Yash Raj Films to Release Next Installment of India’s Blockbuster

Action Franchise in IMAX® Theatres

Mumbai, September 21, 2012 – Yash Raj Films Pvt. Ltd., India’s largest film studio and IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX) today announced that the action thriller DHOOM:3, the next offering from YRF from the most popular franchise in the Indian film industry, will be digitally re-mastered in the immersive IMAX format and released in IMAX® theatres across India and select global locations next year. The film marks the first Indian local-language production to be released in IMAX. The Company currently has 14 IMAX theatres open or contracted to open in India.

From producer Aditya Chopra and director Vijay Krishna Acharya, and starring Aamir Khan, Dhoom:3 is the next installment in one of the most famous franchises in Indian box office history. Also starring Abhishek Bachchan, Uday Chopra and Katrina Kaif, the film tells the story of the adventures of Jai Dixit, a no-nonsense cop, and his scatterbrained partner, Ali. The success of Dhoom and Dhoom:2 have established this as Bollywood’s pre-eminent franchise.

Speaking about this collaboration, Yash Chopra said, “IMAX has always symbolised high quality film entertainment and experience and this vision of the company works very well with the ethos of YRF which has been synonymous with Indian film entertainment over the last four decades. We are indeed happy to announce our association with IMAX for the additional release of DHOOM:3 in this exciting format next year. Added to the anticipated thrill that the film promises, this IMAX experience will give it an all new edge of the seat dimension altogether. We look forward to closely working with their team over the coming year.”

“Our network growth in India has reached a point where we’re now able to present local-language films in IMAX, which is paramount to our success in the region,” said Greg Foster, Chairman and President, IMAX Filmed Entertainment. “We’re very excited to begin this partnership with Yash Raj Films and look forward to working with director Vijay Krishna Acharya and Yash & Aditya Chopra on this highly anticipated Bollywood blockbuster. With its riveting action set pieces, global locales and stunning visuals, Dhoom:3 is an ideal film to take advantage of our immersive format as we begin our initiative with Indian-language/Bollywood films.”

The IMAX release of Dhoom:3 will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images coupled with IMAX’s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

About Dhoom:3-DHOOM:3, the next offering from Yash Raj Films from the most popular franchise in the Indian film industry, is already a much awaited media event of 2013 and the film is anticipated to experience one of the largest theatrical releases worldwide ever seen by an Indian film. With a stellar star cast, the film aims to set a new benchmark amongst action films in Indian Cinema.

Once again the franchise will introduce a new modus operandi as it follows the path of police inspector Jai Dixit (Abhishek Bachchan) and his lovable sidekick, Ali (Uday Chopra), in their characteristic fight against crime. This time they come up against the charismatic and versatile, Aamir Khan, who will take up the mantle of the anti-hero and carry DHOOM:3 into hyper drive.

About Yash Raj Films-Yash Raj Films is the leading player in the Indian film industry and the country’s premier independent Studio conglomerate. The Company’s core lies in the production and distribution of some of the industry’s highest grossing films. With offices also in New York, London and Dubai, YRF handles the global distribution of its own films. The Company also has its own music and home entertainment labels, design cell and post-production facilities, internet, digital, merchandising, licensing, marketing and talent management divisions, as well as in-house units focused on the creation of television software, ad films, and music videos. YRF also has its own state-of-the-art fully integrated Studio, producing a slate of films annually, and thus making it an integral part of the entertainment business in India. It has also recently set up a youth films division, Y Films focused on making films on the youth and become the key platform for giving opportunities for new talent. The Studio also announced its foray into the International space, YRF Entertainment, which has already completed its first project, “The Longest Week” and has announced its next project, “Grace of Monaco”.

About IMAX Corporation-IMAX Corporation is one of the world’s leading entertainment and technology companies, specializing in the creation and delivery of premium, awe-inspiring entertainment experiences. With a growing suite of cutting-edge motion picture and sound technologies, and a globally recognized entertainment brand, IMAX is singularly situated at the convergence of the entertainment industry, innovation and the digital media world. The industry’s top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and as such, the IMAX network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe. The Company’s new digital projection and sound systems – combined with a growing blockbuster film slate – are fueling the rapid expansion of the IMAX network in established markets such as North America, Western Europe, and Japan, as well as emerging markets such as China and Russia. IMAX deliver the world’s best cinematic presentations using proprietary IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, and IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-Mastering) technologies. IMAX DMR enables virtually any motion picture to be transformed into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience®. IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices in London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of June 30, 2012, there were 663 IMAX theatres (529 commercial multiplex, 20 commercial destination and 114 institutional) in 52 countries.


Heroine’ debuts in 927 UFO digital theatres

Mumbai, September 21, 2012: The much-awaited film by Madhur Bhandarkar starring Kareena Kapoor, ‘Heroine’ debuts this week in 927 UFO digital theatres. ‘Barfi!’ screens in 215 UFO digital theatres in its second week while and ‘Raaz3’ in 2D & 3D screens in 204 UFO digital theatres in its third week. ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ screens in 27 UFO digital theatres in its sixth week and `Jism 2’, in its eight week, screens in 24 UFO digital theatres.

In South India, Tamil film ‘Chaarulatha’ debuts this week in 48 UFO digital theatres and ‘Sundarpandiyan’ screens in 60 UFO digital theatres in its second week.

Telugu film ‘Siridi Sai’ screens in 100 UFO digital theatres in its third week, while ‘Life is Beautiful’ screens in 90 screens in its second week, ‘Sreemannarayana’ screens in 63 UFO digital theatres in its fourth week.

About UFO Moviez India Ltd. (www.ufomoviez.com)

UFO Moviez, the world’s largest satellite delivered digital cinema network, has revolutionized the way films are distributed and exhibited throughout India. Presently, UFO has a base of 3,029 digital screens (including 152 3D Screens), spread over 1,300 cities in 25 states and 6 union territories of India. UFO has so far released 4,953 films in 30 languages and has conducted over 12 million shows till date.

For more information, please contact:

UFO Moviez India Ltd. – Shalini Bhattacharya – PR Manager, (+91)9920839720 Janki Trivedi – Adfactors PR – (+91)9820080835, (+91)9820531932


12 girls set to live the Global Fantasy as Kingfisher begins the Hunt for this Year’s Diva
~ Siddhartha Mallya & Lisa Haydon mark their small screen debut as host cum judges on the show ~

Mumbai, September 21st, 2012

Known for gifting the fashion world some of its biggest names, the Hunt for the Kingfisher Calendar Girl is poised for another season of excitement. Today at the Trident, Kingfisher Premium and NDTV Good Times announced an interesting panel of host cum judges for season four, enhancing the exhilaration quotient around the ‘Hunt’. Present on the occasion was also Nathalia Kaur, super model cum actor and winner of Kingfisher Calendar Hunt 2012.

The biggest surprise and exciting announcement for this edition was the news of Siddharth Mallya – the charming Mallya heir, making his debut on the small screen as a host and judge of the Hunt for the Kingfisher Calendar Girl 2013. Sharing the screen space would be another big name Lisa Haydon who is a super model cum actor and former Kingfisher Calendar girl. These two celebrity judges along with a host of other celebrity judges who will be part of the Hunt are on the lookout for the sexiest feminine wonder who boasts of unmatchable oomph, charisma and the hottest bikini body.

This year the theme of the show would revolve around “Fantasy”. Girls will be styled and groomed to match the theme with high definition make ups & accessories. Tasks such the Mermaid task, Boot camp task, Elephant task, Talent, Cage task and props used during the show will also reflect the theme. The current edition of the show will be shot across picturesque locations of Goa. 12 lucky contestants will dive into different avatars and challenges, in a bid for a spot on the coveted Kingfisher Calendar.

Talking about the fourth season of the ‘Hunt for the Kingfisher Calendar Girl’, Samar Singh Sheikhawat, Senior Vice President Marketing, United Breweries Ltd said, “Following the decade long heritage of the Kingfisher Swimsuit Calendar, this edition of the hunt for the Kingfisher calendar girl will prove to be more exciting than ever before with larger than life names, a bigger format and a wider canvas. The Kingfisher Swimsuit Calendar is one of the biggest and most desirable brand properties that has driven the image of fun, style and glamour for the brand. The ‘Hunt’ for the calendar girl began with NDTV Good Times in 2009. Now comes another landmark with the young and dashing Siddhartha Malaya becoming a part of the show as a judge and celebrity anchor.”

Further adds Aarti Singh, Senior Vice President Programming & Production, NDTV Good Times, “With NDTV Good Times reaching more people than ever before through our innovative and genre defining programming, we are very excited to announce the fourth season of ‘The Hunt for Kingfisher Calendar Girl 2013’. The property has a committed fan following and we intend to increase it this year. The show is one of the main highlights for our year end programming.”

Started in the year 2010 the Hunt for the Kingfisher Calendar Girl is a platform that provides nascent models an opportunity to prove themselves in the fashion industry and gain instant fame. The ‘Hunt’ has provided jumpstart to many popular faces such as Himarsha Venkatswamy, Angela Johnson and Nathalia Kaur, in the past.

12 girls, 8 weeks and 3 celebrity judges, who will succumb to the pressure and who will survive the trials and tribulations of this sturdy competition are yet to be seen. The show will air from Monday-Friday, 29th October onwards, 10.30 PM on NDTV Good Times.

About Kingfisher Premium:

Kingfisher Premium is a flagship brand from The United Breweries Group. It is a lifestyle brand associated with fun, style, fashion and sports. The brand has won many international awards for its brew, packaging and advertising. Currently available in over 50 countries, Kingfisher owns the most glamorous property ‘Kingfisher Swimsuit Calendar”. Introduced in 2003, the ‘Kingfisher Swimsuit Special’ became a pioneer of sorts in India and led the path for many such concepts to follow. In addition to this, Kingfisher has been associated with various Fashion festivals in India as the “Good Times Partner” to the FDCI sponsored Fashion Week in Delhi, India Couture Week, Men’s Fashion Week, Lakme Fashion Week and a host of many other City based fashion weeks.

Kingfisher is also associated with the prestigious Kingfisher Derby amongst a host of other properties like the Kingfisher East Bengal Football team, the official refresher of the Mumbai Marathon, Delhi Half Marathon and the Bangalore World 10K. In the past Kingfisher has, had brand ambassadors such as Andrew Flintoff, Michael Vaughan, Ajay Jadeja and Sourav Ganguly. Kingfisher Premium is partner to the Sahara Force India Formula 1 Team. Kingfisher Premium is also the Good Times Partner of 6 IPL Teams – Royal Challengers Bangalore, Deccan Chargers, Rajasthan Royals, Mumbai Indians, Delhi Dare Devils and Kings XI Punjab.

In music, Kingfisher owns the coveted “The Great Indian October Fest” which is India’s biggest festival, attracting footfalls in excess of 65000. Other popular initiatives include Kingfisher Voice of Goa and Kingfisher Livewire

About NDTV Good Times

NDTV Good Times is the flagship channel of NDTV Lifestyle, part of the NDTV Group.

Launched in September 2007, NDTV Good Times quickly became India’s top-ranked English-language lifestyle television, as well as across the English entertainment and lifestyle space.

With a target audience of millions of socially upbeat, well-travelled, cosmopolitan Indians who live in style, adore fashion, are adventurous about food and travel and want more out every moment in life with both back packing and high flying budgets – NDTV Good Times brings in world-class lifestyle programming that advocates living large.

It gives its viewers affirmative mantras for how to enjoy food both highway and Michelin star, find good health through salsa and yoga, fashion on ramps both Indian and foreign and how to relish travel and luxury from both far and near. The lineup of shows covers every aspect of the lifestyle genre which caters to an increasingly global India.

The programming offers fresh, original content while constantly working with new and engaging out-of-the-box formats. The channel presenters each draw in a loyal fan and viewer base, who they can engage with on-air, on ground and online through our engaging social and mobile platforms.

NDTV Good Times has won several programming awards at the Indian Television Academy Awards, the Indian Telly awards & The World Media Festival for key shows & interstitials like Highway On My Plate, No Big Deal and Making of The Kingfisher Calendar. Judged as the ‘Best Fashion & Lifestyle Channel’ at the ITA (Indian Television Academy) awards for two consecutive years, NDTV Good Times is also the market leader in food & travel programming with a strong Indian connect.

Beamed directly across international markets such as US, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Mauritius and Maldives, the Channel is present across all major analogue cable markets & all six DTH platforms in India.

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