Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Biggest Digital Media Awards this 5th June, Mumbai



Star India launches a public service campaign with CARE India to mobilise relief for Nepal & Northern India

Star India launches a public service campaign with CARE India to mobilise relief for Nepal & Northern India

‘Ek Padosi hi Padosi ke Kaam Aata Hai’

Mumbai, April 29, 2015 - Star India, the country’s leading media and entertainment conglomerate, has launched a nationwide public service campaign ‘Ek Padosi hi Padosi ke Kaam Aata Hai’ with the NGO CARE India to mobilise relief for the natural disaster that struck Nepal and parts of northern India claiming more than 5,000 lives.
A massive earthquake of 7.8 magnitude struck Nepal on April 25, 2015, the worst to hit the Himalayan Kingdom in 80 years. In India, states of Bihar, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh have also suffered the wrath of the earthquake.

The Star India campaign will involve Bollywood celebrities like Ranbir Kapoor, Karan Johar, Anushka Sharma Preity Zinta and a host of Star network’s renowned icons whowill appeal to Indians for donations, which will be channeled directly to CARE India. Viewers will have an option to donate online, or through cheques or demand drafts. The campaign will work along the lines of Operation Maitri, initiated by the Indian government.

“A tragedy has struck our neighbouring country resulting in a devastating loss of life, infrastructure and resources. We believe it is our responsibility to leverage the power of television as a force for good to help mobilise relief and provide immediate life-saving assistance to those affected,” Mr Uday Shankar, CEO Star India, said. “We are happy to associate with CARE India, an NGO highly respected for its humanitarian and development work in India and extremely humbled to see that our initiative has been embraced by some of the leading lights of the entertainment industry to appeal for relief.”

CARE India has been working in India for over 60 years, focusing on ending poverty and social injustice. The NGO is assessing the situation on the ground in all the affected areas of Nepal and moving relief material where it is needed most. CARE has begun distribution in some of the areas and hopes to reach out to more than 50,000 people in the coming days.

“We would appeal to all Indians for funds to ramp up the emergency response and provide immediate life-saving assistance to those affected. We are thankful to Star India for helping us raise funds for Nepal where millions are awaiting humanitarian relief. The country is running out of food, water and shelter and the onus is now on us to help them,” said Dr. Nachiket Mor, Board Chair, CARE India.

About STAR India
STAR India has defined India’s broadcast media for over two decades and is today one of the country’s leading media and entertainment companies. It broadcasts more than 40 channels in 7 languages, reaching more than 720 million viewers every week across India and 100 countries. The network’s entertainment channel portfolio includes Star Gold, Channel V, Star World, Star Movies, Star Utsav, Life OK, Movies OK and Star Plus, India's No. 1 General Entertainment Channel. It has a leading presence in regional broadcasting as well, through a bouquet of affiliate channels which includes Star Jalsha, Jalsha Movies, Star Pravah, Asianet, Asianet Plus, Suvarna, Suvarna Plus and Vijay.

STAR India is making quantum leaps in transforming sports in the country by leveraging the group's strengths in superior content and audience engagement. STAR's sports business has grown rapidly to 8 channel properties (STAR Sports 1, 2, 3, 4 and STAR Sports HD1, HD2, HD3 and HD4), making it the leading sports network in the country.

With our viewers on the move, Star is set to drive the agenda on digital content consumption in the country. has redefined the future of sports consumption in India and brings your favourite TV shows, movies and sports in one destination.

Star India is a fully owned subsidiary of 21st Century Fox.

About CARE India
CARE has been working in India for over 60 years, focusing on ending poverty and social injustice. CARE India is a part of the CARE International Confederation working in 87 countries for a world where all people live with dignity and security. With its presence in 15 states covering more than 200 districts and 2100 blocks; CARE India reaches 38.4 Million persons directly with health, education, livelihood and disaster related interventions.

CARE’s interventions especially during emergency relief have been appreciated by - Chief Minister of Uttarakhand during Uttarakhand Floods, District Collector of Rajouri in Jammu & Kashmir during Jammu Kashmir Floods and Government of Odisha during Phailin Cyclone in recent times. CARE in India has history of response in all major emergency situations in close coordination with government and civil society organisations. CARE’s Disaster relief support in 2014 reached 58,430 disaster affected people in Jammu & Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh in 2014 .

CARE’s interventions in health, education and livelihood have been recognized by both government and corporate sector

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

‘Raymond Crossword Book Award 2014’ winners announced 13 years of rewarding the best in Indian writing

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‘Raymond Crossword Book Award 2014’ winners announced
13 years of rewarding the best in Indian writing

  • “The Blind Lady’s Descendants by Anees Salim” won the Raymond Crossword Book Award in the Indian Fiction category  The other short listed books were
  • The competent Authority by Shovon Chawdhary - Aleph pyblishers
  • The Mysterious Ailment of Rupi Baske- Hansda Sowvenbdra Shekar- Aleph
  • The Smoke is Rising by Mahesh Rao- Random House
  • The Place by Amitabha Bagchi- Harper Collins
  • Odyesseus Abroad by Amit Chaudhary-Penguin Books

  • This Divided Island: Stories from the Sri Lankan War by Samanth Subramanian won the award for Indian Non-Fiction. The other short listed books in this category were
  • Capital- by Rana Dasgupta- Harper Collins
  • A Southern Music by T.M.Krishna -Harper Collins
  • Filomena's Journeys' by maria Aurora Couto- Aleph
  • Colours of The Cage- A Prison Memoir by Arun Ferreira- Aleph
  • Public Secrets of Law: rape trials in India by Pratiksha Baxi- Oxford University Press.

  • Children, Women, Men By Sundara Ramaswamy Translated by Lakshmi Holmstrom” won the Indian language Translation category. The other books  shortlisted in this category were-
  • Cobalt Blue by Sachin Kundalkar- translated by Jerry Pinto- Penguin Books
  • One Part Woman by Perumal Murugan 0translated by Aniruddha Vasudevan- penguin Books
  • The Mirror of beauty by Shamsur rahman Faruqi- translated by penguin Books
  • A dirge for the Damned by Vishwas Patil translated by Keerti Ramachandra- Hachette India
  • The death of Sheherzad by Intezaar Hussain translated by Rakshanda Jallil- Harper Collins

  • “Bankerupt by Ravi Subramanian” won the Popular Award The other nominess in this category were...
  • The Accidental Prime Minister by Sanjaya baru- penguin
  • Sita by Devdutt Pattanaik- Penguin 
  • The Mahabharata Secret by Christopher Doyle- Om Books
  • Byculla o Bankok by S Husain Zaidi- Harper Collins
  • My journey transforming Dreams into Action by APJ Abdul Kalam Azad-Rupa Publications
  • Dilip Kumar- the Substance by Dilip Kumar - Hay House Publishers
  • Like It Happened Yesterday- by Ravindra Singh- Penguin
  •  Ajaya by Anand Neelkantan- Leadstart
  • Private India by Ashwin Sanghi- Random House
  • House of cards by Sudha Murthy- Penguin books
  • Gandhi Before India by Ramchandra Guha- Penguin Books
  • Chanakya's Seven Secrets of Leadership-Radhakrishnan pillai and D.Sivanandan -Jaico
  • When only Love remains-Durjoy Dutta- Penguin Books

  • “Timmi in Tangles by Shals Mahajan Duckbill” won Kotak Junior Children writing award
 Other books shortlisted in this category werre
Vanamala and the Cephalopod- Shalini Srinivasan -Duckbill
The Susu Pals by Richa Jha SWPB
The adventures of Skoob by Samit basu-Rupa publications
The Flat track bullies by Balaji venkatramanan- Duckbill

April 28th 2015, Mumbai: The finest of Indian Literature took center stage at “RAYMOND CROSSWORD BOOK AWARDS 2014’ as the country’s finest writers and their books were honoured at a glittering award function at NCPA in Mumbai. The awards this year are in association with Principal Retirement Advisors, Club Mahindra, Kotak Mahindra Bank and Runwal Group.

Eminent jurist and a former mayor and Sheriff of Mumbai Nana Chudasama and Indian fashion designer, politician, and a social worker Shaina NC were the Chief Guest for the evening which also included a memorable performance by The Raghu Dixit Project.

With over 50,000 voting entries for the popular award, it is the highest number of votes ever received in the history of the Book Award. The entire judging process has taken more than 3 rigorous months which includes shortlisting the books to announcing the final winner.
Mr Govind Shrikhande MD Shoppers Stop 

Mr Kinjal Shah CEO Crossword Bookstore 

Speaking on the occasion Mr Kinjal Shah (CEO – Crossword Bookstores) said, “This year we complete 13 years of the Book Award. These awards have always been an integral part of the brand & we are thrilled at the way it has grown over the years & supported Indian writing. We at crossword would like to thank the readers, authors, publishers, the jury, and all our sponsors for their support in the endeavour of rewarding the best of Indian Literature”

Commenting on this occasion Madhu Dutta, Marketing Head - Lifestyle Business, Raymond Limited said, "An avid reader breathes life into a story; a story that springs to life and performs in front of you. It’s an intellectual mind that goes beyond the ordinary.  One to have that finer taste in life, a well-read and travelled gentleman resonates with everything that makes the complete man. We at Raymond couldn’t be happier to associate with Crossword Book Award to celebrate the seamless synergy between a reader and the sartorialist.”

The 13th edition saw an outstanding response, from the various distinguished writers, publishers, critics and book-lovers who enjoyed the biggest celebration of Indian literature. Shortlisted authors Ravinder Singh, Durjoy Dutta, Ashwin Sanghi, S Hussain Zaidi, Rashmi Bansal, Anand Neelkhantan, Ravi Subramanian, Jerry Pinto, Amitabh Bagchi were present at event.
 The highlight of the evening though was charismatic performer Raghu Dixit's energised vocal kalisthenics blasting out four of his youtube International hits. He was clad in his traditional Mysore get-up which consisted of a kanjeevaram Dhoti and a colored sarda with a guitar strung across one shoulder and weighty brass anklets rimming strings of payals on his ankles. Accompanying him on the violin was Bhaskar Mysore, his one time collaborator who was accompanying him for the first time in 20 years. Belting out Hey Bhagwan, No Man will ever love you like I do, A Kannadiga song that had the audience singing along and Mysore se aayee. Raghu's impressive presence, fantastic vocals and guitar play combined with Mysore Bhaskar's virtuoso violin jugalbandi was music to the laid back stuffed-shirt audience who let their hair down by engaging with the singer both in voice and accompaniments. It was a never seen before sight at the haloed NCPA Tata Theatre where the audience is generally quite subdued in their appreciation to the international music talents that come their way. Cries of onemore were heard loud and clear and the audience saw it fit to give raghu a standing ovation to serenade his unique display of talent.  

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About the Awards
Crossword Book Award is the only Indian award that recognizes and rewards good writing and also actively promotes Indian authors and their books. When the book awards were launched in 1998, there was one cash prize of Rs. 2 lakhs for the best original work of fiction in English by an Indian author, and it was won by Allan Sealy for The Everest Hotel. In 1999, a new category was added Indian Language Fiction Translation into English and the cash prize was increased to 3 lakhs in each category. In 2005, two more award categories were added English Non-Fiction, as well as the Popular Award. In 2009 award for Indian Children’s writing was introduced thus making it the only Indian literary award that rewards authors across 5 different categories. Each award carries a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh, a trophy and a citation.

About Crossword:
Crossword Bookstores Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary Company of Shopper's Stop Ltd - India's leading department store chain with 97 stores, across 33cities in India and as on today is India's fastest growing chain of bookstores. At Crossword we aim to be a point of cultural and social interaction where authors and poets hold court, where children are regaled, where people gravitate to be informed, to be entertained, even enlightened. Crossword vision is to build community centers for readers across the Country. Crossword launched the Crossword Book Award in 1998 to recognize and reward the best of Indian writing across Fiction, Non Fiction, Children's, Translation & Popular. Since its inception in 15th October 1992, It has been featured in Advertising Age International, USA, as one of the Marketing Superstars for 1994. The Bookseller, UK, has also described it as 'being on the cutting edge of retailing' in India. Crossword was ranked the 6th most admired retailer in India by Business world for the year 2006. It also won the Star Retailer Award for the Best Lifestyle Retailer in Books & Music in 2011. Crossword won the Retailer of the Year Award - Leisure (Books, Music and Gifts Category) at the Images Retail Awards 2005 & 2007& 2009. Crossword received the Federation of Indian Publishers Award for excellence in Publishing for the year 2004 on 18th June 2005 at the hands of Shri Arjun Singh, Minister of Human Resource Development. It won the Debutant E-retailer of the year - books - at India eRetail Awards 2012. In 2013 Crossword also won The ET Retail Award for Marketing for ‘Crossword Popular Award’. It won the Best Book retailer award in 2014 at the Indian Retail Awards

About Raymond Limited
Raymond offers end-to-end solutions for fabrics and garmenting. It has some of the leading brands in its portfolio including Raymond Ready-to-Wear, Park Avenue, Parx, ColorPlus, Makers amongst others. Raymond has one of the largest exclusive retail networks in the textile and fashion space in India.
As a part of the diversified Group, we also have business interests in men’s accessories, personal grooming & toiletries, prophylactics, energy drinks, files and tools and auto components.
Visit us today at to witness how we cater to the needs of 'The Complete Man'

2nd Trailer launch of #AnuraagKashyap's '#BombayVelvet' was a showier affair than the first

2nd Trailer launch of  #AnuraagKashyap's '#BombayVelvet' was a showier affair than the first
Actors and Producers assemble for a showier launch with the media doing honors in large numbers

Anuraag Kashyap's FoxStarStudios bankrolled, much awaited retro-period thriller 'Bombay Velvet' had it's second trailer launch at a suburban five star hotel with most of the films major stars and producers present to give the show a push up in the media. Controversy's child Anuraag Kashyap seemed gung-ho and happy to flaunt his new found acceptability in mainstream Bollywood with none other than once hated Karan Johar by his side doing the opening honors of detailing his experience on set. " It was my debut as an actor. The only time I had come before the camera previously was as a kid for the TV serial 'Indradhanush.' When Anuraag had come to me with the script I was under the impression that he was looking to me to produce the film but at the end of the narration when he offered me the role of Khambatta, I was flabbergasted. It came as a shock to me and when I heard that Naseeruddin Shah was in the running, I was quick to jump at the offer. I had no illusions and was not expecting to become an actor but since a much feted director was willing to offer me a crucial character role in a dream film, I agreed to do it. After all I had nothing to lose here. The signing amount was  a cheque of Rs 11/-, a mere token. So I was excited and cheap I would say!"

Karan Johar was also categoric in finally admitting that the fraternity was going through a severe crisis at this moment. He failed to elaborate on what the crisis was all about , though. When questioned about his friends in the industry, Karan was quite candid , categorically ruling out friendships and saying that "in this industry we are all there to do work. It's mutual benefits that rule here." Some of the media members were bold enough to link Salman's drunken driving case result date to the release date of the film and Karan was asked as to how the Industry would react to the situation that arises out of the ruling. Here too Karan Johar stated clearly that since the issue was about justice and the courts will have to decide on the verdict, there was no way the members of the industry could have a say in that. "But the industry is supportive of Salman and would like to see him  succeed. "
Karan Johar was also questioned as to whether he would now reciprocate by offering Anuraag Kashyap a role in his film. Karan Johar was not amused and was quite catty when he stated that Anuraag did not have the looks to go with his films about the super-rich set in foreign locations and he was certainly not going to direct a film like 'Gangs of Wasseypur' in order to give Anuraag a role.

Anushka Sharma who plays a crooner in one of the biggest clubs in Bombay of the 60's said " I have an exciting role in the film- one that I have never done before. I don't have much footage with Karan Johar but Ranbir and Karan have done many scenes together in the film and they seemed to have a gala time doing them. I hope this film will be another notch in my careerscape." 

Ranbir Kapoor who plays Bobby Balraj in the film was all praise for Anuraag Kashyap as a director. In fact he even admitted to not being the first choice for the film. He got lucky when Vikas Bahl from Phantom, one of the producers of the film, showed him the script. And he admitted to have rung up Anuraag and offered himself for the role. Anuraag was not ready to cast him and took a week to visualise him in character and finally agreed to cast him in the coveted role. On Karan's needling that Ranbir was more of a director to him in the film than a co-star- offering three suggestions to every instruction that Anuraag put forth, the actor had nothing much to say except put on a sheepish face. Ranbir went on to explain his singular experience with Karan on set. " I had to press Karan's head onto the windshield of a car as part of the scene and I was pressing so hard that Karan had started bleeding. I was all set to stop but Karan wanted us to go on and can the shot despite of the bleeding. That was great method acting on his part. I think you will see him as a great actor in this film, " he opined.

Anuraag Kashyap and Vijay Singh, head honcho, FoxStarPictures was pretty ecstatic about the unique casting. This was Anuraag's dream come true - a film which was in gestation for 8 long years. "It took a long time to work on the script and until we could find the right producer it wasn't going to be workable. Vijay Singh was much appreciative of our script and came on board to bankroll the project. We had a budget to work with and had to finish the shoot in 75 days flat and I must say all my stars and actors were very co-operative and put their best foot forward to make this project happen. My art directors and production designer were very meticulous about recreating a life-sized Bombay of the sixties and the results of that can be seen in the detailing on screen. "

Manish Chaudhary, Kay Kay Menon, Vikas Bahl. Vikramaditya Motwane and the other cast members were pretty much satisfied about working in such a prestigious project. Vijay Singh of FoxStar, who bankrolled the project to the tune of Rs80 crore has great hopes for the film. Despite a low key specialised marketing strategy, he expects the film to catch on with the masses because of it's unique appeal-that of an plush aesthetic product with A list stars to add face value.

The event was a well managed affair by SpicePR and the assembled media was more than happy to put forth their questions on issues related to the film as well as the stars' personal stuff which the stars were quite adept at side-stepping!

Trailer 2- Review: the trailer was slick and interesting but did not manage to convey the thrill elements of the film. Maybe the next one will do that area, justice. This one was better than the first though and Ranbir Kapoor comes across very well in the clippings. Even Karan Johar and Anushka look interesting. Will know more when we see the film I guess.

Hospitality: Though the food service at the event held at #TajLandsEnd was good the food itself was the pits. The drinks were ever flowing though so the assembled media guests were pretty much entertained.

Johnson Thomas

Monday, April 27, 2015

#X #EnglishAustralianFilmMovieReview #JohnsonThomas #Rating: * *

#X #EnglishAustralianFilmMovieReview #JohnsonThomas #Rating: * *

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#PicksAndPiques/SnippetFilmReview 24thApril2015/#JohnsonThomas

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#JaiHoDemocracy(Hindi) Rating: * * A political satire set around an asinine India-Pakistan border skirmish is just a little too contrived and unpalatable to curry favor. The piece-meal humor plays along as an after-thought. With too many similar movies that came before it, this one just doesn’t wing it!  #RenukaGuptaPr #OmPuri #SeemaBiswas #AdilHussain #SatishKaushik #AnnuKapoor #RanjtKapoor #BikramjitSinghBhullar #IndianProductionHouse  #
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#RangEIshq( Hindi) Rating: *1/2 yet another version on the bloody, tragic-romance this one is neither accomplished nor satisfying. Treated with old-fashioned styling and amateurish crude flourishes, this one has new faces with skills better suited for horror tales and a DOP that doesn’t really know when to cut away from horrendous close-ups.  #SanjayBhushanPR #HungamaPR #RudraAbhishekFilms #MatesEntertainment #SrinivasAnjanappa #JayveerPanghaal #MuzahidKhan #KavyaKiran #DeepakKumar
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#KaagazKeFools(Hindi) Rating: * * A ridiculous drama that fails to live up to it’s funny title, this one just drains out all the excitement by adopting a moralistic and sermonizing tone.  #HimanshuJhunjhunwala #DwaparMedia  #FaisalKapadi #AnilKumarChaudhary #GlobeFilmyEntertainment #PVRPictures #VinayPathak #RaimaSen #MugdhaGodse #SaurabhShukla #
#IshqKeParindey(Hindi) Rating: * * ½ The best of the Bollywood lot this week, this one’s divined around Lucknowi tehzeeb, set within the elite set-up in Lucknow amidst palatial havelis and romantic ruins from the past- a violent action love story with fresh attractive faces, some meticulously designed moments to keep you engaged and interested. The ending though is a little too contrived to justify what came before it.   #Altairmedia #AshwaniShukla #ShakirKhan #RishiVerma #PriyankaMehta #ShyamMorionPictures #VIPCinema

#AvengersAgeOfUltron(English/Imax/3D) Rating:  * * * ½ The successful mammoth marvel superheroes action franchise gets a second edition which does more of the same thing with some mild doses of humor and wild action engagement. Imax 3D just magnifies the experience three-fold. It does just about enough to keep the fans salivating ! #ParagDesai #UniversalCommunications #DisneyUTV #IndiaMarvel #MarvelComics #JossWhedon #RajnigandhaShekhawat #SujataChanda #ChrisEvans #ScarlettJohanssen #RobertDowneyJr #SiddharthRoyKapoor

#KungFuKiller(English) Rating:* * *  This is a well plotted traditional martial arts genre movie that’s goes contemporary with it’s well-plotted character play – a movie that has what it takes to be thrilling, gripping and poignant
#TeddyChan #DonnieYen #CharlieYeung #HarshitaShetty #StarEntertainment

#X(English) Rating: * * A reasonably x-citing genre thriller. Poor helming and ham-fisted treatment mar the show though!   #HyderGolaRelease #AriesFilms #JonHewitt #MAGuddu #GudnetProductions #VivaBianca #HannaManganLawrence #PeterDocker

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English Film Review
Johnson Thomas
 Skimpy returns!
Film: X
Director: Jon Hewitt

Rating: * *



30-ish Holly is looking to get out of prostitution: she has a menacing boyfriend. 17 year old Shay is starting out as a prostitute but isn't really suited to it. They end up in a threesome with a client who is killed by a cop, following which they end up on the run.

This Australian film stars Hanna Mangan Lawrence(as Holly)and the exotically named Viva Bianca( as Shay)  and both these young ladies are better known for their Spartacus TV series. They are also scantily clad for most of the film. There’s a certain decadent gloss to what transpires on screen . The direction is just about Ok and the scripting a little too laid back in it’s assay. The narrative is slow to get moving but once it does it heat’s up quite a bit. Unfortunately not everything is convincing or plausible and the performances are also a mite too artificial to keep you engrossed. You are liable to get bored if you are looking for something brainy here.