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Mr. Atul Gupta, Executive VP, SMIL unveils 110cc scooter - Suzuki Let's with actress Parineeti Chopra

SUZUKI TWO-WHEELERS UNVEILS TWO NEW OFFERINGS:

THE ‘GIXXER’ MOTORCYCLE AND THE ‘LET’S’ SCOOTER

Launches 155cc motorcycle ‘GIXXER’ as flagship model

Enters 110cc scooter segment with ‘LET’S’

Mumbai, January 27, 2014: Suzuki Motorcycle India Limited (SMIL), a subsidiary of one of the

world’s leading two-wheeler manufacturers Suzuki Motor Corporation, Japan, today unveiled two

new products – a 155cc motorcycle ‘Gixxer’ and a 110cc scooter ‘Let’s’.

Gixxer is Suzuki’s flagship model for the Indian market, boasting a pioneering style &

sophisticated appearance, combined with exceptional riding performance and the best fuel

economy in its class, for the Indian market. Suzuki Gixxer was unveiled by actor Salman Khan,

who has been associated with Suzuki Motorcycles as the brand endorser.

The scooter Let’s is an offering directed at the urban youth looking for styling, economy and

practicality. Suzuki’s launch of the scooter ‘Let’s’ was also an opportunity to introduce the

vivacious Parineeti Chopra as their new brand ambassador.

According to Mr. Atul Gupta, Executive Vice President, SMIL, “Suzuki is keen on providing products

for the Indian customer at every price point. The new products will give a refreshing experience

and will simultaneously be evocative of the Suzuki legacy of Value Packed Products. We expect

both the Gixxer and Let’s to create a strong foothold for themselves in the market.”

Commenting on Suzuki’s brand endorsers, Mr. Atul Gupta added, “Salman Khan’s association with

the brand has been long-standing and successful. Parineeti Chopra is the fresh, young vivacious

face that connects with Indian youth and their quest for freedom and new expression. We are

privileged to have her represent the brand and connect to young India.”

SEP (Suzuki Eco Performance) is an engine technology which boasts top-class fuel efficiency

without compromising power and performance. The engineers at Suzuki, with their vast

experience and racing heritage have developed this revolutionary new cutting edge technology

which is achieved by reducing all kinds of mechanical losses, efficient design of every

component and attention to detail in our manufacturing process. This has allowed us to achieve

the best of both worlds – economy and performance.
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LET’S:

Come and experience freedom with the stylish new Suzuki Let’s which is practical, light and fast.

On the Let’s, live every moment with energy and a promise of something special every corner.

Powered by a light, compact, fuel efficient 110cc engine with cutting edge

technology – delivering a class leading 63 Kmpl* and pick up. It has the stylish looks for riders

seeking fun from a two-wheeler, while also giving a healthy dose of practicality like the cut away

floor boards for easy handling, the versatility and convenience from the twist and go engine

makes it a stylish scooter for work or pleasure. Let’s Karte hain!

The Suzuki Let’s is available in 5 interesting colours – Pearl Mira Red, Metallic Triton Blue, Pearl

Mirage White, Glass Sparkle Black & Metallic Sonic Silver.

(*Under Suzuki test conditions)

GIXXER:

Experience Suzuki’s flagship new 155cc motorcycle which is packed with style and performance.

The GIXXER’s punchy engine and chassis was developed by the engineers who designed the

legendary GSX-R series. The Suzuki GIXXER is a sporty motorcycle with a functional beauty

combining edgy styling and performance with an exhilarating and sporty ride. Complemented by a

light and stiff frame for sporty handling the engineers at Suzuki have developed a powerful new

engine with cutting edge technology, which gives an exceptional running

performance with a broad low-end torque and dynamic mid-range power for strong acceleration.

Loaded with exciting equipment, immense power and ease of handling, the GIXXER is an

invitation to ride!

ABOUT SUZUKI MOTORCYCLE INDIA LTD (SMIL)

Suzuki Motorcycle India Private Limited is a subsidiary of Suzuki Motor Corporation, Japan

wherein they have the same manufacturing philosophy of VALUE PACKED PRODUCTS right from

the inception. SMIL manufactures two-wheelers best suited for the valuable Indian customers.

The Company started its India operation in February, 2006.

For further details please contact:

Malvika Mudgal/ Ambika Gondane

Torque Communications Pvt. Ltd.

malvika@torquemail.com / ambika@torquemail.com

+91 9711687289/ +91 9711764188
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Shobhaa De, Nandini Sardesai at Best of Kashish
Special screening of award winning films at NCPA was held as part of Mumbai pride month

Author and socialite Shobhaa De and sociologist and Indian censor board member Nandini Sardesai on Sunday inaugurated the Best of Kashish film screenings at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) , Mumbai on Sunday January 26, 2014. The event along with a performance by Dancing Queens was part of the celebrations during the pride month in Mumbai.

“Kashish represents all that is right with art and culture,” said De about the annual Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film festival, South Asia’s and India’s biggest and only mainstream LGBT film festival. She stressed on the importance of the arts in bringing about change in social attitudes towards the LGBT community and the crucial role played by Kashish. “December 2013 was a dark month for the LGBT community (with the Supreme Court recriminalising homosexuality. But there are three numbers that the community should not be afraid of – 3-7-7. Section 377 is not something to be scared of or should be allowed to intimidate. I am sure 2014 will be positive and bring about change.”

Her message to the queer community was: “The rainbow does not ask for anybody’s permission before it goes across the sky (neither should the LGBT community).”

Professor Nandini Sardesai sought for a revolution. “I do hope that a social and cultural revolution comes about and people change their mindsets,” said Sardesai, who also teaches in prominent city colleges like St Xavier’s and Jai Hind. “There is definitely a sense of helplessness but also a determination to seek change when I speak to my students. She also mentioned the “care” with which films were selected for the screening.

Gay activist and founder of Humsafar Trust Ashok Row Kavi too remarked on the new generation of LGBT persons. “After the apex court judgment, we were surprised at the calls we got on our helpline. They were not from young people, but from their parents who were worried and scared for their children. The fear of the parents was real, but I would say for the community there is no going back,” said Row Kavi.

Festival Director Sridhar Rangayan emphasized the importance of the film festival, which was recently voted Top Five Coolest LGBT film festivals in the world, and the response to Sunday’s special screenings. “It was amazing that on a holiday like Republic Day so many people turned up at the event. It shows the hunger, the thirst for watching good LGBT cinema. It also shows the support that KASHISH and the struggle for LGBT rights can garner. It makes me hopeful of a non-divisive society”, said Rangayan.

The event kicked off with a performance by Dancing Queens – India’s first transgender dancing troupe, followed by screening of acclaimed films from Kashish 2013 – including the Pakistani film Chuppan Chupai (Hide and Seek) and the Iranian film Facing Mirrors.

The annual Kashish Mumbai international Queer Film Festival is scheduled to be held from May 21-25, 2014. De wished the forthcoming film festival `much success’.

The pride march, organised by the Queer Azadi Mumbai collective, will be held on February 1, 2014.

www.mumbaiqueerfest.com

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Jai Ho – Salman Khan entertainer grosses Rs. 101.26 crore worldwide

Biggest weekend gross for a non-festive Salman release

Mumbai, 27th January, 2014: Eros International Media Limited (Eros International), a leading global company in the Indian film entertainment industry, has announced a strong opening weekend for Jai Ho at the box office with an impressive Rs. 101.26 crore gross worldwide, despite a non holiday weekend. Produced by Eros International and Sohail Khan Productionz, the Salman Khan starrer released across approximately 5000 screens worldwide on January 24th, 2014.

Salman mania once again drove audiences to the ticket counters during the opening weekend and amassed a significant Rs. 78.90 crores gross (Rs. 60.68 crore nett) in India and 22.36 crore (US$ 3.55 million) overseas. At the domestic box office, the film opened Rs. 17.75 crore on Friday followed by Rs. 16.68 crore on Saturday. With fantastic word of mouth, the film’s collections showed a massive jump of 64% on Sunday garnering an attractive Rs. 26.25 crore at the domestic BO office.

Speaking on the film opening, Nandu Ahuja, Sr. VP, India Theatrical, Eros International Media Limited said, “Salman fans have given a huge thumbs up to Jai Ho. The film is packed with Salman style action along with the emotion and message of the human chain of goodness and it has touched the right chord with his fans. This is an outstanding opening and his highest where we didn’t have the added advantage of a long weekend”.

Pranab Kapadia, President, Marketing & Distribution, Eros International plc added, “With January usually being a slow start in the overseas markets, the overseas weekend for Jai Ho was excellent .This also being a non holiday period reflects very well on the film’s opening. It is trending at a similar or better level compared to recent Salman blockbusters”.

Jai Ho earned rave reviews from leading critics including Times of India calling it, “The film has the heart and the haath in the right place” (*** ½ stars) and Taran Adarsh on bollywoodhungama.com declaring it as a, “A sure shot winner, it easily ranks amongst Salman’s better films. This one has the potential to emerge a Blockbuster at the box office.” (**** ½ stars)

Directed by Sohail Khan, Jai Ho also stars Tabu, Daisy Shah and Danny Denzongpa in important roles.

About Eros International Media Ltd (Eros International)

Eros International Media Ltd. (BSE Script Code: 533261; NSE Script Code: EROSMEDIA) is a leading global company in the Indian film entertainment industry that acquires, co-produces and distributes Indian films across all available formats such as cinema, television and digital new media. Eros International is part of Eros International Plc, which became the first Indian media Company to raise capital and be listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Eros International has experience of over three decades in establishing a global platform for Indian cinema. The Company has a competitive advantage through its extensive and growing movie library comprising of over 1,100 films, which include Hindi, Tamil, and other regional language films for home entertainment distribution. Eros International has built a dynamic business model by combining the release of new films every year with the exploitation of its film library.

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Actress Poonam Pandey Website got hacked by Pakistani hackers

We have seen and heard about many celebrities’ accounts being hacked and revived before. But this one is certainly something else. Pakistani hackers many a times target Indian websites because of the territorial dispute over Kashmir. Recently actress Poonam Pandey is the latest one affected whose website was hacked late evening on 26th January the Republic Day. Poonam Pandey website www.poonampandey.in was hacked by some unknown person across the border asking to raise her voice for justice of Kashmir. Pakistani hacker with the code name “Madleets” and below they also wrote Pakistan Zindabad. The actress went to BKC, Bandra Mumbai to meet Senior Inspector Nand Kishore More of Cyber Crime Cell and has lodged the complaint.

Poonam Pandey said, “I was shocked to know that someone had hacked my website. I registered a complaint in this regard. I want to know who the hacker is and why he maligned me. It is very stressful and hurting as it’s involved a national issue.”

As India celebrates its 65th Republic Day, Bollywood celebrities celebrating it with lot of enthusiasm actress Poonam Pandey who in shock next morning when she got to know about her website hacked on twitter from one of her fan. Advocate Prashant Mali Cyber Law Expert Lawyer of Poonam Pandey said, “We have filed a complaint of hacking under Sec 66 of the IT Act 2000 with the cyber crime at Bandra police station they are investigating in the matter.”

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“You don’t need to just look like a supermodel but feel like one,” aspires the Designer into being Karn Malhotra

It is raining fashion with designers flaunting their collection at various fashion weeks across the country & now we have the budding designer Karn Malhotra all set with his ‘ Design Mélange’, a line of clothing of western influenced and traditionally inspired western wear.

Karn Malhotra is here only & absolutely for the love of fashion. Coming from a non-fashion background, Karn has sincerely pursued his career as an accountant in Toronto, Canada but his passion & keen interest in fashion & motivation from his folks drove him to take it up seriously and here he is all set with his collection Design Mélange, Karn reveals, “I have had a strong flare for fashion and a good hold on styles and fabrics ever since I was a child. I have not had any formal training though. All my knowledge and in-depth insights on fashion is through online courses, tutorials, workshops & closely working with independent designers in Canada.”

Talking about how Design Mélange came into being, Karn, who previously designed outfits only on request, mentions, “Other than personalized designing for a few set of people, I took up to actively styling photoshoot way back in Canada and now in Mumbai as well. Simultaneously at the back of my mind I worked on the lines for my brand…I created carpet gowns and western outfits.”

Introducing his all new line of clothing Design Mélange where Karn has worked with colors that are majorly inspired from birds, wildlife using wide array from pastels to hues of grey and black and blending the color as per the design and the mood.

Leaving a blossoming accounting career and taking up his interest for fashion to an altogether different level by introducing his new fashion line, Karn exclaims, “I am ready for fashion, fashion is basically how one wishes to express oneself and as a designer I get to create this image for people, I get to carve a look and give my wearer all new confidence.”

With yet another addition to the fashionable herd of the designers, Karn Malhotra is here and how. Creating designs which are whimsical giving larger than life feeling made with the finest fabrics and craftsmanship Karn Malhotra wishes, “I want every woman clad in my designs to not just look but feel like a supermodel.”

Soon this budding designer will have his place in the rung of high end fashion designers flaunting their designs on the ramp.

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Ruslaan Mumtaaz, Dhruv of Sony Entertainment Popular romantic saga Kehta hai Dil…Jee Le Zara is s a gadget freak. He has all the latest possible games.

Unit hands observed that on the sets, Ruslaan Mumtaaz would scream himself hoarse while playing video games, while Sangeeta Ghish was content to stare at her phone.

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But, as it happens to most people who are around Ruslaan Mumtaz, Sangeeta Ghosh too has succumbed to his charm.

One hears that people on the sets of Jee Le Zara has watched with amusement as Ruslaan Mumtaz taught Sangeeta Ghosh how to improve her gaming skills. And now, the gorgeous actress has become an addict.

Heena Nankani

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‘TERI JHUKI NAZAR’ & ‘TIMBER’ WERE THE MOST DOWNLOADED SONG ON SONY MUSIC JIVE
January 2014: Sony Music Jive has witnessed a tremendous response in terms of downloads and audio streams in the year 2013. Staying at the No.1 position in the second week on the Billboard Hot 100 list, Pitbull and Ke$ha’s collaboration “Timber” continues to rule the Sony Music Jive app being the most downloaded track of 2013. While in the Bollywood genre of music, the very fresh, sweet and simple melody from ‘Murder 3- Teri Jhuki Nazar’ was the most downloaded track on the app.
Miley Cyrus’ ‘Wrecking ball’ that made a huge impact globally was an easy entrant in the list. Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’, which was the top selling song of 2013 in the United States also made it to the most downloaded songs. In addition, Grammy-nominated hit “Just Give Me A Reason” by Pink and Nate Ruess and One Direction’s ‘Story of my Life’ were amongst the top 5 most downloaded tracks on the app.
Raanjhaana –title track and Tum Tak from the film Raanjhaana drove the entire nation crazy while the other song where everybody was shaking their ‘Tooh’ also received a tremendous response on the app. ‘Zinda from ‘Bhaag Milka Bhaag’ turned out to be a pulsating anthem for all of us!
Sony Music Jive app directly engages with the consumer by offering them a unique and compelling digital music proposition. It’s been a close to year since the service was launched and has received remarkable response since its inception.
To give fans something to look forward to this new year Sony Music Jive ran a contest where in users who downloaded maximum number of songs won a Vaio laptop! Since the announcement, the users went all out and one winner Mr. Sunil KN was announced from Bangalore and he was one lucky guy to win it!

Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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