Good-looking fit
Working out is a part of modern living. And when the wardrobe is chic, the pleasure grows manifold...
Amarjot Kaur

A sarong can jazz up any swimwear
A sarong can jazz up any swimwear

Until the 1930s, the idea of sports fashion was associated with clothes that were comfortable and practical. It was only post the 70s, that the trend gained momentum in proportion to the fast moving life. While the 2012 spring fashion witnessed a subtle return to femininity with cleaner lines and minimal silhouettes, this year, the trend continued its enthusiastic progress towards aesthetics, morphing into an entirely new embodiment of 'casual chic'. So if you are still confused about what to wear while you sweat it out during a work-out, roll your eyes through these quick tips.

Yoga time

Meenakshi Sud, a city-based yoga instructor, swears by the idea of one's individual comfort, as far as yoga-wear is concerned. "Although I suggest that one should wear knit-fabric like cotton or any kind that breathes, an individual is free to wear what he or she likes," she says. "Every aasan in yoga works on the fundamentals of Sthir (stability) and this concept trickles down to one's choice of clothes. You can wear what you like and preferably something that does not restrict your movement, even lycra, but it can be a little too uncomfortable during summer. I believe in giving people the freedom to choose, so they can wear what they like."

Tip talk: "As far as Yoga is concerned, it is not just about the fitness of your body but also the mind. So, one can wear anything that is comfortable but loose clothes that are a mix of cotton and lycra, bamboo fabric and cotton are a preferred option," says Amit Kashyap, a Delhi-based designer. "Since yoga is all about serenity, colours like green, white, aqua and different shades of blue will compliment the look. You can wear a loose shirt in a breathing fabric and team it up with peddle-pushers or loose pants," he adds.

In the gym

While most of the Chandigarh folks fancy the idea of working out to look good, they focus very little on looking good while they are working out! Prem Chaudhry, a gym instructor at the Flexity Gym, Sector 26, says, "Track pants in cotton or linen are a must when it comes to gym-wear and you can team it up with sweat absorber t-shirts as well as dry fits. However, a good pair of running shoes is a must."

Prem opines that comfort should be the most important factor while choosing any outfit, "Track pants or shorts that are dry fit, when teamed up with good shoes and ankle-length socks are a basic when it comes to gym-wear for girls. However, we do not allow women to wear suits because not only do they restrict movement, they are also very difficult to carry (we don't want the dupattas flying at the treadmill). Therefore, women can always take to wearing a long t-shirt with track pants. I think that would not only keep it simple, but also make the work-out comfortable."

Tip talk: "When it comes to gym-wear, fitted clothes in stretchable; be it lycra, knitted fabric or a blend of both in dry fit is a convenient option. Also, one should ensure that the clothes that you choose are sleek and they have fine stitches," says Anuj Sharma, a Delhi-based designer. "For women who are on the heavier side, a long t-shirt works well if they team it up with a pair of trousers."

Take a dip: Here is what you can wear to the swimming pool.

Small on top: Go for fringes, ruffles or frills because embellishments create an optical illusion and pump up the volume. Triangle tops give shape and demi-cups in horizontal-line prints look great too.

Pear shaped (belly): Belted one-piece will give you an hourglass figure and you can wear a cami top (tankini), but make sure that it is not too tight.

Bottom heavy: Boy shorts will ward off wedgies and show your curves. Also, plunging neckline will divert unwanted attention from your butt. Wear dark bottoms with lighter tops as dark shades provide a slimming effect, but avoid prints.

Top heavy: V-neck will elongate your figure; go for thick-strapped halter-tops. Avoid spaghetti straps or strapless tops. A top with an underwire will give support and shape.

Sarongs: Complete your look with a cover and let the robes and sarongs do the magic. Sarongs in bright colours and geometric prints in sheer fabric are a perfect catch.

A brush with Ami

Chandigarh Creative Cinema Circle with 10 Filmmaker is an open event where films of one filmmaker are screened on every last Sunday of each month, along with an interaction with the director of the films.

For the month of June the Chandigarh Creative Cinema Circle is dedicating the event to Punjabi cinema and films as well as filmmaker of the month Daljit Ami.

Daljit is a Punjabi documentary filmmaker and journalist known for his activism through social action documentaries on topics such as agricultural labour, mass movements, human rights, environmentalism, Sufi tradition and Punjabi scholars.

His notable films include Born In Debt, Zulm Aur Aman, Pitr, Karsewa, Anhad Baja Bajey and Not Every Time.

The films, which will be screened, include Born In Debt, which got a commendation award at IDPA Festival 2002, Zulm Aur Aman, Not Every Time and Seva.

This film was screened at the Punjabi International Film Festival, Toronto-2013. The durations of the films are from 20 to 40 minutes.

(At Lala Lajpat Rai Bhawan, Sector-15, Chandigarh, from 4 pm onwards) — TNS

Cars on canvas
After hosting TV shows and dabbling in films, Bobby Sandhu now turns an artist
Amarjot Kaur

You saw him on television when he hosted the show, Ki Haal Chaal Hai on ETC Punjabi. Recently he essayed a role in the film Bikkar Bai Sentimental. He also writes screenplays and dialogues for several films, and he has directed many music videos. As a man of many talents, Bobby Sandhu explores his creative potential while sketching and defining his car fetish in an artistic cult called the pencil art.

"I have a fetish for automobiles, especially the American muscle and low riders. And that I am a self-taught artist, I only make use of HB pencils," says Bobby, as he attempts to explain his art form.

"Also, I like doing fan art, which is a latest movement in the mass culture and not many people in India know about it. I draw sketches of people who I fancy, for instance Curt Cobain, Heath ledger as Joker in Batman, Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp and Gurdas Mann among many others," shares Bobby, who has already exhibited his works across Australia in as many as six exhibitions, one of which was held at the National Library of Australia, Perth.

"I have displayed art prints at Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and Canberra. Art prints are essentially referred to the sketches that are scanned and then printed on a high quality paper," he says while adding, "I happened to have attended a low rider event in Australia and there when I showed my sketches to people, many of them bought my sketches. Abroad, people really invest in this kind of art that felicitates the sprit of the subject and is not essentially abstract."

Bobby Sandhu, 32, is the senior member at, one of the well-known art sites in the world and his works have been displayed as the cover art poster for more than five times.

On till July 2.

Add some bling

Photo: Manoj Mahajan Compared to the dozen other exhibitions in Chandigarh, JW Marriott's very own annual wedding fair Shahnai is yet to take off in terms of quantity and the number of labels making their presence felt. Accordingly there are eight exhibitors putting their best foot forward, from Chandigarh-based Head Masters Salon and Spa listing out the membership advantages to the name synonymous with photography in the city, Shree Gurudev Photo Colour.

Further, there's Wedding Studded, a tricity based studio taking care of all the celebrations at home and Wedding Hand Casting by Shobha A Rana that claims to customise everything possible.

"We make a unique range of 3D casts capturing every tiny detail of your hands giving you a treasure to keep forever." Shares the personnel across the counter, "The process involves taking an impression of the hands using a molding material. It is totally safe and hypoallergenic, therefore it's a harmless endeavour at giving an individual a piece of art, picking up every little line and wrinkle unique to your hand." Gurgaon-based designer Amit Kashyap, brings in his collections in neon colours, pastels and the staple black. The collection comprises gowns, Pakistani suits, semi- formals among others. Moving on, there's Zaira diamonds promising to add the expensive bling to your affair.

On till at JW Marriott-35, Chandigarh.

— Manpriya Singh

Coffee & Corbusier

For those who cared to keep browsing till the end of the Elante Mall, wouldn't be surprised. Situated at the backyard of the property, Mocha has been there for a while but a formal inauguration was amiss. What's notable about the café is the fact that the interiors have taken a cue from the one of the most influential architects, Le Corbusier. The décor, the furniture and little props adorning the place are an ode to the great architect. The front wall facing the door aims at recreating the façade of the High Court.

In keeping with the Corbusier-inspired theme of the place, another famous creation that adorns one of the brick walls is his signature Open Hand that has been artfully made using metal wires. Pushing the design envelope while simultaneously paying a tribute to the man who's contributed to making the city what it is today. The light brown interiors, celebrating the geometric shapes come replete with ample natural lighting. As for the food, they claim to serve all purposes whether a quick grub, breakfast, lunch or just a cup of coffee. There's gourmet food served in a casual avatar. The fast food buffs can count on the big juicy burgers. Well, a cup of coffee need not stop at just that.

— Manpriya Singh

it’s rocking
Love notes

The film, Lootera, with Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha in the lead roles, is all set for release. And, the melodious music from the new-age composer-lyricist duo, Amit Trivedi and Amitabh Bhattacharya, offers much respite from the usual Bollywood tunes. So, are the city folk ready to handle an out an out romantic album, which opens with the song already in the news and on the lips, Sawaar Loon that has been sung by Monali Thakur.

Rhyme and reason

Amit and Amitabh have carved out a gem, a song that will be remembered for a long time to come as a superb love ditty. The first time I listened to the song, I was taken over by a strong, intense feeling, perhaps the kind that defines love. I am totally and irrevocably in love with love and this song that is all about love. The lyrics are awesome.

Sunandini Duggal, student

History revisited

I instantly fell in love with this love ballad that has an old-world charm about it and it really suits the earthy beauty, Sonakshi Sinha to the tee. Also, the chemistry between Sonakshi and Ranbir is just overwhelming, but the lyrics of the song are incredible. I love the voice of the female vocalist too.

Kirti Randhawa, student

Musical interlude

The enchanting background music, including the sound of flute, organ, santoor and guitar is spellbinding and so is Monali Thakur's flawless rendition. I really like the song for its musical and lyrical virtue.

Sonal Singla, student

— As told to Amarjot Kaur

Woman of many hats

Busy body: Malaika Arora Khan Malaika Arora Khan is a businesswoman who is totally capable of calling the shots. She is not focusing on film offers at the moment and talks about her entrepreneurial ambitions.

Life long

I have taken life as it comes and I have been quite blessed. I have given my best to everything I have done and I am doing the same with business. You cannot take off the hat of a businesswoman, ever! I love that. It is challenging and I am learning the ropes as I go along. After production and my clothing label, I want to venture into the restaurant business.

In your face

I know I am a beautiful woman and I have many talents. Women can be glamorous in business and have the required acumen. We should enjoy our feminine side. My greatest talent is the gift of the gab.  I can talk my way out of any situation. I am hard working too.

Mumbai traits

I am a Mumbai girl all the way and the city really supports women. There is a lot of co-operation and people find innovative ways to work and support their families. There is so much potential in the people of the city.

All about time

Women are born multi-taskers. I feel delegation is very important and we should have priorities and work around them. We should have boundaries and make time for ourselves too.

Family first

My family is my biggest strength and support system. Spending time with the kids helps me de-stress. I love cooking for my family and friends too. I love going out for meals with my gang of girls.

Graduating to bigger things
Actor Shadab Kamal says singing and dancing are not his forte

New role: Shadab Kamal Actor Shadab Kamal talks about his upcoming film, his background and more.

An honest approach

B.A. Pass just came my way. I have done theatre in Kolkata and I am from there. I had a small role in Chittagong and Dibyendu Chattopadhyay recommended me for this movie. He has a role in B.A. Pass too. So, indirectly through Chittangong, I got this movie. I met the director Ajay Bahl, auditioned for the movie and he told me about his vision for the movie and that is it is not a sex film. It has an honest approach and stays true to its story and has a lot of integrity. That is why it goes passed without a single cut from the Censor Board.

Family support

My father has a leather goods business and my brother is into event management and marketing. My sister is 10 years older than me. I did not tell them anything until I wrapped up the movie and the news started coming out. It is awkward. I am the youngest in the family. I knew they would be embarrassed but they are not ashamed. We saw the movie sitting in different places at the same cinema and they were in tears, so I know that they appreciated my work.

Childhood passion

I am happy that such a movie came my way. Singing and dancing is really not my scene. I like doing interesting cinema. When I was in school and college, I did plays and my teachers told my parents how good I was. They encouraged and supported my acting ambition. I loved watching comedies while growing up such as Andaaz Apna Apna and Jim Carrey's movies. I want to do a comedy film.

Poster perfect

Actor Hrithik Roshan unveiled the motion poster of his much awaited sci-fi film Krrish 3 online.

As part of the digital campaign, the motion poster was launched through Facebook and the actor had a live video chat with his fans, said a statement. The poster shows a moving close up of a light with debris lying around. As the background score gains momentum, the side pose of two faces, one of them being Hrithik`s character, emerges.

During the live chat, Hrithik spoke about various things ranging from his hobbies, likes and his hero.

Actress Priyanka Chopra, who plays female lead in the movie, also joined the actor.

Directed by Rakesh Roshan, Krrish 3 also stars Vivek Oberoi. It is slated to release November 4.


Sana to shake a leg

Dancing diva: Sana Saeed We saw her as a kid in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and later as a grown up in Student of The Year, now Sana Saeed will be part of Jhalak Dikhhlaa Jaa as a wild-card entry. We ask her about television debut and more.

How are you feeling about joining Jhalak Dikhhlaa Jaa?

I am both excited and nervous. Right now Jhalak is at the peak. I love dancing and I am looking forward to it.

What are your preparations like?

I have a brilliant choreographer and these guys are all trained. My forte is Bollywood and I am a hyperactive person in general. We will put our best foot forward but variation is everything in Jhalak. I will go with what he thinks we can do best together.

You have worked with Karan Johar in both your movies; is it the reason why you are in this show?

After acing if there is something I love and enjoy, it is dancing. Jhalak is a great platform to go bigger in dance; of course having Karan as a judge is the icing on the cake. I am excited to perform in front of him. We had a very good time working with him.

We have heard that Shah Rukh Khan too might come to promote Chennai Express on the show. Are you looking forward to it?

Yes. It would be wonderful to meet Karan and Shah Rukh together. I am really looking forward to it.

Have you signed any film?

I have got some offers but I am taking my time in deciding.

Rohit Roy turns teacher

Talk time: Rohit Roy Anupam Kher's Actor Prepares: The School for Actors organised an Alumni Talk with Rohit Roy recently. Be it his debut in the serial Dess Mein Nikla Hoga Chaand or Bollywood films like Shootout at Lokhandwala, Rohit has always made sure that he does complete justice to his characters.

"It was an honour to conduct a master class at Actor Prepares and a pleasure as always to meet and guide the young students. At the start of my career, I had no interest in becoming an actor. I always wanted to be either a producer or a director but it was only post working in Mr. Bhatt's serial and the appreciation that I got through it that I decided to give my acting career a full-fledged shot. Today as an actor I must share my learning with these aspiring newcomers and tell them that always keep up the never-give-up attitude. This industry always calls for tremendous hardwork and patience so one must be ready for it all," said Rohit Roy.

"I am very glad that Rohit took out time to visit Actor Prepares and shared his experience as well as knowledge with the students," said Anupam Kher, Chairman of Actor Prepares. Rohit Roy started the class session by sharing his experiences in the Television and Bollywood industry followed by a class on the different forms of acting and the various topics related to the same. This session was specially organised for the Diploma Batch students.

Smilie set for Jodha Akbar

Small step: Smilie Suri Smilie Suri, better remembered as the lead actress in the movie Kalyug, is soon going to make her small screen debut. She will play Akbar's first wife Ruqaiya Begum in Zee TV's historical show Jodha Akbar.

Unfortunately, soon after she was signed on for the project, Smilie was taken ill and had to be hospitalised with high fever. Smilie confirmed the news from her hospital bed, saying she will be entering the serial in the eighth or ninth episode. The actress, who is director Mohit Suri's sister, says that it's the role that prompted her to take up the offer. She says, "Over the last few years, I was offered TV shows but I declined them. This one's not a saas-bahu show and the role of Ruqaiya is also very different. It helps me break away from the girl-next-door image created by my Kalyug character."

She adds, "The travel from Mumbai to Karjat for the shoot can be pretty taxing so I was in two minds initially but the character is not only interesting, it also has different layers. Ruqaiya is an important part of Akbar's life. She was his best friend, almost like his mirror. I'm just waiting to get out of the hospital and begin shooting for the show."

Vahbbiz Dorabjee & Vivian Dsena Party time

For his birthday on June 28, Vivian Dsena will take his wife Vahbbiz Dorabjee to a foreign location for some rest and relaxation. He is apparently going to some exotic beach for four days. Vahbbiz tweeted saying, "Last nite I gifted Vivian his bday gift. its a music dock. he luvvved it. on d Bday hes kidnapping Me n takin me away 2 a secret destination;-) (sic)."

Vahbbiz Dorabjee & Vivian Dsena

Promotional drive

Comic take: Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi SinhaThe team of Lootera — Sonakshi Sinha and Ranveer Singh — were on the sets of Comedy Nights with Kapil to promote their movie. The two shared many light-hearted moments with the cast. Ranveer was seen flirting with Kapil's Dadi (Ali Asgar) and Bua (Upasana Singh), and narrating various incidents of the past while Sonakshi was seen joking with Kapil and reciting a dialogue of her father.

Comic take: Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha

Vidya struck!

A little birdie straight from the sets of Indian Idol Junior conveys that when Vidya Balan came on the show to promote her upcoming movie Ghanchakkar, show host Karan Wahi couldn't stop praising this lovely damsel!

Karan couldn't help being totally awestruck and flirted with her throughout. He kept on insisting that Vidya comes closer to him and touches him just once. So much so that, that the judges had to intervene and tell him to stop flirting with Vidya and focus on the shoot.

Farhan, Sonam on IDS

This weekend on Star Plus' India's Dancing Superstar (IDS), Farhan Akhtar and Sonam Kapoor will be there to promote their upcoming flick Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. D-Maniax from Dehradun, who are known for their slow motion performances, will also light up the show.

The group also performs on a song from the movie Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. The contestants also put up a special show for them.

Drink to it: Priyanka Chopra A milkshake named after Priyanka!

After Mallika Sherawat and Koena Mitra, it’s actress Priyanka Chopra who will be launching a milkshake named after her at Millions of Milkshakes, a milkshake bar at Hollywood.

Confirming the news, Chopra tweeted: “Excited to be launching "The Exotic Shake" at Millions of Milkshakes in West Hollywood on July 25 at 7 pm.’

Chopra, who will be next seen in Zanjeer, has collaborated with American rapper and songwriter Pitbull for her next single titled Exotic.

Drink to it: Priyanka Chopra

Madhur Bhandarkar In the mood for love

Madhur Bhandarkar has attacked and exposed various segments of society through his movies such as Page 3, Fashion, Chandni Bar and others. He wants to make a realistic love story now as he has not done it before. He is a romantic guy by nature. He also feels that the sequels to Chandni Bar and Fashion will not happen.

Madhur Bhandarkar

Wrong move: Parineeti Chopra Fashion faux pas

Parineeti Chopra has a full figure and she should accept that and work around it. She should flaunt her cleavage instead of her arms and wear clothes accordingly. It seems she had not even shaved her underarms when she wore a sleeveless top at a recent appearance.

Wrong move: Parineeti Chopra

What a party!

The who's who of the new generation of actors in Bollywood attended Arjun Kapoor's birthday party organised by his dear cousin Sonam Kapoor. Ranbir and Sonam melted the ice between them. Dhanush was also present and in high spirits. Ranbir and Katrina arrived and left separately. The Student of the Year team was also present. Ranveer Singh's dancing and mock fight with Arjun Kapoor was the highlight of the party.

Experimental mode: Abbas Tyrewala A different cut

Abbas Tyrewala is back with a movie called Mango, starring Chandan Roy Sanyal, Swara Bhaskar, Rannvijay Singh and other debutantes. It has gone on the floors in Goa and the fruit has a pivotal place in the movie.

Experimental mode: Abbas Tyrewala

Flight of fancy: Evelyn SharmaOut in the open

Evelyn Sharma, of Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani fame, was spotted on a domestic flight earlier this week. She was getting cozy with a young and a good-looking boy. The fellow fliers enjoyed watching them.

Flight of fancy: Evelyn Sharma

Spontaneous act: Kareena Kapoor Khan Instinctively natural

Kareena Kapoor Khan does not like preparing much for her roles and relies completely on her instincts, the director, and the script of the movie. She plays a journalist in Satyagraha and completely follows Prakash Jha's vision. She feels lucky to essay the character of a journalist on screen and to work with Prakash Jha.

Spontaneous act: Kareena Kapoor Khan

On again: Salman KhanUnited they stand

Salman Khan has agreed to do the sequel to No Entry, to be directed by Anees Bazmee. They have reconciled their differences. Their last film together was Ready. Producer Boney Kapoor is very happy that the film will roll in 2014.

On again: Salman Khan

Health wise: Manisha KoiralaAll in the past

Manisha Koirala is back in Mumbai, from the United States, after undergoing a surgery for cancer. She is overjoyed to have overcome the disease. Her friend Deepti Naval was by her side all along and is very happy to have her back in Mumbai.

Health wise: Manisha Koirala

Diet chart: Huma QuershiHuma’s new look

Huma Qureshi has lost quite a bit of weight by working out for two hours everyday and monitoring her diet. She looked her plus size figure in movies like Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurrana and Gangs of Wasseypur and now she has done a photo shoot to show off her new slim figure.

Diet chart: Huma Quershi

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ARIES: There can be several disruptions, which can leave you feeling irritated and on-the-edge. Be careful as you are prone to losing your temper with loved ones. Spending time with your partner is a priority. Tarot message: Use your instinct to get into the top circle of power. Lucky colour: Royal-blue. Lucky number: 27

TAURUS: Success is certain. Joint ventures or partnership with a close friend or colleague has the making of a profitable alliance in the longer run. You will be happy to learn about the success of someone close. Tarot message: Plan your life better. Lucky colour: Ebony. Lucky number: 40

GEMINI: The plans for today are likely to undergo a change whether you like it or not. Partnership can be a problem. Minor tensions at home will be overcome with tact and understanding. Tarot message: Allow a sick situation pass. Lucky colour: Cream. Lucky number: 47

CANCER: Hardwork and perseverance will certainly get rewarded. Put behind the unpleasant events of the past and look forward to a nice day. Genuine appreciation and understanding will come your way. Tarot message: Lack of confidence or caution can leave you in losses. Lucky colour: Parrot-green. Lucky number: 48

LEO: Meetings and talks will go off very well. Be patient and consider all factors before making a decision. An advance payment will materialise. Loved ones will feel that fun and laughter times are missing. Tarot message: Listen carefully to words of wisdom. Lucky colour: Crimson. Lucky number: 38

VIRGO: Financial gains are assured for the bold and courageous. The employed can look forward to an out of turn promotion. To maintain peace and harmony at home you will have to make extra effort. Tarot message: Restore ties with business people you have been out of touch with. Lucky colour: Deep-red. Lucky number: 28

LIBRA: Gains on the monetary front are likely. Extra efforts to develop peaceful ties at home will pay off. An advance payment will materialise. Tarot message: Make a lot of efforts to boost your income. Lucky colour: Off-white Lucky number: 55

SCORPIO: You will strike a good bargain that will get you immediate benefits. Concentrate on your routine work. Personal relationships are disappointing. Don't let them bother you. Tarot message: Avoid being hurried and overanxious. Lucky colour: Orange. Lucky number: 46

SAGITTARIUS: Try to remain calm and give your version of the situation. There are times in a relationship when it is wiser to be silent. Take the plunge and implement new plans and schemes. Tarot message: Polish your public relation skills. Lucky colour: Florescent-green. Lucky number: 45

CAPRICORN: You will be discussing expansion plans but try to resolve disputes, if any, amicably. Keep your mind open to ideas and new offers of work, which will be beneficial. Tarot message: Don't be afraid to lend a helping hand to others. Lucky colour: Brown. Lucky number: 41

AQUARIUS: Do not get tied down by any promises, especially regarding money matters. Someone will borrow money and not return it. Temptation to criticise a family member should be avoided. Tarot message: Dare to accomplish long-term tasks. Lucky colour: Violet. Lucky number: 51

PISCES: An office romance can cause trouble. Be assertive where and when you are required to. Stability and inner strength is what you`re looking for and you will find Taurean lovers helpful in your journey. Tarot message: Tread familiar ground to make headway in your career. Lucky colour: Golden. Lucky number: 30

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