Blenders Pride Punjab International Fashion Week season 3

Blenders Pride Punjab International Fashion Week season 3 witnessed 10 designers coming together to set new trends in fashion and business in the fashion hub of Punjab. BPPIFW endeavors to promote, support and nurture an enigmatic list of budding designers along with collections of established designers who have shown on Indian as well as international runways and have made a mark or created a spark in the industry. For this season, BPPIFW also features 4 Punjab based designers. The hospitality partner for the BPPIFW is Aveda Hotels, Ludhiana.

Film actress, Simrankaur Mundi and actor Arjan Bajwa have been appointed as the Brand Ambassadors for BPPIFW. They will lend support and celebrate Day 1 of the most awaited fashion week to hit Punjab yet again this year.

The grand opening of the fashion week was done by Designer Jattinn Kochhar’s collection and Shibani Kashyap’s electrifying singing. Jattinn was supported by sensuous starlet as his showstopper – Simrankaur Mundi. He presented his collection ‘Love Song’. The collection is an amalgamation of all the emotions, reflexes, feelings, jubilation, triumphs, as well somber and sad thoughts that a love song can evoke.

The second day of the most awaited fashion week in Ludhiana saw designer Hari Anand, Shravan Kumar and Ramesh Dembla. Hari’s collection ‘Globe Traveler’ showcases a look that combines technical performance fabrics with practical fabrics and details. The global traveler is very simple but elegant and boasts of relaxed fittings. Miss Mauritius Anais Veerapatren was the showstopper for Hari Anand.

Shravan Kumar, a true fashionistas with an unparalleled command on trends and styles, presented his ‘videsi ho gayi – desi abi baki hai’ collection. The collection showcases Indian weaves which epitomize Indian aura and an ode to the weavers of India. Model Farah Hussain – Miss India (Beautiful Legs) 2012 featured as the showstopper.

Ramesh Dembla’s clothes speak of opulence and grandeur although his USP lies in the fact that these clothes are a big hit off the ramp as well. His collection ‘Dawn To Dusk’ is an attempt to recreate the splendor in the skies through a fine ensemble of Indian and Western haute couture. Actress Model Sonia Gill featured as the showstopper.

Rose Creations headed by fashion designer Sulakshana Monga has become the epitome of classic fashion with such a product line that it makes all wonder who the woman behind the label is. Inspired by a desire to bring out an individual’s deep intrinsic beauty, the finest fabrics and trims are researched and selected, with each garment being constructed by hand… always with a respect for old world craftsmanship and a passion for exoticism.

Excellent craftsmanship and high attention to detailing define the brand Libas by designer’s par excellence Riyaz & Reshma Gangji. Creating impeccably flawless garments with perfect cuts is an art which Riyaz is well versed in. ‘The Truth Collection’ is a wedding couture showcase by the designers. The collection is a depiction of fashion being re-invented in the form of a heritage collection. Leading Punjabi actress Jonita Doda walked the ramp.

Between the idea and reality, between the motion and the act; lie the will to succeed and excel. It is the same that has driven designer duo Mona Lamba and Pali Sachdev. Mona and Pali share a home and a cause: Designing. Hitting the catwalk more than two decades ago, the designer sisters have helped etch India on the international fashion map. This season Monapali presents an eclectic collection as hand crafted embroidered motifs in Kantha offset by block printing come to life in a blend of Indo-western and Indian silhouettes. A riot of vibrant colours comes into play flirting with a mélange of muted hues. ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’s’ original ‘womenia’ – HUMA QUERESHI will be the showstopper of the show.

Sonu Gandhi was in the most recent edition of Femina called the Fashion Diva of Punjab. She is presenting her collection this year in vibrant colors, cuts and styles keeping in mind the tradition of Punjab. Her wearable classy collection speaks of subtleness, simplicity and innovation. Punjabi Munda Jasvinder Bhalla & Nazia Hussain were the show stoppers.

Couturier Archana Kochhar has been showcasing her creation on Indian as well as International runways for the last decade. Traditional yet modern, Archana’s collections spell sheer uber chic. Archana Kochhar will be presenting two collections. The first is ARCHANA KOCHHAR for COPPERSTONE where her collection for Men is aptly christened “Dashmen” This will be followed by an exclusive ARCHANA KOCHHAR signature collection for women – “RETRO METRIC”. The collection radiates an undeniably youthful flair and yet remains timeless and bold. Each creation is interjected with a retro feel to it and every piece is ingeniously directed to revive the 1980’s print in modern form. Zeenat Aman walks the ramp for the Grand Finale.

The hair and makeup for all shows was created exclusively by VLCC.

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Vodafone in association with BIG Cinemas announces

‘Birthday surprise’ for Vodafone customers

One More ‘Delightful’ gift for Vodafone customers

Mumbai, August 21, 2012: Vodafone India Ltd., one of India’s leading telecommunications service providers, in association with BIG Cinemas has launched a unique initiative to make Vodafone customers feel special. Between 12th Aug to 26th Aug, 2012, any Vodafone customer, who goes to see a movie in BIG Cinemas at Imax Wadala, Metro , Dhobi Talao, Mulund , Huma, KanjurMarg, Vashi, Little World ,Kharghar, Movie Star, Goregaon West and Sangam, Andheri East. will get a Birthday surprise that will truly Delight! As part of this initiative, Vodafone customers visiting partnering BIG Cinemas screens on his/ her birthday, will get a free ticket to watch the movie and a greeting card by Vodafone! That’s not all, as soon as the movie breaks into intermission, Vodafone will put up a slide on the screen with the Vodafone customer’s name, while playing the birthday jingle in the background.

Additionally, BIG Cinema in R City Ghatkopar will present the Vodafone birthday customer with a birthday cake . The Vodafone BIG ‘Birthday Surprise’ initiative is a part of the ongoing ‘Vodafone Delights’ programme that seeks to bring multiple simple, meaningful joys to the life of every customer, throughout the year.

To be implemented across 41 cities, 55 multiplexes and 162 screens, The Vodafone BIG Birthday Surprise is expected to reach approximately 60000 cinema viewers each day. Cinema halls offering the Vodafone BIG Birthday Surprise will have attractive display material highlighting the ‘Vodafone Delights’ special initiative. Posters and panels will be put around the box offices, informing people about the initiative.

Speaking about the initiative, Arvind Vohra, Business Head – Vodafone India said “At Vodafone making every customer feel special is second nature and it is one of the key factors driving every thing we do. Birthdays are special to all and we wanted to contribute to the celebratory moments with a generous dose of ‘feel special’ elements, without being intrusive. We are happy that BIG Cinemas has partnered with us to make birthdays extra beautiful for Vodafone customers.”

About Vodafone India:

Vodafone India is a member of the Vodafone Group and commenced operations in 1994 when its predecessor Hutchison Telecom acquired the cellular license for Mumbai. The company with revenues of over INR 32,000 crores has operations across the country with over 153 million customers. Vodafone India has firmly established a strong position within the Vodafone Group too, making it the largest subscriber base globally. This journey is a strong testimony of Vodafone’s success in a highly competitive and price sensitive market.

Vodafone India has been awarded the ‘Best Marketing Company for 2011’ in a survey conducted by a leading financial daily. The company received the ‘Most Admired Telecom Operator’ and ‘Best 3G Operator’ awards at the recent Telecom Operator Awards 2012. Vodafone Business Services received the “Best Enterprise Service Provider” at the Frost & Sullivan Awards 2012. The company has also received the globally recognized prestigious ‘Product of the Year 2012’ consumer award for Vodafone Apps Store in the Mobile Services Category. In another survey conducted by Nielsen, Vodafone India was the only telecom player in the Top 10 ‘Most Exciting Youth Brands’ in India.

At Vodafone, sustainability is an integral part of the company’s mission and strategy, shaping the conduct of business every day. Vodafone India, in line with its group philosophy has released the Corporate Sustainability Report for India – Footprints 2010-11. To view the online version of the report, please visit www.vodafone.in. Vodafone India has been awarded the prestigious “Golden Peacock Award” for corporate social responsibility for 2012.

Vodafone Group is one of the world’s largest mobile communications companies with over 406 million customers as on June 30, 2012. Vodafone currently has equity interests in over 30 countries across five continents and more than 40 partner networks worldwide. For more information, please visit www.vodafone.com.

For more information, contact:

Mansi Tiwari I Vodafone India Laliitha Aiyer I Adfactors PR

+ 91 9819818462 I Mansi.tiwari@vodafone.com + 91 9819023010 I laliitha.aiyer@adfactorspr.com

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ANAND PRAHLAD APPOINTED HEAD OF MCAFEE INDIA OPERATIONS

Sridhar Jayanthi to Take on New Strategic Position Following Six-Month Leave of Absence

INDIA – August 22, 2012 – Today, McAfee announced two changes in the research and development (R&D) organization that will predominantly impact the company’s India office, and, over time, evolve the organization’s approach to product operations on a global level.

Beginning October 1, Anand Prahlad, currently Vice President of Engineering for Endpoint Security, will assume the role of Managing Director of Operations, McAfee India. Prahlad joined McAfee two-plus years ago from CommVault, where he worked for sixteen years in product development and was a key member of the executive team that led CommVault through a successful IPO in 2006. In his new role, Prahlad will be supported by the leaders of the McAfee India Executive Team in driving the maturity and success of the site. He will also maintain his current role as a VP in the Endpoint Security group.

Company veteran Sridhar Jayanthi, who led McAfee India for the past ten years, will take a six-month leave of absence to spend more time with his family. Upon his return to McAfee in 2013, Jayanthi will be based in the United States in a new role where he will be responsible for R&D’s global strategy and execution on mergers and acquisitions. He will also be instrumental in steering the company’s portfolio management efforts. Jayanthi will continue to report directly to Bryan Barney, Executive Vice President of Product Operations.

“Anand has been a valuable asset to McAfee India, and as Sridhar’s groomed successor, has been a critical component in many of the site’s recent successes. Based upon his22 years in technology, and his experience specifically in product development leadership, I am confident he has the skills and tenacity to take the organization even further in terms of engineering excellence,” said Barney.

“I am proud and excited to be taking on the role of Head of India Operations,” said Prahlad. “McAfee has one of the best work cultures I’ve seen in my career and some of the smartest people in the industry. It will be an absolute honor to work with the McAfee Executive team, as well as the Leadership team in India, to help take the organization forward and to greater successes.”

“Over the past 10 years, Sridhar has built a great, productive, and collaborative culture, while becoming a respected member of McAfee’s executive team,” further commented Barney. “I thank him for all of his efforts these many years and look forward to his return next year in his new role.”

Today McAfee India employs 1450 people across many different job functions. With 29 products and/or projects fully engineered in MIC across 90 teams, McAfee India is the largest R&D group, and the largest site across all of McAfee. It is a critical asset for the company in developing quality products and driving innovation in a dynamic security market.

About McAfee

McAfee, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), is the world’s largest dedicated security technology company. McAfee delivers proactive and proven solutions and services that help secure systems, networks, and mobile devices around the world, allowing users to safely connect to the Internet, browse and shop the Web more securely. Backed by its unrivaled Global Threat Intelligence, McAfee creates innovative products that empower home users, businesses, the public sector and service providers by enabling them to prove compliance with regulations, protect data, prevent disruptions, identify vulnerabilities, and continuously monitor and improve their security. McAfee is relentlessly focused on constantly finding new ways to keep our customers safe. http://www.mcafee.com

Note: McAfee is a registered trademark of McAfee, Inc. in the United States and other countries. Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.

Contact Text100 for McAfee:

Abhilash: 09845872451/ Abhilash.kumar@text100.co.in

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A story of common man’s exploitation

SHOSHAN THE TORTURE

In an era where the offbeat and reality based cinema is making a mark, Arun Pathakh brings his story “Shoshan The Torture” based on the Ghats of Benaras’s Shiv Nagri. How a child’s childhood gets wasted, how a child is exploited, how a poverty stricken child like Arun Pathak fights the odds throughout his life to reach the present day heights, is the story of the film “Shoshan The Torture”.

To fulfill his righteous demands Arun even put his life at stake. Arun in the past has raised his voice against the films “Girlfriend” and “Water” owing to its anti-cultural concept and dialogues. But today he has picked up the film as a medium to reach his life story to the million viewers, why? “In my film I will be showing why I stood up against such movies.”

The film based on his real life will have Arun as the lead actor.

– H.S.Communication

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Esha Gupta faces her fear while shooting for Raaz 3

The shooting of Fox Star Studios and Vishesh Films ‘ Raaz 3 was both a physically and emotionally draining process for actress Esha Gupta ,who was quite literally made to face her worst fear –

A certain scene in the 3D horror film required the actress to stand by the edge of a 50 ft high cliff as she hallucinates falling off – While the actress who suffers from the fear of heights,suggested using a body double,director Vikram Bhatt insisted on Esha doing it herself – To add to the situation,the scene was shot in the later hours of the night,adding to the Esha’s fright.

The actress however,decided to give in and face her fears head on -Says Esha“I suffer from acrophobia and had to stand on a 50 feet high cliff. We were shooting for it at night and it made me more nervous.”

The first –of-its-kind 3D horror film,starring Emraan Hashmi,Bipasha Basu and Esha Gupta follows the journey of a fading superstar’s revenge against a rising star.Presented by Fox Star Studios and produced by Vishesh Films ,Vikram Bhatt’s
Raaz 3 comes to a theatre near you 7th September,2012.

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Shirin & Farhad to giggle their way into audiences hearts

A certain scene in Eros International & Bhansali Productions Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi required lead actors Boman Irani and Farah Khan to get up, close and intimate, but could not be successfully shot, thanks to the actors constant giggling.

However,director Bela Bhansali Sehgal who makes her directorial debut with the film ,managed to get an even better shot , realizing the giggling and warm camaraderie shared between Farah and Boman came off very endearing on screen –

Confirms Bela Bhansali Sehgal “All that Farah and Boman were doing was giggling, and making the entire unit giggle. So finally we decided to capture two 40+ individuals trying to be intimate, the moment was just beautiful. It looks so romantic and endearing”.

Starring Boman Irani and Farah Khan,Bhansali Productions and Eros International’s Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi,directed by Bela Bhansali Sehgal is scheduled to release 24thAugust,2012.
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Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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