Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The Grand Finale of the ‘SAVVY MRS. INDIA 2019’ Pageant (media handled by Shimmer Entertainment) it was a glitz and glam affair all the way!!

Celebrities were in full attendance and it was a night to remember!!

The celebrities were from different walks of life and they had a great time at the show. 

Amruta Fadnavis was the Chief Guest and the other Special Guests were Prahlad Kakar, 
Vikram  Phadnis, Anu Malik, Zarina Wahab, Parul Gulati, Shibani Kashyap, Bhumika Chawla, Mickey Mehta, Arjan Bajwa, Kailash Kher, Nawaz Modi Singhania, Siddharth Kanan, Angela Krislinzki, Payal Ghosh, Rishaab Chauhaan, Mohit Nain and many more who made it a starry, starry night!!

Pic credit: Ajay Patil 

The event took place at Hotel Taj, Santacruz, Mumbai. 

There were many performances and everyone was mesmerized! 

All in all, it was a hugely rocking success!!

Brahma Kumaris celebrated ‘International Yoga Day’ with martial art expert Chitah Yajnesh Shetty

MUMBAI: Yoga brings a balance between body, soul and mind. It helps us to understand the purpose of life and how to survive in the changing environment. On the occasion of the fifth annual International Yoga Day, the Hindu spiritual movement Brahma Kumaris celebrated a grand event on Sunday 23 June 2019 with celebrated martial arts expert Chitah Yajnesh Shetty at Yog School in Shimpoli, Borivali (West), Mumbai. Apart from Brahma Kumaris’ sisters Bindu and Shreya; former Indian woman cricketer and BCCI member (C.O.A.) and also a recipient of Padma Shri Award Diana Edulji; film director Abhinav Kashyap – a National award winner for Salman Khan starrer ‘Dabangg’; Dr. P.V. Shetty and many other luminaries added glitz and glamour with their presence at this function presented by Chitah Yajnesh Shetty. The programme was hosted by Prasanna C. Sant.

         Awarded recently in America with ‘Martial Art Hall of Fame Award’, Chitah Yajnesh Shetty has been imparting martial arts training from more than three decades in the film industry, especially with celebrated stars. Shetty motivated the jam-packed audience about the benefits of ‘yoga’ and its significance. He performed Raj Yog meditation and also shared martial arts tips and conveyed his greetings to all and one on this ‘International Yoga Day’ celebration.The function was concluded with vote of thanks from the sisters of Brahma Kumaris who also conferred the special guest with appreciation. Padma Shri award winner Diana Edulji treasured and cherished the award winning martial arts trainer Chitah Yajnesh Shetty for his noble services.

Zee Bollywood celebrates 20 years of the 101% Shuddh Comedy film 'Haseena Maan Jayegi'

Directed by comedy maestro David Dhawan, Haseena Maan Jayegi is a family entertainer starring ‘The Sultans of Comedy’ Govinda and Sanjay Dutt. Zee Bollywood with the brand promise of airing Masalon se koot koot ke bhari filmein will bring to its viewers 101% Shuddh Bollywood movies will air the 101% Shuddh Comedy - Haseena Maan Jayegi on Tuesday, 25th June 2019 at TBC.

Entertaining the audience in the movie is Govinda who overshadows everybody else with his excellent sense of comic timing and neat use of expression. Sanjay Dutt on the other hand is the elder brother who saves him from trouble time and again. Sonu and Monu’s camaraderie and funny antics is what keeps the movie going and gets the audience asking for more.

Exasperated by his sons Sonu and Monu’s behaviour, Amirchand decides to put them in place and takes the 101% Shuddh dramatic route of - ‘Divide and Rule’. Sonu sets off to Goa and Monu to Bombay to look after their father’s pending work. As the story proceeds, the duo land up in Goa and fall in love with Pooja and Ritu, who are Gulzarilal’s daughters. The situation gets complicated when Gulzarilal’s sister Santho falls for Monu, who is living in disguise as Sonu’s uncle.

Will Sonu and Monu reveal the truth? How will Amirchand react to this situation?

Watch the 101% Shuddh Comedy ‘Haseena Maan Jayegi’ this Tuesday, 25th June 2019 at TBC only on Zee Bollywood!

Ayushmann Khurrana stuns the audience into silence in this new video from Article 15

The makers for Article 15 today launched another teaser video featuring Ayushmann Khuranna. The video opens with a blurring sound and we see Ayushmann try and make very hard hitting remarks but unfortunately we are unable to hear a thing for a few seconds.  Later when the audio resumes, Ayushmann makes a valid remark that you may not be able to hear me but you can feel my anger, the same anger that crores of people in our country face every day when their voices are unheard by the so called upper class. He even goes on to add, "it is time to raise our voices now and bring the change". 


Through this video the makers have yet again tried to explain the discrimination that continues to exist in our society. Centuries have gone by and yet, we continue to discriminate people based on caste, creed, colour and religion.  The teaser of the film dropped a few days ago, which aimed to draw the parallels between how the Article 15 in the constitution prohibits discrimination on basis of caste, religion, sex, and how it was discrimination was a norm in many parts of the country
Even at the time of trailer release, the makers had come out with a small pre-teaser, which said “Yeh Trailer dekhne ki aapki aukat nahi hai “. The story of Article 15 revolves around the rape and murder of three minor girls, and Ayushmann plays the role of the investigating officer
Article 15 is an investigative thriller and it also stars Isha Talwar, M Nassar, Manoj Pahwa, Sayani Gupta, Kumud Mishra and Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub. It has been Directed by Anubhav Sinha, Produced by Anubhav Sinha and Zee Studios and is slated to release on 28th June, 2019.

LaLiga brought interactive “LaLiga Space” to Cairo to 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

24th June 2019 - LaLiga brought LaLiga Space, its biggest-ever event in Egypt, to mark the start of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Cairo. Prominent LaLiga Ambassadors and legends of the modern game Samuel Eto’o and Fernando Morientes were at Cairo Festival City Mall to open the three-day event and to meet with both local and international media.

Guests to the interactive space could try their hand at the LaLiga-themed games corner, check out the display of authentic LaLiga jerseys and have their photos taken on a replica coaches’ bench and with the official LaLiga Santander trophy.

LaLiga’s global star Samuel Eto’o expressed his excitement to be part of the very first LaLiga Space in Egypt. “Egypt is once again leading the way in hosting crucial African and international events,” he said. “Cairo’s previous experience in organising events of this nature make it an ideal and exciting choice for all African teams and also LaLiga.” Moreover, he added that Egyptians and Africans in general share a genuine passion for football reflected in their daily routines. 

Fernando Morientes, meanwhile, reiterated LaLiga’s commitment to advocating Spanish football around the world, especially in football-mad countries across Africa and the Middle East, and how LaLiga Space has already featured in various countries across the globe coinciding with major sporting events like the CAF19 in Egypt. “This continuous effort gives fans the world over the chance to meet their favourite players, experience LaLiga first-hand and find out more about its teams and biggest stars,” he said.

A number of well-known football figures and experts from across Africa were present at the press conference held at Cairo Festival City Mall to mark the opening of LaLiga Space.

“Africa is a key market for LaLiga given the public’s fervent passion for football and their continuous support for international leagues,” said Fernando Sanz, LaLiga’s Director of International Institutional Relations and Director of the LaLiga Ambassadors and Legends Project.

Juan Fuentes, LaLiga’s Delegate in Egypt, added that the event was a milestone for Spanish football in the region.

Many of LaLiga’s most prominent stars will be participating in this year’s Africa Cup of Nations with their national teams, including Moussa Wague (FC Barcelona), Hassen El Id (R. Valladolid), Yassine Bounou (Girona FC), Youssef En-Nesyri (CD Leganes), Soufiane Boufal (RC Celta), Aïssa Mandi (Real Betis), Karl Toko Ekambi (Villarreal CF), Wilfrid Kaptoum (Real Betis), Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal CF), Kenneth Omerou (CD Leganes), Moses Simon (Levante UD), Wakaso Mubarak (D. Alaves), Thomas Partey (Atletico de Madrid), Kwabena Owusu (CD Leganes), Jose Kante (Gimnastic de Tarragona), Munir Mohand Mohamedi (Malaga CF), Aly Abeid (AD Alcorcon), Alfred Ndiaye (Malaga CF), Farid Mussa (CD Tenerife) and Ismael Athuman Gonzalez (UD Las Palmas).

LaLiga Space was open to the general public for three consecutive days starting Thursday 20th June 2019. Moreover, LaLiga and Uber collaborated to give a 50% discount on two trips to and from the Cairo Festival City Mall (capped at 40EGP per trip) when using the promocode “LaLigaSpace” on either the 21st or 22nd June.

‘Tumbbad’ fame Mohammad Samad to do a cameo in Mere Sai – Shraddha Aur Saburi

Sony Entertainment Television’s Mere Sai- Shraddha aur Saburi has consistently garnered viewers’ attention since inception and its popularity has only been increasing day-by-day. Recently, iconic Bollywood and television actors like Ketki Dave and Vijay Kashyap made their presence felt in the show and now, along with Kishori Godbole there is a new addition to the list. Prominent child actor Mohammad Samad who came to light for his role in a recent web series and the film, ‘Tumbbad’ is going to make his entry in the show.

Mohammad Samad famous for his combination of cute and mature acting style would be seen essaying the role of Balram in the show. Balram who was a very bright and promising boy loses all hope in life when his father who was also his Guru, passed away. The boy lost all the spark, and direction in his life and eventually gets into a position where his life threatens to fritter away. Also, he happens to believe that he was in some way responsible for the death of his father and that is why, he shies away from getting into the paternal business of carpentry as everything he does reminds him of his father’s death. Later, Sai comes to his rescue and uses the 5 tatvas i.e. panch mahabhoot to teach him an important lesson in life.

Samad is highly excited for his role and feels proud to have bagged the role based on his previous performances and not going through the audition phase. The show is one among the favorites of his family and they without fail watch it daily. They were all very happy when they came to know that Samad was offered to play an important part in Mere Sai. Samad is preparing for the show by reading books on Sai baba like Sai Satcharitra and others to ensure he brings the essence of his character with finesse.

On bagging “Being diligent followers of the show, my family and I were extremely elated when I got the offer to play a role in the show Mere Sai- Shraddha aur Saburi. I have already started preparing for the show, by observing the actors keenly on the screen. Have also made various visits on the set and  met the entire crew to understand the work pattern and adjust with the environment.  It would be a great chance to work with such experienced actors like Kishori Godbole and Abeer Soofi. The role of Balram is quiet an interesting one and would see levels of highs and lows of emotions. It would be a great opportunity to learn and enhance my acting skills.”

The current track of the show revolves around the bodings of old parents and their children where noted Actor Vijay Kashyap can be seen in the central role of Eknath who is disowned by his own son and later is helped by Sai who gives him place in his Dwarka Mai.

For more Sai teachings, watch Mere Sai at 6:30 PM only on Sony Entertainment Television

This Dialogue Promo Of Article 15 Is All The Rage We Need RN!

Ayushmann Khurrana is known to go all out when it comes to the promotion of a film. He also has the tendency to get into the skin of any character he plays and does not really get out of it until the movie releases. This is the first time that Ayushmann is playing a matured-manly role of a cop in Article 15 which is directed by Anubhav Sinha.

With this film, both Ayushmann and Anubhav along with the team of Article 15 have pledged to bring a change and are fighting back against discrimination. #AbFarqLaayenge is the motto of the film and we don’t have any second thoughts that after the film’s release, the ‘Farq’ will come. 

Just a while back, a dialogue promo was released where Ayushmann’s rage is so prominent and he wants to un-mess the mess which was made in some small town of our country. It makes us really angry about the current situation of India. Check out this hard-hitting dialogue promo right here:
Wasn’t this just too interesting? This promo has made our wait harder for Article 15. Along with Ayushmann Khurrana, the film also stars Isha Talwar, M Nassar, Manoj Pahwa, Sayani Gupta, Kumud Mishra and Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub. It has been Directed by Anubhav Sinha, Produced by Anubhav Sinha and Zee Studios and is slated to release on 28th June, 2019.

It's time to "UN" MESS the Mess !!
#Article15 releasing on June 28. 
@ayushmannk @anubhavsinha
 #ManojPahwa #KumudMishra #IshaTalwar #nassar @sayanigupta @Mdzeeshanayyub @sirfgaurav @zeestudios_ @ZeeMusicCompany #BenarasMediaWorks

FIA Tech achieves milestone 20 million customers

New Delhi, 24 June 2018: FIA Tech, a leading fintech company in digital payment & distribution systems for the last mile financial inclusion in Indian and Nepal, has crossed milestone 20 million customers in June 2019. The company has got maximum number of subscribers from states such as West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, UP and Rajasthan who have opted for financial services through wider network of FIA tech.

To further increase the customer base, company is also planning to cross sell key products through their innovative technology platform besides focusing on deepening their presence and adding new customers in the next 2 years.

Commenting the development, Ms. Seema Prem, CEO of FIA Tech said, “Reaching a 20 million customer base is a milestone achievement for us and is a testimony of customers having faith in FIA. With the industry showing upward trend, we are hopeful to see a large base getting added into Indian financial inclusion system enabled by FIA’s cutting edge technology.” “We are aligned to Govt’s larger agenda of enabling financial inclusion to the last mile” She further added.

With a digital payment network spanning 622 districts in the country, FIA Tech provides banking and financial services at the door step of customers in underserved low-income households and minorities in India and Nepal. Profitable since inception, company has seen increased adoption of financial services across its range of products – basic banking services, mutual funds advisory and loan sourcing. Company will soon be rolling out intuitive investing platform for the masses and focus on loan origination for the credit invisible.

About FIA Tech

FIA Technology Services Private Ltd., a digital payment & distribution system is a leading fintech company for last mile financial inclusion in Indian and Nepal. FIA’s award winning Inclusive fintech platform provides mobility and online payment solutions for the masses. The Company endeavours to increase awareness on how the under-served can capitalize on the digital growth opportunity while also enabling individuals to avail an array of services – Banking, Credit, Livelihood Opportunities, Digital Payment Solutions and access to other socially impactful products and services.

Some of the services provided by FIA are Bank Mitra centers under PMJDY, Financial Inclusion services, Digitization Programs, Remittance, Bharat Bill Pay, Micro mutual funds, Micro-loans and Nepal Money Transfer.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

11% of Individuals suffer from Depression Disorder in Maharashtra

Do We Talk About Body Image and Stress Enough?; Poddar Foundation Raises Awareness on Tackling Negative Body Image, Stress Management to the Grassroots in Maharashtra

Poddar Foundation’s ‘Silence Todo’ Campaign focuses on breaking the stigma around mental health and related issues.
The paucity of mental health experts in rural India makes it difficult for patients to avail of medical help
Depression in rural areas ranges from 11 per cent to 80 per cent in different states. In the rural areas of Maharashtra, around 11 per cent of individuals suffer from Depressive Disorder by the age of 18.

Mumbai, June 2019: World Health Organization estimates that almost 7.5% of Indians suffer from a mental disorder that requires intervention. Unfortunately, only a fraction of these are aware of mental illnesses and seek professional help. For a large number of people particularly from low socio-economic backgrounds, mental health awareness in India is still in its nascent stage and initiatives to address the same are almost non-existent.

Poddar Foundation, a leading social organization working in the field of mental health, aims to change this with its community based initiatives focused at creating awareness, breaking taboos and helping people overcome challenges that make them vulnerable to mental illnesses.

Pressures of a negative body image and stress are two such major challenges that are prevalent as much in the rural milieu as in the urban society.

“The social challenges to mental health such as negative body image to reach a majority of people in India living in the rural and semi-urban areas. Body shaming is not just an urban phenomenon, it impacts most of us, on a daily basis. Negative self-image and low self-esteem have a significant impact on the mental health of an individual. At Poddar Foundation, we are taking these issues to the masses and enabling people from all strata of the society  to confront and tackle these problems,” says Dr Prakriti Poddar, Managing Trustee, Poddar Foundation.

As part of the Mental Health Awareness week, Poddar Foundation conducted workshops across rural and semi-urban parts of Maharashtra, bringing people from all walks of life -- children, young adults and women together, to talk about issues affecting their well-being. The workshops were conducted in Karjat, Panvel, Malad and Matunga, where hundreds of individuals discussed body shaming as a significant issue impacting one’s self-esteem and mental health.

Activities such as role play and ‘Walk the Ramp’ were initiated to instil a sense of confidence in women and children. Anganwadis, Samaj Mandirs and community schools opened their doors to welcome this change in perspective increasing their awareness and helping them understand the consequences of a ‘perceived’ negative body image.

Poddar Foundation also collaborated with Yuvak Biradari to facilitate a workshop on Mental Health Awareness focusing on Stress Management in Nashik as a part of a 6-day campaign. It involved interactive activities and skits aimed at identifying and understanding stressors and implementing solutions for problems. Adolescents who participated in this workshop were enriched with the understanding of controlling irrational thoughts.

The National Mental Health Survey 2015-16 reveals that one in 20 Indians suffers from Depression. It is estimated that in 2012, India had over 258,000 suicides, with the age-group of 15-49 years being most affected.

While mental health experts, psychiatrists, psychologists are easily available in urban areas, people belonging to rural areas or low socio-economic communities find it hard to avail of medical help or support. Moreover, the stigma attached to mental illness prevents them from seeking ‘help’.

Sunil Grover overwhelmed by all the love coming his way with Bharat

Sunil Grover who plays the role of Vilayti Khan in Bharat is glad  to be a part of the film. The actor has been  receiving immense appreciation from everywhere. 

Talking about this he says, "I am overwhelmed by the love I am receiving. It's an amazing feeling. Infact, where ever I go people compliment and acknowledge my performance in Bharat. The compliments I am getting now is very different and nicer from the earlier compliments I ever got."