Thursday, February 21, 2019

Imperial Blue Superhit Nights culminated season 5 with powerhouse performer Neha Kakkar

Imperial Blue Superhit Nights Season 5 pulled off a spectacular Season 5 with an exhilarating shows across the country. Spanning over 3 months, the multi-city tour kick-started in Lucknow, travelled to Guwahati; Mangalore; Udaipur; Indore; Bhubaneswar and culminated in Visakhapatnam. She dazzled the stage across 7 cities, entertaining more than 60,000 audiences with the magic of her enchanting tunes like never before!

Larger than life, the latest season of Imperial Blue Superhit Nights has truly been more mesmerizing and has been the epitome of entertainment, enthusiasm and enigma! Imperial Blue Superhit Nights is a platform that brings together the best and brightest talent from the entertainment industry. The tour witnessed power packed full house shows where Neha Kakkar was accompanied by a troupe of talented and skilful musicians, along with DJ Suketu, setting the stage on fire!

The audiences thoroughly enjoyed to Neha Kakkar to  some her most loved foot-tapping numbers like ‘Mile ho tum’, ‘Aankh Maare O Ladka Aankh Maare’, ‘Dilbar’, ‘Nikle Currant’, ‘Lift teri bandh hai’, Kaala Chasma among others.

Overwhelmed to see the audience response, Superstar Neha Kakkar said, “Imperial Blue Superhit Nights, Season 5 has truly been an exhilarating experience for me. I am thankful to Imperial Blue Superhit nights for giving me this incredible platform to perform at 7 amazing locations across India and spreading love and happiness through my music. Words cannot describe this amazing experience and I am just overwhelmed to see the response. Culminating this tour in Visakhapatnam, I would like to thank my fans for their love and support and making this tour the ultimate destination for entertainment”.

OPPO’s new TVC of the F11 Pro showcases brilliant Low light portrait photography

  • OPPO’s new TVC reveals the gradient design at the back of the device

National 20 February 2019: OPPO, a leading global smartphone brand, today announced the launch of its new TVC on their upcoming smartphone- OPPO F11 Pro. The TVC captures the brilliant low light portrait feature of the OPPO F11 Pro and its stylish gradient back design. As the upcoming model offers the latest innovative technology in the camera, the TVC ties in the features showing a variety of situations highlighting the low light portrait photography mode.

OPPO’s new TVC encapsulates how consumers capture each moment with perfection using the new low light portrait photography mode of the F11 Pro. The TVC immaculately captures special moments, be it a late-night date, a mother creating special memories with her daughter or friends having a good time.  The TVC will go live on and will be aired on TV starting 20th February 2019.

Commenting on the new TVC, Mr. Will Yang, Brand Director, OPPO India said, “2018 has been a power packed year for OPPO as we have pushed boundaries in terms of innovation and launched some exciting technologies for our consumers.Keeping this in mind, we want to kickstart 2019 with the all new OPPO F11 Pro which is equipped with features that will help our consumers to capture each beautiful memory with perfection and ease. The OPPO F11 Pro TVC encapsulates exactly that, where we focus on the new low light portrait photography feature and the endless photography experience our consumers will get with the 48 MP camera. Through the TVC we hope to highlight and bring alive our new and innovative technology we have to offer to our consumers. We are optimistic that this TVC will connect with our consumers and that they have the best experience with the new OPPO F11 Pro.”

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

SBI Card revamps brand identity; Unveils new brand logo

  • New identity to appeal to the young, new India
  • Marries the brand`s modern and youth focused approach with its strong legacy of trust and credibility 
Mumbai, 19 February 2019: SBI Card, one of India’s largest credit card issuers, has unveiled its new brand identity designed to appeal to the millenial generation. The redefined identity reflects the brand’s contemporary and youth-focused outlook and its endeavour to build a stronger connect with millenial consumers.

Over the last two decades, SBI Card has earned the trust of over 7.5 million cardholders and established itself as a pioneering force in the digital payments space. While the SBI Card brand name is synonymous with this strong legacy of trust and credibility, and backed by the heritage of the SBI mother brand, the organisation also has a very agile, consumer focused and progessive outlook and has been at the forefront of innovation in the digital payments business. From the latest technology based solutions to industry leading products designed for new age customers, SBI Card has consistently understood and catered to evolving consumer preferences and needs. The new identity will mirror the organisation`s forward thinking approach and resonate with the young India.

As part of the brand makeover, SBI Card has unveiled its new logo. The logo retains the iconic blue Keyhole and SBI wordmark for the immense trust, credibility and heritage that the mother-brand SBI lends to the brand while the styling for the word ‘Card’ has been changed to a more approachable typeface. Overall the font and design have been made younger, friendlier and more contemporary. The new logo is a balance between the brand`s heritage and the progressive approach it has internalised.

Mr. Hardayal Prasad, MD & CEO, SBI Card said, ’We are delighted to unveil our new brand identity which we believe will appeal to the modern sensibilties of the new India. With millenial consumer segment set to increase to 410 million by 2020 , we have, over past few years been focusing our efforts at developing best in class solutions designed to meet their needs. As a brand we aspire to play a key role in enhancing and enriching their lives and feuling their ambitions. Our new identity reflects that we are ready for the young India, building on the the solid legacy we have developed over 2 decades.’

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Big B Wishes His Friend, Colleague Sachin Pilgaonkar For 'Ashi Hi Aashiqui'

It is a great pleasure for everyone related to the film when a film presenting a new subject with the understanding of the audience's taste, gets praises from big personalities. And such a moment of pleasure was experienced recently by the team of 'Ashi Hi Aashiqui'.

Big B Amitabh Bachchan always takes an initiative to praise the person and his talent. He encourages everyone by praising the art with his beautiful words and good wishes. Recently the trailer of the film 'Ashi Hi Aashiqui' was released and after watching this trailer Big B reacted on Twitter by giving his best wishes to his friend and colleague Sachin Pilgaonkar for his creation.

With the direction of Sachin Pilgaonkar, the romantic love story of the fresh pair  Abhinay Berde and Hemal Ingle is releasing on the coming 1st March.


Mumbai, 18th February 2019: IMWF, the International MICE and Wedding Forum, is all set for a big bang 4th edition in 2019 following the roaring success of the last edition in 2018, IMWF is all set for a big bang this 2019.  IMWF
, anannual platform powered by Inventum Globalwill be held from 12th to 16th May  2019 in Antalya at the Rixos Premium Belek- which is one of the most sought after properties in Antalya for MICE & Weddings.

On 13th Feb 2019, IMWF announced renowned industry visionary, Wiz Sabbas JosephCo-founder and Director of Wizcraft International as the only India member of the Global Advisory Board of IMWF, which comprises visionaries and leaders from across key global geographies.

IMWF is a prestigious platform where leaders meet, a forum wherein aficionados of the MICE and the Wedding industry come together bringing in their expert knowledge. With the IMWF Global Advisory Board bringing together key industry leaders, IMWF is only set to be bigger and better.

About IMWF: 

International MICE & Wedding Forum-IMWF has been conceptualized as a platform that brings together the world’s most prominent leaders and influencers to network and explore possibilities of working together for their mutual benefit.  IMWF, purposefully cements innovative ideas into joint ventures bringing together experts and opinion leaders from the industry.

Participants, hotels, tour operators of the MICE, wedding and events industry are given access for one on one contact to engage with the Royals of the MICE & Wedding kingdom. They are encouraged to create a network of long-lasting friendships with the business drivers of the industry from all around the globe. The participants are cherry-picked from among the brightest agencies for being the most efficient outbound players in their source markets. Agencies are represented by owners and executive decision makers such as CEOs, directors, etc. In other words, this forum presents exceptional grounds to invigorate thriving businesses.  Three editions of the forum have mesmerized the industry leaders with finely curated content brought to you by top-notch keynote speakers. Connecting participants with the best hotels, corporate brands, international hotels, chain-hotels and airlines. IMWF 2019, will provide an impetus for excellence in the MICE and wedding business.  Throughout the forum, there will be a special focus on B2B meetings which will be a place for efficient communication via pre-scheduled appointments to promote businesses. IMWF 2019, with the delicate balance of meetings and events, enables to strengthen the valuable connections made in a stylishly curated social setting.  Special themed parties, events, historic backdrops, new discoveries, technology and mobile applications, will give participants a chance to experience vibrant synergies and explore new trends.

About Wiz Sabbas Joseph, Co-Founder & Director, Wizcraft International

Sabbas Joseph is recognized as one of the foremost thinkers of the experiential and entertainment industry. He brings strategic thought and global expertise, stemming from his wealth of experience gained from representing the experiential industry’s interests on global platforms.

Sabbas is the Co-Founder and Director of Wizcraft International Entertainment, the 30-year old pioneering agency which is one of the world’s most influential companies working across Brand Activation, MICE, Weddings and Content creation. Wizcraft are also the creators and producers of the IIFA Awards, India’s largest entertainment event held in different countries annually over the last two decades.

He is the General Secretary of India’s Media and Entertainment Skills Council. He was a member of the core team of the FICCI Media and Entertainment Committee that set up the FICCI FRAMES Convention, which is APAC’s largest convention for the M&E industry.

He has served on the national committees of FICCI and CII for two decades. He is a founder-patron of the Event and Entertainment Management Association of India (EEMA) and served as its President from 2014-18, driving the transformation wherein EEMA actively worked with policy makers and grew in prominence on the global stage.

Sabbas in his earlier career was a journalist and led several editorial teams.
He is now focused on developing the next generation of event industry specialists driving education and skills development for the industry. Along with his co-founders Andre Timmins and Viraf Sarkari, Wizcraft’s leadership is now driving forward this vision through the Wizcraft Management Institute for Media and Entertainment and the Global Wedding Academy.

The Kumbh of Corporate reporting minds – the 8th AR Conclave witnessed the convergence of corporate reporting authorities and enthusiasts

 Improving corporate reputation through enhanced reporting
·         The world’s first coffee table book\ on annual reports, #trendsetters was unveiled in the presence of an exclusive audience
·         The “100 #trendsetters list” for trendiest annual reports between 2014 and 2018 got dominated by mid-cap and small-cap companies

Mumbai, February 18, 2019- The 8th edition of the AR (Annual Report) Conclave, a signature event by AR Insight & ReportInsights took place at India’s commercial capital – Mumbai on 14th February 2019. The conclave witnessed the convergence of 200+ corporate reporting authorities and enthusiasts at a day-long event, that concluded with the launch of the world’s first ever coffee table book on annual reports, #trendsetters. The event was split into two parts, day-deliberation and evening-celebration.

Day-deliberation: The first part of the conclave witnessed a battery of 22 proven authorities deliver 4 keynote addresses and 3 panel discussions. The speaker galaxy included Mr. Nilesh Shah, Prof. R Narayanaswamy, Mr. Shriram Subramaniam, Mr. Sandeep Parekh, Mr. Nagesh Pinge, Mr. Prasanna Sankhe, Dr. Aditi Haldar, Ms. Beroz Gazdar, Mr. Kaushal Sampat, Mr. Makarand Lele, Mr. Naresh Patil, Mr. Nikhel Kochhar, Mr. Pramod Joshi, Mr. Prathmesh Raichura, Mr. R. Kannan, Ms. Roma Balwani, Sairam Prabhu Vedam, Mr. Shankar Jaganathan, Mr. Sudip Bandyopadhyay, Mr. Suhas Tuljapurkar, Dr. Y.K Saxena and Mr. Pravin K. Ujjain who spoke on three critical aspects; corporate governance, annual reports and sustainability.

Delivering the opening remarks, Chief Guest - Nilesh Shah, Managing Director of Kotak Mahindra AMC (Asset Management Company) said, “As a community we need to come together, the accountants, the auditors, the rating agents, the investors and the regulators where we have appropriate standards, appropriate governing mechanisms and appropriate punishments. I look forward to this conclave spreading awareness on truthful corporate reporting and we could usher in an era where all the accounting balance sheets can be trusted at their face value.”
Two highlights of the daylong conference were ‘Crystal Gazing Annual Report 2024’, where the panelist emphasized the role of storytelling, innovation and digital content curation to make future annual reports more engaging, crisp and objective; and ‘Business Case of Sustainability Reporting’, the session that emphasized the need for integrating environmental and social performance of a company along with its financial performance.

 Evening-celebration: The second part of the conclave started on a much fashionable note with the launch of world’s first ever Coffee Table Book on Annual Reports, #trendsetters. The Coffee Table Book celebrates the trendiest annual reports released by Indian companies between a five-year period of 2014 and 2018. A visual treat that has been curated from a seemingly as mundane and uninspiring corporate document called annual report presents creative masterstrokes that Indian annual report designers and writers have delivered against all odds. #trendsetters acknowledges top-100 Indian companies for trendiness of their annual reports. Mid-cap and small-cap companies outsmart their large-cap counterparts in this unique list, highlighting their extra efforts in weaving extra stickiness and engagement value in their annual reports.

Unveiling the coffee table book, #trendsetters, Indian Annual Reports: 2014 -2018, evening session Chief Guest- Dr. Mukund Rajan said, “It is a new concept and I am delighted to be a part of such an innovation. AR Conclave has managed to revolutionize itself and the reporting world each passing year.”
Elaborating on the vast subject of the conclave Mr. Rajan also shared his views on ESG (Environment, Social and Governance), “Looking at the ESG what we noted was the need and opportunity for higher ESG standard in India is enormous. We constitute around 18% of the world’s population and are one of the most important geographies for the fulfillment of United Nations Sustainable Goals. We need new focus on ESG to offer a new and much needed mantra for sustainable investing and better returns for our investors. We have taken around 20 trillion dollars of funds that are backing an ESG approach. It is one of the fastest growing equity and there is strong and growing research that demonstrates strong correlation between ESG investment and good returns for investors.”
Expressing his gratitude on successful staging of 8th AR Conclave, CEO – AR Insight cum Managing Editor – ReportInsights, Mr. Pravin K Ujjain said, What is heartening to note is that AR Insight has created an aspirational industry benchmark by instituting the AR Conclave. We are delighted and humbled to have put together the 8th edition of the AR Conclave for the entire corporate fraternity and are thankful to everyone who has joined us at the conclave. The Indian annual reports have made the sharpest improvement vis.a.vis. their western counterparts in the last 8 years and AR Conclave and our various research and rating publications have made their own contribution in catalyzing this change.”

He added, “After a successful conclave this year, we will be back with a new set of eclectic speakers and promise to deliver one of the most insightful and interactive conference next year. “

The AR conclave was a starry affair which brought together the crème de la crème of the corporate world. The event ended on a cheerful note with happy faces all around and a plenty of key takeaways for India Inc. to further improve their annual reports.
About AR Conclave
AR Conclave is the world’s first and oldest niche conference on Corporate Reporting. Since 2011, AR Conclave has fast established itself as the ultimate forum of corporate reporting in India. It brings together the crème de la crème of the corporate world. Hosting the 8th edition, Mumbai tops the chart of host metros with 4 successful staging followed by Delhi holding 2 staging and Hyderabad and Bengaluru with 1 staging each.

Besides insightful keynotes and panel discussions, AR Conclave has also witnessed exclusive launches of two of AR Insight’s proprietary research publications namely ‘AR Monitor’ – annual report benchmarking study and ‘#trendsetters’ – the world’s first ever coffee table book on annual reports from its august dias.

About AR Insight
AR Insight is India’s only annual report consulting and development firm with global benchmarks across strategic content mix and objective customized design. Leveraging insights of its CEO, Pravin K Ujjain, who holds the distinction of judging (2010 to 2013) global annual reports for ReportWatch, London as its first jury member from Asia Pacific, AR Insight has delivered many an innovations and world’s first including the first newspaper annual report, first musical annual report, first farewell annual report among others.

KAZO gears up for its Fragrance Launch!

Kazo - a home for latest chic contemporary fashion brings its exclusive Launch with Athiya Shetty.

Feburary 14, 2019, Mumbai: Kazo revealed its fragrance collection launch with sizzling Athiya Shetty. The event was held on Thursday, February 14 at one of Mumbai’s most luxurious hotels, Sofitel Hotel, BKC, Mumbai.
The event was all about the brand new product line Introduced by KAZO. The launch of fragrances with the distinctive essence saw a variety of opinions and insights from India’s most booming Fashion industry. Smart and Bold dressing has now become a Style quotient for women and with the distinctive range of Fragrances suitable for every occasion, be it a Brunch with Friends and or a date night with loved one has become a new trend as we see how everyone loves to be up to date with fashion and Beauty. Modish Look and a perfect fragrance for an Occasion makes a lady feel more attractive, Confident and Boosts her Happiness Quotient.
The event began with the exclusive unveiling of the fragrance collection by Athiya Shetty, Bollywood Celebrity; Mr. Deepak Aggarwal, MD and Ms. Divya Aggarwal, Creative Director!
The Five fragrances unveiled at the event have been curated by Divya Aggarwal, graduate from Parsons School of Design, NY who has recently joined KAZO and has detailed out specific fragrances with their scent and utility.
·        Dekoded: Exotic, distinctive, warm and sensuous. Preferably an evening scent but suitable for the day as well.
·        Edit: Audacious, spicy and bold. More of an evening scent
·        Konstant: Fresh, sparkling, young and vibrant. All day and night perfume.
·        Urb: Delicate yet bold, floral yet spicy, mysterious yet sparkling. It’s more of a day perfume than night.
·        Shi: Delicate, soft, calming and powdery. Best worn during the day.
A ramp-show was also held at the event where KAZO’s Fragrances were shown in a very scintillating presentation starting with KAZO Valentine;s collection quoting Put on Love was displayed which left the audience spell-bound. It was followed by the reveal of KAZO Denims which are launching soon. The third segment of the Ramp Show was the display of KAZO Fragrance collection which was unique and vivid and garnered a huge applause from the audience. Each look in this segment was themed around the fragrance the model was holding or displaying! The Ramp Shaw ended with Athiya Shetty walking the ramp holding KAZO Konstant Fragrance.
Top celebrity Athiya Shetty said, “I am all about elegance and comfort. It’s  an exciting opportunity to be part of celebrating the Kazo Fragrance Launch! I loved all the Five Fragrances launched by Kazo – EDIT being my favorite as it depicts the confidence of women.’. With the inauguration of its mystic perfumes, Kazo has offered a new piece of clothing for a woman which is like a finishing touch on a dress, complimenting her personality.

Kazo is a premium high street western wear brand offering latest fashion for dressed up occasions at an affordable price for the new woman.
It constantly pushes the envelope to bring the best and latest of fashion from around the globe. It is designed for the modern Indian woman who is confident, glamorous and sensual with a sophisticated lifestyle.
Founder and Managing Director; Mr. Deepak Aggarwal opened the first Kazo Store in 2007 in Delhi. Recognizing a gap in the Indian market for affordable dressed up international fashion wear, Mr. Aggarwal created a homegrown contemporary fashion brand for the woman. In this short period, Kazo has established itself as one of the best fashion retailers.