Master stroke
'A master storyteller' is ourfirst impression of him. Basking in the success of Paan Singh Tomar, Sanjay Chauhan tells not only film stories with finesse but also how he landed in Mumbai, researched for the life of a dacoit, present scenario in Bollywood and more. In Chandigarh on Saturday to be part of Chandigarh Literary Festival, Sanjay shares with us what's close to his heart, writing stories…
"I didn't realise it till late that I wanted to be a script writer," says Sanjay. Originally from Bhopal, he studied and taught literature, spent a year collecting folktales in Madhya Pradesh, worked in media before he got to write 30- second-scripts for a commercial. A serial followed and then the move to Mumbai.
WRITE PATH: Sanjay Chauhan
WRITE PATH: Sanjay Chauhan

Sweet sixteen
For Wamiqa Gabbi, a Mohali-based eighteen-year-old girl with light-coloured eyes and dreams to make it big in Bollywood, things have just started taking shape! The recently released Bittoo Boss may not have done well on the box office, but Wamiqa, who played the sister (Nicky) to Amita Pathak in the movie, is satisfied with her role. Wamiqa has been lucky enough to get roles in big banner movies like Jab We Met, Love Aaj Kal and Mausam and now is all set for a big leap in Bollywood and Punjabi cinema. "I was into theatre and had done a few plays with Sudesh Sharma. Although, I haven't taken any professional training in acting, I always wanted to become an actor."

LEAD ON: Wamiqa Gabbi Photo: Manoj Mahajan

LEAD ON: Wamiqa Gabbi Photo: Manoj Mahajan

Get glowing
Recently Aishwayra Rai Bachchan made her first public appearance, after she was blessed with a baby girl, at the L’Oreal Paris Femina Women’s Awards 2012. She was declared ‘Woman of Worth’ and was beautifully dressed in a printed salwar-suit with geometric patterns, which was created by the designer duo Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla in bright neon colours.

Song of love
Destiny has its own ways. The tunes composed by singer, composer Shankar Sahney during his university days in Chandigarh have finally seen the light of the day. And, none else but Asha Bhosle has sung them. With some 100 videos and 1,300 stage shows to his credit, Shankar came to Chandigarh to release his latest album Wari Jawan Ishqe.

It’s happening
The summer twist
One concept in Indian society which gets bigger and better with each passing day is wedding. The glitz, glamour, exotic food and drink, there have been constant innovations to make weddings a gala affair. A little shift in the trend is, however, the season. Summer weddings are in now.

In vogue
Traditional thread
Almost every second pretty woman from Bollywood ensures that she is seen in a traditional avatar once a while at a private function or an award ceremony. So, quickly an appointment with a designer is fixed, a regular looking salwaar kameez is given a formal, semi-formal or traditional spin, matched with the right kind of jewellery and handed over to the celebrity to flaunt it.

Wear your attitude
Everyone wants to be trendy and fashionable but very few can adopt style nonchalantly and those who can are the ones who can catch attention. It takes an aesthetic sense and attitude to master the art. Pleasant and confident, Chahat Sahni, a civil services aspirant, is all for suitability and it does work for her.

Photo: Pradeep TewariThe foodies
Rustling up a feast
Hotel Mountview is an old name in the hospitability sector of Chandigarh. With a chic makeover, it is one place where you can relate to so many things old and new. Though the hotel coffee shop is a well-known joint, their restaurant Rustles also cooks up a delectable meal and has a variety to offer.

Master Chef
Add pizzaz to life ...
The globalization phenomenon has touched our tastebuds too. We have become more adventurous and try out different cuisines. As Chinese food has become a household fare, now available on the rehr as well, and so has Italian food. We love experimenting with different types of pastas and pizzas.

High Spirits
Citron Martini
This cocktail is said to have psychedelic effect, relaxing the mind off day to day stress.

In the pipeline
Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif have not even completed their first film together. Yet, talks are already on about them doing another film together which is none other than Farah Khan’s Happy New Year.
Two timing: Katrina Kaif and Shah Rukh Khan

Star power
Both Abhishek Bachchan and Ranbir Kapoor come from illustrious Bollywood families. They have now collaborated to be a part of a football team and will be trained by Baichung Bhutia. The football club has many other stars as well.

Two timing: Katrina Kaif and Shah Rukh Khan

Over to hockey
After winning accolades for his role in Paan Singh Tomar Irrfan Khan is now keen to essay the role of Indian hockey genius Dhyan Chand in a biopic based on the legend’s life.

Jennifer AnistonJolie-Pitt engaged to be married
Hollywood couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are engaged to be married after seven years of romance and six children. Their engagement news first became public when Beverly Hills jeweller Robert Procop revealed that he helped Pitt, 48, design a custom diamond ring for Jolie, 36, a publication said. The ring is estimated to have cost USD 250,000.

Justin is my protector: Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Aniston says her boyfriend Justin Theroux is her protector and a good human being. The 43-year-old actress said she feels safe when she is with Theroux who has had a massively positive impact on her life, a magazine reported.

Jennifer Aniston

Cat woman: Anne Hathaway Gym packed
Actress Anne Hathaway says she had to physically change her body shape to play Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises. The 29-year-old, who is the latest in a long line of stars including Eartha Kitt and Michelle Pfeiffer to play the formidable character, said she spent most of her time in the gym to get into shape, reported a website.

Cat woman: Anne Hathaway

Split personality
Vindu Dara Singh relied on his father’s name until a reality show catapulted him into limelight making him a household name. The show witnessed his short temperedness while taking digs at the other contestants. In stark contrast however, it also showed him often breaking down and crying on the show.

Controversy thy name is…
Controversies and Madhur Bhandarkar go hand in hand. The film-maker, who recently got relief from Supreme Court in rape case, has now been sued by actor-turned-author Seema Seth for plagiarising Fashion after 4 years and has sought compensation of Rs 2.5 crore.

SRK on stardom, family & more
Shah Rukh Khan has managed to remain grounded despite being such a big name in the industry. He is witty, successful and humble. So he is the perfect person to talk about managing stardom. I love meeting people because it is the people who have made me a star. I am so thankful for their love and support. I make films for them.

A new life, a new way
Lost In Translation star Scarlett Johansson has opened up about her new boyfriend, ad director Nate Taylor, saying everything is finally going great. The 27-year-old actress went through a tough phase in 2011 after her public divorce from actor Ryan Reynolds and when her nude photographs were leaked online by a hacker.

Love's labour: Scarlett Johansson

Love's labour: Scarlett Johansson

Fresh approach
The cute and cheerful Punjabi kudi Sonika Handa from Lucknow, who was last seen in Do Hanso Ka Joda, Maayke se bandhi dor and Stree – Teri Kahani, is back to lights, camera and action for a character of Chandana Raichand in Rajshree Productions unique love story Jhilmil Sitaaron Ka Aangan Hoga, starring Sudha Chandran, Shreya Jha, Pankaj Tiwari and Rakesh Paul.






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