CNBC-TV18 and Moneycontrol to host their first-ever Global AI Conclave

November 28, 2023: CNBC-TV18, India’s leading business news channel, and Moneycontrol, India’s leading markets and finance platform, are proud to host the first-ever Global AI Conclave. Presented by Palo Alto Networks, the event will take place on December 16, 2023, at the JW Marriott in Bengaluru. This trailblazing event will bring together thought leaders, policymakers, and experts from around the world to explore the transformative power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) across industries. With 16+ carefully curated sessions, 10+ hours of actionable insights, and the opportunity to connect with 25+ AI practitioners and global thought leaders within a community of over 400 AI enthusiasts, the conclave will discuss important themes such as unlocking AI for enterprise; securing cyber frontiers with AI and shaping the future of India with AI.

The conclave will feature notable figures from the industry as distinguished speakers who will bring their expertise and insights to the forefront. These eminent personalities include Rajeev Chandrasekhar (Union Minister of State, Ministry of Electronics, & Information Technology), Andrew Ng (Co-Founder, Google Brain, and leading AI expert), Chris Miller (Author – Chip War & Associate Professor – The Fletcher School at Tufts University), Abhishek Singh (Additional Secretary, MeitY, President & CEO NeGD; MD & CEO Digital India Corporation (DIC); CEO Karmayogi Bharat; at Govt of India) Sridhar Vembu (Founder & CEO, Zoho), Manu Chopra (Founder & CEO,, Sriram Raghavan (Vice President, IBM Research AI), Sharad Sharma (Co-Founder, iSPIRT) and Umakant Soni (General Partner – ART Venture Fund | Chairman – AI foundry & Co-founder – ARTPARK).

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The conclave registration includes access to 15+ sessions led by key AI speakers from around the world, as well as viewpoints from policymakers, insights from top entrepreneurs, and contacts with deep tech investors. The event also includes AI startup demos, case studies, and immersive learning experiences, with the goal of encouraging participation in India’s booming AI ecosystem.

Speaking about the conclave Ms. Shereen Bhan, Managing Editor, CNBC-TV18, stated, “As AI attempts to revolutionise industries and redefine the business landscape, this conclave will serve as a forum for industry leaders to exchange ideas, foster collaboration, and navigate the course for the future of AI. The participants will have a unique opportunity to delve into the intricate landscape of artificial intelligence, unlocking pathways for innovation, growth, and sustainable digital transformation.”

Ms. Chandra R Srikanth, Deputy Executive Editor, Moneycontrol, added, “The Global AI Conclave marks a significant milestone in our commitment to foster new thoughts and ideas across industries while promoting the intersection of technology, business, and innovation. The event will serve as a knowledge hub for establishing a deeper understanding of AI’s potential and answer many questions on the potential and future of AI for India and the world. Join us as we embark on this exciting journey to unlock the limitless potential of AI on a global scale.”

Don’t miss your chance to be part of this transformative Global AI Conclave. Grab your passes today and enjoy a one-year complimentary subscription to Moneycontrol Pro.

Bollywood megastar and Kalyan Jewellers brand ambassador Amitabh Bachchan unveils Mr. T S Kalyanaraman’s autobiography The Golden Touch

India, 28th November, 2023: The Golden Touch, the autobiography of iconic businessman, T.S. Kalyanaraman, the founder of Kalyan Jewellers, was unveiled in Mumbai by Bollywood megastar and Kalyan Jewellers’ brand ambassador – Amitabh Bachchan. As part of the unveiling ceremony, Mr. T S Kalyanaraman presented the book’s first copy to the iconic superstar, who released the much-awaited autobiography.

A personal account of a journey from humble beginnings in Thrissur to establishing one of the largest jewellery chains in the country, the book captures an insightful perspective on embracing ambitious aspirations as well as thriving through an array of challenges with a pioneering mindset and disruptive attitude.

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The unveiling ceremony focussed on the essence of the book, which unfolds Mr. Kalyanaraman’s entrepreneurial journey to establishing one of India’s largest homegrown jewellery brands – Kalyan Jewellers. It beautifully delves into his family’s business legacy since 1908 and the inception of the brand Kalyan Jewellers.

The autobiography offers an intimate glimpse into the challenges, triumphs, and values that shaped Mr. Kalyanaraman’s entrepreneurial voyage. Expressing his thoughts, Mr. T.S. Kalyanaraman said, “Through ‘The Golden Touch’, I intended to unveil the essence of Kalyan Jewellers’ narrative. This autobiography reflects my journey and the perseverance intrinsic to Indian entrepreneurship. I hope that readers find inspiration in the story of a small-town dreamer turned entrepreneur. ‘The Golden Touch’ stands as a testament to the limitless possibilities in the world of Indian enterprise.”

CarWale abSure Marks Diwali with the Grand Opening of its 100th Outlet in Chennai, Extending its Presence Across 29 Geographies

Mumbai, 28th Nov 2023: CarWale abSure, a part of CarTrade Tech Ltd., marked a momentous occasion with the inauguration of its 100th store in Chennai, coinciding with the festive spirit of Diwali. The achievement underscores the rapid growth and commitment to delivering an enhanced used car shopping experience to consumers.

In just two years since its launch as a used car buy-and-sell chain, CarWale abSure has expanded its footprint across 29 geographies, including abSure Signature dealers nationwide. The journey began with the inaugural store in Bangalore in October 2021, and since then, CarWale abSure has been dedicated to addressing the pent-up demand in key markets.

Abhishek Patodia, President – Used Cars at CarTrade Tech, commented on the success, stating, “We recognized the pressing need for quality pre-owned cars in metros, tier 1, and tier 2 cities. The CarWale abSure model, with its rigorous inspection and certification process, has successfully met this demand, providing customers with the peace of mind and trust they deserve when buying a used car.”

CarWale abSure has witnessed substantial sales from states such as Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Haryana, Maharashtra, Karnataka, West Bengal, Telangana, and Tamil Nadu. Notably, 21% of the used car sales come from non-metro cities like Salem, Nagpur, Ranchi, Warangal, and Kanpur, showcasing the significant demand for quality used cars in these areas.

Strategically positioning its stores in major cities, including Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru, Pune, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, and now Chennai, CarWale abSure has become a go-to destination for reliable used cars. Patodia added, “Our portfolio of best-selling cars includes a wide range of popular small-sized and mid-sized cars. We’ve also witnessed an increase in demand for used premium sedans, sports utility vehicles, and rugged, all-terrain vehicles.”

Looking ahead, CarWale abSure plans to continue its expansion, with a particular focus on regions such as the Northeast, Rajasthan, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, and more through abSure Signature dealers. This strategic approach allows for a broader presence while leveraging the local expertise of franchise partners. The company remains committed to providing the convenience and reliability of CarWale services to customers in these areas, offering access to a diverse range of high-quality used cars.

Dr. Tushar Palve’s Mission Possible… Best healthcare for women

Mumbai: Covid; post-abuse trauma; breast cancer; complicated pregnancy & risky childbirth; a woman faces serious life-threatening health issues all the time. A good doctor can always help manage these peculiar health problems in women. Dr. Tushar Tatyaba Palve, superintendent of the Cama and Albless Hospital, is on a mission to provide that much-needed expert help to innumerable women patients in and around the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. He’s relentlessly pursuing his mission to ensure good health for women even before the pandemic struck us.

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Dr. Tushar Palve was appointed as the Superintendent of the Cama & Albless Hospital in March 2020 during the first wave of the Corona pandemic. As a head of the hospital and nodal officer for COVID-19, Dr. Tushar Palve went beyond the call of duty to ensure the successful treatment of about 1600 Covid patients and 60 COVID-19-infected babies with a mortality rate of a mere 0.06 percent. So much was his dedication that he was personally collecting the samples on swabs for RTPCR at Cama Hospital’s Smart OPD! Some of Dr Tushar’s commendable contributions include setting up the first HDU at the hospital, a separate oxygen plant for COVID patients, a dedicated centralized oxygen supply to every bed, and a bio-medical waste converter.

Vaccination was a critical element in winning the war against Covid. Dr Tushar Palve led from the front here as well and conducted a whopping 75 vaccination camps. The Covid Vaccination Center (CVC) vaccinated close to 1.40 lakh citizens over a period of time, thus ensuring safety for all.

In the next important step, Dr. Tushar Palve targeted the rising breast cancer issue in MMR. Breast cancer can be treated successfully if detected at an early stage. Dr Tushar Palve conducted breast cancer awareness sessions and screening camps at remote areas of Thane, Palghar, Shahapur, and underprivileged areas of Mumbai. About 430 women were screened and a whopping 20% of them had breast cancer! Thankfully they could start the treatment immediately. The screening and awareness camps are also being held at various Government offices, banks, court premises, and rural areas. These are important and helpful for women who cannot access or afford mammography and other related tests.

One of the most important and modern aspects of women’s healthcare is trauma care. Recently, Dr. Tushar Palve started a One Stop Crisis (OSC) center at Cama Hospital. The OSC focuses on providing a safer and more comfortable environment for survivors of gender-based violence. It is the first such center in a women’s hospital in Mumbai. The OSC has been set up under the Central Government’s Nirbhaya Fund. The OSC will have five beds apart from access to counselors and lawyers to assist the victims of domestic abuse. Apart from this Dr Tushar Palve led the renovation and modernization of all wards at the Cama Hospital over a period. This directly benefits the patients who get access to the latest healthcare infrastructure at the Cama hospital.

Dr. Tushar Palve also has a green thumb – he has created a Miyawaki forest within the limited space of the Cama hospital with the help of Keshav Srushti, an NGO. This Miyawaki forest is now home to a whopping 125 species of flora and fauna. The total number of trees planted and happily growing in this forest is over 8500! More importantly, this forest is maintained with great love by the authorities involved.

Dr Tushar Palve has also published several research papers on COVID-19 patient management at national and international conferences. Dr Tushar Tatyaba Palve has received awards from the Government of Maharashtra as well as Kerala for his great work.

Comment on SEBI initiative and guidelines to regulate the Small & Medium REITs and real estate fractional ownership

Quote from Mr. Shravan Gupta, founder and CEO of YOURS a platform for fractional ownership of luxury second homes

The SEBI initiative and guidelines to regulate the Small and medium REITs and real estate fractional ownership segment is welcomed as a positive and necessary step. This move signifies the strengthening of the segment and reflects increasing demand from investors.

The guidelines proposed by SEBI are crucial for formalizing the sector, instilling investor faith, and addressing the complexity of Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) securities issuances. Particularly beneficial for retail investors unfamiliar with such structures, the regulation is anticipated to contribute to the growth and acceptance of this innovative form of property ownership, aligning with established practices in developed nations.

Chief Marketing Technologists’ Summit 2023

27th  November 2023, PHD House, New Delhi: PHDCCI New-age Business Committee organized the Chief Marketing Technologists’ Summit 2023 themed Marketing in the Age of AI – Embracing the Future of Customer Engagement & Retention on 8th Nov 2023 at PHD House, New Delhi.

Mr. Nitin Jain, Co-founder & CBO, OfBusiness & Chair, PHDCCI’s New Age Business & AI Leadership acknowledged the rapid pace of technological change that everyone is experiencing daily, particularly in the one year. To keep up with these advancements, it is essential for us to gain a comprehensive understanding of artificial intelligence and become familiar with how to effectively harness it for our growth. The next stage in this evolution is generative AI, and many tools have already begun to facilitate the removal of language barriers by swiftly translating different languages, thereby enhancing communication. Furthermore, he highlighted the potential benefits of artificial intelligence, particularly for smaller companies when compared to larger enterprises. Smaller companies can adopt AI tools more rapidly and effectively.

Mr. Amitabh Nag, Chief Executive Officer, Digital India Bhashini Division (Bhashini), Digital India Corporation provided insights into the ‘Bhashini’ mission. This initiative aims to address the challenge posed by the multitude of local languages in India, which can often impede progress and development. ‘Bhashini’ is playing a crucial role in overcoming language barriers by facilitating translation across 22 languages, thereby enhancing communication between different cities and states in India.

Ms. Virginia Sharma, Head of Regional Marketing, Google Cloud, emphasized that smaller companies and startups often face challenges when it comes to attracting talent. She pointed out that artificial intelligence and its associated tools offer an effective solution for these smaller entities. This is a critical time for us to prioritize our AI needs. Ms. Sharma also highlighted the powerful capabilities of AI tools in automating various tasks that contribute to business growth. During her presentation, Ms. Sharma provided a live demonstration of how AI and Generative AI can be highly beneficial in the automation and preparation of online marketing campaigns. This includes tasks such as enhancing photo backgrounds and resolution, creating product descriptions, designing social media banners, and automating targeted email marketing, complete with translations into local languages based on the recipient’s location. All of these elements significantly enhance our return on investment (ROI). Additionally, she discussed the advantages of utilizing the cloud console for our business needs.

Ms. Amrita Thapar, Director of Marketing, Microsoft India, Japan, SE Asia pointed out that India is making significant advancements in artificial intelligence, marking a game-changing development. At the core of artificial intelligence lies machine learning, which forms the foundation. The key essence is the ability to identify data, and patterns, and formulate responses based on these insights. The next frontier in AI is Generative AI, which holds a wide range of applications. Moreover, artificial intelligence tools are playing a vital role in accelerating enterprise growth, with new tools being introduced almost daily. These tools are also enabling innovative design processes, working based on text-based instructions. Some tools facilitate the creation of polished and visually appealing PowerPoint presentations. Additionally, it’s now possible to interact with machines through conversation, allowing for efficient task completion. During her presentation, Ms. Thapar demonstrated how AI can be used to automate and customize email processes quickly.

Mr. Sandeep Dutta, Chief Practice Officer – Middle East & Asia-Pacific, Fractal, discussed the data-driven approach to AI and likened the power of AI to that of computers or the internet. He noted that we are transitioning from general AI to Generative AI. Furthermore, Mr. Dutta highlighted that AI’s benefits are now accessible across all facets of business, including supply chain, marketing, and production. With AI, businesses can gain insights into customer behavior, as every customer click provides valuable signals. Understanding and analyzing these signals are crucial for achieving better results. While some visitors may not convert into customers, AI offers the opportunity to comprehend customer behavior and facilitate growth. Mr. Dutta also emphasized that AI enables time efficiency and introduced the concept of consultative selling, where AI tools can virtually connect with potential buyers to understand their specific needs and guide them in making informed purchase decisions. During his presentation, Mr. Dutta demonstrated the “flyfish” tool, which aids in consultative selling.

Mr. Praveen Mokkapati, Lead, Telangana AI Mission (T-AIM), highlighted the organization’s commitment to pioneering new technologies, a focus they’ve maintained since 2014. He emphasized the wide-reaching benefits of AI, which extends to enterprises, B2B (business-to-business), and B2C (business-to-consumer) interactions, as well as startups and small businesses. The next stage in AI’s evolution is Generative AI, which is ushering in a significant transformation from a task-centric approach to a data-centric one. Mr. Mokkapati provided an example of tools that can create music content without infringing on copyright, underscoring their support for a company in this field. He also discussed the potential for AI to automate various tasks, such as expanding client outreach through automated outbound calling. During his presentation, he demonstrated how Generative AI can swiftly translate text from one language to another.

The summit featured an exceptional line-up of distinguished speakers who made a significant impact with their actionable insights. It also saw the participation of over 100 delegates, featured 3 expert sessions, included 12 speakers, and hosted an exclusive masterclass. The summit’s collaborating organizations included FORE School of Management, YourStory, and SiliconIndia.

Surgical Milestone: Surgeons at Aster RV Hospitals Achieve Milestone with Removal of 345 Gallstones

Bangalore, November 2023: In a groundbreaking surgical feat, surgeons at Aster RV Hospital, Bangalore successfully performed a laparoscopic cholecystectomy on Mrs. Suma (name changed), a 51-year-old woman, and removed 345 stones from her gallbladder

Led by Dr. Girish, Lead Consultant, General and GI Surgery, Aster RV Hospital, the laparoscopic cholecystectomy was conducted with precision and finesse. Despite the challenges posed by a hugely distended gallbladder and the need to extract numerous stones, the surgery was flawlessly completed.

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Throwing light on the surgery Dr Girish said, “The patient was asymptomatic for the last 10 years and developed abdominal pain for one month. Abdominal ultrasound revealed Cholelithiasis with mild cholecystitis. She underwent laparoscopic cholecystectomy under general anesthesia. Though it was a hugely distended gallbladder containing so many stones, we could extract all the stones and gallbladder through tiny 1cm incision without extending the incision. This was extremely challenging in terms of manipulating the huge gallbladder during laparoscopic surgery and extraction through keyholes without spillage”.

Dr. Shivaprasad Giliyar Srinivasa, Consultant General and GI Surgery, Aster RV Hospital, Bangalore said, “This surgery presented unique challenges, particularly due to the size of the gallbladder and the multitude of stones. Our focus was on meticulous handling and extraction to ensure a successful outcome. The teamwork and expertise displayed during this procedure were exceptional, showcasing the capabilities of modern medical science. The perioperative period was normal, and the patient is now on her way to a smooth recovery.”

Usually, between two and 100 gallstones are removed during surgery. Thus, the successful extraction of such a significant number of stones from a distended gallbladder is a rare feat.

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FACTS AND FIGURES: Gallstone disease is most common among the patients who visit the gastrointestinal outpatient department. Gallstone disease, laparoscopic cholecystectomy is the most common surgical case in the operation list in almost all hospitals. As per epidemiological studies, though,10 to 15 percent of people is found to have gallstones and out of this, only 20% of them are symptomatic and 80% will live without any symptoms. Among the above population, only 3 to 5 % of patients undergo surgery, and the rest of them ignore it and end up in complications due to a lack of awareness. Gallstones are found more in females, possibly due to high levels of estrogen which may raise the level of cholesterol in the bile- which is the trigger for gallstone formation.

Skoda Auto India launches Elegance Editions in all- new Deep Black colour for the Kushaq and Slavia

Mumbai, November 27, 2023 – Soon after introducing a slew of new and segment-first features in the Kushaq and Slavia, Škoda Auto India has announced a new, exclusive version of both these cars. Christened the Elegance Edition, both cars will be produced in a limited amount and will be available exclusively with the 1.5 TSI engine.


Speaking on the new product action, Petr Solc, Brand Director, Skoda Auto India, said, “The Elegance Edition of the Kushaq and Slavia will be launched as a limited offering. There has been a strong demand for a classic black colour on the Kushaq and Slavia. All our product actions are based on the evolving customer trends, in line with our customer-centric approach. The aesthetics, body colour and cosmetic aspects of the new, Elegance editions will appeal to customers with a keen design sense while continuing to offer immense value and pride of ownership.”

The design

The Elegance Edition offers a classic, all-new, and stunning Deep Black paint in both cars while retaining the rich chrome elements all around. Further enhancing the aesthetics in both the cars is a Chrome Lower Door Garnish and a calligraphic ‘Elegance’ inscription on the B-pillars. The Slavia further has a chrome trunk garnish and a Scuff plate with ‘Slavia’ inscribed in it. The Kushaq gets a 17-inch (43.18 cm) VEGA Dual Tone alloy design that accentuates style and its rough terrain stance, while the Slavia’s classic sedan lines are enhanced by the 16-inch (40.64 cm) Ving Alloy Wheels

The cabin

Opening the doors will reveal the prominent brand logo projection from the Škoda genuine accessories puddle lamp that adds an element of class and utility when stepping in and out of the cars. Inside, the driver is greeted by the ‘Elegance’ badge on the steering wheel. Additionally, the footwell area houses sporty aluminium pedals. Furthering the utility and aesthetics theme of the Elegance Edition, customers will get attractive textile mats and ‘Elegance’ branded cushions, seat-belt cushions as well and neck rests.

The exclusivity

The Elegance Editions of the Kushaq and Slavia will exclusively be powered by the 1.5 TSI turbo-petrol engine. Customers can choose to pair this with a 7-speed DSG automatic or a 6-speed manual. To ensure exclusivity for customers of this special edition, Škoda Auto India will manufacture a limited number of the Kushaq and Slavia Elegance Edition. They will be in the all-new Deep Black paint and are positioned above the fully-equipped, top-of-the-line Style variants.

The equipment

Both the Kushaq and Slavia will get all the new features introduced by Škoda Auto India during the festive season like electric seats for the driver and co-driver and an illuminated footwell area. The centre of the dash continues to be dominated by a 25.4 cm infotainment screen with Škoda Play Apps. The system links wirelessly with Apple Carplay and Android Auto. Also standard in the Elegance Edition is Škoda Sound with 6 Speakers plus a Subwoofer in the boot of the Kushaq and Slavia.

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The 1.5 TSI

The Kushaq — introduced in July 2021 – and the Slavia – introduced in March 2022 – are based on the made-for-India, ready-for-the-world MQB-A0-IN platform and are being exported to other right-hand drive and GCC countries. While the range also offers a 1.0 TSI, the Elegance Edition is powered by exclusively by the state-of-the-art 1.5 TSI. An advanced 1.5-litre EVO-generation powerplant, this four-cylinder turbo petrol engine makes 110 kW (150 PS) of power and 250 Nm of torque.

The turbocharger in this engine features variable vane geometry, which produces more torque at a wider range of engine speeds. The cylinder liners are plasma-coated with a layer that measures just 0.15 mm, replacing cast-iron liners in the cylinder crankcase. This reduces internal friction, which lowers fuel consumption and emissions. Through better distribution and dissipation of heat in the combustion chamber, it also lowers the thermal load on the engine. The segment-first Active Cylinder Technology (ACT) in the 1.5 TSI automatically shuts down two cylinders under a low load, further reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

The safest fleet

The Kushaq in October 2022, and the Slavia in April 2023, were the first cars manufactured in India to earn a full 5 stars for adults and children under Global NCAP’s newer, stricter crash-test protocols. The all-new Elegance Editions further add to Škoda Auto India’s 100% fleet of crash-tested cars rated 5-stars for adults and children by Global NCAP and Euro NCAP.

“Aadhya Mathur’s feelings are synonymous with the title of the show,” says Aadhya Anand while sharing about her latest on Amazon miniTV – Crushed Season 3

Mumbai, 27th November 2023: Amazon miniTV – Amazon’s free video streaming service, has been hitting the top charts with its path-breaking content library. The streaming service recently premiered the third installment of one of its most loved romantic series, Crushed. After the success of two seasons, the show made a spectacular comeback and viewers have been loving it ever since. Created by Dice Media, this series has been directed by Mandar Kurundkar. This picturesque series features Naman Jain, Arjun Deswal, and Urvi Singh, along with Aadhya Anand. The third season of Crushed encapsulates the journey of these teenagers as they prepare to spend a month in Dehradun as part of an exchange program after taking their class 10th and 11th exams.

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Aadhya shares about her experience working with her co-stars, she said, “It’s always great working with co-stars who are great friends. It’s an extended holiday and celebration all the time. Being the youngest, they have always been there for me in every possible way. Set life is a party with them.”

On being asked about what the audience can expect from the third season of this beloved series, she mentioned, “I honestly feel Aadhya Mathur’s feelings are synonymous with the title of the show, ‘Crushed’. As the seasons unfold, she consistently grapples with emotional turmoil in her life. However, a significant shift occurs in Season 3 as a streak of confidence, strength, and decision-making takes center stage. Amidst a spectrum of emotions, she resolves to assert herself and refuses to allow others to undermine her.”

Crushed Season 3 is currently streaming exclusively on Amazon miniTV available on Amazon’s shopping app, on Fire TV, and on Play Store.

Seagram’s Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films presents Select Films, Select Conversations

Gurugram, 27th November 2023: A pioneer in the short film format in India, Seagram’s Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films presents Select Films, Select Conversations. The celebrated short film platform has always recognized and fostered a creative environment encouraging brilliance in short-format filmmaking. Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films over the years has won 6 Filmfare awards and Oscar qualifications which has made the platform the largest and most credible destination for short films in India. Through this interactive activation platform, the brand aims to foster a creative environment for artists in the industry in two unique and engaging formats with host Mandira Bedi.

The On-Ground format: This live format travels to three hubs in India – Gurugram, Kolkata, and Pune – bringing together some of the most dynamic and discerning film artists from Indian cinema for an evening of engaging discussions, interactive conversations, and screenings of some of the select movies from the celebrated short film platform, Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films

The On-Air format: A unique chat show concept spread across three episodes, where five prominent voices from the film industry – Jim Sarbh, Vijay Verma, Kalki Koechlin, Huma Qureshi, and Sujoy Ghosh – discuss all things cinema with host Mandira Bedi. The On-air Episodes will be launched with the brand’s streaming partners, Jio Cinema

The first of three on-ground events took place at DLF Club, Phase IV, Gurugram on Saturday, November 25. During the evening, host Mandira Bedi held an engaging conversation with Vijay Varma, Huma Qureshi, Kalki Koechlin, and Swanand Kirkire. ‘Short Films – The Select Choice’ being the theme of the evening, the discussions revolved around the evolution of Indian cinema, the diversity of genres, and the short film format. It covered the evolution of the cinematic landscape from full-length Feature films to Short Films, OTT, and Anthologies. The conversation received immense engagement from the audience present at the event. This was followed by the screening of select Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films.

Seagram’s Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films

Commenting on the ideology behind the activation platform, Kartik Mohindra, CMO, Pernod Ricard India, said, “Through the years, Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films has evolved, creating an ecosystem that brings world class storytelling to curious and discerning audiences, thus becoming ‘the’ destination for Indian short films. Select Films, Select Conversations, the brand’s interactive platform, is an embodiment of this ideology, where we seek to explore the originality and creativity of the short film format and set it in the context of cinema today.”

Speaking about her association with the platform as the host, actress Mandira Bedi said, “I am thrilled to be associated with Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films. Getting to interact with different storytellers, artistes and understanding their diverse perspectives on cinema is a wonderful opportunity. I’m looking forward to all the riveting conversations, behind-the-scenes stories about the short film universe, and the interactions with #TheSelectOnes.”

Actor Vijay Varma said, “It really feels nice to be a part of this unique platform provided by Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films. Any opportunity that brings together artists and stirs up conversations around cinema is precious to me. It’s a great learning experience.”

Lyricist and Actor Swanand Kirkire spoke about the platform, sharing, “The Indian film industry has evolved tremendously since the time I started my career. There are so many different kinds of films being made and appreciated today. When it comes to short films, Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films has been a real game-changer. The platform brings out the brilliance of short films like nothing else. I am happy to be associated with them in their endeavor to foster a creative environment for artists in this industry.”

Actor Huma Qureshi said, “I am so happy to see Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films curate an evening where select artistes and storytellers known for their craft come together under one roof and talk all things cinema. From discussing different genres to personal processes, it is absolutely amazing to be a part of this. I look forward to more such opportunities in the future!”

Actor Kalki Koechlin shared, “With the changing content consumption patterns in today’s world, it’s an exciting time for cinema in India. I feel it is a transformational time for our industry and it is platforms like these that bring about the positive shift. I am delighted to have the opportunity to delve deeper into the world of cinema thanks to Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films.”

After successfully kicking off in Gurugram, Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films is set to travel to Kolkata and Pune in December 2023. This will be followed by the release of on-air episodes.

Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films:

Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films has become ‘the’ destination for Indian short films where viewers can experience the taste of great films. The platform has collaborated with successful storytellers who truly stand for originality and creativity. Large Short Films has evolved to create an ecosystem for aspiring and established directors alike to bring world-class storytelling to curious and deciphering audiences.

Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films has released some of the most prodigious and award-winning short films with renowned artists and directors from the industry which truly reflects originality, imagination, and perfection. Ahalya, Chutney, Devi, and Anukul are just some of the phenomenal films that have been released on this platform. Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films as a platform for original short films has been the pioneer in popularizing this genre of filmmaking.