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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Mary Kom’s trailer gives goose bumps

Beauty queen Priyanka Chopra’s knock-out blow as Mary Kom has left the audiences amazed. The recently released trailer of ‘Mary Kom’ has already generated incredible reviews from celebs and fans from all across. The trailer portrays Priyanka’s grit and determination to fight her opponents and head forward to make history.

An outstanding remark came from the Bollywood heartthrob Hrithik Roshan along with others that included Sophie Choudry, Riteish Deshmukh, Ayushmann Khurrana, Farhan Akhtar and others.

Renowned actor Farhan Akhtar tweeted, “@priyankachopra Go Girl!” The power-packed trailer is mind boggling and already frenzied the fans.

Summing up their take on the trailer as ‘awesome, fabulous and mind blowing.’ 

‘Mary Kom’, is about the Indian Boxer and Olympic Bronze medalist MC Mary Kom, her life, struggles, family and her perseverance to be the best. ‘Mary Kom’ is directed by Omung Kumar, and produced is by Viacom18 Motion Pictures & Bhansali Productions. The film is scheduled to release on September 5th 2014.

Leading airlines in India urged to ban shipping shark fins

In the wake of growing global concern over decreasing shark populations and degrading health of marine ecosystems, Humane Society International India has petitioned leading airlines in India to end their role in the international trade in shark fins. In their letters to the management of leading Indian carriers – Jet Airways and Air India - HSI India has sought for these airlines to institute a policy against shipment of shark fins. HSI’s letters join an earlier petition led by WildlifeRisk and signed by over several dozen groups around the world.

Research has repeatedly pointed to the fact that India is the world’s second largest shark catching nation and one of the world’s exporters of shark fins. Reports have further revealed that the shark fin trade is today one of the leading contributors to the decimation of sharks globally. Trade reports and undercover investigations have revealed that shark fins are most commonly transported from India to places like Hong Kong, Dubai and China as cargo on airlines.

N.G. Jayasimha, HSI India’s managing director, said: “As top predators, sharks are important to the survival and maintenance of healthy marine ecosystems. However, traders in India have found top dollar buyers and lucrative markets in many East Asian and Southeast Asian countries where shark fins are in high demand. We encourage airline giants such as Jet Airways and Air India to end the role they are playing in a trade that is harming these keystone species.”

In June 2014, Etihad Airways, which holds a 24 percent minority stake in Jet Airways, has also announced its decision to ban shark fin as well as live primate shipments. HSI/ India hopes that Jet Airways shall follow in the example of Etihad and declare a similar decision on its cargo services in India.

The Wildlife Protection Act of India, 1972, offers the highest level of protection to ten species of sharks by listing them under Schedule I. Further, the international trade in numerous other species is regulated under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, to which India is a signatory. “Owing to the fact that it is often difficult to identify the species from the fins alone, trade in fins from protected shark species is also rampant. Furthermore, traders are exploiting existing loopholes in the listing of wildlife products as per customs regulations and are able to effectively pass off fins for other permitted wildlife-based products,” says Jayasimha.

By adopting a policy against the transport of shark fins, these airlines would be joining the internationally growing league of environmentally conscious airlines such as Emirates, Philippines Airlines, Korean Airlines, Asiana Airlines, Qantas and Air New Zealand, all of whom have made a public commitment to stop carrying shark fins.

Chemburians, get ready to be amused with Vir Das!! Battle of Da Sexes to be staged this Sunday for the first time in Chembur

Vir Das’ 'Battle of Da Sexes’ comes to Chembur for the first time ever on Sunday the 26th of July 2014. A video announcing the same featuring the inimitable comedian has been released. The video features Vir Das wondering where Chembur is, is a hilariously tongue in cheek jab at the area. With AGP taking the play there for the first time, Chemburians are in for a treat as they too join the world in the eternal battle between men & women.

'Battle of Da Sexes’ involves an age old battle between men and women and promises to leave the audience in splits. The show has been designed with a unique seating arrangement, with women on one side and men on the other. The winner can only be one, either a man or a woman. Fight referee Vir Das plays to the house armed with science and comedy that will have you in splits and splinters. Come and get another ‘perspective’ on your ‘respective’ other.

‘Battle of Da Sexes’ is unique in the aspect that one can only attend the show as a couple. The atmosphere at venue is often charged up with quick wit and humour. All the previous shows have received a standing ovation and Vir Das has been glorified for his stage presence and the ability to keep the audience rolling with laughter. The Chembur audience are definitely in for an amusing time this Sunday.

'Battle of Da Sexes’ will be staged next at Sivaswamy Auditorium, Chembur on Sunday 26th July, 2014 at 8 PM. Tickets are available online on Book My Show.

Fun Cinemas all set to mesmerize movie goers in Andheri

Movie-goers in Mumbai have a reason to cheer as their favourite multiplex, Fun Cinemas in Andheri west undergoes a makeover. And this is no ordinary makeover, it’s revolutionary. The brains behind the premier cinema chain have carefully planned to ensure every bit of class, comfort and entertainment to its loyal base of cine-goers.

For the seekers of high-quality cinematic experience India’s leading cinema brand Fun Cinemas has a double dose of celebration. At first, the property goes a notch above in its seating quality. Capacity of Auditorium 1 descends from 382 to 256 and that of Auditorium 2 from 252 to 200 offering spacious seating and added comfort. The high-end viewing experience and finesse is assured with best-in-class seating at this property that has no ‘ordinary’ seats.

The new interiors are sophisticated and stylish infused with a contemporary touch. The thoughtful planning of Fun Cinemas’ architecture and design team reflects in the perfect harmony between boldness of entertainment and minimalism of contemporary architectural design. It has been created with today’s well-travelled consumers of Mumbai.

Further, the property is now equipped with state-of-the-art Dolby ATMOS technology that offers a life like three-dimensional sound for an immersive movie experience. The movie aficionados are in for the finest treat to their senses with this cutting-edge sound experience which is only the third such system in the city and the first in the immediate vicinity. That’s not all. The Barco B series 2K projectors and high gain silver-screen are the other world-class additions that ensure a superior 3D visual experience.

For Shirish Handa, Senior VP, Marketing & Business Development, Fun Cinemas, this upgraded movie infrastructure is a step towards the promise of best Bollywood & Hollywood cinema experience at suitable prices. “Andheri West is the hub of our movie industry and we wanted to re-do the property to match the expectations. I’m confident that what we have created will exceed such expectations. Sure we have the revolutionary Dolby ATMOS sound, world-class projection systems and best-in-class seating, but we’re most excited about how stylish the property now looks from inside.”

One of the pioneers of the industry, Fun Cinemas started operations in 2001. It operates 83 screens at 24 locations across India. With a strong presence in North India, Fun Cinemas contributes as high as 20% - 25% of the contribution from all multiplexes in Delhi / UP / Punjab circuit. It also runs the country’s largest cinema loyalty program – Fun Rewards with over 3.5 lac active members nationwide. Always one to embrace technology early, Fun Cinemas has its own e-commerce website, mobile site, mobile apps and a self-service ticket kiosk service. 

The trailer of the most awaited ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ is here.

As everyone knows, the steamy read Fifty Shades of Grey is coming to the big screen and the dates are announced. This news comes shortly after another big announcement of the release of the trailer. One of the most awaited movie of the next year ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ is based on the eponymous bestselling erotic book series by E. L. James, but the movie promises to raise the stakes much higher. The role of the young business magnate Christian Grey is played by Jamie Dorman, the Calvin Klein model and Dakota Johnson who plays the role of 21 year old college senior Anastasia Steele.  The movie is directed by Sam Taylor Johnson and arrives in cinemas on the Valentine - yes! 14 February next year.

For the ones who have not read the novel and wondering what Fifty Shades Of Grey is all about, the story goes as follows: 

Anastasia Steele, a literature student, goes to interview the wealthy Christian Grey, as a favor to her roommate Kate Kavanagh. Once there, she encounters a beautiful, brilliant and intimidating man. The innocent and naive Ana startled to realize she wants him, despite his enigmatic reserve and advice, she finds herself desperate to get close to him. Not able to resist Ana's beauty and independent spirit, Christian Grey admits he wants her too, but in his own terms.

The business minded Christian Grey draws up a non-disclosure agreement and a contract that binds their purely escapades which were to begin soon. For Christian Grey, his relationship with this fresh out of college Anastasia Steele is nothing short of a business deal, replete with agreements and contracts, but for the virginal beauty that is Anastasia Steele, she slowly falls for this stone-hearted and stoic businessman.

Ana hesitates as she discovers the singular tastes of Christian Grey- despite of the embellishments of success - his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family - Grey is consumed by the need to control everything. As they get close Ana starts to discover Christian Grey's secrets and explores her own desires. However, Anastasia Steele realises that her feelings for Christian will go unrequited and this realisation eventually makes her leave.

While you're waiting for more details, check out  the trailor below...

Indie movie ‘Amit Sahni Ki List’ flourishes without an industry backing

The latest Bollywood release ‘Amit Sahni Ki List’ has thrown light on the fact that success of a movie does not always depend on big names like the ‘Khans’ and the ‘Kapoors’. Stand-up comedian turned versatile actor, Vir Das has floored the audience with his performance in the movie. ‘Amit Sahni Ki List’ has set a record of being one of the films that has positioned itself well at the box office, without an industry backing.

This endearing rom–com has fared very well at the box office, making approximately 3.30 Cr in its opening week. Despite being a low budget film, it has managed to generate rave reviews from all quarters of the industry. Adding 40 lakhs nett on Monday, the film is now heading towards the 6 Cr mark.

Delighted with the success of ‘Amit Sahni Ki List’s, actor Vir Das comments, “My experience while working for this movie has been phenomenal. It’s great to see our efforts being recognized by the audience; the appreciation received for the content is overwhelming.”

Fans, followers and well wishers are all coming in support for this newly released romedy. To sum up their experience, some chuckled while others smiled while walking out of the theater.

‘Amit Sahni Ki List’ is a film that appeals to the youth and their sensibilities and one can see that people have given the film a warm welcome. The cinematic experience is undergoing immense changes and the success of films like ‘Amit Sahni Ki List’ stand as proof to this fact today.

Nokia Music Connects is Now MixRadio Music Connects

Nokia Music Connects, the premier Indian annual get together for music and digital business professionals is now renamed as ‘MixRadio Music Connects’. While the format remains the same, the name change reflects a universal approach to the world’s simplest personalized music streaming service, and the company is excited to be title sponsors of 2014’s event.

MixRadio Music Connects 2014 is scheduled to be held in Mumbai’s famed Taj Land’s End Hotel in Bandra on 4-5 November 2014.

MixRadio Music Connects is once being organized by Hong Kong based event experts Branded Limited (Music Matters, YouTube FanFest) and group’s Aside from the long term, symbiotic title sponsor partnership, the conference-meets-music festival has support from the Indian Music Industry (IMI), South Indian Music Companies Association (SIMCA), IPRS, PPL, among several other industry bodies. 

In attendance will be the crème de la crème of industry and trade professionals, artistes, musicians, talent managers, label and digital executives – both from India and overseas. 2013’s conference saw more than 800 industry execs benefit from two days of networking, conferencing and listening to bands and musicians. The theme of the two day conference to be held this year is “Unlocking the potential.”

Says Branded CEO Jasper Donat: “We’re delighted that the original Nokia Music team that shared the vision of Music Connects five years ago are still on board for the foreseeable future. This can only help us expand the event beyond its present horizon offering attendees even more collaborative opportunities.”

Says founder, editor in chief Anil Wanvari: “There’s a new government at the Centre led by Narendra Modi and the world has taken note of it. There’s a sense of positivity in business. Already, the music industry in India – led by the major labels – has reported a healthier 2013. We can only expect things to get better from hereon in 2014 and thereafter. Several streaming services are slated to launch this year and the business will gather further momentum. We are grateful MixRadio for continuing to support the initiative organized along with Branded to help the industry to pause, reflect and understand the way forward.”

Says MixRadio’s Jyrki Rosenberg, “Our long-term relationship with Music Connects continues to be very valuable in connecting MixRadio with the Indian and global music business. We have been gathering listening data in India for longer than many of our competitors, which combined with our huge local catalogue in the market allows us to deliver an incredible level of personalization to Indian customers using our personal radio service.  Streaming and downloading is set to grow rapidly in India over the next five years, so it is vital for us to be at the forefront of industry developments in order to unlock our potential in this key market”.