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Dadasaheb Phalke Awards, Mumbai 2018 winners.

25 Apr

Mumbai-based Dadasaheb Phalke Foundation honored the celebs for their contribution towards the growth and development of Indian Cinema and television.

It was a starry affair and Meet bros aka Manmeet & Harmeet Singh, Bollywood Music Director duo bagged the ‘Dada Saheb Phalke International Film Festival 2018’ award for best performers live on stage.

Speaking on this achievement, they said “It is an auspicious occasion to receive the prestigious award. We stand proud tonight with this award and humbled and honored at the same time. We couldn’t be more grateful to our family, friends, fraternity and the most important family of fans.”

The emotional brothers Harmeet and Manmeet, who attended the ceremony thanked their parents and fans in a brief acceptance speech.

At the ceremony, eminent personalities from the entertainment industry were honored for their outstanding contribution towards the growth and development of Indian Cinema and television.

People have always known us for our party songs in movies and bagging this award only shows our other side to our audience which is a fun-filled, engaging and entertaining one. We are our best versions when we are on stage”, quipped the brothers.

Meet bros are power-packed performers in the industry as well as globally who seem to debunk every musical rule in the film industry.

They are known for their hit numbers like Chitiya Kalaiya, High Heels, Babydoll, and many more.

Other winners of the Dadasaheb Phalke Awards 2018 are :

  • Best actor (male): Shahid Kapoor
  • Best actor people’s choice award: Ranveer Singh
  • Entertainer of the year: Kartik Aryan
  • Best actress (critics): Aditi Rao Hydari
  • Lifetime achievement award: Simi Garewal
  • Pride of Indian cinema: Sanjay Dutt
  • Path-breaking producer of the year: Anushka Sharma and Karnesh Sharma
  • Best director: Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari
  • Outstanding performance male: Raj Kumar Rao, Rana Daggubati
  • Outstanding performance female: Tamannaah Bhatia, Kriti Sanon
  • The promising face of the year: Aahana Kumra
  • Best actor (male) Marathi: Vaibhav Tatwawaadi
  • Best actor (female) Marathi: Pooja Sawant
  • Best fashion designer of the year: Sanjukta Dutta
  • Socially conscious performance of the year: Rani Mukherjee
  • Best comic role: Tusshar Kapoor
  • Entertaining performance, in reality, show Bigg Boss: Hina Khan
  • Best actress drama award: Jennifer Winget
  • Best actor (male) Television: Karan Patel
  • Best reality show judge: Shilpa Shetty
  • Best talk show host: Karan Johar
  • Best lyricist: Manoj Muntashir
  • Best performance in a short film: Divya Khosla Kumar
  • Iconic contribution towards music: Hans Raj Hans
  • Comic performer of the year: Sumona Chakraborty
  • Versatile singer: Rani Hazarika
  • Social and business entrepreneur of the year: Jaya Misra

Director, Producer Karan Johar won the best talk show host for  ‘Koffee with Karan’.

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India Intimate Fashion Week (IIFW), Season 2.0 to set temperature soaring.

19 Apr

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The much awaited season 2.0 of the India Intimate Fashion Week  (IIFW) to set the temperature in crazy hot mode whilst it soothes the eye with a game changer season for all lingerie and fashion followers.  The IIFW, Season 2.0 will be held on 22nd April 2018 at  The Hotel Leela Mumbai.

Fashion Veteran and lifestyler Mona Shroff and others will add that sprinkling of color and gaiety with summer prints and vibrant colors to the collection of lingerie. To add glamour to the show, Commando 2 fame Bollywood actor Thakur Anoop Singh will walk the ramp as the showstopper.

This year IIFW invites industry veterans as the jury to honour the proponents in the field of intimate, beach and bridal lingerie business.  “International business icons, trade honchos, e-comm experts and other newsmakers from Indian Fashion Industry and Bollywood’s eminent personalities will grace the event”, says Niraj Jawanjal, Founder & Ideator, IIFW.  “ Through IIFW, we mean to celebrate the  senses and intimate positivity that translates to a carefully curated selection of lingerie. The wide array of collection would include Lingerie, loungewear, sleepwear, legwear, lingerie accessories, sportswear, swimwear, beachwear, shapewear for both the sex.

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It will provide a platform for emerging and conventional brands spanning categories of lingerie, loungewear, sleepwear, legwear, lingerie accessories, men’s underwear, intimate, products and the like.

Some of the big names that will participate in IIFW Season 2 are International Celebrity & Jewellery Designer Mona Shroff (Hongkong), La Intimo Show, Designer Rashmi Solanki, Melons India Show, INIFD Bandra Show & Grand Finale Show by Filipino Designer Jef Albea.

Further explaining about India Intimate Fashion Week, Amit Pandey, Media Head and Associate Partner, IIFW says “We had a very successful first edition and are excited to be back with the second edition of the fashion week that is sure to be larger, grander and entertaining. Our endeavor is to continue to grow the Intimate wear and Lingerie fashion industry in the country. Still, in its nascent stage, the industry is poised for significant growth and IIFW being a pioneer in the category is set to lead the transformational journey.  This year has also seen the fashion week go global with patronage by international brands and is set to provide high engagement and ideas exchange opportunity for all our stakeholders .

Amit further added, “Our social media campaign ‘Boo the Taboo’, ‘The Right Cup’, celebrating ‘India Inner Confidence Day’ on 27th Aug on the International Lingerie Day was a huge success. India Intimate Fashion Week Launched India’s hottest calendar Black Magic successfully in Mumbai.

This year IIFW has a special show dedicated to plus-size lingerie.

OSM Awards recognizes top social Media Influencers in India.

13 Apr

Malini Agarwal, Twinkle Khanna, Gul Panag, Jose Covaco & Tanmay Bhat at the Jury Meet of 'PCJ Outlook Social Media Awards' at Taj Lands End, BandraOver the last few years, social media has taken center-stage as the primary platform for networking and showcasing one’s body of work. Becoming an influencer has emerged as a craft of the digital age. A lot of creative mind from diverse fields like cinema, fitness, lifestyle, sports and activism are sharpening their social media skills every day and raising the bar.

Indranil Roy (CEO, Outlook Group) welcoming Twinkle Khanna at the Jury Meet of 'PCJ Outlook Social Media Awards' at Taj Lands End, BandraWith the OSM Awards, Outlook Magazine recognizes the very real impact these OSMic stars manage to make in a virtual space.

The PCJ OSM Awards will be given out to those who’ve made a massive impact through social media in 2017. The awardees will be joining an elite list of illustrious OSMopolitans from the previous year – a list that includes the likes of Amitabh Bachchan, Twinkle Khanna, Saina Nehwal and many more.

The PCJ OSM Awards winners will emerge only after a rigorous vetting process at the hands of the voters and the esteemed jury members. The panel of judges includes pioneers from different walks of life – each with a massive footprint on the social media landscape.

The voting process is, however, a substantial part of the screening process for the nominees. Voters can pick their favourite social media stars from the list of nominees at www.osmawards.com  

“Outlook is a contextual magazine and so is a social media platform. PCJ Outlook Social Media Awards aka OSM Awards is a platform to honor the social media stars who use their influence to bring about a positive change in the society”, added Indranil Roy (CEO, Outlook Group)

Twinkle Khanna who was present at the ceremony in Mumbai said “It’s truly an honour to be considered for the jury for this year’s Outlook Social Media Awards. Just last year OSM awarded me Inspiring Woman Of The Year, and it’s a great feeling to be on the other side of things this time.”

Vishal Vaibhav (Project Editor – PCJ OSM Awards) “PC Jewellers Outlook Social Media Awards is the right initiative at the right time to honour the champions of social media who not only respond and reciprocate to us but also reflect us. Whoever eventually wins the coveted trophies, the awards actually belong to all the denizens of the digital space”.

The PCJ Outlook Social Media Awards will be held on the 20th of this month in Hyatt Regency, New Delhi.

 

Shriya Pilgaonkar in Anubhav Sinha’s next.

10 Apr
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Shriya Pilgaonkar who made her Bollywood debut as Shahrukh Khan’s love interest in Fan, has now joined the cast of Anubhav Sinha’s next film – ‘Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui Hai’.

 

Commenting on her next film the pretty actress said, “Yes, We’ve begun filming in Lucknow.  It’s an outstanding script written by Anubhav Sir and I am super excited to work with these powerhouse performers who have been on my wish list of actors to work with.  It’s a dream team for sure .”

The film also stars Richa Chadha, Pankaj Tripathi, Saurabh Shukla, Vinay Pathak, Manoj Pahwa and Kumud Mishra . With such an incredible ensemble, this film is already generating a lot of excitement. 

Shriya will also be seen in ‘Mirzapur’, a web show produced by Excel Entertainment starring Ali Fazal, Vikrant Massey, Shweta Tripathi amongst others.


MUMBAI MAIDEN cruising Mumbai seas offering a glimpse of the city from sea. A first for the city

12 Jan

Mumbai Maiden the cruise ship which will sail through the shores anchored at Bandra Jetty near bandra-worli sealink.As you cruise onboard the newly launched ship, MUMBAI MAIDEN, you will observe the beautiful hues of the setting sun and later the nightlife of Mumbai city comes alive with the glistening shore.  High rise structures and the iconic Gateway of India stands tall, as you catch your breath at the magnificent view from the sea.

Mumbai Maiden was launched amidst much fan fanfare. Dr. William Britto, President of Mumbai Maiden along with Sanjeev Agarwal welcomed Shri Jaykumar Rawal (Tourism Development and Employment Guarantees Scheme Minister of Maharashtra) onboard for the ribbon cutting. The minister was accompanied by Shri Atul Shah (Ex Director MTDC/ BPTC/Ex MLA /BJP Maharashtra Spokesperson), Shri Raj Purohit (Spokesperson Maharashtra Government) and  MLA Shri Sujit Singh Thakur (BJP Gen Secretary of Maharashtra).  Also present was Vikrant Chandwadkar, member of the Mumbai Maiden management team.

A tour of the ship was conducted which displays the various avenues for hospitality, the Captain’s deck, and Navigation room.  This was followed by a brief session on the interesting pointers about the ship and a demonstration of the safety and security measures available onboard.  

Shri Jaykumar Rawal quoted “Mumbai is easily acknowledged for its economic dynamism and being an influential city.   It is about time the city got something like this going for its visitors.  We have seen the city by road, now we can experience it from the sea”.  He was very enthusiastic about the launch of this project and was quick to inform that the MTDC (Maharashtra Tourism Department Corporation) along with the  Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Devendra Fadnavis endeavors to do everything which will make the city stand out as the most attractive city in the world.  He cited Mumbai Maiden’s cruise by the sea, the Mumbai Festival and other initiatives which will enhance tourism and make a difference.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSF-XSn92ZM

“We are not too late, and the going is just getting better”, says Sanjeev Agarwal, Marine Chief Engineer and Owner of MUMBAI MAIDEN Project.  “We are thankful to the Government and the various authorities, who have supported us in making this vision a reality.  We wish to open newer avenues to give this industry the much-deserved boost and very soon, we shall announce our plans to move forward in this direction”. 

SSR Marine Services Pvt Ltd. is the company behind the launch of Mumbai Maiden and it aspires to promote marine tourism in India.

Vikram Bhatt’s Production house to launch his own app and create content for the same.

19 Dec

Vikram BhattAce Director and Indian Filmmaker Vikram Bhatt who is known for his work in films, television and the digital space, adds another feather to his hat. Vikram Bhatt is all set to launch his own video on-demand app and his production house ‘Loneranger’ will produce content for this mobile platform.

LONERANGER Productions Pvt. Ltd was established in 2016 to venture into the digital space and instantly gained success because of the popular series produced under the banner such as Gehraiyaan, Maya, Twisted. The production house since its establishment has produced web content and films for digital space, via YouTube and also outsourced content for the Viu application.

In January 2017, VB on the Web, a YouTube platform to showcase the content was commenced and found instant success amongst the audiences with the shows, which were released on the platform. Now taking their digital endeavors further Vikram Bhatt is all set to launch his own ‘VB-Theatre on the web’ app on 27th January 2018 that also marks his birthday.

With this development, the production arm is now geared up to further their imprints in the digital world with the launch of an OTT platform. The app will witness the launch with an original series ‘Untouchables’, which is already in production. This show ‘Untouchables’, directed by Krishna Bhatt and starring Vikram Bhatt himself, will premiere on the OTT platform and shall be followed by ‘Twisted 2’ directed by Anupam Saroj Santosh, stars Nia Sharma in this sequel too. ‘Twisted’ that was put together by the same team, was a great hit in the web world.

What makes this app unique in the market is their subscription module. In this app one can subscribe to the entire app or would have to pay for the shows they would want to watch. This is the first time in India that the viewers would get to pay for particular shows only which they desire to watch and not the entire application. With this, Vikram Bhatt wishes to bring about a change in the digital space and give a choice to the viewers.

Speaking about this Director, producer, and scriptwriter Vikram Bhatt said, ”The move to digital space was obvious, since  everything was moving onto digital. Music was the first thing to move online, books and retail have also gone online in a big way.  It was only a matter of time before Cinemas went online as it offers people the choice to watch their favourite entertainment on the move!    It started with monthly subscription based apps. However the app we are launching is unique. Its actually a multiplex on your phone. So when you download the app, you don’t have to subscribe, you get various shows and each and every show has a ticket price of its own, very much like a multiplex theatre.  You pay for the show you want to watch, making it more affordable and advisable to all.”

This platform will be commercially launched on the 27th of January, 2018

Manushi Chhillar wins Miss World 2017 -celebrating a six time win for India at this pageant!

18 Nov
“The feeling is still sinking in and am very excited of doing India proud.   I’m looking forward to the year ahead.” says India’s Manushi Chillar winner of the coveted Miss World 2017 pageant.  manushi-chhillar-parents-
Manushi further expressed, “My parents have  been a constant pillar of support and having them here tonight has only brought me more strength and joy.  My final answer came instantly as an ode to my loving mother who has stood her ground with  her unwavering belief in me!”

This svelte Indian beauty is the sixth  winner  of the title since Priyanka Chopra won it in 2000 and previous to that Yukta Mookhey, Diana Haydon, Aishwarya Rai and Reita Faria were the winners of the title.  All of who and other dignitaries and celebrities came forward to express their delight and congratulate Chhillar on her win.

Chhillar 20, is a medical student from Haryana.  She is born to doctor parents and has  studied in St. Thomas School in New Delhi and Bhagat Phool Singh Government Medical College for Women in Sonepat.

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Chhillar competed against 118 contestants from various countries at a glittering event held at Sanya City Arena in China.

Chhillar was handed the crown by last year’s winner, Stephanie del Valle of Puerto Rico, at the ceremony. Stephanie Hill of England and Andrea Meza of Mexico finished as runners-up.

According to Chhillar’s profile on the Miss World website, she aims to be a cardiac surgeon and wants to open a chain of non-profitable hospitals based in rural areas.