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Zee Cinema celebrates Bollywood divas, Ramesh Sippy

MUMBAI: Seems like Zee Cinema has a gamut of programmes lined up for the benefit of its viewers. 

It has launched two festivals -- The Sholay Express and Screen Goddesses-100 Years of Indian Cinema from this month.

Sholay Express is a seven-week festival showcasing director Ramesh Sippy's best works which will end with the blockbuster Sholay. This festival kicked off on 16 August and will continue till 27 September, at 9 pm every Saturday.

Movies featured in Sholay Express include Seeta Aur Geeta, Shaan, Shakti, Andaz, Akelya, Sagar and Sholay.

On 5 August, Zee Cinema launched the six-month festival, Screen Goddesses, which is a tribute to the leading ladies of Bollywood, across three generations. The channel has zeroed on 26 divas from Nutan to Kareena Kapoor to feature in the festival.

An official release informing the launch of Screen Goddesses stated that the channel is telecasting selected films featuring the actresses in roles that they are still remembered for, on Tuesdays at 9 pm. The festival will end in January 2004.

The release quoted Zee Cinema's business head Yogesh Radhakrishnan as saying, "As a leading movie channel we are trying to provide our viewers a chance to revisit the magic of Indian cinema. Last year, the channel had showcased a festival called Superstar-100 years of the Indian Cinema as a tribute to legendary actors -- from Raj Kapoor to Shah Rukh Khan. The concept was well appreciated by our audience. This is our second such offering."

Movies already featured include Nutan's Saudagar on 5 August and Waheeda Rehman's Dil Diya Dard Liya on 12 August.

On 19 and 26 August, viewers will see Saira Banu in Bairaag and Sharmila Tagore in Masuam respectively. 

In the coming months the festival will screen movies of Asha Parekh, Rekha, Jaya Bachchan, Hema Malini, Dimple Kapadia, Sridevi, Jaya Prada, Madhuri Dixit, Juhi Chawla, Kajol, Priety Zinta and Karisma Kapoor.

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