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Hrithik’s Lucky Mascot

Hrithik Roshan considers his grandfather — veteran filmmaker J Om Prakash, to be his lucky mascot.

Hrithik Roshan has considered his grandfather lucky since Kaho naa pyaar hai.
His Grandfather had given the first clap i.e calling the 1st shot for kaho naa pyaar hai which ended up becoming a huge hit.
Since then Hrithik is very particular that for his home banner movies his grandfather gives the 1 st clap.

While shooting for Krrish 3 the 1st shot was with Vivek but still hrithik saw to it that the 1st clap was by his grandfather.

A source says: Hrithik hopes this time as well he is accepted By the audience as he was in his past for his upcoming film krrish 3 which releases on 1st November.

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Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ethereal heroines – Deepika Padukone like never before in Ram-Leela

Over the years ,audiences looking back will remember a few heroines who took their breath-away , everything from the way they looked to the way they went about their mundane chores on-screen to the way they danced – their smiles lighting up the screen.

Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali ,known for his larger-than-life films , exemplary sets , high-tempo emotions and most of all for the way he presents his film’s leading ladies promises audiences this time around , Deepika Padukone aka Leela , in her most beautiful yet.

Be it Manisha Koirala in Khamoshi, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Guzaarish ,Madhuri Dixit Nene and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Devdas or Sonam Kapoor in Saawariya – one of Bollywood’s most sought after directors ,Sanjay Leela Bhansali has always presented his heroines as visual poems , unfailingly resplendent inspiring women with uncompromising individuality , remembered much after the film releases.

When it came to Deepika Padukone’s look in Ram-Leela , keeping with his vision of Leela , Bhansali wanted to keep it as natural and real as possible with minimalist make-up by Mehera Kolah and an undone light bouffant ,giving her the look of a local Gujarati girl.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali known to go all out on minute detailing ,aimed at extracting the best of Gujurat in Deepika’s costumes and personally traveled to the interiors of Gujarat on the outskirts of Bhuj to purchase the material that went into Deepika’s clothing designed by Anju Modi.If that wasn’t all,the materials used as part of her wardrobe for the film date to over a 100 years old in spite of it being a contemporary film based in real time, since the maverick director needed it to be as traditional and real as possible.

Talking about his film’s Leela says Sanjay Leela Bhansali, ” Leela is like my mother – beautiful,graceful but teekhi ! She is color …She is fire…I wanted Deepika to be that”.

Says designer Anju Modi , “It’s a different experience altogether working with Bhansali .He does not believe in restricting creativity and that makes it a dream for any designer-.What made things even better was that Bhansali and I were on the same page aesthetically and that gave rise to beautiful costumes”.

Says Deepika “Sanjay sir is known for the way he presents his heroines .Other than getting to working with one of the country’s most celebrated directors, I was really excited about my look in the film. Leela came alive thanks to Sanjay Bhansali’s vision and attention to detail combined with Anju Modi’s creative brilliance”.

Eros International & Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Ram-Leela starring Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh is scheduled to release November 15th 2013.

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Krrish 3 gives space for Yaariyan trailer

The trailer of Divya Khosla’s directorial debut “Yaariyan” will be launched with the release of Hrithik Roshan-starrer “Krrish 3”. Produced by T-Series’ Bhushan Kumar, Yaariyan is a youthful entertainer releasing early next year.

As reports had suggested, Rakesh Roshan wanted the audience to only concentrate on his directorial Krrish 3 and refused to attach any trailers with it. But Rakesh Roshan impressed by Yaariyan concept agreed to attach its trailer with Krrish 3. He says, “Yaariyan is shot beautifully and has the caliber to reach the youth. It was only fitting to have the trailer of his wife, Divya’s directorial debut attached to Krissh 3.”

Bhushan Kumar who was reluctant at first says, “I share a good relation with Rakesh ji. I was reluctant since I’d heard that he wasn’t allowing anybody to attach their promo with his film. Initially, I was reluctant. But, I thought I’d give it a try.But, I asked him and he immediately said yes.”

Yaariyan debutante director is very eager to see the audience’s reaction to the promo says, “The first trailer of my film ‘Yaariyan’ is attached with ‘Krrish 3’. This is my first film as a director and I am eagerly waiting to see the audience’s response. We have shot the film in Mumbai, Kerala and Australia.”

The film releasing also marks the debut of the actors along with the director.

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*Leopard drops in on the sets of R…Rajkumar*

While shooting at the lake near Film City, panic hit the sets of Eros
International and NextGen Film’s R…Rajkumar as a leopard climbed into the
area where a crucial scene of the film was being shot.

Quick thinking on the part of the action entertainer’s crew and the guards
at FilmCity, dummy guns and empty bottle sounds were used to scare away the
wild animal –

Says producer Viki Rajani , “ While we were shooting near the Film City
lake at 1.30 am we saw a leopard climbing up a lamp post. There was a lot
of panic amongst the 300-400 odd people who were present on the set.But we
fired dummy guns that were used by the actors playing henchmen to make
enough noise to scare away the creature . We had sufficient security so it
was not an issue and we continued shooting till five in the morning”

Eros International and NextGen Films’ R…Rajkumar starring Shahid Kapoor and
Sonakshi Sinha, directed by Prabhu Dheva is scheduled to release 6th December
2013.

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IIT Roorkee’s cultural fest Thomso raises the bar of expectation for the coming year

Mumbai, October 07, 2013: All good things come to an end and similarly after four days of fun, frolic and festivity, Thomso 2013 came to an end, but only after raising the bar of expectation for the coming year. Thomso saw a great number of cultural events over the course of these three days and various celebrities graced these events with their presence. The last day, however, left an everlasting impact in the minds and hearts of all those present in making this a grand success and all those students who actively involved themselves to bring the festival to a different level. Being the final day of the festival, a lot of final rounds were held and many winners were declared. This day saw various off-beat events like Angry Birds- which included hitting the target with a life size man made catapult, test your knowledge on popular TV shows and series, Laser tag competition, Tangram which was an origami competition, and various literary events like JAM and Spelling Bee. JAM or Just a Minute was a competition where people were asked to speak on a given topic for one minute without digressing or repeating their thoughts, maintaining grammatical and logical accuracy.

Some highlights of the day were:

· Picture this: It is said the music is the key to one’s soul. A combination of a few strings, some notes and different sounds can make almost any stage come to life. This is exactly what director cum singer cum performer, a multi-talented personality, Farhan Akhtar aimed to achieve where the audiences grooved to his tunes through the Xhileration pronite. The students swooned to the music and experienced the sympohonies, and were left flabbergasted. This is Xhileration for those who missed it. Farhan Akhtar sang, danced and mingled with those at Thomso and made sure it was a night they would always remember.

· Thomso’s Got Talent is an event which put together those with various skills and hobbies and provided them the platform to showcase their talent. This year Thomso saw a various mix of acts from students all over the country. This event aimed at calling out to students to put their best foot forward in whichever avenue, thus infusing a sense of confidence as they have full freedom in their choices and performances.

· The final day also saw quite a few workshops like the theatre and Arts workshop by National Institute of Fine Arts, Soft Skills and Personality Development Workshop by Webtech Solutions , workshop by Zenith dance Group to help the students enhance their skills in the following fields. Cadtech Solutions conducted a workshop on Reverse Engineering and 3D scanning. This provided students with an ideal platform to learn about nuances and advances in technology in the exciting field of 3-D printing and scanning. It also saw a beautiful Art and Craft Exhibition by Anushruti. Thomso students were very proud to be associated with an organization as wonderful as Anushruti and the students here put forward their best foot in involving the students from Anushruti into their festival.

About IIT Roorkee:

Indian Institute of Technology – Roorkee is among the foremost of institutes of national importance in higher technological education and in engineering, basic and applied research. Since its establishment, the Institute has played a vital role in providing the technical manpower and know-how to the country and in pursuit of research. The Institute ranks amongst the best technological institutions in the world and has contributed to all sectors of technological development. It has also been considered a trend-setter in the area of education and research in the field of science, technology, and engineering.

The Institute has completed 150th year of its existence in November 1996. On September 21, 2001, an Ordinance issued by the Government of India declared it as the nation’s seventh Indian Institute of Technology. The Ordinance is now converted into an Act by the Parliament to make IIT Roorkee as an “Institution of National Importance”.

The Institute offers Bachelor’s Degree courses in 10 disciplines of Engineering and Architecture and Postgraduate’s Degree in 55 disciplines of Engineering, Applied Science, Architecture and planning. The Institute has facility for doctoral work in all Departments and Research Centres.

The Institute admits students to B.Tech. and B.Arch. courses through the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) conducted at various centres all over India.

For further information, please contact:

Harshika Dang

Canvas Public Relations

Mob: – +91 9167849448

Email: harshika.dang@canvaspr.co.in

Vivek Verma

Mob: +91 9839140145

Email: reportervivekverma@gmail.com

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Passenger Vehicles, Commercial Vehicles & Three Wheelers Sales Decline

Production

The industry produced a total 1,816,316 vehicles including passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles, three wheelers and two wheelers in September 2013 as against 1,673,006 in September 2012, registering a growth of 8.57 percent over the same month last year. The growth is on account of growth of two wheelers.

Domestic Sales

The overall domestic sales during April-September 2013 grew marginally by 1.18 percent over the same period last year. Again this is because of growth of two wheelers

The sales of Passenger Vehicles declined by (-) 5.15 percent during April-September 2013 over the same period last year. Within the Passenger Vehicles, Passenger Cars, Utility Vehicles and Vans dropped by (-) 4.67 percent, (-) 4.79 percent and (-) 9.80 percent respectively during April-September 2013 compared to the same period last year.

The overall Commercial Vehicles segment registered a de-growth of (-) 15.32 percent in April-September 2013 as compared to the same period last year. Medium & Heavy Commercial Vehicles (M&HCVs) registered negative growth at (-) 25.22 percent and Light Commercial Vehicles also dropped by (-) 9.61 percent.

Three Wheelers sales declined by (-) 4.38 percent in April-September 2013 over the same period last year. Passenger Carriers and Goods Carriers declined by (-) 4.04 percent and (-) 5.91 percent respectively in April-September 2013 over April-September 2012.

Two Wheelers registered growth of 3.51 percent during April-September 2013 over April-September 2012. Within the Two Wheelers segment, Scooters and Motorcycles grew at 16.59 percent and 0.88 percent respectively, while Mopeds declined by (-) 10.78 percent in April-September 2013 over April-September 2012.

Exports

During April-September 2013 overall automobile exports grew by 4.54 percent. Commercial vehicles and Two Wheelers declined by (-) 19.08 percent, (-) 0.35 percent respectively, while Passenger Vehicles and Three Wheelers registered growth at 13.77 percent and 29.89 percent respectively during April-September 2013 compared to the same period last year.

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For more information, please contact: Perfect Relations

Bertha Rodrigues | brodrigues@perfectrelations.com | 9821944410

Sameer Joshi | sjoshi@perfectrelations.com | 9833301916

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‘The Fifth Estate’ announced as the Closing Film of the 15th Mumbai Film Festival

Mumbai, October 8, 2013: As the city’s most eagerly awaited cultural event, the 15th Mumbai Film Festival, organized by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image draws closer, it has been revealed that this edition of the festival will conclude with the screening of ‘The Fifth Estate” as its Closing Film, a dramatic thriller directed by Bill Condon.

The Fifth Estate is a dramatic thriller based on real events that reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organization. The film is co-produced by DreamWorks and Participant Media and opened the Toronto International Film Festival 2013.

The story begins as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) team up to become underground watchdogs of the privileged and powerful. On a shoestring, they create a platform that allows whistle-blowers to anonymously leak covert data, shining a light on the dark recesses of government secrets and corporate crimes. Soon, they are breaking more hard news than the world’s most legendary media organizations combined. But when Assange and Berg gain access to the biggest trove of confidential intelligence documents in U.S. history, they battle each other and a defining question of our time: what are the costs of keeping secrets in a free society-and what are the costs of exposing them.

The festival promises to feature a lineup of over 200 movies from 65 countries and has announced new initiatives as part of the Mumbai Film Mart (Filmy Room and India Project Room) and a brand new Experimental film section to the festival.

The 15th edition of the Mumbai Film Festival will be held from the 17th – 24th October, 2013 at Liberty Cinemas and Metro Cinema as the main festival venues and Cinemax, Andheri as the satellite venue.

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Harley Rock Riders-IV

Record smashing finale at Mehboob Studio

Harley Rock Riders Season IV, the annual music property of Harley-Davidson India is all set to rock the stage in Mumbai (Grand Finale). Stand witness to record smashing performances by Shaa’ir + Func, Overhung and Junkyard Groove.

Harley Rock Riders in Your City • Grand Finale –in MUMBAI on 12th October, 2013 @ Mehboob Studio …Featuring… Shaa’ir + Func Overhung Junkyard Groove Given the brand’s historic association with Rock & Roll and its legends, the company launched an annual music property – Harley Rock Riders in India in 2010 to bring together motorcycling and music like never before. Also witness the top three contestants of the Find Your Freedom contest as they share the Harley Rock Riders stage to win a ticket to perform at-The European Bike Week- Austria 2014.

Date & Time: 12th October 2013, 6pm onwards
Venue: Mehboob Studio, Bandra West

Open to all. For free passes: Visit the Harley-Davidson India web site at www.harley-davidson.in or visit our facebook page.

About Find Your Freedom Contest

This July Harley-Davidson launched the ‘Find your Freedom’ contest wherein music artists and bands from across the country can submit their own original rock anthems on the theme of “Freedom” in form of video and audio files; the theme for the composition being freedom. Till now more than 110 indigenous bands/artists have submitted their entries for the contest. The entries will be judged by a celebrity jury of musicians Luke Kenny, Sid Coutto, and Lalitha Suhasini, the Editor of Rolling Stone magazine.

For further information contact:

Edelman India

Sana Ahuja: + 91 9820286866 | Sana.Ahuja@edelman.com

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FIRE IN THE BLOOD WINS FIRST-EVER

PRIZE FOR POLITICAL FILM IN HAMBURG

Mumbai,8th October,2013:At a gala award ceremony in Hamburg, Germany, on Saturday night (October 5th), Indian film Fire in the Blood, directed by Dylan Mohan Gray won the first-ever Prize for Political Film at the Filmfest Hamburg. Twelve films from around the world were in the running for the prestigious award.

Internationally-acclaimed Turkish-German director Fatih Akin, a native of Hamburg, accepted the award on behalf of his friend Dylan Mohan Gray, reading remarks in German prepared by Gray just before the event.

The jury’s citation called the film, which details how Western pharmaceutical companies condemned millions to death by blocking access to lower-cost medicine, “superbly researched, making enragingly clear the omnipotence of big business interests… A film that challenges us to fight back. ”

In his remarks read by Akin, Gray noted “I hope that everyone in the audience this evening who has not yet had the chance to see Fire in the Blood will have the opportunity to do so, because I strongly believe it is one of the very most important stories of our time, even though it is one which unfortunately still far too few people know about.” He added that he sincerely hoped to have the honour to bring his next film to Filmfest Hamburg as well.

Now in its 21st edition, Filmfest Hamburg has become a major stop on the European film festival circuit, well-known for highlighting challenging, politically-engaged films.

The Prize for Political Film was endowed by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, a highly-respected German foundation dedicated to promoting democratic values since 1925.

Fire in the Blood director Dylan Mohan Gray: “It’s a huge honour to win this award, especially given the exceptionally high quality of the twelve films from all over the world which were nominated. We are all extremely proud, and obviously it’s a great feather in the cap for Indian independent cinema as well. The audience reaction to Fire in the Blood has been absolutely astounding wherever we have shown it throughout the world, and we are so happy to finally be able to bring this film home to audiences in India, especially because India itself is such a hero of this incredible story.”

FIRE IN THE BLOOD MILESTONES

— 1st Indian film to be selected for the World Cinema Documentary Competition at Sundance, the world’s most competitive and selective festival for independent films; nominated for the Sundance Grand Jury Prize (Sundance received 5000 feature-length submissions and over 12,000 submissions overall this year; just 12 international docs were selected)

— only Indian film to be selected in the main competition at a Top 5 international film festival in the past couple of years

— narrated by Academy Award-winner (for Kiss of the Spider Woman) and 4-time nominee William Hurt, who waived his fee because he felt the project was so important

— official selection at over 30 top festivals in 25 countries thus far (including Sundance, Rio, Valladolid, Vancouver, Washington, Tel Aviv, Thessaloniki, Sheffield, Hamburg, Zurich, etc.)

— US entertainment trade papers including The Hollywood Reporter have mentioned Fire in the Blood as an outside Oscar contender

— 1st non-fiction film on a global scale produced out of India (shot in 8 countries/4 continents)

— 1st non-fiction feature from India to be theatrically released in either the US or UK

— three UK magazines rated FITB among top theatrical releases in the 1st half of 2013; Vada Magazine named FITB the number 1 film released in the UK in the period January to August 2013

AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS (all 2013)

WON, Justice Matters Award, Washington DC International Film Festival

WON, DOXA Feature Documentary Award (main prize), DOXA Documentary Film Festival, Vancouver

WON, Prize for Political Film, Filmfest Hamburg

Nominated, Grand Jury Prize — World Cinema Documentary, Sundance Film Festival, US

Shortlisted, One World Media Award – Best Documentary Feature, UK

Shortlisted, Grierson Trust British Documentary Awards – Best Cinema Documentary, UK

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Ranveer Singh goes all out for the promotions of Ram-Leela.

Ranveer Singh whose magnum-opus , Eros International and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Ram-Leela is scheduled to release next month ,recently met with a severe case of dengue however well on his way to recuperation , the actor is now going all-guns blazing to promote the film.

Though advised complete bed rest, the actor is ensuring that he gives it his all and is doing several interviews over the phone to make up for the lost time.

If that wasn’t all, Ranveer will also begin shooting for the film’s new promos and make time for a few tv shows by the end of this month and will even travel with the team next month on the Ram-Leela promotional tours across the country.Says a source, “Ranveer is extremely excited about the film and is very keen on promoting it .Now that he is on his way to recovery he is going all-guns blazing to promote the film and is raring to get back to work.”

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Ram-Leela is already the cynosure of all eyes,the trailer of the film went on to become one of the most viewed of all time.

Eros International & Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Ram-Leela starring Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh is scheduled to release November 15th 2013.

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Tarannum Khan in Bollywood… ?

1st Politician turned actress Ashima Sharma debuts in film “Mumbai Can Dance Saalaa”

Mumbai 07th October 2013: Shutterbugs caught glimpses of a film shoot happening in a suburban bar. Mumbai Can Dance Saalaa, a movie that shall mark the revival of dance bars and depict the story of Crorepati dance bar Tarannum Khan played by gorgeous Ashima Sharma who apparently set out to be a politician but landed up in Bollywood. The first day of the shoot was scheduled in actual bar, Ashima Sharma was pretty much confident shooting in an actual bar and supported by Bollywood’s Bad Boy Shakti Kapoor who shared the frame with her playing a fashion designer.

Ashima Sharma who hails from Rajasthan looked pretty in her Indian avatar playing the role of Crorepati bar dance without having any inhibitions. Prashant Narayan critically acclaimed for his character played in Murder 2 also is a part of the film.

Ashima Sharma talks about his character, ““I’m glad to play such a meaty role in my debut film. I love the concept and assure you had I not been a part of the film; I still would have been interested in watching it with my family and friends. I am keeping my political career on the backseat for now and focusing on my Bollywood career. Sachindra Sir has given me this opportunity and I want to make the most of it. I am considering my Bollywood career seriously now. ”

“Mumbai Can Dance Saalaa” is Produced by Ranjeet Sharma, Written & Directed by Sachindra Sharma. The special sequence in the bar was choreographed by Lollypop!

Mumbai Can Dance Saala stars Ashima Sharma, Shakti Kapoor, Prashant Narayan and Raj Premi.

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Parul Chawla

Piicture N Kraft

Email: parul@picturenkraft.com

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Mithun Da says Season 4 is all about ‘Dancing It Out’!

Ever since India’s No. 1 dance reality show ‘Dance India Dance’ announced the countrywide auditions for its fourth season, there has been much speculation about what’s new on DID this time around. Apart from fresh talent, the jury has received highest number of registrations across 19 cities!

Throwing more light on what’s coming your way, Grandmaster Mithun Da reveals, “DID has constantly set higher and higher benchmarks of excellence in dance with each successive season of the show. So, it’s a given that audiences can look forward to dancers that will make them go ‘wow’! But this time around, DID comes to you with a difference!”

Dada explains, “We go through a range of emotions in our daily lives. From being happy to dejected, calm to agitated, there’s so much we all feel. There are so many things in life we feel strongly about. The idea is to look at dance as an outlet to express our innermost feelings. DID, as a platform, plans to create a movement of dance across the country by showing audiences how to channelize their energies positively through dance. We’re sending out a strong message to our viewers – Dance It Out!”

When asked about the buzz that the new season of ‘Dance India Dance’ doesn’t have the three faces that have been synonymous with the show – Geeta Kapoor, Terrence Lewis and Remo D’souza as judges, Mithun Da said, “Geeta, Terrence and Remo will always remain an integral part of the DID family. However, I cannot comment on whether they are a part of this season. One thing you can rest assured, though, there will be some very interesting fresh faces from the world of dance that will come into your life this season.”

Even as the passion, the frenzy, the camaraderie, the rehearsals, the victories, the disappointments, the hosts, the judges and above all, the spectacular dancing talent return with renewed vigor in the latest season of the show, watch this space for more on ‘Dance India Dance Season 4’!

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Big B showered with gifts on KBC

Big B’s birthday is just round the corner and looks like celebrations have already begun on the sets of Kaun Banega Crorepati. The upcoming episode will see AB being showered with gifts on the show.

Mintu Jadhav from Vadodara will be seen gifting AB a miniature ‘bel gadi’. She said that it is the pehchaan of a farmer as she belongs to the Khedutha (Farmer) in Gujarat. She reveals to Mr. Bachchan that she wants to go on a belgaadi ride with him. Another contestant Neha Dubey from Kolkata gifted AB a certificate titled ‘WORLDS BEST MOTIVATOR’. The certificate had a picture of AB and read ‘We the people of India, solemnly, certify that Sri Amitabh Bachchan is….’.

Looks like it’s going to be another gifts filled birthday for the shehanshah of bollywood!

Catch the birthday episode of Amitabh Bachchan on KBC this Friday, October 11, 8:30pm only on Sony Entertainment Television

Ayan Dutta

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Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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