Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Bollywood extends support for International Yoga Day

Applauding the brilliant idea of giving Yoga an international reach the Mumbai film industry popularly known as Bollywood has come out in full support of the International Yoga Day being held on June 21. 

The star of millennium Amitabh Bachchan, who himself is yoga follower and practices yoga regularly, supporting the International Yoga Day said, "I practice a bit of yoga myself, it's very natural, it's very good, it keeps one healthy in many ways.” 

Discarding the communal color that is being given to the concept of International Yoga Day by some hard core Muslim fundamentalist group, Vivek Oberoi said, "There is no issue with a Muslim saying 'Om' or a Hindu saying 'Inshallah'. In fact, several body movements during namaaz are exactly yoga aasanas.”


He added, “If we can celebrate Valentine's Day without realising how it fits in our culture then what is wrong in celebrating International Yoga Day, which is our Indian traditional and most importantly the United Nations council has recognized it.” 

Interestingly Bollywood actress Manisha Koirala, who got a new lease of life after she took to yoga and conquered the deadly cancer, has decided not to just be part of June 21 International Yoga Day but take the message of yoga in schools across Maharashtra. 

She will be part of a 24-member panel that will recommend how schools will observe ‘Yoga Mahotsav of Yoga Day’ and will advocate how to sketch out the syllabus to include Yoga festival in School Education and Sports Department. 

Deepika Padukone too applauded the government’s initiative but said, “ It is commendable to have International Yoga Day but it should not be restricted to mere one day affair instead it must be incorporating exercise into one's daily lifestyle.

Shilpa Shetty, who is into preaching yoga as she has released few video tutorials on Yoga, will be celebrating the celebrating the International Yoga Day in Bengaluru. The event will see a marathon organized from Cubbon Park to Kanteerava Stadium, which will be attended by the Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and his cabinet colleagues.

After Hrithik Roshan, Amitabh Bachchan to be superhero!

After Hrithik Roshan dazzling the Indian screen with his superhero role in KRRISH 3, Superstar Amitabh Bachchan at the ripe age of 72 is roped into play a superhero by Disney TV Channel! 

According to Siddharth Roy Kapur, Managing Director, Disney India informed that the channel has planned an animated film ASTRA FORCE, a fast paced action-adventure series and have borrowed Amitabh Bachchan’s looks and his golden voice to the animated Superhero called ‘Astra’.”

He added, “We are lucky Bachchan sir has nodded and was present at the launch of the 52-episode animated series ASTRA FORCE, in Mumbai, India on June 15, 2015.


Speaking on why the channel focused on the elderly Amitabh Bachchan, instead of young actors like Salman Khan, Sharad Devarajan, Graphic India’s Co-Founder and CEO, candidly confessed, “Amitabh Bachchan is a real life superhero to millions including myself. So it’s no surprise that he is the perfect person to become immortalized in this new animated avatar.” 

“Besides our superhero Astra is an elderly person. Hence we have given the character a similar beard as Big B’s real avatar. His specialty is that he has superpowers,” he informed. 

Briefing about his superhero character Amitabh Bachchan said, “Astra Force will be ‘children-friendly’. It tells the story of a mythical hero from a distant world, who was stranded on Earth millions of years ago after an epic space battle.”

He added, “When eight-year-old brother and sister twins accidentally awaken the mythical superhero from his long hibernation, they teach him about modern world and join Astra to save the universe from a new wave of giant monsters and intergalactic threats.”