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Friday, July 19, 2019

Priya Bapat's glamorous avatar in Rishi&Soujit Outfit!

Actress Priya Bapat in a black shimmer pocket saree paired with a ruffle skirt and an embellished belt.
 The pink shoulder pleats surely add an X factor dimension by @rishiandsoujit

Instagram: @priyabapat

Saree: @rishiandsoujit

Styled by: @bapatshweta

Finger ring by: @stylamor

Make up: @saurabh_kapade 

Hair by: @sheetalpalsande

Photography by: @yashodeepgore @greyrabbit_photography

OPPO reinvigorates its online product offeringwith the OPPO K3

- An Amazon specials - available for sale from 23rd July onwards

National, 19th July 2019: OPPO, the leading global smartphone brand has expanded its K series with the launch of the all new OPPO K3. ‘Designed To Perform’, the OPPO K3 is a stellar combination of innovative technology and a stylish design. It will be available on at INR 16,990 for the 6GB RAM + 64GB ROM and INR19,990for the 8GB RAM + 128GB ROM. All consumers willreceive an Amazon Pay balance of INR 1000/- bringing down the cost of the 6GB+64GB variant to INR 15,990 and the variant with 8GB+128GB to INR 18,990, as an introductory offer.

The smartphone sports a 6.5-inch Super AMOLED panoramic screen for an exceptional viewing experience and will be available in two gradient colours Aurora Blue and Jade Black.Coupled with a rising camera and In-display fingerprint sensor, the smartphone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor, a 3765mAhbattery and supports VOOC Flash Charge 3.0 providing a longer battery life. 

Commenting on the launch, Mr. Charles Wong, CEO, OPPO India said, “Convenience, coupled with the latest trends and values are of paramount importance for the digital natives of today. OPPO has been increasingly investing in understanding the evolving consumer trends and meeting their needs by stepping up technological innovations. To bolster our online portfolio and to offer more choices to consumers, we are thrilled to launch the new OPPO K3.  The K3 amalgamates the stylish design and latest technology to bring out the best user experience. With its aesthetic design and ground-breaking technology, we are positive that the OPPO K3 will prove to be a valuable addition to the K series and create curiosity among consumers who prefer purchasing online.”
Noor Patel, Director - Category Management, Amazon India said “We are excited to partner with OPPO to bring their new OPPO K3 for our customers on The smartphone offers a blend of great features and design which will resonate well with customers across the country. With this partnership, we continue to build a strong portfolio in the smartphone’s category offering vast selection, great value and an unparalleled shopping experience.”

Strong performance delivering a smooth gaming experience
The OPPO K3 comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset and a 6GB RAM + 64GB ROM; 8GB RAM + 128GB ROM memory storage. The OPPO K3 offers a smooth gaming experience made possible by Game Boost 2.0 game optimization that incorporates both Frame Boost and Touch Boost technologies to ensure a lag-free gaming experience. Further, the OPPO K3 is equipped with features like Game Space, Gaming Assistance offering a more immersive gamingexperience for the consumers. The 5 stage cooling system equipped with thermal gel, copper foil, graphite sheet and high thermal conductivity aluminium alloy work together to effectively manage the phone's temperature by dispersing the heat evenly to the lower temperatures. Keeping extended usage in mind, the OPPO K3 is equipped with a 3765mAh battery powered by VOOC Flash Charge 3.0 along with a new charging algorithm that shortens the trickle charging process resulting in an overall charging time which is 25% lesser than the previous generation. 
Bigger screen- better visual experience
The OPPO K3 comes equipped with a 6.5-inch Super AMOLED panoramic screen and a 2340 x 1080 resolution and a screen-to-body ratio of 91.1%. The OPPO K3 features in-display fingerprint sensor with an AI fingerprint image recognition algorithm, improving the unlocking speed by 28.5% compared to previous generations. The rear of the phone has a centrally aligned design which aligns multiple elements on the vertical axis, including rear cameras which are located between a slim back panel and the flash. This results in an overall orderly and symmetric aesthetic. 
Innovative technology to ensure an exceptional user experience
The OPPO K3 encompasses a 16 MP rising front camera, supported by Sony IMX 471 sensor, placed strategically in the middle and is equipped with AI beautification and OPPO Portrait Mode 2.0.  allow consumers to click more natural-looking selfies. It supports a durable pop-up structure, the camera rises up in a mere 0.74 seconds and can be operated more than 2,00,000 times, giving it a life span of over five years under normal usage conditions.
Smart camera system with a better night and portrait mode
The OPPO K3 comes with a 16MP + 2MP dual rear camera, supported by Sony IMX 519 sensor, and supports Ultra Night Mode 2.0 and OPPO Portrait Mode 2.0. The Ultra Night Mode 2.0 utilizes Face Protection while capturing portraits at night and automatically distinguishes between a subject and its background to create a more authentic, natural skin colour effect. 
ColorOS 6 featuring a brand-new borderless design
The ColorOS 6 uses a borderless design language to create a sense of space by optimizing the UI layout and eliminating redundant segmentation lines. The system also uses lightweight, elegant and progressive colours to make shading more natural. The new fonts and animations allow ColorOS 6 to provide consumers with an immersive, full-screen experience. 
Availability and offers
The OPPO K3 will be available from 23rd July on priced at INR 16,990 for the 6GB+64GB variant and at INR 19,990 for the 8GB+128GB variant. The new device will come with exciting offers like Amazon Pay balance of INR. 1,000, Axis BankDebit/ Credit Card users will get an instant discount up to INR. 1,000. Along with this, there are additional benefits worth INR 7,050 from Jio, discounts on OYO worth INR. 12,000 and gift vouchers worth INR. 5,000 from Lenskart. The phone will also come with a no cost EMI for 3 &6 month options.

About OPPO
OPPO is a leading global smartphone brand, dedicated to providing products infused with art and innovative technology. Based on the brand elements of young, trend-setting and beauty, OPPO brings consumers superior experience of digital life through internet-optimized products that offer best in class services. The brand started the era of Selfie beautification and has set itself apart by introducing the motorized rotating camera, the Ultra HD feature, 5x Dual Camera Zoom technology. OPPO's Selfie Expert F series launched in 2016 drove a Selfie trend in the smartphone industry. In 2017, OPPO was ranked as the number 4 smartphone brand globally, according to IDC. With more than 200 million consumers, OPPO’s business has covered 40 countries and regions with 400,000 stores and has 4 R&D centers worldwide, providing excellent smartphone photography experience young people around the world. In 2018, with the launch of Find X, OPPO introduced panoramic arc design with a screen ratio of 93.8%, the largest screen-to-body ratio in the mobile phone market today. In addition to this, OPPO recently introduced SuperVOOC flash charging technology with the launch of R17 PRO and strengthened its commitment to India by setting up an R&D center in Hyderabad with a focus on enhancing the smartphone ecosystem in India.

Twinkle Khanna Joins Hand With Global Supermodel-Philanthropist Natalia Vodianova To Announce Exclusive Collaboration With Elbi India


India’s bestselling female author and film producer Twinkle Khanna has announced she will be offering exclusive gifts and experiences on the Elbi India platform in July and August including items from her personal wardrobe, signed copies of her book and a book writing experience.

Elbi India is a first of its kind philanthropic rewards-based web and mobile-friendly platform, leveraging the power of technology and storytelling to allow millions of users to subscribe to a club which allows them to do good, feel good and be rewarded. 
Co-founded by Global Supermodel and Philanthropist Natalia Vodianova, Elbi India will convert each rupee donated to charity into a ‘LoveCoin’, which can be redeemed to receive the latest luxury gifts from the Elbi LoveShop and ElbiDrop

Thursday, 18th July, Mumbai:  India’s best-selling film author, woman empowerment champion and acclaimed film producer Twinkle Khanna has announced that she will be collaborating with Elbi India, the country’s first ever philanthropic rewards-based subscription service, to launch several exclusive gifts and experiences for users to redeem in return for their charitable donations. 

Twinkle becomes the latest A-list supporter of the Elbi India platform, which will see her provide exclusive products as part of an entirely unique and unprecedented reward system the Elbi ‘LoveShop’ and an exclusive experience with ElbiDrop. Previous international supporters have included Doutzen Kroes, Naomi Campbell, Anja Rubik and Adowa Abowah.

The collaboration will see Twinkle reunite with Elbi Co-Founder, Global Supermodel and Philanthropist Natalia Vodianova who she first met during the Vogue Women Awards in 2017, where Natalia was awarded Women of The Year and Twinkle with Opinion Maker of the Year. Both Natalia and Twinkle have campaigned for a variety of important social campaigns, including menstrual hygiene awareness. Natalia supported the Pad Man Challenge for Twinkle’s film production, Pad Man to tackle the taboos surrounding menstruation in India. 

Elbi India rewards subscribers with the ElbiDrop, which gives them the chance to win exciting gifts and experiences as part of a limited time bidding process. The highest donator is rewarded with the gift, which this month will include a special Twinkle Writer Challenge. This will see Twinkle submit the title of a book on the platform for users to interpret in their own way and create a unique story idea to match. The person with the best submission will then have the once in a lifetime opportunity to meet Twinkle face to face to learn how to create their very own bestseller. 

The proceeds of the ElbiDrop will go to WE, a non-profit organization that works with communities in Rajasthan to break the cycle of poverty through a program called WE Villages. Through education, healthcare, clean water, food security and financial opportunity, WE Villages helps to achieve long-term sustainability in close partnership with each community resulting in lasting change and economic independence.
Elbi India subscribers are also rewarded with ‘LoveCoins’, which amount to a unique currency for the latest gifts and treats. Each rupee equals to one LoveCoin and for every month of subscription comes more coins as a reward. Further to the ElbiDrop, this August, these LoveCoins will be used to redeem an autographed copy of Twinkle Khanna’s smash hit “Pyjamas are Forgiving” and a fashion item from Twinkle’s personal wardrobe, as a special collectable or an incredible gift for a loved one.   

Speaking on the announcement, Twinkle Khanna said: “I’m so excited to be collaborating with Natalia and a platform as thoughtful as Elbi India. Their work is a completely new take on charitable giving and I am honoured to be able to provide further incentives for the rewards-based system. I have always taken such an interest in the methods of different charities in the country and this is an exciting new development.

“This new, pioneering, form of donating is a breath of fresh air for the philanthropic sphere in India and provides a new way for people to get involved in supporting vital causes. It’s a unique way to create a platform and community for those who wish to positively impact society and gives millions the opportunity to share their passion for philanthropy. I’m very excited to see the impact it will have.” 

Co-founded by Natalia Vodianova and tech entrepreneur and impact investor, Timon Afinsky, Elbi India is the latest initiative from the Elbi landscape, which launched in January 2018. Originally launched as an app and named by Apple as one of their most innovative ways to give back in 2018, the Elbi app has been featured as Apple’s “App of the Day” and operates in over 80 countries including USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Russia, Spain, France and now India. 

Now available on smartphone devices and online in India, the Elbi India platform will enable millions of people across India to join a club of like-minded people who want to make India a better place. They are inspired on the platform to support causes they care about and through Instagram and WhatsApp, users will discover how their subscription is making a difference as well as hearing about the exciting rewards. The benefiting charities include the likes of Magic Bus, Cry India, UNFPA (the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency) and WE Movement. 

Co-Founder Natalia Vodianova said: “Twinkle is a true inspiration who I have drawn strength from as we have campaigned on similar issues. We are so pleased to have her support and contribution to Elbi LoveShop and ElbiDrop. Elbi India is built on the foundations of like-minded philanthropists coming together to form a community of changemakers. 

“Working with Twinkle on this is exactly what I hoped would happen on Elbi India. Brilliant people, joining us to give their time, energy and also products that reward our user's generous subscriptions and donations. This partnership feels so natural and I hope we raise lots of money and awareness for women and girls across India."

Prime Day 2019 was the biggest two-day celebration ever for Prime members in India

Millions of products purchased; Record number of members streamed video titles and listened to music

Members from over 70% pin codes of India shopped this Prime Day.
More than twice as many customers signed up for a Prime membership in the announcement to event period compared to last year; more than 40% of new members came from cities outside the top 10 cities.
Members enjoyed the unique selection from thousands of small sellers who saw 67% increase in their sales, Kalahaat artisans saw nearly 150% increase in their volumes and 4,500 small & medium sellers each clocked sales of INR 10 lakhs or more
Top-selling deals in India this Prime Day included Echo Dot and Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, which was also the top-selling deal across all categories this Prime Day.
Members shopped for big deals across categories such as washing machines in large appliances,  smartphones in wireless, apparel, shoes and handbags in fashion, masalas and room fresheners in  daily essentials, head-phones and cameras in consumer electronics and much more
Prime Video viewers across the country enjoyed the Prime Day line-up of 14 block-buster titles, from 9 languages, including the Prime Day concert. The highest number of members streamed on the service, ever, since the announcement of Prime Day 2019.
Members shopped from over 1,000 new product launches including OnePlus 7 Mirror Blue, Maggi Fusian, Samsung Galaxy M40 Cocktail Orange, Alexa-enabled washing machine by IFB among others.
1 out of 3 orders placed during Prime Day were delivered by the next day.

Bangalore – July 18, 2019 – (NASDAQ:AMZN) — Prime members in India joined members in 17 countries celebrating Prime Day, enjoying the best of shopping, savings and entertainment. Following the epic two-day event with thousands of deals just for Prime members, sales surpassed the previous Prime Day and any other two-day period making this the largest shopping event for Prime members. Prime Day was the longest ever and saw members in India shop and stream like never before enjoying over 1,000 new product launches & deals and video & music titles, especially curated for Prime Day.

“Prime Day has become the biggest celebration of shopping, savings and entertainment that members, brands and sellers in India look forward to each year.” said Amit Agarwal, SVP and Country Manager, Amazon India. “Prime members in India enjoyed shopping the deals and new launches, buying thousands of products from small & medium sellers, artisans, entrepreneurs and innovators and our sellers, Kala Haat artisans and emerging Launchpad startups all saw a sharp increase in sales. Our brand partners increasingly see Prime Day as the ideal event to offer highly anticipated and never-before seen products – giving these coveted items a launch like no other.”

Members from over 70% pin codes of India shopped this Prime Day. More than twice as many customers signed up for a Prime membership during the announce to event period compared to last year; Over 40% of new members came from cities outside the top 10 cities including Durgapur, Kurukshetra, Hooghly, Guntur, Satara, Bharuch, Chittoor among others. 1 out of 3 orders placed during Prime Day have already been delivered by the next day. 

This Prime Day was the biggest sales event ever for Amazon devices in India. Echo Dot and Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote were among the top selling deals in India, with Fire TV Stick being the top-selling deal across all categories this Prime Day. Top sellers (excluding Amazon Devices) in India included Syska 9-Watt Smart LED Bulb compatible with Amazon Alexa, BoAt Rockerz Sports Bluetooth Wireless Earphone and Godrej Aer Pocket Bathroom Fragrance.

Members enjoyed shopping for unique products and new launches from small and medium sellers who saw sales volumes increase 67% over last Prime Day.  Kalahaat artisans witnessed their sales volume increase close to 150% and Launchpad sellers experienced a YoY jump of over 65% increase in sales over last Prime Day

Highlights from Prime Day 2019


Prime Day 2019 was the biggest 2-day shopping event for Prime members on 
This Prime Day was the biggest sales event ever for Amazon devices in India. The most popular deal in India this Prime Day was the Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote.
Customers worldwide made their home smarter this Prime Day by purchasing millions of smart home devices,  and top-selling deals in India included the Echo Dot + 9W Syska bulb
Top selling smartphones included Apple iPhone XR, Prime day launches OnePlus 7 - Mirror Blue, Samsung Galaxy M40 - Cocktail Orange, OPPO F11 Pro - Waterfall Gray, Redmi Y3, Samsung Galaxy M30 & M20, LG W30 - Aurora Green and flagship models of OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro. Xiaomi was the no.1 selling smart phone brand by unit sales with Redmi Y3 being the highest selling smartphone on by unit sales.Customers purchased top deals in minutes including OnePlus 6T, Samsung Galaxy M10 and Apple XR.
Top selling large appliances included Samsung’s top-load washing machines, Bosch’s front-loading washing machine/dishwashers and LG & Whirlpool refrigerators. Customers also gave a big thumbs up to the newly launched IFB Alexa-enabled washing machine, Whirlpool’s top-load washing machine & Haier’s side-by-side refrigerator.
Top-selling apparel brands included U.S. Polo Association, United colors of Benetton, Levis, Jockey and Biba. Popular luggage brands included American Tourister, Skybags and Safari and top-selling footwear brands included Fila, Sketchers, Catwalk and Paragon. Top-selling handbags included Lavie, Caprese, Hidesign and Van Heusen while top-selling Jewelry brands included Tribe by Amrapali and Peora.
Headphones, Bluetooth speakers and cameras were the most bought consumer electronics. Top selling brands were Mi, BoAt, Boult, JBL and Sennheiser. Xiaomi emerged as the top consumer electronics brand by unit sales.
Members enjoyed the convenience of shopping for Everyday essentials. Top sellers were Maggi Fusian, Max cold pressed virgin coconut oil and Lipton tea bags. Other popular brands included Tata Sampann, Kellogg’s cornflakes, Aashirvaad Ghee and Dabur Honey among others.

Members watched Prime Video in over 4,000 towns and cities across India.
From the announcement to the Prime Day period, Prime members streamed music in over 35 Indian and international languages on Prime Music.
Prime Music India saw the highest listeners ever in the week leading up to Prime Day.
Since the announcement to the Prime Day event, the most streamed celebrity curated playlists were Neha Kakkar, Armaan Malik, Shreya Ghoshal and Hrithik Roshan.

Members used Amazon Pay to shop 50% more on partner sites during the announce to event period enjoying cashbacks and special offers from sites like Yatra, Box 8, Eazydiner, Medlife.
2 out of 5 Prime members using HDFC bank cards for their purchases availing 10% instant bank discount
Spotlight on Small and Medium sellers

Members appreciated the unique selection from small and medium businesses. With exposure to Prime members across India at an all-time high, over 4500 small & medium sellers in India saw sales above INR 10 Lakhs. 
Top selling products from SMBs included Power Gummies Hair Vitamin, Anti-Theft Backpack with USB Charging Port and Ayurvedic products from Kapiva.

Shrey Badhani, Founder at Kapiva Ayurveda, said “At the outset, we would like to thank our customers and the Amazon team for their constant support and guidance that led to a successful Prime Day for brand Kapiva! This was our second Prime Day and our first with the Launchpad team. We have seen our highest ever per day sales over these two days and are excitedly waiting for Prime Day 2020!”

Ankita Chaudhary, COO Power Gummies said ''Prime Day gave us an unique opportunity to showcase our brand Power Gummies hair vitamins and also provided us a key insights on pricing and inventory. It helped us in boosting our revenue and brand recognition. During the event, we saw our highest ever per day sale - Thank You Amazon!''

VOOT’s Silsila Badalte Rishton Ka Season 2 to see a dramatic ending

Silsila Badalte Rishto Ka Season 2 on VOOT grabbed headlines for its unconventional storyline and affable characters. A show, that started out with the love story of Mauli (played by Aditi Sharma), Nandini (played by Dhrashti Dhami) and Kunal (played by Shakti Arora) branched out into season 2 after generation leap and featured television’s heartthrob Kunal Jaisingh as Ruhaan, the talented Tejasswi Prakash as Mishti and the effervescent Aneri Vajan as Pari. Garnering 300 million views through its second season, SILSILA became a fan favorite in a short while, highlighting many complexities of relationships and how Mishti, Pari, and Kunal get entangled in it.

As the show culminates, Mishti is seen fighting for her life and is detected with a life-threatening disease. This will leave everyone in a state of shock further building up the drama. Speaking about the show’s closure, Kunal Jaisingh said, “I am feeling mixed emotions right now as I am happy that the fans showered us with so much love and I am equally sad as the show is coming to an end. It has been an incredible journey and I want to thank each and every one who made it such a huge success.” 

Tejasswi added, “It’s been a pleasure to be a part of VOOT’s SILSILA , knowing and understanding Mishti, to essay different shades of love, friendship, and sisterhood. The character was wonderfully written and I am grateful that I could get the audience to love her and accept her.”

Aneri Vajani said, “Not every-day you get to portray a role so relatable and real. Pari goes through a myriad of emotions; acceptance, love, and siblinghood, to finally find her own self. I consider myself fortunate to have received a chance to bring it alive on screen. I am going to miss everyone.”

The finale episode of Silsila Badalte Rishton Ka -  Season 2 will go live on Thursday,18th July 2019.

Kumar Sanu launched "Har Khushi Tere Bin" song from Chase No Mercy to crime

Mumbai 18 July 2019: The singer Kumar Sanu who is extremely popular for his romantic voice and songs is once again returning with his melodious song "Har Khushi Tere Bin" in the film Chase- no mercy to crime. On the occasion, the lead actors Amyth Sethi, Deepanjan Basak, director SRG, producer Meena Sethi Mandal, lyricist Sudhakar Sharma, music director Pinaki Bose and Rohan D. Pathak were present.

 Under the banner of MS Films and Productions "Chase-No Mercy to Crime" is produced by Meena Sethi  and directed by SRG.  Amyth Sethi and Deepanjan Basak are making debut in the bollywood with this film. Mushtaq Khan, Gulshan Pandey, Gargi Patel, Sudip Mukherjee, Ramesh Goyal and Sameeksha Gaur will be seen in major roles.

The action-drama film have three songs, sung by Kumar Sanu, Trisha and Buddha. The music of the film has been prepared by Bob SN, D Pathak and Pinaki Boss. Bob SN has given the background score also. Sudhakar Sharma and Rohan D. Pathak have penned down the lyrics. Arabindar Narayan Dolai is the cinematographer and  Raj Singh Sidhu is the editor.The choreography is been done by Sandi and Rahul. 

The story of the film is based on the true story of bravery shown by the Bengal Police, the film is about a train robbery committed by the dacoit father-son ( Shilendra and Satyendra Yadav) based in Jharkhand. A dacoit in which the police and politicians of two state governments are also cheating on each other. The series of incidents reveals the true identity of the real culprit, who goes ahead in Nepal and Bangkok. Film is about the eventful chase between the master mind and Bengal Police? The film is shot in the beautiful locations of Jharkhand, Kolkata, Nepal and Bangkok.The film has all the flavours of crime, adventure, action and music. The music of the film is released by Zee Music. "Chase: no mercy to crime" is all set to release all over India on August 2, 2019.

On this occasion, the chief guest "Kumar Sanu" said: "When composer Pinaki Bose sent me the composition of the song, I had  immediately given the affirmation for this song. I wish the entire team of Film Chase all the best for the film's success. I have been very happy to sing this song now, as I have become very selective in choosing the songs. I like the songs that are appealing to me personally.The song of the movie Chase, Har Khushi Tere bin is a very romantic and music lovers will like the song.

On this occasion, Meena Sethi Mondal said, "Today's viewers will get to see the modern age drama in the film Chase-no Mercy to Crime. The romantic song of Kumar Sanu will be liked by everyone too and I am very happy that Kumar Sanu has sung this song."


After very careful consideration, the Sunrisers franchise has decided to take a different direction with the Head Coaching role and will be parting ways with the services of Tom Moody. Trevor Bayliss, England's 2019 World Cup winning coach, has been appointed Head Coach of Sunrisers Hyderabad. Trevor has already won 2 IPL trophies with KKR and has also won the Big Bash League and Champions League T20 with Sydney Sixers. He is a proven winner and we feel that his successful track record will be ideal in taking Sunrisers Hyderabad forward.

We would like to thank Tom Moody who has made an enormous impact with the franchise helping us achieve 5 playoff appearances over the past 7 years, including a much treasured championship in 2016. We would also like to  thank him for his work ethic and leadership over our journey and wish him all the success moving forward.

Mishti's Day Out With Kids!

Bollywood actress Mishti Chakraborty, who was last seen as Kashibai in Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, is a kindred spirit as she recently shot with underprivileged children for Vibha organization for free.

A source close to the actress informs, “Mishti recently shot with a bunch of underprivileged children for an advertisement. The actress denied taking any professional fee for the ad shoot.”

She took to social media to share a picture from the shoot and captioned it, “A rare day when shooting is more than profession or entertainment. For the cause of betterment of the underprivileged children to in association with @Vibha_org. More info coming soon.”

Vibha is an organization that aims to make a difference to the life of underprivileged children in India. The talented was approached to be the brand ambassador by the organization.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Equirus Capital Private Limited India Alternatives invests in Brinton Pharmaceuticals

Pune, June 14, 2019: India Alternatives Investment Advisors Ltd. invested up to USD 8 million for a significant minority stake in Brinton Pharmaceuticals Limited. Among the fastest growing companies in the Indian pharmaceutical market, Brinton is focused on dermatology and has recently expanded into the paediatric dermatology & respiratory segments.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Rahulkumar Darda, Chairman & Managing Director, Brinton Pharmaceuticals said, “We are excited to partner with an investor of the calibre of India Alternatives and strongly believe this association will bring synergies and help us continue our profitable growth journey. This investment will enhance our capabilities in formulations and Research & Development for niche areas of dermatology and cosmetology and support expansion of the company’s footprint within India as well as globally.”

Mr. Vijey Christopher J, Director, Brinton Pharmaceuticals added “In a short span of time Brinton has made its presence felt both in dermatology and paediatrics through our innovative high quality products stemming from world-class R&D units across the globe. We are aiming for a leadership position in our represented product markets and have a strategic road-map to achieve several milestones in the coming years.”       

Commenting on the investment, Ms. Shivani Bhasin Sachdeva, Founder & CEO, India Alternatives said, “India Alternatives’ investment in Brinton reflects its recognition of the Company’s solid management team, differentiated brands and focus on niche therapeutic segments. The investment in Brinton fits very well with two of our themes of women oriented consumption and health & wellness. We are excited to partner with Rahul and his team to support them through the next leg of their journey.”

This transaction marks the second investment in Brinton by an institutional investor, following Tata Capital Healthcare Fund’s investment in 2017.  

Equirus Capital Private Limited acted as exclusive financial advisor to Brinton Pharmaceuticals, PDS Legal and Transaction Square acted as legal and tax advisors respectively to Brinton Pharmaceuticals. DSK Legal acted as legal advisors to India Alternatives. 

About Equirus Capital
Equirus Capital provides full-service Investment Banking services for corporate clients and HNI customers and offers services covering Equity Capital Market, Debt Capital Market, Structured Finance, Advisory services and Wealth Management. Its wholly owned subsidiary Equirus Securities is member of NSE and BSE. It also offers Depository services, Portfolio Management and Research apart from Institutional Equities. Equirus has done ~150 transactions across M&A, PE, IPOs, QIPs and Structure Finance raising more than $4.4 billion in the process. Over the last 11 years, Equirus has built impeccable credentials across domains and has created a niche for itself through its ability to structure and deliver transactions in-line with the client

About Brinton Pharmaceuticals Limited
Established in 2013, Brinton Pharmaceuticals is a speciality-focused pharmaceuticals company offering a range of branded dermatology and paediatric formulations. Through a specialized and dedicated field force of over 500 personnel, the company’s products are marketed in India and in 12 countries across emerging markets. 

About India Alternatives Investment Advisors Ltd.
India Alternatives is a top performing mid-market private equity firm that backs unlisted companies that are the beneficiaries of transformational themes such as: women becoming more empowered as consumers; millennials driving a paradigm shift in consumption; technology reinventing financial services; and an increased focus on health and wellness. India Alternatives has made marquee investments including: NSDL – India’s largest depository; TransUnion CIBIL – a dominant credit information bureau; Gokaldas Intimatewear (Enamor)

World Retrospective: Pouran Derakhshandeh, one of the best Far East Filmmaker journeys through her best work at the 10th Jagran Film Festival

~ The World’s largest travelling film festival, JFF announces  the noted Iranian Director, Producer and Screenwriter Pouran Derakhshandeh’s Retrospective under World Retrospective section of the festival. JFF to screen her award-winning films~

New Delhi, 13th June 2019: The 10th edition of the Jagran Film Festival (JFF) will hold a Retrospective of World films and celebrate the life and works of the Iranian film director, producer, screenwriter, and researcher Pouran Derakhshandeh. Filmmaker’s finest award-winning movies like Hush! Girls Don’t Scream, Under the Smokey Roof, Eternal Children and Wet Dream will be screened at the festival. Her films deal with societal issues like child abuse and women’s rights. 

Pouran Derakhshandeh says, “I am delighted to be here at the 10th edition of Jagran Film Festival.  I am deeply honoured that the festival has chosen me for Retrospective under world cinema. As a filmmaker, I have always admired India and its film industry, which is now making waves across the world. I believe that even in different cultures, there are many similarities. India has been an inspiring country for me as a filmmaker making movies on women-centric issues. My recent film ‘Hush! Girls Don’t Scream’ was based on child abuse, and I visited India while researching the project. The film got an overwhelming response. So, it is good to be back in India.”

Following are brief descriptions of each of the four films by Pouran Derakhshandeh that will be screened at the 10th JFF:

Hush! Girls Don’t Scream: The drama film is about a woman on death row for killing a man who repeatedly abused her as a child and threatened to do the same to another girl.

Under the Smoky Roof: A bone-weary Shirin is at her wit’s end; she has a son who won’t talk to her, and a husband who can’t. The exasperated husband seeks solace in greener pastures, while she busies herself with domestic chores – the anchor of her mundane, if materially comfortable existence.

She worries and nags them, but it all comes from a place of love. Still, even the most well-meaning intentions tend to backfire in this household. Only one person seems to care… at least in the beginning. When the other family members finally decide to rally to fix things, is it a matter of too little, too late?

Under The Smoky Roof is a family drama that takes its time in warming up. Its take on marital strife is familiar and sombre. 

Eternal Children: Preparing for her marriage to Saeed, Negar finds out her would-be husband is committed to a moral obligation for the sake of his retarded brother. She faces a dilemma and cannot decide whether to justify him and share her family with a third person or move away. 

Wet Dream: The 16-year-old Arash is reaching puberty. After years of living with his mother, he leaves her to live with his father because of some problems. There he visits a girl who changes his life. 

The Jagran Film Festival kickstarts from 18th July in Delhi and will travel through Kanpur, Lucknow, Allahabad, Varanasi, Agra, Meerut, Dehradun, Hisar, Ludhiana, Patna, Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Gorakhpur, Raipur, Indore, and Bhopal, across the 18 cities and finally culminate on 29th September in Mumbai.
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