Saturday, October 17, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, October 16, 2020

India Runway Week Virtual edition Season 2

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, October 15, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                    

JSPL wins coveted GreenTech CSR India 2020 Awards

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mitron raises $ 5 mil led by Nexus Venture Partners

Homegrown short-form video app Mitron has announced it raised $ 5 mil, led by Nexus Venture Partners. 3one4 Capital and Arun Tadanki’s private syndicate on LetsVenture also participated in the latest round. Mitron app is a short-form social video app that allows users to create, upload, view, and share entertaining short videos. Mitron is founded by Shivank Agarwal (alumnus of IIT Roorkee) and Anish Khandelwal (alumnus of Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology). Both the founders are Computer Science engineers and earlier worked together at MakeMyTrip. 

The latest round of financing saw participation from stellar angels including Deep Kalra (Chairman, MakeMyTrip), Amrish Rau (CEO, Pine Labs), Jiten Gupta (Founder, Jupiter), Amarjit Batra (MD, Spotify India), Anand Chandrasekharan (Former Facebook, Snapdeal executive), Karan Bajwa (MD, Google Cloud, India), Radhika Ghai (Co-founder, Shopclues), Vikalp Sahni (Co-Founder and Ex-CTO at GoIbibo and Volunteer Architect at AarogyaSetu) and Shanti Mohan (Founder, LetsVenture). TK Kurien (Premji Invest), Manish Vij & Harish Bahl (Smile Group) also participated in their individual capacity. 

The company will use the new infusion of capital to accelerate its product development to increase user engagement and hire high quality talent. The company also plans to onboard a wide network of Indian content creators on the app and invest in building Mitron brand. 

Shivank Agarwal, Founder and CEO of Mitron, said, “We are thrilled to have Nexus Venture Partners join us in this journey, bringing in deep expertise of helping their portfolio companies build great products.  We are committed to building Mitron as a world-class product that is designed for Indian users, by reimagining digital entertainment and engagement. 

Launched in Apr 2020, Mitron app achieved the 10mil download milestone even before the unprecedented ban on Chinese apps. With more than 33mil downloads on Play Store and 9 billion video views per month, Mitron has emerged as the popular choice among Indians for short-form video. We are thankful to our users for their love for Mitron.” 

Commenting on their decision to invest in Mitron, Pratik Poddar, Principal at Nexus Venture Partners said "Shivank and Anish are product-first, deep-tech and very iterative entrepreneurs. We have been tracking them for 3 months and loved the way they have evolved their thinking around content creation, community management and video delivery. We love backing ‘product and tech-first’ entrepreneurs. We believe eventually the best product with long term thinking will win. Focus is to create a high engagement and high retention community. Then only you can be long term partners for creators." 

Anish Khandelwal, Founder & CTO, said "We have been rapidly improving our product experience and with this funding round, we plan to invest further in hiring top notch product & engineering talent that will help us build a world-class platform that can scale seamlessly”. 

Anurag Ramdasan, Head of Investments at 3one4 Capital, said, “Shivank and Anish have built an impressive product together that we decided to back when they had just launched on the Play Store. Since then, the growth of the product as well as the team has been inspiring. The differentiated, long term thinking demonstrated by the founding team has led us to continue believing in them. We are excited to continue our work with the company to help build the next evolution of video engagement out of India” 

Arun Tadanki said, “Mitron has been making rapid progress in establishing itself as the primary choice in the short-form video space and therefore, we are doubling down on our investment.”

Monday, October 5, 2020

‘Delhi weds Haryana’ - New web series to start rolling soon

The pandemic has become a boon for SVOD platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney Hotstar, SonLiv and ZEE5 as they took over the entertainment industry globally. Gone are the days when one had to wait eagerly for a prime show on television. With the concept of ‘watch them anytime and anywhere’ now, the world has swiftly moved towards online web series. All the leading OTT’s have gained huge popularity only for its finest content and keeping this in mind, Famesky Productions is all set to experiment a novel and interesting concept.

While themes of cross culture marriages between North and South have oft been used, this newest series titled Delhi weds Haryana deals with marriages between two cultures in the north itself. To be directed by Saurabh Sharma and produced by Niren Dabas and Sandeep Bhardwaj, shooting of this interesting series will start rolling in the third week of October in India’s Pink City epitomized by the Hawa Mahal or the majestic Amer Fort. A major part of the shoot is scheduled to happen in and around Delhi and parts of Haryana.

Roshni Sahota who shot to fame with Shakti and Patiala Babes will be paired opposite Bhavesh Kumar who entered Bollywood as a lead in P Se Pyaar F Se Faraar. They will be seen in the lead roles along with Shaloo Jindal, Subhamita Banerjee, Manya Pathak, Anushka Bhatia and supported by star actor Manoj Bakshi who needs no introduction is playing the fufa of the lead. Sunil Chitkara remembered for his work in Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola will play the male lead’s father while Sunita Shirole known for Kaamyaab, Sab Kushal Mangal and Made in China among others will be playing a sharp shooter dadi. Shyam Lal known for his ‘Bhaiyaji Smile’ portrayal in Dabangg will play the male lead’s assistant. 

Known for her portrayal of Surbhi in Shakti, Roshni Sahota is playing a Haryanvi lass in this series. “Going through the script, it made me realise just how super the Haryanvi language is. And I’m sure my takiya kalam ‘Gaon ki su, bawli koni’ will surely be as legendary as ‘Mhaari chhoriyaan chhoron se kum hai ke?” Actor Bhavesh Kumar, who made his Bollywood debut with ‘P Se Pyaarr..’, says “I don’t want to limit myself to just doing films. OTT’s are the new medium and I want to explore these entertainment platforms too. It will be real fun doing this project.”

Producer Niren Dabas who has penned this interesting concept and storyline says, “Though Haryanvi humour, characters and dialect are quite popular in Bollywood, yet, most movies revolved only around the khap panchayat themes. Contrasting a glossy, smooth, luxurious city life to the rustic earthy life in the villages, we felt it’s time to showcase our rich culture through this series.”

The casting of this series has been handled by casting director Naren Bansal who says that “It was not a cakewalk trying to bring in a cast that could bring in the authentic Haryanvi flavour to the series.” But given his decade experience in casting for shows like CID, Shapath, Gumraah, Yeh Hai Aashiqui and others, he brought the right blend of actors having auditioned nearly 250 actors for the same.

“I am really excited about this project. The series is high on drama, comedy and romance and has soulful music by B-Sanj,” said director Saurabh Sharma. “I am also happy to have Mohan Das as the Creative Director of this series who brings in his extensive experience and expertise from the world of films to this project. We are currently also in the process of adding few more known names from Bollywood to the project. I can't reveal much at the moment but will keep updating as and when the time comes,” signed off Saurabh Sharma.

Guru Randhawa & Dhvani Bhanushali come together for Bhushan Kumar’s ‘Baby Girl’ directed by Remo D’Souza!

The moment fans have been waiting for is finally here! The biggest Indian pop stars Guru Randhawa and Dhvani Bhanushali come together yet again for ‘Baby Girl’, presented by Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series. After the success of ‘Ishare Tere’, the two young icons that have broken records, and taken YouTube and the music world by storm now collaborate for this peppy, romantic song that is choreographed and directed by ace Remo D’Souza.

Promising to be the party song of the season, ‘Baby Girl’ composed and written by Guru Randhawa, with music by Vee, was shot in Goa, following all precautionary measures. Apart from the music, another major highlight is the music video of ‘Baby Girl’ conceptualized by Remo with choreography to watch out for!

Says record-breaking artist Guru Randhawa, “Baby Girl is a peppy, happy track and it’s a song fans will love. The journey of making this song was very memorable. The beat, lyrics and composition just came to me in the studio and I thought Dhvani was perfect for the female vocals. It was amazing shooting for this song with Remo and I’m grateful to Bhushan Sir for making this happen.”

Says the youngest pop star Dhvani Bhanushali: “This is my first time shooting with Remo sir and it was an incredible experience. The shoot was very easy-going and the video turned out really great. It’s always amazing working with Guru and I thank Bhushan Sir for giving me this song. It is song full of fun, love and dancing.”

Director-Choreographer Remo D’Souza, “When I heard the song I knew the video had to have a lot of energy and a young, fun vibe to it so Goa was the perfect place to shoot. Guru and Dhvani are style icons so the video of ‘Baby Girl’ too reflects their personalities and is very stylized.”

Adds record producer Vee, ‘Baby Girl’ is such a catchy record from the lyrics, to the vocals, to the music. It’s one of those records when you hear it; you can’t get it out of your head.” T-Series’ Bhushan Kumar added, “With artists like Guru Randhawa and Dhvani Bhanushali there is always anticipation and they’re a lethal combination. ‘Baby Girl’ is a peppy, young, colourful romantic song and Remo D’Souza has done a fabulous job in bringing it to life.”

Now playing on T-Series’s YouTube channel, the chartbuster is composed and written by Guru Randhawa and is presented by Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series.



Taj Mahal, New Delhi announces the reopening of Machan in a re-imagined new avatar

The iconic Taj Mahal, New Delhi unveiled the new avatar of the Capital’s original and much-loved dining destination Machan. The hotel also reopened to an elegant new lobby and the Emperor Lounge after a stylish makeover. Taj Mahal, New Delhi has been under extensive renovation since July 2019, reinventing itself to offer the essence of timelessness and heritage of Lutyens’ Delhi, coupled with contemporary flair and impeccable service the hotel has been renowned for. The next phase of the transformation will include the redesigned rooms and The Chambers – expected to be completed by end of the year.

Mr. Satyajeet Krishnan, Area Director – North and General Manager, Taj Mahal, New Delhi said, “The Taj Mahal, New Delhi remains an ideal location with exquisite dining choices. The re-imagined Machan makes a comeback featuring some of the signature favourites in addition to cuisine inspired by the forests of the world and India. We welcome guests to experience Delhi’s veritable institution once again”.

Machan, the international dining destination has been a defining part of the city’s culinary landscape for many decades. Machan’s d├ęcor is based on Indian wildlife, reminiscent of the days where ‘Machans’, or raised platforms, were built as look-out and observation posts. The redesigned Machan will present a gastronomical confluence of the old and the new with an eclectic menu. With a state-of-the-art air purification technology for reduction of particulate matter and mitigation of microbes, Machan offers an environment with heightened safety and hygiene protocols. The Emperor Lounge that has been the centre of many conversations and high-powered business meetings returns with elevated style and novel culinary offerings. 

One of the most distinguished addresses in the national capital, Taj Mahal, New Delhi is one of Delhi’s landmark destinations. With the refreshed Machan and Emperor Lounge, the hotel welcomes its guests once again to relive their old memories and create new ones. With inspired and warm service, the Hotel promises to delight the gourmands of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

Sunday, October 4, 2020

5 regional OTT Platforms ruling the roost with exceptional content

It is obvious that the majority of the audience nowadays are dependent on OTT platforms for quality entertainment. The OTT penetration has doubled now in the TeirII and Tier III markets. Within these markets, regional content is gaining momentum and attracting more viewers towards OTT platforms. While the future of OTT is bright, the competition is getting fierce and the market has gradually become the survival of the fittest. To cater to the tremendous demand for regional content from the audience, here are 5 regional OTT platforms that are creating a wave in today’s world. 

Dollywood Play :  Dedicated OTT platform for Hindi dubbed content, it aims to bring the best of mass entertainment content (movies & series) across a wide range of genres like Action, Adventure, Thriller, Horror, Comedy, Love, Drama and 18+. Witnessing the wide success & acceptance of Hindi dubbed content for South Indian & Hollywood movies on digital & linear platforms for its audience in tier 2 & tier 3 towns, this platform deals in dubbed content in the form of full movies, Mini movies, video clips, Music videos, Promos etc.

Hoichoi :  This on-demand platform focuses on Bengali language films and entertainment content mainly, but with English subtitles for a wider audience acceptance. Currently, it features over 500 film titles, including more than 100 SVF produced films and about 400 other films. Hoichoi also contains more than 1,000 Bengali songs for audio streaming globally. The platform is also introducing children's content, and has original films, web series and short films across many genres. 

Sun Nxt : An Indian video on demand service run by Sun TV Network, it was launched with content in four major South Indian languages. Available free on Vodafone Play, Jio Cinema, and Airtel Xstream, the platform's subscriber base grew to about 15 million users and started making profit just before the pandemic which has now increased exponentially.

Viu : A Hong Kong-based over-the-top (OTT) video streaming provider from PCCW Media, it is a subsidiary of PCCW. Operated in dual-revenue model comprising subscriptions and advertising, Viu delivers content in different genres from Asia's top content providers in language such as English, Chinese, Arabic, Malaysian, Indonesian, Burmese, Hindi, Bangla, Tamil, Telugu and Thai, as well as original production series under 'Viu Original' initiative.

Olly Plus :  Launched this year in 2020, by SK Line Productions, Olly Plus is Odisha's new online Odia OTT platform where one can enjoy unlimited Odia Videos, Albums, Movies, Comedy Videos, Short Films, Audio Storys and Romantic videos on the go. Olly Plus has passionate plans to take the Cinema of Odisha to newer heights.

Saturday, October 3, 2020

PepsiCo India partners with United Way Delhi to Launch #WhyWaste - A special Initiative to Create Awareness on Upcycling of Plastic


Aligned with the Government of India's 'Swachhta Hi Seva' initiative PepsiCo India in partnership with United Way Delhi has launched a unique digital initiative #WhyWaste. As part of the program, community members such as school & college students, Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) and general public are being encouraged to share creative ideas to reuse and upcycle plastic waste generated at home and/or communities. 

A special microsite www.whywaste.co.in has been created for submitting entries in form of 'DIY videos/pic', slogans & posters and one-minute pitch videos around plastic waste management. The initiative has so far has received over 2200+ entries from schools and college. Residents from these RWAs across Delhi-NCR are being encouraged to make eco-bricks that would then be collected and recycled. 

Speaking about the campaign, Mr. Sachin S Golwalkar, CEO, United Way Delhi said, "As we contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals, it is important to find newer and creative solutions. The #WhyWaste campaign has been one such opportunity wherein communities came together to take a conscious step towards upcycling plastic generated at home." 

Announcing the launch of the program, Ahmed ElSheikh, President, PepsiCo India said, "Aligned with its philosophy of Winning with Purpose, PepsiCo India is always on the lookout for opportunities to create awareness around sustainably managing plastics. Our intent clearly is to make sure that plastics never become waste. Our latest program, #WhyWaste is a unique community driven initiative where change makers and sustainability champions have all come together to do their bit in creating a better environment. We are happy to collaborate with a partner like United Way to massify the sustainability message within schools, colleges, RWAs etc. It is amazing to see the response received in spite of the current operating environment." 

All submitted entries will be judged by an elite jury including the likes of Ms. Namrata Rana, Director, Strategy and Brand, Futurescape, Mr. Ripu Daman, Founder, Ploggers India, Ms. Tamanna Sharma, Founder, Earthling First and Capt. Manju Minhas, Founding Director, Sifar Ziya and Mr. Zia Haq, Associate Editor, Public Policy and Agriculture, Hindustan Times. 

As a part of the program, GEM Enviro will be collecting all the used plastic waste from participating RWAs. Winning individuals and RWAs will be rewarded with exciting prizes, recycled furniture and honored as Sustainable Warriors. Apart from the winners, every participant was also awarded with an e-certificate for their valuable contribution towards environment sustainability.

 PepsiCo entered India in 1989 and has grown to become one of the largest MNC food and beverage businesses in India. PepsiCo India has been consistently investing in the country and has built an expansive beverage and snack food business supported by 62 plants across foods and beverages. PepsiCo India's diverse portfolio includes iconic brands like Pepsi, Lay's, Kurkure, Tropicana 100%, Gatorade and Quaker. 

United Way Delhi (UWD) is an independent local not-for-profit organization affiliated to the United Way Worldwide Family – one of the World's Largest Leadership with 1800 affiliate chapters across 41 countries. United Way Delhi (UWD) since 2008, is working actively to advance the 'common good' for the local community through innovative interventions and partnerships.

Friday, October 2, 2020

ThefreshPlatform introduces “ready-to-cook meal kit” to create a revolution in Indian home cooking!

Cooking was never been so fun and easy! ThefreshPlatform; a venture of Bangalore based Wecare Foods & Beverages Pvt. Ltd. brings ready-to-cook meal delivery service provider whose sole mission is to make the home cooking fun, easy, hygienic and full of nutrition and originally made at home! Ordering a meal kit from the ThefreshPaltform website is convenient and swift with simple payment interface and varied options of dishes. A meal kit contains:

  • High quality GROCERIES sorted, washed
  • Fresh VEGGIES cleaned, cut into its required size
  • Best Quality MASALAS grounded
  • All items perfectly portioned and made pan ready for easy cooking
  • Simple cooking guidance, in case you need help

350+ dishes, ranging from Breakfast, Mid Morning Snacks, Lunch, Evening Tea/Snacks and Dinner; Salads, Starter, Main Course, Rice, Dal, Indian Breads, Accompaniments to various beverages and Desserts; Indian (covering all regional preparations), Mughlai, Thai, Chinese, Oriental, Italian, Mexican and Continental cuisines delivered to doorsteps as per the choices and preferences of the customers. 

ThefreshPlatform meal kits are contained with all ingredients, including salt and cooking oil. Only the water needs to be added as and when required. That’s it! The entire cooking and all other kitchen work can be finished in just 15-20 minutes. Is it not super convenient?

ThefreshPlatform don't just deliver convenience as a simple service attribute but they deliver convenience across every customer touch-points. They create recipes, meal plans as per the customers’ food habits and palate preferences, bring healthier choices and better ingredients right to home.

They say, “This is not so called outside food, this is your home food, cooked by you, the way you wish to prepare for yourself and your family. We have just tried to help you to reduce your time, effort and hassle for that. And guided you to cook, whenever you needed any help.”

Announcing the launch of the one of its kind service, Mr. Ranjan Patra, founder & CEO of ThefreshPlatform said, “Urban life may give all the amenities for inhabitants but may not provide the peace of mind and ease of getting wholly home cooked food. People are either dependent on eateries or relying on their cooks for their daily meal. People are working and working for longer than they can. Busy. Crazy. Nonstop! By the end of the day, they are depriving of the basic requirement for life! Homemade FOOD! Now it's more of a vex than ever due to the Covid19 pandemic. Eateries may or may not be safe, allowing cooks or helping hands to your home may or may not be secure and of course stepping out of home for groceries is an additional task. So all you have to do is to leave your all worries to ThefreshPlatform! Just order your meal from us and we will take care of your food.” 

Further emphasising on the USP of ThefreshPlatform, Mr.Patra said, “we procure the best and fresh fruits and vegetables and other food ingredients needed for your choice of meal directly from the source, in turn benefiting our customers and farmers thereby bringing cost benefit and transparency to all. We tie up directly with farmers and suppliers thereby ensuring freshness of ingredients that distinguish ThefreshPlatform from others.”

Backed by experienced team of Food Technologists, Nutritionists, Chefs,IT and Supply Chain Management professionals, ThefreshPlatform provides fresh and non-dehydrated products that are delicious, nutritive, and ideal for daily consumption unlike dehydrated food that contains zero water, results in loss of taste and is not benefited for health. Serving only vegetarian products, the food contents are all packed in a hygienic sealed box, one just need to cut the pouches, pour it in a pan and finish cooking in a jiffy. This food is absolutely homely and light on stomach.

The newest venture of Bangalore based Wecare Foods & Beverages, ThefreshPlatform was founded by Mr. Ranjan Patra, a prolific personality in the food business, to explore the insights of cooking and to benefit everyone. The primary motive of the company is to deliver fresh, high quality ingredients, which are pre-prepared in the most healthy and hygienic way, for home cooking to save time and hassles of cooking.