The Oberoi, New Delhi awarded Best 5 Star Deluxe Hotel in India – National Tourism Awards 2011 – 2012 The luxury hotel has been awarded the prestigious National Tourism Award in the Five Star Deluxe category

The Oberoi, New Delhi awarded Best 5 Star Deluxe Hotel in India – National Tourism Awards 2011 – 2012

The luxury hotel has been awarded the prestigious National Tourism Award in the

Five Star Deluxe category

New Delhi / Mumbai, India, 18th March 2013: The Oberoi, New Delhi is the best five star deluxe hotel in India. In recognition of its significant contribution to tourism in the country and unremitting commitment to excellence, the luxury hotel has been awarded the prestigious National Tourism Award in the Best Five Star Deluxe category.

Instituted by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, the National Tourism Awards are the most coveted awards in the Travel and Tourism industry in India and are presented annually, in various categories, acknowledging exceptional performance and contribution to promoting India as a tourist destination.

This recognition by Ministry of Tourism comes after The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur was awarded with the National Tourism Award in 2010 – 2011. The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra, got the National Tourism Award in its respective category for three consecutive years earlier i.e. 2004 – 2005; 2005 – 2006; 2006 – 2007.

Mr. Jay Rathore, Vice President & General Manager, The Oberoi, New Delhi, said “It is a matter of great privilege to receive the award from the President of India. The award reflects the hotel’s commitment to quality and consistent dedication to guest satisfaction”.

Talking about the accolades, Mr. Rathore also said, “The honour bestowed on us has been made possible by the efforts of our highly motivated and well-trained team members. Such recognition reinforces our commitment to improve consistently, anticipate our guests needs and live upto their expectations.”

Further notes to the Editor:

The Oberoi, New Delhi:

The Oberoi, New Delhi is a premier five star hotel located in the heart of the capital city of India. Reflecting the spirit of the city, the architecture and decor of the hotel is a harmonious blend of traditional and contemporary sophistication catering to the needs and tastes of the discerning traveller. Located minutes away from the business, commercial and shopping districts, the luxury hotel overlooks the soothing greens of the 18-hole Delhi Golf Club and the historic 16th century tomb of Emperor Humayun.

The hotel offers 283 well appointed guest rooms, including 31 suites. Dining at the hotel includes three award winning restaurants. ‘threesixty°’, the all day dining restaurant, serves contemporary world cuisine. ‘Travertino’ offers traditional and authentic Italian cuisine. It includes an enoteca. ‘Taipan’ has been consistently rated the best Chinese restaurant in the city. ‘The Club Bar’ is ideal for business drinks and evenings at leisure. The Oberoi Patisserie and Delicatessen is India’s first exclusive gourmet food store.The 24-hour Business Centre at the hotel offers the best in up-to-date technology and luxurious appointments. Recreational options at the hotel include an outdoor swimming pool, indoor heated lap pool, a full service Oberoi spa and a fitness centre

About National Tourism Awards

The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India instituted the National Tourism Awards to recognise excellence in the tourism industry. The best hotels, restaurants, tour operators and travel agents are acknowledged for their outstanding performance and contribution to the hospitality and tourism industry of India. These Awards are presented to those who have demonstrated consistent and unflinching commitment to quality in their categories.

Methodology of National Tourism Awards

Selection of awardees in the hotel categories are evaluated on the basis of annual revenue earned and percentage increase in numbers, foreign guests stayed, International Certification and Awards won related to service quality, security, eco-friendly measures and contribution of the hotel in promoting and conducting “Hunar Se Rozgar Programme”.

For further information, please contact:

Silki Nanda

Director – Corporate Communications

The Oberoi Group


Deepica Sarma

Communications Manager

The Oberoi, New Delhi


Srilatha Nair

Corporate Voice | Weber Shandwick

Cellular: 9819732608



Mumbai, March 18, 2013: COLORS, India’s leading General Entertainment Channel (Channel) has said it has taken note of the recent news reports and the concerns voiced by various Sikh organizations such as Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) Amritsar, Jathedar Akal Takhat Sahib over the title of its upcoming fiction show Gurbani slated to go on air today (March 18, 2013) at 10.30 pm.

Below is the official statement from COLORS:

COLORS has tremendous respect for all communities including the Sikh community and we would never do anything to hurt or disrespect the sentiments or religious feelings of any community. In fact the producer of the show is a Sikh herself and even has a niece named Gurbani. Being from the Sikh community she has tremendous respect for her own religion. Gurbani, the name of the lead protagonist symbolizes everything that is pure, cultural and spiritual about Punjab. Our protagonist is a girl who lives for everyone but herself. She is pure, kind hearted and God fearing. She is, in fact, the kind of girl who will be an inspiration to all. It is through her that we showcase purity, sacrifice and love, love for family and mankind.

The primary reason for naming her ‘Gurbani’ is because she is the kind of person who will make every Punjabi proud. Whatever life’s throws at her, she tackles that with humility, positivity and dignity. As the story progresses she takes on every situation that comes in her life and the lives of people around her and brings happiness to everyone in her life.

This is a show about real people with real values and emotions. Every character is inspiring and positive, including the mother with the NRI dream, her stance is also justified. We only highlight that her way to achieve her dream for her daughter may not be right. Overall this show is about Punjab that depicts the state as a place where everyone would want to stay, depicts the kind of people that everyone would inspire to be and depicts a community that exemplifies, love, humanity and values.

Over the last month, our team has travelled extensively for promotional activities in Amritsar and Delhi with the cast and crew of Gurbani. No one has raised any objections to the show name. Infact we held press conferences in both the cities and the media including the Punjabi press reacted very positively to the show, which can be seen in the positive coverage the show has received.

The show promotions also have been on air for almost a month and till a few days back nobody raised any objections. With utmost respect and humility we request the complainants to view Gurbani as merely a name and in context of a fiction show that endeavors to bring a social issue to the fore. However to respect the sentiments of the people, we have decided to change the name of the show.

Our team will get in touch with the concerned people / organisation to seek some time to change the name and will try and implement it as soon as possible.

Media Contacts:

Sonia Huria – 9892447777, COLORS

Jigna Shah – 9820320767, Genesis Burson-Marsteller



~The song across multiple platforms covering social media, online media, FM radio & music channels has created a rage and is trending on youtube ~

Babli Badmaash, the much awaited sizzling item number of 2013 from the movie Shootout At Wadala has already caught the fancy of countless music lovers. Officially released on March 15th the song featuring sensuous Priyanka Chopra has garnered a prompt visibility on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. With its rapidly increasing popularity the song is on its way to becoming the biggest dance hit of the year. Shootout at Wadala is set in 80s, and the song’s choreography, costumes and sound is inspired from that era.

The song is a tribute to late Feroz Khan and late RD Burman whom Sanjay Gupta, director of the movie, had always wanted to work with. The song is composed by Anu Malik and sung by the versatile singer Sunidhi Chauhan. It is an ode to the dance and disco classics from the 70s and the 80s.

With the success of this item number Sanujeet Bhujabal, Marketing Director Sony Music India said, “ It gives us immense pleasure to work with producers and directors of this stature. Anu Malik’s songs are remarkable and grab people’s attention immediately. With the success of Babli Badmaash we plan to unveil all the songs of Shootout At Wadala with a different twist.”


March 2013, Mumbai: To celebrate the end of the grueling exam season, POGO, India’s leading kid’s entertainment channel, is giving kids the opportunity to kick back and enjoy a new movie based on the latest superhero on the block – Mighty Raju. Mighty Raju v/s Clone Raju is slated to premiere on 24thMarch 2013at 12pm only on POGO.

After receiving a phenomenal response over the past 2 years, Raju – Chhota Bheem’s best friend, is back in his superhero avatar in an exciting new sequel. In this movie, the potion that was responsible for giving Raju his super powers has been stolen by two scientists. These scientists kidnap the kids of Aryanagar, hypnotize them and empower them some of Raju’s super powers. Brainwashed and disguised as Mighty Raju, the kids begin to attack and destroy Aryanagar. It is now upto the real Mighty Raju to save the city and his friends and also discover the actual villains behind this plan.

The past Mighty Raju movies have delivered an average of 1.5 TVR. (Source: TAM Media Research | All India | CS 4 – 14yrs)

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I Try To Avert the Audience’s Attention

-Kailash Kher

Talk about Sufi music and popular singer Kailash Kher strikes your mind almost immediately. But the same Kailash Kher has also done a song in film “Love Sex Aur Dhokha” which makes one a little hesitant to sing in front of people.

When asked why he chose to sing the song when he has sung one amazing track after another, Kher smiled and said,” I understand what you want to know, but there’s no special reason. It was offered to me and I accepted it. And as a singer, I’m required to sing all kinds of songs, there’s no particular genre that I favor nor do I differentiate.” He added, “And since you’ve mentioned this song, I would like to tell you that it’s demanded by people on a large scale.” So does he cater to their demand? “No, I try to avert their attention, but sometimes, during functions held in colleges, I do have to give in to their requests and sing the song.”

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Nihar Naturals continues to empower with the support of Indian Women

With each pop of the bottle cap Nihar Shanti Amla is making education possible for some child somewhere in India!

March 18, 2013: After a successful “Chotte kadam pragati ki aur” campaign, the brand is all set to launch the second phase titled “Garv se Badlo.” The new TVC features their brand ambassador Vidya Balan, encouraging women to choose a bottle of the Nihar Shanti Amla giving her a sense of pride from beautiful looking hair; whilst empowering her to embark upon impactful changes in the lives of many Indian children.

The film creatively puts forth the campaign, showcasing that each pop of the bottle cap, is in turn putting a smile of education on the faces of young India. The first TVC showcased how Nihar Naturals is empowering the women of today. Whereas, the new campaign showcases the satisfaction with which these progressive women are enabling big changes in the society. The brand puts forth a sense of identity she achieves through her everyday household choice; making these women the standing custodians for the astute future generations.

The TVC has a touching script, which depicts Vidya Balan as a loved school teacher by her students who undertakes an interactive style of teaching with hand-puppets, song and dance. She too is a user of Nihar Shanti Amla facilitating education in the lives of her students as well as children across the nation through her choice of hair oil.
Subhash Kamat, Managing Partner, BBH, said that, “We see Nihar as a progressive brand with its head held high amongst many traditional rivals. As a progressive brand, we believe it’s not just about delivering strong category benefits but actually empowering our consumers to do good for others as well. This is precisely what this program for Nihar Shanti Amla is about. It’s not just communication, but a platform: something that the brand helps the consumer contribute to children’s education in this country. We believe it’s a very powerful message and are very excited by the prospects.”

The creative agency for the TVC is BBH India and the production house is Apostrophe. The campaign is slated to run from March 2013 is a 40 seconds commercial, utilizing the authenticity of the product communicating an interesting proposition along through a real everyday set-up to make known an impactful public campaign.


Client: Marico

Agency: BBH India

Creative: Russell Barrett, Puneet Kapoor, Suyash Khabya, Roshni Kavina

Account Management: Subhash Kamath, Abhimanyu Khedkar, Royston Netto, Mandar Shete, Alvin Ferrao

Strategic Planning: Partha Sinha, Yousuf Rangoonwala

Agency producers: Rahul Kulkarni

Director: Koushik Sarkar (Apostrophe Films)

Music Director: Sameer Uddin

About Nihar Naturals:

One of our most diversified brands; Nihar Naturals is the market leader in East India. Nihar Naturals hair oils range offers quality solutions for different hair care needs of the women of today. The current product portfolio includes: Nihar Naturals Perfumed Coconut Hair Oil, a unique combination of Coconut Oil and Methi extracts, available in two fragrances – Rose and Jasmine and Nihar Shanti Amla Hair Oil, one of the fastest growing hair oils in India.

For further information, please contact:

Perfect Relations

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Perfect Relations Pvt. Ltd.

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Gangnam Bhagnani

The movie ‘Rangrezz’ is all set to hit the theaters. The movie stars none other than our own Richie Rich Jackky Bhagnani. Jackky did 3 movies before, but the audience turned their back on his movies. Despite that, he is trying to give his best shot so that people will recognize him as actor Jackky Bhagnani and not as Jackky Bhagnani- the producer’s son. Jackky Bhagnani never gets tired of acting and spending money to make his movie work on the box office. The recent example is for the movie ‘Rangrezz’. Jackky bought all the rights of the most viewed song on YouTube ever recorded- ‘PSY’s Gangnam Style.’

Does Jackky know that Gangnam Style is the most viewed song on the web which means almost everyone across the globe has watched it already? If yes then why on earth he thinks that people will watch him dancing on Gangnam Style! We don’t know what’s in his mind, but all we know is, if someone has money he will find ways to spend is miserably and Jackky is the best example.

Good one Jackky!

-Iha Features


Vaishali Shadangule brings us Mekhla- the traditional Assamese attire at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2013

~For the first time ever a designer showcases red carpet collection using Indian Textiles~

Description: Description: C:\Users\khetann\Desktop\Vaishali S’s Mekkala – for WLFW AW 2013.jpgDelhi, 17 March’ 2013: Vaishali Shadangule, the designer known for her contemporary designs from Indian hand woven textiles, this season brings in the essence of Assam in her new Autumn/Winter collection. Inspired by the traditional attire of the Assamese women- Mekhla Chadar, the collection features a line of glamorous red carpet ensemble to be showcased at the Autumn/Winter 2013 edition of Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week on 17th March.

Known for her mission to bring forth and highlight our country’s rich culture and heritage of Indian Textiles, this time also, has held on to her passion and worked with 400 female weavers across Assam.

The Mekhla is a concert of three pieces of cloth– a skirt like a sarong, a blouse and an additional piece of cloth draped over the shoulder. It is known for its intrinsic shine that comes from the Muga silk unique to Assam. The fabric is grown and weaved in almost every second household of the villages of the state.

For her current collection, Vaishali has experimented with bold hues of gold, orange, pink, fluorescent green and varied shades of blue. She has complimented it with hand embroidery which has subtle and understated elegance. The line includes graciously flowing gowns and feminine dresses that are perfect for red carpet events.

Talking about her collection, Vaishali says, “I was introduced to the magic of Muga Silk and its design during my visit to Assam last year. In my collection, I have tried to incorporate elements of Mekhla that symbolizes the complex lanes and architectural design of the villages of the state. While working on the color palette of this collection, I was truly motivated by the 400 female weavers who supported me and brought alive my creativity.”

“With the beautiful drapes and mix of fine constructions I hope to bring out the beauty of the Mekhla by retaining its original elements. I have also contemporized it with fine cut work and surface texturing of wool and metallic thread,” she adds.

Over all, this collection promises to stand out and restore our belief that our traditional Indian textiles are all set to be seen at the global fashion horizon.

About Vaishali S:

Vaishali s label by Vaishali Shadangule. Born in a small town Vidisha in Madhya Pradesh, Vaishali’s journey into fashion has been an in inspiring tale. Graduating in Science, she moved to Mumbai to pursue her dreams of being a designer. Her commitment to remain true to her one-of-a-kind vision of creating contemporary designs from Indian hand woven textiles has borne fruit through her two stores in Mumbai. The brand that bears her name is a clothing line that encompasses contemporary and traditional Indian wear, Indo-western and western wear. The label stands for a modern attitude, comfort and innovative style stemming from a wealth of ideas that blends the modern with the vastness of Indian textiles. Besides designing for her label, she also has licensed her label and designs to retail houses.

For any further media queries, please contact:

Neha Khetan | Harshita Roy

Genesis-Burson Marsteller

09820249045 | 09873251748

Neha Khetan



Auto Hangar sponsors ‘Spirit of CCI’

Gul Panag is Guest of Honour Flagging off Event;

Sagarika Ghatge selects raffle winner.

Mumbai March 18, 2013: Auto Hangar along with The Cricket Club of India (CCI), one of the oldest and most established sports clubs in the city of Mumbai, today hosted a swim-cycle-run triathlon titled ‘The Spirit of CCI’. The high-energy event had over 1500 members of the five South Mumbai clubs (viz. CCI, Willingdon Club, Bombay Gymkhana, Radio Club and Malabar Hill Club) participating and watching. The aim was to encourage a culture of fitness, sport and friendly competition. The event was flagged off by fitness icon, Gul Panag and Mr. Mariwala, Managing Director of Auto Hangar. Chak De girl, Sagarika Ghatge pulled out the winning name in a raffle conducted for viewers along with Club President Sevantibhai Parekh.

Clearly enjoying the event Gul said “Fitness is an essential part of life. And if you can have some fun along the way, even better. This event brings together fun and fitness and that is a great combination.”

Sagarika added, “People are getting a lot more aware of the need to be fit. Events such as these bring that message to the fore in a fun way.”

Says Hemal Thanawala, Swim Secretary, CCI, who has been charged with the responsibility of helming the event, “The Spirit of CCI is a swim-cycle-run triathlon, in its fourth year. It has grown in size each year with more and more members participating and stopping by for an evening of sporting revelry. It truly is the fantastic spirit that people come by to experience each year.”

A flash mob entertained the crowds with foot stomping music, while star swimmers like Raoul Rajani and Hormuz Baliwala and sports personalities such as Rishad Pundole added credibility to the event lending their athletic calibre to the teams. Ex-national swimmers such as Homi Kaka and Dennis Taraporewala showed that disciplined training stands you in great stead along the years.

CCI kept the winning trophy at home, narrowly beating Radio Club who came a very close second. Bombay Gym and Wellingdon Club teamed up to make the third winning combination.

Auto Hangar chose to display their new B-Class, India’s first sports tourer in its category and with the new design language of Mercedes-Benz, its an iconic youth car for young, adventure loving people with the sporty appeal of Mercedes-Benz cars.

Says Mr. Mariwala, MD of Auto Hangar, “This event is about performance, excellence and has a great spirit of camaraderie. Distinctive events that really add real value have always been the choice for association for Autohangar. We are delighted to support ‘The Spirit of CCI’, which gets bigger and better with each year.”


For more information please contact:

Gitika Taraporewala
Managing Partner, Criesse Communications
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Veena Malik seduces the crowd at Silk Sakkath Maga music launch

Her oomph and chutzpah in the South Movie Silk Sakkath Maga is already a rage. Veena Malik had geared up to mesmerise fans with a live performance with other artists at the music launch of her film in Bangalore. Veena dressed in a revealing red outfit danced to ‘Mathena Kannaley Survay’ and in Black Sexy outfit for “Na Nimma Heroina” at the launch of the film music. This is the first time that she had performed live in bangalore and set fire on stage through her thunderbolt performance. Clad in a revealing outfit, she was dressed in her character (of Silk Smitha) of the much-awaited film, which enticed and mesmerised everyone by shaking a leg on the sexy song.

Veena Malik said, “I am very excited as my most awaited Sandalwood movie music had launched and I want to thank the way people have accepted and liked the music and also like the film. I never thought I could make big in Sandalwood. I am happy to be a part of this film and hope the film creates history like silk smitha.”

Veena portrays the 80’s Southern sex symbol Silk Smitha in the movie, for which she has undergone a major makeover. Her co-stars Akshay, Srinagar Kitty, Yogish, Dharma, Sarvana, Parthiepan, and Director Trishul were present at the music launch. Veena Malik is currently busy with her forthcoming movie “The City That Never Sleeps” which is Produced by Satish Reddy and Directed by Haroon Rashid. Recently Veena had attempted to break Salman Khan Guinness Record of most Kisses in one minute which she had received 130 kisses.

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