Videocon DDB IIFA Weekend and Jaypee IIFA Awards kick-off festivities in Singapore

Nawabi Cuisines à Royal Bistro

Delhi, the food capitol of the nation will have another a-la-mode bistro in its modish palate. Dum Affairs is all set to open la livre de cuisine à New Delhi, taking forward the conventional Awadh – the modern day Lucknow in India.

The a-la-mode restaurant that is bound to be a gourmet’s ravissant joint will côté the Awadhi cuisine of Lucknow that bears similitudes to those of Persia, Kashmir, Punjab and Hyderabad; the cities that are coveted for royàl Nawabi cuisine. Located expediently at South Ex Part II that is one of the modish shopping et finest dinning places for Delhiites, Dum Affairs will be opened for the food connoisseur from Sunday, 10th June 2012 onwards.

The cuisine available for the gourmet by the bawarchis and rakabdars of Awadh will be atypical Nawabi bouffe that is bound to be a food aficionado’s delight. One can choose from the likes of Galauti Kebab, Gosht Nehari, Awadhi Haleem, Biryani, Pista Kulfi, Phirnee, Dum Ki Khushk, Chatpate Aaloo, Mahi N Dil Kabab, Jhinga Zaafrani, et cetera.

Reminiscent of PG Woodhousian England, the bankas and begums made sure each season and nuance produced finest in all aspects of their magnifique life. Likewise, Lucknow gave us tehzeeb, beautiful jewelry and chikan embroidery; it also made a métier out of royal cuisine. “The Grand Opening of Dum Affair would be in the most Nawabi style à Delhi and is much anticipated by the patrons, with its Awadhi décor and Nawabi cuisine. The dum style of cooking along with rich spices including cardamom and saffron will ensure that each lunch or dinner at Dum Affair will be a memorable experience in life,” revealed Varun Suri, a food connoisseur and CEO of the restaurant.

Dum Affairs has recreated the centuries old cuisine as well as innovative dishes to form contemporary rudiments around the cuisine. It employs the techniques of Dum that means to breathe and Pukht. The cuisine, a piece-de resistance, not only mesmerizes one’s soul, but also gives a divine and delightful experience. Dum cuisine has its origin in Awadh – the significant city of the Nawabs. Dum Affairs in the rebirth of a Mughal era and hence an essai to recreate the magic of the Mughlai kitchens and also the Awadh that resembles the Dum style of cooking.

“Our goal is to provide our guests with the widest possible array of Awadh, prepared simply yet replete with the aroma and presented in a way that is intuitive and astonishing,” Chef Vikas signed off.

About Dum Affairs:

Dum Affairs – A Fine Dining Awadhi Cuisine Restaurant creating an exclusive cooking experience and reminiscent of the days of the Nawabs and Sultans Dum Affairs is the proud distinction of serving the finest Awadhi cuisine. Dum Affairs is a reminiscence that conspires around the extensive forgotten cuisine of “Awadh- The modern day Lucknow”. The cuisine, a piece-de resistance, not only mesmerizes the soul, but also gives a divine and delightful experience. Dum cuisine has its origin in ‘Awadh- The significant city of the Nawabs. Dum Affairs believes in the rebirth of a Mughal era and hence an essai to recreate the magic of the Mughlai kitchens and also the Awadh that resembles the Dum style of cooking.

For Restaurant Reviews, Nawabi Food Reviews, Interviews with Chefs, , we are just a call/sms/email away –

Shivani Gupta @ 09810134348, shivanig78@gmail.com, shivani.gupta@prindia.com

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Shaan wins hearts on Gaurav Maharashtracha

Little things mean the most. And thus proved Shaan as he enthralled one and all with his infectious enthusiasm on the sets of Gajendra Singh’s Gaurav Maharashtracha at Filmalaya Studios.

“Suresh Wadkar ji is my guru. And it makes me feel so great to be here,” enthused Shaan who was part of the festivities with judge Suresh Wadkar, mentors Anand Shinde and Vaishali Samant and anchor Pallavi Joshi who looked charming in a purple outfit.

Enthused Gajendra Singh, “Gaurav Maharashtracha has been a prestigious project for Saaibaba Telefilms. Every season, we have tried to do something new and novel, and touch newer heights. This current season, the tagline is ‘murti lahan pan kirti mahan’ and we have taken on such kids who never even had a radio or a television set at home and have never seen such shows. Maharashtra is very rich in culture and tradition– there is music in each home and we have tried to bring that culture onto television. There are kids who not only touch your hearts but are also the future of our country. We are thankful to our audience in Maharashtra, Suresh Wadkar, Vaishali Samant to give us a chance to do this show. This season is going to be not just a musical talent show, but one that has different emotions, different stories and different heights.” The show does not aim to be just entertaining, but is also value-based and exciting at the same time and that is reflected in its strong content and slick production values.

The chemistry between the two team captains has added to the show. Vaishali Samant and Anand Shinde have maximum hits between them as duets in the Marathi industry like the latest Komdi, and Anand Shinde’s shayaris are being talked about as much as Vaishali Samant’s sense of humour. The earlier seasons seen lavni by Urmila Matondkar and Raveena Tandon among others and is the first to have a Grand Finale in Dubai.

This year, the expectations are higher and Singh is only too happy to oblige. So can one expect fireworks? “Of course,” smiles Singh. “But for that, you have to wait and watch.”

Saaibaba Telefilms’ Gaurav Maharashtracha is on ETV, every Wednesday- Thursday at 9.30pm, while their other show Bharat Ki Shaan with Ismail Darbar and Usha Uthhup as mentors and anchors is already being talked about, while Sur Kshetra on Sahara One will be on air soon. Looks like Gajendra Singh is all set to change the fate of Indian musical teleshows yet again.

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Videocon DDB IIFA Weekend and Jaypee IIFA Awards kick-off festivities in Singapore

~ Star studded weekend to highlight the IIFA Celebrations Singapore in association with Citibank and Your Singapore ~

June 7th, 2012, Singapore: The 13th year of the Videocon DDB IIFA Weekend and the Jaypee IIFA Awards kicked off today in the cosmopolitan city-state of Singapore. The inaugural press conference flagged off the Weekend, announcing the activities lined up for the three days to the congregated world media. The people of Singapore welcomed the Indian Film fraternity to the 3- day entertainment extravaganza.

The Videocon DDB IIFA Weekend which reaches its pinnacle with the Jaypee IIFA Awards will play host to the who’s who of the Indian film industry, the corporate world, dignitaries from India and the region, world media and Indian Cinema fans from across the world. The Videocon DDB IIFA Weekend this year will showcase the various film briefings; Shanghai – the IIFA World Premiere presented by PVR Pictures; the music and fashion extravaganza, Grey Goose presents IIFA Rocks, theIIFA Music Workshop culminating in the finale night – the Jaypee Group IIFA Awards 2012.

Mr. Manoj Gaur, Executive Chairman Jaypee Group said, “As a group that has been at the forefront of nation building through infrastructure development for over 5 decades, Jaypee takes immense pleasure in its association with IIFA, which is a world-renowned Indian cinema platform. Both IIFA and Jaypee are engaged in the task of strengthening the Indian nation and society, albeit through different means. Both being driven by a commitment to passion and excellence, IIFA and Jaypee are therefore a perfect fit and we look forward to a long and meaningful association.”

Mr. Pradeep Dhoot, Director – Videocon Group said, “Videocon DDB & IIFA share a common vision to showcase India across the globe. Videocon is a household name and India’s No. 1 brand of Consumer Electronics & Home Appliances, driven by the philosophy of innovation & customer centricity is trusted by millions of customers to improve their quality of life, through its wide range of products and highly efficient customer service. Videocon is delighted to be associated with Videocon DDB IIFA Weekend for the fourth year in a row.”

Mr. Rohit Nandan, IAS, CMD – Air India said, “Air India is proud to be the official travel partner of the 13th IIFA Awards which is also known as the Oscars of Bollywood, scheduled to be held in Singapore during June 7th-9th, 2012. Our film industry actors are our cultural ambassadors and we, the national carrier, do take genuine pride in flying them to the Lion City of Singapore. We are also pleased to recall Air India’s first association with IIFA way back in 2000.”

On Day one, the Naseeruddin Shah-Sonu Sood starrer Maximum will be showcased at the Raffles City Convention Centre where the stars and director will interact with the global media.

The highlight of the inaugural day is the IIFA World Premiere which is being held in association with PVR Cinemas. The IIFA World Premiere features Dibaker Banerjee’s political-thriller “Shanghai” starring Emraan Hashmi, Abhay Deol, Prosenjit Chatterjee and Kalki Koechlin and would be held at the Lido Cinema, Orchard Road on the night of 7th June.

Day two will see superstar – Dr. Kamal Hassan showcase the first excerpts of his most-awaited film “Vishwaroop”, on 8th June. The second day of the weekend will also see Norwegian star, Liv Ullmann showcase her film ‘Liv and Ingmar’. The film that is based on her life with Ingmar Bergman. This is the first time an international film will be showcased at the IIFAs exclusively to the Indian film fraternity.

The second night will have IIFA Rocks presented by Grey Goose. It is a star-studded event complete with music, fashion, dance and cinema. Grey Goose presents IIFA Rocks brings to the ramp a night of glamour, glitz and entertainment – a coming together of the best in Indian fashion and music! The show will see performances by Vishal and Shekhar, Leslie Lewis, Usha Uthup, Hariharan and Mika. Film stars who will be show stoppers for their favorite designers are Nargis Fakhri, Dia Mirza, Aditi Rao Hydari, Bipasha Basu, Zoa Morani. The evening will be hosted by the charismatic duo of Ayushman Khurana and Chitrangada Singh.

The original, “IIFA Gitterati by Masaba”, is being showcased at IIFA Rocks! Created by the nouveau designer, it is a chic fusion wear line with strong Indian elements – the colour palette and imagery of the collection is inspired by the IIFA logo and brand world. Grey Goose’s association with famed designer Varun Bahl, showcases his collection that has been inspired by the world of Grey Goose.

Gemfields in partnership with Gitanjali, will be unveiling Envi by Gitanjali while showcasing “The Eternal Lightness of Being’ by Suneet Verma”. Envi is an exquisite collection of high-end jewelry studded with emeralds, exuding a regal charm and allure. The lines will be showcased along with electrifying performances by Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra who will perform songs from their film Teri Meri Kahaani, Neha Dhupia and Gauhar Khan.

Day three will see Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s much-anticipated sports film ‘Ferrari Ki Sawari’ with Sharmaan Joshi in a lead role for the first time along with actors Boman Irani and Ritwik Sahore.

Other major films to be introduced through the weekend are Shahid- Priyanka starrer ‘Teri Meri Kahani’, Sridevi’s comeback film ‘English Vinglish’, Preity Zinta’s ‘Ishq in Paris’.

The Videocon IIFA Weekend will conclude with the grand celebration of the 13th Jaypee IIFA Awards ceremony, which will showcase the best that the Indian Film Fraternity has to offer. The Awards night will witness an action-packed show with performances by Shahid Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Bipasha Basu, Prabhu Deva, Farhan Akhtar and Sonakshi Sinha. Actor-Choreographer-Director Prabhu Deva will choreograph the performances for the first time. Shahid Kapoor will host his first Jaypee IIFA Awards, along with co- host Actor-Director Farhan Akthar. Both ‘Friends of IIFA’, Shahid is known for his boy-next-door good looks and natural flair for acting while Farhan is known for his uber-cool persona and wit. The chemistry between the two actors will be magical and the IIFAs are going to don a fresh new look this year.

As in previous years, IIFA will welcome the film industry to its signature Green Carpet to campaign for a greener planet. With the support of the film stars, IIFA will continue to share ideas about small steps that everyone can implement in their daily lives in order to become planet savers. Panasonic which has built its entire business on eco friendly technology has partnered IIFA in this effort.

Mr. Manish Sharma, Director – Marketing, Panasonic India said, “It has been a pleasure to be associated with the IIFA Awards, which has continuously recognized excellence in Indian Cinema. Panasonic with the corporate vision to be the No.1 Green Innovation Company worldwide in the electronics industry by 2018 is excited to support the cause for the 4th consecutive year now. Being the environment conscious brand we choose to further facilitate our focus of protecting the environment through the platform. IIFA Awards ‘Go Green’ theme provides the perfect space for endorsement of eco-friendly products and we are delighted to be part of the ‘Go Green’ mission this year.”

Mr. Sabbas Joseph, Director, Wizcraft Entertainment International said, “The IIFAs have returned to Singapore for the second time, we are back to recreate the magic after the successful celebration we had in 2004. This weekend, we will showcase the cultural abundance and impeccable cinematic talent of Indian Cinema on a global dais. We are excited and confident that this year too will be grand, spectacular and memorable. As always, we stand committed to our objective of building a bond with our host countries that further translates into business opportunities.”

Mr. Nitin Vaidya, Business Head, Hindi Channels, STAR India said, “For years, STAR Plus and IIFA have showcased Indian cinema across the global stage. It is with great pride that we announce bringing the Awards to Singapore. There’s a genuine appreciation and huge following for Indian cinema in Singapore and this is complemented by the large Indian-origin population in the city state. We look forward to another magnificent event this year with IIFA 2012.”

This year in a breakthrough connect-with-the-world approach, under the banner IIFA LIVE, several events including the IIFA Music Workshop, Green carpet events and interviews will be showcased live on HostGator.in which is hosting the iifa website.

The entire film industry will congregate at the 13th IIFA Celebrations in Singapore from the 7th to the 9th of June. In 2012, for the fourth year in succession, Videocon DDB will present the Videocon DDB IIFA Weekend and the Jaypee Group will present the Jaypee IIFA Awards.

The prestigious night of nights, the Jaypee IIFA Awards will be broadcast globally on Star Plus, for the 7th year running, while it will broadcast on Mediacorp’s Vasantham channel in Singapore. The 13th Videocon DDB IIFA Weekend and Jaypee IIFA Awards is supported by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB). Panasonic with its Eco Ideas initiative will continue to partner the IIFAs for its greening initiatives. Incredible India’s partnership will focus on exposing tourism opportunities that the country has to offer. Air India will partner with IIFA as the Official Airline Partner.

PVR Pictures is the associate sponsor of the IIFA World Premiere and Grey Goose is the presenting sponsor of IIFA Rocks. Air India will partner with IIFA as the Official Airline Partner. The Gitanjali Group and Gemfields, HostGator.in are Associate Sponsors of the Videocon IIFA Weekend. The IIFA Celebrations are being held in Singapore in association with Citibank, the Fairmont Singapore and the Swissotel-The Stamford.

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WEBB FOR THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN

The man well-known for the romantic movies was aghast when he was approached to direct the reboot film in the Spider-man Franchise “THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN”. When asked to direct the movie, prompt came Marc’s reply, “I don’t make movies like that!”But according to the producers of the film Marc Webb was a perfect fit to spin the web for this Spider-man.

The movie is ready and about to be released. The movie of Sony Pictures releases in India, a week ahead of USA, on 29th June in 3D. When asked about the movie Marc says “When they brought it to me, the 17-year-old kid in myself was excited. I was hesitant at first, but I thought there was so much stuff from the Spider-Man canon that hadn’t been explored yet.”

Will Webb be able to recreate the magic of love seen between Peter Parker and Mary Jane in Spider-man? Will there be an upside down kiss? What treat awaits the audience will only be revealed once the movie releases!

– H.S.Communication


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Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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