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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sandesh Gour to make his Bollywood Debut with MeeRadha

After doing various characters in popular serials - right from Saraswati Chandra to Meri Aashiqui Tum Se Hi to CID to Savdhaan India and even doing the most popular show on SAB TV – Tarak Mehta ka Ooltah Chashma, Sandesh Gour from Orange city (now based in Mumbai) is all geared up for his Bollywood debut titled ‘MeeRadha’ which is all set to be released post Diwali this year.

Produced by Surya Prakash Jethlia and directed by Ashish Sinha the film is being made under the banner of SPJ entertainment production. "Shot in Bhilwara and set in the backdrop of Rajasthan, Meeradha is a youth oriented film with a social massage, which will influence the young generation in a positive way, I hope. I am playing the character of a young positive guy and it will trace my journey from a college guy to a matured responsible man, fulfilling his duties,” says Sandesh Gour who is playing the main protagonist in the film. 

MeeRadha will have two beautiful girls Suhani Jehtlia and Venus Jain debuting opposite Sandesh. Speaking about the film, he goes on to reveal that “the most amazing thing about this movie is that most of the actors are fresher’s and all of us have done our work with utmost sincerity and hard work. The characters represent today’s youth and their style of living, their life. His character is good by heart, yet naughty, and with big dreams; but he doesn't wanna work on it. He lives his life in jest and keeps flowing like the river. But, in the end, he realizes that he has to carve out a niche for himself and goes on to become a name to reckon.”

Sandesh went on to add, “Since this is my first big venture and my first Bollywood film, I am a bit nervous but also much excited about the project. Scheduled to hit the theatres post Diwali,the film is right now at the post production stage.”

Orange city has undoubtedly produced few gems in Bollywood and now it’s the turn of this lad and he hopes for the positive and high response from the critics. Though this is Sandesh’s Bollywood debut, prior to this, he has tried his hand in many things and has successfully collected numerous feathers under his cap. He has even worked down south in an important role in a Telugu film "Adavilo" as well as in a Chhatisgarhi film “Daai”, apart from serials. He was recently in the news as his short film ”Muafinaama” won two Best Film Awards which was shot entirely in Kashmir. The film is based on female child abandonment and he is playing a Kashmiri Pandit in it.

When asked how was the experience of shooting in Rajasthan in the summers of May, Sandesh quipped:  “It was a nice experience all together, except for the fact that we had to shoot in 45 degree temperature and that was quite a painful task. But considering my big dream coming true I was fine with it and was more engrossed with the beauty of the location. However, the best part was I visited Brahmaji’s temple in Pushkar, the Dargah of Sufi saint Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty’s at Ajmer, the scenic breathtaking locales of Udaipur and others. And I really loved the Rajasthani ‘Daal Bati Choorma’ and their colourful and soulful way of welcoming you ‘Padharo Mhare Des’. It was a real good experience.” 

Though he belongs to an upper middle class ultra sound family, nothing stops Sandesh for putting in his share of hardwork and or facing hardships that any actor struggles to get a toe hold in this industry. “But that in turn has made me self-dependent as well as strong,” adds Sandesh. Speaking about his future, Sandesh dreams to make it big in this industry. But his true calling he says is to be the face of realistic films and earn awards and accolades at international film festivals like Cannes and others. As the young lad gears up for his debut venture, we wish him all the success.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Jazba e Junoon to perform live at Qutub Hotel,Delhi

Get ready for Rock and Sufi Music this friday 
So,the much-awaited sufi night  is set to roll. Jazba e Junoon, a Rock project started by Salman (Vocals and Guitars) & Arbaz (Percussion's), will be performing live at Qutub Hotel, Zerzura Club on 24th July,2015.

The night will bring together a truly Indian extravaganza of rock and sufi music for youngsters in the capital city to enjoy at the weekend. The members are inspired from Sufism and Rock music. Combining a lethal blend of speed, technique and groove, Jazba E Junoon creates a sound which they can proudly call their own that defines the state of the world address.

The Band isn't stick to any particular genre. It generally plays the songs which fall in the category of rock. Apart from it, the band loves to experiment with the sound and always try to come up with originality. Jazba E Junoon encompasses hybrid styles of exquisite melodies and everlasting rock instrumentation, hence carving out a special sound and considering their music as a labor of love as well as a message of hope to all.

The band is quite active from last 3 years and has performed in various universities and rock shows all over delhi.

Today, Jazba E Junoon is known for their versatility and originality, antics on stage, for their explosive live shows and infectious enthusiasm, Jazba E Junoon are perhaps as much the performers as they are the musicians.

The compositions of Jazba E Junoon are composed in such a way that a common man can relate to. Each and Every song brings out a different emotion. With hope and Love, Jazba E Junoon is looking forward to step into National Music Scene.

Best Dressed @ Vogue Beauty Awards 2015

The Vogue Beauty Awards is an evening where one doesn't quite know where to look - there's paparazzi getting their fill on one end, and a sophisticated somberly-lit photo booth on another, and video crews trailing the stars as they are gathering sips on marsala cocktails waiting for the winners to be announced.

But the show outside the show is equally important as the awards. The night saw four winning Gauri and Nainika looks on host Neha Dhupia (adorning Gehna Jewellers), winners Anushka Sharma, Athiya Shetty and presenter Nimrat Kaur. Rani Mukerji went with an elegant Sabyasachi by Sabyasachi look, while Anushka Sharma's flirty lemon yellow neoprene and tulle gown made you think of summer.

Supermodel Bhumika Arora picked a black and gold embellished look by Balmain. The man of the hour, Fawad Khan, was dressed in head to toe Dior and we are not complaining.













Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Classic Fairy Tale Cinderella now on Home Video by Sony DADC

Celebrate the transformative power of kindness with Disney’s classic fairy tale Cinderella on Blu-ray & DVD by ‘Home Entertainment Services by Sony DADC’, the leading home entertainment content provider in India.  This live-action retelling of ‘Cinderella’ is directed by Kenneth Branagh and screenplay is written by Chris Weitz. The story of ‘Cinderella’ follows the life of Ella when her father unexpectedly passes away, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and step sisters. Never one to give up hope, Ella's fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger in the woods.

This romantic fantasy stars Lily James as Ella ("Cinderella"), Cate Blanchett as Lady Tremaine (the Wicked Stepmother), Richard Madden as Prince Charming, Sophie McShera as Drisella, Holliday Grainger as Anastasia and Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother.

‘Cinderella’ is a modern classic that shines with beauty, imagination and magic! Despite being bullied by her stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and stepsisters, a spirited Ella (Lily James) refuses to despair or retaliate, choosing instead to honour her mother’s last words: “Have courage and be kind.” Then one day, she meets a remarkable, like-minded man in the woods and she resolves to take charge of her fate in hopes of seeing him again. Add a royal ball, a fairy Godmother (Helena Bonham Carter) and an enchanted glass slipper, and suddenly - magic becomes a reality!

Watch the most admired fairy tale in the comforts of your home now on your copy of Blu-ray (Priced at Rs.1299/-) and DVD (Priced at Rs.599/-) and Cinderella will captivate your whole family forever after.

Bahubali Box Office Collection touches 300 Crores in 10 days

Move aside all the 3 Idiots, PK’s and Bajrangi Bhaijaans.... 
A sensation! A spectacle!! A marvel..!!! And a smashing blockbuster of the year, SS Rajamouli’s magnum opus ‘Baahubali’ has outshone the success of all.  Baahubali has become the quickest and the fastest grosser of the year, having notched 100 Crores within just 2 days, 200 Crores within just 5 days of its release, and 300 Crores within a week. And that’s not all. It has proved to be wowing not only the hearts of Indian movie lovers but also the magnifying waves of Baahubali have grabbed foreign countries as well. Yes!! Baahubali has grossed $US7.9 millions and 9.3 star rating with IMDB which is indeed a record for the first time ever and an Indian record for a dubbed film.



Shudh Desi Gaane’s (SDG) side-splitting spoof on Bhajrangi Bhaijaan’s Selfie Le Le

Bajrangi Bhaijaan’s Selfie le le re is not just the song of the week but also the parody of the week. From the stable of Shudh Desi Gaane (SDG), here comes a musical take stung by the selfie bug and packed with all the pep and pun.

If the Bajrangi Bhaijaan song makers could encash on the selfie wave with punchy lyrics and quirky music, the SDG parody makers are one step ahead. With its shudh desi opening, the SDG spoof features a home-grown Bajrangi Bhaijaan maneuvering every bit like a small-screen Salman Khan tailor-made for netizens. This musical spoof is loaded with moments that go somewhat like, ‘Met with an accident, selfie’, ‘Grandpa dead, selfie’, ‘Bumped in to a bugger, selfie’, ‘Look he’s stalking me, selfie’... In short, its selfie, selfie, selfie, followed by some uncanny hashtags that goes a long way in justifying the selfie mania. 

So, come what may, the latest thumb rule goes, Lights, Camera... Selfie!  Isn’t it?

PS: While watching this Shudh Desi take on #selfielele, it is a must to take a selfie, say SDG’s maverick makers.

You can see what gripped the nation in this hilarious selfie wave, here: 

Gaurav Gera's popular and hilarious Chutki Aur Shopkeepaa Gags

Big Magic, poised to be the ultimate comedy destination and committed to make viewers laugh every second, introduces digital content on television for the first time with the hilarious and popular Chutki Aur Shopkeepaa series. Conceptualized by popular comedian/ actor Gaurav Gera, they are already a hit on social media and will now delight the small screen audience as well, thus reaching a larger audience. The gags which have become the talk of the town are a hilarious 2 minute clips comprise of funny conversation between Chutki and Shopkeeper. Tropical questions based on topics like entertainment, politics, popular jokes will be the essence of this amusing conversation starting mid July.

To make it more interesting for viewers, Gaurav will introduce new characters apart from Chutki and Shopkeeper through the series. These comedy capsules will be played in between the regular shows throughout the day on BIG Magic as well as 92.7 BIG FM.

Excited and keen to gauge the response of the TV audience, Gaurav Gera said, "To be honest, I had never expected such a great response for the videos. I think the most challenging and difficult task is to make people laugh and these videos are my attempt to put a smile on everyone’s face. These gags are inspired by childhood games that we all remember playing – whether it was portraying the character of a doctor, father, neighbor, customer and so on... so viewers can easily relate to them. BIG Magic presented a great opportunity for me to present my work on the large television platform and I am sure this will definitely amplify the reach of the videos and I am looking for more love and acceptance from audience".

Sony Music artist Badshah’s new single 'DJ Waley Babu' launched on Hungama

The singer released his latest single amidst a cheering crowd at the official launch event in Mumbai 
Indian rapper, singer performer and Sony Music artist Badshah launched his new single DJ Waley Babu amidst much fanfare at Club Royalty in Mumbai. HungamaMusic subscribers can now tune into the latest offering by the popular rapper across all the digital platforms of Hungama. The single ‘DJ Waley Babu’ is the ultimate upbeat track to hit the digital shelves of HungamaMusic.

BADSHAH the man behind many hit song's set the stage ablaze with an hour-long set at the event, which comprised of some of his best music, like ‘Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui Hai’ & ‘Saturday Saturday’ among many other hits.

At the event, fans saw Badshah in his element as he grooved to the new single DJ Wale Babu and played his best tracks for an entire hour at the club. The single was then launched on Hungama for awaiting listeners across the globe.

Talking about the digital platform and the launch of 'DJ Wale Babu,' Badshah said, " I am very humbled by the response I have got on the song today.My fans are the reason that I am here , DJ Wale Babu will soon be across all clubs around the world! "

Commenting on the launch of the single on Hungama.com, Siddhartha Roy, CEO of Hungama.com said, "Our consistent effort to bring exclusive content to our consumers at HungamaMusic and in a seamless manner, has enabled us to create our milestone 55mn MAU base. We are happy to be associated with Sony Music and Badshah, whose new song will now be available globally across Hungama Music."

Speaking on the occasion, Shridhar Subramaniam, President – Sony Music India & Middle East, said, “Badshah has immense talent, he is not only a rapper, singer but one of the best music composers we have. His recent releases speak volumes and have created a huge fan base and we are proud to be working with him. For DJ Wale Babu, our association with Hungama will help his music reach fans globally.”    

Ranbir -Kat Seal their Promise of Love with Platinum

The grapevine is buzzing across Bollywood with rumours of the current “IT” Couple Ranbir Kapoor & Katrina Kaif, who have recently sealed their bond of love with a platinum ring by Van Cleef & Arpel. Platinum rings are a popular choice amidst celebrity stars across the world, from Superstar George Clooney to sexy sirens Jessica Biel, Drew Barrymore, all choose this eternal metal to solemnise their relationship.

For centuries, lovers have chosen platinum as an everlasting expression of their love. The eternal nature of the metal and the natural white colour of platinum enhances the sparkle of the diamond. Platinum’s strength and durability makes it the most secure setting for diamonds and gemstones. Precious platinum’s beauty withstands the test of times, making it more than a just a simple ornament. It is a statement of an emotional commitment in a rare metal that symbolises the love of a lifetime.

Here are some spectacular Van Cleef & Arpel Platinum rings that will make any girls, dream proposal come true!!!

Anushka sizzles sans make up!

We’ve all heard about how our Bollywood divas spend hours in their vanity vans to flaunt that flawless appearance but the gorgeous NH 10 star, Anushka Sharma, seems to be in love with her sans make up look. Recently, Ms. Sharma uploaded a couple of such pictures on Instagram and we aren’t complaining.

The young actress looks stunning in every single frame. Whether it’s the coy look, that impish smile or the current flavour of the season ‘the selfie’, Anushka’s beauty has left us speechless. Her flawless complexion and sharp features explain why she endorses so many beauty brands. With or without make up Anushka has bowled us over time and again.

As they rightly say, true beauty shines from within and Anushka seems like the perfect example.

Shashi Sumeet Innovations bags activation mandates for Condor Footwear and Askme.com

Shashi Sumeet Innovations, the fast growing fully integrated marketing, activations and creative agency offering 360 degree creative and activation solutions has bagged the Creative & Activation mandates for Condor Footwear and Askme.com.

As a part of the Askme.com & Condor Footwear wins, Shashi Sumeet Innovations will be undertaking the pan India Activation & Merchandising mandate of Askme.com – one of the largest online directory assistance companies in India and the Creative & Activation AoR (Agency of Record) duties for Inblu the flagship brand of Condor Footwear – Leaders in the world of Footwear.

Shashi Sumeet Innovations the full-service agency, providing innovative solutions to design and create experiences of exceptional quality has since its inception in January, 2015 also bagged the mandates for leading brands like brands HP, VIVO, London Dairy, Sunny Oil (Allana Group) Kotak, Kissan, Closeup, Condé Nast, Finlinea, Lava, Indear and Moneygram.

Commenting on their latest win, Mr Sumeet Hukamchand Mittal – Co-founder Shashi Sumeet Innovations said, “We are extremely proud to be associated with prestigious brands such as Askme.com and Condor Footwear. It is a testament to our ability to combine strategy and efficiency to bring every event to fruition that has led to our association with some of the leading brands in the market today within in such a short span for time. We believe that through the combination of our vast experience and superior ability to narrate a story the way it deserves to be told we will deliver to the growing needs of brands and their customers.

Mika Singh: A man of his words

During the Blind Audition rounds of Endemol Shine India’s ultimate singing talent hunt ‘The Voice: India’, the coaches had wooed and bribed the contestants in various ways to persuade them to join their team. Sanjana Bhola, a 16 year old popular jagrata singer who performed "Chhap Tilak" was one such contestant that coaches Mika Singh, Sunidhi & Himesh wanted on their team.

All the coaches as is norm tried persuading her in many ways to get her to join their team, but Mika Singh was so impressed with Sanjana’s singing talent and voice quality that he announced then and there that his foundation Divine Touch would sponsor her education irrespective of which coach she selects or how far she goes in the competition. Though the young talent ultimately chose Himesh Reshammiya as her coach, the magnanimous Mika Singh kept his promise and his foundation handed over the letter of sponsorship to Sanjana. The young talented singer was pleasantly surprised and very touched by this kind gesture and sincerely thanked Mika Singh & his foundation.

Mika however is not the only coach that has kept a promise made during the blinds, Himesh Reshammiya too had promised a contestant Sachet Tandon that he would gift his golden shoes to him if he would join his team. Himesh later gifted his golden shoes to Sachet during the coaching session which he wore during the battle round. Sachet considers those shoes as his lucky charm as he won the battle round against fellow contestant Sayan.

To catch such more interesting moments tune-in into The Voice: India on &TV every Saturday & Sunday at 9 pm 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Anushka’s NH 10 races ahead of Piku!

In a recently conducted poll on the ultimate favourite Bollywood flick for the first half of 2015, Anushka’s action packed thriller ‘NH 10’ paced way ahead of contemporaries like Piku, Tanu Weds Manu, Badlapur and ABCD 2.

NH 10, Anushka’s maiden project, won hands down with 41% votes followed by Piku and Tanu weds Manu Returns that garnered 20% and 18% votes respectively. The gorgeous actress not only got appreciated for the film but also for her powerful and gripping performance that left the critics and viewers wide eyed asking for more.

At a time when most Bollywood divas are experimenting with versatile roles on the silver screen, here’s to a diva who goes a notch higher by successfully venturing into new roles on and off screen as well.

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor launches trendy lifestyle houseware products

Focusing on the need to bring quality houseware to the Indian market, Chef Sanjeev Kapoor launches a premium range of lifestyle houseware products under the brand Sanjeev Kapoor at the HGHIndia 2015 (Homedécor, Gifts & Houseware trade show).

Sighting an evolving trend for colour and theme synchronized houseware and kitchenware products, Chef Sanjeev Kapoor has recently launched Sanjeev Kapoor branded premium houseware products, which brings in the missing lifestyle experiential quotient to the houseware and kitchenware category. These products are trendy and aesthetically designed to suit the contemporary taste and requirements of the modern consumers. A special emphasis is laid on the quality of products which makes it at par with the global standards. Going forward, these products would eventually redefine the consumer experience from storage, pre-cooking, cooking to table arrangement and dining.

The Sanjeev Kapoor range of kitchen and table linen products includes mittens, pot holders, kitchen aprons, place mats, kitchen towels, napkins and table runners and these are manufactured using 100% cotton fabric. The Sanjeev Kapoor range of kitchenware products like mugs and dishes come with different hues and prints making them look urban and sophisticated. They constitute of porcelain, which is microwave safe.

The SK range of exclusive cutlery is beautifully crafted in 18/10 stainless steel, which is food grade hence safe for usage. It has classic and contemporary styles that will complement any dinnerware pattern. Each piece of cutlery is designed for perfect balance and comfort for the users. The product is tarnish resistant having fine finish and quality, which is quite evident from its very clean and smooth textures. In addition, there is an exclusive high-end premium range of cutlery available under the Sanjeev Kapoor Signature brand, which is beautifully crafted with silver-plating and gold-plating.

Commenting on the launch, Chef Sanjeev Kapoor says, “Today food is not merely limited to the senses of taste and smell but has gone beyond this to also include the senses of sight. Our Indian kitchens have developed well beyond from being a place where food is only cooked to a room which home owners are also paying attention to from a point of view of aesthetics. Having launched FOODFOOD a few years ago, this has also been a driving concern from our point of view where we have taken care to ensure that different elements on our shows are carefully colour co-ordinated. It may seem just to be a matter of colour, but plays a very important role in the subconscious mind of the viewer. Currently the home ware market in India is extremely fragmented in terms of different segments be it kitchen utensils, cutlery, dinner ware and others. Our aim is to ensure that a premium range of products are introduced that will be beneficial to the well being of the contemporary consumer. This would also mean a more streamlined process that removes the multiple layers of contamination during washing, cooking, consumption and storage of food.”

While Chef Sanjeev Kapoor has been endorsing a wide range of appliances and kitchen products in the past, this is the first time that he has entered the lifestyle houseware segment through brand licensing deals. With a focus on developing lifestyle houseware products, Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is actively seeking brand licensing alliances with manufacturers, traders, e-tailers and retailers aiming to bring trendy and high quality products into every Indian household.

Vistaar And Conway join hands for ‘The Myth Of Hopelessness’

After backing ‘The Eichmann Show’, ‘A life Underwater’ (In Post Production), ‘Genesis’ (In Post production), ‘Veda’ (Filming) among others in the last year, Sheetal and Bhavna Talwar’s WSG Entertainment and Vistaar will join hands with Actor-Producer Craig Conway (Dog Soldiers, The Decent, Doomsday, Estranged) to produce the psychological thriller ‘The Myth of Hopelessness’.

The film starring Mel Raido and Morjana Alaoui will be helmed by Shaun Robert Smith and will commence filming this month and is being looked at for a release in 2016 and will feature music from the acclaimed band ‘Hyde & Beast’.

A psychological thriller based on actual events, the film follows the story of a young Parisian woman - Evie, who absconds to England to make a fresh start after surviving a harrowing upbringing.

Speaking on the collaboration Conway said, “We found the perfect partners in Vistaar, Goldfinch and WSG. Both, Shaun and myself are looking forward to embarking on this journey and are confident that this film will be accepted by the audience”

“We stand committed to producing quality content and TMOH is a wonderful example of that. We are excited to be working with Shaun and Craig on this and hope this marks the first of many collaborations with them.” Added Sheetal Talwar, Managing Director, Vistaar.

While Sheetal Talwar and Craig Conway will jointly produce, the film will see Kirsty Bell (Goldfinch) and Indian National award winning director, Bhavna Talwar (WSG Entertainment) Executive Producing it.

Ranveer Wows Critics & Trade As Bajirao in Trailer

Even before its release, the ‘Bajirao Mastani’ trailer has wooed film critics & trade analysts alike across cyber space! Amongst those who have seen this much anticipated trailer, the versatile Ranveer Singh playing the Maratha royal ‘Bajirao’. 

Over the past months, Ranveer Singh has given all that he’s got to play this role of a lifetime; he moved away from home and even bought an apartment closer to the sets so that he could stay focused at all times. He also shaved his head and underwent meticulous physical preparation. To keep his hairstyle (or non hairstyle) under wraps, Ranveer has sported many different hats, literally, while appearing in public!

From a regular baseball cap, to beanies, to a bowler hat, to a funky beefeater, Ranveer has turned his hairlessness to a fashion advantage! The energetic, committed star has also battled a major injury to play Bajirao to the best of his abilities.

And from the feedback that film critics & trade critics have given so far, looks like Ranveer’s efforts are all set to pay off!

With praise & admiration flowing in naturally for Ranveer, this trailer will reinstate the fact that he is one of the most versatile & popular Bollywood stars of present times!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Ranveer’s ‘Eye to Eye’ Dubsmash crosses 1.7mn views

B-town has found a new love in Dubsmash and the new prince of social media Ranveer Singh seems to be the flag bearer! The actor, known for his effervesce and distinctive sense of humour, recently took his fans and Bollywood heartthrob Hrithik Roshan by surprise with his latest ‘Eye to Eye’ dubsmash in response to Duggu’s challenge. This video took cyberspace by storm as soon as it went viral and crossed 1.7mn views in less than 24 hours.

This is the second time Ranveer has broken the internet in response to a dare by the Bang Bang star. His response has garnered the highest views on a Dubsmash video ever created by a Bollywood artist.  So if you are a Ranveer fan and love Dubsmaash here are the links to two more such gems that the actor has posted on his Facebook page


Mika invites Kanika Kapoor the 'Baby Doll' singer to coach the contestants of The Voice: India

Contestants mesmerised with the talented singer
The talented singer Kanika Kapoor has already managed to make waves in Bollywood with her chart topping and foot thumping numbers, ‘Baby Doll’ and 'Chittiyaan Kalaiyaan’. The charming singer recently teamed up with Mika Singh to coach the contestants of The Voice: India, the music reality show produced by Endemol Shine India.

With the show now turning towards the 1st Battle Round phase, where the Coaches team up 2 contestants from their teams to compete for the next round. Coach Mika Singh invited Kanika Kapoor to inspire his team. But on set, contestant Sahil was so mesmerized with Kanika that he could not focus on the practise during his piano session. No doubt, any young lad would get bowled over by the amiable personality of Kanika.

Kanika mesmerised all with her generosity and talent, she connected with each one and shared some valuable advice with the budding talents.

This was not the only surprise coach Mika Singh had for his team members. He brought on set, an indulgence of Punjabi cuisine for his team. The feast proved to be fitting treat of some delicious Punjabi food that was enjoyed by all.

We are sure the contestants must have received good singing tips that will help them win in the battle round.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Actress Kriti Sanon unveils Trident Ltd.’s latest Bath & Home Linen Collection campaign

Trident Limited, one of the leading players in the home textile category, today revealed a vibrant multimedia campaign for the new Bath & Home Linen collection at HGH India, the annual trade show for Home Textiles, Home Décor, Gifts & Houseware at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai. Unveiling the fresh and dynamic visuals of “The Affair to Remember” campaign was the new face of the Trident Group, the beautiful & vivacious actress Kriti Sanon along with Mr. Rajinder Gupta, Chairman, Trident Group & Mr. Rajneesh Bhatia, CEO India Marketing, Trident Group.

The newly launched Bath & Home Linen collection by the Trident Group is a combination of contemporary designs, innovative constructions and luxurious fibre. Inspired by today’s fast paced culture, the new range emphasizes greatly on technological breakthroughs and hi – performance features. Matching the evolving lifestyles and growing awareness of the consumer, the collection from Trident brings refreshing discoveries filled with floral and florid prints. The richness of the collection is enhanced with lavish embroidery with intricate prints to recreate the feel.

Speaking on the occasion, Actress Kriti Sanon says, “I am pleased to be associated with the brand. It’s a very rare category for an endorsement but a challenging one. The Trident Group product line is amazing and creative. It was a great experience to shoot for the fun and vibrant campaign “The Affair to Remember”. We share a very intimate relationship with our bath and bed products and Trident’s new print campaign captures the relationship beautifully.”

Addressing the occasion, Mr. Rajinder Gupta, Chairman, Trident Group said, "India is an emerging market for Home textiles and awareness on health and hygiene is increasing. Consumer is looking for quality and value for money. With this campaign and product offerings we are trying to address this need of the consumer."

Elaborating on the theme Mr. Rajneesh Bhatia, CEO, India Marketing, Trident Group shared, “We all have our secret and special moments. The new campaign with Kriti captures this beautifully and we expect consumers to relate very well to it. High quality products launched in this personal space, represent the comfort and style quotient every individual aspires for.”

Trident, today, offers a variety of brands of terry towels and bed linen, catering to everyday as well as indulgent use. These home textiles products are sold under various established brands like Trident Organica, Trident Indulgence, Trident Home Essentials, Trident Cuddlies, Trident Bath Buddy and Trident Play. New offerings from Trident stable are comforters, dohars, blankets, cushions which make the home linen portfolio complete. Chotta Bheem products launched for kids by Trident also drove lot of interest.

Trident Group is a USD 1 billion Indian business conglomerate and a global player. Headquartered in Ludhiana, Punjab, Trident is the largest terry towel and wheat straw based paper manufacturer in the world. Trident’s customer base spans more than 75 countries across 6 continents and comprises of global retail brands like Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, JC Penney, IKEA, Target, Wal-Mart, Macy's, Kohl's, Sears, Sam's Club, Burlington, etc. With export turnover accounting for about 50% of total sales of the company, Trident Group has emerged as one of the world’s largest integrated home textile manufacturers.

Krishan Hooda’s >Rebellious Flower< goes to SIFF 2015, Italy

Rebellious Flower directed by Krishan Hooda gets official selection at 12th Salento International Film Festival. The very first biopic on Rajneesh Osho is said to have a European Premiere and will be a closing night film. The festival will be held in Tricase, Italy from 5th September to 13th September 2015. Salento International Film Festival celebrates real independent films around the world and Rebellious Flower will be representing India.

Krishan Hooda’s Rebellious Flower will be competing El Ganzo (USA/Mexico), Day Release (Spain), Chess Game (Brazil), Coffin Maker (Philippines), John Od God The Movie, Sin & Silly Still Alive (Austria/Germany) Off Target (Switzerland) La Scultura (Italy) and Ludo (Farods Island) amongst others.

‘It’s really a proud moment for the entire team of Rebellious Flower, as our work and effort will be seen and appreciated by the wider audience. We thank you SIFF for giving this opportunity and looking forward to attend the event and meet fabulous people of Italy who are so culturally rich,” said Krishan Hooda.

Randeep Hooda Kick Starts a Unique Film Festival on Social Media

When you think of a film festival, you think of a festive, poster filled movie theatre.  Trust Randeep Hooda to redefine the film festival by sharing it with countless people on social media. While this online jamboree plays out, he has found fun ways to engage with his fans. And with over 5000 people joining in this celebration of films with Randeep every week, the film festival has become a hit with his fans & movie buffs.

Randeep curated his special films like ‘Kick’, ‘Rang Rasiya’, ‘Once Upon a Time in Mumbai’ & “Saheb, Biwi Aur Ghulam’ on his Twitter & Facebook accounts. He also shared trivia from behind the scenes & details of the making of these films. He also spoke of the turning points some of these roles have brought to his career as an actor. As Randeep himself shared these details, fans lapped them up enthusiastically.

The most interesting part has been the personal connect that Randeep has developed with fans. He announced a contest for fans to Dubsmash to a dialogue from his films. With a special prize & a certificate from the actor just for participation, his social media accounts were simply flooded with participants. Each week one winner is chosen who gets gratified from Randeep. With as many as 300 dubsmashing already, this Randeep Hooda fever has caught on. Randeep also shares fan made art on his accounts, taking their labor of love for everyone to see!

Given his ability to innovate onscreen, his social media innovation, a first time for anyone in Bollywood might just start a new trend in  the manner in which stars connect with their fans.

Hrithik Roshan, A. R. Rahman & India’s Largest FM Radio Station 92.7 BIG FM partner with Radio Everyone

Indian film superstar Hrithik Roshan (Dhoom 2, Bang Bang, Krrish) and music maestro A. R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire) are the first two Indian personalities confirmed to take over radio airwaves this September as they join Radio Everyone, the lynchpin of a plan to reach 7 billion people in 7 days.  Using radio, the world’s most accessible medium, Radio Everyone will shine a spotlight on the UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development, a series of ambitious targets to completely end extreme poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change for everyone by 2030.

Radio Everyone is on a mission to make The Global Goals famous once they are adopted by 193 world leaders at the United Nations, New York, on 25 September 2015. As part of The Global Goals campaign, Radio Everyone is key to reaching 7 billion people in 7 days by taking the message of The Global Goals far and wide, from India to Brazil and from Nigeria to Indonesia.

Hrithik Roshan will take on the role of one of Radio Everyone’s Global Communicators. Hrithik is regarded as one of India’s most accomplished actors with numerous blockbuster hits to his name. With superstar looks and an acting pedigree to match, Hrithik is the epitome of charisma and charm.

Oscar award winner A. R. Rahman is one of the world’s most renowned composers, singer-songwriters, musicians and philanthropists. He is responsible for the critically-acclaimed soundtrack to the multi award-winning film Slumdog Millionaire and joins other Global Musicians for Radio Everyone including Cody Simpson, D’Banj, Ice Prince and 2Face Idibia.

Radio Everyone will also feature a special segment titled Global Superheroes where iconic figures from around the world share amazing stories from everyday people. The station’s soundtrack will be composed by Peter Gabriel and the Soweto Gospel Choir.

Listeners around the world will be able to access Radio Everyone via an online stream on globalgoals.org and a collection of national radio stations. This will play a particularly important role in getting the message out to communities without other forms of media.

Broadcasters around the world are signing up to carry content provided by Radio Everyone from 26 September to 2 October 2015 with India’s largest FM station 92.7 BIG FM being the first radio station to sign-up in India. 92.7 BIG FM uses the power of radio to not only entertain listeners but also positively influence their lives. With a presence across 45 cities, 1,200 towns and 50,000+ villages and a weekly reach of 4.2 crore (40,200,000) listeners across India, the multi-award winning station will help Radio Everyone penetrate a broad cross-section of audiences. 

Other broadcasters supporting the campaign include BBC Music in the UK, WNYC & Public Radio International in the USA, Ray Power FM in Nigeria, SABA and its members across 15 countries, Radio Romania, Radio2 Rai in Italy, the Mercury Media Group in Indonesia, and Deutsche Welle internationally.

Radio Everyone launches on 26th September at Global Citizen Festival, a free-ticketed event on the Great Lawn in Central Park in New York City. Headline acts for this year’s festival are Ed Sheeran, Coldplay and Pearl Jam. Radio Everyone will take highlights from the six hour Central Park Global Citizen Festival and share them with their global partners in the week following the event. These highlights will run alongside unique packages inspired by The Global Goals, with the aim to “Tell Everyone” that the goals have been agreed.

Speaking on the festival and Radio Everyone Richard Curtis said: “Our aim is to gather an amazing volume of extraordinary radio content about The Global Goals and then pulse it across the world to everybody on the planet that listens to radio. We want to do this in the seven days after the Goals are adopted by 193 world leaders at the United Nations. By getting The Goals into people’s hearts and minds - and ears! -  we can inspire the next generation of Global Citizens to be the first generation that ends extreme poverty, the most determined to tackle inequalities and the last to live with the effects of climate change.”


Rhea Chakraborty Set to Kick Ass with Krav Maga!

Being a single woman in the city isn’t always safe, and female actors are no exception to this. Rhea Chakraborty, the talented young actress, who works long hours on shoots or assignments, has once faced a threat to her safety close to home. In an interview to a tabloid, she recalled how a stranger had groped her in the elevator of her society building in broad daylight, despite it being guarded. Therefore, to gain strength and more importantly, to build her self defence, Rhea is training in Krav Maga.

A mixed martial art that utilizes the strength of a person’s body to fight,’Krav Maga’ was developed in Israel as a fitness regimen. A global rage with stars like Daniel Craig, Tom Cruise & Hillary Swank, this fitness & self defence technique sets Rhea apart from contemporary female actors; for it also trains her in action.                                                                                                        
On her part, the 23 year old is giving her training her complete attention. She said, "I'd say Krav Maga is more mind than body. You need to quickly assess a situation and modify whatever you have into a potential weapon. Your mind needs to be sharp, so it can match the blows the body will receive to the blow you will deliver," she says. "Might I add that this translates to improved stress-management skills in the real world," she adds.

So the next time anyone messes with Rhea, the perpetrator might just get a taste of some serious butt kicking Krav Maga medicine!

Brand Sanjeev Kapoor appoints Tangerine as the Retail Licensee

Renowned Brand Sanjeev Kapoor, at the recent HGH India 2015 annual trade held at the Bombay Convention and Exhibition Centre, announced Tangerine as its authorized licensee to sell select Sanjeev Kapoor branded products like Table and Kitchen Linen. This marks the foray of the Brand Sanjeev Kapoor into the lifestyle houseware and kitchenware segment through brand licensing deals. Tangerine, the designer brand in Home Solutions and part of the Indian Home Variations, will offer a new array of SK Branded fashionable kitchen linen, table linen, mugs, trays, etc.  Tangerine would be also be the sole distributor for SK range of Cutlery launched by Licensee - Trinity Kitchenware Pvt Ltd.

These products by Tangerine crafted under the parameters of the SK brand will be trendy and aesthetically designed to suit the contemporary taste and requirements of the modern consumers. A special focus on the quality to develop effective and safe kitchenware, the Sanjeev Kapoor range of products will be at par with the global standards and redefine the experience from storage pre-cooking, cooking to table arrangement and dining.

The kitchen and table linen will be manufactured using 100% cotton fabric while kitchen ware like mugs and dishes will constitute porcelain which is microwave safe and the different hues and prints makes it look urban and sophisticated. In the last decade, demand for quality, branded cookware and kitchen linen, which looks coordinated and enhances the experience of cooking, has picked up immeasurably. There is an evolving trend for colour and theme synchronized kitchenware, kitchen linen and cooking accessories with the rising awareness among people for these products, which create a positive and a satiating kitchen environment. This not only impacts the food habits but also affects the overall health and well being of the family.

Mr. Rajiv Merchant, Co-Founder & CEO, Tangerine commented on the auspicious occasion, “Brand Sanjeev Kapoor is the most authentic brand for every Indian kitchen as the Chef is known by every house maker and his name itself brings credibility and assurance. We are excited to work with the SK brand and aim to provide customers with a complete experience in kitchen and table products at one place, under one brand. The interesting and classy pieces will certainly raise the standard of cooking in every house and create an organized look in the kitchen and dining space.”

He continues, “By working closely with the SK team to develop the finest fashion concepts for kitchen and table ware which will be safe and functional in the Indian households, we are hoping to reach out to every woman and bring some innovative change in her routine cooking style.”

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor says, “Today food is not merely limited to the senses of taste and smell but has gone beyond this to also include the senses of sight. Through our Licensing and Merchandising vertical, our focus is to bring-in products that will add the lifestyle experiential quotient to the houseware and kitchenware category. We are delighted to appoint Tangerine as our official Licensee and look forward to cohesively transform the entire Kitchen and Dining experience of modern-day consumers. We entrust Mr. Rajiv Merchant with our brand license, as being a thought leader in the Home Fashion space, he truly has wherewithal to do justice to our Brand by growing our market-share in the Home Fashion and Houseware segment.”

The merchandise created by Tangerine can be checked out across India at leading multi-brand outlets, specialty and departmental stores and are also available on different online shopping websites.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Parth Doshi and Raul Brady : Explosive Contentment...

Much of the mystery about July is solved when we learn the month is named after Julius Caesar. So what's the big deal about July and Julius? July is the seventh month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendar and its birthstone is the Ruby which symbolizes contentment.

We find this kind of fervent contentment in our July Models too as they move on the burgeoning path in their career growth: Explosive contentment. Be it Parth Doshi from Pune or the indomitable Raul Brady from Delhi.

According to Kahlil Gibran “March on… do not tarry.. To go forward is to move towards perfection”, both are spearheading towards success as they have the spunk and much in keeping with the symbolic propulsion of July meaning. We wish them all the best. And we suggest you check the other models in waiting too as every month unfolds. Enjoy!

On his 30th Birthday, Ranveer sends a Special Gift to 30 Lucky Fans!

Like us mere mortals, Bollywood stars also get gifts, wishes & love from their fans & admirers on their birthday. Only in their case, they get it in truckloads! Ranveer Singh though has done something different for his 30th birthday on July 6. To ring in his special day, he has a special gift planned for a few fans!

The maverick star has sent a mug with a handwritten personal message to 30 of his biggest fans. 15 of these lucky people are from India and the other 15 are from all over the world. So before he turns 30, these 30 fans will receive a special word of love, personally written out by their favorite Ranveer Singh!

This uncommon and sweet gesture from Ranveer just goes on to show how well he knows his fan following. The actor personally interacts with them on social media, and is actually interested in what they have to say. By sending them a gift himself, he also breaks a cliché. For Ranveer, birthdays are about giving love; goodwill and affection follow naturally! His super thrilled fans have been tweeting about Ranveer’s gesture already.

Indian Idol Junior Season 2 opens its voting phase on July 4 exclusively with Sony LIV

Viewers can vote for their favourite contestant on the show only through the app or website 
In what is a sumptuous audio feast for music lovers, Multi Screen Media (MSM)’s premium digital video entertainment brand Sony LIV is currently hosting the digital telecast of Indian Idol Junior Season 2 which launched on May 30. The much awaited show features budding singers from around the country competing with each other for the grand title of the next Indian Idol Junior. The voting process, which commences on July 4th, will take place exclusively through the digital medium and closes on 5th July 8am. The audience needs to simply download Sony LIV app from App store and vote for their favorite contestant through the app. They can also login to Sony LIV website or simply SMS IDOL<space<<contestant code> to 5252525 to vote for their favorite contestants.

Indian Idol Junior, India’s foremost singing talent show for young singers, was extremely well received by the audience during its first season. With contestants from as far as Dubai participating in the musical extravaganza in its second edition, the show promises to be bigger and more challenging in its return outing. With a jury comprising of Vishal Dadlani, Sonakshi Sinha, Salim Merchant and Shalmali Kholgade, it promises to reprise its knack of scouting for young talent aged 5 to 15 and offering them a nationwide platform to showcase their vocal skills to become household names. The 13 contestants entering voting phase are Subhankar sarkar, Ranita Banerjee, Yumna Ajin, Niharika Nath, Ajay Bhirjwasi, Vaishnav Girish, Ananya Sritam Nanda, Nahid Afrin, Vidhi Jaswal, Srilakshmi Belmannu, Moti Khan, Nithyashree Venkataramanan, Surendra Singh Panwar.

Hosted by the effortlessly charming Hussain Kuwajerwala and Asha Negi, Indian Idol Junior Season 2 is set to take the audience on a musically charged roller coaster ride full of hopes, ambitions, emotions, humour and fun through its entertaining twists & turns.

Speaking on the digital voting initiative, Uday Sodhi - EVP and Head -Digital Entertainment commented, “Indian Idol Junior was extremely successful in its debut season and showed that music really has no boundaries. With the show set to provide a bigger and grander stage this time, Sony LIV aims to increase the outreach of the programme by providing anytime digital access to its diverse user base. The fact that voting lines are now open exclusively through the app or our online interface proves how the show is increasingly establishing a digital presence for its audience.”

Renowned for making popular entertainment more accessible by providing a digital video entertainment platform, Sony LIV is the exclusive digital video platform for the latest Indian Idol Junior season. After bringing acclaimed television series such as ‘Suryaputra Karn’, ‘Sankat Mochan Mahabali Hanumaan’ and ‘Hannibal’ as well as blockbusters such as ‘PK’ to its digital users, Sony LIV looks set to cement its position as the leading digital video entertainment platform in India.

Popular Television Actor - Hrishikesh Pandey of CID fame spends time with School kids!

Hrishikesh Pandey, aka inspector Sachin of one of the most popular television shows, CID known for his tremendous fan following was recently spotted in his most benevolent and philanthropic form. The actor was recently on a road trip to devlali for work purpose but as soon as localities came to know that Hrishikesh Pandey is in their vicinity, a group of social workers from an association called ‘Stri Shakti’ came to pay a visit to him and asked him if he would like to spend time with some of the women and kids they support.

Hrishikesh Pandey not only happily agreed but also decided to support their campaign – Mid Day Meal that provides lunch free of cost to school children on all working days in different parts of India. The key objectives of the programme is protecting children from classroom hunger, increasing school enrolment and attendance, improved socialization among children belonging to all castes, addressing malnutrition, and social and women empowerment through provision of employment to women.

The actor was so charmed by the kids that he took a break and spent hours with them, interacting, laughing and playing. He not only signed autograph for them but also posed with kids for pictures who were equally excited to meet their very own inspector Sachin from CID.

When asked about his time spent with kids, Hrishikesh said, “It was amazing to spend time with these kids as each one has a new zeal and spark in them. They all recognized me as the undercover cop of CID and I was really delighted to know that these kids do follow the show. I would like to congratulate Stri Shakti association and its team for encouraging women and taking up the earnest task to make a difference to the lives of the children and taking care of them. It is something that I would remember for a long time. I would love to come back again and meet the children in future as well.”