Archive for November, 2015

Fashionista Rupali Suri to debut with English film Dad… Hold My Hand


Rupali Suri - Pic 5 (Image Courtesy - Dale Bhagwagar Media Group)

Ramp showstopper and theatre actress Rupali Suri is all set to make her big screen debut playing a key role in director Arun Frank’s first feature film Dad… Hold My Hand. Being made entirely in English, the film shot in London and Mumbai, is expected to do the rounds of the festival circuit, apart from releasing in India and the West.

Rupali Suri - Pic 1 (Image Courtesy - Dale Bhagwagar Media Group)

Rupali plays the lead’s fiancé Ria in the film starring Denzil Smith, Ratna Pathak and Jayesh Kodwani. “Stepping into the world of movies is an interesting transition for me from ramp and theatre. Creativity needs new avenues to evolve. So it’s fun tapping newer platforms and challenging myself to different art forms,” she beams.

Rupali Suri - Pic 2 (Image Courtesy - Dale Bhagwagar Media Group)

Produced by Wet Grass Films and presented in association with Bad Girl Films (UK), Dad… Hold My Hand is written and directed by Arun Frank, who has spearheaded more than a dozen TV projects earlier, and was once dubbed ‘the most successful success machine’ for Indian television.

Rupali Suri - Pic 3 (Image Courtesy - Dale Bhagwagar Media Group)

An appealing mix of oomph and the girl-next-door with a mesmerizing voice, Rupali started out winning the Gladrags MegaModel contest a few years ago. She also represented India at the Miss Tourism International and bagged the Best Personality title, competing with supermodels from 88 countries.

Rupali Suri - Pic 4 (Image Courtesy - Dale Bhagwagar Media Group)

The gal who has been a favourite with leading designers on the national and international fashion scene, has also done theatre, anchoring, and commercials for top brands including Tata Indicom, Liril, Dettol, Sunsilk, Pediasure, Coke, Britannia and Bombay Dyeing.

Rupali Suri - Pic 7 (Image Courtesy - Dale Bhagwagar Media Group)


Housemates gang-up against Mandana Karimi on Bigg Boss

Mandana Karimi is once again at the receiving end on India’s No.1 reality show Bigg Boss. After being targeted in the first two weeks by most of the contestants on Bigg Boss 9, Housemates have once again ganged-up against the most beautiful contestant of the Season.

Mandana Karimi - Pic 3 (Image Courtesy - Dale Bhagwagar Media Group)

Mandana’s frank nature and forthright behaviour has made everyone from Yuvika Chaudhary, Rochelle Rao, Rimi Sen, Kishwer Merchant, Suyyash Rai and Prince Narula unite against her.

This is not the first time such targeting has happened with a girl on Bigg Boss. Since the first Season, it has happened with Rakhi Sawant, Kashmera Shah, Sambhavna Seth, Pooja Misrra and Sonali Raut. It has also happened with Big Brother winner Shilpa Shetty.

Coincidentally, these names have also had one professional in common… Bollywood publicist Dale Bhagwagar. “Mandana is a target of Housemates because she speaks up, but trust me; contestants harrowing her, will not stop her from speaking her mind,” says the PR specialist.

Mandana Karimi - Pic 9 (Image Courtesy - Dale Bhagwagar Media Group)

“Let’s not forget what Mandana had told Salman Khan just before she entered the house. She’d said: The Housemates can love me or hate me, but they won’t be able to ignore me.’ Whether they like it or not, they have to contend and compete with her.”

Just like Shilpa Shetty on Big Brother, Mandana is a fighter on Bigg Boss, feels Dale. “Their natures and personas are completely different, but both are women of substance. Mandana might break down for a while, but she will fight back,” says the public relations expert. But she is also sensitive enough to admit a mistake, which is what makes her all the more interesting, he points out.

Mandana Karimi - Pic 11 (Image Courtesy - Dale Bhagwagar Media Group)

True! After the girl blasted out at most Housemates for targeting her again this week, she felt she should not have used blunt words and a high-pitched tone. So Mandana took help from Aman Verma (coincidently, another PR client of Dale) to say sorry to the camera in proper Hindi. That was some humility and dignity; qualities Bigg Boss may look for in a winner.

Aman Verma beats Bigg Boss 9 housemates in sportiness!

Television superstar Aman Verma, currently on India’s number one television show Bigg Boss, has dared to do the unthinkable. As part of the Hotel BB task, on the request of fiery housemate Mandana Karimi, Aman has dared to shave off all the hair from his scalp and go bald. Whoa!

Aman Verma in his new bald avatar on Bigg Boss. (Image Courtesy - Colors)

When Mandana asked Aman to do this in the presence of ex-contestants and guests Sana Khan and Ali Quli Mirza, Aman said okay to it without even flinching an eyelid which surprised everyone in the House. “Agreeing to something like this just for a task, is such a big sacrifice for an actor,” quipped Ali.

“In a masterstroke, Aman has proved that he is undoubtedly the most sporting contestant on the show,” points out his publicist Dale Bhagwagar, who is coincidently, also the PR to Mandana Karimi and has handled the media for a full twenty contestants of Bigg Boss since the first season.

Aman Verma 5 (Image Courtesy - Dale Bhagwagar Media Group)

True that! Aman has beaten fellow housemates Rimi Sen, Suyyash Rai,  Kishwer Merchant, Yuvika Chaudhary, Digangana Suryavanshi and Prince Narula hands down in sportiness. They need to learn a lesson or two from him in team spirit.

“Aman is a man of ethics, correctness and discipline. But what’s unique about him is that he also understands strategy and entertainment, two of the most important factors for survival on reality television,” adds the public relations expert, who thoroughly briefs his clients on reality TV maneuvers before they enter the show.

Aman Verma 2 (Image Courtesy - Dale Bhagwagar Media Group)

Dale adds that “new battle lines have been drawn between housemates after the Hotel BB task. Bigg Boss Season 9 is picking pace and how. First, the Wild Card entry Rishabh Sinha pepped things up and now, another Wild Card Puneet Vashisht may do more. The Boss is about to go full throttle once again.”