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An eclectic blend of fashion, films, art, music, and the human spirit at CFBP Consumer Film Festival 2021

It was a celebration of human spirit in every way, at the recently concluded CFBP Consumer Film Festival’s Awards Night, at the Taj Land’s End, Bandra, Mumbai. Running into its fourth year now, this initiative by Council for Fair Business Practices (CFBP) celebrates everything, from art to films, fashion and various social causes.

With a host of competitions such as painting, slogan writing, short films, and more, the event was an exciting soiree for the guests who created beautiful memories of the evening. Keeping the ‘never say die’ attitude alive.

Last year, this mega event was supported by the living legend, Mr Ratan Tata and the iconic Mr Adi Godrej, who need no introduction. This year, our endeavours are supported by the likes of the dynamic philanthropist Smt Rajashree Birla and the illustrious Mr Anand Mahindra. CFBP is headed by Swapnil Kothari – President CFBP; and the Film Festival initiative is supported by Shekhar Bajaj and chaired by Kiren Shrivastav (Founder Fempowerment & CEO Molecule).

The entries were judged by a very credible and interesting mix of Jury which comprise a wide range of eminent personalities, including prominent names such as Justice B.N. Srikrishna, Prakash Jha, CA Nihar N Jambusaria (President ICAI), Dolly Thakore, Minhaz Merchant (Author & Publisher), Juhi Chaturvedi (Film Writer), Prof. Vishwanath Sabale (Dean Sir J J School of Art) and Avinash Kaul (CEO Network 18-Broadcast, MD A+E Networks TV18). Swapnil Kothari – President CFBP; and Shekhar Bajaj – Founder member CFBP and MD of Bajaj Electricals and chairperson of the Film Festival Kiren Shrivastav.

Swapnil Kothari President CFBP applauded the event and stated “In its fourth chapter, The CFBP Consumer Film Festival is one of the flagship events proving to be a blockbuster every year and increasing the profile and reach of the organisation. With entries from New Zealand and Singapore apart from India, it is fanning the flames of CFBP’S ambition to be known across the globe. With all the efforts of a capable team at our command, I am certain that together we shall scale greater heights”.

Renowned actor, winner of 8 Filmfare Awards and two National Film Awards, Padmashree and Padmabhushan Awardee Mr Anupam Kher was the chief guest and graced the occasion with his presence and said “This Fashion Show by Shaina was a felicitation of 35 empowered women under the aegis of CFBP (Council for Fair Business Practices) led by its dynamic president Swapnil Kothari. Shaina curated a perfect picture of Beauty with substance in the graceful form of achievers. Congratulations to CFBP Consumer Film Festival and Shaina for giving this platform to all the women”

 Famous fashion designer, politician, and social worker, Shaina NC unveiled her collection with a spectacular fashion show that had women achievers walk the ramp, celebrating womanhood in all its glory. Zeba Kohli (Chocolatier), Shilpa Bhagat (Mrs India Worldwide 2013 ), Paulami Chakraborty (Editor, Artist and Dancer), Suneeta Agrawal (Chairperson Motilal Oswal Foundation), Rajyalaxmi Rao, Dr Nivedita Shreyans, Gaurie Pandit Dwivedi, Nirali Bhatia, Anshita Asnani, Payal Kothari (Advocate and Solicitor) and many more powerful women walked the runway for Shaina NC looking elegant as ever in her exotic creations. Dr Mickey Mehta said beautiful shlok in context to women empowerment and Popular Bollywood singer and winner of India’s Raw Star, Rituraj Mohanty, regaled guests with his soulful voice and beautiful renditions of his melodies.

Kiren Shrivastav, the Chairperson of the CFBP Consumer Film Festival and Founder, Fempowerment Awards had put together a remarkable event, which truly encompassed the grit, determination, and courage of human beings, especially women, who shine and emerge victorious in the face of adversities. Kiren said “Every Empowered woman can empower a family to change the world to be a better place. It’s truly heartening and motivating to see that this year, through our consumer film festival we received so many entries on women empowerment, especially from young students! I am very grateful to all our jury members for their strong support in selecting the best and taking out time from their busy schedules to be part of this humble endeavour. This year we had more than 1000 entries from all across India and other countries, we are only growing each year to reach every corner of the world!

With participants for the competition growing each year, this year saw a surge with its popularity reaching across the globe as well. With 1,028 entries right from a 6 year old student to 60 year old professional, from all over India and other countries, the event had reached across borders and beyond. The winners were thrilled to receive the awards.

The winners were:

Short Film:

  • Haqeeqat – Nitin Kumar Bararia (Kolkata) – 1st prize winner
  • Late Night Taxi- Harry Khalsa & Kahanikar Saromi (Delhi) – 2nd prize
  • Laal daag – Sarcastic Studio (Kolkata) – Special mention

Painting above 18:

  • Arpit Verma (Lucknow) – 1st prize
  • Nisha Verma (Delhi)- 2nd prize

Painting below 18:

  • Lizal Jack (Mumbai) – 1st prize
  • Shivani Nayampali (Mumbai) – 2nd prize

Slogan below 18:

  • Suhani Agarwal (Mumbai) -1st prize
  • Aryan Indra (Mumbai) – 2nd prize

Slogan above 18:

  • Anish Anand (UP) – 1st prize
  • Janice Lobo (Mumbai) – 2nd prize

CFBP is a humble endeavour to reach in the farthest corner of our beautiful country, bring out talent from far and wide offering it a platform to showcase and grow.

GoKwik heralds the D2C movement by launching ‘GoKwik Shopping Festival’: Ropes in Actors Esha Deol, Zareen Khan, Rithvik Dhanjani, Krystal Dsouza and Kiku Sharda to #CelebrateD2C

GoKwik an e-commerce enablement company has announced GoKwik Shopping Festival (GSF) from 3rd-5th December. GoKwik Shopping Festival is India’s first-ever shopping festival exclusively designed for D2C brands. With GSF, GoKwik aims to further drive the growing D2C movement in India. The festival will bring together leading D2C brands such as The Man Company, Man Matters, Beardo, Plix Life, Limeroad, Be Bodywise, Noise, Neeman’s, Fabric Pandit, Faces Canada, Zapvi, Otipy, Casekaro, Oziva, Sanfe, Melangebox, BoAt, The Souled Store, Arata, Freecultr, Chemist At play, Welly, Supertails, Damensch, Evolve snacks, Assembly, Almo, Setu, Zymrat and many more under one roof.

 

With GSF, brands will get access to a pool of new customers and will be able to communicate their offerings to them directly. Customers will also be able to enjoy heavy discounts of up to 60% exclusive on CoD and UPI orders on their favourite products across beauty, fashion, grooming, health and wellness, electronics, essentials, footwear and more. Apart from discounts, the festival will also see some new product launches by leading brands. The three-day festival aims to cement the customer relationship with D2C brands and help to increase their Gross Merchandise Value (GMV) by 4x while aiming to increase conversion by 2x.

 

India is seeing a D2C revolution as many customers across Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 and even Tier 4 cities and towns are now preferring to shop directly from the brand’s website. Given this GoKwik has also launched the #CelebrateD2C campaign and roped in actors Esha Deol, Zareen Khan, Rithvik Dhanjani, Krystle D’Souza, Simran Dhanwani and Kiku Sharda to promote & draw attention to these new-age brands. This campaign celebrates the magnanimity of D2C brands and their lightning-fast growth. It also aims to bring D2C brands together in an attempt to create a unified D2C ecosystem.

 

Commenting on this festival, Chirag Taneja, Founder & CEO, GoKwik, said, “We have always been about celebrating D2C. As the D2C ecosystem is thriving more than ever, we couldn’t wait to celebrate the massive growth and evolution this sector has seen. Every brand is giving its unique contribution to the overall economy of India and supporting these brands is of prime importance to us. With GoKwik Shopping Festival, we are attempting to further broaden their horizon and offer them a platform to meet their customers in an unrestrained, unique and first of its kind way. We are positive this will be beneficial for both brands and customers and will further strengthen the standing of the D2C eCommerce space.”

 

Marmik Mankodi, Director – Marketing at Mosaic Wellness said, “It brings us immense pleasure to be partnering with a D2C industry enabler like GoKwik in their flagship shopping festival. We expect to grow our new customers by ~2x during this shopping festival. While attracting new customers to the platform is essential, the fest also sheds light on how different brands have evolved & created beautiful D2C business.”

 

Taran Chhabra, Founder, Neeman’s, said, “We are excited to be part of the GoKwik Shopping Festival. The festival looks promising, and with it, we hope to reach a significantly newer customer base. Also, people will get a chance to explore Neeman’s different range of footwear that is designed to make them and the planet look good.”

 

Hitesh Sharma, Head DTC, Faces Canada said, “We are excited that the D2C category ecosystem is finally becoming strong. This event is testimony to this. We look at this event as an opportunity to reach the large community of online shoppers”.

 

GoKwik believes in a ‘Merchant-First’ philosophy. With its initial products, GoKwik has been solving two very crucial problems, Return to Origin (RTO) and Conversion Rates, for eCommerce players including traditionally offline businesses, new age D2C brands, and large marketplaces. GoKwik uses its proprietary AI/ML models to help reduce Return to Origin (RTO orders) & increase Cash on Delivery (CoD) conversion rates and its checkout and UPI solutions help improve checkout conversion rates ensuring higher GMV realization, increased profitability, reduced Customer Acquisition Cost (CAC), and increased delivery rates. Clients like The Man Company, Man Matters, Bodywise, Vmart, and V2Retail are already seeing a reduction in RTO after deploying GoKwik’s proprietary AI/ML solutions. 

 

GoKwik has recently raised INR 112 crores ($15 Million) in a Series A round led by Sequoia Capital India.

Costa Coffee opens its first-ever 24*7 flagship store in Gurugram

Costa Coffee, the world’s second largest coffee chain, managed and operated by Devyani International Limited (DIL) in India, today announced its expansion in Delhi NCR region with the launch of its first ever 24*7 flagship store in Gurugram in a never-seen-before design. Strategically located in the heart of the city, at DLF Galleria Market, one of the prominent shopping areas of Gurugram, the new store will bring the authentic Costa experience on all channels – Dine-in, Takeaway and Delivery to be primarily led by an all-women team.

 

Speaking on the launch, Mr. Virag Joshi, President and CEO, Devyani International Limited said, The flagship store in Gurugram marks an important milestone in the brand expansion journey and will set the pace for future in making the Costa experience more accessible, exciting and interesting for coffee lovers, especially in Delhi NCR region. As a valued franchise partner of the brand, DIL is excited to grow the Costa brand in India and extend its strong coffee heritage built on passion and perfection, known and loved world over.”

 

“It gives us immense pride to launch this store with women team at the core. DIL remains committed to creating and strengthening opportunities for women and fostering diversity across all our brands – KFC and Pizza Hut where all-women teams have already been leading successful restaurant operations for some of the stores.” he added.

 

Mr. Sundeep Chugh, CEO, Costa Coffee, Devyani International Limited said, “We are delighted to launch our flagship store in Gurugram, which would be our second store in the city—but one which will offer many firsts from the brand. We want to meaningfully expand into cities and neighborhoods where we feel our customers want to see us. Gurugram has grown not only as a city but also as a conglomeration of people who not only enjoy but also understand and appreciate great coffee. And we feel proud to be able to serve our offering here in an exciting new design that aims to deliver an elevated experience and responds to the evolving appetite for fresh ways to enjoy coffee.”

 

New Breakfast Menu

The store will offer customers a wide range of Costa Coffee beverage offerings using our exclusive Mocha Italia blend. This includes our espresso-based beverages such as Flat White, Cappuccino, Americanos, Latte, Mocha and Cortado. The store will also have our limited edition Tiramisu flavored drinks to ring in the Christmas season along with our signature creamy and indulgent hot chocolate.

 

With the launch of this store, an enhanced food menu, freshly made every day, will be available throughout the day featuring delicious new entrants such as Pancakes with a variety of toppings to make it a hearty breakfast or dessert. This comes along with our existing menu of savory and sweet delights which consists of sandwiches, wraps, pastries, cakes, ice-cream desserts and cookies.

 

The store also introduced a dedicated range of breakfast options such as Pancakes, Bun Omelette, Croissant, Egg white, Cheese and Chicken Ham in Multigrain Croissant and many exciting dishes on the menu. Consumers can even pair coffee with some of their breakfast favorites as breakfast meal available at a special price.

 

New Store Design

The new store boasts an evolved interior design with a coffee first approach anchored on Costa’s brand purpose – “To inspire the world to love great coffee.”  The new interiors are lighter, brighter and more human and aim to deliver a warm and welcoming store environment, in keeping with the feel Costa are known and loved for, whilst evolving the interior to suit the needs of the metropolitan customer.

 

The detail and handcrafted approach to the store design reflects Costa’s heritage and passion for coffee at every touchpoint and is graphically reflected through wallpaper, art and installations. The new hand-drawn pattern of wallpaper, which gives the store an elevated and premium look, is inspired by the growth of the coffee plant and the destinations in which Costa’s coffee beans are grown. A second wall installation consists of layering laser cut latte art stencils of various scales to give a handcrafted feel.

 

Intuitive seating zones have been introduced for different customer mindsets and times of day, with more upholstered seating. Screens have been introduced to give a sense of privacy to the seats. Customers can also enjoy free Wi-Fi 24×7 at the store while relishing their favorite coffee and food. The new store will also offer branded merchandise including the coffee tumblers and our signature Mocha Italia Blend.

With this launch Costa Coffee strengthens its presence with a total of 50 stores across all formats covering high street, shopping malls, airports, hospitals, corporates & highways. This new flagship store follows the recent store openings in Kochi, Mohali and Bengaluru which came after Devyani International Ltd. formalized an extension of its partnership with Costa Coffee for a five-year period with pan- India development rights in a phased manner.

 

 

The Livaeco GlobalSpa Fit & Fab Awards 2021 successfully marks the fourth chapter of the wellness festival

Another successful chapter of the Livaeco GlobalSpa Fit & Fab Awards 2021 took place on 2nd December in Mumbai. Brought together by Parineeta Sethi, the Chief Editor and Publisher GlobalSpa, the resounding night celebrated the festival of wellness in its all glory! 
 
The award show honoured various health icons, raising the bar in the fitness world and creating a stir in their area of expertise. The wellness entrepreneur, Shilpa Shetty, won the GlobalSpa Fit & Fab Fitness and Wellness Icon of the Decade. Meanwhile, the leading star Tamannaah bagged the GlobalSpa Fit & Fab PAN-India Entertainer. 
 
The show also honoured the legendary actress Raveena Tandon with GlobalSpa Fit & Fab Iconic Diva Award and star tennis player Mahesh Bhupathi and Lara Dutta with GlobalSpa Fit & Fab Power Couple title. Besides them, Mouni Roy, Manushi Chhillar, Aayush Sharma, Aahana Kumra, Hina Khan, Arjun Kanugo, Amyra Dastur, and Krishika Lulla – to name a few – received awards. 
 
Meanwhile, the founder of Sarva Yoga Studios – Sarvesh Shashi, social media influencer – Saachi Bhasin Daga, Environmentalist & Fashion Mentor – Amy Billimoria and entrepreneur Suren Joshi, among others, were also honoured. The star-studded event was graced by many leading personalities across fields. 
 
While speaking about the gala event, Parineeta Sethi said, “I am so proud to have successfully marked the fourth chapter of the GlobalSpa Fit & Fab Awards. The wellness show is an extension of our motto of promoting a healthy lifestyle among people and celebrating the icons who are doing it all with excellence. I congratulate all the winners and wish them the best of luck for the future.” 
 
The celebrated actor-host Sophie Choudry hosted the event, who looked a pure vision to behold in her golden dress. The co-host for the evening was the leading comedian-actor Nitinn R Miranni. This year’s GlobalSpa Fit & Fab Awards also showcased the sustainable line of clothing, Liveaeco by Gabriella Demetriades. 
 
Meanwhile, GlobalSpa will also organize a Wellfest as a part of the overall festival. It will feature insightful panel discussions on various lifestyle and health subjects.

Capsicum Kitchens launches first showroom in Bengaluru

Capsicum Kitchens, a Bengaluru-based modular kitchens and wardrobe design and execution company announced the launch of their first showroom. The company offers high-quality kitchens and wardrobes at affordable prices. The new facility featuring the company’s product portfolio and services is now open for business in the heart of Bengaluru in Koramangala.

Along with personalised design options from expert designers, Capsicum Kitchens provides transparent pricing policies, exceptional quality standards and hassle-free deliveries. The pricing for modular kitchens starts at 1 Lakh rupees and wardrobes at 40,000 rupees. Capsicum Kitchen’s sole aim is to provide homemakers a seamless experience of buying modular kitchens, while delivering state-of-the-art products and solutions at the end-consumer’s doorstep.

Commenting on this launch, Mr. Shashank Singh, Founder & CEO, Capsicum Kitchens, says “We are excited to announce the launch of our first showroom in Koramangala, Bengaluru. Our aim is to bridge the gap between the organised and unorganised sectors by means of an efficient franchise-based business model that prioritises uncompromised quality above all. Most leading Indian kitchen brands are priced in the mid to high range, we on the other hand are looking to ensure uncompromised quality products at transparent and affordable price points. Our endeavour is to reach the maximum middle-class households who aspire to own personalised modular kitchens and wardrobes.”

Capsicum Kitchens plans to open multiple stores in Bengaluru over the next few months, targeting over 20 by the end of 2022.

‘Puressentiel Purifying Air Spray’ an essential requirement for your home

Pollution has been a concern for us Indians more so over the past few years with the AQI rising above hazardous. It is well known that outdoor polluted air can cause irreversible damage to the respiratory system. However Indoor air pollution is 100 times more hazardous than the toxic outdoors.

 Indians spend 85% of their time indoors either at home, office or while commuting. Common factors at home and office such as tobacco smoke, synthetic cleaning chemical products, HVAC, heating, and electrical appliances cause pollutants that degrade the quality of the air indoors. Dust mites, fungi, viruses, bacteria, and molds, starting from the kitchen to the bathroom, can cause long-term health ramifications.  

 The Pandemic has declared indoor spaces to be unhygienic and breeder of the virus. Sharing an enclosed space cannot be avoided and thus ventilation is the foremost step. It is only due to the pandemic we have recognized the importance of hygiene both personal and in our surroundings. Even though this is beyond just the pandemic and can be narrowed down to our bad habits as humans.

 It must be a priority to maintain and refresh the indoor air we breathe. Essentials Oils are a natural plant-based pollution-free solution. Essential oils at the molecular level contain active nutrients like antioxidants, terpenes, and esters which upon inhalation signal the brain and nerves to provide instant relief. Over 10,000 known aromatic components explain why their therapeutic arsenal is so extremely varied and extensively developed. Many essential oils have powerful cleansing properties, whether they are bactericidal, virucidal or fungicidal: tea tree, atlas cedar, lemon, cypress, eucalyptus, lavender, pine, ravintsara, rosemary, thyme, etc..

 Puressentiel – the Efficacy of Nature: is a French family-owned, Aromatherapy brand since 2005. Clinically tested and Patented Ready to Use products for your daily ‘health’ concerns. The 100% Plant Essential Oils-based brand is focused on eco-friendly sourcing and sustainability for quick remedies suitable for the whole family. Launched in India in the midst of Covid in 2020 the brand has witnessed a great response with word of mouth and a loyal customer profile.

 The Puressentiel – Air Purifying Spray with its unique 41 pure and natural essential oils blend has been clinically proved to kill 99.9% virus, bacteria, and dust mites. The Patented formula, also tested on mild to moderate asthmatic patients, has no synthetic perfume or propellant gas. A few sprays in an enclosed space like bedroom, bathroom, car, office, elevator, or even inside the aircraft before flying will keep the air purified and fresh for upto 8 hours and keep you and your family protected indoors. The product also won The best new product launch of The Healthy Awards UK 2020.

 Available online on Amazon and  www.idfsshop.com and offline at all Foodhalls’ make sure you try the product to see the benefits for yourself.