Thursday, February 29, 2024

Femina and Mamaearth present Beautiful Indians 2024: Participation now open

After two successful editions, the third season of Femina and Mamaearth Present Beautiful Indians 2024 will once again honour individuals who shine through their remarkable deeds. Continuing in its mission of recognising the goodness in people, the Beautiful Indians platform will put the spotlight on individuals across India who are making the world beautiful, one good deed at the time. Femina & Mamaearth have opened the entries for participation across India. Individuals can nominate themselves or other deserving personalities in the People For Good category by logging onto The Beautiful Indians felicitation will take place on March 19, 2024, in Mumbai.

The previous editions were graced by prominent personalities across industries such as Ranveer Singh, Ayushmann Khurrana, Taapsee Pannu, Manushi Chhillar, Armaan Malik, Raja Kumari, Prajakta Koli, Chef Sanjeev Kapoor, Dr Swati Piramal, Raj Shamani, Vikash Dayal, Rani Mukerji, Vicky Kaushal, Vidya Balan, Rajkummar Rao, Sonu Sood, Sania Mirza, Aditya Roy Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Vaani Kapoor, Kapil Sharma, Anurag Dobhal, Shaheen Bhatt, Dr Ankur Sarin and Dr Jushya Sarin, Gurmeet Choudhary and Debina Bonnerjee, among others. The awardee list for 2023 also celebrated such personalities as Urmila Asher, who is an inspiration to all hard-working women who aspire to achieve their dreams; Aabid Surti,  whose efforts in water conservation are a testament to the power of individual action in creating a better future for our planet; Manvi Tiwari, a young mental health activist who is working to give mental wellbeing the attention it deserves; and Dr Madhumitha Gomathinayagam – India’s first transgender HR professional, a social activist who is paving the way for inclusion and diversity in India’s workforce and society, among others. Femina and Mamaearth Present Beautiful Indians 2024 stands as a beacon, dedicated to honouring stories of positive impact.

Sharing his thoughts, Mr. Rohit Gopakumar, Director -Worldwide Media, & CEO ZENL BCCL TV & Digital Network said, “Femina has a legacy of celebrating beauty which is more than just skin deep. Our longstanding commitment lies in showcasing the remarkable stories of individuals who bring about impactful change in their sphere of work. They are the true heroes of the land who inspire and motivate our audience. Beautiful Indians is an exceptional platform from Femina that shines light on the innate goodness within every individual. After 2 successful seasons the third edition of Beautiful Indians (2024), will broaden its impact and bring out inspiring stories from across India. I urge everyone to support this initiative and celebrate the growing goodness around us.”

Speaking about the initiative, Ambika Muttoo, Editor-in-Chief, Femina, said, “We are delighted to announce the commencement of the third season of Beautiful Indians, a platform dedicated to honouring inspiring stories of goodness. Building upon the success of our previous seasons, we are steadfast in our commitment to uncover and share the stories of individuals making a meaningful contribution to society. With these impactful narratives, we aim to inspire others and foster a culture of compassion and positivity. We are privileged to continue our partnership with Mamaearth and eagerly anticipate the opportunity to showcase more uplifting stories from across the nation.”

Ghazal Alagh, Co-Founder & Chief Innovation Officer, Mamaearth, said, “We are thrilled to be back with yet another season of the much-anticipated Femina & Mamaearth Beautiful Indians. After the incredible love and support we received for previous seasons, we are set to celebrate the true essence of beauty with Season 3. Mamaearth has always been rooted in the values of goodness that shines from within, emphasising that true beauty lies in the actions we take. We firmly believe that beauty transcends the surface, and our collaboration with Femina for Beautiful Indians is a heartfelt testament to that belief. Our partnership for the third consecutive season is a joyous continuation of our shared journey in celebrating goodness, diversity, and the unique stories that make every individual truly beautiful.”

Neha Dhupia, Saiyami Kher, Ankita Lokhande, Mithoon & Palak Muchhal grace BIG FM’s BIG IMPACT AWARDS

Amidst the glittering skyline of Mumbai, where dreams find their stage and aspirations take flight, BIG FM, one of India's leading radio networks held the second edition of the BIG Impact Awards 2024, honouring the Impact Businesses and change makers of the city. Dazzling in its star power, the evening witnessed renowned names from the entertainment industry like Neha Dhupia, Ankita Lokhande, Saiyami Kher, Krishna Shroff, Mannara Chopra along with music director Mithoon and singer Palak Mucchal.

The BIG Impact Awards puts the spotlight on visionary businesses and change makers who are creating a positive impact across various industries. In its second edition, BIG FM once again paid a tribute to Mumbai's indomitable spirit, offering a platform to recognize the remarkable achievements of Impact Makers across diverse sectors. These individuals, through their commendable work, have left an impression on society and their efforts were felicitated by honouring them with BIG IMPACT trophies and certificates. 

Popular artists from the entertainment world took centre stage at the BIG Impact Awards, as each was honoured for their outstanding contribution. The multi-talented Saiyami Kher stole the spotlight, clinching the title of BIG Impact Creator for ‘Outstanding Performance’ in the movie ‘Ghoomer’. The charming Siddhant Chaturvedi and glamourous Mannara Chopra with their undeniable talent, were rightfully awarded as the BIG Impact Creator, recognized as the ‘Rising Star in the Entertainment Industry’. The versatile Palak Muchhal, celebrated not only for her enchanting voice but also for her heartfelt efforts, was honoured with BIG Impact Creator as Playback Singer & for her humanitarian efforts in the treatment of kids. Mithoon was lauded with the BIG Impact Creator as ‘Music Composer for the blockbuster movies Gaddar and Bawaal’. In a celebration of love and chemistry, Ankita Lokhande and Vicky Jain were hailed as the ‘Most Popular Couple’ in the Entertainment Industry, earning the title of BIG Impact Creators. Additionally, Krishna Shroff's dedication to fitness and wellness saw her being awarded as the BIG Impact Creator – ‘Fitness Entrepreneur’ in the realm of health entrepreneurship.

The BIG IMPACT AWARDS 2024 were sponsored by Meyer Vitabiotics as the Title Partner, Tata Motors as the Drive-in Partner and co-powered by India Daily Live news channel. The event was a true testament to the spirit of entrepreneurship, creativity and excellence. BIG FM looks forward to continuing its tradition of honouring Impact Makers and their invaluable contributions to the society. 

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Janhvi Kapoor leaps into stand-up comedy with ‘Leap, Laugh & Learn’

In an exciting move, Janhvi Kapoor tries her hand at Stand-Up Comedy. Yes, you read that right! In a newly released trailer for Leap, Laugh & Learn, Janhvi dons the hat of a stand-up comic, leaving the audience in splits with her adorable antics and quick wit. In the sneak peek, she refers to herself as an ‘aspiring comedian’, garnering a roaring round of applause from the guests. The actress looks like a natural as she takes the stage to tickle the audience’s funny bone. The trailer also gives a glimpse into some rib-tickling moments from her debut stand-up special, fuelling fans’ excitement to watch her in a never-seen-before avatar.

Janhvi recently created a Bawaal on social media. In a short video, the actress appeared to be bubbling with edgy yet excited energy as she admitted saying, “I am very nervous.” Adding to the frenzy, a motion poster featuring Janhvi unveiled the title ‘Leap, Laugh & Learn’, hinting at something big on the cards for Leap Day 2024. Well, guess what? The cause for her restlessness and the mystery behind the title has finally been REVEALED! For everyone who was waiting with bated breath to know all about Leap, Laugh & Learn – it adds yet another feather to Janhvi Kapoor’s cap as she leaps into stand-up comedy for the first time ever in her lifetime. Isn’t it exciting news? So mark your calendars for 29th February and get ready to laugh out loud with Leap, Laugh & Learn, featuring none other than Janhvi Kapoor! 

If you haven't watched it yet, you can watch it here!

MakeMyTrip Foundation’s efforts in Himachal Pradesh recognised by Indian Social Impact Awards

MakeMyTrip Foundation, the social development arm of MakeMyTrip, has been honoured with the prestigious Best Disaster Relief Initiative of the Year award at the Indian Social Impact Awards 2024 for its exemplary relief and rehabilitation efforts undertaken in Himachal Pradesh during the devastating floods.

Yuvaraj Srivastava, Trustee, MakeMyTrip Foundation & Group CHRO, MakeMyTrip said, “Driven by our twin mission to be at the forefront of community empowerment and climate action, MakeMyTrip Foundation is committed to make tourist destinations in India resilient & sustainable.  We firmly believe that every small contribution coupled with focused initiatives go a long way in fostering a positive impact on people and planet. Our work in Himachal Pradesh, guided by these principles, is very close to our hearts, which makes this recognition even more special.”

The destruction to communities and infrastructure brought on by heavy rainfall and flooding in Himachal Pradesh last year is well documented. Ever since, MakeMyTrip Foundation committed INR 5 crores towards addressing the needs of the affected families and localities in the state. In collaboration with local on-ground partners, government bodies, experts, NGOs, and residents of Himachal Pradesh, the Foundation began its work with relief efforts by way of supplying relief kits and tentage accommodation, ration and bedding to over 600 families, a few old age homes, orphanages and hostels. This was followed up with rebuilding efforts over the course of last year wherein the foundation supported the construction of bridges and schools, restoration of irrigation and water supply and repair work for an orphanage. 

Besides the Indian Social Impact Awards committee, MakeMyTrip Foundation’s efforts were also recognised by officials in Himachal Pradesh. Mr Ashutosh Garg, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, said, “During those extraordinary times, the voluntary contribution from MakeMyTrip proved to be a great supplement in further extending the aid and relief to the affected communities. I would like to extend my deepest gratitude for the selfless service and assistance extended by the organisation towards the people of Kullu, during our difficult time.”

The award stands as a testament to MakeMyTrip Foundation's commitment to social responsibility and further motivates to strive for excellence in corporate social responsibility through collective action.

Top celebs attended the screening of "Ram Janmabhoomi: Return of a Splendid Sun"

Highlighting India’s rich spiritual heritage, the widely acclaimed documentary 'Ram Janmabhoomi: Return of a Splendid Sun' success screening was hosted by Mr. Dilip Piramal, Chairman, VIP Industries Ltd and Amish, bestselling author, former diplomat & TV documentary host, to celebrate its overwhelming reception since its release on January 25, 2024. The documentary resonated deeply with viewers, achieving trending status at #3 across all OTT platforms with 3.5 million views in just the first week. Produced by Dilip Piramal, Immortal Studios (founded by bestselling author, former diplomat, and TV documentary host Amish), and Casa Media, the documentary takes a comprehensive storytelling approach to exploring the entire history and profound cultural impact of the Ram Janmabhoomi temple.

The documentary features interviews with Former Hon Deputy PM of India L K Advani, Hon CM of UP Yogi Adityanath, Former Chief Justice Bobde, Spiritual Guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, celebrated musicians Ustad Amjad Ali Khan & Malini Awasthi, esteemed archaeologists B R Mani & K K Muhammed, respected historian Meenakshi Jain, top journalist Madhu Trehan, among others.

The documentary has been directed by Nitish Sharma and Pranav Chaturvedi. The title music for the documentary was made by grammy-award winning Ricky Kej, and sung by legendary singers Sonu Nigam and Malini Awasthi.

The success screening, attended by numerous influential personalities including Ricky Kej, Kabir Bedi, Ila Arun, Ravi Dubey, Amit Tandon, Ashwin Sanghi, amongst others further underscores its significance in the cultural landscape.

The documentary takes viewers on an in-depth exploration of Ram Janmabhoomi's historical significance, Lord Ram's life, and his enduring cultural influence in India. It delves into why this ‘homecoming’ of Lord Ram should be celebrated as a second Diwali, offering a unique perspective on this significant event in Indian history. Amish's storytelling, combined with thought-provoking discussions with interviewees, vividly brings the story of the temple to life. This is the one documentary to see to understand the entire story of the Ram Janmabhoomi temple, from the beginning to now.

Talking about the documentary’s success, Amish, the host of the documentary and one of the producers, shared: "My team and I are truly humbled by the overwhelming response to 'Ram Janmabhoomi: Return of a Splendid Sun.' This is a labour of love, to explain why the reconstruction of the Ram Janmabhoomi temple is a civilisational moment for us, and a uniting time for Indians of all faiths. This is a rare moment in history where a culture that is called ‘pagan’ and ‘idol-worshipping’ by some, has rebuilt its place of worship, after it had been destroyed by foreign invaders. The entire production team is honoured that we got an opportunity to put this story across in an audio-visual format.”

The collaboration between Amish and Dilip Piramal is a significant moment in Indian documentary filmmaking. Sharing his views, Dilip Piramal, Chairman, VIP Industries Limited, said, “I am thrilled with the successful screening and the positive feedback we have received. ‘Ram Janmabhoomi: Return of a Splendid Sun’ is a passion project for me as this is my first venture as a producer, and I am committed to making it accessible to viewers across the globe. Supporting this insightful documentary aligns perfectly with our longstanding commitment to cultural initiatives. I believe this documentary has the power to educate, inspire, and unite people through its exploration of our shared heritage.”

The success screening was a resounding success, with the audience captivated by the documentary's powerful storytelling, insightful commentary, and exceptional production quality. The film has already garnered significant popularity, trending on social media platforms and sparking meaningful conversations about Indian culture.

‘Ram Janmabhoomi: Return of a Splendid Sun’ is available for streaming on JioCinema. The documentary is available in English and Hindi, with Amish's narration available in both languages.

Friday, February 23, 2024

Superstar Anil Kapoor Takes Center Stage in Junglee Poker's Apne Type Ke Log Campaign

Junglee Games India Pvt. Ltd, the fastest-growing skill games company, teamed up with the passionate and versatile Bollywood icon, Anil Kapoor, to headline Junglee Poker’s new campaign ‘Apne type ke log’. The association with Anil Kapoor aims to further enhance the spirit of inclusivity, excitement and instill relatability among a diverse audience cohort enriched with the actor’s energetic charisma and intense demeanor.

In a recent survey conducted among Junglee Poker players, a staggering 26% of participants in the age bracket of 18-30 favoured the evergreen and energetic actor Anil Kapoor over younger Bollywood stars. His enduring appeal stood out prominently, a testament to his timeless charm, widespread admiration and cross-generational fan following. His versatility, style, and ability to resonate with a diverse audience even now, made him the perfect choice for Junglee Poker.

The 'Apne type ke log' campaign, spearheaded by Anil Kapoor, aims to break stereotypes surrounding poker by showcasing it as a game accessible to everyone, irrespective of age, gender, or background. Anil Kapoor’s quintessential Jhakaas attitude debunks the common stereotypes of what a poker player is perceived to be and emphasizes its universal appeal. The campaign captures the intensity and camaraderie at the poker table while promoting a welcoming environment for players of all skill levels.

Speaking about the campaign, Bharat Bhatia, Chief Marketing Officer at Junglee Games, said, “We are thrilled to partner with Anil Kapoor and launch the ‘Apne type ke log’ campaign. We are confident that his involvement will lend unparalleled credibility, a lively, charismatic energy, and his trademark ‘Jhakaas’ attitude to deliver our messaging. The idea is to show the audience how Junglee Poker is an inclusive game, built for people from all walks of life and skill sets in a healthy environment. We will continue to amplify our values of trust and responsible gaming, with an aim to make a significant impact in the gaming industry.”

Expressing his enthusiasm, Anil Kapoor shared, “Its’ truly an exhilarating experience to partner with Junglee Poker for their new campaign. I am eager to be part of this journey and showcase how it is an all-embracing gaming adventure for players of every stripe. The tagline ‘Apne Type Ke Log’ resonates with me as well and this collaboration promises to be a blast. It’s commendable to see how Junglee Poker aims to redefine the perception of poker and promote responsible gaming."

Junglee Poker offers 24X7 action packed zero-wait tables for poker enthusiasts now available on desktop as well. Furthermore, users can enjoy key features including easy withdrawals, cashback offers, safety and security measures, guaranteed tournaments, and massive cash prizes.

Thursday, February 22, 2024

KMF-Kasauli Music Festival 2024 in March, poster unveiled

A 2-day music festival ‘Kasauli Music Festival 2024’, KMF 24, is all set to enthrall the audience on 29th and 30th March 2024 in Santa Roza - A WelcomHeritage Resort, nestled in the picturesque Pine hills of Kasauli. Organisers have unveiled KMF's poster. 

The event is being organised by the team of Santa Roza-A WelcomHeritage Property in association with ShowCase Events, with support partner City Woofer, a leading online ticketing platform from Chandigarh. Details of the upcoming musical extravaganza were shared by Dr Zoya Singh, Director, Santa Roza;  Gunjan Pandey-GM Santa Roza and Nanni Singh-Chief Executive Officer of ShowCase Events, which is also KMF’s curator.

Nanni Singh said, “This year we are marking the first edition of KMF 24 who’s theme is ‘Folk and Bollywood’ music. What sets the festival apart from others is the motive to showcase live music spread across different genres in a unique setting - the beautiful Kasauli hills.”

According to Dr Zoya Singh , “What will accentuate the experience to music lovers is the venue – Santa Roza - A WelcomHeritage Resort, which located in the heart of a lush green forest, is itself an ode to the great natural beauty of Himachal. The ambience will be one-of-a kind with melodious, musical performances reverberating in the middle of the enchanting ‘pines’ and the pristine environs of our resort in Kasauli.”

What also makes the fest different is the organisers’ vision to provide local musicians with an opportunity to present their talent. “The fest aims to give local singers and musicians of Himachal a fillip. HP 14, The Band- A Hindi rock music band with its roots in Solan and Himalayan Roots, a band from Shimla are a part of the lineup. In addition to this the music fest will also promote the rich culture of Himachal’s folk music,” said Gunjan Pandey.

The fest will be headlined by Kavita Seth, a Sufi composer and a music director and Singer known for Bollywood hits like ‘Rangi Saari’, ‘Iktara’, ‘Tum Hi Ho Bandhu’ and many more. Music Composer and instrumentalist Abhijit Pohankar will present 'Bollywood Gharana', a fusion of Classical, Folk and Bollywood. There are performances by Akaash Verma, Kutle Khan and Jasleen Aulakh planned. What’s more, with Fouzia Dastango & renowned vocalist Vidhi Sharma’s Musical Dastangoi on Meena Kumari - 'Meena Kumari Ki Dastaan', the festival is slated to be a big draw. Notably, Dastangoi is an ancient way of ‘telling a tale or story.’

 “There will be something for every age group. In addition to soulful music there will be a festival bazaar, fun engaging games, a dance workshop, meditation & treks, an open stage for younger artists to come and perform in the day and more,” added Dr Zoya.

“Surrounded by breath-taking landscapes and fresh mountain air, attendees can escape the chaos of city life and indulge in soul-stirring music and a sense of connection with nature with their family and friends,” concluded Nanni.

Do mark your diaries for the KMF 2024 Mar 29-30, 2024 – the region’s biggest music event that will showcase top national artistes.

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Trilogy Films and the Schultz Family Foundation join forces to chronicle the Untold Story of Nelson and Winnie Mandela

At its heart, Winnie and Nelson is a complicated story of leadership, conflict, love, and extraordinary sacrifice in the face of unfathomable brutality where the future of a democracy was at stake ~

Trilogy Films, the renowned production company led by award-winning Director Dawn Porter, is thrilled to announce an unprecedented collaboration with the Schultz Family Foundation to produce a feature-length documentary about one of the most iconic, politically-charged partnerships in history: the remarkable, largely untold story of Nelson and Winnie Mandela.

Based on the book by noted South African writer and scholar Jonny Steinberg, Winnie and Nelson: Portrait of a Marriage, the film will explore the Mandelas’ profound bond and how their marriage was inextricably entangled with the struggle against apartheid. The film promises an intimate portrayal of Nelson and Winnie’s marriage, delving into their vehement and volatile connection from their early years to their mutual goal of dismantling apartheid. Their journey culminates in Nelson Mandela’s historic election as South Africa’s first democratically elected President. This cinematic exploration captures the essence of their indomitable spirits and the global impact of their love and advocacy.

Dawn Porter, celebrated for her exceptional storytelling that explores the overlooked, reveals the consequences of policy and social action, champions the marginalized, and offers a fresh perspective on the familiar, is at the helm of the production. With her profound ability to craft narratives that deeply resonate with and inform audiences, Porter is poised to bring a unique lens to the enduring love story of Nelson and Winnie Mandela.

“Creating a film about Nelson Mandela’s life is an extraordinary privilege, and I am genuinely thrilled about the collaboration with the Schultz Family Foundation and Trilogy Films,” said Dawn Porter. “Nelson Mandela’s journey exemplifies the resilience and capacity for change within the human spirit. We aspire to share this incredible odyssey with audiences around the globe. But his story is incomplete without exploring the relationship with his most influential and intimate advisor – his wife Winnie. There can be no definitive Mandela story without understanding the complicated dynamics of their relationship.”

The collaboration with Trilogy Films marks the Schultz Family Foundation’s first venture into transformative storytelling projects – across scripted and documentary films and series, podcasts, and books – linked to its mission of creating greater opportunity, accessible to all. The Schultz Family Foundation’s involvement transcends financial support; it embodies a philanthropic vision and commitment to tell truthful, aspirational stories that have the power to reveal hidden narratives, spark hope, spotlight solutions, and restore confidence during a time of enormous pessimism, dissension, misinformation, and a fracturing of trust in traditional institutions, leadership, and each other.

“At its heart, Winnie and Nelson is a complicated story of leadership, conflict, love, and extraordinary sacrifice in the face of unfathomable brutality where the future of a democracy was at stake,” said Howard Schultz, co-founder of the Schultz Family Foundation and chairman emeritus of Starbucks Corporation. “My wife Sheri and I feel privileged and humbled by the opportunity to partner with such a respected and talented director as Dawn to bring this film to life. We believe in the power of human-centered, aspirational storytelling to nurture our common bonds, foster our shared humanity, and inspire the next generation of leaders, and we look forward to pursuing other projects across many different formats aligned with our family’s philanthropic work and mission.”