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Kay Kay Menon inaugurates the newly “WOK 123”

October 21st, 2013- Mumbai: – The very popular and talented recently inaugurated the newly WOK 123 at Thane West this Monday. WOK 123 is a unique gourmet concept in India and it aims to target people who are particular about nutritious food. The store contains fresh and high quality ingredients sourced from around the world and that too at affordable rates.

Kay Kay Menon “I am very happy to inaugurate this new cook and carry concept to the masses and feel that this type of food will gradually become a trend.”

Vijay Dalwani owner of WOK 123 “Its a new concept in India…customers can decide the combination and its created fresh in front of them…healthy way of fast food…We are introducing this new Asian cuisine in India and will have 50 outlets in next 2 years.

For more info check www.wok123.in

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LET THE GAMES BEGIN WITH A DHOOM!

Yash Raj Films Licensing & 99games Online Pvt. Ltd. announce a multi-title license to create games around the Dhoom franchise

Mumbai, 21 Oct 2013: Yash Raj Films Licensing and 99Games Online Pvt. Ltd. have entered into a multi-year, multi-title licensing agreement for the development and publishing of mobile games based on the popular Dhoom film franchise. The first game in this series will be marketed with the release of the highly-anticipated “Dhoom:3”, which opens in theatres worldwide on December 20, 2013.

“99Games Online is the perfect company to create mobile games based on Dhoom franchise. The company’s ability to produce high quality exciting games with true-to-life graphics will plunge players into the center of the film’s action,” stated Rohit Sobti, Vice President of Yash Raj Films Licensing.

“We are excited to announce this partnership with Yash Raj Films to build best-in-class mobile games around the popular Dhoom franchise”, said Rohith Bhat, CEO of 99Games Online. “The Indian gaming space is starved for quality mobile games. The Dhoom franchise has set high standards of production quality and entertainment quotient, and we intend to deliver the same through a series of games which will be released globally”

Yash Raj Films Licensing, a division of Yash Raj films, is charged with the licensing and merchandising of the studios’ films. In addition to a license with 99Games Online Pvt. Ltd., the Dhoom:3 licensing program also includes Toys, Apparel, Phone, Tablet, Accessories, Bike Autographics, Helmets, Paper Products, Cards, to name a few. Coming soon an online store.

99Games Online Pvt. Ltd. is all about creating fun, exciting and engaging games for mobile. In a short span of time, it has released many successful titles spanning multiple genres on mobile – Dream Star, The Jim and Frank Mysteries, WordsWorth and many more. More details are available at http://www.99games.in

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26 Feature films and 16 Non-Feature films selected in Indian Panorama category for IFFI-2013

PAN SINGH TOMAR got direct entry as the 26th film of Indian Panorama for IFFI-2013 since it won the Best Feature Film award at the recent 60th National Film Awards. BHAAG MILKHA BHAAG and OMG OH MY GOD are the other two Hindi feature film that also got selected in the same section. There are 6 Hindi feature films and 6 Malayalam films dominating this year in this category. Followed by 5 Bengali films, 3 Marathi films and English, Konkani, Kannada, Tamil and Oriya.

The jury for feature film selection was headed by non-other than renowned filmmaker and Editor Shri B. Lenin, who selected 25 films out of a total of 210 eligible entries.

While the Non-Feature film selection saw list of 15 films out of 130 eligible entries and the jury was headed by well-known director Shri Raja Sen. 7 Hindi films were included in non-feature films category this year followed by MALAYALAM, ENGLISH/ASSAMESE, MARATHI, JHARKHAND & CHATTISGARH, GUJRATI and two KASHMIRI films are selected.

KANYAKA TALKIES (Malayalam, Director: K. R. Manoj) is selected as the opening film for Indian Panorama 2013 in the feature film selection and in the Non-Feature Film category, RANGABHOOMI (Hindi, Director: Kamal Swaroop) is the opening film.

Harish Sharma

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MUMBAI FILM MART 2013 ENDS ON A HIGH NOTE

· Over 2000 meetings conducted and over 80 independent film projects were represented at the MFM 2013

· The MFM saw leading Indian studios and International buyers, consultants and attendees participate

· Books2Screen sessions, Roundtable discussions and mentorship sessions were well received

· Filmy Room and India Project Room had leading programmers and buyers take note of new Indian films

Mumbai, October 21, 2013: Day 4 of the 15th Mumbai Film Festival organized by Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) and presented by Reliance Entertainmentsaw the grand conclusion of the 3rdMumbai Film Mart.

The three day Mumbai Film Mart that commenced on the 18th of October and concluded on 20th October 2013, witnessed a record number of meetings and larger participation from Entertainment industry professionals in India and abroad.

The MFM saw participation from the top Indian film studios such as Reliance Entertainment, Eros International, Viacom18 Motion Pictures, Yash Raj Films, Sikhya Entertainment and UTV motion pictures amongst many others. Additionally the 2013 edition of the MFM saw leading global entertainment buyers and exhibitors such as Nikkatsu, Toho Co Ltd, Rapid Eye, Novo Films, Vox Cinemas, Encore Films, Happiness Distribution, Berserk Media amongst others participate and closely look at acquisitions of Indian films. Support from industry bodies such as NFDC, IFT, MPAA, CII, Film& Television Producers Guild of India further boosted the Mart’s fast gaining standing as being one of the crucial film markets in the country.

“ I am delighted that the MFM this year too has proved to be a platform for boosting and promoting the business of Indian films. We have had a record number of meetings and have had greater participation with some big deals in the pipeline.” said Rashmi Lamba, Manager, Mumbai Film Mart.

“Mumbai Film Mart has become an important networking event for buyers and sellers and film-makers. It will only grow bigger and better”, said Mr. Amit Khanna, Trustee, MAMI.

Mr. Srinivasan Narayanan, Festival Director, Mumbai Film Festival said, “ I am very happy that Mumbai Film Mart has grown bigger and has received such a great response from across the globe. “

The Spanish Co-Production focus saw leading Indian producers and the Spanish delegation interact and discuss projects for co-production.

The 2013 edition of the MFM also marked strategic partnership discussions with the prestigious Hong Kong International Film & TV Market (FILMART), the largest film market in the Asian region, to promote mutual interests in the non-traditional markets.

Promoting the idea of Knowledge sharing, The MFM Consultant initiative had leading producers, consultants and investors such as Guneet Monga, Shaan Vyas, Nandini Mansinghka among others discuss at length, ideas and strategies with Independent filmmakers and Mart attendees.

The ‘Books2Screen’ initiative saw power packed Round-Table discussions among filmmakers with projects that can or have been adapted from stories and books ranging from folktales to thrillers.

The important new initiatives such ‘Filmy Room’ and ‘India Project Room’ had a record number of brand new and work-in-progress Indian films becoming accessible to leading buyers, Festival Directors and film programmers for their considerations.

Also present during the course of the 3 day MFM were Actor-Director Nandita Das, Producer Mukesh Bhatt, Director JahnuBarua, Producer Guneet Monga, Director Vasan Bala and representatives from various Consulates and Film organisations like UniFrance, UniJapan and German Films.

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Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India is now on Facebook

– Launches Facebook community for Honda customers, fans & followers

– Receives thumping response with 1000 followers on first day

Mumbai, October 21, 2013: Setting a new milestone in customer relationship and engagement, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI) – the Only 2 Wheeler Company of Honda in India today announced the launch of its Facebook community www.facebook.com/honda2wheelers.in to engage with growing number of customers, fans and followers. Also, the community will help in spreading awareness among target audience and creating top of the mind recall for Honda products and activities. Today, Honda is the fastest growing 2wheeler company in India, where industry has grown only 3.5% (April-Sept’13), Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India have been able to buck the trend and have grown by 23% (April-Sept’13). Currently, Honda has more than 13 million 2wheelers customers in India, across all age groups and with the social media forum; the followers will have the opportunity to engage with company and other community members online.

The contents for the community are designed around Honda’s pillars of Fun, Safety, Environment and their Corporate Philosophy- “Sach Kardenge Sapne”.

The new digital media initiative will especially target youth who consumes maximum media online today. The social media platform on Facebook is created to build and represent the ever growing fan base of Honda 2 wheelers earned over the years with high quality products and excellent services.

Excerpts from the Company:
Vice President- Sales & Marketing, Mr. Y. S. Guleria said, “With internet usage growing across all categories and social media platform becoming preferred medium to engage with the community, we are really excited to begin this new journey through digital media. As a brand also it is going to be a new chapter for us as it will open new avenues where we would be in direct conversation with customers and also would be part of conversations among community members. It will surely lead to new insights and help us to deliver on our target audience expectations better”.

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Sholom Kemkar: 9920227817 | skemkar@perfectrelations.com

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Sholom Kemkar

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Celio* reveals it’s festive collection

Mumbai, 17th October, 2013 – Elegance is in fashion. This festive season, the collection is all about fits and details of the latest trends.

The shirts for the season are designed keeping in mind the need to make a fashion statement for the year’s most happening events. Effortlessly blending in the classic pieces with the twisted styles in ultra chic versions, the category meets the “work” & “after-work” needs.

Mix of fabrics is everywhere in the range. Stylized plackets, smaller collars, contrast fabrics highlights, slimmer fits are just a few of the details that you can expect in the shirt along with a great base fabric.

The collection also includes modern shirts in easy care fabrics those are offered at a fantastic price which is hard to resist.

Watch out for the printed cotton shirts which make a style statement in any party.

The range of white shirts from the timeless essential regular fit cotton shirt to the ultra modern extra slim stretch shirt would leave you breathless in terms of the variety.

The classic regular fit range of business shirts in checks is a must have for any board room.

The two tone shirts with contrast collar or contrast piping are nothing but sheer elegance blending with the festivity.

From stylish pullovers and classic Polos to cool printed t – shirts, essential casuals have been given a makeover. Warm tones and bright accents are the highlights of the essential range.

The chinos in high count cotton with a fantastic peach finish are a pleasure to wear. These ultra comfortable slim fit trousers are a perfect complement to the shirts.

The denims in slim and straight fit promise you comfort and quality. These core denims with the right amount of detailing in terms of washes and treatments is a must have in your wardrobe.

So this festive season, take your pick from Celio’s collection of worthy pieces to make a statement. With a collection of shirts, trousers and denims that are easy, stylish, or in between, there’s a lot to choose from.

About Celio*

Celio* is a French menswear brand and is present across 1000 stores in 70 countries. It carries the latest international range in India of smart casualwear, formalwear and accessories through its exclusive standalone stores. Decoding trends to offer men masculine, accessible, relaxed fashion have been the key assets of the brand. Showcasing collections oriented to the different moments of a man’s life, the aim of Celio is to provide men with the right style for every moment of their lives.

The Celio* range is available across all the leading cities in India through a large network of exclusive brand outlets and multi brand outlets. Celio* India has also recently launched the Celio* Fantastic Rewards Program, a mobile based loyalty program. This is a unique program which offers consumers rewards on purchases alongwith rewards for interacting with the brand on social media platforms.

Want to know more? Contact –

Moyna Srivastava

Madison PR

(91) 98199 55992

Moyna@fort.madisonindia.com

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Moyna Srivastava

Associate Manager – Brand Communications

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Get set for a high-octane blockbuster November!

~MOVIES NOW lines up a BOOM BOOM BLAST treat this Diwali! ~

MOVIES NOW line-up November Ø BOOM BOOM BLAST:- 3rd November; Sunday @ 9am onwards Ø XMEN SERIES:- Starts 9th November; Every Saturday @11PM Ø OCEANS SERIES: Starts 14th November Every Thursday @11 PM Ø SHAOLIN MASTERS:- 18th November; Monday- Thursday @ 9pm Ø MOVIES NOW EXCLUSIVE:- DEAD MAN DOWN- 23rd November; Saturday @ 9pm

National, October 2013: Say hello to some mind blowing blockbusters this November that will set your mind into overdrive! MOVIES NOW will not only sky rocket the holiday delight this month, but will make it impossible for fans to curb their enthusiasm!

You have seen them defend themselves, you have witnessed their flawless strikes, now see them rise to the occasion like never before! The Shaolin Masters are back and they are quicker, swifter, pacier and slicker! Watch the nimble footwork of Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Bruce Lee, Angela Mao and many more in a breath taking movie line-up: IP Man 2, The Kick, Return of the 36th Chamber, Treasure Hunter, Drunken Master 2, Enter The Dragon, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, Legend of the Red Dragon, Lady Kung Fu, Rumble in the Bronx, Shaolin Temple against Lama, The Boxers Adventures, Incredible Kung Fu Mission, Disciples of the 36th Chamber, Woman Knight on Mirror Lake and Hero. Enjoy the 16 exciting Kung-Fu flicks every Monday- Thursday at 9pm starting 18th November only on MOVIES NOW.

The channel has a special treat lined up for its viewers this Diwali. MOVIES NOW brings to you the exclusive Indian television premiere of Dead Man Down starring Collin Farrell on 23rd November at 9 pm. Niels Arden Oplev, the acclaimed director of the original The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, makes his American theatrical debut with this action thriller. Critically acclaimed Hollywood heartthrob Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace star as two strangers who are irresistibly drawn to one another by their mutual desire for revenge.

Moving on from the strategists, the channel takes us to the classics we all love. Who can forget the Mutants we look up to? MOVIES NOW showcases the X-MEN Series Marathon starting 9th November. This intense high octane franchise grossed over $2 billion worldwide. Watch the entire lineup including X-Men, X2, X-Men Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and X-Men First Class featuring Wolverine, Professor X, Storm, Cyclops, Mystique, Phoenix, Iceman and many more in action every Saturday @ 11pm.

The dazzling personality of Matt Damon, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Al Pacino, Catherine Zeta Jones is enough the blow the audiences away! But when you add their collective brilliance together you get the series that took the world by storm. Join Danny Ocean along with his hand-picked team as they attempt to pull off the world’s biggest thefts in Oceans Eleven, Oceans Twelve and Oceans Thirteen. Watch the Ocean Series Marathon starting 14th November every Thursday at 11pm.

MOVIES NOW showcases BOOM BOOM BLAST for the Hollywood enthusiasts on the joyous occasion of Diwali. Catch the most explosive hits – Karate Kid, X Men Last Stand, Unknown and Rise of The Planet of The Apes on 3rd November back-to-back starting 9 am. Don’t miss these superlative movies to light up your festival even further.

This November watch Hollywood’s best adrenaline pumping blockbusters only on MOVIES NOW – Hollywood in HD!

About Times Television Network:

Times Television Network is part of India’s largest media conglomerate, The Times Group. It houses upscale brands including ET NOW – India’s No. 1 Business News channel; MOVIES NOW – India’s leading English Movies channel; ROMEDY NOW – a unique destination for Love and Laughter; TIMES NOW – India’s No. 1 English News channel; and zoOm – India’s No. 1 Bollywood channel. The network delivers segmented and differentiated content under one umbrella. It informs, entertains and engages over 100 million urban affluent viewers in India and is available in 45 countries across the globe.

About MOVIES NOW:

MOVIES NOW – Hollywood in HD, is India’s first High Definition English Movie channel, with Stunning Pictures in 1080i & Awesome 5.1 Surround Sound

For further Information, please contact:

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Gitanjali Khatau

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Young Guns of Bollywood dare to bare on zoOm!

~ Watch the latest entrants of B-Town getting up close and personal on GeNext~

National, October, 2013: Ever felt Aditya Kapoor’s wit and smile was his key to success or Arjun Kapoor’s strong rugged persona makes him the star we all know him to be? Starting 21st October 2013, now get to know them a whole lot better on an exciting and sensational new show-Genext, the future of Bollywood only on zoOm, India’s No. 1 Bollywood Channel.

Be it the chocolate boy Varun Dhawan or the snazzy but sweet Aliya Bhatt, zoOm gets these young guns of Bollywood talking. Opening up the Pandora’s Box, GenNext is all set to spice up the room with the actors talking about their personal and professional lives in a no holds barred conversation! Right from their first crush to their first dialogue, from the food they relish to the music that’s made them groove, the school scams to their crazy fans, the show is designed to enthrall every Bollywood buff!

That’s not all! The half-hour show every Monday at 8pm will also have tit-bits from the people closest to these young stars. Yes, that’s right! Get to know all the gossip and mischievous stories from their family and peers as well!

The first episode of the show will feature none other than the one who took the nation by storm with Paani da raang. Set your date with the wonder boy of Bollywood Ayushman Khuranna this Monday at 8:00pm. Did you know this hunk was ridiculed by a cabbie who believed that Ayushman didn’t have what it takes to be an actor in Bollywood! We know of Guru Dakshina that is offered by a disciple to his mentor as a mark of respect. However, Ayushman is the very first disciple who got a Shishya Dakshina from his mentor John Abraham! Catch him as he reveals all this and a lot more. Hear what his friends, colleagues, brother and director Shoojit Sircar have to say about this talented actor-singer-lyrist!

Tune into to Genext, The future of Bollywood starting 21st October, 2013, every Monday @ 8 pm
only on zoOm – India’s No. 1 Bollywood channel.

About zoOm:

zoOm, India’s No. 1 Bollywood channel, and a trendsetter in its genre, brings viewers closer to the biggest stars through the hottest entertainment news, features, countdowns, music, trends, celebrity interviews and reviews. zoOm is available across 28 countries worldwide besides heavy presence in the social media space making it the one stop shop for everything related to Bollywood.

About Times Television Network:

Times Television Network is part of India’s largest media conglomerate, The Times Group. It houses upscale brands including ET NOW – India’s No. 1 Business News channel; MOVIES NOW – India’s leading English Movies channel; ROMEDY NOW – a unique destination for Love and Laughter; TIMES NOW – India’s No. 1 English News channel; and zoOm – India’s No. 1 Bollywood channel. The network delivers segmented and differentiated content under one umbrella. It informs, entertains and engages over 100 million urban affluent viewers in India and is available in 45 countries across the globe.

For further Information, please contact:

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Gitanjali Khatau

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15th Mumbai Film Festival Partners with Annapurna Film School to Manage Festival Blog

Mumbai, 21st Oct’13: The 15th Mumbai Film Festival has appointed Annapurna International School of Film + Media to document the upcoming 15th edition of the festival and to manage the festival blog.

A large delegation of AISFM students will be present at the festival and will produce videos of all events and activities throughout the festival. The videos will then be shared though the festival’s social media channels.

While several international film festivals have previously worked with film schools to run master classes and workshops, this will be the first time that a major festival has partnered with a film school in a production capacity.

The aim of the partnership is to extend the festival experience through digital media for the attendees as well as to create a permanent documentary record of the festival for future reference. Cinema fans around the world will be able to track each day’s events through channels such as Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, Pinterest and other channels.

Mr. Srinivasan Narayanan, Director, Mumbai Film Festival said, “The 15th Mumbai Film Festival is one of Asia leading film festivals, with more than 200 films from 65 countries on offer as well as many master classes, labs, discussions with leading filmmakers and a Film Mart. We want to increase our online presence through social media to allow a wider audience to engage with the festival experience.This partnership with AISFM helps us to achieve that goal”

In a statement to the press, Akkineni Nagarjuna, the founder president of Annapurna International School of Film + Media said, “It is fantastic to see Mumbai Film Festival providing this exciting opportunity to film students. Working behind the scenes at a major festival is a great way for students to develop production skills and to develop connections within the film industry. We are very happy that our students are involved.”

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Amitabh Bachchan, Suneil Shetty, Aftab Shivdasani and Kavya Singh attended RVG satya2 party

Ramgopal Varma’s Satya2 theme party was a star-studded event with each actor outdoing the other to look like the don! The ultimate Don Amitabh Bachchan arrived on the dot at 8pm with a posse of bodyguards. Smiling, he answered the barrage of questions from the media and enjoyed moments with Ramu and the starcast. Amitabh Bachchan was impressed with RGV upcoming film SATYA 2 and appreciated the new young cast of the film. Ram Gopal Varma also credited Amitabh Bachchan for reason to enter into films and was thankful to the legendary actor.

Kavya Singh raised the temperature of party and was looking gorgeous in black gown. She was seen chatting with Bollywood superstar Sunil Shetty, RGV and Indra Kumar about the movie, she said, “RGV is a prominent director he always give new taste to his audience. Amitabh Bachchan ji is my idol person and I got inspired for his acting.” Puneet singh Ratn, looking dapper in a black suit was accompanied by Aradhna Gupta and Anaika Soti, both in black again.

Ramu was his simple self and his movie did the talking as the screens went live set next to 25 feet cut-out of the film. Nitish Rane, Manoj Bajpayee, Madhur Bhandarkar, Aftab Shivdasani, Subhash Ghai, producers Sumanth Kumar Reddy, Sunidhi Chauhan, Makarand Deshpande, Hemant Madhukar, Nataliya Kozhenova, Producer Satish Reddy, Sara, Anu Malik, Mahesh Thakur, Shehzad Khan and a host of others attended the event.


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‘Sher Singh Rana-The End of Bandit Queen’

‘Sher Singh Rana-The End of Bandit Queen’ is the upcoming film, under making, based on Sher Singh Rana alias ‘Pankaj’, the prime suspect in the dacoit-turned-politician Phoolan Devi assassination case. On 25 July 2001, he assassinated Phoolan Devi and later surrendered to court.

An ambitious political activist from Roorkee, Rana had shot down Samajwadi party MP Phoolan Devi (also known as Bandit Queen) in 2001 to avenge the killing of 20 upper cast Thakurs by her gang in Uttar Pradesh.

Whereas, Phoolan was born to the Mallaah caste. She was married to older man at an early age. Social outcast after her when she left her husband to escape marital mistreatment, then a family feud resulted in her arrest and made her a victim of police brutality, which lead her to join a gang of bandits. She got married again and this time to fellow bandit Vikram Mallah. Later, a group of bandits belonging to the Thakur caste murdered Vikram and gang-raped Phoolan for three weeks. She somehow managed to escape from captivity and formed a Mallah-dominated gang, which in 1981 raided the Thakur village where she was gang-raped and killed 22 Thakur men in what came to be known as the Behmai massacre.

Interestingly, Rana had earlier been in news for his various feats, especially when he visited Afgahnistan to trace the grave of Prithviraj Chauhan, thereafter bringing his remains to India.

Rana reportedly said that after escaping from the jail on February 17, 2004 with the help of a friend Sandeep. He went to Kolkata, where he arranged a three-month Bangladesh visa. He also claimed to by a satellite phone worth thousands so that he can be in contact with his near and dear ones without being traced. Rana use to get something in between 15,000 to Rs. 20,000 per month as stipend for his personal expenses. He continued his journey, he flew Dhaka to Dubai, from where he proceeded to Kabul. Rana has somehow convinced the locals that he had come from Pakistan to restore Ghori’s tomb. He claimed that he found the grave of Prithviraj Chauhan, dug it up in the dark, packed some of the exhumed material in a bag and couriered it to a contact in Uttar Pradesh.

His stories are now being woven into a full-fledged feature film by producer JS Walia. Wish biopic titled as ‘Sher Singh Rana-The End of Bandit Queen’, the makers home to highlight Rana’s benevolent and nationalistic’ side. “We want to showcase his lesser known side through the film,” said the director of the film Muncher Wadia.

Muncher continued: “I had never heard of Sher Singh Rana until I was approached to direct the film based on his life. As I went through all the research during the process of creating the script I was amazed at his life story. Meeting him was inspirational. As I found him to be a highly educated, intelligent and polite person. The more I have interacted with him, the more I have come to realize that he is a true patriot at heart. I hope our judicial system will also view him in same way keeping in mind how he has done a great national service by bringing back the remains of Prithavi Raj Chauhan from Afghanistan. Where they were being subjected to daily humiliation. I am proud to know him and hope to see him released soon.”

J.S. Walia: “As per my research I found that Sher Singh Rana is very intelligent, disciplined, highly educated and very patriotic. Whatever he has done, I am highly impressed with that. He put his life into danger to fulfill his childhood dream of bringing back Prithivi Raj Chauhan’s remains from Afghanistan. And in that period he did not commit any crime even after getting offers from ISI and underworld. As many dacoits even Phoolan and some terrorists have been considered for mercy. He also deserves mercy.”

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Ravi Kissen makes wrestling match losers wear bangles

The Bachelorette Mansion opened its doors to welcome Bhojpuri superstar, Ravi Kissen as a celebrity guest on The Bachelorette India – Mere Khayalon Ki Mallika. Known for his flamboyant image and a devilish taste for pranks, Ravi got the boys to wear bangles!

A strong believer of staying fit, Ravi Kissen, introduced two games on the show to test the physical stamina of the contestants. The first being arm wrestling and the second being the desi Kabaddi. While it may sound like a simple contest, in reality it was full of some interesting twists and turns and a heavy price for losers.

The men who lose the wrestling match were to wear bangles for an entire day as punishment.

With bangles looming over their head, all the contestants participated with full gusto and strength in the arm wrestling match. For the ones that won, it was a huge sigh of relief and a dose of devilish smirk as they made the losers wear bangles. The boys who had to wear the bangles did so with ll humility and love for the gorgeous Mallika.

Making the moment significant, Ravi Kissen explained that bangles were not just a feminine ornament but it represented the power of woman and their importance in our life.

The second game, Kabbadi saw the contestants divided into two teams and everyone have a fun time playing. One of the contestants, Jashn Singh injured himself badly while playing and Ravi Kissen came to his rescue. He helped ease Jashn’s pain with his healing techniques. Ravi shared his secrets not just of fitness but even acting as he enacted some scenes from his movies.

So, with some heavy gaming, healing touch and lots of action, the superstar of Bhojpuri films, Ravi Kissen raised the spirits of everyone on the sets.

Watch Ravi Kissen live in action in The Bachelorette India – Mere Khayalon Ki Mallika on 22nd of October at 9.30 pm on Life OK.

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Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest 2013 to confer Khushwant Singh with Lifetime Achievement Award

Mumbai,
21st
October, 2013: The fourth edition of Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest today announced the name of its esteemed Lifetime Achievement Award. The festival will present the Landmark Literature Live! Lifetime Achievement Award to Indian novelist Khushwant Singh.

A significant post-colonial writer in the English language, Khushwant Singh is known for his clear-cut secularism, wit and a deep passion for poetry. A well-known writer-journalist-editor of long standing, he has also been a member of the Rajya Sabha. He is the author of classics such as Train to Pakistan, I Shall Not Hear the Nightingale and Delhi.

He was honored with the Padma Bhushan award in the year 1974 for service to his country, but he returned the award in protest against the siege of the Golden Temple by the Indian Army in 1984. Undeterred, the Indian government awarded Singh an even more prestigious honor, the Padma Vibhushan in the year 2007. Among the other awards he has received are the Punjab Ratan, the Sulabh International award for the most honest Indian of the year, and honorary doctorates from several universities.

The Tata group and Literature Live! recently announced the 2013 edition of Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest. Over 120 writers and thinkers from all over the world are expected to participate in the fourth edition of Mumbai’s premier literary festival.

The festival will run from November 14 to November 17, 2013 at the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai. The festival will be free and on a first-come, first-served basis. More details about entry are available on:

The festival website, www.litlive.in
Facebook: www.facebook.com/litlive
Twitter: www.twitter.com/litlivemumbai

Please find enclosed the press release for your reference. Do let us know ifyou require any more information, will be happy to share from our end
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Esha Chikhalikar
Crisscross Communication
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Indian Navy watches Tom Hanks’ Captain Phillips
An on-request special screening was held on 18th Oct

Mumbai, 19th October 2013: Captain Phillips, the movie that has taken the world by storm, has even caught the attention of the Indian Navy now. At a special request, Sony Pictures organized a special screening for the Indian naval officers, including the Commander-in-Chief, Western Naval Command, Shekhar Sinha in Mumbai on the official India release date of 18th October.

With very few movies being made on this very relevant and current subject, the theme of Captain Phillips seems to have found a connection with the officers as it deals with the hijack of a container ship and the kidnapping of its captain by Somali pirates. Captain Phillips is based on real life story of Captain Richard Phillips who was held captive by four Somali Pirates in 2009. Two-time Oscar® winner Tom Hanks plays the role of Richard Phillips in the movie. The movie which was recognized as one of the best movies of 2013 by Rolling Stone magazine is directed by Paul Greengrass.

Kercy Daruwala, Managing Director – Sony Pictures India said, “An extensive local word-of-mouth programme for the film has built excitement for this film. We are confident that the film is a commercial entertainer as well as a critical success and are expecting great things for this film in India, as has been the case in the US where it debuted strongly last week.

Commander- in- Chief, Western Command – Indian Navy, Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha commented on the film saying, “Captain Phillips is an amazing movie. The film is a realistic portrayal of a hostage situation. Captain Richard Phillips’ character played by Tom Hanks is also very inspiring.”

Captain Phillips recounts the true-life ordeal of Richard Phillips, the captain of a US-flagged cargo ship, the MV Maersk Alabama, sailing with a 20-man crew and 17,000 metric tons of cargo that was bound for Kenya in April 2009 when it was abducted by Somali pirates. The movie is already being pronounced as Oscar-worthy (especially for Tom Hanks’ portrayal) and received a standing ovation at the New York Film Festival recently.

Captain Phillips releases in India on October 18, 2013.

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Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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