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Founder of DVK Deepak Kuntawala Promotes DVK Entertainment Fund & Spreads the “Good Times” with NDTV

DVK, a high-growth boutique private equity and commodity trading company, continues its march into the exciting world of global entertainment as it teamed up with India’s primetime health, fitness and lifestyle English-language channel, NDTV Good Times for its UK launch. The glitzy bash took place at the uber-chic venue The Courtyard at 51 Buckingham Gate Hotel, on Thursday, 23rd May 2013.

The evening was hosted by the stylish Ambika Anand and the UK’s most prominent corporate heads, advertisers and celebrities were in attendance to celebrate the ‘Good Times’, including the CEO of Hero Honda, Mr Munjal, SBI Regional Head-UK Mr Mahapatra and Virgin Media Director of Content and Acquisition Emma Jones.

The event featured a surprise and impromptu performance by the King of Bollywood disco Bappi Lahiri and a LIVE cookery session with one of India’s leading chefs Manish Mehrotra who was also the winner of the ground-breaking reality series, Foodistan. The evening concluded with a scintillating flash mob dance performance.

The multi-award winning entrepreneur and Founder of DVK, Deepak Kuntawala, described as a ‘financial alchemist’ for the creative wizardry and unique innovation that he applies to the remit of private equity investment and commodity trading, pledged his support for the newest addition to India’s premier TV network NDTV in the UK. A key sponsor of the event, Deepak participated in a Q&A to discuss the company’s forthcoming projects in partnership with the entertainment industry, which include the financing of two Hollywood movies with the producer of Rocky and Bill Charter and an upcoming collaboration with the Hollywood legend, Al Pacino.

He said: ‘This is a very exciting time for international entertainment, and DVK is thrilled to be a sponsor at this pivotal event launch. We have implemented a structured finance deal that encompasses the burgeoning entertainment market and with the set-up of our new film and entertainment fund, we are in the process of putting together financing strategies for Hollywood films. Partnering with NDTV Good Times was indeed a natural collaboration. These are certainly “good times” for DVK, NDTV and the entertainment industry.’

Deepak also spoke about DVK’s title sponsorship of the European premiere of An Evening with Pacino, taking place at the London Palladium on the 2nd of June 2013, through DVK’s film and entertainment fund, which will be governed by a leading international law firm Mishcon De Reya and structured by the world’s largest professional services firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

Deepak’s guest of honour at the event was the Vice President of Somaliland, H.E. Abdirahman Abdillahi Ismali, and Somaliland Minister of National Planning Dr. Saad Shire who addressed the esteemed guests, saying: ‘I am pleased and honoured to attend this event. I wish NDTV much success.’

The Vice President highlighted the vast investment opportunities that exist in Somaliland, and encouraged people to avail of these lucrative and interesting opportunities, particularly in the sectors of agriculture, tourism and infrastructure. This follows DVK’s launch of the $1bn USD DVK Africa Development Fund, which will deliver, manage and structure strategic Pan-Africa investment opportunities, such as in Somalia, the newly created Somaliland, Kenya, and Malawi. This would be across Aviation, Global Commodities, PPP Infrastructure and Real Estate, including access to exclusive mandates.

NDTV Good Times was originally launched in the UK on the Virgin platform in December 2012 to a great reception. However, last night was a chance for the NDTV Good Times team to thank and celebrate with all their supporters in the UK

Smeeta Chakrabarti, CEO, NDTV Lifestyle said, “We are delighted to be launching the channel in partnership with DVK. This evening marks the start of a new journey for Good Times, in the UK. We are very proud to bring innovative lifestyle programming, which has found great success in India, to Indian audiences in the UK and excited about the good times ahead.”

NDTV Good Times is available on Virgin Channel 829. It is also available across international markets such as the US, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Maldives and Africa.


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About DVK

DVK has developed a strong, stable footprint in strategic geographic locations such as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, UAE, China, Russia and CIS Region, India, Kenya, Somalia, and has been first to market in several key emerging countries. DVK clients are individuals, corporates, governments and heads of states, institutions and industry leaders. DVK’s service focus includes Private Equity, Wealth Management, Asset/Investment Management, Structured Trade & Commodity Finance and Global Commodity Trading. The company’s sector focus expands to Aviation, Global Commodities, Media & Entertainment, Finance & Banking, PPP Infrastructure, and Real Estate.


Jacqueline Fernandez goes on her dream Euro-trip

While Jacqueline has traveled the world on the personal front and on her professional commitments , the actress admits to being most excited about her trip to Europe , a continent that has always been her dream-holiday destination.

Confirms Jacqueline, “ My most memorable trip was to Europe. It was my second trip to the continent, but it still amazes me.”

A true romantic at heart, the actress traveled to Paris ,while her favorite monument continued to leave her awestruck – “Paris is the most romantic place I’ve ever seen; it’s chic, full of history and their language is like poetry”.adds Jackie.

The actress along with her family then traveled to Rome, the most highly spoken off cultural-religious hub as they visited the Roman Colosseum,Vatican,Sistine Chapel and the Fontana di Trevi – Says Jacqueline, “Rome is beautiful and there is so much to see there. We saw all the churches and it was the most amazing spiritual experience for me. Rome also has the St Peter’s Basilica, Michelangelo’s paintings and a wishing fountain, the Fontana di Trevi. This entire place is steeped in Roman history”.

Jacqueline who is a huge adrenaline junkie also managed to indulge in water sports – “What I love doing on my holidays is to go deep-sea diving. I went scuba diving in Spain too.” Adds the actress.


Divya Kumar vouches for young talent

Divya Kumar who makes her directorial debut with Yaariyaan,has roped in 5 fresh faces to essay lead characters in her film that revolves around the lives of college students.

Talking about her casting decision says Divya, “In the past several college-based films have cast actors much older than what the role requires.I didn’t want to do that just to make the film commercially viable.Audiences today are looking for fresh faces and new talent”.

Taking the road less traveled, the director is also keen on having her target audience’ opinion much before the film’s release – Divya Kumar is looking to show the film to college students and is even open to implementing their suggestions – ” Their opinions matter the most for the film, since it is a movie for the youth.”adds the director.


Prithviraj credits Amitabh Bachchan for his Hindi diction

As Yash Raj’s Aurangazeb saw its release,actor Prithviraj walked away with stellar reviews as critics were raving about the south star and his knack for the language which was until sometime ago completely new to him.

While Prithviraj worked hard on his diction undergoing Hindi speaking workshops,he also referenced several of Amitabh Bachchan’s films .Director Atul Sabharwal gave him several DVD’s of the superstar’s classics to better understand the finer nuances of the language.

Says Prithvi, “ When it comes to Hindi no one speaks the language better than Mr.Amitabh Bachchan.The entire exercise was aimed at helping me improve my language and dialogue delivery…”


Richfeel Health and Beauty Pvt. Ltd associates with Mickey Mehta

Mumbai, May, 2013: Richfeel Health and Beauty Pvt. Ltd, a brand that is synonymous with total personal care solutions from the experts has been associated with Mickey Mehta, India’s leading Holistic Health Guru for over 25 years.

Over the years Richfeel has brought in many firsts to India. Richfeel is the first and only Trichology chain in India. The Richfeel Trichology Centre is equipped with professional training and hands-on experience to recognize and treat most hair and scalp conditions and also access to the most up-to-date scientific information technology and state-of-art facilities.

Mickey Mehta is a philosopher; life coach; who promotes the healing systems of meditation and prayer science explicitly and has been spreading the message of Holistic Health.

This association aims offer holistic programmes where especially designed courses which take care from head to toe will be offered to patients.

On this occasion, Dr Apoorva Shah, Founder of Richfeel Health & Beauty Pvt Ltd, and India’s first certified trichologist said “Our association with Mickey Mehta is a step forward in our journey to revolutionize health-wellness-hair.”

Fitness guru Mickey Mehta, opined, Richfeel’s finesse of an aesthetician to provide holistic solutions for hair, beauty and body care needs and our holistic health approach would complement each other to make the right combination, for creating a synergy between Richfeel and us to achieve great heights in health and wellness sector.

This integration will offer its patrons, various cross promotional activities by the brands, various seminars and workshops for health and wellness etc.

About Richfeel:

Richfeel is founded by Dr. Apoorva Shah and Dr. Sonal Shah in 1986 is a brand that is synonymous with total personal care solutions from the experts. Over the years Richfeel has brought in many firsts to India. Richfeel is the first and only Trichology chain in India- it is a concept that combines content and style that has amalgamated the scientific know-how of a medical practitioner and the finesse of an aesthetician to provide holistic solutions for hair, beauty and body care needs. With 54 clinics across India, Richfeel Trichology has become the largest trichology chain in the world. They have developed many new technologies in the field of trichology like TST+, HairDX, HTMA and Anagrow. In 2008, Richfeel jumped into the wellness arena where they opened their first spa- Richfeel- the luxury D Tox Spa in Mumbai. In 2012, Richfeel started India’s first designer hair restoration centre called Hair Forever. Today, under the brand Richfeel, Dr. Apoorva Shah and Dr. Sonal Shah have 56 personal care products to their credit.

About Mickey Mehta:

Mickey Mehta is India’s leading Holistic Health Guru for over 30 years. He is an Institution, Life Being Coach, Philosopher, Author and has many First’s to his credit in his 30 years long journey in the Wellness Industry. He has serviced high profile families, leading Bolly wood & TV artistes and Corporates with his effective Wellness Programs. Mickey Mehta is the first to start equipment free Gyms at all his centers in Mumbai and very soon throughout the country. He has revolutionized the concept of “Learn Swimming in 24 hours” for which he has a pride of place in the Limca Book of Records. He is very active on Face book and has a huge following which is growing by the day. He has also started – “Heal the World” community. This is a cause which is very close to his heart, which spreads the message of love and compassion and appeals ‘Each One to Reach One’ through this noble initiative.


As part of The Times of India 175 years of celebration, the Times Group launches “Sporting Times” by Boria Majumdar with Sachin Tendulkar , Abhinav Bindra and Shrijeetit Mishra- COO, Times Group. Please find attached release and pictures for the same.

This book is an attempt to document the Indian Sporting story through the lens of The Times of India. Being a part of the 175th anniversary celebrations, the book has sought to identify and reconstruct the best known 175 events that have made headlines in the history of Indian Sport in the years 1838 – 2013.

Commenting on the occasion Sachin Tendulkar said, ” I congratulate Times of India on its 175th anniversary. Its a monumental achievement. Sporting Times bring alive the history of Indian sport wonderfully and I am looking forward to learning a lot from it.

Abhinvas Bindra expressed, ” I congratulate Times of India on its 175th anniversary. For an institution to sustain itself from almost two centuries with immense credibility is a massive achievement. And it gives me immense satisfaction to see the TOI bring out Sporting Times – the compilation of the best sports reports in India’s sporting history. I feel proud and privileged to be a part of this history. With very best wishes.

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Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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