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DESI LION RECORDS PRESENTS GREEN EYEZ

2022/2023 will see MILAN take the music industry by storm with releases with major music producers and performances at events and festivals

Multi-talented UK based singer MILAN releases his 2nd track ‘GREEN EYEZ’ releasing worldwide on the 26thSeptember 2022.

Produced by Desi Lion Records, Lyrics by LOVE, music by Notorious Jatt. Video was shot in the UK, based on a love story which follows the path of both girl and boy love relationship.

In 2021 we saw MILAN’S release produced by award winning producer Aman Hayer, ‘BAI CHAMKILA’ which proved to be a international success.

2022/2023 will see MILAN take the music industry by storm with releases with major music producers and performances at events and festivals.

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Indian filmmaker Jitendra Mishra to touch UK shores soon; to attend OSUK43 annual convention

Committed towards meaningful cinema, Jitendra Mishra has already been associated with the production, distribution and promotion of more than 110 films in different categories and various capacities all together will soon touch UK shores, reports Rahul Laud

Internationally Acclaimed Filmmaker, Producer and Promoter, current  President  of CIFEJ (Int’l  centre  of  films  for  children &  young  people,  formed  under the auspices of UNESCO in 1955) , Mishra will carry his baton of Odisha cinema to the UK and participate at the 43 Annual convention of the Odiya community to be held in Manchester between 27-28 August, 2022. Odisha Society of United Kingdom (OSUK) – one of the biggest and oldest socio-cultural organizations of NROs has Mishra and his organization Cinema4good Pvt Ltd. to host the UK chapter of the one-of-a-kind film carnival CINEODISHA – Timeless cinema of Odisha during the annual convention this year.

CINEODISHA is designed and curated by Jitendra Mishra who is Founder, Director of leading production house Cinema4Good Pvt. Ltd. Mishra shared with Asian Lite International media that CINEODISHA is a specially designed film platform dedicated to timeless cinema from Odisha. The platform intends to promote Odisha’s rich art, culture, language and heritage values through handpicked films from the state at international level, added Mishra. It celebrates the incredible journey of over eight decades of Odiya cinema through multiple film shows including feature films, short films and documentaries, discussion forums, interactive sessions, workshops, award ceremonies and much more, Mishra informed. Mishra further elaborated that CINEODISHA also pays tribute to the legends from Odiya film Industry, at the same time explores global opportunities for aspiring filmmakers and stories from Odisha.

Siba Biswal (left) with Lok Mishra, CEO&MD, ICICI Bank UK

Lead Organiser of 43 OSUK , Siba Biswal pointed out that “this collaboration and presence of Jitendra Mishra at the convention has added immense value to the event and it will showcase through cinema the cultural  strength of Orissa,” He informed , “The screening program of CINEODISHA OSUK includes National award winning films ‘The Lord of the Universe’ directed and produced by Shibu Prusty, ‘Shrikshetra Ru Sahijata’ directed by Ashutosh Pattnaik and produced by Pattnaik Bros, films ‘Backstage’ directed by Lipika Singh Darai and produced by Film Division of India, ‘Rasagola’ directed and produced by Swaraj Mishra, ‘Baji – The Immortal Boat Boy’ directed by Chinmoy Das and produced by Satyabrata Sanu Ratho, ‘Torch’ directed by Pranab Aich and produced by Santanu Mishra, ‘The healing touch’ directed by Dr. Sweta Kumar Dash and produced by Smt Neela Mohapatra , ‘Mountain Hockey’ directed by Debasish Mohapatra, Avinash Pradhan and produced by Raj Kishor Hota, Subrajit Pradhan, ‘Kotpad Weaving’ directed by Biswanath Rath and produced by Public Service Broadcasting Trust and ‘Pratha’ directed by Anisha Kar along with a few other films.”

Mishra is one of the few Indian film producers and promoters who have been able  to  create  a  benchmark  in  ‘Alternative  methods  of  Film  Production,  Distribution  and  Promotion’  at  international  level. 

Awarded with multiple national and international accolades, currently Mishra is the elected president of  one of world’s largest and oldest global network of media professionals CIFEJ that was  formed under the auspices of UNESCO in 1955. Jitendra has also been a member of Cannes producers network and  already been invited as Jury to more than 40 different international film festivals and  forums.

His recent Hindi feature film ‘The Last Color’ directed by Michelin Starred Chef Vikas Khanna, starring  Neena Gupta has already been selected in more than 50 international film festivals and received more  than 15 different awards so far. The film was qualified for the 92nd Academy Awards – Oscar 2019  best picture contention list and had a special screening at UN headquarters recently. After a  successful worldwide theatrical release, the film is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Jitendra Mishra

With an objective to spread positivity around the world during the dreadful time of Covid-19  pandemic, Mishra  has been working on various innovative ideas to promote timeless cinema from India,  particularly from Odisha at international platforms and supported many film projects from India to  reach a wider global audience. Recently he had presented 15 different National award-winning films  from India at the prestigious Marche Du Films during Cannes Film

His social initiative “Saudamini Cares” has been active in the western Odisha region giving education, nutrition, healthcare and livelihood support to thousands of people from the less privileged  communities in the region. As part of his initiative to promote the rich art, culture, tradition and  create awareness about the unique handicrafts and handloom from India globally, Mishra has  started a campaign to distribute Sambalpuri Masks from Odisha, India among the global film, media and entertainment industry professionals. He distributed more that 500 Sambalpuri masks during the  recent Cannes Film Festival that has become the talk of the town now.

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Popular singer KK dies in Kolkata at 53

Playback singer Krishnakumar Kunnath, popularly known as KK, passed away here late on Tuesday night. He was 53…reports Asian Lite News

KK was in the city to perform at a function in Nazrul Manch organised by the Gurudas College.

It has been learnt that KK felt sick while he was performing.

After returning to his hotel, the singer complained of uneasiness following which he was rushed to a hospital, where the doctors declared him brought dead.

West Bengal Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Arup Biswas told mediapersons that the body has been sent for post-mortem.

“His family members have been informed. They are likely to reach Kolkata on Wednesday morning,” Biswas said.

He said KK came to Kolkata on Monday, and on the same day he performed at Nazrul Manch for a function organised by another city- based college.

Born on August 23, 1968, KK recorded songs in multiple languages including Hindi, Bengali, Assamese, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu, among others.

Several Kolkata-based singers have expressed their grief over the sudden demise of KK, who will be remembered for songs like ‘Pyaar Ke Pal’, ‘Yaaron’, ‘O Meri Jaan’, among many others.

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Veteran Malayalam scriptwriter John Paul dies at 72

Best known for the screenplays of classic movies like Chamaram, Palangal and Oru Minnaminunginte Nurungu Vettam

Veteran screenwriter John Paul Puthussery, who penned screenplay for around 100 films, many of them evergreen classics in Malayalam, died at a private hospital in Kochi on Saturday.

He was 72 and was under treatment for various diseases for some time. Puthussery had been under critical medical care for the last two months after his condition got worse, news agency PTI reported citing industry sources.

Best known for the screenplays of classic movies like Chamaram, Palangal and Oru Minnaminunginte Nurungu Vettam, all directed by the legendary Bharathan and Balu Mahendra-directed Yatra, Puthussery was a genius who showcased rare skills to write all sorts of movies including action thrillers, dramas, entertainers and even comedy.

He also succeeded in erasing the boundaries of the class and mass movies and penned screenplays for both critically acclaimed movies and commercial entertainers.

Some of John Paul’s best known works include ‘Chamaram’, ‘Yathra’, ‘Kattathe Kilikkoodu’ and ‘Chamayam’. The gifted writer had also acted in some movies including the Manju Warrier-starrer ‘C/o Saira Banu’ and the Mammootty-starrer ‘Gangster’.

Kunchacko Boban pens emotional tribute

Malayalam actor Kunchacko Boban joined scores of Malayalam film and literature lovers in paying tribute to well-known Malayalam screenwriter John Paul who passed away at a private hospital in Kochi on Saturday.

Taking to Instagram, Kunchacko Boban penned a touching tribute to the late screenwriter , who had been keeping unwell for some time.

Lovingly addressing the great writer as his uncle, Boban said the man had given birth to so many soul-touching movies and added that the writer had remained in the hearts of everyone that he had met.

Pointing out that John Paul had an unparalleled command over language and literature, Boban said, “There were so many instances when I could feel the warmth and love that you had for the Udaya family, especially for my Appan.”

Calling Paul “the big man who had a much, much bigger heart for the people around him,” Boban said that people could feel his love even when he was not around them.

“Your voice and words will be sorely missed but your creations will speak volumes for what you have done for the film fraternity and literature!!

“Nedumudi Venu Chettan, Lalitha Chechi and now, John Paul uncle… Recent times have seen big losses for the Malayalam Film fraternity and on a more personal aspect, for me and my family. Hope you all rekindle your friendship in heaven,” he said.

Some of John Paul’s best known works include ‘Chamaram’, ‘Yathra’, ‘Kattathe Kilikkoodu’ and ‘Chamayam’. The gifted writer had also acted in some movies including the Manju Warrier-starrer ‘C/o Saira Banu’ and the Mammootty-starrer ‘Gangster’.

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Actor Nasser receives UAE Golden Visa

The United Arab Emirates has granted Nasser, one of the finest Indian actors, its prestigious Golden Visa…reports Asian Lite News

Nasser, a veteran actor in Indian cinema, has acted in various languages including Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi.

The man, who has completed 37 years in the film industry, is considered a legend in Tamil film circles.

He has delivered scores of critically acclaimed performances and some of his best known performances include Colonel Rayappa in director Mani Ratnam’s ‘Roja’, Maya Thevar in director Bharathan’s ‘Thevar Magan’, Badri in ‘Kuruthi Punal’, Kandhasamy Padiyachi in ‘Anbe Sivam’, Punch Pandian in ‘Irudhi Suttru’ (‘Saala Khadoos’ in Hindi) and Pingaladevan in ‘Baahubali’.

Nasser, who received the visa while on a recent visit to the United Arab Emirates, has thanked the UAE government and Indian businessman Wasim Adan, who made arrangements for him to get this visa.

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Nasser is the latest in a long list of film celebrities who have been granted the Golden Visa. Prior to Nasser, several actors including Mammootty, Mohanlal, Tovino Thomas, Parthiepan, Amala Paul and Shah Rukh Khan have received it.

The UAE Golden Visa is a long-term residence visa system, extending from five to 10 years, and is automatically renewed. It is granted to achievers from various fields, professionals, investors and those with promising abilities.

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Actor Sonu Sood joins hands with Aster Volunteers

Bollywood actor and humanitarian Mr. Sonu Sood has joined hands with Aster Volunteers, to encourage people to be aware of the alarming rate of rising liver disease cases in India and take proactive efforts to manage their liver health…reports Asian Lite News

On occasion of World Liver Day on 19th April, Bollywood actor and humanitarian Mr. Sonu Sood has joined hands with Aster Volunteers, the global CSR programme of Aster DM Healthcare to encourage people to be aware of the alarming rate of rising liver disease cases in India and take proactive efforts to manage their liver health. Liver failure due to the unavailability of viable organ donors is one of the main causes of death from liver disease.

The initiative will also support 50 underprivileged children in need of liver transplants receive the needed care at Aster Hospitals’ Multi-Organ Transplant Centre located at Aster CMI and Aster RV Hospitals in Bangalore, and Aster Medcity and Aster MIMS Hospital Calicut in Kerala, India.

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In India, liver disease claims 200,000 lives every year,[i] while only 1500-2000 transplants are conducted every year, 10% of which are for children.[ii] One of the key reasons is the inability to afford the high costs associated with transplant cases. In addition to this, limited universal health-care access and limited availability of viable donors for transplant are major challenges.

Dr. Azad Moopen, Founder Chairman and Managing Director of Aster DM Healthcare:,“Aster since its inception has always believed in giving back to the society. Through this programme and with our association with a humanitarian like Sonu Sood, we intend to raise awareness on organ donation so that more lives, particularly of children can be saved. In the initial phase, we will be supporting 50 children in need of liver transplants from underprivileged families at our hospitals. Apart from being a successful actor, Sonu Sood is a philanthropist at heart. We have all seen his work during the lockdown days and he continues to do so. At Aster, we have been inspired by his act of volunteerism and philanthropy which is something Aster Volunteers stands for – to invite people to volunteer and support the underprivileged and also empower them for a better future. With Mr. Sood’s support in raising awareness among people we are hoping to reach out to more and more underprivileged families and children whose lives can be saved.”

Bollywood Actor & Humanitarian Sonu Sood said: “I happened to come across some of the phenomenal work Aster DM Healthcare has done through Aster Volunteers. It is amazing to see the large number of philanthropic activities taken up by Aster Volunteers and I am glad to support the cause. Rising incidence of liver disease, increasing fatality due to unavailability of viable donors and inability of the needy to afford transplants are causes of concern. We need to collectively come together to raise awareness on the same and help the needy. I hope my voice reaches out to those families whose children are in line for liver transplants but haven’t been able to do so due to unaffordability. I hope the association with Aster Volunteers continues to grow and we work towards a healthier tomorrow.”

Aster Hospital’s newly launched Multi-Organ Transplant centre is a multi-institutional and multidisciplinary centre designed to provide the best transplant experience. The centre is officiated by a skilled team of surgeons with technical expertise in performing different types of transplants including Liver, Kidney, Heart, Lung, Cornea and Bone Marrow Transplant. The centre also has one of the largest paediatric liver transplant programme in entire South India, that supports complete comprehensive care for liver diseases in children, comprising some of the best hepatologists (liver specialist doctors), best liver surgeons, trained coordinators, counsellors, and a nursing team along with critical care specialists, anaesthetists, interventional radiologists, and physiotherapists. The teams at these centres have been trained at some of the best hospitals and specialize in liver treatment abroad, holding a vast experience in hepato-pancreato biliary and abdominal multi-organ transplant surgeries. The centre has completed over 500 successful Liver Transplant Surgeries within the Aster Hospitals in India.

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Alia Bhatt shares dream-like pictures from her wedding

Not long after Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor officially became Mrs and Mr Kapoor, and once the no-fuss ceremonies got over, Alia shared a bunch of dream-like pictures of the couple on her social media…reports Asian Lite News

Taking to her Instagram, Alia posted a series of pictures with Ranbir, who’s seen sporting a well-developed beard. She wrote in the caption: “Today, surrounded by our family and friends, at home, in our favourite spot — the balcony we’ve spent the last five years of our relationship — we got married.”

She continued: “With so much already behind us, we can’t wait to build more memories together, memories that are full of love, laughter, comfortable silences, movie nights, silly fights, wine delights and Chinese bites. Thank you for all the love and light during this very momentous time in our lives. It has made this moment all the more special. Love, Ranbir and Alia.”

In the pictures, the star couple can be seen wearing cream-coloured wedding outfits, drenched in the golden shade of the setting Mumbai sun.

Ranbir and Alia began dating on the sets of “Brahmastra” in 2018 and made their first appearance as a couple at Sonam Kapoor’s wedding reception in the same year.

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After the wedding, incidentally, Ranbir’s cousin, Kareena Kapoor Khan, shared a picture of her second child Jeh on Instagram. The mother-son duo dressed in matching shades of pink can be seen laughing their hearts out for the camera.

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Mahira Khan appointed as British Asian Trust’s newest Ambassador

World renowned and much-loved Pakistani actor Mahira Khan has been appointed as the British Asian Trust’s latest Ambassador to support their work across South Asia…reports Asian Lite News

With almost 90% of people in need of mental health treatment having no access to any kind of support, Mahira is supporting the British Asian Trust’s current Peace of Mind campaign which aims to raise awareness of mental health issues and needs in both Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Mahira is providing the keynote address at the Trust’s Iftar event on 14 April 2022 at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House in London with guests including celebrities, business leaders and philanthropists.

The Trust plans to scale up its already successful work to build even more awareness, reach more people and provide more access to community-based healthcare, referrals and support. Marginalised children who have suffered severe trauma will be a priority.

Richard Hawkes, Chief Executive of the British Asian Trust, said: “We are delighted to have Mahira Khan, one of Pakistan’s greatest superstars, join us as an Ambassador. Mahira’s voice will be incredibly powerful in helping us to lift the silence on mental health and improve access to services in Pakistan and Bangladesh. The need in both countries is great and we’re already having an impact on changing lives, we can’t do this work alone.”

Mahira Khan said: “I am proud to be an Ambassador for the British Asian Trust and support their work in South Asia. Their mental health work in Pakistan has been ground-breaking, reaching millions of people but there is more to do. Untreated mental health issues can have a devastating impact on individuals, families, lives and relationships. Talking more about mental health, breaking the stigma around it and helping more people access support so they can have peace of mind is critical. No one should ever have to suffer in silence.”

Mahira Khan

One in four people in Pakistan will experience mental health issues, but a lack of services means there is only one psychiatrist per half million people, compared to one for every 10,000 people in the UK.  Stigma associated with mental health also prevents people from seeking help, with the subject still taboo in many communities.

In Bangladesh, suicide is the leading cause of death among Bangladeshi adolescents. Women and girls, especially those in rural communities, are particularly vulnerable. Most Bangladeshis have no access to mental health services, and they encounter stigma and social exclusion.

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Without appropriate support, mental health conditions can significantly worsen a person’s wellbeing and their ability to maintain relationships, forcing them to become isolated and alone. They can also lead to alcohol and drug dependency, hospitalisation, severe depression and even suicide.

In Pakistan, the Trust’s pioneering work in mental health has already reached 28 million people via SMS campaigns and social media activity. Over 46,000 people have attended mental health awareness raising sessions in their communities and been screened for mental health issues. Training has also been provided to 2,000 frontline health practitioners in basic mental health awareness.

In Bangladesh, the Trust is working with leading mental health organisations to develop community-based services available to all through tele and online services, as well as tackling stigma in the workplace and communities and encouraging those in need to seek support.

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Ariana DeBose wins Best Actress in a Supporting role

American actress-singer Ariana DeBose won the Oscars for the Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her work in the remake of the musical “West Side Story” directed by Steven Spielberg…reports Asian Lite News

She played the role of Anita, the girlfriend of Sharks gang leader Bernardo, and sings the famous number “America”.

In the original film Anita was played by Rita Moreno, who also won an Oscar for the Best Supporting Actress for the role in 1962. With this Ariana became the only openly queer woman to win an Oscar and the second Latina actor to bag the coveted statuette.

DeBose joined Jennifer Lawrence as the only actors born in the 90s to have won an Oscar to their credit.

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FROM PUNJAB TO MEXICO

Indian singing superstar turned actor Ammy Virk flew into Birmingham for the world premiere of his new Punjabi film Aaja Mexico Challiye … reports Anasudhin Azeez

Indian singing superstar turned actor Ammy Virk flew into Birmingham for the world premiere of his new Punjabi film Aaja Mexico Challiye. The lavish premiere at Vue cinema Star City organised by Whitehill Studio UK was attended by high profile guests.

FROM PUNJAB TO MEXICO- Special screening in Birmingham

The event witnessed the popular Punjabi star interact with fans, who turned out in force to support his latest movie. He has also produced the newly released film, which is a first of its kind story of Indian immigrants.

 “My latest movie is no less important than my last film 83’ and focuses on a different kind of reality that affects people in small-town India who are chasing big dreams,” the star told the audience.

The powerful story of a young Indian man who decides to enter the USA through the ‘donkey route’ by crossing the jungles of Mexico and faces incredible challenges shows the harrowing plight of immigrants in a unique way. The eye-catching film has received positive reviews since it hit cinemas globally and is another triumph for the rapidly growing Panjabi film industry.

The film was shot entirely during Covid-19 and saw the team overcome various challenges to get it made.  Writer/director Rakesh Dhawan assembled a talented cast for the deeply emotional film and praised Ammy Virk for his commitment to the project. He said: “For an important film like this to get made it needs a visionary like Ammy Virk to fully support it. Thanks to him we are able to bring this film to audiences, which is not only a gripping and entertaining drama, but also a story that highlights a real-life issue.”

FROM PUNJAB TO MEXICO- Special screening in Birmingham

Leading distributor Whitehill Studio immediately picked up the film for a worldwide release and are pleased with the audience reaction so far. Representative of Whitehill Studios UK, Manjot Bajwa said. “Aaja Mexico Challiye will attract all types of audience and is very much aimed at all ages. There is everything from comedy to drama and heartfelt emotion. We are proud to be part of the international release journey of this very important movie.”

The critically film is another triumph for established Panjabi star Ammy Virk, who was last seen playing a key role in mega-budget Bollywood blockbuster 83’, which revolves around India’s history-making win at the 1983 cricket world cup. He also delivered the music for Aaja Mexico Challiye, which adds to his impressive track record as a chart-topping singer and acclaimed actor.

Cast: Ammy Virk, Nasir Chinyoti, Zafri Khan, Sukhwinder Chahal, Honey Mattoo, Baljinder Kaur, Mintu Kappa, Yasaman Mohsani, Sikandar Ghuman, Shahbaz Ghuman and others

Written and directed: Rakesh Dhawan

Produced by Ammy Virk, Gurpreet Singh, and Daljit Singh Thind.

Songs: The heart-touching songs of the film are written by Bir Singh, Happy Raikoti, and Harmanjit and voiced by Ammy Virk and Bir Singh.