5 Years Of Good Times

Meet the Jury

ALEX KURUVILLA - MD of Conde Nast India

ALEX KURUVILLA – MD of Conde Nast India
The creative brain behind Conde Nast India, Alex Kuruvilla is responsible for shaping the collective fashion-consciousness of the country. And knowing what people want has always been his forte. As Head of MTV India, he once influenced a generation of youngsters growing up. Today, with high-end lifestyle magazines Vogue, GQ, Conde Nast Traveller and AD under his stewardship, Alex is taking India’s long history of luxury in exciting new directions. A connoisseur of vintage wines and fast cars, Alex Kuruvilla is the country’s leading media mogul when it comes to fashion, travel and lifestyle.
GAUTAM SINGHANIA - Chairman and MD of Raymond Group

GAUTAM SINGHANIA – Chairman and MD of Raymond Group
Gautam Hari Singhania has always charted his own course. He successfully mapped Raymonds’ transformation from Indian textile giant into a global corporate behemoth employing over 20,000 people. A natural born leader, Gautam is also the founder of India’s only super car club. Constantly on the move, this motor-buff extraordinaire owns a fleet of yatches, speed-boats, luxury cars, helicopters and a private jet. Gautam’s competitive nature got the better of the competition at the All Star European Drifting Championship that involved several pro-drifters, and the resulting victory won him an international pro-drifting license. Relentless in his pursuit of life’s exquisite joys, his private museum houses several priceless collections and is widely regarded as a virtual drive through the history of art. Evidently, Gautam Singhania’s lifestyle reflects the philosophy made famous by his company – that of the Complete Man.
RASEEL GUJRAL - Creative Director/Head of Casa Paradox

RASEEL GUJRAL – Creative Director/Head of Casa Paradox
One of India’s most accomplished luxury decor designers, Raseel Gujral is responsible for the seduction and glamour inside several celebrity homes. Initiated into the arts by her father – the acclaimed painter Satish Gujral – Raseel found her own calling by turning interiors into high-end art studios with her vivid and cerebral designs. Raseel’s work is characterized by a constant osmosis of ideas and a collage of rich vibrant colours. Her creativity perpetually in overdrive, Raseel hosted her graphic art exhibition in Delhi recently. With her impressive oeuvre, Raseel Gujral is India’s Diva of Design.

‘Clothes should be an extension of the intellect’. With this philosophy, Sabyasachi Mukherjee wowed fashion audiences in Milan, New York and Kuala Lampur. Throughout his illustrious career, Sabyasachi’s creations have been the beautiful bridge between seemingly disparate worlds – the ethnic and the urbane, the ancient and the futuristic, Western fashion sensibilities and exotic Eastern materials. His clientele include Renne Zelleweger, Resse Witherspoon and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Sabyasachi is also the youngest board member of the National Museum of Indian Cinema. His style of fusing varied styles, cultures and elements make his clothes elegantly eclectic. The founder of the SAVE THE SAREE project, Sabyasachi’s various co-operative initiatives have helped artisans and weavers from Orissa to Tamil Nadu. Credited with bringing rusticity to the ramp, Sabyasachi Mukherjee has become a global phenomenon by staying true to his roots.

SANJAY KAPOOR – MD of Genesis Luxury
Sanjay Kapoor effortlessly made the switch from banking to banking on the Indian consumer’s love affair with lifestyle. The brains behind Genesis Luxury – India’s only luxury brand conglomerate – Sanjay shooed in the luxury shopping revolution by bringing international brands like Jimmy Choo, Bottega Veneta, Paul Smith and Canali to India. He also markets the immensely popular Satya Paul brand. With a signature style characterized by restrained elegance, Sanjay is also an avid art collector with a weakness for fast cars. For this professional aesthete, life isn’t about living, it’s about living luxuriously.

Smeeta Chakrabarti has steered NDTV’s exponential growth curve for the last 20 years. From the iconic ‘The World This Week’ to NDTV’s 4 flagship channels, Smeeta has been the brains behind the benchmark for television broadcasting standards in India. As Head of Operations – NDTV, Smeeta is responsible for the high quality content and innovative programming NDTV is renowned for. But it is her role as CEO of NDTV Lifestyle, where Smeeta’s infinite knowledge of changing consumer tastes comes to the fore. The chief-architect of blockbuster shows like Highway on My Plate, Band Baajaa Bride and Kingfisher Calendar Hunt, she has also helped build a new generation of hugely popular TV anchors. With Smeeta at the helm of NDTV Lifestyle, India’s only indigenously produced lifestyle channel is also India’s most popular lifestyle channel. So if it’s about food, travel, luxury, fashion, health or shopping, what India wants is what Smeeta Chakrabarti gets.

SUHEL SETH – Managing Partner of Counselage India and founder of Equus
Suhel Seth wears many hats – all with equal ease and customary elan. Renowned for his stinging social commentary, Suhel heads India’s only strategic marketing and branding consultancy. He is also Chairman of CII and FCCI’s marketing committee and an advisor to the Railway Board of India. The marketing guru and high-profile adman has constantly resisted being boxed in by definitions. His penchant for seamlessly slipping in and out of life’s various roles has seen Suhel work with acclaimed directors Mrinal Sen and Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Kushwant Singh regards him as India’s best theatre actor. The author of three books, Suhel Seth is always one step ahead when it comes to rewriting his destiny. Versatile and vociferous, for this board member of London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, clearly all of life is a stage to excel on.

VIR SANGHVI – Advisor at HT Media
Vir Sanghvi is the pioneer of modern journalism in new India. In his early twenties, he became the youngest editor in the history of Indian journalism and helped usher in the magazine-boom. At various points in his distinguished career, Vir has been editorial head of India’s largest trade magazine, India’s best-selling weekly magazine, Delhi’s largest selling daily and the two most widely circulated newspapers in Eastern India. Vir’s articulate and incisive writing have made him one of India’s most widely read columnists. The camera fell in love with his polish and panache, and Vir now hosts TV shows on subjects as diverse as current affairs, food and high-fashion. His collection of food columns titled Rude Food won him the Best Food Literature Book at the Cointreau’s – the food world’s versions of the Oscars. Author of five books and an expert in fine wines, the versatile Vir Sanghvi is pure vintage all the time.

About the Awards

The Jaypee Greens NDTV Good Times Lifestyle Awards are a celebration of Indian Lifestyle. Sophisticated and swanky, shimmering and understated, timeless and contemporary, and warm and exuberant – the awards, which are first for India – recognises icons from the fields of food, travel, technology, fashion and luxury that have left a lasting impression on the Indian lifestyle.

This unique celebration of all things Indian and all things lifestyle will be attended by brand seekers as well as brand custodians, as they raise a toast to the finer things in life.

  • Best Hotel/Resort of the Year


  • Best Coastal Indian Restaurant
    Destination of the Year (International)


  • Best Regional Restaurant
    Destination of the Year (India)


  • Best Asian Restaurant
    Label of the Year (International)


  • Best Dessert & Coffee Menu

    Designer of the Year (Indian)


  • Best Bar

    Lifestyle Home and Accessories Brand of the Year


  • Best European Restaurant

    Restaurant of the Year


  • Sensational Debut

    Spa of the Year


  • All-time favourite Restaurant

    Luxury Brand Of The Year


  • All-time favourite Restaurant

    Wellness Icon Of The Year


  • All-time favourite Restaurant

    NDTV Lifestyle Award Of The Year


  • All-time favourite Restaurant

    Jaypee Greens Lifestyle Icon Of The Year


  • All-time favourite Restaurant

    Lifestyle Achievement Award


About the Awards

The Jaypee Greens NDTV Good Times Lifestyle Awards are a celebration of Indian Lifestyle. Sophisticated and swanky, shimmering and understated, timeless and contemporary, and warm and exuberant – the awards, which are first for India – will recognize icons from the fields of food, travel, technology, fashion and luxury that have left a lasting impression on the Indian lifestyle.

This unique celebration of all things Indian and all things lifestyle will be attended by brand seekers as well as brand custodians, as they raise a toast to the finer things in life.

Viewer’s Choice

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Also known as the ‘Chote Nawab’ of Bollywood, this suave actor has emerged as one of the few versatile actors in Bollywood. From a commitment-phobic young boy in Love Aaj Kal; to the easy-to-hate our ‘Langda Tyaagi’ of Omkara – there is tremendous depth this supremely talented actor yields to his characters. And who wouldn’t want a friend as involving as Sameer of Dil Chahta hai? His unusual style has constantly been an inspiration for masses. With wife Kareena, Saif saw his transformation from Chote Nawab to Nawab of Pataudi last year. The royalty of bollywood stands identified amongst the biggies of the film industry but on his own conditions.
Vinod Dua

Vidya Balan has embraced the title of ‘Female Hero’ in her spectacular performances. Her film needs no Hero to pull it to the top on box-office charts. Isn’t it credible in a span of 8 years, to get the kind of transformation Vidya got in her life from ‘Radhika’ of ‘Hum Paanch’ to a versatile Bollywood actress? After being overtly criticized for her dressing sense and the gripe about her sarees, the film fraternity finally saw what Vidya always followed, her instincts. Her strong persona got her a National award for the same. Attributed to her Lifestyle is her presence as the most versatile actress in Bollywood.
Marut Sikka

The young Cricketer first came in the limelight as the captain of U/19 Indian cricket team. His One Day International (ODI) debut in 2008 got his name stuck to every Indian’s gob but played his first test in 2011. He formed a part of the Indian team which won the 2011 World Cup. Many Indian men envy this charismatic Indian cricketer not just for what he means to Indian cricket but also to women crowds.
Ritu Dalmia

After switching several businesses, this business tycoon became iconic to telecom industry of India. With a vision to lead, sunil bharti mittal heads a successful enterprise which employs 30000 people. He believes as a responsible corporate, his duty is to deliver to the community he operates in. A man who was ranked among the Top 25 Philanthropists in the World in 2009 by the Barron’s Magazine is operating 254 schools across the country.
Vicky Ratnani

Sachin Pilot said on acquiring a position in armed forces- “My desire was to join army as I wanted my links with the armed forces, like my father and grandfather.” He is one of the kinds who fasten their pace to walk parallel to their desires. This 35 year-old, currently the minister of Corporate represents the Ajmer constituency of Rajasthan. The young man has set a trajectory for many to idealize and follow.
Aditya Bal

She is not just the first BAHU of the biggest industrialist family but also the first corporate lady in this space. A woman whose powerful mantra is prioritise, prioritise and prioritise, nothing can bring it down in the scale. Nita ambani straddles her role as an IPL owner and leader of several charity organisations with equal panache.