While his films boast of reflection of society, with the same intention, Vishal Bhardwaj has taken ahead his love for art in a different form. From what we hear, he is a closet poet who has now taken forward his love for poems a step ahead by publishing a series of poetries in his book Nude. While it is a coffee table book, the title definitely raised eyebrows owing to its provocative nature. A similarly titled Marathi film Nude recently had to face the wrath of censors owing to its title and we wonder if Vishal is ready to face the same situation. However, the filmmaker asserts that the title was given to publishing before the controversy was triggered. Not just that, but the director producer also added that the idea is not to titillate an audience but trigger an intellectual debate about the creative liberties of an artiste without visions of shivering children or a naked Parliament. Known as one of the most unabashed filmmakers, Vishal explores the theme of love and romance in his poetries which also includes decoding of different eras ranging from old world love to the latest generation of WhatsApp breakups. His poetries also depict the paradoxical realities of the rich and the poor with references how film personalities are often used as scapegoats in situations. Maintaining that the films are a reflection of the society, Bhardwaj believes that this is his way of reacting to situations in the country instead of participating in hunger strikes and leading morchas. From taking professional training with renowned shayars like Ambar Kharbanda to Ashok Mizaj Badr and inspired by Oshos discourses, Vishal set out on a journey of a poet after Gulzar [saab] gave him an ultimatum, a year ago, of sending the poetries to Harper Collins to publish it in a book. This is his first step towards it. Considering that he is keenly inclined towards them, we believe Bhardwaj will take forward the legacy since his father Ram Bhardwaj too was a popular poet.
Super Fight League which enjoyed a successful inning last year witnessed celebrity patrons like Ajay Devgn , Salim and Sulaiman, Tiger Shroff and Randeep Hooda co-owning Mumbai Maniacs, Delhi Heroes, UP Nawabs, Bengaluru Tigers and Haryana Sultans teams respectively for the inaugural season. The premier professional league which kicks off Season 2 in March 2018, featuring 96 players, 8 teams and prize money of INR 4 crores will witness Arbaaz Khan investing in Gujarat Warriors as a co-owner along with his consortium of friends including Amit Agarwal (SJ Granulate Solutions Pvt Ltd), Keshav Bansal (Intex) and Nilesh Parwar (3 Capital Limited). Jacqueline Fernandez meanwhile has co-owned Goa Pirates. The second season of the leading MMA league will be conducted at MTV SFL Arena, Famous Studios, Mahalaxmi, Mumbai from February 9, 2018 to March 17, 2018. Sohail Khan bought a stake in the Super Boxing League last year with Arbaaz Khan following suit this year with a stake in the Super Fight League. The newest addition the roster of celebrity co-owners, Arbaaz Khan states, I have been following this sport since I was in high school. India is seeing a progressive change with the focus shifting to alternate sports and I see an opportunity in promoting SFL to popularise MMA in India. Being a sports enthusiast, it was a good opportunity to co-own a team in one of the futuristic sporting formats. I was privy to Season 1 and I was quite impressed with how the league was conducted in a professional and principled manner and felt a professional league like this will provide the right ecosystem for the action sport to enter the mainstream of the country. There are almost 10 million martial artists in our country today and the talent is vast and varied. Bill Dosanjh, Founder & CEO, Super Fight League adds on, We are delighted to bring on board entrepreneurs from Bollywood who see the value in MMA, to partner with us as team co-owners. We have been studying who will be the best fit for our teams on the basis of their work and commitment towards sports. After cricket, MMA is the second most-watched sport online in India today and it has a great connect with the youth just like Bollywood. With this move we hope to cement our headship position further. For a country like India, I believe endorsements work really well and the Bollywood connect has been an aspect that worked well for us in Season 1 and we will further leverage it this year Since its establishment in 2012, Super Fight League has staged more than 67 live televised events worldwide across India, UAE, the US and Canada. Brand leadership team British business magnate and sports enthusiast Bill Dosanjh and professional boxing sensation and two-time world champion Amir Khan tweaked the format to make SFL the first point-based MMA league. Super Fight League is the first homegrown professional MMA promotion in the Indian Subcontinent to produce events worldwide. A franchisee-based competition, the Super Fight League will feature eight teams and has been sanctioned by the All India Mixed Martial Arts Association, the governing body for MMA in India.
With many actresses coming out in support of women empowerment and the varied causes related to it, 90s diva Raveena Tandon too has extended a helping hand towards it in a unique manner. The actress, known for her powerful performances in films like Satta and Daman , will collaborate with a university in Kolkata to talk about the topic of sexual harassment. With sexual harassment becoming a raging issue in many countries including India where women often try to subdue their experiences by maintaining silence, many actresses are motivating the female population to raise their voice against such abusive behaviour. Raveena Tandon has now decided to extend her support to the cause by featuring in a documentary that revolves around sexual assault of women. In fact, the actress herself featured in a film on sexual assault called Maatr [Mother] in which she features in the role of a strong mother who decided to avenge the culprits who gang rape her teenage daughter. From what we hear, the university was inspired by Raveena Tandons role in the said thriller and approached the actress to be part of the video in order to add weight to intensity of the issue. An insider informs that Raveena has also shared her insight on blending storytelling and the social evil as one with the students. Happy with the final draft of the script, she will shoot for the documentary in the beginning of the next year. Talking about the issue and the documentary in question, Raveena said, I feel responsible to share all that I have learnt from my experience of working with organizations that deal with sexual assault. Im relieved with the youths participation in opening the dialogue for suchan issue. This is not the first time where Raveena Tandon is being associated with women empowerment. The actress has previously worked with numerous NGOs that work towards this cause.