Hatchback Cars in Sri Lanka

For Tata Motors, Sri Lanka has been the first international market for cars, utility vehicles, pick-ups and trucks. From the Tata Nano to the 54-seater Starbus, from the 0.75 tonne Ace to the 45-tonne Prima, vehicles from Tata Motors have found a strong connect in the Sri Lankan market. Recently, they have launched Tata GenX Nano Automatik in this pearl of the Indian Ocean.

Tata GenX Nano Automatik – The next generation small car is one of the best compact hatchback cars in Sri Lanka. 

Compact GenX Nano Automatik

It’s technologically advanced features takes driving to the next level with all of its technologically advanced features, superior to other small cars in the segment.


Genx Nano Automatik Inifinity Motif Design Theme

With a wide smile on a confident face, the GenX Nano comes with a completely rejuvenated design philosophy. Inspired by the ‘Infinity’ symbol, this car incorporates multiple design cues that give it a sporty attitude.

  • Front and rear bumpers with Infinity motif grille
  • Stylish interiors with first-in-segment^ colour themes
  • Smoked headlamps with black bezel and large circular fog lamps
  • Sporty integrated tailgate spoiler New generation Tata signature steering wheel


Tata GenX Nano Automatik Gears

GenX Nano offers the convenience of driving an automatic car with the remarkable fuel efficiency of a manual car. With so much technology at your command, it is truly an advanced compact hatch.

  • Automated Manual Transmission
  • Sports Mode for enhanced acceleration
  • Mileage of 21.9 km/I
  • Shift Assist manual mode for convenience of changing gears as per driver requirement *
  • Creep feature for parking ease and bumper-to-bumper trac maneuverability
  • Smallest turning radius of 4m for easy maneuverability
  • Large 24L fuel tank for longer driving range
  • Remarkable zippy drive through advanced ECU developed with BoschTM, Germany


Tata Genx Nano Automatik Luggage Space

Thoughtfully crafted interiors and spacious cabin make for a comfortable and joyful drive.

  • ePAS (Electric Power-Assisted Steering) with speed sensitivity and active return function
  • 110L luggage space and class-leading interior space, shoulder room and legroom
  • Best-in-class AC
  • Front power windows
  • Keyless remote central locking


The new GenX Nano, with advanced structural stability, offers you a confident drive with complete peace of mind.

  • Impact cushioning crumple zone
  • Reinforced body structure for enhanced frontal crash safety
  • Robust side doors with intrusion beams for side crash protection
  • Anti-roll bar for high speed stability SUV-like ground clearance of 180mm


Tata Genx Nano Automatik Music System

The new GenX Nano comes with an advanced information display and entertainment system that not only keeps you entertained but also informed about your car’s performance as you drive.

  • AmphiStreamTM music system with Radio, CD, USB & AUX-in connectivity
  • BluetoothTM for phone calls & music streaming
  • Surround sound effect with 4 speakers
  • First-in-segment digital information display with trip meter, instantaneous fuel consumption , distance-to-empty, average fuel consumption, gear shift indicator

The GenX Nano Automatik is truly a smart city car designed for the next generation.

Weight Loss and a Great Body with OZiva Protein & Herbs

How many of us have tried adhering to strict diet patterns and sacrificed on our favourite foods in a bid to lose that extra bulge? Ranging from expensive and non-feasible juice cleanses to starving crash diets- we have failed miserably not only at our inability to shed the fat but also have felt rather more fatigued after being on such special kinds of a diets.

Post the Age of 30, why do women tend to gain weight?

Perhaps, if we just prod ourselves to scientifically explain our situational crisis, science tells us, that post the age of 30 years, the body begins to undergo sarcopenia (muscle loss) which of course, happens as a result of lack of physical activity among other things.

However, what muscle loss with age generally leads to is more weight gain through fat accumulation, as fat tends to fill in the spaces that muscle formerly was in.


What is Protein’s role in breaking down Fat?

Now, most of us are aware how protein has always been one to help with the basic body functions (muscle building, hair and skin health and what not!) But the one thing where it becomes an important ingredient to be emphasized upon as a part of our diets is due to its role in the breakdown and burning of fat. While not all fat is harmful, as long as it fits well into the normal range of fat requirement, you are good (as shown in the table below).

Fat % Status


Males Females
Essential Fat


5% 8%
Minimal Fat Weight


5% 15%


5-13% 12-18%
Optimal Fitness


14-18% 18-22%

‘How do you get your protein intake right?’ comes next as being a part of a chaotic schedule and very little time to spare for oneself, one might as well wonder.

This is where OZiva Protein & Herbs has been and continues to grow as an integral part of most women’s daily life in India.


As quoted on OZiva’s website:

“At OZIVA we aim at solving the basic challenge faced by many people – the lack of nutrition. We have worked with nutritionists and researchers to develop the perfect, nutrition-rich products ranging from well-rounded meal replacements to high protein blends, to help tackle the problems like irregular meal timings, faulty food choices, to combat the stress of a fast-paced life among other problems that are now a part of everyone’s life.”

Why OZiva Protein & Herbs?

It is easily one of the healthy and wholesome protein rich food option that one can have post workout or as your breakfast shake, especially for those who are running short of time. Super yummy and effortless preparation make Protein & Herbs be your first choice in the mornings!

The First Whey Protein with Ayurvedic Herbs – Different Herbs for Men & Women

Coming to the nutritive value, in total, it gives more than 30 gm of protein per scoop when taken with milk. Also, the fact that this product is enriched with an Ayurvedic herbal blend is something to watch out for! With the choicest herbs specific to men & women, ranging from Shatavari (for hormonal balance and vitality), Tulsi (for its purification properties: boosts hair health and even, clear skin tone), Ashwagandha ( for boosting metabolism and de-stressing), ginger extract ( for strengthening immunity) and green tea extract (powerhouse of antioxidants to help you burn all that extra flab!).

Not only that, Protein & Herbs also houses the multifaceted omega 3 with its horde of health benefits. Traced from plant sources to suit vegetarian and Jain preferences, this product stands as an impressive choice for everyone. Omega 3 fatty acids are not only helpful in keeping with your heart’s health, but also help with muscle maintenance (lowering your chances of muscle loss!)

Taste matters, so does time!

With its easy mixability and delicious chocolate flavour, it can be easily blended with absolutely anything- be it, dark chocolate or oats or fruits or even nuts. The result is deliciously indulgent yet healthy shake in less than 2 minutes.

It also serves as the perfect on-the-go option when one is running short on time and needs a quick fix for a healthy meal! Protein & Herbs shake is low in sugar and yet tastes amazing! So, while you are trying to watch out your fat% and food habits, this shake will be one to keep you on the right health track.

Nutrition Helpline – To help you with your diet

Another, worth mentioning fact about OZiva is the diet consultation which is absolutely free with the product. It’s commendable that the brand has taken such a customer friendly approach to quench the user’s queries!

You can read more about the product on OZiva website (Click Here) or Amazon or speak to their nutritionist at +91-9769298556.

Say yes to a better health; Be a Better You !

10 Reasons to Watch A Flying Jatt

We all love superheroes. It’s not about their capes or masks or the logos on their chest, it’s not even about their supernatural powers. The reason we all love them is because the dilemmas and problems that superheroes face are close to our reality and we somehow aspire to do these altruistic and selfless acts ourselves around us. Isn’t it?

And now we have our very own Desi Superhero. Yes, he is A Flying Jatt and he is coming to meet you on Zee Cinema on 22nd October at 8 pm.


Here are 10 reasons to watch A Flying Jatt on Zee Cinema

1. India’s first flying Superhero

India’s first flying superhero – A Flying Jatt saves the day in the coolest way. Bestowed not only with this incredible superpower our man can also display some jaw-dropping martial art moves.

2. This Superhero has a Supermom

Most of the superheroes that we know pledge to save the world and have lost their parents to an accident. But this super hero has a supermom who constantly reminds him of his duties. A typical Indian mother, she scolds him every time his reluctant to use his superpowers. She definitely is a supermom!

3. Powers + Killer dance moves = Legendary Superhero

You might be Superman or Batman but one thing our flying Jatt wins at is killer dance moves. Saving the world and burning the dance floor all in one – WOW! Now that is what they call a superhero. Let’s shake our booty on the beat with this superhero.

4. The youngest Superhero

Hrithik Roshan and Shah Rukh Khan also had special powers in movies like Krrish and Ra.One respectively. But what sets Tiger Shroff apart is his age. At 26, he bagged a superhero movie as his third film while the others have had a longer run in films before had a long career preceding their superhero ventures.

5. Jatt Fly Karda

As the name suggests, Flying Jatt is all about a superhero who not only goes all out to save his city, but also believes in his prime religious duty of helping mankind. He is the first superhero who has incorporated his human and religious sensibilities in saving his city.

6. Accidental superhero

Our very own superhero was not born with these powers but became a superhero by accident. A superhero at heart and and one who is courageous enough to fight despite being scared is what makes a ordinary man a true superhero.

7. Do your chores before you catch the ‘chors’

He is no ordinary superhero because at home, he has to do all the chores like any other child. From lending a helping hand in cleaning the house or buying vegetables, this superhero has to do it all. He might be a superhero for the world but at home, you have to do what your mother asks you to do.

8. A hero with a consciousness:

We all have to give back to our society and the Flying Jatt definitely believes in this.  A protector of mother nature and a condemner of pollution, this superhero does all to protect the environment.

9. A child at heart:

He might have a serious job at hand but he is a child at heart. This is what sets him apart making him a fun, relatable superhero. He has the superpowers but he also has a child in him who will touch your hearts.

10. He is coming to meet you soon

This superhero has no airs about having special powers and is very down to earth and humble. So, he has decided to meet you and save his beloved city of Amritsar with the World Television Premiere of his film, A Flying Jatt on 22nd October, 2016 at 8 pm.

FreeCharge – Fast, Convenient, Useful & Secured

Mobile payment apps are leading the change in mobile commerce. Mobile payment is generally refer to payment services operated under financial regulation and performed from or via a mobile device. Instead of paying with cash, cheque, or credit cards, a consumer can use a mobile phone to pay for a wide range of services and digital or hard goods.

FreeCharge is India’s No.1 payments app. Customers across the country useFreeCharge FreeCharge to make prepaid, postpaid, DTH, metro recharge and utility bill payments for numerous service providers. Recently, FreeCharge launched its wallet in September 2015 and customers are already using it to pay across all major online platforms and offline stores like Shoppers Stop, McDonalds, Cinepolis, HomeStop, Crosswords, Hypercity and even for E-Rickshaws, the list is growing by the day.

At FreeCharge, 300 odd people in the Mission Control team are working round the clock to deliver consumers first class experience. The Mission Control team which includes SRE, Dev Ops, cloud automation, cloud security & IT, the marketing group, the Analytics team, QA, The Design Mafia (UI & UX), the product managers, the payments team, the technology team, the mobile team!

FreeCharge provides the following benefits:

Simple and Convenient User Interface and User Experience

The fundamental principles that dictates UI/UX strategy for FreeCharge is ‘No typing only tapping’ and that the transaction should happen in less than 10 secs. The emphasis is on ‘faster checkouts’ in anything and everything consumer does in relation to payments.

I tried recharging my  phone in less than 10 seconds, yes, you heard it right!

There are additional features like ‘Bill Payment Reminder’ and ‘Auto Pay’ that have been a direct outcome of the fundamental principles mentioned above.

High Security

FreeCharge has all systems that are in place – so that consumers can have a secure payment experience.

FreeCharge has built its own (in-house) risky transactions management platform and has a dedicated risk & security team that looks at patterns so that they are always ready to respond to any and every kind of fraudulent actions possible. The platform has been built purely on the basis of Indian data and not global data – which makes it even more robust and trustworthy.

The passwords of users are never stored in the FreeCharge system. All passwords are encrypted using one way non-reversible keys which makes it impossible for abuse. FreeCharge has actually assigned every single bank account of the country to pin codes and have a database of risky transaction pin codes.

The eye opening fact is that in terms of risky transactions FreeCharge is at 1/7th of the Indian benchmark which is better than many top financial institutions.

The systems at FreeCharge are designed to study 500-600 parameters of the mobile phone and over time have become robust to raise flags when a suspicious transaction are recorded. For example, recently when there was an attack on Yahoo, Freecharge reached out to all its users who have a registered Yahoo account and made them to change their passwords.

A ‘lock-out’ can happen if a consumer tries beyond ‘x’ times to login and is not able to login.

FreeCharge has deployed a number of proprietary technologies to deliver best in class security. It is compliant with all major security standards such as PCI-DSS compliance. The wallet has very stringent protocols on wallet velocity, device fingerprinting, device encryption and identification and hold limits which are designed to trap and eliminate fraud. 

The proprietary technology ‘On-the-Go-Pin’ (OTP) fulfils the RBI’S mandate for two-factor authentication and does not require even a single additional investment by retailers or a customer, making the transaction secure, swifter and in less than 10 seconds!

Security is the number 1 priority at FreeCharge! It has been voted as India’s most secure start-up and the 2nd most preferred wallet.

There are also various features in the FreeCharge app like WhatsApp money through FreeCharge, Speed Pay etc.

An upcoming feature, ‘AutoPay’ was also introduced. Users can now activate AutoPay and completely forget about their recharge and bill due dates. Also, the category of ‘donations’ was introduced wherein users would be able to donate money to various NGOs using the FreeCharge wallet and also get the certificate to claim tax exemptions.

Since Credit Card theft and Account Theft are commonly seen, team at FreeCharge is performing high level fraud checks to minimize and tackle these attacks.

Prompt Customer Service

Most of the customer queries and complaints are addressed within 20 minutes that they came in throughout 24 hours of the day and 7 days a week.

FreeCharge is relentlessly working to give consumers the best digital payment experience in the most secured way.

Do you use FreeCharge? Which is your preferred Mobile Payment App?

Xender Launches New Version

Our smart phones are our lifelines. And that’s because of their ease of use, portability, accessibility, multi-functionality. We click pictures, record videos, store songs and movies, work on documents and presentations on our smartphones.  All these files and folders need to be transferred from one phone to the other or from phone to PC and back again.  

Xender is one of the best apps for moving files between your computers and devices and sending them to your contacts. It allows users to share any type of file, at any time, without any mobile data usage. Xender supports Android, IOS, Windows, PC/ Mac cross-platform transferring with over 200 times Bluetooth transfer speed. Xender currently supports over 22 languages including English, Hindi, Arabic, Chinese Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Thai and Bengali.

Recently, Xender, has announced the launch of its new  clip_image002version – with comprehensive functions and better user experience. Xender has maintained a leading position as the world’s fastest, most convenient mobile sharing tool at zero cost.

Xender offers seamless transmission between Android, iPhone, Windows Mobile, Windows PC and Apple MAC system. Xender was launched in 2013, the current global cumulative user 330 million, India has more than 110 million users, and hopes next three years, the global cumulative users reached 800 million.

Installation Size Reduced

The new version of Xender has been reduced to 4.5M which gets further compressed in the absence of Wifi. Sharing of Xender is now more rapid and convenient.

Interactive Management Made Convenient

Xender does not need a USB connection or PC software installation. It can be used to transfer files anywhere, anytime – from documents, music, pictures, to videos and apps or any other file types of unlimited file size. Xender also allows users to view, move or delete files received and even to make a backup copy whenever needed to clean the phone storage.


No Replacement Trouble

You can also switch mobile data like contacts, SMS, pictures, music, videos, games and any other files from your old phone to the new one in one simple step.


Friendly Design
Xender satisfies all operating needs with functions related to transfer of files: opening, installing, uninstalling, deleting, viewing etc.


  • Sliding Mass Map : Connect two mobile phones and browse photos at the same time. Smoothly share photos with just a slide
  • Search : Use the search function and search for any file
  • Hidden Files : Protect your privacy and hide anything from prying eyes

You may Download Xender from Google Play.

Which app do you use for your file sharing needs? Do share about it in the comment box.

If ‘Gandhi’ was made in 2016…

Some movies should be viewed again and again. There’s something wonderful about revisiting a classic. With its proposition of ‘Woh Zamaana Kare Deewana’, Zee Classic is India’s only Hindi movie channel that endeavors to recreate the magic of iconic classics and new age cinema by showcasing not just the films that shaped Indian cinema but also acquaint viewers with the creative talent who were a part of that timeless era.

In order to mark the occasion of India’s 70th year of independence, Zee Classic premieres


One of the most iconic films of all times, Gandhi (1982) was produced and directed by Richard Attenborough and written by John Briley. Starring Ben Kingsley, Rohini Hattangadi, Edward Fox, Roshan Seth, amongst others. The story is that of an Indian lawyer who returned from racially segregated South Africa to drive the British out of his home country through successive acts of non-violent protest. The portrayal of how simplicity and the power collectivism can throw over a whole British empire bringing them to their knees.

As Zee Classic gears up to premiere ‘Gandhi’, this Saturday, on 13th August at 8 PM in ‘India’s Finest Films’ and on Monday, 15th August at 10 PM, we wonder who would be a part of this classic if it was to be re-made in 2016!


1982 : Sir Richard Attenborough had the ability and talent to accommodate a person’s entire lifespan in a couple of hours. He did a phenomenal job right from the research to bringing alive the legacy of the father of our nation on big screen.

2016: Ashutosh Gowarikar known for his love for historical films and bringing lost eras to life with Lagaan, Jodha Akbar and Swadesh, is undoubtedly our choice to direct this film today.

Mahatma Gandhi

1982: Ben Kingsley played the role of Mahatma Gandhi in the movie.

2016: Mr. Perfectionist Aamir Khan is the man for the job. Known for his chameleon skills to adapt to various roles and characters combined with his attention to detail, Aamir Khan should play the role of our beloved Baapu.

Kasturba Gandhi

1982: Rohini Hoattangadi, beautifully portrayed Kasturba Gandhi, wife of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. 

2016: Kajol, one of India’s most acclaimed actresses can easily pull off the role of Baa.

General Dyer

1982: Edward Fox is etched in our minds as the dreadful and shrewd General Dyer who was hated by all for his infamous Jallianwala Bagh massacre.

2016: Tom Alter with his international looks and versatile talent can be General Dyer in ‘Gandhi’.

Jawahar Lal Nehru

1982: Roshan Seth played the role of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru to perfection.

2016: The Nawab of Bollywood, Saif Ali Khan wins hands down with his charming royal looks.

Sardar Patel

1982: Saeed Jaffery pulled off the role of The Iron Man of India, Sardar Patel flawlessly.            

2016: Paresh Rawal’s known for his diverse character roles makes him our choice to play the part.

Mohammad Ali Jinnah

1982: Alyque Padamsee brought to life an important historic figure, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, popularly known as the father of Pakistan in history

2016: Irrfan Khan, a global Indian will surely cut ice in this role.

Lord Mountbatten

1982: Peter Harlowe played the part with the sternness of a bureaucrat and an attitude on his face.

2016: The suave, Rajat Kapoor has our vote to play the last viceroy of the British Indian Empire.

Whether it was 1982 or 2016, the story of the man who brought India independence needs to be told and needs to be heard!

Tune-in to Zee Classic to watch Richard Attenborough directed ‘Gandhi’ on this Saturday, 13th August at 8 PM and Monday, 15th August at 9:30 AM

Gandhi on Zee Classic

Image Source : Zee Classic

India’s Finest Films @ZeeClassic

Three hours of entertainment. Some songs, dance, action and comedy. Sounds familiar? Yes, that’s Bollywood movies for all of us!

From the 1960s through the 1980s, a film movement in Indian Cinema which was called Parallel Cinema or Art Films, started as an alternative to the mainstream commercial cinema ie Bollywood. These movies were known for its serious content, realism and naturalism,symbolic elements, with a keen eye on the socio-political climate of the times. These movies not only entertained but also left an impactful message for us to ponder on. Some of these movies actually change our mind-sets while some filled us up with emotional turmoil and some others, gave our life a new direction.  From socially relevant topics of child marriage, dowry, female feticide, re-marriage to a simple love story, film-makers have done it all.

Zee Classic, India’s leading Hindi movie channel endeavours to recreate the magic of iconic classic and new age cinema by showcasing not just the films that shaped Indian cinema, but also acquaint viewers with the creative talent who were a part of that timeless era.

Zee TV

Zee Classic boasts of an outstanding library of Indian cinematic classics and it has recently associated with National Film Development Corporation of India (NFDC).

Starting 16th July, every Saturday at 10 PM, Zee Classic will premiere ‘India’s Finest Films’, a distinguished property showcasing masterpieces like ‘Mirch Masala’, ‘Ek Doctor ki Maut’, ’27 Down’  and ‘Salaam Bombay’ amongst many other such gems from the NFDC library. These movies mark the debut of icons like Irrfan Khan, Pankaj Kapur, Naseeruddin Shah and many more. This festival kick starts with ‘Salaam Bombay!’ directed by Mira Nair on Saturday, 16th July at 10 PM.


Here is a list of 13 movies you cannot afford to miss:

1. Mirch Masala


For some Ketan Mehta will always remain the man who made Mirch Masala. An attention grabbing film, it rotates around the gender divide in the society. It is the story of Sonabai (Smita Patil) and her struggle to protect her sanctity from the evil Subedar (Naseeruddin Shah) and a village full of sexist men. The dusty and dried surroundings of Kutch shown in the movie probably are an illustration for the values of a male and class-dominated Indian culture.

Amongst other things Mirch Masala has gone down in history as one of Smita Patil’s finest performances with Forbes including her performance in the film on its list, ‘25 Greatest Acting Performances of Indian Cinema’.

Catch ‘Mirch Masala’ on 23rd July at 10 PM on Zee Classic

2. Salim Langde Pe Mat Roclip_image006

Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro is a rare film and an attempt to showcase the dilemmas faced by urban Muslims thoughtfully but boldly. In addition to the portrayal of Bombay’s mohalla life, it also shows the joys of friendship and camaraderie and pleasure of loafing around. Salim Langda (Pawan Malhotra) is a confident petty thief. Salim earns his livelihood by doing odd jobs for the big bosses of Bombay’s underworld. His final ambition is to ape these underworld kings whose status he envies.

Saeed Mirza, the director, has a long history of making films which have ridiculed stereotypes to which minorities are subject to in popular Hindi films and this movie is one of his finest creations. The film won the 37th National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi and the National Film Award for Best Cinematography in 1989.

Catch ‘Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro’ on 30th July at 10 PM on Zee Classic

3. Ek Doctor Ki Maut clip_image007

Ek Doctor Ki Maut is an award winning film by the noted Bengali director Tapan Sinha, which depicts the ostracism, bureaucratic negligence and insult of a doctor and his research, instead of recognition and credit. This movie is loosely based on the life of Dr. Subhash Mukhopadhyay, an Indian physician who pioneered the IVF treatment just around the same time when another leading scientist, Dr. Robert Edwards was conducting separate experiments in England.

The film won the 38th National Film Award for Second Best Feature Film, National Film Award for Best Direction and National Film Award – Special Jury Award awarded to the male lead, Pankaj Kapoor.

Catch ‘Ek Doctor Ki Maut on 6th August at 10 PM on Zee Classic

4. Gandhi clip_image008

The name says it all!

Gandhi (1982) was produced and directed by Richard Attenborough and written by John Briley. Starring Ben Kingsley, Candice Bergen, Edward Fox, John Gielgud, Trevor Howard, John Mills, Roshan Seth and Martin Sheen, it is one of the most iconic films of all times.

Gandhi is the highest Oscar winning film of all time – claiming eight awards from 11 nominations, including Best Film – although it almost never got made! The late director Richard Attenborough revealed in of his interviews “It took me 20 years to get the money to get that movie made. I remember my pitch to 20th Century Fox. The guy said: ‘Dickie, it’s sweet of you to come here. You’re obviously obsessed. But who will be interested in a little brown man wrapped in a sheet carrying a beanpole?’ I would have loved to have met that guy after the Oscars!”

Attenborough knew that he would be telling one of the 20th-century’s most remarkable stories, that of the Indian lawyer who returned from racially segregated South Africa to drive the British out of his home country through successive acts of non-violent protest.

Catch ‘Gandhi’ on 13th August at 10 PM on Zee Classic

5. Ardh Satyaclip_image009

Ardh Satya is directed by the very talented Govind Nihalani. The film is based on a short story by D.A. Panvalkar and the script is written by Vijay Tendulkar. It has Om Puri, Smita Patil, Amrish Puri, Naseeruddin Shah and Sadashiv Amarpurkar in lead roles. It is the story of Anant Welankar, son of a retired constable in Maharashtra Police, who is forced to let go of his dream of pursuing an MBA and join the Police force.

After Aakrosh, Ardh Satya is the second film made by Govind Nihalani. It is brutally honest in the depiction of the trials, tribulations, character and conflicts of its protagonist. In times when everything and everyone has a price, it is a hard hitting journey of an honest man… a part of which remains back to haunt you long after the credits have rolled.

Catch ‘Ardh Satya’ on 20th August at 10 PM on Zee Classic

6. Pestonjee clip_image010

Pestonjee is a film directed by Vijaya Mehta, starring Anupam Kher, Naseeruddin Shah and Shabana Azmi in lead roles. The film is an intimate look into the life and mannerisms of the Parsi community especially those living in the city of Bombay (now Mumbai) in the 1950s and 60s.

‘Life is for living, not for complaining.’ says the cover to ‘Pestonjee’. Phirohshah aka Phiroj (Naseeruddin Shah) and Pestonjee aka Pesi (Anupam Kher) are the best of friends. They are almost like twins. There is no life without one another and they also hope to get married at the same time. But destiny has something else stored for them.

Catch ‘Pestonjee’ on 3rd September at 10 PM on Zee Classic

7. Qissa clip_image011

All of us have grown up with different kinds of stories that were narrated to us. Some of them will be overlooked while some will be lost with the passage of time. But, the story of Qissa is timeless. Irrfan Khan as Umber Singh, Tisca Chopra as Mehar, Tilotama Shome as Kanwar Singh, Rasika Dugal as Neeli are the main protagonists of the movie.

Anup Singh’s Qissa is a powerful, haunting, superbly crafted film about the complexities of character and sexuality. Does personality stem from a society or nation you were conceived in, your sex, sexuality or just the environment you were brought up in and situations that formed you? The film packs these profound inquiries into a simple story.

Catch ‘Qissa’ on 10th September at 10 PM on Zee Classic

8. 27 Down clip_image012

27 Down is a film directed by Awtar Krishna Kaul, featuring Raakhee and M.K. Raina in lead parts. The film is description on 27 Down, the Bombay-Varanasi Express. Sanjay (M K Raina), the son of a railroad employee, gives up on his dreams of becoming an artist when his father demands he come back to the family occupation. He gauges life in train sounds and journeys. The requests of congruity influence his connection with a young lady Shalini (Rakhee).

27 Down is one of those rare gems of the Indian silver screen that merited more credit than what it really received. Despite it being made 40 years ago, it manages to remarkably portray the relationship between two young adults as they get together and try to discover themselves in each other through their conversations, meaningful connections and silent solitude!

Catch ’27 Down’ on 14th September at 10 PM on Zee Classic

9. Gangoobai clip_image013

“Apne pasand ki cheez milna badi baat hai.

Agar sab kuch mil gaya, lekin apne pasand ki cheez hi na mili toh matlab kya hai jeekay!”

(“It is a big thing, to get what one desires.

If you have everything, but cannot get that one thing you desire, then what is the point of living!”)

Directed by Priya Krishnaswamy, Sarita Joshi is the main protagonist in Gangoobai. The story revolves around an elderly maid who strives to accomplish her dream of buying a costly Gara sari and changes the lives of individuals she comes in contact with while in Mumbai to purchase the sari.

Catch ‘Gangoobai’ on 1st October at 10 PM on Zee Classic

10. Mammo clip_image014

Mammo (1994), a film by Shyam Benegal, is the first film in the series of Muslim trilogy including Sardari Begum (1996) and Zubeidaa (2001).

The film portrays the flinching truths frequently confronted by the powerless, post-partition. It reminds of the emotional torture of being torn far from one’s roots over and over; in spite of one turning a blind eye or making a noise for change in the circumstances which they have no control over. It makes one appreciate something which is frequently is taken for granted until it is lost or gone for good. The character of Mammo (Farida Jalal), abandons her family and home behind for love and moves to Pakistan. They live in peaceful co-existence until her husband leaves Mammo defenseless and desolate.

Even though the motion picture is named after Mammo, the film tells two stories, one of Mammo, obviously, and other of youthful Riyaaz…His life and companions, his trysts with cigarettes, adult films, his shame that he is not as affluent as his companions, him trying to find himself, his bothering on seeing a stranger trying to be a part of his family and his ambition of turning into an author in the future.

This movie is also the recipient of National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi and Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance by Farida Jalal and National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress by Surekha Sikri.

Catch ‘Mammo on 27th August at 10 PM on Zee Classic

11. Massey Sahib clip_image015

Massey Sahib is a 1985 film directed by Pradip Krishen, featuring Raghuvir Yadav in the main role. It was Pradip Krishen’s first film, and was based on a novel Mister Johnson written by Joyce Cary in 1939. The film also has stars like Arundhati Roy, who was yet to pen down her first novel and win the Man Booker Prize, alongside Barry John and Veerendra Saxena.

This story revolves around a man who is stuck in the crossfire where British Frontier principles smothered Indian freedom and colonializes it. This is a story told from an Indian perspective. Francis Massey (Raghuvir Yadav) works as a secretary for a British government officer in central India. Francis tries to out-do his employer in an attempt to be more British than him. He dresses British and even has a church wedding. He is not the most productive or gifted specialist, and his supervisor, the Commissioner Charles Adam (Barry John), regularly mediates on his benefit. But, Massey’s unexpected fate is entirely past the Commissioner’s mediation.

Even though Raghuvir Yadav has never won a National Award…he did win two International Awards for the Best Actor for Massey Sahib, FIPRESCI Critic’s Award, Venice Film Festival, 1986 and the Best Actor Silver Peacock, IIFI, 1987.

Catch ‘Massey Sahib’ on 17th September at 10 PM on Zee Classic

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Arvind Desai Ki Ajeeb Dastan (ADKAD), a film dear to Saeed Akhtar Mirza’s heart, was a masterpiece of the parallel silver screen development that was a tribute to Indian producers. The motion picture revolves around the internal clashes of a person born and brought in a city, who battles to comprehend the significance of his life and those encompassing him, including family and companions. It stars Shreeram Lagoo, Rohini Hattangadi, Satish Shah, Suresh Oberoi (in a cameo), Om Puri and Dilip Dhawan.

Arvind Desai (Dilip Dhawan) is a single child of a rich specialist (Shriram Lagoo) who deals in extravagant luxury handcrafted products. His has conflicting emotions for his dad. While he detests his commanding nature, he respects his aura, power and sharp mind. He has long examinations on workmanship and governmental issues with a Marxist companion (Om Puri). Much against his desires, his marriage is orchestrated to a young lady from a high-class family who has quite recently returned from Paris.

It’s a film about the trans-generational exchange of qualities and the repercussions of the prevalent legacy influencing the value system in the future.

Catch ‘Arvind Desai Ki Ajeeb Dastaan’ on 8th October at 10 PM on Zee Classic

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The Good Road is a 2013 Indian drama film written and directed by Gyan Correa. The film won the trophy for Best Gujarati film at the 60th National Film Awards. Also, it was the first Gujarati film ever chosen to represent India at the Oscars. The motion picture is described in a hyperlink arrangement, where a few stories are interwoven, with the focal point of the story being an expressway in the country terrains of Gujarat close to a town in Kutch.

A family on a holiday lose their child… A truck driver’s last rid… A young lady in search of hope… This is an adventurous journey, across a national highway, and into the heart of a concealed India, where demonstrations of extraordinary sympathy are shown to outsiders.

Catch ‘The Good Road’ on 15th October at 10 PM on Zee Classic

How many of the India’s Finest Films listed above have you seen? Which one is your absolute favourite?

Kiddies Express @AndPicturesIN

Summer will end soon enough, and childhood as well. – George R.R. Martin

Summer vacations are finally here! After the stressful time  during school exams it’s time for children to enjoy the carefree summer vacations filled with fun, sun, friends and family. Both children and parents are looking for productive and exciting activities to indulge in during these vacations.

&pictures – India’s premium mass Hindi movie channel – presents an opportunity of a perfect afternoon for kids and ensure that they watch some blockbusters with subtle life lessons shared in the most entertaining manner.




The summer movie festival, ‘Kiddies Express’, takes audiences on a fun-filled ride with blockbusters that not only entertain but share important life lessons too.

Starting from Monday, 9th May to Friday 13th May, &Pictures will air some wonderful movies for children daily at 12 noon.

Get aboard the &pictures ‘Kiddies Express’ that will present the following five movies that are entertaining and educational as well.

Kung Fu Panda

In the Valley of Peace, Po the Panda, finds himself chosen as the Dragon Warrior despite the fact that he is obese and a complete novice at martial arts. The movie is directed by John Stevenson and Mark Osborne and stars the voices of veteran Hollywood talent like Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Ian McShane, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, Randall Duk Kim, James Hong, and Jackie Chan.

An excerpt from the film:

Po: “Maybe I should just quit and go back to making noodles.”

Oogway: “Quit, don’t quit… Noodles, don’t noodles… You are too concerned about what was and what will be. There is a saying: yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.”




This film showcases the story of four animals who have spent their lives in blissful captivity in Manhattan’s Central Park Zoo. Chris Rock voices Marty, a jaded zebra is ready for a change after ten years of comfortable captivity at the Zoo. He flees for the green fields of Connecticut, prompting a rescue mission by his best friends: the Zoo’s star attraction Alex the lion (Ben Stiller), a bossy hippo named Gloria (Jada Pinkett Smith), and the clumsy, hypochondriac giraffe Melman (David Schwimmer). They are unexpectedly shipped back to Africa and end up getting shipwrecked on the island of Madagascar.

The film teaches us to rejoice everything that life throws our way just as like Kurt Vonnegut said, “Enjoy the little things in life cause one day you’ll look back and realise that they were the big things!”


Stuart Little 2

With subtle humor, loveable characters, a great script by Bruce Joel Rubin (Academy Award-winner, “Ghost”), Stuart Little 2 is one of the best family films of the summer.

The story begins with Stuart’s brother, George (Jonathan Lipnicki has given his voice) having found a new friend to play with, leaving Stuart (brilliantly voiced by Michael J. Fox) feeling left out. His mother Mrs. Little (Geena Davis’ voice) is overprotective of her minuscule younger son after he narrowly escapes an injury in a soccer game. His father (voice over by Hugh Laurie) sympathizes, but reminds Stuart of an old family adage, “Always look for the silver lining in the cloud.  The silver lining appears when Stuart rescues a homeless bird named Margelo (voiced by Melanie Griffith) from the sinister Falcon. They become friends and all is well until Margelo disappears one night. Stuart is convinced that Falcon is responsible and ventures out with the family cat Snowbell (voiced by Nathan Lane) to rescue her. Stuart Little 2 is a must-watch film for its characters, dialogue, music, and animation and fun moments. Stuart Little is courageous and humble while Snowbell is hilarious.

This visually impressive film provides wholesome entertainment for kids with Stuart enlightening us with some serious friendship goals like determination, trust, respect, and acceptance.




Based on a gorgeous picture book story of the same name by Chris Van Allsberg, Jumanji takes us through a beautiful magical adventure and makes it into a thrilling ride that defies everything. The excellent combination of adventure and comedy are the big attractions. A timeless adventure film, Jumanji is about two kids who play a magical board game. While playing it, they release an adult trapped in the game. They encounter various dangers which will come to an end only when the game is completed. The film was written by Greg Taylor, Jonathan Hensleigh and Jim Strain. It stars Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, David Alan Grier, Bonnie Hunt, Jonathan Hyde and Bebe Neuwirth.


Mr. Go

A crisp narrative and some truly amazing technical expertise combine to make Mr Go one of the best family films with big laughs, big emotion and even bigger thrills. Its engaging plot offers a thoroughly enjoyable experience for all ages. It is based on the classic 1980s comic ‘7th Baseball Club’, the titular character refers to a 285 kg circus gorilla who is the first to be recruited by a savvy baseball agent to join the professional

Korean Baseball League.  Setting the stage for the gorilla Ling Ling’s journey to Korea is the Great Sichuan Earthquake in 2008, which causes the death of 15- year old Wei Wei’s (Jiao Xu) grandfather and leaves her in charge of his circus with a huge debt over their heads. As debtors harass her, Wei Wei is left hassled on how to save the circus and the forty other orphans who stay under its roof. And so, when the wily Sung (Korean actor Sung Dong-il) comes in to assist, she readily accepts his offer to transform Ling Ling into a baseball star. Dreaming of success, Weiwei and Ling Ling go to South Korea and Ling Ling quickly becomes a superstar in the baseball league.

What makes it a must-see film is that it makes you smile with its heart-warming, poignant and inspirational story.



The line-up of Kiddie Express in a snapshot:


Catch the ‘Kiddies Express’ from Monday, 9th May to Friday, 13th May daily at 12 noon only on &pictures!

Which movie is your child’s favourite movie?

Going Skin +ve

Skin types vary, and so should the moisturizers you use. Despite the vast variations, nearly all skin types can benefit from the right type of face and body moisturizer. Without a daily dose of hydration your skin would be flaky, itchy and tight.

Recently, I came across a new range of moisturizing cream and lotion. It’s Banjara’s Skin +ve range of Beauty Cream and Body Lotion.

Skin +ve

The pomegranate extracts in Skin +ve  Beauty Cream accelerates the skin repair process, firms and tightens the skin.  Olive oil, wheat germ oil and Provitamin B5 help build skin elastic and hydrated. SPF 15 and PA++ provide broad spectrum from sun damage. So Banjara’s Skin +ve  Beauty Cream claims to work on the skin in 3 ways that is it protects, repairs and hydrates. So it keeps the skin hydrated, build skin elasticity, repair skin damage and protect skin from both UVA and UVB sun rays keeping it healthy, youthful and flawless.

Skin +ve Body Lotion is enriched with pomegranate, honey and butters. Pomegranate extracts protects the skin from aging rapidly due to moisture loss and accelerates the skin repair process. Honey rejuvenates and softens the skin. Shea butter and Kokum butter gives a silky smooth skin.

I tried Skin +ve Beauty Cream and Body Lotion for about 2 weeks and quite liked the effect it had on my skin. The Skin +ve Beauty Cream which comes in a slender tube with a nozzle which dispenses a small amount of the the cream, moisturizes the skin perfectly and shows that a little goes a long way. The cream makes the skin look visibly soft and minimizes pores. The SPF 15 and PA++ in the cream protected from scorching sun and there wasn’t any need to use an extra sun block cream or lotion.

The Skin +ve Body Lotion is good for skin that needs a serious boost of moisture. It has grease-free texture and is absorbed easily. What I liked about the Skin +ve Body Lotion is that it lasts all day without causing breakouts or greasiness.

Ideal for all skin types, Banjara’s Skin +ve range of Beauty Cream and Body Lotion have an amazing fragrance and are pretty affordable. Skin +ve Beauty Cream is priced at Rs. 50 for 20gm and  Rs. 100 for 40gm and Skin +ve Body Lotion  comes at Rs. 80 for 100ml and Rs. 140 for 200ml bottle.

If you are looking for a body lotion and cream that protects skin from harmful UV rays, hydrates skin without making it look oily and greasy and is friendly on pocket too, check out Banjara’s Skin +ve range of Beauty Cream and Body Lotion.

Gail- Indian Speed Star

GAIL (India) Limited has launched a grassroots athletics program ‘GAIL-Indian Speedstar’ on the 22nd of March, 2016 at the Constitution Club of India, New Delhi. This initiative is aimed at unearthing young talent across the length and breadth of India.

This Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative by GAIL, is being executed by NYCS pan-India in the age group of 11-17 in 100, 200 and 800 metres track events, to identify, select and nurture the hidden talent in athletes. NYCS has tied up with  Anglian Medal Hunt Company as its technical partner. This program aims to create a pool of athletes with potential and spark which will possibly bring honor for India in track events at the highest echelon of sporting events – the Olympics 2020/2024.

Legendary athlete P.T. Usha launched the initiative alongside the organizers Dr Ashutosh Karnatak, Director (Projects), GAIL (India) Ltd, Rajesh Pande – President, National Yuva Cooperative Society Ltd (NYCS) and Maneesh Bahuguna- CEO, Anglian Medal Hunt Company.

A panel of eminent sportspersons like P.T Usha, Rachita Mistry, Anuradha Biswal and Kavita Raut have been appointed in the selection committee to support selections and guide coaching camps. As members of the selection committee their role would include creating the selection criteria or the GAIL-Indian Speedstar program, and developing the training plan and module for the selected athletes at the National Level.

District trials were conducted under the watchful eyes of coaches and selectors, appointed by the selection committee. The selection of the athletes was based on talent identification and selection criteria set by the selection committee.

Sindhu Palakkad embracing Kerala State TrialsA runner must run with dreams in his heart. Because GAIL #IndianSpeedstar is making those dreams come true. Sindhu Palakkad, State Representative, NYCS, struck by the strength, optimism and connectedness expresses her boundless joy and gratitude towards this initiative, for giving young children this opportunity to participate. #GAILRaftaar

Posted by GAIL Indian Speedstar on Thursday, April 14, 2016

Earlier this year, initial trials were conducted at 55 districts across 10 states in which more than 25,000 children participated out of which 850 children made it to the State level.

Gail Indian Speed Star

The first state camp and trial was organised on February 27 and 28 at Sawai Maan Singh Stadium in Jaipur where 60 boys and girls participated out of which four qualified for the next level. The state trials were held in Odisha (14 Selected), Delhi (28 Selected), Kerala (28 Selected) and Jharkhand (4 Selected) followed by Maharashtra and Gujarat in the last week of April.

Treasa sharing her winning momentIt’s not the will to win that matters—everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters. Treasa sharing her winning moment & her future plans for Tokyo Olympics. #IndianSpeedstar #GAILRaftaar

Posted by GAIL Indian Speedstar on Monday, April 18, 2016

The shortlisted children from the State trials will then participate in the National camp and selection which is scheduled to be held in May 2016 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi.

Participants at Kerala State TrailsToday they are doing what others won’t, so tomorrow they can accomplish what others can’t. Watch what our Future athletes want to say about their dreams at GAIL #IndiaSpeedstar #GAILRaftaar

Posted by GAIL Indian Speedstar on Saturday, April 16, 2016

Shortlisted athletes from state trials will attend an intensive national level camp. At the conclusion of the coaching camp, final trials will be held. Winners will be selected based on the qualification criteria and their potential. The winners will be given extensive training throughout the year. The top 9 athletes will then be provided with a world class coaching for over a period of 5 years with an ultimate objective of one of these athletes to represent India at the Olympics.

Dutee Chand, brand ambassador of Indian Speedstar, created a new national record of 11.33 sec in the 100m event at the Senior Federations Cup National Athletics Championships in New Delhi on 28th April, 2016. She missed out on qualifying for the Olympics by 0.01 sec.

Gail- Indian Speed Star Dutee Chand

For more information on Gail-Indian Speedstar please visit http://www.gailindianspeedstar.org

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