Sunday, May 22, 2016

The 17th Edition of IIFA is All Set to Celebrate The Mega India Festival From 23rd-26th June 2016 in Madrid, Spain

 IIFA Rocks 2016 Gets Bigger And Better With An Electric Mix

Of Fashion And Music Extravaganza

IIFA Celebrations To Be A Diverse Amalgamation Of Festivities

Across Cinema, Fashion, Dance And Music



·         The Videocon d2h IIFA Weekend 2016 festivities will witness a host of events- IIFA Rocks, FICCI - IIFA Global Business Forum, IIFA Stomp in collaboration with MULAFEST Urban Trends Festival, along with the anticipated mega awards night, NEXA IIFA Awards 2016


·         IIFA Rocks 2016 musical performances line-up includes hit-maker Pritam, Meet Brothers, Benny Dayal, Kanika Kapoor, Monali Thakur, Neeti Mohan and Papon among others!


·         The star-studded Nexa IIFA Awards 2016 to feature performances by Bollywood superstars Salman Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Sonakshi Sinha and Tiger Shroff; to be hosted by charismatic Bollywood Actors Farhan Akhtar & Shahid Kapoor.



Mumbai, 20th May 2016: The International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) has announced the 17th Edition of the most spectacular celebration of Indian Cinema worldwide that will occur in the capital city of Madrid, Spain from 23rd – 26th June this year!


IIFA Rocks has always been a star-studded affair with a mix of fashion, music and dance. It is a celebrated global event that has been growing each year. To reveal some of the exciting details about the upcoming Videocon d2h IIFA Weekend, Bollywood’s superstar Salman Khan was joined by versatile actor Anil Kapoor who together shared their excitement about the IIFA celebrations being held in Spain end-June. The two friends were joined by leading lady Shilpa Shetty, young icons Tiger Shroff, Abhay Deol and Sooraj Pancholi. Music sensations Meet Brothers, Kanika Kapoor, Monali Thakur, and Benny Dayal too joined the media event to share their joy about performing at the IIFA ROCKS in Madrid. Among the star-studded line-up are also dance sensations Elli Avram and Daisy Shah (the leading lady of Salman Khan’s Jai Ho).


This year, the IIFA Rocks stage will include noted music director-composer-singer Pritam who is performing with Spanish artistes as a once-in-a-lifetime on-stage production. Performances include the hit songs of the Meet Brothers featuring Kanika Kapoor with Benny Dayal and Neeti Mohan among others. National-award winner Monali Thakur and Papon will be serenading the audience. To add to the star-studded affair, Bollywood’s leading lady Parineeti Chopra and actor Sooraj Pancholi are set to perform at IIFA Rocks; Elli Avram and Daisy Shah will perform the hit songs of the year. Alongside the gamut of musical acts and dance performances, the distinguished Indian fashion designer Vikram Phadnis will showcase a breathtaking fashion show marking his 25 years in the fashion industry.


The IIFA revelries are well underway, as IIFA this year, will also showcase a special teaser screening of the Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra film - Mirziya. IIFA Stomp, which is already bringing famous musical acts with its collaboration with Mulafest will be highlighting another key aspect of Indian culture with a special yoga Master class with Shilpa Shetty in Madrid Spain. 


Speaking on the occasion, Wiz Andre Timmins, Director – Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd, said, “IIFA from the beginning has promoted Indian cinema across the world to a global platform. We are glad that alongside film, we can also feature fashion, music, culture and business through the Videocon d2h IIFA Weekend. As this year marks the 60th anniversary of India & Spain diplomatic relations, IIFA Madrid 2016 is going to be a star-studded extravaganza and the excitement and anticipation has been growing among the industry and fans alike. It will be a magical and memorable time for locals and visitors to witness the stunning acts live on stage at the spectacular IFEMA - Feria de Madrid. The IIFAs in Madrid are going to be a special mélange of dance, music, fashion and business!"


Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Raj Nayak, CEO- COLORS, commented saying “We are doubly excited about IIFA this year because it’s happening in one of the most exotic destination in the world. Along with Wizcraft we have managed to put together a stellar line up of performers comprising of Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Hrithik Roshan, Sonakshi Sinha amongst many others; along with friends of IIFA like, Anil Kapoor, Shilpa Shetty, Parineeti Chopra, Tiger Shroff and a whole galaxy of stars who will grace this gala occasion. The night will be hosted by the multifaceted Farhan Akhtar and the very gifted, Shahid Kapoor. I’m glad to announce that the entire Indian Film Fraternity is blocking their dates and gearing up to attend the IIFA Weekend in Madrid. Fans from all over the world have been queuing up to attend this spectacle, which will soon be telecast on Colors TV in the month of July.”


Recreating the magic of Indian cinema, the 17th edition of the IIFA Celebrations will play host to some of the most celebrated stars of the Indian film industry, notable guests, and dignitaries from India and the region, world media and Indian cinema fans from across the globe. 

With the City of Madrid playing host to the IIFA Weekend and Awards 2016, The Title Sponsor for the Videocon d2h IIFA Weekend are Videocon D2h, Title Sponsors for the Awards are Maruti Suzuki and Hero Cycles are the Cause Partners. IIFA Awards celebrations will air exclusively on broadcast partners, Colors TV and Mahou will be the co-sponsor of IIFA Celebrations. El Corte Ingles are the ‘Official Retail Partners’ and Qatar Airways is the “Official Airline” for the IIFA celebrations, Clear Channel is “OOH Media Partner” for IIFA.  IIFA this year is supported by the remarkable IFEMA - Feria de Madrid as the location for IIFA Rocks, Nexa IIFA Awards and IIFA Stomp as well!

Mr. Saurabh Dhoot, Executive Chairman - Videocon d2h says, “IIFA Awards over the years have grown tremendously in terms of scale and extravaganza. This year’s Videocon d2h IIFA Weekend promises to be yet another milestone with lots of entertainment, glamour & innovation. Videocon d2h is today the first Indian media company to be listed on Nasdaq, USA. IIFA and Videocon d2h are perfect examples of Indian brands making a huge mark globally.”

Speaking of the association, Mr. R. S Kalsi, Executive director, Marketing & Sales, Maruti Suzuki said “We are delighted to associate with NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 for the second year, last year we showcased our Premium crossover S-Cross at IIFA. This year we will showcase how NEXA is at the forefront of bringing innovation & delivering outstanding experiences.

Nexa is not just an automotive brand but also a lifestyle brand. NEXA is all about newer and premium experiences, just like IIFA which builds lifetime experiences and felicitates excellence in Indian cinema at a global stage”


Mr. Anil Khera, CEO - Videocon d2h added, “Videocon d2h is proud to continue its association with IIFA for the 8th year in a row. Videocon d2h IIFA Weekend is a spectacular event celebrating talent in the entertainment industry and is a perfect brand fit for us. The IIFA Awards have striven to achieve a perfect balance of public opinion and critical appreciation across the globe. Videocon d2h will continue to support and encourage this endeavour to take Indian Cinema to a global audience.”


Mr. Pankaj Munjal, Chairman & Managing Director of Hero Cycles Pvt Ltd. commented to say, At Hero Cycles we have long campaigned for Indian cities to be made bicycle friendly as a way to improve both the environment and cut down the consumption of fossil fuels, we now foresee a revolution of sorts when we see millions of Indians taking up bicycling as a lifestyle sport, recreation and way of life. To usher in this change and promote this and much more we believe IIFA is one of the biggest and best platforms to reach out to people and get their favorite Bollywood celebrities to inspire, and urge an entire nation to be more healthy, physically active and enjoy outdoors and cycling today and forever.


Previously IIFA has shared the highlights of the upcoming Weekend Festivities: the NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 hosts were unveiled to be the multi-talented Farhan Akhtar and the versatile actor Shahid Kapoor. The awards ceremony in Madrid will witness awe-inspiring performances by Bollywood's very own crème de la crème Salman Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Sonakshi Sinha and Tiger Shroff among others.


17th edition of the IIFA Celebrations will be a star studded extravaganza with celebrated personalities from the Bollywood fraternity and Friends of IIFA gracing us with their presence- Ranveer Singh, Boney Kapoor, Sridevi, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Dia Mirza, Vivek Oberoi, Riteish Deshmukh, Boman Irani, Kabir Khan, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Neha Dhupia, Sohail Khan, Sajid Nadiadwala, Shabana Azmi, Javed Akhtar, Madhavan, Aftab Shivdasani,  Shriya Saran to name a few.


Thrilled about performing at the NEXA IIFA Awards 2016, Bollywood icon Salman Khan said, “IIFA is like one big carnival and I look forward to performing at the NEXA IIFA Awards this June in Spain. Like so many great cities of the world, Madrid will witness the beauty and magic of Indian cinema with IIFA. IIFA has consistently played a crucial role in widening the horizon of the Indian film industry to the world.”


Bollywood’s age-defying actor, Anil Kapoor also commented saying, “I have had a longstanding bond with the IIFA Academy and after having been part of several IIFAs, I am always amazed each time by the grandeur and the effort that goes into making it a grand celebration. With my experience of working in international films, I have noticed that IIFA goes a long way in presenting the best of the Indian film industry and is a great way to promote India’s soft power. I am eagerly looking forward to the Videocon d2h IIFA Weekend and I’m sure it’s going to be more special than ever before.”


The FICCI- IIFA Global Business Forum 2016 is also a part of the Videocon d2h IIFA Weekend in Madrid and will be held on 24th June 2016. Organized by FICCI and Camara Spain, the FICCI- IIFA Global Business Forum 2016 will see powerful minds coming together to address global issues of renewable energy and climate change. This year, the Business Forum at IIFA will hold a greater significance as it marks 60 years of relations between India and Spain. As a platform, the FICCI- IIFA Global Business Forum will be stimulating space for business between India and Spain and subsequently paving the way for better relations between India, Europe and Latin America. Highlights to include innovation and entrepreneurship, soft power, global issues of renewable energy and climate change.


Additionally, another facet of the IIFA extravaganza which is all set to make its way to Madrid, bringing together the best of Spanish and Indian culture is the IIFA Stomp in collaboration with MULAFEST Urban Trends Festival, organized by the MULA community and  supported by IFEMA with a line-up that underlines its electronic heart, with pioneering artists from the international scene- Indian DJs and musicians like Raghu Dixit Project, B.R.E.E.D, Midival Punditz featuring Karsh Kale and friends, and Nucleya at MULAFEST.


With the perfect destination to host the gala celebrations, the International Indian Film Academy is all geared up to unfold and present a breathtaking amalgamation of two richly diverse countries and cultures. IIFA 2016 aims at bringing the magic of Indian Cinema to Spain and opening doors for Indian cinema across Europe and Latin America.


About IIFA (International Indian Film Academy)


Conceptualized and produced by Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. and supported by the key members of the Indian film fraternity, IIFA is the most appreciated South Asian film academy and a global platform that gives the Indian film fraternity an opportunity to reach audiences in international territories. The alliances made via the platform of IIFA provide huge benefits and gain to India but an equally important objective of this prestigious brand is to create similar outcomes in its host country.  The aim is to establish a system of mutual benefit to both India as well as the host destinations by boosting tourism, economic development, trade, culture, cross-border investments and film co-productions.


Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd promotes the IIFA Weekend & Awards globally each year and travel to new, exciting and beautiful destinations, taking the film fraternity with it to unite and celebrate the best of Indian film and culture, thereby taking Indian Cinema and India to a wider audience.



Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Wasabi by Morimoto at The Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi presents simmering Summer Sizzlers

Wasabi by Morimoto, the award winning contemporary Japanese restaurant at Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi welcomes the summer season with an all new summer sizzler menu.

Mouthwatering sizzlers infused with fiery sauces will be served on volcanic stone plates in the traditional Japanese fashion. Delicacies like Kaisen yaki, Tsukune yakitori, Naga nasu yaki, Shitake and Eringi and various others can be enjoyed during this festival.

·         Date: ongoing till 31st May 2016
·         Time: 1230 –1445 hrs (lunch) and 1900 -  2345 hours (dinner)
·         Price: A la carte
·         Venue: : Wasabi by Morimoto, The Taj Mahal Hotel, Number One Mansingh Road, New Delhi
For reservations contact Wasabi by Morimoto @ 011-6651 3585/4
About Wasabi by Morimoto:
Visually stunning in every way, Wasabi by Morimoto offers the best of Japanese gastronomic delights. The restaurant features the most impressive repertoire of Japanese sakes with a separate sake bar, and boasts a dramatic teppanyaki and grill counter that treats guests to a vibrant display of steel and iron showmanship. The sushi bar offers fresh ingredients flown in from Tsukiji every day. The restaurant offers a private dining room that is set in the alcove of the restaurant offering gastronomic delights. This room features lovely pink onyx walls, which are lit from behind and can seat up to 8 people.


Saturday, May 14, 2016

Delhi Gets its First Mexican Grill and Tequilieria, Arriba

Say Hola! to Delhi’s First Mexican Grill and Tequilieria, Arriba that is all set to open its doors on the 5th of May. Arriba is all set to take this city by storm with its true Mexican spirit. The 5th of May is the day that marks the victory of Mexico over the French armed forces and Arriba opens its doors on this super occasion, marking the exciting beginning of Mexican cuisine in Delhi. 

The creators behind the very successful Hungry Monkey and TabulaBeach Cafe 2.0 have come together and are all set to launch their latest venture- ARRIBA- a Mexican Grill & Tequileria! And somewhere along mulling over older ideas and deciding new ones, making memories and opening up gateways of discovery, there lies a tiny little secret paradise – Arriba- Mexican Grill & Tequileria.
Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos
ARRIBA- The Mexican Grill and Tequileria will offer Delhites Mexican cuisine that combines fresh and high quality ingredients using authentic methods of preparation, Arriba's menu delights one's palate with exciting & taste bud tingling selections. India's first Tequileria, our innovative chefs have wisely used Tequila in their dishes to infuse that extra punch. An extensive Salsa and Guacamole bar boasts 8 dazzling types of Salsa and our Guacamole is prepared fresh right at your table. Choose from a range of authentic & Tex-Mex favorites all followed by some delectable Mexican desserts.
Arriba is a celebration of all things Tequila! 
Pineapple Ginger Jalapeno Margarita 
Extracted from the special Blue Agave, grown only in the region around Tequila, Mexico, this spirit is clear, fragrant and delicious! The bar menu has been specially curated keeping in mind that Tequila can be enjoyed simply on the rocks, blended with fruit and ice into margaritas, or slammed as shots with salt & wedges of lime. The wide-ranging Margaritas section has got to be the talk of the town with all the classics but also has an inventive selection of signature margaritas.The libations don't stop there, there is also a special section boasting some of the best Tequila based cocktails the world has to offer.  Arriba houses a spectacular collection of Blanco, Reposado and Añejo Tequila to choose from.
Cinnamon Tamarind Margarita
Arriba leads the trend to bring the heat back into the pulsating heart of Delhi. Inspired by the Aztec and Mayan culture, the cuisine is a mix of tex-mex and tapas. The restaurant will boast the largest selection of margarita cocktails in the city. Don’t mistake it for just a Tequila bar- the name TEQUILERIA is set to tell a story. Even their food is prepared with tequila! Sit back and enjoy some Latin music with live bands to cheer up your evening and a riveting experience to remember- Arriba is set to have you coming back for more!

All in all, Arriba Mexican Grill and Tequileria finally brings to town a true reflection of the incredible flavors, colors and aromas found throughout Mexico.

From a fabulous selection of small plates, soul-satisfying main courses and refreshingly different cocktails, come explore and allow your taste buds to be tantalized by their unique and unusual offerings.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Flavours of Hong Kong come aboard at House of Ming

The premiere Chinese restaurant at The Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi brings a culinary experience inspired by the regions of Hakka, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Guangzhou and Shanghai.  The specially crafted menu, with its fine flavors promises to leave patrons with a lasting taste of the rich heritage of the cuisine of Hong Kong.
The menu offers a wide variety of starters, soups, main course and dessert. Choose from vegetarian and non-vegetarian signature recipes such as Hong Kong Fried Chicken, Stir Fried Corn Kernels, Fish Pearls with Udon Noodles, Fried mushroom pouches, Spicy soft shell crab, Eggplant in soya oyster sauce and Carrots with pine nuts as well as unique desserts like Sweet bean and glutinous rice roll among others.
Black Pepper Crab
·         Dates: 1st May – 31st May
·         Time: Lunch from 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm; Dinner from 7:30 pm - 11:45 pm
·         Price: A la carte menu
·         Venue: The Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi, Number One, Mansingh Road

For reservations call House of Ming at 011-66513241/ 3242.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Mother's Day Special at The Imperial

Great hotels are caring and nurturing. They are generous and lavish in their pampering. The Imperial hotel organized some exclusive salon rituals for a Mother’s Day pampering session for some lucky mothers at The Imperial Salon. The details of these wonderful rituals are:

Kerastase instant booster:-

Kerastase Shampoo as per the scalp and hair, Mono Dose And Fuso Dose as per the hair texture.
(a)Diagnose the scalp with the Hair and Scalp Diagnostic Camera.
(b)Cleanse hair with the shampoo as per the scalp.
(c) Mix Fuso Dose in Mono Dose.
(d) Spray the mixture Section by section at the hair length and emulsify.
(e)Rinse well and blast dry.
A perfect accompaniment by giving instant nourishment to regular services such as hair cuts, blow dry and hair colour.
15 Minutes

Signature Facial Kriya; 
Specific blends to cleanse, uplift, de-stress and enrich with relaxing massage techniques and lymphatic drainage to restore tone and radiance.

Foot Ritual
Foot Ritual includes treating the reflex points on the foreleg, feet and toes combined with a soothing foot massage for rejuvenation and total relaxation.
Duration: 30 minutes

Speedy Pedicure includes filing of nails, removing dead cells from the sole and finishing the ritual with a relaxing massage.
            DURATION: 45 MINS

Do Visit the Imperial Salon for more such beauty and skin and hair care treatments.

Here's a video of my experience at the Imperial Salon on Mother's Day: