Sunday, 31 August 2014

Suniel Shetty turns rifle coach for Sasha Agha Khan in Desi Kattey


Game changers. Glam girls. Power players. Beauty with Brains. Here's to the resourceful, sensitive, soulful, gracious and confident women of Bollywood.   

They are the heart, face and soul of an industry. And yet, they lead their lives and career on their own terms and conditions. Whether it's respect, remuneration or reputation, they aren't second to anybody.  

In Bollywood many actresses take challenging role here Actress Sasha Agha Khan recently join the list of brave actress. Sasha Agha Khan will seen in her action packed performance where she will be seen with guns onscreen and raising temperature is upped by quite a few degrees. 

But the new bee Sasha is not so familiar with Guns so Actor Suniel Shetty who is returning as an Army man who also doubles up as a shooting coach will become tutor for the lovely lady. 

Anna Suniel Shetty has a very pivotal role in the film. He is the one who spots my two key protagonists in the film, played by Akhil Kapur and Jay Bhanushali. DESI KATTEY movie is based on the world of gangsters and sports amalgamate to meet a common destination.

Excited Sasha Agha Khan said, "Guns are my secret desire and working with the master of action Suniel Shetty is really fun. I was little bit nervous but when you get tutor like Suniel sir nothing is impossible."

Saturday, 30 August 2014

The Linear Luxe by Mirari -



Mirari, the reigning queen in jewellery, is ready to surprise us with its mesmerizing linear dangler collection. The Beeline Bling is a sparkling token to cherish the approaching Monsoons. This new collection is yet another flare to the array of jewels crafted by Mirari. The brand is adored for its exclusivity and meticulous proficiency. The concept of linear danglers defines a decade old trend. The straight alignment of earrings embellished with precious metal, carved gemstones hold a universal demand. It is the simplest of all shapes & an eminent form of jewellery designing.

The linear danglers at Mirari are designed on 18 karat of white gold with the significant choice of intense colour diamonds, red rubies, sapphires, that glitters to perfection. The collection is a tribute to the ruling patterns of jewellery fashion. Crafting it the simple way is evident to the brands invincible dexterity.

This new treasure is recreated to make the pattern rule distinctively. Mirari has shouldered the responsibility to rejuvenate this trend adding a touch of rarity to it. The
 
Price on Request.

Available at-
  • www.mirari.com/shop
  • Delhi - M-1, Lower Ground Floor, M-Block Market, Greater Kailash-1, New Delhi. Tel: 011-41086600/7600

INDIA'S LEADERSHIP TO END COSMETICS ANIMAL TESTING LAUDED AT 9TH WORLD CONGRESS

India’s Leadership to End Cosmetics Animal Testing Lauded at 9th World Congress on Alternatives in Prague

#BeCrueltyFree India team join global delegates

PRAGUE (28 August 2014) – India’s major achievement in banning animal testing for cosmetics, as well as its potential to replace more animal use in medical research and testing, was highlighted at this year’s 9th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences. Humane Society International’s #BeCrueltyFree campaign to end animal testing of cosmetics brought together a delegation of policy experts and regulators from across the globe, including campaign manager Alokparna Sengupta from Hyderabad and A.K. Pradhan, Deputy Drugs Controller for the Indian government.

The World Congress is the premier global event for scientists, policy experts, regulators, companies and animal advocates to join in dialogue about reducing and replacing animals in research and testing. Sengupta and Pradhan joined with #BeCrueltyFree experts coming from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, Korea and the United States, as well as regulators from Brazil, Russia, India and Canada,  for “X-2: Cosmetics around the world,” a session dedicated to ending cosmetics testing on animals.

India’s success in banning animal testing of cosmetics, its progress toward banning the import of cosmetics animal tested abroad, as well as the government’s express interest in exploring other scientifically and economically advantageous opportunities to replace out-dated animal testing with state-of-the-art alternatives, was presented to the more than 1,000 delegates.

Sengupta said: “I am proud to represent HSI’s Be Cruelty-Free India campaign at such an event with some of the world’s top science and policy experts in the field of non-animal research. The Indian government made the landmark decision to ban cruel and out-dated animal testing for cosmetics following detailed negotiation with Be Cruelty-Free India and others. We are hopeful that an import ban on cosmetics tested on animals will follow shortly.

“We also are keen to see India take a leadership role in Asia in replacing animal use in other areas of testing and medical research. Indian citizens, our science base and economy stand to benefit from greater investment in modern science without animals. The World Congress has been an excellent opportunity for us to discuss further India’s potential to reduce the use of animals in testing pharmaceuticals, vaccines and medical devices.”
#BeCrueltyFree India is working with government regulatory agencies on policy reform, with scientists on the promotion of alternatives, and with other animal advocates to raise awareness about animal testing.

Ek Nayi Pehchan fame Ankita Bhargava's Birthday party pics!!

Actress Ankita Bhargava, who is currently seen in Sony Entertaintment's Ek Nayi Pehchan, kept a house party for her friends to celebrate her birthday which turned out to be a rocking one for all.

Her Ek Nayi Pehchan co-stars Poonam Dhillon, Karan Sharma, Sooraj Thapar and Namish Taneja and her best buddies Roopal Tyagi, Rishina Khandari, Dheeraj Dhoopar etc from the industry joined in.


Looking forward to hearing back from you positively....

BAPPA MORAYA - Devotional Single by Asha Bhosle, Zanai



Mumbai:  

On the occasion  of Ganesha Chaturthi, the great Ganesha festival, also known as 'Vinayak Chaturthi' or 'Vinayaka Chavithi'  celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesha  Saregama India Ltd. proudly launched the first devotional single ‘Bappa Morya’ by  the most celebrated legendary singer ‘Asha Bhosle’ featuring her granddaughter Zanai,  in Siddhi Vinayak Temple.

The music of this track is composed by none other than the  renowned   Percussionist  Nitin Shankar.  The  song represents the dynamism of all the Ganesh devotees.  The tract has a unique touch with foot tapping music.  The added attraction of this this track is Asha ji’s grand daughter Zanai. 

Says Adarsh Gupta, Business Head, Music - Saregama India ltd, “ This tribute to Ganpati by Asha ji pulsates of exceptional energy perfectly exemplifying the true nature of his Lord. Asha ji’s magical voice in this rendition  will make it stand out for time to come”

Time to join the cheer with Asha Bhosle Ji … Ek Do Teen Char Ganapathi Ki Jay Jay Kaar



Saregama India Ltd is Listed on the NSE and BSE, Saregama India Limited, is India’s largest and best-known music recording company.Formerly known as The Gramophone Company of India Ltd, Saregama owns the largest music archives in India, one of the biggest in the world.  The ownership of nearly 50 per cent of all the music
ever recorded in India also makes Saregama the most authoritative repository of the country’s musical heritage. Saregama has now expanded into other branches of entertainment – it is involved in  production and distribution of motion pictures, television software, digital content, and home entertainment.  It also runs studio facilities in Dum Dum,  Kolkata making it one of the best  end-to-end entertainment houses in the country.

SACHIN JOSHI AND BOMAN IRANI SAY IN ONE VOICE "QUIT SMOKING" WITH GOA NICOFIX


WHAT: Sachiin Joshi and Boman Irani promote Goa Nicofix-anti tobacco chewing gum
WHEN: 23rd Aug, 2014
WHERE: Lakme Fashion Week, The Palladium Hotel

On Saturday evening Sachiin Joshi along with actor Boman Irani promoted anti-smoking at Lakme Fashion Week. Sachiin Joshi pulled up his socks and sleeve as he introduced Goa Nicofix anti-tobacco chewing gum.
Goa Nicofix is a type of ‘Nicotine Replacement Therapy’ also helping to reduce nicotine cravings and is one of the products by Viiking Confectionaries, the CMD of which is actor Sachiin Joshi. It is also a cleaner way of taking nicotine as it is free from chemicals, tar and smoke. It keeps your breath fresh and does not stain your teeth. 
Both Sachiin Joshi and Boman Irani present at the press conference to promote the product look dapper in suits! On his product Sachiin Joshi quoted, “Goa Nicofix is as discussed a nicotine replacement therapy for consumers who are smoking from a very long time and find it difficult to stop it.  One can even say that is a kind of a CSR activity that I wanted to initiate and associate myself with.
Sachiin adds, every human body has nicotine levels in already in them and the consumption of cigarettes adds to the levels which makes us lethargic and reduces our stamina. Goa NicoFix is a product which will help consumers to kick the butt! Smoking is the most difficult habit to cut down on and is much more difficult than alcoholism to give up according to statistics in India”
On his association with Goa Niofix and him being chosen as a brand ambassador actor Boman Irani says, “ Sachiin here has chosen one of the youngest actors in the industry as a brand ambassador! (jokes apart) But when we were in school/college smoking was considered “cool” and the one who didn’t smoke was of course very “uncool”. Rather obvious it increased the number of smokers at that time because of the peer pressure. But today’s generation is much smarter and careful about their health. Also the people from our generation have stopped smoking and have become conscious about their health, diet and fitness. Believe me when I say, smoking does a lot of damage to the body and the after effects are very bad.I personally think this is cooler way of kicking the butt as one may put it. It’s a wonderful cause and I am extremely happy to be a part of it”.
A media from the crowd pops up and says, we heard that you are going to play a Yamraj in the advertisement of Goa Nicofix! Tell us more!
Yes! Boman quoted, “an advertisement has also been shot where I play Yamraj who always cribs about not being able to go on a holiday since he has a lot of death pickups to take care of, owing to smoking and its ill-effects. I therefore request people to use Goa Nicofix which will help them give up smoking, so the Yamraj (which is me) can lead an easier and carefree life!
Here is wishing everyone a good and healthy life!
Goa Nicofix chabao, apni umar badao!

2nd “World Tea & Coffee Expo” ™ 2014 to be held at Mumbai, India from 11th Sept - 13th Sept 2014

 


 Leading Indian & Global Companies from Tea, Coffee & Allied Sectors (Packaging, Machinery, Certifications, Boards/Associations) Are Showcasing Their Products And Technologies)
 
·         High level conference by experts to analyse key factors influencing the market
·         Launch Of Exotic Hot Beverage Products At The Expo

Being held at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon, Mumbai, India from 11th Sept - 13th Sept 2014, the 2nd “World Tea & Coffee Expo” ™ 2014 (www.worldteacoffeeexpo.com), India’s only trade show focused on the Tea & Coffee Sectors shall showcase products, machineries and technologies from a judicious mix of Indian & International Exhibitors. With over 50 categories of products, technologies and equipment on display from India & abroad, WTCE will determine trends, create awareness on optimization of product lines, enable networking with peers, industry stalwarts, academia and government officials. The Event is likely to see the launch a number of new and exotic Tea & Coffee products for the first time in India.

For tea professionals, there will be presence of new teas and infusions, Tea boards, certifications, tea processing and packaging machinery, teabag material manufacturers and allied products and accessories. The coffee industry will also be strongly represented here with Exhibitors ranging from producers and exporters to roasters, machinery manufacturers and coffee-related accessories. This unique annual expo offers an opportunity to Retailers, Wholesalers, Importers/Exporters, Chain stores, F&B managers, Spa managers, Hotels / Hotel Chains, Vendors/Suppliers, Grocers, Resorts, Tea & Coffee houses, Spices Manufacturers and allied professionals to expand their business - both nationally & Internationally.

Conference is one of the major highlight of the event where speakers would be sharing best of their research, information and experience to offer strategic analysis of key factors influencing the market - be they legislative, distribution, packaging or pricing issues. Forecasts as to how the market is set to change shall also be given. Workshops and Tea and Coffee tasting sessions will enable visitors to access and taste a unique variety of Teas, Coffees, Recipes, Latte Art, Fusion Mixes etc.

Madhur Bhandarkar celebrates with 'Calendar Girls'

Famed director Madhur Bhandarkar, winner of National awards is coming up with his next offering in Bollywood - Calendar Girls.

Madhur is know to come up with hard hitting stories with realistic characters, which can be identified by the layman.

Director Madhur Bhandarkar celebrated his birthday on the sets of Calendar Girls yesterday. 

Present were producer Sangeeta Ahir (in grey t-shirt) and the crew of Calendar Girls.

Friday, 29 August 2014

Raja Natwarlal - Movie Review

CON  GAINS

Rating: *** 

Bollywood Movie Review - by PAWAN GUPTA


The movie begins with Raja (Emraan Hashmi) playing a street con The Three Card Monte to lure unsuspecting customers with Raghav (Dipak Tijori – old and obese) as his mentor and enhancer.

Raja spends the ill- gotten gains on a local street kid Robin Hood style or on his sweetheart bar-dancer Zia (Humaima Mullick- anaeroxic).

Everything is going fine until Raja decides to do a few big cons and retire and drags Raghav into it, they con Vardha Yadav’s goons (K.K. Menon-menacing) off rupees 80 lakhs. Raghav is promptly bumped off and search is on for his partner in crime.

Raja wants revenge of Raghav’s death and seeks help of a big con artist of yore Mr. Yogi (Paresh Raval-subdued) holed up in picturesque Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh, he takes Raja under his wings and an elaborate con is designed to finish off Vardha financially it also involves an auction for a CL T-20 team (Vardha loves anything cricket).

There is also a parallel track of two corrupt police officers trying to usurp the proceedings. It is any ones guess who out cons whom.

A good screenplay on a feeble storyline keeps you gripped in a few places. Natwarlal refers to the famed proverbial Indian con artist who sold parliament .

The focus of the movie is on Emraan Hashmi and he basks in its glory in his trademark matter of fact style others take a backseat.

Humaima makes a glamourous debut with three kissing scenes thrown in. How people will react to her new avatar in her country is to be seen.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Jaypee Hospital to launch Comprehensive Heart Institute

Exclusive heart care facility offering 200 beds including 60 beds for ICCU , 6 Cardiac OT , 4 Cath Lab and 24x7  heart helpline 1800 102 9 102


Noida, August 26, 2014: 



The Jaypee Group, which recently launched its flagship 1200-bedded tertiary care multi-speciality hospital at sector 128, Noida is shortly opening its global quality Heart Institute. This unmatched heart care facility – backed by international standard quality and safety standards – will have four Cath Labs including one of its kind Hybrid OT (Cath Lab and OT together) and region’s first bi-plane Cath Lab. The Heart Institute is equipped with 200 beds including 60 beds for ICCU, 6 OTs, and four dedicated ambulances. In addition to that, the institute will also provide 24x7 helpline 1800 102 9 102 dedicated to cardiac patients.

Ten leading cardiologists and six cardiac surgeons from globally renowned institutes have joined this unit. These specialist doctors are: Dr Manoj Luthra,  Dr Gunjan Kapoor,
Dr Rajnish Sardana, Dr Sanjiv Bhardwaj, Dr Sameer Malhotra, Dr Anil Kapoor, Dr Ramesh Gauri Shanker, Dr Shalini Singh, and Dr Vikas Saroha, to name a few.

Shri Jaiprakash Gaur, Founder Chairman, Jaypee Group says, “The burden of treating cardiac patients in India is so enormous that the government on its own cannot address this issue, so the private sector has to come forward. We have taken a small step in this direction so as to benefit the public at large.”
Mrs Rekha Dixit, Director, Jaypee Healthcare Limited said, “Our healthcare facility will do around 3,000 heart surgeries including paediatric cardiac surgery and 10,000 cardiac Cath procedures on an annual basis. More importantly, we are offering these services at a cost which common man can afford.

Jaypee Hospital, Noida, the flagship hospital of the Jaypee Group has been planned and designed as a 1200 bedded tertiary care multi-super-specialty facility and is operational with 525 beds in the first phase. It has been established on the fundamental principles of providing patient-centric care, evidence based medicine, ethical practices and value for money.


The Jaypee Hospital, Noida - a 1200 bedded tertiary care multi-super-specialty facility and the flagship hospital of the Jaypee Group is shortly getting commissioned with 525 beds in the first phase. It has been built across a sprawling twenty-five acre campus, which is easily accessible from Delhi, Noida and the Yamuna Expressway; and its plan, design and construction of this hospital would position it amongst very few LEED certified hospital buildings in India.

For more information, please contact:
Jaypee Hospital, Noida                                                  
Richa Tiku +91 8010399622                                           

COAI brings in ‘Expert Speak’ to dispel fears about health hazards from cell towers and phones

Experts in physics and medicine come together to allay health fears on the effects of mobile emissions


V.K.Cherian, Director COAI,  T.R. Dua, ED, TAIPA &  Dr. Mehool Mehta, Radiologist.jpg


India’s top brain-tumour specialist,    Dr. Rakesh Jalali, Professor,    Radiation Oncology and Convener, Neuro Oncology Group, Tata Medical Centre:“The RF waves used in the mobile phone technology are probably at the lowest end of the electromagnetic spectrum and does not cause any DNA kill.”

Professor Michael Repacholi, Chairman Emeritus of ICNIRP and Ex-EMF Project Co-Ordinator, WHO: “WHO fact sheet states very clearly that the mobile phones do not cause cancer. A number of studies conducted to ascertain relationship between the electromagnetic radiation and cancer have not found anything to indicate mobile radiation causing cancer.”

Pune, August 26, 2014: COAI, the apex body of mobile communications companies, has launched a public awareness campaign aimed at allaying health fears and dispelling myths surrounding mobile tower antennae and handsets. Titled “Mobile Networks and Public Health” series, this is the first time eminent experts from India and world over have come together on a common platform to dispel unwarranted fears of health hazards from mobile towers and handsets. The campaign comprises reference books and videos, and roadshows involving experts from oncology, radiology, molecular and physical science as well as the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The public awareness campaign, created by COAI, will run across several Indian cities, and is aimed to dispel the myths regarding effects of mobile emissions on public health. The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) too had recognised the issue that a large section of Indian public harboured unwarranted fears that were not based on scientific data and facts. COAI’s campaign is along the same lines.

The booklet and video series will be widely circulated among the masses, decision makers, and will be circulated on social media.

Mr. Rajan S. Mathews, Director General, COAI, said: “Over the last 20 years, the mobile industry has been successful in putting India on the global map, making us the second largest telecom market in the world. This has also brought in concerns about the Electromagnetic Field with regards to Cell Towers and Handsets. COAI is happy to bring experts from the relevant disciplines such as Physics and Medicine on a common platform to dispel the fear psychosis created by some people who are oblivious of the science and safety regime behind the technology. The video and communication series ‘Mobile networks and Public Health’ will put forth the scientific and safety regime adopted by the Government and industry.”

The first part of the series “Mobile Networks and Public Health” features Professor R. V. Hosur - Senior Professor, Department of Chemical Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR); Dr. Rakesh Jalali - Professor, Radiation Oncology and Convener, Neuro Oncology Group, Tata Medical Centre; Professor Michael Repacholi - Chairman Emeritus of ICNIRP and Ex-EMF Project Co-Ordinator, World Health Organization; and Dr. Rajesh Dikshit - Department of Epidemiology, Urology (DMG), Tata Medical Centre. The series is introduced by Mr. Rajan S Mathews, Director General of COAI. A twelve minute video film captures the “science and safety regime” behind the mobile emissions.

India, like the rest of the world community, has recognized that mobile telecommunications contributes significantly to the speedy socio-economic development. But at the same time, myths regarding health issues due to mobile towers and mobile handsets have gained ground while the country is making rapid progress in the field of telecom services. Rigorous and independent scientific studies and researches across the globe led by the World Health Organization (WHO) have negated all fears of health effects from mobile tower antennae and phones.

Here is what the experts had to say on the topic:

Dr. Bhavin Jankharia, Mumbai based Radiologist and President of Indian Radiology & Imaging Association: “We have been using X-ray radiations for more than 115 years, and we still haven’t been able to establish the relationship of cancer and radiation to any great extent. The mobile tower radiation is inherently a type of radiation that we believe does not produce any kind of significant harm to humans.”

Professor R.V. Hosur, Senior Professor, Department of Chemical Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) said: “Ionising radiation causes damage to the molecules – they break the chemical bonds and can cause health hazards. But non-ionizing radiations (from mobile tower antennae and phones) do not cause the breakage of bonds and do not cause damage to the molecules. Non-ionizing radiation such as mobile emission causes only local change in temperature depending on the extent of use.”

India’s top brain-tumour specialist, Dr. Rakesh Jalali, Professor, Radiation Oncology and Convener, Neuro Oncology Group, Tata Medical Centre said: “The RF waves used in the mobile phone technology are probably at the lowest end of the electromagnetic spectrum and does not cause any DNA kill.”

Professor Michael Repacholi, Chairman Emeritus of ICNIRP and Ex-EMF Project Co-Ordinator, World Health Organization said: “WHO fact sheet states very clearly that the mobile phones do not cause cancer. A number of studies conducted to ascertain relationship between the electromagnetic radiation and cancer have not found anything to indicate mobile radiation causing cancer.” Reassuring pregnant women about EMF radiation from mobile tower antennae and handsets, Repacholi said that the penetration depth of the EMF is only 1-2 mm, so it never really gets close to the foetus in any significant amount to cause any damage.

Dr. Rajesh Dikshit, Department of Epidemiology, Urology (DMG), and Tata Medical Centre, who is leading a study on effect of mobile emissions on human health in Mumbai said: “A number of researches and studies have been conducted around the globe to ascertain if there is any relationship between the RF emissions from the mobile phone and cancer. However, there is not enough evidence proving mobile phones cause cancer in humans.”

COAI continues to work with the Government of India, industry associations, medical practitioners, academicians and activists to dispel myths about adverse effects of cell phones and mobile towers.

PUKKA TEA LAUNCHES IN INDIA AFTER HUGE SUCCESS IN EUROPE & USA

UK’s largest organic tea company introduces exotic tea varieties

 Tim Westwell – Managing Director of Pukka Herbs 

New Delhi, August 26, 2014: Pukka Tea, from the house of UK’s largest organic tea company Pukka Herbs, today announced its entry in the Indian market with the launch of its exotic range of black, green and fruit teas. Known for their beautiful, striking individuality, Pukka introduced their ten teas imbued with flavor and organic goodness over an invigorating tea tasting session.

Pukka was started in the UK in 2002 by co-founders Sebastian Pole and Tim Westwell with just three varieties of teas. Today, the brand has over 35 different varieties of organic herbal, green and black tea blends filled with delicious goodness from superior quality herbs.

Talking about the brand’s entry into India, Tim Westwell – Managing Director of Pukka Herbs said, “India has a very special place in our hearts. We have been heavily inspired by the philosophy of Ayurveda that has its roots in India.  ‘The art of living wisely’ is a mantra that is at the heart of everything we do at Pukka – from formulating teas to our choice of herbs, to the principles we adopt in managing our business. Sebastian and I founded Pukka to bring the incredible power of herbs into as many people’s life as possible. We chose the name ‘Pukka’ because of its meaning – top quality, authentic or genuine.”

To start with, Pukka brings for its discerning Indian consumers a range of their ten signature teas including Vanilla ChaiPeppermint & LicoriceLoveThree GingerRevitalise,Detox, RelaxThree Mint, Cleanseand Night TimeThe next few months will see many more flavours and blends being added to the collection.

Since its inception in the UK, the company has been working with Indian farmers to source the best quality organic herbs and spices, under strict quality controls. Pukka only uses medicinal grade herbs to optimize health and wellbeing.

Sebastian Pole, Co-founder and Herbal Director at Pukka Herbs further added, “Tea in India, like in the UK, is part of everyday life. It is an exciting time for the brand to launch in India with consumers becoming adventurous about experimenting with different tastes and flavours. Not all teas are the same and here at Pukka, our teas are full of powerful antioxidants with a unique twist provided by incredible organic herbs. Be it to detox, invigorate, refresh or calm, we have a special tea for every mood.”

Pukka Tea is available in most of the premium organic and retail stores in New Delhi like Spencer’s Retails, Godrej’s Nature’s Basket, Malik Brothers, Tjori, The Kirana Store in Neherchand Market and Nature Hub in Gurgaon.  It is also available in online stores like Bigbasket.com. The teas will fall under the premium price bracket of Rs. 375 to Rs. 400 per box comprising 20 tea bags each.

Oye! 104.8 FM and Rani Mukerji honour the Dilli Ki Mardaani’s


 New Delhi August 26, 2014 - 
Oye! 104.8 FM Sabse Filmi launched a special initiative – ‘Dilli Ki  Mardaani’ to honour the brave women from Delhi for setting an example to society. Rani Mukerji the lead star of the film Mardaani, felicitated the winners herself and heard their stories of inspiration in a fully packed event in Delhi.
Rani Mukherji spoke to the audience at length and inspired them to stay ‘Mardaani’. She also encouraged all women to learn martial arts and deal with issues of harassment with boldness.
As part of the activity Oye! 104.8 FM had promotions for over a week which saw numerous calls from listeners nominating someone who they thought deserved the honour to be called a ‘Mardaani’, with some even recounting their own stories where they took a stand to defeat injustice. Out of the many calls and SMSs, 20 winners were selected to be felicitated by Rani Mukerji herself.
Rani Mukerji was moved by the tales of bravery and gave the winners Oye! FM Mardaani certificates.  Among the many winners was Anju Sharma who fought against the terror of local goons and filed an FIR against them. Her brave step ensured that the goons apologised  in front of the whole neighbourhood. She did all this even when no one was supporting her with people including her husband advising her to stay calm.
Luvjeet Bhatia, a lawyer by profession was another such winner of Oye FMs Dilli ki Mardaani, who fought a case against local hooligans for over two years with the verdict finally heading in her favour.  Rinky and Riya were among the other brave women who fought against molesters and eve teasers to set an example to other women.
At a time, when people take inspiration from Bollywood and stars, Mardaani sets a perfect example of strong women that can drive in societal changes. Oye! 104.8 FMs initiative was distinct as it helped raise the spirit of women empowerment and set an inspiration to fight against social evils. Oye! FM and Rani Mukerji ensured that the evening was ‘Sabse Filmi’.

Delhi Bikers Open Arms

500 Bikers Roared at Jantar Mantar in support of Delhi Police


New Delhi, August 24, 2014: 

How many times have you seen a biker hugging a policeman? How many times have you seen a biker thanking him for his diligence, instead of racing away? Today, the 24th of August, the Biker Fraternity did the impossible.

Large group of bikers with 'free hugs for Delhi Police' placards

In a one-of-its-kind ride initiated by Bikers for Good, a Motorcycle Community that rides solely for social causes, more than 15 Biking clubs from Delhi came together to send out a message of appreciation and respect for the Delhi Police.

Commenting on the idea behind the ride, Mohit Ahuja, Founder of Bikers for Good said, “The public is there to protest and criticize the police when they fail to do something. We planned this ride to thank them for taking care of the city, through thick and thin.”

The ride saw close to 500 bikers riding to Jantar Mantar riding bikes ranging from 100cc to 1000cc and above. Together the bikers gave a message of responsibility towards safer roads. The admin of Bikers for Good, Jeet Kandhari quoted, “Biking today is growing. Motorcycle Clubs have members who are students, doctors, CEOs and even higher. Doing something like this will only help us better terms between bikers and the police.”

The bikers gathered to thank Delhi Police and Delhi Traffic Police for their efforts. A huge banner with the club logos was put up, where bikers wrote their messages for the Delhi Police. This banner was later presented to Mr. Ajay Kumar Singh, S.H.O., Parliament Street, Delhi. Moreover, Bikers were seen hugging Delhi Police personnel and carrying placards that read FREE HUGS FOR DELHI POLICE.

With this ride, Bikers for Good marked another milestone in its journey of doing GOOD. The only community in India to ride solely for Social Causes, Bikers for Good promotes safety amongst bikers and stands up for various social causes. In less than 3 years of its existence, Bikers for Good has grown to be a 5000 member community across India, helping out more than 3 Lakh people. It is said that with great power comes great responsibility and Bikers for Good is living up to the statement.

Punkaj Challaani's MAMACHYA GAVALA JAAOO YAA gives new perspective to Marathi cinema

Kids these days are born geniuses! The way they handle modern gadgets gives
us a feel that they are IT experts. No wonder they are born in the era of
Information Technology, but the continuous exposure to smart phones,
tablets and computers has only led to many diseases at a very young age.
Even the physical activity of children has greatly reduced due to
technology.

Until some years ago, trips were planned to maternal uncle's place long
before the holidays arrived. There was a different fun which the age-old
song rightly said 'JAAOO... MAMACHYA GAVALA JAAOO' (Let's go to maternal
uncle's place). But these days, kids seem to have forgotten the song. In
addition to this, nuclear family systems have resulted in kids being
distant from their grandparents and thus missing out the important things
required for their upbringing. Parents engrossed in corporate lifestyle
hardly spend quality time with their children, thereby creating gaps in
relationships. So to close the widening gap between relationships and to
again bring people close to nature, Pune based Punkaj Challaani thought of
producing MAMACHYA GAVALA JAAOO YAA.

Punkaj hails from the finance background. But the sheer love of the Marathi
language and interest towards cinema encouraged him to produce Marathi
films. Having earlier co-produced DHAGEDORE, he had the confidence and thus
he decided to produce MAMACHYA GAVALA JAAOO YAA as an independent producer.

"Love, hatred and revenge are the orthodox factors on which majority of
Marathi films are based. The audience is bored of watching such oft
repeated content. But when writer-director Sameer Joshi came to me with the
script of MAMACHYA GAVALA JAAOO YAA, I immediately said yes. There were two
reasons why this film touched my heart. One, the film has the content which
is a complete family entertainer and two; the film revolves around the
emotional world of kids. I was confident that I could give an all-round
entertainment to the viewers," opines Punkaj Challaani.

Marathi Family Entertainment Film set in forest by Punkaj Challaani,
MAMACHYA GAVALA JAAOO YAA is shot in a Satara jungle near Pune for 30 days
and will also see Abhijeet Khandkekar and Mrunmayee Deshpande in pivotal
roles. The film is being distributed by Pickle Entertainment all across
Maharashtra.

EDUCATING RITA a British Comedy on 28th Aug at NCPA Experimental Theatre

EDUCATING RITA a British Comedy by Willy Russell on 28th Aug at NCPA Experimental Theatre

This modern day British comedy written by Willy Russell and which has lured many an audiences all over the world, is being staged in Mumbai again after almost 20 years. Rita, a 26 year old married hair-dresser, who is hungry to 'know everything' gets assigned to the English tutor Frank in an open university course. Frank, in his fifties, is a disillusioned professor who takes to drinking, so much so that he keeps his whisky bottles stashed behind the books in his library. Rita enters his life as a breeze of fresh air and life changes for the both of them. However, the lack of support from her husband, the fight she has to put up against the age old norms of a married woman getting an education instead of having a baby and the problems of a formal education geared only to pass exams she loses her fresh and intuitive approach. And thus their relationship takes a number of twists and turns which do not fail to amuse and amaze the audiences. Willy Russell has woven the various threads of human relations in a marvellous fashion with startling remarks on the state of society, education as well as the difficulties a married woman faces to get an education.

This play was first staged by the great theatre guru Pt. Satyadev Dubey in-'93-'94 in which he enacted the role of Frank along with the veteran Marathi actress Neena Kulkarni enacting the role of Rita and was received with great applause. This time around the play is being directed by the well-known Stage, Tv and Film Director Pratima Kulkarni with Prof. Ajit Kelkar (also known as 'The Common Man' by many) and Dr. Pradnya Shastri essaying the roles of Frank and Rita.

The premier show in Mumbai will be held at the NCPA Experimental theatre onThursday 28th August 2014 at 6-30 P. M. The bookings are open at the venue and at www.bookmyshow.com 

Bloomberg TV India launches ‘Tracking the Recovery - Real Estate’ ~A reality check on India’s Real Estate


25th August, 2014: 
Bloomberg TV India, the country's leading English business news channel, launches a first-of-its-kind show - Tracking the Recovery - Real Estate, that will put the spotlight on the challenges faced by the real estate sector, highlight growth triggers and map its road to recovery. It will also analyze and rank India’s most successful real estate firms.
The real estate sector is a critical driver of India's economic growth. With unsold properties, increasing number of stalled projects and a soaring debt of over Rs.30,000 crores recorded for India's top five real estate firms; the sector has been sailing in turbulent waters over the past few years. Will the sector be back from the brink? How can it overcome these roadblocks? When will the balance sheets clear and reflect positive gains? The show will engage the industry's biggest thought leaders in a series of exclusive panel discussions, as they analyze the growth triggers and focus on Real Estate's road to recovery.
Commenting on the show launch, Ms. Mini Menon, Executive Editor, Bloomberg TV India said, “Amidst all the talk of better days and a recovery – ‘Tracking the Recovery’ is our attempt to look at the ground up picture in some key sectors. We are excited to start our series with a focus on India’s real estate sector. The sector has gone through some very tough times and a recovery here can have a cascading impact on many areas of the Indian economy. But how far is that? We dip into insightful research and analysis to find this out.”
Tracking the Recovery - Real Estate, powered by Kohler, will be a five-part series comprising of panel discussions with the best minds in the sector. These discussions will involve industry chiefs like Mr. Anurag Mathur - CEO PDS & Head Emerging Businesses, Jones Lang LaSalle Property Consultants India Pvt Ltd.; Mr. Rajeev Talwar - Group Exec Director, DLF Ltd; Mr. Prashant Soloman - MD, Chintels India; Mr. Pranav Ansal - Vice Chairman, Ansal Properties and Mr. Mohit Goel - CEO, Omaxe Ltd. among others. They will share their insightful views on the challenges faced by the industry, on opportunities for growth and their individual strategies, to beat the downswing of the sector. The panel discussions will be moderated by Ms. Mini Menon - Executive Editor, Bloomberg TV India. JLL (Jones Lang LaSalle) is associated with the series as Knowledge partner.
Mr. Salil Sadanandan, Managing Director, Kohler Kitchen & Bath, India, said “The realty sector has evolved fairly quickly from being a need-driven category to more a lifestyle statement. We are delighted to be associated with Bloomberg TV for ‘The Tracking Recovery’ as we share the same endeavor- to create awareness about the category. This is a great platform to engage with thought leaders to discuss the triggers which are leading to the exponential growth of the real estate space. We look forward to a great show together.”
“Tracking the Recovery - Real Estate” will air exclusively on Bloomberg TV India, on Wednesdays at 8.30 pm, Saturdays at 8.30 pm and Sundays at 7.00 pm.
About Bloomberg TV India:
Bloomberg TV India, nation’s leading English business news channel with unique access to newsmakers and research-based data, illuminates stories that affect companies and industries. Bloomberg TV India provides immediate perspective on critical business news as it happens, from where it happens. Backed by an enviable squad of Indian journalists, global network of 150 bureaus and 2500 professionals, we deliver the most credible insights to our viewers.
Bloomberg TV India’s focus on delivering breaking news and key insights aligns with Bloomberg's overall goal of being the world's most influential news organization. The core of the channel’s viewership is formed by influential leaders, business executives, and affluent professionals.