Ai! Ladhki
Anuradha Shukla meets up with a Canadian film crew in town, documenting the phenomenon of the girl child lost from the Punjab landscape
arina Marceau, Julie Paquin, Melini and cameraman Dominique working on a documentary for Productions du 5e monde, Montreal, are looking for the missing girl child in India. Paradoxes like no children being born in Canada because of high rate of abortions to the lopsided sex ratio in India drove Karina, heading the team brought the team to discover more about the issue. On Lohri the team shot the special Lohri celebrations for girls in Fatehgarh Sahib. “The synopsis on the issue won us an award in Canada and we got a special grant to do the report,” says Karina. “What amazed us during the shooting in Punjab was the fact that more educated the parents were, more they were into using technology to kill the female foetus in the womb,” says Julie. On the hand the team met men in Fatehgarh Sahib who could not find wives. 

CLOSE UP: Dominique Karina, Julie and Melini (clockwise) take a breather during a shoot at the Rose Garden on Saturday. Photo: Manoj Mahajan

Dominique Karina, Julie and Melini take a breather during a shoot at the Rose Garden on Saturday

Phir tera waqt-e-safar yaad ayaa…
Nirupama Dutt
um this immortal ghazal that spoke of dida-e-tar (moist eyes) and waqt-e-safar (parting time) and one is in touch with two great talents: the poet who wrote the ghazal and the singer who sang it soulfully. The poet was Mirza Ghalib, the greatest of Urdu poets who took the art of ghazal writing to enormous heights. The pioneering singer who immortalised Ghalib’s couplets and took them to the masses was Kundan Lal Saigal.

Beauty sea deep 
Not just facials, beauty salons and healthcare centers are treating hair and other deep-rooted problems with help of sea mineral extracts, says Saurabh Malik
eauty salons and healthcare centers — treating a deluge of maladies with sea mineral extracts — are creating ripples like never before. For bringing about a sea change in your looks, they are actually pulling out splendor secrets from the deep.

Couch Shakti
Smriti Sharma
e all have hated him perhaps for all the negative roles he has played with so much aplomb in countless Hindi flicks. Noticeably, Indian audience remembers him for the bad man image he projects, sometimes as a mafia don, a killer, a conventional rapist or even a roadside gunda for that matter, he does justice to all. No wonder his comic characters in films, like that of Nandu in David Dhawan’s flick, Raja Babu, which fetched him a Filmfare Award as well, are outshined by shady roles.

Grit and glam
Anuradha Shukla
ife rocks for Yuvraj S. Singh as he rides the launch pad film Love Story by none other than director Prakash Jha into the world of dream weavers, the Hindi film industry. Playing guitar for Music Society in Saint Stephen’s College, Delhi, to playing cricket for the Board of Cricket Control in India, (BCCI) this cool dude continued his musical trail in England where he jived with music clubs and musicians along side his higher studies before entering films.

Fabric for all seasons
Smriti Sharma
he change of season changes the wardrobe. Every time the change brings in something different and new with it (too many changes, isn’t it!). But don’t we always wish how life would have been much easier if only there were all weather fabrics. Probably clothes that would keep us warm through the chilly winters and cool in cruel summers! Perhaps these thoughts led Chandigarh based Sambul Sekhon to search for the weavers who could weave fabrics on these lines in the border villages of Andhra Pradesh and Orissa. She brings to the city an array of dress material and suits that can be worn in all seasons, embellished with tradition.

RESHMI SALWAR: Sambul Sekhon displays her designs. — Photo by Pradeep Tewari 

Sambul Sekhon displays her designs

current HIT RADIO
Tuning-In with Hardeep S. Chandpuri
he term contemporary Hit Radio was coined in the early 1980s by the Radio & Records magazine to designate Top 40 stations, which continued to play hits from all musical genres as pop music splintered into Adult Contemporary, Urban Contemporary and other formats. 

Drew’s weird choice
ollywood star Drew Barrymore would love to meet up with Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen, because she’s always been attracted to weird men. Barrymore, whose screen credits include E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, The Wedding Singer, Fever Pitch and Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, has been in a relationship with ‘The Strokes’ drummer Fabrizio Moretti since 2002, and insists she had some unusual pin-ups as a teenager.

Best distributor
apsons Agencies Pvt. Ltd. has once again brought laurels to the city by winning ‘The Best Distributor of the Year’ award given by The Clothing Manufacturers Association of India (CMAI), India’s oldest and representative Association of Garment Manufacturers, Exporters and Retailers. 

Good storyline, tight screenplay
ast year was golden year for the Bollywood with a slew of blockbusters. But will the magic continue in 2007? Yes, it looks like a very promising year because the first biggie of 2007 Guru, which premiered at Toronto’s Elgin and winter Garden theatre on January 11 got good opening in India also.

Let go the X-factor