Platform of life
captures the burst of activity at the Ambala cantonment railway station.
He takes a look at not only travellers but those who’ve stood here as
witnesses for ages
The surrealistic lighting is
inviting. There is something strangely mesmerising about the Ambala
cantonment railway station that is hard to miss, harder to pin point.
FAST FORWARD: The Ambala cantonment railway station has an aura that is hard to miss.
— Photo by Neeraj Chopra
the few of my favourite films…
Did you know that there are many
who celebrated Divali minus the diyas (lamps), snugly tucked in some cozy
recliner of Fun Republic? Giving them company were heaped caramel
popcorns, frothy, chilled Pepsi and a betel leaf-chewing Shahrukh Khan,
crooning the immortal Benarasi song, Khaike Paan Banaraswala.
PICTURE PERFECT: Aishwarya Rai in Umrao Jaan
It is desi songs with angrezi
beats that’s swaying the youngsters rhythmically, says Saurabh
Trance, techno, house and classic
rock are out of rhythm for the partying crowd. In dancing spirit, so many
of the youngsters prefer to swing musically to the reverberating beats of
old Bollywood numbers! The ones whipped nicely and properly with young
thumping beats! In discotheques and even nightclubs across the city!
Warm up your interiors
Many a times a great fireplace has been built which blandly stares back in
the face of the homeowners, crying out to be decorated. Just as the
fireplaces can warm your heart and make you snug like a rub in a bug,
decorating its’ mantle pieces is known to give headaches to many.
Bid for a cause
Can anything starry be complete without a snazzy pulse on style? Never
mind the tepid alliteration, but Sony Television’s recent finale of its
dance blitzkrieg Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa not only brought oodles of attention
to the amazing transformation (once again!) of an unlikely dancer Mona
Singh into a gracefully manoeuvring gazelle on stage (so much so that she
won the competition), but it also focussed attention on the one aspect
that television never fails to influence—fashion!
The glittering dresses, the sweeping skirts,
the elegant gowns and even the gaudy body-suits donned by the men have
been the cynosure of minute attention. But
wait; do not pick up your scissors and spools of thread just yet to
emulate all those sequinned wonders, just bid for the originals
Event is the THING
The new market mantra is not
just to attract customers but to involve and entertain them too, says Nirupama
A young girl sitting across tarot reader Gargi Arora wants to know if she
should appear for an examination. “Yes, the time is good. Success will
be with you.” An anxious old woman asks if the time is ready for her
daughter’s wedding. Gargi replies, “No, wait a few years more and let
the girl get strong enough in her mind to take the responsibility of
FORTUNE SEEKERS: Gargi Arora reveals what the tarot cards have to say at an event in Meena Bazaar, Manimajra.
— Photos by Parvesh Chauhan
The unsung prince
Amarjeet Singh’s aim is to tell the story of the unsung hero of Punjab history, Maharaja Duleep Singh, exiled younger son of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, to the world.
After holding 20 sponsored shows in the US, Amarjeet Singh has knocked
the doors of Hollywood also with a documentary on the prince called,
“Maharaja Duleep Singh, a Monument of Injustice”. The quest began
after Amarjeet Singh read a book written by his father, Dr Sher Singh
Sher, on the prince.
Acclaimed theatre artiste and
social activist M. K. Raina is in town to work with the children of Vivek
High School for a production called Jasma Odan, reports Parbina
It’s difficult to say who was
enjoying the exercise more–M.K. Raina immersed in the sound of dholak
and nagaras or the cast of 45 children hungry to lap up the director’s
notes. So for once, your instinctive journalistic nature to hurry up
things has to take a backseat as he, with so much command, asks you to sit
and enjoy the song.
Lost and found
On the 13day of the last month
when our colleague Anuradha Shukla got the news of the passing away of one
of the very talented theatre veterans Balraj Pandit (Panditji), we had
trouble finding his picture.
After LoC, J. P. Dutta is ready to take the centrestage again with his
magnum opus and first female-oriented, non-action, musical film Umrao
Jaan. Dutta deals with an emotional subject in this film. The
audience already knows Ameeran’s story in the film, which is a remake of
Muzaffar Ali’s Umrao Jaan (1981). Rekha got the National Award for her
outstanding performance in the earlier film and left an indelible mark of
FILM & FASHION
Murdoch — the devil?
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch
doesn’t need to wonder what singer George Michael thinks about him,
especially after the latter labelled him ‘the devil’.
- Julia in trouble
- Tyra’s new avatar
- Keeny G. best golfer
- Kevin likes fatherhood
When conversation centres on Gick
Grewal, emotions fly. It’s not only the way she utters her son’s name,
Kesho, in the last act in Naga-mandala that gives one a heavy heart while
leaving, even in a simple conversation Gick can bring the best out in a
person, sometimes with her bright smile and sometimes with moist eyes.
Gick Grewal on the sets of Naga-mandala