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There are incidences in the state of Chhattisgarh in Raipur district where women accused of witchcraft are assaulted to the extent that sometimes these women are blinding, stabbed and murdered. These practices are banned by the Government of Chhattisgarh, but still many cases are witnessed every now and then. The women who practice black magic are known as TONHI in the central India. ‘The Dark Secrets of Tonhi’ is a Hindi movie dealing with the serious issue of assaults on innocent women and children due to superstitious beliefs. `The Dark Secrets of Tonhi’ is a realistic film with pinch of horror and drama. The movie has been shot in real locations of Chhattisgarh.

“I like making movies on realistic subjects and Tonhi, the black magic woman subject interested me. So, I studied the subject going deep in the forest of Chhattisgarh state before making the movie. Several women are killed every year which is a shame,” Shiraz Henry said in a statement.

The movie has J. Brandon Hill (actor of Bunti Aur Babli, Raaz 2, Double Dhamaal, Yaariyan) and Natasha Sikka (a Delhi based model) in the main lead. J. Brandon Hill plays an American Doctor who comes to India to find out the reason of children falling sick and dying in a remote village of Chhattisgarh state, later he comes to hear from the villagers that the entire epidemic is being caused by a witch, they call as ‘TONHI’. The story is very realistic and moves in its pace which makes it more interesting to watch.

The movie has been made under the banner of ‘Find Studioz’, Mumbai and Rebecca Changkija & Ajay Najat is the producers of this movie. The writer & director of the movie is Shiraz Henry.

The movie is all set to hit the screen on 21st February, 2014.


When the team of QUEEN made a splash

Mumbai, 11th February, 2014: Kangana Ranaut has made an instant connect with the audience, by portraying ‘Rani’s character with utmost honesty, in the upcoming film ‘Queen’. In the recently released song of the film, ‘O Gujariya’, the actor is seen making new friends on her solo honeymoon, and letting her hair down. While shooting for the song in Paris, a funny incident took place as one of the actors, Jeffrey Ho, fell off a boat.

One particular scene from the song features Kangana and the other characters, dancing on a boat, one sitting behind the other. Jeffrey Ho, who was dancing towards the back end of the boat, went overboard, literally, as he fell right into the water, while dancing. However, Jeffrey didn’t panic, since he was sure of the security arrangements. The production unit had already hired a lifeguard, who jumped in, immediately, ensuring the safety of the actor.

Recalling the incident, Director Vikas Bahl said, “It was funny to see Jeffrey loose balance and slip off the boat, dancing. He did look shocked for a few seconds, before all of us had a good laugh about it.” The production unit had to wait for the actor’s clothes to dry up to ensure continuity, before the shoot resumed. The other actors made sure that they pulled Jeffrey’s leg over the incident, even after they had packed up for the day.

Presented by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, Queen is a Phantom Production. The Kangana Ranaut starrer is directed by Vikas Bahl, and produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures, Vikramaditya Motwane and Anurag Kashyap. Queen is scheduled for release on May 7, 2014.


During the shoot of the film Gunday, the trio, Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Sigh and Arjun Kapoor experienced immense fun moments on the sets of the film. One such moment was when Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor took Priyanka Chopra for the film “Phata Psoter Nikla Hero”

The trio was shooting at Durgapur in Calcutta when the Shahid Kapoor starrer Phata Poster had released. The team had some time off, hence the boys, dragged PC for the show.

It was quite an impromptu plan. However the entire plan turned out to be quite successful. It was a fun experience for all the 3 actors who thoroughly enjoyed their time off and the film.

Gunday, which brings an interesting star cast of Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh, Arjun Singh, has gathered positive feedback from audiences across.

The trailer of the film is quite high on energy and the chemistry between the young actors is fantastic. The film is set to hit theaters on 14th Feb’14


Paint your Valentine’s Day with the colors of Lumia

This Valentine’s Day, don’t restrict yourself to the usual red when scouting for gifts. Go all out with spirited yellows, green, and orange with Nokia’s new range of Lumia Smartphones. Living in a country of colors, it’s just not fair to think just red.

The fun and compact Nokia Lumia 625 packs a punch with edgy colors like, yellow, green, orange apart from the black and white. Power packed with features and good looks, the Lumia 625 is truly the phone for the youth of today. Price: 19,629

The Nokia Lumia 525 are available in colors glossy yellow, orange, black and white is a stylish mid range smartphones in the Lumia line up. Available in a range of fabulous cut through colors and a beautifully sleek design, the devices delivers a rich , personal and fully connected user experience. Price: 10,399

The striking and colorful Nokia Lumia 1520 is available in yellow, black and white. Like a true flagship device, the Nokia Lumia 1520 is the big screen smartphone that relishes in the magic of innovation. Price: 47,399

Designed to wow, make your gifting experience this Valentine’s truly special!


Indians under-own Equity; comprise less than 6% of house-hold financial wealth (excluding real estate) compared to 45 % for US, says Axis Securities

Rounded Rectangle: – Axis Securities launches AxisDirect Investment Kit to help investors manage money simpler – Introduces an investment book – A Direct Take, authored by Mr. Nilesh Shah & co-authored by Mr. Modan Saha – Axis Securities sees greater need for financial planning services and an opportunity to increase penetration and mobilize household savings into equity market linked financial products

Mumbai, February 11, 2014: Equity ownership constitutes only a meagre under six per cent of the Indian Household financial wealth, excluding real estate (vis-à-vis 45 per cent for US), despite the Sensex, the index for equity market performance, having grown by a whopping more than 26 times in the last two decades. It has been the FIIs who have made the most of the Equity surge in India, rather than the Indians themselves, leaving aside a small minority. The need for quality financial advice is even more important now.

Mr. Nilesh Shah, Director, Axis Securities made this candid observation at a Press Conference here today, while launching the much-awaited AxisDirect Investment Kit and an investment book A Direct Take, with an aim to benefit large pool of retail investor fraternity.

“We hope to raise the awareness among the large pool of retail customers on the need to have a trusted financial advisor and increase the equity ownership as a part of household financial savings with the launch of the AxisDirect Investment Kit, Mr. Shah said.

“Every sphere of Occupation – be it salaried, businessman, professional or an Agriculturist, has witnessed growth in personal savings, yet dominant part of these savings is locked in Fixed Deposits, Life Insurance, Precious Metals like Gold & Silver and Real Estate,” Mr. Shah said.

Axis Securities, the retail broking and investment advisory services subsidiary of Axis Bank, through its online trading brand AxisDirect, today announced the launch of ‘AxisDirect Investment Kit’ which provides instant access to 3 in 1 investment account allowing customers, the convenience of investing online in an array of investment avenues (Equities, MFs, IPOs, Bonds, NCDs, ETFs & SIPs). An integral part of the investment kit is a unique book on investing ‘A Direct Take’, authored by Nilesh Shah and co-authored by Modan Saha. Written as a series of short stories, this book is a simple guide to help one understand the importance of managing money. It lays out simple principles on how to manage one’s money better, and lead a more fulfilling life. The kit also has exciting offers from Axis Bank on various products of the Bank including Home Loans, Auto Loan, Personal Loan, and Loan against Shares/Gold/Property. AxisDirect Investment Kit caters to a common man desirous of taking confident steps in the world of investing and improving his long term financial health.

“There is a need for savers to channelize savings into investment, and I see a huge opportunity to deepen penetration and mobilize household savings into market-linked

financial products.’ Mr. Shah said, adding: “How else does an investor beat inflation? My response is Equity is an investment avenue that is capable of beating inflation, over longer term. Still penetration in equity remains low, as many retail investors have lost money in equities. However, if we look at Sensex returns, it has given 188 times returns in the last 34 years, 26 times returns in the last 24 years, and 5 times in the last 14 years. Retail investors have tried very hard to lose money, by trading rather than investing for the long term with proper research and advice.”

Mr. Modan Saha, Joint Managing Director, Retail Broking, Axis Securities added, “The basic principle of investing remains same. Do proper asset allocations, invest periodically, and show discipline and not falling into behavioral traps. However, the execution approach that worked in the past may not be solely relied on for the future. The need for a plan and a right financial doctor to help on the way is all the more relevant now. AxisDirect, through its innovative investment platform, institutional quality research and advice, and financial planning services helps its clients manage money better and in a more convenient way. The Investment Kit, through its focus on convenience and investing insights, is a step further in that direction.”

The Investment Kit will enable customers to purchase an investment account off the shelf initially from select branches in Mumbai and very soon from more than 1,000 Axis branches across India. The kit and the Book would also be available from the site The kit will give customers instant access to research, allow them to set alerts, use custom screeners and all other features by creating a user ID and Password. The trading facility, however, would be activated on completion of the Know Your Customer (KYC) formalities.

About Axis Bank

Axis Bank is the third largest private sector bank in India. Axis Bank offers the entire spectrum of services to customer segments covering Large and Mid-Corporates, SME, Agriculture and Retail Businesses.

With its 2,321 domestic branches (including extension counters) and 12,328 ATMs across the country, as on 31st December 2013, the network of Axis Bank spreads across 1,580 cities and towns, enabling the Bank to reach out to a large cross-section of customers with an array of products and services. The Bank also has overseas offices in UK, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Colombo, Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

The Bank’s website offers comprehensive details about its products and services.

Axis Securities Limited, SEBI Reg. No.- NSE-INB/INF/INE 231481632, BSE- INB/INF 011481638,MCX-SX-INB/INF/INE 261481635, ARN No. 64610, CDSL-IN-DP-CDSL-693-2013, Main/Dealing off.- Unit No. 2, Phoenix Market City, 15, LBS Road, Near Kamani Junction, Kurla (West), Mumbai-400070, Tel No. – 18001030808, Reg. off.- Axis House, 8th Floor, Wadia International Centre, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Worli, Mumbai – 400 025.Compliance Officer: Anand Shaha, E-Mail ID: Tel No: 022-42671582.

Mutual Fund Investments are subject to market risks, read all scheme related documents carefully. ASL is the distributor of MF, IPO, NCD, Bonds, Fixed Deposits. Investment in Equity, Currency, Futures & Options is subject to risk. Please read the Risk Disclosure Document before investing.


Yami Gautam and her family will be hosting the actor – singer Ali Zafar for a special dinner in Chandigarh.

Ali Zafar who is doing his next film with Yami Gautam, Total Siyapaa, will be meeting Yami’s family for the first time.

Yami’s family is put up in Chandigarh and they were very keen to have Ali as their guest for dinner.

Ali Zafar who is also a Punjabi like Yami loves Punjabi food and the actor is glad that he has been invited for dinner by Yami’s family.

Ali, Yami and the entire team is now planning a special trip to Chandigarh to visit Yami’s home there.

The duo will be seen together in their upcoming film, Total Siyapaa, which is a story of a Pakistani boy and an Indian girl who fall in love with each other and the chaos that follows.

The film produced by Neeraj Pandey, Reliance Entertainment and &Pictures is slated to release on 7th March.


Tata Global Beverages and the Tata group launch the next phase of the ‘Power of 49’ campaign ahead of General Elections 2014

The campaign’s vision is to unleash the power of hundred million informed women voters to create positive change

L-R: Dr Mukund Rajan (Member – Group Executive Council and Brand Custodian, Tata Sons), Filmmaker Gauri Shinde and Mr Sanjiv Sarin (Regional President of South Asia, Tata Global Beverages) at the ‘Power of 49’ press conference in Mumbai Mumbai, February 11th, 2014: Tata Global Beverages, through their social awakening platform Jaago Re, and the Tata group today launched the second phase of the ‘Power of 49’ campaign, aiming to make it one of India’s largest women-centric awareness campaigns in recent times with an intent to reach out to 100 million women.

Power of 49, a Jaago Re initiative for women, was launched in August 2013 with an objective to awaken women, who form 49% of India’s voter base, inspiring them to cast an informed and independent vote and exercise the power they have to make or break a government in this forthcoming election. The campaign was conceptualised from the insight that women constitute 49% of the voter base in India but often do not get their due as they are not seen as a determining factor in elections.

The Power of 49 initiative is being supported by the Tata group because it aligns closely with the group’s social agenda. The campaign will see Tata group companies and employees coming together in the spirit of volunteering to play their part in amplifying the impact of the campaign.

As a build-up to the General Elections in 2014, the initiative will use several platforms to communicate the thought behind Power of 49. A new TV advertisement, directed by renowned ad and filmmaker Gouri Shinde was unveiled today around the concept of ‘Kaala Teeka’ (black dot). The Kaala Teeka is a clever play on the Teeka with a hard-hitting message of awakening women to realise their potential as voters. It is observed that while women vote, their family members often influence them in selecting the candidate and party to vote for.

L-R: Dr Mukund Rajan (Member – Group Executive Council and Brand Custodian, Tata Sons), Filmmaker Gauri Shinde and Mr Sanjiv Sarin (Regional President of South Asia, Tata Global Beverages) unveiling the new ‘Kaala Teeka’ TV commercial at the ‘Power of 49’ press conference in Mumbai Speaking at the occasion, Sanjiv Sarin, Regional President of South Asia, Tata Global Beverages said, “We are delighted to see Power of 49 grow from a simple thought to a larger initiative with support coming in from the Tata group. Over the years Jaago Re has become a credible platform for catalysing social change.

This time, the campaign seeks to address the underlying reason for women not getting their due from the establishment – the fact that they do not engage sufficiently with the electoral process and do not cast their votes based on an understanding of the stance of candidates on women’s issues. We believe that by inspiring 100 million women to vote based on “Women’s issues” we will be able to catalyse change in this space thus benefitting women and also the country.

We will use television “Soap protagonists” and also other opinion leaders, including corporate and Bollywood celebrities, apart from advertising because in our country the soaps can be powerful agents of change. This will be done through long and short format content on TV/digital and other media.”

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Mukund Rajan, Member – Group Executive Council and Brand Custodian, Tata Sons said, “The Tata group is delighted to associate with Power of 49, which aims to create awareness among the 100 million women voters of India about their power to bring about change. The group is an equal opportunities employer and believes in promoting gender diversity and inclusiveness, not only in the workplace but also in the communities in which it operates. The coming General Elections represent a great opportunity for the Indian woman to have her voice heard in the political discourse of our country. We believe that women’s empowerment is an important subject for our nation’s progress, and Power of 49 is a small step in that direction, seeking to give women their rightful place in the future of our country.”

Amplifying Power of 49

To deepen its engagement with the online community, Jaago Re website ( will feature ‘Push the Pin’, an initiative that will allow users to voice relevant issues from their respective constituency. This interactive and GPS-enabled application is also available through mobile and IVRS platforms (08000780007).

Several research reports have shown that television soaps affect the lives of everyday households and in turn impact societies. The journey has been the same for Indian television soaps which have metamorphosed over the 80s and 90s, till today. The General Entertainment Channels (GEC) that once showcased Indian woman in traditional, stereotype roles now showcase her as the Indian woman of the new millennium. The Power of 49 campaign which will associate with key GEC channels, brings together the “bahus” (TV serial stars) of the leading serials in the country to deliver a message through their soap characters. This leg of the campaign addressing the GEC women audience will be called “49% ka Power Bahu Nahi Bahumat”. The association with leading GEC women actresses will attempt to influence their audiences and seek women to voice their concerns.

Some of the leading ladies include:

· Sandhya from Diya aur Bati Hum – Star Plus

· Akshara from Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai – Star Plus

· Kamla Tai from Ek Mutthi Asmaan – Zee TV

· Gunjan from Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke – Zee TV

· Anandi from Balika Vadhu – Colors

This will be followed by multiple debates and discussions by eminent news anchors and media personalities in specific ‘Power of 49’ TV shows. All views expressed here along with issues expressed by women in push the pin and GEC will culminate in a Power of 49 manifesto which will get presented to senior leaders of key political parties. This will ensure the system takes note of women’s needs and wants and becomes more responsive to them.

Further, Power of 49 has joined hands with Haiyya, a Mumbai based not-for-profit organisation to create awareness within the Tata group through roadshows and voter registration camps to be held across Tata group companies. This will help to achieve the Group’s aim of 100% voter- readiness.


Shah Rukh, Mika Singh, Ranveer Singh and of course Deepika Padukone partied

Sources has disclosed that after Screen Awards Shah Rukh Khan decide for some party sharty at a private gig in Mumbai’s Asilo, Palladium Hotel, Shah Rukh, Mika Singh, Ranveer Singh and of course Deepika Padukone grooved away the night, as Mika Singh sang only Shah Rukh’s songs. They all four danced and chatted till the view hours and the best part of the cozy night out was Mika was surprised to when Ranveer Singh sang Mika’s favorite song ‘Sawan main lag gai aag’ and Shah Rukh also said in his style Mika ‘tu Sawan main aag lgaa ke dikhana abki baar’.

Deepika seemed to be on cloud nine as she grabbed 3 Screen Awards and what better way to celebrate, with her hero, ops! I mean her first film’s hero Shah Rukh Khan and her ‘good friend’ Ranveer Singh.

One can truly feel their chemistry as Mika said, ‘You both are the best jodi of Bollywood at present,’ and one voice came, ‘Mika kya keh raha hai Main hoon na,’ when they found out it is Shah Rukh who is getting possessive for his Chennai Express co-star and all four ended into a big laughter.


Yaariyan changed my life overnight: Jatin Suri

Jatin Suri after his successful stint in Divya Khosla Kumar’s Yaariyan confesses to having received immense popularity inundated with television offers post the romantic flick.

Jatin Suri, who made his debut in Yaariyan becomes the sought after actor in the television world post his critically acclaimed performance in Yaariyan playing but strictly maintains his focus on Bollywood.

After completing 2 years getting trained in acting from a prestigious institution in Mumbai Whistling Woods, went further west getting the finesse from the top notch Hollywood actor Rob Reece. Only when he decided to take a break & acquire knowledge on direction, Yaariyan happened to him.

Blessed with the looks of the boy- next-door, Jatin Suri, a theatre actor met Divya Khosla Kumar apparently to assist her for Yaariyan during his break & latter offered the immediate role after the protagonist.

Hailing from a small town in Himachal Pradesh, Jatin Suri always dreamt of making it big in Bollywood beginning his career as a theatre artist in Shimla’s Gaiety & Chandigarh’s Tagore before coming to the city of dreams where he bagged a significant role in Yaariyan & received immense popularity among the younger generation making him the new favorite chocolate boy on screen.

Flooded with offers for ad commercials, television after his successful stint in Yaariyan, Jatin Suri couldn’t have asked for more, “Yaariyan changed my life overnight. I gained recognition & I have been receiving messages & being offered interesting roles for TV serials & ad commercials. But presently I am excited about my next release. Post Yaariyan there has been no looking back & I can’t thank Divya enough for the interesting role.”

Restricting himself to Bollywood, Jatin mentions, “It’s not that I won’t do television, but right now all my energies are focused on Bollywood. I have strived enough & here I am, fortunately meeting the right people, doing the right thing. There is so much more to achieve.”


Come & Celebrate this Valentine’s Day with Sherlock on AXN

~Be a part of the Sherlock, Season 3 Marathon Mania with back-to-back episodes~

Mumbai: Going to movies on Valentine’s Day is a tradition for many couples, old and new. But hold on, as AXN brings to you a thrilling treat this 14th February. The channel is all set to treat all Sherlock fans as AXN India will be showcasing back-to-back episodes of Sherlock Season 3 starting 12 noon. The crime drama that has a global fan following, clocked an average audience (globally) of nearly four million viewers with the finale pulling in a whopping 8.8 million viewers—the franchise’s biggest audience yet.

If you are not the couple who are into candy pink and swooning hearts AXN India is the place to be this Friday. This Valentine’s Day AXN offers a great cuddle up on the couch night while the world’s greatest detective is on your TV screens solving some nail biting cases.

So tune-in to AXN to catch all the thrill, drama and action this Valentine’s Day from 12 noon onwards.





Conventionally, film-makers play UA certified trailers of their films in cinemas while the un-censored ones are released online for mass consumption, as there is no censorship on the Net.

When the sexy and steamy trailer of Ragini MMS-2 was released on Balaji’s Youtube channel ( , it amassed over 1.5 million views within two days, till even Youtube found it way too hot to handle.

Through its monitoring mechanism, Youtube has flagged off the trailer as ‘18+’, which means that viewing it would now necessitate logging in and age verification.

Rarely has something like this happened for a trailer of any mainstream Bollywood feature.

“While the restriction on viewing marginally slows down the number of views, forbidden content creates its own inquisitiveness and excitement. The trailer has met with an overwhelming response online and in cinemas. Someone who wants to watch a blend of horror and sex will mount over this hurdle with ease,” says Tanuj Garg, CEO – Balaji Motion Pictures.

Ragini MMS-2 releases in cinemas on March 21.


Vipul Shah’s Holiday is all set with their first look of the film.

The Digital Teaser will be out in about an hour’s time.

The Trailer of the film Holiday-A Soldier is Never off Duty will be launched tomorrow online.

Everyone get ready to see Akshay Kumar as a Soldier.

The film stars-Akshay Kumar ,Sonakshi Sinha and Govinda


Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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