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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Chilsag Entertainment Network signs a six film deal with US based company

Chilsag Entertainment Network has signed Six Film deal with a USA based Company. Says Sachin Gupta, creative force behind Chilsag, “making films is my passion. I have a very strong background in Theater and advertising as a director and producer, so films are a natural step ahead. Both of my earlier films ‘Paranthe Wali Gali’ and ‘Thoda Lutf Thoda Ishq’ did decent business but I received appreciation for my work from viewers and that is most important reward for a creative person. Now with this tie up in place, we are going in for 4 Hindi feature films, one Punjabi and one Marathi film production. We will produce meaningful cinema with Content driven scripts.”

Chilsag Entertainment Network is an Indian Media & Entertainment company Headquartered in New Delhi, India and active in all aspects of entertainment industry with a focus on Film, Education & Theatre and operates a diversified portfolio in the world of Cinema & performing arts with a library of 18 Original Plays, Eight Feature films and Hundreds of short films & Web Episodes to its credit. The company offers content marketing and distribution services in theatrical and ancillary home entertainment markets to alternative and independent movie content owners, as well as to theatrical exhibitors. Other activities includes licensing, merchandising and syndication of films in India and worldwide.

Fashion for a Cause! at “Sion Carnival”

New Hope Foundation and Safal Group in collaboration the concept driven fashion destination, Jhelum celebrated the prestigious “Sion Carnival”, a two day cultural awareness and fundraising program held in aid to support the Special Children, Widows and Farmers. The event was hosted at the cultural landmark of Mumbai i.e. the Sion Fort for the first time in the history of Mumbai.

The two day cultural carnival was graced by none other than the bollywood diva, Ms. Isha Koppikar; who also contributed in the fundraising through her non-profit organization Soul Konnect Foundation. The event also attended by famous personalities like Krishika Lulla and Evelyn Sharma who dignified the prestigious award ceremony.

As a part of the fundraising, the cultural awareness program also included a series of activities like Sports and Entertainment activities for special children, Health awareness rallies, blood donation camp, Art and Cultural performances, Musical performance by Shriram Iyer and many more.

Speaking on this occasion, Mr. A. Swamy, Founder and President, New Hope Foundation said, “We started our foundation with the sole purpose of serving suffering humanity and empowering people. We are glad that we have been working towards it each time. We would like to specially thank Ms. Jhelum Gopal Dalvi, Ms. Isha Koppikar and her NGO Soul Konnect Foundation, Ms. Shriya Saran and Spandana Spa, Ms. Evelyn Sharma and her NGO Seams for Dreams Foundation, the MCGM North Ward, The Archaeological Survey of India and all the partners who have associated with us in this fundraising activity.”

Ms. Jhelum Gopal Dalvi, Founder of the concept driven fashion destination, Jhelum added, “We are glad to be associated with the New Hope Foundation for this special fundraising event. We, at Jhelum, have always believed in giving back to the society and Sion Carnival was the ideal platform.”

The proceeds of the Sion Carnival were donated to special children, widows and farmers, said Mr. Aakash Gupta (Vice President, New Hope Foundation)

Jimmy Sheirgill: Shortcut Safaari will help children reconnect with the environment

Amitabha Singh’s directorial debut Shortcut Safaari that is gearing up for release this Friday, stars Jimmy Sheirgill and ensemble of kids. Jimmy, who essays the role of a chief, has a small yet pivotal part in the film.

Jimmy may not have been the original choice for Amitabha but he has been the ultimate option for the filmmaker. Amitabha may have mulled over a few options from actors like Naseeruddin Shah to Nawazuddin Siddiqui to Irrfan Khan, he eventually settled for Jimmy Sheirgill. And now he reveals us how Jimmy perfectly fitted the bill.
 
“I was considering quite a few options, right from Nana Patekar to Naseeruddin to Nawazuddin Siddiqui to Irrfan Khan to Boman Irani. The initial idea was to have a grandfather figure but eventually I realised that it needs to be like elder brother or younger uncle kind of a figure, who can actually throw you in a pool even if you don’t know how to swim and make you learn swimming. The idea was to add a character that was enigmatic, somebody who can pass on as a younger uncle. If you look at the cultural context and even in my observation, children get attached to younger mama or chacha (uncle) figure. They get close to somebody, who in the relationship, is possibly higher but the age and mindset are where you can take certain liberty with them. So I was looking at that kind of a relationship and that is where Jimmy perfectly fits the bill,” says Amitabha.

He adds, “He has the right charisma, aura, right personality. More so, he has the fabulous youth connect. At times he looks strict, while at other times he looks forgiving. He has pulled it off brilliantly. Though he has few dialogues in the film, he has enacted it with his expressions and body language and conveyed the right message across.”

Probe Amitabha about having a ‘bizarre’ costume for Jimmy’s character in the film and he shares, “The costume is not bizarre. But the costume is an extension of the larger logic. It’s completely in synch with the concept of the film.”

While actor Jimmy Sheirgill said, “This role is very different from whatever I have done in the past. As soon as I heard the script, I immediately agreed to come on board. Our cinema is totally devoid of content for children.  Shortcut Safaari is not just a film for children but a learning experience for them as well. The film will help children to reconnect with the environment which is the need of the hour.”

“It has not been easy to de-learn and then find ways to learn something that one has never paid attention to- or get sensitized about. How do plants grow; how do innumerable animals coexist within the astonishing harmony of Nature. It has been a great learning, and naturally I was filled with a strong urge to express it somehow. Till Shortcut Safaari happened, I had great fun, but more than that, it was a great learning experience. I played a character working for the cause of Environment. During the making of the film, I spent lot of time with children, and what an eye opener it has been! Their innocence and trust are of paramount significance when it comes to our own role-responsibility towards wellness of our shared Habitat- our Earth,” Jimmy adds.

The film attempts to reconnect us with our roots, gives out the social message, talks about the conservation and various current issues including global warming through the eye of seven kids. Touted as jungle adventure film with children, Shortcut Safaari has been screened at select film festivals and applauded a lot for the children's performances. Having many landmark films to his credit, Amitabha Singh has been the producer and DOP on the Oscar nominated The Good Road. Shortcut Safaari features Aashi Rawal, Sharvil Patel, Mann Patel, Ugam Khetani, Stuti Dwivedi, Deah Tandon and Hardil Kanabar. Jointly produced by Xebec Films Pvt. Ltd, Kashyap A Shah & Amigos Fin-o-tainment, Shortcut Safaari aims to deliver a very effective message to conserve Mother Nature.

Dr Samir Mansuri fulfills dream of 55 blind girls through NGO Blind Dream

Blind by birth, Dr Samir Mansuri is Masters in English Literature and has trained in Ayurved / Nature Therapy under the guidance of Shamsuddin Saheb.

Dr Samir Mansuri brought 55 Blind girls from Ahmadabad to fulfill their dream of flying, meeting Varun Dhawan, Asit Kumarr Modi, Shyam Pathak (Popatlal), Guru Charan Sigh (Sodhi), Reshmi Ghosh, Meghna Naidu, Tara Alisha Beri, Shraddha Mohsani and many other celebrities and then going to Essel World. Says he, “I understand the need to fulfill their dreams. So what if they are blind? They also have feeling and they too dream. Blind Dreams has always been my own dream and since beginning I have been keeping fifty percent of my income to build corpus funds of this organization.  Under the aegis of this NGO, I have taken a promise to fulfill the dreams of blind girls and boys. And I will continue doing it.”

A Philanthropist and humanitarian at heart, he is at the helm of an NGO ‘BLIND DREAMS’. He has already held few activity programmes for blind girls and boys in Ahmadabad like Music Competition, fashion shows etc to realize their dreams.

Arriving in Mumbai on 25th April 2016 by flight, they were part of a press conference at ISKON and all are put up at accommodation in temple premises in Juhu. As a goodwill gesture, ISKON is charging a very nominal fee for the entire activity. On 26th all the girls and their care takers will be taken to Essel World to fulfill their second wish.  Dr Samir Mansuri’s motto is “To bring moments of joy, bliss and color in the otherwise bland and colorless lives of blind people. To give them sense of self respect and self reliance. Many people are there to support their education and food etc but they too have dreams. I am trying to realize their dreams. ”

Dr Samir Practices Ayurved/ Nature Therapy for external application of removal of wrinkles, skin fatigue, acne, dark circles etc with his own herbal special face packs and herbal oils. Fifty percent of income from his vocation is given to his pet humanitarian project ‘Blind Dreams’.

He has rejuvenated and done skin enhancement for celebrities like Subhash Ghai, Ashmit Patel, Kumar Gaurav, Reshmi Ghosh, Anokhi Srivastav, Gunjan, Tanvi, Rucha Gujarati and many other elite from film and corporate sector.

Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic celebrates Earth Day

As part of its green initiatives, Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic celebrated Earth Day on 22nd April 2016 in collaboration with an NGO ‘Give me Trees Trust’. The brand has always been focusing on the green mission of being responsible and reducing the stress on the environment and even the employees of the company who believes in company ethos of Being Natural , contributed to make the event a big success.

Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic along with the Give me Trees Trust planted 50 saplings on Earth Day. On this special day, Dr Blossom Kochhar, Chairperson, Blossom Kochhar Group of Companies, stated, “The nation is struggling to maintain its green belt and with the ever increasing pollution and environmental changes, we feel there’s a desperate need for everyone to plant as many trees as possible.  To begin with, we have decided to plant 50 trees on a monthly basis through Give Me Trees Trust. This is a small initiative to educate the society on the need to save the Mother Earth. ”

Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic promotes the concept of green science and has been a firm believer of all things natural. Hence, as a socially conscious organisation, the brand has taken a small initiative to educate the society on the need to save the Mother Earth by planting 50 trees on a monthly basis through Give Me Trees Trust. A brand that not only preach the society but practice it as well. We at BK believes in restoring, reviving, our mother nature.

Dr. Blossom Kochhar who is a pioneer in the beauty industry, a visionary way ahead of her time. She has been practicing and researching the science of ‘Aromatherapy and Herbalisim’ for well over 25 years.

Weather Forecast: It’s snowing in Delhi, Temperature: -15 degree Celsius

Sci-Fi themed Snow Planet, ‘Ski India’ emerges in Delhi-NCR

This April, Ski India, the indoor Sci-Fi themed Snow Park announces its grand launch at DLF Mall of India, Noida. Promoted by Chiliad Procons, one of India’s leading Hospitality and Entertainment group. Ski India blends cutting-edge technology and world-class concepts to impart iconic attractions and beyond belief experiences to its visitors.

The unique Sci-Fi themed tourism project opens its doors to enthrall visitors in the National Capital Region with its massive 100,000+ sq ft property, comprising of 2 floors housed in DLF Mall of India, Noida. This one-of-its-kind entertainment destination offers never-seen-before skiing experience and an array of intergalactic games.

On the launch, Prasuk R Jain, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Ski India said, “The winter themed sports activities seemed untapped, pan-India. Hence, we decided to conceptualize an all year round indoor snow sport resort introducing indoor skiing for the first time in India. We have a strong creative force of imaginers who combine a rich legacy of entertainment with latest technology to infuse life into our dream projects. We pushed the boundaries of innovation and to make Ski India the most loved amusement destination of India”

Further, Priyanka Jain, Co-Founder & Business Development Head added, “We are highly thrilled to announce the launch of Ski India in Delhi NCR and looking forward to provide a complete zone for family entertainment. The project is inspired by a Sci-Fi Theme, and is set to deliver the biggest themed snow and ski park of India at DLF Mall of India, Noida”.

The concept is to provide the guests a detailed replication of a snowy ski resort with adventurous ski ride, tubing, toboggan, bob sledge, penguin shows, carousal, ski of various gradients and flat snow play area. This unique family entertainment destination is planned to be user friendly by maintaining the internal space dome temperature of -10°C to -15°C for the freezing snowfall experience.

Ski India also boasts of a never-seen-before sci-fi world theme filled with intergalactic sports. The team of imaginers has designed an illuminating Wormhole Portal at the entry that would transport all the earthlings (patrons) into the unseen planet. Orri & Orran (Ski India's mascots) pilot the earthlings while the Snow Men guides them through all the intergalactic sports. So the species of this planet just can't wait to meet the Earthlings.

WOW! It’s finally going to snow in Delhi all year around at sub zero conditions.

5th edition of ‘Artist Aloud Music Awards’ accomplishes yet another milestone

Independent music artists who entertained the audiences through their music were revered in 16 categories

Stalwarts of the music industry came together this year, once again to applaud and lend their support to independent music artists at the 5th Artist Aloud Music Awards, a property of Hungama, Powered by VIBE British Audio, India’s only Digital Awards for Independent Artists in Music held on 20th April, 2016 at Blue Frog, Mumbai.

An evening of music and grandeur unfurled as the hosts, Luke Kenny for the main event and Mihir Joshi for the Red Carpet kept the moods light and engaged the audience. Talented artists like Rabbi Shergill, Shibani Kashyap, Sanam, Groove Yatra and many more lit the stage on fire, with their power packed live performances. Keeping in tune with their digital brand philosophy, Artist Aloud had the performances and the entire event streamed live via YouTube, Facebook and Twitter along with the Hungama Music app, reaching out to music lovers not only at the venue, but across the globe!

The 20 nominees who are forerunners of independent music, came together to celebrate ‘Indie’-pendence through their mesmerising and soul stirring performances at the event. They got together to create an anthem, ‘Jashn-e-Hungama’ - a dedication to the people who share their dream and are struggling to set foot in the industry. AMEYA, the Pop-Rock duo (Abhishek Bhhardwaj and Arsh Bashar) have written and composed this soulful and motivating piece. Leading artists like Sherrin Varghese from Band of Boys fame, Ghazal star Jazim Sharma, North Eastern Pop star John Mpamei, Ace producer Sanjay Pathak, Avril Quadros the diva and many more, contributed to this beautiful endeavour.

The public voting phase this year also received an astonishing response from music lovers across frontiers. The soaring response accounted this year garnered acknowledgments and praise from fans and the industry, as a large number of votes for the contenders came not only from India, but also from other countries.


The winning artists were presented awards by well-established musical legends from the industry and celebrities like Pankaj Udhas, Kabir Bedi, Suneeta Rao, Talat Aziz, Lesle Lewis, Sulaiman Merchant, Sushant Singh, Aftab Shivadasani, Gulshan Devaiah, Neeraj Roy, Soumini Sridhara Paul and many more. The presence of these musical legends was an encouragement for these independent artists and indeed made this year’s awards ceremony better than ever before.

Rishi Kapoor gives a thumbs up to 'Traffic' - Tweets in support of the movie

The fast paced 'Traffic' trailer has been gaining a lot of industry attention! After Salman Khan, the charming actor Rishi Kapoor, too showed his support for the film directed by the late Rajesh Pillai and tweeted, “Saw trailer of "Traffic". Looks good! All the best!”. The Indian film industry has always been supportive of good films based on true stories and this is only encouraging to filmmakers.

With stupendous performances by an ensemble cast including Manoj Bajpayee, Jimmy Sheirgill, ‎Divya Dutta, Prosenjit Chatterjee, ‎Kitu Gidwani, Sachin Khedekar, Parambrata Chatterjee and Amol Parashar, 'Traffic' – an Endemol Shine India production presented by  Fox Star India is slated to release on May 6th 2016.

The movie inspired by a real life story, is an emotional drama thriller about the effort of traffic police who take up the challenge to transport a heart organ by road in 150 minutes in order to save the life of a little girl. The narrative is very supportive of the Green Corridor initiative that allows Traffic police to beat traffic and drive at 120 km/ hr to ensure the organ is transported within the time limit.

Ranveer honoured with 74th Master Dinanath Mangeshkar award

After a massive winning spree at all the awards last year for his brilliant performance in ‘Bajirao Mastani’, Ranveer Singh was honored yet again with the coveted Master Dinanath Mangeshkar Award on Sunday by the legendary singer Asha Bhosle.

Each year, the Mangeshkar clan organizes this award in the honor of the Late Pandit Dinanath Mangeshkar to recognize artistes who have created great impact in their respective fields. This year, it was Bollywood’s heartthrob Ranveer Singh who was presented with this prestigious honour for the much talked about biopic.

Ranveer, who was away shooting for ‘Befikre’ in Paris, was all ready to accept this hounour through a Skype call. However, due to a network issue at the venue the actor sent in a video message instead to extend his gratitude.  Speaking on the occasion an elated Ranveer said, "I wish I was there today. I am finding it difficult to describe what it means to me to be recognised by one of the greatest artists of all time. Today, I feel the journey of 'Bajirao Mastani' has been properly fulfilled. I promise to work harder and make you more proud in the future,"

Ranveer Singh also happens to be one of the youngest recipients of this prestigious award and is currently in Paris shooting for Aditya Chopra’s ‘Befikre’ for a four-month long schedule.

Hitech Mobiles Signs Arjun Kapoor as Their Brand Ambassador

Hitech Mobiles, one of the fastest growing Indian Mobile Handset brand, has signed bollywood superstar Arjun Kapoor as their brand ambassador for tenure of two years. Arjun Kapoor will endorse the group’s complete range of smartphone, feature phone and mobile accessories. The deal was facilitated by Cornerstone Sport- Mumbai based, Sports Marketing & Talent Management agency. 

“We are very excited to welcome Arjun Kapoor in our Hitech Family, as we both are in a growth path. The signing will help us to spread our footprint across India, the association with him is an ideal partnership for us to reach out to the younger generation as his star power among the youth can initiate change and can influence them” said Mohammed Gyasuddin, Managing Director, Hitech Mobiles.

Arjun Kapoor, said, ‘I am really happy and excited to be associated with a young and energetic company like Hitech mobiles who are ready to spread their wings.”

Hitech is amongst India’s Top 10 indigenous handset Brand & the No1 Mobile Accessories Brand in the East. They are also the top brand in the micro SD card, battery & charger segment in the East. The group’s annual turnover is Rs 450 crore and they are aiming for a turnover of Rs 500 crore by 2016 – 17. The company is also tying up with the SAARC countries for exporting handsets. They are currently exporting handsets in Nepal, Bangladesh & Bhutan and also planning to export handsets in Sri Lanka soon. Hitech Mobiles has also started own manufacturing unit in West Bengal, which is incidentally east India’s first integrated mobile handset manufacturing plant.

The association of Hitech Mobiles with Arjun Kapoor is an attempt to expand their business beyond Eastern India. Hitech Mobiles will step into 360 degree advertising campaign across print, electronic and outdoor media including cyber media to promote the brand.

Hitech Mobiles, headquartered in Kolkata, is one of the pioneers in Indian Mobile Revolution. The brand is also in the forefront of the ongoing “Make in India” program. Its’ state of the art 72,000 sq ft mobile assembling plant is not only the first Greenfield integrated mobile factory in East India but also a symbol of nation’s progress. Hitech Mobiles currently has 2 overseas offices in China, 15 domestic offices and over 350 service centers throughout India.

The brand is fast increasing its footprints across the country and is poised to launch many more attractive handsets and mobile accessories in the coming days.

Jackky Bhagnani's got a new look!

Actor & Producer flaunts his long hair & bearded avatar in his latest photoshoot. Jackky has been in the news recently for turning producer with the Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Randeep Hooda starrer 'Sarbjit'. Meanwhile, Dressed in simple solids, Actor & Producer Jackky Bhagnani flaunted his new look with his long hair, a full beard and a meaner physique for the lens as he posed for celebrity photographer Rahul Jhangiani.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Khamma Ghani by the Bachchan Couple: To inaugurate Kalyan Jewellers showrooms in Rajasthan on Sunday

Kalyan Jewellers Brand Ambassadors and legendary film icons Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan will make a whirlwind visit to Rajasthan and inaugurate the 3 Kalyan Jewellers showrooms on April 24, 2016. The company had recently announced its foray into Rajasthan with the launch of 3 exclusive showrooms in Jaipur, Udaipur and Jodhpur with an investment of Rs. 150 crore. Mr. Amitabh Bachchan and Ms. Jaya Bachchan will be visiting these historical cities and opening 3 showrooms on the same day accompanied by Kalyan Jewellers’ Chairman T.S. Kalyanaraman and Executive Directors Ramesh Kalyanaraman and Rajesh Kalyanaraman. The couple recently featured in an advertising campaign wherein they have enacted a Rajasthani couple talking about the launch of Kalyan Jewellers in the three cities.

On April 24, Mr. Amitabh Bachchan and Ms. Jaya Bachchan will inaugurate the first showroom in Jodhpur city at G.T. Tower Sardarpura at 9:15am in the morning followed by Jaipur at Pink city Trade Centre, Ajmer Road at 11:00am in the morning and Udaipur, Surajpole, Delhi Gate scheme 6:00pm in the evening. The couple will address the gathering at the three showrooms.

T.S. Kalyanaraman said, “We are delighted that Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan are coming to Rajasthan for opening the three Kalyan Jewellers showrooms marking a historic moment for the company. I am sure that fans will be delighted to see them at the three showrooms and we welcome everybody to join us for the launch.’’

The showrooms will feature Kalyan’s popular Polki, gold, diamond and precious stone studded jewellery designs from across the country. On offer will be exquisite and intricately crafted jewellery in contemporary and traditional motifs and will be an ode to Rajasthan’s unique heritage. The extensive range will elevate everyday wear and special occasions. The showrooms have dedicated space to display Kalyan’s popular brands such as Mudra - handcrafted antique jewellery, Nimah- authentic heritage jewellery, Anokhi – uncut diamonds, Apoorva – diamonds for special occasions, Antara – wedding diamonds and Hera – daily wear diamonds and Rang – precious stones jewellery.

All the three showrooms will have an exclusive floor for luxury diamonds. There will be provision for parking at all the three showrooms enabling a comfortable shopping experience.
Kalyan Jewellers has been aggressively expanding its distribution network in India and is launching three showrooms to capitalize on the growing resonance of Rajasthan as a global jewellery destination and emergence as the leading jewellery market in the country.

Kalyan Jewellers has been expanding its distribution network to consolidate its leadership position across the country and has launched 13 new showrooms to date in FY15-16. It plans to add 6 new showrooms including the 3 in Rajasthan within a month to reach the landmark figure of 100 showrooms.  Since its inception Kalyan Jewellers has been at the forefront of educating customers on the intricacies of buying jewellery through its educational campaigns.

Dog’s Day Out at Inorbit Mall, Malad

Every Dog has its day and 24th April 2016 is a Dog’s Day Out. Everyone feels a sense of responsibility towards the most loved pets i.e. the Dogs. Here is your chance to show your compassion towards these lovely animals, as Inorbit Mall Malad invites you for a ‘Dogs Day Out’ – a one of its kind Dog Carnival. This carnival is an opportunity for pet parents to socialise their pets with other people’s pets. The social fest will be the perfect party place for every Dog and its other Canine friends. You as a dog lover too will witness some excellent entertainment. Join for the most amazing carnival for the canines. 

Inorbit mall in association with Living The Dreams will be hosting the event at Inorbit Mall, Malad in the garden next to the parking lot between 4pm to 9pm. The carnival will have various zones like An Adoption Corner (by NEAA), grooming corner, pet caricature corner, pet cafes making it a complete fun fair for all pets. For all pet lovers Mumbai Animal Association is conducting a session on first response in case of animal accidents. Bayer Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd. is conducting an informative workshop on Zoonosis disease – a disease contracted by humans through animals. The event will conclude with a Pet personality contest judged by Mr Vishnu Bhave – Member of KCI & other clubs and Mr. Delano Henriques – (Founder of Delriques canine training Institute). All pets will be judged on the basis of theme, presentation and Chemistry of the pet and pet owner. Winning pets will be felicitated by the jury members.

Indulgent Chocolate Facials – Fad or Fact

In the past few years, there has suddenly been a burst in the number of discussions around chocolate. There are those who will say that eating a piece of chocolate each day, is great for health and then there are those who are more in favour of applying it to their face and body. Several salons and cosmetic clinics are now offering chocolate body wraps and chocolate facials.

However, there are always those sceptical few, who will constantly ask whether a chocolate facial will have the benefits it really claims to offer. Today, chocolate is being used in the form of creams, scrubs and face masks, but it would not be wise to start using them immediately, simply because your favourite celebrity is doing the same.

Let’s take a look at the most obvious and proven benefits of a chocolate facial:
  • Overall, chocolate is known to improve the complexion of the skin and keep it healthy and glowing.
  • If you have a bad tan, a chocolate facial can help take care of it, because chocolate is known to have de-tanning properties.
  • Chocolate is naturally high in antioxidants, which is why it will keep your skin looking healthier and younger.
  • Chocolate is also known to have anti-ageing properties, and a chocolate facial will help remove the fine lines and delay the appearances of wrinkles.
  • Studies have shown that chocolate can increase the production of collagen, which means that your skin will continue to feel bouncy and supple for a longer time.
  • Regular chocolate facials will help lighten the blemishes that you might have and also help tackle marks that might have been left behind by acne.
  • Chocolate has natural hydration properties and by getting a chocolate facial, your skin will get the hydration that it requires, keeping your skin healthy from within.
  • Perhaps the biggest advantage of a chocolate facial is the fact that it suits all skin types, which means that anyone can indulge in a chocolate facial. Actually, it is a great way to destress after a long week and just pamper the face, body and mind!  
You can actually do a chocolate facial for yourself, because it is pretty simple – cleanse your face with raw milk and turmeric or rosewater and gram flour. Create a scrub by grinding together brown sugar and coffee beans and apply this to your face, leaving it for 10 minutes. After the scrub, use a store bought chocolate paste as a massage cream and then clean your face with water. Finish with a chocolate pack, which can be washed off, once dry.

A special feature by Dr. Aman Dua, Dermatologist, CO- Founder, AK Clinics, Ludhiana.

Rishi Kapoor gives thumbs up to 'Traffic' - Tweets in support of the movie

The fast paced 'Traffic' trailer has been gaining a lot of industry attention! After Salman Khan, the charming actor Rishi Kapoor, too showed his support for the film directed by the late Rajesh Pillai and tweeted, “Saw trailer of "Traffic". Looks good! All the best!”. The Indian film industry has always been supportive of good films based on true stories and this is only encouraging to filmmakers.

With stupendous performances by an ensemble cast including Manoj Bajpayee, Jimmy Sheirgill, ‎Divya Dutta, Prosenjit Chatterjee, ‎Kitu Gidwani, Sachin Khedekar, Parambrata Chatterjee and Amol Parashar, 'Traffic' – an Endemol Shine India production presented by  Fox Star India is slated to release on May 6th 2016.

The movie inspired by a real life story, is an emotional drama thriller about the effort of traffic police who take up the challenge to transport a heart organ by road in 150 minutes in order to save the life of a little girl. The narrative is very supportive of the Green Corridor initiative that allows Traffic police to beat traffic and drive at 120 km/ hr to ensure the organ is transported within the time limit.

Sunny Leone takes social media by storm with her first speaking-selfie

With 4 million followers on Instagram, Sunny leone has a veritable fan following online. To add to this, Sunny is using a service called Voxie to spread her reach wide on social media. The selfie theme is titled on her famous Baby Doll songs and is called "all selfies pittal di but voxie sone di". After Amitabh Bacchan and Priyanka chopra, Sunny is the next celeb who is signing up to the speaking selfie service.

The actress has already crossed 10,000 likes and comments in one hour. She posted a speaking-selfie, calling it a voxie - on her Facebook & twitter page as well to promote her curves. Upon tapping the photo, Sunny leone speaks in full seductive fervor "My my voxie has my feelings.. you know I'm ahead of the curves.. hahaha" gets played .

The 34-year-old actress, who was last seen in the sex comedy 'Mastizaade' will be seen opposite Tanuj Virwani in the upcoming film titled 'One Night Stand' which is again an erotic thriller. Slated to release on 6 May.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Phillauri Goes on Floors with Baisakhi Blessings

The festival of Baisakhi brings to mind bright colours, spirited culture and attractive flavors of Punjab. This year, it turned a little more special for the cast & crew of Phillauri as the film went on floors in the heart of Punjab. The enthusiastic cast including Anushka Sharma, Diljit Dosanjh and Suraj Sharma, have rung in their festive spirit with these special messages.

Diljit Dosanjh, Punjab’s favorite star, calls it a double celebration- Baisakhi & the start of Phillauri shoot. Fresh off the rigour and hard work of the much-awaited Sultan, an excited Anushka hopes that the good will and positive energies of Baisakhi will impact the sets of her home production too. As for the film’s youngest star, Suraj Sharma, with the traditional Sat Sri Akal salute, he is revving up to jump on this adventure.

Co-produced by Clean Slate Films (Anushka's production banner with brother Karnesh Sharma) and Fox Star Studios, Phillauri is an uncommon romantic Hindi film set in Phillaur, Punjab. Directed by debutant Anshai Lal & written by Anvita Dutt, the film has a unique premise- it took almost 100 years, a crazy Punjabi wedding and rank strangers to complete this love story. With this premise and an interesting star cast this film will be one entertainer to surely watch out for.

Clean Slate Films is an Indian film production company that is focused on creating relevant, entertaining and clutter-breaking cinema. Based in Mumbai, it is owned by Indian cinema star Anushka Sharma and her brother Karnesh Sharma. Committed to producing and presenting quality films with mass appeal, its debut project NH10 (2015 release, directed by Navdeep Singh; starring Anushka Sharma, Neil Bhoopalam & Darshan Kumaar) represents its core philosophy aptly. The production house has announced its second venture, Phillauri- an uncommon romantic film set in Phillaur, Punjab. Debut director Anshai Lal will direct Anushka Sharma, popular Punjabi star Diljit Dusanjh and Suraj Sharma of ‘Life of Pi’ fame in lead roles.

Clean Slate Films will concentrate on increasing outreach of Indian cinema to newer audiences and territories overseas with its endeavour to make engaging, content driven cinema, that goes beyond clich├ęs. 

Phillauri is now on floors.




Lights –Camera- Kids: Inorbit Mall announces Season 2 for Inorbit Baccha Bollywood

“Nanhe munhe bachche teri mutthi mein kya hai?” as go one of the most popular lyrics for children songs. The answer to which can be a ticket to Baccha Bollywood. Following season 1’s immense success, Inorbit Mall presents Baccha Bollywood Season 2- a unique film making workshop for kids that will acquaint them with various aspects of film making right from acting to directing. Inorbit Baccha Bollywood is will be held in Inorbit cities Mumbai (Malad and Vashi), Cyberabad, Vadodara and Bangalore starting May 2nd, 2016.

Inorbit Baccha Bollywood will unravel the talent in your kid if he or she has an inclination to various aspects of film making. 100 aspiring students will undergo the versatile workshop that includes Acting, Script Writing, Dance, Music, Direction & Film Appreciation. While workshop is just one part of the whole program, Inorbit Baccha Bollywood has various highlights that make it an event your child can’t afford to miss. Few selected kids from the bunch of 100 would also get a chance to star in a short film that will ultimately be screened in multiplex and on You Tube exposing your child’s talent to the world at large.

Inorbit Baccha Bollywood will function under two age groups broadly- the junior group from age 7 to 10 and the senior group from age 11 to 15 years. The workshop will have two sessions each every day. Workshop Dates for Malad and Vashi are 2nd May – 16th May and 4th to 18th May for Bangalore, Vadodara and Cyberabad. Season 2 brings in new set of trainers from the industry, use of modern techniques in workshop like visual aids, and age group wise batches will make the workshop extremely intriguing and beneficial.

Speaking about Inorbit Baccha Bollywood, Puneet Varma, Associate Vice President - Marketing & Corporate Communications, Inorbit Malls said, “Talent knows no age. It’s every parents dream to see their kids on the big screen. We bring the platform right up to them through Inorbit Baccha Bollywood. There is immense talent around and Inorbit Baccha Bollywood is our attempt to provide an opportunity to these kids Since Season 1 was a success so on popular demand we are bringing Season2  which promises to be bigger and better.

So Rush and enroll your child today. Registrations open at Inorbit Mall and Bookmyshow.com

Inorbit Malls, a group company of the K. Raheja Corp, was initiated with an objective to not just create physical structures but also to influence lifestyles. Inorbit Malls, committed to setting benchmarks in retailing in India, provides an excellent walk through experience for customers. Inorbit Malls combine the knowledge of the Indian Consumer and a changing Indian market scenario in locating, designing, planning and managing retail environments.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Denver talks about the real men success mantra

Denver, the leading deodorant and personal care brand from the manufacturer Vanesa Care has rolled out its latest and first ever reverse ad campaign which talks about the struggle behind every Success.

Conceptualized by Shop Advertising, the opening scene bursts with the success, achievement and stardom of International Boxer Artem at World Boxing Council. The story unfolds in a reverse way showing sweat and hard work behind his success which creates a sense of curiosity. A motivational quote delivered by the boxer has been used as the background music which goes on, “Behind Every Success, there is extreme sweat” and ends with the boxer spraying Denver Xtreme deodorant.

Talking to Mr. Saurabh Gupta, CMO at Vanesa Care, he quips, “While a man is going through struggle and extremities to achieve his goals, his deodorant is also struggling to keep up with him. While they are training, and once they have achieved, a deodorant should be the last thing on their mind while being on the world stage. That's where we bring Denver extreme, which has double the power of any regular deodorant and doesn't let the user down in any circumstances.”

Asking about the novelty in the Ad Campaign, Naved Akhtar; Chief Creative Director, Shop Advertising explains, “This is one of the first advertisement in personal care category which has been shot in reverse. In the film we have shown Success and Struggle of a Boxer as the opening climax and then focus on Denver Xtreme Deodorant which was the reason behind his Confidence and Success. Denver Xtreme deodorant has 2x power of sweat defense which is for the real men who believes in struggle and hard work.”

Further Saket Govind, brand manager utters, “Denver as a brand stands for those who do not give up against all odds and achieve success under any extreme challenge. We believe that this advertisement has been successful in bringing out the true Denver identity. If Denver Xtreme deo can work with boxers (or athletes) then it will surely perform excellent with a regular user.”

Credits:
Client: Vanesa Care
Brand: Denver
CMO: Saurabh Gupta
Brand Manager: Saket Govind                  
Advertising Agency: Shop Advertising
Writer and Chief Creative Director: Naved Akhtar
Production House: Passion Films
Director: Vivek Das Chaudhary

Well Kept Secret: This "KA" also Produced ‘Ki & Ka’

Another cat is out of the bag. After knowing that Jackky Bhagnani has produced Sarbjit, one more actor Arjun Kapoor kept his secret well guarded. Yes, he is a Producer of ‘Ki & Ka’

It’s a pleasant surprise, to say the least. We’ve heard from reliable sources that Arjun Kapoor had turned a producer, somewhat clandestinely, for ‘Ki&Ka’. The versatile young actor shared the risk of making an off beat romantic film with it’s producers, a bet that has paid off rich dividends.

Unlike most stars of the current generation, Arjun decided to keep his engagement as a producer low key. To him, the film mattered above all else. But because he belongs to a legacy of quality, mainstream films produced by his father & his family, Arjun’s expertise came in handy for ‘Ki&Ka’. Said a source from the film’s unit, “Having assisted filmmakers before, Arjun is a complete producer’s star. He is not only cooperative but a complete team player, with a fair understanding of film finance and budgeting.”

Taking a silent but substantial risk on the film, Arjun is contented with its success today. This one now lays down the path for bigger things to come for this popular young star.

He is my best friend: Anushka Sharma on her brother Karnesh

Anushka Sharma and her older brother, Karnesh Sharma, turned producers with NH10 (2015). The movie did well, and it also garnered critical acclaim. A few days before National Siblings Day (April 10), we caught up with Anushka and Karnesh, who want to make films that will take the audience by surprise.

What is it like, working with a sibling — good, bad or ugly?
Karnesh: It’s all of it. It’s good, it’s bad, very bad, sometimes torturous and suicidal (laughs).
Anushka: He’s right, it’s not all good, because somewhere, as family, you take each other for granted. When you have to speak to somebody from your workspace, you’ll be tactful. But with your sibling, you talk with no holds barred. So, sometimes, we end up fighting. But these are things we are both aware of. The good bit that comes out of working together is far more. Also, we are too close. If we didn’t have such a strong relationship, it would’ve been different. In our case, he is my best friend.
Karnesh: What’s important is that at the end of it all, there’s trust. So, even though there might be issues, we know that we can trust each other blindly.
Anushka: He and I have never had different opinions. Our approaches may differ, but our final result is the same.

What made you get into production?
Karnesh: While sailing (he was in the merchant navy), the only form of entertainment for us used to be movies. And not just Indian films, but world cinema. So, I’ve always been interested in movies, and now with her being in the industry, I’m more in tune with the process. Also, production is very similar to what we did in the merchant navy - we managed things.
Anushka: And I think that’s what production is about. Apart from the creative aspect, it really is about people management.

NH10 exposed the dark underbelly of Haryana. Your next film is based in Punjab. Does that also have a similar theme?
Anushka: There’s no pattern. We’re trying to create different and new content with our company.
Karnesh: We believe in reacting to stories. A script should appeal to us, irrespective of the genre. NH10 was a different genre from what our next is. Ultimately, it’s about what stories excite you personally; then you hope they excite many more people.

Your production house is fairly new. How difficult, would you say, is it to promote new talent?
Karnesh: It’s not easy. We’re fortunate that Anushka’s professional stature is such that there are enough people who trust her, and these are people who are commercially interested in films, and studios. They believe that she’s a bankable star. But film-making is not easy, and it shouldn’t be either.
Anushka: Getting a new person to do something puts us in a challenging situation, because you have to be doubly sure when you’re backing someone. And we have taken on that challenge. I guess that also comes from having clarity about what you’re doing. Apart from creating good content, we also want to add to the talent pool.

Tell us about your next film.
Anushka: It’s a romantic and fun film. It has drama, comedy and music. We are also experimenting a lot with the technical aspect of film-making [with it].
Karnesh: We’re using a lot of visual effects. Overall, it’s a complete film with a lot of emotions. It’s very quirky.

What did you learn from your maiden production?
Karnesh: I learnt how to make a good film with a low budget (laughs).
Anushka: How you can make a film, even if you don’t have any money (laughs).
Karnesh: We’ve learnt that when you don’t have a lot of resources, you find newer ways of doing things. Apart from that, it also taught us to work harder.

*their recent interview in Hindustan Times

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Hello! Declares Ranveer Singh as the Superstar of the Year

Ranveer Singh has been the ‘reigning star’ of 2016 by bagging almost every award this year. Today, adding yet another feather to his cap, the much loved actor was presented the ‘Superstar of The Year’ by the legendary Amitabh Bachchan at the Hello! Hall of Fame Awards.

Recreating the grandeur and the magnificence of a majestic era in Maratha History Ranveer Singh brought to life the glory of the celebrated Peshwa Bajirao.  His acting precision, poise, and incredible command over the regional dialect won the audience over; while the fans went gaga over his bald pate, upturned moustache and millinery style.

The Hello! Hall of Fame awards are considered to be one of the most glamorous Awards of the year that recognise and acknowledge the celebrities who have created the biggest impact in the year across various categories. On receiving this honour from none other than Mr. Bachchan himself an elated Ranveer said, “This is amazing.. Thank you Hello! What’s really incredible is that I get to do what I love to do for a living… I get to share the room with you illustrious people, with some of my screen idols and be on the same stage and same room as Mr. Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor, Anil Kapoor…Thank you all. I hope to continue to work hard and keep you entertained and follow his gigantic footsteps.”

With a performance that will be etched in the minds of audiences for years to come Ranveer Singh star is certainly shinning bright making him the perfect choice for the Hello! Superstar of the year award.

Let the victory dance begin….

Jackky Bhagnani turns Producer with Sarbjit

Actor Jackky Bhagnani added another prefix to his name by turning producer for the upcoming Aishwarya Rai-starrer biopic, Sarbjit.

Director Omung Kumar reminisced about how the two got together to bring project Sarbjit to fruition. “My association with Jackky goes back a long way when we started our careers – me as a director, and Jackky as an actor. Now we are associated together with our film Sarbjit as producer and director. I knew him as a kid who would be on his father’s sets and I see him now as this bright and promising young actor. We share a very open relationship and can speak about anything without hesitation with each other. Life has come a full circle,” adds Omung Kumar.

“I believe there are some stories that need to be told and Sarbjit is definitely one of them. I have been meaning to carve out a niche within Pooja Films for meaningful cinema for a while now and when Omung Sir narrated the story of Sarbjit, I knew we had found that story,” says actor-producer Jackky Bhagnani.

Jackky had kept his association with the film under wraps and it’s only when the second poster of Sarbjit was released digitally on Wednesday that many in the film industry learnt about Jackky’s strategic move to take Pooja Films into the biopic and meaningful cinema space. 

Social media was abuzz with industry friends and others wishing the young actor on his new role. Filmmaker Karan Johar tweeted, “Congratulations @jackkybhagnani can’t wait to see this true story unfold!!” Among the others congratulating the actor-producer were Riteish Deshmukh, Dia Mirza, Atul Kasbekar, Neha Sharma, Raj Kundra and many others.

Sony Music dominates GIMA 2016!

From Superstar Rapper, composer, producer Badshah, heart throb Arjun Kanungo to the supremely talented Divine, all the artists took a share of GIMA along with them. The most romantic song of 2015 Gerua won the Best Song and The Most Popular Radio Song

Global music giant, Sony Music won huge accolades at the recently held GIMA 2016. From artists to songs, the label dominated the award function this year. Gerua, the most romantic song of 2015 won the Best Film Song and Most Popular Song on Radio category. While another gem Ami Misra who composed Hasi from Hamari Adhuri Kahani won Best Debut Composer.

Promoting pop and indie music has been a focus for the label over the years and in 2016 all the artists signed on to the label were on stage accepting different awards across categories. Global icon and super star rapper, composer and producer Badshah won the Path Breaking Artist of the Year. All his songs from last year were party starters and this year the release of “Kar Gayi Chull” and “Lets Nacho” from Kapoor and Sons, makes him the most sought after artist!

India’s Heartthrob the suave Arjun Kanungo has everything going for him, from his debonair looks, his demeanor and personality, Arjun has won the hearts of millions. Accepting the award for the Best Pop Debut, Arjun had the fans screaming! His new single Fursat has been the talk of the town with Arjun’s soulful voice and a video that promises to make you cry!

That’s not all rapper, composer and the new face of hip-hop in India, Divine won Best Electronica Single for his song Junle Raja. Divine was in the limelight recently for his new single Jungli Sher that was a viral phenomena and witnessed a worldwide video debut on Apple Music, a very first for an Indian artist.

Adds, Rohan Jha, Lead Sony Music Pop, “It’s a huge honor for us to win across categories for all our artists and Bollywood music. These are exciting times and this is just the beginning, we have lots in store for the coming years.”

Ace director Pradeep Sarkar recreates the Aaj Tak Magic: Aankhen Khol De – Aaj Tak

The nation’s No. 1 News channel Aaj Tak, unleashes a marketing campaign with a series of bold Ad films that take on the peculiar world of today’s newsmakers. A series of ad films by ace bollywood filmmaker Pradeep Sarkar highlight the inimitable style of the most revered news brand.

The channel’s promise of Sabse Tez is given an edgy personality with ‘Aankhen Khol De’. The series of black & while commercials use humour and a creative licence around a few major news stories to drive the point home of Aaj Tak being the eye opener of society. This carries forward the legacy of Aaj Tak preceded by a similar iconic campaign several years back. The films released include Hasya Kavi, Missing Beta, Videsh Yatra among others. The varied themes of the films highlight the courage of Aaj Tak to call a spade a spade.

Commenting on the campaign, Mr. Ashish Bagga, Group CEO – India Today Group said, “Aaj Tak has recently crossed the 100 Million viewership barrier and has always been ruling the News through award winning journalism. Aaj Tak is the undisputed No.1 News channel across gender, NCCS and Age groups. In a space cluttered with a multitude of news channels, Aaj Tak stands out as the unshakable preference which has been possible because of being a people’s brand.   We bring that fact right into the centre with this campaign”.

Pradeep Sarkar, the director of the films added, “It must have been around 15yrs since we did the Black & White Aaj Tak launch Ads and when we got the opportunity to do another campaign for the same brand, it was challenging! Challenging because it had to be as effective as the previous one and to be frank when you have to excel your own self - it's the biggest challenge. I hope I have not let the brand down. I genuinely feel that Aaj Tak is Sabse Tez. See the films for yourself”.

Pradeep Sarkar was also the man behind Aaj Tak’s first TVC after the channel was launched. Later, his first TVC with Aaj Tak won him the Best Director of the Year Award at the prestigious Abby Awards. In addition, his company Apocalypso Films also bagged the silver for the campaign of the year at the Abby’s for the Aaj Tak campaign.

Apart from television, the TVCs will be supported on the digital medium including social platforms.

Parineeti Chopra’s New Summer Indulgence - Vadilal

One of the most loved ice-cream brand of the country, Vadilal, renowned for mastering the art of serving lip smacking delicious flavoured Ice-creams and frozen desserts, today announced the charismatic Parineeti Chopra as its brand ambassador.

On the occasion, Vadilal unveiled their latest ad campaign for three of their most popular variants of ice-creams including the all new BadaBite Select- a super-premium Belgian chocolate based bar under the premium category; a new Rs. 20 variant of Flingo-centre filled cones and Gourmet-super-premium ice-cream.

Speaking on the occasion, Parineeti Chopra, actor and brand ambassador Vadilal, said: “Being a foodie, I have always relished desserts especially Ice-creams! With the onset of summers, I am definitely going to have my share of cheat days by indulging my taste buds with the rich and delicious Vadilal ice-creams to beat the heat. The new Badabite Select is an absolute delight for all ice cream lovers like me.”

Mr. Devanshu Gandhi, Managing Director, Vadilal Group, said: “We are excited to announce Parineeti as the face of Vadilal and it’s a proud moment for us at Vadilal as we are the first Indian ice cream company to have a brand ambassador! Our communication and positioning target millennials and with our unique pricing and range we hope to be ‘The best part of their everyday’.”

“As part of the Ahmedabad based Vadilal Group, Vadilal Ice-creams carries forward a true legacy of crafting unique experience for its consumers. Today Vadilal prides itself as being ‘Made in India’ and delighting ice cream lovers across the globe.” He further added.

Talking about the campaign, Vishal Surti, President, Sales & Marketing (Vadilal Ice cream), said: “Over the years the brand has evolved from being just a frozen sweet treat to an expression of self-indulgence and desire”.

Sanjay Menon, CEO and CCO, THE CO. commented, “Who says ice creams cannot be had in winter? Who says ice creams are a seasonal product? Who says you can't indulge every day? The campaign positions Vadilal, India’s most trusted ice cream brand as an everyday treat that you can indulge in. I bet you won't be able to resist the temptation of having a Gourmet, or treat yourself to a Badabite Select or have fun with a Flingo once you see the campaign.”

Vadilal is India’s highest awarded Ice Cream Brand with more than 27 Awards over a span of last few years. The 90 year old brand has a legacy of excellence and has become famous for its authentic and wide variety of flavoured Ice-creams. Today, Vadilal Ice Creams has the widest range of ice creams in the country with 50 plus flavours available in more than 250 packs and forms. The range includes Cups, Cones, Candies, Juices, Family packs and Economy packs. Vadilal offers a wide range of Frozen Desserts, Premium & Super Premium Ice Creams.

Apart from being a local favourite at most retail outlets, Vadilal has gone a step further and established its own parlours and more. Currently, it boasts of several Vadilal Scoop Shops & Vadilal Hangouts across India. As a company, Vadilal is constantly innovating to provide its customers with the best authentic experience. Today, you find Vadilal Parlours serving scrumptious scoops, flawlessly fashioned sundaes & tasty concoctions crafted from the best quality ingredients and ice cream.