24 FPS International Animation Awards celebrates 10 glorious years
MAAC 24 FPS Awards is an endeavour to recognize animation talent across the globe
Mumbai, Friday, December 6, 2013: Shining spotlight on student animators, independent artists and studio professionals, Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC) – leader in 3D Animation and VFX training in association with the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), announced the results of its 10th 24 FPS Annual International Animation Awards 2013 at The Lalit Intercontinental In Mumbai. MAAC strengthens its association with UNIC for the third time this year. The theme selected for this year’s awards, ‘MY World 2015’ was in support of the United Nation’s mission to bring to the fore, some of the world’s biggest priorities like education, security, food and clothing through creative minds and showcasing such issues through animation on the 24FPS stage to a global audience.
A prestigious jury panel of industry stalwarts around the world comprising of Shelley Page – DreamWorks, Subhajit Sarkar – Rhythm & Hues, Viral Thakkar – Pixion, Hari Varma – Toonz Animation Pvt Ltd, Merzin Tavaria – Prime Focus, E Suresh – Eeksaurus, Vaibhav Kumaresh – Vaibhav Studio among others participated in the judging process to determine the Finalists and then the Gold, Silver and Bronze 24 FPS Award placements.
More than 300 submissions from studios and students from nations such as France, Singapore, Canada, China were submitted to the awards this year for consideration in categories including, Best VFX Short Film: Student, Best 3D Animated Short Film: Student, Best 2D Animated Short Film: Student, Best Game Design 2013: Studio/ Professional Category, Best Visual Effects Feature Film 2013: Studio/ Professional Category, Best TVC 2013: Studio/ Professional Category, Best TV Series 2013: Studio/ Professional Category, Best Animated (2D/3D) Short Film 2013: Studio/ Professional, Best Experiential Animation: Student/ Studio/ Professional/ Freelancer, Best Photography (Theme – Life in India): Student/ Professional/ Freelancer.
UNIC Director Mrs. Kiran Mehra-Kerpelman said that “We have had a fruitful collaboration with MAAC so far – it is wonderful to see young people at MAAC pick up on the themes we set out and create these pithy, striking films on subjects ranging from sustainable energy and HIV/AIDS to discrimination against the girl child, the value of education and tackling poverty.
Through the 24FPS awards, and the category that we created, we think – and hope that the UN’s messages on these subjects found a wider audience.
This year, we decided to go with another forward-looking theme that asks people to spell out the kind of world they would like to see. ‘The World We Want’ is a platform created by the United Nations and other partners to highlight people’s voices. And the question being asked is: how do we draw up a global agenda for sustainable development?”
24 FPS Awards were hosted by MAAC to reward the creativity of young and talented animation artists across the globe. Over 1500 animation enthusiasts comprising of students and industry experts from animation fraternity attended the grand awards ceremony.
Speaking at the event, Mr. Ninad Karpe, MD & CEO, Aptech Ltd. said, “It gives me immense pleasure to see that the 24 FPS Awards have celebrated a decade this year. All the films that participated in the festival were extremely well crafted and executed. I hope that we are able to host these awards with even more grandeur every passing year”.
Spellbound at the successful completion of the event, Mr. Ram Warrier, Vice President at Aptech Ltd and Head of Business, MAAC said, “MAAC has always prided itself on providing world-class quality education in the sector of animation and now visual effects. I’m immensely proud that this year we are celebrating the 10th year of the 24 FPS International Animation Awards. We look forward to showcase the 24 FPS Awards on an even larger scale in the coming years and make them one among the foremost animation awards globally”.
This year’s award surpassed all expectations with the magnificent show that had various categories for India like Best Animated Short Film – Gold, Best Visual Effects Short Film – Gold etc and few International categories like Best Visual Effects Feature Film 2013 – Studio / Professional, Best Animated Feature (2D/3D) film 2013 – Studio / Professional etc. To address UN theme in the most effective manner and promote it on global platforms, ‘Best of 3D Animation challenge’ and ‘Digital Film Making’ were introduced in the ‘Open’ category for external participants for this year’s awards
It was a one day festival that had interactive sessions with industry experts, exhibitions and entertaining competitions such as MAAC’s Got Talent, National Level Gaming Tournament, workshops and many more. The event was hosted by the famous Indian TV Sports journalist Ms. Mayanti Langer. Stunning
Dance performance from ‘Bad Salsa’ by Sumanth and Sonali from a renowned TV show and a stand-up comedy act by ‘Suresh Menon’ captivated the audience.
(For a complete list of 24 FPS Award winners and more information, please refer to the annexure.
About 24 FPS Awards:
24 FPS Annual International Animation Awards was initiated by MAAC in 2003 to recognize animation talent across the globe and reward the young, talented artists for their creativity. 24 FPS films have received global recognition at various national and international film festivals like Asia Apollo Awards – Singapore, Annecy Awards – France, FICCI BAF Awards, Japanese International film festival and Golden Cursor Awards to name a few. Over a decade, 24 FPS Awards has gained momentous support from the global animation fraternity and has been a key promoter of fresh animation talent in India.
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Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC) is India’s leading educator in high-end 3D Animation and Visual Effects. Founded in 2001 & a major brand of Aptech Ltd, MAAC has trained over 30000 students across the country. It has over 80 centers with cutting-edge infrastructure in over 40 cities. MAAC offers industry relevant Career courses on 3D Animation & Visual Effects. It offers Real-life training environment to the students backed by an excellent faculty, infrastructure, and the latest technical educational tools.
MAAC’s students are placed as Modeling Artists, Lighting Artist, Render Artist, Character Animator, Layout Artist , Digital Sculptor, Rigging Artist, FX Artist, Roto Artist, Match Mover, Video Editor, Motion Graphics Artist, Compositors, Visualizes, Content Developers and Pre and
Post Production executives in blue chip animation studios and entertainment companies like Prime Focus, Rhythm & Hues Studios, Crest Animation Studios, BIG Animation, Cornershop, EFX, Toonz Animation, DQ Entertainment, Paprikaas Animation Studios, NDTV, Studio 9, Redchillies.VFX, Vaibhav Studios, IBN7, Animax, Pixion and Tata Elxsi Ltd. to name a few.
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ZIMA presents Master Mantra by ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ Producer Sunil Bohra
- Master Mantra is an initiative by ZIMA which offers opportunities for students to interact with industry experts from different fields of film making –
Mumbai, December 7, 2013: Zee Institute of Media Arts (ZIMA) today hosted MASTER MANTRA, an interactive session with acclaimed Bollywood producer, distributor and exhibitor Sunil Bohra. With movies like Tanu Weds Manu, Shaitan, Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 1 & 2 and Shahid in his portfolio, Sunil Bohra has had a successful journey in the industry.
With 250 students participating, the session focused on topics related to film production and distribution, his journey in the industry and the challenges faced in the business. Master Mantra is an exposure for the students with renowned film personalities to understand the dynamics of the industry.
Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Sunil Bohra said, “This is a great platform for those who are keen on entering the industry. The experience of addressing this session is an overwhelming one mainly because of the kind of enthusiasm the students possess. Sharing my learning’s and understanding with students about film-production and distribution, helped revisit my initial days in the industry. ZIMA is molding the young creative minds in the right direction and providing the resources that bring out the best in them”.
Mr. Anshuman Choudhary Business Head – ZICA said, “It was a great session with Mr. Sunil Bohra wherein the students got an in-depth knowledge about technicalities, film production and distribution”.
ZIMA combines the technical aspects with core design and aesthetic skills. All the courses offered have been developed by veteran & renowned industry professionals keeping with the demand of the industry. It is fast becoming a benchmark in producing production ready artists in the industry with the help of its stimulating environment, distinctive training style and industry relevant curriculum. ZIMA offers globally-accepted standards of media education in the field of Film Making, Direction, Acting, Voicing & TV Presentation, Screenwriting, Executive Producer, Ad Filmmaking, Cinematography, Sound Engineering, Editing, Autodesk Smoke & Flame and other related fields for a successful career.
About Zee Institute of Media Arts (ZIMA):
It is an integral part of Zee Learn Limited, education division of Zee Networks, which is a leading entertainment and media conglomerate. ZIMA Digital Academy for film is the latest media education hub and a new talent hot spot for Bollywood and the media world.
ZIMA has been a gateway to the exciting and fast-growing world of Media and Film making built on the rich heritage and strong foundations of the Zee Network. ZIMA was envisaged by its founders to be a hub of cutting-edge technology and traditional expertise to provide platform of limitless opportunities to a career in film making and media world.
Today, ZIMA is a digital academy film school which equips youth with skills and nurture talents.
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Playboy Girl Shanti Dynamite Beats Sunny Leone, Veena Malik and Poonam Pandey and got Listed in Asia’s Sexiest Women
Asian women are believed to be amongst the most beautiful in the world. But then, who are the sexiest amongst all the Asian women? Britain’s leading Asian newspaper Eastern Eye annually compiles a list of the 50 sexiest Asian women. With the likes of Priyanka chopra, Kareena Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Aishwarya Rai and many others prevailing as some of the hottest women in Asia, Shanti Dynamite has come nothing short of a blast as she just joined the exclusive list of 50 most sexiest women from Asia.Shanti Dynamite was ranked at number 48 as a latest entrant, by beating Bollywood most controversial actress Sunny Leone, Veena Malik and Poonam Pandey. The top 3 are Katrina who tops the rank, Priyanka coming second, and Drashti Dhami third. Playboy popular TV star Shanti Dynamite who hosts adult chat show in UK , she began her career as a teenager, starting as a glamour model on the popular hotel Voyeur, A UK based topless show and she is all set to enter bollywood.
Clearly delighted, Shanti Dynamite said: “I’m hugely flattered. That’s a nice surprise and a lot of fun to hear. Who wouldn’t want to have a title like this bestowed on them! A big shouts out to everyone who voted for me.”
Shanti Dynamite spokesperson Satish Reddy said, “Yes I have been handling Veena Malik and Poonam Pandey and now I am happy that Shanti had made her entrant into the list very soon. I am lucky that my client got listed in top 50 Asia’s Sexiest Women list.”
Other notable stars in this year’s list include Sonam Kapoor (5), Parineeti Chopra (14), Sophie Choudry (21), Mehreen Syed (22), Sunidhi Chauhan (28), Ankita Lokhande (29), Hina Khan (31) and Shreya Ghoshal (43). The oldest women in the list were Bollywood icons Madhuri Dixit (23) andSridevi (40).
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Anoushka Shankar relives her father’s rich legacy at the Taj
~Ravi Shankar Suite graced by legend’s heir~
Mumbai, December 8th, 2013: For more than a century, the Taj has played an intrinsic part in the life of the city, hosting royalty, rock stars and eminent personalities from across the globe. On her recent visit to Mumbai, Indian sitar player and composer, Anoushka Shankar resided in the acclaimed ‘Ravi Shankar’ suite which is dedicated to her late father, Pandit Ravi Shankar.
The suite occupies a prime location at the centre of the Taj’s sea-facing elevation, an exalted location being part of its very inception. Adorned with original artifacts and memorabilia from the Ravi Shankar foundation and artworks of painters like Jamini Roy, Raja Ravi Verma and Raza, every facet pays homage to the legendary composer. A whimsically luxuriant atmosphere pervades every space making it a retreat extraordinaire. There is a sense of musical harmony in the way every element of the suite comes together as one iconoclastic and eccentrically hospitable paradise. There is even a gallery with a collection of concert recordings of Pandit Ravi Shankar and George Harrison. In fact, from the colours of the sitar that are used as the main colour theme throughout, to memorabilia and sitars that the genius once played, this suite is an inspiration, much like the man himself.
In 1966, George Harrison checked into The Taj Mahal Palace under an assumed name and studied sitar under Pandit Ravi Shankar. And it was to commemorate this legendary occasion that the Ravi Shankar Suite was created.
Anoushka will arrive on the 7th and leaves on 9th.December. She will return with her family on 11th till 13th December
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Established in 1901, The Taj Group of Hotels is one of Asia’s largest and finest group of hotels, comprising 104 hotels in 64 locations across India with an additional 17 international hotels in the Maldives, Malaysia, Australia, UK, USA, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Africa and the Middle East. From world-renowned landmarks to modern business hotels, idyllic beach resorts to authentic Grand Palaces, each Taj hotel offers an unrivalled fusion of warm Indian hospitality, world-class service and modern luxury. For over a century, The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, the iconic flagship has set a benchmark for fine living with exquisite refinement, inventiveness and warmth. The Taj Group of Hotels is part of the Tata Group, India’s premier business house.
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Mumbai witnessed the 4th edition of TEDxGateway
~ 24 influential speakers from across globe share their innovations and ideas for the first time in India~
Mumbai, December 8th, 2013: With renowned speakers giving inspiring speeches, the atmosphere at NCPA was almost contagious with enthusiasm as Mumbai welcomed its 4th edition of TEDxGateway on Sunday morning. The event saw an eclectic mix of participants and audiences partaking in the activities, intently rooted to their seats through the event.
The first segment kicked off with Jonathan Rives, a frequent TED contributor, showcased his poems, and hosted the audience to the speakers. This was followed by a lot more ideas that left the audience truly inspired and hungry for more. Dr. Sarah Kenderdine, Pioneer of panoramic and stereoscopic display systems as well as content creation, exposed us to an amalgamation of cultural heritage with new media art practice. Yashraj Khaitan, the co-founder and CEO of Gram Power, an energy technology company working on introducing a new paradigm of power distribution in rural India. Through these strong personalities, there many others who left the audience spell bound by showcasing the Shark kits projects was, Angad Daryani, child prodigy, little genius and inspiring teenager.
Giving its audience more ideas to take in, the further sessions of TEDxGateway stage was taken over by Sharad Devarajan, a creator, media entrepreneur, professor and self-professed comic book geek who wants one to break some rules and help to spark a creative renaissance in India. TEDxGateway also showcased an exclusive video from legendary creator, Stan Lee, entitled “Secrets of Great Superheroes.” Through the video, the comic book legend revealed his process and storytelling secrets for making great superhero characters. Lt. Cdr Abhilash Tomy, who embarked on a brave journey to circumnavigate the globe, solo and non-stop, he took us through his arduous sail around the globe and how he started his mornings meditating. 150 days of solitude had taught him the pleasures of spending time all by himself on a yacht.
Adding to the excitement of the day were the concluding sessions which were conducted by Dr Shashi Tharoor, a widely-published critic, commentator and columnist, inspired the audience by his kind thoughts on education ecosystem, Orchestra conductor Itay Talgam redefined the art of leadership by showing how musicians work together and how these techniques apply to challenges outside of the concert hall.
With this, TEDxGateway, home to ideas that inspire people to change their lives, their communities and ultimately, their world was concluded with an intent to leave every participating individual inspired and have them take back an idea, the courage and the motivation to excel in their respective fields of work.
On this special occasion, the curator of TEDxGateway, Yashraj Akashi, ecstatically said “We are extremely happy with the response we have received this year at TEDxGateway. We saw the sessions to be houseful, with free knowledge from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other. Next year we plan on having more such special editions for which we are extremely excited about.”
Mrs.Sangita Jindal, Chairperson, JSW Foundation, added, “It was a privilege to be associated with TEDxGateway, third year in a row. Each time it gets even better with an overwhelming response of the audience to the inspiring ideas. We are looking forward to a continued association.”
The TEDxGateway conference had left the audience completely enthralled by being in the presence of these magnificent entities whose ground ideas could possibly change the world in the fields of technology, education and design.
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Veena Malik rushes mom to a Hospital
Recently as per the sources report ,Veena Malik was coming back from Dubai this week but, had to stay back for another one. Her mom is not doing well, so she had to reschedule her plans.
Source includes, days before Veena`s departure date, her mother wasn`t feeling well. So, she was rushed to one of the best hospitals in Dubai. All this happened so suddenly that she cancelled her plans and stay back with Ammi dearest. Her family is a very closely knitted one, that comprises of five sisters and one brother. Veena has already made it clear in her past interviews that her family remains her top priority. She more than proved her words with her recent course of action. She accompanied her to the hospital and a numerous tests were done. Later on, her family was informed that she was out of danger and all were relieved
Another source informs us that, she spoke to her producers and co-ordinated her ongoing shoots. On some days, the shoots were even halted. The producers incurred a huge loss but they opined that, no money is as important as someone`s life. So, no one complained, and after the reports, Veena resumed the shoot and everything was well.
PARANTHE WALI GALI
(Releasing on 17th January 2014)
The story of Director Sachin Gupta’s (Theater Stalwart & National Award Winner) debut feature film ‘Paranthe Wali Gali’ starts from the famous and popular lane in Delhi and then moves into the lives of the characters living there. This film can be considered the story of unsung love that blossoms in very famous lane of paranthe in Old Delhi, and deals with affair of emotions and caring between the couple. Set in the backdrop of theater, it is about their journey giving inroads into life in theater. A romantic comedy, it also has various other dimensions. It is a sensitive film of dreams, success, failure and relation. It is something that everybody who dreams, can relate to.
The film is trying to touch parts of Old Delhi from Dariba Kalan to Kinari Bazaar and Khari Bawri – places that have not been explored till now.
It is a place of much nostalgia for many people. The name itself has romantic foodie connotations. As a allegory to life, one can fantasize about plates of steamy, crispy, puffed up Paranthas, drowning in lots of gooey, yummy ghee, stuffed with an array of vegetables and meats.
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Story, Screenplay & Dialogues : Sachin Gupta
Cinematographer: Debasish Banerjee
Editor: Vinay Chauhan
Executive Producer: Rajat Bansal
Music Director: Vasundhra Das, Vikram (2Songs)
Lyricist: Vipin Mishra, Viraj Mishra
Sound Designer: Vikram Biswas
Media Consultants: Neelam Gupta
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Anuj Saxena as Maulik
Neha (introducing) as Naina Kaur
Mohinder Gujral as Naina’s mother Rimjhim Kaur
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Himanshu Thakkar, Yuvraj Haral, Prabhakar Srinet (friends of Maulik)
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Telly Calendar shoot kicks off in Malaysia!
December, 2013: Following the success of Telly calendar last year, India’s biggest entertainment component, its television industry has alighted to Malaysia for the 2014 calendar shoot. It’s the most awaited moment of the year where our small screen beauties come together for a glam session coupled with some behind the screen action, gossips and bundle of entertainment. Like every year, Marinating Films create the best look for the small screen divas with interesting concepts and awe-inspiring locations that sets the calendar apart from the rest in the industry.
Known for its picturesque locations, natural attractions and the tranquil beeches, Malaysia is an ideal choice for Telly calendar 2014. This time around the 13 divas have explored the breathtaking locations from metropolitan cities with ultra-modern buildings and infrastructures to rural landscapes and culture of Malaysia to add to the extravaganza of Telly calendar shoot this year.
The idea of the calendar is to depict each television actress in an avatar that is completely different from their reel life. With an aim to captivate the best picture, Marinating Films and Tourism Malaysia came together to discover the most exquisite hotspots of the country.
Malaysia has a sizeable Indian population and Indian television following is equally popular here as in India. Malaysia offers plenty of scenic locations for photography and filming purposes such as the lush tropical islands, the crystal clear beaches, the rich wildlife and modern metropolitan cities. This advantage adds to the excellence in the shoot of the calendar.
Captured within beautiful outdoors which are also the tourists hotspots such as Sunway Lagoon, I City, Botanical Garden, Merdeka Square, Putrajaya Mosque, gives our television bahus a chance for some sightseeing while touring the city for the calendar shoot. We peep into the making and behind the scene action as they all strike a pose for the calendar and catch glimpses of Pooja Gor, Barkha Bisht, Rucha Hasbanis, Divyanka Tripathi and many more while they stroll around the streets of Malaysia.
A new year and all new set of images with incredible locations of Malaysia. Brace yourself to witness the hot avatars of our television bahus in the Telly calendar 2014.
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In 2014, Malaysia will celebrate its fourth VISIT MALAYSIA YEAR (VMY) with the theme “Celebrating 1Malaysia Truly Asia”. The VMY 2014 promotional campaign has started this year with a series of year – long special events and activities leading to VMY 2014. It will contribute to the Government’s target to receive 36 million tourist arrivals and RM 168 billion in receipts by 2020, as outlined in the Malaysia Tourism Transformation Plan (MTTP) 2020.
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Thomson Reuters Releases 2013 State of Innovation India Report
Analysis of patent activity in India shows pharmaceuticals the most prevalent field for country
NEW DELHI, December 9, 2013 – The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of information for businesses and professionals, today unveiled the results of its analysis of patent activity for inventions originating in India in a 2013 State of Innovation India report. This information was made publicly available at the recent Innovation Awards 2013 ceremony the company held acknowledging India’s top innovators.
Using data from the Thomson Reuters proprietary Derwent World Patents Index, the world’s most trusted, authoritative source of patent information for 50 years, analysts uncovered that the largest sectors of innovation activity by Indian companies are Pharmaceuticals and Transportation. Computing & Control and Communications, which ranked second and third following Pharmaceuticals and before Transportation in total volume, respectively, have a mix of domestic and foreign (non-Indian) patent owners.
The most prevalent area of India innovation overall is in organic Pharmaceuticals. This technology area comprises 54 percent of the entire Indian Pharma sector with 1,065 unique inventions in 2012. Computers was the next most prolific area, representing 82 percent of the Computing & Control technology area with 949 patents/published applications. Pharmaceutical Natural Products & Polymers was the next most active, with 500 inventions, followed by Telephone & Data Transmission Systems, part of Communications, with 462 unique innovations.
“Thomson Reuters is uniquely positioned to provide insight into the state of innovation in India given our deep data resources and analytic expertise,” said Bob Stembridge, senior patent analyst, Thomson Reuters. “This year’s report confirms the powerhouse India has become in the pharmaceutical sector, as more drug manufacturing, especially for generics, occurs here. There were more than 1,000 inventions related to organic pharmaceuticals last year, and we anticipate this pace to continue in the future.”
Top innovator organizations in India include the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research India, which appeared in the top assignee lists for ten of the 12 technology areas; the Indian Defence Research & Development Organization, appearing in six of the 12 areas; and, Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd and the Indian Institute of Technology, both of which appeared in five sectors. The top areas of innovation in India, by 2012 patent volume, are Pharmaceuticals; Computing & Control; Communications; Transportation; Food & Fermentation; Cosmetics, Disinfectants & Detergents; Instrumentation & Measuring; General Chemicals & Dyestuffs; Metallurgy; Agriculture; Polymers & Plastics; and Conveying, Packaging & Storing.
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FIRST LOOK: SIDHARTH MALHOTRA & SHRADDHA KAPOOR – THE NEW ROMANTIC PAIR IN “THE VILLAIN”
Sidharth Malhotra and Shraddha Kapoor who pair up for the first time in Balaji Motion Pictures’ ‘The Villain’, are looking spectacular together. We bring you the first official film pic of this new-age romantic duo that is sure to set hearts fluttering.
As much as Shraddha was comfortable riding a bike and plans to buy one herself in the near future, she would loudly say, ‘Jai Mata Di’, every time the director said ‘action’ for her to ride her bike alone.
The romantic thriller, currently under production in Goa, will be additionally shot in Mumbai and Bangkok, and release in mid-2014. It also stars Riteish Deshmukh in a pivotal, never-seen-before role.
Directed by Mohit Suri, among the industry’s most formidable directors, with three consecutive blockbusters to his credit – ‘Raaz-2′, ‘Murder-2′ and ‘Aashiqui-2′, ‘The Villain’ is among the most keenly anticipated features of 2014.
In line with Suri’s enviable track record of creating chart-busting music, the keenly awaited soundtrack of ‘The Villain’ will boast of five evergreen melodies.
Ratnakar Bank embraces Citrix XenDesktop® solution to align IT infrastructure with business growth
India – December 9, 2013: Ratnakar Bank, an emerging private sector scheduled commercial bank with 70 years of heritage, announced a large scale implementation of Citrix desktop virtualization solution, resulting in streamlined manageability of IT infrastructure with greater efficiency, enhanced security and better end-user mobility.
Being a technology forward organization, the Bank has always stayed ahead on the technology curve to achieve high standards in service, quality and operations. With a focus on improving its customer interface, the bank raised its capital base to around USD 250 million from USD 50 million in the last two years to upgrade people, systems and processes. To keep pace with the changing business requirements, the bank charted a three pronged agenda of embracing BYOD, reduce cost of application delivery and increase end-user experience without increasing the cost of IT.
In its pursuit of achieving these objectives, Ratnakar Bank recognised the potential of transitioning to a cloud-based application delivery architecture which would enable managing 150+ branches from a central location. In effect, the Bank replaced its traditional desktops with Citrix XenDesktop – an impactful desktop virtualization solution, thereby enabling central management and supporting seamless transition to a new core banking platform. The implementation of Citrix solution was facilitated by Anunta technology Management Services Ltd., a company specializing in Application Delivery as a Service (ADaaS).
Commenting on the implementation, Anup Purohit, Head-IT, Ratnakar Bank said, “The adoption of Citrix XenDesktop solution is a milestone in our technology transformation journey. The IT centralization process aided by desktop virtualization has significantly improved process efficiencies and service effectiveness, while boosting our strategic and operational imperatives as a Bank.”
Sanjay Deshmukh, Area Vice President, Citrix India said “Our association with Ratnakar Bank testifies the increasing trend of banks embracing technologies such as desktop virtualisation to reinvent end user computing. Through this partnership, we are pleased to support the bank’s transformational initiative towards achieving greater productivity, efficiencies and delivering a high quality banking experience to its stakeholders.”
As part of the desktop virtualization roll-out, over 1250+ users from 150+ branches across India, National Operations Center and Regional Processing Center in Mumbai transitioned from a physical infrastructure to a cloud-based one. To ensure optimized end user experience, the implementation of the Citrix solution went through custom designing of application delivery architecture using private cloud based solutions on extensive user-profiling. By leveraging Citrix’s Flexcast technology which allows different types of desktops delivery according to the role of the user, Ratnakar Bank assigned desktops as per the needs of the user. The implementation process took just six weeks to complete which was accompanied by a change management initiative to ensure a seamless switch. During the course of the deployment, a new core banking platform was also rolled out seamlessly across all 130 branches, with zero business interruption.
Post the deployment of the solution, there has been a significant improvement in the time taken for opening a new branch which now gets completed in two days instead of two weeks. The deployment has also resulted in lowering the cost of application delivery/user/month by more than 25 percent. A centrally-hosted, remotely monitored model with enhanced security allowed the Bank to increase IT effectiveness and return on investment (ROI). Ratnakar Bank has also been able to benefit from reduction in power consumption by over 65 percent and cooling requirements by as much as 50 percent.
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I love my Saarang: Faisal Khan
Maharana Pratap Aka Faisal Khan of India’s most loved historical show Bharat Ka Veer Putra – Maharana Pratap on Sony TV’s is winning the hearts of millions with his acting and has been climbing the ladder of success.
These days young Faisal has found a new friend on the sets of Maharana Pratap, guess who? It’s none other than his co actor his horse Saarang. Faisal has always been an animal lover and with the role like Maharana Pratap he got a chance to learn horse riding. These days Saraang has been grabbing all the attention of young Faisal, so much so that every break he gets from his busy shoot he goes and feeds him Misri (Sugar),Jaggery, and Chana, to strengthen his friendship with Saarang.
Talking about his new friend, Faisal says. Initially, when I sat on Saarang I used to get scared but with time we have become more close to each other.
Mumbai all set for a unique Pink Treadathon
Men and women ran collectively at Treadathon for Breast Cancer Awareness
Mumbai leg of ‘HCG Pinkathon International Women’s 10K Run’ to be held in city on Sunday, 15th December 2013
Mumbai, 9th December 2013: HCG Pinkathon International Women’s 10K Run is the first ever, all women’s 10km running event in the country, organized by Maximus Events and spearheaded by avid runner, actor and model Milind Soman.
In a unique build up to the event, the fitness enthusiast yesterday launched Treadathon – HCG Pinkathon’s promotional run, as an activity where men and women volunteered and ran on treadmills to show their support and help create much-needed awareness against breast cancer.
Milind Soman took part in the Treadathon, at Phoenix Market City, Kurla as a build up to the upcoming HCG Pinkathon 2013 that will be flagged off in the city on 15th December 2013.
In teams of 12 each, employees, running communities and organizations such as Xtreme Sports India, Road Runners, Dirty Dozen, Mumbai Mirror, and Extreme Pink hit the treadmills as Milind spoke about breast cancer awareness and cheered, guided and mentored the teams.
The teams of men and women across the city ran a 12-hour non-stop Treadathon at Phoenix Market City, Kurla. At the event, 5 teams ran on 5 treadmills in a relay format, non-stop from 9am until 9pm, covering around 580.34 km. The winning team Xtreme Sports India completed 147.9 Km and will be felicitated during Pinkathon 2013 in the city. The participants were extremely enthusiastic about the cause and encouraged women at the mall to register for the upcoming Pinkathon 2013.
Milind Soman, Founder, Pinkathon said, “HCG Pinkathon is an activity that not only promotes fitness and well being but also raises resistance levels and improves health, to help fight diseases such as cancer. As a build up to it, Treadathon gives men a fantastic opportunity to volunteer, run on treadmills, and show their support. I would like to congratulate all the teams here for helping us spread awareness about breast cancer while raising adequate funds to fight the disease in our country.”
The first Treadathon, in Mumbai, had 12 men participate and complete 163 km. HCG Pinkathon was next held in Bangalore in April 2013, where Bangalore Runners covered 177 km. NCR Runners from Delhi broke Bangalore’s record by covering a distance of 184.3 km in September.
Maximus Events has joined hands with the Women’s Cancer Initiative (WCI) led by Deveika Bhojwani and the Tata Memorial Hospital for the unique initiative and Former Miss India and fitness enthusiast, Gul Panag is the event ambassador.
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Sidharth Malhotra, who is currently In Goa shooting for his film with Shraddha Kapoor, The Villain, has requested the production team to arrange for a bike for him to travel for shoots in Goa.
Goa is generally considered as paradise for the bikers because of the lanes and scenic beauty around. Sidharth Malhotra, who loves rustic and tough high end bikes compared to luxury cars, wants to move around in Goa on a bike.
Sidharth, who will also be seen riding the bike in a lot of scenes in the film, wants to absorb the environment and get comfortable riding in the lanes of Goa.
The actor will be playing an intense character in the film compared to his lover boy image in Hasee Toh Phasee.
Spokesperson of Sidharth Malhotra confirms the news.
The audiences have seen Abhishek Bachchan performing hard core action stunts on the bike in Dhoom as well as Dhoom 2. This time around, the actor goes desi with his action.
Abhishek Bachchan has learnt to ride an auto rickshaw for his upcoming next big film, Dhoom 3. For the first time, the actor will be seen doing action on the unusual mode i.e. a rickshaw.
In the introductory shots of the actor, there are some action scenes he will be doing in the auto rickshaw. Abhishek, who plays the character of an intelligent cop, Jay Dixit, was loved by the audiences in the previous franchises of Dhoom.
The trailer of the film, Dhoom 3 was launched by Aamir and Abhishek Bachchan, who plays a pivotal role in the film, in the IMAX format and it is slated to release on 20th December.
Spokesperson of the film confirms the news, “Abhishek learnt to ride a rickshaw for some action scenes in the film”
Actress Kanika Maheshwari and her husband flooded with praises by Nach Baliye Judges Sajid Khan, Shilpa Shetty and Terence Lewis
When someone as majestic as Sajid Khan praises you, it’s no less than any achievement. It’s not an easy task to impress all three judges of Nach Baliye 6 Sajid Khan, Shilpa Shetty and Terence Lewis, but it looks like Kanika Maheshwari and Ankur Ghai with their stellar performance in Nach Baliye 6 has won the megastar’s heart. These day’s Kanika Maheshwari and Ankur Ghai are on cloud nine when they received 500 rupees from Sajid Khan on Nach Baliye 6 Set. They performed on Bollywood sexiest song “Tip Tip Barasa Paani Pani Me Aag Laga” and sets fire on stage.
Kanika Maheshwari said, “It was a glad moment for both of us. And we are happy that our performance appreciated by Sajid Sir, Shilpa mam and Terence sir. It was honoured to receive money as a gift from Sajid sir.”
The industry is going gung about Kanika and Ankur performance in Nach Baliye6. They have grown strength to strength with each performance having more nuances. Kanika has looked breathtaking and brings a lot of energy to the stage.
Canon India successfully accomplishes Sixth year of ‘Gurukul’
· A two-day residential program to enhance skill sets of Channel partner’s FOS (Feet On Street)
· Reinforce the Commitment of Collaboration Canon holds with the Channel
· Aimed at enhancing the Channel to achieve the common goal of Most Preferred Brand in Office Solutions
New Delhi, 09 December, 2013: Canon India Pvt Ltd., India’s No. 1 Complete Digital Imaging Company, today announced the successful conclusion of a two day residential program ‘Gurukul’ designed specially for its Channel partner’s sales team. Organized successfully for the last six years, this year’s theme was “CONQUERING NEW FRONTIERS” with focus on creating value for customers, product awareness, technical and soft skill set which will help them grow beyond ordinance of regular expectations and possibilities.
Gurukul, an annual property of Canon marks the strong commitment Canon holds towards its customers and even stronger collaboration it has established with its Partners.
The program was well received and attended by Channel’s FOS at Hyderabad with their insatiable desire of learning. Gurukul’s sessions included episodes aimed at enhancing their proficiency by providing them with extensive knowledge on the technological advancements and innovations taking place at Canon India.
The two day session acted as a platform for the channel partner’s sales team to build relationship with Canon senior leadership. This year the program was attended by channel partners from across the country, covering sales team of more than 100 from 68 cities.
Commenting on this, Mr K Bhaskhar, Senior Director, OIS Division, Canon India said, “Gurukul – into its sixth year is continuing to instil new confidence in Canon’s Channel partner’s sales team. It is the highest level of motivational programme strategically designed to enhance team’s expertise and turn them to Brand Ambassadors of Canon. This forum, over the years has witnessed many participants attending the event consecutively for 5 years, and has worked as an effective retention programme.”
As a morale boosting activity, Gurukul brought to fore success-stories, hard work of channel’s sales team along with rewarding high achievers for outperforming their targets. This event was also targeted at making the sales teams feel a part of Canon at large and create a sense of mutual pride and confidence.
Canon India takes pride in its extensive channel network to provide reliable, high-quality products and solutions, local and specialized expertise and a simplified experience with technology to its customers today.
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From Yaariyan to the Youth !
Divya Khosla Kumar makes her directorial debut with Yaariyan,a contemporary young film that takes audiences through the trials and tribulations of the best years of their life.Much like their characters in the film, this young ensemble starcast talk about their tips surrounding hostel life,love,ambition and above all friendship -
The Casanova Himansh Kohli (Lakhsya)- “Much like my character in the film,I too studied in a hostel and one big tip I would always give out is to have a big group so that no one dares mess with you. Also, in my days, sneaking in a girls’ hostel was like a matter of pride and any guy who did it used to be looked at with respect”.
The Biker Devanshu Sharma (Neil)- The most important tip for hostel students is to make friends with the ‘mama’s boys’ and always protect them from bullies. Reason being they always get the best food from their mothers and if they look upto you, you get to share the food! Also, make friends with the watchman and always tip him some money even if you don’t have money to spend on yourself because he is the one guy, who will always help you sneak out or sneak in.”
The Hottie Nicole Faria (Jia)- I was the kind of girl, who would file her nails in class and make others do my homework just by smiling sweetly at them. Another tip would be to always have a pal on the outside to sneak stuff into the hostel for you”.
The Responsible Rakul Preet (Saloni)- You need to concentrate on your studies because at a hostel, you won’t have your parents around you to push you to make an extra effort. Also, never bunk classes and don’t hang out with the trouble-makers (sneaks a look at Himash and Devanshu).
The Yaaron Ka Yaar Shreyas Pardiwala (Pardi): You hostel group is like your family because you spend almost all your time with them to the extent that at times, your actual family seems secondary and my tip would be to always share with your hostel-mates, whether it be food or your clothes or any other goodies that you get from your home because that’s what friends are for.
T-Series’ Yaariyan directed by Divya Khosla Kumar is scheduled to release 10th January 2013.
Vivek Oberoi Inaugurates Fundraising Event For An NGO
Actor Vivek Oberoi recently dropped in at a venue in South Mumbai to inaugurate a fundraising event titled ‘For A Good Cause’ organised by SNEHA, a
NGO that works towards issues related to health, nutrition and education of women and children.
Sporting a signature white shirt and sunglasses, Vivek participated in the exhibition and spent a considerable amount of time visiting the stalls, which sold everything from old Hindi film posters to paintings to chocolates to home décor.
Talking about the event, Vivek said, “…………………..”
Vivek, who was last seen playing the menacing Kaal in superhero flick ‘Krrish 3’, is currently in the process of reading scripts before he announces his next project.
John Abraham on a roll !
While his last hit Madras Café, reiterated that John Abraham is one of the industry’s most bankable stars , the actor-producer is on a roll with his projects next year , a mixed bag of commercial and contemporary cinema , something he has always managed to maintain a perfect balance between.
Talking about Welcome Back and Dostana 2, John says, “Anees Bazmi’s Welcome Back has gone on the floors. So it’s an exciting time. For Dostana 2 whatever I’ve heard of the script is beyond hilarious. And I’m always excited about working with Abhishek Bachchan. I love him.”
Despite having a choc-o-bloc schedule as far as his on-screen projects are concerned, John is also quite excited about his role as a producer and talks about his future plans for JA Entertainment, “After working with Nishikanth Kamat in ‘Force’, I am doing another home production with him. It would be in the same action space, though the action would be way beyond what we did in Force.”
John Abraham has also bought the remake rights of a Telugu film titled ‘Prabhas’, which will be remade in Hindi as ‘Mirchi’. “It’s an amazing script. I am also producing a film based on a script called J-39. We are trying to zero in on a director for this one,” he says.
Ask the actor-producer about how the industry raves about the new “John-re” he has introduced and he is quick to reply,“It’s a good feeling. People tell me I am trying to make a change in cinema. I was in a flight from Mumbai to Delhi. And I could see the way other passengers had positioned me in their heads. At the same time, there are people congratulating me for my personality.”
RICOH AND AIRCEL CHENNAI OPEN STRENGTHEN THEIR PARTNERSHIP
Ricoh to continue to offer critical state-of-the-art printing and copying services to tournament
CHENNAI, DECEMBER 09, 2013: The organizers of the Aircel Chennai Open today announced that the tournament had extended its association with Ricoh as an Official Sponsor. Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. It is known for the quality of its technology, the exceptional standard of its customer service and sustainability initiatives.
The 19th edition of India and South Asia’s only ATP World Tour event will be held at Chennai’s SDAT Stadium from December 30th 2013 to January 5th 2014. The player field for the 2014 tournament will see an impressive line-up of both Indian and international players.
In its capacity as an official sponsor, Ricoh will continue to offer critical state-of-the-art printing and copying services and aid in the smooth conduct of Aircel Chennai Open 2014. As a global ATP partner, Ricoh has been associated with leading global tennis events that include the coveted Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Their third year of continued association with India’s only and South Asia’s premier ATP World Tour tennis event is testimony to the significance and stature of the tournament.
Nobuaki Majima, Managing Director of Ricoh Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd stated, “Ricoh’s partnership with Aircel Chennai Open been mutually beneficial and a very rewarding experience. As India’s only ATP World Tour event, it has grown in significance to become the leading tournament in this part of the continent. Our association complements our aspiration to be associated with leading sporting events all around the world. We wish the organizers the very best as they prepare for the 19th edition.”
Ashu Jindal, COO IMG Reliance said, said, “Aircel Chennai Open has been privileged to garner support from leading global brands like Ricoh. Chennai has become the definitive ATP World Tour destination in South Asia and as we grow from strength to strength each year, we acknowledge and express our gratitude to partners such as Ricoh for their long standing support to us and to the sport.”
Having a strong player field, tennis fans in Chennai can certainly expect some great competition and solid tennis. The Title Sponsor for the tournament is Aircel and the event is supported by a consortium of sponsors in the Platinum category.
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