Elections are always a gala event. And when a couple of candidates are from B-Town, the brightness only grows. Here's getting up, close and personal with the candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls from Chandigarh…
Suddenly, the city so far defined by French architecture is making news for its four candidatures. By now, we know the issues they stand for, the promises they've made and the claims at stake. Perhaps, in the heat of election campaign what remains overshadowed is the other side of our to-be representative. What do they like, how do they arrive, what are their tastes in films, music, fashion and the like. After all, the people ought to know every bit of their elected leader. In brief conversation with 'the famous four' beyond the chaos of election crowds…
Wave of change: Gul Panag, AAP
Well, she is the girl who's got everything going for her —affiliation to a party that has redefined the struggle for The Lower House, a promise that political awakening holds and the youth that have come out in support with a vengeance. We've seen the Chandigarh girl Gul Panag ride a bike on her wedding, play all the frills onscreen and ride a cycle for election campaigning.
Bold demeanour: Jannat Jahan, BSP
Even amidst a deluge of B-town graduates and a political veteran, she has managed to grab eyeballs, hold onto her own and make people take notice. For Jannat
Jahaan, these days, "work has overshadowed all other routines, but it is worth it." Thankfully, she is bolder than politically correct and takes pride in "calling a spade a spade."
Star power: Kirron Kher, BJP
It's not easy getting five minutes with the lady who is shuttling between myriad things. "You have five minutes and by chance if I'm able to answer only two three of your questions, I'll call you back." Kirron Kher means business even when she is super busy! From walking the ramp as a showstopper at the recently held Lakme Fashion Week to canvassing for votes; it is not even much of a switch for the lady.
Experienced hand: Pawan Kumar Bansal, Congress
Literally, he is the man of the moment. The political stalwart is surrounded by three women aspirants, but it doesn't bother. Life has always been about long days that start at 5.30 in the morning. "These days, the only casualty is the morning walks and serenity of The Sukhna Lake," he only shares and states clearly that it is not a complaint. Pawan Kumar Bansal is ready and raring to go.
His day is not complete unless he has discussed the day's happening with the
family and spent some time with them. Kudos!
Ameesha’s Desi Magic
Ameesha Patel's maiden production Desi Magic will release in August 2014. She talks about her dream venture.
Actor to producer
It is a big challenge to be behind the camera because you have to look into everything but I am a passionate producer. I have all the space and freedom I need.
Farhan is protective of girls
Farhan Akhtar is extremely protective of the girls in his team. He is concerned about their safety at all times.
His manager and hair stylist are both girls and Farhan has often spoken to them about not taking their safety lightly. He has even given instructions to his security and crew to have the girls ahead of him in the entourage while they are traveling.
The update on Bajirao Mastani
Ranveer Singh has become a formidable name in Bollywood and he is spoilt for choice. He has chosen Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Bajirao Mastani over Karan Malhotra's Shuddhi. It was a tough decision but he managed taking it. While Bajirao has been cast, the casting is still open for Mastani. The contenders are Kareena Kapoor, Deepika Padukone and Katrina Kaif. Let us see who gets this one!
No honour in this one
Every Punjabi, whether or not it delivers, at least boasts of bringing in something new to the screen each time - a cliché that will also be registered with the Oscar library! Now if you look at the much-talked about Punjabi film Honour Killing, Rubba Maaf Kareen, it has brought in two new things - one, for the first time, a Punjabi film brings in lip lock scenes and two, once again for the first time, it shows a bikini-clad woman! Even though for both the daring tasks they have used a 'firang' character, Linda, who plays Tom Alter's daughter, the film has pushed the envelope and look where!
Time for some action
At the music launch of Pollywood's action-thriller Jatt James Bond, one gets a feel that Punjabi cinema is all game for experimentation and Gippi Grewal, the lead actor, reaffirms one's faith in change. Produced by Fortune House Productions and Gurdeep Dhillon, the film features Zarine Khan along with Gurpreet Ghuggi and Vindu Dara Singh. "The film has been directed by Rohit Jugraj, who is a professional at action thrillers. I've been persuading him to work with me for a long time, but he was keeping busy with Sanjay Dutt's film.
Power packed: Gippy Grewal and Zarine Khan
Set in the Rann of Kutch, Jal is a Hindi film which is about an overconfident water diviner named
Bakka, who tries to solve the drought problems in his village, but faces unforeseen circumstances when he tries to help a female ornithologist save flamingos.
Medium that matters
You seldom find this rich a variety of artwork under one roof. There are as many genres of visual art as possible, mix media, oil on canvas, acrylic on canvas, figurative art, semi-figurative art, abstract, landscape, and even photographs. A Joyful Journey, a group exhibition by ten artists at Sobha Singh Art Gallery is a place to be for art lovers seeking a visual treat. Each work is different from the other in terms of subject and similar to each other in terms of quality of art. Be it teacher Sikander Singh's work or those by his nine students. "Putting up an exhibition is the only way to judge art, where people walk in, find solace in art and express desire to carry one home," says Sikander, who runs an art academy in Chandigarh.
A friendly web
Kritika Kamra has always wanted to do 'everything'. Strong in academics, she chose to study fashion at NIFT. Picked to act on small screen right outside her college, Kritika followed where work took her - to Mumbai and chose to stay! With parents based in MP, Kritika, who spent a major part of her growing up years in DPS, New Delhi, calls Mumbai her home now.
Brand new avatar
Chidiya Ghar is the story of a fun-loving family. Mayuri, played by Debina Bonnerjee, suggested to the creative team to change her avatar in the series in a bid to add an element of fun. After mutual discussions, it was decided to westernise Debina's look in the series, which would offer a fresh appeal to her character.
Mrunal Thakur can't stop grinning as she has bagged Ekta Kapoor's next — Kumkum Bhagya. Here she talks about it and much more.
Fun & frolic
Arjun Bijlani, who did a TV show recently that shut shop within months, will now be seen in an episodic on Bindaas' Yeh Hai Aashiqui. He will play the role of a person caught in a love triangle. He is excited about doing an episodic, which is his first.
The year ahead
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