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Inspired by real stories, Waah Zindagi and Turtle narrate the chronicles of deeply rooted problems in India

The mere existence of cinema is to enrich lives with thought-provoking stories and lucid perspectives. Accelerating this notion, &pictures HD presents HD first premiere of critically acclaimed films Waah Zindagi and Turtle on your TV screens this January. Evangelizing the ‘Make in India’ movement, Director Dinesh S Yadav brings forth an intriguing story of an aspiring entrepreneur trying to make a place for himself in a marketplace plagued by foreign products in Waah Zindagi. And with the National Awards winning movie Turtle, he sheds light on the need for water conservation with a riveting narrative set in Rajasthan. So, catch the captivating tale of an entrepreneur with the HD first Premiere of Waah Zindagi on 6th January at 8pm followed by the HD first Premiere of Turtle, an engaging social drama on 20th January at 8pm. The viewers can also watch Waah Zindagi on 7th January on &pictures at 8:30am and on Zee Cinema HD at 8pm. And Turtle on 21st January on &pictures at 9:30am and on Zee Cinema HD at 8pm.

Produced by Ashok Choudhary’s Shivazza Films & Entertainment, the two exceptionally humane stories, Waah Zindagi and Turtle, centre around people dealing with circumstances at grassroot level. Both the stories received massive appreciation worldwide for the brilliant depiction of realities of society. Waah Zindagi and Turtle feature an uber-talented cast including Sanjay Mishra, Naveen Kasturia, Vijay Raaz, Manoj Joshi and Plabita Borthakur in pivotal roles. Helmed by the uber-talented cast both the movies Waah Zindagi and Turtle received astonishing response from the critics at the film festivals.

Talking about the films, Sanjay Mishra said, “I choose stories that hold some meaning in a larger sense. While I take on characters that resonate better with the masses but at the same time taking on films such as Waah Zindagi and Turtle, makes me complete as an artist. Working with Dinesh, Vijay Raaz, Manoj Joshi and Naveen was a fulfilling experience, we all shared a time band owned by adventurous encounters on the sets. I am elated to know that these two films, which are very close to my heart, are going to reach huge audiences through the medium of TV.”

Talking about Waah Zindagi, Naveen Kasturia said, “I associate myself with stories that go beyond the expected bounds of events. Waah Zindagi connects with the people through its unique storytelling and an impactful message. This is the magic of storytelling in cinema that makes me look forward to being a part of such beautiful stories. I'm thrilled for its HD first Premiere on &pictures HD as it’ll add to the awareness and ignite a conversation.”

Vijay Raaz added, “If ‘Make in India’ vision had come sooner, the scenario would have been different today. One should watch Waah Zindagi with an open mind and it’ll absolutely change their perspective. Ashok and Dinesh had a clear view on things they wanted to convey through the story of Waah Zindagi. I did the movie because I wanted to make this story reach as many people as possible. It was a good experience overall to work with such an amazing team that brought forth the story in all authenticity.”

Talking about the immense response received for both the films, Dinesh S Yadav said, “Ever since I got into filmmaking, I was inclined towards making films that stood for something meaningful. I am drawn towards socially relevant films, and fortunately I met producer Mr. Ashok Choudhary who shared the same viewpoint. We both took on Waah Zindagi and Turtle to contribute our bit to the cause we truly believe in. We travelled to the depths of Rajasthan to shoot Turtle, faced unbearable heat yet did not hamper the quality of the work, which was phenomenal to witness. I could see how my entire team, including the cast, was really one with the film and because we were so supportive, it made the movie what it is today.”

Producer of the two films Ashok Choudhary added, “From the beginning, my goal was to produce a film which inspires, entertains, & provides the right information to people. If we get in the depth of the subject there are so many layers in the story & that's why we had to work for almost 2.5 years on the script. It was an hourglass journey but finally, we got the product which we wanted. It was a proud moment for us when Turtle won the national award and was appreciated worldwide. I am sure the story of Waah Zindagi will motivate the youths as ‘Swadeshi’ and ‘Make in India’ is the only way to make India self-reliant which is the need of the hour.”

With an underlying theme of ‘Make in India’, Waah Zindagi is a story about a poor farmer boy with a dream to run his own business and be with the girl of his dreams. However, the years of hard work and struggles amount to nothing as Chinese products invade Indian markets and put locks on Indian industries and businesses. Thus begins the battle to regain market position with indigenous products.

The next heart touching story, Turtle, is about the acute water scarcity through the travails of Ramkaran. Following the struggles of the villagers to dig out water from the depths of the deserts, Ramkaran decides to build a well. However, the birth of his grandson coincides with the well going dry and the villagers blame the child for the calamity. Ramkaran takes on himself to dispel this notion and embarks upon a life-changing journey.

This January, tune-in for the HD first premieres of Waah Zindagi on 6th January at 8pm and Turtle on 20th January at 8pm on &pictures HD

YouGov’s 2021 most admired list reveals which public figures people look up to

Barack Obama retains his position as the world’s most admired man in YouGov’s international survey this year, having wrested the position from long-time incumbent Bill Gates last year.

Michelle Obama likewise holds on to her position as the world’s most admired woman for the third year running.

In fact, the top three spots for each sex are unchanged since last year, with business tycoon and philanthropist Bill Gates remaining second among men, followed by Chinese premier Xi Jinping. Actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie continues to be the world’s second-most admired woman, ahead of third placed British monarch Queen Elizabeth II.

This year’s study surveyed more than 42,000 people in 38 countries and territories to compile the list.

Pakistani human rights campaigner Malala Yousafzai and Indian actress Priyanka Chopra have risen farthest in the ranks this year, climbing five places to 9th and 10th respectively. In Chopra’s case, this represents her best performance in the series so far.

Among the men, Argentine footballer Lionel Messi has seen the greatest increase since last time, climbing four places from 11th to 7th – his highest rank to date. Despite this record placement, as well as his recent Ballon D’or win, Messi still lags behind Portuguese rival Cristiano Ronaldo in 4th place (also Ronaldo’s best showing to date).

Entertainers are more prominent in the female list, with 10 of the most admired women being actresses, singers or TV presenters (although some, like Emma Watson and Angelina Jolie, are also notable for their humanitarian work). By contrast, the list of most admired men contains more people from political, business and sporting backgrounds.

New additions to the top twenties this year include US president Joe Biden and his vice president Kamala Harris, Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, Thai rapper Lisa (of Blackpink fame), and New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern.

This year’s rankings also see the re-entry into the top twenties of investor Warren Buffett, Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan, Indian actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and Chinese actresses Liu Yifei and Yang Mi.

The results are calculated from the combination of responses to two questions – whether a respondent admires the figure at all and then whether they are the figure the respondent admires the most. Each nation's results in the global compilation are also weighted to represent the country's population size.

Methodology

During the spring this year YouGov gathered open-ended nominations from panellists across 38 countries and territories, asking them simply: “Thinking about people alive in the world today, which [man or woman] do you most admire?” These nominations were then used to compile a list of the 20 men and 20 women who received the most nominations and were nominated in at least four countries. An additional 5-10 popular local figures were added to the lists for individual countries.

In fieldwork conducted from over the summer and autumn we used these lists to poll each of the 38 areas asking two questions: “who do you truly admire?”, where respondents could make multiple selections, and “who do you MOST admire?”, where they could only pick one. These two numbers were combined into a percentage share of admiration, displayed to the right of each name in the graphic above and table below, which shows the full results for every country including local celebrities and public figures:

By asking respondents two questions, we can understand both the breadth (i.e. global reach) and the intensity of a person's support.

Altogether, we polled in countries that constitute more than seven-tenths of the world's population. However, some parts of the world were better represented than others, so we weighted up the impact certain countries had on the final scores and weighted down others so the global scores more accurately reflect the breakdown of sentiment in the world overall.

All of the surveys were conducted online, although in many of the countries the internet penetration is low to the point where the sample can only be said to be representative to the online population. The countries and territories where this applies include Colombia, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, the Philippines and South Africa.

The most awarded on-air property in the history of radio, ‘Mirchi Flat 983’, makes a comeback for a brand-new season to celebrate and recognize the efforts of COVID-19 warriors and reward them with a brand-new apartment

Mirchi, India's no. 1 city-centric music and entertainment company, has kickstarted the sixth season of its marquee property, ‘Mirchi Flat 983’, in association with Investors Clinic— India’s one-stop solution for all things real-estate. ‘Mirchi Flat 983’ is one of the biggest properties broadcasted on-air across the radio industry based on the idea of organizing a thematic contest wherein the winner is rewarded with a flat. Championing the theme for the season—'Jinhone bachaye ghar, Unke liye Ghar’—Mirchi’s aim is to acknowledge the work of frontline warriors of the still ongoing COVID-19 battle. At the back of the given theme, the sixth season of ‘Mirchi Flat 983’ will be gratifying an unsung COVID-19 hero with a flat located in Greater Noida.

This season of ‘Mirchi Flat 983’ enables the public to nominate a frontline worker who they believe truly deserves to win the flat, given their contribution in aiding families and individuals to survive COVID-19. The audience can share the stories of the pandemic heroes and send in the entries on-air as well as log onto Mirchi Delhi’s Facebook and Instagram handles to submit the entries by December 24th. Mirchi will shortlist and share the select nominations with an eminent panel of jury members including Nida Hasan, Country head, Change.org, Harteerath Singh, Community Development Director, Hemkunt Foundation, who will then decide upon the winner for ‘Mirchi Flat 983’ season six. To appreciate and highlight the dedicated efforts of the winner in the fight against COVID-19, Mirchi will not only honor them with a flat but also feature their story on-air for its audiences.

Commenting on the launch, Shivangini Jajoria, Senior VP and Senior Business Director, Mirchi, said, “We are delighted to bring back one of our most popular properties—Mirchi Flat 983—for a new season. Through ‘Mirchi Flat 983’ we have always tried to bring relevant social topics like inter-religion marriages, an Indian soldier’s sacrifice, and the goodness of doing selfless deeds, etc. into focus and highlight those compelling stories that originate amongst our audiences. This year with the theme of 'Jinhone bachaye ghar, Unke liye Ghar’ we want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the work of our COVID-19 warriors and enable audiences to give back through ‘Mirchi Flat 983’. Through this initiative, we encourage our listeners across Delhi NCR to throw light upon the stories of the pandemic heroes around them and have a chance to give them a brand new flat to call their home. We look forward to seeing a great response for the season and hope to share some inspiring stories.”

Mirchi’s renowned RJs—RJ Naved, RJ Sayema, RJ Rochie, RJ Taran—are actively encouraging the audiences across radio and digital channels to send in entries for ‘Mirchi Flat 983.’

As we welcome 2022, ZEE Biskope boosts the festive fervour. Known for being the viewers first choice in Bhojpuri entertainment, ZEE Biskope continues its unstoppable entertainment journey and welcomes the New Year with slew of new Blockbusters, World Television Premiers and Movie Festivals especially curated to bring non-stop Bhojpuriya entertainment to the viewers throughout the month of January.

Starting the new year with Superstar Pawan Singh’s Birthday on January 5, Makar Sakranti on 14 January, the special line-up of movies will continue till Republic Day, January 26.Going forward the quarter will also see original non-fictions & award IPs keeping the viewers hooked fair & square throughout.

As an ode to the ardent Pawan Singh fans, the channel will showcase some of his biggest blockbusters on January 5marking the Birthday celebration of Bhojpuri Power Star and youth icon Pawan Singh throughout the day. The movie marathon will include big titles such as Tere Jaisa Yaar Kahan, Challenge, Mera Watan, Maa Tujhe Salam& Pawan Raja.

Continuing with the festivities, next in the line is Makar Sakranti, a festival that holds immense value in the Bihar, Jharkhand and Purvanchal region. Marking the festival of love and hope, ZEE Biskope brings a five-day movie festival ‘Pyaar Ki Patang’ between 10 – 14 Jan. The festival will wrap up with the World Television Premiere of Babul starring Awdhesh Mishra and Neelam Giriwith a storyline that is a complete family entertainer. All the movies will be premiered under the prime-time band at 6:00 PM.

The festivities will be followed by the biggest celebration of the month, Republic Day. The channel rejoices the day by saluting the brave hearts of Mother India– the veer Bhojpuriya jawans who uphold the nation and its sanctity as a republic. Audience can indulge in the day-long patriotic ride with the biggest superstar’s biggest movies like Dabang Sarkar, Border& Commando Arjun. To top it up many folds, the channel brings a World Television Premiere of superhit movie Diler that features superstar Nirahua and Akshara Singh in Jila Top band at 6:00 PM rejoicing the day on a perfect note.

That’s only for January. Going ahead, February will see a Valentine’s Day celebration with the World Television Premiere of Balamji Love You featuring Bhojiwood’s heartthrob, the hyperbolic romantic hero Khesari Lal Yadav with his leading ladies Kajal Raghwani & Akshara Singh. The blockbuster will be featured on 14 February at 6 pm. The brand will also launch its VDay special viewer engagement drive. If you think that’s the entertainment story for the quarter, you’re up for a surprise. ZEE Biskope will bring to its viewers original non-fiction and even the ever-popular International Bhojpuri Film Awards. All with in March 2022.

The channel will definitely grab viewer eyeballs with such a strong and clutter-breaking package including WTPs, movie festival, originals, award IPs and engagement drives.

Samrat Ghosh, Chief Cluster Officer – East, ZEEL, said, “We have always believed in entertaining our viewers as per their content preferences. This premise of curation extends to our esteemed partners as well. Brands now look forward to establishing strong value proposition for acceptance and through the curated innovative offerings, ZEE Biskope creates opportunities for customized solutions for brands to help them establish their value parameters sharply amongst their target audience.”

Amarpreet Singh Saini, Chief Channel Officer, Bhojpuri Cluster, ZEEL said, “With a greatly successful 2021, we are delighted to bring an exotic bouquet of content in the new year that not only caters to cinephiles but also celebrate Bhojpuriyat through and through. Every special day, festival or occasions are reason for us to rejoice. The new year will see us serving hyperbolic yet delightful Bhojpuri family entertainmentof varied kinds with novelty and innovation at every step. Wishing all of you a Very Happy New Year.”

While everyone across the world kickstarts 2022 with a bang, Zee Tamil has planned a special surprise for its ardent viewers this New Year.

Continuing to satiate the diverse entertainment needs of its audience, the channel has planned an extravagant line-up of programs to celebrate the New Year on 1st January 2022. From a traditional debate show to an action-packed film to musical and task-based shows and the World Television Premiere of a family drama, Zee Tamil has something exciting for everyone on the first day of 2022!

Zee Tamil stars off the extravagant festivities with a classic debate show - ‘Pattimandram,’ which will be made extra special by our host and panellists’ engaging discussions on relevant topics of everyday life. This one-hour special will air at 9 am and will be moderated by Suki Sivam - a well-known Tamil orator, writer and scholar, who has also won the prestigious Kalamamani Award by the Tamil Nadu State Government. Pattimandram also boasts of known personalities like Praveen Sultana, Shanthamani, Dr. Sundara Avudaiappan, K Saravanan, Suchitra, and Mohana Sundaram as panelists, discuss about ‘After the entry of Britishers, did we gain more? Or did we lose more?’ during the show and keep the audience captivated.

After this interesting debate, Zee Tamil will take the audience on a roller coaster ride of emotions as it presents the action-packed movie, ‘Gorilla,’ which will air at 10 am. The movie follows the lives of four friends - a petty criminal, an aspiring actor, an employee who has been terminated recently, and a farmer’s partner who has been denied a loan from a bank and their individual journeys. Each character’s journey will resonate with the audience and keep them at their edge. Starring Jiiva, Shalini Pandey and Kong in lead roles, the film is directed by Don Sandy. While Yogi Babu, Radha Ravi, Sathish, Rajendran, Vivek Prasanna, Madhan, and Ramdoss also play pivotal roles, it is the central character played by a real chimpanzee who will steal the show.

Right after the movie, the channel plans to continue its entertainment extravaganza with ‘Sound Party,’ a music-based game show that will see prominent film celebrities like Actor Vaibhav, Actress Parvati Nair, Director & Actor Pandiarajan, Samyuktha Shanmughanathan, Rithika and Som Shekar engage in some fun and interesting challenges. Hosted by the quirky RJ Vijay, the game show will be full of fun and humour, keeping the audience engaged for one and a half hours from 12.30 pm. Zee Tamil will follow it up with another one and half hours of intriguing and task-based games during ‘Run Baby Run.’ Airing from 2 pm, the game show will see popular artists Mithun, Puviarasu Muthusamy, Nanda Master, Survivor Aishwarya Krishnan, Dharsana & Ashwini Radhakrishna performing some hilarious tasks given to them by actor and host Jagan.

Last but not the least, viewers are in for a treat as the channel showcases the World Television Premiere of ‘Tuck Jagadish’ at 3.30 pm. Written and directed by Shiva Nirvana, the film stars Nani as the protagonist, alongside Ritu Varma, Aishwarya Rajesh, and Jagapathi Babu in crucial roles. Tuck Jagadish presents the life of a revenue officer who tries to reform all the property issues in a village, while also planning to reunite with his elder brother's family. The family had split over an inheritance dispute, and it is Jagadish who will try to sort their issues. Watch this emotional and action-packed drama and kickstart your New Year with a bang!

To join this mega extravaganza and to start your New Year on an entertaining note, tune in to Zee Tamil on 1st January from 9 am.

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