Carl Lewis to be Event Ambassador for TCS World 10K Bangalore 2014

Report by Santanu Ganguly: The incomparable Carl Lewis, an athlete who has won 10 spectacular Olympic medals that comprise nine gold and 10 World Championship medals, including eight gold, has been confirmed as the Event Ambassador for the TCS World 10K Bangalore 2014, which will be flagged off from Sree Kanteerava Stadium on May 18 this year.
“It gives me great joy to come to India, a country I love and respect, to spread the magic of running and sport amongst the beautiful populace. In the last decade or so, India has witnessed a running revolution and the sport has grown manifold in terms of strength, popularity and interest generated,” said Carl Lewis about visiting India.
Carl Lewis’ presence at the TCS World 10K Bangalore - as one of the most successful Olympic athletes of all time - will be a historic day for the Indian running community. Running enthusiasts across the country will benefit immensely through the luminary’s advice, encouragement, and presence during the run.
“The TCS World 10K is an ideal blend of speed and endurance and I’m sure the run will attract many of the best in the world. It’s an honour for me to be associated with the event and witness, in action, these running enthusiasts. I hope my presence will only inspire and encourage them to reach greater heights of performance and success”, said the legendary Olympian talking about the run.
Vivek B. Singh, Jt. MD, Procam International, stated, “We are excited and privileged that the city of Bangalore will host the legendary Olympian Carl Lewis as Event Ambassador at the TCS World 10K Bangalore 2014. Apart from enriching us with his presence, I’m sure he will provide a further fillip to the world’s premier 10K in terms of charity and registrations. Procam has always endeavoured to bring to India the most distinguished sporting icons and hosting the ‘Sportsman of the Century’ is our gift to the running community for supporting us at every step of our journey.”
Procam International’s three long distance events, held in Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore, have had some of the world’s most distinguished sporting icons as Event Ambassadors. In line with Procam International’s efforts to bring to India some of the world’s most accomplished sportsmen to raise the profile of the sport of distance running, Carl will join this roll of stars and be present in Bangalore. In the days leading up to the event, he will meet and interact with the participants, the media as well as the sponsors and event partners.
Referred to as one of the most successful Olympic athletes of all time, Carl has competed in four Olympic Games. He won nine gold medals, including four at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. His Olympic gold medals came first in 1984 in the 100 metres, where he set an Olympic record by besting the next closest runner by a record eight feet, 200 metres, 4×100 metres relay and long jump.  At the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, Carl won gold in the 100-metre final and was credited with a world record. In the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Lewis jumped 8.67 m in the first round of the long jump. In the 4 × 100 m relay, Lewis anchored another world record, in 37.40 seconds, a time, which stood for 16 years. He covered the final leg in 8.85 seconds, winning two gold medals at the event. In 1996, Lewis qualified for the American Olympic team a record fifth time in the long jump.. He won gold and became one of only three Olympians to win the same individual event four times.
In his seventeen-year career, the dominant sprinter and long jumper often topped the world rankings in the 100-metre, 200-metre and long jump events beginning 1981 until the early 90s.
His world record in the indoor long jump has remained unbeaten since 1984 and a stunning 65 consecutive victories in long jump, achieved over a span of 10 years, is one of the sport’s longest undefeated streaks.
Over the course of his athletics career, Lewis broke ten seconds for the 100 metres 15 times and 20 seconds for the 200 metres 10 times. Not surprising that the International Olympic Committee voted Carl ‘Sportsman of the Century’, the International Association of Athletics Federations elected him ‘World Athlete of the Century’, and the American sports magazine Sports Illustrated named him ‘Olympian of the Century’. He is truly one of the most renowned Olympians of all time.
The sporting great announced his retirement from competitive sport after the 1996 Olympics. Carl’s work off the track helped give track and field its current professional status, enabling athletes to have more rewarding and longer-lasting careers in the sport.
Since his retirement, he has devoted his time to charity through the Carl Lewis Foundation, which he founded to support different charities including the College Fund (formerly known as the United Negro College Fund), The Wendy Marx Foundation (for organ donor awareness) and the UNCF Walkathon in Houston.
Other Luminaries who have been event ambassadors in the past include names like Linford Christie, Damon Hill, Donovan Bailey, Haile Gebrselassie, Michael Johnson, Mike Powell, Paul Tergat, Steve Ovett, Gail Devers, Dame Kelly Holmes, Dan O’Brien, Cathy Freeman, Kapil Dev and Vijay Amritraj among others.
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Anup Soni, Smita Bansal's Come Together for a New Play - HUM DO HAMARE WOH‏

Report by Santanu Ganguly: The play 'HUM DO HAMARE WOH' which will premiere on 27th April has a unique pairing of Anup Soni and Smita Bansal who are a couple in the hit TV Serial Balika Vadhu. 
The makers have done a casting coup by bringing the hit pair of TV on stage. Smita Bansal says, "I love doing theater. It’s a very comical role and after a long time I am playing a comedy character. The scripting is done very nicely. Anup Soni is a very spontaneous actor and the audience will enjoy watching us together."

Anup Soni adds, "This is the first commercial play I am doing. The humour is very good and audiences will surely like to see me in the play. The perception of people that I do only serious plays will change after this. Working with Smita is a pleasure."

Writer and Producer Sanjay Jha says, "It's a unique play with lot of humour. Anup Soni and Smita are known TV stars and very good actors. People will be surprised to see them doing comedy and that is the novelty. The re-marriage and divorce situation would generate comic situations."

The Play Story

The subject throws light on the blind belief which most of the people have in their individual lives on elements which do not have any base or constructive reasons. A couple (Samir and Saloni), who lived almost one and half decade together, suddenly reach a point of a divorce. Samir who is going to die after a few days announces Saloni’s re-marriage plans. His drunkard friend (Dheeraj) supports him in his decision and calls for various candidates for Saloni. Unknowingly a friend (Vineet) of Saloni enters the house as a guest and comes to know about the declaration made by Samir. Samir is under a great influence of one famous baba called ‘Komal Baba’ who has announced Samir’s death after 15 days. Samir and Dheeraj both decide to select Vineet, Saloni’s friend, to be her life partner for the rest of her life. Saloni doesn’t have any grief after hearing her husband’s death news! And therefore she starts preparing for her re-marriage with Vineet very happily. Here the black humour starts on stage especially when a salesman called ‘Divangat Atma’ enters. He is a salesman of nothing but a death celebration and event management company. He tries his best to sell his products and services after hearing Samir’s death news till the audience is revealed the fact by way of Komal Baba’s entry that Samir is not going to die. In these various confusions and roller coaster what will be Saloni’s decision? What will happen to Samir? And what will be the state of mind of Vineet? All such various questions unfold the mystery of the entire story.

And to conclude "HUM DO HAMARE WOH" throws a wonderful social message to the audience in a hilarious way.

Cast : Anup Soni, Smita Bansal, Prasad Khandekar, Sachin Parikh, Jay Chaubey, Durgesh Dwivedi
Director - Prasad Khandekar
Producers - Theater people Pvt. Ltd.
Asst. Dir. - Jay Chaubey
Music - Sushil Kamble
Light - Pratik Redij
Set - Jaysukh Ravrani

Play Venue-
Rangsharda, Bandra, Mumbai 7.45 on Sunday 27th April 2014

If you wish to review the play or cover the premiere show, please contact Sanjay Jha on 9192274752
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'Danse Dialogues' Dance Festival in Delhi April 23-29

Report by Santanu Ganguly: The Embassy of France /Institut Français en Inde  and the Alliance Française de Delhi celebrate performing arts in April by bringing to you the second edition of the contemporary dance festival, DanSe DialogueS
Date: Wednesday 23 April
Performance: CETTE IMMENSE INTIMITE (“Huge intimity”) - Retouramont Company
Venue: IGNCA  at 7.30 pm (duration: 1hr, Aerial dance)
A beautiful outdoor show where the graceful dancer’s movements melt with light and gravityplacing the spectator very close to the dance, to verticality and to sensations. The performance will be preceded by a short screening about the company’s work.
Date: Thursday 24 April       
SCREENING: A Panorama of Indian Contemporary Dance presented by Kri Foundation and Danz Lenz
Venue: Alliance Française Delhi, 7 pm
Date: Friday 25 April           
Performance: RECITAL - Käfig Company & The Danceworx
Venue: Abhimanch auditorium, NSD, 7 pm (duration: 50min, hip-hop)
Number one in French hip-hop, Mourad Merzouki started his successful career with a show called « Récital », a funny union where the energy of hip-hop mingles with the tones of violin and a talk box, initiating a confrontation between two worlds: concerto and hip-hop dance. Concerned by the idea of sharing around the practice of dance and involving local dancers, Mourad transmited « Récital » to a troupe of Indian dancers from the Delhi based The Danceworx Repertory Company.
Date: Monday 28 April         
SCREENING: BLANCHE-NEIGE, by Angelin Preljocaj
Venue: Alliance Française Delhi, 7 pm 
Date: Tuesday 29 April       
Performance: NOS SOLITUDES (“Our solitudes”) - A.I.M.E. Company
Venue: Kamani auditorium, 7 pm (duration: 50min, contemporary)
A reflection on loneliness and weightlessness by renowned dancer and choreographer Julie Nioche, « Nos solitudes » is a graceful choreographic work conceived around a suspended body. In this new space and gravity ratio, the moving body experiences loneliness while the strings of a guitarist resound in a dream-like dialogue.
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John Travolta to Attend 15th IIFA Awards

Report by Santanu Ganguly: New Delhi: America is all set to witness the unique convergence of Hollywood and Indian Cinema, as IIFA (International Indian Film Academy) rolls out its Green Carpet in Tampa Bay. The Award Winning Actor John Travolta is set to make an appearance at India’s biggest celebration of cinema, the 15th Videocon D2H IIFA Weekend and Tata Motors IIFA Awards later this month. The actor will also receive a special honour at the Awards ceremony, being the ‘Most Popular All time International star in India’.
The superstar’s presence at IIFA is symbolic to the coming together of the two distinctive film industries. Travolta will grace the extravaganza extending his support and appreciation of the Indian Film Industry and its spectacular influence world over. An iconic name in Hollywood, John Travolta has seen staggering success as an actor, singer and dancer. Travolta has starred in numerous eponymous blockbusters including Saturday Night Fever, Pulp Fiction, GreaseSwordfishFace Off, Broken Arrow and Ladder 49. The multitalented star has been nominated for the Academy Award twice and nominated for 7 Golden Globes. He went on to win 2 Golden Globes including one for his performance in the critically acclaimed film Get Shorty.
The third day of the Videocon d2h IIFA Weekend (25th of April) will see the IIFA Magic of the Movies and Technical Awards. Held at The MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, it will be a night of music, dance and awards, with performances from Kareena Kapoor Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Farhan Akthar, Pritam, Bipasha Basu and a special musical act by the Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. The 26th night, the Tata Motors IIFA Awards will see performances by Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh, Madhuri Dixit-Nene, Siddharth Malhotra and Deepika Padukone among others. Tickets for both shows will be available at www.ticketmaster.com
 The 15th IIFA Weekend & Awards will be celebrated in Tampa Bay, Florida from the 23rd-26th of April. This will be IIFA’s debut in the United States.
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Man Utd Sacks David Moyes; Giggs to Take Charge

EFT Report: Iconic English club Manchester United has sacked manager David Moyes with immediate effect.

A tweet on the club's official Twitter account read: 'BREAKING: Manchester United announces that David Moyes has left the club. The club would like to place on record its thanks for the hard work, honesty and integrity he brought to the role.'

Man Utd Sacks David Moyes; Giggs to Take Charge
Man Utd Sacks David Moyes

It emerged on Monday that United's owners, the Glazer family, had lost patience with Moyes after a dismal season that has seen the Red Devils slump to 7th in the EPL table. The final straw was Sunday's 2-0 defeat at Everton, their 11th in the Barclays Premier League this season.

Moyes, who has not even completed 1 year of his 6-year contract, is expected to receive a hefty compensation package. Ryan Giggs will take temporary charge for Saturday's home match with Norwich City.
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Rani Mukerji and Aditya Chopra Get Married, Secretly!

It wasn't 'Khandala' for Rani Mukerji but the land of romance 'Italy' that got the vivacious Bollywood actress married to long time love Aditya Chopra.

Yes, the very famous and 'in news' film critic Taran Adarsh broke this 'HEAVY HEAVY' news on twitter last night.
Also in that true YASH RAJ issshtyle....the VP of Marketing & Communications - Rafiq Gangjee said - “We are happy to announce that Mr. Aditya Chopra and Ms. Rani Mukerji got married last night on 21st April in Italy. The wedding was a very small intimate affair with very close family and friends. We wish the couple a very happy married life.”

I an like this huge Rani fan and have been actually waiting for ages for her to get married, and she gets hitched, so privately! I am still a happy fan.
I still remember when how Rani has been very confidently “with a wide smile” hpsting several Chopras' functions, also at Jab Tak Hain Jaan premiere and lot more.

Mrs. Rani Aditya Chopra expressed her happiness and how much she missed Yash Uncle. She said - “I would like to share the happiest day of my life with all my fans all over the world whose love and blessings have been part of my journey all these years. I know that all my well-wishers who have waited for this day will be really happy for me. It was a beautiful wedding in the Italian countryside with just a few of our close family and friends with us. The one person I missed terribly was Yash Uncle, but I know he was there with us in spirit and his love and blessings will always be with Adi and me. I have always believed in fairy-tales and with God’s grace my life has been exactly like one, and now as I enter the most important chapter of my life – the fairy-tale continues.”

Well, Many Congratulations Rani!
E-Ball wishes you a 'happiie-shappiiee' Punjabi married life!
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Danny Boyle Zooms in on Leonardo DiCaprio for Apple Co-Founder Steve Jobs Biopic

EFT Report: After his strong, credible but Oscar-less portrayal as New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf Of Wall Street, Leonardo DiCaprio is now tipped to play the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in a new biopic to be directed by Danny Boyle. The pair last worked together on 2000 film The Beach.

Leonardo for Danny Boyle 's Steve Jobs Biopi
Leonardo for Danny Boyle 's Steve Jobs Biopic

DiCaprio has yet to sign on for the movie; the 39-year-old has already signed to star in the thriller ‘The Revenant’, with shooting likely to begin in September. Ashton Kutcher’s Jobs released last year flopped at the Box Office.
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