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Times Music & WWF India release “Sounds of Harmony”, a special music compile for Earth Hour 2014

The Earth Hour initiative by the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) that encourages individuals and businesses across the world to switch off their non-essential lights for one hour to raise awareness for the planet has created a global impact over the last 7 years.

This year, Times Music, will be releasing a specially created music compilation, Sounds of Harmony,  in support of the Earth Hour and WWF-India.  The 5 tracks on the compile represent each of the 5 great elements of nature, but equally great are the artists behind these compositions.  With names like Ustad Zakir Hussain, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Vikku Vinayakram & Pt. Bhavani Shankar to name a few, one couldn’t ask for a more powerful line-up for such a powerful cause. The album will be available  in India across digital download & streaming portals like iTunes, Gaana, Nokia MixRadio and more. Part of the proceeds from song sales of the Earth Hour compile will go to WWF-India for their Earth Hour initiatives.

Speaking on the release of the compile, Mr. Mandar Thakur – COO Times Music said, “We’re proud to be associated with a global movement like the Earth Hour. We’ve seen through the annals of history that music can prove to be a powerful tool to promote powerful causes.”

What started as a city specific movement in Sydney in the year 2007 has now spread to over 7000 cities and over 150 countries globally. The aim of the Earth Hour has always been to empower people to use their talents and abilities to make a positive change for the planet.

Mr. Ravi Singh, Secretary General & CEO, WWF-India speaking on the album said, “The Earth Hour campaign of WWF is a global movement and has recognition and participation from all corners of the world. Using music as a tool to spread the message of conservation and build awareness about the environment will only help us strengthen this campaign and reach out to people through popular platforms, both in India and globally. We thank Times Music for this association and look forward to working together in the future.”

Indian sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan also expressed his excitement about his work being featured on the album. “I am very happy to be a part of the Earth Hour initiative by the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) that encourages individuals and businesses across the world to switch off their non-essential lights for one hour to raise awareness for the planet. I am so happy that Times Music will be releasing Sounds of Harmony, a specially created music compilation of elements of nature in support of the Earth Hour.”

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Big B to announce Boogie Woogie winner

The Grand finale of Boogie Woogie is going to be a star studded affair with bollywood big wigs making an appearance on the show.

To start with, the biggest bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan is going to appear on the show to promote his movie Bhootnath returns. The contestants will be seen paying tribute to the living legend by performing on his hit numbers. He will also been seen announcing the winner of  Boogie Woogie Kids Championship.

The entertainment doesn’t stop here! Sonu Nigam, Shreyas Talpade, Anu Malik, Varun Dhawan, Ileana D’cruz are amongst the other bollywood celebrities who will be seen taking the entertainment quotient of the finale to newer heights.

Get ready for a star studded finale of Boogie Woogie this Sunday, March 30 at 8:30 pm only on Sony Entertainment Television

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Would-be-brides try some lunch-time beauty treatments this marriage season

For those would-be-brides who do not have much time to spend on extensive beauty regimes, there are a number of quick fix lunch time beauty procedures that can do wonders, writes  Dr Indu Ballani, leading Delhi-based Dermatologist, New Delhi

With the arrival of wedding season become overly busy the would-be-brides. They have their hands full with a number of tasks to be taken care of. From shopping their dresses, jewelleries and footwears, the would-be-brides have no time to relax. They keep waiting for the weekends to finish their wedding tasks and sometimes even rush after office to get things done. Going to parlor in the busy schedule is no less than a challenge for them. In all this hustle-bustle, they can’t afford to look dull on their D-day. But managing office till last days and umpteen other works do not leave them with enough time to pamper themselves at the parlor.

For all the soon-to-be brides for whom time is a constraint, quick lunch time procedures can bring a lot of relief. They consume less than an hour and will give them more than they expect.

With the rise in the level of awareness about new age cosmetic treatments over the past decade and with increase in purchasing power, more and more people are opening up to a number of new age non-invasive cosmetic treatments. What’s extremely interesting about these new age treatments in the fact that they are less time consuming and more rewarding. When it comes to taking a call, today the soon-to-be-brides have plenty of options to pick and chose from:

A lip enhancement for fuller, more supple lips

If you think only a surgery can augment your lips to give them a fuller look, you are wrong. There is another quick procedure that can do the job and in a more natural way. Why is young skin so supple and full? In part, because of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in skin that helps provide fullness and elasticity. Modern day hyaluronic acid based formulations like Restylane are a great way to get a fuller pout. When injected, Restylane can help maintain lip fullness for up to 6 months or more. For those who do not believe in a permanent lip job, this is an ideal option that does the trick more naturally and is not permanent. The procedure will take 15-20 minutes, with little or no discomfort when done under the supervision of an expert doctor, and give you remarkable new lips.

Diamond Polishing

It is a technique in which the skin is polished with diamonds fixed on tips that electronically move on the skin. This is useful in removing dead cells, scars, tanning and overall improves glow and complexion of the skin. The diamond MDB is a new development worldwide that makes the skin look smoother and clearer along with adding softness and glow to it.

A filler to smoothen out facial wrinkles

Faulty lifestyles, stress, overload of work, sleep deprivation and exposure to sun. All these conditions will make signs of ageing appear early on your face. Some women even in their late 20s and early 30s develop wrinkles around the eyes, known as crow’s feet, or fine lines around the mouth. Hyaluronic acid based fillers like Restylane are a wonderful option to smoothen out these wrinkles. When injected in the upper layers of skin, the filler replenishes the skin’s lost reserves of hyaluronic acid which then fills up the hollows and lines. The water binding ability of HA ensure that deep hydration too comes naturally with the procedure and so does a smooth shine and glow.

Treating acne scars and marks

Acne scars can be a real irritant for many women. They can be traumatic for some when they are too many. Today, there are procedures that assure that you don’t have to live with them. Rejuvenating Orange Ozone Therapy is one. In this procedure orange ozone light is used to sterilize and rejuvenate the skin. It improves skin texture and scars and is helpful for acne and acne marks. Restylane skinboosters are another treatment that can reduce the appearance of acne scars. Acne scars are basically mini depressions on the skin. When Restylane skinbooster gel is injected into the affected areas of the skin, it fills up the depressions and substantially reduces the appearance of scars and pock marks.

Laser hair removal

The regular sessions of waxing and hair removing are another pain that have to be lived with. What if you can do away with the hair once and for all? Just think how much time and fuss it will save you all your life. Laser hair removal has come as a huge relief for such women who have excess hair on the body and need regular sessions of waxing or cleaning.

Make sure, you go to a trained and expert dermatologist to get best results.

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RAGINI MMS-2 TAKES THE BOX OFFICE BY STORM

Alt Entertainment’s Ragini MMS-2, featuring Sunny Leone in the lead, took a thunderous opening at the domestic box office.

In its opening weekend, the HORREX (Horror & Sex) feature, produced on a modest budget, netted Rs. 24.50 cr. (Fri – 8.43 cr, Sat – 7.29 cr, Sun – 8.78 cr.) making it the third biggest opener of 2014.

The opening was even bigger than some of the films with a bigger budget and cast, released earlier this year.

Despite important cricket matches on Friday and Sunday, the film maintained its steam and strong word of mouth in the multiplexes and single screens alike.

Said Tanuj Garg, CEO – Balaji Motion Pictures, “The huge opening of Ragini MMS-2 is testimony to the fact that well produced, packaged and marketed HORREX, is a winner.  The film has defied norms in terms of its box office taking and is poised for an extremely robust lifetime number.”

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Jackky Bhagnani: ‘Youngistaan is drastically different from other films about politics’

Actor Jackky Bhagnani who will next be seen playing a young Prime Minister in ‘Youngistaan’, a love story set against the backdrop of politics ,can’t wait to see how audiences react to this political entertainer with a twist, given its hugely contemporary approach.

Talking about the film, Bhagnani said, “When you think about a story on the Prime Minister, you will think about a person in the age group of 50 to 60 years. However, in this story, you will see a young guy and also see a young prime minister in a live-in relationship, which is something that has never been shown or spoken off before. Things like these make Youngistaan drastically different from other films.”

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Sajid Nadiadwala’s film Heropanti, starring Tiger Shroff has been pushed from May 16 to May 23.

Sajid Nadiadwala says, “We had initially planned to release the film on May 16, but since it is a counting day, we have decided to push the film ahead to May 23. We have also requested Karan Johar to release his film Ungli on another day. He has gracefully agreed to do the same, just so that Tiger’s film gets a solo release.”

Tiger Shroff, who is the biggest launch of this year, is all set to start his career in the film industry with Heropanti.

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PUMA collaborates with design label Huemn

Mumbai, March, 2014: Global brand PUMA collaborated with designer duo Pranav Mishra and Shyma Shetty’s label Huemn for their Spring/Summer ’14 collection. Huemn as a label always strongly forecasts trends and projects the look for the upcoming season. This season the label takes a luxurious take on sportswear, hence paving the way for a perfect fashion collaboration with PUMA.

The HUEMN line which debuted at Lakme Fashion week, is a play on neo-luxe prêt. Fresh, young and upscale, the influence of sportswear in terms of pattern play and detail is made apparent in individual garments. Athletic silhouettes in luxurious silks come together with graphic wordplay and plush hand worked shimmer. Silk sweatshirts and varsity tees are integrated into a collection of sequined pencil skirts, unfussy suits and sporty saris.

For PUMA, Spring-Summer ’14 celebrates the culture and spirit of Brasil. For this collection, PUMA looked back to its Sport Heritage and The Brasil Classic – an iconic and state-of-the-art Suede shoe makes its presence felt at the Huemn show. Talking about the collaboration PUMA India MD Mr. Rajiv Mehta opined – “PUMA has always been at the forefront where fashion and trends are concerned. Sportswear is trending as a fashion statement internationally and globally and we have world-renowned collaborations with designers such as Alexander McQueen and Mihara Yasuhiro. Closer hom, Huemn’s luxurious take on stylish sportswear makes them a perfect fit for PUMA.”

Talking to Huemn about the collaboration, designer duo Pranav Mishra and Shyma Shetty said “In this season, comfort plays an integral role in fashion and we felt that it was essential to put comfort in luxury and luxury in comfort. PUMA shoes are a perfect fit with the sports-chic styling of our look and its an exciting collaboration that we really loved to explore.”

For Further information, please contact:

Samyukta Ranganathan

Samyukta.Ranganathan@puma.com

Shaila Bhat

shaila@blr.madisonindia.com

+91 98860 98021

Moyna Srivastava

moyna@fort.madisonindia.com

+91 9819955992

Nasreen Patel

nasreen@blr.madisonindia.com

+91 9945 2805 07

PUMA

PUMA is one of the world’s leading Sports Brands, designing, developing, selling and marketing footwear, apparel and accessories. For over 65 years, PUMA has established a history of making fast product designs for the fastest athletes on the planet. PUMA offers performance and sport-inspired lifestyle products in categories such as Football, Running, Training and Fitness, Golf, and Motorsports. It engages in exciting collaborations with renowned design brands such as Alexander McQueen and Mihara Yasuhiro to bring innovative and fast designs to the sports world. The PUMA Group owns the brands PUMA, Cobra Golf, Tretorn, Dobotex and Brandon. The company distributes its products in more than 120 countries, employs more than 10,000 people worldwide, and is headquartered in Herzogenaurach/Germany. For more information, please visit http://www.puma.com

HUEMN

HUEMN bases the core of its sensibilities on controlling elements of design in individual garments, keeping the look fresh and uncluttered. Strictly following global forecasts, the HUEMN aesthetic lies in the understanding of the fashion cycle and providing a premier product that is always one step ahead. We focus more on wearable details like fit, fall and finish, rather than aesthetic decoration. This has become the identity of the label.

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Go wherever, do whatever but be home before 11pm as ZOMBIES are on the prowl!!

FOX Traveller launches an all new spine-tingling show ‘The Walking Dead’ starting 29 March 2014 every Saturday & Sunday night @ 11pm

New Delhi, 24 March 2014: The world we knew is gone. An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. In a matter of months society has crumbled. The world is ruled by the dead and staying alive is the only thing that matters. Does this send a chill down your spine? Get ready to experience the blood thirsty ZOMBIES as Fox Traveller launches its brand new show ‘The Walking Dead’.

The show ‘The Walking Dead’ is a terrifying and exhilarating story of a small group of survivors living in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse. Based on a comic book series of the same name, the show follows a police officer, Rick Grimes, who wakes up from a coma to find the world ravaged with zombies. Looking for his family, he and a group of survivors attempt to battle against the horrifying zombies in order to stay alive.

http://assets.inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2013/10/zombie-hand–537×356.jpgTo beat the spooky undead, catch some Zombie survival tips on Fox Traveller. And always remember the key rule to shoot them in the head!

With the coming in of the new show, Ms. Debarpita Banerjee, Vice President-Marketing, FOX International Channels said, “Fox Traveller believes in making any journey a lot fun. Literally, and laterally. Which is why, we introduce a generous dose of experimentation and fun on FT-The Walking Dead. An international hit, we are confident that this series will be hugely appreciated here as well. It will break the conventional mould and be a touch of excitement and surprise on this journey called Fox Traveller.”

Lock your doors and windows and stay home as The Walking Dead is coming to terrorize you, starting 29 March 2014 every Saturday & Sunday @ 11pm only on FOX Traveller.

To know more log on to https://www.facebook.com/foxtraveller

About FOX Traveller

FOX Traveller has breathed freshness in the way audience looks at and understands ‘Travel’. It is India’s leading travel and lifestyle channel known for showcasing the best the globe has to offer. The channel also creates local productions that embody the channel philosophy- fun is in the journey- and has gained fans and followers across the young TV viewers in the country.  It offers a mouth-watering array of food from around the world-street to gourmet- to fun journeys, personalized diaries, mad adventures and sexy destinations.

FOX Traveller reaches out to audiences in India and various South Asian countries including Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The channel is available in four different languages- English, Hindi, Tamil and Bengali and is also available in High-Definition.

For more media related information, please contact:

Genesis Burson-Marsteller

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Harman Baweja & Ayesha Khanna sizzle in Dishkiyaoon.

The trailer of Eros International & ESM’s Dishkiyaoon created a stir on the social media front ever since it launched online ,courtesy some high-octane action ,power-packed dialogues and of course some sizzling chemistry between the leads – Harman Baweja and Ayesha Khanna, who makes her big Bollywood debut with the film.

The stylist turned actress who was discovered by producer Shilpa Shetty Kundra was initially nervous, given that the film marks her acting debut, however Harman Baweja guided the actress through the scenes and made it a smooth process shooting for the film.

Says a source, “ The scenes Harman and Ayesha share are not your typical run-of-the-mill romantic scenes . The two got along like a house on fire and the comfort they share off screen helped them deliver convincing performances on-screen, oozing of sensuality”.

All praise for Harman says Ayesha Khanna, ” I would take a lot of advice from Harman.He was extremely sweet and patient with me and never once made me feel like I was a newcomer.It was great working with him and I did learn a lot from him and that shows on-screen”.

On his part says Harman Baweja, “Never once did it feel like Ayesha was anewcomer and in fact I was so impressed with her that I personally felt she’s worked on 10 films before this one.We had several workshops together to work on our chemistry and scenes and the fact that people have sat up and taken notice makes it worth the effort.”

Says producer Shilpa Shetty Kundra, ” Harman and Ayesha are both great actors and extremely good looking ,so there is bound to be chemistry that shoots through the roof”.

Eros International and ESM’s Dishkiyaoon directed by Sanamjit Talwar starring Harman Baweja, Sunny Deol and Ayesha Khanna is scheduled to release on March 28 2014.

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Max Life Insurance launches SHIKSHA PLUS SUPER
A wholesome plan for the all-rounder in your child

A Unit Linked Plan to secure your child’s future

New Delhi, March 24, 2014: To facilitate your child’s aspirations and goals Max Life Insurance, one of India’s leading life insurance companies, today launched SHIKSHA PLUS SUPER, a Unit Linked Child Plan.  Max Life SHIKSHA PLUS SUPER is a 360-degree child plan that provides resources for the overall development of your child even in absence of resource provider. With the launch of this product, the company also completes its product suite for all life stage based needs.

Speaking at the Launch, Rajesh Sud, CEO & Managing Director, Max Life Insurance said, “The launch of SHIKSHA PLUS SUPER completes our suite of products required for all life stage needs that are compliant with the new guidelines effective January 1, 2014.

While in the yesteryears, it was all about focusing only on children’s education to ensure their good career, in today’s day and age of ever evolving needs, development of an all-round personality of children and supporting them in areas beyond education is of utmost importance.  Max Life conducted an extensive ethnographic consumer study to understand these deep-rooted behavioral aspects of parents which have helped us formulate this solution. This offering is targeted at parents who aspire for all round development of their children and want to secure the future of their children whether they are there or not there. This product is packed with with superior customer value proposition and greater emphasis on protection to gain control over uncertainties of life and inflation.”

Complete surety for a secure future for your child

Lump sum Payout in case of unfortunate death:  In case of an unfortunate event of death of the parent (the life insured), Max Life Insurance will pay the nominee a lump sum death benefit of higher of Sum Assured or 105% of all premiums paid or 0.5 x Policy Term x Annualized Premiums.

School Fees Support: In addition to the lump sum death benefit, the beneficiary is entitled to receive 10% of Sum Assured every year, subject to a maximum of 10 and a minimum of 3 such installments, to provide for the yearly education expenses of the child.

Funding of Premium:In addition to the above benefits, Max Life will continue to operate the Unit Account until maturity of the policy. Max Life will also fund all future premiums as and when due, to boost the education fund thereby ensuring that the purpose for which the policy was originally purchased is accomplished.

Guaranteed Loyalty Additions to Increase Maturity Value: At the end of the 11th Policy Year and every year thereafter, the policyholder is given the benefit of Guaranteed Loyalty Additions to further boost the maturity value when it matters the most.

Partial Withdrawal: The product offers the flexibility of partial withdrawal twice a year after the 5th policy year from the fund value for aiding skill enhancement of any special talents that the child may possess and require further nurturing. The maximum amount that can be partially withdrawn is 50% of the Fund Value as on the date of partial withdrawal per policy year.

Investment Flexibility

SHIKSHA PLUS SUPER offers customers the choice of investing premiums in five investment funds offered by Max Life Insurance with an option of Dynamic Fund Allocation and Systematic Transfer Plan. Dynamic Fund Allocation frees the policyholders from selecting the investment funds manually since this function automatically invests between equity and debt oriented funds in a pre-defined proportion that keeps changing as policy nears maturity. This investment strategy endeavors to safeguard their fund from any capital erosion by increasing the fund allocation in debt funds as policy progresses towards maturity. Systematic Transfer Plan, on the other hand, replicates the rupee cost averaging method thereby allowing the policyholder to benefit from the market volatility.

The plan also empowers policyholders to manage their investments by effecting free switches and premium redirection facility to proactively manage their investments and redirect their future premiums into new funds of their choice.

About Max Life Insurance Co. Ltd. (www.maxlifeinsurance.com)

Max Life Insurance, one of the leading life insurers, is a joint venture between Max India Ltd. and Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co. Ltd. Max India is a leading Indian multi-business corporate, while Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance is a member of MS&AD Insurance Group, which is amongst the top general insurers in the world. Max Life Insurance offers comprehensive life insurance and retirement solutions for long-term savings and protection. A financially stable company with focus on quality of advice, sound investment expertise and service excellence, Max Life Insurance has set in place a values driven culture and corporate governance through its superior human capital. The Company has a country wide diversified distribution model, including the country’s leading agent advisors, exclusive corporate agency arrangement with Axis Bank and several other partners.

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Ethos announces opening of new store at Palladium, Mumbai

Ethos Summit, India’s leading chain of luxury watch boutiques, announces the opening of a new store in one of the posh locations of Mumbai, the Palladium Mall.

At the store customers will find an array of renowned Swiss Luxury watch brands including Carl F. Bucherer, Blancpain, Breitling, Cartier, Omega, Jaquet Droz, Longines, Rado, JLC and more.

Destined to be the premier destination for Luxury Watches in Mumbai, the 887 sqft store is a one of its kind at Palladium, Mumbai and is the 7th Ethos Summit boutique in India. Ethos Watches, India’s largest chain of luxury watch studios has 42 stores across 13 cities the country. Patrons can visit the new boutique between 10:00am to 8:30pm.

Ethos has been in the watch business since 2000 and we are proud to have opened the 42nd store in India. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Yashovardhan Saboo, CEO – Ethos Summit, says- “Ethos Summit is committed to providing Indian consumers the first luxury experience in watch purchasing, no different from the best shopping destinations of the world. By dealing only in watches that are supplied directly by each brand we ensure that the customers are protected from common retail malpractices like offering used watches as new, or watches at inflated prices. Palladium is a wonderful and natural home for us, as for all ethical, professional luxury retailers.”

Ethos Summit hosted a special private soiree in the store, giving select guests a first look at luxury timepieces. The boutique was inaugurated by His Excellency, Mr. Linus Von Castelmur, Swiss Ambassador in India along with Mr. Atul Ruia, Managing Director, Palladium Mall. It was a small yet exciting affair as the organisers had a treasure chest full of valuable gifts for their guests, guests were requested to bring along with them the key that they received with the invites. A lucky few won fabulous prizes including a coveted Omega watch. Mukul Agarwal, S. Nagarajan, Rajat Kakar, Prashant Agarwal, Dhananjay N Date, Michel Enderle, and many others were among the distinguished guests who were present at the evening.

With a strong presence in travel retail, Ethos Ltd has stores across the domestic and international terminals of leading airports including New Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Ahmadabad.
Ethos was founded with the vision to be the biggest and finest retailer of premium and luxury watches in India while incorporating exemplary ethical and customer service standards. Authorized retailers of over 65 luxury watch brands, Ethos prides itself in assisting customers choose the perfect watch for themselves or for their loved ones, while protecting them from rampant malpractices in India such as smuggled, fake and refurbished watches.

About Ethos
Ethos Watches is India’s largest chain of luxury watch boutiques, with 42 stores across 13 cities. Founded with the vision to be the biggest and finest retailer of premium and luxury watches in India, Ethos incorporates exemplary ethical and customer service standards. With a well-balanced and diverse portfolio of men’s and women’s timepieces, we are leaders in the Indian watch industry. Influenced by the world of luxury and culture, Ethos curates the best of the world’s iconic watch brands, including Rolex, Cartier, Omega, Breitling, IWC, TAG, Blancpain, Carl F. Bucherer, Longines, JLC and Rado, amongst others. Through our commitment to customer service, Ethos brings sophistication, style advice and knowledge to watch enthusiasts across India. Our stores are located at Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Delhi, Gurgaon, Chandigarh, Pune, Ahmadabad, Nagpur, Aurangabad, Bhopal, Surat and Ludhiana. Ethos also has a strong presence in travel retail, with airport stores at Delhi – International and Domestic, Bangalore – International, Mumbai – Domestic, Hyderabad – International and Domestic and Ahmadabad –Domestic. Launched in 2012,www.Ethoswatches.com is a niche, one-of-a-kind portal. With over 6000 spectacular watches on display – each meticulously segregated by filters including Brand, Price, Gender, Movement, Case Material, Strap Type and Water Resistance, to name a few, and over 50 luxury brands, watch enthusiasts are offered a varied collection to choose from. The website clocks over 360,000 visits and 1.8 million page views and over 12,000 calls received by the Luxury Watch Helpline every month. The unique watch concierge service is the country’s only ‘luxury watch helpline’, where customers can dial in and speak with exclusive ‘Luxury Watch Consultants’ for assistance in choosing a premium timepiece. For more details, visit ethoswatches.com.

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The Official trailer for ‘Vikramasimha’,  starring Rajinikanth and Deepika Padukone, is now LIVE on EROS NOW’s Youtube channel. It can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNcxCbr85aE

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Rohit helps Karanvir overcome fears!

Karanvir Bohra is known for his style and attitude besides taking his work really seriously, but was interesting was the bade bhaiya bonding with director Rohit Shetty on the sets of Fear Factor at South Africa brought out another facet of Karanvir. and helped the actor overcome his fears.

Says Karanvir, “it was not easy being a part of the show. It needed endurance, fitness and a calm mind that works even in the most adverse circumstances. Fear Factor is about endurance, about overcoming your fears and emerging victor over your mind’s cobwebs. And humour helped in this journey. My sense of tumour, oops humour was such that I cherish every moment of it. Fear Factor helped me learn how to give your best with a smile on your face and go on despite everything going against you. And that was possible only because of Rohit Shetty being there for each one of us.”

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First Look Motion Poster of HAWAA HAWAAI revealed

Mumbai, 24th March: The official first look motion poster of the upcoming Bollywood film, ‘HAWAA HAWAAI’, has been released today. It can be viewed at http://bit.ly/HH-MotionPoster.

Promising to inspire, the motion poster depicts action, grace and speed, all rolled into one. The line ‘Kuch Sapne Sone Nahin Dete’ shines bright, capturing the essence of the movie- Daring To Dream.

Presented by Fox Star Studios and written, produced and directed by Amole Gupte, the movie features Partho Gupte and Saqib Saleem. The film is slated to release on 9th May, 2014.

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The official teaser of ‘Yaari Yaari’ song from PURANI JEANS, with music directed by Ram Sampath, has been released.

It can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFyBIaSfXrQ.

Eros International presents ‘Purani Jeans’, a Tanushri Chattrji Bassu film featuring Tanuj Virwani, Aditya Seal, Izabelle Leite, Sarika, Rati Agnihotri, Manoj Pahwa, Param Baidwaan, Raghav Kakkad, Kashyap Kapoor, Rajit Kapur, Kamini Kaushal, Kashika Chopra. The film is produced by Manju Lulla & is all set to release in theatres on 1st May, 2014.

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Saif Ali Khan, who was one of the most loved characters in Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar’s cult film, Dil Chahta Hai, teams up with this dream team after more than a decade.

The Nawab of Pataudi has signed up for a solo-starrer with his buddies.

Sources say that Saif will play an interesting lover on screen. The trade buzz on this one is really strong, because the actor has an enviable track record of playing a suave lover in films like Love Aaj Kal and Cocktail.

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KICK brings Delhi to a halt

The people of Delhi had the rare opportunity of seeing the superstar Salman Khan in the city recently. Producer Sajid Nadiadwala, as he embarks on his directorial journey with Kick, was spotted shooting action sequences for the film with Salman Khan and Randeep Hooda. The crowd in the capital went bonkers as the actors were shooting on the busy roads of Chandani Chowk and places around.

A unit source confirms, “The sight was crazy. It was difficult to manage such a massive crowd. They kept screaming the film’s name and cheering loudly for Salman, as he waved back at them. It appeared as if the entire city was there.”

The crowd stood for over 22- hours, at a stretch, in order to watch the film’s shoot. Jacqueline Fernandez, who stars opposite Salman was also seen there. The actress posted few images from the location, posing alongside Salman and Sajid on a social networking site, creating a lot of buzz. The trio was snapped while taking a ride on a rookie – a car cum bike, customized and specially made for Salman’s character for the film.

While shooting the scene, Salman was seen wearing a black eye mask that has created ripples amongst the star’s fans. This new look of the actor is said to be stylized by Salman himself. The source close to the unit said that the actor finalized on this piece, himself, as he personally selected the fabric and the look.

Slated to release this Eid, Kick will mark the directorial debut of Sajid Nadiadwala. The crew is said to be heading to the exotic locations of Poland for their next schedule.

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Atul Agnihotri, who is the producer of the film O Teri starring Pulkit Samrat and Bilal Amrohi has been getting a lot of political calls recently.

All three parties contesting for elections; Congress, BJP and AAP have got in touch with Atul Agnihotri. As elections come closer, everybody is breathing politics and the parties are wary of the content of the film.

The trailer of the film talks about two intern journalists digging out a scam.

Congress members want to watch the film to see if it is a dig at the CWG scam that took place while they were the governing party.

Also, Aam Aadmi Party who has been in the news for their protest for corruption wants to watch the film to endorse it.

Even BJP has been talking about anti corruption and would want to watch the film to give and get support.

When contacted Atul Agnihotri, who is usually away from politics says, “Yes, I have got a few calls from officials and they will be watching the film this Friday. The film is a satire comedy and a funny take on events seen from the eyes of two intern journalists”

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Amitabh Bachchan showcases Bhoothnath Returns new song

Amitabh Bachchan showcased the new song from Bhoothnath Returns ‘Party with the Bhoothnath’ in Mumbai today at Reliance Digital Xpress amongst media and fans. To join the veteran actor were his co-star Parth Bhalerao, Bhushan Kumar (T-Series), Abhay Chopra, Renu Ravi Chopra, Kapil Chopra (B R Studios) and Nitesh Tiwari (director) were also present at the event.

Mr Bachchan and Parth spoke about their experience on working on this song. Shot on a very large scale in Panvel, the location was converted into Bhoothworld for the video shoot. The set was recreated into a spooky yet elegant bhoot bangla. Amitabh is seen in a very cool, easy going avatar whereas Yo Yo Honey Singh is seen with dracula drapes rapping in the party with Bhoothnath and kids. . Mr. Bachchan who met the singer and composer of this song, Yo Yo Honey Singh, during his music sessions enjoyed dancing with him in the music video. Parth who is a huge fan of Yo Yo Honey Singh was extremely elated to share screen with both his superstars – Amitabh Bachchan and Yo Yo Honey Singh. This party song is what Mr. Bachchan calls as the ‘after party ke baad wali party ka song’.

Bhoothnath Returns is an entertaining tale of good against evil, weak against powerful, past against future directed by Nitesh Tiwari produced by T-Series & B R Studios releasing on 11th April.

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Not many people know that Shraddha Kapoor is an adventure sports freak, and that she loves the water especially. The latest we’ve heard is that she has been approached by a Kochi-based scuba divers’ association to be the face of their upcoming campaign.

A source close to Shraddha reveals, “Shraddha is a trained and certified scuba diver. And she is extremely fond of adventure sports. She loves to go scuba diving when she gets the time for a holiday. Recently, she got a chance to go diving for an underwater sequence for her upcoming film with Sidharth Malhotra in her Mauritius shooting schedule.”

The insider adds that the association is very keen to have the Aashiqui 2 (2013) actor endorse their new campaign. “She loves sports and has an instant youth connect. That’s why the association wants her to join the initiative,” says the source.

When contacted, Shraddha’s spokesperson says, “The association has got in touch with Shraddha’s team asking her to be a part of the campaign.”

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2 states on Arjun’s Mothers book shelf

After loosing his mother two years back on 25th march, Arjun will be returning to mumbai for her second death anniversary from agra. Arjun has kept his mothers room exactly the same way after she left which includes the book 2 states on her book shelf even today which she had read.
While during her sickness she did mention to arjun that she would love to see him do a romcom. Arjun would have loved it if his mother would be alive to see him not only do a romcom but a romcom based on her favourite book.
Even though not physically present today, Arjun feels her presence within him every single moment.

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Debutante Mishti mobbed by fans

People today have an indifferent attitude towards actors when they see them on streets, going about their day-to-day activities. But this was surely not the case for Kaanchi’s leading lady, the beautiful and talented debutante Mishti. She was recently mobbed by fans at the Hard Rock Cafe.

On spotting her, fans went crazy screaming her name and asking her for autographs. They were shouting, calling her Kaanchi, her character’s name in the Subhash Ghai film. Security had to be called to keep the crowd in control.

Mishti’s close friend, who was present at the venue with her, said, “Mishti was overwhelmed at first, looking at everyone who had gathered to catch a glimpse of her, but regained her composure soon after. She reciprocated their love and got out to meet her fans.”

She fulfilled fan requests with autographs, pictures and also some hugs and handshakes. Her happiness knew no bounds, seeing the enthusiasm and affection of her fans towards her and the movie ‘Kaanchi’. As she exited the venue, she asked her fans to keep spreading the love and watch her movie when it releases.

‘Kaanchi’ is slated to release on 25th April, 2014. The trailer for the film can be viewed at http://bit.ly/Kaanchi-Trailer.

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Saidah Jules Devoto on the sets of JAL

Saidah Jules debuts in Bollywood with ‘JAL’. She seemed very excited about the same. The movie focuses on the water problems in Kutch region of Gujarat. Directed by Girish Malik, they shot in the desert and the locations were completely isolated with no one around except for a few tribes. There was this boy who would turn up on the sets everyday just to look at Saidah.

According to the sources, the boy would come on the sets early along with the crew. He would sit with them for hours and just admire Saidah. At first she became very conscious but, after a few days, she was okay with it. He didn’t prove to be a menace. And she understands that they don’t get a chance to see foreigners that often. It must have been a visual treat for him. All the locals were excited to see her amidst them. She had a good experience shooting in Kutch. The movie is about a dowser who finds ground water in the desert for people.

The movie is aesthetically shot for its viewers and also portraits the enduring beauty of Rann of Katch. The film also stars Purab Kohli, Tanishttha Chateerjee, Kirti Kulhari.
JAL Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNNEXQ-YcV8)

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Percept to release

LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND

In India

THE ALL NEW MOTION PICTURE EVENT STARRING

SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA

SUNBURN in association with Percept Pictures

& PVR Directors Rare to release

“Leave The World Behind”

on 21st March 2014

presented by Kingfisher Premium & powered by Provogue Deos

Mumbai. New Delhi. Bangalore.Pune

Shailendra Singh, Jt. MD Percept says “EDM is very much part of the urban youth culture & that too in the most exciting manner. SUNBURN created the EDM culture in India and it has matured to a level of being a religion. SUNBURN through Percept Pictures & PVR Director’s Rare is proud to get one of the most popular group SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA, in a cinema experience, through the first EDM film for the fans”

Get ready to capture the final ‘electric’ moments of global music sensation Swedish House Mafia in the most anticipated music documentary of the year Fans will also have an opportunity to win tickets through competitions with MEDIA PARTNER(S)

In India, LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND is presented by KINGFISHER PREMIUM and supported by PROVOGUE Deos

With breath-taking live moments, huge laughs and dark lows LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND follows legendary electronic dance group Swedish House Mafia as they decide to end the group in order to save their friendship. Director Christian Larson (Take One) captures their final world tour which became the largest worldwide electronic music tour in history with over 1,000,000 tickets sold in just one week.

Audiences will get a front-row seat as Larson films the trio in an honest, raw, and emotional showcase of the group’s final chapter as electronic dance music’s finest.

LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND explores three of the biggest stars in the electronic music scene, a scene which has gripped youth the world over. The film displays an insight into this world, the psychology of the band, plus the sheer scale of the tour itself and the band’s outstanding global achievements.

Executively produced by Jonas Åkerlund (Spun, Madonna: I’m Going to Tell You a Secret) the film will get its world premiere in March during the infamous SXSW Festival.

The film will premiere with EXCLUSIVE ADVANCE PREVIEW SCREENINGS in cities around the world where Swedish House Mafia have enjoyed playing to some of their most ecstatic audiences.

In New York, where they became the first electronic act to sell out Madison Square Gardens – twice! – the film will show at the historic Ziegfeld Theatre in mid-town, the largest single screen cinema in the city renowned for its high-end premieres. On the West Coast, in LA, the film will screen in the centre of Hollywood at the iconic Cinerama Dome – close to Los Angeles State Historic Park where 70,000 fans raved to their Masquerade Motel in March 2013.

On the other side of the world, in Sydney, where the band sold out the massive Showground Olympic Stadium show in record time in 2012 during One Last Tour, the venue is Hoyts in the cultural Entertainment Quarter of the city.  Back in Europe one of the most electric shows of the band’s final tour saw 22,000 fans descend on Amsterdam.  The iconic De Balie cinema in central Amsterdam’s Leidseplein is the venue for the Dutch screening.  And of course, where it all began, in Stockholm with over 100,000 fans on home soil witnessing the spectacular of their Friend’s Arena show, 800 lucky fans will watch the Swedish premiere at the BiografRigoletto– Stockholm’s ultimate premiere venue and most loved cinema since 1939.

Swedish House Mafia have sold over 1.7 million albums worldwide with their biggest selling single, ‘Don’t Your Worry Child’, receiving over 160 million views on VEVO/YouTube and selling nearly 6 million singles worldwide reaching the #1 iTunes spot in 45 countries across the world including the UK. The group were also the first electronic dance music act to headline the world renowned Madison Square Gardens in New York City. Tickets for the show sold out in just 9 minutes.

LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND – COMING SOON

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For further information on LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND and for details of preview screenings please contact:

Siya Belliappa

Genesis BursonMarsteller

+ 91 9819995578

siya.belliappa@bm.com

Padma Rao

Genesis BursonMarsteller

+91 9833180409

Padma.rao@bm.com

Watch the trailer for LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND at:

#LTWBMovie @swedishhousemafia

http://leavetheworldbehind.com

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http://facebook.com/swedishhousemafia

About Sunburn

Sunburn is Asia’s largest electronic dance music brand, ranked as the 4th Best festival in the world (inthemix.au). Inaugurated in 2007, as a 3 day music festival, Sunburn is an eclectic mix of music, entertainment, experiences, celebration and lifestyle that has seeded music tourism in India starting with Goa.  In the past six years of its existence, Sunburn has brought together renowned Indian and International artists  to entertain  hundreds of thousands of dance music lovers through its various formats that reach out to fans across the India & Asia.  Sunburn caters to a wide Indian and International audience and it showcases India as a Dance Festival destination to the world.

Sunburn has extended and diversified beyond the festival in Goa in cities like Mumbai, Delhi & Bangalore. Other formats under the Sunburn umbrella include Arena gigs, Club gigs, Campus gigs and the newest edition called ‘Sunburn Reload’ which are specially designed and customized to cater to as many dance music fans, giving them a piece of Sunburn in their very own town. Reaching out to all the yearning fans across the nation, Sunburn is all set to give its fans the best experience of their lifetime over and again.

About Percept Pictures

Established in 2002, Percept Pictures is a fully integrated Content Creation, Aggregation and

Distribution Company. Percept Pictures excels in producing Motion Pictures, Ad Films, Corporate Films, Television Software, Live Events and Special Projects, Film Distribution and Marketing.

Percept Pictures produces innovative and quality content through an efficient film making process, by integrating content production, distribution, tie-ups for exhibitions, broadcasting and music rights. Through innovative marketing, content quality and distribution techniques, Percept Pictures has succeeded in securing long term relationships with its clients.

Percept Pictures is a Percept company. With capitalized billings of INR 30.00 billion (FY’13),

Percept is at an enviable leadership position in the Entertainment, Media and Communications domain with a team of over 1,000 people and 62 offices across India and the Middle East.

Mr. Sanjeev Kumar Bijli, Joint Managing Director, PVR Ltd. said, “India as a market is evolving rapidly. Be it in the sphere of music, art, culture or food;
Indians are embracing and relishing the best the world has to offer. ‘Leave The World Behind’ is one such offering and PVR Director’s Rare is proud to be a part of showcasing the journey of the scintillating trio of Swedish House Mafia. Their performance in India had a million hearts racing and I am certain that the documentary will surely be appreciated by movie lovers in the country.”

About Provogue

Provogue is a fashion & lifestyle retail business listed on the Mumbai and National stock exchanges. The Provogue Brand was launched in 1998 as a Menswear fashion range of contemporary clothing with a styling that made it uniquely relevant for the Indian market and quickly established leadership. Over the years the Brand has evolved into a comprehensive collection of men’s fashion apparel and accessories and has won numerous awards throughout its history. In 2014, Provogue fashion collections are available in stores across more than 80 cities pan-India and online at www.provogue.com.

The Provogue brand continues its heritage as India’s leading fashion label, by continuously evolving garment designs, introducing new categories, enhancing its retail environments and extending its reach through new locations across the country. Most recently Provogue has introduced a range of unisex deodorants that are distributed nationally and currently available through more than 60,000 retail outlets across the country.

About Kingfisher Premium

Kingfisher Premium is a flagship brand from The United Breweries Group. It’s a lifestyle brand associated with fun, style, fashion and sports. The brand has won many international awards for its brew, packaging and advertising. Currently available in over 50 countries, some of its most memorable initiatives include the Kingfisher Swimsuit Calendar and Kingfisher Fashion Awards.

In the past few years Kingfisher has extended the spirit of the German Oktoberfest to the region, calling it Kingfisher The Great Indian Octoberfest (Kingfisher TGIOF). Last year featured a burst of prominent national as well as international artists like Hoobastank performing their hearts out. TGIOF celebrates all genres from the best of Bollywood to Rock to Club and even the very best of EDM. Octorberfest was just the ice on its soul surface which eventually spawned into several spin offs encapsulating the same theme, each targeted to a different pop culture segment in the arts and entertainment arena. The King has played host to some of the most prominent DJs from across the globe including World’s No. 1 DJs Tiesto. The brand has also extended itself by being an associate with an iconic event named ‘The Sunburn festival’ which features the likes of Armin Van Burren, Avicci and Deadmau5 along with a few other best known DJ’s from across the world. When the sun goes down, the rock gods come out to play, followed by the metal demons not far behind. Kingfisher Metal events in the past year have seen the likes of Sepultura, Textures & Amon Amarth to name a few. Each bringing their personal best to the table as they engage in the tournament of ‘Deccan Rock’ and ‘Metalfest’.

Kingfisher is associated with the Kingfisher Bangalore Derby, and the popular Kingfisher Voice of Goa amongst a host of other properties. It also owns the most glamorous property ‘The Kingfisher Calendar’. Introduced in 2003, The Kingfisher Calendar’ became a pioneer of sorts in India and led the path for many such concepts to follow.

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India, March 20, 2014 – The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Women, a collaboration of Vital Voices Global Partnership, the Avon Foundation for Women and the U.S. Department of State, today presented a new initiative to address gender-based violence: the Gender-Based Violence Emergency Response and Protection Initiative.

In making the announcement, Vital Voices CEO Alyse Nelson said, “we are delighted to be part of this new initiative that leverages the knowledge and expertise of our global women leaders to rapidly and effectively identify and respond to the immediate needs of victims. From providing legal services to women who have suffered domestic violence, to creating viable employment opportunities for survivors of human trafficking these leaders know their communities and they have designed solutions that restore freedom and dignity. They are bringing us closer to a world free of violence.”

The Gender-Based Violence Emergency Response and Protection Initiative is a first-of-its-kind global program dedicated to assisting victims of extreme forms of gender-based violence and harmful traditional practices around the world. The Initiative takes comprehensive steps to eradicate domestic violence, sexual assault, honor crimes and other forms of gender based violence by providing critical support to survivors.  By providing short-term emergency grants to cover medical care, emergency shelter, legal assistance, and other related costs, the program allows victims in urgent situations to access life-saving services.

“Gender-based violence is a global epidemic and an affront to humanity,” said Uzra Zeya, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. It is our privilege to join in launching the GBV Initiative, a unique partnership which aims to uphold the dignity and advance the human rights of women and girls around the world.”

The Initiative takes a holistic approach to addressing these crimes by creating a global gender-based violence training program for law enforcement, judges, prosecutors, government officials, and NGO advocates – The Justice Institute on Gender-Based Violence.  Over the next two years, the program will work with criminal justice professionals and service providers in India, Mexico, Nepal, South Africa and other countries to develop and provide training that promotes a victim-centered approach to holding offenders accountable for their crimes.

Avon Foundation Global Ambassador Fergie said, “The new Justice Institute on Gender-Based Violence is designed to ensure that laws achieve their promise.  It will go even further to protect women who are victims of violence and secure justice for them. I am so proud to announce this pioneering new partnership of the Avon Foundation for Women, Vital Voices and the State Department.”

Cindy Dyer, Vice President for Human Rights at Vital Voices Global Partnership and a former specialized domestic and sexual violence prosecutor, states “we are honored to be part of these groundbreaking, comprehensive initiatives that will provide victims of gender-based violence not only with the critical services they need, but also with the justice they deserve.”

Vital Voices

Vital Voices Global Partnership is a leading non-governmental organization that identifies, invests in and brings visibility to extraordinary women around the world by unleashing their leadership potential to transform lives and accelerate peace and prosperity in their communities. Founded by former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 1997, the organization trains and mentors women leaders as agents of transformative change in economic development, human rights and political participation. The Vital Voices Global Leadership Network includes more than 14,000 leaders representing 144 countries who have trained and mentored 500,000 additional women and girls in their communities. Visit www.vitalvoices.org to learn more.

Avon Global Philanthropy

Avon is a global corporate leader in philanthropy focused on causes that matter most to women. Through 2013, Avon global philanthropy, led by the U.S.-based Avon Foundation for Women, has donated more than $957 million in more than 50 countries. Avon’s funding is focused on breast cancer research and access to care through the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, and efforts to reduce domestic and gender violence through its Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program. The company’s global markets sell special products to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer and domestic violence, conduct hundreds of events for these causes, and educate women around the world through its global army of more than 6 million Avon Representatives. Visit www.avonfoundation.org to learn more.

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Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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