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Siraj Syed

Siraj Syed is the India Correspondent for and a member of FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics. He is a Film Festival Correspondent since 1976, Film-critic since 1969 and a Feature-writer since 1970. 



Actors celebrate FIFA World Cup live, with fans and fanfare

Actors celebrate FIFA World Cup live, with fans and fanfare

Producer and Celebrity Manager Santosh Gupta of Pinnacle Celebrity Management, has teamed- up with Ali Merchant and Sakshi Jhala, to launch a company, Milagro, that will be managing various pubs and lounges across the Mumbai. In a first, the company started managing Kube Lounge, in Andheri West, where they organised screening of FIFA finalé on a giant screen.

The nail-biting telecast of the match between France and Croatia had everyone at the edge of their seats. With something for every football fan, the venue witnessed a huge turn-out, due to the football fever that has gripped the entire world. Indians are increasingly getting interested in football, although the national game is hockey and the most popular one is cricket.

KaranVeer Mehra, Karanvir Bohra and Santosh Gupta

Celebrities present for the live simulcast were actors KaranVeer Bohra, Aanchal Khurana, Vaishali Takkar, Gaurav Bajaj, Shafaq Naaz, Dheeraj Dhooper, Karan Veer Mehra, Myshti Tyagi, and, of course, Santosh Gupta, the host. The edge of the seat clash between France and Croatia kept everyone glued to the screen. 

Speaking on this occasion, actor KaranVeer Bohra, said, "I was very excited about the live showing of the FIFA World Cup finalé, and enjoyed the match. Overall, it was a great experience, and I had a great time here." Gaurav Bajaj added, "I am very happy that France is the winning team. I had a good time, and all of us cheered for our favorite teams." Actress Vaishali Takkar, whose birthday coincided with the FIFA finale, celebrated her birthday with the actors at the venue, exclaiming: “It’s surely a birthday to be remembered for years!”

Santosh Gupta said, "I was very excited about the match and the ambience here during the match was phenomenal. Kube had set up a mini goal-post and the patrons were busy kicking the footballs into the goal post, with their eyes on the dummy world cup. There was heightened curiosity before the match about who will win, and during the match, everybody present was cheering their favorite team, with adrenaline flowing fast and furious."

Myshti Tyagi and Shafaq Naaz

Shafaq Naaz said, "I was very happy and my excitement level was very high. It was a great match, and the organisers at Kube lounge arranged everything in the best possible manner. I enjoyed a lot." Aanchal Khurana exclaimed, "I enjoyed a lot and the time which I spent while watching the match was truly worthwhile. I am delighted" KaranVeer Mehra added, "The match was a very good one. Both the teams played well and I am happy that my favourite team won the World Cup.” And that team was…? Vive la Françe.

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About Siraj Syed

Syed Siraj
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Siraj Syed is a film-critic since 1970 and a Former President of the Freelance Film Journalists' Combine of India.

He is the India Correspondent of and a member of FIPRESCI, the international Federation of Film Critics, Munich, Germany

Siraj Syed has contributed over 1,015 articles on cinema, international film festivals, conventions, exhibitions, etc., most recently, at IFFI (Goa), MIFF (Mumbai), MFF/MAMI (Mumbai) and CommunicAsia (Singapore). He often edits film festival daily bulletins.

He is also an actor and a dubbing artiste. Further, he has been teaching media, acting and dubbing at over 30 institutes in India and Singapore, since 1984.

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