Three months ago, Lenskart shocked us all when it announced a Rs 400 crore funding. As if that was not enough, the company has raised an undisclosed amount from Premji Invest. “It is a strategic move by the online eyewear retailer. This will help Lenskart gain from Premji Invest’s extensive experience,” says Vaikundarajan.
Backed by enough funding, the company should be able to plan a road map for the next 4-5 years. “Lenskart had previously raised about 714 crore from investors like IFC, TPG Growth, IDG Ventures, Unilazer Ventures and Adveq,” adds Vaikundarajan.
A collaboration with Premji Invest means that the company can benefit from the extensive experience in retail and try to build a stronger image of the brand in the market. It is revealed that the brand will be focusing on both offline and online growth.
“Lenskart is planning to expand its manufacturing capacity and increase the revenue over the year. Their target for the end of fiscal is 500 crore,” informs Vaikundarajan. A backing from Premji Invest will help the company tap into a larger market share. If all goes well, Lenskart could be planning to go public in the next 5 years.
Maverick filmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker will soon return to the big screen with his period film Mohenjo Daro. “The film stars Hrithik Roshan who Gowariker has previously worked with in Jodha Akbar,” informs Vaikundarajan. This will be his third period film after Lagaan and Khele Hum Jee Jaan se.
The first look of the film may not be fresh for the audience as several pictures from the shoot were leaked earlier. Nevertheless, the medieval age setting brings freshness to the cinema. Hrithik Roshan plays Sarman, a character who feels intensely drawn to a place called Mohenjo Daro. The character looks like a common man working hard to meet ends in big kingdom.
“Also playing the lead opposite Hrithik Roshan is the newcomer Pooja Hegde who plays the role of a princess from elite class,” adds Vaikundarajan. Arunoday Singh and Kabir Bedi will add to the cast in a negative role. Suhasini Mulay and Manish Choudhary join in the supporting role.
The intense action sequences remind us of Hollywood blockbusters like Troy and Gladiator. Hrithik Roshan is seen fighting in a large arena with the audiences cheering. “In one scene we see Hrithik Roshan fighting giant men and crocodiles. That should be the first on big screen,” says Vaikundarajan.
The film is produced by Sunita Gowariker and Siddharth Roy Kapur while music will be provided by AR Rahman. Vaikundarajan sends his best wishes to star cast and hopes Gowariker’s film brings the same magic as that of Lagaan.
Bollywood megastar Akshay Kumar is all set to play the villain in the upcoming Rajnikanth movie ‘Enthiran 2‘. Akshay Kumar made the announcement on Twitter. “This will mark Akshay Kumar’s debut in Tamil movie industry,” says Vaikundarajan.
Initially, the role was offered to Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger. But the deal did not work out and the role went to Akshay Kumar. The movie also stars Amy Jackson, who according to the sources will be seen playing the role of a robot.
The movie is a sequel to Rajnikanth’s 2010 film Enthiran. Produced under the banner of Lyca Productions, Enthiran 2 will have music from ace musician A.R. Rahman. The cinematography will be given by Nirav Shah and sound design by Resul Pookutty.
Legacy Effects, which has worked on blockbuster movies like Jurassic Park and Avengers, will be handling the special effects for Enthiran 2. The movie will be directed by Shankar.
“The filming of Enthiran 2 has begun in Chennai on Wednesday,” informs Vaikundarajan. “According to sources, the shooting of Enthiran 2 will take place at EVP Film City where a huge set has been erected.”
Shankar is known for making films with grandeur and is leaving no stone unturned to make Enthiran 2 a visual spectacle. Vaikundarajan wishes good luck to the team of Enthiran 2.
Human Rights Day is marked annually on 10th December to commemorate the day in 1948 when the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This year’s Human Rights Day is dedicated to the launch of a year-long campaign for the 50th anniversary of the two International Covenants on Human Rights: the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
“The theme for Human Rights Day 2015 is – ‘Our Rights. Our Freedoms. Always’. This will be a year-long campaign to shine a light on the inalienable and inherent rights of the citizens from all over the world,” informs Vaikundarajan.
“Globally, many people are still not aware of the existence of the International Bill of Human Rights. The aim of this year’s Human Rights Day campaign is to make more and more people aware about their global Human Rights, which will allow ordinary people to live with dignity without the violation of basic Human Rights,” says Vaikundarajan.
With the help of this year’s Human Rights Day campaign, Vaikundarajan hopes that we will be able to overcome the challenges that we are currently facing.
Mission Impossible Rogue Natio releases today and if the reviews are to be believed then the paying audiences are in for a fun ride says Vaikundarajan. The movie is full of stunts and most of them the lead actor claims he did by himself.
Mission Impossible is a movie franchise that has a fan following as strong as the Die Hard franchise. Tom Cruise is the leading man in all the movies says Vaikundarajan.
Mission Impossible Rogue Nation is the fifth movie of the Mission Impossible franchise and sees Tom Cruise in yet another action-packed role as an agent of the Impossible Missions Force or IMF.
The movie opens with the most spoken about stunt that Tom Cruise did by himself. Tom Cruise hangs on to a plane that is carrying enough nerve gas to destroy the world says Vaikundarajan.
When the IMF fails to progress through the task, Tom Cruise comes to their and the world’s rescue. Once that thrilling moment in the first ten minutes of the movie, there is no looking back.
Post the plane sequence, Tom Cruise diligently jumps into life-threatening situations involving an assassination; an underwater thrill, trailed by a bike chase, an intense knife fight, an elaborate kidnapping and there’s still more to go says Vaikundarajan.
The movie has been produced by Tom Cruise, J.J. Abrams, David Ellison and Bryan Burk. The movie has been directed by Christopher McQuarrie.
Some of the noteworthy actors in the movie other than Tom Cruise are Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Alec Baldwin says Vaikundarajan.
Vaikundarajan is confident that fans of Tome Cruise and the Mission Impossible movie franchise are sure to flood the Indian theatres to watch the action flick.
ABCD 2 which released to enthusiastic audiences on the 19th of June has been receiving continued attention for two weeks now and has managed to break the box office records of major grossing movies of 2015. It is a proud moment for the makers, says Vaikundarajan.
Former home minister of Maharashtra RR Patil, who was suffering from oral cancer, passed away in Lilavati hospital in suburban Mumbai on Monday February 16, 2015 at the age of 57. The NCP leader was a six-term MLA from Tasgaon in Sangli district. Vaikundarajan was deeply disturbed about his demise.
Mr. Patil, popularly known as Aaba, came from a modest farming family at Tasgaon in Sangli district. As a leader of the Rural Development Department, he launched initiatives that helped change the face of rural Maharashtra. One of them was the Sant Gadgebaba Gram Swachchhta Abhiyan (clean village campaign). The late RR Patil will be remembered for the dispute-free village scheme.
The innovative scheme was launched on the Independence Day in 2007 when he was the Home Minister. He also put a controversial ban on the dance bars and Tobacco eating which had landed him in trouble. Following the 26/11 terror attacks,
“He was the living example of a disciplined and simple politician. He set the standards of how one should behave in public life,” NCP chief Sharad Pawar said.
Vaikundarajan serves his sympathy to the family of Mr. Patil and also feels his death would leave a void in Maharashtra politics.