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Forum by Whistling Woods – Neeta Lulla School of Fashion discusses global outreach of Indian fashion industry

Manish Malhotra, Neeta Lulla, Xerxes Bhathena, Rocky S, Krsna Mehta, Nachiket Barve and retail heads of Landor, Versace, WGSN, Brand Capital amongst others graced the event at Whistling Woods International

Mumbai, 25 January 2013: Whistling Woods – Neeta Lulla School of Fashion conducted a forum on ‘Future of Fashion’ to set a dialogue with fashion professionals from across the industry. Held at the WWI campus, the forum aimed at understanding the influence of global trends on Indian fashion as well as the use of new age technologies for fashion products and services.

The panel included names like Lulu Raghvan, MD, Landor Associates, Rahul Narvekar, CEO, NDTV Ethnic Retail Ltd, Krsna Mehta, Founder & Design Director, India Circus Retail Pvt Ltd [indiacircus.com], Dhimaan Shah, Co-founder & Managing Director stylecracker.com, and Saket Dhanker, IMG- Relaince Fashion Head. They discussed how India is a lucrative market who can produce a global product and word class retail environment.

The forum was spread across various categories to cover significant aspects of the Fashion Industry like the emergence of Luxury Brands in India and how the Indian economy has evoked a lot of interest globally given its statistics of some of the highest disposable incomes and increase in the number of millionaires.

Also, growth of fashion retail provoked thoughts and saw a lot of excitement as the gen-next was keen to understand on how strategies can be adopted. The forum was an initiative of the first batch of students from the fashion school. The day long forum additionally covered various topics concerning fashion trends & insights for AW 14/15, significance of e-commerce in promoting fashion, and influence of western silhouette in Indian hemisphere, which were enlightening for aspiring fashion students.

Meghna Ghai Puri, President WWI said, “I am absolutely thrilled that in less than one year the WWI-Neeta Lulla School of Fashion has been able to conceptualize a forum that defines the future of fashion which is full of insights and trends. The forum is set to enlighten the talent about the course of action they must take today to redefine themselves. Fashion is dynamic and is an interpretation of oneself; so an initiative like this is to ensure there is clarity in the minds of the listener on what will gain wider acceptability.”

Speaking at the occasion Neeta Lulla said, “The world is looking at India as a lucrative market for fashion but at the same time we are urging listeners through our forum to create a global product that leads to a word class retail environment. I am delighted and humbled to have had the best people in the industry to provide their imminent inputs to get a broader outlook on the Indian Fashion Industry and its global significance.”

About WWI: Founded by one of the India’s leading filmmakers – Subhash Ghai and is promoted by Mukta Arts Limited & Filmcity Mumbai. Whistling Woods International (WWI) is Asia’s largest Film, Television, Animation and Media Arts institute, providing world-class education in all technical and creative aspects of filmmaking and television. Whistling Woods has also been rated amongst the top 10 film schools in the world. The WWI Mumbai campus is located inside Mumbai’s film & television production hub ‘Filmcity’, and offers courses that vary in duration from 1 year to 3 years, both full-time and part time in nature.

Regards,

Mellicent Fernandes

White Marque Solutions

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Mythology, Films and Election talks on Day 2 of India Non-Fiction Festival

Mumbai, 25th January: Today being the ‘Voters Day,’ India Non-Fiction Festival (INFF) had an initiative called ‘I Vote’. More than 200 youth of Mumbai took a pledge to vote in the coming elections and fifty of them received their voting cards at the event. The Collector of Mumbai, Chandrashekhar V Oak gave and inspiring speech about the importance of the youth of this country coming together through the voting method and create a better future for all.

The talk of betterment continued with renowned documentary filmmakers like Anil Zankar, Aditya Seth, Kundu and Pankaj Butalia spoke about creating non-fiction movies with a creative twist. The difference between news and documentaries and the various efforts being made by individuals and government to improve the documentary market.

In the session ‘Mythology: Non Fiction’ Ashwin Sanghi, Swami Shubh Vilas and Vinod Advani enthralled the audience with amazing insight from the world of Mythology. “A Myth is a lie that reveals a truth,” said Ashwin Sanghi.Swami Vilas continued on this journey by connecting the world of Ram to that of a common man. “History which we do not have access to because of separation of time becomes mythology,” he announced.

In another session ‘Heroes Everywhere and Within’ Geeta Anand, Faith Johnston, Jerry Almedia and Manjeet Kriplani spoke about how there is a hero within all of us and all we need to do is try and find it. While Sanskars in the New India by R Gopalkrishnan and Kumaar Bagrodia had a conversation about the culture of our country, the changes we see in values today and their own personal journey on this earth.

Suraj Eskay Sriram, won the audience with his humor and wit at the launch of his book ‘Excuse Me; Can We Have Our Country Back?’ Every day, the common man in India struggles against the ills of corruption, poor governance and much more. With tongue-in-cheek cartoons and illustrations, this book highlights the plight of the citizens of this country.

‘Indian Youth and Electoral Politics’ by Sanjay Kumar, explores the significant relationship between Indian youth and electoral politics in the country.

The launch of the book and the panel discussion with Sanjay Pugalia, Meera Sanyal, Niranjan Rajaadhyaksha, that followed, discussed issues like Does a young candidate matter to the young voters? Do youth vote more enthusiastically if there are young candidates contesting elections? The book looks at the level of awareness of the youth about political issues and analyzes youth interest and participation in electoral politics.

‘Elections 2014, Media & Women: Trapping the power within’ with Uday Shankar, Somnath Batabyal, R Jagannathan and Sangita Menon Malhan was an interesting discussion on why the women in this country do not vote and how campaigns like ‘Jago Re’ by Tata can actually create a difference.

‘Debunking Myths about the Occult’ was a mystical session where powers of Feng Shui, Heaven, earth and mankind energy were discussed by Dimple Luniya, Vandana Malik and Lubna Salim. Where to keep your gas and how to place your pillow were discussed with much ardor and Chinese astrology reasoning.

In ‘A Different Cinema and our Reality’ Jigna Kothari and Pankaj Butalia took the audience on a magical journey in the land of dreams, Cinema. The way movies are made, characters created and the craft of creating sensational, dramatic, emotional, inspirational scenes on celluloid were discussed with much passion and zeal. The audience was in rapture indeed.

Tomorrow, 26th January is the last day of the festival. So make your Sunday exciting by meeting some of these amazing authors and reading some of their wonderful works.

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Shahid Kappor will finally put all the speculations to rest. The actor is all set to go bald for his upcoming movie Haider.

Since the news of his hair being cut for Haider had come out, everyone has been speculation about how much will he let go.

Shahid Kapoor has been extremely nervous and this must have been the toughest decision of his life. No commercial actor has ever taken such a drastic decision.

Shahid Kapoor who is known for his hair, takes time and effort for styling his hair has been discussing minute details with people around him.

When Shahid was described the look of his role and the look change he will have to go through, since then the actor has been contemplation with the idea.

Finally the actor has taken the decision and will shed it all on 27th of January. It has been one of the toughest decisions of his life to take such a big step.

Shahid Kapoor says, “I am nervous about this. It was a tough decision to take”.
Except for Aamir Khan who is known to do drastic things for his role, this is first time in younger lot.

Its almost like all decisions in Shahid’s life have become before going bald or after going bald.

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‘Dishkiyaoon’ Trailer Packs A Solid Punch!

The trailer of ESM & Eros International’s action entertainer ‘Dishkiyaoon’ starring Harman Baweja and Sunny Deol has been flooded with praise ever since it made its way to the social media circuit.

Sporting never-seen-before avatars with gritty looks and chiseled physiques ,Harman Baweja and Sunny Deol promise to make audiences sit up and notice in the trailer that has already found much support from the industry.

Says Shilpa Shetty Kundra who makes her debut as producer, “ I’m happy about the trailer response of the film. People have been all praise for the dialogues. And its great since that is the USP of our film. For me making an action entertainer is a big step especially when I have done all romantic roles in my career. I believed in the script and I’m happy people are loving Harman in a new avatar. I always wanted an actor who doesn’t have a previous action image. Sunny is also very different from what he has done before.”

Says producer Raj Kundra, “The feedback on the trailer has been overwhelming and we hope to pack a punch with the film”.

Adds producer Sunil Lulla, “It’s great to be collaborating with Raj & Shilpa Shetty Kundra on this film.We are off to a great start with the trailer receiving appreciation from all quarters”.

Here is what some of the Bollywood celebs had to say about the action-packed trailer…

Neil Nitin Mukesh took to Twitter to write, “@TheShilpaShetty @DishkiyaoonFilm @ErosNow ALL THE BEST. LOOKING SUPER!!! GOD BLESS YOU.”

Film critic Joginder Tuteja writes, “Faaaaaaantastic promo of Dishkiyaoon. Now this is an avtar I really wanted to see Harman in. Well done. definite hit in the making.”

Asin Thottumkal said , “@TheRajKundra Just watched the trailer of Dishkiyaoon…super fun..can’t wait to see the movie..it’s really exciting.”

South star R.Madhavan said, “@TheRajKundra@DishkiyaoonFilm Woooooo. ..Watch this trailer folks. ..Superrrrrr.”

Bipasha Basu tweeted, “Watch @DishkiyaoonFilm trailerhttp://erosnow.com/#!/movie/watch/1005275/dishkiyaoon… !All the best @TheShilpaShetty @TheRajKundra and Harman!Loved the trailer:).”

Arshad Warsi wrote, “@TheShilpaShetty: Watch the Exclusive Trailer of my 1st production @DishkiyaoonFilm on @erosnow http://erosnow.com/#!/movie/watch/1005275/dishkiyaoon …” AWESOME.

Riteish Deshmukh tweeted, “Enjoyed the promo of Dishkiyoon- Excited to see this film – Harman is looking like a dude – congrats @TheShilpaShetty @TheRajKundra”

Sophie Choudhry also took to Twitter to gush, “Harman in full * #Dishkiyaoon * form!! Trailer lookin GOOD!http://erosnow.com/#!/movie/watch/1005275/dishkiyaoon..best . Loads of luck @TheShilpaShetty @TheRajKundra

ESM & Eros International’s Dishkiyaoon directed by Sanamjit Talwar is slated to release on March 28.

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An important news for film lovers

Oscar and JIFF – watch 13 films from different countries as their official entry to the Oscar from various countries

Audience vote would choose the best film

JIFF would mail this report to the Oscars and film directors/producers

Jaipur 25 January: It is tough to know how world’s best film is selected and to know this process is even tougher……… but now it’s possible in Pinkcity Jaipur. If you are a film maker, film lover, artist, associated with literature and loves to watch &create then JIFF 2014 is a must for you. A film festival where 13 films from 13 different countries would be screened. These films were the official entry to the Oscar from their respective countries. Every film speaks a lot about its country’s social, political and cultural scenario. Audience can experience this in JIFF and see why these films were the official selection from their country.

Viewers would not only watch various countries’ Oscar entry but would also be able to select the best film among these. This year audience would be provided a rating card where they could give comments about each film and rate them. The film with the maximum points will win the Audience choice award. JIFF would also mail these rating to the Oscar committee and related film directors and producers.

The 13 films for audience choice competition are as follows :El Limpiador (The Cleaner) (Peru), Halima’s Path (Croatia), The Great Passage (Japan), MujPes Killer(My Dog Killer) (Slovakia), Mother, I Love You (Latvia), Class Enemy (Slovania), Agon (Albania), Porcelain Horse (Ecuador), ZindaBhaag (Pakistan), Sang Kiai(Indonesia), 15 Years and One Day (Spain), Soongava: Dance of the Orchids (Nepal), Horses of God (Morocco),

The list of these films can even be seen of JIFF’s Official website www.jiffindia.org

These films would be screened at Rajmandir on 1st February and from 2-5 February at Trivoli, Golcha Cinema.

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NaMo to finally hit the theaters in 4D

All speculations on NaMo comes an end as the movie finally gets reeling. The producers have hired director Rupesh Paul, the man who made 3 successful contention nominations in the 86th Academy Awards with his movie, to direct NaMo, which is to hit the floor from February 15 of this year with the biggest stars of Bollywood. Talking on the same, Associate Producer of the movie, Mitesh Patel said, “We wanted a director who could make the best of 4D. Then when I saw the second trailer of Kamasutra 3D, in seconds I could decide that Rupesh is the final choice for the direction. The trailer proved how one can portray the international standards even after shooting in India. I am sure he will do complete justice with the screenplay of NaMo and make it look grand for the 4D debut in India”.

The actors to portray the adolescent and veteran stages of NaMo would be announced by the week next.

The movie would be the first ever 4D movie of India marking it as the biggest achievement of Bollywood, so far presented. The 4D effect in the movie will simulate the feel of rain, wind, strobe lights, lightning and vibration. Also the viewers would be attracted to special smells, smoke, air bubbles, and more.

Talking on the movie, the Director promises that the movie will not be like any other dry political drama rather it would be a treat as a political thriller like The day of the Jackal, JFK or The Manchurian Candidate. He further added that NaMo is a bare resemblance on the life of the great political leader, Narendra Modi but is a bigger inspiration of his charisma in the Indian polity.

With no 4D theatres in India, the makers in association with a Korean company have decided to facilitate the 4D equipment’s to the theaters with a budget of 18 lakhs INR per theater that would help them to equip to the 4D tools in connection to the release of the movie. The makers have released the first teaser of the movie, on director Rupesh Paul’ Youtube channel.

Sohan Roy is the Project Designer of the movie while Mitesh Patel would adore the Associate Producer’s hat.

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Heartless Music for the Hearts…team performs live at Media Shashtra

Shekhar Suman, Adhyayan Suman, Ariana Ayam entertain the students of Bunts college with live performance by Ash & music director Gaurav Dagaonkar.

It’s catchy it’s peppy and it’s full of soul and heart. The music of ‘Heartless’ after being launched by Mr. Sachin Tendulkar has already been dominating the personal playlists across the country. Youngsters especially cannot get enough. There is that song to dance to, the one to serenade your love with, the song that celebrates friendship and even one for the broken heart…..the music album has it all.

Heartless team visits Bunts college for a live performance during their inter college festival Media Shashtra.

Students roared & cheered for Adhyayan when he beautifully sang Soniye, one of his biggest hits from the past, especially on request followed by live performance by Ash King.

Shekhar says “it’s a positive response from the colleges and it is a beautiful experience to see them connect and patronize the film especially when youth leads and responds like this it is overwhelming and the film is made from the heart and I am sure it will touch many hearts out there “.

Adhyayan says ” my father has made a film which talks about emotions and different content and I believe in him ,the amazing response of the audience and from the colleges has been encouraging ,today when Aditya narayan and I performed and saw the students knew the songs by heart ,I was excited for this kind of response and we landed up performing all songs “.

Ariana Ayam The graphic designer from New York making her Bollywood debut with Heartless says “The audience have loved trailors and songs,the film has a story and the songs are something which all will carry back home “.

Students thoroughly cheered for the cast and Adhyayan suman and aditya Narayan perform together & put their hands up & swayed during the romantic number Soniye from Heartless.

Adhyayan Suman had many female fans amongst the crowd calling out his name

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Sunburn gets ‘Intense’: Brings to Mumbai India’s First Electronic dance music Opera with Armin Van Buuren

Mumbai, 24th January 2014: Sunburn, Asia’s largest music festival kicks off the New Year in true Sunburn style. In its 8th year, only gets bigger and better and this time, Sunburn presents Armin Only ‘Intense’. A spectacular blend of electronic music and theatre for the first time in India. A 6 hour journey of music. This new format as part of Armin Van Buuren’s world tour featured six vocalists in an opera like extravaganza with world class production, exceptional pyrotechnics and lasers.

Armin Van Buuren, five times number 1 DJ and ALDA Events have teamed up with famous theatre director Jos Thie and creative mind Sander Reneman to bring together a completely unconventional and fresh approach to electronic dance music. After kicking off the tour in Kiev, Russia earlier this month, Armin Only ‘Intense’ was brought to Mumbai in full force.

Description: C:\Users\belliappas\Documents\Documents\Clients\Sunburn\Armin Van Buuren\AVb\o-ARMIN-VAN-BUUREN-ASOT600-facebook.jpgThe crowd was spell bound by the stunning live performances which included violins, pianos, guitars and many more instruments along with Armin Van Buuren’s music to create an effect that can only be experienced, not heard. His fans were also treated to the rare opportunity to foot stomp to his beats for 6 whole hours! For the first time in India, a gigantic flying ball as well as trampolines were used on the stage for the dancers to create an unbelievable blend of theatre, acrobatics and dance music. Armin recreated his magical tracks with vocalists Trevor Guthrie, Cindy Alma, Fiora Cutler, Laura Evans and Richard Bedford, with whom he has collaborated with for tracks such as ‘Beautiful Life’, ‘Waiting for the night’, ‘Love never came’ and many more.

Speaking at the event, Joint Managing Director,Percept Limited, Shailendra Singh, says, “Now in season 8 of Sunburn, we have truly aimed to push the envelope to bring our fans something they’ve never experienced before. Through Armin Only ‘Intense’, we have undoubtedly changed the way Indians will consume electronic dance music and this theatrical format is one which has never been witnessed in India before. This is a first of its kind indoor gig with a full blown set up like this and seeing the over enthused fans, I’m confident that we’ve set the bench mark for live experience entertainment space in India.”

Speaking on this occasion, Armin Van Buuren says, “It has always been amazing to play in India, the crowd never seizes to amaze me. Mumbai was on the top of my list for the Armin Only ‘Intense’ tour. Unlike today, now that it’s all based on short sets and quick highlights, it used to be all about the long sets, the musical trips. That’s what Armin Only is based on — I am looking forward to take the clubbers on a 6+ hour journey into music. Through the Armin Only: Intense show I can tell them the full story of my Intense album – in fact everything I’d like to say!”

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 Live

Percept Live is a division of Percept Limited, an entertainment, media and communications company founded in 1984. With capitalized billings of about INR 31.40 billion (FY’12).Percept, today, is at an enviable leadership position with a team of over 1,000 people and 62 offices across India and the Middle East.

Percept Live business includes all Intellectual Properties created and owned by the Percept Group, which include IPs in Live Entertainment, Sports, Celebrity Management, Digital and Media space. Percept Live comprises the following IPs:

· Sunburn – Asia’s biggest and most desired Electronic Dance Music Festival;

· Fight Nights –India’s first ever indoor boxing bouts between leading Indian and International boxers

· Bollywood Live – The first multi-city Bollywood Dance Music Festival

For further information, please contact:

Genesis Burson Marsteller

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Legacy Film Productions’ W to release on March 14

Legacy Film Productions’ ‘W’ is about the life of Sandy, Roohi, and Manu, three young women who run events company called W, living their dreams of independence, fun, and professional success. As they set out to win on what could be the biggest day of their life, a traumatic incident takes place. But the undaunted spirit of these girls does not let this stop them from achieving their goal. ‘W’ is about the endurance of the human spirit and seeks to empower women across the globe.

Starring Leeza Mangaldas, Raj Singh Arora, Lezlie Tripathy, Danish Pandor, Sonal Giani, Abhey Jit Attri, Meer Ali & Gagan Sharma, Featuring Amal Mallik & Armaan Malik (Brothers In Arms).

‘W’ is Produced by SC Sehgal & Shivang Sehgal, written & Directed by Tarun Madan Chopra, Story, Music & Lyrics by Daboo Sardar Malik. ‘W’ releases on March 14. For further details, check out Http://www.Facebook.com/Wthefilm and… #Thefilmw #W2014.

Regards,
Anusha Naarad

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Winning hearts of the audiences playing the grey shades of Nirbhay & Bakhtawar successfully on Television, Rumi Khan made his Bollywood Entry with Sunil Darshan’s next ‘Karle Pyaar Karle’

Too handsome & suave for a villain to be, Rumi Khan has managed to grab eye balls of audiences & make them love him as Nirbhay in Uttaran & now seen as the main negative lead in Sunil Darshan’s next Karle Pyaar Karle

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Upen Patel and Leah Weller in Coeur Campaign

Actor Upen Patel has not only been voted as the sexiest man in Asian but also has modeled for well known brands like Versace, Hugo Boss, Tommy Hilfiger, Savile Row and Paul Smith. The actor has been seen in hit Bollywood films like 36 China Town, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, etc and is making his debut down south with Shankar’s megabudget film Ai with Shankar and Amy Jackson.

The good looking Patel boy recently shot for Coeur’s 2014 Spring/Summer campaign where the actor cum model can be seen alongside the stunning Leah Weller, daughter of rockstar Paul Weller. Patel and Weller look fabulous together and the campaign is already attracting attention given the appearance of Leah working the androgynous look to perfection.

Stripes and metallics dominate the range by international designer Peter Jeun Ho Tsang. He was inspired by British tailoring and Asian fabrics which together have produced this fusion line.

Looks like 2014 is off to a great start for Upen!

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‘Sikh Hon Da Maan’ – Malkit Singh

‘Gur Nalo Ishq Mita’ fame singer Malkit Singh launched his new music album ‘Sikh Hon Da Maan’. The album contains 10 songs and the album is a fusion album with clear message that feel ‘Proud to be Sikh.’

‘This album has 10 songs, is basically a fusion because it different from the usual my style. Still the songs that will inspire not only the youth but people of other age too. Do listen to my upcoming album ‘Sikh Hon Da Maan’ and please buy the original T-Series DVD’s only rather than pirated ones,’ said the singer on the release event.

Malkit Singh is the first Punjabi singer to be honored by the Queen Elizabeth II and his song ‘Tootak Tootak Tootiyan’ also got listed in the ‘Guinness Book Of Records’ as the biggest selling bhangra solo artist of all time.

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AGS showcases innovative solutions for banking industry at IBEX 2014.

Cutting edge products catering to the diverse requirements of the Banking sector on display

Mumbai, 24 January 2014: AGS Transact Technologies, a leading ATM outsourcing and payment services company showcases their latest technology products at IBEX 2014.

AGS offers a wide range of self service terminals and enterprise solutions for the Banking industry; from Currency Products, Self Service Terminals, to Digital Signage software, to ATMs. At IBEX, AGS Transact Technologies will focus on products for the Banking sector, with innovative technology, easy to use products designed for the convenience of the end consumer.

Sample a few of the mainstay products:

ProCash 285: ProCash 285 is the new weatherized ATM and its simple and intuitive design allows for easy cash withdrawals. Designed for through-the-wall installations, the compact system fits easily into wall openings. The comprehensive security features on the ProCash 285 offers effective prevention against system tampering such as skimming or cash trapping.

AGS Blu: another eco-friendly tablet that avoids paper. Banks need extensive information for the Know Your Customer Process (KYC). Data is entered in the tablet and the customer’s picture is taken. The details are seamlessly entered in the KYC database online in real time and the process is completed on the spot.

CINEO 4040: a multifunctional ATM with intelligent cash deposit. Part of the Wincor Nixdorf revolutionary cash cycle management solution (CCMS), this is a complete cash management in one system. This unit is intelligent with proven Banknote Serial Number Recognition (SNR) technology, new cassette technology that can be tailored to suit customer needs, tried and tested recycling system that enables deposited cash to be re-dispensed, reduced risk of currency note jams.

Securevalue: An enterprise dedicated to Cash in Transit for Banks, Financial Institutions and Corporate Clients. The company provides Complete Line Management (CLM) services for ATM’s on an end to end basis thereby creating value for its customers.

All the above products are on display at IBEX exhibition this year.

“We look forward to participating in IBEX every year as it offers unparalleled business opportunities and is the best venue to showcase our new products,” said Mr. Stanley Johnson, President, Managed Services, AGS Transact Technologies Ltd. We are showcasing couple of our star products ProCash 285, AGS Blu, Securevalue Van which will surely garner a good amount of interest and shown tremendous customer acceptability. AGS is an innovator in banking technology products and we believe this is what sets us apart from competition.”

About AGS Transact Technologies Ltd.:

AGS Transact Technologies Ltd. offers technology-based solutions for banking, retail, paint and petroleum sectors. Equipped with extensive experience in banking technology, AGS provides a complete suite of self-service banking products. The company is the dominant provider of ATM outsourcing services to the Indian banking industry. Since its inception, AGS has installed over 25,000 ATMs for various customers. The customers in the banking segment amongst others include State Bank of India, Punjab National Bank, Union Bank of India, Axis Bank, Dhanlaxmi Bank, ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank and Dena Bank.

For Further Information please call Concept PR on:

Venesa Bar

915828790

venesa@conceptpr.com

Shaila Parbatani

961909756

shaila@conceptpr.com

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Tanaaz Irani joins the cast of Bh Se Bhade!

Playing a typical Guajarati house-wife, Tanaaz returns to the small screen after a long hiatus…

Zee TV and Hats Off Productions’ Bh Se Bhade is on a roll with various new characters becoming a part of the show week after week. Entering the show from February 1st, Tanaaz Irani will be seen as a typical gujarati house wife, Mridula. Playing a kleptomaniac in the show, Mridula has a habit of stealing things and utilizing them for her own good. A little on the crude side, she is quite the opposite of her sister-in-law – Sushma Bhade, played by Sucheta Trivedi.

Shuttling between Dubai and Mumbai to manage her business, and previously seen on a few reality shows, Tanaaz is back to doing what she does best – comedy! Having a steady career in Bollywood and having acted in various fiction shows, Tanaaz has been missing from the scene for quite long. Making a comeback with Bh Se Bhade, Tanaaz said, “I am glad to be back and have a platform like Hats Off and Zee TV. I had been away from television for a few years now since my kid was too young but now that she is all grown up, I am sure I will be able to manage this. I watched a few episodes of Bh Se Bhade and I am sure very soon my character will become a household name.” Happy on having Tanaaz join the cast, producer JD Majethia said, “She is known for her brilliant comic timing. We wanted a feisty woman to play the role of Mridula, who is exactly opposite of the meek and demure, Sushma (Sucheta Trivedi). As soon as we had etched this character, I knew I wanted Tanaaz to play it. Her versatility is what works for a show like ours. We’re glad she decided to come out of her shell and accept the role.”

Giving it all it takes, Tanaaz learnt to ride an auto rickshaw for her very first sequence. Despite a few quick lessons, during the first take when she took the driver’s seat, little did she realize that the rickshaw driver had left the drive in ‘reverse’ and so off went the rickshaw shooting away in the reverse direction! Not giving in to the temptation of a having a duplicate shoot the sequence instead of her, she bucked up and in the second take itself managed to get it right and was shooting with full gusto, later even chasing after a BEST bus!

Do not miss Bh Se Bhade, every Saturday and Sunday at 8 PM, Only on ZEE TV!

Nupur Kothari

Executive – Public Relations

Zee TV Marketing

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GODREJ PROPERTIES GOLF CHALLENGE SET FOR BIGGEST EDITION YET

Tees off on 25th January
Simultaneous rounds Mumbai, Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida, Chennai, Kolkata and Bangalore

MUMBAI, January 24th, 2014: The annual Godrej Properties Intra Club Golf Challenge is back with its third edition and this year’s event is set to be the biggest one yet.

Buoyed by the success of last season’s event which involved 800-odd amateur golfers from four of the leading golf clubs in the country, promoters Godrej Properties have opted to raise the tournament’s profile even further.

This year’s event will witness seven city rounds, including stop overs at four new locations, and an increase in the total number of participating golfers to an approximate 1000. And like in 2013, the event will once again culminate in an International Finals showdown in Bangkok where the respective winners from each city will battle it out.

The action tees off on 25th January with simultaneous rounds at the Willingdon Sports Club in Mumbai and at the Qutub Golf Course in Delhi, the first of the new venues added to this year’s itinerary. The Classic Golf Resort in Gurgaon stages round three on 1st February followed by another double header on 9th February at Madras Gymkhana Club in Chennai and Royal Calcutta Golf Club, Kolkata which replaces the Tollygunge Golf Club from the 2013 list of hosts. Noida Golf Course, the third addition to this year’s event, takes centre stage on 14th February with the club rounds winding up in Bangalore on 21st February at Bangalore Golf Club which takes the place of Karnataka Golf Association this time.

“The results of expanding the Godrej Properties Golf Challenge from a one city event to a four city event last year were there for all to see,” said Girish Shah, Executive Vice President of Godrej Properties. “We were obviously encouraged by those results and felt there was scope for further improvisation this year. Having new clubs enter the fray makes the competition that much more exciting.”

The tournament will again follow the Stableford Points System across two handicap categories: 0-12 & 13-24 (3/4 Nett Stableford Points). Any member of a participating club can play in the tournament provided they have a valid handicap from that club. The top player in each handicap category from each of the seven clubs will then earn a chance to compete in the International Finals scheduled to take place from 26th to 28th February in Bangkok.

Professional Management Group will be the event managers and will be responsible for the entire functioning of the tournament.

Tees off on 25th January
Simultaneous rounds Mumbai, Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida, Chennai, Kolkata and Bangalore

MUMBAI, January 24th, 2014: The annual Godrej Properties Intra Club Golf Challenge is back with its third edition and this year’s event is set to be the biggest one yet.

Buoyed by the success of last season’s event which involved 800-odd amateur golfers from four of the leading golf clubs in the country, promoters Godrej Properties have opted to raise the tournament’s profile even further.

This year’s event will witness seven city rounds, including stop overs at four new locations, and an increase in the total number of participating golfers to an approximate 1000. And like in 2013, the event will once again culminate in an International Finals showdown in Bangkok where the respective winners from each city will battle it out.

The action tees off on 25th January with simultaneous rounds at the Willingdon Sports Club in Mumbai and at the Qutub Golf Course in Delhi, the first of the new venues added to this year’s itinerary. The Classic Golf Resort in Gurgaon stages round three on 1st February followed by another double header on 9th February at Madras Gymkhana Club in Chennai and Royal Calcutta Golf Club, Kolkata which replaces the Tollygunge Golf Club from the 2013 list of hosts. Noida Golf Course, the third addition to this year’s event, takes centre stage on 14th February with the club rounds winding up in Bangalore on 21st February at Bangalore Golf Club which takes the place of Karnataka Golf Association this time.

“The results of expanding the Godrej Properties Golf Challenge from a one city event to a four city event last year were there for all to see,” said Girish Shah, Executive Vice President of Godrej Properties. “We were obviously encouraged by those results and felt there was scope for further improvisation this year. Having new clubs enter the fray makes the competition that much more exciting.”

The tournament will again follow the Stableford Points System across two handicap categories: 0-12 & 13-24 (3/4 Nett Stableford Points). Any member of a participating club can play in the tournament provided they have a valid handicap from that club. The top player in each handicap category from each of the seven clubs will then earn a chance to compete in the International Finals scheduled to take place from 26th to 28th February in Bangkok.

Professional Management Group will be the event managers and will be responsible for the entire functioning of the tournament.

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Hasee Toh Phasee Music Climbing the Charts!

All eyes are on Dharma Productions & Phantom Films’ cuckin frazy Hasee Toh Phasee courtesy some fun chemistry between the leads, rib-tickling dialogues and most of all some chart topping numbers in signature Vishal-Shekhar style.

Composed by the music-maestros , the album of the film, an eclectic mix of songs, from the peppy ‘Drama Queen’ to the foot-tapping ‘Punjabi Wedding Song’ to the melodious ‘Zehnaseeb’ and the romantic ‘Ishq Bulava’ have already made their way atop charts ,not to mention,their popularity on the social media front.

Infact the album has already created so much hype, that fans are eagerly requesting the launch of the spectacular “Shake it like Shammi” which will leave Sidharth Malhotra fans begging for more.

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“While approaching the music of the film ,we had to create compositions that had something for everyone. It was great fun working on Hasee Toh Phasee and the feedback we’ve received on the music is overwhelming”.

Says producer Karan Johar, ” Much like the title of the film,the album is reflective of the feel-good genre that Hasee Toh Phasee is associated with.We are extremely happy that audiences think the music of this cucking frazy entertainer is cucking good”.

Dharma Productions & Phantom Films’ Hasee Toh Phasee starring Sidharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra hits theaters 7th February 2014.

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Mohit Gambhir and Anchal Chadha grand wedding ceremony

Mumbai witness a grand wedding reception party of Mohit Gambhir Secretary of Mumbai Youth Congress and his beautiful wife Anchal Chadha. The reception party was attended by couple of close friends and family. The wedding celebrated in a grand Punjabi tradition way and people were seen dancing and singing Punjabi song balle balle and Shawa Shawa.

The guest list was a mix of city glitterati that included Bollywood and politicians. Kripashanker Singh was first to arrive and was seen blessing the couple, he said, “This is a big day for a couple and I wish them a great future ahead”.

Congress MLC Charan Singh Sapra came along with his beautiful wife and was seen wishing the newlywed couple, Charan Singh Sapra said, “This evening has graced with the love of couple and bless them with a wonderful future together.” The ambience was very beautiful and everyone was seen enjoying the marriage till wee hours. Others who were present at the wedding reception ceremony Harish, Poonam Gambhir, Harish Gambhir, Gaurav Gambhir, Reema Gambhir, Parminder and Maninder Pal Singh Chadha.

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Bollywood power player Katrina Kaif the only actress to make it to Forbes India Celebrity 100 list.

Apart from topping several popularity charts this year,KatrinaKaif,Bollywood’s lucky mascot has found herself in the top 10 Indian power players to make it to the annual Forbes list, thanks to her popularity and endorsements.

While the Forbes India Rich List focusses on net worth, the Celebrity 100 list is arrived at by measuring earnings estimates and the fame quotient.

Joining the likes of Shah Rukh Khan,Mahindra Singh Dhoni,Salman Khan , Sachin Tendulkar and Amitabh Bachchan to name a few, Katrina is the only woman to make it to the Top 10 rankings, which includes estimated entertainment related earnings and how visible they are on print, television and internet (including social media).

The entire process was verified by Ernst & Young, the official tabulators for Forbes.

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Ranveer Singh’s mother called the director of Gunday, Ali Abbas Zafar, out of concern to not have any shirtless scenes with her son post the series of negative effects it was having on the actor.

Every time Ranveer Singh went shirtless in front of the camera, the actor has got an injury.

Looks like, off late, there has been some black magic done on Ranveer Singh. The first time on the sets of Gunday, while shooting the first song, when Ranveer Singh did a shirtless scene, he had his head bumped into a dancer which caused a gash on his cheek. The actor had to take 11 stitches for it, the mark for which stays with him lifetime.

In the next instance, when he had to do a shirtless scene in the mud pit, a glass cut into his leg and he got 9 stitches. For shooting the rest of the film, the actor required help to take care of his leg.

In his next attempt, while shooting the bare body mud wrestling scene, Ranveer singh got some kind of skin allergy.

It all started when his shirtless look in Ram Leela was released. They were in Durgapur and he got bitten by the mosquito and got dengue.

Seems like Ranveer Singh’s bare body was too hot to handle on the sets of Gunday, which is slated to release on 14th February 2014.

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Friday January 24th, 2014: The audio soundtrack of Yash Raj Films maiden Tamil venture, Aaha Kalyanam – a remake of the very successful Band Baaja Baaraat, was launched at a glittering yet very traditional ceremony. Lead actors Nani and Vaani Kapoor along with Director A. Gokul Krishna, Music Composer Dharan Kumar and the entire cast and crew, were present at the music launch held in Chennai amidst much fanfare earlier this week.

In keeping with the movie title theme, ‘Aaha Kalyanam’, the music was launched in an authentic wedding setting especially created for the music launch, where the cast and crew and all special guests were dressed in traditional wedding attire. Men were seen wearing pattu veshti and pattu sattai with angawasthiram and women in pattu pudavai with flowers as head accessories.

The fun foot-tapping soundtrack from the film was released by notable guests who gave an exciting introduction to each song – the very popular and emerging new generation star, Vijay Sethupathi, along with the well-known director and actor, P. Samuthirakani, introduced the first song, The Punch Song. Vijay Sethupathi also introduced the film’s lead actor, Nani, as a “very sweet guy always with an eye for good scripts” while Director P. Samuthirakani said “Naani is a versatile artiste and he is bound to go places after the release of Aaha Kalyanam”.

The Director of AAHA KALYANAM, A. Gokul Krishna, a protégé of renowned director Vishnuvardhan, together unveiled the second melodious number Mazhaiyin Saaralil.

AAHA KALYANAM’s Music Director, Dharan Kumar and the celebrity guest, director Dharani, presented the third lively song Kadha Kadha. The brilliant and gifted Usha Uthup, or Didi as she is lovingly called, who has sung the title song in the film, was also in attendance and along with all the singers gave a live rendition medley of the songs from the album.

The well-known actress Simran, who has a special and pivotal guest appearance in the film, introduced the leading lady, Vaani Kapoor, to the audience and lovingly nicknamed her as is the tradition in the industry. She glowingly spoke about Vaani’s performance in the film and said that she was very welcome to the Tamil film industry and that she would certainly be loved by the audience.

The launch of the Telugu audio soundtrack, scheduled to be launched on the 23rd Jan in Hyderabad, was deferred as a mark of respect to the doyen of the Southern Film Industry, Dr. Akkineni Nageshwar Rao, whose untimely death has left a void in the film industry.

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A relationship driven by an ulterior motive always leads to misery

~Emotional Atyachaar narrates a heart-wrenching story of a girl who was betrayed and exploited for selfish reasons ~

Emotional Atyachaar, Season 4 completes one year with this episode and continues to awaken the youth of today by narrating real life incidents faced by people. This week, the show once again prepares everyone to save themselves from falling into the pit of betrayal. Kanika, daughter of a famous political figure narrates her story about how she was cheated and betrayed by her boyfriend.

Kanika met Himanshu at a coaching class and the two instantly hit it off. Both of them were completely alike and soon their friendship blossomed into a full-fledged relationship. Kanika and Himanshu together had plenty of fun because he made her do things she had never imagined. She started doing things that were morally not correct in order to gain her mother’s attention. Kanika’s mother started worrying and was very disturbed when she found out about her wrongdoings. Himanshu would coerce Kanika into doing things which would have got her into trouble, but she never realized his motive until one day, when she felt something was fishy. In order to get to know the truth, she followed him around only to discover his true colours.

Kanika eventually found out how Himanshu lead her into doing illegal things with the purpose of destroying her reputation.She was shattered and on confronting him, she lost control and became violent which got her in trouble. For that moment, Himanshu thought his plan was successful but soon the tables turned putting him behind the bars.

Why did Himanshu want to destroy Kanika’s reputation? How did Kanika get into trouble? Was she able to her revenge?

To find out, tune into ‘Emotional Atyachaar 4’, this Saturday, 25thJanuary 2014, at 7pm only on bindass

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ADITYA CHOPRA TO LAUNCH IN-HOUSE PRODUCERS
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Friday January 24, 2014: India’s leading production house Yash Raj Films has successfully introduced new talent, both in front of and behind the camera for years. Now Aditya Chopra will introduce and promote new Producers from the banner’s existing bunch of very successful individuals.

Yash Raj Films has always been known to have Yash Chopra and Aditya Chopra as producers but going forward Aditya Chopra’s vision is to create independent producers at the helm of projects within YRF.

After his distinctive directorial debut and subsequent hit films, Maneesh Sharma will be the first such Producer to be launched. DUM LAGA KE HAISHA, to be directed by Sharat Katariya and starring Ayushmann Khurrana, will be his first independent project as a Producer under the YRF banner. The film goes on floor early February and is slated for a 2014 release.

YRF wishes Maneesh and his team all the very best!

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Storyboard | Micromax MAd Campaign | Get paid to watch ads on your Micromax MAd A94
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Please find attached the storyboard of the recently unveiled Micromax MAd TVC for your perusal.

Can you guess which ads these below images represent?

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If yes, you are definitely MAD about ads. And Micromax has the perfect phone for you – Presenting Micromax Mad A94 phone with the Description: Description: Mad Phone Poster 17×22-01.jpgApp that lets you get paid for watching ads. You can simply Dial a call, Watch an Ad & Get points. The points you accumulate can be redeemed against Recharge vouchers. This works for both Prepaid and Postpaid users and across all service providers.

To tell the world about this unique app, Micromax has developed a 360 degree campaign across Television, Digital and POS. The campaign was kicked off with a couple of teasers on TV and a ‘Guess the ad’ contest on twitter & facebook. This has received a phenomenal response and thanks to this, Micromax was trending on twitter (India) for consecutive 5 days .

And now Micromax has rolled out the main campaign with 4 TVCs that are an ode to the popular ads in recent times. The ads depict people from different walks of life passionately describing their favourite ads to their friends/colleagues. We then go on to tell them that if we they are so mad about ads, they could get paid for the same.

The MAd campaign, promotes the product by paying a tribute to few iconic Indian ads in humorous manner by showcasing story sketches which Indian consumers will remember and can relate to. The idea is to showcase the love for advertising within brand oriented consumers and an opportunity to get monetary benefits of pursuing entertainment. The campaign captures the love and recognition, consumers associate with their favorite ads and how this appreciation can be turned into their benefits in the form of bill waive offs, extra talk time, SMS, other VAS products offered by the operators. The TVCs show how people are MAd about ads and they are now getting rewarded to love ads.

Watch all 4 ads by clicking on the links below:

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The TVC opens with an office employee who seems to be in a conversation with another employee. In the next shot he explains how a recent advertisement has touched his heart. He is amazed as to how people can think of such great ideas for ads. The TVC ends with a product window which explains how the MAd app works and the features of the phone.

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The TVC opens with two young boys sitting on a see saw. In the second shot the boy seems to narrate the story from an advertisement to his friend. In the next shot the friend seems to hear the story with great interest. The TVC ends with the boy narrating the story holding a phone and the product window pops up explaining how MAd app works and the features of the phone.

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The TVC opens with two girls in a spa. One girl is narrating a story to the other. In the second shot she gets excited and dramatic while narrating the story. She tries to find a word which she cannot remember. In the next shot the girl listening to the story gives the word. The TVC ends with the girl narrating the story saying that she got goose bumps because she was so excited narrating the story and the product window pops up explaining how MAd app works and the features of the phone.

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The TVC opens with a girl entering the departmental store and approaching a salesman for a soap. In the second shot she starts enacting a popular soap ad and asks for that particular soap. The TVC ends with the salesman pointing on a particular direction and the product window pops up explaining how MAd app works and the features of the phone.

Shubhodip Pal, Chief Marketing Officer, Micromax said, “Micromax Advertising Application, MAd, is our unique attempt to create a win-win for the Mobile Eco-system where our customer not only gets delighted with the device hardware, but also with the unique application that will be supported across all GSM telecom operators and works well for both prepaid & postpaid customers. The launch of the MAd is being supported by a clutter breaking 360 degree marketing campaign across print, online and TV. The digital leg of the campaign, ‘Guess the Ad Campaign’, has received an overwhelming response from the ad-crazy audiences across social media platforms. First of its kind, the campaign is truly a tribute to the advertising world appreciating some amazing advertisements by leading brands.”

Lowe Lintas and Partners executive creative director Sriram Iyer said, “It is one of those rare times in advertising when the product story is genuinely new and inventive. The campaign, therefore, had to do justice. In my opinion, in the process of telling the story of ‘MAd Call’, we’ve also managed to pay tribute to the world of Indian advertising too.”

About the device: Micromax MAd A94

With a simple 4 step process, MAd allows users to watch advertisements and earn points from every advertisement one views, which then can be converted into rupees. The money will eventually will be credited into their postpaid/pre-paid accounts. With one time registration, the service will work for all opted-in subscribers across all telecom operators.

Built with design precision, the A94 sports a 4.5 inch full touch screen sporting a 5MP rear and front camera allowing all the people who are in awe of themselves, to capture all their favorite moments in supreme clarity. Promising efficiency, the smartphone packs a 1.2 GHz quad core processor and a 1800 mAh battery. Running on Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2, users get access to the millions of applications via the Google Play Store. Other than the unique MAd application, the phone packs lot of fun and new features like M!Live portal to download unlimited Games, Videos, Wallpapers & Music , BBM & Hike for Instant Messaging, Spuul to Watch Free Movies, Kingsoft Office to read, write and edit attachments On-the-Go, Opera Mini browser for optimal net surfing. The phone supports Bluetooth v4.0 and Wi-Fi, ensuring full time connectivity for the social media buffs.

Credits

Creative: R Balki, Amer Jaleel, Shriram Iyer, Shayondeep Pal , Arko P Bose, Manzoor Alam, Anshul Nagpal, Ipshita Bose

Production House: Lintas Productions

Directors: Shriram Iyer, Shayondeep Pal

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