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This review is part of the BlogAdda Book Review Program

Ramayana: The Game of Life – Book 2 – Shattered Dreams constitutes the book sequel to the bestseller Rise of the Sun Prince, from the Ramayana: The Game of Life book series authored by Shubha Vilas. This second volume remains however and interesting read as a standalone story and will therefore be reviewed without taking much into account the first volume in the series, for which it should only be mentioned that it ends with the wedding of Rama and Sita.

Book 2 – Shattered Dreams focuses on the time leading from Rama’s coronation as a ruler of Ayodhya to his exile, offering rich character portraits of all parties involved in the story: namely Dasaratha, Sita, Kaykeyi and Manthara who are all essential to this episode in the life of Rama.


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The River to River Indian Film Festival has been delighting Italian moviegoers for 14 years. It was yesterday at the Blue Frog Mumbai that its India Chapter came to life through the screening of a brief anthology of the festival's winners in the category of documentary film. The event kicked off with a trio of short films who won the Advantage India award, granted by the jury of partnering film distributor Pocket Films.
Film maker, Samvida Nanda, was present to receive the 1st Advantage India Prize for her short film The Frame and actor Krishna Wadia responded to a brief Q&A session on 3rd prize winner, Rani, by Manish Sharma, a film that was also awarded at the London Indian Film Festival.

L to R: Saameer Mody (Managing Director of Pocket Films), Selvaggia Velo (Director of R2R Film Festival) and Samvida Nanda (Winner of 1st Advantage India Prize for The Frame)
Chappalled, the 2nd prize Advantage India winner by film maker Yusuf Abidin, was  a highlight that we personally recommend. It is an excellently written and extremely refreshing short mockumentary that had most of the audience smiling or laughing throughout, thanks to its satirical view of politics, corruption and the media in India.

Shravan Katikaneni (Chronicles of a Temple Painter) and Selvaggia Velo (Director of R2R Film Festival)
The River to River component presented its three high-caliber awarded documentaries. 

Hechki (Hiccups) by Kartik Singh, keeps a tight plot pace that results in a warm ending. Chronicles of a Temple Painter by Shravan Katikaneni, deserves a special mention due to its content and craft. Through expert editing and the story of a simple family, Katikaneni succeeds in depicting the delicate subjects of communalism and social justice in India. Hank and Asha by James E. Duff was also a charmingly pleasant view. The long-distance relationship between the protagonists is impeccably shot, down to the dialogue and acting.

It was a successful first time event that we hope will find continuity in the cinema event niche in Mumbai.

SHAH RUKH-KAJOL starrer confirmed

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There was quite a bit of talk about bringing together legendary pair Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol together once more and this piece of good news has been confirmed today. Director Rohit Shetty's Dilwale will star the iconic jodi along fresh talents Varun Dhawan (Main Tera Hero, Badlapur)and Kriti Sanon (Heropanti).

The shoot will start in a couple of days but only with Dhawan and Kriti Sanon. Dilwale will be co-produced by Rohit Shetty, who celebrates his birthday today, and Red Chillies Entertainment. It has been described as a family friendly film slated for a Christmas 2015 release.

AIB: To Roast or Not to Roast?

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Last December, the All India Bakchod (AIB) troupe of comedians participated in what is known throughout the world as a "roast", meaning a comedy event in which consenting famous people appear and are openly joked about in front of a paying audience. The style of humor that characterizes a roast is adult language and jokes being made about one and the other. 

The AIB Knockout roast was the first ever to be organized in India and it was hosted by star director and producer Karan Johar. The event starred Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, and at a lesser degree Alia Bhatt, Deepika Padukone and Sonakshi Sinha, who all took turns being roasted by the panel on stage and heartily laughed at the jokes being made about them.