Saturday, October 17, 2020

Ashmit Patel launches Famesky Productions web series ‘Delhi weds Haryana’

Last evening Delhiites saw the handsome Ashmit Patel and Bhavesh Kumar at the launch of Famesky Productions forth coming web series “Delhi weds Haryana”. All set to go on floors soon, the series deals with marriages between two cultures in the north itself. Directed by Saurabh Sharma and produced by Niren Dabas and Sandeep Bhardwaj, shooting of this interesting series will be conducted in Delhi, Haryana and India’s Pink City Jaipur.

Speaking at the launch, Ashmit Patel made some surprising revelations. Talking about the series, Ashmit said, “I'm excited to work with Saurabh Sharma who is debuting on the digital platform with this series. I am playing the elder brother of Bhavesh Kumar whose marriage creates all the confusion. While he is playing a wedding planner in the series, I’m playing a divorce lawyer in contrast. It will be real fun doing this series.”

Sandeep Bhardwaj who is producing this series with Niren Dabas is upbeat about this interesting concept penned by Niren Dabas as he is all set to bring in the Haryanvi humour, characters and dialect that is quite popular amongst the masses. “Contrasting a rustic earthy life in the villages with that of the city, it will be showcasing the rich culture of Haryana.”

Bhavesh Kumar who was looking dapper in a suit says, “It is an interesting role of a city bred boy who gets married to a Haryanvi village girl and that’s where the chaos starts. It’s a comedy of errors punctuated with the flavor of Haryanvi language. I’m sure audience will love it.”

“High on drama, comedy and romance, I was fascinated with the perspective of the narrative when Nirenji first discussed the idea. It is a cool contrast of a poignant village life unlike Delhi’s enchanting smorgasbord of a myriad cultures and social life,” said director Saurabh Sharma.

Apart from Ashmit Patel and Bhavesh Kumar, Sunil Chitkara, Manya Pathak, Shaloo Jindal and others attended the launch function. Roshni Sahota who is based in Mumbai could not make it to the launch.

Friday, October 16, 2020

India Runway Week Virtual edition Season 2

The maker of the first ever virtual fashion week in the country is all set to roll with its second season, India Runway Week will be back in action from October 18 to October 21, 2020 with an amazing line-up of young & Veteran designers.

India Runway Week virtual edition of season 2 will not be streaming pre-shot fashion films like other fashion weeks but it will be streaming fashion shows by designers on various India Runway Week social media Platforms.  

Designers like Laconet Hemant, Amit GT, Ashima Leena, charu Prashar, Jaivik Nari, Anand bhushan, Virtues by Viral Ashish & Vikrant, Poonam Bhagat, Ekam, Chandrani Singh Flora, Abhinav Mishra, Varija Bajaj, Saaj by Ankita, Peeli kothi by Ambica and many more will showcase their collections. 

Viewers will also witness Avon Watch me now show which will presents Avon of today and its purpose to transform women’s lives for the better. Avon Watch me now show will be presented by Designer Poonam Dubey and the showstopper will be our own desi Rihanna, ‘Ranee Kujur’. 

Avinash Pathania, Founder, IFFD , said “We started this virtual fashion week in 2019 under India Runway Week banner, before anyone. This time we will set a benchmark to it and I promise you that at India Runway Week, Virtual Edition of Season 2, you will get to witness hundred percent virtual fashion shows”

Thursday, October 15, 2020

The Best Piece of Advice from Writer of ‘Calling Sehmat’ in Famous Sikhs

The seventh chapter of Candid Talks by ‘Famous Sikhs’, aired this Sunday at 12:30 PM, starring Cdr Harinder Singh Sikka, the brain and the pen behind the story of film Raazi and production of the movie, Nanak Shah Fakir. His two novels, namely - Calling Sehmat and Vichodda, inspired from real life struggles of women have been getting amazing reviews on the internet. 

He spoke of the blessing of having met Sehmat, a code name to hide the identity of a strong lady who wanted to go away unsung. He shared how he was chosen by fate to share these stories with the masses. He revealed a myriad of never heard before facts like how real and reel world sehmat - Alia Bhatt met, how Sehmat asked her to make a movie on Guru Nanak DevJi. Standing today as one of the highest-paid authors in Bollywood, he has not kept even a single penny of the earnings.These days he is writing a sequel to the book under the name, ‘Remembering Sehmat’. 

His movie, Nanak Shah Fakir, which was entangled in some controversial debate in the beginning in spite of its successful premiere at the Cannes Film Festival; today has won three national awards and crossed 10.7 million views on youtube. He shared with the viewers how he cherished the many miracles he experienced on the sets of Nanak Shah Fakir. He also mentioned how many top-notch pious souls like AR Rahman, Akshay Kumar and legendary Padma awardees, PanditJasrajji and Bhai Nirmal Singh ji joined hands for this project. 

Towards the end of the interview, he shared his writing recipe for the many struggling young writers listening to him. He also shared a fantastic surprise for all the listeners at the end of the interview. 

The Candid show of Famous Sikhs, invites one guest every week and this week the interview captured some amazing advice from the life of Harinder S Sikka. It’s surprising, how a show that was announced no more than just 7 weeks back has today hosted - Actor Manmeet Singh, Dr.Bhupender Kaur, Lt Gen Balbir Singh Sandhu, Prof .Daljit Singh and K S Ahluwalia. 

The focus of ‘Famous Sikhs’, Candid talk show is on inculcating a sedulous spirit among masses and to share techniques and strategies for achieving results and tackling failures.The young host, Mehak Kaur did a fantastic job. The Famous Sikhs’ backed by a talented team of experts captivated the audience with a spirit of achievement and inspiration. To listen to the unfiltered interview of Cdr Harinder S Sikka go to Famous Sikhs facebook page or youtube channel. 

The Famous Sikhs Candid talk showbacked by a talented team of experts captivates the audience with a spirit of achievement and inspiration. The magic of this beautiful platform focuses on sharing the stories of Sikh achievers with the community. With Manpreet Kaur, the host of the show, Harshpreet Singh Bhasin(Hotbot Studios) as the Digital Marketing partner, Mehak Kaur as the Script Writer and Taman Deep Singh Bindra (Singhstudio)as the Sales and BD Specialist are on the mission of unveiling the unheard stories of the Sikh achievers from different professions across the world.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Bhavesh Kumar to make his digital debut with "Delhi Weds Haryana"

P Se Pyaar F Se Faraar fame Bhavesh Kumar will soon be making his OTT debut with a web series based on the cross-culture marriages called Delhi Weds Haryana. Paired opposite Patiala Babes actress Roshni Sahota, the show will be directed by Saurabh Sharma and produced by Niren Dabas and Sandeep Bhardwaj under their banner Famesky Productions.

Talking about his OTT debut the actor said, “I don’t want to limit myself to just doing films. OTT’s are the new medium and I want to explore these entertainment platforms too. It will be real fun doing this project.” Sharing some tidbits on his character, Bhavesh said, “I am a city bred modern tech freak Delhi boy, who has taken up a career as a wedding planner. Since my family's origin is from Haryana, my parents want me to marry a Haryanvi girl. The show revolves around the issues faced by this Delhi based city boy when he marries a Haryanvi girl and so the title Delhi Weds Haryana.” 

The close to 20’s something actor who made a name for himself with his debut film P Se Pyaar F Se Faraar will soon be seen in another film called Hawayein, which has taken up the adventure of a solo trip. The film is how this young boy travels solo across India and in the process discovers himself while exploring the country. The movie is expected to hit the screens soon as its release was delayed because of the on-going pandemic issues. 

Delhi Weds Haryana also features renowned actors including Manoj Bakshi, Sunil Chitkara, Sunita Shirole, Ajay Mahendru and Shyam Lal alongwith Shallu Jindal, Subhamita Banerjee, Manya Pathak and Anushka Bhatia. The show, which deals with marriages between two cultures in North India, will go on floors in the third week of October in Jaipur. It will also be shot in and around Delhi and Haryana.

Badho Bahu lead, Rytasha Rathore, ruling the OTT screen with Netflix’s "Masaba Masaba"

Recognised for her performance as plus-sized protagonist in the hit TV show Badho Bahu, Rytasha Rathore makes her way to Netflix with ‘Masaba Masaba’, a playful, fictional peek into the life of Masaba Gupta. Playing Masaba’s best friend on the show, Rytasha is seen as a sexy, funny, young, strong and independent boss woman setting up her own business.

Rytasha goes beyond breaking stereotypes, be it playing a wrestler Bahu at 22 years of age in a daily soap, to addressing body image issues and societal perceptions of women. Known for speaking her mind and not shying away from sharing her thoughts on sensitive issues, Rytasha’s social media posts have engaged and inspired many young people to begin their journey towards self-love and being one’s truest authentic self.

Rytasha Rathore says, “A Netflix show has always been a personal goal so yay!! I’m playing Gia Irani, Masaba’s best friend, on the show, who’s stepping into her dad’s very big shoes as she navigates many 'firsts' while singlehandedly revamping the family business, but she’s a boss and just gets things done. Playing Gia was more up my alley because we’re similar in many ways. The writing of the role is also something that I have to mention. Oftentimes in mainstream entertainment, the heroine’s best friend is reduced to just that and not a fully formed human woman. This one differs because four women wrote this show. They have all lived this life, they understand the depth of female friendships and how women really do uplift one another. It’s so heartening to have this kind writing of female characters, that really embodies women in all their glory and doesn’t show them through the lens of patriarchy.” 

The fictionalised series, inspired by Masaba Gupta's real life, that went live on August 28, 2020 on Netflix has a chartbuster with Nikitaa’s ‘Aunty kisko bola bey’ picturised on Neena Gupta.  


JSPL wins coveted GreenTech CSR India 2020 Awards

Jindal Steel & Power Ltd (JSPL) has been conferred with GreenTech CSR India 2020 Award for it's for outstanding achievements in promoting healthcare under its CSR programmes. The Award was received by Chairperson of JSPL Foundation Ms. Shallu Jindal during the 7th CSR India Summit & Expo held virtually. Former Chief Justice of India Mr. Dipak Mishra, Former CMD of Canara Bank Mr. RK Dubey, Former Director of ONGC Dr. A.K. Balyan, Former Director of ONGC Mr. V.P. Mahawar, Former Director of NTPC Mr. PK Mohapatra, Chairman & CEO of GreenTech Foundation Mr. K. Sharan and CSR Functionaries and leaders from various organisations. 

JSPL has been declared winner for this coveted award in the category of "Promotion of Health and Healthcare" after several rounds of assessment of its initiatives in the field of community health, spread across more than 700 villages in and around its operational areas in Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand as well as in Haryana under aspiration district programme of Government of India. 

Receiving the Award, Chairperson of JSPL Foundation - which is also the executing arm of JSPL's CSR activities - said, "All our CSR initiatives are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Our overall objective is to contribute to improve the quality of people living in and around the vicinity of our Plants and this would not be possible without strategic interventions in the areas of healthcare. JSPL has initiated several programmes has reached more than 2 million people across three eastern states, facilitating people's access to preventive and curative health, so that they become healthier and more productive". She thanked GreenTech Foundation and the illustrious Jury for selecting JSPL for this prestigious award. 

Healthcare programmes being taken up by JSPL ranges from Mobile Medical Unit to institution based super speciality health services with focus on improving IMR and MMR, combating malnutrition, anaemia control among adolescent girls, creating open defecation free environment, physical and mental well-being of the local communities. The Company runs telemedicine support across locations to facilitate advance health services in rural areas and also a super speciality hospital, OP Jindal Fortis Hospital, in Chhattisgarh. 

For its strategic CSR initiatives, JSPL has been awarded with several prestigious awards including Golden Peacock Award for CSR, The FICCI CSR Award for Women Empowerment, Grow Care India CSR Award in Platinum Category and several others.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Now Read & Watch the Best Stories with a Single Subscription for ET Prime & Docubay

ETPrime, the subscription-based destination for insightful content consumption from The Economic Times, today announced a unique collaboration with DocuBay, a premium global membership video-on-demand documentary films platform by IN10 Media Network.  With specializations in factual deep dives across business or genres, the synergies of both the entities will present users with a diverse content bouquet. 

ETPrime’s content is packed with deeply researched insights and analysis to help audiences stay ahead of the curve. Covering over 20 sectors, it is delivered straight to the subscribers’ inbox daily to power the reader to deal with the highly disruptive, volatile and competitive business environment. ETPrime audiences with annual and two-year subscriptions can now avail DocuBay’s OneTribe annual membership. Similarly, DocuBay OneTribe members can access ETPrime’s quarterly subscription with their membership. Audiences of both platforms will access eclectic deeply researched analysis as also the perspective of diverse opinions and narratives.

DocuBay offers a handpicked catalogue of documentaries with an emphasis on discovery, including curated ‘Bays’ like Nature, Action, Travel, Culture, Science, Sports, Crime, most recently launched Tech, Music and more. The catalogue includes films from over 100+ countries. The library consists of global award-winning features including Eye to Eye with Everest, Jaguar Going Electric, Wildlands, Inside Facebook, The Harvey Weinstein Scandal and more. One new documentary film is released to the platform daily, including a monthly ‘Docbuster’. The catalogue also includes tastefully selected documentaries from India including the multiple prize-winning titles like Himalayan Gold Rush, Bastion of the Giants, Pad Yatra, Where To, Miss? amongst others. 

Sanjeev Kumar, Vice President - The Economic Times Digital said, “The collaboration with DocuBay is designed to offer the evolved users of ETPrime with a superlative content spread as both brands feature diverse genres. This collaboration is a winner for subscribers of both platforms and designed to improve the product proposition of the brands too.” 

“The Economic Times is a premium platform offering well-researched, insightful business news, and at DocuBay we also take pride in bringing a diverse range of human stories told through unique narratives. Given the alignment in offerings, this a unique and interesting collaboration allowing us to reach likeminded audiences across platforms. This also allows us to enhance the overall customer experience with additional offerings as a part of our membership.”, Girish Dwibhashyam, Vice President –Strategy, DocuBay added. 

ET Prime is the subscription based destination from The Economic Times which covers more than 20 business verticals including Markets, Pharma, Technology, Environment, Corporate Governance, Consumer, Telecom and OTT, Auto, Aviation, Fintech, Energy, and Infrastructure. Its long form content bridges gaps in news flow by presenting fast, reliable, and actionable insights curated and articulated by industry experts.  

Headquartered in Mumbai (India), DocuBay is a global, membership VOD exclusively designed to stream premium international documentary films. Specializing as a niche video service with over 300 titles, DocuBay features content from all corners of the globe in a variety of categories. Available in 180+ countries, DocuBay is available on platforms including the App Store, Google Play, Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV, with additional platforms on the way.