Director of Cakewalk and Season’s Greetings, Ram Kamal Mukherjee lists amongst top 50 Influential Content Professional in Asia.
Noted author and filmmaker Ram Kamal Mukherjee will be conferred with the prestigious Most Influential Content Professional Award at World Marketing Congress in Mumbai this November. He happens to be the only personality from film fraternity to make it to the top 50 influencers list in Asia. “We are extremely honoured to have Indian filmmaker and noted author Ram Kamal Mukherjee our esteemed winner at the World Marketing Congress,” says Dr R L Bhatia, founder of World Marketing Congress.
The award is a result of an intensely researched process undertaken by the research cell, which consists of postgraduates in History, and Management with a combined 100 years research experience. It is the hard work and intense work ethic of the research cell to produce a shortlist of individuals who are doing extraordinary work and track the record of their achievements. A jury comprising of senior professionals from across the globe then reviews the shortlist. “This will be for the first time that anyone from entertainment industry will be receiving this coveted award,” adds Dr Bhatia.
“I am truly honoured to receive this prestigious award, as a filmmaker and one of the founder member of Assorted Motion Pictures, this encourages us to make bigger and better content for digital consumers,” says Ram Kamal Mukherjee. The award will be conferred at a gala show in Mumbai at Taj Lands End on November 22nd. The award will bring the best industry professionals who have made an outstanding contribution in the Branding and Marketing fraternity. The award aims to reward the best in the industry and enhance their reputations.
The award is also in association with CMO Asia Awards, a premium forum bringing elite marketers, brand custodians, advertising and creative honchos together under one roof. Ram Kamal further adds, “User generated content will become the voice of brands. Customers will determine the direction of marketing efforts and the tone it takes with their own input, commentary and original content. Content communities will feel similar to social media, but will only be relational to the products and services people are using. Brands can then source this content to discover an even higher level of personalisation.”
Ram Kamal is India’s first Power Brand Film Journalist and Biographer, who is best known for his biographies on Hema Malini and Sanjay Dutt. Being a former editor of Stardust magazine and Vice President with Pritish Nandy Communications. He became India’s youngest biographer at the age of 26 with his coffee table book Diva Unveiled.
“This year his name topped in the content influencers because of two reasons. He remains India’s first filmmaker to release his short film Cakewalk in a satellite television channel Rishey Cineplex, while his second film Season’s Greetings has been acquired by Zee5 at a whopping price, while Mr Amitabh Bachchan unveiled the first look of the film. While most filmmakers are releasing their short length feature films on YouTube, Ram Kamal is probably the first to break the rule,” adds Dr Bhatia.
Ram Kamal created innovative marketing strategies to get eyeballs for his product. While he had Hema Malini unveil the first look of Cakewalk in London, he promoted the film in Dubai and created record with multi city tour promotion with Esha Deol. He also became the first director to integrate a short film promotion in Lakme Fashion Week. He also became the first director to be invited at BBC London for his film Cakewalk.
Former winners in this category from India has been Faizan Ahmad, National Head Content Marketing from The Hindu, Nicola Eliot, Director, BBC Global News and Priyanka Sehgal, Vice President Content & Strategy, TV & Digital Network18.
To complete my film ‘Emergency’, I mortgaged every single thing I owned: Kangana Ranaut
Kangana Ranaut finished the shoot of her much awaited film ‘Emergency’ recently. But finishing this film wasn’t an easy journey for the actress. She went through a lot of ups and downs while finishing this period drama where she plays former PM, Indira Gandhi.
Talking about all the difficulties she faced to complete the film, Kangana recently said, “Whatever task I take up, I make sure I finish it. But to finish the film, I had to mortgage all my properties, every single thing I owned as I am also banking the film as a producer. Moreover, mortgaging all my property to complete the film wasn’t a big deal. I am someone who makes all my big decisions within minutes. The main struggle was running to banks back-to-back while shooting the film. Somehow, it hampers your work big time.”
Kangana, who made her entry into Bollywood with ‘Gangster’ in 2006, also spoke about her initial days in Bollywood. “When I came to Mumbai, I had only ₹500. So, if I lose all my property after ‘Emergency’ release and I’m completely ruined, it won’t matter much. I am very confident and strong enough to stand up on my feet once again and bounce back. Such possessions hold no meaning for me to be frank,” said Kangana to the paparazzi during the ‘Emergency’ wrap-up party held recently.
With 7000 luxury cars, gold fitted private jets, Sultan of Brunei has everything money can buy
With a personal wealth of £15 billion (approx rupees one lakh crore) Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah (76) has been the king for over 54 years now. Sultans huge fortune is said to increase by £80 (₹7000) per second from just oil assets that he possesses. The Sultan is the second wealthiest monarch in the world after the King of Thailand
Flew his hairdresser via private jet for a £19,000 haircut!
Such has been the Sultans lifestyle that he once flew his barber in his private jet for a single haircut, which cost him a total of £19,000 (approx ₹16.5 lakh) Not just this but hes also known to have his polo shoes flown by his helicopter for a match.
Once court papers in 2012 revealed that he paid £1.26 million (approx. ₹10.92 crore) to his badminton coach, £1.25million (approx. ₹10 crore) for acupuncture, massage and spent £50,000 (approx. ₹ 43 lakh) on guards for his exotic birds.
The Sultan, who spends around £17million (approx. ₹147 crore) on just jewellery as presents for his family members, paid two of his housekeepers £7million (approx. ₹60 crore) each! Once, the Royal Family spent so much at London jewellers Asprey that, in 1995, he decided to buy the entire company at a cost of £320million (approx. ₹2700 crore)!
Multiple marriages, divorces
In 1965, the Sultan married his cousin Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha, with whom he has six children, including Crown Prince Al-Muhtadee.
The Sultan remarried, but Raja still remains his wife and the Queen Consort. He married Hajah Mariam in 1982 a year before first wife Queen Saleha gave birth to their sixth child. He met her while she was working as an airhostess on a national airline.
He divorced Hajah (who was the mother of four children) in 2003 and stripped her off her royal titles. He then married TV presenter Azrinaz Mazhar, with whom he had two children before they divorced in 2010.
Micheal Jackson performed for Sultan’s 6000 subjects on his birthday
Father of 12, Sultan celebrated the weddings of his five children for a week by spending millions on each wedding. When Sultans eldest son Crown Prince, married a teenager Sarah Salleh (17), she wore jewel-encrusted Christian Louboutin heels and pure gold anklet. His daughter, Princess Azemah, 38, married her first cousin in week-long wedding on January 25, 2023.
For his oldest daughter’s wedding, Princess Rashidah, American singer Whitney Houston was flown in to sing at the reception and the Sultan paid her £5.5million (approx. ₹47 crore).
Sultans 50th birthday in 1996 was celebrated for over 15 days that cost him over £20 million (₹173 crore). The extravagant celebrations comprised a polo match, gala dinner for 3,000 at the opulent Palace where caviar from the endangered beluga was served.
Apart from this, the guests enjoyed free-flow of champagne. Not just this, the Sultan paid Micheal Jackson £14 million (approx ₹120 crore), for which the pop singer performed at three concerts – one for Sultans 6000 subjects and two for his private guests. The Sultan as a token presented every guest of his a solid gold medal!
1788 rooms, 257 bathrooms, air-conditioned stable for ponies
The Sultan resides at the Instana Nurul Iman Palace, which is the largest Royal residence in the world. The residence that was built over two years costs over £1billion (approx. ₹8600 crore) that includes 1788 rooms and 257 bathrooms.
With gold and diamond all over, the residence has five huge swimming pools, a banquet hall that can accommodate over 5000 guests and a mosque with a capacity of 1500 people. Apart from all this, there’s also a fully air-conditioned stable for Sultans 200 polo ponies (small horses)!
Most expensive private house in UK
The Sultan owns a lavish house in Londons most expensive area Regent Park, St Johns Lodge that consists of three linked properties. The same property in London was bought for £40million in 1994 (estimated to be worth £110 million [approx. ₹953 crore]) by making it the most expensive private house in the United Kingdom!
Known for being generous in gifting huge properties to his family members, the Sultan also owns plush properties on the Gold Coast of Australia, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, to name a few.
The Sultan in 1997 gifted his playboy brother Prince Jefri a mansion worth £45 million (approx. ₹390 crore) in Las Vegas that has 92 rooms, 29 bedrooms, 42 bathrooms, a tennis court, three swimming pools and a huge garage that houses 11 cars.
7000 cars worth £5billion
With almost 7000 cars, the Sultan possess the world’s largest car collection that include over 600 Rolls Royce, 500 Mercedes, 450 Ferraris, 380 Bentleys, over 100 Koenigsegg, 21 Lamborghinis, 11 Aston Martins, 179 Jaguars and 209 BMWs. His £5billion (approx ₹43000 crore) collection also includes a 24-carat gold-plated silver Spur Limo used for Royal weddings.
Private jets decorated in gold
Not just cars, the Sultan is the proud owner of the £233 million (approx. ₹2000 crore) customised Boeing 747, with a living room and bedroom decorated in gold and crystals and washbasins of solid gold.
Apart from this, he also owns a customised Airbus worth £75m (approx. ₹649 crore) and a Boeing 767 worth £136m (approx. ₹1200 crore).
(PS: The figures are an approximate value calculated as per the current market price, which have been sourced from The Sun)
17-year-old girl gang-raped in car at Nagpur
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