The Management of India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), the public sector undertaking under the aegis of the Ministry of Tourism invited State Tourism Corporations/Departments from Pan India for a Round Table to find possible solutions to develop tourism for respective states leading to overall growth of Indian Tourism Industry at The Ashok. The Session was presided over by Ms Ravneet Kaur, IAS, Chairperson & Managing Director, ITDC in presence of Mr. Piyush Tiwari, Director Commercial & Marketing, ITDC ; and other respective heads of the divisions. Mr. Shivdular Singh Dhillon, IAS, CEO, Punjab Heritage Tourism Promotion Board and Mr. Suman Thapa, SCS, CEO, Sikkim Tourism Development Board were among the senior delegates that attended the meeting. Other State Tourism Corporations/Departments present in the meeting were from states of Assam, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, and Tripura. The Agenda of the meeting was to discuss the possible areas of synergies for collaboration between ITDC and State Tourism authorities that can yield and contribute to overall development of Tourism Industry in the country to enhance tourist convenience and overall experience. Strategic Business Units of ITDC – Ashok Consultancy and Engineering Services, Sound and Light Show, Ashok Travels & Tours, Ashok Events, Ashok Institute of Hospitality & Tourism Management presented the wide spectrum of services through which State Tourisms can collaborate with ITDC.
Thursday, November 30 2017
Reliance Digital, India’s largest consumer electronics chain joins hands with leading watch retailer Fossil India Pvt. Ltd to launch a range of smart watches across select stores. The endeavour is to cater to the digital/tech lifestyle of consumers of Reliance Digital. The addition of brands like Fossil Q, Skagen Connected, Michael Kors Access, Misfit and Diesel ON not only adds a fashion dimension to the already robust wearable technology portfolio but also enhances the consumer offering by providing them with a greater selection of fashion and technology products under one roof. This partnership with Reliance Digital not only strengthens the distribution reach and presence of Fossil India Pvt. Ltd in the country but also enables reaching out and interacting with a new consumer segment. Commenting on the new association, Mr. Johnson Verghese, VP, Managing Director, Fossil India Pvt Ltd. said, “We are pleased to announce our partnership with one of the most prominent consumer electronic chains in the country. We are well represented across most department chain formats and this is our first ever association with a consumer electronics chain. Our connected watches are crafted to achieve the perfect balance between function and fashion; we are happy to say this will also add a fashion perspective to the robust range of wearable tech available at Reliance Digital. We look forward to a meaningful association and hope to accomplish the best for both”. Brian Bade, CEO – Reliance Digital added, “At Reliance Digital, we strive to offer the best in class Digital Lifestyle to our consumers. ‘Wearable Tech’ is fast becoming a necessity and the addition of Fossil smart watches to our robust Wearable Tech portfolio offers wider choice to our customers, all under one roof.” Over the years, Reliance Digital has aligned its offerings with the ever-evolving needs and preferences of its customers. It has ensured perennial and wide-spread availability of high-quality electronic products across India. It has come to be known as a one-stop shop for all technology solutions in the field of consumer tech and electronics.
Monday, December 4 2017
DBS Bank, a leading bank in Asia, will now offer its digibank customers a unique experience of investing in mutual funds with a completely paperless and ‘signatureless’ on-boarding on its mobile-only banking platform. DBS is the only bank in India to offer this first of its kind offering that does away with filing of multiple forms to start investing in mutual funds. The mutual fund offering on digibank comes with the following features: Instant paperless onboarding allowing investors to start investments instantly Risk profiler, a specially curated tool that helps customers assess their risk preferences and accordingly presents a set of various right risk-mapped mutual fund schemes from leading Asset Management Companies (AMCs) to choose from Invest, sell and track mutual funds and SIPs on the go Customers can make informed investment decisions with mutual fund performance data and research insights provided by Morningstar, one of the world’s leading independent investment research providers Announcing the new mutual fund functionality on digibank, Shantanu Sengupta, Managing Director & Head – Consumer Banking, DBS Bank India said: “With digibank , our intention has always been to be digitally embedded in our customers’ evolving financial lifecycle and offering them a differentiated customer experience. With fast growing awareness of mutual funds and adoption of digital banking, customers are increasingly seeking to make their own investments online in a simple manner without having to depend on traditional channels. Thus, this offering makes paperless onboarding, tracking and redemption in mutual funds a reality within minutes for our digibank customers.”
Thursday, November 30 2017
Cricket or Football? Android or Apple? There are some discussions which are never ending. One of India’s biggest new age comedy channel Screen Patti brings an exciting video series in association with Total Oil called Bonnet Pe Charcha , as a refreshingly hilarious take on such debates. After the famous Chai Pe Charcha and Daaru Pe Charcha , the fresh new series will see intense ‘charcha’ sessions between two young guys over a car bonnet. Bonnet Pe Charcha will feature YouTube sensation Harsh Beniwal who has massive following across social media platforms with more than one million subscribers on YouTube and Instagram. With a promising brand integration, Bonnet Pe Charcha will showcase a comic take on modern topics of discussion like Cricket vs. Football, Solo Trip vs. Group trip and Gym vs. Yoga through a series of three webisodes. With a successful run of Chai Pe Charcha and Daaru Pe Charcha, the new video series is all set to take viewers on an entertaining journey of discussions, debates and comedy. Speaking about the integrated campaign, Gayatri Ojha – VP (Marketing & Corporate Communications, CSR) Total Oil India said, “We needed more strategic and innovative minds to work with us as partners to grow the brand and hence our association with TVF is part of the brand’s content marketing strategy. The integrated campaign is aimed at young first time car owners to create conversations around a product, belonging to a low-involvement category. The digital branded content –“Bonnet Pe Charcha” curated by TVF, is an eclectic mix of three webisodes to engage the viewers and to provide them the brand insights subtly, while addressing contemporary issues. The aim is to create a top of mind recall amongst car users about the brand “Total Quartz” Engine Oil & its core promise – “Keep your Engine younger for Longer”. Webisodes will also be promoted on radio in the form of “Radiosodes”. The content on Radio will focus on topics that often remain undiscussed but are deeply penetrated in our society. Each Radiosode will have a smartly integrated brand communication strategy behind it. We believe the strengths of TVF is very admiring to our thinking & approach and together we can do some very interesting work in the future.” Thrilled about the launch of new branded video series, Vijay Koshy – Head, Brand Partnerships, commented : “Our partnership with Total Oil India has been right in TVF’s strength zone where they wanted to create brand recall through content based on strong Indian insights. We understood brand’s promise of keeping the engine ‘Younger for Longer’ and married it with a relatable audience insight of Bonnet’s of cars being a place for informal conversations by youth . This allowed us to correlate the brand promise in content as well as create brand recall around an important and relevant piece of infrastructure in a car. Keeping in mind brand’s focus of reaching male audiences we launched it on our channel ‘The Screen Patti’ which has over 90% male viewership. The 3-episode web series has been received very well by the audiences both in terms of views as well as engagement and can be an ongoing series and Total has smartly extended this partnership onto Radio also.”
Thursday, November 30 2017
Catch CNN-News18’s Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand’s review of this week’s Hindi release Firangi , starring Kapil Sharma, Ishita Dutta and Monica Gill, on Now Showing. In a special segment, Dangal director Nitesh Tiwari talks about the film that had a deep impact on him & changed his life. The viewers can also test their film quotient and win exclusive DVDs and movie vouchers by participating in The Really Tough Movie Quiz. Catch Now Showing on Friday @ 8:30PM and 11:30PM with repeats on Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 PM and 8:30 PM, only on CNN-News18
Tuesday, November 28 2017
Vodafone Rangasangeet, the iconic annual state level musical and prose one-act-play competition for budding theatre artists in Maharashtra & Goa is back with its eighth edition. Vodafone India, one of India’s leading telecom service providers in association with Theatre Academy today jointly announced the commencement of the preliminary rounds of Vodafone Rangasangeet 2017. Vodafone Rangasangeet was conceptualized with the primary objective to encourage, enliven and promote Marathi musical plays – a more reformed and challenging mode of theatre . As has been the tradition since 2010, this year too, the preliminary rounds are all set to begin in six cities viz Nashik Ahmednagar, Goa, Kankawli, Ratnagiri and Pune from 26 th November to 10 th December 2017 . The winning teams from each city will qualify for the Grand Finale to be held on 16th December at Balgandharva Rangamandir in Pune and will get an opportunity to perform in front of eminent theatre and cinema personalities. The winning teams will be entitled to a cash prize worth INR 1 lakh for musical and INR 10,000 for prose along with a host of other prizes worth INR 5 lakh. Speaking about Vodafone Rangasangeet , Ashish Chandra, Business Head – Maharashtra & Goa, Vodafone India said, “Vodafone Rangasangeet now in its eighth year is one of the most credible platforms for the finest budding talent in Marathi theatre. Vodafone Rangasangeet has been able to take the perception of art and its forms beyond just a hobby, rather giving talented artistes a much needed support to display their skills, while encouraging youth to pursue their dreams and build a career in theatre. Like every year, the participation from Maharashtra & Goa this year has been phenomenal. I am delighted to announce that the preliminary rounds have commenced with great enthusiasm and I eagerly look forward to some great theatre moments.” Prasad Purandare of Theatre Academy said , “Our association with Vodafone goes back to 2010 when Vodafone Rangasangeet was launched. Over the years, Vodafone Rangasangeet as a property has received tremendous accolades from the Theatre Fraternity across Maharashtra and Goa. Some of the participants in the past have moved on to achieve fame in Marathi Film and TV industry. With constant support from Vodafone, I am confident that Vodafone Rangasangeet will continue to provide an ideal platform for budding theatre enthusiasts.” Over the years, eminent personalities like Mahesh Manjarekar, Sachin Khedekar, Vijay Kenkre, Subodh Bhave, Mukta Barve, Rakesh Sarang, Amol Palekar, Shrirang Godbole, and many more have been on the expert jury panel of Vodafone Rangasangeet.
Monday, November 27 2017
The Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), Mumbai has emerged victorious in the popular ‘The Hero Campus Challenge’ (THCC), winning a cash prize of Rs. 2 lakh along with Pre-Placement Interview (PPI) offers from Hero MotoCorp, the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer. The team from NMIMS won the coveted trophy after a gruelling final round of the competition, which saw participation from over 9000 students of the elite business schools and engineering institutes in the country. The team from Mudra Institute of Communications (MICA), Ahmedabad came a close second while Xavier Institute of Management (XIM) Bhubaneshwar were declared 2 nd Runner-Up. The runner-ups were also granted PPIs. Pursuing its aim to nurture the future business leaders in the country, Hero MotoCorp Ltd., the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer, organises the popular ‘The Hero Campus Challenge’ (THCC). Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Sanjay Jorapur, Chief Human Resources Officer , Hero MotoCorp Ltd. , said, “At Hero, it is our constant endeavour to not only provide an engaging and enriching professional ecosystem to our employees, but also work towards shaping the future of the country’s business leaders. The Hero Campus Challenge is one such platform, which allows us to interact with the youth and channelize their creativity and management skills toward solving real-life business challenges. The Hero Campus Challenge has garnered extremely positive response in its three editions and we are overwhelmed to see the depth of business intelligence among our millennials. Being a youth-centric organisation, we will continue to promote young talent and provide them opportunities to hone their skills and further their careers.” Launched in 2015, The Hero Campus Challenge is a campus-centric, business-solutions oriented competition, which is conducted across the premier management and engineering schools of the country. THCC aims at building business-acumen amonsgt students, providing them with an avenue to put their theoritical knowldege into practice. The participants are given a series of real-life global industry scenarios and problems to tackle and are required to provide innovative and practical solutions to the problems. The 2017 edition of THCC saw participation from India’s premier B-Schools and Engineering colleges, such as IIMs, IITs, NITs, XLRI, NMIMS, IMT-Ghaziabad, MICA and BITS Pilani etc. The participants formed separate teams comprising of three members, which translated to 3000 teams competing for the top honors. Out of these only 10 teams were shortlisted for the final round. The finalists presented their findings in front of a jury comprising of the Senior Leadership Team members of Hero MotoCorp. Since the introduction of the platform, the Hero Campus Challenge has garnered tremendous credibility and popularity among the management and engineering student fraternity in India. The participation has grown manifolds since the first edition and close to 15,000 students have participated in the contest so far. MDI Gurugram won the first edition of THCC while IIM Bangalore captured the top spot in the second edition.
Friday, December 1 2017
As part of its nationwide hygiene and sanitation campaign Dettol Banega Swachh India, RB India in association with Jagran Pehel concluded a five-day training program for Noida government school’s teachers and principals. Through the training session, the teachers and principals were taught how to use a teacher’s manual and deliver the curriculum including the activities, creating a conducive environment for improvised hygiene and sanitation. The Hygiene E curriculum was introduced across these schools with the support of Noida District Magistrate and implementation partners in line with WASH delivery model. Developed by RB India in partnership with Butterfly Fields and XSEED this curriculum has key elements like Hygiene in school, home, neighbourhood, personal hygiene and hygiene during illness. Curriculum has 15 sessions per year along with teacher work books and games developed under guidance of Late Dr Abdul Kalam. Curriculum has three levels with 45 sessions in total for three years. It is meant to cover primary secondary school kids and strengthen behaviour Change on hygiene and Sanitation. Prominent schools like Salarpur Primary School, Gejha Primary School from Noida participated in the training sessions. On the successful completion of the training session, Ravi Bhatnagar, Head External Affairs & Partnerships, RB India said “The Hygiene E Curriculum is aimed at not only changing mindsets and behaviour among school students, but also to make them the catalyst of change in schools, homes and neighbourhoods. We acknowledge the fact that teachers and principals can augment the right knowledge and exposure to build good habits in children. Through this training program we have tried to bridge the gap in a successful manner and we will continue to work meticulously towards driving behavioural change to achieve a clean and hygienic future.” The programme has already been successfully deployed in 5,000 schools across rural parts of 7 states reaching 25 lakh students. The program has already reached 50,000 teachers who were trained at a ratio of 1 teacher per 50 students. The program has garnered positive impact already with overall increase in awareness about handwashing, students following sanitation practice, knowledge about prevention of diarrhoea, necessity to treat water before drinking and maintaining clean toilets in schools. Additionally, in schools, a children parliament will be formed to ensure that young champions imbibe their right to hygiene under the campaign – Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas. The main highlight of the School program is the activity based curriculum that has been specifically designed keeping in mind the learning ability of students from primary schools. The entire curriculum is divided into 3 levels; Level 1 for 1 st – 2 nd standard, level 2 for 3 rd and 4 th standards and level 3 for 5 th standard students. Each level will have 15 sessions. The curriculum is also equipped with innovative interactive ideas such as hygiene corners, wall paintings and creative posters which depict the value of hygiene. The program already has an existing model which includes Bal Sansad, change makers, nukkadnataks and regular parent’s interactions to promote the concept of hygiene and sanitation in a holistic manner. The outreach and success of the program will also be measured through an impact assessment report on the completion of each year.
Wednesday, November 29 2017
This is stuff made for the movies. Is there anything more liberating than flight? Does the sky have borders, boundaries, glass ceilings? Join us in cheering a woman who will soon take on the unthinkable. For India. For the daughters of India. For you and me. The Earth we walk on, the skies we aspire to take to. In a powerful statement of strength to its cause to champion women and give them flight, Social Access Communications in collaboration with Ministry of Women and Child Development, Govt of India, and India’s leading premium Hindi entertainment channel, COLORS, proudly launches ‘WE! Women Empower.’ An initiative By, Of and For the Girls and Women of India, to attempt a first-of-its-kind, never before done, circumnavigation around the Planet in a microlight, by a mother-daughter duo. The feat already termed as an extraordinary attempt of exemplary courage, mental agility and one-of-its -kind aerosport adventure, will attempt a World Record. It will fly across 21 countries, taking the message of women empowerment, while spear-heading a unique crowd-funding campaign for the `WE! Udaan Scholarship’ to champion, enable and empower under-privileged Indian girls across India who want to fly. Commending the extraordinary expedition and extending her whole-hearted support, Hon. Minister Women and Child Development, Govt of India, New Delhi, Ms Maneka Sanjay Gandhi in a congratulatory message to the launch event said, “ Flight is one of the best symbols of liberation and I am happy to say that Indian women have demonstrated that there is no glass ceiling in the sky time and time again. As many as 11% of our pilots are women, while a country like the US has only 3%. In the Indian Air Force, our girls are already accepted in the cockpit. Endurance flying requires presence of mind, quick decision making, mental strength and impeccable communication – all of which are qualities that would stand our daughters in good stead as they take on the challenges of life.” Expressing India’s forward march towards empowering women, Ms Gandhi further added, “ As our Prime Minister’s Udaan program gets under way, several smaller towns will get air connectivity, opening up opportunities to young girls. How many of them have dreams of flying? Yet, how many of them can afford to get a flying license? I am delighted that Capt Audrey Maben, a gifted microlight pilot and India’s first microlight flying instructor, who is also a mother of three, has decided to undertake this brave mission of circumnavigating our beautiful Planet in a tiny plane to raise funds for the training of underprivileged girls in aviation. Not only that, she will be accompanied by her 19-year-old daughter Amy, as the mission’s eyes and ears and social media correspondent. A first ever mother-daughter team. She will not only create a world record, and put Indian women on the world map yet again, she also sets an example of genuine empowerment of our daughters everywhere. I urge all of India to fly with Capt Audrey and with Amy, to cheer her on and contribute generously to the “WE! Udaan Scholarship fund .” While till date no woman pilot has ever flown in a microlight around the globe, Mysuru based and India’s first female microlight flying instructor, teacher and mother, Capt. Audrey Deepika Maben and her 19-year-old daughter, Amy Mehta will attempt the enviable journey on February 18th next year. With the country cheering her dare-devil spirit to circumnavigate the Planet, they will raise awareness for the scholarship fund and achieve the highest flying honour for Indian women. A first on many fronts for India. Waving a green flag to Capt Audrey Maben and Amy Mehta’s brave endeavour, said Raj Nayak, COO – Viacom18 , “ COLORS is extremely proud to be partnering with such an innovative, courageous and empowering cause. This is going to be such a great accomplishment for us Indians, and even a greater feat for women everywhere. It’s so humbling to see these two women defy all rules and limitations to achieve the unthinkable. This association between COLORS and WE! is an effort to shape and mould discussions around inspiring and motivating women to come out of their boundaries and show the world what they are capable of. While we spread this message through our platform, I urge more and more women to break the shackles of the society and spread their wings to fly. A big thank you to Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao movement and Ministry of Women and Child Development for having lent their support to this initiative as I strongly believe that together we will be able to enhance the lives of our women.” Attempting an act way beyond her peers have ever dreamt, Capt. Audrey Maben took to the skies as a young NCC Cadet at the age of 15. Winning a national competition, the All India Best Girl Glider Pilot in 1993- 94, she decided to pursue gliding by enrolling into the IIT Kanpur Gliding Centre and thereafter obtained her first Glider Pilots License. She then went on to obtain a Microlight Pilots License and set a national flying record by participating in the Air Race India 2003. Besides being the only woman to fly as pilot-in-command during the race, she covered a distance of 2400 kms in five days from Bangalore to Nagpur and back – SOLO in a microlight. A feat established by The Aeroclub of India and listed in the Limca Book of Records. In 2007, Audrey went on to become the country’s first woman flight instructor. A student of Baldwin Girls High School (1991) and Jyoti Nivas (1996), Audrey set up `I Can,’ a school for alternative holistic education in 2008, while continuing to pursue her passion as an Aerosports professional flying her own microlight planes as a hobby pilot. Poised to take on the unexpected, an excited Capt. Audrey Maben shared, “ To me flying has spelt nothing but freedom. It is pure joy to be airborne. Getting an opportunity to see the world and become one with it, is an elevated state of freedom. This mission will give wings to many more girls like me who dreamt of flying everyday. All dreams can come true. I have been blessed to live my dream,” she added. Present on the occasion to launch `WE!’ at Jakkur Aerodrome, Bengaluru, Hon Minister of Youth Empowerment and Sports, Govt of Karnataka, Shri Pramod Madhwaraj , congratulated the initiative and wished Capt Audrey Maben and Amy success towards completing the world record. “I am happy to extend my support to this commendable expedition which shines the torch on empowering young Indian women across India, and salute their strength to achieve the impossible. It is a shining example, one that will truly give our women the mental and financial resources to achieve their dream of flying.” Fronting the endeavour to put more women in flight and extending support to `WE! President, lndian Women’s Pilots Association (IWPA) & International Women Professionals in Aviation & Aerospace Governor – India Section World 99s, Mrs. Harpreet A. De. Singh, also said, “ Indian Women Pilots Association (IWPA) supports the wonderful initiative of ‘We’ in its objective of encouraging women in the field of Aviation, which includes aerosports and adventure. We are firm believers and promoters of women empowerment, and wish this initiative and Capt Audrey Maben all the very best.” Track the WE! circumnavigation expedition and Capt. Audrey’s adventures in flight by logging onto www.wefly.org.in for LIVE Blogs and Photographs. To show your support and give flight to India’s daughters and their dreams of flying, donate and contribute generously to the `WE! Udaan Scholarship’ at (link) COLORS`WE! Women Empower has been conceived and initiated by Social Access Communication in collaboration with Ministry of Women and Child Development, Govt of India and sponsored by leading entertainment channel, COLORS. The expedition is supported by the Indian Women’s Pilot Association (IWPA), Aerosource India Pvt Ltd, Aerotech FMS Pvt Ltd, Government Flying Training School (GFTS) and Navy Blue Foundation (NBF).
Tuesday, November 28 2017
The stage is set for the much-awaited mega event of Gujarat, in this calendar year. As the state gears up for the high-decibel electoral battle, DB Corp Limited (DBCL), India’s largest print media company and home to flagship newspapers Dainik Bhaskar, Divya Bhaskar, Divya Marathi and Saurashtra Samachar, today announced that its digital platform, www.DivyaBhaskar.com , World’s Largest Gujarati News Site lines up the most comprehensive coverage on Gujarat Assembly Election. DivyaBhaskar.com garners 3.5 million Unique Users and 144 million Page Views every month (as per Comscore’Sep 2017). To decipher and capture every bit of this high-octane election tussle, DivyaBhaskar.com brings to the readers a 45 day long exhaustive coverage covering 50 cities and 20 districts. Under the umbrella of ‘Kaun Bhanse Gujarat No Nath’ , there are multiple special series of content, videos, contest, survey, poll and other various properties, as follows: Election Express: Gujarat Election vans covering 50 constituencies; seeking public opinions, grievances and taking their issues and concerns to their respective leaders for their explanations. Special Video Series: Satirical Video Series Ji Hajoor – Ji Khajoor; De Dhana Dhan – Vinay Dave’s comic performances on politicians, Gujarat Selfie- ongoing flagship video series now goes election specific. Public Manifesto: Biggest Election survey conducted on FB and DivyaBhaskar.com. 85000 people voted to decide what should be included in the party’s manifesto. The Public Manifesto was collated and shared with the Electoral parties at an event in Ahmedabad in presence of all party representatives. Former Chief Ministers like Dilip Parikh, Suresh Mehta, former cabinet minister, Jaynarayan Vyas and many other renowned personalities were in attendance. Other special content: Live Streaming of the biggest rallies & press conferences, a series on affidavits submitted by candidates containing their details, MLA ranking by readers, 360 degree images of rallies and conferences etc. DivyaBhaskar.com has also come up with an online contest, Bolo, Ketali Malase?, asking readers to predict the exact seat projection and win upto 1 Lakh. Talking about the election coverage and the association, Gyan Gupta, CEO, DB Digital, said, “As Gujarat gets into the election mode, so are we, the undisputed No.1 Gujarati News Site , that serves Gujarat the best. We are ahead in competition not just in numbers but also in our news offerings. With other renowned media brands associating with us, our coverage has been further strengthened and we promise to offer the grandest platform for election coverage.”
Tuesday, November 28 2017
Burdened by EMIs, an unsatisfactory job and disgruntled with his seemingly perfect life – Rahul is headed for a meltdown at the ripe age of 30; the last straw – his wife Radha is hit with the ‘Lets-have-a-baby’ fever! In the battle against expectation vs aspiration, what happens when he decides to hit pause on life? VOOT Original TIME OUT answers all this and more in this quirky yet thought provoking series directed by Danish Aslam, starring Tahir Raj Bhasin and Sarah Jane Dias. Time Out is the story of Rahul and Radha’s perfect romance, perfect relationship and perfect life until he realizes that he’s been living the life he’s supposed to and not necessarily the one he wants to. The 6-part series will stream exclusively on VOOT starting 28 th November, 2017. Elaborating on the same, Monika Shergill, Head of Content, VOOT said, “Adulting in India has never been easy! And the cocktail of expectations & pressures from family & society make it even more challenging. With `Time Out’, we take the audience on a dramatic, fun and totally vicarious journey to explore this highly relevant & relatable modern day theme. Originals at VOOT are maturing with every offering and in the coming year with a robust lineup of big series, we are aiming to become the preferred destination for the new discerning digital viewer.’ Director Danish Aslam further added saying “VOOT as a platform encourages innovation in content that is both engaging and experimental. Thematically , the story is reflective of the cultural and social milieu I’m part of – married couples who are coming to terms with the idea of parenthood. Thus, directing Time Out was an opportunity to explore the insights that seemed the most relevant and immediate to my life and experiences. ” Essaying Rahul, Tahir Raj Bhasin said, “It was the complexity of the role that drew me to play Rahul. It was challenging to portray a character’s descent from order to chaos that leads to a journey filled with interesting yet gut wrenching choices.” Talking about playing Radha, Sarah Jane Dias said , “Radha is that girlfriend of yours who has her whole life figured out before she’s even lived it. For once however, she’s forced into a situation where she has no choice but to give up the driver’s seat. I said yes to playing her because it’s always challenging for us as humans to ‘free flow’ through life and trust that things will always work out, eventually.” Will Rahul’s marriage survive this ‘PAUSE’? OR will the marriage be the collateral damage to his early mid-life crisis? Catch the 6-part series ‘Time Out’- exclusively on VOOT 28 th November, 2017 onwards.
Monday, November 27 2017
Star Bharat’s devotional musical reality show, Om Shanti Om , where ‘ tradition meets trends’ , saw an extravagant grand finale. Arfin Rana Mir, a Kolkata boy, took home the coveted title along with a cash prize of Rupees Ten Lacs. Priya Malik and Riya Bhattacharya were adjudged as first and second runners up respectively. The grand finale witnessed splendid performances by the participants and judges Sonakshi Sinha, Kanika Kapoor and Shekhar Ravjiani. Om Shanti Om is the first ever devotional music reality show where contestants performed on a number of devotional songs with a contemporary twist.Ever since its launch, thisunique show became a household name in India and carved its own place on Indian Television. Arfin Rana Mir , the much deserved winner expressed his excitement , “I am on cloud nine. The feeling of winning the trophy of Om Shanti Om has not sunk in yet. This is one of the best moments of my life. I am thankful to Star Bharat for giving me this platform. I am indebted to the viewers for their constant love, and to the Gurucools, whose words of wisdom have guided me throughout this journey. I pray that my journey of becoming India’s best play back singer starts on a brighter note.” Sonakshi Sinha expressed her happiness on the winner as, “ Arfin Rana Mir is a well-deserved winner of Om Shanti Om. He does complete justice to the title. Every week, I would wait for his performance as he sang all the songs with so much of ‘jashan’. I wish him all the very best for a melodious and bright future.” Shekhar Ravjiani, one of the coolest Gurukools on the show,expressed his views on Arfin’s victory “ Arfin has grown as a singer throughout the show. He has always been focussed and followed our advice. He is a powerhouse performer and I am extremely happy with his victory.” Calling Om Shanti Om as one of the best experiences Kanika Kapoor expressed her excitement on the winner as, “ Arfin Rana Mir has an extremely appealing voice and is a very well deserved winner. Right from the start, I have seen him improving and his voice has just been enhancing with every episode. One thing that I really loved about him is that he would respect the feedback given by us and implement the same in the next round. He is exceptionally talented and has always been loved by all.” The judges evaluated the contestants on the basis of 2 rounds; new compositions and famous devotional songs. The show even witnessed Sachin-Jigar, who were the guest judges and performed too.