17 May 2022 22:38

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Renowned artist, writer and activist Aabid Surti, and animation industry veteran and Country Head, Technicolor Creative Studios, Biren Ghose will be honoured at the 2022 edition of Animation Masters Summit.

Organized by Toonz Media Group, the virtual Summit will be held from May 23 to 27, 2022 over the Zoom platform.

Award-winning painter, cartoonist, author, playwright and environmental activist Aabid Surti, 87, has made significant contributions towards popularising cartoons and graphic novels in Indian languages in a career spanning over six decades. He is the creator of several memorable characters such as Dhabbuji, Inspector Azad, Doctor Chinchu and the much-loved Indrajal comic superhero Bahadur. A prolific author, he bagged the National Award in 1993 for his short story series titled `Teesri Aankh’. Having passed out of one of India’s oldest art institutions the JJ School of Art in Mumbai, Mr Surti is also an acclaimed painter known for experimenting and developing innovative and critically acclaimed painting techniques. In the recent years, Mr Surti has made a mark with his trailblazing activism in water conservation through his organization Drop Dead Foundation, which was started as an initiative to provide free plumbing service for residents in suburban Mumbai. Mr Surti personally leads his NGO in fixing an average of around 400 taps a year after visiting close to a thousand homes. For his invaluable contributions to art and society Aabid Surti will be awarded the Legend of Indian Animation Award at Animation Masters Summit 2022.

Industry leader and Country Head, Technicolor Creative Studios, Biren Ghose is a prominent figure in the Indian AVGC (Animation Visual Effects Gaming and Comics) scene. As a thought leader and business head of some of the most prominent entertainment companies, Mr Ghose has made significant contributions in the growth and development of the AVGC ecosystem in India over the years. He also holds several important roles in government and quasi-government agencies, institutions and trade bodies. Mr Ghose will be honoured with the Special Contribution to the Indian Animation Industry Award at the Summit for his overall contributions to the industry. Both the awards will be presented at the inaugural session of Animation Masters Summit on May 23.

“Animation Masters Summit is Toonz’s flagship annual event where we provide a platform for young artists and students to interact with veterans in the field art and entertainment. The AMS awards have been instituted to honour legends in the field of art. Mr Aabid Surti is a true legend in this regard, having made his mark in multiples streams of art from painting to cartoon, to writing. After a scintillating career of more than 60 years, he continues to work tirelessly focusing more on social and environmental issues now. He is an inspiration for not just artists but for everyone. It is a privilege for us to present this year’s Legend Award to Mr Surti,” said P. Jayakumar, CEO – Toonz Media Group.

“Mr Biren Ghose, who is being awarded the Special Contribution Award, has helped build the AVGC ecosystem in India with his visionary leadership. As a mentor and industry spokesperson he also played a significant role in fostering a strong and cohesive animation and VFX community in India,” Mr Jayakumar added.

The five-day Animation Masters Summit will include sessions by a galaxy of stalwarts from diverse fields of media and entertainment across the world. Google India Country Head and Vice President Sanjay Gupta will deliver the keynote address at the inaugural session. Master sessions in the following days will be led by renowned artists and creators including Belgian director-producer Paul Demeyer who has worked on shows like Mission Force One, The Rocketeer and the Rugrats series and movie; Emmy Award-winning composer Wendell Hanes who is best known for supervising the music for the NETFLIX sitcom Family Reunion; Ravishankar Venkateswaran, maker of the first ever Sanskrit animation feature Punyakoti; Chief Creative Officer at Ogilvy India Sukesh Nayak; and Arjun Reddy, co-founder and CTO of India’s biggest NFT ecosystem GuardianLink.

The theme for this edition of the Summit is Creativity for Good. The Summit will also have two panel discussions – one centred around the Summit theme and the other on creating joy for kids through the medium of animation.

Delegates can register for the event for free by logging on to www.animationsummit.in

WPP and Epic Games, the interactive entertainment company and developer of Fortnite and Unreal Engine, today announced a new partnership to help WPP agencies deliver a new era of digital experiences for brands in the metaverse.

The partnership will include a new training program to upskill thousands of WPP creatives and technologists on how to create custom brand experiences in Fortnite, and how to use Unreal Engine for real-time 3D creation and virtual production. This new metaverse curriculum will consist of three separate tracks for executives, creative practitioners, and media experts and strategists.

Early to invest in the tools and talent needed to succeed in the metaverse, WPP believes that brands and creators have a tremendous opportunity to meet the need for connection and unlock unlimited creative potential within interactive virtual spaces. For brands embarking on this journey, success in the metaverse is dependent not only on creative excellence but deep production capabilities, sound strategies for amplifying digital experiences and expert knowledge of a complex online safety and privacy landscape.

As a part of this partnership, WPP teams will work closely with experts at Epic to learn how to build next-generation interactive experiences leveraging Unreal Engine, an advanced real-time 3D creation tool used across a range of industries including games, film, architecture, fashion, automotive, music and live events. WPP teams will be able to take advantage of training and tools to create new experiences in Fortnite, where creators can build imaginative worlds for brands inside of one of the most globally popular online games. WPP has previously collaborated with SuperAwesome, an Epic Games company, to produce innovative work such as the immersive Island built for Adidas in Fortnite for its Ozweego sneaker line.

WPP will also work with SuperAwesome to deepen its understanding of online safety and privacy to help its campaigns engage younger audiences safely.

Nilufar Fowler, Executive Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at WPP: “We think of WPP as the creative transformation company, one that embraces new environments like the metaverse and sees the potential for clients. Epic’s technology is world-class, and we are delighted to partner with it to raise the bar for social experiences in virtual worlds on behalf of our clients.”

Matthew Henick, Vice President of Metaverse Development at Epic Games: “The collaboration between Epic, WPP, its clients and the creator community will accelerate the building of diverse social entertainment experiences that players across the world will love. This partnership with WPP bolsters our mission to educate more trailblazing brands and creators on how Epic’s tools across Fortnite, Unreal Engine, and 3D marketplaces like ArtStation and Sketchfab can be used to bring their metaverse visions to life.”

This partnership follows WPP’s recent announcement of The Metaverse Foundry, a new global metaverse offering through Hogarth, its specialist creative content production company.

Celebrate this Mother’s Day with ZEE5 Global’s stellar lineup of shows and movies

From the typical projection of poor and helpless to independent, strong and cool - on screen mothers have been redefined in their portrayal in films and movies. On the occasion of Mother's Day, it’s the perfect time to revisit movies that celebrate mothers and matriarchs from all walks of life. To spend quality time with your mothers this weekend, ZEE5 Global brings you a perfect watchlist to sit back and honour the spirit of mothers. With late Sridevi starrer Mom, Dia Mirza starrer Kaafir, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan starrer Jazbaa, and more, here are titles that showcase the true spirit of motherhood:

Mom (Hindi)

Mom is a film about a mother, who, after her daughter is sexually abused at a party, goes out to avenge the wrong act and destroy the life of the four offenders who got away with it. Directed by Ravi Udyawar, Mom, starring late Sridevi, Sajal Aly, Akshay Khanna and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, is a crime thriller that speaks of the extent to which a parent can go in order to protect their child.

IMdb: 7.3/10

Kaafir (Hindi)

Kaafir is a gut-wrenching story about a resilient mother, who against all odds raises her daughter in a jail cell after being arrested for crossing the India-Pakistan border. Starring Dia Mirza and Mohit Raina, the series has been directed by Sonam Nair.

IMdb: 8.2/10

Kaali (Bengali)

Kaali is a nail-biting suspense narrative about a woman who only has one night to save her son. Produced by Parambrata Chattopadhyay, Kaali digs deep into the unknown underbelly of Kolkata, which is typically spoken about in hushed tones. The show is a multi-layered delight filled with hope, courage, danger, and treachery. Starring Abhishek Banarjee, Paoli Dam, Vidya Malvade and Chandan Roy Sanyal in pivotal roles, Kaali is a crime thriller directed by Aritra Sen, Korok Murmu and Rohan Ghose.

IMdb: 7.9/10

Mentalhood (Hindi)

It's difficult being a parent, especially if your child attends GI International School, where it's a battle of the mothers to be the greatest parent. Six supermoms set out in leaving no stone unturned as they battle their way through this Mentalhood, where they will not only have to cope with society, their children, and their family but also compete with other parents. Starring Karisma Kapoor, Shilpa Shukla, Tillotama Shome, Shruti Seth, Anshu Varshney, Sandhya Mridul, Sanjay Suri and Dino Morea in the lead roles, this show is a must-watch with your mother.

Jazbaa (Hindi)

Inspired by the South Korean thriller Seven Days, Jazbaa revolves around a divorced lawyer, who dotes on her pre-teen daughter. With a 100 percent success track record, she knows how to get any criminal ‘justice’. However, her world crumbles when her daughter goes missing. Directed by Sanjay Gupta, Jazbaa is a story of a courageous woman who treads her moral line in order to bring her daughter back safely. With Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in the lead role, the film also features the late Irrfan Khan, Shabana Azmi, Jackie Shroff, Atul Kulkarni, among others, in supporting roles.

Food is love. Now, is the time to thank the lady who made us all fall in love with food - our mothers. While our love for our mothers sees no dates, some occasions certainly bring in the opportunity to express our fondness towards her.

This Mother’s Day, Chef Vs Fridge Season 2 aims to thank all mothers for their efforts and sacrifices and also for being the best chefs.

The upcoming episode holds the theme of ‘Mother's Flavours with Chef Twist’ and the contestants would be seen preparing their food based on their mother’s recipes along with using their professional experience.

Remembering his mother on the show, Chef Ajay quoted, “Its funny how mothers still consider you a kid whoever old you may get. In my understanding, the love that they shower comes with patience.” Adding to it, Chef Shipra said, “Yeah, whenever due to some reasons I am not able to converse with my mother, I start missing that one person who is bothered to ask small details like if I have had my food or not.” The two also added that for the profession they are in, there is a huge contribution from mothers. Every chef holds an influence from their moms in their cooking style as a mother is the first teacher of all chefs.

Watch Mother’s Day Special episode of Chef Vs Fridge Season 2 this Sunday at 8 PM only on Zee Café.

A young couple is perplexed by the sight of a used contraceptive lying on their wedding bed. What ensues is a comical whodunnit, set in a span of one night

 · The show, produced by Percept Purple, has the primary characters - Rajneesh and Indu – who start searching for the culprit among a group of eccentric suspects

What happens when an unwilling partner (one of the partners in the live-in relationship) is compelled to marry her boyfriend because the families were adamant? She would be judged for her choices and even mocked for her naivety. But quite certainly, under no circumstance can it be imagined that someone will prank her and her partner by placing a used condom on their bed and ruin the wedding night altogether. However, WATCHO is no stranger to strange plots with tickling comic timings. Dish TV’s in-house OTT platform has this time released a playful whodunnit “Bauchaar-e-Ishq”, set in a span of one night filled with twists & turns, weird revelations, and hilarious misunderstandings.

Rajneesh and Indu are a young couple in UP, hailing from neighbouring cities of Kanpur and Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh. Their romance started back in their college days and withstood all hurdles to make it to their present-day lives. When their orthodox families learned of their live-in relationship, drama ensues and they are compelled to marry. Indu was against the wedding since she did not want to have kids and was condemned by the families for her choice. She was even condemned especially for expressing her thoughts on sex being an appropriate deed before marriage. On her wedding night, she gets enraged on discovering a used condom put over their bed and presumes that it was done on purpose by their families. At her will, the couple spends the entire night probing several suspects, only to unravel people’s myopic outlook on sex and the taboo associated with it, followed by a significant plot twist with meaningful messaging.

Through the protagonists, the writer has asked sincere and serious questions about love, marriage, sex, and family. Through the narrative, the series provides answers to a few of the difficult emotional tangles that common people face in their daily lives. It is a roller coaster ride of laughter, emotion, and drama, and by the end of it, the viewers get to learn about their very nature and immature momentary takes on sensitive issues. The show carries some interesting dialogue exchanges amongst family members adding spice to the entire plot which is a slice of life adding humor to the situation making it a fun-filled ride to watch.

Written by Ishan Bajpai, Anshuman Sinha, and Trupti Kangane, under the impactful production of Percent Purple, the show also traverses upon the intimate feelings of a couple and how personal subjects like intimacy and sex are subjected to societal judgments even today. The star cast includes Ankit Sharma and Arsha Goswami who have played the protagonists – Rajneesh Sinha and Indu Bharadwaj.

Commenting on the launch, Mr. Sukhpreet Singh, Corporate Head – Marketing, DishTV & WATCHO, Dish TV India Ltd. said, "Through Bauchaar-e-Ishq, we have produced yet another entertaining series for our viewers. Shot in Bhopal, the rush and the natural ambiance of the city feels strangely synonymous with the busy lanes of Lucknow and Kanpur. Being our debut in the whodunnit genre, our team got to encounter some of the catchiest cinematic moments during the shoot. The entire cast does justice to their respective characters through a blunt and plain-spoken portrayal of a north Indian inhabitant that speaks in a sarcastic tone with weird innuendos. We intend to focus on purposeful humor and modern but rooted family themes for our target viewers who watch our content as an escape from their occasional blues.”

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