GHAZAL MAESTRO TALAT AZIZ MAKES HIS DEBUT ON RADIO WITH ‘CARVAAN-E-GHAZAL’ ON 92.7 BIG FM

Host Talat Aziz along with friends Pankaj Udhas and Anoop Jhalota at the launch of Carvaan-E-Ghazal

GHAZAL MAESTRO TALAT AZIZ MAKES HIS DEBUT ON RADIO WITH ‘CARVAAN-E-GHAZAL’ ON 92.7 BIG FM

~ The renowned ghazal singer along with his friends Pankaj Udhas and Anoop Jalota launched the show at an event today. ~

Mumbai, November 21st 2013 – 92.7 BIG FM today announced the launch of its newest show ‘Carvaan-E-Ghazal with Talat Aziz’ here today. The launch event was graced by host Talat Aziz along with stalwarts from the music industry and Talat-ji’s closest friends Anoop Jalota-ji and Pankaj Udhas-ji who will also be featured as the first guests on ‘Carvaan- e- ghazal’. The ghazal maestros also performed a small jugal bandi for the media present here. The show is slated to launch on air on 24th November, and airs every Sunday at 9pm.

‘Carvaan- e- ghazal’ is a first of its kind show on radio that will offer listeners a unique opportunity to appreciate some of the most beautiful ghazals, qawwalis, sufi music and unheard-of stories behind them. The show also marks Talat Aziz’s entry into the dynamic and exciting world of FM radio. Through the show, Talat Aziz will play specially chosen ghazals and share a treasure trove of anecdotes and trivia from his own life and the music fraternity. He will narrate never-heard-before stories behind the beautiful ghazals that are etched in our minds. The show will also invite celebrated artist from the music industry for special episodes.

Commenting at the launch of the show Talat Aziz said, “I would like to thank 92.7 BIG FM for giving me this opportunity to host Carvaan-E-Ghazal. Radio channels have been dominated by Bollywood music and this is a bold step by the team to introduce an exclusive ghazal show. I would also like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to my dear friends Anoop Jalota and Pankaj Udhas for being a part of this launch along with me. We are sure this attempt will be well-received by all music lovers.”

During the launch, all three masters offered the audiences a flavour of their art. Their jugalbandi was in perfect sync and mesmerized the audiences. Anoop Jalota-ji, popularly known as Bhajan Samraat and Padma Shri Pankaj Udhas spoke at length about the show, uniqueness on the concept and the need for such innovative content on radio. They also shared interesting stories about their journey together in the industry, their successes and failures. The strong bond of friendship among them came through vividly thanks to the warmth of their conversations.

About Reliance Broadcast Network

Reliance Broadcast Network Limited is a media entertainment conglomerate with play across radio, television and television production. The company houses the following verticals: 92.7 BIG FM – India’s largest FM Network with 45 stations, reaching over 4 crore Indians each week; BIG CBS Networks – a joint venture with CBS Studios International offering English Entertainment Channels – Love and Prime (which is available in dual feeds of English and Hindi), as well as a regional General Entertainment Channel for the Punjab, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh (PCHP) region called Spark Punjabi; BIG RTL THRILL – a dual feed channel from the Company’s joint venture with Europe’s RTL Group, targeted at male audiences and positioned as the ultimate action destination; BIG MAGIC – a General Entertainment Channel featuring family dramas, crime shows, sitcoms, reality shows and weekend blockbuster movies. BIG MAGIC has also expanded into the United States, Canada and Australia under the brand name BIG MAGIC International; The Company has further launched a channel called BIG MAGIC Bihar and Jharkhand, with specifically created programming for the market. BIG PRODUCTIONS – the television content production division caters to the creative needs of the diverse Indian television landscape. Reliance Broadcast Network also distributes BloombergTV India, the country’s premier business news channel as part of its television bouquet. For more information log on to www.reliancebroadcast.com

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The Eureka Effect ! Tete-a-tete with Prahlad Kakar at IMT Ghaziabad

Delhi, 21st November 2013: IMT Ghaziabad organised The Eureka Effect! Tete-a-tete with Prahlad Kakar, an interactive session on Ads, Brands and Creativity by the Ad-guru – at its campus on 21st November 2013.

The 2-hour long session provided valuable insights to the audience comprising students, faculty and members of the IMT family – into the world of advertising and branding.

The event was a part of IMT Ghaziabad’s constant focus on improvising management education amidst shifting dynamics of globalisation and increased competitiveness. The initiatives revolve around the pillars of Knowledge, Action and Self-belief. Consistently ranked amongst the top 10 management schools in India, the strong foundation has been laid by the distinguished faculty, committed students and competitive ‘learning environment’ that has resulted in this excellence.

Ad-guru Prahlad Kakar stressed on the importance of following our passion during the course of our professional lives, said: “Young managers begin planning for their lives when they start doing their MBA. What they forget is to ask that what is it in life that makes it worth living. Life is about the value that we create for ourselves.”

In the words of Dr. Bibek Banerjee, Director IMT Ghaziabad and academic mentor, IMT group, “Our portfolio programs includes high-impact, solutions-oriented courses that are designed (often in collaboration with industry) to provoke innovative thinking, actionable insights and an overarching focus on implementation”.

Prahlad is the founder of Genesis Film Productions and has an experience of over 3 decades in Film production, capturing the imaginations of millions of TV viewers with his Ad films for most of the prominent Ad films in the country and across the globe.

His memorable works include Pepsi’s “yehi hain right choice baby!” and Britannia’s “Ting Ting Ti Ting” campaigns.

The event was put together by IMT Ghaziabad’s Marketing Club, “Club MarkUp”. A student-run marketing enterprise, it aims to provide a platform for budding marketing managers at IMT to implement the theoretical constructs learnt in the classroom.

The Eureka Effect culminated in the launch of The Marketing World Cup, the flagship event of Club MarkUp. It is IMT’s annual inter B-School Marketing extravaganza, set to happen on the 23rd and 24th of November, 2013.

About IMT Group:

Institute of Management Technology is a premier business school with its main campus in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India. IMT was established in 1980 by industrialist Mahendra Nath and has since been constantly ranked as one of the Top-10 Business Schools in India. It boasts of a number of the biggest names in the field of management as its alumni and is a leader in international academic partnerships in India. IMT’s educational programmes are well recognized by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. IMT currently has a core faculty of more than seventy teachers. Apart from permanent faculty, the school invites around 35 visiting faculty from industry and other academic institutions.

IMT has four campuses: The first one is in Ghaziabad (established in 1980); a second in Nagpur (established in 2004); a third in Dubai (established in 2006), and a fourth campus in Hyderabad (established in 2011). While IMT Nagpur has been conceptualized as a centre for corporate excellence the IMT Dubai campus is primarily for international education. The school has been rated as one of the Top-10 Business Schools in India by Careers360 Survey 2013. It was ranked 7th (Overall) and 5th in Marketing by The Economic Times listing of Best Business Schools of 2011 and 9th by the 2011 Edition of Business India’s Top Business Schools in India.

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Richa Chadda overwhelmed by Amitabh Bachchan’s gesture

Richa Chadda who walked away with applause and praise galore post the release of Eros International & Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela , had the biggest compliment coming her way from none other than superstar Amitabh Bachchan who sent the actress a handwritten note congratulating her on her stellar performance in the magnum opus.

Says Richa Chadda, “ Amitabhji has met me earlier and has always been generous with praise and has told me he liked my works.For Ram-Leela he sent me a note and a bouquet of flowers which is a huge deal for me since one can only dream about such a thing”.

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Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela – first Indian film to open any international festival

Eros International & Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela starring Deepika Padukone & Ranveer Singh will open the 13th edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival on the 29th November 2013. The festival will open with director/producer Sanjay Leela Bhansali & lead actress Deepika Padukone in attendance.

If that wasn’t all, apart from being the first Bollywood film this year to be the opening act of an international festival,the film will be screened for the festival’s jury , some of the biggest names in world cinema including Oscar winning director Martin Scorsese ,one of the most important and influential directors in America today,Oscar and Golden Globe nominee Patricia Clarkson of The Untouchables and Shutter Island fame ,Oscar and Bafta award winner Marion Cottilard who starred in Inception and The Dark Knight Rises and Anurag Kashyap from home turf who has always gone on to say that Sanjay Leela Bhansali is one of the finest filmmakers in the country .

The film that opened to an unprecedented start at the domestic and overseas B/O is now ready to wow at the Marrakech International Film Festival.

Says Sanjay Leela Bhansali who has inaundated with praise ever since the release, “I’m overwhelmed with the love audiences have showered on the film.It’s a huge honor to be selected to flag the festival off with the screening of our movie”.

Eros International & Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela released worldwide 15th November 2013.

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Highway Diaries bring alive the folk music of the Highway

The film Highway, starring Alia Bhatt and Randeep Hooda, was shot on real locations across 6 north Indian states. What is interesting is that director Imtiaz Ali has incorporated the folk music that is typically heard while one is on such highway trips, in the film . So as you will see in this Highway Diary, the crew shot with the local ‘Manganiyar’ folk singers in Bikaner- Sawan Khan & his group. A ‘pahadi gojari’ folk song sung by a local artist , Begum Jaan, was similarly recorded in Kashmir and will be heard in the film too. It will be seen in one of the Highway diaries coming soon.

Here’s the link to the Highway Diary from our shoot in Bikaner: http://bit.ly/HighwayDiariesBikaner

Links to the earlier Highway Diaries:

Watch the first episode from the Highway Diaries here-http://bit.ly/HighwayDiaries1-Mangar

Here’s the link to the Highway Diary from our shoot at Ferozepur…: http://bit.ly/HighwayDiaries-Ferozepur

Highway will release on 21st February, 2014.

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Priyanka Chopra’s modern-day mujra Ram Chahe Leela -most popular song this season

Priyanka Chopra’s special song in Eros International & Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela,titled Ram Chahe Leela has gone on to create pandemonium .Well on its way to being the item song of the year, the modern mujra with a touch of rock fusion has made its place on top of most music charts in the country.

Looking her seductive best ,Priyanka Chopra turns on the heat as she flaunts her super toned body and some killer moves intrinsic of some contemporary,kathak and yogic styles ,making it look oh so simple with her background in classical dance.

Says a source, “Ram Chahe Leela went on to garner an unprecedented number of views the moment it hit Youtube courtesy it being a mujra number with a twist , some stunning and challenging choreography and Priyanka Chopra ! ”

Says Priyanka Chopra, “The response of Ram Chahe Leela has been stupendous and at this point I feel a sense of relief and pride. Relief because all the hard work and effort I put into creating this has been appreciated; and Pride because of the overwhelming outpour of love and support for I have received from the moment the video was released online. ”

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Tobacco Control Policy Report calls for greater awareness and sustained campaigns against tobacco use

– Over 80% Tobacco users in Maharashtra expressed regret for starting to use tobacco –

Mumbai. 21st November, 2013: The findings of the Tobacco Control Policy (TCP) India Wave 1 survey, released here today revealed some alarming facts about tobacco control policies in our country which is home to approximately 275 million tobacco users. This Report which is a collaborative effort of researchers at the Healis Sekhsaria Institute for Public Health, India and the University of Waterloo, Canada was based on the result of a survey of adult tobacco users and tobacco non-users in Maharashtra (MH), Bihar (BR), West Bengal (WB) and Madhya Pradesh (MP). Current tobacco use among adults aged 15 years and older in Maharashtra was 28% (23% in MP, 47% in BR; 33% in WB).

In Maharashtra, more than 80% of tobacco users expressed regret for starting to use tobacco; ( >60% in other three states) and in Maharashtra itself more than 91% of tobacco users and non-users believed that the use of smoked and/or smokeless tobacco products was ‘bad’ or ‘very bad’. In all the four states, tobacco use was higher among less educated males from low income group.

Despite growing awareness in both urban and rural India combined with a complete ban on the advertising of tobacco products, a fairly large section of Indian population is still exposed to the advertising and promotion of tobacco products. This is a clear indication of the fact that there is a need for more effective implementation of the laws on ban on advertisement of all tobacco products in all media. In Maharashtra, approximately three years after implementation of the 2008 National smoke-free law, level of awareness of smoke-free laws was only 35% (ranged from 18% MP to 59% in WB, 54% in Bihar) clearly indicating a need for wider dissemination and awareness about smoke-free laws.

Dr. Prakash C. Gupta, Managing Director, Healis-Sekhsaria Institute for Public Health said that “the study findings clearly emphasize that stronger tobacco control policies and their effective implementation would be supported by people of Maharashtra. There is still a considerable exposure to advertising of tobacco products but the high degree of support for complete ban on advertising and smoking in enclosed workplaces as other public places. It is amazing that over 80% of tobacco users in Maharashtra regret starting their tobacco use.Government policies need to be stronger to discourage children and young adults in Maharashtra towards starting any tobacco use”.

Dr. Mangesh S. Pednekar, Director (Development & Research), Healis-Sekhsaria Institute for Public Health said that “Current regulations on tobacco advertising in India still allow for exemptions which had created loopholes for tobacco industries to focus its marketing efforts in unregulated venues such as point of sale. Globally strong price and taxation policies have consistently been shown to be the most effective tobacco control measure, mainly because the product became unaffordable. Therefore, it is urgent need for Indian central and state governments to take strong measure to close open loopholes and to act swiftly to reduce affordability of all tobacco products.”

“Tobacco use accounts for nearly half of all cancers among males and a one-quarter of all cancers among females and is also a major cause of cardiovascular and respiratory disease. Users who are addicted to this deadly substance are often unaware of the serious health risks of tobacco. Educating them about the health hazards of tobacco use and effective pictorial warnings on tobacco products can help people to quit and may also dissuade others from embracing this deadly habit.”, said Dr. Surendra S. Shastri, Tata Memorial Hospital.

Facts About Maharashtra

· Around 30% of tobacco users in Maharashtra had a low degree of readiness to quit;

· 34% who visited a doctor or health professional in the previous six months received advice to quit

· 59% of tobacco users who received help or advice made them think about quitting

· Approximately three years after implementation of the 2008 National smoke-free law, level of awareness of smoke-free laws was 35% (ranged from 18% MP to 59% in WB, 54% in Bihar)

· 29% of smokers, 17 percent of smokeless only users, and 9 percent of non-users observed people smoking in indoor areas at their workplaces

· 75% of smokers, 85% of smokeless only users, and 82% of non-users observed people smoking in indoor areas at bars

· 36% of smokers, 34% of smokeless users and 27% of non-users noticed smoking in restaurants at their last visit (Across the four states, 34 to 71% of smokers, 32 to 53% of smokeless only users, and 22 to 41% of non-users)

· There was very strong support for comprehensive indoor smoking bans in workplaces, restaurants, and public transportation; (>95% at workplaces, > 69% at restaurants and > 99% at public transportation)

· Highest percentage of tobacco users who noticed warning labels on the packages of their respective products (75% of smokers and 77% of smokeless users)

· Highest exposure to tobacco advertising, where more than half (55%) of smokers and non-users noticed advertising and pictures of tobacco use.

About The TCP India Project

The International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project is an international comparative study that examines the effects of tobacco control policy measures in 22 countries by following large cohorts of smokers over time in each country. The TCP India Survey was conducted in four Indian states, centered on a major city and its surrounding rural district in each state, by researchers from the Healis-Sekhsaria Institute for Public Health in India in partnership with the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project at the University of Waterloo. The TCP India Survey was conducted among a representative random sample of adult (aged 15 years and older) tobacco users (smokers and smokeless tobacco users) and non-tobacco users residing in Bihar (Patna), Madhya Pradesh (Indore), Maharashtra (Mumbai), and West Bengal (Kolkata). All interviews were conducted face-to-face between August2010 and December 2011.

About Healis-Sekhsaria Institute of Public Health

Healis-Sekhsaria Institute of Public Health has committed itself to advancing public health through innovative science and evidence-based policy. It conducts quality research in public health domain and carries forward its outcome for the benefit of the society.

For Media Enquiries, please contact:

Brix Media (Blue Lotus Communications Pvt. Ltd)

Anil Agre : +91-98 20 52 11 50

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Healis-Sekhsaria Institute for Public Health

Dr. Mangesh Pednekar : 022-2757 5487

Key Study Findings

· Smokeless tobacco was the most common form of tobacco used in all four states with at least 2 out of 5 adults addicted to it. Khaini was the smokeless product used most often in Bihar, West Bengal and Maharashtra while plain chewing tobacco was used in Madhya Pradesh.

Knowledge of Health Effects of Smoking

Knowledge of Health Effects of Smokeless Tobacco Use

1. Throat cancer: 92% in Maharashtra (75% – 94% in three states)

2. Mouth cancer: 92% in Maharashtra, (76% – 91% in three states)

3. Tuberculosis: 67% in Maharashtra (51% – 95% in three states)

4. Heart disease in smokers: 63% in Maharashtra (49% – 87% in three states)

1. Throat cancer: 87% in Maharashtra (66% – 77% in three states)

2. Mouth cancer: 87% in Maharashtra, (78% – 86% in three states)

3. Gum disease: 77% in Maharashtra, (74% – 72% in three states)

· Around 30% of tobacco users in Maharashtra had a low degree of readiness to quit;

Important reasons lead them to think about Quit the Use of Smoked Tobacco

Important reasons lead them to think about Quit the Use of Smokeless Tobacco

1. Concern for personal health: 98% in Maharashtra, (72% – 99% in three states)

2. Wanting to set an example for children: 68% in Maharashtra (43% – 97% in three states)

1. Concern for personal health (94% in Maharashtra, (86% – 91% in three states)

2. Wanting to set an example for children: 57% in Maharashtra (32% – 97% in three states)

· There was very high support for complete bans on tobacco advertising in shops and stores, and displays of all tobacco products among smokers, smokeless only users, and non-users in all four states.

· Tobacco packages, television and public transportation were the most common source of anti-tobacco information for smokers in all four states

· Local stores/shops, street vendors, and tobacco shops were the most common sources for the purchase of tobacco products

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Anil V.Agre.

Sr.Media Relations Executive
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Kareena on her Personal front

Kareena who is awaiting the release of her Film Gori tere Pyaar Mein

Kareena has wished to be an actress, from the time she was a child. she has spent her entire childhood dancing in front of the mirror dancing to to Madhuri and Sridevi songs or copying their expressions as she always wanted to be a movie star and had no doubts in her mind on that.
She feels parents are very liberal and cosmopolitan, her parents have never asked her what she wants to do or where she is going, her mother has so much confidence in the way she has brought her up and knows that she knows her responsibilities. She loves having a chat with her father over a drink and had her first drink with him in Boston in America. Her mother being a single parent was more active in her sister Karisma’s career and feels Karisma laid the foundation and she just reaped the benefits. For her its the biggest high to be called her sister as people still get confused and call her Karisma and feels proud in being one of the most successful siblings in bollywood and also of having a mother like they do.
She feels she is like her mother fun and entertaining, She is very moohphat and will say anything anytime. People like Karan and Manish love to meet her. she has her own life and lives it her way,She has always been cool about talking about boyfriends.
She lived in with Saif for five years and everyone said it was considered a bold step just because she said it, she feels she is upfront, but also very traditional.
Her father is a Punjabi,her mother,a practising Christian and her husband a Muslim.
she feels blessed to have the best parents and be part of such a contemporary world.
Her parents even after seperating have the most wonderful relationship and are the best of friends.
Saif’s imperfection make him sexy and charming. She loves the fact that she makes spelling mistakes.
Saif and her relationship is very beautiful as they are best friends to each other. as if she needs any advise she asks him.One can talk to saif about anythimg and everything.Said and she are brought up in a similar banner.They are modern and at the same time traditional..
About Karisma she feels that karisma is her father’s favorite She n Karisma are very close to each other. Karisma is the nicest human being. Karisma is bebo’s biggest critic.Bebo is outgoing while karisma is reserved .Karisma is the rock of the family.
Karisma is a responsible actress. Karisma was my grandfather’s favorite.he loved mangoes and so did bebo but all the mangoes always went to karisma. He doted on her as her eye color was similar to him.
Kareena Kapoor loves Karan Johar. Karan is like a brother to her.She n he share a lot of things and respect each other.She knows that he is there for her and she trusts him.
Ranbir and Kareena went on a holiday together when they were kids. She was nine and the shikaras were running around the Oberoi Palace hotel, as they stayed there. They were most excited as Rishi Kapoor was a big star and it was great.

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Dutch Consulate General and Brand Dialogue showcase the art of Design & Branding

-Bring together their 1st seminar in India to present celebrated Dutch design solutions for innovating India-

Mumbai, November 21, 2013: Dutch brand communications consultancy Brand Dialogue collaborates with the Consulate General of the Netherlands in Mumbai for a unique Design & Branding seminar. This joint initiative, which emphasizes a new vision targeting design and branding solutions for India, was held on Nov 19 in Mumbai.

Brand Dialogue, which recently announced its entry into the Indian market, is being graciously accepted by Indian companies for its international approach. The Brand Dialogue seminar is offered in collaboration with four renowned Dutch creative agencies, Fabrique, Globrands, THEY and Yellow Dress Retail. Speaking about the seminar, CEO & Founder of Brand Dialogue, Willem Woudenberg, said: “With the highly competitive scenario in the market today, it becomes crucial for brands to showcase their exclusivity and I believe design and branding play an eminent role here. Companies investing in design and branding invest in their future, are more innovative, develop stronger client relations and will make more profit”.

The Dutch Consulate General emphasizes that India offers a wide variety of opportunities. This is reflected in a decades-long tradition of bilateral trade between both countries; The Netherlands is currently the 4th largest investor in India, India is the 5th largest investor in The Netherlands. The Netherlands is the 4th most innovative country in the world and through its business partnerships over the years, Dutch expertise has been introduced in many sectors of the Indian economy. Whereas design and branding in The Netherlands is widely developed and has become key to corporate success, the Indian creative sector leaves room for exploitation. The Design & Branding seminar offers the principles that make brands effective today and creates awareness of how to circumvent pitfalls. Insights from experts reveal how to bridge the gap between understanding the basics of branding and the actual execution.

Mr. Woudenberg was supported by a team of panelists, comprising of Mr. Vishal Jhunjhunwala, Head Corporate Brand TATA-TCS, Mr. Shireesh Joshi, COO Strategic Marketing Group at Godrej and Mr. Manish Agarwal, CEO Reliance Entertainment (Digital).

Mr. Shireesh Joshi, COO Strategic Marketing Group at Godrej, said: “Indian brands are increasingly competing internationally, with international competitors domestically, and seeking to win consumers whose sensibilities are being increasingly trained by international exposure. There is a need to learn from and appropriately adopt international design imagination in their products and presence. Dutch design firms will have a role to play not just in such creation but building the culture and discipline of executing great design to delight consumers.”

The evening was wrapped up by workshop sessions by the four Dutch creative agencies associated with Brand Dialogue on an appealing topic- ‘How branding (really) works’. Brand Dialogue’s journey in India is supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Dutch Consulate General in Mumbai. With its specialized agencies, Brand Dialogue holds to its credit, association with clients like Philips, Delhi Airport, Heineken, Metro, Business World, DSM, Hema and Spar, among others.

About Brand Dialogue

Brand Dialogue is a Dutch brand & design consultancy offering innovative branding, design and communication solutions. With offices in Amsterdam, Delhi & Mumbai, Brand Dialogue in India comes with international expertise which can be accessed locally. Collaborating with leading Dutch design firms Brand Dialogue, offers strength in various branding specialisms: visual & digital branding, naming, advertising, retail and product design.

For more information, please visit- http://www.branddialogue.eu/

About The kingdom of the Netherlands, Mumbai

The Netherlands sets great store by their relations with India. Improvement of bilateral trade is a core activity of the Kingdom of the Netherlands as it is the 4th largest investor in India. India, in its turn, is the 5th largest investor in The Netherlands. As an excellent business partner for India and the 4th most innovative country in the world, not only thorough knowledge of the creative industries contributes to this relationship. Expertise in water management, logistics and the agricultural sector play a prominent role here as well.

Best,

Anu Naveen Sharma

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Sholay 3D’s theatrical to be the first to be seen on Youtube’s 3D channel.

Sholay 3D is the first Hindi film to be showcased on you tube’s international 3D channel.

Its a big deal that India’s first film is Sholay.

UTV and Jayantilal Gada specially wrote to YouTube internationally to see if it could be showcased on their channel along with the best of Hollywood 3D.

Sholay is a cult classic that’s releasing in a new format on January 3rd.

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TOP PLAYERS TO FIRE UP NEW SEASON BATTLING FOR GLORY AND HONOUR AT AIRCEL CHENNAI OPEN 2014

Multiple ATP World Tour Title holders Stanislas Wawrinka, Mikhail Youzhny, Fabio Fognini, defending champion Janko Tipsarevic, confirm participation

Impressive lineup marked by lowest ever cut off in history of tournament

Chennai, 21 November 2013: Setting new benchmarks in offering the world’s top tennis stars an outstanding platform to compete in the sport, the 19th edition of the Aircel Chennai Open will present an exceptional lineup of top talent marked by the lowest ever cut off in the history of tournament.

Cutting off at 89, the strong player field for the region’s most exciting and hard fought tennis tournament will see an inspiring array of players and include thrilling talent such as World No. 8 Stanislas Wawrinka, World No. 15 Mikhail Youzhny, World No. 16 Fabio Fognini, and Defending Singles Champion Janko Tipsarevic. The 2014 edition marks only the second time in the history of the tournament where three returning singles champions form part of the playing field.

Other leading players who will add excitement to the event include France’s Benoit Paire, Canada’s Vasek Pospisil, Spaniards Marcel Granollers & Roberto Bautista-Agut, and Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vesselin.

2014 will mark the 19th edition of India and South Asia’s premier ATP World Tour tennis event that boasts prize money of USD 450000. From 30th December 2013 to 5th January 2014, the tournament will offer tennis fans an opportunity to enjoy scintillating tennis action at Chennai’s SDAT Tennis Stadium.

At the forefront of the singles draw will be 28-year-old World No. 8 Stanislas Wawrinka, who will be visiting Chennai for the sixth consecutive year to vie for the crown. Wawrinka has had a terrific 2013 season, qualifying for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals and giving a tough fight to the world’s leading players. The Lausanne native reached the semi-finals of the season finale in his debut and though he fell to winner Novak Djokovic, he finished the year on a high, compiling a career-best 51-23 match record on the season – including nine wins against Top 10 players. Last year, Wawrinka wowed onlookers when he partnered Frenchman Benoit Paire to lift the tournament’s 2013 doubles title in a match that lasted less than an hour.

Defending Champion, World No. 36 Janko Tipsarevic had a dream start to 2013 when he captured the fourth ATP World Tour title of his career, defeating Roberto Bautista Agut in three sets 3–6, 6–1, 6–3 in Chennai. Janko exhibited consistent performance reaching five quarter-finals including the US Open, six semi-finals, and two finals including the one at Aircel Chennai Open and winning his first title of the season in Stuttgart.

The 2013 season started for World No. 15 Mikhail Youzhny on an incredibly positive note as he recorded his 400th career ATP World Tour-level singles win over Benjamin Becker in Doha. He finished runner-up in Halle final losing to Roger Federer and after that became the first Russian champion in 18 years at Gstaad, defeating Robin Haase. Reaching the US Open quarterfinals for the third time, beating Haas in round three and Hewitt in round four boosted Youzhny’s confidence. He went on to win his second ATP World Tour crown of the season and lifted the 10th trophy of career with victory over fellow 31-year-old David Ferrer at the Valencia Open 500. It was Youzhny’s 10th career title and first victory over a Top 5 opponent since 2010, when he upset Novak Djokovic in the Rotterdam semi-finals. He also added to the impressive title count of players over 30, in 2013, becoming the fourth such player to win multiple titles this year. He became the Chennai Open’s 2008 singles champion when he routed Spain’s Rafael Nadal 6-0, 6-1 in the final.

Italy’s Fabio Fognini, the current World No. 16, will be another player to watch out for at the forthcoming tournament. The right-handed player finished the past two seasons inside the Top 50 of the Emirates ATP Rankings and 2013 has been best Fognini’s best year thus far. He won 13 straight matches over three weeks and catapulted into the Top 20. His victories saw him capturing his first ATP World Tour title at the Mercedes Cup with a comeback win over Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber. Fognini then went on to defeat players such as Tommy Haas and Nicolas Almagro to reach the German Tennis Championships final. The 26-year-old clinched the ATP World Tour 500 title and broke into the Top 20 by saving three match points against Federico Delbonis. He replicated that feat against Gael Monfils in the semi-finals of the Vegeta Croatia Open Umag just days later to reach his third final in as many weeks. Though his run ended when he lost to Tommy Robredo, Fognini reached a career-high No. 16 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.

The Italian has impressed the tennis community on all three surfaces, particularly at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, where he recorded back-to-back Top 10 victories against Tomas Berdych and Richard Gasquet en route to the semi-finals. Armed with a collection of strong victories and in top form, it will be interesting to watch him play at the Aircel Chennai Open 2014.

World No. 26 Benoit Paire, who reached the semi-finals of the tournament last year, will be back in Chennai yet again. Last year, Paire teamed up with Wawrinka to win the tournament’s doubles crown.

Exciting international names in the main draw such as Canada’s Vasek Pospisil (No. 32), Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vesselin (No. 52), Spaniards Marcel Granollers (No. 38), Roberto Bautista-Agut (No. 59), Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (No. 63), and Pablo Carreno Busta (No. 65), and China’s Yen-Hsun Lu (No. 66) are other names to watch out for and make this year’s tournament an intensely exciting affair.

The Alternates list of the tournament includes World No. 90 and India’s ace player Somdev Devvarman. Other proficient players comprise 27-year-old World No. 99 Sergiy Stakhovsky who stunned Roger Federer by defeating him at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships, and Japan’s Go Soeda who beat Wawrinka at Chennai in 2012.

Speaking on the announcement, Tom Annear, Tournament Director, Aircel Chennai Open said “We at the Aircel Chennai Open are once again looking forward to delivering a world class event that the City can be proud of and that tennis fans throughout the region can truly enjoy. Being the opening event on the ATP tour calendar, and with four of the World’s top-30 ranked players already committed to compete, we expect the 2014 tournament to be one of the strongest and most exciting in recent memory.”

Anupam Vasudev, Chief Marketing Officer, Aircel said, “Aircel has hosted the India’s premier tennis tournament, the Aircel Chennai Open for 4 successful years and are delighted to continue with this association in our 5th successive year. The Aircel Chennai Open has played an important role in growing the popularity of Tennis in India, particularly amongst our key target audience -Young India & the youth. This year, once again the Aircel Chennai Open has attracted amongst the world’s finest players and promises to be an exciting season of tennis.”

Mr. M.A Alagappan, President of Tamil Nadu Tennis Association said, “Now in its 19th edition, the Aircel Chennai Open has grown into South Asia’s premier sporting extravaganza. We would like to express our gratitude to the Government of Tamil Nadu and all our sponsors for their support. We would also like to thank the players, thanks to whose presence, we witness exciting action and great sportsmanship at display. The presence of prominent players such as Stanislas Wawrinka, Mikhail Youzhny, Fabio Fognini, Benoit Paire and Janko Tipsarvic will provide tennis enthusiasts some world class action.”

Ashu Jindal, Chief Operating Officer, IMG Reliance said, “Aircel Chennai Open 2014 continues to offer a highly competitive players line-up. We are pleased that the cut off this year is the lowest in the history of the tournament. The field includes one of Chennai’s favourite champions Stanislas Wawrinka and Janko Tipsarevic apart from Mikhail Youzhny, Fabio Fognini and Benoit Paire, who have had fantastic playing seasons. We thank the many organisations and individuals who support us at every stage of the tournament, especially the Tamil Nadu Tennis Association for their relentless support and all our sponsors, who have helped make this event what it is today.”

The Title Sponsor for the tournament is Aircel and the event is supported by the Government of Tamil Nadu and a consortium of sponsors.

About Aircel Chennai Open 2014

The USD 450,000 Aircel Chennai Open, owned by IMG and operated and organised by IMG Reliance, is India’s and South Asia’s only ATP World Tour event. Started in 1996, by IMG, a global leader in sports management and marketing, the event has completed successful years of existence, branding Chennai and India on the global tennis map thus creating a legacy of sorts of promoting international tennis in India. Winner of the prestigious ATP’s Player Services Award of Excellence (2006) for its outstanding organization and wonderful hospitality towards the participants and ATP’s Best Marketing Award (2008), the tournament has acquired the status of a much sought-after tennis event for both players and fans alike in the International tennis circuit. The 19th edition of the event in India and 18th in Chennai will be held from December 30, 2013 to January 5, 2014 at the SDAT Tennis stadium in Nungambakkam, Chennai. The tournament is conducted in Chennai under the aegis of the All India Tennis Association (AITA) and is organised with the active collaboration of the Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu (SDAT) and Tamil Nadu Tennis Association (TNTA).

About Aircel Limited

Aircel is one of India’s leading pan India operators. It won 3G spectrum in 13 circles and BWA spectrum in 8 circles and has successfully launched 3G services which is the fastest 3G roll out ever in the Indian Telecom Space. Aircel has been constantly innovating products and services and is credited with making 3G affordable to masses by launching Pocket Internet Smart which offers best value 3G packs. Aircel Pocket Internet Smart gave a boost to 3G adoption in the country as it is a true value for money product that allows consumers to access unlimited 3G data at extremely affordable prices. Aircel has positioned itself as a data led telecom player and has addressed the multi-functionality of a mobile phone in many innovative ways which are Industry firsts, be it the Aircel Pocket Internet, Pocket Internet Games and Facebook Voice Updates on Aircel. Aircel is also a preferred telecom network to launch Apple iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPhone 5. Recently, the company has become the proud recipient of coveted awards such as Asia Responsible Entrepreneurship Awards (AREA) 2012 South Asia by Enterprise Asia, ‘Excellence Award for Security in Telecom 2012’ by Data Security Council of India (DSCI) an institution setup by NASSCOM® and ‘Best in class Learning and Development Awards’ for ‘Innovation in Learning’ and ‘Best Training Venue’ by World HRD Congress 2013. For more information, please log onto our website www.aircel.com and follow us on Twitter @AircelNews

About IMG Tennis

For nearly four decades, IMG Tennis has led the industry in the areas of player representation, tournament management, tour marketing, television-related initiatives, and teaching academies. The company’s rich heritage in tennis dates back to 1968 with the signing of its first tennis client, Rod Laver, by Mark H. McCormack. IMG Tennis anticipates the trends, nurtures the talent, and maximizes the opportunities for players, organizations, corporate marketers, and fans of tennis. IMG represents many top players on both the WTA and ATP Tours, along with a bevy of future stars poised to make their mark on the professional game. IMG also prides itself on representing many of the legends of the game. IMG’s roster of tennis clients includes Novak Djokovic, Bjorn Borg, Lindsay Davenport, Chris Evert, Mary Joe Fernandez, John McEnroe, Monica Seles, Maria Sharapova, and Venus Williams.

About IMG Reliance

In 2010 Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), India’s largest and most recognized private sector company, and IMG Worldwide (IMG), the world’s leading sports marketing and management company, announced the formation of an equal joint venture to develop, market and manage sports and entertainment in India. The joint venture company, IMG Reliance Pvt. Ltd., will create and operate major sports and entertainment assets in the country. In its first initiative, IMG Reliance entered into an agreement with the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) to create a new professional basketball league and manage all aspects of the commercial rights to the game in India. IMG Reliance signed a 15-year agreement with the AIFF, to improve, popularize and promote the game of football throughout India, from the grassroots to the professional level. IMG Reliance has also created a scholarship program to identify and train talented young Indians from sports including – basketball, soccer and tennis–at IMG’s world-class sports training facilities at IMG Academies in Bradenton, Florida.

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Sohum Shah, who garnered unequivocal praise for his performance in Ship of Theseus, has undergone a striking physical transformation for his next film,Tumbad. “It is a dark period thriller set against colonial India, infused with elements of fantasy. I had to bulk up for my role by following a strict regimen to stay true to the physicality prevalent in 1930s India.” said the actor-producer.

The team did several test shoots before zeroing in on Sohum’s look for the film. On his part, the actor also thoroughly researched the kind of costumes worn in that era. “My first day on the set, most of the crew found it hard to recognize me!” he says.

Produced by Recyclewala Films, it also marks the directorial debut of Rahi Anil Barve whose short film ‘Manjha’ was released by Danny Boyle with the ‘Slumdog Millionare’ Blu-Ray. Some portions of Tumbad, which is scheduled to release worldwide next year, were screened at the NFDC Film Bazaar in Goa last year, where it was hailed a visual masterpiece by those present.

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Mika`s Divine Side…

Mika is more than a lucky mascot for filmmakers today. Whenever he lends his voice for a movie, they become an instant hit. He is on every Director`s list and every youngster`s playlist.The mega star that he is, everyone wants a piece of him. His songs have the potential to lift a film. Also, his songs are all chart toppers and have become a sort of party anthem for the entire nation.

Mika is known to be a party head.and has a bad boy image in the industry. But, he has another side that is hidden from the entire world. Another fairer side that the world is oblivious to. He runs an NGO called, ‘Divine Touch’ which he started 5 years back and has been actively working for it, ever since. Very few know that Mika sponsors LUNGAR for all the Sikh festivals almost every year. Even this year, he sponsored for GURU PURB.

According to the sources, Mika has rehabilitated more than 3000 girls from the country..He even provided them with standard education and availed jobs for them. Many of them are well placed today and are thankful to him.

It`s a cliched belief that good deeds are always rewarded. And today, subliminally thinking, Mika is at the pinnacle of success. And is a renowned singer-performer. Very few know that he donates a huge sum of his earning to his NGO.


Shantanu
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BULLETT RAJA, one of the most awaited films of the year partners with leading consumer durables brand – SANSUI. Fox Star Studios’ action entertainer – Bullett Raja is directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia featuring Saif Ali Khan & Sonakshi Sinha in the lead role. The announcement of the partnership was made last evening at Hotel Taj Lands End during a gala event in Mumbai hosted by SANSUI and Fox Star Studios’. Mr. Anirudh Dhoot, Director – SANSUI unveiled the Sansui-Bullett Raja co-branded TVC along with Saif and Sonakshi.

Speaking on this association, Mr. Anirudh Dhoot, Director – SANSUI said “We are happy to be associated with Bullett Raja as its Technology Partner. Both SANSUI and Bullett Raja share a common brand positioning of being a ‘complete entertainer’. This association is even more special since Saif Ali Khan is SANSUI’s Brand ambassador in India and we are glad to support a film that he is associated with.”

Mr. Arun Pal, Chief Marketing Officer – SANSUI further added, “Its great to be associated with highly entertaining mediums like the film Bullett Raja. SANSUI believes in providing the latest in technological innovations and this was a perfect platform for the brand to showcase its technologically advanced Brush Metal LED TV range. We are confident that this association will be mutually beneficial for both. The SANSUI family wishes the film great success”.

Brand Ambassador & lead actor Saif Ali Khan said, “I am associated with SANSUI since the last three years. I truly believe that SANSUI has superior and technologically advanced products with great aesthetic values. So while we were brainstorming on which brand should we have on board as our Technology partner; SANSUI was the obvious choice. I thank Mr. Anirudh Dhoot and the entire SANSUI family for their constant support.”

The evening was truly a glittering affair as Saif and Sonakshi entertained the audiences with their impromptu acts! The audiences were also introduced to highly entertaining and exciting dialogues from the film that kept them glued to their seats! Bullett Raja releases on 29th November 2013.

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Sanofi partners with PVR Nest for innovative ‘Healthy Children, happy children’ initiative

– Will jointly reach out to 2,00,000 children making this the largest student-led health campaign

– The initiative will utilize non-authoritarian creative techniques in the schools, using art and cinema to make children’s health education real, innovative and participatory

Mumbai, November 21, 2013: In the week following Children’s Day celebrations in India, Sanofi India Limited joined hands with PVR Nest (the social program and registered foundation of India’s largest film entertainment company PVR Limited) for its ‘Healthy children, happy children’ initiative to launch India’s largest student-led campaign on children’s health.

The largest in its outreach and scope so far, the program titled CineArt ‘Healthy children, happy children’will bring together leading Indian pediatricians, with NGOs and artists in the field of creative learning, to mentor 2,00,000 school children from 200 schools (an equal mix between Public/Privately held schools and NGO/ Community schools) in 4 cities—Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, and Hyderabad, on critical aspects of children’s health.

Schools provide the most ideal platform to raise awareness, train teachers and students, and through them-parents and community members, on important issues pertaining to health–disease prevention and health awareness. By utilizing non-authoritarian and creative techniques in schools using art and cinema, the program endeavors to make children’s health education real, innovative and participatory.

600 health workshops using experiential learning methodologies like puppetry, theatre, storytelling and capacity building exercises, will be tapped to sensitize children on relevant health topics like hygiene, environment, play and exercise, disability and discrimination, vaccination, ergonomics, among others.

Speaking at the launch event in Mumbai, Joanna Potts, Commercial Operations Officer (COO)- Sanofi India stated, “Over the years, Sanofi has provided medication and healthcare tools to address numerous fundamental childhood health issues, from routine to life-threatening. Through our new ‘Healthy children, happy children’ initiative, we aim to diversify and adapt our healthcare offer to young Indian patients, with innovative products, services and awareness initiatives. We are delighted to partner with PVR Nest for a first-of-its-kind interface between pediatricians, NGOs and artistes for this innovative, year-long school awareness program on health. We are looking forward to seeing children-in-action during the school health workshops, and also, during the making of original ‘Healthy children, happy children’ health films and publication.”

One of the significant outcomes of this year-long creative and collaborative educational programme on child health will be the formation of around 200 ‘Healthy children, happy children’ School Clubs. The clubs will have an outreach within schools, as well as to parents and communities outside, to sustain health education and awareness. Another key achievement of the program is the film making process wherein eminent film makers will be training selected students from shortlisted schools, to make original health films. These would be proudly screened by PVR cinemas across the country to reach millions of movie goers with key messages on children’s health.

The launch event at Mumbai was attended by leading Mumbai pediatricians, school founders & students of the 50 participating schools, and graced by Nagesh Kukunoor, eminent Indian film-maker and script writer as the Chief Guest. Special Guests and speakers also included Dr. Keya Lahiri, Professor and Head of Pediatrics at Padmashree Dr. D. Y. PATIL College, Hospital and Research Centre, Mumbai, Manish Paul, actor and Sophie Choudry, actor and singer.

The program opened with an original children’s theatre production on health, and also saw the launch of a special campaign film featuring children, to drive home the message of health.

Talking about this initiative, Mr. Renaud Palliere, CEO- International Business, PVR said “At PVR Nest, we are continuously looking at addressing core issues that affect the communities that we live in and thus uphold our commitment towards urban sustainability. We are extremely happy to partner with Sanofi India to create education and action on the very important issue of Children’s health.We look forward to developing a sustained partnership with India’s leading pediatricians, schools and experts who are participating in this program.As a film exhibition company, we will provide the best possible outreach to the original films the students will make during this campaign, through our presence in 37 cities country wide”.

About Sanofi and PVR Nest’s CineArt Healthy children, happy children initiative:

• School outreach program in Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, and Hyderabad to mentor 2,00,000 children

• Outreach to an equal mix of Public/Privately held schools and NGO/ Community schools

• Six hundred creative knowledge sessions and health workshops

• Formation of 200 ‘Healthy children, happy children’ health clubs

• Students to share key-learnings in creative formats such as posters, drawings, skits and plays

• The best creative entries to feature in the first ever original children’s publication on Health

· Eight winning school teams (chosen on the basis of creative entries) to be trained on film making by eminent film makers; children to make films on chosen health themes

· Further to the Grand finale, three ‘best’ health films will be screened at 100 PVR Cinema Screens across India for six months

About Sanofi

Sanofi, an integrated global healthcare leader, discovers, develops and distributes therapeutic solutions focused on patients’ needs. Sanofi has core strengths in the field of healthcare with seven growth platforms: diabetes solutions, human vaccines, innovative drugs, consumer healthcare, emerging markets, animal health and the new Genzyme. Sanofi is listed in Paris (EURONEXT: SAN) and in New York (NYSE: SNY).

Present in India since 1956, the Group currently operates through five entities in the country − Sanofi India Limited (previously known as Aventis Pharma Limited), Sanofi-Synthelabo (India) Limited, Sanofi Pasteur India Private Limited, Shantha Biotechnics Limited and Genzyme India Private Limited.

About PVR/PVR Nest

PVR Nest is the social program and registered foundation of India’s most premium and largest film Exhibition Company PVR Limited.The foundation was set up to build programs for the necessitous children and to develop capacities of children from urban schools through cinema and art. PVR Nest operates in a socially responsible and ethical manner through varied collaborations with associations, organizations and Government bodies.

PVR Nest has been able to establish cinema and art as a viable & productive medium for education amongst 3,00,000 urban school children through its program CineArt. This is an effective non- authoritarian model of education amongst impressionable minds about urban sustainability issues of conservation, heritage, road safety & health through capacity & skill building exercises.This program has received the highest accolades from AajTak Care Awards’2012 and Global Green Awards, London’2010.

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Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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