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Mythology and fantasy are two of the most-watched genres in cinema. While epics take us back in time, fantasy transports us into the world of imagination. The blend of both makes for a unique watch as two different worlds are weaved in together by a great script. Zee Cinema, World’s Largest Theatre for Hindi Movies, brings one such visual experience with the premiere of ‘Nagvanshi’ on Saturday, 19th August at 9 PM. After its theatrical release in Kannada, Nagvanshi will premiere for the first time on Indian television in Hindi.

The highlight of the movie is the digital recreation of the popular yesteryear actor Late Dr.Vishnuvardhan. Using the latest head replacement technology, he plays a pivotal role of a mythical king. The Bahubali fame visual effects company, Makuta VFX reportedly spent Rs.15 crore to recreate the character of Vishnuvardhan who also appears as a 140 foot long snake. On the VFX and the comparison to Bahubali, CEO of Makuta VFX, Peter Draper said, “We used the same artists and technology for both the films, but obviously the content is different. VFX should be used to complement the filmmaking process, capturing what is not possible to capture in camera. Like a huge snake… very difficult to film.”

The movie created much hype as the comeback venture of one of Kannada film industry's most popular heroines, Ramya. Such was the fanfare around the film that a social media poll conducted to gauge reactions on Ramya’s return fetched more than 76 percent votes in her favour. With jaw dropping special effects, Nagaravahu lists among the more expensive experimental films that was shot in the South and was a box office hit. Director, Kodi Ramakrishna said, “Ramya's character is the reincarnation of a snake who fights against evil forces. A devotee of Shiva, she prays to him when she is vulnerable and the lord creates a dynamic personality to help her, who gives her power.”

Nagvanshi is the story of Naganika (Ramya) who has been protecting an ancient Lord Shiva monument, as a legacy of her forefathers. But she faces trouble as Kapali (Rajesh Vivek) and his forefathers are also fighting to conquer the same monument. In a fatal fight, Kapali takes ownership of the monument and Naganika loses her life. While Kapali thinks that his ancestors have won, Naganika takes an oath that she will come back to take revenge. With the motive of fulfilling her previous life’s purpose, she takes re-birth as Mamta, a snake-woman. Narsimha (Vishnuvardhan), a mythical king, comes to help Mamta avenge her enemies.

Will Naganika with the help of Narsimha be able to take her revenge as Mamta?

Watch an epic tale of revenge in the Zee Cinema Premiere of ‘Nagvanshi’ on Saturday, 19th August at 9 PM

“Mujhe jo sahi lagta hai main karta hoon, wo chahe bhagwan ke khilaaf ho, samaj ke khilaaf ho, police, kanoon….ya phir poore system ke khilaaf kyun na ho”

When Subhash Nagre ‘Sarkar’ declares his stance as a political stronghold, he means business. Nothing stands between him and his vision. If there is one franchise that has best chronicled the dynamics of Indian politics, it is undeniably, Sarkar. Backed by some superlative performances, each installment of this film has depicted the game of power and deceit like never before. With a promise to offer its audience with yet another unmatched movie experience, &pictures HD brings the third installment of the franchise with the World HD Premiere of ‘Sarkar 3’ on Sunday, 20th August at 8 PM.

Directed by Ram Gopal Verma, Sarkar 3 follows the tale of the influential political leader Subhash Nagre, played by the legendary Amitabh Bachchan. Just like Sarkar and its second part, this film also boasts of a gripping storyline and outstanding performances by actors including Manoj Bajpayee, Jackie Shroff, Supriya Pathak, Amit Sadh, Yami Gautam and Ronit Roy. Sarkar 3 begins where Sarkar Raj ends with Subhash Nagre losing his son Shankar (Abhishek Bachchan).

Subhash Nagre ‘Sarkar’ (Amitabh Bachchan) is approached by Deven Gandhi, a businessman planning to revamp a slum into a real estate project. But he refuses to give compensation to the slum dwellers as suggested by Sarkar. On the insistence of his boss Michael Vallya (Jackie Shroff), Gandhi joins hands with Sarkar’s rival Govind Deshpande (Manoj Bajpayee). Sarkar’s wife (Surpiya Pathak), on the other hand, suggests their grandson Chiku (Amit Sadh) to take over the empire and deal with Deshpande. Soon enough, Chiku starts having disputes with Gokul (Ronit Roy), Sarkar’s longtime loyalist over eliminating Deshpande. Gandhi takes advantage of this situation and a series of allegations, bloodshed and deceit follow with Chiku and Gokul colliding to become Sarkar’s successor.

Who will Sarkar choose? Will justice prevail in his reign again?

Watch the World HD Premiere of intriguing political thriller ‘Sarkar 3’ on Sunday, 20th August at 8 PM only on &pictures HD

The death of more than 30 children due to lack of oxygen at a medical college Gorakhpur has shocked the country. While the news has grabbed national attention it reveals a serious crisis in the UP state health department. News18 India carried out an expose revealing the deep rooted corruption in the state’s medical system.

Under its special investigation - Operation Mrityudata, News18 India’s undercover team contacted two top officials of the Uttar Pradesh Medical Department who revealed how top medical officials are involved in corrupt practices. The channel reached out to Dr. Sanjay Khattri of King George's Medical University, Lucknow who divulged dirty secrets of various medical colleges in the state. He revealed a multi-crore scam in the sale and purchase of medicines at hospitals in which even top officials like CMO and CMS are involved. He claimed that the medicines purchased by medical colleges are sourced locally from a store for a commission. Dr. Khatri said that the purchase of medicines is also only on documents, but in reality, the medicines never reach the hospitals. He also revealed how poor patients are not only prescribed expensive medicines but are also forced to purchase them from local stores as the hospitals do not carry those medicines. The doctors receive commissions for such medicines from the local stores then.

In a big reveal, Dr. Khattri claimed that the fire incident which took place on 15th July in the trauma centre of KGMU was arson by some officials to wipe the evidence of a big scam regarding the AC plant.

The next official that the channel contacted was Dr. O.P. Shah, Additional Director of the State Health Department, posted in Mirzapur. On the spy cam, Dr. Shah divulged how most government doctors have private practices. He had sent a list of 19 such doctors to the UP government two months ago but did not get a response. Dr. Shah revealed the existence of a fixed price amounting to almost Rs. 55 lakhs in big cities to obtain the post of CMO in the state. He also told the channel’s team that almost all purchases – ambulances, machines & medicines are riddled with bribery and corruption in the state health department.

Gulzar's outstanding contribution to cinema commenced in the year 1963 as a songwriter in Bimal Roy's Bandini. He did not look back and worked with every possible name in the music industry. In a career that spans over five decades, Gulzar kept reinventing himself, drawing admiration even from the modern generation. There can’t be a better way to honor an artist than to celebrate his artistry. On the maestro’s 83rd birthday, Zee Classic with its brand proposition ‘Woh Zamaana Kare Deewana’, announces the theatrical release of Libaas directed by Gulzar.

Libaas that underlines Gulzar’s inimitable take on human relationships never saw the light of the day in the last three decades. The unreleased film which has been languishing in the archives of the Directorate of Film Festivals hasn’t aged at all as far as the elegance in its thought and performance is concerned. And it is all set to hit the big screen this year! The movie boasts of a stellar cast including Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah, Raj Babbar, Sushma Seth, Utpal Dutt, Annu Kapoor and Savita Bajaj amongst others. Another highlight of the film is its music by the musical genius R D Burman.

Libaas is based on Gulzar’s short story ‘Seema’ from the Raavi Paar collection. The story revolves around theatre director Sudhir (played by Naseeruddin Shah) and his actor wife Seema (portrayed by Shabana Azmi). All seems to be the picture of a perfect married life, but appearances are often deceptive in this world of show business.

Libaas was produced by the late Vikas Mohan and now one of his last unfulfilled dreams will see the light of day thanks to the association of his sons Amul Vikas Mohan and Anshul Vikas Mohan with the ZEE family. The film will be distributed by Zee Studios in India.

Zee Classic will soon present ‘Libaas’ in theatres near you this year!

The second season of SIP DAY, a one of its kind, mega ‘Investor Education Initiative’ in association with ET NOW, India’s leading business news channel, concluded on Friday, August 18, 2017 in the country’s financial hub, Mumbai.

Earmarked every year as the day to educate investors & laymen on the benefits of investing and growing your wealth with the help of SIPs, the second edition brought together influencers, market experts, investors & laymen, all on the same platform to usher in the era of financial freedom.

Commenting on the occasion, Mr. M K Anand, MD & CEO, TIMES NETWORK said, “As India’s leading English Business News channel, ET NOW champions the welfare of both viewers and of the industry. Kotak SIP Day is the day that is dedicated to educate investors & the general public on the benefits of investing and growing their wealth with the help of SIPs. Partnering with Kotak Mutual Fund in its second season is a matter of pride for us at ET NOW. I am extremely proud that we are able to pursue such a worthy purpose. India is run by those who watch TIMES NETWORK channels. As a core constituent of the eco-system, we hope to continue these kind of initiatives in a more widespread and large-scale manner and look forward to creating a more financially strong and independent India in the coming years”.

Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Nilesh Shah, MD, Kotak Mutual Fund said “Financial independence & self-reliance is of utmost importance to attain true empowerment & to follow your dreams. With the second edition of Kotak SIP Day in partnership with ET NOW we look to continue our mission of empowering every Indian with Financial Freedom by creating awareness about SIPs, breaking common myths and spreading awareness on how beneficial SIPs can be.“

As a part of this mega initiative, ‘Financial Freedom Express Camps’ were organized by Kotak Mutual Fund, in association with ET NOW. Organised programmes were conducted for focused groups such as milk producers, farmers & employees of Amul Dairy, Anand on 25th July 2017, merchants & trader groups on 29th July 2017 in Chandni Chowk, Delhi.

To spread knowledge during the festive season, a camp was also conducted with artists (designers, sculptors & painters) at the landmark area of Lalbaug’s Ganpati Pandals on 4th August in Mumbai followed by a camp organised specially for Central Railway’s Protection Force (RPF) officers on 8th August in Mumbai. These Financial Freedom Express Camps were organised to reach out to specific groups or clusters of people, who may not have the best of financial advice at their disposal and in turn help them become financially sound & independent.

In addition to the on-air coverage of the campaign on ET NOW, a high decibel multimedia campaign aims to reach out to viewers across India through the use of print, radio, mobile, train, digital and social media promotions.

For those who missed the event, you can catch all the investing tips, financial advice and learn about the benefits of SIPs from the experts in two half hour special shows coming up on ET NOW & TIMES NOW in September.


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