Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Chopra vs Chopra: Parineeti beats Priyanka at the box office

Bubbly Parineeti Chopra will romance intense Sushant Singh Rajput in YRF's next Shuddh Desi Romance. By the first look the setting seems to be that of a small town. Parineeti aces the act of candid-yet-romantic girl. Sushant Singh Rajput and Parineeti to set the screen on fire? Browse through

While Priyanka Chopra's much-hyped remake of 1973 film Zanjeer couldn't really take off at the box-office, Parineeti Chopra's Shuddh Desi Romance picked up, thanks to the positive word of mouth.

Zanjeer remake made on the budget of approx Rs. 70 cr garnered approx Rs. 3.75-4 crore on Friday.

Shuddh Desi Romance on the other hand earned approx 7 cr at the box office. It was made on a budget of approx Rs. 30 cr.

"This week?s new release ? Zanjeer failed to perform up to the mark on its Day 1 i.e. 1st Friday at the Domestic Box Office. Despite getting a wider release, the film saw a below average occupancy not just in the morning and afternoon shows but the entire day! As per early estimates, Zanjeer made a business of about 3.75-4 crores yesterday, which is quite disappointing," writes trade website Koimoi.com.

Shuddh Desi Romance on the other hand, has managed to woo the audience with its out-of-the-box treatment.

"As per early estimates, Shuddh Desi Romance managed to rake in approx 7.75-8 crores at the Domestic Box Office on Day 1 i.e. 1st Friday," according to the trade website.

"#ShuddhDesiRomance is going from strength to strength. Friday *early trends* seems like 7 cr+. SUPERB!" Tweeted trade analyst Taran Adarsh.

CRITICS' TAKE
Anupama Chopra's review: Shuddh Desi Romance
I don?t know about you but for me a good film is like a tequila shot ? I get giddy on it. And when a Bollywood film gives me a high, I feel like screaming from the rooftops. I loved Shuddh Desi Romance and I think you will too. READ REVIEW

Shuddh Desi Romance is an honest love story with a desi touch, say critics
Shuddh Desi Romance, starring Parineeti Chopra and Sushant Singh Rajput is not a typical romcom. It captures the lives of ordinary people who live in the fear of commitment and yet dare to take the leap for love every time, feel movie critics. READ ON



Anupama Chopra's review: Zanjeer, a ramshackle remake

There are some things that I never thought I would see in a movie ? like Vijay and Sher Khan playing a video game. Let me explain. Vijay is Hindi cinema?s original angry young man. When he was a child, his parents were brutally murdered before his eyes. REVIEW INSIDE

Critics' verdict: Zanjeer high on performances, low on content
Another remake - Apoorva Lakhia's Zanjeer is said to be a tribute to the Amitabh Bachchan-starrer 1973 film. The film has been riding high on promotion circuit. MORE INSIDE

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Five states to go to polls after Diwali

The Election Commission (EC) will announce post-Diwali dates for polls in five states by the end of September.

Delhi will go to polls along with Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram as the winter begins. These assembly elections are being touted as the semi-finals before the country?s general elections in April-May 2014.

Except for Mizoram, Congress and BJP are pitted directly against each other in these states.

While Delhi has had Sheila Dikshit of Congress in power for 15 years, the BJP has been ruling Madhya Pradesh for a decade. In Rajasthan, the Congress trumped BJP in the 2008 assembly elections.

Official sources said polls in Delhi, Mizoram, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh would be held in a single phase but on different dates to enable security personnel to move from one location to another.

Polls in Chhattisgarh may be held in two phases, with Maoist-affected districts going to elections on a different date.

?We are all set. The polls will be held after the festival (Diwali) season,? a senior EC official told Hindustan Times.

Diwali falls on November 2. Officials said polling would start from mid-November for different states and will continue till the first week of December. The counting of votes in all states will happen simultaneously in mid-December to end the poll process before Christmas.

While the tenure of the Delhi assembly is expiring on December 17, the term of the Madhya Pradesh assembly ends on December 12. Mizoram assembly's term expires on December 16, Rajasthan on December 31 and Chhattisgarh on January 4.

Chief election commissioner VS Sampath along with election commissioners HS Brahma and Nasim Zaidi has held meetings with chief electoral officers and home ministry officials regarding the preparations.

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Sunday, 8 September 2013

Review: Nokia Lumia 720

Ever since the Finnish company decided to join forces with Microsoft, Nokia has been steadily releasing a slew of Windows Phones into the market covering various price points. We have seen devices like the Lumia 920 and the Lumia 820 in the past, which took care of the high-end of the market and phones such as the Lumia 520 and the Lumia 620, which are covering the low-end.

Today we have the Lumia 720 with us, which sits bang in the middle of Nokia�?s Lumia range and is a mid-range device with enough features to attract those who don�?t want to spend too much but want something more than a budget device. Let�?s see how well it performs.

Design

Nokia has history of making great looking and the Lumia 720 is no different. The phone takes on the appearance of the more expensive Lumia 920 and looks really good, particularly the red version pictured here. Unlike some of the other Lumia models, the 720 has a unibody construction and the polycarbonate on the back fuses effortlessly with the glass on the front.

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The front has the Gorilla Glass 2 stretching from top to bottom and housing the display roughly in the middle. As with the previous Lumia phones, there is a sizable bezel around the screen, particularly below with the three keys, and it does tend to make the display look smaller than it is. Above the display are the earpiece and the front facing camera.

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On the right, the phone has the volume control keys, power keys and two-step camera shutter key. Having the power key on the side instead of the top is convenient but having it on same side as the volume keys means you often end up pressing one when you want the other. Having it on the other side would have reduced the confusion.

On top is the 3.5mm headphone jack. Since the phone has a unibody design, the card slots are on the outside, with the micro SIM slot on top and microSD slot on the left, both operated using the provided tool. On the bottom is the micro USB port.

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On the back is the 5 megapixel camera with an LED flash. A secondary microphone can be seen just above the flash. Near the bottom are the connectors for the snap-on wireless charging cover and loudspeaker. The snap-on cover is a separately sold accessory and not part of the standard equipment. It adds extra size and bulk to the phone, not to mention makes it look worse, for the convenience of wireless charging.

The hardware has a nice feel and fits well in your hand. The matte red unit we received looked nice but was a tad slippery, which was exacerbated by the curvy body. The phone, however, feels rock solid despite the plastic construction and should be able to take a few drops without any issues.

Overall the design and build of the Lumia 720 are very impressive and although it is only a mid-range device it has a premium feel to it that surpasses that of many expensive phones.

Display

The Lumia 720 has a 4.3-inch, 800 x 480 resolution ClearBlack LCD. The ClearBlack technology improves outdoor visibility by employing a polarizing filter that makes the display easier to see even under direct sunlight.

The 720 also uses a couple of software tweaks to improve the visibility under bright light by changing the color and brightness of the panel. The image no longer looks natural but if you�?re just trying to look at text or a map under sunlight then it shouldn�?t be too much of an issue.

Lastly, the Lumia 720 also employs the super-sensitive touch that we first saw on the Lumia 920. Once enabled, this lets you use the touchscreen even through gloves or pretty much anything, for that matter.

Speaking of image quality, the display on the Lumia 720 is actually quite good. The colors, brightness, contrast, viewing angles and sunlight legibility are all impressive. Only issue is the WVGA resolution, which makes some of the fonts look rough, especially while scrolling. Still, for most parts the display on the Lumia 720 is quite satisfactory.

Hardware, Software and Performance

The Lumia 720 runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8227 SoC with a 1GHz dual-core Krait CPU and Adreno 305 GPU. In terms if memory, it has 512MB of RAM and 8GB of storage space, out of which only about 3GB is available to the user. You�?ll be glad to know then that the phone also has a microSD card slot. In terms of connectivity, the phone has 3G/HSPA, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ab/g/n, NFC, A-GPS and GLONASS.

The software is the same old Windows Phone 8. Released over a year ago now, the OS is already starting to feel long in the tooth and Microsoft�?s glacial pace at updating it isn�?t helping matters. In its current version, Windows Phone would have been great four years ago but feels severely out of touch with what�?s going on in the rest of the smartphone world. Whatever is the next version it couldn�?t come soon enough.

Beyond the core operating system, Nokia has usual has installed its own range of apps and service. There is the excellent Nokia Here maps application, along with turn-by-turn voice navigation with Nokia Drive. Then there is the Nokia Music service for free streaming of Indian and international music, Cinemagraph for taking pictures with moving elements, Panorama for, well, panorama shots, Smart Shoot that takes multiple shots and lets you choose the best one, and a couple of others. Nokia has also installed a few third party apps, such as BIGFLIX, BookMyShow, Cosmopolitan, Hike, TripAdvisor and Zomato. As usual, you can choose to uninstall all of these, if you wish.

Nokia�?s applications are what set their Windows Phone devices apart from everyone else�?s (that and the fact that every else seems to have pretty much given up at this point). Nokia does a good job of making up for Microsoft�?s inadequacies to quite an extent.

Unfortunately, Nokia can�?t make up for everything and as before, Windows Phone still lags behind when it comes to third party apps. It�?s disappointing that even after three years this is still an issue but that�?s just how it is. If you�?re not a big app or games person and only need the basic apps to get through your day, you should be fine. More demanding users would still be advised to look at iOS or Android.

In terms of performance, the Lumia 720 is in line with other Windows Phone devices. The UI is as smooth as ever, although occasionally it would hiccup in odd places. The menu in the camera app, for example, always lagged every time it was brought up.

As with other Lumia phones, the 720 comes with additional options in the Settings menu, such as for the display and network settings. These are not part of the core OS and added separately by Nokia through. Due to this, there is a distinct lag when you open them, complete with a loading screen. On surface, they look like any other settings item so the lag is likely to confuse an average user who doesn�?t know what Nokia has been up to. It would be better if Nokia works on making the integration more seamless by getting rid of the loading screens.

The Lumia 720 comes with 512MB of RAM, which other than making a handful of apps incompatible with the device also makes it easy to run out of memory during multitasking. It�?s not difficult to choke the phone by running a few apps in the background while web browsing. This usually results in the phone either closing the apps or closing browser tabs.

Performance in gaming is a mixed bag. In certain games such as Temple Run there was noticeable lag whereas Asphalt 7: Heat worked fine. It really depends upon the developers and how they optimize their apps. Unfortunately, most of them don�?t really bother, which negatively affects the overall gaming performance.

Multimedia

The Lumia 720 has a 6.7 megapixel camera, which is a rather odd resolution to have. The main attraction is the camera aperture, which at f/1.9 is the widest on a mobile phone camera till date. What this should result in is some good low-light photography and shallow depth of field.

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In terms of image quality, the Lumia 720 acquits itself quite well. Nokia is one of the best around when it comes to camera quality but it�?s good to see the expertise trickle down to mid-range offerings as well. The images from the 720 are fairly detailed and noise-free with natural colors and sharpness. The large aperture doesn�?t really result in a particularly shallow depth of field compared to phones with smaller apertures but then that is expected from such a small lens.

In lowlight, the camera once again delivers impressive results, with genuinely usable images, helped no doubt by the wide aperture allowing more light in than on most camera phones. Of course, the aperture alone can�?t do much, so it�?s good that Nokia has paired the optics with a good sensor as well. Low light images look pretty decent and have a surprisingly low-amount of noise.

Videos were once again quite good. The phone records 720p videos, which, other than the usual wobble associated with a lack of stabilization of any kind, were sharp and smooth.

The audio video performance is on par with other Windows Phone devices. The music player still won�?t let you play FLAC files and the video player cannot play anything other than MP3, that too without subtitle support. This barebones experience may have made sense back in 2007 when the iPhone was announced but not anymore. The fact that you don�?t even have decent apps to make up for this functionality makes things worse.

The audio quality of the 720 is pretty good, both through the headphones as well as the loudspeaker. The single loudspeaker, despite its position is pretty loud even if you keep it on a surface. The headphone output can be altered as Nokia bundles an equalizer app within the main settings although it�?s best to leave them disabled. Nokia also bundles a pair of earphones with the phone but they have to be perhaps the worse I�?ve ever heard and don�?t ever deserve to be taken out of the box.

Battery Life

The Lumia 720 has a non-removable 2,000mAh battery. The battery size is the same as the one in the Lumia 920 and even bigger than what HTC provides with the 8X. Considering the slower processor, this has a profound effect on battery life. With regular usage, the Lumia 720 could get about two days of battery life, which has become incredibly rare these days. Even with heavy usage you�?d still get over a day of usage, which is still pretty awesome.

Verdict

There is a lot to like in the Lumia 720. The design is absolutely gorgeous and good enough to make you want to buy the phone on that merit alone. The display is also pretty good, despite the lower resolution. The camera is impressive, both indoors and outdoors and the battery life is outstanding.

It�?s not without its flaws, however. The first is Windows Phone 8, which is no longer a competitive operating system. It lags behind iOS and Android in both features as well as third party applications. Unless Microsoft gets its game together and releases some significant updates it is bound to fade into obscurity.

Secondly, at Rs. 17,999, the Lumia 720 is quite expensive. You are paying nearly twice over the Lumia 520 and not getting a lot in return. Priced below Rs. 15,000, the Lumia 720 would have been easier to recommend but not so much at the current price.

All things considered, if you�?re someone who doesn�?t use a lot of apps and manage to find a good deal, the Lumia 720 is a fine device and one of the best mid-range smartphones on the market today. Others are advised to look elsewhere.

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Review: Nexus 4

The Nexus 4 took its sweet time coming to India. Based on the Optimus G, the Nexus 4 combines LG�?s hardware with Google�?s software in a powerful combo that Android fans have been waiting to get their hands on. Now that it�?s finally here, let�?s take a quick look at it.


Design

Although it�?s based on the Optimus G, the Nexus 4 looks nothing like it. It�?s hard to tell who gets the credit for the design of the Nexus 4, whether it�?s LG or Google or both, but whoever it is has done a remarkable job.

The Nexus 4 is easily one of the best looking phones available in the market today. The front and the back are both made from glass, and whereas the front has a completely nondescript, all-black surface, the rear is covered in a beautiful glittering pattern which reflects light in a fascinating pattern and looks amazing.

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Around the sides, you have a rubberized plastic strip and a chrome-finished plastic strip around the display bezel. On the left are the volume control keys and the microSIM card tray. On the right is the power button that is placed a bit too far close to the top of the phone. Although it�?s probably placed there so you don�?t press it when you keep your thumb on the side it is a bit hard to reach when you do actually want to press it. On the top is the headphone jack and a secondary microphone and on the bottom is the microUSB port and the primary microphone.

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Although it looks great, the Nexus 4 is a delicate device. Unlike phones that are made primarily from plastic or metal, the Nexus 4�?s use of glass on either side makes it twice as vulnerable to damage. The glass as usual is brittle and can shatter easily if it happens to fall directly on it. Moreover, the chrome-finished strip around the display is also delicate and managed to dent with a short two feet fall. As such, a case for the phone is a must if you intend to keep it in pristine condition because it clearly isn�?t capable of withstanding rough usage.

Another issue with the design is the positioning of the loudspeaker. It�?s placed on the back and loses nearly 80 percent of its efficiency when you keep the phone on a surface. The newer models of the Nexus 4 come with tiny nubs near the bottom edge that raise the phone slightly but don�?t do much to improve the performance of the speaker. I had to keep the phone upside down to be able to hear the alarm every morning.

The overall size and weight of the device are quite good. It does have a bit of a heft to it, likely due to the use of glass on the back but it�?s not too heavy to be a bother. The size is also quite appropriate, particularly the width, and the Nexus 4 fits perfectly between the lengths of your fingers and the rubberized sides provide good grip.

Display

The Nexus 4 has a 1280 x 768 resolution IPS LCD panel. It is one of the better looking panels on the market but is far from the best. Although the display looks fine at first glance closer inspection reveals slightly washed out colors. The color accuracy itself is a bit off and many colors don�?t really look the way they are supposed to. This could either be down to the quality of the panel or the display calibration but out of the box the Nexus 4 doesn�?t impress as much as you�?d expect a phone with an LG display to.

Other aspects of the display are good, though. The viewing angles are good, sunlight visibility is good and the black levels are okay for an LCD. The 15:10 aspect ratio means you do have tiny black bars at the top and bottom in videos but they are too small to be an annoyance.

Hardware and Software

The Nexus 4 runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, APQ8054 to be precise. It has a quad-core Krait CPU clocked at 1.5GHz and Adreno 320 GPU. Then there is 2GB of RAM and 16GB of flash memory, out of which roughly 13GB is available to the user. There is no support for expandable memory on the Nexus 4 so 13GB is all you get. Fortunately, that�?s about the only limitation as the phone has pretty much has every other desirable hardware feature.

In terms of software, it�?s exactly what you�?d expect from a Nexus device: bone stock Android. And of course it�?s running the very latest version so it has all the bells and whistles introduced in the last major version, which added features like the notification screen shortcuts, lockscreen widgets, Daydream, Photo Sphere mode in camera, etc.

I have always had mixed feelings about stock Android. Although in the latest version it looks and works great, it is still missing some of the conveniences that you find in custom skins, especially in Samsung�?s TouchWiz and for that you have to spend extra time finding third party apps that would plug those holes. Also, the quality of the stock apps, such as messages, camera, gallery, phone, etc. is still below par and the choice of going with Google Chrome as the default browser is particularly annoying as it still doesn�?t perform as well as the stock Android browser, which is no longer provided. A lot of people, however, clearly don�?t mind this and stock Android remains a popular choice for Android fans. Those who think rationally may want to disagree, however.

Performance

In terms of UI performance, the Nexus 4 performs quite well. Apps open and close promptly and the scrolling is fairly smooth. Note, I�?m only talking in comparison to other Android phones as the performance on Nexus 4 still lags behind iOS on the iPhone 5 and even the cheapest Windows Phone device. But if you�?re upgrading from a slower Android handset then you would be quite satisfied with the performance on the Nexus 4. Being someone who has used better, I continue to await the day when Android and the apps on it will perform with the same fluidity and urgency as they do on iOS.

In terms of multimedia performance, the default video player, which is nothing but the Gallery app, is terrible for anything other than watching videos recorded from the camera and you have to install a third party player. Once you do that, the experience is quite decent. The music player is a lot better but the latest version is a bit too fancy for someone who just wants to play locally stored music and its focus on online music streaming is a waste in India as the service is not available here. Once again, I ended up installing a third party app for playing music.

The audio quality is quite impressive, both over the headphones and the loudspeaker. The speaker on particular is surprisingly loud and sounds good as well but the awkward positioning means it fires away from you and as mentioned before gets blocked when you put the phone on a surface. It�?s best to use the headphones then. Surprisingly, LG does not provide any sort of headset with the phone so you�?re on your own for this one.

Camera

The Nexus 4 has an 8 megapixel camera on the back with an LED flash and capable of 1080p video recording. The Nexus 4 has received a lot of flak for having a terrible camera but in my experience it wasn�?t as bad as it is often made out to be. During daylight or in sufficiently lit environment, the results are perfectly usable and in line with several other 8 megapixel cameras on the market. Closer inspection reveals higher than acceptable noise levels and a hint of over sharpening but unless you are viewing the images at 100 percent zoom these things aren�?t a major concern.

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In lowlight, the image quality takes a big hit and this is where you�?d see most of the complaints. The noise levels increase and the image becomes quite soft. Still, the results are once again comparable to other phones in this price range and particularly bad as such.

Where the Nexus 4 really disappoints is in the camera software department. The actual camera hardware to me seems fine but it�?s Google�?s software that lets it down. Google has put in only the absolute basic features such as flash settings, white balance and exposure adjustment. You don�?t get ISO settings, metering settings, macro mode, burst mode, grid lines and several other options found on almost every other Android phone. The only fancy features here is the HDR mode, panorama mode and Photo Sphere.

The HDR mode actually works quite well and subtly but effectively adjusts the dynamic range of the image to produce a more evenly lit image. In lowlight, it can help produce a slightly better image with less noise, provided you can hold the phone still enough. Unfortunately, HDR images take about two seconds to process after you shoot and reduce the shot to shot time considerably.

Photo Sphere mode is like an advanced panorama, allowing you to move the camera in multiple directions and forming a 360 degree image. Unfortunately, the stitching is far from perfect and only works relatively well in open spaces with objects at a distance. Close by objects produce bigger discrepancies in the stitched images and the whole thing just looks odd then. It�?s an interesting feature but one that needs more tuning and better implementation.

Battery Life

The battery life on the Nexus 4 is acceptable at best. It�?s not the longest running phone I�?ve used but with nominal usage tends to get you through a day without too much trouble.

Verdict

The Nexus 4 is currently priced in India at Rs. 25,990, which is pretty good and in line with other similarly specced phones on the market, such as the Samsung Galaxy S III.

The Nexus 4 has a lot of things going for it. The design is simple yet elegant, the hardware is powerful and being a Nexus device means you get the coveted stock Android experience along with assurance of quick software updates from Google. The less than stellar camera performance, washed-out colors on the display and the limited storage capacity mar the overall experience but for the price the Nexus 4 is still a very good smartphone.

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Ranbir Kapoor bags best actor award for Barfi! at SAIFTA

Ranbir Kapoor on the sets of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa with parents Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh.

After triumphing on home turf, Anurag Basu's Barfi! made it big in foreign shores by winning the best film award at the first edition of the South Africa India Film and Television Awards (SAIFTA), while Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra won the best actors awards for their performance in the same movie.

Ranbir was lauded for his dumb and mute act, while Priyanka won the award for her outstanding work as an autistic girl.

The award show kicked off with a special Madiba Award for ailing former South African president Nelson Mandela, which was received by his granddaughter Ndileka Mandela at the gala event, which took place here Friday.

BarfiAnother special honour was given to John Abraham - the Bollywood actor-producer, currently basking in the success of Madras Cafe. He won the Best Youth Icon: South Africa honour.

Organised at the International Convention Centre, counted among one of the world?s best convention centres, the extravaganza saw Abhishek Kapoor walk away with the best director award for Kai Po Che.

In the debut category, Huma Qureshi and Siddharth Malhotra picked the best actress and actor trophies for their first films Gangs of Wasseypur and Student of the Year, respectively.

The supporting actor of the year - female category saw Divya Dutta and Rani Mukerji in a tie for their work in Special 26 and Talaash, respectively. Among the males, Nawazuddin Siddiqui was honoured for his performance in Gangs of Wasseypur under the same category.

The melodious chartbuster Tum hi ho from Aashiqui 2? was given the popular song of the year title.

The sold-out show featured scintillating acts by Bollywood star Siddharth Malhotra, who performed to songs from his film Student Of The Year, while Ranveer Singh rocked the dance floor with his energetic dance act on a medley of songs.

Priyanka danced on the song Deva Shree Ganesha and Madhuri Dixit rocked the stage with her performance on hit songs, including her latest chartbuster Ghaghra. They were cheered by a 7,000-strong live audience.

As many as 150 film and TV personalities from India and 30 South African film and TV personalities were present here.

Designer duo Alpa and Reena's couture was featured at a special fashion show.

Indian TV actor and host Manish Paul, who is ready to make his film debut with Mickey Virus, and his co-star Elli Avram, shared the promotional trailer of the film, and also hosted a segment of the show.

BarfiOther TV personalities Mona Singh, Apurva and Shilpa Agnihotri, Ravi Dubey, Sargun Mehta and more were joined by their contemporaries from the Rainbow nation.

Not to forget, holding the evening together with his inimitable wit was filmmaker Karan Johar, accompanied by the beautiful Dia Mirza, former Miss South Africa Tatum Keshwar and the charming Simba.

On the Indian television front, popular soap Pavitra Rishta of Zee TV picked up the show of the year award, Gurmeet Choudhary was adjudged lead actor of the year, while Kratika Sengar of Punar Vivaah fame won the lead actress award.

The Indian-origin community in South Africa numbers around 1.5 million. About 80 percent of the Indian community lives in the province of KwaZulu Natal, about 15 percent in the Gauteng (previously Transvaal) area and the remaining 5 percent in Cape Town.

Those from South African film and TV industry were also honoured at the gala.

De Laan won the TV show of the year, and the TV actors of the year award went to Robert Whitehead for Isidingo and Baby Cele for Zabalaza.

SAIFTA was organised by Mumbai-based event management company Celebrity Locker in collaboration with the Kwa Zulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism of Durban. It's focus was to enhance the exchange of cultural elements of the Indian and South African entertainment industry.

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Will meet BCCI secy to work out best possible schedule: Lorgat

Will meet BCCI secy to work out best possible schedule: Lorgat

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Johannesburg, September 06, 2013

First Published: 19:43 IST(6/9/2013)
Last Updated: 19:45 IST(6/9/2013)

An under-fire Haroon Lorgat will be desperate to solve the impasse regarding India's year-end tour of South Africa when he meets BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel at the Chief Executives' Meet at the ICC Headquarters in Dubai on September 16 and 17.

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Will meet BCCI secy to work out best possible schedule: Lorgat

Will meet BCCI secy to work out best possible schedule: Lorgat

PTI
Johannesburg, September 06, 2013

First Published: 19:43 IST(6/9/2013)
Last Updated: 19:45 IST(6/9/2013)

An under-fire Haroon Lorgat will be desperate to solve the impasse regarding India's year-end tour of South Africa when he meets BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel at the Chief Executives' Meet at the ICC Headquarters in Dubai on September 16 and 17.

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Africa (CSA) is worried about incurring huge losses if BCCI has its way about playing a curtailed series of two Tests and three ODIs instead of originally scheduled three Tests, seven ODIs and two T20 Internationals.
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In response to the recent reports, Lorgat said:"There has rightly been concern about reports of a shortened tour by India but I am looking forward to meeting Sanjay (Patel) so that we can work out the best possible schedule under the present circumstances."����� The Afrikaans daily 'Beeld' earlier this week quoted reliable sources as saying that CSA stands to lose about R300 million (Rand) in total if the India tour is shortened, particularly from TV broadcast rights.
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"The meeting has been agreed after several conversations between the two over the past few days as they work towards resolving scheduling issues around the end-of-year tour to South Africa by India," CSA said in a statement.
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As custodians, we have a responsibility to act in the best interests of the game and all our stakeholders.
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"It is clear to me that both our Boards are committed to working together to ensure the wonderful relationship we have had for the past 22 years is strengthened.
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"As South Africans, we will always be grateful to the Indian Government for the leading role they played in first enforcing the sports boycott during the dark years of apartheid and later, together with the BCCI, facilitating our return to the world family of cricket nations.
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"While we would not want to disappoint our fans and stakeholders and keep them abreast of developments, we have to follow official communication protocols in dealing with this matter, so we ask for patience and support as we engage our counterparts at the BCCI," added Lorgat to appease growing anger among fans about a lack of information on the situation from CSA.



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