Thrilling stunts on bikes

Stunt Mania Reloaded — The Himalayan Challenge, a stunt biking reality series is all set to burnout your television screens, starting July 24, 7 pm on MTV. With the stunt academy set in the picturesque and tough terrains of Manali this year, the show will be hosted by the super hot Anushkha Manchanda, winner of Fear Factor. Accompanying her and India’s biggest stunt guru Allan Amin, will also be four sizzling hot squad leaders, leading their teams of three stunt bikers each.

Says hostess Anushkha, “I’m super kicked about being a part of such an exciting show. The experiences I’ve had shooting this show along with Allan Amin have been phenomenal. I love adventure and have just started biking. I’ve learnt some awesome stunts myself. This is going to be a killer season.”

Allan Amin, who was a part of the first season as well, says, “The first season was about contestants testing themselves on their vigour and valour and getting acquainted to their bikes. In the second season, the contestants now, after having mastered the art of stunt biking, are all ready to take on the Himalayan Challenge. So get ready for some spine-chilling stunts.”

Interesting crossover film

Sensational: A scene from Shadows Of Time. Watch the Indian television premiere of the Indian-German movie — Shadows Of Time. The English film with a Bengali setting, directed by Academy Award winning German director Florian Gallenberger, is all set to air on PIX. The film is distinguished by its sensational performances delivered by the Indian cast of the film — Prashant Narayanan, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Irrfan Khan and Tillothama Shome. Its memorable storyline and a curiously adventurous music score sets the film apart from any other crossover film. The romantic story is written by Gallenberger himself and is spread across six decades, beginning in pre-independent India in the 40s. The film is entirely in Bengali language to maintain its authenticity.

It is about a carpet factory in Calcutta, West Bengal where children are mercilessly exploited and abused by factory owners and parents, who are content selling them for a few bucks. The story is about how two childhood sweethearts try to find each other once they are free. But misunderstandings and fear tear them apart. Though they now have their freedom in life, they have to find their way in love. The movie airs on July 17 at 9 pm.

Dance of envy

Ruturaj is fast becoming everybody’s favourite contestant on Dance India Dance — Little Masters. Delivering one power-packed performance after another, this cutie has woven his way into everyone’s hearts. But with judge Sandip Soparrkar, he perhaps needs to try a little harder.

At a recent shoot, Sandip, on seeing Ruturaj’s performance, said, “I have honestly seen Ruturaj doing better. Besides, at this point in the show, the audience needs to see more ‘dance’ to decide.”

Begging to differ, judge Farah Khan jumped to Ruturaj’s rescue, saying, “Really? I got goose bumps during his performance. It’s a new experiment by Rutu. It has nice choreography, effective use of the prop and great execution.” The cross-fire between the judges continued as they were asked to predict whether Ruturaj would make it to the top four.

 Sandip said, “No, he needs to do more than just lyrical hip-hop to win.” Not about to let one of her favourite contestants be undermined, Farah said, “Why just the top four? I see Ruturaj in the top two.” Ruturaj also did a racy jugal bandi with Atul, his closest contender. Together, the duo enthralled the audience with a spunky, competitive dance act to the song Ibn-e-Batuta.

Maintaining his stance even post the performance, Sandip said Atul was crisper with his moves.

Farah disagreed yet again, saying, “Rutu’s forte is his expressions and Atul’s stunts take the cake. It was a tie for me.” For more excitement, stay tuned to DID... every Friday and Saturday at 9.30 pm on Zee TV.

Brilliant performances

Watch Chak Dhoom Dhoom on July 17 at 9 pm on Colors. The top six contestants will be judged carefully by the jury in the night of solos, from which only four kids will go on to the finals. Everyone puts their best foot forward — Sparsh with his flawless ballet, Tejaswani with her street jazz number on Rangeela theme, Piyush with his hip-hop, Gauri with her outstanding semi-classical, Shyam and his lyrical hip hop on Maa, dedicated to his mother, and Swasti with Bollywood freestyle on Mann Mohini.

The performances leave everybody speechless. Which of two get eliminated from top six to make it to the top four? To find out, don’t miss this exciting episode of Chak Dhoom Dhoom.

Love is in the air

WB presents No Reservations starring Catherine Zeta Jones and Aaron Eckhart on July 18 at 9 pm. This is a tantalising blend of comedy, romance and food. A frosty, workaholic, perfectionist chef must surrender some control of her restaurant to a care-free male colleague when she becomes the guardian of her willful young niece after the girl’s parents are involved in a tragic accident.

A travel in time

HBO presents The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button starring Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Taraji Henson and Julia Ormond on July 18 at 8 pm. Born as an 80-year-old man in New Orleans just after World War I, Benjamin Button proceeds to grow younger as time passes. And unable to stop time like any other man, Benjamin experiences life and love oddly out of sync with the rest of humanity.

 This Academy Award winning film is a time traveller’s tale of the people and places Benjamin encounters, the love he loses and finds, as well as the joys of life and the sadness of death and what lasts beyond time.The screenplay of The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button is by Eric Roth and Robin Swicord. It is loosely based on the 1922 short story of the same name by F Scott Fitzgerald. The film received thirteen Academy Award nominations including best picture, best director, best actor for Pitt and best supporting actress for Taraji P Henson. It won Oscars for art direction, make-up and visual effects.

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