Hockey India League signs multi-year title sponsorship deal with Hero MotoCorp

Hockey India League signs multi-year title sponsorship deal with Hero MotoCorp

New Delhi, 1 January 2013: Hockey India League (HIL) signed a multi-year deal with Hero MotoCorp, the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer, for the ‘Title Sponsorship’ of the much-awaited League.

Hero MotoCorp has always reposed its faith in Indian hockey by promoting the game in the country through sponsorship of marquee tournaments and other initiatives.

With this sponsorship, the tournament will be called as “Hero Hockey India League”.

Announcing this here today, Mr. Narinder Batra, Secretary General of Hockey India and Chairman Hockey India League, said “We are delighted to have Hero MotoCorp as the Title Sponsor of the Hockey India League. Hero Group and particularly its MD & CEO Mr. Pawan Munjal, have always been great well-wishers of Indian Hockey and they have supported many initiatives of Hockey India in the past few years. Hockey India League thanks Hero MotoCorp for coming on board to become our partner for a long & joyful journey.”

Mr Pawan Munjal, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Hero MotoCorp Ltd. said “Hockey holds a special place in our hearts and we are pleased to partner with Hockey India League. I am sure that the initiative taken by Hockey India to start this league will go a long way in developing the game and bring back its old glory”.

Hero MotoCorp was the Title Sponsor of the 2012 Olympics Qualifier Tournament – ‘Hero FIH Road to London 2012’, which was won by the Indian Men’s team, thereby securing a berth in the 2012 Olympic Games. In 2010, Hero was also the Title Sponsor of the men’s, FIH World Cup held in New Delhi.

The inaugural Hero Hockey India League will be held from 14 January to 10 February 2013 involving 120 leading players, showing their finest skills in 34 matches. Five teams – Delhi Waveriders, Jaypee Punjab Warriors, Uttar Pradesh Wizards, Mumbai Magicians and Ranchi Rhinos will compete in the inaugural season at five venues – Delhi, Jalandhar, Lucknow, Mumbai and Ranchi respectively.

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Poonam Pandey drinks to make Nasha more real!
“When the celebrations began, I was already in Nasha,” chuckled Poonam Pandey on shooting her tereal life prty to be part of her film Nasha. “Our director Amit Saxena has come up with an idea to include few portions of the party in the movie. Everyone is enjoying including the crew and I am excited about it,” said Poonam.

On being asked about the innovative idea, Poonam said, “My director wants to keep the drink scenes real in the film and it wouldn’t have been better than our 31st party celebration. I guess it’s like the Hollywood movie Hangover.”

“Its also done to make our film more real as it deals with Nasha. I am enjoying too much and I am already high so didn’t think about my New Year resolution,” concluded Poonam.


Kid’s day out with the Pros at Aircel Chennai Open

Chennai, 1st January, 2013: Aircel Chennai Open 2013, India’s only and South Asia’s leading ATP World Tour event today conducted a special tennis clinic for children with the professional players. Representing the players were India’s young tennis professionals – Divij Sharan, Jeevan Neduncheziyan, N. Sriram Balaji, Vignesh Peranamallur, Mohit Mayur Jayaprakash, Ramkumar Ramanathan along with eighth seed Go Soeda of Japan and Michael Kohlmann from Germany.

The tennis clinic is a distinctive opportunity for aspiring youngsters to hone their skills with personal interactions by professional Indian and international tennis players. The session saw over sixty kids from various TNTA academies in action and was conducted by Milos Galecic, Somdev Devvarman’s strength and conditioning coach.

As part of the activity, the children worked on warm-up exercises, various drills, techniques and hit balls with the pros. Milos Galecic even interacted with the parents who were present and helped them with guidance and tips to develop a healthier body for their children.

Present at the event was tennis legend Vijay Amritraj and the session was conducted by Charu Sharma.


The USD 430,000 Aircel Chennai Open, owned by IMG and operated and organized by IMG Reliance, is India and South Asia’s only ATP World Tour event. Started in 1996, by IMG, a global leader in sports management and marketing, the tournament has completed sixteen 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 event has acquired the status of a much sought-after tennis event for both players and fans alike in the International tennis circuit. The 18th edition of the tournament will be held from December 31, 2012 to January 6, 2013 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 organized with the active collaboration of the Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu (SDAT) and Tamil Nadu Tennis Association (TNTA).

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Top 10 Bollywood style picks of prominent actresses brought to you exclusively by BIG RJ Karisma Kapoor, host of the special segment “BIG ON STYLE” on 92.7 BIG FM’s woman afternoon show BIG Memsaab

10 – Anushka Sharma – From being the docile, distressed damsel in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, to playing an extrovert journalist in Jab Tak Hai Jaan, this actress bags the 10th place for the most stylish Bollywood look for the year 2012.

Style Tip: For all those women who work outdoors or for married women who prefer wearing western outfits, Anushka’s style from the song Jiya Re Jiya will be the right choice for you. Tank tops, cargoes, animal print scarves, all these provide that casual comfortable feel, keeping you warm during winters, yet stylish. A combined look of ganjis, sneakers and scarfs are also seen in the song that can be tried out which are stylish and chic.

This look was primarily adopted by me, for the first time in Bollywood, in my hilarious flick with Govinda and Sanjay Dutt, Haseena Maan Jayegi. I appeared on the Big Screen with a distinguished look wearing cargos, paired with casual tank tops, topped with two pony tails to add to the cheerful and carefree character that I played in the movie.

Talking about the principal trending fashion highlight of the year 2012, leading actress from the Bollywood film fraternity has been seen in the most precious apparel of the Indian culture – the Saree. Continuing the age old traditional and cultural values, the actresses of tinselville revived and relished the most ancient Indian attire – the Sari. Be it the beautiful Vidya Balan from Kahaani or the sensuous Priyanka Chopra from Barfi, the poised Sridevi from English Vinglish or the sizzling Kareena from Heroine, the leading ladies from the industry were seen in an ever green quintessence attire for women of all eras. The fashion industry this year witnessed the illustration of different styles and patterns of sarees. A combination of the ubiquitous sarees with elegant drape flavored with the experimented style donned the year.

9 – Sonakshi Sinha – Popularly known for her buoyant and blithe on-screen character, the vivacious actress Sonakshi Sinha dons the 9th position on the countdown of the most stylish Bollywood actress on silver screen this year.

Style Tip: Adorned in a red hot saree paired with a deep neck matching blouse, harmonized with a perfect set of accessories, including Maang Tika, big ear rings loops and a cluster of bangles in one hand, Sonakshi Sinha makes for just the right look for the perfect host of the house party. She portrays the ideal Indian woman projecting a subtle sensuality and feminine poise wrapped in a sari.

One might be surprised to know that costume designer Niharika Khan got the same saree from the set of famous choreographer, Saroj Khan’s dance show. Also as the twist unfolds you will witness the similarity of Akshay Kumar’s look and appeal in the movie, very much inspired by Salman Khan’s look in one of my famous movie Judwa. The era of vibrant and vivid colored pants speaks for all.

8 – Yami Gautam – Punjab Di Kudi, more prominently recognized as the fair and lovely girl of the era, the versatile and sumptuous actress Yami Gautam stand on the 8th place in the most stylish bollywood look of the year with her phenomenon debut in the blockbuster Vicky Donor.

Style Tip: Her simple. yet stylish attire and appeal in the famous songs track Paani Da Rang is a just the thing for a shopping spree or a get away with friends, or for an evening coffee. For all the girls and women out there this is just the perfect and comfortable style suited for all weather type in day to day affairs.

7 – Vidya Balan – As the year 2012 bring to a close with delight for all by unveiling the best stylish Bollywood pick , here we unveil the biggest fashion treat for all the pregnant ladies out there.

Style Tip: Explore the Vidya Balan pregnant look from the film Kahaani where she symbolizes beauty in her ultra stylish and comfortable couture wearing baggy printed outfits. Seen fully clad in abstract floral print dresses paired with subtle shades of shrug and big glasses, add to the stylish quotient. Vidya Balan’s awe inspiring look is a must grab for all the expecting ladies.

6 – Ileana D’Cruz – When it comes to fashion and style one cannot forget the stunning and delicate newcomer to the Bollywood industry who created a sensation with her style and fitness regime. Carrying the image and appearance of the girl next door Ileana D’cruz looks exceptionally beautiful and elegant in saree, as well as western outfit.

Style Tip: Wondering what to wear this season? Go out and grab the subtle and elegant look of the actress from her debut movie Barfi. The popular south Indian actress looks mesmerizing in a flower printed saree, worn with a sleeveless blouse in the movie. What makes it even more interesting is that the look will go well on females with any skin tone and complexion. Women with long straight hair and lean body frame win the advantage here though.

5 – Diana Penty – Can’t find an appropriate comfy outfit for a friends get together party or a long drive, why don’t you go and try out the young and carefree style of the stunning and pretty Diana Penty from her famous song “Tumhi Ho Bandu” from her latest Bollywood debut movie Cocktail. Seems like model turned actress is all set to take bollywood by storm with her innocent young and carefree appearance in her debut movie.

Style Tip: A casual and comfortable jumpsuit as seen in this song is a perfect outfit for spring and summer seasons. Put on a throw on shirt over the jumpsuit or try the sleeveless pattern, both makes for a perfect adorable outfit. The movie is a perfect example of how apt styling and fashion can make a huge difference for the movie and its characters. Be is the bold, sexy, glamorous and hot style of Deepika Padukone or the innocent an pretty face of Diana Penty, the fashion and style in the movie set its trademark.

4 – Kareena Kapoor – Amongst the wedding vows, customs, traditions and preparations, the bride is just anxious and apprehensive about her look and style throughout the ceremonies. So, here comes the sizzling and vivacious Kareena Kapoor on Number 4 on the countdown, who brings back the classic Mujra look with modern twist and touch in her popular song “Dil Mera Muft Ka” from her movie Agent Vinod.

Style Tip: Well no one will disagree to the fact that she looks absolutely stunning and gorgeous in the pink sharara outfit in the song. The perfect bare, yet glamorous look, with a bracelet in one hand and paasa with hair on one side, is a right choice for the not only the brides, but can also be attempted during traditional family functions or parties. The famous Kasida Kaari embroidery used for the outfit adds to the simple, pretty and fresh look to Bebo.

It might interest you to know that the famous fashion designer Manish Malhotra who designed the look of the outfit made similar couture for his boutique and it got picked instantly by the young brides. You may not want to miss the fact that gorgeous Mallika Arora Khan also experimented with the same look for the Marrakech Film Festival. What are you waiting for? Go and grab this popular look of the b-town chics.

3 – Deepika Padukone – Cocktail, the movie defined the definition of fashion and style in the industry. While one recalls Deepika’s bold and raunchy style, with ultra stylish and sexy dresses, one should not forget her beautiful and sharp look from the song Second Hand Jawani.

Style Tip: For all extroverts, busy and bold girls who want to experiment with style, Deepika Padukone’s look from the song is the right choice. Stitched black saree, with sleeveless blouse with Maan Tika and minimal styling makes for a perfect combination for assertive, extrovert women of this century. Replace it with full sleeve or one – shoulder long blouses; it can be equally experimented by women who are little overweight as well.


Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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