Kolkata take title after Bisla blitz


There was a galaxy of former Indian cricketers in attendance, the brightest lights from Bollywood were in the stands, both teams had some of the biggest stars in the world game but the headlining performance came from little-known Manvinder Bislaas Kolkata Knight Riders prised the IPL trophy out of Chennai Super Kings’ hands. Bisla, who was without a Ranji Trophy side last season, made a mockery of his previous career Twenty20 strike-rate of 106 to play a jack-in-the-box innings that helped overhaul what had seemed a mountainous Super Kings total.

The title seemed headed Super Kings’ way for the third year in a row, when for the third match in a row a seemingly out of form Super Kings batsman played a blinder – this time it was Suresh Raina – and the rock of Knight Riders’ batting Gautam Gambhir was bowled in the first over.

All that changed when Bisla intervened. Virtually every ball he faced, he either jumped beyond leg to make room or danced down the track to get close to the pitch of the ball as he unleashed a series of lofted extra cover drives to dent Super Kings. The first signs of trouble for the defending champions was when Bisla crashed Albie Morkel for four off-side fours in the fourth over to kickstart Knight Riders’s innings.


Middle East short of skilled aviation personnel


The impact of the Middle East aviation sector’s achievements to date and its plans for the future have sent shockwaves to all corners of the global industry.

One of the major challenges of this dramatic growth has been the ability to attract and, more importantly, retain the right numbers of appropriately skilled people. The war for talent has affected all employees, but especially highly-skilled personnel like pilots and engineers.
As the world’s commercial fleet expands to more than 39,500 aircraft over the next 20 years, the latest forecasts estimate airlines will need to collectively add approximately 460,000 pilots and 650,000 maintenance technicians, both to operate and maintain new planes as well as to replace personnel set to retire during that period.
The scarcity of qualified personnel is much higher in the region as it has the one of the fastest growing aviation sectors in the world. Despite issues that affected the region’s aviation sector in the first quarter of 2011, IATA forecasts nearly 15 per cent growth in regional traffic in 2011 over 2010.
The prospects closer to home are even more encouraging. By 2020, Dubai’s aviation sector alone could create nearly 400,000 new jobs. Demand for people is mainly driven by the aggressive capacity expansion in terms of orders, infrastructure, new airports and new routes.
The region is also becoming a key travel hub and a popular tourist destination, fuelling the rise in air travel. This major expansion, however, raises questions about how the talent shortage will be bridged.
The Middle East aviation industry recruits skilled staff from international (and more mature) aviation markets such as Australia, UK and Europe, North America, and Asia to bridge the gap caused by capacity expansion. The fast-paced growth in the region affords them financial muscle that makes airlines here attractive employers.

Ra.One Has Broken Each & Every Record at The BoxOffice, with Rs 170cr Collections Just in 5 Days

SRK’s super hero action film has set a new record at the Indian box office by earning a gross of Rs. 170 crore worldwide in the opening weekend (first five days of release).

Apart from audience appreciation, leading media like the New York Times and LA Times have hailed the film too and we can confidently declare this film to be one of the biggest ever blockbusters and top earners for an Indian film in the USA”.

Kamal Jain, Group CFO, Eros International Media Ltd said, “As well as setting new box office records, Ra.One has also been able to set a new benchmark in terms of brand tie ups and merchandising. With Volkswagan, McDonalds, PlayStation and Tag Heur amongst its partners it has opened up a whole new areas of funding and cross promotion. Through pre-licensing of rights and the strong theatrical advances and collections till date, we have already recovered our investment. The financial success of Ra.One demonstrates the efficacy of our movie monetization model and the unparalleled strength of our marketing and distribution network both in India and globally. We are very glad with the results posted by Ra.One and it is a profitable venture and the performance is as per our expectations”.

The international exposure of Ra.One will continue to grow in the coming months as Eros International continues to take the film to more and more countries. The film is scheduled for theatrical release in the first quarter of 2012 across several territories including South Korea, Hong Kong , Taiwan , Russia , Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and Palestine , Brazil , Spain, Italy and Greece .

The highly anticipated Diwali release triumphed at the box office with an incredible weekend gross collection of Rs. 137.25 crore (Net Collection of Rs. 96 crore) in India and Rs. 32.75 crore overseas. Since its release,

Ra.One has been creating history by shattering regional, national and international box office record after record with the biggest Diwali day opening followed by the biggest single day collections for an Indian film and now the biggest ever weekend release for both India and overseas box office.

Ra.One opened across more than 4,000 plus screens worldwide (3,100 plus screens in India and 904 prints internationally, including 3D, Tamil and Telugu) and is the biggest Hindi grosser in south markets too.


Ra.One has got the huge response from public specially Kids & families all across the world and that is reflecting on its fantastic BoxOffice collections all across the world, All the major International movie reviewers are praising Ra.One and its fantastic world class VFX/SFX, on the other hand in India movie critics like Rajeev Masand got the right point while watching movie and that reflects in his review but few other Indian CRITICS? completely failed to understand genre of Ra.One, they need to take some movie classes we guess before reviewing sci-fi movie like Ra.One…

Well coming back Boxffice The Ra.One (Hindi) is likely to set the opening record for the first three days which is 52.60 crore nett set by Bodyguard this year. After the first two days Bodyguard is just edging it with a 1.50 crore nett lead over Ra.One (Hindi).

The morning and afternoon collections on its third day have seen drops at places but strong at other places especially in the North due to Bhai Dooj holiday. Gujarat and Delhi/UP is likely to have a strong third day.

Shah Rukh Khan’s Ra.One Nets Rs 25 Cr; Breaks Salman Khan’s 2-Day Record


Great news for the industry! History has been created!! Shah Rukh Khan’s Ra.One has crossed the Rs. 25 crore mark (net all-India collections) in a single day (Thursday, October 27). The superhero film, which made Rs. 15 – 16 crore on the opening day, has now effectively breached the 2-day collection record of Salman Khan’sBodyguard. While Bodyguard had netted Rs. 39 crore in its first two days, Ra.One has already made Rs. 40 crore at least. The final number is likely to go up as collection reports are still coming in.
Day One Figures: Unfair Comparison

In many ways, the comparison being made by the media and sections of the trade between the first day collections of Bodyguard and Ra.One was unfair. While both the films released on Wednesdays and public holidays, the Salman Khan starrer, Bodyguard, had released on Eid day, which is generally considered to be extraordinary at the box-office. On the other hand, Ra.One released on Diwali (Laxmi Poojaday), a day which is dull at the box-office because many Hindus stay indoors to participate in the festivities including poojas.
In that sense, the day after Diwali (i.e. Thursday in the case of Ra.One) proves to be the real ‘Diwali’ for the film industry because people come out in hordes to the cinemas on the second day of Diwali. The wonderful second day collections of Ra.One just go to prove this.

Ra.One Wednesday (Day One): India Rs 18.5 cr nett [all languages]; Overseas Rs 6.5 cr. Worldwide total: Rs 25 cr. (via Taran Adarsh )

Computer Nerd Creates Superhero Showdown
The most expensive Bollywood movie ever made, “Ra.One,” a sci-fi superhero thriller, is a kind of entertainment machine set to dazzle, Hindi cinema with a crush on high-tech.
You can have a high old time (or get a little bored) totting up movies that “Ra.One” borrows from: “Tron,” “The Terminator,” “The Matrix,” Jackie Chan films and on and on. Not that it could be mistaken for anything other than what it is: a Bollywood epic with a magpie appetite and, of course, songs and dances. (The catchy, clubby “Chummak Challo,” featuring Akon, is already a hit.)

For all its cost, digital effects and virtual reality feints, “Ra.One” is a traditional, if somewhat undercooked, Hindi movie confrontation between good and evil. After all, the villain is named Ra.One (for Random Access Version 1.0), which can be pronounced Raavan, like the 10-headed demon in the Ramayana. And G.One, the hero, is also Jeevan, which means life.

Sporting a wig of floppy curls, Shahrukh Khan, the film’s star and guiding force, plays Shekhar, a nerdy computer game designer in London. (Even the thieves speak Hindi in this town.) To win the admiration of his son, Prateek (Armaan Verma), he creates a game in which the bad guy, Ra.One, is more powerful than the hero, G.One.

But Ra.One breaks into the real world and wants to kill Prateek, which sends the boy and his mother (Kareena Kapoor, looking great with a few new pounds) to India with G.One (Mr. Khan again, sans curls), who has also come to life.

“Ra.One,” directed by Anubhav Sinha, works hard with its money. (The Times of India has reported the budget as $30 million.) Full of digital effects, wire work and things that go flying (cars, men, supermen) the movie is technically as sophisticated as anything Bollywood has produced. A standout is G.One’s rescue of Ms. Kapoor on a runaway train that crashes rather spectacularly out of Victoria Terminus in Mumbai.

You can see the money on screen, if not in the screenwriting. The exposition is longwinded and confusing, as are the rules of the game, in the virtual and the real worlds. The bumbling Shekhar is too clownish; Ra.One is a dud demon (Raavan is invoked to little effect) who disappears for chunks of time; and you probably won’t hold your breath as good fights evil.

But if the storytelling disappoints (shocking!), the film mostly doesn’t. It relies on action and effects and Bollywood’s trump card, star power, to carry the day. This is Mr. Khan’s movie, and once he sheds Shekhar’s droopy locks, he shines as the deadpan, action-hero robot with digital snot and smooth moves on the dance floor.

10 Most Expensive Hotel Rooms in The World


Have you ever dreamed of spending a relaxing night at a luxury hotel? Or maybe planning a romantic evening or a honeymoon where you want to impress your beloved? What would you want included? A gorgeous view? A large comfy bed? A jacuzzi? A personal butler?

Did you know that prices at the best hotel suites have gone up 10% this year? Are you ready to drop about $30,000 for one night? Would you be willing to spend that kind of money on a hotel room? And by the way, none of the nightly room rates includes tax so be prepared to add another 10 – 17% to your bill at checkout.

Here are the 10 most expensive hotel rooms in the world from the last year.

10. The Penthouse Suite, The Martinez Hotel, Cannes

Nightly Rate: $18,000

This is the biggest, most expensive, and the only terraced penthouse suite on the Cote d’Azur. Both of the two suites has a jacuzzi, plasma screen televisions, DVD library, kitchen, open bar, private butler on call 24/7 (ditto for a limousine), and an option to join both suites into one big apartment. The luxury has no limit here – the design is kept in the Art Deco style, with streamlined furniture, silk curtains and teak parquet floors.

The wraparound terrace is 2,000 square feet with the views of the Lerins Islands as well as the entire Bay of Cannes and can comfortably hold 100 people. One Saudi sheik liked the suite so much he wanted to rent it for five years. The hotel said no. What else can you say? Tres magnifique!




9. Ritz-Carlton Suite, Ritz-Carlton Moscow

Nightly Rate: $18.200

The floor-to-ceiling windows in the Ritz-Carlton Suite will give you the most beautiful views of the Kremlin, Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral, and Christ the Savior Cathedral. The furnishings are in a Classic Russian Imperial style. The 2,500 square-foot suite comes with a spacious living room, dining area, library, office room and boardroom, grand piano, and heated floor.

You will get to enjoy five meals a day and their very own KGB-approved autonomous energy supply system and secure telecommunications array.





8. Royal Suite, Burj Al Arab, Dubai

Nightly Rate: $19.000

The two-story, 8,400-square-foot suite features views over the Arabian sea, marble flooring, a rotating four-poster bed in the master bedroom, dining area, and a private cinema and elevator between the split-level rooms.

The marble bath comes fully stocked with full-sized products from Hermes. Guests are met by a chauffeur driven Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph (or, for a bit extra, by a helicopter). A personal butler stands 24/7 at the ready to fulfill every wish. The Royal Suite is the last word in luxury with a marble and gold staircase, leopard print tufted carpets and Versace linens.

What you can also enjoy is a submarine ride to an underwater restaurant complete with shark-infested aquarium.






7. Imperial Suite, Park Hyatt, Vendôme, Paris

Nightly Rate: $20.000

This pricey suite is located on the 5th floor and takes 200-sq.-meters. A 60-sq.-meter balcony is overlooking the Rue de la Paix, with an outstanding view of the Vendôme column. The Imperial Suite has high ceilings, a dining room, kitchenette, bar, and a mansard roof. It also includes in-suite spa with whirlpool bath, steam room shower and a built-in massage table. Also included are high-speed Internet access and a computer with flat screen monitor, multi-line telephones, and a separate work area to help you enjoy the work process.




6. The Bridge Suite, The Atlantis, Bahamas

Nightly Rate: $22.000

The Bridge Suite is located on top of a bridge that connects the two Royal Towers buildings, so it overlooks the entire resort and marina. An 800 square foot balcony and 12-foot high ceilings throughout with full length windows allow you to enjoy a 360 view of the water, lagoons and pools in Paradise Island. We can make a guess that most of the price is paid for the location of the suite. Forbes reports the suite has hosted guests including Oprah, Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, and Bill Gates.

The suite has 10 rooms that are decorated in black, red and gold (including a 22-karat gold chandelier in the dining room). The living room is a 1,250-square-foot room with grand piano and twin entertainment centers. The master bedroom has a sitting area, his-and-hers closets so large that you can park your car there, and hand-painted linens. The kitchen also has its own entrance, so a permanent staff of seven, including a butler and a cook can access the rooms without bothering you.





5. Presidential Suite, Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo

Nightly Rate: $25.000

The suite is located on the 53rd floor above Tokyo with spectacular views that include the Imperial Palace outer gardens and Roppongi Hills.

In the suite’s 3300 sq ft you get pure luxury with a stunning four poster bed in the master bedroom, personal concierge, connected living room/dining room, an oversized marble bathroom with Sony BRAVIA 20 inch flat screen television, and access to indoor pool and fitness studio.






4. Villa La Capula Suite, Westin Excelsior, Rome

Nightly Rate: $29.000

The suite is located on the fifth and sixth floor underneath the cupola of the hotel which was made famous by Fellini’s movies. It covers 6,099 square feet and has an additional 1,808 square feet of balconies and terraces. While it only has two bedrooms, five more can be joined to it. The entire suite was just remodeled in 1998 for a cost of around $7 million. So now you will have all things Roman and excessive – a cupola, a Pompeii-style Jacuzzi pool, frescoes (the painted horizons on the frescoes were designed to match perfectly with the real Roman one), stained glass windows, and almost 2,000 feet of balcony space including a sun deck overlooking the Via Veneto district.

The downstairs also has a private kitchen, and the dining room features an antique Murano glass chandelier, a private wine cabinet with over 150 wines to choose from and a study/library covered in hand-carved wood. And what really makes this suite over the top is a private cinema with Dolby surround sound.

Now that’s living la dolce vita.




3. Ty Warner Penthouse, Four Seasons Hotel, New York

Nightly Rate: $34.000

The $50 million Ty Warner Penthouse at the Four Seasons in NY was designed by legendary architect I.M. Pei, Peter Marino and hotel owner Ty Warner.

The nine-room suite has walls inlaid with mother of pearl, gold and platinum-woven fabrics. The suite is located on the 52nd floor of New York’s tallest hotel with floor-to-ceiling bay windows offering a breathtaking 360 degree view of the City. If that is not relaxing enough you can enjoy a waterfall in the Zen Room, play the grand piano in the library or soak in a tub overlooking Central Park. Full spa treatments, a personal trainer and a 24/7 butler are all included, and if you still find a will to leave, you can choose to be chauffeured in a Rolls Royce or Maybach, and you’re always guaranteed a table at the hotel’s renowned L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon restaurant.





2. Hugh Hefner Sky Villa, Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas

Nightly Rate: $40.000

If anyone knows how to vacation in Las Vegas, that will be Hugh Hefner. Even though he is known as a homebody he has spent a few nights away from the mansion at the Sky Villa. The suite itself was built to model the original playboy mansion; it also incorporates elements derived from a vintage Playboy magazine article about the ultimate bachelor pad. The suite cost roughly $10 million to build but the high-rollers can rent it for a small $40,000 a night. Everything screams S-E-X-Y at the Sky Villa. The two-story 9,000 square foot Villa includes a glass elevator, a rotating bed set beneath a mirrored ceiling, and a glass wall Jacuzzi that extends out over the hotel and offers amazing Strip views, around-the-clock butler service, massage and spa rooms, work-out room and poker table, fireplace, three bedrooms, and pop-up plasma TVs.
Sorry, Bunnies not included.





1. Royal Penthouse Suite, President Wilson Hotel, Geneva

Nightly Rate: $53.000

The Imperial Suite, which is actually an entire top floor of the hotel, is reached via a private elevator and has four bedrooms, six bathrooms with mosaic marble floor, a cocktail lounge and a terrace with a dramatic view through the bulletproof windows over the city, Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc — all of which overlook Lake Geneva. The suite is decorated in a contemporary style, with marble and hardwood floors. The living room has a billiards table, a library and a cocktail lounge with a view of the water fountain, and can accommodate 40 people. The dining room seats 26 people around an oval mahogany table.

The hotel’s staff reassures guests that the security in the Imperial Suite is among the best in the world, ideal for celebrities or traveling heads of state who visit the United Nations headquarters next door at the Palais Wilson.