And the winners are… IIFA 2012

IIFA Awards, so called International version of Bollywood awards was back. As mentioned in our earlier post “IIFA Awards are back at the Lion’s city – Singapore” there were many performances that were lined up to make this event even more special. Are you all set to read more about what exactly happened at the award ceremony? Well iDubba has the details for you. So just sit back and enjoy the post.

Hosts Shahid Kapoor and Farhan Akhtar tried to keep the audience in splits with their wit and humour. Unlike the other awards show, they tried not to make much fun of their fellow actors. Well as they say that SRK only has the rights to do that! Well moving on, the show saw star-studded performances by Sonakshi Sinha, Bipasha Basu, Prabhu Deva, Priyanka Chopra, Shahid, Rishi and Ranbir Kapoor. You might ask where are the other start? Well this year`s IIFA awards was different, and the actors who were missed by all included Hrithik Roshan, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, John Abraham, Saif Ali Khan, Anil Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, and Sonam Kapoor. 

As expected, Zoya Akhtar`s ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ and Imtiaz Ali`s ‘Rockstar’ triumphed at the 13th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards, with each winning four trophies. The film industry also paid heart-warming tributes to long timers Ramesh Sippy and Rekha and bestowed them each with the Outstanding Achievement awards. As mentioned earlier that the big stars were missing, it was time for the young guns to take up the responsibility and keep the show alive.

So when will we be able to see the award show on television? Well don’t worry we will also share the details and the dates with you. But till then let’s check out the winners of this prestigious award. Check out the complete list of winners.  

Winners of IIFA Awards 2012

  • Best Film: Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
  • Best Story: Zoya Akhtar and Reema Katgi – Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara
  • Best Direction: Zoya Akhtar – Zindagi Na Milege Dobara
  • Best Performance In Leading Role (Male): Ranbir Kapoor – Rockstar
  • Best Performance In A Leading Role (Female): Vidya Balan – The Dirty Picture
  • Best Supporting Actor (Male): Farhan Akhtar – Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara
  • Best Supporting Actor (Female): Parineeti Chopra – Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl
  • Best Debut (Male): Vidyut Jamwal – Force
  • Best Debut (Female): Parineeti Chopra – Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl
  • Best Performance In A Negative Role: Prakash Raj – Singham
  • Best Performance In A Comic Role: Riteish Deshmukh – Double Dhamaal
  • Outstanding Achievement in Indian Cinema: Rekha
  • Outstanding Achievement in Indian Cinema: Ramesh Sippy
  • Best Music Direction: A.R. Rahman – Rockstar
  • Best Playback Singer (Male) – Mohit Chauhan – the song Nadaan Parinde – Rockstar
  • Best Playback Singer (Female) – Shreya Ghosal – the song Teri Meri – Bodyguard
  • Best Lyrics: Irshad Kamil – the song ‘Nadaan Parindey’ – Rockstar
  • Best Choreography: Bosco Caesar Senorita – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
  • Best Dialogue: Rajat Aroraa -The Dirty Picture
  • Hottest Pair: Ranbir Kapoor and Nargis Fakhri in Rockstar
  • IIFA 2012 Green Award: Dia Mirza
  • Best Action: Jai Singh Nijjar – Singham
  • Best Special Effects: Red Chillies VFX – Ra.One
  • Best Choreography: Bosco-Caesar for Senorita from Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
  • Best Cinematography: Carlos Catalan for Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
  • Best Costume Design: Niharika Khan – The Dirty Picture
  • Best Dialogue: Rajat Aroraa – The Dirty Picture
  • Best Editing: Anand Subaya – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
  • Best Makeup: Vikram Gaikwad for The Dirty Picture
  • Best Production Design: Sabu Cyril – Ra.One
  • Best Screenplay: Reema Kagti and Zoya Akhtar
  • Best Sound Re-Recording: Anuj Mathur and Baylon Fonseca – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
  • Best Sound Recording: Resul Pookutty and Amrit Pritam Dutta – Ra.One

So back to the question, when can the audience watch their favourite stars perform on television? Well, here you go:

Throughout the first week of July, Star Plus will be airing: 

Weekend with the Stars + IIFA rocks: Sunday 1st July
IIFA Weekend Celebrations: Monday 2nd – Friday 6th July
IIFA Awards Exclusive Moments: Saturday 7th July
Green carpet & Main event awards night: Saturday 7th July

So have the deserving won this year’s IIFA awards? Did you miss the Big Stars this year at the awards? Well, do let us know your views with us. You can also tweet about the same at our iDubba twitter account.

Happy Viewing.

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Amitabh Bachchan’s tweet confirms Kaun Banega Crorepati (new season) to air by August

The television audience is fortunate to hear the following words again “Lock Kiya Jaye”  “Sure, Confident” “computerji”. Yes you guessed it right, Big B is back and this time all set to Host the 6th Season of Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC). There were reports that he might not host the sixth edition of the reality game show, but thanks to Twitter, Mr Bachchan tweeted “Off for a meet with Sony for next KBC…planning, operation, execution….will keep you informed on its (KBC’s) broadcast and other details”.

As you all know Mr Bachchan is super active on Twitter and always manages to keep his fans posted about news and his views on various topics. No matter what Mr Bachchan does it’s a news and this time he managed to relive the KBC Moments via Twitter. Following are some of his tweets related to this news.

“KBC: 22 million people tuned in to the opening episode .. Continued to be watched by over 120 million through the 56 episodes!! KBC: 16.5 crores prize money won, at an average of 12.5 lakhs per contestant on HOT SEAT… and.. 7.4 crore entries for GBJJ ..!!

“GBJJ: Ghar Baithe Jeeto Jackpot! Phone in on show, get right answer to a question, can win 1 – 2 – 3 lakhs at times!!”

These stats does show what a mass hysteria was created by this show. The show was first aired in 2000,  and was hosted by Big B. This was his first appearance on small screen. And soon the show became a huge hit as Big B hosted first and second seasons.  And guess what, following this, Shah Rukh Khan was soon seen in as the host for the third season. But thanks to the low TRP’s Big B soon returned to anchor the fourth season of the show. But this time it was was aired on Sony Entertainment Television. He did not stop there, and was also seen in the 5th Season.

Following is the illustrious list of the winners till the 5th season:

– Harshvardhan Nawathe – 1st winner of KBC in 2000

– Ravi Saini – Winner of  KBC Junior  1 Crore (Children under 14)

– Vijay and Arundhati Raul – Winner of KBC Jodi  1 Crore in 2001

– Brajesh Dubey – Winner of KBC 2 leaving with  1 Crore when the top prize was  2 Crore

– Rahat Taslim – Winner of  1 crore in Season 4 from Jharkhand

– Sushil Kumar – Winner of  5 Crore in Season 5 from Bihar. He is the first contestant who has won the full jackpot in KBC series

– Anil Kumar Sinha – Winner of  1 Crore in Season 5 from Bihar

Now that it is confirmed that Season 6 will be blessed with the presence of Mr Amitabh Bachchan, do you think that KBC might have some new twists? Will there be new dialogues and “computerji” might be replaced by iPad 😉 Sounds strange… right… Well you never know what’s in store for the 6th Season. Well you might want to know when Big B will start the show… So here you go 😉

Do send in your views about the show and your favourite moments related to the show.

“Lock Kiya Jaye”

 Happy Viewing

Bollywoord Stars and Television – iDubba tries to find out the real winners

It’s a unique relationship, sometimes Sweet and then sour 😉 Don’t worry we are not talking about any link-up between actors. This relationship is about Bollywood Stars and Television. You might agree that Bollywood stars have given a helping hand to the TV industry in widening its horizons. But at the end of the day Television has been a major platform that the Bollywood Stars are using, some are successful while some have failed at the Box… oops… TV Office 😉 Television was considered as an second innings for the actors and was considered to be the home for retired actors only. But times have changed. Many of the super hit, upcoming actors and actresses have joined that bandwagon and have taken up television shows.

iDubba is on a journey to find out the stars that have been successful / not so successful on television :

– Television will be incomplete if we don’t talk about Amitabh Bachchan 🙂 He made his debut on television in 2000 with Kaun Banega Crorepati. Since then, every show he has graced has turned out to be a super hit. Those shows include Kaun Banega Crorepati, Kaun Banega Crorepati Dvitiya, Bigg Boss Season 3, KBC season 4 and 5

– Talking about KBC, who can forget Shah Rukh Khan 🙂 But he had made his TV Debut way long back in 1988 with “Fauji“. He went on to appear in other television serial, such as Aziz Mirza’s Circus in 1989, which depicted the life of circus performers. And then there was no looking back, the television star was a movie star. But his real calling in television came when Amitabh Bachchan stepped down from KBC in 2007 and SRK took over. The initial TRPs of SRK’s KBC were promising but interest slowly started dipping. Then came the show Kya Aap Paanchvi Paas Se Tez Hain? Well again, initial TRPs of the show were promising but the show and it never managed to go past its first season. King Khan did manage to return to hosting a reality TV with Zor Ka Jhatka but did not impress much

– Done with one Khan… Now lets get back to Mr Dabangg 🙂 Salman Khan did make his TV debut in 2008 with Dus Ka Dum. As they say if Salman is hosting a reality TV show, it’s bound to garner high TRPs. And this was true for both the shows – Dus Ka Dum and Bigg Boss Season 4

– Now its time to focus our attention on the Dancing King of Bollywood 🙂 Yes you guessed it right – Hrithik Roshan. He made his TV debut with Just Dance in 2011. Soon after this was announced, there were reports in the media about Hrithik signing on for a sum of Rs 2 crore per episode. Since then, the show’s opened to moderate success.

– Time for some action 🙂 Yes we have Mr Khiladi next in line. Yes Akshay Kumar did make his TV Debut 2008 with Khatron Ke Khiladi. He went on to host the 2nd season of Khatron Ke Khiladi too. Reportedly, the TRPs of both seasons were fantastic. However he was absent in the 3rd season as Priyanka Chopra was the new host. But soon the TRP’s were not in favor of Miss Chopra and hence Akshay had to return in the 4th Season of Khatron Ke Khiladi. Well he did not stop there and was soon present in every household ie Kitchen 🙂 Yes he hosted the first Masterchef of India, a show based on cooking. His Master Chef India show did receive moderate success

– And finally this post cannot be complete without talking about Mr Perfectionist 🙂 Mr Aamir Khan. He is all set to make his Television Debut with the show “Satyamev JayateThe Truth Alone Prevails“. The talk show will tell stories of real people across India” You can read more about his show over here  – Will “Satyamev Jayate” bring about change in the Indian Television scenario?

If you note carefully, there would be around 10 or 12 well-known actors doing shows on TV in one year. And most Bollywood actors come as either anchors or judges. So there is a good presence of our Bollywood stars on Television. Do let us know which is your favorite star that you would like to see on Television. and also it would be interesting to know if you think that this is a healthy trend.

Happy Viewing 🙂

What is common between Presidents George W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter and SRK?

Sounds super cool,right? Well there is actually a common thing between  Presidents George W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter and King Khan. “The King of Bollywood” will join the likes of these eminent personalities when he will deliver a lecture at Yale University as a Chubb Fellow on April 12. The Chubb Fellowship is devoted to encouraging and aiding Yale students interested in the operations of government and in public service. Established in 1936, through the generosity of Hendon Chubb (Yale 1895), the program is based in Timothy Dwight College, one of Yale’s residential colleges.

Following is a small list of his achievements and facts that might interest you 🙂 

– King Khan has acted in over 70 Hindi films and has won 14 Filmfare Awards from 30 nominations for his work in Indian films

-In 2005, the government of India honored him with the Padma Shri, one of the country’s highest civilian awards, for his contributions to Indian cinema

– He has done his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Delhi

– Eleven of the films he has acted in have accumulated worldwide gross earnings of over $1 billion 

– He is the founder/owner of two production companies: Dreamz Unlimited and Red Chillies Entertainment; and along with actress Juhi Chawla and her husband, Jay Mehta 

– In 2008, Newsweek named Khan one of the “Fifty Most Powerful People in the World.” 

The list is endless and one can just go on and on about this achievements.  But his new honour will surely make him more popular as the Chubb Fellowship, bestowed is among Yale’s highest honors and was started in 1949.

Mr Khan will speak to the Yale community and the general public in an event at 4 p.m. at the Shubert Theater, 247 College St. on Thursday, April 12. The Chubb Fellowship noted that through his films and his philanthropy, Shah Rukh Khan has been among his generation’s most important examples of the power of art to promote higher human ideals and aspirations.

iDubba wishes him loads of success in the coming future and hopes that he manages to take it to the next level.

Happy Viewing 🙂

What makes a reality show work?

With so many “Reality” shows in today’s time (both nationally & abroad) it’s very important to understand why and how a reality show clicks. There have been so many mega-successful shows in US/UK and their counterparts in India (and so many flops) that it is necessary to learn what works and what doesn’t. In this post we try to analyze deeply as to what are the different elements of a reality show and what should be taken care of while creating a new reality show.

Almost all of the reality shows in India or elsewhere are localized versions of already popular US or UK shows. Here are some of the shows which have worked (in India) and some which haven’t. We’ll then analyze all the aspects to understand what it takes to make a successful Reality Show:

  • Mega-successful shows-
    • Kaun Banega Crorepati (Who wants to be a millionaire)
    • Indian Idol (American Idol)
    • Dance India Dance (So you think you can dance)
    • Bigg Boss (Big Brother)
  • Successful Shows-
    • Fear Factor India (Fear Factor)
    • Jhalak Dikhla ja (Dancing with the stars)
    • Sa Re Ga Ma Pa
    • Boogie Woogie
    • Masterchef India (Masterchef US/Australia)
  • Flops-
    • Zor Ka Jhatka (Wipeout)
    • India’s Minute to Win it (Minute to Win it)
    • Survivor India

Contestants: No doubt contestants are single biggest asset of a reality show. Wrong selection of contestants can make or break the entire show. Contestants can be broadly categorized as- “Common man” and “Celebrities”. Depending upon the format of show creative team may decide to have common man or celebrities or a mix of both as contestants. For pure talent based shows like KBC, Dance India Dance, Indian Idol etc it’s  imperative to have common people as main contestants otherwise it looks too dramatic and unreal (remember how we feel when a celebrity wins 50 lacs in a KBC episode?). Celebrities as contestants work very well for reality shows in which drama quotient needs to be high. Questions have been raised about such reality shows being truly “real” but now audience have kind of understood that reality shows involve either good “editing” or good “drama” to look exciting on TV. Some such shows are Bigg Boss, Survivor India, Zor Ka Jhatka. Example of shows having combination of both “common man” and “celebrities” as contestants include Fear Factor (India) and Jhalak Dikhlaja.

Drama: Television is all about drama and not having any drama in a reality show is a sure shot way to kill it. An emotional story can become an important part of show’s success. KBC is known for creating dramatic situations based on a contestant’s profile or based on the question “What would you do if you win a Crore?“. Shows like Bigg Boss rely too much on drama which is demanded by its format. “Zor Ka Jhatka” couldn’t impress audience even with Shahrukh Khan because it lacked both good contestants and drama quotient. If you actually see original “Wipeout” it’s one hell of a funny show and it does it without SRK type host.

Host: Even though host is 3rd most important thing it indeed plays an important part in taking the show to next level i.e. from success to mega-success (like Amitabh in case of KBC), Khatron Ke Khiladi (with Akshay Kumar as host) or from utter failure to moderate success (Dus Ka Dum could have bombed badly if Salman wasn’t there). But in case a show lacks above 2 important characteristics chances of it failing increases- SRK could never save Zor Ka Jhatka and even KBC with SRK couldn’t attract audience as much as Big B. My tip: Get a host with good sense of humor or with lot of character- Raghu/Rajiv and Rannvijay are known for their tough/macho characters and they don’t need Akshay Kumar.

Plot: Borrowed or not, plot does play an important part in a reality show’s success. How? Well first thing is it identifies your target audience. KBC had a national appeal, Roadies & Bigg Boss have youth appeal, Dance India Dance is liked by a specific set of audience and so is Masterchef. Plot helps a production house lay its marketing plan and execute it. Beware! If top 3 things are not in place, plot will never help you win your audience.

Editing: Editing is an important part of any reality show, specially of those shows in which cameras roll continuously. In my opinion India’s Minute to Win it suffers from really bad editing as against its US counterpart. Dance India Dance is edited very well despite it being a talent reality show. There is always a connection between the contestants, Mithun da and 3 judges (Remo, Terence and Gita). Good editing is evident from a show which keeps you glued during the program, bad editing gives you enough reasons to switch 🙂

Connection: Well this is second last part of “what it takes to create a good reality show” but trust me, unless your audience feel “connected” with your show, you CAN NOT make it work. Connection happens if you get all of the above things “just” right for your show. There is no formula for this, it just happens!

Audience: Audience may include either studio audience or audience watching at home or both. In KBC, studio audience is well trained before shoot- they are told when to clap, how much to clap, when to laugh, who sits in front, who sits in background, what should be your facial expressions.. everything! It’s like a controlled backdrop scenario which is very important taking into consideration the plot of the show. In case of shows like Minute to Win it studio audience is supposed to be very energetic (which sadly doesn’t happen in Indian version). In talent based shows like DID or Indian Idol studio audience makes singing or dancing more enjoyable by clapping and dancing along with the contestants. Shows like Wipeout expect audience sitting at home to be their real audience and the host directly tries to talk to that audience. Audience is important because it makes or breaks your show- understand your audience!

These are the key elements of a reality show, there are many other like sound, camera, direction which are important but they are common to all TV shows.

Do you think there are other important aspects? Please comment..

57th Filmfare Awards winners are out… Will you still watch the show on 19th Feb??

Now that the 57th Annual Filmfare Award Winners (Check the Winners here) are out in the tabloids, I was wondering whether it would really interest the audiences anymore. Will people be keen to watch the show, scheduled to be aired on 19th Feb!! You might wonder what kind of question is this!! It’s Filmfare, and people just have to watch it right. .?? True to certain extent. But think about it, there are no surprises left for the audience in the show.

So, what reason do you have to watch a show on television, almost 20 days after the winners are announced?  What according to you will still attract the viewer’s and make them switch their television set in anxiety? Let me help you answer to this strange but valid question!

Here are some of the reasons why you might still watch it on television :

  • All the girls out there might like to see the badshah ‘Shah Rukh Khan’ and the handsome ‘Ranbir Kapoor’ on stage (they will be the hosts for the night)
  • Loads of Naach Gana and some sizzling performances, which come packaged with the awards ceremony & act as highlights. This time, the stage shall be enthralled by Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D’Souza. No prizes for guessing ,”Katrina Kaif” will be the “Show Stopper”
  • The fashion statement, the starry quotient, the designer dresses attract a lot a Fashion fiestas who watch the show just for the fashion mantras. Entire Fashion industry is keen to showcase their talent through the Celebrities after all it’s a “Starry Night” that sure get’s a lot of camera & media attention. It’s Manish Malhotra vs Vikram Phadnis and the list goes on, each one wanting to create the maximum buzz with the dress that the beautiful ladies adorn
  • How can we forget the PJ’s, some light & some tough humor cracked by the hosts on their own film Fraternity and not to forget their arch rivals 😉 (Kantaben was hit amongst the all)
  • Some more Dance performances and jokes that lack any humor. And not to forget the al-laa thank-you speeches by the winners, the anxiety on their faces & the smart acts by the editing team; whereby the audiences is made to believe what it is not

Did I forget something… What about the artists who won the awards, what about the films that were nominated, what about the real reason why this award show exists….. Cinema!! Well who cares about that anyway. You are well aware of the winners in advance, so why worry about them. Some of you might feel that I am taking it too far, but let me ask you this one question… Would you not like to see Filmfare Awards Live on Television rather than recorded and edited version? Are we asking too much of the likes of the superstars to perform live in front of the audience?  You will all agree that they have enough talent to performance live, so why are they not challenging themselves to go LIVE 😉

Do let us know your views on this topic. Don’t the audience deserve to see their favorite stars win awards LIVE on stage? Or they just deserve to just to see the performances 😉 (The Naach Gana Show)

Filmfare Lady goes to..The Awards List

After we got you the Nomination List of the Filmfare Awards here , the award ceremony took place yesterday in the newly built Reliance Media Works studio in Film City. Amidst glamour and glitz, there were moments of laughter and fun. There were nerve wrenching moments, especially for those who were nominated. Performances, hilarious acts by SRK & Ranbir and much more.

The much awaited evening began with a musical tribute to Dev Anand, with Javed Ali of Coke Studio doing a version of Dil ka bhanwar, Aise na mujhe tum dekho and Khoya khoya chand. Up next were Shaan, accompanied by Leslie Lewis presenting an ode to Shammi Kapoor with Baar baar dekho, Dil deke dekho and Badan pe sitare.

This year, the hosts were a mixed doubles pair of sorts. Each pair shone bright and entertained the audience. SRK and Ranbir dropped from an aerial harness and collided mid-air as sparks flew literally. SRK ribbed Ranbir, accusing him of overacting and saying that sons of great actors seldom matched up. Ably supported by Karan Johar , Ali Zafar and former Miss India Ankita Shorey, the duo made the audience crack up with their antics.

As always, the event had an A-list of performers whose flamboyant acts lent glamour to the evening. Apart from Shah Rukh Khan, there was Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor and Deepika Padukone, who each enacted a medley of their hit numbers. Also performed the soon-to-be-married couple, Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia, who put up a spirited pre-nuptial tango that included a song from their forthcoming film Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya.

(The awards shall be telecasted on February 19th, 2012 at 8pm on Sony Tv).

Without further wait, we present to you the entire list of the Winners of the much desired Black Lady.

BEST ACTOR MALE – Ranbir Kapoor, Rockstar

BEST ACTOR FEMALE – Vidya BalanThe Dirty Picture

BEST FILM – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

BEST DIRECTOR – Zoya AkhtarZindagi Na Milegi Dobara

BEST DIALOGUE – Farhan AkhtarZindagi Na Milegi Dobara

BEST SCREENPLAY – Akshat VermaDelhi Belly

BEST STORY – Sanjay Chauhan, I Am Kalam

BEST ACTOR MALE (CRITICS) – Ranbir KapoorRockstar

BEST FILM (CRITICS) – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

BEST ACTOR FEMALE (CRITICS) – Priyanka Chopra, 7 Khoon Maaf

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR MALE – Farhan AkhtarZindagi Na Milegi Dobara

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR FEMALE – Rani MukherjeeNo One Killed Jessica

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – Aruna Irani

SCENE OF THE YEAR – The Dirty Picture

RD BURMAN AWARD  – KrsnaTanu Weds Manu

BEST MUSIC – AR RahmanRockstar (A special 47 ct diamond studded 2500th trophy presented)

BEST PLAYBACK SINGER FEMALE – Usha Uttap & Rekha Bhardwaj, Darling, 7 Khoon Maaf

BEST LYRICS – Irshad Kamil, Nadaan Parindey, Rockstar

BEST PLAYBACK SINGER MALE – Mohit Chauhan, Jo Bhi Main, Rockstar

BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR – Abhinay DeoDelhi Belly

BEST DEBUT MALE – Vidyut JhamwalForce

BEST DEBUT FEMALE – Parineeti ChopraLadies vs Ricky Bahl

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY – Bosco-Caesar, Senorita, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

BEST VFX – Red Chillies, Ra.One

BEST BACKGROUND SCORE – Ranjit BarotShaitan

BEST ACTION – Don 2

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – Carlos CatalanZindagi Na Milegi Dobara

BEST SOUND DESIGN – Nakul KamteDon 2

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN – Shashank TereDelhi Belly

BEST EDITING – Huzefa LokhandwalaDelhi Belly

BEST COSTUME – Niharika KhanThe Dirty Picture

We shall bring to you more news about Filmfare. So Stay Tuned !!