2013-02-26 15:44:57 - The remarkable growth of Punjabi cinema in terms of films produced and the size of the industry, has also caused the biggest Punjabi Film Awards in India and indeed worldwide, to become even bigger this year.
Mumbai, 26th Feb, 2013: Even as the Punjabi film industry is growing at a spectacular rate, the biggest Punjabi Film Awards, from the PTC Network, are poised to grow even bigger. This year, the PTC Punjabi Film Awards will be telecast deferred live in India and all over the world, making it the world's single largest Punjabi Commercial Movies' Awards Extravaganza.
The prestigious PTC Punjabi Film Awards 2013 show will feature some of the best and most popular and entertaining presenters, a solid lineup of entertaining acts and the best of stars from Punjabi films and Bollywood attending the extravaganza scheduled for the 1st of March 2013. Top Punjabi GEC PTC Punjabi will air the spectacular awards show deferred live with
only a 30-minute delay.
Ms. Rajiee M Shinde, Director & CEO – PTC Punjabi, PTC News & PTC Chak De said, "The PTC Punjabi Film Awards are our tribute to the fast growing world of Punjabi films and we are particularly delighted that both, the PTC Network and these awards that we created, not only highlight the popularity of Punjabi cinema, but have also contributed to its strong growth."
The PTC Punjabi Film Awards started in 2011 and have grown bigger over the years. The Punjabi Film Industry too has kept pace, growing strongly.
Mrs Shinde, who has been a driving force behind the conceptualization, iteration and execution of the PTC Punjabi Film Awards, says, "Viewers have always loved the Punjabi Film Awards, because of the quality, scale and grandeur of Punjabi and Bollywood star presence, the exciting presentation format and the entertainment acts that they offer. Last year, top star from Bollywood Punjabi cinema, like Dharam Ji (Dharmendra), Akshay Kumar, Ritesh Deshmukh, Ali Zafar, Tusshar Kapoor, Anupam Kher, Gulshan Grover, Om Puri, Prem Chopra, Gurdas Maan, Harbhajan Maan, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Raza Murad, Goldie Behl, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Malkit Singh, Puneet Issar, as well as the glamorous ladies of Bollywood like Anushka Sharma, Genelia Deshmukh, Aditi Rao, Anita Raj and Jaspinder Narula, attended the spectacular show of PTC Punjabi Film Awards. We awarded LifeTime Achievement awards to Dheeraj Kumar and Yograj Singh last year, and to Raza Murad and Satish Kaul in 2012."
Mr. Rabindra Narayan, President – PTC Punjabi, PTC News & PTC Chak De, said, “The PTC Network, with the largest reach in Punjab, will not only take the awards across India, but also across the world to USA, Canada and Australia. In UK, the awards will be recorded and telecast. Viewers will be able to watch the show, making this the single largest Punjabi Commercial Movies' extravaganza worldwide.”
Even as the PTC Punjabi Film Awards have grown over the years, the Punjabi film industry too has seen extremely strong growth.
Ms Shinde said, "According to industry sources, in 2011, only 10 Punjabi films were released. This grew to more than double in 2012, when as many as 24 Punjabi films were released. And it is expected that as many as 40 Punjabi films are expected to be released in 2013. This is a phenomenal rate of growth, and demonstrates the strong role of regional entertainment, and especially Punjabi films, in fuelling the overall growth of the Media & Entertainment industry in India.
Not only has the number of released Punjabi films grown, they are also getting better and better in quality. “This can be seen with the impressive lineup of the final shortlist of nominations at the PTC Punjabi Film Awards 2013,” Mr Narayan said. “Of the 24 films released in 2012, more than half have received one or more nominations across 22 competition categories and a total of 127 nominees. The PTC Punjabi Film Awards will also felicitate top movie icons with the prestigious PTC Punjabi Film Awards for Lifetime Achievement for their mammoth contributions to the industry.
“This stupendous growth is because of the growing popularity of Punjabi films amongst Punjabi and even other, Hindi speaking, audiences,” Mr. Narayan said.
Significantly, every Punjabi film released is marketed on the PTC Network, across all three channels (GEC, Music, and News). In India, PTC Punjabi has exclusive telecast rights to a large majority of the successful Punjabi films released across the last couple of years. No Punjabi film opens in theatres without prior promotion on PTC channels.
Mr. Narayan said, “As a network catering to the entertainment- and media needs of millions of viewers across PHCHP and across
the globe, we are proud to have made a strong contribution to the growth of Punjabi cinema. Today, Punjabi films are setting the pace in terms of growth and return on investment in the Media & Entertainment industry.”
Ms. Shinde concluded, "When we created the PTC Punjabi Film Awards, we had set out to create a benchmark for not just our own industry, but the category of awards, and I am glad that in terms of its scale and sweep, the PTC Punjabi Film Awards' 2013 edition will cover, recognize, reward and serve an industry that is growing phenomenally. We are confident that our viewers will love the latest edition, and the wonderful people who create Punjabi cinema will continue to respect and acknowledge these awards as the pinnacle of professional recognition and achievement."
PROFILE OF MS RAJIEE M SHINDE - CEO & DIRECTOR – PTC PUNJABI, PTC NEWS & PTC CHAK DE
Ms Rajiee M Shinde, (Co-promoter) CEO & Director – PTC Network is a media visionary who has been associated with Punjabi Entertainment and Media for nearly 17 years. Ms Shinde has held high profile posts with the best Punjabi Channels aired in India and across the world. Her career began with Srishti Videocorp’s Channel YES. She rose through the ranks and soon joined Home TV (of Hindustan Times) as the Head of the Promo Division. From here, she moved onto the ZEE Group, and was promoted to Business Head of ETC Channel Punjabi and Zee Punjabi. She was also heading the programming division for Alpha ETC Punjabi (in UK & USA). She currently heads GNext Media Pvt Ltd; under the aegis of which PTC Network of Channels exist in India, as CEO & Director. PTC Punjabi is aired across the globe, catering to the Punjabi Community worldwide.
Ms. Shinde has been instrumental in launching LIVE telecasts of events in various parts of India as well as abroad. Her biggest success has been organizing of grand scale events in different parts of the world including Trafalgar Square (London), New Zealand, UAE and Canada which were attended by top dignitaries of the country.
Ms. Shinde specializes in design and development of high-interest television software and entertainment events. Among the various Reality Talent Hunt shows conceptualized and produced by her at PTC, the most prominent ones are PTC Punjabi Music Awards- a felicitation of the greatest talent in the Punjabi Music Industry, PTC Punjabi Film Awards - the Annual Punjabi Film Awards; Miss PTC Punjabi – a Talent- and Beauty Hunt for deserving Punjabi girls, Voice of Punjab – a Singing Talent Hunt show in Punjab, and Laughter Da Master – a Stand-up Comedy Talent Hunt Show.
PROFILE OF MR. RABINDRA NARAYAN - PRESIDENT – PTC PUNJABI, PTC NEWS & PTC CHAK DE
A pioneer in the field of Punjabi television, Mr Narayan was the leader of the team that launched first-ever Punjabi satellite channel, Punjabi World. He has played an important role in putting Gurbani on the world’s television map as the team led by him started beaming Gurbani Kirtan from Sri Darbar Sahib, Amritsar, in 1998. He has also been honoured with the Delhi State Punjabi Media Award by Delhi. Government’s Punjabi Academy in 2003. Mr Narayan has also contributed his might to the cause of Punjabi theatre, where he has worked as an actor, director, designer since 1983 with Dr. C.D. Sidhu and others. He was also the General Secretary with Collegiate Drama Society which has staged over 2000 Shows during the past two decades. His biggest achievement was the creation of the first-ever sound-n-light multi-media stage show, Aazaadi Dey Taraaney, to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Indian Independence. Narayan has also been a respected journalist. He was Asstt. Editor with The Weekly SUN in the early Nineties and before that he was Culture Editor with Sunday Mail. He was also a respected music and film critic during his stint as a journalist and wrote columns in various publications.
Essentially a team man, Narayan continues to serve the cause of Punjab, Punjabi and Punjabiyat through the Punjabi channels. Narayan is the Founder-Director of G Next Media Pvt Ltd which runs PTC NETWORK of channels.