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Award Nominees for 2nd Edition of IAA Leadership Awards Announced

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~ Awards to recognize noteworthy Marketing, Advertising and Media professionals across multiple sectors ~

Mumbai, February 26, 2013: The International Advertising Association’s (IAA) India chapter today revealed nominations for the first 12 categories of the much-awaited second edition of the IAA Leadership Awards. Taking into account the outstanding marketing and related initiatives that have been undertaken in the year gone by, the nominees have been shortlisted from the fields of Marketing of various products and services categories.

The IAA Leadership Awards is a unique initiative which celebrates leaders in the fields of Marketing, Advertising and Media. The 2nd edition of the IAA Awards will witness honoring 21 individuals in as many categories who will be handpicked through a 2-stage selection process.

The following are the list of nominees revealed today who will compete to win the 2nd Edition of the IAA Leadership Awards:

Marketer of the Year: FMCG – Food and Beverages

Name

Company Name

Designation

Siddhartha Mukherjee

Cadbury India

Category Director, Chocolate and Media

Rajesh V. L.

ITC Limited – Foods Division

EVP – Marketing, Exports, Inst. Sales and Packaging

Wasim Basir

Coca Cola India

Director – IMC

Chandrasekar Radhakrishnan

Nestle India

Communications Director, South Asia Region

Deepika Warrier

PepsiCo India

VP Marketing – Beverages

Marketer of the Year: Banking

Name

Company Name

Designation

Kartik Jain

HDFC Bank

EVP and Head – Marketing

Sujit Ganguli

ICICI Bank

Head – Brand and Corporate Communications

Mahendra Kumar Rekhi

SBI Bank

Deputy General Manager ( Public Relations)

Manisha Gupta

Axis Bank

Chief Marketing Officer

Karthi Marshan

Kotak Mahindra Bank

EVP & Head – Group Marketing

Marketer of the Year: Insurance

Name

Company Name

Designation

Tamanna Khanna

Indiafirst Life Insurance

Head – Marketing

Sanjay Tripathi

HDFC Standard Life Insurance

Sr. EVP, Head – Marketing, Products & Direct Channels

Rituraj Bhattacharjee

Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance

Head – Market Management and Product Development

Elizabeth Venkataraman

Kotak Life Insurance

Sr. VP and Head – Marketing

Manish Dubey

ICICI Prudential Life Insurance

Sr. VP and Head – Marketing

S. N. Bhattacharya

LIC of India

Executive Director, Marketing

Marketer of the Year: Auto – 2 Wheeler

Name

Company Name

Designation

Anil Dua

Hero Moto Corp

Sr. Vice President

Sanjay Saraswat

Bajaj Auto

VP Marketing

Y. S. Guleria

Honda Motorcycles and Scooters

VP – Sales and Marketing

Aniruddha Haldar

TVS Motor Company

GM – Marketing (Scooters) and Head – Media

Atul Gupta

Suzuki Motor Cycles India

VP – Sales and Marketing

Vijay Kaul

India Yamaha Motors

AGM – Marketing Communications

Marketer of the Year: Auto – Passenger Vehicles

Name

Company Name

Designation

Rakesh Srivastava

Hyundai Motor India

Sr. Vice President – Sales and Marketing

Mayank Pareek

Maruti Suzuki India

Chief Operating Officer

Avik Chattopadhyay

Volkswagen India

GM – Marketing

Jnaneswar Sen

Honda Siel Cars India

Marketing Director

Sumit Sawhney

Renault India

Country CEO & Managing Director – Marketing and Sales

Ankush Arora

Tata Motors

Senior VP – Marketing, Passenger Cars

Marketer of the Year: Mobile Services

Name

Company Name

Designation

Mohit Beotra

Airtel

Chief Brand Officer

Vivek Mathur

Vodafone India

Chief Commercial Officer

Gurinder Singh Sandhu

Tata Teleservices

Marketing Head

Sashi Shankar

Idea

CMO

Prasun Kumar

Reliance Infocomm

Senior VP – Marketing

Marketer of the Year: FMCG – Personal Care, Laundry and Toiletries

Name

Company Name

Designation

Arun Srinivas

Hindustan Unilever

Vice President – Skin Care

Sonali Dhawan

Procter & Gamble

Marketing Director

Satyaki Ghosh

L’Oreal

Director of Consumer Product Division

Ajeet Babu

Colgate-Palmolive

Marketing Head

Tushar Murdeshwar

Johnson & Johnson

VP – Marketing

Sunil Kataria

Godrej Consumer Products

COO – Sales and Marketing

Archna Vyas

Reckitt Benckiser

Head – Media and Corporate Communications

Marketer of the Year: Household Products

Name

Company Name

Designation

Archna Vyas

Reckitt Benckiser

Head – Media and Corporate Communications

Sunil Kataria

Godrej Consumer Products

COO – Sales and Marketing

S. C. Chand

S. C. Johnson Products

Director – Marketing

Sonali Dhawan

Procter & Gamble

Marketing Director

Marketer of the Year: Home Improvement

Name

Company Name

Designation

Amit Syngle

Asian Paints

VP – Sales and Marketing

Anuj Jain

Kansai Nerolac Paints

VP – Sales and Marketing

K. K. Sai

Berger Paints

Head – Marketing

Anil Jayaraj

Pidilite Industries

Chief Marketing Officer

Vivek Deshpande

Ambuja Cements

Joint President – Brands and Marketing Strategy

Kumar Pillay

Ultratech Cements

Vice President Head , Marketing Services

Marketer of the Year: E-Commerce

Name

Company Name

Designation

Aparna Mahesh

Quikr.com

Brand Head

Manu Jain

Jabong.com

Co-Founder and Managing Director

Ravi Vora

Flipkart.com

Vice President – Marketing

Sharat Dhall

Yatra.com

President

Keyur Joshi

Makemytrip.com

Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer

Marketer of the Year: Mobile Devices

Name

Company Name

Designation

Shashin Devsare

Karbonn

Executive Director

Shubhodip Pal

Micromax

Chief Marketing Officer

Viral Oza

Nokia India

Marketing Director

Vineet Taneja

Samsung India

Business Head – Mobiles

Sapna Sharma

Spice Mobile

Marketing Head

Marketer of the Year: FMCG – Consumer Durables

Name

Company Name

Designation

Sanjay Chitkara

LG Electronics India

Chief Marketing Officer

Sandeep Tiwari

Samsung India Electronics

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“Change is inevitable. Nothing is permanent but change’’. Some welcome the challenge with a smile while others reject it.

This will come alive in the life of Shikha aka Aiswariya Sakuja from Sony Entertainment Television’s popular thriller Main Naa Bhoolungi. Life will throw a series of challenges at Shikha and she will try to overcome them one at a time. Now, she is faced with a new test of confidence! Shikha will be transformed from an ordinary, simple looking girl to a beautiful and desirable young woman and she has to face this major change head-on.

Life will come full circle for the timid Shikha, who was duped and mislead by rosy dreams of a marital life only to realise that she was merely a pawn in a cruel game plan of her beloved husband.

While most may break due to the grief of betrayal, a few fight back with rejuvenated energy to face the world yet again! Amidst her agony, Shikha will arise like a phoenix from the ashes, donning a completely glamorous look and with a new determination to extract her revenge.

Shikha will be seen in an ultra-modern avatar while she plans her revenge on her ex-husband Sameer (Vikas Manaktala) who had tried to kill her for his selfish motives.

Transforming Shikha to achieve this and help her re-claim her lost confidence will be creative designer Swapnil Shinde, whose vision and support allows Shikha to discover her core of confidence.

. Talking about the transformation Swapnil Shinde says, “It gives me immense pleasure to get associated with Sony Entertainment Television and its extremely popular show Mein Na Bhoolungi. SONY has always lived up to its mantra of offering unique and exceptional entertainment to its viewers. It was great fun to work on a new appearance for Aishwariya. The ‘revelation’ gown for Aishwarya exemplifies glamour, sex appeal and ethereal beauty… The bustier of the gown is made in metallic golden sheeted fabric, whereas the skirt is made of fluid chiffon inspired by the Greek goddesses. The idea was to make Aishwarya look like she has been moulded in gold to give her a strong and confident appeal.”

Tune in to Main Naa Bhoolungi on 25th February 2014, at 8 pm only on Sony Entertainment Television

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Socially Responsible- Celebrities who choose to make a difference

Bollywood is undoubtedly one of the most powerful mediums to communicate strong and sincere messages. The celebrities, with their fan following, create a difference by voicing their opinions on social causes. They have moved beyond Box Office triumphs. Apart from being actors, these individuals are aware of their social responsibilities and use their star quotient as a tool to meet a bigger and larger cause, for the good of the people.

Many Bollywood celebrities have been sincerely working on issues they care passionately about and their association doesn’t end with their film projects. Here we present some Bollywood actors, who understand their larger purpose in the transformation and betterment of the society.

Salman Khan has bettered lives, saved many and given them hope, all thanks to the charity work of Being Human. Proceeds from his initiatives like Being Human Merchandise and Being Human Art, go towards healthcare and education for the underprivileged.

Actor Arjun Rampal, known to be closely associated with PETA, along with representatives from the organization, recently met Maharashtra State Forest Minister to hand-deliver a letter. The letter urged the minister to take immediate action in order to ensure that 14-year-old abused elephant Sunder was transferred to a sanctuary from the temple in Kolhapur. Madhuri Dixit, Amitabh Bachchan, Raveena Tandon, R Madhavan, and many other celebrities took to Twitter to support his case to #FreeSunder.

Dia Mirza has been supporting various social organizations, ever since she was crowned the Miss India Asia- Pacific in 2000. Working closely with ‘ADAPT’ (Able Disable All People Together), Dia has been deeply empathetic about the cause. She had also participated in a rally organized by the society to push for building ramps, elevators and adjusted toilets in public places. She has been closely associated with Cancer Patients Aid Association, and has worked with the Government of Andhra Pradesh to spread HIV awareness and prevent female foeticide. John Abraham, a firm believer in social work thanks to his mother, is closely associated with PETA. Last year, he sent a letter to Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), urging them to put a ban on the use of elephants in circuses. He was also seen supporting Make A Wish foundation, where he made dreams of many terminally ill children come true.

Deepika Padukone is a sports enthusiast and has been a national-level badminton player. Her passion for sports drives her to work for Olympic Gold Quest, a support group for athletes and sportspersons, started by her father, legendary Badminton player Prakash Padukone. Olympic Gold Quest scouts for potential medal talent, helps identify areas of support, and works with all stakeholders to aid deserving talent. Amit Sadh, too, does his bit frequently, by promoting cycling, the environment-friendly commute. The actor recently participated in Tour De India’s Green Cyclothon, in Mumbai and at the Buddh International Circuit (BIC) in Greater Noida. Apart from this, the ‘Kai Po Che’ actor also played at a charity match, with the All Stars football Club.

It’s wonderful to know, that these actors, in their own way are trying to contribute to the society. Being socially aware is one thing, and being socially responsible is another. Every effort taken to help never goes unnoticed. Kudos to these actors and we hope they continue to make a difference and lead such exemplary lives.

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92.7 BIG FM BANGALORE LAUNCHES THE AUDIO CD OF ITS SHIVRATRI SPECIAL RADIO DRAMA ‘RUDRAYANA’

CD UNVEILED BY RUDRAYANA NARRATOR AND RENOWNED TV ANCHOR APARNA

Bangalore, February 25, 2014: Leading up to the auspicious occasion of Mahashivaratri, 92.7 BIG FM launches Rudrayana – a radio mythological drama series narrating the story of the great Lord Shiva. In a press conference held at 92.7 BIG FM studios today, renowned Kannada television host and Rudrayana narrator Aparna unveiled the CD and interacted with the media present. The CD will be now available through various music outlets in the city.

92.7 BIG FM’s Bangalore station aired this captivating radio mythology series between 19th to 27th February 2014. The radio drama now captured on an audio CD offers devotees 100 capsules of the story of Lord Shiva, his many avatars, and his life on Mount Kailasa, narrated by the immensely popular TV Anchor Aparna. It is an exceptional audio serial of the mythological story that was broadcast over a period of 10 days.

Rudrayana’s narrator Aparna brings years of experience to her art – she is acclaimed for presenting LIVE shows and conducting quiz programmes on TV for eight hours continuously during Diwali of 1998. She was a radio announcer since 1993. With her gifted talent of presenting shows on air, she has added more dynamism and passion to Rudrayana.

Rudrayana transports listeners to a new world of faith, devotion and sanctity by encouraging them to reflect upon the story of Lord Shiva’s life and significance of Shivratri. The characters come to life through this radio drama, thus evoking a fascinating aural experience for listeners.

Reliance Broadcast Network

Reliance Broadcast Network Limited is a media and entertainment company with interests in radio, television and television production. The Company houses: 92.7 Big FM – India’s No.1 FM Network with 45 stations, reaching over 4 crore Indians each week; Big Magic – a Hindi general entertainment channel featuring light entertainment shows; Big Magic Bihar & Jharkhand – a Channel with local content tailored for the region; Big Magic International – a channel targeted at the Indian Diaspora in the US and Canada; Big RTL Thrill – a dual feed action entertainment channel from the Company’s joint venture with Europe’s RTL Group; and Big Productions – its television content production division; For more information log on to www.reliancebroadcast.com

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– Neha Marda – the protagonist of Zee TV’s Doli Armaanon Ki, met with an accident today morning while driving to the sets.

– Taking the Express Highway, Neha was driving the car herself at a speed of 120 kmph.

– Though her car is entirely damaged, she was rescued by the public and police immediately

– Post the accident, she reported to the sets with minor scratches

– On sets, there are doctors examining her from time to time

– Although she had a narrow escape, she is said to be having internal injuries

– Neha who plays the lead role in ‘Doli Armaanno Ki’ as Urmi is scheduled to go on a two day leave beginning from tomorrow and hence did not go back on her commitment of shooting today despite the accident

– She refused to skip her shoot and in order to avoid causing inconvenience to the Production house of the show

– Just like her on screen character of Urmi, Neha proved to be a complete woman of words in real life as well as she was dedicated towards her work and shot without any complains

– With this step, Neha has displayed commendable dedication towards her work. Her ‘show must go on’ attitude is worth a round of applause.

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Kindly Note That, “Honeyae Honeyae Song – Aaha Kalyanam – TAMIL” video has been uploaded on the link reproduced below.

Download Link: http://goo.gl/Kl9EmQ

You can also embed this video from YRF YouTube channel – http://youtu.be/8alEfDJARmc

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Like to introduce our client Ace Turtle, a Bangalore based specialist company in omni channel retail solutions to deliver a broad portfolio of mono and multi-branded ecommerce applications.

Ace Turtle enables brick & mortar retailers to leverage online retail channels and unlock the potential offered by omni-channel retailing (beyond just e commerce), to ensure a seamless consumer experience through all available channels, i.e. mobile devices, desktop computers, brick and mortar stores, e commerce channels and similar. These solutions are leveraged by brands and retailers to deliver a consistent brand experience across online, mobile and in store channels. Ace Turtle has strategic exclusive alliances with best in class technology led agencies like Reevoo, Amplience, Group FMG and Pod 1 to ensure excellence in delivery.

Ace Turtle is Bangalore based and provides fully managed e commerce services including Omni Channel retail. AceTurtle’s solutions are delivered through its robust technology platform and include top of line web store design, imagining & catalogue management, logistics management, excellent customer support, integrated payment solutions and digital marketing. These solutions are leveraged by brands and retailers to deliver a consistent brand experience across online, mobile and in store channels.

Today Omni channel retailing is not an option but an imperative for any retail brand. A customer or a prospect is interacting with the brand through multiple channels. Hence, a consistent brand experience across channel is non-negotiable. Ace Turtle helps a brand to unlock the potential offered by omni-channel retailing (beyond just e commerce), which ensures a seamless consumer experience through all available channels, i.e. mobile devices, desktop computers, brick and mortar stores, e commerce channels and similar. These are available on a modular basis or as part of an integrated solution.

The core management team at Ace Turtle bring strong domain expertise in brand management, retail, marketing, operations, merchandising, technology and logistics through years of hands-on, enriched experience in retail.

Kind Regards,
Prachi Shukla
A C T I M E D I A
Communications | PR

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WeChat makes communication More Social, More Fun with WeChat version 5.2 release on Android

Connecting with friends on-the-go just got easier with the latest WeChat update for Android

New Delhi, 25th February 2014: Showcasing a new and sleek interface, WeChat for Android allows you to move more easily between features and socialize with friends on-the-go.

The menu bar is now conveniently placed at the top of the screen, giving you quick access to your favourite features. Just tap and navigate your way through WeChat with a refreshed look and feel.

1. Chats tab takes you to your latest conversations with friends

2. Discover tab will show you Moments, Scan QR Code, Shake, People Nearby, Drift Bottle, Games and Sticker Shop features

3. Contacts brings you directly to your contact list

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In addition to the user interface changes, WeChat 5.2 offers more new features.

Easily Add Friends at Once with Friend Radar

With one tap, WeChat’s Friend Radar feature allows you to search other WeChat users in your vicinity and add them to your contact list. It’s that easy to stay connected and the perfect solution for exchanging contact information in group settings. Simply press “+” in the menu bar > Add Contacts > Friend Radar

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Easily Meet Up with Friends Using Real-Time Location Sharing

By inviting your friends to share their Real-Time Location, you’ll never have to worry about someone getting lost again. You can help them navigate their way on the WeChat map and through an integrated walkie-talkie session. Simply open a chat > + > Locations > “Real-time Location” > View map with your friend’s location.

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Find Any Photo in a Group Chat with Newly Added Photo Album

All photos shared in a group chat are now saved in an easy access location, there is no need to scroll backwards to locate your favorite photos anymore. Simply open a picture in a group chat > press the icon on the bottom right.

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Find Any Chat or Contact Fast with Universal Search

Don’t worry if you forgot that important date or name in a chat conversation. With WeChat for Android’s Universal Search feature, you can quickly refer back to any message or contact by typing into the search field within the Chats tab.

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Customize Your Contact List

This upgrade gives you the option to build out your friends profiles with photos, addresses and business cards. Simply follow below steps

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Localized and Free Stickers

Spice up any conversation and get your friends laughing by sending them the angry aunty, master blaster and the puppy time stickers from the WeChat Sticker Shop. And there are always more being added to share!

More New Features

· Group Chat Mention Notifications – You will receive a special notification when your name is mentioned in a Group Chat.

· Enhanced Video and Audio – And just when you thought WeChat couldn’t get any better, we’ve proven you wrong with boosted video and audio quality and the option of image browsing in chats.

· LinkedIn Account in WeChat – Show your LinkedIn Account to your friends and know if your friends join the professional network.

All of this, complemented with the new, easy-to-use interface means more possibilities for your social life.

To upgrade now and for the latest updates, visit www.wechat.com. WeChat 5.2 is also available on iOS.

About WeChat

WeChat envisions and innovates new ways for people to connect, communicate and share. A mobile social communication app designed for smartphone users, WeChat is the world’s fastest growing social app with over 100 million registered accounts internationally.

WeChat empowers users in fun and dynamic ways by bringing together messaging, social communication and gaming in one seamless, interactive experience, with comprehensive privacy and security settings that can be tailored as needed.

WeChat is an all-in-one app that enables users to add friends with several innovative features. These include highly convenient and reliable QR code scanning, phonebook and location-based connection services such as “Friend Radar”, “People Nearby” and “Shake.” The platform facilitates social interaction with real-time “Walkie Talkie,” “Voice Call,” and “Video Call.” Supported on data networks and Wi-Fi, WeChat makes it easy to stay connected with friends anywhere, anytime. Users can choose to communicate and share photos one-on-one, or within their closed social network through “Moments”. The popular WeChat Sticker Shop has a variety of fun animated emoticons to express any emotion. Also, with a host of addictive WeChat Games, users can play and challenge their friends on the move, share scores and even find competitors nearby.

WeChat is available free for download on Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Symbian and Windows operating systems.

Learn more about WeChat and download the app at www.wechat.com

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Brief: –

In the months of February to April every year, the Andaman Islands become a popular yachting destination for worldwide enthusiasts. During this time, a number of yachts sail to the Andaman Islands – most of them from Thailand or other Asian countries. February & March are considered the best months for cruising in the Andaman Islands when the sea is calm and the weather is gorgeous. The islands have a unique appeal for being exclusive, remote & of course stunningly beautiful.

The Andaman Islands in the warm, tropical waters of the Indian Ocean are one of the world’s newest yachting destinations. These islands in the Bay of Bengal of the Andaman sea are territorially a part of India, but geographically closer to Myanmar or Thailand. After a 50-year period of virtual isolation from the outside world, the Indian government has made a decision to allow limited, environmentally conscious tourism development in the islands. Visiting the Andaman Islands really is a special adventure. Only 26 of these 576 islands are inhabited. Beneath the waves lie reefs barely touched and hardly seen by other divers.

Yachts & other vessels with foreign flags are permitted to come into the Andaman Islands for up to one month at a time. Sailing yachts, high end yachts, motor yachts & live-aboards all make their way here during the season months. The yachts offer activities such as cruising, game fishing, angling, scuba diving, or surfing.

For further details, please refer the attached press note.

Do let us know if you need more information or need to connect with Infiniti management.

You can also visit the following links for having more details on Infiniti Live-aboard

www.INFINITILiveAboard.com

facebook.com/InfinitiLiveAboard
twitter: @InfinitiDiving

Regards

Sunil Ramakrishnan

Rig-Veda Consultancy & Services

sunil@rigvedaconsultancy.com

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Event News

Shri Radhe Guru Maa Charitable Trust distributed milk, biscuits and medicines at Kandivali’s Shatabdi Municipal Hospital

Mumbai.Mamtamai Shri Radhe Guru Maa Charitable Trust will hold a huge Bhagwati Jagran on March 2, 2014. Radhe Maa’s birthday is being celebrated by helping Mumbai’s poor and Radhe Maa’s birthday week is being observed. The Trust distributed milk, biscuits and medicines at Kandivali’s Shatabdi Municipal Hospital. And Malad (West) based M.M. Mithaiwala is distributing Ramji Ki Kichadi( Food) every morning to poor people from last 41 year. But this week Radhe Maa Charitable Trust distributing Ramji Ki Khichadi .They also distributes Milk and sweets.

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Lyricist Faaiz Aawaar’s Son turns Music Director

“I would like to do a good job and am not in hurry.”

– Farzan Faaiz (Music –Director)

Mumbai.Faaiz Anwaar, Writer and lyricist who has penned songs for hit movies like Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin(tittle song), Saajan(tittle song), Jab We Met(Aaaogey Jab Tum Saajnaa), Dabangg(Tere Mast Mast Do Nayan) and Rowdy Rathore (Chikni Kamar..,Chammak Challo..,Pritam Pyare..) is a proud man today. His son Farzan Faaiz has become a Music Director. While father is the lyricist in Raju Mawani’s film ‘Anuradha’, so is lending the music. The song of the movie has been well liked and the movie is set to release on 28th February 2014. Below are excerpts of an interview with Music Director Farzan Faaiz:

Tell us something about yourself.

I finished by schooling from Juhu’s Vidyanidhi High School and then graduated in Arts from Mithibai College. Now I am giving music for movies.

Your father is a lyricist and you chose music?

Music has been my passion right from my childhood and I have learnt guitar from my teacher Harsh. In addition, I have heard and learnt music by observing singers like Mithun Sharma and RD Burman. My father taught me recording etc. I have tried writing lyrics a couple of times but I don’t understand antara-mukhda,Kafila etc. I understand music. Empire Studio’s Mani uncle has taught me so much.

How did you get the part in movie Anuradha and why you did not begin your career from some big banners or Big star film?

I have already given music for Ramesh Sharma’s movie Mumbai Shuklaji Street, which is also set to release. Anuradha’s director Raju uncle is my father’s friend. He saw my work in Ramesh Sharm’s movie and gave me an opportunity. Movies are not big or small, it’s the work that goes in and shows. People liked my work and I will pick up.

Work or Money, Which is important for you?

I want to get good opportunities now. Money will follow.

What is Future plan?
I would like to do a good job and am not in hurry. If I put my efforts in my work, people will appreciate.

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Narendra Chanchal will be honoured in Mumbai on

March 2, 2014

When one thinks about Jagran or Mata Ki Chowki, then the one name that comes to mind is Narendra Chanchal. For 45 years, he has kept the flame lit up with his bhajans for Durga Maa. On 2nd March 2014, he will be honoured at BEC Ground (Bombay Exhibition Center), Highway Goregoan(East), Mumbai by Radhe Maa Charitable Trust during Bhagwati Jagran.

Narendra Chanchal will sing on the occasion of Radhe Maa’s birthday. “I am coming to Mumbai without any commercial interest and I have faith in Radhe Maa.I feel blessed by Radhe Maa.Whenever I get an opportunity, I go and meet her.,” he says.

As a kid, Narendra Chanchal learnt about bhakti watching his mother praying. He too became a devotee of Durga Maa. Every year he conducts Jagran or Mata Ki Chowki for Durga Maa and releases 2 or 3 bhakti albums every year. The world famous singer Narendra Chanchal has always enthrall people with his melodious voice even in different countries like U.S. , Canada , Europe , Australia etc.

Disapproving Bhajan’s in Bollywood tunes he says “It does not suit our culture and civilization. Folk songs and music of Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, etc. are quite nice and cozy, bhajans or devotional songs should be made on these tunes rather than using Western tunes. Guys do this for cheap popularity, which is wrong. ”

S.B.Sharma

(P.R.O.)

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Who reminds Madhuri of Prabhudeva?

The gorgeous Madhuri Dixit and the beautiful Juhi Chawla will be seen making an appearance on Boogie Woogie to promote their upcoming film ‘Gulaab gang’. The duo will be seen at the jovial best enjoying the stellar performances of the contestants.

A little birdie from the sets informs us that during Sagar’s performance on the song Tum jo aye Zindagi mein dedicated to Juhi Chawla, both the actresses were in all praises for him. Madhuri expressed her appreciation by saying, “You danced with such ease and flexibility, that it reminds me of the great dancer Prabhudeva”.

Well, it’s an achievement for Sagar to receive such a wonderful comment from the dancing diva Madhuri Dixit.

Watch Sagar’s performance on Boogie Woogie this Saturday at 8:30 pm only on Sony Entertainment Television

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My name is being used – Kailash Kher

Buzz these days going around is that Kailash Kher is giving music in director Anand Kumar’s film “Desi Kattey” solo. Whereas firstly it was heard that his band Kailasa is giving music in the film. To find out what’s the matter? We meet him. Kailash Kher explained, “It is not that in the film “Desi Kattey” I’m composing solo. Like the usual, in this film too, Naresh & Paresh are with me and will always be. My name is being used in the credits only because Director Anand wanted to use it, so that’s it.”

In this film there are total 7 songs, which has been written by Kailash Kher and Prasoon Joshi. The playback singers used in the film by Kailash are Rekha Bharadwaj, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Shreya Ghoshal, Shankar Mahadevan and Hard Kaur. About the music of the film Kailash Kher said, ‘In the film the music is according to the story of the film, and so, it will have all kinds of music.’ When asked will the film music will have any Sufi number like he has in his albums, he said that there will be romantic, nostalgia, item numbers – are all kinds of songs, Sufi may particular won’t be used this time but the music would be Desi.

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Glorifying India’s Pride; Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Ali to be honored at the 14th Vasantotsav, spearheaded by Suresh Wadkar, Acharya Jialal Vasant Sangeet Niketan

Year after year felicitating the proficient musicians, this Vasantotsav, the pious Acharya Jialal Vasant Sangeet Niketan to bestow the Uttam Vag- Geykar Jialal Vasant Award to Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Ali by Hon’ble Shri Dilip Walse – Patil.

Suresh Wadkar, a luminary created from the music school Acharya Jialal Vasant Sangeet Niketan, a National Award Winner under the category of Best Male Playback Singer, keeping alive the tradition of the music school of by honoring & felicitating the accomplished musicians with Uttam Vag- Geykar Jialal Vasant Award at Vasantotsav.

This year in its 14th Edition Acharya Jialal Vasant Sangeet Niketan acknowledges the accomplishments of the Padma Bhushan Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Ali.

The evening shall see performances by the maestros Grammy Award Winner Ustad Zakir Hussain & Padma Shri U Srinivas.

The Award instituted in 2001 in honor of Acharya Jialal Vasant who himself was an Uttam Vag-Geykar , an accomplished musician proficient in all three fields of music- Vocal, Instrumental Music & Dance. The award presented every year on Vasantotsav to an accomplished performing artist carries an amount of Rupees One Lakh & a silver brick weighing one & quarter kilos with the citation of Uttam Vag-Geykar.

The recipients of the prestigious awards over the years include; Smt. Lata Mangeshkar ji

Smt. Hema Malini ji, Ustad Zakir Hussain ji, Pt. Bhimsen Joshi ji, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasiyaji, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan Ji & other icons in the music fraternity.

Suresh Wadkar, the ardent disciple who kept the legacy of his Guru’s music school intact mentions, “We are in our 14th Edition, it brings me immense pleasure & pride to initiate & witness the felicitation of Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Ali. The evening is highly anticipated by the music connoisseurs who will witness the performances by Ustad Zakir Hussain ji & Padma Shri U Srinivas.”

He further adds, “The Award & Festival are the efforts fulfilling his dream of re-establishing the glory of Indian Classical Music & instilling respect towards our heritage among the youth of India as well as the world over.”

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Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla spread magic on Boogie Woogie

The sets of Boogie Woogie came to a standstill as the Bollywood beauties both known for their gorgeous smiles came to promote their upcoming movie Gulaab Gang. Juhi Chawla dressed in a beautiful white gown along with a chic looking Madhuri Dixit mesmerised everyone with their jovial selves on Boogie Woogie. In fact they were spellbound by the stellar performances of the contestants.

Madhuri dixit set the stage on fire when she performed on her most popular song dhak dhak karne laga with Preetjyot dressed as a girl. She enthralled the audience with her signature moves on the popular song leaving the audience asking for more. Mumtaz’s robotic act captivated Madhuri to such an extent that she hit him with a flower in true Hum aapke hain kaun style. On the other hand, Juhi Chawla shook a leg with Aryan on the song Aye mere humsafer and later revealed, “If Aryan would have been of my age, I would have fallen in love with him”.

So get ready to watch the magic of Juhi Chawla and Madhuri Dixit of Boogie Woogie this Saturday at 8:30 pm only on Sony Entertainment Television

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Shreyas Talpade sets 4 July 2014 as release date for second home production – Poshter Boyz

· Full lenth Marathi feature to be directed by Sameer Patil will feature stars Dilip Prabhavalkar, Aniket Vishwasrao, Hrishikesh Joshi, Pooja Sawant, Neha Joshi, amongst others

Mumbai, 19 February 2014: Actor-Producer Shreyas Talpade today announced that his second home production the full-length Marathi feature “Poshter Boyz” will release across theatres in India on 4 July 2014. Being produced under his banner Affluence Movies Private Limited, the film which is directed by Sameer Patil and has been shot across real locations across Western Maharashtra, stars Dilip Prabhavalkar, Aniket Vishwasrao, Hrishikesh Joshi, Pooja Sawant, Neha Joshi, amongst others. Another key highlight of the film is its music, which for the first time in Marathi cinema, would feature none other than Lesle Lewis.

Poshter Boyz is a wholesome entertainer. It is a humorous take on a key social issue where three ordinary individuals of completely different age-groups find themselves brought together in an unwanted situation that has a serious negative effect on their well-settled happily progressing life. Laced with a very interesting and well rounded music and background score, the film explores the journey of these three men through these trying times and their fight for justice.

Shot across Western Maharashtra, other credits include story and dialogues by Sameer Patil, screenplay by Sameer Patil and Charudatt Bhagwat, and cinematographer by Pushpank Gawde.

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Taapsee Pannu wins the most ‘Enthusiastic Performer-Female’ Award at Edison Awards 2014

Mumbai, 25th February, 2014: Taapsee Pannu, who debuted opposite Dhanush in the super hit and National award winning film ‘Aadukalam’, has made her presence felt strongly in the film industry, down South. The young actor recently received the ‘Enthusiastic Performer-Female’ jury award at Edison Awards 2014 for her performance in the Vishnuvardhan directed Tamil film, ‘Arrambam’.

The actress was ecstatic, as she received the award in a beautiful yellow gown, designed by Gaurang. Looking gorgeous in the vibrant ensemble, Taapsee seemed to be quite the show-stealer. The dimpled-beauty was visibly humbled by the love and the accolades she received for her debut award in Kollywood.

Sharing her delight, Taapsee said, “I couldn’t have asked for more. It is great to be appreciated, and see your work being recognized. The award encourages me to work harder and give better performances. I would like to thank everyone, with all my heart, who has helped me pave my path in the film industry, as well as my audience who have given me a place in their hearts.”

Taapsee made a spectacular Bollywood debut last year in David Dhawan’s directorial venture ‘Chashme Baddoor’, and will be seen next in ‘RunningShaadi.com’ with Amit Sadh.

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SUNNY LEONE SHOOTS IN A SNAKE-FILLED LAKE FOR RAGINI MMS-2

Ragini MMS – 2, the forthcoming horror-erotica film, contains a horror-packed scene shot inside a lake. In fact, there is even a fleeting shot of the said scene in the film’s trailer.

It appears at the point when Sunny’s co-star follows her to a lake hoping to make love to her.

The lake was in Vasai on the outskirts of Mumbai, in a scary and quiet location. The said scene had to be shot at midnight when the water was cold, so as to get the desired effect. Sunny had to dip into the water to give her best shot but was petrified because the lake was quite a walk from her vanity van. There was also talk of water snakes.

The scene took an entire night to shoot and Sunny fell ill the following day and developed a minor skin allergy.

“I saw dead fish. The water was dirty,” said Sunny. “I was scared as hell,” she added.

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Darr@The Mall Makes Impressive Collections At The Box Office.

Directed by Pavan Kirpalani of Ragini MMS fame, the recently released Darr@The Mall has proved to be a winner at the box office. Not only has the film made good business, but has also managed to impress critics and fans of the horror genre.

Made on a budget of 6.5 crores, the film had an opening weekend collection of nearly 4 crores, which is a rare feat for a horror film. Director Pavan Kirpalani says, “We are quite excited about the response that the film has got from all quarters. The shooting of the film was a tough task as most of the film had been shot at night, so seeing the results have really heartened us. The word of mouth publicity has ensured that the night shows on weekdays are being booked in advance.”

On his part, NP Singh, the CEO of MSM Motion Pictures said, “Since day one, we have believed that we have made a quality film and the numbers have reiterated the fact. We are immensely pleased with the response that the film has received both critically and commercially.”

The film, which was set against the backdrop of a mall, starred Jimmy Shergill, Nushrat Bharucha, Asif Basra, Nivedita Bhattacharya and Neeraj Sood.

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McAfee delivers on Intel vision of free Mobile Security for consumers

Full-Featured Version of Award-Winning McAfee Mobile Security Empowers a Safe Digital Life

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

· McAfee announces details of free protection for consumers on any Android and iOS mobile device

· Free version of McAfee Mobile Security for Android includes new enhanced privacy features, new Wi-Fi protection and support of Intel® Device Protection Technology

· McAfee has also made available a free iOS version of McAfee Mobile Security providing iPhone and iPad users a new array of privacy features and enhanced protection against device theft or loss

· New study reveals the latest threats to mobile users

· New mobile and cross-device partnerships with Verizon and LG

India – Feb. 25, 2014 – Today McAfee announced a full-featured version of its award-winning McAfee Mobile Security is now available at no cost in 30 languages, as part of an Intel Corporation initiative to make security a more integrated part of the consumer experience. The free version of McAfee’s security app for Android includes enhanced protection features and, for the first time, unlocks security extensions for Intel-based mobile devices, making it the most comprehensive free mobile solution for consumers on the market. McAfee also recently launched McAfee Mobile Security for iOS, which is also available free of charge.

Earlier this year at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced plans to offer elements of McAfee’s award-winning security solutions for mobile devices for free, and today’s announcement is an important milestone in that plan.

“We live in an unprecedented era of always-connected devices, where security and privacy protection are fundamental,” said John Giamatteo, senior vice president and general manager, McAfee consumer business. “With free access to our award-winning mobile security product, consumers are free to experience everything this connected world has to offer, without fear of their personal information being compromised.”

McAfee Mobile Security Now Available Free for Consumers

McAfee Mobile Security, available for immediate download in the Google Play Store, now offers its comprehensive, award-winning protection against privacy and security threats at no cost to consumers. According to McAfee’s findings from the 2014 Love, Relationships & Technology survey, consumers are sharing and storing more information than ever, without taking the necessary steps to protect their mobile devices.

With privacy and identity in mind, McAfee Mobile Security for Android is designed to prevent privacy invasions, data loss, identity theft and device disappearances. It includes anti-theft, anti-virus, app protection, Web protection, call and SMS filtering. In AV-Test’s most recent effectiveness test for mobile security products, McAfee Mobile Security received a 100% detection score and was given a top ranking among the 30 vendors that participated in the independent test.

McAfee recently launched McAfee® Mobile Security for iOS devices, featuring a number of comprehensive protection options previously available only to Android users. Available for free, the software provides iPhone and iPad users with a secure vault for private content, secure camera, jailbreak detection, backup capabilities and more.

Enhanced McAfee Mobile Security

Android malware almost tripled from 2012 to 2013, according to McAfee’s third Consumer Mobile Security Report. The latest version of McAfee Mobile Security, including the free version, is now equipped with several new features that are designed to protect consumers against security vulnerabilities and address the problems created by lost or stolen devices. The new Wi-Fi Security feature allows users to connect to any Wi-Fi network with confidence, knowing that McAfee will alert them to any risky or non-password protected networks that they may be connecting to.

In 2012, 1.6 million Americans fell victim to smartphone theft, and stolen mobile phones cost consumers over $30 billion¹. To combat this, when there is suspicious activity such as multiple incorrect attempts to unlock the device, users can activate a new CaptureCam to snap a picture of the person holding the device. The picture, along with the location, is sent to the account owner, revealing who is in possession of the lost or stolen device. A new SOS feature will also save the last location of a device before the battery runs out.

McAfee Mobile Security now provides new kernel-level security extensions through integration with Intel Device Protection Technology. This technology helps to proactively block and secure devices from malware delivered through malicious applications and websites while minimizing impact to performance and conserving battery power, when paired with a security service such as McAfee Mobile Security.

Industry Leadership

McAfee is expanding its mobile footprint by continuing to partner with some of the industry’s top global brands. Verizon and LG have just been added to its list of over 110 partners. By partnering with these leading brands, both companies are coordinating and leveraging their strengths to help keep consumers safe while connecting with their mobile devices.

McAfee at Mobile World Congress

At Mobile World Congress, McAfee and Intel will be providing demos of McAfee Mobile Security at the Intel booth #3D30, Hall 3.

About McAfee
McAfee, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), empowers businesses, the public sector, and home users to safely experience the benefits of the Internet. McAfee delivers proactive and proven security solutions and services for systems, networks, and mobile devices around the world. With its Security Connected strategy, innovative approach to hardware-enhanced security, and unique Global Threat Intelligence network, McAfee is relentlessly focused on keeping its customers safe. More information is available at www.mcafee.com.

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

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Total Siyapaa, which has garnered audience’s attention with only its trailer, is currently working on the film’s tagline. The makers of the film, who have come up with an abstract title like “Total Siyapaa” are working on a tag line which conveys the feel of the film. The makers have however come up with the tagline, “Full Chaos”.

As the backdrop of the film portrays a complete chaotic situation wherein a Pakistani boy falls in love with an Indian girl. This in turn gives a rise to this entire commotion which takes place at the girl’s house.

Keeping this backdrop in mind, the makers have come up with the tagline, “Full Chaos” which also explains the title of the film “Total Siyapaa.”

The film which brings an interesting star-cast together, with Anupam Kher, Kirron Kher in supporting roles and Ali Zafar and Yami Gautam in lead roles. The film is all set to release on 7th March’14.

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Ankhon Dekhi is Rajats first film with songs

Rajat Kapoor’s upcoming film Ankhon Dekhi is apparently his first film to have songs. The director who is known for his edgy films has always maintained to provide a certain kind of cinema to his audience.

None of his directorial ventures have songs unlike other Bollywood films. For the first time in his career as a director, he has included songs in the film, Ankhon Dekhi.

Ankhon Dekhi has around 5 full fledged songs which are mainly based on classical ragas. Each song in the film will convey a meaning which will depict about the situation.

In Rajat’s previous films, he had played it so creatively that background music filled all the space. But In Ankhon Dekhi he felt that without songs, his film would have been incomplete.

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Outdoor industry shows promising growth curve in 2014- Sanjeev Gupta

Mumbai: 22 January, 2014: India’s premier outdoor advertising agency –Global Advertisers has witnessed the promising growth of outdoor advertising sector in 2013 due to several factors likes Lok-Sabha elections, new launches in telecomm, FMCG, Automobile etc. We believe that the future of out-of-home lies in 3Is-innovation, infrastructure and investment.

According to the report by The Pitch Madison Media Advertising Outlook 2014, OOH is expected to bring in total ad spends of about Rs. 2,138 crore and transit media continues to be the preferred option. We at Global Advertisers has already anticipated the current market conditions and increased our inventory by 25 percent in 2013. India’s discerning customer has greater exposure in terms of brands, services and price knowledge; they are looking for value for money products serving their need or luxury. This means, an Indian consumer is well-connected with the out of home world.

It’s important to note that outdoor medium has evolved in malls and multiplexes, which holds out a good deal of hope and potential. Brands want to engage with the consumers more than ever before. There are several opportunities that this medium can tap into and Transit Media, Hoardings, Street Furniture, Neon have empowered the medium enabling it grow and sustain itself in the highly competitive advertisement sphere.

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Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, yesterday announced the roll out of a number of new features for the buy-side on its flagship financial markets desktop, Thomson Reuters Eikon. As part of the ongoing evolution of Eikon, these enhancements will provide portfolio managers, analysts, strategists and economists with access to powerful analytics and workflow capabilities giving them unparalleled insight and competitive advantage.

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THE MALL – DUBBING STARTED,

THE DUBBING OF SUDATTA FILMS THE MALL IS NOW STARTED..THE FILM IS BEING PRODUCED BY HARSHAL BHADANE AND WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY MANOJ SHARMA.THE FILM STARS OM PURI INTRODUCEING CHIRAG THAKKAR (KARTIK OF BADE AACHE LAGTE HAI FAME),SHILPA ANAND,VRIJESH HIRJEE,MANOJ JOSHI,HIMANI SHIVPURI,TIKU TALSANIA,HEMANT PANDEY,BRIJENDRA KALA,SHEKHAR SHUKLA,PANKAJ TRIPATHI,MITHELESH CHATERVEDI,MUKESH BHATT ,SUSHIL PARASHAR,GOVIND PANDEY,RAM MEHAR,ANAMIKA SINGH,TANYA MOURYA,MAYA YADAV,DIPALI DHUTRE ,GEETA BIST AND RAJPAL YADAV. IT HAS MUSIC BY PRAVEEN BHARADWAJ AND RASHID KHAN,CAMERA BY SARAVANAN,ACTION BY SHAMIM AZIM,SOUND BY P.L.CHABBRA,ART BY AMRIK SINGH AND EDITING BY CHIRAG SINGH.S.A.LUTHRIA (LALI ) IS THE EXECUTIVE PRODUCER.

MAYURI KHARE
MAYURI MEDIA WORKS

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For the love of thy culture

First time ever Gurpreet Kaur Chadha, of Punjabi Global Foundation organized a Short Film Festival ‘PGF Expressions’ to promote the rich culture of Punjab in a mumbai, an initiative to highlight the role of punjabiyat in world cinema

PGF EXPRESSIONS is a short film festival to showcase Hindi & Punjabi movies promoting the rich Punjabi culture.

The guests present were N.Chandra, Nasirr khan, Sumeet Tappoo, Amy Billimoria, Sk Ahuja, Jatin Ghai, Mansi Pritam, Surbhi Prabhu, Cyrus Dastur, Gavie Chachal, S.P.Ahuja, Kunwar Singh, Charan Preet Deepak Sharma, Anupam Ghosh, Nitin Shukla, Navtej Sandhu, Manav Bhindar, Chintan Thakkar, Manav Bhindar, Sukhvinder Dhanjal, etc who mended full support for this unique event.

The top 5 films were judged by prominent personalities from Cinema & Theater like Ajay Kapoor (Director, T-series), Anil Sharma, N. Chandra, Pankaj Dheer, and Cyrus Dastur

The movies showcased at the film festival were Waapasi, Nooran, Karamat, Mombatti, Dor, Salesman, and Romancing Tobacco & Unfortunate.

Gurpreet Kaur Chadha (Founder Punjabi Global Foundation) looked gorgeous in a gold sequenced gown designed by Amy Billimoria

Punjabi Global Foundation was founded by Ms. Gurpreet Kaur Chadha and other eminent members, who have been guide and teachers in their own way. It is to promote the rich cultural heritage of Punjab on national and international horizon. The organization is dedicated to the preservation, promotion and dissemination of the rich Art and Cultural, Traditional Heritage of Punjab among the youth and new generations.

Gurpreet Kaur Chaddha put forth an excellent initiative in promoting the culture of Punjab through her organization, she exclaims, “Punjabi Global Foundation has many ambitious goals and, with your help, we can continue moving quickly and steadily towards their accomplishment. There are so many ways in which you can make a difference and help indigenous people. The experience of the Punjabi short films was amazing. There is so much talent in our country.”

Ably supported by XIIIth hour entertainment

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Mahie Gill’s Victorian Avatar

Mahie Gill’s current hot favorite designer Amy Billimoria revamps the stunning actress into the contemporary Indian Bride of today!

Mahie Gill, the stunner that she is off lately has been experimenting with her style & look & has Bridal Specialist & Couturier Amy Billimoria to her rescue who styled the actress bringing to live the Victorian Era.

Mahie Gill flaunted a classic Vintage look, a stunning bridal ensemble in a gold & nude pink palette bringing alive the bygone Victorian era & creating the aura of romance & style.

Amy Billimoria who looked pretty perfect in her Gucci dress gave a stunning lacework blouson teamed with a lehenga drape giving a soft feminine feel for the contemporary Indian bride of today.

Mahie Gill pretty much happy with her new avatar, “I have wanted to try different looks for quite some time now & Amy has helped me achieve it, I trust her completely & readily agreed to try this new look & it is simply beautiful. I feel like this Victorian Queen. I am excited to experiment more & when you have a designer like hers… you absolutely don’t have to worry.”

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Bridal Specialist Amy Billimoria, being on the fashion forefront from the last 20 years catering to a global clientele comprising of celebrities, industrialists, royal families having the likes of Hema Malini, Esha & Ahana Deol, Kainaat Arora, and Ameesha Patel, her forte lies in the transforming the girl next door into a beautiful, ravishing bride on her wedding day & has been a stylist for over thousand brides

Amy Billimoria’s signature store located in the plush areas of Santacruz sees a wide distinguished collection from ornate & classy Bridal Wear, Resort wear, Cocktail gowns, Footwear & Accessories making it a one stop destination.

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Tanishaa Mukerji steals the show at Harsh Gupta’s SS’14 collection launch

Mumbai, 25th February, 2014: Tanishaa Mukerji, who was recently present at designer Harsh Gupta’s launch party to reveal his latest SS’14 collection, stole the show with her impeccable style.

Tanishaa made a stunning entry in a blue bodycon dress from the designer’s latest collection. Sporting a slim and slender figure post her exit from the Big Boss 7 house, the actress completed her chic look with a pair of golden peep toes and a structured black Prada handbag, from the brand’s latest collection. The highlight of Tanishaa’s appearance was her sleek hair and subtle make up. She kept jewellery to the minimum, making her look like the fashion diva she is.

Harsh’s creations have been spotted at many red carpet award functions. With couture displaying a burst of colors and drool-worthy designs, Tanishaa’s style quotient surely added to the oomph factor of the evening.

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Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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