THE MOZART OF MADRAS ANNOUNCES RAHMANISHQ

THE MOZART OF MADRAS ANNOUNCES RAHMANISHQ

– AR Rahman To Conceptualise First India Road Tour After Two Decades –

– AR Rahman To Travel To Four Different Cities In India & Sydney For The Very First Time For One Of His Most Highly Anticipated Tours –

– Techfront To Produce A First Of Its Kind Musical Rendition With Innovative Technical Wizardry-

– Rapport Global Events To Celebrate 100 Shows & 17 Years With AR Rahman-

– Concept Of Infinite Love Adopted To Spread The Message Of Friendship, Peace & Happiness Through Music –

Described by many as the world’s most prominent and prolific music composers of recent times, Indian music maestro AR Rahman is teaming up with promoters, Techfront and Rapport Global Events to produce a one-of-its kind musical extravaganza in the sub-continent towards the latter half of 2013. The legendary icon will embark on a one-month long expedition touring Kolkata (Salt Lake Stadium, 1st), Visakhapatnam (Indira Priyadarshni Cricket Stadium, 12th), Jaipur (Bhawani Niketan Education Trust, 20th) and Ahmedabad (Sardar Patel Stadium, 27th) in October 2013 to give fans a once in a lifetime opportunity to witness a live interactive theatrical experience encompassing his award winning musical renditions over the years blended with state of the art technology, great visual effects, synchronised choreography and powerful dance arrangements. The tour aims to showcase the technological progression of the music industry through a modern interactive presentation featuring high voltage music in its’ purest form. As part of this tour, the enigmatic legend will be travelling to Sydney to put up an exhilarating performance at the All Phones Arena on the 24th of August 2013. Interestingly this is the very first time in 20 years; the world figure will be embarking on a road tour of this stature.

The Indian composer, singer-songwriter, music producer, musician, multi-instrumentalist and philanthropist with his ensemble of singers will be performing his all-time classics from his prolific career, including acclaimed songs from landmark Indian films like Jodhaa Akbar, Slumdog Millionaire, Lagaan, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, Dil Se, Rang De Basanti, Rockstar and Bombay. AR Rahman captivating music has not only redefined contemporary Indian music but also transcends boundaries. Other specialists of the likes Sukhwinder Singh, Javed Ali, Neeti Muhan, Shweta Pandit, Harshdeep Kaur, Vijay Prakash, Mano, Ranjit Barot will also be accompanying the stalwart on this tour.

AR Rahman states, “Music for me is an expression of unconditional and unlimited love. I find joy in the smallest of pleasures which I share with the world through my music. This tour is a gesture of the love I have for my fans in India and I thank Rapport Global Events and Techfront for putting this together. I want to closely interact with my fans while we celebrate my music at the tour. We are a great prosperous musical nation and tours like these are a great way to rekindle the connect with the audiences on a more personalised level. Music is the language of the souls and what cannot be put into words can be expressed through music. I would like to take this opportunity to give back to my fans what they gave me. We hope that this will mark a new beginning for many more such tours that will benchmark the music industry”

Mr. MS Muralidharan, Managing Director, Techfront & Promoter, RahmanIshq states, “The Indian entertainment industry is simply remarkable. Over the decades it has produced entertainers who have evolved to become global superstars. As one of the front runners in the technology sector, we are ecstatic to be hosting one of the greatest artists in the creative industry. A. R. Rahman has proved to the world that the Indian entertainment industry has come of age when he took home the Academy, Nobel Prize and Grammy awards. It takes once-in-a-lifetime musical genius to give once-in-a-lifetime musical experience and we will be delivering a world class audio visual viewing pleasure to the senses with technical sorcery we have designed especially for this tour. We are creating special mobile applications which we will leverage during this tour with the help of augmented reality. Anything AR Rahman does raises expectations amongst his fan following all over the globe and we will remain committed to uphold that promise. RahmanIshq is a strategic endeavour to bring international standards across all production platforms and showcase next generation technology for entertainment events worldwide.”

Mr. Deepak Gattani, Managing Director, Rapport Global Events & Show Director, RahmanIshq states, “It feels good to have completed a century of shows with AR Rahman. I have worked alongside him since the past 17 years and I have witnessed the run-away success he has gained with his elaborate and exquisite live performances. However we aim to inculcate and establish a tradition of road trips like witnessed globally with the establishment of this tour. Through the vast tapestry of music that is AR Rahman, he takes us on a virtual journey through beauty, culture, and spirituality. This tour will be an everlasting experience that will be a feast for the eyes and ears with a full cast of dancers, singers, performers and musicians. We are reaching out to untapped metropolises where we envisage myriad potential for such kind of interactive entertainment. Moreover every piece of music he creates is so unique and starts growing on you finding a place in everyone’s heart. It touches people, regardless of class, culture or boundaries giving the concept of infinite love its true meaning.”

Rahman’s musical interests and outlook stem from his love of experimentation. Rahman’s compositions bring out auteuristic uses of counterpoint, orchestration and the human voice, melding Indian pop music with unique timbre, forms and instrumentation. By virtue of these qualities, his broad ranging lyrics and versatile style, the appeal of his music cuts across the spectrum of classes and cultures within Indian society. In a notable career spanning two decades, Rahman has garnered particular acclaim for redefining contemporary Indian film music and thus contributing to the success of several films. Rahman is currently one of the highest paid composers of the motion picture industry. He has also become a notable humanitarian and philanthropist, donating and raising money for beneficial causes and supporting charities.

Tickets for India will go live from 15th August 2013 on Independence Day.

The RahmanIshq concert is a Techfront presentation. The event is managed by Rapport Global Events.

It’s time to get up close and personal with the John Williams of the Indian film industry. Get entertained and feel the infinite love. RAHMANISHQ – A.R. RAHMAN LIVE IN CONCERT!

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92.7 BIG FM ANNOUNCES SIXTH EDITION OF BIG GREEN GANESHA CAMPAIGN ACROSS EIGHT INDIAN CITIES

LAUNCHES BRAND NEW CONCEPT OF ‘ASHTA-VINAYAK’ THIS SEASON

CAMPAIGN TO ATTEMPT TO SET RECORD BY COLLECTING MAXIMUM NUMBER OF OLD NEWSPAPERS AT SINGLE LOCATION AND ENTER ‘LIMCA BOOK OF RECORDS’

Mumbai, 29 July 2013: 92.7 BIG FM, India’s No. 1 radio network, today announced the launch of the 6th edition of BIG Green Ganesha, its hugely popular and immensely successful campaign launched in 2008 as part of a vision for a better tomorrow. The initiative aims at instilling a sense of responsibility amongst citizens towards creating a better environment by celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi, one of India’s most widely followed festivals, in an eco-friendly way. This year’s campaign will be initiated in eight different cities that will involve Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Mysore, Tirupati, Sholapur, Vizag and Mangalore.

The 2013 campaign is being launched by way of the brand new concept of ‘Ashta-Vinayak’, where eight unique eco-friendly paper mâché Ganesha idols will be installed at the eight locations in which the campaign will be run. In addition, the campaign will also attempt to set a record by collecting the maximum number of old newspapers from a single location and enter the prestigious ‘Limca Book of Records’. With the installation of 30 Ganesha Pandals, the campaign will be spread across 8 cities with the setting up of 48 paper mâché idols.

Drawing attention to the massive use of toxins and non-biodegradable elements for the construction of Ganesha idols, the BIG Green Ganesha Campaign comes as a fresh reminder of change for all. A massive on-ground newspaper collection drive in residential areas, offices, shops and commercial establishments will mark the beginning of the campaign. The collected newspapers will be supplied to renowned sculptors and be used to create beautiful eco-friendly paper mâché Ganesha idols. The donation drive is a significant move since it educates the community and draws their support in order to create a better environment.

The campaign will be promoted through high-decibel strategies and promotions involving an amalgamation of media networks that will include radio, print, outdoor, on-ground and digital. Apart from connecting with 1.5 crore people each year, more than 200 celebrities and 350 civic authorities will support the campaign.

Commenting on BIG Green Ganesha Campaign 2013, Ashwin Padmanabhan, Business Head, 92.7 BIG FM said, “We are delighted to launch the 6th successive edition of the Big Green Ganesha Campaign, which is a fundamental part of our vision and responsibility to care for the environment. We believe that respecting the earth is the need of the hour. Whilst we spend time in prayer and celebration, we also do our bit towards creating a greener tomorrow by installing biodegradable and eco-friendly idols. We extend a warm welcome to all our partners in this sustainable celebration and would like to thank the community for the support that has helped make this campaign bigger each year.”

Powered by the strong message it carries, the BIG Green Ganesha Campaign has witnessed unparalleled success and popularity, inspiring over a million people in multiple cities across India. The movement has cornered glory at prestigious global platforms including the Silver Radio Award at the New York Festivals and nine awards at the India Radio Forum 2013, proving that 92.7 BIG FM is not just about great music but passionate about creating a better world.

About Reliance Broadcast Network Ltd.

Reliance Broadcast Network Limited is a media entertainment conglomerate with play across radio, television, intellectual properties and television production. It is part of the Reliance Group and specializes in creating and executing integrated media solutions for brands. The company houses the following verticals: 92.7 BIG FM – India’s largest FM Network with 45 stations, reaching over 4 crore Indians each week; BIG CBS Networks – A joint venture with CBS Studios International, offering 3 English Entertainment Channels – Prime, Love, Spark, as well as a regional General Entertainment Channel for the PCHP region called Spark Punjabi; BIG RTL THRILL – the first channel from the Company’s joint venture with Europe’s RTL Group, targeted at male audiences and is positioned as the ultimate action destination; BIG MAGIC – a regional General Entertainment Channel for the Hindi heartland, which has also expanded into the US, Canada and Australia under the brand name BIG MAGIC INTERNATIONAL; BIG PRODUCTIONS – the television content production division that caters to the creative needs of the diverse Indian television landscape. Reliance Broadcast Network also distributes Bloomberg TV India, the country’s premier business news channel as part of its television bouquet. For more information log on to www.reliancebroadcast.com.

For more information, please contact:

Concept PR

Ruchi Malviya

09769869935

ruchi@conceptpr.com

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Adlabs Celebrates the “Imagica Joy” with School Students

Imagica brings stories to life for school students

Mumbai, July 29th ‘2013: Over 1000 schools from across India will now have the opportunity to be a part of the first ever Adlabs Imagica Educators Connection Programme. As a part of this program, children will get an experience they’ve never had before. This unique offering takes students on an extraordinary adventure through the world of Imagica. The programme aims to inform students on topics ranging from Mughal history to Indian mythology through a state of the art presentation. With ‘I For India’, the students will also get to see and experience India like never before on a simulated flight; a unique bird’s eye view of our culture and heritage.

Adlabs Imagica, which has delighted all visitors irrespective of age, is all set to infuse fun and entertainment for its youngest audience through various school packages. It plans to create customized itineraries that are a combination of learning and fun to make it a must visit destination for school students. The Educators Connection Programme allows school students to experience the stories they have only heard come to life around them. It is an opportunity for them to experience a whole new world and live out their imagination.

After all the excitement, when the hunger kicks in, the kids can enjoy a wide variety of global cuisines at Imagica’s fine restaurants that include European, African, American, Chinese and Indian amongst others.

Commenting on the initiative, Pooja Shetty Deora, Joint Managing Director at Adlabs Entertainment Group said, “We have always believed in providing exciting experiences to our special young audiences. We are very happy to initiate the Adlabs Imagica Educators Connection programme. Although Adlabs Imagica is a destination for all ages, children are among our most enthusiastic visitors. Our focus this year is to build connect with the schools and educate them about this new destination”

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The theme park which opened on April 18th 2013 has been attracting and drawing people of all age groups. With the Educators Connection programme Adlabs Imagica intends to showcase its offerings to its youngest target segment. Looks like children across the country now have a great and fun-filled outing to look forward to.

About Adlabs Imagica:

Adlabs Imagica is the flagship venture of Adlabs Entertainment Limited (AEL). AEL is promoted by Mr. Manmohan Shetty. Adlabs Imagica is now poised to be India’s first theme park destination, offering entertainment, fun, action, relaxation, dining, shopping and accommodation at a single location. The group has assembled a highly diversified and multi-dimensional team for development and implementation of project. The international theme park will be a celebration of the family entertainment and international wholesome experience that will now be available in India. Plan your trip to Adlabs Imagica with a click on www.adlabsimagica.com

For any queries, please contact

Radhika Mehta | Genesis Burson Marsteller | 9619200115 | radhika.mehta@bm.com

Vaijayanthi Kari | Genesis Burson Marsteller | 9892794143 | vaijayanthi.kari@bm.com

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AL PACINO’s THUMBS UP TO ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAI DOBAARA!

If the promos of Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara have heightened the anticipation for the film, here is the ultimate endorsement.

Akshay Kumar, the film’s menacing Shoaib, essaying the finest grey character of his career, has found an admirer of epic proportions.

The romantic drama, directed by Milan Luthria, has caught the attention of the original Godfather, Al Pacino, who was blown away by the film’s theatrical trailer and by Akshay Kumar’s towering presence in the film.

During an informal discussion between Pacino and his business associate, Barry Navidi, the latter mentioned Once Upon A Time….., being touted as Bollywood’s answer to edge-of-the-seat bad boy entertainers. Pacino, impressed with the trailer, saw himself reminiscing about his Godfather days.

Says Pacino, “My friend Barry Navidi showed me a promo for an Indian film with Akshay Kumar. It brought some fond memories back from my Godfather days.”

Akshay remarks, “A touch of appreciation is always held dearly in an actor’s arms, even if it’s from the simplest of people like our beloved spot boys. But to have your work spoken of so kindly by the world’s most admired gangster Al Pacino himself – I had goose-bumps thinking about him watching the promo! I was so humbled, not only as an actor but as a fan of his legendary work. I pray he enjoys the final piece as much as he enjoyed the promo!”

Concludes director Luthria, “I’m walking around with a silly grin and you know why! The only actor’s portrait in my cabin is of this God of Gangsters! An all-time legend and personal favorite. Thank you!”

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Zip around with the thrilling Turbo range of merchandise

~ Speed thrills with the latest Turbo-charged range of umbrellas and figurines ~

Mumbai, July 2013: Experience the joy of speed this monsoon season, with a unique range of merchandise featuring the adorable stars of DreamWorks Animations new animated 3D film, Turbo. Facilitated by Mumbai-based licensing firm, Dream Theatre Pvt. Ltd, the official range of merchandise consists of refreshingly distinctive umbrellas featuring the charming snails at Rs 425, 475 and 595 along with addictively collectible figurines at Rs 399.

Released on Friday 19th July 2013 in India, the high-velocity film Turbo tells the tale of an underdog snail with an impossible dream of winning the coveted Indy 500. After he miraculously attains the power of super speed through a freak accident, Turbo begins his journey, during which he meets new friends, a crew of streetwise, tricked out snails. Through them, he learns an important lesson that no one succeeds on their own, putting everything on the line to help achieve his friends’ dreams before achieving his own.

Turbo merchandise will be available across India in stores such as Crosswords, Hamleys, Landmark, Hypercity, Mom & Me, among others. Upcoming merchandise includes Turbo sling bags, pencil pouches and stationery which will hit retail stores by August end.

Please find below enclosed the press release and the images for your reference. Do let us know if you require more information, will be happy to share from our end.

Best Regards,

Disha Shah
Crisscross Communication
9930224253 I disha@crisscross.in

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Parvati Jagran brings special twist in Chhanchhan

Sony Entertainment Television’s popular show Chanchan is all set to enthrall its audience with the upcoming twist and turns. The viewers will get to see the celebrations of Parvati Jagran on the show. The entire family plans for Parvati Jagran for Jaya. Chhanchhan also observes a fast for this occasion. Manav comes to know about this and he convinces Chhanchhan to return home. Chhanchhan shocks everyone by returning back in the family. Chhanchhan announces that she has something to share with the family and needs to clarify important things in the presence of everyone in the night. Listening to this everyone grows anxious and concerned. Ranjana tries her level best to find out what the problem is. All her attempts go in vain as Chhanchan refuses to utter a single word about the problem.

Everyone is gripped with anxiety as to what will Chhanchhan reveal. Will this twist help in strengthening Chhanchhan relationship with Umaben and her family or will this lead to a shocking revealation that may change everything.

To find out, tune in to Chhanchhan, Monday to Thursday 9 pm only on

Sony Entertainment Television

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Kareena Kapoor Khan launches Shemaroo and Rujuta Diwekar’s myth breaking Film – Indian Food Wisdom and the Art of Eating Right

India’s most loved Nutritionist, Rujuta Diwekar recently launched her documentary Film , Shemaroo’s ‘Indian Food Wisdom and the Art of Eating Right’ features Kareena Kapoor Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Karisma Kapoor,Anupam Kher and Richa Chadda.

The Film will see Rujuta Diwekar blend her understanding of modern nutrition science with our time-tested wisdom on food and wellness, to bring this delicious concoction of easy to understand, simple to follow and grandmother approved principles of eating right and staying fit.

‘Indian Food Wisdom and The Art of Eating Right’ is being simultaneously released on DVD and is also available for digital streaming via Shemaroo Bolly & Beyond Android App and website (www.shemaroo.com/indianfoodwisdom), it will soon be available on other digital and television platforms as well.

Talking about the Film says Kareena, “It’s a myth-breaking film that helps you understand your food better, and how to eat right, lose weight and do it with a smile”.

Says Rujuta Diwekar, “World over the nutrition bodies are finally waking up to the fact that counting calories, dividing food into proteins/carbs/ proteins, etc has only led to mass confusion and fear of food. Especially in ancient cultures like ours where native eating patterns are exchanged with western diets, identified now as “nutrient transition”, the leading cause of all lifestyle related diseases, including obesity, diabetes, blood pressure and hormonal disorders. Watch this film for a fresh, but age old, perspective on eating right and staying healthy”.

Says Hiren Gada, director of Shemaroo Entertainment, says, “Its 50 years and we are moving ahead with our promise of entertainment infinite. At Shemaroo, we look forward to coming up with innovative and path breaking content that brings health, wealth and happiness to billions. Our film – ‘Indian Food Wisdom and The Art of Eating Right’ is part of this larger vision. We are sure that this film will help you loose weight in right way.”

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John Abraham gets lean for Madras Cafe.

Bollywood’s quintessential poster boy ,John Abraham, known for his ripped and chiseled body will now be seen sporting a leaner frame, to get into the skin of his character, essaying the role of special agent, against an indo-country backdrop in Viacom Motion Pictures,JA Entertainment and Rising Sun Film’s political thriller,Madras Cafe.

Since the actor had to play an intelligence officer,sporting a body which was more real and naturally lean as opposed to a bulked-up body,John adopted a special diet and fitness routine to look the part.

Says director Shoojit Sircar, “ Yes audiences will see a leaner John Abraham since I didn’t want him to particularly stand out in a crowd , he needed to look like one of them.Hats off to his dedication since he worked really hard on his physique for the film”.

Talking about the warm equation he shares with his film’s lead,adds the director, “John and I are good friends…We have similar vision when it comes to films and are planning a few more together – We do not interfere in each other’s space and enjoy working together”.

Says producer and actor John Abraham, “Madras Cafe has been my dream project and we’ve been in discussions for years over the subject – We’ve worked extremely hard on the film and are satisfied with the outcome – What I can assure you is audiences will be talking about the film even after they’ve stepped out of the theater..it is a high-on-content, thought provoking film”.

Presented by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and JA Entertainment and produced by Rising Sun Films and JA Entertainment , Madras Cafe ,directed by Shoojit Sircar is scheduled to release 23rd August 2013.

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Sita Films & TV Productions upcoming venture ‘Rabba Main Kya Karoon’ is to release this Friday on 2nd August!

Rakesh Dang, proud Chairperson of Sita Films & TV Productions celebrates the huge response he has been receiving from our industry despite the movie ‘Rabba Main Kya Karoon’ being the maiden Venture.

Proudly being the presenters of the upcoming Shri Moti Sagar producer film, Rabba Main Kya Karoon starring Arshad Warsi, Paresh Rawal & other top notch artists, Mr. Rakesh Dang addressed the media along with Mr. Amrit Sagar & Moti Sagar at a plush suburban place celebrating the maiden venture of Sita Films & TV Productions.

Sita Films & TV Productions, a 200 Cr Entertainment conglomerate with some of the most memorable & acclaimed projects to its credit marks its foray into the Motion Pictures Industry with one of the most anticipated releases of 2013 “Rabba Main Kya Karoon”.

With the belief that ‘Content is the Head’ , Rakesh Dang, Chairman, Sita Film & TV Productions says that ‘One has to be so good that no one can ignore you’.

The Dang Family owned production house was set up in 2010 & headed by the visionary Mr. Rakesh Dang who is hell bent on replicating his success formula of “Quantity of Quality” from his other business interests into the Entertainment business too. After having produced some acclaimed & intelligent pieces of work for some of the top notch broadcasters like Muhafiz, Goonj, Pollywood Hungama, Swaraj, and Lamhe & Laajawab, Sita Films & TV Productions is all geared up to change the landscape of the motion picture industry too.

A Chartered Accountant by profession/education & a writer following his passion, Rakesh Dang has conceptualized various TV Serials & promises to produce innovative & unique concepts across a wide range of genre, from love stories to mythological, from game shows to reality shows, & all with a new, disruptive yet fresh appeal. Sita Film & TV Productions is also putting a business plan to venture into Documentary & Short Films as well.

“It Rains ‘Concept’ & ‘Quality’ all the time” at Sita Films & TV Productions; Mr. Dang explains importance of the same, “The basic script which I call the ‘SOUL’ needs to be dressed properly in order to look beautiful & attractive & further supplemented with best quality direction & best use of new age production techniques.”

Mr. Rakesh Dang finally signs off with the message, “Long story short, it will rain ‘Content & Quality’ , we will give an experience to remember to all our viewers.”

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Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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