Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Dinar Habib & Joy Bhattacharya : Two dashing models from two different Bengal

No! We are not pulling any April Fool’s Day jokes on anyone, but that is the first thing you think about when April comes around. Just like March, in like a lion, out like a lamb. Well, April comes in just plain lyin’. But we are not going to lie when we present two Dashing Models as the month cover from two different parts of Bengal. Yea, you read it right! One from West Bengal (India) and the other from East Bengal (now Bangladesh).

As Helena Christensen comments, “When you are modelling, you are creating a picture, a still life, perhaps something like a silent film. You convey emotion but you are only using your body” - this is what Dinar Habib of Bangladesh believes in.  Ask him if he is not tired of growing up in the public eye and having to pose repeatedly for his pictures and he asks rhetorically. “But being in front of the camera, is, yes; my passion and that’s what I always wanted to do.”

On the other hand, the indomitable Joy Bhattacharya based at Kolkata, West Bengal is all set for No Stopping as the burgeoning birth of new life in his career growth is set for an explosive expression. Speaking of being on the Films & TV World Calendar, he says: “I’m honored to be a part of it, honestly. It’s iconic. It’s [a campaign]. I see it all over at times and think I stand distinctly different. Its really cool to be a part of.”

We wish them all the best. And we suggest you check the other models in waiting too as every month unfolds. Enjoy!

The energetic and effervescent Ranveer Singh’s phenomenal covers

There are many facets to Ranveer Singh, as is evident by the diverse cover shoots that the actor has recently been a part of. Not only are each of the shoots varied but they also showcase a different aspect of his personality!

In the past many have pronounced Ranveer to be an energetic and effervescent personality but that is just one of the facets of his persona.Ranveer is a complete surprise package, switching between personas with great ease leaving his fans waiting with bated breath at what’s next!

As has been showcased in his various magazine interviews, he loves doing things differently and refuses to be typecast whether it is his fashion quotient (the lad has single handedly brought hats back into vogue), the roles he takes up, the brands he endorses or the way he endorses them! He relies on his instincts and does what resonates with him no matter the risk. Be it accepting a Bang Bang dare from Hrithik, Doing the Rex or then going completely cerebral at the India Today Conclave and mentoring the young achievers at the Forbes 30 Under 30 event, surprising the gathered crowd with an in-depth well thought out, engrossing yet unusually filmy presentation on the evolution of cinema.

So what’s next on Ranveer’s agenda you might ask? Well that’s something you never know when it comes to Ranveer Singh……the only guarantee you have, is  that it will be super exciting and different!!!!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Virat crumbles but Anushka hits the box office jackpot

In an industry like Bollywood, it ideally shouldn't have gone past the first narration but a young female star not only produced that idea but has backed the film till its release. And Anushka Sharma's gamble has paid off and how! The Navdeep Singh-directed NH10 has been cruising at the box office emerging as a big hit has gone on to collect Rs 20.6 crore in its first week and a further Rs 5.23 crore in its second weekend taking its total 10-day collection to a fantastic Rs 26 crore. That makes the low budget film, produced under Anushka's Clean Slate Films banner, a hit and beyond! And when you add the 1 million USD overseas collections to it, the picture gets rosier.

Says Anushka: "I was always confident about NH10 scoring big with the audiences. Conventional wisdom might make it sound dark and violent, but it also connects emotionally and so well made that everyone could get into Meera's shoes and spends that nightmare of a night out there. The box office jackpot will only inspire us to continue on the same path and make films like NH10."

Dream Theatre becomes newest licensing agent for 20th Century Fox in India

Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products appoints Dream Theatre as new licensing agent in India            
Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products announces today the appointment of Dream Theatre as its new licensing agent in India effective immediately. Dream Theatre will establish and grow the licensing business for Fox Consumer Products’ portfolio of TV and film brands including The Simpsons, Family Guy, Sons of Anarchy, Ice Age, Rio, and Avatar, among others in the market. 

The Fox portfolio has the distinction of not just having properties across movies and television, its legions of fans cut across age groups of  kids, teens, youth and adults making it one of the most sought after propositions in India and across the world. The addition of Fox properties to its portfolio reinforces Dream Theatre’s leading position in India with its three verticals of Entertainment, Sports and Lifestyle.

“We are delighted to have Dream Theatre as our new licensing agency in India," said Pinky David, Vice President Asia Pacific, Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products. "Their leadership and brand-driven creative approach makes them the perfect partner to continue exploring new consumer targets and expanding our retail reach in this very important territory.”

Dream Theatre will further establish all Fox Consumer Products brands in the Indian market with a focus on franchise building and retail expansion. Dream Theatre’s great reputation and truly unique approach to building brands and keeping them relevant locally allows Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products to continue to expand the business in a country that is now the world’s third largest economy. 

Twentieth Century Fox theatrical film releases have performed superlatively with Ice Age and Rio featuring in the top 5 animated films in India.  On the television series front, The Simpsons, Family Guy, Modern Family and 24 air on India’s leading English Entertainment channels like Star World, Comedy Central, Zee CafĂ© and others making the brands household names. The avid fan following makes India a leading potential market for Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products.

 “We are thrilled and are extremely proud to have been chosen as Fox’s partner of choice in India. We aim to make Fox one of the largest licensing propositions in India with its sheer diversity of appeal and its legendary popularity,” said Jiggy George, Founder and CEO of Dream Theatre.

The Fox partnership will allow Dream Theatre to unleash the power of Fox in India in the form of apparel, toys, stationery, home furnishings, gifts and novelties and more through licensees. Fans in India will now be able to buy authentic licensed merchandise which will be available at retail and online portals at price points ranging from INR 99 to INR 3000, making it possible for every fan to own their favourite Twentieth Century Fox movie or TV series merchandise.

“I felt nostalgic playing Sita on small screen again” Debina Bonnerjee

Gorgeous actress dons the character for Ram Navami special in Big Magic’s comic caper show Uff! Yeh Nadaniyaan
With devotees celebrating the birth of Lord Ram all over the country today, Verma family too has rolled up their sleeves. To celebrate the occasion of Ram Navmi, the family decides to do a small act of Raamayan to give the message of unity, love and peace to everyone. Making the occasion even more pious, popular actress Debina Bonnerjee will be seen recreating the magic of her character goddess ‘Sita’ once again on small screen. Catch the episode with a lot of comical errors and madness today, March 28 at 8:00 PM on Big Magic.

Speaking about the role, Debina said, “Playing Sita on small screen once again was a nostalgic moment for me. It's such a wonderful feeling when you get a chance to relive the character that is very close to your heart. I am very excited to see audience reaction when they see me enacting the character of Sita once again though in a very light hearted and entertaining way. I had a gala time working with the team and Upasana Ji.”

Parineeti Chopra launches ‘Stylori’, an online jewellery store for everyday fashion jewellery

Contemporary jewelry crafted from certified metals and gemstones for women at affordable price
To cater to the discerning fashion and style of the modern Indian women, NAC Jewellers, a company that has been crafting and designing jewellery since 1917 and retailing jewellery since 1973 is introducing Stylori. Stylori - an online jewellery destination (www.stylori.com) for everyday fashion jewellery was unveiled by the gorgeous actress Parineeti Chopra in a glittering ceremony held today at the Trident Hotel, Mumbai.

Stylori is Style - Love - Stories. It’s a celebration of modern Indian women who are young, expressive, opinionated, social and who love dressing up, not just for occasions, but every single day. Stylori urges every woman to play her style, mix & match and make their own style statement.

Stylori promises to redefine the jewellery experience for modern Indian women. The exclusively designed collection ranges from daily wear such as rings, earrings, pendants, bracelets, bangles and nose pins to more occasion related exclusive designs. It also offers gold coins, an exclusive collection of solitaire jewellery and solitaire diamonds starting from less than .50 cent and goes upto 5 carat and above. Jewelry lovers can find contemporary jewellery crafted from certified metals and gemstones for every outfit, and at affordable price starting at Rs. 3,000/-. All products are designed after an extensive trend research carried across the country and certified by leading gemological labs in the country including SGL, IGI and GIA.

Commenting on the launch of Stylori, N. Anandha Ramanujam, Founder & CEO - Stylori, said, “We understand that jewelry is an integral part of every modern Indian woman, who prefer to wear the latest trends and designs. We are very excited to launch Stylori, which is a one-stop online shopping experience for the fashion conscious women and who love to dress up. We are confident that each jewelery piece from Stylori will make them into fashionistas as they have a wide range of jewellery to choose from, at affordable prices.”

At the launch, actress Parineeti Chopra said, “The collection is very simple, it's very me. I am extremely pleased to unveil the brand. The brand represents the new age women, celebrating her independence. Stylori aims to fulfill every woman’s innate need of self-expression through what she wears. I love the contemporary and feminine look that is clearly evocative of strength and grace.”

Stylori has been designed to encourage easy and convenient 'browsing', catering to all jewellery requirements under one roof. It also allows consumers to customize the jewelry according to their taste and preferences. The users will have the option of using the chat facility, where consumers can interact with a host of knowledgeable customer care executives real time to make the best buying decision. Along with the website, stylori mobile app will also be available for Android and iOS users soon, followed by Windows. Apart from everyday jewellery, the online store also offers gold coins, diamonds and one of the largest collections of solitaires starting at less than .50 cent and goes up to 5 carat.

As a part of Inaugural promotions, Stylori is offering a discount of Rs. 1000 to all new registrations. Besides the registration offer, Stylori is also offering a 10% discount on purchases up to Rs. 8000/-, a 20% discount on purchases between 8,000- 25,000 and a 30% discount on purchases above 25,000/-.

Coke Studio Partners with Shotformats for Digital Distribution of Music

Fans can now access coke studio songs and other digital entertainment formats, across wide distribution network of Shotformat. Coke Studio Season 4 expects electrifying performances from renowned artists, such as, Amit Triwedi, Ankit Tiwari, Pritam, Papon, Sharmali, Raftaar, Badshah, Rekha Bhardwaj, Vishal Shekhar, Mithoon etc.
Coke Studio Season 4 (India), the most awaited television show this year, has given away digital rights to Shotformats, a digital distribution and VAS company in India . The agreement covers the distribution across multiple digital platforms and formats, via online and offline channels. In addition, Shotformats becomes the sole distributor of songs of coke studio’s previous seasons, held in India and Pakistan.

Coke Studio is a global property and absolutely tailor made for great musicians to jam up together. Adding to this, Ms. Niyati Shah, Managing Director and CEO, Shotformats Digital, said, “Coke Studio is not only great music for ears but a visual treat as well watching these great talents collaborate to create new sound. At Biscoot we don’t only focus on creating a world class music and video streaming experience but focusing on creating a destination for musicians and Coke Studio therefore was a perfect association for us. It is simply creation of great sound which attracts Internet and Mobile users as it has something different to offer.”

Coke Studio fans, across all the online and offline platforms, can enjoy world class collection of music from some of the world's top artists. Not only this, they will have access to videos, mobile wallpapers, live concert footage, ringtones, caller tunes and other digital entertainment formats of coke studio. Shotformats will be deploying this content through its entire distribution network, which includes telecom partners, music streaming portal - bajao.biscoot.com and the innovative wide network of more than 10,000 retail outlets - Biscoot App Bazaar. Additionally, other music streaming portals in the market can avail Coke Studio content only from Shotformats.

Zee Music is the music label for this season. Shotformats distributes content for media houses, telecom firms, film companies, label and content providers among others. Now increasing number of content owners are partnering with Shotformats and utilizing their huge distribution network to monetize their content better, and thus giving the ailing entertainment industry its due share of revenues.

Coke Studio is a platform created by Coca Cola, where renowned as well as upcoming artists from various genres can collaborate musically in live studio recording sessions. Coke Studio Season 4 started earlier this month and expects electrifying performances from renowned artists, such as, Amit Triwedi, Ankit Tiwari, Pritam, Papon, Sharmali, Raftaar, Badshah, Rekha Bhardwaj, Vishal Shekhar, Mithoon etc.