Friday, February 28, 2014

Shyam Benegal Back on TV After 25 Years with "Samvidhaan – The Making of the Constitution of India"

One of the India’s most prolific and awarded filmmakers Shyam Benegal is back on Television, 25 years after his landmark TV Series ‘Bharat Ek Khoj’. Samvidhaan – The Making of the Constitution of India is a 10 part mini-series produced by Rajya Sabha Television and directed by Shyam Benegal. The series goes on air beginning March 2 at 10AM with a repeat telecast at 10PM every Sunday on RajyaSabha TV.

Written by Shama Zaidi and Atul Tiwari from a concept by Rajya Sabha Television, the series stars Sachin Khedekar as Dr B R Ambedkar, Neeraj Kabi as Mahatma Gandhi, Dalip Tahil as Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Utkarsh Majumdar as Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Rajendra Gupta as Dr Rajendra Prasad, Tom Alter as Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Rajeshwari Sachdev as Rajkumari Amrit Kaur, Narendra Jha as Qaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Divya Dutta as Shrimati Purnima Benerji and Ila Arun as Hansa Mehta among 150 others in the series.

Shyam Benegal says, “The making of India’s Constitution is an incredible story of almost impossible dimensions. It is a story of perennial relevance. I am fortunate to have got the chance to narrate this story for television.”
 “The story that is India and the story ‘of’ India and its birth has rarely been told. And the story of the birth of this rich and diverse country begins with the framing of our Constitution. At Rajya Sabha Television our endeavour is to create programs that document contemporary history of Independent India. ‘Samvidhaan’ (the making of the Constitution of India) was a natural progress in this journey,” says Gurdeep Singh Sappal, CEO Rajya Sabha Television, who has produced the series.

After more than a year and a half of extensive research during which the writing also commenced, Samvidhaan went on the floor in August 2013. Over a 1000 people have been directly involved in the making of this serial and has 150 experienced film and television actors.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Sheena Chohan looks magnificent in Designer Harsh Gupta's HARSH HARSH

Vivacious Sheena Chohan wears HARSH HARSH net green saree with monochromatic abstract print blouse by Designer Harsh Gupta at day 2- of Asia Cup 2014 in Dhaka where she is hosting & presenting the event!

New beginning for Shikha in Sony TV's Main Naa Bhoolungi

Change is inevitable. Nothing is permanent but change''. Some welcome the challenge with a smile while others reject it.

This will come alive in the life of Shikha aka Aiswariya Sakuja from Sony Entertainment Television's popular thriller Main Naa Bhoolungi. Life will throw a series of challenges at Shikha and she will try to overcome them one at a time. Now, she is faced with a new test of confidence! Shikha will be transformed from an ordinary, simple looking girl to a beautiful and desirable young woman and she has to face this major change head-on.

Life will come full circle for the timid Shikha, who was duped and mislead by rosy dreams of a marital life only to realise that she was merely a pawn in a cruel game plan of her beloved husband.

While most may break due to the grief of betrayal, a few fight back with rejuvenated energy to face the world yet again! Amidst her agony, Shikha will arise like a phoenix from the ashes, donning a completely glamorous look and with a new determination to extract her revenge.

Shikha will be seen in an ultra-modern avatar while she plans her revenge on her ex-husband Sameer (Vikas Manaktala) who had tried to kill her for his selfish motives.

Transforming Shikha to achieve this and help her re-claim her lost confidence will be creative designer Swapnil Shinde, whose vision and support allows Shikha to discover her core of confidence.

Talking about the transformation Swapnil Shinde says, "It gives me immense pleasure to get associated with Sony Entertainment Television and its extremely popular show Mein Na Bhoolungi. SONY has always lived up to its mantra of offering unique and exceptional entertainment to its viewers. It was great fun to work on a new appearance for Aishwariya. The 'revelation' gown for Aishwarya exemplifies glamour, sex appeal and ethereal beauty... The bustier of the gown is made in metallic golden sheeted fabric, whereas the skirt is made of fluid chiffon inspired by the Greek goddesses. The idea was to make Aishwarya look like she has been moulded in gold to give her a strong and confident appeal."

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Collection King Actor Mohan Babu's Look for Rowdy Unveiled

Actor Mohan Babu will be seen in his natural avatar in RGVs forthcoming big action film 'Rowdy' sporting his real look without toupee and with rugged good looks, the movie's intensity would freeze you this summer.

Releasing the first look Dr. Mohan Babu said every scene and my look in the film Rowdy has been an amazing experience. It's a big, live-action, fully articulated stunts piece, which takes RGV action drama film to a whole new level.

The first look of the film released today reveals little about the movie, aside from the novel look of Dr. Mohan Babu's take on the character, and the fact that as a Hero he is extremely dominating even today.

This film also marks the return of Dr. Mohan Babu and Jayasudha to the big screen after more than a decade. ​T​he two immensely talented, super hit movie Jodi having appeared in a large number of high-grossing films past many years is expected to keep their track record even today .

Producers of the film Parthasarathy, Gajendra and Vijaykumar of AV Pictures say that the film Rowdy impact is expected to be even bigger than Mohan Babu hit film Peddarayadu and Rayalaseema Ramana Chowdary that created huge frenzy in the film circles and among the movie followers.

Vishnu Manchu and Shanvi intriguing role in the film will double up the spice even more says the film makers.

The movie shooting is going ahead at a brisk pace with most of the top action sequences and song picturisation already canned.

The music for the film scored by Sai Karthik is tuned to be a sure fire rocker. And, you would never want to miss watching Rowdy.

Kama Schachter enters the premium luxury segment with its new collection launch at Signature 2014

Kama, the retail arm of Kama Schachter, one of Asia's leading diamond exporters, manufacturers and retailer of diamond jewellery unveiling an exciting new collection of premium high end jewellery at the Signature 2014. An assortment of stunning cuff & tennis bracelets, elegant cocktail rings & earrings, handmade necklace sets and beautiful bridal sets were showcased at the show.

Organised by GJEPC, Signature is India's top-of-the line modern concept jewelry show that showcases best and most innovative jewelry collections by the country's leading manufacturers.

Looking forward to receiving a positive response to the new collection at the show this year, Mr.Colin Shah, Managing Director, Kama Schachter says: ""With decades of experience in the diamond jewellery sector, we are now expanding our offering across price points. This year at the Signature show, we will unveil our timeless creations that include high-end cuff & tennis bracelets, handmade necklace sets, bridal jewellery, pendant sets, earrings that are crafted meticulously. The perfect pairing of unparalleled craftsmanship & superior manufacturing techniques enable us to offer premium jewellery to our customers globally."

"We expect our luxury line to become the preferred choice among our customers and retailers for the forthcoming festive and wedding season. We are confident that our new offering will be of immense benefit to customers and our network of over 300 retailers and help meet the growing demands of consumers today. We aim to give them a superior product which offers best value for money. "added Mr.Shah.

This high-end jewellery collection Kama Jewellery is an unmatched assortment of spectacular designs in variety of settings, metal colours and diamond sizes. The design team has been working on a mix of traditional and modern concepts that will reflect in the new high-end collection. Each jewellery piece in this beautiful collection showcases marvellous designs crafted in 18kt white, yellow and rose gold.

MY BEST FRIEND AND ME, a Holi Extravaganza by designer Dipali Sarin

Fresh of the Fashion Runway To usher in the Spring Summer Season A riot of colours in fresh and vibrant Hues in a Spectacular Spectrum of Exclusive Lifestyle products ranging from Cocktail Earrings, Statement Neckpieces, Beaded Handbags and Clutches, Shoes, Cuffs Belts and more with an Exotic Infusion of Young and Trendy styles in Indian and Western clothing along with contemporary Home Accessories and Linen.

Some of the leading brands participating are Curio Cottage, Malaga, Confusion and Crimson from Mumbai and Rose Tree and Tokree from the royal ladies of U.P. and Jaipur. According to the curator Dipali Sarin, “Over the years we have witnessed an increasing demand and an emerging need for exclusive statement pieces. Be it in Costume Jewellery Clothing or Home Artifacts. The idea of doing MY BEST FRIEND & ME was to address this increasing demand.”

Elaborating further about the exhibition, curator Dipali says, “The exhibition will help us exhibit a variety of carefully selected styles and trends from an assortment of high end brands from various parts of India, all under one roof there by giving the customer an array of brands to choose from. MY BEST FRIEND & ME is a niche and an innovative concept and is a very exclusive podium for brands from all over India (other than Delhi) to come under one roof and showcase their stuff to a select group of audience. We at MY BESTFRIEND & ME have plans to take this concept all to other cities in North India like Chandigarh, Ludhiana etc.”

Bollywood’s idol Babuji Alok Nath 'FRAMED' in Nadaniyaan!

If there is ever an ideal 'Babuji' it's got to be Alok Nath! From his effervescent smile to his charming demeanor, he has been the epitome of 'Sanskaars'. Riding on the digital wave that catapulted Alok Nath as universal Babuji, BIG MAGIC will be showcasing Alok Nath in an exceptional manner. Get ready to catch him in an all new avatar on Nadaniyaan on BIG MAGIC.

While Alok Nath enters the Verma family as Babuji, his character will be that of a photo hanging on the wall! He may be dead to the world, but he comes to life in his framed environment. Out of his two son's Nandu and Pappu, Babuji will be seen conversing only with the younger one - Pappu. Gear up for some hilarious Sanskar Attacks by Babuji as Pappu indulges in some Asanskari Nadaniyaans of his own. Both Nandu and Chandni are at their wits end thinking that Pappu has lost his marbles when they see him conversing in think air on various occasions. Will Pappu ever be able to explain his predicament with dead Babuji?

A remake of the Pakistani sitcom, Nadaniyaan revolves around the lives of the Verma family featuring a self-proclaimed writer, his push-over wife a clumsy younger brother and quirky neighbours. With rib-tickling comic situations and a fabulous comic timing by the actors, this is one sitcom that will definitely leave you rolling on the floor.

Sheena Chohan, hosting Asia cup 2014 looked stunning in Tanvi and Pratiti

Sheena Chohan looked breathtakingly beautiful in The Mardi Gras saree Pure Georgette with raw silk border and sequin from "The Purple Sack' by Designers Tanvi & Pratiti at 1st Day of Asia cup 2014 in Dhaka where she is hosting & presenting the whole event!

Sheena Chohan is an Artiste with a flair for being natural in front of the camera. Her stylish persona with a dash of oomph makes her a versatile performer, be it playing roles with ease, anchoring for events and carving her own distinct niche when it comes to modeling and advertising commercials/brand campaigns.

Hailing from the cultural city of Kolkata and winning the beauty pagents well known in the city, acting came to her very naturally and to be in front of the camera became her staple diet. Soon after, she was priviledged to be handpicked by Sushmita Sen to participate in “Miss India Universe -I am She” where she won the “I Am Voice” title for her effortless & expressive connect with the audience. Ever since those days and now when she is a few films old, her passion for camera is still on a roll!

Sheena has gathered much appreciation as a model with her TVC(s) for brands like Sonia Bravia, Wella, Videocon, V-Guard, Enkay Garden, Dubai Gold and Diamonds and Green Rich Tea. Her first Advert was with Kunal Kohli Productions and has been her stepping stone. Apart from theatre, where she did plays like Shakespeare’s “A midsummer night’s dream”, “Adhe Adhure” with thespian Shyamanand Jalan and “ Ek Mamooli Aadmi” with eminent theatre director Arvind Gaur.

She started her film career with a Malayalam blockbuster “The Train” directed by National Award winning director Jayaraj opposite the south superstar Mammootty.  This Punjabi-Bengali siren has recently done 2 films with Buddhadeb Dasgupta named “Mukti” and “Patralekha” based on Rabindranath Tagore’s Poems.

Vibrant and ecstatic is what Sheena was called when she was chosen as the face and host of the 1st & 2nd Season of BPL- Bangladesh Premier League where she garnered a lot of adulation, appreciation while she connected with the audience & earned the title of “the BPL girl”.

Her recent international film- Ant Story, was a world Premiere at the Dubai International Film Festival. She was in the Top 4 Finalists, amongst the Top artists of the country, in the Entertainers connect- LQ Awards2013 Sheena has a long way but she is stepping each stone with Professionalism, respect and great dedication. Indeed a superstar in making!

Shuddhi has been shelved, says Kareena

In an exclusive conversation with zoOm, Kareena Kapoor mentioned that the movie Shuddhi has been shelved. However, going by Karan Johar's latest tweet, the director has announced the release of the film in 2015 and is currently finalizing the cast. What is cooking between the two? Is it a case of sheer miscommunication or troubled paradise?

As previously reported by zoOm, Kareena was unsure of starring in Shuddhi as the film was delayed repeatedly. However, since the news of Hritik opting out of the movie came about, Kareena assumed that the movie has been shelved. But the recent tweet by KJo indicates a lack of communication between the two. While Karan announced the revival of Shuddhi to the entire world, why wouldn't he want to keep Kareena in the loop?

At various occasions, Karan has addressed Kareena as his little sister, while Kareena has always maintained KJo to be her friend philosopher and guide. So what went wrong between this brother-sister duo? Karan also mentioned in his tweet that he will announce the cast of the film shortly. Does that mean that he is re-looking at the cast altogether and Kareena doesn't feature in that list? According to the rumor mills, Ranveer-Deepika were being considered for Shuddhi, but since the dates have finally been announced, is there a possibility that they might be finalized?

It's a known fact that Deepika's career graph is on a high these days and looking much stronger compared to Kareena's. Can this be the reason for Kareena's loosening grip overKaran Johar's movie?

Monday, February 24, 2014

Yami Gautam spends a day with Breakfast to Dinner

With only one film old and eagerly awaited upcoming movie slated to release next month, Yami Gautam has won several hearts. The Vicky Donor actress, while on UTV Stars' Breakfast to Dinner, talks about the importance of working out, her biggest siyappa, what she respects about other actresses and more.

As Yami kick-starts her day with a quick breakfast, she shares some tips on how to have a fit body and says, "One should eat whatever they want, but working out is a must!" She believes in the philosophy of eating right and on time without missing workouts in order to stay in good shape. After a hearty breakfast, it was time for Yami's first press conference for her upcoming film. While on her way, the actress reveals that forging a school teacher's signature and getting caught was one of the biggest 'siyappa' moment of her life. Yami also confessed that she got a reality check when she moved to Mumbai and experienced its fast life.

While Yami gets candid on the show, she reveals that after moving into the film industry she hasn't been able to complete her education and is pursuing law. Moving forward, it's time for a brand endorsement shoot. While at work, the actress speaks about how she dislikes wearing heels and says, "I respect all the actors who can stay in heels for hours." If not for work, Yami chooses not to wear them and also respects all the actresses who can not only walk but dance in these heels.

‘Master of Bengal’, an Art exhibition hosted By Bhavna Monocha and Ruchika Jain opened in Delhi

Bhavna Minocha & Ruchika Jain presented a never before exhibited collection of the famous paintings by renowned MASTERS OF BENGAL and the World famous KALIGHAT PAINTINGS. The works in this exhibition collectively demonstrate both the heritage & legacy of Bengal Art.

The gathering was mesmerized with the presence of Guest who were Kalyani Chawla, Varija Bajaj, O.P Jain, Shalini Vij, Ashwini Bahadur, Kanchan Chander, Saifi Khurana and Misika Goel.

Experience the revolutionary spirit of Grand Masters & Masters of Bengal ….as they experienced the revolutionary spirit of Grand Masters & Masters of Bengal RABINDRANATH TAGORE, JAMINI ROY, DEBI PROSAD ROY CHOUDHURY, GANAGNENDRANATH TAGORE, RAMKINKAR BAIJ, MONINDRO BHUSHAN GUPTA, NIKHIL BISWAS along with other masters of Bengal.

The collection depicts the style of paintings that originated in Bengal, primarily Kolkatta and Shantiniketan and flourished throughout India during the British Raj in the early 20th century. Also known as the ‘Indian Style of Painting’ in its early days eventually it led to the development of the modern Indian painting.

The famous Kalighat paintings originated in the 19th century in Bengal in the vicinity of Kali Temple. These paintings were done on cloth or patas. They depicted conventional images of gods and goddesses and scenes from epics like Tulsidas’ Rama Charita Manas.

The artistes were villagers who travelled from place to place with their scroll paintings and sang the scenes from the epics depicted in the paintings during village gatherings and festivals. Kalighat painting grew so popular form of art in past that these were replicated by the German lithography on glazed paper. Most of the KALIGHAT paintings have ended up either in museums or in private collections.

Benefits of Fashion: A fund raising fashion show organised in Delhi

The capital witnessed a unique Fashion show by American Embassy School students for women empowerment cause to raise funds for underprivileged women towards their education and vocational training.

This year the event was organised at the residence of Dutch Ambassador Alphonsus Stoelinga, who endorsed the event saying that India was the next global fashion destination.

The kids designed the garments, got them tailored and put the entire show together on their own. Four senior students conceived the project last year in collaboration with the New Delhi Hub of World Economic Forum's Global Shapers Community.
The main aim of fashion show was to raise funds for  charity arranged by a non-governmental organization 'Work and Shelter', which is involved in supporting poor young women after the brutal gang-rape of a 23-year-old physiotherapist student in Delhi on December 16, 2012.

This project was setup to achieve a task to not only advocate for change, but also to play an active role in creating it. The financial assistance such an event could generate for WORK + SHELTER and women in need would be immediate and enduring.

The event was attended by several celebrities including Actress Pallavi Sharda,  Fashion Designer Pawan Sachdeva, Entrepreneur Shalini Chauhan, Latika Kohli, Paul Chmelik, School Director, American Embassy School,  etc., who praised the efforts of the students.

Star Studded absolut Elyx Party hosted by Suchitra Pillai at Asilo

ABOSLUT hosted an exclusive ELYX evening with SUCHITRA PILLAI on at ASILO, Palladium hotel in Mumbai which was graced by Ali Zafar, Amit Sadh, Pooja Bedi, Bikram Saluja Dilip Tahil, Simone Singh, Madhoo Shah, Narayani Shastri, Eijaz Khan, Vikas Bhalla, Siddharth Kannan, Simone Singh, Manasi Scott, Shweta Salve and many more.

The iconic ABOLUT Vodka has always dared to break conventions. To create. To transform. ABSOLT ELYX continues this proud tradition by revolutionizing the category of luxury vodka. A unique combination of tradition handcraft and cutting edge design, ABSOLUT ELYX is the finest expression of ABSOLUT. Made from single estate wheat and refined in a 1921 copper still, ABSOLUT ELYX is the culmination of hundreds of years of fine Swedish Vodka making traditions. The unique properties of the copper still, contributes to the incomparable purity, silky texture and subtle savoury notes.

Asilo (A-sea-lo) meaning haven in Spanish is an open to sky sanctuary perched on the 40th  floor of the Palladium Hotel offering a breath taking, panoramic view of Mumbai city from its uber luxe rooftop venue. The Design and Ambience of white décor, warm wooden flooring & chic outdoor seating with 5 private dining lounges instantly transports one to a Santorini state of mind. This heavenly setting is paired with a refreshing dining experience. The menu is filled with exquisite and carefully selected dishes which are subtle yet daring. Asilo is the first restaurant in Mumbai to utilize a Josper, an elegant combination of a grill & oven, which allows for moist & tender cooking. It also adopts the unique Robata style of cooking, which uses lava stones, bringing out the most exquisite flavours in all grilled dishes. Asilo strives to give you excellent food & service with a humble goal to excel in meeting expectations of all their valuable guests.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

IIFA 2014: List of nominations Out

The 15th edition of International Indian Film Academy (IIFA Awards) is all set to rock the film industry as the nominations for the IIFA awards 2014 has been declared. As expected, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's biopic legend 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' dominated the nomination with its nomination in 10 different categories including best film.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram leela' and musical blocbuster of the year ' Aashiqui 2' has been nominated in 7 categories.

IIFA 2014 will be held at Tampa Bay, Florida and will be telecasted by Star Plus channel on April 26. The show will be hosted by Shaid Kapoor and Farhan Akthar. The event will witness spectacular performances by actors like Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, Madhuri Dixit Nene, Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Ranveer Singh, Sonakshi Sinha and Bipasha Basu.

Here is the complete list of nominations of IIFA 2014 in different categories:

Best Film
  • Aditya Chopra - Dhoom 3
  • Karan Johar - Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
  • Kishore Lulla & Sanjay Leela Bhansali - Goliyon Ki Rasleela-Ramleela
  • Rakesh Roshan - Krrish 3
  • Ronnie Screwvala & Siddharth Roy Kapoor - Kai Po Che
  • Ronnie Screwvala,Siddharth Roy Kapoor, Gauri Khan & Karim Morani - Chennai Express
  • Viacom 18 Motion Pictures & Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra - Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

Best Director
  • Abhishek Kapoor - Kai Po Che
  • Rakesh Roshan - Krrish 3
  • Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra - Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
  • Rohit Shetty - Chennai Express
  • Sanjay Leela Bhansali - Goliyon Ki Rasleela- Ramleela

Best Actor (Male)
  • Farhan Akhtar - Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
  • Hrithik Roshan - Krrish 3
  • Ranbir Kapoor - Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
  • Ranveer Singh - Goliyon Ki Rasleela-Ramleela
  • Shahrukh Khan - Chennai Express
  • Sushant Singh Rajput - Kai Po Che

Best Actor (Female)
  • Deepika Padukone - Chennai Express
  • Deepika Padukone - Goliyon Ki Rasleela- Ramleela
  • Deepika Padukone - Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
  • Nimrat Kaur - The Lunchbox
  • Shraddha Kapoor - Aashiqui 2
  • Sonakshi Sinha - Lootera

Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male)
  • Aditya Roy Kapoor - Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
  • Anupam Kher - Special 26
  • Nawazuddin Siddiqui - The Lunchbox
  • Pawan Malhotra - Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
  • Saurabh Shukla - Jolly LLB

Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female)
  • Divya Dutta - Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
  • Kalki Koechlin - Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
  • Kangana Ranaut - Krrish 3
  • Richa Chadda - Goliyon Ki Rasleela-Ramleela
  • Shruti Hassan - D Day
  • Swara Bhaskar - Raanjhanaa

Performance in a Comic Role
  • Arshad Warsi - Jolly LLB
  • Riteish Deshmukh - Grand Masti
  • Varun Sharma - Fukrey

Performance in a Negative Role
  • Rishi Kapoor - D-Day
  • Rishi Kapoor - Aurangzeb
  • Supriya Pathak - Goliyon Ki Rasleela- Ramleela
  • Vivek Oberoi - Krrish 3

Music Direction
  • Mithoon, Ankit Tiwari,Jeet Ganguly - Aashiqui 2
  • Pritam - Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
  • Shankaar - Ehsaan - Loy - Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

Best Story
  • Prasoon Joshi - Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
  • Pubali Chaudhuri, Abhishek Kapoor & Chetan Bhagat - Kai Po Che
  • Ritesh Batra - The Lunchbox

  • Mithoon - Tum Hi Ho - Aashiqui 2
  • Prasoon Joshi - O Rangrez - Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
  • Sandeep Nath - Sunn Raha Hai - Aashiqui 2

Playback Singer (Male)
  • Ankit Tiwari - Sunn Rahai Hai - Aashiqui 2
  • Arijit Singh - Tum Hi Ho - Aashiqui 2
  • Siddharth Mahadevan - Zinda - Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

Playback Singer (Female)
  • Bhoomi Trivedi - Ram Chahe Leela - Goliyon Ki Rasleela - Ramleela
  • Monali Thakur - Sawaar Loon - Lootera
  • Shreya Ghoshal - Sunn Raha Hai - Aashiqui 2
  • Shreya Ghoshal - O Rangrez - Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

IFFD once again set to provide platform for the young Fashion designers

After the phenomenon success of the previous edition of fashion extravaganza India Runway Week, the India Federation for Fashion Development (IFFD) is once again all set to provide the young talents of the fashion industry with an extraordinary platform to showcase their talents with the help of events and concepts like Fashion Summit, India Runway Week (with the support of Premia Group), IFFD Calendar and many more. These platforms provide an opportunity for young designers to display their work to the prospective buyers and establish themselves with the help of media.

Fashion Industry is constantly revolving and it is getting increasingly challenging to get noticed. Our Indian celebrities prefer international brands rather carrying young designer work simply because of brand recognition.  To break this trend, IFFD is working to provide support to the creative designer so that we Indian can truly display our creative talents to the world at large.

 “Fashion designing itself is a very strenuous profession. With mushrooming so many fake designers, we felt a  strong need for a forum where we can give a platform to these brilliant designers and help them to establish themselves so we brought IFFD” Avinash Pathania, Founder, IFFD. Adding to his view Kiran Kheva (Co-founder, IFFD) summed “I have personally witness many young designer being forced to change career as the scope seemed limited. However the situation has improved with the invent of multi brand designer outlets and increasing platforms for young talents.” she points out.

“In comparison with ten years ago, the situation is really much better for young designers now. In the past five years we have seen increase in multi brand retailers, and few platforms for young designers have been set up like Premia India Runway Week” says Tarun Shienh, CMD at Premia Group.

Marketing is in inclusive step for designer.   Young designer must have an commercial  approach along with the artistic view so that it provides a the client a reason to justify the cost.  However, young designers are often priced in the same bracket as established ones underlines.

“What made me determined to show my label at India Fashion Summit was that I saw big brands fail and mediocre brands succeed. Sometimes it about right mix of marketing . You need to have a good platform to showcase your work, be visible, have faith, and it works” explains Rosy Ahluwalia who showcased her work for the first time at India Fashion Summit in year 2012. As Swati Modo (Shoe designer) points out: “At IFFD platforms, what counts is the freshness in the design”. “I was looking for a platform which was fresh and support young talent. IFFD is supporting young designers like me. ” explains Saurabh Khandelwal who was part of first season of Premia India Runway Week.

The young designers often act impulsive and look for shortcut, trying to skip stages. “Some of them, when they graduate, think the market’s waiting for them. The best advice for anyone who intends to set up their own brand is to work for a big brands or another designer for a good two or three years. Training with one brand then another, learning about the clients, retail, building a collection, buying materials, etc definitely helps. From there you can take the step forward and set up your own brand, your own network of influence in the press, within the industry, etc.” explains Avinash Pathania. Raakesh Aggarwal worked under Tarun Tehiliani for years, this is where he learned so much and enabled him to get to where he is today. Setting up your own brand is not the only solution for a young designer. Great careers can also be had in the studios of the big name houses.

Designer Rahul Mishra wins 2013-2014 International Woolmark Prize

Ace fashion designer Rahul Mishra was announced the winner of the 2013/2014 International Woolmark Prize (IWP), during the final awards event held at the Triennale Museum, Milan.

An esteemed judging panel including Frida Giannini, Franca Sozzani, Tim Blanks, Colette Garnsey, Angelica Cheung, Alexa Chung and representatives from the global IWP retail partners, selected Rahul Mishra – representing India and the Middle East - as the winner.

After a global search, reaching across 20 countries and involving over 48 designers, five talents reached the final round:  ffiXXed, for Asia; Christopher Esber, representing Australia; Sibling, for Europe, Rahul Mishra, India and Middle East; and Altuzarra, for the USA.

Alongside prestigious recognition, the winner receives a financial contribution of AU$100,000 and the opportunity to be stocked in the most important retailers around the globe including Harvey Nichols, Saks Fifth Avenue, 10 Corso Como, Joyce, David Jones, Colette and

Mr Sunil Sethi, President FDCI said, “I congratulate Rahul on winning the International Woolmark prize, and it is indeed a proud moment for FDCI and India. Winning this prize has not come easy with the stiff competition from designers from all over the world.

FDCI has partnered with The Woolmark Company since its inception in India and has been responsible in the selection of the India representative and I thank The Woolmark Company and the Australian High Commission for making this initiative a grand success”; he adds.

Rahul Mishra’ the winner of India and Middle East regional rounds of IWP was awarded for craftsmanship and embroidery in his collection titled The Lotus Effect. It presented the idea that seeks to portray the journey of the human race and the process of metamorphosis that our planet has undergone in the past century. The 6 winning garment displayed progressive graphics, originating from an eight petal lotus to morph into complex structures inspired by european artist M.C Escher. Rahuls ability to intricately use embroideries through wool, one of the most versatile fibres, with originality in an unexpected way, was what won him the coveted international prize.

Rahul Mishra’s Merino wool collection, that won the prestigious award, was based on craftsmanship and his incredible knowledge of techniques and embroidery.

The designer declared: “I feel like this is a dream and this is giving me new hopes for my future career. This award will change the perception of global fashion in regards to Indian fashion and this is all because wool - an amazing fibre, the fibre of possibilities.”

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Star Studded evening at Designer Harsh Gupta’s Spring Summer 2014 launch party

Select crème de la crème of this vibrant city stepped out in their best shoes at the preview soiree of spring summer 2014 collections by  young & dynamic designer Harsh Gupta at Birds song cafe, Bandra.

This peppy evening-affair witnessed unveiling of glamorous spring summer 2014 collection by Designer Harsh. The show started with Harsh giving a glimpse of his collection followed by a presentation. This glamour packed preview gave a sneak peak insight of SS’14 wear and raised the expectations of the crowd as to what can they expect from this talented designer.

HARSH HARSH by Designer Harsh Gupta’s new collection was inspired by the work of a French conceptual artist ,”Daniel Buren” who is also classified as an abstract minimalist, best known for his contrasting stripes, colour juxtaposition & interesting site-specific installations. This collection picks –up the ideas & design elements from his past work &reassembles them in an interesting, sporty manner to create the fun, day-chic, high street summer looks for the modern, fashion loving & unconventionally glamorous HARSH HARSH woman, this season
An eclectic mix of glitterati were seen at this rocking and packed do. The event was dazzled by gorgeous celebrities Tanisha Mukherjee, Aditi Rao Hydari, Sophie Choudhry, Sheetal Dabholkar, Aashka Goradia, V.J Ramona Arena were seen hobnobbing with the crowd.

Aditi Rao Hydari dazzled the ramp for Preeti S Kapoor’s “ROYAL INDIA” Bridal Collection at IBFW

Inspired by the fabulous Indian costumes from the Hills of Kashmir to the sands of Kutch and from the glory of Awadh to the historic drama of Hyderabad, Preeti S Kapoor’s “Royal India” bridal collection was a stunning offering at the fifth Aamby Valley India Bridal Fashion Week 2013 and the glamour was furher added to the show when bollywood actress Aditi Rao Hydari walked the ramp as a show stopper in a red heavily embellished gold lehenga, choli and orange dupatta.

With intricate embroidery, majestic silhouettes and shapes, the collection was a fabulous blend of diverse colours, textures and fabrics that were very versatile and eye catching.

Twelve lit clusters of lamps lined the ramp to create the magical effect of the past for the show, which was a breathtaking array of the most exquisite embroidery and craftsmanship.

From the first off-white collection of kalidaar kurtas with gotta work, saris in flesh tones with intricate weaves and brocade pallavs, to the crinkle white silk lehenga with the mini choli; the collection promised to be a bride’s eternal dream.

Preeti not only scored with her generously embellished bridal wear but the amazing cholis were mind boggling in their cut and construction.

Adding on black as a very formal colour, the black silk sari with the eye catching booties, the zig zag work for the empire line kurta worn with embroidered palazzos and the royal purple lehenga with front tie-up net cover were perfect additions to the show.

The final lin-up of heavily encrusted ensembles with triple colour tones of purple/fuchsia/orange and saffron/green/shocking pink proved that Preeti’s unconventional shade combinations could turn into stunning offerings. While most silhouettes were voluminous, the long lean kurta made a surprising entry amongst the panelled flared versions.

Embellishments covered the garments, though at times the embroidery was reserved for the ornate hemlines, while the plunging low neck necklines were accentuated seductively.

The front row celebs included Vidya Malvade, Rohit Roy, Shibani Kashyap, Alvira & Arpita Khan, Tushar Kapoor.

When brides want to make a regal memorable entry on their wedding day the “Royal India” Collection by Preeti S Kapoor will make a perfect impact.

Done in 60 Seconds:The Shortest of Short Film Competitions Announces its India Winner for the Jameson Empire Awards 2014

The True Irish Spirit, Jameson and Empire Magazine opened the Done in Sixty Seconds 2014 competition for entries in November 2013 and now, after a round of short-listing winners from across the country, announced the India entry for the DISS during the Jameson Empire Awards 2014. Keeping alive the legacy of the contest, the short film competition sees aspiring filmmakers from India pitting their entries against contestants from 16 other countries worldwide. Acclaimed film maker- Vikramaditya Motwane and Eminent film critic and media personality- Anupama Chopra chose the winning entries from across India. The winning filmmaker will travel to London with the both of them to attend the Jameson Empire Awards and be in attendance when the global winner of DISS is announced.

The DISS in India this year, in partnership with Talent House, garnered 130 entries from 18 different cities in India. Globally, in 2014, India emerged as the 2nd biggest contributor out of 16 countries, Russia having the biggest number of entries. This prestigious ranking was achieved by a massive number of entries from Mumbai (50 participants) followed by Delhi and Kolkata with 13 and 12 entries respectively. Bangalore, offered 11 short movies for this competition.

The competition challenges entrants to re-make their favourite Hollywood movie in just 60 seconds. The competition was open to people of all abilities; whether you’re an animator with a passion for Claymation, an action junkie with a love of budget special effects, or even a first-time director shooting your film on a smartphone.

The Jameson Empire Awards celebrate the film industry’s success stories of the year with Empire Magazine readers voting for the winners. The awards ceremony is deemed by many in the industry as the most entertaining yet serious awards in the British movie calendar, making it the perfect match for Jameson.

Renowned Film Critic Anupama Chopra says, “DISS is a super way to discover new talent. It's also great fun for both the filmmaker and us judges. I can't wait to see what all we accomplish in 60 seconds!”

“I'm always excited to see what young and emerging filmmakers are up to and I think Jameson's "Done in 60 seconds" is a fantastic challenge for them to show off their talent and their love for the movies.”  enthuses Vikramaditya Motwane.

Commenting on the DISS contest, Sumeet Lamba, Executive Director, Pernod Ricard India said, “Films are an integral part of the Jameson brand world and our association started with the critically acclaimed Jameson Short Film Awards

We are excited to augment the trend of short films in India through the platform of Done in Sixty Seconds”

Famous hair stylist Isis Brantley as Guest Speaker at Black History Month Fashion Show

Master natural hair stylist and recent recipient of the “Nzuri 100 Carat Diamond Award”, Isis Brantley, will be guest speaker at the Black History Month Benefits fashion show on February 23, 2014 in Houston Texas.  Hosted by EZCall EZTalk, the event will be held at the Wyndham Hotel, Houston.  Brantley has been a practitioner of natural hair care in the African-American community for over 30 years. She is also the brainchild of the annual Naturally Isis Hair Parade and Festival with celebrity songstress Erykah Badu as the Grand Marshall.

As an iconic adorner and educator in the beauty industry, Isis has maintained a presence in her community. She has also been actively involved in preserving cultural identity for African Americans via her decade long battle with the State of Texas regarding anti-braiding regulations.   Isis was ‘grandfathered’ in 2007 by the State of Texas and received the prestigious noted honor of being the first natural hair care expert in Texas.

A Dallas native and mother of five, Isis Brantley is known nationwide as Naturally Isis, the guru of Natural Hair Care. Stylist to many clients across the country including celebrity neo soul artist Erykah Badu, Isis is deeply involved in building and expanding her business, with the promotion of her hair care products appropriately donned, Sisters of Isis, and the upcoming release of three books: Hair Once Sacred, Now Desecrated, Braid Raid, and Olayinka’s Magic Beaded Comb.

The Black History Month fashion show will feature designs by fashion designer Philetta K. Phillips who will debut her 2014 African inspired clothing Line "The Cross Over" incorporating designs ranging from elaborate evening gowns to fun casual wear. For a taste of bridal couture, TeKay Designs: Queen Of The Brides will also showcase select bridal gowns representing queens and women of power from various countries around the world. Music will be provided by a DJ and cultural dancers will entertain guests at the event. Doors open at 6:30 pm CT. Regular admission is $25 and Patron admission is $50. Thirty percent of proceeds from the event will be distributed among The Liberian Association of Greater Houston, Ward Educational Fund and a renowned cancer organization in the US.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Spring Fashion Show in East Atlanta Event to Benefit Youth & Community

Atlanta based Community Improvement and Faith based Organizers, Kingdom Ministries of Atlanta has announced the staging of a Spring Fashion Show to support new Youth and Community Development initiatives in East Atlanta. It will take place on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at Woodbine Ave, Atlanta. This exclusive event, which will kick off with a 5:00 pm reception and highlight the upcoming season’s most in-demand looks.

This fashion show is a showcase for Independent Local Designers who create couture and finely tailored garments and accessories. In addition to being a unique opportunity for talented fashion designers, the event will host creative makeup artists, trend setting hair stylists, stunning runway models, emerging Youth Models and other industry professionals.

"Being invited to be a part of this fashion event is a good opportunity." Says a local Designer who will be presenting her collection. “This shows provide great exposure and increased sales opportunity for my collection.” She remarked

Executive Producer, Rev. Michael Clay who is also Senior Pastor of Kingdom Ministries of Atlanta and a noted East Atlanta Advocate for Community Improvement said recently, “We are reaching beyond the confines of our Ministry and Outreach Program to create a sustainable environment through events like this one which offers empowering socio-economic and entertainment opportunities.” He also added, “We are thrilled to partner with a number of Businesses in our local area whose leadership in enterprise, fashion and extraordinary generosity make them the ideal collaborators for this event. Fashion lovers will experience a special treat as they are set to spend a stylish evening in East Atlanta. Sumptuous cocktail, music and a special entertainment package will be available.”

Several Merchants including TJ Maxx, one of the lead Sponsors of this event will be on hand to present gift certificates. Other Fashion industry professionals attending include a representative from the Art Institute of Atlanta Fashion Department. Non Profits and other service organizations including The Dukes Foundation, a noted Atlanta Youth Mentoring operation will be on hand to highlight the importance of grooming young men in preparation for academic and career advancement.

The East Atlanta / Candler Park Area is a Arts enclave that includes the Little Five Points Shopping District with brightly colored eclectic fashions that is home to music and other artist of varying genres.

This event will make a positive impact on the City of Atlanta, by engaging residents from a diverse list of communities and persuasions.

Bengal Fashion Week Brings AD Singh Couture to Sabya Town

Bengal Fashion week presented by kingfisher and Storm fashion company have roped in iconic couture designer AD Singh to showcase at the Park Hotel Kolkatta. AD Singh is known for his bridal and red carpet clothing among all bollywood fan and patrons from HNI and NRI Indian community. AD Singh clothing comprises of richly textured bridal lenghas in detailed theard and zardosi embroidered laced with over the top interpretation of swarovski crystal application.

"This is my first show in Kolkatta and im already very excited to showcase my collection here. Since we already have so many existing customers from this lovely city its a pleasure to showcase a powerpacked collection to our patrons who have always vouched for AD Singh Couture." said AD Singh.

Although AD Singh willbe showcasing his red carpet collection "fallen goddess" a collection of gowns and stylised shimmer dresses, there will be a teaser of for his first line of couture collection. "We can assure audience in Kolkatta, Bengal Fashion week will be a fashionable event giving everyone insight into the latest couture fashion trends, one of the prime reasons storm fashion company has tied up with leading designers like AD Singh, Manoviraj Khosla  to showcase their collection. Like everyone we look forward for the power packed AD Singh Couture show who has always mesmerized audiences with his creative shows, high on energy and drama." said Gaurav Sharma of Storm fashion company.

Samvidhaan: The Making of the Constitution of India, a film by Shyam Benegal

“Telling the story of the birth of a nation is never easy. Especially if that nation is as big and diverse as India,” says Shyam Benegal about ‘Samvidhaan – The Making of the Constitution of India’. “Our founding fathers took 2 years 11 months and 17 days to frame our constitution. The story of telling how they did this has nearly taken us that much time.”

Samvidaan is a 10 part mini-series produced by Rajya Sabha Television that will go on air beginning March 2 at 10 AM every Sunday. Written by Shama Zaidi and Atul Tiwari from a concept by Rajya Sabha Television, the series stars Sachin Khedekar as Dr B R Ambedkar, Neeraj Kabi as Mahatma Gandhi, Dalip Tahil as Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Utkarsh Majumdar as Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Rajendra Gupta as Dr Rajendra Prasad, Tom Alter as Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Rajeshwari as Rajkumari Amrit Kaur, Narendra Jha as Qaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Divya Dutta as Shrimati Purnima Benerji and Ila Arun as Hansa Mehta among 150 others in the series.

“India is the largest democracy in the world. It has more language and ethnic groups than any other nation. Despite the diversity and its many contradictions, India has travelled a great deal as a nation. It is the Constitution of India that created the framework for a strong, vibrant and progressive nation. The inspiring story of the making of our constitution has never been attempted before. At Rajya Sabha Television our endeavour is to create programs that document contemporary history of Independent India. ‘Samvidhaan’ (the making of the Constitution of India) was a natural progress in this journey,” says Gurdeep Singh Sappal, CEO Rajya Sabha Television who have produced the series.

After more than a year and a half of extensive research during which the writing also commenced, Samvidhaan went on the floor in August 2013. After over two months of shooting at Film City, Mumbai where the set of a replica of the Central Hall of Parliament was constructed. The action shifted to the Parliament House in New Delhi where for three weeks the crew shot extensively on its premises – for the first time that this has been allowed.

Mr. Benegal also said, “Samvidhaan is not really a 10 part series. It is a 10 hour long film. Since it was impossible to tell this story in the two or three hours duration of a cinema film, the format of a mini-series for television was the only alternative. The execution, the camera work, the look and feel of it is entirely cinematic.”

“Before independence we had a feudal, hierarchical and divisive society. To root that out by looking into the future to build a constitution that can last hundreds of years was I think the greatest achievement of these 300 odd men and women who worked on the constitution and Samvidhaan is their story,” said writer Shama Zaidi.

Co-writer Atul Tiwari who also essays the important role of Pandit Govind Ballabh Pant says, “It was a challenge to design the story of the designing of a nation. But we are all proud of the way this series has turned out. It is a landmark not only in Indian television, but is an important milestone in the recounting of democratic history of the world. This is a story that has the potential to inspire people around the world.”

Sachin Khedekar who plays Dr B R Ambedkar said, “It was a privilege to play the role of a man who is known as the father of the Constitution. But it was perhaps the most challenging role of my life. What I found most exciting is that what Ambedkar and others said in the constituent assembly, continues to be relevant till date. Essaying the role was hence a real delight.”

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru is being played by Dalip Tahil, for the second time in his career. He said, “I had to loose weight for the role. I had to be like Nehru, think like Nehru. It was a challenge, but it has also been a big high to play a man who was an ideologist yet was practical enough to lay the foundation of a modern India. We talk of development today, but the man who not only showed India, but the world how to develop a nation quickly, was Pandit Nehru.”

Neeraj Kabi who plays Gandhi said, “It had always been a lifelong dream as an actor, to work with Shyam Benegal. That I got to do by essaying Mahatma Gandhi is the icing on the cake. It is fascinating to know that though Gandhi never even visited the Constituent Assembly, his gentle spirit guided the constitution. His greatest contribution was that he insisted on having Ambedkar in the constituent assembly.”

A special 23 minute curtain raiser was shown to the President, Vice President, Prime Minister and the members of both houses of the Parliament today. This special capsule was simultaneously shown on Rajya Sabha TV today as members of both houses watched Shyam Benegal’s TV venture after 25 years.

Monika Thangalapalli crowned MAX Miss Hyderabad 2014

The grand finale of Miss Hyderabad 2014 presented by MAX and powered by KALAMANDIR was held at HICC Novotel in the presence of the who's who of city celebrity circuits. A packed hall rose in unison to applaud as Ms. Monika Thangalapalli was crowned as the Max Miss Hyderabad 2014. Ms. Apoorva Srinivasan was crowned first runner-up and Ms. Debarati Das as second runner up­­.

The glitzy affair had the finalists judged in two formats i.e., pre-judging which had the panel of judges interacting with the contestants on one-to-one basis followed by final judging that took place on the stage.

Amidst excitement that was palpable and contagious all around, the pageant began with the bevy of beauties elegantly walking down the ramp in Indian traditional wear, done by Kalamandir. The second sequence had the finalists strutting through the catwalk in stunning Indo Western collection from MAX. Ten of the twenty finalists were shortlisted for the next round in this sequence. Max Spring Summer Collection was showcased in the penultimate round. This sequence saw the girls being presented with the subtitles adjudged on the basis of presentation skills, communications skills, punctuality etc. Five of the girls who made to the final round exuded complete confidence in facing the battery of questions from the high powered jury, that followed.

Given the high quality of competition, the task of judging indeed turned out to be tough for the jury which comprised Fashion stylist & choreographer, Hemanth Trivedi; Fashion Designer Shravan Kumar Ramaswamy; Miss India Earth 2013 Sobhita Dhulipala; Manasi Moghe, Miss Diva 2013 & represented India at Miss Universe 2013 in Moscow; Vishnu Vardhan Induri,  Managing Director, CCL; Vasanth Kumar, Executive Director, Max Retail Store and Shubra Aiyappa, actress in the upcoming Tollywood film ‘Pratinidhi’.

The evening was also laced with lots of entertainment, Mumaith Khan’s colourful performance upped the glam quotient.