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  • Gratitude: A gateway to success

    They say gratitude and success go hand in hand. If you believe in this but haven’t shown thankfulness to others in your life, you can do it now. Aashmeen Munjaal through her Shukrana Gratitude Foundation is hosting a Shukrana conclave to help people understand their inner worth and inner beauty. For celebrity makeup and beauty expert-turned ontologist Aashmeen Munjaal, gratitude is a magic potion. But she feels that in the race of achieving dreams, people have forgotten to acknowledge and show gratitude towards their wins. With an aim to make them understand their inner worth and to help them draw closer to their goals, Munjaal’s Shukrana Gratitude Foundation recently rolled out a 30-days programme under the Shukrana conclave. The idea behind the programme is to motivate and guide people to help them achieve their dreams. “Our theme is to beautify humanity internally and externally,” shares Aashmeen. To guide the participants, the foundation has roped in a panellist of prominent personalities from different industries. These include Bollywood actors Aman Verma and Ritu Shivpuri, Study by Janak’s Director Vandy Mehra, Star Makeup and Hair Academy’s Director Annie Munjaal, business and life coach Ramon LLamba, relationship and family coach Vivek Behl, personality coach Rita Gangwani and fashion designer Preeti Ghai, to name a few. These personalities will share a list of dos and don’ts with participants free of cost basis their expertise and experience. Every day, a few members on the panel will host a one-hour session with participants to help them draw closer to their dreams. All the sessions will be conducted on Zoom. In case a participant misses a session after registering with the foundation, he/she can view the discussion on Shukrana Gratitude Foundation’s YouTube channel. But what will include in these sessions? Annie Munjal, Director, Star Academy, explains, “These sessions are like guidelines. They will include discussions and panellists will also give assignments to participants to allow them to practice gratitude in the real sense. These sessions will be a get-together for everyone as one will be able to listen as well as practice their learnings.” Who can join? People of any age can join this programme, including children. Aashmeen stresses that the programme has the potential to help children combat mental health issues from a young age. “The problem with today’s children is that they don’t feel optimistic and thankful for what they have. When things are given to them, they take them for granted. That’s why when they don’t achieve something, they face mental health problems. I feel that there is a need to teach children about importance of gratitude and optimism in smallest achievements. These sessions will help them,” she shares.

  • Nawaz's next in legal hustle

    A case has been filed over the contractual dispute in respect of the film and for the act of breach of trust. Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s film ‘Sangeen’ has landed in a legal soup. A legal notice was sent to Golden Era Films, Onkarjit Singh and Gurjit Singh, the producers of this film followed by filing of a case and notice of motion for stay on the film bearing registration numbers 385/2022 and 1913/2022 before the City Civil Court, Dindoshi. The case has been filed and handled by the law firm LAWKHART LEGAL Advocate Raghavendra Mehrotra and Advocate Nitish Mawkin on behalf of Y-Star Films Pvt. Ltd., a Mumbai based production house, over the contractual dispute in respect of the film and for the act of breach of trust. Speaking about the issue, Aditya Bharadwaj of Y-Star Films said, “We have sent the legal notice to the producers earlier and following that have filed a dispute case and notice of motion for stay on the film with respect to the film’s rights against them.” The copy of the legal notice has also been sent to Producers Association IMPPA seeking for appropriate action and Indian Motion Picture Producers' Association considering the merit had also issued a show cause notice upon Golden Era Films. Nawazuddin and his co-actor in the film, Elnaaz, have reunited in this project. They were previously seen in Netflix original series Sacred Games. The film is directed by Jaideep Chopra. Earlier the film's poster was also shared by the actors on their social media account.

  • A trunkload of surprises

    Designers eye trunk shows to enhance sales, create brand awareness and gather more footfalls. Here's an insight into what a trunk show is and its offerings... It is usual for five-star hotels to witness large footfalls on weekends. Seldom do visitors come there to shop. But a five-star hotel in Delhi recently became a hub for shoppers as it hosted a trunk show. The hotel provided shoppers a platform to purchase apparels, food, cosmetics, jewellery, watches, shoes, home décor items and other accessories, among other items, under one roof. That's the magic of trunk shows. These shows allow shoppers to purchase products without causing them hassle to travel to different cities to shop. Though ‘trunk show’ sounds like taking out items from trunk, its meaning cannot be taken literally. A high fashion trunk show includes what's curated or is in vogue like a sample piece. Anubhav Bhasin, who has been hosting the S&S Trunk Shows, explained the concept as small, curated exhibitions. “At a trunk show, shoppers can purchase several designer products. It minimises buyers' time and efforts as well as offers variety, as everything is available under one roof,” he says. Trunk shows allow shoppers to personally connect with the brands. For people, it's more about staying personally connected with the brand, touching and feeling the outfit and purchasing outfits that they feel comfortable in. Agrees Dipalli Sarin Bhasiin, who has organised trunk shows. "When we organise a trunk show, we cater to women in their 40s and 50s. It's the age group that likes to touch and feel everything they buy because comfort is the key for them. Trunk shows allow buyers to interact with the brands directly, offering them satisfaction and value for money," she adds. Any brand, irrespective of its presence, be it online or offline, and base (city-based or Pan-India) can participate in a trunk show. Many small and medium designers eye such shows as they help generate maximum footfalls. Sherry Kathuria, Founder, Amulets, an online jewellery brand, considers participating in a trunk show as a sales enhancement tool. Calling these shows a game-changer, she says, “Trunk shows have always helped us in generating sales. Thanks to digital marketing, the word-of-mouth spreads easily. We get more footfalls and repeated buying.” But it's not the participation alone that turns out to be fruitful. Kathuria shares that brands also leave no stone unturned for buyers. "Brands also prepare for a trunk show well in advance. We, for instance, offer something for everyone. A part of our collection is dedicated to new launches that we bring out every time we participate in a trunk show," she adds. Some brands also eye such shows to create brand awareness. Shivam Gupta, founder of Delhi-based online sustainable brand ‘Loudless’, faced the aftermath of the pandemic so badly that he was forced to delay the launch of his brand. Gupta feels that his brand’s participation in trunk show would help him make Loudless visible among masses. “I think this show would create brand awareness as people will be able to see our designs and the intricate work that goes in their designing. The response, so far, has been good,” he says. Planning a trunk show Every trunk show features a range of designers as sellers. The work for hosting a trunk show starts months ahead of the d-day. Designers are chosen based on a theme or the category that the host caters to address. Months ahead of the show, a host invites applications from sellers based upon a list of pre-requisites that may vary in terms of category, products or brand sales. Products are normally segmented under three categories, namely, luxury, affordable or affordable luxury. Each category varies in terms of price. "Brands are shortlisted based on their products and the segment they cater to. We also invite brands that are present pan-India to allow buyers to shop easily across the length and breadth of the country without being physically going to different cities," shares Bhasiin.

  • 'BO collection don't bother me'

    The actor said that OTT platforms are a little different from the cinema's business model and liberating in many ways. The emergence of streaming platforms has provided opportunities to storytellers to express and explore narratives like never before. Most filmmakers have done justice to their job and brought forth narratives that showcase reality. Actor Gulshan Devaiah, who was a part of one such series ‘Shiksha Mandal’ feels that actors and filmmakers are able to think out-of-the-box due to the coming of OTT platforms. “I've always said that with OTT platforms, there is more work for everybody now. It is empowering to storytellers. It is a little different from the cinema business model and liberating in many ways,” he said. Shiksha Mandal revolved around the Vyapam scam. It revealed how corruption, fraud, cheating and criminal conspiracy affected vulnerable students in India. Since Devaiah’s last role generated huge applauds, he no longer feels stressed of the box office collection. “I don't have the pressure of the sword of the box-office (BO) collection hanging on my head, but I have other smaller daggers that are hanging. That being said, I feel people have so much outrage in them and they waste it on things like Bollywood. I think they should direct it to scams, as these matters have not been solved yet and make it relevant,” he added.

  • Sushmita Sen to play trans activist Gauri Sawant

    The biopic will shed light on the momentous life of Shreegauri Sawant - from her childhood to her transition and contribution to revolutionise the transgender movement in India. Actor and former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen is all set to play transgender activist Shreegauri Sawant in an upcoming biopic Taali. The biographical drama series is created by Arjun Singgh Baran and Kartk D Nishandar. It hails from the production banner Viacom 18. The actor took to her social media to share the powerful first look of her portrayal as the formidable Shreegauri Sawant, with a caption, “Taali बजाऊँगी नहीं, बजवाऊँगी! Presenting my first look as #ShreegauriSawant. Nothing makes me more proud and grateful than to portray this beautiful person and bring her story to the world!” Following the reveal of her first look, Sen said, “A story of struggle, resilience and indomitable power, that’s Shreegauri Sawant for you! Nothing makes me more proud and grateful than to bring this journey that has been rife with challenges, only to witness a revolution! This one is special for reasons multifold, and I’m really excited to associate with Viacom18 for this one. This is just the beginning, stay tuned for what’s in store!” Shreegauri Sawant was born as Ganesh and raised in Pune. She was also one of the petitioners of the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA), which was filed in 2013, in which the Supreme Court recognised transgender as the third gender with a final verdict in 2014. The film will shed light on the momentous life of Shreegauri Sawant - from her childhood to her transition and contribution to revolutionise the transgender movement in India. Directed by National award-winning director Ravi Jadhav, Arjun Singgh Baran, Kartk D Nishandar and Afeefa Nadiadwala have produced it.

  • Krushna Abhishek joins Bigg Boss bangwagon

    The comedian will not join the bandwagon as a contestant but as a host. Here are the details... After trying his hand at comedy, actor Krushna Abhishek is all set to don the hat of a host. The actor will soon be hosting Bigg Buzz, where he grill the evicted contestants from the Bigg Boss' House. Though the ask to get an insight from contestants is tough, Abhishek would be seen in a playful and funny avatar. Talking about his new feat, the actor said, "Bigg Boss has been the most-loved reality show since its very first season, and I’m thrilled to be hosting Bigg Buzz where I get to take the class and have some fun with the evicted contestants and share the inside news with the audience. Ghar ke andar Bigg Boss unki class lenge, aur ghar ke bahar mein. With the new format of this show, I will take it to another level." The interaction with the evicted contestants would provide viewers with unfiltered opinions and an exclusive scoop of Bigg Boss. "I am looking forward to the contestants spilling the beans on the show and adding more masala and tadka to the show with my presence," he added. Bigg Buzz will air on Voot every Sunday from Oct 9.

  • IIFA to pay tribute to Big B

    As part of the celebrations, IIFA will host polls, quizzes and other trivia on the actor's films and achievements. Amitabh Bachchan has entertained masses with his marvellous performances for several decades. Over the years, the actor has set a benchmark not just in acting but also as a producer, television host, voiceover artist and occasional playback singer. This is one of the reasons that the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Weekend & Awards would play a tribute to the actor, who is set to celebrate his 80th birth anniversary on October 11. As part of the celebration, IIFA will host polls, quizzes and trivia highlighting his much-celebrated work and achievements over the next 10 days. Bachchan’s works have always been applauded at IIFA. Till date the actor has received four IIFA. He is also the first-ever Bollywood actor whose wax figure at Madame Tussauds was facilitated at the maiden edition of IIFA held in London in 2000. Every year IIFA brings together people from all around the world to enjoy the awards. This year’s show will also be the same. IIFA 2023 will witness the presence of several Bollywood superstars, including Salman Khan, Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.

  • MX Player launches series on Indian gaming community

    The five-episode series will deep dive into the life of five Indian gamers. It will also trace the evolution of the gaming industry and the journey of gamers so far. The gaming industry in India has expanded over the years but yet there are many people who are unaware about Indian gamers. To give viewers an insight into the lives of leading award-winning gamers, MX Player is set to launch a new series surrounding the Indian gaming community. Titled as Gamer’s Den, it will explore the gaming ecosystem in India through first-person anecdotal experiences in a hybrid narrative. Spread across five episodes, the mini-series will give share the stories and lives of leading award-winning gamers, including Red Bull Player Ankit Panth aka V3nom, Saloni aka Meow16k, Amit Thakur aka Fa2, Rishab Karanwala aka Rakazone, and gaming commentator and player Ocean Sharma. It will also trace the evolution of the gaming industry and share the realities of gaming and the gamers behind their virtual avatars. Talking about the show, Suresh Menon, Content and Creative Head of MX Studios said, “The Indian online gaming industry is growing at the rate of 30% per annum and users have also grown exponentially. By 2025, there will be around 657 million users. At MX, we have created a unique series around five renowned gamers showcasing their struggles and determination to succeed in a very competitive universe." The series will also showcase the world of e-sports in real manner, thus making the series intriguing and interesting for gamers as well as non-gamers. Shot in real locations, Gamer's Den has been created in line with the highest gaming standards. It taps upon an emerging content genre and thus elevates the viewers' experience. The show has onboarded Lenskart and Boat as key sponsors and Red Bull as partners. Talking about this unique show and collaboration with MX Player, Anupam Tripathi, Media Head, Lenskart said, “With this unique partnership with the OTT market leader MX Player, we have come up with a never-done-before mini-series which subtly highlights how these awesome individuals have become so much more by doing more. We are glad we could be a part of their special journeys.” Gamer’s Den will stream from September 30. The makers hope that viewers get inspired and influenced to look past traditional careers and professional opportunities.

  • IIFA 2023 to take place in Abu Dhabi

    Salman Khan, Varun Dhawan, Karan Johar and Kriti Sanon will participate in the forthcoming edition. The International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Weekend & Awards, which brings together the very best of the Indian film industry, is back. The 23rd edition of the awards will yet again be hosted at the world-class Etihad Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi in February 2023. Several Indian actors including Salman Khan, Varun Dhawan, Karan Johar and Kriti Sanon will participate in the event. IIFA Weekend & Awards is a celebration of togetherness and positivity. It will witness a grand celebration of the best talent in Indian cinema, bringing together global dignitaries, international media, fans and film enthusiasts worldwide. The forthcoming edition will be held in collaboration with the Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT) - Abu Dhabi and Miral, Abu Dhabi's leading creator of immersive destinations and experiences. The awards will present a greater opportunity for long-term impact in tourism, business and trade, and the film production business for the destination. Talking about IIFA 2023, Noreen Khan, Vice President, IIFA shared, "IIFA this year was an amazing experience thanks to the wonderful partners Miral and DCT. Coming back after two years, we really worked hard to deliver the very best of live entertainment again. The best part was the entire weekend delivered a positive experience to everyone who witnessed or experienced the event in any way. We have been inundated with unprecedented appreciation and comments of everyone truly have had a wonderful time this year in Abu Dhabi and so we are pleased and excited to bring it all back again but with much more magic to come next year”. Saleh Mohamed Al-Geziry, Director General for Tourism at DCT Abu Dhabi, called it an honour to welcome the IIFA Weekend & Awards to Etihad Arena. "With the eyes of the world’s film industry upon us, we have an amazing opportunity to share with the world Abu Dhabi’s exciting nightlife, inspiring cultural experiences, and restorative escapes. The Awards in February can only enhance our reputation as a global centre for top-tier leisure, entertainment, and business events,” he said. People can view the awards live. Tickets to the awards ceremony spanning over three days are available at https://www.etihadarena.ae/en/ from September 30. The price ranges from 100 AED to 1500 AED.

  • Manushi Chhillar turns heads at Nepal Fashion Week

    The former Miss World-turned-actress walked the ramp as a showstopper for designer Siwangi Pradhan. Manushi Chhillar turned showstopper for designer Siwangi Pradhan at the Nepal Fashion Week 2022. The former Miss World looked dreamy in a full-sleeved beige-coloured lehenga choli. The full-sleeved outfit carried intricate detailing in blue. The former beauty queen took to Instagram and shared pictures from the event in her showstopper outfit. In the caption, she wrote, “Showstopper for Siwangi Official at Nude presents TGIF Nepal Fashion week 2022.” Her traditional ensemble carried a beautiful neckline at the back. The dupatta was given a twist and was thrown like a cape to allow the detailing on the blouse to be easily visible. Chhillar completed her look with minimalist earrings and her hair tied into a bun. Earlier in the year, the actress made her Bollywood debut in Samrat Prithviraj with Akshay Kumar. She will soon be seen in 'Tehran' with John Abraham and 'The Great India Family' with Vicky Kaushal.