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One of India’s biggest superstars, Akshay Kumar turns 50 this year and has done over a whopping 120 films in his glorious career.

With one of the highest number of hits and eight movies in the Rs. 100 crore club, Akshay Kumar’s films across genres have been consistently successful at the Box Office and have broken several viewership records on television as well. With a marvelous career spanning over 25 years, Zee Cinema will treat the Khiladi’s fans with his films every Saturday at 9 PM under the on-going property ‘Shanivaar Ki Raat Akshay Ke Saath’ On his birthday, Zee Cinema, World’s Largest Theatre for Hindi Movies showcases the romantic musical Andaaz for the first time on television on Saturday, 9th September at 9 PM.

There are lesser instances in Bollywood where a single film presents two female debutantes; that too competing beauty queens. However, director Suneel Darshan introduced Miss Universe Lara Dutta and Miss World Priyanka Chopra in Andaaz and gave Hindi Cinema two prolific faces. Suneel Darshan commented, “I had come across a picture of Akshay and Lara together in a magazine. Lara did not look like the text-book definition of Indian beauty and was very contemporary. And combined with her strong command over Hindi she was locked for the role. Priyanka Chopra once walked into my office for some work and the way she carried herself; I knew she was the perfect fit for the character. I realized that the entire perception of female beauty would change once the movie hits the screens.”

With Akshay Kumar in the lead, this was the first universal hit of 2003 and the rest as they say is history. The music album of the movie is another highlight and the composer duo Nadeem-Shravan gave popular hits including Rabba Ishq Na Hoye, Kissise Tum Pyar Karo, Yeh Pyar Toh Hai Ek Dhoka and Aaj Kehna Zaroori Hai that are still celebrated today.

Raj (Akshay Kumar) shifts to Dehradun with his family and befriends Kajal (Lara Dutta). Growing up, Raj falls for Kajal but fails to express his feelings. He leaves for his Air Force training and returns only to find out Kajal getting married to a businessman Karan Singhania (Aman Verma). Dejected, Raj shifts to Cape Town and meets a vivacious Jiya (Priyanka Chopra). Upon his family’s insistence, Raj agrees to marry Jiya. During a visit to her family, Raj encounters Kajal, now a struggling widow. While Raj pledges to get Kajal back to life, their growing fondness bothers Jiya who happens to be Kajal’s sister-in-law. What happens next changes their lives forever.

‘Shanivaar Ki Raat Akshay Ke Saath’ celebrates the magnificent journey of Akshay Kumar with his time-honored hidden gems that will telecast for the first time on television.

 

Daughters of Mother India” Earns Recognition as Most-Awarded PR Program of the Year 

Weber Shandwick, one of the world’s leading global communications and engagement firms, has been honored with the top ranking on The Holmes Report’s 2017 Global Creative Index, marking the second time in three years that the agency has been recognized as the industry’s leading creative firm. Weber Shandwick’s “Daughters of Mother India” campaign with filmmaker Vibha Bakshi also earned top honors as the most-awarded PR program of the past 12 months.

The Global Creative Index is The Holmes Report’s annual benchmark of creative excellence in PR, ranking work and campaigns from more than 25 leading public relations, digital and marketing awards programs around the globe. According to The Holmes Report, the rankings this year factored in the “expansion of public relations work across multiple categories of advertising-oriented programs, such as Cannes Lions, recognising agencies designated for 'idea-creation.’”

“Creativity is at the core of our business. It’s not just about big ideas; we’re focused on ideas that create impact, earn attention and engagement, and help move our clients’ businesses forward,” said Andy Polansky, Chief Executive Officer, Weber Shandwick. “We’re proud to once again be recognised as a leader in creative excellence in what has clearly become an increasingly integrated marketing services landscape. We celebrate this honour with all of our colleagues and client partners around the world.”

Wednesday, 06 September 2017 00:00

Why Wisdom Can’t Be Taught

In the pursuit of wisdom, executives may find themselves taking off their masks to become truly authentic and reflective leaders.

I cannot teach anyone anything, I can only make them think.” - Socrates

The day after becoming the CEO of a company facing turbulent times, David had a dream. In it, while walking on a beach he discovered a bottle. On opening, a genie appeared offering him a wish in exchange for her freedom. Eschewing riches, fame or a long life, David opted for the one thing he knew he needed to help him guide his people in the best way possible. He chose the gift of wisdom.

In today’s hyperactive digital age, attaining wisdom is a challenge. With tablets and phones and their various apps constantly vying for our immediate attention, it is increasingly difficult to find the time and mental space for making meaningful connections or engaging in the deep conversations, reflection, emotional awareness, empathy and compassion, necessary in its pursuit.

Indeed, it is an unfortunate fact for many leaders in David’s position, that while wisdom requires education, education does not necessarily make people wise. As Professor Charles Gragg noted in his classic case study “Because Wisdom Can't Be Told”, the mere act of listening to wise statements and sound advice doesn’t necessarily ensure the transfer of wisdom.

What does it mean to be wise?

People often equate wisdom with intelligence or being knowledgeable; but all too often, it becomes apparent that being intelligent and being wise are quite different things. The world is full of brilliant people who intellectualise without really understanding the essence of things. In contrast, wise people try to grasp the deeper meaning of what is known and strive to better understand the limits of their knowledge.

Wisdom implies more than merely being able to process information in a logical way. Knowledge becomes wisdom when we have the ability to assimilate and apply this knowledge to make the right decisions. As the saying goes, ‘knowledge speaks but wisdom listens’. Wise people are blessed with good judgement. In addition, they possess the qualities of sincerity and authenticity, the former implying a willingness to say what you mean, the latter to be what you are.

Wise people are also humble; their humility deriving from a willingness to recognise the limitations of their knowledge. They accept that there are things they will never know. By accepting their ignorance, they are better prepared to bear their own fallibility. People who are wise know when what they are doing makes sense, but also when it will not be good enough. Ironically, it is exactly this kind of self-knowledge that pushes them to do something about it.

Wisdom can be looked at from both a cognitive and emotional perspective. Cognitively, wise people have the ability to see the big picture. They are able to put things in perspective; to rise above their personal viewpoint and observe a situation from many different angles (thus avoiding simplistic black-and-white thinking). From an emotional perspective, people acknowledged for their wisdom are reflective, introspective and tolerant of ambiguity. They know how to manage negative emotions, and possess both empathy and compassion; qualities that differentiate them in an interpersonal context.

Ironically, what makes wisdom more important than success and riches is that it enables us to live well. Our mental and physical health flourishes when we are congruent with our beliefs and values. As Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” Wise people are attuned to what constitutes a meaningful life. They know how to plan for and manage such a life. This implies self-concordance, behaving consistently with their values, a journey that requires self-exploration, self-knowledge and self-responsibility.

Age doesn’t make us wiser

So, how can we acquire wisdom and can we expedite its acquisition? Becoming wise is a very personal quest. It is only through our own experiences, learning how to cope with the major tragedies and dilemmas embedded within life’s journey, that we will discover our own capacities and learn how to create wisdom.

Setbacks are memorable growth experiences contributing to a deeper understanding of the vicissitudes of life. Overcoming difficult situations contributes to an increased appreciation of life and the recognition of new possibilities. These experiences enable us to rise above our own perspectives and see things as they are.

Unfortunately, wisdom is not something that automatically comes with the passing of years. While older people may be more capable than their younger counterparts, many never put their life experiences to good use. To acquire the required sense of reflectivity may necessitate the help of others. Educators, coaches, psychotherapists and mentors can play a significant role, not only by assisting with the dissemination of knowledge but by helping those searching for wisdom work through challenging experiences and encouraging them to work on emotional awareness, emotional self-regulation, relational skills and mindfulness.

A number of specific steps can be taken to expedite the road to wisdom. In my work with executives I have found that creating a learning community in which participants have the opportunity to tell their stories, not only has a cathartic effect but also helps wisdom come to bear. While written case studies can be helpful, life case studies narrated by participants have a much more dramatic, emotional impact. Telling and listening to personal stories is a starting point for a deeper understanding of oneself and others, and helps participants learn to hear what’s not being said.

Wisdom and authenticity

A learning community is also a great place to practice open-mindedness. Encouraging participants to step out of their comfort zone and to deal with people who are very different from themselves, leads to a deeper understanding and acceptance of the ambiguous nature of things. If designed in a holistic manner, these communities are a great exercise in humility, giving participants a better awareness of their limitations as well as a greater ability to integrate their knowledge and experiences when dealing with the challenges ahead.

In their pursuit of wisdom, group members will be encouraged to learn from their mistakes, to think before acting and, by taking off their masks, to become more authentic in living their values.


Written by Manfred Kets de Vries, INSEAD Distinguished Clinical Professor of Leadership Development & Organisational Change

This article is republished courtesy of INSEAD Knowledge. Copyright INSEAD 2017

Wednesday, 06 September 2017 00:00

Starcom wins BookMyShow media business

BookMyShow brings Starcom on board as media partner

Press Release: Starcom has won the media mandate of BookMyShow. The mandate includes print, television, radio, cinema and outdoor. BookMyShow is India’s largest online entertainment ticketing platform that allows users to book tickets for movies, plays, sports and live events through its website, mobile app and mobile site. Founded in Mumbai in 1999 and launched in 2007, BookMyShow is now present in over 650 towns and cities across India, currently meeting the entertainment demands of millions of customers.

Says Mallikarjun Das, Group CEO, Starcom India, “We are pleased to be working with BookMyShow, a reputed brand and a one-stop destination for entertainment screenings and events in India. The Starcom approach is to drive human actions and thereby business outcomes through transformative experiences and data-driven communication. BookMyShow is expanding rapidly and we look forward to unlocking new consumer connections for them and delivering bang for the buck on their media investments. We will provide them with agile solutions and help them achieve maximum exposure and eyeballs.”

Marzdi Kalianiwala, VP- Business Intelligence and Marketing, BookMyShow said, “We are pleased to welcome Starcom on board as a strategic media partner and look forward to benefiting from their experience and expertise in integrated communication strategies. We have always kept our users at the centre of our universe and as we scale and embark on new and exciting opportunities, we are confident that together with Starcom we will be able to reach out to our users more effectively and efficiently.”

Wednesday, 06 September 2017 00:00

AI Start-ups Set to Disrupt Healthcare Market

A new report from Juniper Research has forecast that annual spending on CAD (computer aided diagnosis) systems will reach $800 million globally by 2022, as AI (artificial intelligence) start-ups exert greater impact on healthcare delivery.

Driven by the improved accuracy and usability of CAD systems, this will result in faster and more accurate diagnoses for patients, as well as reduced pressure on doctors. By 2022, 28.4 million chronic disease scans will be fed into first-line CAD systems annually.

AI Set to Revolutionise Healthcare Delivery

The new research, Digital Health: Vendor Analysis, Emerging Technologies & Market Forecasts 2017-2022, found that AI is increasingly being applied to a varied range of use cases, from powering chatbots to understanding patients’ symptoms or interpreting genomic data sets.

It found that despite emerging use cases, the use of AI for CAD systems was still the most compelling, as it can generate significant cost savings, forecast at $126 million for first-line CAD systems in 2022.

The report found that AI will be utilised in Big Data analytics solutions, allowing the processing of more complex datasets, such as doctors’ notes in an EHR (electronic health record). Juniper believes that AI, EHR systems and analytics platforms will increasingly be integrated into one system.

The key AI start-ups applying AI to healthcare are examined in our free whitepaper: These AI Startups are Disrupting Healthcare in a Big Way. This whitepaper lists and profiles the leading AI Healthcare start-ups, essential reading for stakeholders in the sector.

AI – Trust is Needed

The research also found that AI faces significant challenges. There is a widespread perceived issue with trust, largely resulting from the so-called ‘black box’. Here, AI is unable to demonstrate how it has arrived at a decision, while it is incapable to build trust as a human would (via body language for example). Juniper observed that AI companies should demonstrate high levels of public engagement and independent verification to ensure data is being handled in the correct way.

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