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Varun Dhawan introduces

Well Zone™ and McCann Health’s Pumpstart

Gen-X star Varun Dhawan has recently been roped in as the face of Well Zone™’s Pumpstart in partnership with McCann Health .Pumpstart,the brainchild of Dr. Sreedhar Potarazu,an international visionary in the business of medicine , is a part of the brand’s revolutionary fitness campaign that looks to encourage people to get over excuses and get into action.

Actor Varun Dhawan joins hands with Well Zone™ ,a new social media platform that leverages celebrities and partner brands to engage consumers as active participants in better managing their health and wellness as they introduce Pumpstart –a ground-breaking 5 minute dance routine that flexes 13 major muscle groups in the body.

Conceptualized by McCann Health , Dilshad Patel was brought on board as a movement therapist to ensure that the 13 major muscle groups were exercised adequately, adding therapeutic elements into the choreography to make PumpStart more meaningful.

Choreographed by Remo ,the dance routine looks to spark off a new trend and a new wave of health in the country backed by the best in the business.

How Pumpstart works !
1) The PumpStart is ideally recommended to be performed twice in a row on a daily basis.
2) From a physical perspective it helps to build endurance, stamina, mobility & flexibility.
3)From a psychological perspective it will enhance the mental, emotional as well as cognitive well-being of the individual. The individual doing these movements will experience contrast in emotions which aids in the release of stress and encourages physical and emotional expressiveness.
4) This routine will enhance the physical, mental, emotional as well as social well being of the performer.

Says Dr.Sreedhar V.Potarazu, (designation), Well Zone™, “ We are extremely happy to have Varun Dhawan support the campaign which looks to revolutionize fitness in the country. Ramesh Dembla and myself look to bridging the gap between fashion,fitness and passion and improving the current health scenario of the country”.

Says designer Ramesh Dembla, “I’m very excited to associate with the campaign and Well Zone™ – Varun Dhawan represents the youth of today and is extremely health conscious himself ,making him a perfect fit for the campaign”.

Says Varun Dhawan, “quote required”*.

About Well Zone™ : Well Zone™ is a new social media platform that leverages celebrities and partner brands to engage consumers as active participants in better managing their health and wellness. Subscribers are matched with targeted product offers and purchase coupons from WellZone™ for products from partner merchants at substantial discounts.

About Dr. Sreedhar Potarazu : Dr. Sreedhar Potarazu is an acclaimed ophthalmologist and entrepreneur who has been recognized as an international visionary in the business of medicine. He is the founder and CEO of VitalSpring Technologies Inc., a privately held enterprise software company focused on providing employers with applications to empower them to become more sophisticated purchasers of health care.


Bhushan Kumar – Umesh Shukla’s exclusive 5-film deal

After Aashiqui 2, Bhushan Kumar announced the huge slate of T-Series home production films. Bhushan Kumar now looking to push the envelope with a star-studded slate of films, having roped in director Umesh Shukla of OMG! fame an exclusive 5 film deal.

Bhushan Kumar who had signed Umesh Shukla for a four film first impressed with his scripts and style of film-making, has now roped him for an exclusive 5-film deal. Umesh will exclusively work with Bhushan Kumar in completing 5 films under the T-Series banner, post which we will work with other producers.

First film that will go on floors is a family drama starring Rishi Kapoor and Abhishek Bachchan as father-son that will start shooting by October this year. Bhushan Kumar is in talks with several big names and are soon to zero in on an actress to star alongside the Abhishek.

Confirming the news says Bhushan Kumar, “Yes we have extended and now signed an exclusive 5-film deal with director Umesh Shukla…the first being an Abhishek-Bachchan starrer. He is an extremely versatile in his style of filmmaking and as a producer I have full faith in his ability to helm the film. We are very excited to have him onboard.”

Director Umesh Shukla says, “I am really happy with the deal Bhushanji and I have finalized. I went with him with different story ideas and we decided on 5 story ideas out of which Abhishek starrer is the first to go on floors. After all the discussions, I have signed the dotted line and I am really happy to be now a part of T-Series family. I am exclusively signed with them for five films which I will be only concentrating on directing first.”


Chennai Express to bring Kolkata jhaal muri, Delhi chaat and Mumbai bhel

As Shah Rukh Khan’s Chennai Express rolls in this week, select cinema halls in the country will have audiences getting a taste of some delicious snacks from different Indian states.

If you are wondering how, we can let you in on a little secret. The exhibitor chain Rathi Group of Cinemas has tied up with the 60-year-old Kolkata-based company Mukharochak Foods to offer popular snack dishes like jhaal muri from Kolkata, kabuli chana chaat from Delhi and bhel from Mumbai at some of their theaters in their cinema hall chain.

Starting with Rohit Shetty’s Chennai Express starring SRK and Deepika Padukone with a special song dedicated to none other than Rajnikanth, the mouth-watering experience will extend to Milan Luthria’s Once Upon A Time in Mumbai Dobaara! (OUATIMD) starring Akshay Kumar, Imran Khan and Sonakshi Sinha; closely followed by Prakash Jha’s Satyagraha starring Amitabh Bachchan with Ajay Devgn and Kareena Kapoor.

OUATIMD producer Ekta Kapoor is kicked about the idea! “It’s a novel initiative in elevating the viewer’s movie-watching experience,” she quips.

Akshaye Rathi, the brain behind the association with the Kolkata-based company, sums it up saying, “Indians are passionate about films and food, so it can’t get better than offering the best of both worlds”. Indeed, with path-breaking marketing concepts such as these, Bollywood sure is on a fun romp.


Get inside the ‘Emergency Room’ with National Geographic Channel

Series to take viewers inside the most critical and life altering moments in the ER

New Delhi, August 6, 2013: Known for bringing the best of infotainment to the world, National Geographic Channel, in association with Medanta Hospital, announced the launch of the ‘Emergency Room’ series. This series will showcase the dramatic and heart wrenching episodes that take place within the walls of a hospital. Shot inside the Emergency Room of Medanta, the series will encompass the story of doctors and hospital staff that work relentlessly to defeat death and heal sickness as well as the emotional tale of the ailing patients looking for a medicine or a miracle to save them. The show was launched at a press conference in Delhi today; the launch was addressed by actor Irrfan Khan, Debarpita Banerjee, Vice President, Marketing, National Geographic and FOX International Channels, Dr. Naresh Trehan, Chairman and Managing Director, Medanta and Anil Shukla, Addl. Commissioner of Police: Traffic Police, Delhi. The series goes on air on August 12, every Monday and Tuesday at 10 pm on National Geographic Channel.

From the anticipation and anxiety in the Emergency Room, to the humour and sadness in the Recovery Room – the series looks beyond a hospital’s flashing blue lights and presents the real picture of life in the medical world. Talking about the series, Debarpita Banerjee, Vice President, Marketing, National Geographic and FOX International Channels, said, “National Geographic Channel is known to showcase content that is thought provoking and educates our audiences at the same time. True to this brand philosophy, we are extremely pleased to present Emergency Room – a first of its kind initiative by a TV Channel and a Hospital. Through this series, we wish to showcase the humanity amidst syringes, medicines and drips; thereby spreading awareness about what exactly transpires inside the emergency room of a hospital. We are grateful to our partners Medanta Hospital for providing unprecedented access, and to Irrfan Khan and the Delhi Traffic Police for their support.”

Recognizing the need to sensitize people and taking the lead in making them emergency ready, National Geographic Channel also launched the ‘Be Emergency Ready!’ campaign as a build-up to the series. Through the campaign, the urgency and necessity of being emergency sensitive was reinforced, urging people to do their bit during difficult situations. The campaign included on-air films with National Award winning actorIrrfan Khan, emergency ready workshops in corporate houses and an online activation as well. The campaign was supported by the Delhi Traffic Police.

Commenting on the launch Irrfan Khan said, “There is a certain negligence and dehumanization that plagues the society today. I am glad that a credible entity like National Geographic Channel has come forth to take forward the cause of sensitizing people about emergency preparedness. I am happy and proud to be a part of this campaign and will do my bit in educating audiences. The ‘Emergency Room’ series will surely be insightful for viewers and help them recognize real life tensions, and how it affects those who are dealing with it.”

The Emergency Room series premieres on August 12, every Monday and Tuesday at 10 pm on National Geographic Channel.

About National Geographic Channel India

National Geographic Channel India launched on July 1st, 1998. Its programming covers adventure and exploration, natural history, science, wildlife and people of the world. The National Geographic Channel on an average gets over 68 million viewers a month. For more information, please visit

About National Geographic Channels International

National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) inspires viewers through its smart, innovative programming that questions what we know, how we view the world and what drives us forward. A business enterprise owned by National Geographic Ventures and FOX Entertainment Group, NGCI contributes to the National Geographic Society’s commitment to exploration, conservation and education through its six channels: National Geographic Channel, National Geographic Channel HD, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Wild HD, Nat Geo Adventure and Nat Geo Music. Globally, National Geographic Channel (including NGC U.S., which is a joint venture of NGV and Fox Cable Networks Group) is available in more than 440 million homes in 171 countries and 38 languages. For more information, please visit


International ZES Sucheta Pal launches India’s first ever exclusive Zumba® Fitness Gym Tour with Gold’s Gym

To perform Masterclasses in 14 locations across Mumbai, Jaipur, Pune, Bangalore and Delhi

Mumbai, August 4th, 2013: This August, get ready for the biggest fitness movement to hit the country as India’s Zumba Education Specialist Sucheta Pal and Zumba Fitness, the world’s largest dance-fitness company (across 185 countries) , will team up with India’s largest fitness chain Gold’s Gym in India for an exclusive Zumba® Fitness Gym Tour throughout the country.

With an endeavour to make over 10,000 people ‘Ditch the workout – Join the party’ in less than a week, the Gym Tour will ensure participants torch over 1000 calories in a single hour of this dance based workout – making it the most engaging workout to even happen on such a scale and in such a short period of time!

Already followed by 14 million people throughout the world, Zumba Fitness will bring its “exercise in disguise” methodology to 14 Gold’s gym locations throughout India, with classes taught by Sucheta Pal, Celebrity Zumba® Trainer & the official Zumba® Education Specialist for India.

Kicking off this August, Gold’s gym – the largest gym chain in the country – will use its countrywide fitness network to introduce the Zumba® program to members and non members via Delhi (August 3rd), Jaipur (August 5th), Pune (August 5th and 6th), and finally Mumbai (August 7th, 8th & 9th).

Culminating the event, Celebrities Mandira Bedi and Kajal Aggarwal will launch the ‘Zumba Day at Gold’s Gym’ on August 7th, 7 pm onwards along with other known faces who will groove to international beats by Pitbull, Daddee Yankee and many more!

Zumba fans and newbies will get the opportunity to experience these premium Masterclasses free of charge. To register, please visit

Warm Regards,
Aakanksha Gupta
Founder – The Other Circle – Marketing.PR.Content
Cell: 9820387694


Joi Barua to compose music for John Abraham’s film Banana

Mumbai, 6th August, 2013: Joi Barua has indeed come a long way; and has made mark for himself in Bollywood. After being the voice for many actors and having popular independent songs, Joi has finally bagged a complete film as a music director for himself. Joi Barua will compose the music for John Abrahm Productions next project tentatively titled “Banana”

Joi is very thrilled and excited for composing music for the film; he adds, “It is a film about adolescence to teenage. It’s about a young boy and how he deals with the new adventures in his life. It’s a slice-of-life kind of a film and it is a very real film. Considering the feel and theme of the film, music will also be fresh and lovable at the same time.”

John is super excited to sign up Joi for composing music for his second home production- Banana; as it’s a very special film for him hence the cast and team is also very special. The team has started working on the film’s music and has regular sittings to finalize the music and lyrics.

Let’s wait for the magical music


Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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