Thought-provoking cinema

Filmmaker Raj Paul Dhillon’s Sweet Amerika has Gulshan Grover falling in love with a Muslim woman post-9/11. Gayatri Rajwade chats him up during a visit to the city

“An immigrant’s story” is what writer, director and producer Raj Paul Dhillon set out to make. But his debut film Sweet Amerika, starring Gulshan Grover, is one “learning curve” this filmmaker hopes to share with everyone.

Based on the burning issue of Sikhs and mistaken identities post 9/11 in America, this film not only deals with a contemporary subject it also compels the viewer to think, feel and hopefully believe in a better world.

“I deliberately chose to write a controversial story not because I wanted to create a storm but because I wanted to provoke people into thinking,” says Dhillon, currently visiting family in the city.

The film may be contentious to some people because it portrays the protagonist — a Sikh is in love with a Muslim woman – but “If people watch the film with an open mind it will strike a chord because it deals with issues that are both sensitive and universal,” he insists.

The film deals with the life of Balbir ‘Bobby’ Singh (Grover) who runs a store in the US. Bobby — in love with a Muslim woman who sells samosas in his store — finds himself at odds with his own disapproving Sikh community. As this aspect of his life plays out, he is kidnapped by a group of Americans just days after 9/11, simply because of a mistaken identity —Bobby wears a turban and is taken for a Muslim.

“On the face of it, this is a small story of an immigrant’s experience in America, but in a larger perspective it is the story of humanity in the face of violence,” says Dhillon.

However, his own immigrant experiences are by no means “small.” Dhillon and his family moved from Amritsar to Vancouver when he was a young boy. Degrees in communications and filmmaking followed at Simon Fraser University because he was “basically obsessed by cinema even as a child.”

His first film, The Chase, made while he was still in high school, whizzed by in five minutes but his next one in college was a more serious attempt. Autumn Leaves made in 1990-91 about a Japanese playwright was chosen for the Montreal Students’ Film Festival the following year. Film school had him hooked.

“It stressed more on the artistic than the commercial aspect of film-making. We were exposed to inspirational film-makers like Fellini and Goddard. I learnt that everyone has a story to tell but how you execute it is the key to good cinema,” he smiles. Several documentaries and scripts galore later, Dhillon is still going strong. In the pipeline are movies based on drugs and gangland violence in Canada called Spiceland where many young Punjabis are caught in the crossfire for which he is keen on taking Akshay Kumar, a young masala film The Fusion Generation for which Dhillon hopes to rope in the likes of Jimmy Shergill and Kim Sharma, Entertaining America on a television talk show guest holding the host to ransom during a show and even a supernatural ghost story The Blueberry Field amongst others.

But this is not all. Dhillon also started writing for British Columbia’s oldest weekly newspaper The Link, while still in college. Today, he is its editor and also the recipient of the Best National Editorial Award from the Ethnic Journalists Association in 2005 for his reportage on the Kanishka tragedy.

And here is where his dream film lies. “I want to do a conspiracy theory film on the Kanishka tragedy, very much on the lines of Oliver Stone’s JFK,” he says.

More than 25 years of having lived in Canada and aspiring to make it to Hollywood through his brand of films, Dhillon continues to use his own identity as the bedrock of his creativity. I

Sweet Amerika is slated to for a September release.

Short Circuit
Saurabh Malik

Cut for comfort and style, shorts are soaring up the popularity charts in sync with the rising mercury. Just in case you still haven’t seen teenyboppers giving a leg up to fashion in denim or even corduroy shorts laced with captivating grace, make a brief trip to uppercut café bars — the ones steaming with prevailing tastes.

You will find pretty girls joining the chic parade and the party crowd in cheerful shorts, with nice innovative prints, that flaunt more than just a wee-bit of attitude. Teamed with halter necks and double-shaded spaghetti tops, they are actually keeping it short for increasing their cooling capacities.

Move out and you will see more of them! Sitting pillion on macho motorbikes, they are redefining sporty looks in shorts that were so far confined only to the college hostel rooms. The philosophy behind their tryst with shorts is simple: Life is short, why waste it on long apparels.

Sort of shorts

“Shorts are hastily pushing the skirts out of the fashion scene in Chandigarh and other boom-towns of the region,” says city-based fashion designer Shweta Mehra. “The stuff’s popularity can easily be gauged from the fact that there is more of less all around you.”

Flashing a broad smile, she adds: Be it micro denims or ones with folds, shorts are fast acquiring the status of must-haves this season. Without them, your summer wardrobe can never be complete. That’s the long and short of it.”

Catering to the ever-expanding demand for shorts are fashion houses and malls across the city. “Right from shorts with photographic, digital and screen printing, to the ones with linings and trims, you have over a dozen styles to choose from,” says Ramandeep Singh of Urban Rootz.

You can also go in for shorts with five functional pockets, belt loops, and bronze stitching. The stuff is calling the trend. Also in are denim pedal-pushers with button and fold details, says Neha of Ten West.

Jazz them up

Team up the shorts with long tops for that glam goddess look, suggests designer Micky Chhabra. It adds energy to the outfit and jazzes it up. Broadly speaking, you can pick up smart shorts between Rs 180 and Rs 1,500.

In case you wish to go for the sizzling wear without actually burning a hole in your pocket, pick up apparel from stores offering non-branded stuff. In fact, the ones fitting in the export surplus category are relatively inexpensive. So, what are you waiting for? If the heat of youth, and the summers, is getting hold of you, just pick up a good pair of shorts. Team it up with glares. Complete the ensemble with a broad studded belt. And celebrate summers. Keep it up, gals!

He was born with it
Nine-year-old Zoravar Singh Thiara does the city proud at a national equestrian championship
Smriti Sharma

It takes years for most of us to master over a certain skill. But there area few lucky ones who are born with it. One such born winner is Zoravar Singh Thiara.

All of nine years, this child prodigy has already won four medals at the national equestrian championship ‘Delhi Horse Show’ held at the Nicholsan Ranges. This largest equestrian meet in the country was held from March 22 to April 1where our city’s own rising star won medals in all three mainstream events called dressage, show jumping and hacks.

A student of class IV at St John’s School, he won bronze medal and fourth position in dressage, anther bronze in hacks and the sixth position in show jumping, making his tally of points the highest among all other participants in his category.

Zoravar was awarded the best child rider in his category last year and is hopeful of clinching the title this year (the results are not yet out).

A confident and calm child, Zoravar is equally good at studies. “He was awarded a certificate of excellence in academics last year,” beams his proud parents, Ajay and Tanisha Thiara.

It all started when Zoravar was only two-and-a-half years old. “We were driving down with our friends when Zoravar expressed to take a ride on a wandering horse on the road. His wish was fulfilled. Since then there has been no looking back neither for the parents nor for this starry eyed boy.

So what is his best trait, we ask his mother. “Though he is confident, he is not a outspoken child. Mainly because his passion requires lot of patience and concentration,” tells Ajay.

Zoravar’s father is quick to add, “when Zoravar is introduced to a new horse (Shehzada and Tipu have been his long time companion), he first pats his horse and look straight into his eyes without any traces of fear.

“If a horse has both his ears pushed in front, it means the horse isn’t listening to you and if both the eras are in either directions, he is listening,” comes the valuable piece of information from Zoravar. He had his shares of falls though.

“In fact once when he was taking his horse out for a walk, a king cobra came from nowhere and sat right in front, but without fearing, Zoravar quickly moved himself and his horse aside,” recalls Tanisha.

During this recent event he was even given the Zodiac, India’s top-ranking horse owned by Col I. J. Lamba, a former Olympian to compete for one of the events. Very soon this child, who loves to read books on reptiles and dinosaurs, is going to be trained under an international trainer both in Europe and India. For this two horses for him will also be imported from Germany, informs Ajay.

He nurtures a dream to represent the country in the Olympics and other world tournaments. We wish him luck for a great future.

The lure of Diamonds
Branded diamonds now come with a safe investment tag
Saurabh Malik

Diamonds are forever

“I don’t need love, For what good will love do me? Diamonds never lie to me, For when love’s gone, They’ll luster on.

Diamonds are forever, Sparkling round my little finger. Unlike men, the diamonds linger; Men are mere mortals who Are not worth going to your grave for.

— From the James Bond movie soundtrack; artiste: Shirley Bassey 

Hollywood’s ‘twin

A diamond can make you dazzle. Just watch Hollywood blockbusters if you are having any doubts. Way back in 1960s, Liz Taylor wore a diamond necklace like an amulet in Butterfield 8. A decade later, the sparkling stones appeared in James Bond’s, Diamonds are forever. The fight for stones continued in 1980s as jewel thieves in A fish called Wanda outwitted each other in a diamond heist. In recent 1990s, Kate Winslet received a rare diamond in Titanic.

Diamonds are forever. You can dazzle the onlookers by wearing them around your chiseled fingers in rings or around your beauteous neck as pendants. And, what’s more exchange or upgrade them when you get bored of the glittery rocks!

No wonder, the glare of diamonds is bedazzling the city residents like never before. Just in case you still are hazy about its popularity, listen to the diamond experts. The info might rock you, but they say the sales of diamonds have gone up by whooping 20 to 25 per cent in this part of the region during the past two years.

And, the reason behind the enhanced interest of the residents in sparkling stones is not really hard to see. Branded diamonds now come with a ‘safe investment’ tag. In fact, the sets give you an opportunity of investing money in ageless beauty. Formed in the earth’s interior and shot to the surface by volcanoes, diamonds have been around for three billion years. Being one of the hardest substances known to men, it is resistant to deterioration and can be passed on from one generation to another without the articles losing their charm.

“Until a few years ago, people were apprehensive about picking up the stones. In the absence of hallmark jewellery and big brand names in the business, they were not very sure of the purchase,” says Orra’s Area Manager (Punjab), Rajesh Kapoor. “To top it all, they were doubtful about the resale value of diamonds.”

At the company’s sector 17 showroom to launch the organisation’s anniversary sale, Kapoor says, “But now things have changed. The entry of brand names has generated credibility.”

“Dual income has also helped in boosting the sales, a working woman does not have to think twice before buying a ring for an office party,” says Kapoor. And, then you have so many showrooms all over the city that tender ‘exchange and upgrade offer.’ You can safely hand back the jewellery within a specified period of time and pick up stuff that’s better and more expensive.

So now, on your anniversary you can actually gift your gal a ring or an earring, embellished with sparkling stones, by pulling as less as Rs 2,500 from your pocket. On another occasion, you can add a little more of your hard-saved money and gift her precious little gems that she always wanted. You can go on and on till you run out of love or money, whatever is first.

Now, don’t waste precious time arranging finances. Just go to a jewellery showroom and pick up hallmarked jewellery because as they say, you are worth it.

Little Interview
She’s got the attitude
Saurabh Malik

The grace is unmistakable. As her deep poetic eyes flutter in sync with the sinuous movements of her agile hands, you realise lissome model-cum-actress Celina is more than just Vogue magazine’s Indian cover girl. She is also a trained, and a qualified, kathak dancer. And, what’s more, she has twirled her way to the top from streets with no names of Chandigarh.

After pursuing her post-graduation in classical dance from Chandigarh, Sector 46, resident Celina moved on to the national capital around five months back for pursuing a career in modeling. And, going by the assignments she has undertaken, the reed-thin diva is already doing a pretty good job.

She has made a name for herself in advertisements promoting stuff offered by the United Colours of Benetton and Provogue. And has endorsed designer wear, besides walking the ramp for ‘big names’ like Malini Ramani, Nikhil Arora and Manish Arora during Lakme Fashion Week’s press preview! The young enchantress has also been picked up by internationally renowned organisation Wella to campaign for their hair colours.    

Looking more like a wand-less fairy in an immaculate white gown with glitter splashed all over, she descended on Orra’s Sector 17 showroom to enchant the crowd. We caught her just in time for you. Here are excerpts of interview.

Being picked up by Vogue magazine and Wella is quite prestigious. What makes you such a big hit?

I have what it takes. Looks, talent and the right kind of attitude. I also have the will to struggle and succeed. I belong to Chandigarh, but moved away from the city’s serene environs just to carve a niche for myself. I had to work very hard, but I am getting the results.

You are a qualified kathak dancer. Yet you prefer ramp over stage. Any particular reason for it?

I am a versatile person. I wish to display my skills not just in dancing, but also in other fields. That’s why I am into classical dancing, modeling and even acting. I have already performed in serials aired on Sahara Manoranjan and Doordarshan.

What about your future plans? Have you received offers for movies?

Even now I have two or three offers from Bollywood. But currently I have no intentions of moving to Mumbai. I am concentrating on my modeling career and will continue sashaying down the ramp till a real good offer comes my way.

Do you think it’s essential for a model to shift out of Chandigarh for succeeding?

It may not be necessary. But the scope here is limited. Leaving a city like Chandigarh takes a lot of thinking. It’s just not easy. But then sometimes in life you have to take tough decisions. That’s the way it is.

Beauty studio
Fun in the sun
Pammy Kaul

SPF 15 is the magic number in the war against the sun. It’s your greatest ally. So keep it handy.

Fun in the sun or playing in the rain, you need to shield your skin from the damaging UVA and UVB rays. While UVA helps fight ageing, UVB helps against burning of the skin. For sure, lack of moisture and effects of overexposure to sun can undermine the appearance of your skin. A good SPF cream can help you combat both — look for creams and lotions that are antioxidant-rich should contain avobenzone to filter the harmful rays. It is your best bet if you want to stay clear off premature wrinkling, dry leathery skin, distended blood vessels, blotchy pigmentation, and skin cancer.

Be sun-savvy

  • Avoid sunshine in the middle of the day. Think shade, umbrellas, hats, and caps.

  • Look for broad-spectrum protection or UVA/UVB protection when buying a sun block.

  • Apply the sun block half an hour before you step out in the sun so that it can bind with it.

  • The sun breaks down the protective ingredients in the cream reducing the effectiveness; so reapply.

  • Use less make-up in summer. Use an eye cream to avoid fine lines and wrinkles.

  • Use a facemask once a week to give your skin a pick-me-up.

I have dry hair and very sensitive skin. Please help.

— Reena Makkar via email

Hair could be dry due to various factors – the sun, wind, dry climate, abuse from daily heat styling, constant chemical processing, and heredity. You can prevent its damaging effects by following some simple tips. Deep conditioning is a must for you. Massage a conditioner for dry hair into your hair, put on a shower cap, wait for 30 minutes and rinse.

Look for moisturising ingredients like panthenol and ceramides in your shampoo to combat dryness. Groom your hair. Get rid of split or damaged ends. Olive oil, ylang-ylang and almonds provide a wide range of nutrients, antioxidants and vitamins vital for the hair and scalp. For a hair mask, you mix these oils with honey. Drink plenty of water, eat a balanced diet and consider vitamin and mineral supplements. Vitamin A, C, E and calcium are all good for treating dry hair.

Battling sensitive skin is a constant challenge. Remember, your face is fragile. Choose products that do not contain allergens such as fragrance or PABA sunscreens. Always use sun block - Your skin will thank you for it! When choosing a cream, the perfect one will fit these three needs. It smells best, feels best& sinks into skin without feeling greasy on the skin. It should never irritate or burn your skin.

Avoid commercial soaps; use non-detergent, neutral-pH products to cleanse your skin. Your face wash should be extremely kind and gentle to your skin, without stripping the skin of its natural acid mantle protection.

I love long hair but have poor growth. I’m applying henna and egg but there’s no visible change. What do you suggest?

— Neha Sharma via email

If your body is healthy and well nourished, your hair will be your crowning glory. Eat yellow vegetables and fruit — beta-carotene is found in them and is essential for hair growth, promoting healthy hair, skin and nails. Research supports that certain minerals including magnesium, sulfur, silica and zinc are important for healthy hair. Vitamins B complex, C, E, silica, and flax seed oil is known to encourage hair growth. A protein rich diet is very essential. Include fish, eggs, beans and yogurt. Treat your hair like a piece of fine old lace. Avoid hot water and hot blow dryers. Stimulate hair follicles through a weekly massage. Do a series of hot oil treatments to protect the hair’s shaft. Eliminating split ends, this will allow hair to look and feel healthier. Get plenty of rest and sleep to allow your body to grow hair.

Soy protein is helpful in stimulating hair growth. Eat right, exercise, reduce stress, rest, sleep well and you are on your way to maximising your hair growth potential!

This column appears fortnightly

Pammy Kaul is a UK-based beauty therapist. E-mail your queries to or The Tribune, Sector 29, Chandigarh.

Easter treats

City bakers are embracing the spirit of Easter with charming chocolate bunnies, eggs, hot cross buns and cakes, finds out Priya Gill

Blossoming buds, flower-scented air, pale blue skies, and angelic echoes of chirping birds singing their springtime songs; all symbolise the coming of Easter in city beautiful. The Christian holiday, commemorating the resurrection of Jesus, is now becoming a much-celebrated festival in the city. Easter has developed into a commercialised holiday in many parts of the world and Easter eggs, and chocolate bunnies are now icons of the day. Local Indians, who are always in a festive spirit have picked up on the holiday’s mainstream traditions and visiting city’s bakers to purchase special Easter treats for their family and friends.

Owner of Monicas in Sector 8, Monica Sood, says it is mainly the local Christians purchasing her Easter treats, but the holiday has gradually become more popular and well known over the years. “I keep learning from my Christian customers as it is their festival and they tell me what they want.” Monicas has already been flooded with orders for her Easter eggs, cakes, and hot cross buns. “Every year the demand keeps increasing by about 25 to 30 percent as people come to know about the holiday”, Monica says.

Her Easter eggs are an ideal treat for children to relish on the day. The egg made of a sugar shell is hollow from the inside and filled with little chocolates and candies. They range from Rs 35 to 55 and wear the pastel shades typical of Easter such as blue, pink, peach, and yellow.

Special Easter chocolate cakes will also be made with bunnies and almonds for Rs 400 to 550. For the first year ever, the shop will make and sell solid chocolate bunnies, four in a box they are for Rs 30.

Nik Baker’s at Sector 10 will be transformed by soft shades and special sweets to tantalise your taste buds. White, milk, marble, and dark chocolate hollow eggs filled with Cadbury gems, marshmallows, chocolates, and candies, will be stocked in the store for Rs 100 per piece. Easter chocolate nests with dark, white and milk chocolate eggs, pavlova, and marzipan will also be on offer for Rs 75 each, and tempting white and milk chocolate teddy bears will be selling for Rs 20 a pop. Elaborate Easter eggs will be produced on order for Rs 1200. They will have an intricately decorated sugar shell, with marzipan eggs and a white chocolate bunny on the inside.

Customers can also get their hands on a special Easter cake soaked in rich sugar syrup and made of plum, dried fruits, and black currents for Rs 250. Caramel pies decorated in chocolates and gems are also not to be missed for Rs 350. Traditional hot cross buns made from rich, sweet bread with cinnamon, cardamom and sultanas are also available for the auspicious holiday for Rs 30. Owner Nikhil Mittal says, “ Buns are a must on Easter and many people heat them and have it with butter.” German stollen raison cakes consisting of marzipan, raisons, almonds, cinnamon and other spices are also commonly consumed on Easter and are available for Rs 30.

Nik says, “It is no longer a holiday solely celebrated by Christians, I am very excited to celebrate our first Easter in the shop. I want to show people how Easter is celebrated in other countries such as Australia and what the foreigners do.”

Nik Baker’s is also hosting a special Easter drawing competition for kids under 12. “Children will draw an Easter picture, submit it to us, and we will put them up on the walls of the shop. On Sunday, customers will put in their votes and the winners will receive a gift hamper of goods from the shop.

Empire Store of Sector 17 has created special Easter cakes made from rich plum, with hard pink and white icing on top for Rs 70 a piece. Their hot cross buns, an Easter specialty, will be Rs 15 for two. Owner Jai Gulati, says,” They are quite popular and have been selling well since they first hit the shelves on Friday.”

Cakes and Stuff in Sector 8 will be preparing Easter egg chocolates filled with various fillings such as almond, walnut, and mint for Rs 10 to 20 each.

Hot-cross buns
Kandla Nijhowne

Easter is perhaps the most important date on the Christian calendar but in our part of the country, we know as little about the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus as we do about Palestinian politics. Easter eggs, Easter bunnies and rabbits never cease to delight the young ones who love to get their teeth into chocolate versions of all these! The eggs and bunnies are a symbol of fertility and new life in the spring season. Traditional baking at Easter includes breads, pies and hot-cross buns, the cross on the latter signifying the crucifix (no prizes for guessing that!) Here’s something to experiment with for the Easter Sunday lunch.


500 gm flour (maida)
70 gm sugar
2 tsp mixed spice
1 tsp salt
50 gm unsalted butter, diced
110 gm currants, raisins and chopped mixed peel
7 gm dried yeast
250 gm tepid milk
1 large egg, lightly beaten
For the pastry cross
60 gm maida
30 gm butter
2 tsp powdered sugar

For the glaze

1 egg
1 ½ tsp powdered sugar
A little bit of milk


Tip the measured flour, sugar, salt and spices into a large deep bowl and mix together. Add the cold, diced butter and rub into the flour, using your finger-tips, until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Mix in the dried fruit and peel. Now make a well in the centre of the dry mixture and add the beaten egg along with half of the milk. Gradually draw in the flour to make a soft but not sticky dough, adding more milk only if needed. Turn the dough on to a slightly floured work-surface and knead thoroughly for about 10 minutes. Return the dough to the bowl, cling-film and place in a warm spot till it rises to double its volume. This could take 1-1 ½ hours. Punch down the risen dough a couple of times to deflate it. Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces, shaping each into a neat ball. Place the balls, set apart, on a greased baking sheet and once again allow them to rise, like Christ himself, until double in size. This could take up to an hour. To make the pastry for the cross, put the flour, butter and sugar into a small bowl and work rub the butter into the flour as before. Stir in 2 tsp of water and knead it till it’s soft and pliable. Roll out, using a dusting of dry maida and cut into wide strips. Brush with water to dampen one side and arrange, moist side down, in a cross configuration over the awaiting buns. Bake in a 200° C (400° F) oven until golden brown yet springy to touch. Mix together the ingredients for the glaze till the sugar dissolves and promptly brush it over the still warm buns. Serve either warm or toasted, with a generous smearing of butter.

Tip of the week

For the buns, you may omit the pastry-dough for designing the cross and replace it with a simpler procedure Mix a cupful of icing sugar with 1 ½ tsp of milk to obtain a firm paste. Using an icing bag filled with this, pipe crosses on to each of the glazed buns.

First Day First Show
Sense and sensitivity

Producer-director Suneel Darshan’s films are either excessively loud or too soft and sensitive. His latest venture Shakalaka Boom Boom falls in the second category. It is based on conflicts, trauma and the power-game involved in the functioning of music industry.

The story of Shakalaka Boom Boom is mix of Suneel Darshan’s earlier films. The musical set in New York is treated maturely but is low on drama. The pace is too slow in the first half and though the film picks up well in the post-interval portions. The climax is okay.

The performances are good. After Namaste London model-turned actor Upen Patel pulls off a good performance. Bobby Deol excels in a negative role. Celina Jaitley and Kangna Ranaut add the right amount of sheen to the film.

The musical has been beautifully shot in South Africa’s outdoor locations. Sameer have balanced the audiences’ expectations by incorporating a couple of Reshammiya’s style numbers and the result is an urban contemporary music that caters to the young generation. The music raises the film to a few notches.

Catch it at Piccadily, Chandigarh, Fun Republic, Manimajra and K.C. Panchkula.

Provoked belongs to Ash

Filmmaker Jagmohan Mundhra has come a long way since his early days of directing skin flicks like Night Eyes, The Other Woman and LA Goddess. His latest Eros International presentation Provoked is the year’s most anticipated releases. It is a true-life depiction of Kiranjit Ahluwalia, who overturned the British judiciary system.

Provoked, a Media One Global Entertainment Ltd production, has a terrific screenplay and amazing performances. Yet, all said and done, the film belongs to Aishwarya Rai, who comes up with a great performance. Naveen Andrews looks menacing as the sadistic dominating husband. Nandita Das is superb.

Jagmohan Mundhra succeeds in his attempt. The film has clicked with the audiences. Hope to see more of such films hitting the theatres.

Catch it at Kiran, Chandigarh and Fun Republic, Manimajra. — Dharam Pal

Cool Stuff

Adding zing to the Limca ‘Fresh Ho Jao’ campaign is Riya Sen. The summer campaign 2007 brings with it a new burst of freshness. It involves a series of road shows and contests across all key markets. The curvy Limca Splash bottle will be used to carry forward the youthful look of the brand. The campaign has been designed to capture the whole thought of freshness in a bottle that transports you to a cool, rejuvenating, and magical world. The ‘Lime n Lemoni’ experience offered by the brand has been retained.

Colour meets style

John Players spring-summer collection is an exciting mix of colours, playful styling and comfortable fits for leisure, work and party occasions. Crafted with breezy natural fabrics such as linen, crepes and cotton in floral prints, stripes and checks; the range incorporates motifs, beach surf graphics, embroideries and gel prints to bring alive the spirit of playing it cool.

Fight away dark circles

Vichy laboratory launched a corrective eye care cream to fight dark circles and eye contour brown spots. The product is likely to begin showing results in only four weeks. Bi-white advanced - anti-dark circles whitening corrective eye care is available in a 15ml pump bottle at an introductory price of Rs1290. It can be bought from select pharmacies across India.

Kitchenware a click away

The entire range of Lock&Lock products, Korean kitchenware brand are now available on the Internet Consumers can now shop for their favourite kitchenware product online and can avail of 15 percent discounts on their purchases also any purchase of over Rs 1000 consumers will get one free Lock&Lock. The containers are non-toxic and available in more than 200 styles.

Glow this summer

Godrej launched FairGlow, a complete fairness soap. Enriched with a unique fairness ingredient called natural oxy-G it makes the skin fairer by penetrating deep into skin pores and reducing the dark melanin from within. The new pack brings with it not just a fresh look and feel to the brand, but also a great deal of excitement and promise for the consumer. It is available at an offer Rs 63 for a pack of 4 soaps (125 gm) and Rs 42 for a pack of 4 soaps. (75 gm)

Crystal clear

Fedders Lloyd Corporation Limited (FLCL) has introduced a range of air conditioners for this summer. Available in various models of split, window and floor standing ACs, the new Lloyd air conditioner comes with crystal wave technology that ensures bacteria free 99.4% pure air, first ever for the Indian consumers. It is available in 13 models of split, windows and floor standing models weighing between 0.8 ton to 3.5 ton in competitive price range of Rs15, 790 onwards.

Go sporty

Kangana Ranaut is the new face of Red Tape. She will be endorsing Red Tape’s new sporty range for women. Kangana reflects the core values of freshness, energy and youthful appeal of the brand. The new footwear range is made from both leather and suede and comes in a variety of colours. The price point begins at a competitive Rs 1,195. 


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