Lodha Developers cannot do an IPO because of past violations

SEBI, the chief Regulator for all share markets in India, has kept Realty biggie Lodha Developers’ maiden push towards an IPO in abeyance “for examination of past violations,” latest update with the markets watchdog showed. The IPO proposal is for Rs. 55,000 Crores. Why has that happened? Okay, before that let me introduce some of you who do not yet know Lodha Developers very well. Privately-held Lodha Group is developing around 40 million sq ft area and has 31 ongoing projects in London, Mumbai Metropolitan Region, Pune, Bengaluru and Hyderabad.…

The Soorma Trailer Review

Let us see what Soorma is all about! I always have great expectations from Shaad Ali. He, of the Mani Ratnam School of film making. So, is there a wee bit of Mani here? No, as you can see, there is nothing that says Mani Ratnam was Shaad’s mentor for a long while. The initial scenes show a boy being punished for being naughty and not playing hockey well. There is a loving mum. There is a coach who’s glowering and there’s a support system that’s Punjabi and humorous. There’s…

The OTT world has just expanded that bit more with MX Player acquisition by Times Internet

Time Internet has made an acquisition. Times Internet did not want to go the hard way and create a complete OTT service for the millennial population and so the have gone after the next best option. Buy a successful streaming service that has got some premium content and just go big bang straight away. They have spent Rs. 1000 Crores doing that. They wish to start their streaming service the next quarter. Times Internet buys MX Player for Rs 1,000 Cr, to launch a OTT service next quarter https://t.co/LZe4UBkTOj @Timesinternet…

Ride sharing cycle apps – stranded?

Just as Yulu starts to take strides in the cycle ride sharing market in Bangalore, news comes along that oBike is halting Singapore Operations. [email protected]_SG halts Singapore operations due to regulatory hurdles https://t.co/a9dNE71fcn — DealStreetAsia (@DealStreetAsia) June 25, 2018 Of course, they have made arrangements that the cycle rides shall still be possible with the Grab app that’s there for cab sharing and other stuff there but let’s talk about a larger story here: There are a few objectives that cities and states are worrying about and so regulatory issues…

Alik Sakharov and the art of the impossible

You don’t know him. I bet. But if you happen to go to Amazon Prime and watch the “Pride and Prejudice” episode of Goliath, you will know what I am speaking about. He is the director who directs Billy Bob Thornton in this most awesome show. Or if you are on Hotstar and you would want to revisit the Fire and Blood episode from Game of Thrones from back in 2011. He is the Director of Photography in that and some other episodes from that year. The lighting and the…

I had fun watching the England team yesterday

The news says they won 2-1. The news also says Harry Kane scored twice and delivered the win. Of course, some supporters went overboard like this: The Limbs are unreal #ENGTUN #ThreeLions #ENG #ItsComingHome pic.twitter.com/x5aqkGHMH7 — Dan (@ITZDANNNO) June 18, 2018 The news does not say many things. It does not say that after 25 minutes of superb passing and a slew of attacks on to the Tunisian goal, they went to sleep at the ground. The news does not say Lingard had to consult an astrologer probably to be…

Ronaldo 1-0 Messi?

What an outstanding start to this year’s football world cup with the late goals coming off late of Cristiano’s pristine curler to keep them afloat being the second favorites of the group. Portugal have seen this spree in the recent years as a footballing nation being the defending champions of euro cup 2016. This brings Cristiano much closer to winning this year’s Ballon d’ or. A hat trick against the group favorites in their starting match of the world cup isn’t a matter of joke. On the other hand, Messi…

Lust Stories – On Netflix from today

Lust Stories is the resonance of that idea that you don’t really love women, you worship them and then you lust for them when they otherwise are unapproachable or unattainable. And that is the story, in home after home. In town after town, young men have this quaint idea about women and that does not come alive even after they marry. So, whether it is a youngster or a middle aged man or even a dirty old man, they maintain these quaint notions. Lust Stories brings such stories alive through…

Veere Di Wedding!

‘Veere di Wedding’ isn’t a movie, it’s the “fuck it, let’s go to Thailand” version of film making. This is Ekta Kapoor’s chick-flick, and it’s somehow worse than that sounds. It’s clear that the idea of women being sexually active is so scandalous to her that it warrants an A-rating.     In a fair world, this would be the death of Sonam Kapoor’s acting career – her only memorable performances so far are meek cameos. Most of the actors in this film seem to be performing at gun-point –…

Jack Ryan is here on Amazon Prime from August 10th!

Jack Ryan is back. And we are creaming our pants again. Tom Clancy’s best character among all that he has managed to write thus far and trust me, he has written a lot, is this character Jack Ryan. Amazon Prime Video had signed up for this series and it’s an Amazon Original. They have casted John Krasinski as Jack Ryan among some other stellar actors and it promises to be very dishy. Watch @JohnKrasinski rise from CIA analyst to field operative in Tom Clancy’s #JackRyan, a new series streaming 8/31…