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Celebrities throng Krupa Shah’s abstract art painting exhibition at Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai

Speaking to IndyaWire.com, Krupa Shah says, “While meditating, I keep on chanting AUM -OM which fills you up with energy and vibrations and colors keeping your mind away from wondering. As passed levels in meditation I started observing strong colors and hues. Also experienced different strokes in the colors due to different level of frequencies in vibrations were evolved by my subconscious mind while meditating. These are the colors and feelings that I portray in my paintings. Colors have a different connectivity with human beings like green connects with nature and so on”.

Some of her paintings on display include Ishwara, Shivalik, Eternity, Ataman, Sthana – which are also the names of the paintings.

There are over 38 paintings on display – all acrylic color on canvas. When asked why she prefers acrylic on canvas, she says, canvas has better durability. “I like to work with the best. Acrylic color gives an artist a lot of freedom.”

This is Krupa Shah’s first solo exhibition, though she has jointly exhibited several times with other artistes. Krupa Shah’s paintings have traveled around the Globe and she has participated in shows and combined exhibitions at places like Dubai, Chicago, Delhi, Lisbon-Portugal, Pune, Calcutta, Mumbai.

“Most people do not know what abstract art is,” opines Shah. Size-wise, the largest painting on display is a 5 ft x 7 ft Shivalik which is approximately priced at Rs 5.25 lakh. The smallest is a 2 ft x 2 ft painting titled Prana (or Pran) and is priced at approximately Rs 60 Thousand.

Krupa Shah plans to do several shows in December – at the Taj  Mumbai in Mumbai,  Lalit Kala Kendra Delhi and Taj Vivanta at Hyderabad.

TEXT & IMAGES: INDYAWIRE.COM

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My latest painting collection ‘REFLECTIONS’ is inspired by ‘AUM – The Eternal’, says artist Krupa Shah

Artist and painter Krupa Shah spoke to IndyaWire.com regarding her ongoing exhibition at the Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai on abstract art.

Krupa Shah has received prestigious awards and participated in significant group exhibitions at different venues in India and abroad over the last 5 years. She is self-taught artist, her deep interest in painting and her desire to be unique enabled her to develop an artistic hand at abstract painting, beside other styles.

Her paintings are based on the transformation and evolution of the nature and universe. Her paintings depict oneness of all beings on earth. She tells IndyaWire.com ‘I believe that colors are a major part of an individual’s life. It is very important to balance the hues. Green and red are my favorite.’

 She quotes “Art is everywhere, you just have to put your eye on it and may be at times contemplate on it to get into its skin.”

Speaking about her current (on-going) exhibition at the Jehangir Art Gallery in south Mumbai, she says my new collection of paintings ‘REFLECTIONS’ is inspired from AUM – OM.

Speaking to IndyaWire.com, Krupa says, “While meditating I keep on chanting Aum-OM which fills you up with energy and vibrations and colors keeping your mind away from wondering. As passed levels in meditation I started observing strong colors and hues. Also experienced different strokes in the colors due to different level of frequencies in vibrations were evolved by my subconscious mind while meditating. These are the colors and feelings that I portray in my paintings. Colors have a different connectivity with human beings like green connects with nature and so on”.

Some of her paintings on display include Ishwara, Shivalik, Eternity, Ataman, Sthana – which are also the names of the paintings.

There are over 38 paintings on display – all acrylic color on canvas. When asked why she prefers acrylic on canvas, she says, canvas has better durability. “I like to work with the best. Acrylic color gives an artist a lot of freedom.”

This is Krupa Shah’s first solo exhibition, though she has jointly exhibited several times with other artistes. Krupa Shah’s paintings have traveled around the Globe and she has participated in shows and combined exhibitions at places like Dubai, Chicago, Delhi, Lisbon-Portugal, Pune, Calcutta, Mumbai.

“Most people do not know what abstract art is,” opines Shah. Size-wise, the largest painting on display is a 5 ft x 7 ft Shivalik which is approximately priced at Rs 5.25 lakh. The smallest is a 2 ft x 2 ft painting titled Prana (or Pran) and is priced at approximately Rs 60 Thousand.

Krupa Shah plans to do several shows in December – at the Taj  Mumbai in Mumbai,  Lalit Kala Kendra Delhi and Taj Vivanta at Hyderabad.

TEXT & IMAGES: INDYAWIRE.COM

Rati Agnihotri loves Umair Zafar’s Tepchi Collection

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Umair Zafar with Rati Agnihotri

He’s always been a trendsetter of sorts in the fashion world. His relentless journey to relentlessly promote the rich cultural heritage of India is an ongoing endeavour. Noted Mumbai based fashion designer Umair Zafar has forged ahead and is all set to promote another form of Chikankari to his fashion fan followers.

Elaborating on his latest collection, Umair discloses, “Tepchi is one among the 32 types of Chikankari Embroidery. Tepchi work on the entire kurta or just the dupatta is most delicate work as it uses a very thin thread. It is difficult to make out the right and wrong side by just looking at it hence called as magic work. Each stitch is symmetric to the other. Hand embroidered tepchi work gives a decent and stylish look to either the garment.”

Umair Zafar’s new collection is a quixotic and colourful range of long and short kurtis of Lucknowi Tepchi work on Kota fabric. An entire new range of Colors and sizes which is rarely available in the market will be created to suit women of all age groups and sizes.

Bollywood actress Rati Agnihotri, who is being styled by Umair Zafar for her film “Tere Aane Se” was simply mesmerized with the classic creation that she insisted she wanted to wear this new trend in her film.

So for all lovers of Lucknowi fashion can get ready to be wow-ed with Umair Zafar’s Tepchi collection.

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Anil Kapoor along with the Pen team presented the theatrical trailer of the animated movie Mahabharat.

Anil Kapoor and Satish Kaushik

Anil Kapoor along with the Pen team presented the theatrical trailer of the animated movie Mahabharat.

The movie have assembled a vast talented cast to give the voice for the iconic characters of Mahabharat.

The varied cast include Amitabh Bachchan, Anil Kapoor, Anupam Kher, Ajay Devgn, Vidya Balan, Sunny Deol, Jackie Shroff, and many more.

Anil Kapoor who has given voice for Karan also presented Karan’s character trailer.

Anil Kapoor even shared his experience while making the movie and working with Amaan Khan the directo

Three lovely ladies of Bollywood Chitrangda Singh, Neha Dhupia, Esha Gupta came together to unveil Gillette Venus razor

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Three lovely ladies of Bollywood Chitrangda Singh, Neha Dhupia, Esha Gupta came together to unveil Gillette Venus razor, a shaving system designed especially for Women, in Mumbai today.

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Shell joins forces with the LEGO Group for a new range of Ferrari Model collectibles

Shell customers in India can now get hold of the Ferrari Model LEGO Collection with the smallest pull-back motor ever produced by the LEGO Group

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Bengaluru, 14 November 2013; Shell today announced the launch of a new promotion in collaboration with Ferrari and the LEGO Group. India is one of the few countries in the world to experience the introduction of a range of limited edition, buildable, collectible Ferrari models made from LEGO bricks. The unique LEGO models and LEGO minifigures are available for purchase exclusively at Shell stations across India (Bangalore, Mysore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Surat and Baroda).

The new Shell promotion introduces six exclusive Ferrari Model LEGO collectables that are based on some of the most iconic vehicles in Ferrari’s motoring history. This exciting collection brings together three of the most notable global brands in the world and celebrates over 60 years of a shared passion for performance between Shell and Ferrari.

Spanning decades of motoring heritage – covering truck, road and track vehicles – the models designed by the LEGO Group illustrate the innovative and passionate nature of the Shell Technical Partnership with Ferrari. “This campaign perfectly represents the joint passion for performance and innovation that Shell and Ferrari stand for whilst incorporating the fun and imaginative nature of LEGO products. Whether they are fans of Ferrari, motorsport, or LEGO, we think these toys will prove an exciting reward for our customers,” said Ravi Sundararajan, General Manager, Shell Retail India.

Speaking on the occasion, Prateik Babbar said, “It gives me great pride to associate with Shell India. LEGO and Ferrari are two brands that almost everyone associates with from their childhood. The collectables are fun to assemble and also the detailing of each model is amazing. Go and get your set from a Shell forecourt today.”

First in LEGO history

Featuring the smallest pull-back motor ever produced by the LEGO Group, the unique range represents the first time in the Danish toy company’s history that any vehicle of this size will have powered wheels. The limited edition Ferrari models are capable of performing a minimum of 300 pulls, propelling a 30g vehicle a minimum of 2 metres. In addition to the Ferrari models, Shell has worked with LEGO Group to design three unique LEGO Minifigures (exclusive models of the Ferrari pit crew) also available at the Shell forecourts.

Shell and the LEGO Group worked together on the development of the mini-motor for over 18 months and it embodies the spirit of technological innovation and improved performance that is at the heart of Shell fuels. The ‘micro-propulsion’ motor is powerful enough to drive each pocket sized vehicle at high speed, making them ready to race wherever you are!

The Cars

Shell and the LEGO Group have created six of the most iconic and unique models associated with Ferrari. The models included in the promotion (from left to right in the photo below) are the Scuderia Ferrari Truck, the Ferrari F40, the Ferrari 150° Italia, the Ferrari 458 Italia, the Ferrari FXX and the Ferrari 250GT Berlinetta.

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For more information on the Shell Ferrari Model LEGO collection, please visit: http://www.shell.com/legoindia

About Shell Retail India:

Royal Dutch Shell is one of the largest and most diversified international investor in India’s energy sector among all global integrated oil companies with nearly US$1 billion invested already. It is the only global major to have a fuel retail license in India. Besides being a major private sector supplier of crude, products, chemicals and technology to public/private sector oil companies, Shell also has key interests in lubricants, bitumen while operating an LNG receiving and re-gasification terminal, as well as a significant Technology center and a financial business services center.

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Crime Patrol to show a Maharashtra based series

The most popular crime series on Sony Entertainment Television Crime Patrol is all set to showcase a Maharashtra episode. The episode says tells the story of Poornima, a 14 year old girl, kept inside Rangoli Natya Gruh against her wishes. She is forced to attend to the physical desires of customers.

Rangoli Natya Gruh from the outside looks to be a center for performing arts but in reality is a prostitution center where minors are held. Fauzia Parveen, a social worker who is striving to provide a better environment for underprivileged children to facilitate their education hears about Poornima being trapped inside Rangoli Nayta Gruh, and takes it upon herself to rescue her from the clutches of the prostitution den.

Will Poornima be rescued?

Will Fauzia Parveen succeed in her deeds?

To find out tune in to Crime Patrol Friday-Saturday at 11:00 pm only on

Sony Entertainment Television

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SAHIR – The Clown Thief & AALIYA – The Acrobat Diva

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“DHOOM MACHALE DHOOM!”

Mumbai November 14th, 2013: AAMIR KHAN & KATRINA KAIF launched DHOOM MACHALE DHOOM at YRF Studios today in true DHOOM:3 style amidst flames, pyro-blasts and other exploits!

WATCH KATRINA KAIF LIKE NEVER BEFORE IN

“DHOOM MACHALE DHOOM”

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Music Director: Pritam Singer: Aditi Singh Sharma Lyricist: Sameer Anjaan

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After doing various roles in hit Bollywood movies like ‘Chak De! India’, Joyshree Arora will soon be seen in Zee TV’s Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke

– Making her debut on TV, Joyshree has been associated with the Entertainment industry for over years as a popular name in the Bollywood and theatre industry

– Playing the role of Piyush Sahdev’s grandmother on the show, she is a ‘hoity toity’ lady, who has travelled the world and is a big mouth

– Filled with energy, she has shifted to Benaras to spend time with her grandson and tells people that she is here only to die peacefully while she wants her grandson to live in this city till the end of time

– She is a neighbor of Garg parivaar and will be seen in a modern avatar on the show

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Amitabh’s shagun to Ranveer Singh

When people come on Kaun Banega Crorepati they dream of winning crores but Ranveer Singh was denied the same. Now before you come to a conclusion, here’s the real story.

Ranveer Singh made an appearance on the show to promote his upcoming film ‘Ram Leela’. Though he wasn’t slated to play the game, Ranveer expressed a strong desire to experience the much celebrated ‘Hot Seat’. AB agreed to accommodate Ranveer but informed him that he won’t be playing for money. Ranveer replied that he didn’t want the money but instead a coin as a ‘Shagun’ from him. AB signed a blank cheque and presented it to Ranveer as a token for appreciation.

Catch Ranveer Singh on Kaun Banega Crorepati on Friday, November 15, 8:30pm only on Sony Entertainment Television

Krapika Singh Jat

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Amitabh Bachchan’s voice makes an acting debut

Sikandar Khan, the voice over for many of Amitabh Bachchan’s advertisements and movies, has now landed a debut role in producer Sunil Kumar’s upcoming movie Ghogho Raani – A Magic Friend,it’s directed by Lalan Kumar Kanj. He will feature in the song ‘Gandhi Ji ne kaha tha’, which he has sung in Amitabh Bachchan’s voice. “This is the first time I am acting in a movie, but I have performed in reality shows like ‘Horn Ok Please’, ‘Johnny Alarm’ etc; standup comedy like Comedy Nights; and live stage shows world over. I am grateful to Lalanji for his love towards me,” says Sikandar Khan.

When asked to identify his famous dubbed work for Amitabh Bachchan, a modest Sikandar says “I just record for the movie or advt and then it is up to the client to use it.” He has also done voice overs for other stars like Shatrughan Sinha, Johnny Lever, Paresh Rawal, Gulshan Grover and others.

On being questioned about his polio condition and if it gets him sympathy, Sikandar says “I hate sympathy’s. All my successes are due to god’s grace, hard work and love from my friends.”

Speaking about his career Sikandar says “When I was 7 or 8 years old, I used to watch a lot of Amitabh Bachchan movies and then I used to practice his voice on a tape recorder. When I grew up, I performed during my college festival. One of my student’s father saw my performance and gave me a chance in his orchestra. I got my first big break in Bombay and then I performed outside Bombay and then internationally. My first dubbing for Amitabhji was in a beedi ad in which Johnny Lever had acted too. My first dubbing for Amitabhji’s movie was in Yaar meri Zindagi , which also featured Shatrughan Sinha. I now have an entertainment company called Star Beats Entertainment.”

Sanjay Sharma Raj

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RealtoExpress introduces advance CRM Solutions to help real estate consultants to effectively manage their business leads.

Novemeber, 2013: Every Sales Lead is an opportunity which must be nurtured and tracked rightly to convert it into revenue. In Real Estate the value attached with each lead makes it even more important for tracking. The star performer in an organization may be able to manage the show perfectly manually using his dairies etc. but what about the whole organization. Indian Realtor historically had been a people centric organization where all activities were managed by few key people. But with changing time, growth in the market and expected regulation the whole Real Estate Consultancy industry is experiencing and expecting consolidation.

To excel in such scenario one must possess the right tools and business process to make sure that the complete sales team is properly guided and performs as per the organization wide sales planning. The Lead Management system had become one of the basic requirements of Modern Realtors.

The Lead Manager Module of RealtoExpress CRM software along with other modules offers a perfect system to the Indian realtors to manage and track and manage their leads. The whole organization will act in sync as per the set business processes so that each lead gets the same professional treatment which will reduce cases of lead lost. RealtoExpress market research team had captured all possible lead management scenarios for Indian market which had helped to make the product exactly match the requirements of the market.

For a realtor it all starts with Lead Generation where unqualified lead information is collated from multiple sources, eg advertisement, trade shows, marketing campaign, Incoming IVR calls, Referrals and Walk In. These information is then categorized in Buyer and seller, their requirement are captured and categorized into separate module of RealtoExpress CRM.

The leads are then assigned to specific executives based on certain rules and the activities performed on them can be tracked in real time. The various filters and parameter in the system helps the managers and top management to the status of each lead. Follow up logs helps to judge the lead with a more experienced lens thus increasing the chances of closure.

RealtoExpress CRM helps a Realtor to capture leads from multiple sources directly into the CRM eg IVR, Web to Lead form etc. thus making it more systematic, traceable and secure. Now with such tools and processes a Realtor can now be sure off that all its lead are treated professionally and none of them are lost because of any human error.


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DSK Motowheels enters into strategic partnership with Motul

Mumbai, 14th November 2013: DSK Motowheels today entered into a three year strategic partnership with Motul – a world-class French lubricant manufacturing company as their official lubricant partners. The agreement was signed by Mr. Shirish Kulkarni, Chairman, DSK Motowheels and Mr. Jiten Goswami Chairman, Motul in the presence of Mr. Shivapada Ray, COO, DSK Motowheels, Mr. Balwally Ashwin, Business Development, Motul and Mr. Jayesh Butt, General Manager Sales & Marketing, Motul.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Shirish Kulkarni, Chairman, DSK Motowheels said, “There is a perfect synergy between our range of high-end superbikes and Motul which is one of the world’s most trusted lubricant manufacturing companies as we share the same passion for performance. We are very pleased with this partnership and are confident that this association will go a long way in strengthening our brand loyalties within the Indian market”.

Sharing his thoughts on this association, Mr. Jiten Goswami, Chairman, Motul said, “We aim to bring in our knowledge and expertise in the field of motor sport lubricant to deliver world-class technology for the range of DSK Hyosung superbikes. Our high quality lubricants will provide better engine protection and deliver a great riding experience”.

DSK Hyosung went through a stringent selection process and identified Motul as their ideal lubricant partner since their bike’s longevity and performance were the most critical requirements that we were to be matched.

About DSK Motowheels

Established in 2012, DSK Motowheels, a part of the DSK Group (Diversified business group with a turnover of over Rs. 5000crores) forayed into the growing automobile sector by entering the niche segment of powerful and aspirational bikes in association with Hyosung (Part of S&T Motors – Korea). Taking forward the company’s rich legacy and dynamic entrepreneurship, Mr. Shirish Kulkarni, Chairman DSK Motowheels Pvt Ltd, spearheads the brand DSK Hyosung in India with a primary objective of providing a world class super biking experience.

With a CKD plant in Wai, DSK Hyosung enjoys the status of having the strongest superbike network in India. Being a leading super biking brand of global repute, Hyosung is known for its high-end biking experience, extended product line, technology and quality. Hyosung dominates the super biking market in the US, South America, UK, Australia and many Asian countries including India.

ABOUT MOTUL

Motul is a world-class French company specialized in the formulation, production and distribution of high-tech engine lubricants (two-wheelers, cars and other vehicles) as well as lubricants for industry via its Motul Tech activity.

Unanimously recognized for more than 150 years for the quality of its products, innovation capacity and involvement in the field of competition, Motul is also renowned as specialists in synthetic lubricants. As early as 1971, Motul was the first lubricant manufacturer to pioneer the formulation of a 100% synthetic lubricant for automotive engines, the 300V lubricant, making use of Esters technology and issued from the aeronautical industry.

All along the years, Motul has gained experience as an official supplier to many racing teams and manufacturers and contributes with them to further technological development in motorsports.

Motul is supporting those teams in international competitions such as: 24 Hours of Le Mans (cars and mortorcycles), FIA GT1 World Championship, Formula Nippon, World Endurance Championship, Super GT, Dakar, IRC, Drift, Pikes Peak, MotoGP, World Superbike, World MX, Endurance World Championship, Superbike, Supercross, IOM TT, Rallycross, F1 Boat and scores of others.

For further media queries please contact:-

Suvidha Awle: 9987598171 | sawle@perfectrelations.com

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Regards,

Sholom Kemkar

Senior Image Executive

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Honda in association with Delhi Traffic Police to promote Road-safety at 33rd India International Trade Fair 2013

Promotes road safety through special activities at 33rd India International Trade Fair

· Safety promotion activities at IITF in association with Delhi Police- Traffic

· Connects with visitors of all age groups & children of age group 5-12 yrs through various fun activities

· Honda educates on Safe Riding & Traffic Hazards

Mumbai, November 14, 2013: Moving swiftly towards its commitment of promoting safety riding in India, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI) – the Only 2Wheeler Company of Honda in India in association with Delhi Traffic Police will be participating in the 33rd India International Trade Fair from 15th – 27th November, 2013 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. To spread road safety among masses and impart riding education to young minds with Fun Honda will be organizing Road-safety activities at the pavilion from 15th November at Delhi Police Traffic pavilion at IITF.

At the pavilion, riding activities will be conducted for visitors of all age groups and kids under the age group of 5-6 years. Young ones will be educated on safety riding through primary activities including role plays and interactive games which will make them learn the “fun way”. Expanding the fun quotient, children will get a chance to win exciting prizes by participating in special painting competition and dart games. Honda will also provide riding posture demo on display vehicles and conduct slow riding contest for adult visitors.

Honda CRF 50 model especially imported from Japan will be present at the pavilion to help young minds understand the importance of safety riding. To give a practical road experience to kids under the age group of 9-12 years HMSI will be setting up a protected road environment specially designed for them at the pavilion.

Riding trainer (also present at every Honda Exclusive Authorised Dealership across India) will help aid riders above 16 years of age to experience over 100 possible dangers on the road. This virtual experience increases their ability to predict & react to traffic hazards by creating awareness and knowledge about potential risks & solutions. HMSI will make the parents and kids take a pledge to drive safely and follow the traffic norms.

Globally, road safety promotion has been one of Honda’s top priorities worldwide since 1970. Under the People Come First philosophy, Honda follows Safety as an integral part of all its business activities.

Excerpts from the company:

Vice president- Sales & Marketing, Mr. Yadvinder S. Guleria said, “For over a decade, Honda in India has promoted the joy of riding, while inculcating a sense of road safety and good riding habits amongst road users. India International Trade Fair is an apt platform for us to reach out to the maximum number of people and spread Road-safety awareness amongst them. We have received an overwhelming response every year at IITF and been successful in training over 7200 adults and educated over 3200 kids on safety riding. We are now reiterating our commitment to road safety initiatives and taking it to the next level of ‘Catch them young’ by educating children.”

For further media queries please contact:-

Suvidha Awle: 9987598171 | sawle@perfectrelations.com

Sholom Kemkar: 9920227817 | skemkar@perfectrelations.com

Regards,

Sholom Kemkar

Senior Image Executive

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Fashion Designer Umair Zafar bags a Hollywood film.

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Fashion Designer Umair Zafar bags a Hollywood film.

Umair Zafar – “I will take Lucknowi fashion and heritage on the world map.”

Very few Bollywood fashion designers have managed to carve a niche with their creative designs and land up with a plum Hollywood film offer for styling a film’s look, that too for the entire star-cast. Renowned and seasoned costume designer Bhanu Athaiya bagged the bald statuette for Best Costume Design in Richard Attenborough’s biopic Gandhi and made India proud.

Grapevine is abuzz that Bollywood fashion designer- celebrity stylist- makeover consultant Umair Zafar has been pencilled in and almost finalized for a big budget Hollywood film which will be shot in Lucknow and Jaipur from January 2014.

Obsessed with an old-world charm, Umair Zafar often attempts to recreate that certain ‘ magic’ through his garments. His fashion style is best described as super- feminine and classic are an extension of flogging the Indian heritage at its pinnacle. Detailing and fabrics have always played a huge role in his collections. Exquisite quality of embroideries, exotic embellishments put together on rich fabrics such as Swiss tulle, French lace, Italian chiffon and Indian silks make for beautiful garments. Somehow Zafar’s creations have always highlighted the Indian-ness that appeal to every woman.

When quizzed about his hushed door meetings with the Hollywood production team at a local 5-star hotel and he being finalized for the venture, Umair Zafar bemusedly replies, “Indian fashion is culturally rich and offers magnanimous variations. It’s ironical that we as Bollywood film designers have to blend them with Western inspirations and give the costumes a filmi touch. Having had a close affinity to Lucknowi tehzeeb and the local imperial heritage, I was floored when I was offered this Hollywood venture.”

Apparently it is said that the Hollywood venture would have some Bollywood actors too but the main pivotal roles are being played by some known Hollywood actors. Since the film is a biopic set in the pre-independence, the onus on the costume designer and Creative Style consultant is enormous. Umair was non-committal and maintained a stiff upper lip in divulging further details about the project. He summed up with a, “Working with a Hollywood team is an honour for the pure fact that it takes us Indian fashion designers on a higher pedestal. You will have to wait

for official announcements to be made by the studio.”

India is a big spot on the global fashion map and for someone like a talented and down-to-earth fashion designer like Umair Zafar making it big in Hollywood deserves a round of applause.

Profile of UMAIR ZAFAR

Umair Zafar is a Celebrity stylist, Fashion designer, image consultant and versatile consultant in the fashion business believes that fashion trends and designs should translate at an affordable price. His vision is to make style comfortable and affordable. His venture into the commercial market has been enduring. The designer is known for consultation of and with various brand building projects and customised outfits.

In 2012, Umair made shopping easy for his followers as he launched his online shopping portal to offer his designer collection with affordable pricing, which includes Indian & western collection.

His designs are available on ebay.com, SBI smart card, HDFC, Junglee , Niketes etc. The designer handles different clients from the glam and fashion world including Padmani Kolhapuri, Tejaswani, Geeta Basra, Rituperna Sen Gupta, Sayali Bhagat, Nisha Kothari,Yukta Mukhi, Nandana Sen, Aditi Sharma, Shilpi Sharma, Claudia Ciesla, Reshmi Ghosh, Deepshikha Nagpal, Anushka Shetty, Gauhar Khan, Rajkumar Yadav ( Kai Poche ), Divyanshu ( Pyar Ka Punchnama ), Sawara Bhaskar (Tannu Weds Mannu), Pakistani Actress-Meera Ali, Singer Mamta Sharma, Rahul Roy, Kiran Kumar, Raj Kumar Yadav, Shahbaaz khan and his fantastic list of small screen celebs goes on.

USP of Umair Zafar’s collection- Umair creates trendy & international look, with an amalgamation of western & Indian colour palette with a minimal embellishments, Indian body type is always into consideration while designing his collection.

Bhushan Kumar & Divya Khosla Kumar launch the first look theatrical trailer of the contemporary entertainer Yaariyan.

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Bhushan Kumar & Divya Khosla Kumar launch the first look theatrical trailer of the contemporary entertainer Yaariyan.

Producer Bhushan Kumar launched the first-look theatrical trailer of Yaariyan that marks the directorial debut of Divya Khosla Kumar , in the presence of special guest for the evening , Mahesh Bhatt at a popular suburban multiplex.

Produced by T-Series, Yaariyan, is a contemporary young film that takes audiences through the trials and tribulations of the best years of their life.

Shot across India and South Africa, the entertainer promises stunning visuals,great music and stellar performances from an all-new starcast who make their big Bollywood debut with the film under the guidance of Divya Khosla Kumar,who couldn’t be more excited to introduce the young talented lot.

Talking about the film and the starcast says Divya Khosla Kumar, “Yaariyan looks to break the clutter ,given the genre of the film. I spent a great deal of time on the casting since I needed actors who would suit the characters in the film to the T. To me these characters were real and I’ve lived with them through the filming of this movie. They are an extremely talented lot. I’m very excited to introduce to you these young stars who together have made Yaariyan what it is – a fun,sensitive,entertaining film that will leave you with a tear and a smile”

Says producer Bhushan Kumar, “I’m really proud of Divya and her first directorial debut and hope audiences enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it”.

T-Series Yaariyan directed by Divya Khosla Kumar is scheduled to release 31st January 2014.

Yaariyan theatrical launch event pictures:

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Alvira Khan Agnihotri’s star studded designer wear store launch in Mumbai

Alvira Khan Agnihotri’s star studded designer wear store launch in Mumbai

Designer Riddhi Mehta marks her debut

Salman Khan’s elder sister Alvira Khan in collaboration with designer Ashley Rebello launched a new designer store AHAKZAI in the suburbs. “Ahakzai is the name of the Pashtun tribe that my father comes from”, said Alvira. The store launch in Mumbai on Sunday was a star studded affair and saw many industry insiders.

Ashley and Alvira will be stocking designers from Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai. The store will also mark the debut of young budding talented designer Ridhhi Mehta who displayed her splendid festive collection. Actress Aackruti Nagpal was seen in an exquisite Yellow desi outfit with a crimson dupatta. Aackruti was there all out to support her designer friend Riddhi.

The store launch also saw Salman’s mom Salma Khan, Waheeda Rehman, Shaina MC, Mini Mathur, Urmila Matondkar, Pulkit Samrat, Neelam, Juhi Babbar, Krishika Lulla, Ekta Kapoor, Karan Johar extending their support and good wishes for a new beginning.

Indian director Somshukhlla makes her global mark with Sandcastle

somshukhlla-directed Sandcastle is making waves internationally..

Indian director Somshukhlla makes her global mark with Sandcastle

Sandcastle, a simple film with a complex message written and directed by Indian debutante director Shomshukhlla has been nominated at several International Film Festivals including the Tenerife and London International Film Festival and screening in Hollywood LA Femme Fest.

The journey of a woman in modern India, finding her identity, Sandcastle will be screened at Hollywood’s LA Femme Film Festival at the Regal Stadium 14 LA LIVE, and has been nominated in the Best Foreign Language Feature Film category at the London International Film Festival (LIFF) 2013 and prides itself with four nominations at the Tenerife International Film Festival 2013 in London on October 12, including nods for Best Feature Film, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Cinematography.

Some important and rather poignant messages are conjured up in this bright and beautiful journey of a woman building her life. The ending is settling and although the film has its fair share of surreal moments, there is clarity to the communication of Sandcastle that reads much like a wonderfully crafted manuscript.
“The film addresses the unsatisfied longings of a seemingly comfortable middle-class Indian woman. India is waking up to good stories, with substance, new voices, ideas and perspectives, redefining the lost glory of story-telling. I am lucky that I am getting to be a part of it,” says Somshuklla.
Sandcastle tells the story of Sheila, (Shahana Chatterjee) whose upper middle-class life in India isn’t as perfect as she hoped it would be. Sheila is a home-maker, an aspiring writer and loving mother. From an outsiders perspective it would seem like she has the perfect life. Her husband is a wealthy advertising maverick and she is part of the elite middle-class of Indian society. But like the shifting of the sands, is it all slipping through her fingers? How will she build her own dreams? In all that she has, does she really have a voice of her own?
The story of Sandcastle reflects one’s belief in the ability to build a perfect life. But even in perfection there is emptiness and wanting. What is perfect to one person is misery for another. The film focuses on contemporary women in urban India and the changes in society that have moulded these women as an independent and self directing force of nature. Shomshuklla shows two colliding worlds of fateful acceptance and feminine Indian independence and individuality. The film focuses on contemporary women in urban India, and the changes in society that have moulded these women as an independent and self directing force of nature.

Interestingly, this laurel comes at a time when the director is ready to launch her seventh book of poetry ‘Easy’, has been a pop-singer with over nine albums, done fusion renditions of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s songs on a global platform, written column on relationships, formed her theatre company, Kali Theatre , writing original scripts, directing, designing, staging, producing and acting nine original plays. ‘We draupadi’s and Sitas’ an epic retold in modern times drew full houses at the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The film’s credits: direction, story, script, production and art design, Shomshuklla. Cinematography, Ritam Banerjee. Original music, Ankur Mukherjee. Editing, Shashi Kumar. The cast includes Shahana Chatterjee, Malvika Jethwani, Rajat Sharma and Uditvanu Das.

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Isha Koppikar Unveils Festive Collection by Sujata & Sanjay

Isha Koppikar Unveils Festive Collection by Sujata & Sanjay

Isha Koppikar unveiled the latest festive collection by the designer duo Sujata Ahuja & Sanjay Lalwani. A friend of the designers, she was pleased to uncover their latest festive Collection for 2013 at their store in Pali Hill. Says Isha, “first time I wore their designs for one of my shows as an anchor. My stylist had picked them up but I really loved the clothes. I met them and then they designed my clothes for the family wedding functions. Their silhouette is great, they are amazing with colours and mix shades beautifully. Very unique.”

Some of their client list boasts of names like Pop Artiste Nelly Furtado, Isha Koppikar, Josh Band, Sukhbir, Model/Actor Dipannita Sharma, Miss India Winner Jasmine D’souza, Riya Sen and others.

Sujata & Sanjay create Designs that Speak. Working together since almost a decade, both are now showcasing their designs at their own Design Studio in Bandra. “It’s an amazing moment for us. We are happy that Isha is unveiling our new collection. She has the beauty and the grace to carry all types of designs. We have been going slow and steady in the business. Now is the time to hold our own fashion designs at our own place,” comments Sujata. Adds Sanjay, “It’s been a very innovative and creative journey so far. But till now we have displayed our creations at other’s outlets. Now it is the time to have our very own exclusive Studio.” Both believe in personalized service and insist on meeting the client personally to create an outfit befitting her personality and need perfectly.

Their ethnic and indo western clothes are so chic and gorgeous that they simply incite the women into them. They are fit for the woman of today. Created in Flowy and pliable materials in colours like molten gold, burnt silver, burnished reds, burgundy, baby blues, claret, soft pinks…. they have intricate embroidery and shimmering embellishments to enhance its impressions.

Their imagination is infinite, creating clothes for all occasion. Naturally it is the one stop shop for complete trousseau, where every need is met with custom-made service.

Beginning their partnership in 2003, they have brought together Sanjay’s knowledge acquired at NIFT and his real time exposure under Naeem Khan. Sujata, on the other hand, has designed for various shoots, fashion shows, Bollywood stars and international Pop stars, bringing in the oomph glamour impression into the designs.