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Cannes, Toronto, Berlin, Busan, IIFA and Oscar to be classified in JIFF-2013

Jaipur, 7th August: This year in Jaipur International Film Festival – JIFF – 2013 there will be special segments for the films nominated at the Cannes, Toronto, Berlin, Busan, and Oscars known to be the ‘Best World Cinema’ category. Besides, these films will also remain in the category of films in which they are nominated for the award consideration in JIFF-2013 onwards.

In this manner along with Cannes-Berlin-Toronto, IIFA, the Oscar nominated films will also be there in a distinctive competition category and out of them the best film will be selected out.

It is a matter of fact that JIFF receives an immense numbers of films from these film festivals and out of them a good number of films even succeed in getting nominated in JIFF. It is noteworthy that this year ‘A Road Home’ (nominated in Oscar) and Asghar Farhidi’s ‘A Separation’ (winning foreign language film Oscar) was also unanimously declared as the best film in the feature film category.

The decisions of JIFF jury are now highly considered and praised at a global level. One of the concrete reasons for this appreciation is that within tenure of 4 years 5 National Film Awards has been won by the films in the same category as unanimously chosen by the jury members of JIFF. Among these, 3 feature films were ‘I Want to Be a Mother’, ‘The Way Home’ and ‘I Am Kalam.’ Karna Mocham and Gaarud are the short films that have won the National Film Awards.

This unique journey has certainly rendered a new global identity to the jury members of JIFF as an act of providence.

Any of the filmmakers whose film has officially got selected to Cannes, IIFA, Oscar, Toronto or Berlin can also submit their films in JIFF. All the festivals are known to be the most renowned among the historians and audiences of cinematic art.

The major objective behind putting all these efforts by JIFF is to select the best film out of a grand collection of great films.

The last date for submitting the films in JIFF 2013 will be 30th October 2012. The festival will be conducted in the next year from 27th to 31st January.

In JIFF 2012 this year the participation of 70 countries (178 films were screened out of 917) took place from around the world.

Yours

(HANU ROJ)

Festival Director/Founder +91-141-6500601 +91-9828 93 4481

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Evelyn Sharma gets Cornflake!

Bollywood newbie Evelyn Sharma has been termed a fashionista my many in the industry. But then, what’s a fashionista if one does not have a branded bag, a splashy dress, a Barbie doll face and cute puppy in tow!

Think of it, Evelyn’s got quite a few of these right at her first go. She got branded bags! She got splashy dresses! She got a Barbie doll face! And now she got Cornflake!

Cornflake? Did we say Cornflake? Yeah, you heard it right! That’s what Evelyn’s new brown mini poodle is called. What!?! Really? Yeah, really! But why? Because it’s a brown puppy! Has flakey looking hair! Is little! And crispy… oops… we mean, cuddly! And looks like cornflakes!

Ok, but why not Cornflakes? Why just Cornflake? Evelyn has a very logical answer to that! “But he’s just a little one. Only one little flake. A cornflake,” she cheekily quips. Woof… we mean… uff!

“Wonder if celebrities would now call their puppies Popcorn, Biscuits, Chocolate, Coffeepup etc etc etc,” jokes Evelyn’s publicist Dale Bhagwagar. We think he too wants his share of being ‘corny’! Rotfl!

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Blender’s Pride Presented the Stunning Men’s And Women’s Collection by Sanchita Ajjampur to End Day Four at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012

Mumbai, Monday, August 06, 2012: The colours of the Fire Bird came to life in the multi-hued collection of Sanchita Ajjampur, presented by Blender’s Pride at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012.

Cut-outs of hundreds of butterflies swayed from the ceiling, the back drop was the Mythical Garden with flora and fauna, which came to life with the back lights to start the show.

“The Mythical Garden” inspired Sanchita’s women’s wear with a 50’s and 60’s touch. Fabrics were a surrealistic collection of neoprene Lurex, jacquards, gold wash lace, georgettes, sheer chiffons and crepes. The colours created the magical impact with lavender, green, blush, nude and lemon along with metallic tones.

Keeping the silhouettes dramatic but practical, Sanchita offered kimono shapes, cinched waists, asymmetric reinvented poodle skirts, trapeze, drop waist and flapper dresses.

Opening the show with her specialty – the swimwear, Sanchita displayed four versions – a rhinestone bikini, a trikini, mailot and crystal one-shoulder swimsuit. Soon the designer brought in shimmering tiered gowns, bell sleeved sheaths, drop waist dresses with innovative stone embroidery and reflective black gold plastics for floppy frocks.

Detailing came in the form of lots of plaited and knotted tapes, cord and soft thread layers to create minis and maxis. The decorative feather shapes and punch fabrics added a shredded or lacy look to the cute dresses. For after dark glamour there were beige loose weave gown with glittering neck and waist interest and textured long tops over gleaming skirts. Completing the look, Sanchita added clutches, jewellery, shimmering wedges for footwear and headgear that matched with the eras.

For men’s wear, the inspiration was quirky – “Bull Dogging Bill Pickett goes Bollywood” as she revived the Wild West era using native American graphic touches and layering of fabrics.

Bomber jackets, wide legged cropped and jogger’s pants, deconstructed tailored suits were in deep tones of apricot, plum, black, currant, rhubarb, honey, berry and cool blue. Fabrics took an interesting turn with Lurex, matte parachute, nylon, suede, Nubuck leather, molleton jersey, silk, cotton, muslin, twills and cotton jerseys making a definite style statement.

Lurex hoodies, Bermudas, capris, Wild West motif embroidery for shirts and prints of American graphics came alive on soft jackets, pants and accessories. The crimped cottons were cool comfort wear, while the net over knit blouson, the soft leather suit and the red embroidered jacket gave new fashion directions to the male dresser.

For the accessories, Sanchita chose totes, bandana, moccasins, printed canvas and spotted cow leather for sandals and belts to show the Wild West aura in the collection.

It was a colourful, very edgy and interesting collection for both sexes that Blender’s Pride presented by Sanchita Ajjampur, which will cause a fashionable stir during the coming season.

About Lakmé Fashion Week:

Lakmé Fashion Week (LFW) is jointly organized by Lakmé, the No.1 cosmetics and beauty services brand in India and IMG Reliance, the global leader in fashion weeks and event production. LFW has been conceived and created with a vision to “Redefine the future of fashion and Integrate India into the global fashion world”. LFW is organized twice every year. LFW Winter/Festive 2012 will be held from August 3 to August 7 2012 at Grand Hyatt Hotel, Mumbai. For further information log on to http://www.lakmefashionweek.co.in

About Lakmé:

Contemporary Indian beauty expert Lakmé continuously innovates to offer a wide range of, high performance and world class color cosmetics, skincare products, and beauty salons. In addition to leveraging Unilever’s worldwide expertise, Lakmé also partners with the leading cosmetic house Milan-based Intercos Italia, Schwann Stabilo Germany and Paris-based Fiabila. Combining international cosmetic technology with an in-depth understanding of the Indian woman’s needs, Lakmé also offers its consumers a comprehensive beauty experience through its products and services at the Lakmé Salons and Studios. For further information log on to www.lakméindia.com

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.

About IMG Fashion:

IMG Fashion is dedicated to facilitating a gateway to the fashion world – from creation to consumer. We offer solutions that seamlessly connect and associate fashion’s key constituents and corporate brands using IMG’s global resources, influence and expertise. Within the fashion industry IMG represents the world’s top models, leading designers and the most influential photographers, art directors and stylists. The division produces the leading fashion events around the globe and represents many of the industry’s top organizations and federations as well as works with various local and national governments, creating regional and international fashion platforms. For more information on IMG and its business visit www.imgworld.com

For further information, please contact:
Radhika Mehta/Neha Khetan
Genesis-Burson Marsteller
M: 9619200115/9820249045
E: radhika.mehta@bm.com/neha.khetan@bm.com

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DHL Presented the Exotic Collections of Shivan & Narresh and Swapnil Shinde at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012

Mumbai, Monday, August 06, 2012: DHL presented an exciting show with ‘Speed’ as its theme which is the brand’s distinct quality. The black acrylic ramp, the high-tech laser show and the opening with waves of Technicolor strobes set the mood for the first collection by designers Shivan & Narresh.

Shivan & Narresh Created a Collection Inspired by DHL’s Speed Theme at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012

With the legendary stallion, Equus as an inspiration, Shivan & Narresh created a luxurious collection to match the theme from DHL which was Speed. The beautiful collection reflected the shimmer of metallic sheen and the grace of the inspiration for creations that dazzled on the runway.

Their new fabrics which were inspired by the gloss of a horse’s skin were ideal for the swim and cruise line. The exciting handmade louvered jersey was moulded into stylish mailot, bikini, dress, gown, sari, tankini, trikini, jumpsuits and shirts as well as the duo’s newest addition after their bikini sari and Kaftan sari the “Kafsuit”.

Detailing was restricted to braiding which was an obvious reminder of the horse mane and appeared to highlight the bodice and necks of the garments. Tassels entered the collection in the crystallised form to recreate the tassels on royal horses. The very abstract horse print in black appeared discreetly for the mailots; while at other times there were geometric motifs to break the solid colour tones.

The colour story was muted with grey, brown, beige, ice grey, black and acid for the body moulding creations which were beautifully finished and constructed. The finale entry – a slinky gown with the long horse mane as the only embellishment in front, reminded the audience very firmly about the speed of DHL and the imagery of the stallion.

The 26 piece collection which was displayed briskly on the ramp by Shivan & Narresh for DHL, once again proved that when it comes to fashion for in and out of the water the pair is still the undisputed leader.

Swapnil Shinde Presented his Ultra Chic Collection Inspired by DHL’s Theme Speed at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012

Inspired by Bollywood’s horror films of the 50’s and early 60’s Swapnil Shinde presented an ultra-mod collection called “Frozen Fragility” to match the DHL theme ‘Speed’ at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012.

To the strains of eerie music and an equally eerie display of laser lights the show opened with three draped gowns in red, black and white with wired wing-like shapes to depict the flying pallav of the heroine in a Bollywood horror movie.

With silhouettes borrowed from the two eras, Swapnil had cinched waistlines, voluminous skirts, exaggerated sleeves and large prominent shoulder emphasis for the almost space age like creations but with a unique fragile delicate quality.

Colours ranged from black and ivory to various shades of slate and steel blue, blood red and sunflower yellow. Using clever manipulations of the fabrics like folding, pleating and mixing structured shapes with fluidity; Swapnil created a fashionable treat for the audience. The white draped sari gown with gold belt, the draped organza bodice with long shirt, the shirt cum dress, the ribbed silk kimono sleeve version, the sari gown in steel blue and the yellow draped mini with wired wings fitted into the inspiration. The exaggerated wired brocade blouse with pleated skirt and the final three white, black and yellow long gowns with upright wired effects not only denoted speed but the free flowing drapes of garments.

Blending his inspirations of Speed and Horror imaginatively, Swapnil Shinde’s “Frozen Fragility” presented by DHL was a fashion happening.

About Lakmé Fashion Week:

Lakmé Fashion Week (LFW) is jointly organized by Lakmé, the No.1 cosmetics and beauty services brand in India and IMG Reliance, the global leader in fashion weeks and event production. LFW has been conceived and created with a vision to “Redefine the future of fashion and Integrate India into the global fashion world”. LFW is organized twice every year. LFW Winter/Festive 2012 will be held from August 3 to August 7 2012 at Grand Hyatt Hotel, Mumbai. For further information log on to http://www.lakmefashionweek.co.in

About Lakmé:

Contemporary Indian beauty expert Lakmé continuously innovates to offer a wide range of, high performance and world class color cosmetics, skincare products, and beauty salons. In addition to leveraging Unilever’s worldwide expertise, Lakmé also partners with the leading cosmetic house Milan-based Intercos Italia, Schwann Stabilo Germany and Paris-based Fiabila. Combining international cosmetic technology with an in-depth understanding of the Indian woman’s needs, Lakmé also offers its consumers a comprehensive beauty experience through its products and services at the Lakmé Salons and Studios. For further information log on to www.lakméindia.com

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.

About IMG Fashion:

IMG Fashion is dedicated to facilitating a gateway to the fashion world – from creation to consumer. We offer solutions that seamlessly connect and associate fashion’s key constituents and corporate brands using IMG’s global resources, influence and expertise. Within the fashion industry IMG represents the world’s top models, leading designers and the most influential photographers, art directors and stylists. The division produces the leading fashion events around the globe and represents many of the industry’s top organizations and federations as well as works with various local and national governments, creating regional and international fashion platforms. For more information on IMG and its business visit www.imgworld.com

For further information, please contact:

Radhika Mehta/Neha Khetan

Genesis-Burson Marsteller

M: 9619200115/9820249045

E: radhika.mehta@bm.com/neha.khetan@bm.com

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Abhishek Dutta, Shyamal and Bhumika Shodhan gave their Creations a New Style Statement at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012

Abhishek Dutta’s Intricately Crafted Collection Dazzled on the Ramp at the Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012 Season

Mumbai, Monday, August 06, 2012: Creating a medley of form fitting and voluminous shapes, Abhishek Dutta’s creativity was dazzling as the “Tangram” collection appeared on the ramp at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012.

Matching the aspects of the inspiration, the intricately crafted almost futuristic garments were splashed with beautiful thread work appliqués with fabric and leather, interesting laser cut designs, panels with mix and match combos of leather and fabrics.

From high waist trousers to long or cropped jackets, the look moved from classic to androgynous. Black and white, moved to brown and then the colour story brought in blue, dramatic purple and canary yellow for a line of boleros with checked design and 3D blocks teamed with figure hugging trousers. Flowing Samurai pants with Tangram prints, jackets with hints of kantha embroidery and pin tucks were striking, while the coats with sheer tulle sleeves and zippered front were eye catching.

The show opened with two male models striding in from the audience wearing gas masks while a female model in grey Jodhpuri pants, embroidered cropped top and a luminous head band glided down the ramp. The very sombré but creatively designed and constructed men’s wear had jackets with leather appliqués, trims and embroidery on shoulders, yokes and garments. Contrast lapels made an appearance for a few jackets, while printed kurtas in diverse colours were teamed with well finished coats.

Women’s wear was sharply cut with a clever mix of fabrics, leather and laser cutting insets. 3D shoulder appliqués highlighted net sleeves; while contrast yokes with back drape for a shrug was an out-of-box idea.

Evening wear had long pleated umbrella skirts, net and fabric combinations for jumpsuits, lots of sheer bodices for gowns and the only purple sari with a leather cutwork pallav; was very futuristic in concept and style. The show ended with a sexy cowl pocket pair of shorts and a skinny long sleeved blouse that further emphasised the theme of the show.

Bringing oriental glamour with a marked western touch for his collection to centre stage, Abhishek Dutta’s “Tangram” line presented an innovative look for the coming season.

Grandeur and Glitz Came onto the Ramp with the Shyamal and Bhumika Shodhan Collection at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012

Called the “Maharaja”, it was a collection from Shyamal and Bhumika Shodhan that recreated the grandeur and glory of royalty from the past at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012.

With custom designed motifs for every garment, the perfectly coordinated men’s and women’s bridal outfits gave a new direction to wedding trousseaux for Him and Her.

The silhouettes were reminiscent of the Mughal era with chogas, kalidar lehengas, Sherwanis, panelled kurtas for men and embroidered kali details for saris, angarkhas, lehengas, dupattas and cholis making a dramatic impact on the catwalk. Known for their lush ornate creations, the designing duo had zardozi, metal wire, zari peeta, aari and Marodi embroidery to add to the beauty of the creations.

Velvet was the favoured fabric for the pair as it appeared for sherwanis, kurtas, cholis, saris and even for dupattas and shawls; while net brocade and georgette added to the glamour of the collection. The colour palette was obviously rich to match the theme with red, wine, jade, black, maroon, teal, purple, ivory, blue, ruby, champagne, beige and gold painting a luxurious story.

Men’s wear was opulent in style and detailing almost recreating the grandeur of the Mughal courts. Heavily embellished sherwanis, chogas, kurtas and Jodhpuri jackets were worn with dhotis, salwars or churidars and imposing shawls or dupattas.

Women’s wear had floor length panelled kurtas that floated down the catwalk in the regal splendour. The multi fabric saris – net, brocade and velvet – created a magnificent look for the traditional attire. The lehengas fully encrusted with zardozi embroidery will definitely gladden the hearts of many a blushing bride.

Detailing played a major role as placement embellishments were given a greater dimension to recreate royal grandeur.

The “Maharaja” collection from Shyamal and Bhumika Shodhan was an exquisite bridal offering that will have a timeless appeal and will surely turn into heirloom pieces.

About Lakmé Fashion Week:

Lakmé Fashion Week (LFW) is jointly organized by Lakmé, the No.1 cosmetics and beauty services brand in India and IMG Reliance, the global leader in fashion weeks and event production. LFW has been conceived and created with a vision to “Redefine the future of fashion and Integrate India into the global fashion world”. LFW is organized twice every year. LFW Winter/Festive 2012 will be held from August 3 to August 7 2012 at Grand Hyatt Hotel, Mumbai. For further information log on to http://www.lakmefashionweek.co.in

About Lakmé:

Contemporary Indian beauty expert Lakmé continuously innovates to offer a wide range of, high performance and world class color cosmetics, skincare products, and beauty salons. In addition to leveraging Unilever’s worldwide expertise, Lakmé also partners with the leading cosmetic house Milan-based Intercos Italia, Schwann Stabilo Germany and Paris-based Fiabila. Combining international cosmetic technology with an in-depth understanding of the Indian woman’s needs, Lakmé also offers its consumers a comprehensive beauty experience through its products and services at the Lakmé Salons and Studios. For further information log on to www.lakméindia.com

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.

About IMG Fashion:

IMG Fashion is dedicated to facilitating a gateway to the fashion world – from creation to consumer. We offer solutions that seamlessly connect and associate fashion’s key constituents and corporate brands using IMG’s global resources, influence and expertise. Within the fashion industry IMG represents the world’s top models, leading designers and the most influential photographers, art directors and stylists. The division produces the leading fashion events around the globe and represents many of the industry’s top organizations and federations as well as works with various local and national governments, creating regional and international fashion platforms. For more information on IMG and its business visit www.imgworld.com

For further information, please contact:

Radhika Mehta/Neha Khetan

Genesis-Burson Marsteller

M: 9619200115/9820249045

E: radhika.mehta@bm.com/neha.khetan@bm.com

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Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri posts Total Income of Rs. 2,835 mn in Q1 FY 2013

Net rises to Rs. 162.69 mn

Mumbai, August 7, 2012: Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri (“TBZ”) Limited, a well known and trusted jewellery retailer in India, has posted Total Income (standalone) of Rs. 2,835 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2012. TBZ’s Net Profit was Rs. 162.69 million for Q1 FY 2013 despite a tough economic environment, higher gold prices, jewellers strike and fewer wedding-festive occasions.

The EBITDA for quarter stood at Rs. 295.64 million and the EBITDA margin for Q1 FY 2013 was 10.4% as a percentage of total income even though the industry faced several challenges in the first quarter. TBZ maintained Net Profit margin at 5.74% for the quarter on account of a judicious sales mix of gold and diamond wherein diamond jewellery sales enhanced the margins.

Commenting on the financial performance of the Company, Mr. Shrikant Zaveri, Chairman and Managing Director, Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri, said, “In the first quarter following the successful completion of the IPO, our focus was on reinforcing the brand and its premier wedding jewellery positioning. We deployed an interesting sales mix of gold, diamond and fusion jewellery while unveiling exciting new collections such as Dohra collection to entice the customers and increase same store sales. For the first time ever, TBZ opted for a gold loan facility during this quarter as a best-of-breed business practice to help enhance business efficiencies and mitigate the risk of gold price volatility.”

TBZ, which is recognised as a jeweller of choice for wedding occasions, faced several challenges due to bleak industry scenario in Q1 FY 2013, such as lower gold volume due to fewer weddings and festivals during the first quarter. Gudi Padwa, an auspicious day for gold purchase across Maharashtra, was celebrated in the first quarter last year, but happened in Q4 FY 2012 this year. The jewellers’ strike from March 16 to April 6, 2012, during the quarter impacted sales. TBZ capitalised on the trend by focusing on increasing diamond jewellery sales across stores.

According to Mr. Zaveri, overall volumes are expected to recover during the 2nd half of FY13. “TBZ is maintaining the momentum of its retail expansion across key markets in sync with the IPO disclosures. TBZ opened a new showroom at Churchgate, south Mumbai, on 6th July 2012. With festivals around the corner, TBZ Ltd. is unveiling attractive new collections including the recently launched ‘Surprises – Gifting’ collection. And our innovative marketing and promotional initiatives will help us attract more footfalls at retail outlets,” added Mr. Zaveri.

For the year ended March 31, 2012, net profit of TBZ Ltd. was Rs. 571.93 million and total income from operations was Rs. 13,854.70 million

About Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri Limited ((www.tbztheoriginal.com)

TBZ Ltd. (BSE: 534369 | NSE: TBZ) has 15 showrooms in nine cities across five states, which have a total carpet area of approximately 51, 000 sq. ft. With a 150-year old track-record of trust, quality and purity of its products, TBZ has won several prestigious awards including the Readers Digest Trusted Brand Asia in the category of Jewellery Shop in 2006, 2007 and 2008. TBZ has received other awards for both products and customer service, including the DTC Best Showroom award in 2004 and 2006, the DTC Best Diamond Moments award in 2005 for customer interactions, the DTC Best Showroom and Sales Person award in 2006 and 2007, the Jaipur Jewellery Show Gold Souk Awards 2007, which honoured TBZ’s contribution to the gem and jewellery industry in India, and the Jamnalal Bajaj Uchit Vyavahar Puraskar 2007 – Council for Fair Business Practices Award.

For more information – Contact Aryan Rana, Adfactors PR.-9930372436, 9820531932

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INIFD presents ‘Business of Fashion from a Buyer’s eye’ Workshop at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012

Moderator – Sujata Assomull

Panelists: Designers- Masaba Gupta & Priyadarshini Rao; Buyers- Sushil Jhaveri, Fuel and Rasika Wakalkar, Rudraksh

Mumbai, August 10’2012: Lakmé Fashion Week in association with INIFD hosted the eighth edition of the fashion workshop series on the opening day of Winter/Festive 2012. The large group of audience listened to the power packed panelists debating on the subject “World of Fashion through a Buyer’s Eye”.

Opening the seminar Ritu Kochhar, Director, INIFD gave a brief introduction on the work done by INIFD in promoting new talent and educating their fashion students keeping in mind the global standard of the subject. The workshop focused on commonly asked questions by upcoming designers with the concept being ‘why of the buy’.

The panelists comprised of moderator Sujata Assomull, Launch Editor, Harper’s Bazaar India along with with designers Masaba Gupta and Priyadarshini Rao; buyers Sushil Jhaveri of Fuel, Mumbai and Rasika Wakalkar of Rudraksh from Pune and INIFD representative – Ashley Rebello.

The moderator set the ball rolling by asking some pertinent questions like what does a buyer look for, is costing the main factor, should it be consignment or not, online or off line retailing, how important is Bollywood and PR, what are the mistakes to avoid, are fashion weeks important and the difference between Indian and international buyers?

The panel had an active interaction with Rasika Wakalkar revealing that buyers look for the product, their commercial viability, costings, fabric and the total package for the retailer and end client. “Designers should pay attention to pricing as they are competing on the racks in a multi label store. When it comes to outright buying, it is the confidence the retailer has in the designer,” stated Rasika. She emphasized on how the stall at a fashion week is as important as the fashion show.

Designer Masaba Gupta was quick to point that in India the Bollywood craze, especially in Mumbai, is very prominent. She even pointed out that sometimes people will buy items which they wouldn’t normally wear only because they’ve seen it in a movie or a certain celebrity.

Sushil Jhaveri added that along with finishing, quality, costing, creativity is very important. “A client sees the name and price on the racks and does not know whether it is consignment or outright purchase. As far as online is concerned, it is suited to established designers where off-line sales are not possible. I would suggest that before going to a store, designers should take references from other designers.”

On the other side of the fence, Priyadarshini Rao emphasized that sourcing is important without the middle man and understanding other designers. “I worked on consignment for 5-7 years, but besides being a designer one also has to be a great stylist, have commercial pieces and think out of the box. It is a Two-Way Street for buyers and designers but the latter has to stick to the signature style and take it forward besides knowing what the rest of the world is doing.”

Masaba added that the USP of her brand was noticeable from afar, and it’s affordable and smart and knows the pulse of the customer. “While I do online sales many buyers like to touch and feel, though the former method is cheaper than opening a store. There have to be set rules for both buyers and designers and the former has to be prompt too. International buying and quality is far superior and professional but it is necessary to find a niche for the brand and not be in a hurry. The personality of the clothes is important along with consistence and visibility.”

Ashley Rebello who is opening a store stated that he is looks for good prices, fabrics, quality and the USP of the designer.

All the panelists noted that consignment is necessary for any upcoming designer so that stores can help better cater better to the needs of the end client.

About Lakmé Fashion Week:

Lakmé Fashion Week (LFW) is jointly organized by Lakmé, the No.1 cosmetics and beauty services brand in India and IMG Reliance, the global leader in fashion weeks and event production. LFW has been conceived and created with a vision to “Redefine the future of fashion and Integrate India into the global fashion world”. LFW is organized twice every year. LFW Winter/Festive 2012 will be held from August 3 to August 7’ 2012 at Grand Hyatt Hotel, Mumbai. For further information log on to http://www.lakmefashionweek.co.in

About Lakmé:

Contemporary Indian beauty expert Lakmé continuously innovates to offer a wide range of, high performance and world class color cosmetics, skincare products, and beauty salons. In addition to leveraging Unilever’s worldwide expertise, Lakmé also partners with the leading cosmetic house Milan-based Intercos Italia, Schwann Stabilo Germany and Paris-based Fiabila. Combining international cosmetic technology with an in-depth understanding of the Indian woman’s needs, Lakmé also offers its consumers a comprehensive beauty experience through its products and services at the Lakmé Salons and Studios. For further information log on to www.lakméindia.com

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.

About IMG Fashion:

IMG Fashion is dedicated to facilitating a gateway to the fashion world – from creation to consumer. We offer solutions that seamlessly connect and associate fashion’s key constituents and corporate brands using IMG’s global resources, influence and expertise. Within the fashion industry IMG represents the world’s top models, leading designers and the most influential photographers, art directors and stylists. The division produces the leading fashion events around the globe and represents many of the industry’s top organizations and federations as well as works with various local and national governments, creating regional and international fashion platforms. For more information on IMG and its business visit www.imgworld.com

For further information, please contact:

Radhika Mehta/Neha Khetan

Genesis-Burson Marsteller

M: 9619200115/9820249045

E: radhika.mehta@bm.com/neha.khetan@bm.com

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Bhairavi Jaikishan Created a Wonderful World of Ornate Traditional Fashion at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012

Mumbai, Monday, August 06, 2012: Calling her collection “A Wonderful World”, Bhairavi Jaikishan presented at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012, the intricate techniques, colours and silhouettes created for several decades.

Keeping the focus on cocktail, evening and bridal wear, Bhairavi showed ornate saris and lehengas along with the very unique lehenga-sari, which is her trademark in a crisply edited show.

Rich shades of black, nude, ivory, mustard, emerald, midnight blue, aubergine, shocking pink, red and burgundy scorched the ramp with their beauty.

The silhouettes were traditionally classic; restricted to the favourite options as contrasts appeared for saris and blouses with dramatic eye-catching necklines that almost resembled jewelled neckpieces.

Using only net as her fabric choice, Bhairavi turned the fragile beautiful fabric into visions around which only dreams are woven. Down the red velvet covered ramp, the models looked ethereal as the first black lehenga-sari with the contrast lining glided down the catwalk. From visions in black, Bhairavi brought in ivory for the sari with bunches of tonal resham floral embellishments, a contrast petticoat and black net choli.

Detailing came in the form of scalloped sequin borders for the saris and badla work for the lining and lehengas. The bouquets of floral embellishments on the cholis’ neck were superb. Bhairavi’s choice of motifs for the embroidery was partial to roses, flowers as well as pencil lines of sequins or diamond shapes in zari. 3D magenta roses were appliquéd on the sari pallav or splashed on the fabrics and cholis. The final red section had gold lace appliqué snaking down the sari for some of the entries while ornate gold serpentine vines decorated the others. The final two lehengas, cholis and dupattas were exquisite in their embellishments and a great tribute to the design sensibilities of Bhairavi and the skill of her craftsmen.

For Indian exotic creations with an ornate appeal, the global woman will love to be a part of Bhairavi Jaikishan’s “Wonderful World”.

About Lakmé Fashion Week:

Lakmé Fashion Week (LFW) is jointly organized by Lakmé, the No.1 cosmetics and beauty services brand in India and IMG Reliance, the global leader in fashion weeks and event production. LFW has been conceived and created with a vision to “Redefine the future of fashion and Integrate India into the global fashion world”. LFW is organized twice every year. LFW Winter/Festive 2012 will be held from August 3 to August 7 2012 at Grand Hyatt Hotel, Mumbai. For further information log on to http://www.lakmefashionweek.co.in

About Lakmé:

Contemporary Indian beauty expert Lakmé continuously innovates to offer a wide range of, high performance and world class color cosmetics, skincare products, and beauty salons. In addition to leveraging Unilever’s worldwide expertise, Lakmé also partners with the leading cosmetic house Milan-based Intercos Italia, Schwann Stabilo Germany and Paris-based Fiabila. Combining international cosmetic technology with an in-depth understanding of the Indian woman’s needs, Lakmé also offers its consumers a comprehensive beauty experience through its products and services at the Lakmé Salons and Studios. For further information log on to www.lakméindia.com

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.

About IMG Fashion:

IMG Fashion is dedicated to facilitating a gateway to the fashion world – from creation to consumer. We offer solutions that seamlessly connect and associate fashion’s key constituents and corporate brands using IMG’s global resources, influence and expertise. Within the fashion industry IMG represents the world’s top models, leading designers and the most influential photographers, art directors and stylists. The division produces the leading fashion events around the globe and represents many of the industry’s top organizations and federations as well as works with various local and national governments, creating regional and international fashion platforms. For more information on IMG and its business visit www.imgworld.com

For further information, please contact:

Radhika Mehta/Neha Khetan

Genesis-Burson Marsteller

M: 9619200115/9820249045

E: radhika.mehta@bm.com/neha.khetan@bm.com

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Ritika Bharwani and Karishma Shahani Khan Made a Great Fashion Impact during Usha Talent Box Show at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012

Ritika Bharwani Added Creative Touches to Her Collection at Usha Talent Box Show

Mumbai, Monday, August 06, 2012: Ritika Bharwani’s label, “Ritika” charmed all with her new collection titled ‘Midnight Soiree’.

This collection inspired by contemporary architecture included dresses, separates, jumpsuits and gowns- keeping her line vast and versatile.

In a colour palette which moved from fiery vermillion, electric blue, molten gold among other luxurious tones; the range aimed at being unusual, and at the same time maintaining the effortless natural concept intact.

Keeping with the richness of her designs, Ritika Bharwani made use of fabulous fabrics such as georgettes, nets and jersey as well as shimmer foil for the metallic pieces, while silk taffeta made an appearance occasionally to add a sophisticated touch.

Styled by the Lakmé beauty experts, tousled hair, dark lips and accentuated cheek bones helped add an air of mystery to the collection.

Elevating the glam appeal of her designs, 3D embellishments made their way onto the bodies of the pieces, in geometric and structured patterns. This involved overlapping contrasting sequins, mother of pearl as well as gold metal materials.

Incorporating both structured draping as well as free flowing silhouettes this collection by Ritika Bharwani is one to watch out for, especially if the buyers believe in a little bit of fairy dust.

Karishma Shahani Khan’s Look was Elegant and Sleek at Usha Talent Box Show

Karishma Shahani Khan’s label, ‘Chauraha’ displayed a new collection titled ‘Silk Route’ which was a pop coloured fantasy any youthful diva would dream of.

The concept of this range was based around merchants, their caravans, gypsy lives as well as their rich, hidden culture.

The range comprised dresses, jackets, skirts, tunics and blazers infusing the Indian cultural theme of celebration with western silhouettes.

Although serious in structure with their solid geometric forms, the pieces graced the runway in bold, bright shades such as vibrant tangerine, bumble bee yellow, sky blue, and peacock green with certain sections being in darker tones such as midnight blue and black.

Designer Karishma Shahani Khan made use of natural fabrics such as khadi, jute, silk and cotton; fusing luxury with simplicity in a unique and adorable way.

Sequins and embroidery along with quilting and beadwork helped add a glam touch to the pieces.

Muted orange toned lips and cheeks along with tied up hair tastefully done by Lakmé beauty salon experts helped add a sensual touch.

With a funky-fusion twist, it’s no wonder this collection titled ‘Silk Route’ by Karishma Shahani Khan will fly off the racks during the coming months.

About Lakmé Fashion Week:

Lakmé Fashion Week (LFW) is jointly organized by Lakmé, the No.1 cosmetics and beauty services brand in India and IMG Reliance, the global leader in fashion weeks and event production. LFW has been conceived and created with a vision to “Redefine the future of fashion and Integrate India into the global fashion world”. LFW is organized twice every year. LFW Winter/Festive 2012 will be held from August 3 to August 7 2012 at Grand Hyatt Hotel, Mumbai. For further information log on to http://www.lakmefashionweek.co.in

About Lakmé:

Contemporary Indian beauty expert Lakmé continuously innovates to offer a wide range of, high performance and world class color cosmetics, skincare products, and beauty salons. In addition to leveraging Unilever’s worldwide expertise, Lakmé also partners with the leading cosmetic house Milan-based Intercos Italia, Schwann Stabilo Germany and Paris-based Fiabila. Combining international cosmetic technology with an in-depth understanding of the Indian woman’s needs, Lakmé also offers its consumers a comprehensive beauty experience through its products and services at the Lakmé Salons and Studios. For further information log on to www.lakméindia.com

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.

About IMG Fashion:

IMG Fashion is dedicated to facilitating a gateway to the fashion world – from creation to consumer. We offer solutions that seamlessly connect and associate fashion’s key constituents and corporate brands using IMG’s global resources, influence and expertise. Within the fashion industry IMG represents the world’s top models, leading designers and the most influential photographers, art directors and stylists. The division produces the leading fashion events around the globe and represents many of the industry’s top organizations and federations as well as works with various local and national governments, creating regional and international fashion platforms. For more information on IMG and its business visit www.imgworld.com

For further information, please contact:

Radhika Mehta/Neha Khetan

Genesis-Burson Marsteller

M: 9619200115/9820249045

E: radhika.mehta@bm.com/neha.khetan@bm.com

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Somesh Mathur

Somesh Mathur, the young sensation in the music industry needs no introduction now, after his works going viral. Somesh Mathur is an independent musician who has a good hold on the musical notes and a bulls confidence that has bought him to this position in music today. Once at a Party (Late) Shri. Jagjit Singh Ji the ‘King of gazals’ while talking about Somesh Mathur Said: “Yeh toh bahut ooper jaayega, commercial singer hai”. What else would one need as a proof of Somesh’s caliber when the legendary king of classical music gives such a statement?

Somesh started his musical journey at a very young age; with a family background in music he got the advantage of learning music and taking it up as a career. His love for Urdu poetry and a record played to him by his father of Mehdi Hassan Sahab, drew him to sing ghazals & sufi kalaam..Now, he is in the process of recording & releasing 2,500 ghazals (sufi & roohani); 3,000 dohas and 2,500 English Songs & hymns, written by KB Mann Sahab and is hoping to compose the music for the epic ‘the Mahabharata’, again written by Shri. KB Mann. This poetic content of the epic has been written in English is inimitable and hoping this to create a sensation.

His newly launched song KIYA HAI PYAAR JISEY {The One I Loved}, got a phenomenal response on facebook, so far; Over 3,000 LIKES and over 1,900 Flattering COMMENTS, within less than a month of Uploading the song. The Album was launched as a PHYSICAL, in March, 2012 being his 7th Album {CD / DVD}, so far. Further he has a huge repertoire of music content belonging to mostly All Genres, ranging from, Devotional; Love Songs; Pop – Rock; Sufi; Ghazal; Roohani; R & B; Disco; Classical; Semi – Classical; Instrumental and resourcefullness, of creating close to 500 songs {of various Genres} per year.
The MUSIC MEHFILS – Vol 1 Album has qualified for a Nomination Registration, for the GLOBAL INDIAN MUSIC ACADEMY {GIMA} Awards, in THE BEST GHAZAL ALBUM Category.

Somesh is a crusader in the new generation, for Hindustani & World Music and Hindustani / Urdu Poetry. In the recent past, he has been on, ‘ One Mumbai One Music – 94.3 Radio One ‘, Fever FM, for a Talk Show, the new season of Movers & Shakers. Also you may have also seen him prepare PANEER PASANDA on Sanjeev Kapoor’s Show, on the FOOD FOOD Channel. You may have also heard the Ghazal / Love Song, AAHAT SUNEE MAINE, from the Bollywood Film, BULLET – Ek Dhamaka, for which I had composed the music. The song peaked at No. 3 on the U.K. Charts for several weeks.

Also his songs / videos with Asha Bhosle ji, AAJ JAANE KI ZID NA KARO & AAHISTA AAHISTA, from the Album, A BRAND NEW ALBUM, peaked at No. 1 for 9 weeks on All Indian, U.K. Canadian and American Charts. It was also No.1 in the WORLD MUSIC CHARTS at the VIRGIN STORE at Times Square, New York, the Album also won the MTV – Video Music Award, in the Best Pop Category, in 2005 – 2006.

This is what it has been for Somesh Mathur until now, awaiting further project where he would rock the nation with his music.

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+91-9167416563

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12th Osian’s Cinefan Film Festival sets new trends for film fetes in India

Freedom of Expression was primary theme

Mumbai, 5 August: Marking a return after a gap of two years, the 12th Osian’s Cinefan Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema proved to be the biggest film event in the country with as many as 176 films from around 38 countries from India, Asia and the Arab world.

The Film festival which was held in New Delhi from 27 July to 5 August 2012 at Siri Fort Complex and the Blue Frog at the Kila Complex, had 15 World premieres, 8 International premieres, 104 Indian premieres, and 13 Asian premieres. The screenings included 61 shorts.

The films were shown within a framework which focused on Freedom of Creative Thought and Expression – the special theme for this year according to Osian’s Group Chairman Neville Tuli.

The OCFF is organized by the Osian’s Group in collaboration with Delhi Government. But this year, the OCFF also received cooperation from the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, the Morarka Foundation, the Tourism Ministry’s Incredible India campaign, Blue Frog among others.

Renowned Egyptian film critic Samir Farid received the Lifetime Achievement Award named after the Festival’s founder Aruna Vasudev. He later delivered a lecture on film criticism.

A new component this year was the introduction of music with performances by renowned artistes every night at Blue Frog under the shadows of the Qutab Minar.

Osian’s is establishing an Osianama Arts complex for promoting art and good cinema culture is coming up in the Kila Complex in Delhi by September, according to Festival Director Indu Shrikent.

The Japanese film ‘Asura’ by Keiichi Sato of Japan opened the Festival on 27 July and the Bengali film ‘Chitrangada’ by Rituparno Ghosh was the closing film. This film had Indian premiere at the OCFF.

The Asian and Arab competition with twelve films were judged by Marco Mueller who is Artistic Director of the Rome Film Festival. Members included the eminent Muzaffar Ali, Iranian filmmaker Ali Mostafa, Egyptian director Magdi Ahmed Ali, and the American filmmaker James V Hart.

Mr Mueller delivered the first Mani Kaul Memorial lecture on 29 July and Mr Hart held a master class on 2 August which was marked as Horror day because of the genre in which he has specialized.

The Indian jury which saw nine films was headed by Iranian filmmaker Hamid Dabashi, Indian director and film critic Khalid Mohammed, renowned actor Lillete Dubey, Ms Annemarie Jacir from Jordan, Afghan-born filmmaker Atiq Rahimi, and Dutch documentary filmmaker Sonia Herman Dolz.

The First Features Jury judging nine films had eminent filmmaker Huseyin Karabey, Korean actor and writer Jeon Kyu-hwan, and Indian filmmaker Gurvinder Singh.

The shorts competition jury which judged 12 films comprised Iranian filmmaker Panah Panahi, independent Indian filmmaker Ashvin Kumar and National Award-winning filmmaker Umesh Kulkarni.

In addition, there was a jury set up by the international federation of film critics, FIPRESCI, which has Klaus Eder of Germany, Dr Shoma A Chatterji of India, and Egyptian film critic Tarak el-Shinnawi.

In all, there were around sixteen press conferences and thirteen celebrity interactions at the ‘Deewar’ in the Green Corridor, featuring over fifty film personalities, apart from a large number of media interactions. The Deewar was the Wall of Celebration which marked a centenary of Indian cinema.

Known for its bold programming and relentless innovation in introducing new cinemas to Indian audiences, OCFF showed some films that turned out to be milestones in the fight for freedom of expression. These included five features and two documentaries.

Participating countries included China, Estonia, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Japan, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Morocco and Algeria among many others.

Some of the highlights of the Festival were:

· Film Craft: the Art of Animation – This year Osian’s Cinefan began its engagement with the history and contemporary practices of the animation film with a special focus on Animation from Estonia and animation workshops by Priit Tender from that country.

· Launching of 7.4: Focus on Environmental Films – A focus on the world’s best filmmaking dedicated to the causes of environmental & heritage preservation. This is expected to lead to a full-fledged festival on the environment from next year.

. Festival Summit: ‘Delhi as India’s Next Cinema City’ – A two-day summit which brought together the Government of India, the Government of Delhi, the Indian film industry and various state and non-state cultural agencies to discuss the way forward to develop Delhi as India’s next Film City. Osian’s announced its aim to create an art and cultural hub with cinema as an important component.

· Freedom of Expression – The section included a set of five Landmark films from the history of cinema made against prevailing censorship norms – Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Salo, Virginie Despentes and Coralie Trinh-Thi’s Baise-Moi, Shuji Terayama’s Emperor Tomato Ketchup, the Devika Rani-Himanshu Rai starrer Karma and Jafar Panahi’s This is Not a Film. Most of these films went to full houses.

· Tribute to Mani Kaul – A salute to the multifaceted contribution of Mani Kaul to the world of cinema, music, art and literature and the launch of the annual Mani Kaul Memorial Lecture.

The inaugural lecture was delivered by Marco Mueller, Director of the Rome International Film Festival. Mani Kaul had been associated with Osian’s and had been Director of the 11th OCFF.

· Tribute to Koji Wakamatsu and Masao Adachi – A set of seven films were shown as a tribute to the illustrious careers of Japanese revolutionary filmmakers Koji Wakamatsu and Masao Adachi.

· Children at Osian’s Cinefan – Curated events were planned exclusively for children. These include master classes on animation and daily film screenings.

· Short Films – The festival screened 61 short films.

· Youth at Osian’s Cinefan – New Stream, Short Features, Master classes, First Features and Events at the Blue Frog were specially programmed to engage the youth in specific activities and debates and discussions.

· Celebrating 100 years of Indian Cinema:” The Divas of Indian Cinema – 100 Years of Beauty and Grace” – Exhibition from the Osianama Archives honouring the Divas of Indian Cinema marking the year-long celebrations for the 100 years of Indian Cinema.

· 1st Osian’s Cinefan Auction of Indian Cinema Memorabilia – The finest and rare artifacts and publicity material from Indian Cinema were auctioned on 31 July. Setting a new landmark, the Auction turned out to be a grand success with sales of Rs 6.955 million and 86% Lots sold with records established across all types of publicity material and memorabilia. For the first time the auction received generous participation from the film fraternity and cinema enthusiasts and saw lively competitive bidding from the floor and telebidders which enthralled the attendees.

· The Turtle at the Blue Frog – There were five events which included panel discussions, film screenings, and high profile Q & A sessions with Festival guests at the ‘Osian’s Cinefan Adda’. Specially curated musical and performance events were held from 10 pm onwards every day, featuring around ten bands and artistes.

Asian and Arab Competition

Best Film

Inside (Turkey)

Best Director

Faouzi Bensaidi (Death For Sale- Morocco, France, Belgium, UAE)

Best Actress

Taraneh Alidousti (Modest Reception) – Iran

Best Actor

Mani Haghighi (Modest Reception)

Special Jury Prize

Postcards from the Zoo

Special Mention

Director Yoshimasa Ishibashi (Milocrorze)

and all his actors

Indian competition

Best Film

B.A. Pass

Best Director

Ajita Suchitra Veera

Best Actress

Rii in Cosmic Sex

Best Actor

Shadab Kamal in B.A. Pass

Special Jury Award

Patang by Prashant Bhargava

First Feature Competition

Beyond the Hill by Elmin Alper (Turkey)

Special Mention

In April Following Year there was a Fire (Thailand)

Shorts in Competition

Silent by L Rezan Yesilbas (Turkey)

Special Mention

The Bus by Olgu Baran Kubilay (Turkey)

FIPRESCI

Hansa by Manav Kaul

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For further details, please contact

Supriya Chawla, Osian’s-Cinefan T 9810342972 F 011-4174 3177 E supriya@osians.com

Ankit Nagpal, Bang on Target (New Delhi) T 09810542096 E bangontargetpr@gmail.com

Shirin Amrute, Prana PR (Mumbai) T 09769229595 F 022-2288 4058 E shirin.amrute@pranapr.com
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/12thOsiansCinefanFilmFestival
Website Cinefan.osians.com

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With over 50 films, the German city of Stuttgart is hosting the 9th Indian Film Festival from 18th until the 22nd July 2012. Earlier known as ‘Bollywood & Beyond’, the festival includes Indian feature films from all genres and will take the visitors on a unique journey through the landscape of Indian film.

The festival opened with director Mangesh Hadawale’s critically-acclaimed movie ‘Dekh Indian Circus’. The movie has travelled to film festivals around the world, including at the Busan Film Festival in South Korea, where it won the Audience Choice Awards. Indian film legend Suhasini Maniratnam is the guest of honour as well as a jury member of the 9th Indian Film Festival Stuttgart. As a tribute to her, the Festival shows as part of the Tamil Special her feature film ‘Sindhu Bhairavi’ on Friday, 19th July 2012.

Indian Film festival Stuttgart will also showcase ‘Don 2’, which was shot largely in Berlin Enlarge image Indian Film festival Stuttgart will also showcase ‘Don 2’, which was shot largely in Berlin (© dpa) Also in the festival line up are Bollywood hit movies – ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’, ‘Teri Meri Kahaani’, ‘Chillar Party’, ‘Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu’, ‘Shor In The City’, ‘Delhi Belly’, ‘Gattu’, ‘Paan Singh Tomar’, and ‘Don 2 – The King Is Back’.

Films in several regional languages will be also be showcased at the festival. Marathi documentary film ‘Bitter Seeds’ by director Micha X. Peled sheds light on the plight of farmers in India, who are being driven to suicides in large numbers.

The festival sponsored by Honorary Consul Andreas Lapp also features a School Day supported by the Robert Bosch Foundation, where participating students will discuss this documentary. Director A. Sarkunam’s ‘Vagaai Sooda Vaa’, and director Aishwarya Dhanush’s ‘3’ brings the Tamil flavor to the festival.

In a concert, Mumbai-based singer Fauzia Maria Beg takes the festival’s audience onto a journey to the Bollywood of the 1960s and 1970s. Her repertoire covers songs by illustrious singers like Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Geeta Dutt, Muhammad Rafi as well as Mukesh and Kishore Kumar.

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Veena Malik back with cricket fever

Bollywood starlet Veena Malik who becomes the eyecandy of cricket this time she is hosting India VS Sri Lanka T20 Match on India TV with former cricketers Chetan Sharma, Yograj Singh, Yashpal Sharma, Sanjay Bharadwaj (coach Gautam Gambhir), Rajkumar Sharma (coach Virat Kohli). She followed cricket passionately all her life and gain good knowledge of cricket.

“I have been a diehard cricket fan and follow the game religiously. I have been offered several projects but this is cricket season. I am taking my passion for the game into account which is why I have decided to do the show,” said Veena Malik, who is currently in India.

Veena malik will be seen discussing about cricketers and their performance. Team India had won One day series against Sri Lanka and now they are looking forward T20 Match. Veena will bring spice and interest to the more colorful aspects of the cricketers.


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“Vishwavikrami Dahikala Utsav 2012″ organized by Sanskruti Yuva Pratishthan and Spearheaded by Thane MLA Pratap Sarnaik

This year the festival of Gokulashtami falls on 10th of August. It also happens to be the day that we in Maharashtra celebrate the festival with the organizing of the event of “Dahi Handi.” It will be the richest handi in the City.

The event “Vishwavikrami Dahikala Utsav 2012” is organised by Sanskruti Yuva Pratishthan headed by Pratap Sarnaik.The festival will see more than 500 govinda mandals participating in the sakruti dahi handi.event will take place in vartak nagar ,the same place where 2 mandals Jai jawan and Mazgaon dakshin vibhag had succesfully attempted 9 Tiers on the same day making it a record which hasnt yet been broken . The total prize money at sanskruti’s handi amounts to about 75-80 lakhs in total this year,with the first prize being 25 lakhs for 10 tiers, 11 lakhs for 9 tiers each , 1.5 lakhs for 8 tiers each and so on making it the largest and the biggest dahi handi event in the country. any mandal even attempting to reach the handi will get a prize money eventually. There is a special prize for women mandals,anyone touching 7 tiers will get a prize money of 5 lakhs , 6tiers will get 1.5 lakhs and 5 tiers will get 50,000. The stage will be designed with a theme of “London Olympics 2012” and related graphics on LEDs. Also a message “Save the girl child” will be the moto for the day as mandals will be asked to hold banners while performing their tiers and also banners with the same message will be put up everywhere in the ground. The officials from the Guiness and Limca were present to witness the record breaking Dahi Handi.

Talking more about safety, the ground has been insured such that any mishaps in its adjoined radius will be looked after. We have tied up with Jupiter hospital in case of accidents on the spot and special “ICU Vans” will be on the ground for the event with doctors. The ground will be monitered with special cctvs installed by “TOPS security agency” such that the police get the required help from our side, Also a special team of 100 security guards from TOPS will be present on the ground.

Sanskruti Yuva Pratishthan has always been there for the govindas in whichever way they have needed us.the ngo has spent around 12-15 lakhs in the last 1 year helping the injured govindas with necessary finances for operations or surgeries due to mishaps that have occured not only at our event but also anywhere in thane or mumbai. “Vihang group of companies” which is the title sponsor for the event has also given job availabilties to various govindas to be specific 38 govindas have been given jobs in the company in fields like hospitality, real estate,etc .

Over the years, our event in Thane City has grown from strength to strength to become one of the largest in the country. Our event has grown from being not only just one of the richest in-terms of price monies, to being one of the most prestigious. It is the place where records are set, in terms of the biggest “Human Pyramids”. In fact last year, as reported by your organization and other media groups, the event led to the creation of a world record with the successful completion of a “Human Pyramid” of 9 tiers. This record was achieved by 2 different teams, in their attempt to reach the 45 feet high “Handi”. It has become such a large event that in the last year we saw more than 50,000 people coming to the venue to witness the event.

The Teams are encouraged and the visitors are entertained with a cultural event held at the venue, which will see the well known artists of Marathi and hindi Stage and Cinema performing. The stage will be designed by Nitin Chandrakanth Desai, one of India’s big names in the field of art direction and also we have tied up with the UFO group, who will shoot the whole event using “3D cameras”. We also have a plan of making a 3D documentary movie on the festival of dahi handi.

Pratap Sarnaik says “This year we have prizes worth a crore , considering the competition between the mandals. We also have a spacial prize of 5 lakhs for women mandals touching 7 tires; also the whole event will be shot using 3D cameras of a 6 camera setup

For Further Information Contact Parul Chawla: 9833577407/9594621831

For Further Information Contact Parul Chawla: 9833577407/9594621831


Regards,
Latika Chindarkar

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