The bond between siblings celebrated toon-style

Every year Raksha Bandhan which is an auspicious festival symbolizing the love of the siblings for each other is celebrated on the full-moon day of the Hindu month of Sravana (July/August). On this day, sisters tie a rakhi (band) on the wrists of their brothers to protect them against evil influences, and pray for their long life and happiness.

Sisters tie a “Rakhi” on their brother’s hand and in turn receive a gift which could vary from sweets to lots of money depending on their generosity or level of preparedness. In Covid times the celebration has gone virtual for most siblings but the enthusiasm hasn’t waned a bit. Youngsters are filling in for missing relatives who might be overseas or even different parts of the city. 7 year old Keisha tied a rakhi for her 10 year old brother Ayush, and for her dad on behalf of her aunt.

Onliners like floweraura.com are offering a variety of cartoon character rakhis which tend to be very popular among kids. Unfortunately, most of these are unlicensed products. We have reached out to floweraura.com for a comment on the same and will keep you posted.

 

From all of us at IndiaLicensingPost.com, we wish you a very happy Raksha Bandhan!

 

Virat Kohli’s apparel line WROGN joins hands with Animal Planet to creatively shine light on the cause of endangered species

USPL’s apparel line Wrogn, in association with India’s leading wildlife channel Animal Planet, is launching a new collection – Animal Planet X WROGN. The apparel range aims to shine light on the cause of endangered species in a never-before-seen-or-done manner. Conceptualised by Black White Orange, Animal Planet’s licensing arm, each style in the range portrays an endangered animal including the Tiger, Sea Turtle, Gorilla, Sumatran Elephant and Panda, amongst others.

“I’ve been associated with Wrogn since inception and we take some exciting initiatives season after season. I couldn’t be happier that Wrogn is taking a step in the direction of creating awareness around animal endangerment.” Said, Virat Kohli, the face of WROGN.

 

 

Speaking about the collaboration, Megha Tata Managing Director – South Asia, Discovery, said, “Animal Planet has been striving hard to drive attention towards the importance of saving the endangered species in impactful ways. We are confident that this innovative collaboration with WROGN for this inspirational apparel line will help in spreading the message of conservation of endangered species as well as the wildlife.”

 

Speaking about the collaboration, Anjana Reddy – CEO, Universal Sportsbiz Pvt. Ltd said, “Animal endangerment is real. It’s a pressing issue and I’m aware that it really bothers the youth all over the world. We like the essence of this collaboration with Animal Planet as it enables people to wear their cause that they feel so strongly about and spread the word at the same time. The Rorschach art design is very interesting and hard to miss.”

 

Adds Bhavik Vora, Founder & CEO, Black White Orange Brands Pvt. Ltd, “In the tough times the world is going through, it is important to build something relevant. What better way to spread awareness on endangered species among the youth of today, than collaborate with leading players in the segment – WROGN and Animal Planet. We worked closely with the Animal Planet team for almost a year, to conceptualize the art that you see on the range and it’s fantastic to see it come to life.”

 

The Animal Planet X WROGN apparel will be available in over 250 counters across retail channels like Shoppers Stop, Central, Pantaloons, WROGN’s exclusive stores, Myntra.com and on www.Wrogn.in.

Disney+ Hotstar Multiplex launches 24th July

Mumbai: After its successful launch in India, Disney+ Hotstar is set to revolutionize the way hundreds of millions of Indians watch movies with the launch of Disney+ Hotstar Multiplex. As the nation inches towards normalcy, India’s largest video service brings the magic of Bollywood blockbusters and its biggest stars directly to millions of smartphones across the country.

Starting July 24, 2020 Disney+ Hotstar Multiplex is set to premier 7 of the most-awaited movies of 2020 featuring India’s most loved actors, including Akshay Kumar and Kiara Advani in Laxmmi Bomb, Ajay Devgn, Sonakshi Sinha and Sanjay Dutt in Bhuj: The Pride of India, late Sushant Singh Rajput, Sanjana Sanghi and Saif Ali Khan in Dil Bechara, Sanjay Dutt, Alia Bhatt, Aditya Roy Kapur and Pooja Bhatt in Sadak 2, Abhishek Bachchan in The Big Bull, Vidyut Jammwal in Khuda Haafiz and Kunal Kemmu and Rasika Dugal in Lootcase amongst others.

Disney+ Hotstar Multiplex will usher in a new re-imagined ‘first-day first-show’ for Bollywood fans, by treating them to the most anticipated movies of superstars like Akshay Kumar & Ajay Devgn being delivered directly to their mobiles; truly experiencing ‘First Day First Show ki home delivery’. Existing subscribers of Disney+ Hotstar Premium and Disney+ Hotstar VIP can enjoy these blockbuster movies at no additional cost to their existing subscription. Non-subscribers can simply purchase an annual membership of Disney+ Hotstar VIP at INR 399/- to catch all these movies, and also enjoy exclusive Hotstar Specials, the world’s biggest Super Hero movies & kids favourite characters in Hindi, Tamil & Telugu, unlimited LIVE sports and much more – making it the best entertainment service in the country!

The first movie of Disney+ Hotstar Multiplex will be Dil Bechara, starring late Sushant Singh Rajput; and to commemorate his invaluable contribution to Hindi cinema, this movie will be available to all subscribers and non-subscribers of Disney+ Hotstar.

Uday Shankar
Uday Shankar

Uday Shankar – President, The Walt Disney Company APAC and Chairman, Star & Disney India, saidAt Disney+ Hotstar, we firmly believe in pushing boundaries to achieve the unexpected. A few years ago, we took an audacious step of bringing sports closer to people by streaming it LIVE on mobile devices – a move that forever changed the course of LIVE sports in India. Today as we launch Disney+ Hotstar Multiplex, we find ourselves yet again at the cusp of making a revolutionary change by bringing the biggest Bollywood movies directly to millions across the country. We are happy to partner with the best directors and most talented actors; and provide them with a platform to present their masterpieces.”

Speaking about this initiative and its effect on the overall industry, he further added, “Theatres are a special experience. So, they will always exist and thrive. But the potential of the industry can’t be capped by the number of release windows and theatres available. Our initiative will dramatically increase the number of films that can be made, giving film-lovers more films to enjoy and the creative community more films to make. We firmly believe that this will generate a massive momentum for more and different kinds of films to be made in India. It’s a win-win for all.”

Starting 24th July, Disney+ Hotstar VIP is set to release a gamut of movies across genres

  • Laxmmi Bomb (horror comedy) starring Akshay Kumar and Kiara Advani. Directed by Raghava Lawrence, producers: Cape of Good Films, Tusshar Kapoor, Shabinaa Khan and Fox Star Studios
  • Bhuj: The Pride of India (war-action film, based on a true story) starring Ajay Devgn, Sanjay Dutt, Sonakshi Sinha, Ammy Virk, and Sharad Kelkar. The film is written & directed by Abhishek Dudhaiya and produced by Bhushan Kumar, Ginny Khanuja, Vajir Singh and Kumar Mangat Pathak, under the banners of T-Series and Select Media Holdings LLP.
  • Sadak 2 (a love saga & sequel to the Iconic blockbuster ‘Sadak’ which released in 1991) starring Sanjay Dutt, Alia Bhatt, Aditya Roy Kapur and Pooja Bhatt, Jisshu Sengupta, Makarand Deshpande, Mohan Kapoor, Gulshan Grover, Priyanka Bose and John Gardener. The film has been directed by Mahesh Bhatt, Written by Suhrita Sengupta & Mahesh Bhatt, Cinematography by Jay Patel and Produced by Mukesh Bhatt
  • The Big Bull – The man who sold dreams to India (crime drama) starring Abhishek Bachchan, Ileana D’Cruz, Nikita Dutta, Soham Shah, Ram Kapoor, Supriya Pathak and Saurabh Shukla. The film is directed by Kookie Gulati, produced by Ajay Devgn and Anand Pandit, and co-produced by Kumar Mangat Pathak and Vikrant Sharma.
  • Dil Bechara (remake of The Fault In Our Stars) starring late Sushant Singh Rajput, Sanjana Sanghi, Saif Ali Khan, Saswata Chatterjee, Swastika Mukherjee and Sahil Vaid. The film is directed by Mukesh Chhabra; with Hindi adaptation by Suprotim Sengupta and Shashank Khaitan, and  Produced by Fox Star Studios.
  • Khuda Haafiz (romantic action thriller inspired by real-events) starring Vidyut Jammwal, Anuu Kapoor, Shivaleeka Oberoi, Shiv Panditt and Aahana Kumra. The film is written & directed by Faruk Kabir and produced by Kumar Mangat Pathak and Abhishek Pathak (Panorama Studios International).
  • Lootcase (comedy thriller) starring Kunal Kemmu, Rasika Dugal, Gajraj Rao, Ranvir Shorey and Vijay Raaz. The film is Directed by Rajesh Krishnan, written by Rajesh Krishnan and Kapil Sawant, Produced by Fox Star Studios and Soda Films.

Get under cover the tokidoki way!

Born in Italy and crafted out of California, the global pop-culture brand tokidoki recently announced its collaboration with Chennai based company Cover It Up to offer a range of mobile accessories, with a focus on mobile cases decked out in tokidoki’s signature art.

tokidoki, which translates to “sometimes” in Japanese, is an internationally recognized and iconic lifestyle brand based on the vision of Italian artist Simone Legno and his partners, serial entrepreneurs Pooneh Mohajer and Ivan Arnold.

To make the deal even sweeter all products are currently being offered at a flat 50% discount.

“We are so excited to expand our business in India by launching fun and fashionable mobile phone accessories with industry leader Cover It Up ,” said tokidoki Co-Founder and CEO, Pooneh Mohajer.

Commenting on the partnership, Ronak Sarda, Founder, Cover It Up Studios has this to say “while adding our unique signature to the tokidoki, we are very excited to launch the first set of products. There’s so much colour,characters and life in the art style. It is one of our favourite collaborations and over the next few months we will be launching a lot of limited edition accessories. The product development team is already working on the second set of designs!”

 

 

City Football Group introduces CityZens giving for recovery twelve month global campaign

City Football Group (CFG) has today introduced Cityzens Giving For Recovery, a 12-month recovery campaign bringing together its nine clubs, thousands of staff, players and coaches, and millions of fans, to help communities get back on their feet.
CFG is the world’s leading private owner and operator of football clubs. It is best known for its ownership of English Premier League Champions, Manchester City FC, and also comprises New York City FC in the US, Melbourne City FC in Australia, J-League champions, Yokohama F. Marinos in Japan, Montevideo City Torque in Uruguay, Girona FC in Spain, Sichuan Jiuniu FC in China, Mumbai City FC in India and Lommel SK in Belgium.
CFG has been supporting the emergency COVID-19 response for the past three months, through almost £1,000,000 of donations, in-kind support and loaning of facilities.
As football all around the world prepares to restart, CFG is now aiming to deliver a minimum of another £1,000,000 of funding and support through Cityzens Giving for Recovery, which will focus the Group’s donations, expertise, facilities, resources and voice, on making a positive difference to the recovery of its communities globally.
CFG will action this through its clubs, its staff, its players, coaches and fans. In Mumbai, Cityzens Giving For Recovery through Mumbai City FC will be supporting the Oscar Foundation, a football for development non-profit dedicated to empowering children and youth in low-income communities in India. Headquartered in Mumbai, the Oscar Foundation have impacted the lives of 12,000+ children and youth over the last nine years, across Mumbai, Delhi, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Jharkhand.
With the Oscar Foundation, the aim is to build digital education centres so children can access online education – from schools and their young leaders – and address the risk for children when social distancing is implemented in schools. It is suggested that up to 60% of children in their communities will lose contact with face to face education as a result of the pandemic and help bridge this divide.
Ferran Soriano, Chief Executive of City Football Group, said:
“Front line workers around the world have heroically responded to the immediate threat of COVID-19. At CFG, we have been privileged to play our own small part in helping to address that immediate threat. Now is the time for us to look forward, committing to meeting our responsibility to help our communities recover. For the first time, we are harnessing the global resources of our nine clubs, our entire network of offices, staff, players and coaches to focus our efforts on recovery. This multi-faceted campaign is going to use our expertise, our facilities, our platform and our voice to help people and our communities to heal and recover. And we will do it together. We are calling on our global community of Cityzens to help us to give and to help as many people as we can to recover.”
For more information about the Cityzens Giving For Recovery projects, please visit www.cityzensgiving.org including terms and conditions for the matching fund, which runs until 31st August 2020.

Shoppers Stop lays off 1100 employees

 

One of India’s pioneering retailers Shoppers Stop has laid off 1100 employees on account of the pandemic. The organization has offered each employee 2 months salary as well as the possibility of re-hiring once the situation stabilizes. Due to the pandemic, many malls have remained shut, which has impacted store operations, forcing management to cut costs and let go of these employees. A person familiar with the matter stated that 1000 employees were from across stores and the rest were from the head office in Mumbai. “With a limitation on adding new stores in this situation, the size of our business is effectively reduced and, unfortunately, we need to adjust our cost base in such times,” the spokesperson said.

shoppers-stop-store-rajouri-garden-new-delhi

The news was first reported by The Economic Times newspaper.

Shoppers Stop had 7,500 employees, according to its December quarter earnings presentation.

The pandemic and prolonged lockdown, especially the closure of malls, has severely hit retailers.

Brands rising to feed the need and show they care

With governments around the world making it mandatory for its citizens to wear face masks for the foreseeable future to avoid the spread of the Covid-19 virus, several entrepreneurs and companies have already picked up the mantle to serve this need by repurposing their existing assets. Some purely as CSR initiatives and others as a balance between CSR & to support other businesses that have dipped due to the strictures that have been imposed on business as usual. Here are just a few of the initiatives that caught our eye.

Bravado the licensing arm of Universal Music Group recently announced an initiative to provide a range of non-surgical face masks to its fans under the initiative We’ve got you covered. The website also mentions 100% of net proceeds will be donated to Music cares an initiative to benefit music-oriented charities and communities. The face masks are priced at $15/- each and are branded with some of the most iconic music brands including Queen, The Rolling Stones, Guns N Roses, Imagine Dragons, YungBlud, Black Pink and Black Sabbath.

 

According to LicensingSource.Net, Bravado and Universal Music Group (UMG) launched the programme first by offering free face masks to all UMG employees. The programme will also contribute 50,000 masks to those serving communities across the US including workers in food banks, school lunch programmes, homeless shelters and other community service providers.

Closer home in India, quite a few brands and designers have also decided to repurpose their existing resources to help meet the need of non-surgical masks. With the objective of “Staying Safe and Stylish” designers Anita Dongre & Masaba to name a few have announced initiatives via social media platform Instagram earlier this month much to the delight of their fans.

Said Ms. Dongre, “Ever since lockdown measures came into place, we have been finding ways to contribute meaningfully to safety efforts amidst the current pandemic. These efforts have now been greenlit.”

(image courtesy Anita Dongre’s Instagram account)

 She further stated – “24 of our women employees from two of our community tailoring units in Charoti and Dhanevari have offered their services in creating protective face masks to meet the needs of the community at large. All social distancing norms and hygiene measures will be followed during this time”

(image courtesy Anita Dongre’s Instagram account)

Designer Masaba Gupta wrote “Changing gears for some time in the wake of the current pandemic & lockdown across the country, all operations at the House of Masaba came to a halt. While the damage that this will do is immeasurable at this point, my hope is to keep my chin up by doing my bit to help my country instead-in this time. We have started the production of non-surgical masks for donation at a production facility keeping all hygiene and safety standards in mind. These masks are washable and reusable”

India’s largest English news daily The Times Of India has taken the DIY route to rally its readers to design their own face masks and share the same with the tag #MaskIndia on its website. Best masks get featured in the newspaper. So far the campaign has received over 90,000 submissions.

(image courtesy Times Of India campaign page)

While the central government has announced 17th May as the end date for Lockdown 3.0, the Prime Minister’s Office has left it to individual state governments to decide on their exit plans. However, the discourse has certainly shifted from saving lives to saving “lively hoods” and with 1.3 billion people to care for getting things up and running and back to normalcy is going to need everyone to pitch in with whatever they can do. Whether its making masks or serving at a local soup kitchen, we are all in this together.

Mumbai City hand Asif Khan long-term deal; Bipin Singh extends stay

Some great news for Mumbai City FC fans of the ISL. The team is planning contract extensions for midfielders Asif Khan and Bipin Singh Thounaojam. Young Asif Khan has extended his stay with the Islanders until May 2024 while Bipin Singh has put pen to paper on a deal that keeps him at the Club until May 2022.

Bipin Singh joined the Islanders in the summer of 2018 and registered 7 appearances in his debut season at Mumbai City. He fortified his place in the side in his second campaign, doubling his appearances tally featuring a total of 15 times, scoring two goals and providing an assist.

Asif Khan, who rose through the ranks at the Club, was brought in to replace Anwar Ali in the 2019/20 Hero ISL squad. The 19-year old was named on the bench on one occasion in the League and continues to be a key figure for the Islanders’ Reserves in the Hero 2nd Division League.

Asif Khan said: “Having grown up in Mumbai, it’s a dream come true to be a part of Mumbai City. It is a wonderful moment for me and my family and I am thankful to the Club for the trust they’ve placed in me. I want to keep working hard, improve my game here and give nothing but my best every time I get to pull on the shirt and represent Mumbai City FC.”

Bipin Singh said: “The past two years I’ve spent in Mumbai have been fantastic for me. The environment here at Mumbai City is perfect for young footballers to come and flourish and I am delighted that I will be here for two more years. I hope to contribute much more in my time here and repay the faith the club and the fans have shown in me in these past two years.”

Indranil das Blah, CEO of Mumbai City FC said: “We are delighted to have secured the services of two fantastic young talents for the years to come. Asif is a hard-working young boy. He has great potential and has shown remarkable progress in the past year. Bipin has come to the fore as a fantastic attacking talent in his two seasons here and we’re confident he has a bright future at Mumbai City FC.”

 

Pokémon Shirts marks first anniversary with new launches

Company launches new children’s line as well as adding 100 new fabrics to its line-up.

Original Stitch – the online custom shirt service which allows customers to mix and match Pokémon prints to create unique shirts – is celebrating its first anniversary since debuting in Tokyo.

To mark the milestone, the company is adding 100 new Pokémon fabrics referencing Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver – and inspired by the Johto region in the games – to the original 151 patterns currently available.

Customers can create their own unique shirt, choosing fabrics at six different parts of the shirt: collar, inner collar, cuffs, inner cuffs, base and pocket.

In addition, the company has expanded to feature children’s sizes meaning that everyone in the family can now wear their favourite Pokémon on their shirt.

Source: https://www.licensingsource.net/pokemon-shirts-marks-first-anniversary-with-new-launches/

Shoppers Stop betting big on beauty space

Despite the adverse economic conditions, the K Raheja owned Shoppers Stop is betting big on the beauty space reports Moneycontrol.com.

shoppers-stop-retail-outlet

According to Rajiv Suri, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Shoppers Stop, the company is on track to achieve its target of opening 50 stores in the current financial year.

“This year, we have opened 28 stores (eight department and 20 beauty) and plan to open 22 stores (four department, 11 beauty and seven airport stores) by March,” said Suri.

It operates over 300 departmental stores, spanning 4.4 million square feet, in 50 cities across India.

The last quarter saw a 9.6% jump in revenue from the beauty segment which has led management to focus on this opportunity and see if it can be propelled further. It is present across more than 400 fashion brands and 32 fashion categories.