videos are full screen and vertical. Also, unlike on Instagram, videos aren’t limited to one minute. Instead, each video can be up to an hour long.

We’ve made it simple, too. Just like turning on the TV, IGTV starts playing as soon as you open the app. You don’t have to search to start watching content from people you already follow on Instagram and others you might like based on your interests. You can swipe up to discover more — switch between “For You,” “Following,” “Popular” and “Continue Watching.” You can also like, comment and send videos to friends in Direct.

Also like TV, IGTV has channels. But, in IGTV, the creators are the channels. When you follow a creator on Instagram, their IGTV channel will show up for you to watch. Anyone can be a creator — you can upload your own IGTV videos in the app or on the web to start your own channel.

Instagram has always been a place to connect with the people who inspire, educate and entertain you every day. With your help, IGTV begins a new chapter of video on Instagram. We hope it brings you closer to the people and things you love.

Tech firms such as Facebook,YouTube and Snap Inc's Snapchat have been spending heavily to grow mobile video services that will attract both users and corporate brand advertising.

IGTV will be rolling out globally over the next few weeks on Android and iOS.

In a love story of a sportsman set in Bareilly, Vineet Kuma Singh plays a Kshatriya boxer who falls in love with a deaf-mute Brahmin woman. Co-produced and directed by National Film Award winner Anurag Kashyap, Mukkabaaz was screened at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and the 2017 Mumbai Film Festival.

Starring Vineet Kumar Singh, Zoya Hussain, Ravi Kishan and Jimmy Sheirgill in the lead, the movie is all set for its World Television Premiere on &pictures, Naye India Ka Blockbuster Movie Channel, on Saturday, 23rd June 2018 at 8pm.

Set in the backdrop of the misery of the middle class, the movie has a generous blend of love & humor and captures the banter between a father-son and a husband-wife relation. A film that highlights the existing politics of caste and sports, Mukkabaaz also takes a bold and brave dig on the system and hypocrisies prevalent in the society.

Anurag Kashyap, the man behind gritty dramas exploring the dark worlds of criminals, said he has learnt that the way to an Indian cine goer's heart is through a love story. "I have learnt that in India whatever you have to say, say it through a love story. This is what people understand. This is my first full love story," said Anurag Kashyap.

The film is a sharp social commentary on the battles that Shravan Singh (Vineet Kumar Singh), a common man who dares to have a spine has to fight for his love and boxing career. Out of the many battles that Shravan has to face, one is with a local goon named Bhagwan Das Mishra (Jimmy Sheirgill) who also heads the State Boxing Federation. A war breaks out between the two when Shravan falls in love with Bhagwan's feisty, mute niece Sunaina Mishra (Zoya Hussain). Bhagwan Das is determined to sabotage Shravan’s boxing career as well as keep him away from his niece. The story follows Shravan's struggle towards fulfilling his dream and winning his love while facing hardships in form of uphill classism and corruption of the Boxing Federation which is heightened by the political atmosphere of Uttar Pradesh.

Vineet Kumar Singh who plays the lead said, “Mukkabaaz is about a boxer who wants to make a name for himself in the industry. The movie talks about his journey by portraying the various issues and difficulties a sports person has to overcome to taste success in India. According to me, the film has been made out of pure passion, and with the intention to reveal the lesser known truth about young and passionate sportsmen of our country. We only hear of winner stories, but this movie goes out to those talented sportsmen who never make it because of various reasons that pose as a hindrance for them.”

Will Shravan Singh win his lady love and make a career for himself in boxing?

To find out, tune-in to watch the World Television Premiere of Mukkabaaz on Saturday, 23rd June 2018 at 8pm only on &pictures!

The channel is also set to telecast the popular film – Spiderman Homecoming (Tamil)

Leading Tamil General Entertainment Channel(GEC)- Zee Tamil is all set to make this Sunday exciting with the announcement of 2 blockbuster films – the super-hero action film Spiderman Homecoming (Tamil) and crime-thriller Kuttram 23 that will be telecasted exclusively on Zee Tamil and Zee Tamil HD.

Begin your Sunday with the Tamil-dubbed telecast of the superhit film – Spiderman Homecoming (Tamil) at 10:30 AM. In the film, Spiderman begins with the return of Peter Parker to his high school where he is kept under watch by his Aunt May and his new-found mentor Tony Stark aka Iron Man. The story follows his journey as Peter tries to fall back into his daily routine as a regular teenager and finds himself on a trail of a new menace prowling the skies of New York City.

The excitement continues with the World Television Premiere of popular action-thriller film Kuttram 23 at 3:30 PM. Directed by Arivazhagan Venkatachalam, ‘Kuttram 23’ is adapted from a book written by the crime novel specialist ‘Rajesh Kumar’. The story revolves around Veetrimaran IPS(Arun Vijay), a young and a dedicated cop in Chennai, who is assigned a case of a missing women which turns into a double murder case. The case becomes murkier as his family get involved and he is pushed against time to solve the case. The pack of enthusiastic actors who deliver sparkling performances is sure to entrall the audiences and keep you gripped onto the edge of your seats till the end.

Tune in to watch Spiderman Homecoming and Kuttram 23 on Sunday, 24th June at 10:30 and 3:30 PM, only on Zee Tamil and Zee Tamil HD

L’Oréal announced the appointment of Amit Jain as its India Managing Director, effective August 01, 2018.

He succeeds Jean-Christophe Letellier who after 5 years in the role, will take on an important position within the L’Oréal group.

Amit Jain will be L’Oréal India’s first Indian Managing Director. His career spans over 30 years with renowned companies across countries such as ICI, Coca Cola, Viacom and Akzo Nobel. In his last role, Amit held the position of Managing Director, North-West Europe for Akzo Nobel, based in Amsterdam.

“I’d like to thank Jean-Christophe Letellier who in the past 5 years has made a remarkable contribution to the success of L’Oréal India. Under his leadership, the country experienced significant sales growth, revolutionized digital and e-commerce platforms, and achieved ambitious targets in skill development and environmental sustainability”, said Pierre-Yves Arzel, Vice President - South Asia Pacific Zone, L’Oréal.

“We believe that Amit’s rich global experience with a deep understanding of India, transformational leadership skills and inclusive personality will be an important asset in further developing L’Oréal’s business in India. His mission is to build on our rich talent base and global brands, to make L’Oréal India an engine for growth in Asia. We welcome Amit to the L’Oréal family and wish him all the best.”

Amit will also look after Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal. He will report to Pierre-Yves Arzel, Vice President - South Asia Pacific Zone and additionally to Jochen Zaumseil – Vice President, APAC.

Amit holds a MBA from the Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) and has done an Advanced Management Program from the Wharton Business School. Amit supports wildlife conservation and literacy for underprivileged children.

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