Investment is the action or process of investing money for profit or return. There are better investments which once done, promise you a life time supply of blockbuster returns and savings! Since we turn to celebrities for everything from fashion to advice on how not to sink a relationship, it is but natural to look at them for some investment matters. And being super stars, they do everything big-even their investments. So here’s a look at few famous people and their super smart ideas.
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Mumbai: Bollywood's Munnabhai, Sanjay Dutt, has become an entrepreneur. Sanjay Dutt serving jail sentence until next year for his alleged role in the 1993 Bombay blasts, has bought a franchise in the UAE-based Masters Champions League (MCL). Dutt's wife, Maanyata, who's been looking after his business interests in his absence, worked on the deal with the new league for retired international cricketers that will get underway next year. MCL, which will kick off next year, will feature retired international cricketers in six franchises in the inaugural season. Among some of the prominent names that have already announced their participation in the tournament are former Indian batsman Virender Sehwag, West Indian legend Brian Lara and former South African captain Graeme Smith. As a family, we have always been passionate about sport. Sanjay, in particular, has been an avid sports enthusiast since childhood," said Maanyata. Talent management company, CA KWAN, along with Maanyata, will look after the new business venture until the actor is released from jail. Sanjay Dutt is expected to complete his sentence next year. This is not Dutt’s first sports venture. In 2012, he had set up the Super Fight League, along with Raj Kundra, former co-owner actor of the Rajasthan Royals IPL team and actor Shilpa Shetty’s husband.
Bangalore : Celebrities stepping into business is not new and bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan is the next one who has expressed his willingness to invest in technologies such as start-ups but is awaiting a concept to take shape which will provide opportunities for people to grow. “Why not? I am very proactive in my mind about being enabled and give opportunities and platform for people to grow. We have lot of talent and it needs to be nurtured. So if I find something that I believe in, I would invest my efforts and money. It could be startups or could be on the lines of sendmygift.com,” he said after the launch of an e-commerce marketplace for gifting in Bengaluru. Hrithik launched the online gift portal sendmygift.com, designed by the TGS group. It will help people select and deliver apt gifts for their loved ones. Many celebrities like cricketer Yuvraj Singh had invested in business and had launched youwecan ventures, which has made investments in jetsetgo, a marketplace for private jets and helipcopters. The cricketer also invested in cybiz bright star restaurants private limited, a company that has been entrusted by US-based premium burger chain carl’s jr to open 100 franchises across India. Also, recently, Indian badminton player Saina Nehwal showed her interest to invest in various business ventures. Asked if he would invest on startups catering the fashion, film or glamour world, Hrithik said it could be anything and he would be happy if it could contribute towards making the world a better place to live. “It could be anything (not only in the field of glamour, film or fashion). For me, it has to be something that has to be a contribution to the world for better place,” he said. Hrithik already has launched his own casual wear brand, hrx, which had debuted online through an exclusive partnership with myntra.com. Brand hrx is entirely owned by the actor. Shah Rukh Khan, Arjun Rampal, Shilpa Shetty, Amitabh Bachchan, Zeenat Aman, Lata Mangeshkar and cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni have launched products, mostly fragrances, in their names in the past. Talking about sendmygift.com, portal chairman and managing director Mandeep Kaur said, “Latest research shows that the most of the gifting is done by the people between the age group of 18-35, so by associating with celebrities such as Hrithik, sendmygift is aiming to reach out to this target segment.”
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Hyderabad: ‘Baahubali’, the magnum opus movie and one of the top grossers this year, by Telugu film maker SS Rajamouli, will be aired on Sony Max TV this Sunday. The channel is going to town with repeated promos on the channel about the upcoming telecast. It is not just because the film had wowed with some spectacular scenes but also because there is a huge following for the film content among the Hindi heartland viewers. Neeraj Vyas, Executive Vice-President and Business Head of (Sony MAX and MIX), said that about 25 per cent of all the content in the film genre that Hindi TV channels air is non-Bollywood. “Of this, about 90 per cent is Telugu, followed by Tamil,” he said. The channel expects a 5+ rating for ‘Baahubali’ this Sunday, on par with the ratings that generally come for blockbuster hits of stars like Shahrukh Khan and Salman Khan. “There has been a general acceptance for Telugu films in the northern states of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar. The themes are universal and are appealing,” Neeraj Vyas said. The film reportedly grossed six times more than the Rs. 18 crore that Rajnikanth’s ‘Enthiran’ collected a few years ago for the dubbed version. The price of TV telecast rights, which hit the zenith in the last few years with the channels vying with one another to pocket the flicks, has witnessed a correction this year. “The industry has seen a correction of 20-25 per cent this year. There is a scope for 10-15 per cent more correction. Then, it will be a true value for both sides,” he pointed out. The General Entertainment Channels (GEC) has a share of 34 per cent, followed by film channels with 14-15 per cent. The TV channels attract about three-fourths of the Rs. 32,000-crore advertisement pie in the country.
Pune : Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's “Jazbaa" box office collection has declined in its second week after the release of "Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2". The second weekend box office collection of "Jazbaa" is less than Rs 3 crore. "Jazbaa".had an average box office run, but the film has managed to earn the production cost. "#Jazbaa [Week 2] Fri 57 lacs, Sat 71 lacs, Sun 89 lacs. Total: ₹ 23.75 cr. India biz," trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted. The 10-day domestic box office collection of "Jazbaa" stands at Rs 23.75 crore and after adding the satellite and music rights, overseas box office collection and digital, in-film and syndication, the film has earned more than its production cost Rs 33 crore, according to Koimoi.com. Meghna Gulzar's "Talvar", on the other hand, had a better third weekend compared to Aishwarya's "Jazbaa" second weekend. "Talvar" earned Rs 2.25 crore in its third weekend, whereas Aishwarya's film earned Rs 2.17 crore in its second weekend run. The 17-day box office collection of "Talvar" now stands at Rs 28.20 crore. While "Talvar" is doing wonders at the box office, Akshay Kumar's "Singh Is Bling", which was released with the former, earnings has declined drastically. "Singh Is Bling" third weekend box office collection is in the same range as "Jazbaa". The comedy entertainer will not cross Rs 100 crore marks in India and the collection is expected to end with Rs 91 crore lifetime total.
Celebrities are in a rather risky business, where it is truly a one-man show and anything could go wrong, right from a series of flops that end their career to health issues. People both in the field of sports and entertainment these days take the precautions to protect themselves, their families and careers in the case that something should go wrong. In many such cases it is the celeb’s body part that is insured and that too sometimes at mind-boggling values. Take a look at these eight Bollywood celebrities and the body parts they have insured:
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