One of Scotland’s national collections is searching for clues to the identity of a mystery photographer, after finding a collection of exquisite plate glass negatives in a shoe box. The 178 plate glass negatives – some exactly a century old – were taken in India at the time of the …Read More »
British Indian businessman and Indian Premier League (IPL) team owner Raj Kundra violated the IPL’s anti-corruption rules due to his close links with bookies, a high-level panel has found. The Justice Mudgal Committee, headed by retired High Court judge Mukul Mudgal, was appointed by the Supreme Court of India earlier …Read More »
British Indian businessman Raj Kundra has pledged to sell off his stake in the Rajasthan Royals IPL franchise if “an iota of evidence” is found that he was involved in fixing matches of India’s multi-billion dollar domestic Twenty20 league. London-born Kundra, 38, made the comment after an independent government committee …Read More »
Unlike many in the Indian media business, Colors TV CEO Raj Nayak seems terribly unruffled. Having blockbuster prime time programs Bigg Boss - intellectual snobs and Salman Khan's wardrobe notwithstanding - on every week certainly helps.
And of course, there is '24', Anil Kapoor's Indian adaptation of the hit American TV show which has vowed critics and audiences alike following its' debut in early October. The platitudes are particularly rewarding as the show was a massive risk for Colors TV, a joint venture between Network 18 and American mass media giant Viacom and India's youngest mainstream General Entertainment Channel.
The show is a radical departure from the mind-numbing array of reality TV shows and soporific soap operas that have been the staple of Indian TV for decades, and will doubtless cement Colors' reputation as an innovator.
Helming the channel's charge is Nayak, 50, described as the "Superman of Indian TV ad sales", who not only has a penchant for ad-man words like "Scalability" but is fast gaining a reputation for having a nose for quality programming that will resonate with audiences not only in India but foreign markets like the UK, where Colors TV has recently become free-to-air.
In between meeting advertisers and taking in a screening of Strictly Come Dancing, Mr Nayak spoke to UKAsian Editor-in-Chief Viji Alles about the biggest success story in Indian television in the past decade and what's ahead for Colors TV.Read More »
The US Court of Appeals in New York has upheld the insider trading conviction against disgraced Sri Lankan-born hedge fund founder Raj Rajaratnam. Lawyers for the billionaire co-owner of Galleon Group had earlier challenged the use of wiretaps in his high-profile trial in 2011 when he was convicted of directing …Read More »
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has suspended Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra while investigations continue into his role in the IPL spot fixing scandal. The Board’s decision comes after the British Indian businessman, who is married to Shilpa Shetty, reportedly admitted to police last week that …Read More »
British Indian businessman and Rayasthan Royals shareholder Raj Kundra is facing suspension from the Indian Premier League (IPL) after he was accused of betting on his own team, according to reports. Delhi police have also seized Mr Kundra’s British passport until the investigation into the IPL betting scandal is complete. …Read More »
A younger brother of Raj Rajaratnam was charged with insider trading on Thursday, nearly two years after the founder of the Galleon Group hedge fund was convicted of that crime. Prosecutors said Rengan Rajaratnam, 42, conspired with his brother to trade on non-public information concerning Clearwire Corp and Advanced Micro …Read More »
Dozens of images depicting life in India a century ago has been discovered in Edinburgh. The 178 plate-glass negatives were found inside a shoe box at the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. They include images commemorating a British royal visit and ships docking on …Read More »
Yash Raj Films has vehemently denied claims by – among others – some UK-based Bollywood ‘reporters’ that Yash Chopra’s upcoming film will be called ‘London Ishq’. The reporters, who regularly claim to have “exclusive access” to film sets, stars and “informed insiders”, broke the ‘news’ several weeks ago but …Read More »