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Mumbai, August 30, 2013: The cast of Deis Magic – Ameesha Patel and Zayed Khan recently visited Ghatkopar to celebrate Dahi Handi. Soon after wrapping up the days work on the sets of Desi Magic the duo went to visit Dahi Handi on this auspicious day. They danced to some of their songs along with SRK’s Lungi Dance whilst the crowd went berserk with Zayed’s moves and Ameesha’s thumkas.

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Hari’s charming, funny and frank… an insight into the changing landscape of India. My recommendation for this week.
– Anupama Chopra, The Front Row

When Hari Got Married, a documentary film by Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam, is releasing this Friday, 30th August 2013 at select PVR cinemas in Gurgaon, Bombay and Bangalore. The exact details of the screenings, which have just been announced by PVR, are listed below. Sadly, because of their commercial priorities, PVR was unable to allocate a suitable venue in New Delhi.

For those of you who may have missed out on receiving information about the film, here is a brief description:

When Hari Got Married takes a humorous look at Hari, a taxi driver from Dharamshala who we have known for many years, as he prepares for his marriage to a girl he has only seen once, and that too, with her face covered. Hari’s frank and outspoken views on love and life, his unusual courtship on the mobile phone, and his eventual marriage, provide a warm and illuminating insight into the changes taking place in rural India as modernization and globalization collide with age-old traditions and customs.

The film has received enthusiastic response at various international films festivals, including: Films From the South, Oslo; DOK Leipzig; IDFA Amsterdam; IFFI Goa; Jeonju International Film Festival, South Korea; Indian Film Festival of New York; and New Taipei City Film Festival, Taiwan. A shorter version of the film was broadcast in the US on the PBS Channel, and in France and Germany on ARTE.

If you live in any of these cities, please come, and bring your friends along too! And if you don’t, please share this with your friends who do. A good turnout will ensure a second week’s run and more cities, including New Delhi, could be added.

30th August to 5th September (One Week)

PVR Phoenix Mills, Mumbai: 9.00 pm
PVR Juhu, Mumbai: 3.30 pm
PVR MGF Mall, Gurgaon: 3.20 pm
PVR Phoenix Marketcity, Bangalore: 7.30 pm

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MAHA CROREPATI 2013

Sapt Koti Mahadhani… Kaun Banega Maha Crorepati

Premieres on 6th September at 8:30 pm on Sony Entertainment Television

Mumbai, August 29 2013: After 3 stupendously successful seasons, Sony Entertainment Television launched India’s biggest and most anticipated game show Kaun Banega Crorepati 2013. The show is back again to sweep the country in a brand new avatar. Helmed by the incomparable icon, Mr. Amitabh Bachchan, KBC 2013 will make India come alive once again and is all poised to set new benchmarks. Geared with a faster and more innovative format, this season will surely take audiences to a new high and will excite every mind and refresh every imagination.

Produced once again by Big Synergy Media Ltd, Kaun Banega Crorepati will launch on September 6, Friday to Sunday at 8.30 pm on Sony Entertainment Television. Keeping up the entertainment quotient of the show as always, will be the iconic host, Mr Amitabh Bachchan with his stylish wardrobe designed by famous fashion designer Rohit Bal. This season is spread over 13 power packed weekends with special episodes and interesting themes. For the first time in the show’s history, KBC 2013 will have a brand new set and design elements adding glamour to this fantastic show. Additionally, the standard KBC set has given way to a magnificent 360 degree multimedia stage, making India the first ever country to change the ‘Who wants to be a Millionaire’ set worldwide.

Kaun Banega Crorepati is synonymous with big victories and bigger prizes and in a move that will thrill a million hot seat hopefuls, for the first time ever in the history of KBC a whopping jackpot prize of Rs.7 Crores!

Apart from this, the following changes have been implemented:

The Money Tree will now consist of 15 questions
There will be four questions in the ‘Sapta Koti Sandook’ a brand new feature, that will give the contestants a chance to win from 1 crore to 3 crores, 5 crores and ultimately 7 crores
Yet another interesting innovation is the ‘Fastest Finger First’ round which now becomes a ‘Best out of three’ and the winner at the end enters the Hot Seat
More choice of lifelines – ‘Flip the question’ (Alat Palat) returns in place of ‘Ask the expert’ and ‘50:50’ comes back in place of ‘Double Dip’
A brand new lifeline called ‘Power Paplu’ has been introduced. This lifeline will aid those who seek to revive any already used lifeline
In the entire gameplay however, a hot seat contestant may use only 4 of the 5 lifelines on offer
Yet another interesting feature is the ‘Play along’ for the ‘Fastest Finger First’ contestants who do not make it to the hot seat. These contestants can now play along with the hot seat contestant and the one who answers the maximum number of questions in the minimum amount of time gets to win Rs. 1 lakh at the end of the episode
Ghar Baithe Jeeto Jackpot

The central theme of Kaun Banega Crorepati this year, ‘Seekhna Bandh Toh Jeetna Bandh’ will focus on creating a pan-India aspirational platform of opportunities that will appeal to Indians of all ages, gender and socio-economic groups. KBC 2013 will strengthen its relevance and formula of success by reinforcing the fundamental premise of the continuous process of learning in life. KBC enjoys phenomenal equity with Indians worldwide because it is not just a game show. It is a trustworthy and credible platform of knowledge, growth, opportunity and reward.

The show was launched amidst much fanfare with the rendition of a fun-filled narrative on the ‘Importance of continued learning’ by none other than the one and only Mr. Amitabh Bachchan in his classic baritone.

Speaking on the occasion Mr. N.P Singh, COO, Multi Screen Media said, “It makes me immensely proud to present another magnificent edition of Kaun Banega Crorepati on our network! There are brand new elements in KBC this year that will thrill viewers across India. This year’s theme ‘Seekhna Bandh Toh Jeetna Bandh’ encourages a renewed outlook towards learning. You would not want to miss a single episode of KBC 2013!”

Added Ms. Sneha Rajani, Senior EVP and Business Head, Sony Entertainment Television, “It is a glorious moment for all of us at Sony to bring back another power packed season of the magnificent game show Kaun Banega Crorepati. KBC remains a gateway for family audience on SET, and perhaps the only show which is consumed equally across demography and geography. In addition, this season of KBC will be more gratifying and innovative – with brand new features which make the journey to become a crorepati even more exciting. Big gets even bigger this season as the participants will get an opportunity to play for a 7 Crore jackpot. All these, along with the magic of Mr. Bachchan who takes the show to another level altogether, will surely entertain the nation for the next 13 weekends.”

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Siddhartha Basu, CMD, Big Synergy Media Ltd. said, “It’s back – bigger, better and brighter, with format tweaks that sharpen the competition and heighten the drama. It’s been exciting to rejuvenate the show, and with our host in great form, firing on all cylinders, we look forward to engage and entertain the audience even more than before”.

Online users can log on to www.kbcsony.com the official online destination for KBC and re-live the excitement of the past seasons of the show. Viewers can also put their leanings to test by playing the KBC game online and on a special iOs application for smart phones users. They can get behind the scene snippets, have the opportunity to win passes to visit the KBC studio, engage with interactive social applications and a lot more. On social media, you can find us on Facebook on the official Kaun Banega Crorepati page and tweet your seekh of the day using #KBC on @SonyTV on Twitter.

So get set to be glued to the edge of your seats and witness some brilliant winning moments on television as “Kaun Banega Crorepati” starts on September 6, 2013 Friday to Sunday at 8:30p.m only on Sony Entertainment Television!

About Sony Entertainment Television:

Sony Entertainment Television (SET), one of India’s leading Hindi general entertainment television channels is a part of Sony Pictures Television (SPT) backs Multi Screen Media Private Limited, which is India’s leading television network. Since its launch in October 1995, SET has created a unique space for itself in the Indian Television industry. Pioneering new waves in television programming, with blockbuster movie premieres, big format non – fiction shows and an impressive array of fiction shows like Indian Idol, Kaun Banega Crorepati, Entertainment ke liye Kuch Bhi Karega, Bade Acche Lagte Hain, Kuch to Log Kahenge, Parvarrish, Maharana Pratap, CID and Crime Patrol.

SET is known for its innovative concepts and exciting formats and is the most preferred family entertainment channel which has been providing strong platforms for more than 700 brands to reach over 50 million households in India. In addition, Sony Entertainment Television is also available in the US, UK, Africa, Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Maldives, Malaysia, Indonesia, Fiji Islands and Seychelles. In total, SET influences over 300 million viewers in the Indian sub-continent, and the South Asian Diaspora worldwide.

Sony Entertainment Television is a part of the network of channels distributed by The One Alliance – a joint venture between Multi Screen Media Pvt. Ltd. and Discovery Communications India. Other channels in the One Alliance network include SAB, MAX, PIX, MIX, SIX, AXN, Animax, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, TLC, Discovery Science, Discovery Turbo, DISCOVERY CHANNEL TAMIL, Discovery kids, AATH, Aaj tak, Headlines Today, Tez, Neo Sports, Neo Prime, TIMES NOW, MOVIES NOW, ET NOW, Zoom, SET HD, SIX HD AND DISCOVERY HD WORLD

Big Synergy Media Ltd.

Widely acknowledged as a leader in the field of factual entertainment, over the years BIG Synergy has produced more than 4000 hours of original content, in a variety of genres, including both international and indigenous formats. Some of the notable shows produced by the company in recent years are the landmark Kaun Banega Crorepati ’ in 7 languages, India’s Got Talent, Dus Ka Dum, Jhalak Dikhla Ja-Dancing with the Stars, Aap ki Kachehri, Sach ka Saamna, Foodistan and Spell Bee India. Keeping abreast of constantly changing viewership, Big Synergy has incorporated top of the line technology and state-of the art equipment, creating content and programme ideas in sync with market demands.

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KIDZANIA EXPANDS ITS GLOBAL FOOTPRINT –

ENTERS INDIA WITH THE LAUNCH OF ITS FIRST CENTRE IN MUMBAI

Iconic Bollywood Actor Shah Rukh Khan together with imagiNation Edutainment brings a unique and innovative kid’s edutainment concept to India

Mumbai, India, August 29, 2013: KidZania, the fastest growing kid’s entertainment brand, recognized globally for its unique blend of education and fun, expands its footprint with the opening of its first centre in India, in the city of Mumbai. KidZania Mumbai will have its Founding Ceremony on the 29th of August 2013. Mumbai will be the 14th operational centre of KidZania in the world as India joins countries like Chile, Indonesia, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mexico, Portugal, South Korea, Thailand and United Arab Emirates.

KidZania is an indoor family edutainment theme park that emulates the workings of a real city. The indoor park, on the 3rd floor of R City Mall, Ghatkopar West, is a city built to scale for children, complete with paved roads and cars, city buildings, recognizable establishments and a functioning economy. Ideally suited for children aged 4 to 14, KidZania Mumbai features 60-plus real-world establishments (Bank, University, Fire Dept, Radio Station and many more) and 80-plus role-playing options (Pilot, Surgeon, Fashion Designer) to help children develop real life skills. Unique to KidZania Mumbai, children can also experience one-of-a-kind establishments like the Bollywood Acting Academy, Pottery Studio, KalaShetra Art (Culture Club) and Dabbawala (boxed Lunch Delivery service).

“With the opening of KidZania Mumbai, we celebrate a major corporate achievement –our 14th city in our 14th year of operation – now located in what is predicted to grow into the largest city in the world by 2020,” said Xavier López Ancona, President and Global CEO of KidZania. “This represents a meteoric growth of our company and illustrates how families from around the world have embraced the KidZania concept – a progressive and interactive role-play experience that challenges, inspires and readies kids to create a better world.”

Shah Rukh Khan, Actor and Co-Promoter of KidZania Mumbai said, “I’m elated to see KidZania open in India and proud to be part of such an empowering concept. It is my belief that KidZania will be the new destination for Indian parents to send their kids to learn and have fun together. India is ready for an edutainment concept like KidZania and I’m hopeful that it will provide new opportunities to the kids to shape their future.”

By blending reality with entertainment, KidZania provides an authentic and powerful developmental experience, preparing kids to understand and manage their world.

Sanjeev Kumar, Director & Chief Executive Officer, KidZania India, said, “We are proud to be a part of this remarkable concept that will empower future generations of India and bring a fresh outlook in the kids’ entertainment space. KidZania is designed to help kids strengthen their ability to manage their world through key aspects of learning ranging from society functions, financial literacy, career choices, team work, independence, real life skills and self-esteem. Parents and teachers today are looking for new ways to motivate children and every activity at KidZania is aimed at inspiring, educating, entertaining and empowering children through real-life role-play experiences.

Keeping in line with our core philosophy of social responsibility and child development; we will be inviting underprivileged children to experience the KidZania centre for the first ten days, prior to opening to public in the first half of September.

Real world brands are a key component to KidZania‘s success. Whether it‘s a bank, a retail chain or a leading media company, our partners enrich the KidZania experience, making it authentic, immersive and rewarding for kids. KidZania Mumbai features premier global and local brands and the key Industry Partners include: Big Bazaar, Birla Sun Life Insurance, Cadbury’s Dairy Milk, Central, Coca-Cola, Godrej Security Systems, Hardy’s, Hyundai, Kellogg’s’ Chocos, Mad over Donuts, Radio City, Star India, Times of India and YES Bank.

About KidZania

KidZania is one of the fastest growing kid’s interactive entertainment brands in the world. It is an interactive kids’ city combining inspiration, fun and learning through realistic role play for children 4-14. Kids independently explore a safe and contained 75,000 square foot kid-sized city with nearly 100 exciting careers that they can try out as they learn about the inner-workings of a city and the concept of managing money. Each ultra-realistic experience is designed to empower kids, giving them the confidence to be their best selves, and inspiration to be great global citizens. With 13 centres in 9 countries and rapidly growing globally, KidZania is one of the most inventive kid’s edutainment concepts in the world.

For more information about KidZania:

Join us on the web:

www.kidzania.in

www.kidzania.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/KidZaniaMumbai

Twitter: www.twitter.com/KidZaniaMumbai

YouTube: www.youtube.com/KidZaniaIndia

Overview – KidZania

Opened: 1999

Headquarters: Mexico City, Mexico

Founder: Xavier López Ancona

Visitors: More than 25 million global visitors since opening in 1999, with 500,000 to 1 million visitors annually at each centre.

Global Footprint: There are currently 13 KidZania centers located in 9 global markets with plans to add an additional 11 facilities over the next few years.

Global Corporate Sponsors: Hundreds of brands authenticate the content at KidZania, including, Air Asia, Coca-Cola, Domino’s, Fuji Film, Gillette, Honda, HP, Johnson & Johnson, Pepsodent, Dettol, BASF, Lifebuoy, Britannia, Oreo, Swatch, McDonald’s, Mistubishi, Nestlé, Nike, HSBC, Sony, Wal-Mart. (Note: These are global partners and not necessarily partners in India. Partners vary by country).

Employees: More than 4,000 associates worldwide

Open Facilities: Mexico City – Santa Fe, Mexico (1999), Monterrey, Mexico (2006), Tokyo, Japan (2006), Jakarta, Indonesia (2007), Koshien, Japan (2009), Lisbon, Portugal (2009), Dubai, United Arab Emirates (2010), Seoul, South Korea (2010), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2012), Mexico City – Cuicuilco, Mexico (2012), Santiago, Chile (2012), Bangkok, Thailand (2013), Kuwait City, Kuwait (2013)

In Development: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Cairo, Egypt, São Paulo, Brazil , Mumbai, India, Istanbul, Turkey, Moscow, Russia, London, England, United States, Singapore, Singapore, Manila, Philippines, Doha, Qatar

Warm regards,

Nitisha Prabhakar

+91 9819149941

www.genesisbm.in

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Radhe Maa Trust reaches to underprivileged people

Mumbai: 29 August 2013: Mamtamai Shri Radhe Guru Maa and her trust has been offering food at various temples across India every Saturday for the last 10 years. Following Shri Radhe Guru Maa’s path, Mamtamai Shri Radhe Guru Maa Charitable Trust is celebrating Janmashtami week by initiating Ann Daan programme for the people living on streets, stations and slum areas. The celebration includes Prasad distribution activity at Hanuman Temple, MG Road Charkop, Kandivali (w), Hanuman Temple Chincholi Fatak Malad -w, Hanuman Temple, Malad Station, Malad west, Mumbai .The programme is also currently being held at MM Mithaiwala , Malad west where they serve food to 200 people every morning at 9am. The event is known to one and all as Ramji ki Khichdi.

Along with it, the trust has also distributed food packets at the Janmashtmi event organized by ‘Shree Nathalia uneval Sevak Mandal Sanskar Kendra’ on August 28. In addition, Radhe Maa Trust has also made generous support for Dahi Handi Programme at Vegetable Market Merchant Association, Malad and NCP – Malad .

These events are supported by MM Mithaiwala and Global Advertisers.

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Art Plaza Silver Jubilee Celebration

25 years of encouraging art

Mumbai 29, August 2013: Art gallery situated in the heart of the art hub available for free. Sounds impossible? It’s true. Art plaza, situated near Kala Ghoda, Mumbai has been encouraging artistes and their art since the last 25 years, that too free of any charges. Considering the sky rocketing charges of some art galleries and their unavailability to upcoming artistes, Art Plaza plays an important role.

A brain child of Late K. M. Shenoy, Late S. T. Mali, Shri Jal Mehta and with ample support from the BMC commissioner Late Sadashiv Tinaikar, Art Plaza was formed in 1988 to encourage budding artistes and to give them a platform to exhibit their art. The BMC and Camlin India Pvt. Ltd. have been the two pillars supporting this noble cause. Art Plaza is a pavement art gallery where art lovers, hobbyists and buyers; local as well international, come to view and explore the contemporary world of art. This open art gallery has played an important role in shaping the careers of many renowned artists.

Art Plaza is celebrating its Silver Jubilee this year. Sustaining these 25 years without losing its focus and aim was an uphill task indeed. Shri Om Rajput along with their subordinates has successfully carried forward the vision of Late Shri Shenoy.

Plaza Artists Association is planning to celebrate its silver jubilee year with a 3 month long activity beginning from 30 October, 2013. A host of activities such as art competition for school children, on-the-spot portrait painting and landscape painting competitions and demonstrations of various art forms by eminent artistes will be held.

Your benevolent support in terms of donations will be greatly appreciated. You can send your honorable donations by way of a cheque drawn on “Art plaza silver jubilee celebration” and send to Art Plaza Association, Municipal Chowki Opp. Ador House, K. Dubhash Marg, Mumbai 400001 or talk to Om Rajput on 9892542851 or C. A. Marathe on 9930054622.

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The new song released, CHANCHAL MANN ATI RANDOM from SHUDDH DESI ROMANCE, captures these roller-coaster emotions and your heart with its fun tongue-in-cheek lyrics.

Click here to ENJOY!

Music Director: Sachin – Jigar

Lyrics: Jaideep Sahni

Singer: Divya Kumar

Shuddh Desi Romance is the journey of three restless young people who junk the society’s syllabus for finding love and decide to follow their heart. When their lives crisscross, their beliefs get challenged, and their loves, tested.

From the director of Band Baaja Baaraat and the writer of Chak De! India, comes a very real love story about the hair raising minefield between love, attraction and commitment.

Starring in this classy, candid look at the affairs of the heart in today’s desi heartland are also the endearing Rishi Kapoor along with debutant Vaani Kapoor.

SHUDDH DESI ROMANCE is directed by Maneesh Sharma, written by Jaideep Sahni and produced by Aditya Chopra.

SHUDDH DESI ROMANCE — a romantic comedy that finally tells it like it is, releases worldwide on 6th September 2013.

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Miss India World 2013, Navneet Kaur Dhillon, joins hands with Hindustan Unilever Pureit to protect lives

August 29, 2012: Pureit, World’s largest selling water purifier brand from Hindustan Unilever Ltd has associated with Miss India World 2013, Navneet Kaur Dhillon to spread awareness about the importance of safe drinking water under its ‘Unilever Pureit Protecting lives’ program. Integrated Village Development Program (IVDP) is Pureit’s key NGO partner in Tamil Nadu’s Krishnagiri district, where Navneet spent a few days with the villagers to promote the cause of “Safe Drinking Water”.

Commenting on the association, Navneet said, “Winning the Miss India crown has given me a national platform to spread awareness and make a difference to human lives. I am happy to be associated with the “Unilever Pureit Protecting Lives Program” which with its key NGO partners aims to provide safe drinking water to the poor. It was during this program that I came to know that unsafe drinking water is the biggest killer and I would like to spread this message to as many people as I can. This is an extremely powerful program that can help protect millions of people around the world; I have pledged to take this work forward to as many villages as possible.”

Commenting on the success seen by IVDP, Mr. Kulandai Francis, Head – IVDP said, “United Nations has announced that everyone should get access to safe drinking water and that why we decided to partner with Pureit and protect lives of our people. Pureit is an ideal solution for us as it does not require electricity or running water, is extremely affordable and most importantly it is the only range of self fill water purifiers in India which meet USA, Environment Protection Agency’s (EPA) stringent germ kill criterion, one of the most stringent water purifier standards in the world . Thanks to Pureit that today about 90,000 households of SHG members of IVDP have access to safe drinking water.”

“Every year, 2 million children around the world die of water borne diseases. 400,000 of these deaths occur in India alone. Providing safe drinking water can save these lives. We are pleased that Navneet has joined hands with ‘Unilever Pureit Protecting Lives Program’ which aims at ensuring easy access of safe drinking water to millions of people..” said Mr. Badri Narayanan, GM, Water, Hindustan Unilever.

Pureit has multiple variants in its portfolio namely: Pureit Intella 12 litres, Pureit Classic 14 litres, Pureit Classic 23 litres, Pureit Advanced 23 litres, Pureit Auto Fill 23 litres, Pureit Marvella OGT, Pureit Marvella UV and Pureit Marvella RO and ranging from Rs. 900 and Rs. 14,990. For more information, please visit www.pureitwater.com

For further information, please contact:

Sandeep Mosamkar @ +91 98206 73330 Email: sandeepm@text100.co.in

Anshul Raj @ +91 90294 29065 Email: anshul.raj@text100.co.in

Regards,

Anshul Raj

Associate Account Manager • Text100 Mumbai • Global Communications

113 Mittal Chambers, 228 Nariman Point • Mumbai 400021 • www.text100.com

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Romantic song canned for Hari Kripa Films “Babuji Ek Ticket Bambai”

A romantic song was canned recently by choreographer Pappu Khanna on lead stars Rajpal Yadav & Bharti Sharma along with many junior dancers at picturesque location of Lonavala & Surve Farm at Panvel, for Hari Kripa Films “Babuji Ek Ticket Bambai”. Song was rendered by Mohit Chauhan & Palak Muchaal. This film narrates the painful situation of women’s of Bedni community, that how they are being exploited by powerful politician and businessman of society.

Being Produced by K.K.Mundhada with Piyush Mundhada as co-producer, direction by Arvind Tripathi, story by Nazir Qureshi with screenplay & dialogues by Masood Mirza, music by Nikhil, Umesh & Altaf Syed, lyrics by Kumar, Atiya Syed & Haidar Nazmi, cinematography by Surya Mishra, choreography by Pappu Khanna & Saroj Khan, action by Laddan Quereshi, costume by Deepa, art director is Nazeer Shaikh. Songs have been rendered by Shaan, Mamta Sharma, Jaspinder Narula and Raghuveer Yadav.

Film Stars Rajpal Yadav & Bharti Sharma in lead role with Mohan Joshi, Yashpal Sharma, Milind Gunanji, Sudha Chandran, Rakesh Bedi, Sandeep Bose, Ehsaan Khan, Mushtaq Khan, Prem Dube & Kiran Sharad.

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Make way for Superstar Weekends this September on zoOm!

~Get set for a weekend rendezvous with your favorite Bollywood stars all throughout the month~

zoOm’s show line-up for Superstar Weekends Ø Your Likes Saturday and Sunday-11am Ø zoOm it! Saturday and Sunday-6pm Ø Nau-tanki Saturday and Sunday-8pm Ø Encounter with Omar Saturday and Sunday-9pm Ø Superstar Songs Saturday and Sunday-9:30pm National, September 1, 2013: zoOm, India’s No. 1 Bollywood channel has always been your one stop destination for anything and everything Bollywood! This September zoOm is celebrating its 9th anniversary and the channel is giving Bollywood fans a truly star-studded experience! So gear up for Glam up presents Superstar Weekends powered by Levis all through the month! Set a date with the most desirable Bollywood stars and get to know them like never before as zoOm lines up day-long specials on every Saturday & Sunday through the month.

As zoOm celebrates its anniversary, Bollywood enthusiasts can expect nothing less than a blockbuster programming that encapsulates top notch interviews, special features, music and the biggest scoops featuring the most iconic Bollywood stars!! From Imran Khan being slapped innumerous times by women, to the women he fancies in B-town; from Sonam Kapoor being a wild child, to getting to know her secret crush, zoOm will reveal the most intimate starry secrets on Nau-tanki. From John’s brawl with Akshay Kumar to his dig at Salman & Saif playing RAW Agents, witness the drama unfold every weekend at 8pm.

Did you know that John loves playing practical jokes or that Ajay Devgn has an unseen and untold naughty side? Don’t miss these stars getting candid about their Bollywood journey every weekend at 9pm! Whether it is John’s idea of religion or his fitness mantra, catch the stars disclose everything on Encounter with Omar.

Sit back and enjoy the zoOmbastic songs of your favourite Bollywood star played back-to-back on Superstar Songs at 9:30pm. Feel like expressing your love for your favourite Bollywood star? Dedicate a song to them on zoOm’s Your Likes or learn their personal favourites as they dedicate songs for zoOm’s anniversary on zoOmit!

That’s not all! With a promise to get you closer to your cherished icon zoOm is giving its viewers an opportunity of a lifetime with zoOmelicious Birthday – say it the zoOm way contest! Viewers simply need to record their heartfelt birthday wishes for zoOm in a unique, whacky andaaz and upload it on www.zoomtv.in. 9 winners will win fabulous zoOm gift hampers and the ultimate super cool dramebaaz and the zoOm enthusiast who uploads the most innovative birthday greeting will win an opportunity to meet their favourite Bollywood star in person! Now fans can not only see their cherished star on the screen but see them in reality as well!

With John Abraham, Ajay Devgn, Imran Khan, Sonam Kapoor and many more topping the list in Superstar Weekends, September just got far more exciting! This is one line-up you won’t want to miss!

Get ready to celebrate a spectacular anniversary with Superstar Weekends all through the month!

About zoOm:

zoOm, India’s No. 1 Bollywood channel, and a trendsetter in its genre, brings viewers closer to the biggest stars through the hottest entertainment news, features, countdowns, music, trends, celebrity interviews and reviews. zoOm is available across 28 countries worldwide besides heavy presence in the social media space making it the one stop shop for everything related to Bollywood.

About Times Television Network:

Times Television Network is part of India’s largest media conglomerate, The Times Group. It houses upscale brands including ET NOW – India’s No. 1 Business News channel; MOVIES NOW – India’s leading English Movies channel; ROMEDY NOW – a unique destination for Love and Laughter; TIMES NOW – India’s No. 1 English News channel; and zoOm – India’s No. 1 Bollywood channel. The network delivers segmented and differentiated content under one umbrella. It informs, entertains and engages over 100 million urban affluent viewers in India and is available in 45 countries across the globe.

For further information please contact:

Kripa Nayak/ Gitanjali Khatau

LinOpinion Public Relations

M: 9819826335/ 9833011128

E:Kripa.nayak@loweandpartners.com / Gitanjali.khatau@loweandpartners.com

Regards,

Gitanjali Khatau

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Mars International India Appoints Raghav Rekhi as Marketing Director – Chocolate Business India

New Delhi, August 29th August’13: Mars International India, world’s leading chocolate manufacturer, has appointed Raghav Rekhi to lead the Marketing operations for the Chocolate Business in India as the Marketing Director with effect from August 2013.

In his new role, Raghav will develop and implement marketing strategies for the brand to achieve company’s growth and promotional objectives. He will also further work towards establishing the Mars brand as a global and local market leader.

Raghav comes to Mars International India with significant experience and a proven track record. He has 14 years of experience with Mars, Inc. and has held a number of Marketing and Sales management roles in various parts of the world during his tenure with the company globally.

“I’m confident that his experience in sales and marketing will help in driving our chocolate business forward in the country.” says MV Natarajan, General Manager, Chocolate business, Mars International India.

In his most recent role, Raghav served as a Marketing Director for Mars META (Middle East, Turkey, and Africa region). Raghav has won several awards and recognitions for his work, including the global Mars Inc award for ‘The most innovative marketing campaign’.

Raghav is of Indian decent and returns to India after having spent more than 20 years across the globe.

About Mars international India Pvt Ltd:

MARS International India Pvt. Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of MARS Inc. USA, a family owned company generating annual revenues of over $30 billion. Founded in 1911 and headquartered in McLean, Virginia, U.S.A., Mars, Incorporated is one of the largest food manufacturers in the world, including the world’s leading confectionary company (following the acquisition of the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company in 2008); the company employs over 70,000 associates and has presence in over 79 countries worldwide operating in six segments that produce some of the world’s leading brands like M&M’S®, SNICKERS®, DOVE®, MARS®, EXTRA® and ORBIT®.

Mars is one of the world’s leading chocolate manufacturers dedicated to providing “More Moments, More Places, More Smiles”. The chocolate segment is headquartered in Mount Olive, New Jersey and has more than 13,000 Associates across 110 locations worldwide in the category.

Four of the top 10 global brands in the Chocolate category are from Mars: M&M’S®, SNICKERS®, DOVE® / GALAXY®*, MARS® / MILKY WAY®*

Other major brands from MARS Inc.:

§ MARS Chocolate: M&M’S®, SNICKERS®, DOVE®, GALAXY®, MARS®, MILKY WAY® and TWIX®

§ MARS Petcare: PEDIGREE®, WHISKAS®, SHEBA®, CESAR® and ROYAL CANIN®

§ Wrigley: EXTRA®, ORBIT®, DOUBLEMINT®, SKITTLES®, STARBURST® and ALTOIDS®

§ MARS Food: UNCLE BEN’S®, DOLMIO®, SEEDS OF CHANGE®, EBLY® and MASTERFOODS®

§ MARS Drinks: KLIX® and FLAVIA®

§ MARS Symbioscience: WISDOM PANELTM MX, SERAMIS®, and COCOAPROTM

Mars India:

Mars India operates in two categories, a Pet care manufacturing and marketing business; and a Chocolate importation and marketing operation.

The chocolate segment has its corporate office in Gurgaon, New Delhi. The pet care business is based in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh with its corporate office in Hyderabad. MARS India is presently engaged in manufacturing pet food under its global brands PEDIGREE® and WHISKAS®.

MARS India chocolate portfolio includes:

SNICKERS®
GALAXY®
MARS®
Bounty®
Twix®

At Mars Incorporated we have been guided for decades by Five Principles:

Quality: The consumer is our boss, quality is our work and value for money is our goal.
Responsibility: As individuals, we demand total responsibility from ourselves; as associates, we support the responsibilities of others.
Mutuality: A mutual benefit is a shared benefit; a shared benefit will endure.
Efficiency: We use resources to the full, waste nothing and do only what we can do best.
Freedom: We need freedom to shape our future; we need profit to remain free.

Mars Incorporated in action:

Whether it’s mapping the canine genome or working with cocoa farmers in Vietnam, Mars makes a difference wherever we go. For more information, please visit: www.mars.com/global/Marsin+Action/mars+in+action.htm

For more information on MARS, Incorporated, please visit www.mars.com.

For media queries contact:

Sophia Christina @ +91 9999161478/ sophia.christina@bm.com

Shanu Vaid @ +91 9873089693/ shanu.vaid@bm.com

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92.7 BIG FM, India’s No. 1 Radio Network today announced the second edition of the LR Active Oil BIG Marathi Entertainment Awards powered by Bharathi Cement in association with New Nokia 501. The awards will honor outstanding talent in the Marathi entertainment industry across 21 unique categories that include film, television, theatre, and music. This season will comprise a special category titled ‘BIG Contribution to Hindi Cinema’, which will honor a Marathi actor who has created a niche for himself / herself in Bollywood.

Popular actor Vinay Apte, eminent Marathi stage actress Vandana Gupte and renowned film and theatre personality Bharat Dabholkar, who has also performed outstanding television and film roles, are confirmed jury members for the 2013 edition of the prestigious awards. The proceedings will also witness a high level of listener engagement via on-air voting polls on 92.7 BIG FM. Present at the launch today, the jury members briefed the media about the property and expressed their appreciation at being part of the awards ceremony. Also present on the occasion were the nominees for the awards, Music Director Kaushal Inamdar and singers Rishikesh Kamerkar & Anandi Joshi.

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Strumm Music makes it first offering, a Sampoorna Ganesh Puja audiovisual DVD, that promises to be a boon for those who wish to do Ganesh Puja at their homes. I am sending you details (in English & Hindi) of the audiovisual and pictures of Pt. Jasraj ji, Pt. Rattan Mohan Sharma and Kedar Pandit herewith. Please let me know of story / interview possibilities ji.

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Warm regards.

Lord Ganesha the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune is traditionally invoked at the beginning of any new venture or at the start of travel. The Ganesh chaturthi is one awaited event that heralds the festive season. Come Ganesh festival and with it comes the puja, an ode to lord Ganesha to bless us with good health and prosperity. But with the metropolitan lifestyle takings its toll on our precious quality time, and the amount of people versus pandits leading to time issues, an audio visual DVD on how to perform the pujas with the reason and songs, complete with a demonstration of how to prepare the modak, is indeed a boon.

Strumm Music brings to you its maiden offering, dedicated to Lord Ganesha in the form of Sampoorna Ganesh Puja. This audio visual captures the essence of performing the Puja and related rituals in great detail over 2 hours and 47 minutes, and is the first of its kind. R You have option of listening in English, Hindi or Marathi as well.

Ved Murti Shri Mandar Khaladkar Guruji and his team of five pundits take your family through the entire Puja process for about 90 minutes, where in Guruji instructs and guides the family through the rituals and the chants of the six priests, creating a divine ambience.

Pt. Rattan Mohan Sharma, the voice behind some of India’s bestselling devotional albums, leads his band Brahma Naad in performing some essential Ganesha songs – Vakratunda Mahakaya, Beej Mantra – Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha, popular Aartis like Sukhakarta and much more for about 35 minutes. This high quality music substantially raises the quality of the puja experience.

There are detailed explanations to various parts of the ritual – what is the real meaning of a Puja? What does Lord Ganesha stand for? How is the Puja to be set up? And so on. These explanations are detailed and enlighten you for about 35 minutes A guide to preparation of the authentic Modak rounds off this exquisite experience.

Says composer Kedar Pandit, who conceptualised the album, “while celebrated all over India, it is most elaborate in Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Orissa and Chhattisgarh, Ganesh festival is also widely celebrated in Nepal, the United States,Canada, Mauritius, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Burma, Fiji, Trinidad & Tobago, and Guyana, among others. This DVD gives one the opportunity to not just know how to perform the puja, but also to learn its significance and importance in every sense. The audio visual element makes you actually bring a virtual pandit home to perform the puja, with devotion, pomp and splendour.”

The DVD, from strum Music, comes for a price of Rs 299, and is available at all leading stores and online stores.

Yours to head to the nearest store and pick up the copy of Sampoorna Ganesh Puja, the multicultural and a video tool that will edutain you and enable you to perform the puja with devotion and on time.

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Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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