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Debutante Mishti presents Kaanchi’s trailer to Imtiaz Ali

Mumbai, 7th March: The much awaited trailer of Kaanchi was launched at a glitzy event yesterday. The trailer for the film can be viewed at Director Imtiaz Ali and Producer Ramesh Taurani graced the event, and loved the promising trailer, with style characteristic of showman Subhash Ghai. They were presented the first trailer CDs for Kaanchi by the debutante leading actors, Mishti and Kartik Aryan, respectively.

Making a comeback after 5 years, director Subhash Ghai was present with his actors at the launch. Director Subhash Ghai said, “The concept of a film has to interest me. It is very important for me. The subject of Kaanchi excited me.” He went on to add, “Kaanchi is an Inspirational story for young women of today. It is a commercial film. In my films, happiness, sadness, action, drama, music, everything should be together. This film has everything that our audience, classes or masses, desire. I have made this film with a lot of passion.”

Directed by Subhash Ghai, Kaanchi is the story of an innocent rural beauty and her fight against power. Starring Rishi Kapoor, Mithun Chakraborty, Kartik Aaryan, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Rishabh Sinha and introducing Mishti, the musical drama is produced by Mukta Arts and is slated to release on 25th April, 2014.


Women’s Day special case on Crime Patrol

Crime Patrol has taken an important step ahead in their pledge against crime in the city of dreams by bringing real life stories to the people of mumbai in a special series titled ‘Mission Mumbai’. The special episode starts with a Women’s Day story where the host Anoop Soni will retell the case of the mysterious disappearance of a small-time theatre actress Nandita Karmarkar from Mumbai. Nandita who left for Nashik to take part in a play suddenly goes missing. Experience the drama and suspense as the mystery unfolds as police begins their search for Nandita.

Watch how mystery unfolds in Crime Patrol this Friday and Saturday at 11 pm only on Sony Entertainment Television


India shakes Amsterdam.

Viacom 18 Motion Pictures & Phantom Films’ Queen directed by Vikas Bahl,includes a remixed rendition of Asha Bhosle’s Hungama Ho Gaya, a number that predominately stood out in the 70’s .And giving it a quirky twist,the makers decided to picturize the song in a local club in Amsterdam called NL.

If sources are to be believed,the song created a riot of sorts with the Dutch crew taking to the dance floor post the song’s shoot.It was the very first time a Hindi/Bollywood song was played in the club and the local dancers and international crew had a ball as they were introduced to the iconic number.

Hungama Ho Gaya was met with such an unprecedented response that Club NL at Amsterdam hosted its first ever Bollywood Party, after the crew shot there.If that wasn’t all , the inhouse DJ belted out his own mix for it, which is being used in the end credits of the film.

Confirming the news says director Vikas Bahl, “We did not anticipate the kind of craze the song would garner….The locals went absolutely crazy , dancing to the track all night long.It was a moment when India shook Amsterdam”.

Viacom 18 Motion Pictures & Phantom Films’ Queen directed by Vikas Bahl is scheduled to release 7th March.


‘Gulaab Gang’ debuts in 977 UFO digital theatres

Mumbai, March 07, 2014: The most awaited Madhuri Dixit-Juhi Chawla starrer ‘Gulaab Gang’ debuts in 977 UFO digital theatres today. Kangana Ranaut starrer ‘Queen’ and romantic comedy ‘Total Siyappa’ also make their debut today in 445 and 453 UFO digital theatres respectively. ‘Shaadi Ke Side Effects’ screens in 228 UFO digital theatres it its second week. ‘Gunday’ in its fourth week screens in 78 UFO digital theatres.

Telugu film ‘Bheemavaram Bullodu’, which released last week, screens in 144 UFO digital theatres whereas Kannada film ‘Shivajinagara’ screens in 72 UFO digital theatres in its second week. Telugu film ‘Bangaru Kodipetta’ debuts in 71 UFO digital theatres today. Kannada films ‘Dil Rangeela’ and ‘Chandralekha’ also debut today in 52 and 50 UFO digital theatres respectively.

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Women’s Day special: Free rides in TABcab

~TABcaboffers women a lucky draw for a free ride in maximum city, to any destination, up to a distance of 20Km~

Mumbai, March 7 2014: TABcab, Mumbai’s largest phone fleet cab service with 2800 cabs, celebrates Women’s Day, by running a surprise offer that provides 1000 free rides to lucky female passengers on the occasion of Women’s Day. This service has been launched across Mumbai taking women safety to the next level.

TABcab will offer up to 1000 free rides to women passengers chosen randomly by a computer based on an in-house draw of lots. The passenger will be informed during the trip if she has won the free ride. These lucky female passengerscan avail a free ride to any destination up to a maximum of 20km. They can book for this exciting draw by calling 63636363, or logging from the website, mobile app or airport. To avail this celebratory offer;

1. The passenger traveling and the person booking has to be a woman.

2. The booking has to be made either from the airport counter or by calling the TABcab call center on 022 – 6363 6363 or from web or Mobile app & mention Women’s day offer.

This offer is valid only on Women’s Day, from 7 a.m till 11 p.m.

Commenting on the initiative, Mr. Shyam Singh, CMO, TABcab added “This initiative will further strengthen the trust thatour women customers have in our services, and will showcase TABcab’s human side in wanting to make women feel special on this day. We respect women and want to empower them while always striving for excellence in customer service.”

About TABcab

TABcab with its fleet of 2800 cabs is the largest radio taxi service in Mumbai with license to operate 4000 Cabs tendered by MMRTA. TABcab is available all round the greater Mumbai region, railway stations and both domestic as well as international airport.


Why should boys have all the fun? : Pratyusha Banerjee

Pratyusha Banerjee readies herself to be the face of Jaipur Joshiley, being the Brand Ambassador of Kamya Punjabi’s team in Box Cricket League.

After Celebrity Cricket League, the telly stars come in unison for Box Cricket League making it the current hot favourite topic of discussion as stars reveal their teams & the members.

Bigg Boss inmate Kamya Punjabi’s team Jaipur Joshiley will see Pratyusha Banerjee who rose to fame after Balika Vadhu as the brand ambassador of the team.

Pratyusha Banerjee who successfully hosted a crime reality show & fetched appreciation for the same bonded pretty well with Kamya Punjabi during her stint in reality show Bigg Boss & the duo took the friendship to another level offering support for each other.

An elated Pratyusha on being offered to be the Brand Ambassador of a Cricket team mention, “This is going to be crazy, I know it already. Kamya proposed an offer I could not say no too. I am the face of Jaipur Joshiley, sounds like this big responsibility but it is definitely going to be so much fun.”

She further adds, “We are all a family. Television actors really work hard to entertain millions of people every day, we needed this too. Box Cricket League is going to be one the happening events of this year. There is so much more to just being an ambassador.”

Team Jaipur Joshiley includes Kamya Punjabi (Owner), Pratyusha Banerjee (Brand Ambassador), Ashish Sablawat, Rajiv Thakur (Captain),

Anoop Soni, Siddharth Shukla, Avinash Sachdev, Ajaz Khan , Vikas Sethi, Shivin Narang, Chandan Prabhakar , Balraj Syal, Nikhil Sinha, Sohanna Sinha , Sneha Wagh, Jassi Kaur, Aastha Chaudhary.

Cricket having the likes of men & now gradually even women, the young female brand ambassador Pratyusha chuckles, “Why should boys have all the fun.?”


Salman Khan’s lawyer Dipesh Mehta extortionist held

Actor Salman Khan and legal troubles go hand in hand. The actor has been stuck in a huge amount of legal problems than any other actors in the industry then how can the people around him be safe. Dipesh Mehta who has handled lots of legal cases like Bandra accident matter of the actor, Jodhpur Chinkara case and many other high profile cases happens to be the legal advisor of Salman Khan. Himself got entangled in the receiving end getting extortion calls. Dipesh Mehta was getting calls for extortion from last about three months and was having sleepless nights till the first accused got arrested. The story goes On December 16, Chatri sent a bouquet with live cartridge, along with a message asking for Rs 2 crore from Mehta. Even after having received around 30 extortion calls, Mehta was unable to figure out that who was behind these calls and why is he being targeted. Mehta claims that the caller did not use any abusive language after first call, but he constantly kept threatening him (Mehta) for money. In a typical Bollywood fashion, the caller warned Mehta whether he wants a flower or a bullet? Mehta told the caller that he has decided to take flower as he understood that he is a dangerous man. The caller then tried to bargain and asked how much can he give to him? Mehta calmly replied him that he can decide but you will get angry, aur bologe bhikhari samjha hai kya (do you think I am a beggar), After that Mehta spoke with him a lot and told that he has wrong information about him, adding that the (caller) then got angry and said I called you for extortion not to listen your lecture. I am alone and have been active in this profession since past 12 years. During the conversation, Azad displayed his different shades. Sometimes he laughed and on occasions he got angry during conversation. He later tried to assure that Mehta will be his responsibility and he will be taking care of him if anyone will try to harm him. Mehta told the caller that he don’t have time to talk much as he has to visit a doctor. His voice then started mumbling and asked…aap ko heart ka takleef to nahi hai na (Do you have heart problems). So Mehta replied to him that abhi to nahi hai per aap jaada tension doge to ho jayega(As of now I don’t, but if you will keep giving me tension then I will surely get heart problems). After a while his two alleged accomplices were caught by the police. The man, identified as Aryan Alimuddin Sheikh and Anthony William Dias was nabbed in Bandra, from where he made his last extortion call. Sheikh has five cases of chain snatching registered against him so far, police said, adding that he was released from jail on December 4 after completing a 15-month sentence in a chain-snatching case.Dias too is a history-sheeter who recently completed a five-year sentence for attempt to murder, the police said.

Yesterday the prime accused, Ramchandra Chatri has surrendered to Bandra police on Thursday evening after Mehta convinced him to surrender. The accused was absconding for almost three months now and had challenged the Mumbai police to arrest him. The accused had been calling Mehta since the last couple of days and promised to surrender after Mehta paid for Chatri’s father’s treatment. Mehta has been paying Chatri for this while Ramu’s mother works at Mehta’s house. Chatri’s father was a security guard at the Mehta’s house.

Dipesh Mehta said, “When I first received the call, the caller abused me and demanded Rs2crore. The caller knew that I have many expensive cars. But I never raised my voice while talking to the caller. I told him that I am a solicitor and have a good office, but I am not a billionaire and have these cars as I worked hard. I have been under extreme pressure for three months. He was like a family member to me. I suffered mental and physical stress by them”.

At the press Conference Dipesh Mehta was seen thanking media and Mumbai Police for their hard work and support and said that because of their pressure Ramchandra Chatri has surrendered to Mumbai Police. Mehta who has gone through this extortion trauma from last three month was seen giving some tips to people on how to handle a person who is threatening you and trying to extort money, “first of all we don’t have to insult them or degrade them then you have to tackle the problem very politely and slowly. You have to give your precious time to make him understand that whatever he is doing is wrong, always take in confidence the police as they are always there to support you without them this case could not have been solved.” So as of now the accused have been sent in police custody for seven days.


The Edutainment Show – India’s Largest Exhibition & Summit of Media, Communication & Design is back with Season-II

Bigger, Better, Brighter opportunities for Educationists & Aspiring students

5000+ Students, 50+ exhibitors, over 50 workshops

Mumbai, March 2014: The second edition of India’s largest educational exhibition and summit ‘The Edutainment Show’ is back to woo the students with exciting career opportunities and is happy to announce its dates and speakers. The exhibition will take place at the J W Marriott on 26th and 27th April, 2014, showcasing the numerous opportunities in the media, communication & design industry. In addition to panel discussions on academics, there will be celebrities who have accomplished the nuances of the media, design and communication industry such as DJ Akbar Sami, Terrence Lewis, Roshan Abbas, Neeta Lulla, Subhash Ghai, Anupam Kher, Milind Soman and other experts, who will give students a broadened outlook towards career possibilities in media, communication and design.

What to Expect at the Exhibition: The Edutainment Show 2014 will bring together veterans and field experts to share real life examples about the growing relevance and potential of each sector creating a one-stop platform of fun and an educational experience of a lifetime.

This year The Edutainment Show will feature an acamedic panel with reputed Deans of institutes like MICA- Dr. Nagesh Rao, SIMC- Chandan Chatterjee and NID- Pradyumna Vyas, which is aimed at introducing the student community to the specialized fields, develop and expand their knowledge in the chosen industry through interaction with the speakers.

It will also hold an industry panel discussion lead by Manish Bhatt-Scarecrow, Josy Paul – Chairman BBDO, Anant Rangaswami – Editor Storyboard, Ashish Patil – Yash Raj Films, Anurag Batra – Exchange4Media, R Swaminathan – Eventfaqs and Jaideep Singh – Viacom18 to help students get clarity on the on-field scenario.

The platform is a must visit for students who wish to pursue careers in media, communications and design industry (under graduates, graduates & post graduates). The two day event by Event Capital will see the top design schools and institutes across verticals like sound, fashion, textile, jewellery, graphic design, animation & new media design showcasing their courses through an intensive platform that reaches out to the students exclusively. The exhibitors include Istituto Marangoni, Mod’Art International, INIFD – Andheri, National Institute of Fashion Technology, Reliance AIMS, Pearl Academy, G.D.Goenka, B.D.Somani, Whistling Woods International, Laureate Design, Ecole Intuit.Lab, DYP-DC, Pune, Raffles Design International, Annapurna International School of Film + Media (AISFM), Indian School of Design and Innovation (ISDI, Parsons), The One School GOA to name a few.

India’s media & entertainment industry is bracing itself for exciting times ahead as the sector is projected to grow at a CAGR of 14percent to reach US$ 28.1 billion by 2015. The relevance of hands-on experience has taken over the era of bookish knowledge, so students who will shape the future need to look at specialised courses, training to be able to become thought leaders of tomorrow. Currently, India churns out only 1000 design graduates; hence there are only two designers for one million citizens.

Deepak Choudhary, Director & CEO, Event Capital says “We are excited to bring back season II post the success of season I, where we saw around 5000+students benefitting and choosing a career of their choice. Government of India has reckoned the need for almost 10,000 designers in India. Therefore, the idea behind ‘The Edutainment Show 2014’ is to showcase the changing paradigms of in the field of media, design and communication to enhance the knowledge of the students. The thought is to bring awareness about availability of specialised curriculum to students wanting to foray into unconventional professions.”

Milestones of last year

The Edutainment Show 2013 was graced by speakers like Arunachalam Muruganantham (CEO of Jayashree Industries/inventor of cheapest machine for making sanitary pads), Shane & Falguni Peacock (Designers), Chhaya Momaya (Lifestyle Expert), Gaurav Seth (Sony ENT) and Hemant Kenkre (Lintas). The exhibiting institutes saw instant enrolments by students in 2013 for courses suited to their passion and skill set garnering positive reviews by media for the Summit. A crowd of 5000 people visited the summit to explore viable creative careers.

About the Promoters

Event Capital: Event Capital specializes in creating successful Intellectual Property Events. It is a joint venture between Deepak Choudhary, a veteran in the Event Management business and Alok Jalan, the Managing Director of the Laqshya Media Group. They share a vision to be the country’s leading firm of intellectual property in the events and experiential marketing space. The services offered by Event Capital include the creation and support of Event IPs via research, funding, and planning, marketing and sales expertise present within the team.

Laqshya: Laqshya has been in the ‘Ideas’ business for the past 14 years and has been a pioneer in dedicated ‘Intellectual Properties’ business. It also provides services in innovative advertising and communication solutions, experiential marketing and creates unique intellectual properties in the events space. Laqshya Media Group is a globally renowned name in the advertising industry.

Look forward to your response.


Vindu Dara Singh & Dina completed 9 years of marriage on Woman’s Day

Mumbai.The popular couple of B-town Vindu Dara Singh-Dina completed 9 years marriage on 8th March on International Woman’s Day.

Aakriti Group Introduces “She Club” on Women’s Day

New Delhi, 8th March, 2014: On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Aakriti Group acknowledging the importance and value of Women in our lives, introduced “She Club” in their organization.

Aakriti Group recognizing the significance of womanhood, which is also the essence of our existence, introduced “She Club” for all their female staff in their organization, on the day of Women’s Day,.

Creating a dream into reality, “She Club” was founded by Late Mrs. Manju Soni, who was keen towards safeguarding the interests of women, along with building and empowering their hidden qualities which remains dormant owing to the daily responsibilities.“She Club” is now headed by Ms. Anshul Soni, daughter of Late Mrs. Manju Soni and currently heading the Hospitality Sector, Aakriti Group.

Ms. Anshul Soni, Director She Club, Aakriti Group, says” Women are the backbone of the society, we don’t need a specific day to show them that they are special in our lives. With this motto, we have started “She Club” in our organization, where women are not only heard but also groomed, empowered to take new tasks, acknowledged for their success and also kept involved in various activities which bring the best out of them. With this new introduction we plan to boost their confidence and bring the “New You” in them. Our idea is of a perfect womanhood ”.

Mr. Hemant Kumar, CMD, Aakriti Group, says” With the formation of the new “She Club” we intend to bring happiness and comfort level among our female team members. With various activities held especially for them, we focus to bring out more independent, confident and self competent individual. The best thermometer to the progress of a society is its treatment of its women ”

“She Club” is developed with the aim to live life queen size with inner happiness & bliss.

Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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