Halal (Marathi: हलाल) review ***


Based on the technicalities of marriage and divorce rules laid by Islam, the film shows what it had promised to its viewers and is an honest portrayal of a social issue that is matter of concern in modern times. Exploitation of women in the garb of religious rules have dominated the world for long time. It tells an emotional tale of Haleem, played beautifully by Pritam Kagne. She is back to her parents house after marriage as her husband divorces her to save her from torture of his wicked mother. But when his mother dies, he wants Haleem back. That is the point when the mention of  हलाल is made and it stays till the end of the film.

Haleem is still in love with her first husband but to reunite with him, she has to go through हलाल ceremony as per which she has to marry another man and consummate the marriage and then after getting divorced from the second husband, she can be able to remarry her first husband. But the twist happens when she gets married to a maulana who is too good enough to win her heart. She can’t resist getting pulled to him. The first husband wants her to get divorced and remarry him but she has something else in mind.

On acting front, each character has performed well. Directed by national award winning director, Shivaji Lotan Patil, it flows smoothly from start to end. There is one sad song that fits well with the situation.  Set up in deep rural Maharashtra, the film is mostly centered around Muslim characters though the sarpanch  of the village is shown to be a Hindu along with some other Hindu villagers. The film has been shot in real locations and is sure to grab the eyeballs on basis of its strong writing and hard hitting theme. In a way, it has exposed the bad side of Islamic rules that are laid in favour of men while neglecting the interests of women.

Directed by Shivaji Lotan Patil
Produced by Amol Kagne
Laxman Kagne
Written by Rajan Khan
Screenplay by Nishant Dhapse
Based on Halal
by Rajan Khan
Starring Chinmay Mandlekar
Priyadarshan Jadhav
Pritam Kagne
Vijay Chavan
Amol Kagne
Cinematography Ramani Ranjan Das
Edited by Nilesh Gavand
Amol Kagne Films

Filmmaker Pankaj Purohit Felicitated with the Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award !

Filmmaker and social activist Pankaj Purohit was awarded with one of the most prestigious awards, the Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award this year for his unparalleled contribution to the society through his work. Pankaj is a multi talented personality as he is a singer, actor, maverick filmmaker and above  all a great human being whose work speaks volumes of his craft. We all have heard about out of the box thinking but Purohit has implemented and practised it in his real life in the pursuit of excellence. Pankaj has studied screenwriting and cinematic arts in Los Angeles.
The crossover filmmaker Pankaj commenced his cinematic journey alongside his mentor Gregory Allen Howard of ‘Remember The Titans’ and ‘Ali’ fame. Thereafter he worked on various independent film projects including the controversial hits ‘Belly of the Tantra‘ and ‘Sudden Cry‘.
The prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award is presented as appreciation to honour the achievers in the memory of India’s young and inspirational Prime Minister with a vision to build a new India. It was Rajiv Gandhi who gave a call to build India united by bonds transcending caste, creed and religion. His vision strengthened powerful force for peace and unity in the world at large.  Pankaj Purohit received this Award for Best Artist and Social Activist which is a true reflection of what the Late Shri Rajiv Gandhi had envisioned.
This artistic filmmaker Pankaj Purohit is presently working on his next feature film in India. The ace cricketer Yuvraj Singh and singer Tulsi Kumar are also amongst the proud recipients of the Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award in the past

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Wrangler announces the Winners of True Wanderer 2017



Wrangler’s True Wanderer, started in 2012, has evolved into a community of like-minded enthusiasts who share a common love for adventure and exploration. It continues to be an increasingly popular annual event for travelers across the country to celebrate their love for the open road.

True Wanderer Season 6.0, organized by Wrangler in 2017, was presented in a brand-new avatar- bigger, better and bolder than ever before. Thousands applied to be a part of the journey and 25 True Wanderer finalists were selected to go on the trip of a lifetime who were flagged off from Wrangler stores across 13 cities. The finalist could choose to travel by car, bike, foot or any mode of transportation of their choice, completing travel-related challenges set by Wrangler. The 25 finalists were styled in Wrangler’s range of apparel.


The 25 finalists took wandering to a whole new level as they showcased the passions that drive their wanderlust. They captured the highlights of their epic road trips and shared it with the True Wanderer community with interesting and inspiring stories, photographs and videos. Their experiences can be found at https://wrangler-ap.com/in/

Based on votes and the scores of an elite judging panel, Wrangler announces the winners of True Wanderer 2017:


The first prize is a trip to Australia and the winner is Rahul Gupta from Jammu.


The winner of the second prize – a trip to Bali – is Dheeraj Solanki from Agra


The third prize – a trip to Sikkim – has been won by Rajat Patranabish from Delhi


Rohini Haldea, Marketing Head, Wrangler India, says “We are delighted to announce that Rahul Gupta,Dhreeraj Solanki & Rajat Patranabish as the winners of True Wanderer 2017 and to present them with the trips to Australia, Bali & Sikkim respectively. The True Wanderer contest epitomizes the spirit of freedom and adventure that Wrangler stands for. It has been an exciting journey for the brand to ride along with those who share its passion for the open road.”


To know more, log on to https://wrangler-ap.com/in/ or on Wrangler Facebook page www.facebook.com/wranglerdenims.

अमृता फडणवीस व जीत गांगुली करतायेत पाठलाग


गायिका अमृता फडणवीस आणि ‘आशिकी २’ फेम संगीतकार जीत गांगुली नेमका कोणाचा व कशासाठी ‘पाठलाग’ करतायेत हा प्रश्न तुम्हाला पडला असेलच ? त्यांचा हा ‘पाठलाग’ डाव या आगामी मराठी सिनेमासाठी आहे.

रोज रोज पाठलाग सावली असेल ही अनोळखी

दूर दूर आसमंती आर्तता घुमेल ती कोणाची

असे बोल असलेल्या या गीताचे रेकोर्डिंग नुकतेच संपन्न झाले. नितीन उपाध्याय यांनी ऑडबॉल मोशन पिक्चर्सच्या बॅनरखाली डाव  ची निर्मिती केली असून, कनिष्क वर्मा यांनी या सिनेमाचं दिग्दर्शन केलं आहे.


डाव या सिनेमातील ‘पाठलाग’ हे थ्रिलर सॉंग गायिका अमृता फडणवीस यांनी गायलं असून जीत गांगुली यांनी ते संगीतबद्ध केलं आहे. संगीतकार जीत गांगुली यांचा हा पहिलाच मराठी सिनेमा आहे. रोमांचकारी भयाने खिळवून ठेवणाऱ्या या चित्रपटाचे हे शीर्षक गीत मंदार चोळकर यांनी लिहिले आहे. या गीतासाठी ‘जॅझ’ पीसचा वापर केल्याने हे गीत आशयातील गूढता आणखीन वाढवते.


जीत गांगुली यांनी संगीतबद्ध केलेलं हे गीत गाताना खूप मजा आली. प्रेक्षकांना हे गीत एक थरारक अनुभव देईल, असा विश्वास गायिका अमृता फडणवीस यांनी व्यक्त केला. अमृता यांनी ज्या खुबीने हे गीत गायलं आहे ते अंतर्मनाचा ठाव घेईल असा विश्वास संगीतकार जीत गांगुली व्यक्त करतात. सोबत मराठी चित्रपटासाठी संगीत देण्याचा आनंद ही त्यांनी यावेळी व्यक्त केला. दिग्दर्शक कनिष्क वर्मा यांच्या मते हे गीत तसेच हा सिनेमाही प्रेक्षकांना एक वेगळा अनुभव देणारा असेल.

डाव या थरारपटाची कथा-पटकथा कनिष्क वर्मा यांनी लिहिली असून संवाद योगेश मार्कंडे यांनी लिहिले आहेत. मंगेश धाकडे यांचे पार्श्वसंगीत या चित्रपटाला लाभले आहे.

‘वाडा’ नाट्यत्रयीचे मोजकेच ११ प्रयोग ! रविवार १ ऑक्टोबर रोजी शुभारंभ !



‘वाडा चिरेबंदी’, ‘मग्न तळ्याकाठी’, ‘युगान्त’  ही महेश एलकुंचवारलिखित व चंद्रकांत कुलकर्णी दिग्दर्शित गाजलेली नाट्यत्रयी! यानाट्यत्रयीतून भारतीय संस्कृतीची अनेक रूपं व्यक्त होतात. यातलंयुगान्त हे तिसरं नाटक दिग्दर्शक चंद्रकांत कुलकर्णी रसिकांसाठी १ ऑक्टोबरला घेऊन येणार आहेत. जीवनानुभव देणाऱ्या या तीनही नाटकांचा सलग ९ तासांचा अविस्मरणीय नाट्यानुभव यानिमित्तानं प्रेक्षकांना लवकरच घेता येईल. यासंबधी अधिक माहिती देण्यासाठी नुकतीच एक पत्रकार परिषद आयोजित करण्यात आली होती.

याप्रसंगी बोलताना दिग्दर्शक चंद्रकांत कुलकर्णी म्हणाले की, मराठी व्यावसायिक रंगभूमीवर ‘वाडा चिरेबंदी’, ‘मग्न तळ्याकाठी’ करत असताना माझ्यावर थोडसं दडपण होतं. हे नाटक जरी चांगलं असलं तरी आताच्या काळात चालेल का? असा प्रश्न माझ्या मनात होता, पण ‘वाडा चिरेबंदी’ व‘मग्न तळ्याकाठी’ला  मिळणारा उदंड प्रतिसाद पाहून लक्षात आलं की,पस्तीस वर्षापूर्वी एका नाटककारानं लिहिलेलं, महाराष्ट्रातल्या एका कुटुंबात घडणारं हे नाटक आजही प्रेक्षकांना भिडतं आहे. याचा अर्थ ते काळाच्या कसोटीवर उतरलेलं नाटक आहे. ‘युगान्त आणल्यानंतर हे नाट्यवर्तुळ पूर्ण होईल या उद्देशानं ही नाट्यत्रयी प्रेक्षकांसाठी रंगमंचावर आणत आहोत. मराठी व्यावसायिक रंगभूमीवर अशी ‘नाट्यत्रयी’ प्रथमच सादर होत आहे हे विशेष. म्हणूनच महाराष्ट्राची सामाजिक व सांस्कृतिक इतिहास मांडणारी ही अभिजात नाट्यकृती सादर होणं ही ऐतिहासिक गोष्ट असून ती महाराष्ट्रभर पोहचवण्याचा आमचा प्रामाणिक प्रयत्न राहील असा विश्वासत्यांनी व्यक्त केला. या अभिजात कलाकृतीसाठी कलाकारांनी दिलेल्या पाठिंब्याबद्दल दिग्दर्शक चंद्रकांत कुलकर्णी यांनी यावेळी कलाकारांचे आभार मानले. तसेच याप्रसंगी उपस्थितीत सर्वच कलावंतांनी आपली मनोगतं, अनुभव यावेळी कथन केले. तसचं चांगल्या प्रकल्पाचा भाग होता आलं याचा आनंद ही व्यक्त केला.

या ‘नाट्यत्रयीचा पहिलावहिला प्रयोग रविवार १ ऑक्टोबर २०१७ ला रवींद्र नाट्यमंदिर प्रभादेवी येथे रंगणार आहे. विशेष म्हणजे या‘नाट्यत्रयीचे मोजकेच ११ प्रयोग  होणार असून ते दर रविवारी सादर होतील. मुंबई- पुण्याशिवाय महाराष्ट्रातल्या अन्य ठिकाणीही प्रयोग करण्याचा निर्माते व दिग्दर्शकांचा मानस आहे. या ‘नाट्यत्रयी’चं ऑनलाईन बुकिंग बुधवार २० सप्टेंबरपासून सुरु झालं असून सलग नाट्य प्रयोगच्या तिकीटांसोबत नाटकाच्या तिनीही भागांची स्वतंत्र तिकीटंसुद्धा साईटवर उपलब्ध करून देण्यात आली आहे. तसेच तिकीट विक्रीच्या दिवसापासूनसीझनं तिकिटं बुकिंग काऊंटरवर उपलब्ध होतील.

बदलती एकत्र कुटुंब पद्धती, बदलता काळ, बदलते नातेसंबंध, भावभावनांचा भव्यपट एकाच दिवशी, एकाच थिएटरमध्ये एकापाठोपाठ बघणं म्हणजे नाट्यरसिकांसाठी एक पर्वणीच ठरणार आहे. या नाटकाची निर्मिती ‘जिगीषा’ व ‘अष्टविनायक’ यांची आहे. लेखन महेश एलकुंचवार यांचं असून दिग्दर्शन चंद्रकांत कुलकर्णी यांचं आहे.

निवेदिता सराफ, भारती पाटील,  वैभव मांगले, प्रसाद ओक, पौर्णिमा मनोहर, प्रतिमा जोशी, नेहा जोशी, अजिंक्य ननावरे, दीपक कदम, विनिता शिंदे, चिन्मय मांडलेकर, सिद्धार्थ चांदेकर, पूर्वा पवार, राम दौंड, आणि बालकलाकार स्वानंद शेळके या कलाकारांच्या यात भूमिका आहेत. नेपथ्य प्रदीप मुळ्ये तर संगीत आनंद मोडक, राहुल रानडे यांचं आहे. प्रकाश योजना रवी रसिक यांची आहे. वेशभूषा प्रतिमा जोशी, भाग्यश्री जाधव यांची आहे. दिलीप जाधव व श्रीपाद पद्माकर याचे निर्माते असून सहनिर्माते अर्जुन मुद्दा व संज्योत वैद्य आहेत. जीवनानुभव देत वास्तवाचा ठाव घेणारी ही ‘नाट्यत्रयी निश्चितच एक अविस्मरणीय नाट्यानुभव देऊन जाईल

Unlocking Inspirations in the heart of South Bombay

The Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany Dr. Jürgen Morhard, inaugurate the showroom together with Mr. Jürgen Wolf - Managing Director, Hafele South Asia (4)

Häfele, the international leader in Interior Functionality, launches its state-of-the-art Design Showroom in the heart of South Bombay. The spacious, 10,000 square feet showroom unites globally acclaimed interior trends with innovative functionality through interactive and functional display settings; bringing every imaginable design to reality. This showroom is Häfele‘s second internationally designed retail facility in Mumbai and the very first in the southern region of the city. Located at Mahalaxmi-West, the busiest shopping hub of Mumbai, the showroom will cater to the interior sensibilities and design expectations of the ever-updated“SoBo“ lifestyles.

Expected at the launch is the Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany – Dr. Jürgen Morhard, who will inaugurate the showroom together with Mr. Jürgen Wolf – Managing Director, Hafele South Asia.

At the onset of the launch, Mr. Wolf says.  – Stylish Hardware Fittings that give you the best functionality for your individual application in your business or residence are hard to select from a catalogue; neither can they be imagined or assumed. The Häfele Design Showroom at South Bombay has been designed to unlockthe ideal designinspirations through live displays that allow you to experience the functionality of our products and solutions. Moreover, with increasing real estate prices and diminishing living spaces, the trend for innovative and space-saving interior solutions has gained popularity among city-dwellers. Häfele has closely observed this trend and put-together a range of the most space-optimizing solutions with a continuing promise of ‚ More life per meter square‘. You will experience this first-hand when you see our intelligent showroom displays that efficiently manage space and functionality without compromising on comfort or design.

Häfele’s Design Showroom Concept:

Design concepts and ideas can be better understood when they are experienced in LIVE set-ups. This is the ideology that backs the company’s initiative of establishing state-of-the-art design showrooms; where customers can walk in and experience world-class functionality, seamlessly rooted in latest global design trends. Quite inherent to what they do, Häfele is a strong believer of the mantra that ‘Form follows Function’ and the trick is to combine Functionality with Aesthetics and make them work in almost unperceivable unison. This is explicitly displayed in all Häfele Design Showrooms worldwide.

To this experience of functionality, Häfele adds a competent dimension of designing servicesfor kitchens and wardrobes ably extended to customers by an expert team of Designers who exclusively operate from these Design Showrooms.

The typical layout of any of Häfele’s Design Showrooms includes real-time displays of the company’s many product functionalities including a LIVE kitchen which is equipped with storage areas, appliances and other utilities.

The Project Room – Experience the world of 360 degree services!

Following the trend of LIVE displays, Häfele introduces. for the very first time, a dedicated display room for Project Customers at its newest showroom in South Bombay. The Project Room Area simulates Häfele’s 360 degree Project Services proposition that promises a spectrum of project solutions ably backed by technical support and advisory services offered for the entire duration of a project. In this room, you will experience live displays of door hardware catering to different door applications like fire-rated doors, glass doors, residential doors and hotel room doors. These displays are aptly complemented with door hardware products like panic exit devices, patch fittings and one of the widest and technologically superior range of digital door solutions.