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COVER STORY Priyanka Chopra wants to be buried in Chanel...

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Filmfare fashion poll 2016 When fashion made its way to promotions Manish Malhotra explains fashion in movies Costume talk with Niharika Bhasin Khan Ranbir Kapoor finds Katrina Kaif the most stylish Anushka Sharma confesses her sneaker obsession Akshay Kumar shares his style secrets

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Letter from the Editor Child, woman, goddess, lover... There is something about Priyanka Chopra that compels us to be in awe of her every move. Like Acharoska, she’s a blend of the old and the new and offers a heady cocktail of exotic flavours, leaving you giddy with happiness and asking the bartender for more. Everything she touches turns into pure tabloid gold. Her new Quantico trailer is another case in point. She’s now a CIA agent it seems and that means the makers have changed the blueprint and have become more ambitious in their prospects. CIA is the counter intelligence wing of the US and authorised to carry covert operations abroad. Or so goes the myth. Studio executives would be going orgasmic over the intrigue created by the new trailer. Our desi girl has well and truly conquered the field of hope and glory that’s American television. She’s all set to create a bigger hysteria with the film adaptation of the cult TV series Baywatch, come next May. She’s touted to play the chief antagonist and her look has been currently kept under wraps. You can’t get more mainstream American than this film and given the hype following it, we’re sure it will do wonders to enhance her brand value abroad. A couple of more prestigious projects are said to be in the pipeline as well. In India too, filmmakers are tripping all over themselves to cast her and she’s wisely choosing films that give her a scope to perform rather than play arm candy roles. Her last release, Bajirao Mastani, is a case in point. She doesn’t play either of the titular characters yet her bravura wild card performance won the sympathy of the audience. Her covers on foreign mags have been generating lots of traffic and she’s shot another killer cover for us that emphasises her screen goddess status. She’s both an earth woman and yet someone vulnerable and you’ll find all those aspects in her classy photos. And turn the pages to read her candid answers in our cover story. Who else to generate heat in our fashion special than the gorgeous Priyanka Chopra! Prepare to be wowed.

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CHILD’S PLAY Deepika Padukone made her child co-star’s day at an ad shoot when she showered her with loads of TLC. Trust Deepika to be endearing always. We like.

Priyanka buys a new home in NYC? pg 08 Hrithik takes a break pg 09 Alia-Sidharth splitpg 10 PHOTOGRAPHS: YOGEN SHAH


MASALA FIX

Rumours&More Akshay in Omung’s next? According to sources, Mary Kom director, Omung Kumar, has signed Akshay Kumar for his next. Apparently, the film is a psychological thriller. Initially, the director was in talks with Sushant Singh Rajput for the same but due to date issues, things didn’t quite work out.

Ajay Devgn to work with The Vamps

PRIYANKA BUYS NEW HOUSE IN NYC

The world seems to be her oyster. Priyanka Chopra, has reportedly, bought a house in New York with a retinue of staff who tend to it. Also, while Karan Johar’s Dream Team was in New York, Pee Cee met the gang for dinner where she bonded with cousin Parineeti Chopra, Alia Bhatt and Katrina Kaif.

PEE CEE - KAT FORGE A NEW BOND

It’s also being said that when Priyanka met Katrina Kaif in New York, they hit it off warmly. The two actresses spent some quality time with each other discussing work, women power and lots more. Given the strong personalities they both are it must have been a stimulating conversation. The two promised to catch up once back in India too.

Ajay Devgn’s daughter Nysa is a huge fan of the British band The Vamps. So when The Vamps team comprising, Bradley Simpson, Connor Ball, James McVey and Tristan Evans, arrived in India, Ajay met up with the musicians. He also showed them the trailer of his upcoming Shivaay. Buzz is that they may collaborate with Devgn for a project soon.

THOSE IN THE KNOW SAY THAT DEEPIKA PADUKONE AND SONAM KAPOOR MAY BOTH FEATURE IN AANAND L RAI’S NEXT OPPOSITE SHAH RUKH KHAN


MASALA FIX

STIR CRAZY: Ranveer Singh and Tamannaah, who look super-hot together in their recent ad for a noodle brand, indulged in a lot of tomfoolery at the launch of the commercial. Now someone must cast them together, pronto.

GIRLS HAVE A SWEAT-FEST!

One would expect the members of the Dream Team to party as hard as they worked. And of course, they did party. But Varun Dhawan, Sidharth Malhotra, Karan Johar and Aditya Roy Kapoor hit the gym with the same enthusiasm. They would pump iron at every given oportunity. Inspired by the men folk, the girls Katrina Kaif, Parineeti Chopra, and Alia Bhatt too joined in. Clearly, fitness comes first to this young brigade.

ALIA’S LOSS, SHRADDHA’S GAIN

While it’s hot news that Shraddha Kapoor has been signed on for Rohit Shetty’s Golmaal 4, insiders insist that the director had first approached Alia Bhatt. He even narrated a few scenes to her. But apparently, Alia couldn’t take it up due to her prior commitments, leaving Rohit a tad upset. But all’s well now that he has Shraddha.

HRITHIK TAKES A BREAK!

The past few months have been hectic for Hrithik Roshan. What with the massive promotions for Mohenjo Daro and the shooting of Sanjay Gupta’s actioner Kaabil. The actor, who has a nagging back problem, only found it getting worse. As a wise move, he’s put all meetings and shootings on hold, till he recovers completely. We wish the superstar a speedy recovery and pray he bounces back with renewed vigour!


MASALA FIX

BEBO PART OF VEERE DI WEDDING

There were rumours that Kareena Kapoor Khan had opted out of Veere Di Wedding to be co-produced by Rhea Kapoor. But Sonam Kapor, who’s the lead in the film, reportedly said that Kareena is very much part of the film. The film will be directed by Shashanka Ghosh of Khubsoorat fame. Reportedly, the movie has been postponed owing to Kareena’s pregnancy. She’ll shoot for the movie next year after delivering the baby.

ALIASIDHARTH SPLIT?

Alia Bhatt and Sidharth Malhotra sure make for a lovely couple. But their on-off relationship has left onlookers confused. Those present on the Dream Team tour in the US, could sense a certain ‘coldness’ creeping in between the couple. But then again.... Alia posted a rather cozy picture of them together on stage. Seems like all’s well with the couple.

Lolo prepares for Bebo’s baby Kareena Kapoor Khan is going full throttle with her pregnancy. Doing a full-blown cover for a fashion magazine, a photo-shoot with husband Saif Ali Khan for a lifestyle magazine besides walking the ramp and doing several endorsements. And back home, older sister Karisma Kapoor, is busy shortlisting nannies and getting all the paraphernalia in place before the baby arrives.

ACES ALL: We were surprised to see Will Smith at the Rustom success bash. He bonded like an old pal at the party thrown at Akshay Kumar’s place. Two hot, this.

SHAHID KAPOOR JOINS PADMAVATI

Sanjay Leela Bhansali had met a few actors to be cast as Raja Rawal Ratan Singh of Chittor, for his historical Padmavati. Apparently, Deepika Padukone, who as Rani Padmavati, has some intimate scenes with the king, wanted an established actor for the role. So Bhansali, reportedly, had several closed door meetings with Shahid before the actor gave a nod. Ranveer Singh will play Delhi Sultan Alauddin Khilji, who was obsessed with Padmavati of Chittorgarh.


MASALA FIX

END OF THE ROAD FOR PARINEETI AND MANEESH?

Apparently, Parineeti Chopra and director Maneesh Sharma have finally called it quits. Say sources that it was tough for them to deal with it because it had been a long standing relationship. Maneesh’s Fan not doing as expected and Parineeti’s career demanding much from her, added to the woes. Insiders even suggest that perhaps her new house hasn’t proved auspicious for the actress, compelling her to move into another apartment. Tongues will wag, we tell you.

BOND STREET: Sushant Singh Rajput, Shraddha Kapoor and Manish Malhotra got along like a house on fire at the Lakme Fashion Week 2016 held recently. They had lotsa fun mingling with the media and sparring questions. Now, if all our stars were this sporty.

THE RUMOURS OF KATRINA KAIF AND ADITYA ROY KAPUR SEEING EACH OTHER SEEM TO BE UNTRUE. SOMEONE EVEN REMARKED, ‘FORGET LOVERS, THEY HAVE A SIBLING VIBE’

HRITHIK AND SIDDHARTH ANAND TO COME TOGETHER AGAIN

Looks like Hrithik Roshan will team up with Siddharth Anand once again. After the super success of their earlier venture, Bang Bang, the duo is planning yet another project. Things haven’t crystalised as yet. All we know is that Hrithik plays an Indian Airforce officer. Men in Uniform are always attractive.


MASALA FIX

ANUSHKA PART OF SANJAY DUTT’S LIFE?

The buzz is strong that Anushka Sharma will be part of the Sanjay Dutt biopic. The much-talked about film is being directed by Rajkumar Hirani with Ranbir Kapoor essaying Dutt. There’s also talk that Sonam Kapoor may feature in the film as well. The makers have approached Aamir Khan to play Sanjay Dutt’s father, the late Sunil Dutt. The actor, of course, hasn’t responded as yet.

TWO TO TANGO: Sidharth Malhotra and Katrina Kaif sure look smokin’ hot together in Baar Baar Dekho. The incredible chemistry between the duo shows. Recently, they went on a popular dance reality show to promote the film and the atmosphere was crackling. Especially, when they recreated the Aashiqui pose. Cool!

SHAHID KAPOOR TURNS FATHER

So Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput turned parents to a lovely baby girl born on September 26. Mira was said to be due in October but the baby came in a wee bit early. It was a normal delivery and both the mother and the daughter are doing fine.

AFTER 20 YEARS, AMIT SADH, GOT AN OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT HIS SCHOOL IN LUCKNOW. THE ONCE NOTORIOUS KID WAS WELCOMED WITH MUCH LOVE. HE JUDGED THE GIRLS’ BASKETBALL MATCH THERE, SOMETHING WHICH HE, AS A STUDENT, NEVER GOT TO WITNESS. BOYS WEREN’T ALLOWED TO DO SO. AMIT, SURELY, CAME BACK WITH FUN-FILLED MEMORIES


They are hot, they are cool. Meet our trend makers and breakers

VELVET VERVE

DEEPIKA PADUKONE IN SABYASACHI WHERE: YUVRAJ SINGH’S YOU WE CAN FASHION EVENT THE X FACTOR: CLASSIC ‘N’ CHIC

Velvet isn’t an easy style to pull off. Add to it statement jewellery and the over-the-top line can be crossed without knowing. But when it comes to Deepika Padukone’s sartorial sense trust her to add oodles of elegance to the tricky look. The actress slipped into a loose silhouette Sabyasachi number and accessorised it with a clustered pearl neckpiece. She finished her look with dewy makeup, an unkempt updo, ankle-strap sandals and a Saint Laurent sling. Velvet and pearls have never looked so good! COMPILED BY: KINNARI RATHOD, ARPITA PHALKE PHOTOGRAPHS: YOGEN SHAH www.filmfare.com / October 5, 2016 FILMFARE 27


FASHION & BEAUTY

Fashion Special

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Filmfare’s Fashion Bible Kinnari Rathod takes you on a tour of B-town’s most celebrated fashion and en vogue styles…

Some things in the fashion world are as sacred as the Ten Commandments. Time and tide may not wait for men, but they do accommodate for the transition of fashion trends. Regardless of what cataclysmic problem the world may be dealing with, Spring/ Summer fads will give way to Autumn/Winter collections and that phenomenon takes place come September. That’s a guarantee no matter which part of the universe you inhabit. Stars in B-town are also governed by this fashion trend. Regardless of the weather outside, the fashion ramps in B-town are perennially hot. So here’s a steamy spread of everything high fashion. This is the definitive article on movie world glitz and glam...

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Your all-access inside the wardrobes of Akshay Kumar, Anushka Sharma, Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra

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#Trended Here’s presenting the most talked about trends from the fashion carnival that was the Spring Summer of 2016...

Break the Internet

AISHWARYA RAI BACHCHAN

As the red carpet of the Cannes film festival rolled out for the best in showbiz, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan snatched the title of 'breaking the Internet' that ususally belongs to the likes of Kim Kardashian and Leonardo DiCaprio. The actress went bold and beautiful as she tainted her lips in a shade of purple. And bam! The internet went berserk over her move. She was both loved and hated for her sartorial savvy. Regardless of the nature of the reception, Ash and her lips were everywhere.

JACQUELINE FERNANDEZ

Back home, Jacqueline Fernandez dared to ape the trend too. But her lip colour wasn't as bold a shade of purple though. She went for a darker hue.


Matching top and bottoms -this is one '70s trend that refuses to go away. And we're not complaining.

Retro Rage Someone somewhere said never throw away old stylish clothes. Our ladies incorporated their love for the past and made this season all about #flashbacks.

ALIA BHATT

Mom Jeans

Denim Delight

Skinny and distress faced severe competition from high waist jeans

KATRINA KAIF

Matching Mania

KANGANA RANAUT ANUSHKA SHARMA

Crop 'em all SONAM KAPOOR

ILEANA D'CRUZ

Washboard abs were flanuted via classic crop tops Denim jackets took centerstage. Our girls showered their love upon them in all forms of sporty and grunge Chock a block

Choker might as well be synonymous with 2016. Small, plastic, layered, cloth to grunge... Chokers adorned every girl’s neck. DIA MIRZA

ILLEANA CRUZ

Brown lips

Red and candy colours were placed at the bottom of make-up kits. Rather the '90s brown shone bright on lips.


FASHION & BEAUTY

Fashion Special

SHRADDHA KAPOOR

KANGANA RANAUT ANUSHKA SHARMA

Shoulder moulder Necklines and slits faced a serious competition from varied shoulder cuts. While the classic cold shoulder like the one donned by Sonakshi Sinha made it to everyone's hotlist, off shoulders like that of Anushka Sharma was not far behind. Fun and quriky shoulder elements like the ones donned by Kangana Ranaut and Shraddha Kapoor too made an impact. But in no time, detached sleeves like the ones pulled off by Deepika Padukone became everyone's favourite. SONAKSHI SINHA

DEEPIKA PADUKONE


FASHION & BEAUTY

Fashion Special

AISHWARYA RAI BACHCHAN

Making eyes Plain old black smokey eyes were bid adieu and colours took centrestage, metallic ones to be precise. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor flaunted blue and white shades at Cannes. The former uped the glam of her nude gown with cobalt blue dramatic eyes, the latter matched her lids with her white couture number. A trend that heated up the warm days even further.

SONAM KAPOOR

New BFFs Athlesuire made its way to our wardrobes with force. And metallic yet again stepped up with new twists. Both paired together made for a lethal combination. Out of the many celebrities, Sonakshi Sinha fllaunted 'em both with enviable ease in a Monisha Jaising creation.

SONAKSHI SINHA


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Coming soon

Fashion Special

The international fashion weeks have given us a glimpse of what to expect in the season to come. While some good ol’ trends are reinventing themselves, some are unexpected dream drapes… We chart the forecast of 10 lust-worthy trends. Start picking your favourites…

WEATHER FOR FEATHER

Awake

What is strictly considered a couture trend will make its presence felt in chic and urbane avatars. Deepika Padukone’s tricky high waist pants paired with a turtle neck feather top stamps the statement.

Emilio Pucci Coast DEEPIKA PADUKONE

Lanvin

SHOW OFF

KANGANA RANAUT

So the shoulder play continues… No season is complete without some retro infusion, eh? This time around it’s the elaborate ’80s that’ll make it to the closets, extravagant sleeves especially. Note to self: Must buy a one-shoulder ruffle dress. Pronto!

Matthew Williamson

Christopher Kane

Razzle


POP OF PINK

‘Pink isn’t a colour, it’s an attitude!’ said Miley Cyrus. From bubblegum to mauve, the feminine hue is going to prove why it’s a girl’s best friend.

ADITI RAO HYDARI

ATHIYA SHETTY

JACQUELINE FERNANDEZ

PLENTY PLEATS Large to small folds, skirts to dresses… pleats are going to make it big ironically, in all things micro.

Protagonist

Calvin Klein Jeans Saint Laurent

Givenchy

Alexander Wang

SLIP ON

A white tee inside outfits is a raging trend but not many have tried it in B-town yet. But we loved the sight of Aditi Rao Hydari rocking a slip dress with a white tee. Yes, that’s all you need.

Sacai


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INTO THE WILD

Fashion Special

Emerging as one of the fiercest trends of the coming season, animal print will make it to dresses, skirts, tops, shoes, bottoms… well, everything!

ATHIYA SHETTY

DIA MIRZA

Aviù Marni

Iro Emilio Pucci Vintage Marchesa Notte

FLOWER POWER

They’re back but again, they never leave us really. This time around, it’s going to be wild flowers for our floral dose.

KATRINA KAIF

Valentino

YIN AND YANG

Masculine elements will go heads on with feminine ones. And what better to justify that with a bomber leather jacket paired with a romantic maxi. And trust leather to give your outfit an identity of its own.


FASHION & BEAUTY

DOUBLE TAP

Fashion

Firstly, knitwear loves to show up end of every year. This time around it’s in the form of lurex. Aditi Rao Hydari goes casual sporty in it. Secondly, shiny and glossy vinyl will take centre-stage and pump up the heat jam. Check out Lisa Haydon sexing it up in it. And with metallic you know the drill, girls – it’s all about unapologetic glamour.

Special

Hervé Léger

DIANA PENTY

Maison Margiela

LISA HAYDON ADITI RAO HYDARI

J.W.Anderson Lanvin Attico Missoni

VICTORIAN RAGE

The Brit invasion is round the corner. And not just in the checks department. Ruffle blouses, puffy shoulders and tightly closed frilly necklines will give rise to an all New Victorian vibe to our glamdolls.

Kenzo

Roberto Cavalli


FASHION & BEAUTY

Brush with beauty Celebrity hair and make-up artist, Daniel Bauer, picks the five hottest hair and beauty trends that are going to inspire our brushes and colour our palettes in the months to come, writes Kinnari Rathod…

DANIEL BAUER

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aniel Bauer has concluded another outstanding season at the Lakme Fashion Week 2016. What’s more, in between the make-up and hair sessions for B-town divas, he even walked the ramp for Kunal Rawal for his show ROLEPLAY. “Trends are important. But I believe looking timelessly beautiful should win hands down. If glitter on the lower eye lids, black lipstick or even dark graphic strokes of make-up on your face isn’t your thing, here are my top five timeless beauty trends guaranteed to make you appear alluring today and tomorrow,” vouches showbiz’s beauty magician. In his words...

’60s Hair Volume The best decade for great hair has to be the ’60s. Well, almost six decades later, those hairstyles are back. We’ve all seen the #bighairdontcare hashtag! Big hair is back and will be a hot style in the season to come. This was illustrated by Jacqueline Fernanadez at the LFW when she walked for designer Ashish Soni. The beehive is such an iconic hair style that it’s here to stay.

Pro tip: The key to making it work is… to keep it soft and subtle, leaving a few lose strands and giving it a little height... You will look like a bombshell, no matter what the occasion.

JACQUELINE FERNANDEZ


Dewy Skin

Fashion Special

One trend, I swear by season after season is fresh dewy skin. Every girl, be it for her wedding day, graduation ceremony or an evening out for dinner with friends, should flaunt it. It’s one look, which is a basic must-have at all times.

KATRINA KAIF

DEEPIKA PADUKONE

TWO IN ONE Dark romance Every girl should have her own signature lipstick. The Marsala (earthy wine shades) lip colour is growing in popularity. The key to making the lips work, is finding the right shade. The challenge with the dark lip is that, when it’s photographed, it tends to look much darker than it would in person. As long as dark lips are Deepika Padukone’s firm favourite, it will never go out of fashion. Matching the right dark lip with a saree, is one sure way to achieve the regal look.

Shimmer Lips One year it’s all about gloss lipsticks. The following year matt is the rage. Going for beautiful shimmer textures in coral and deep red will always keep you ahead of the beauty curve.

Pro tip: If you know you’ll be snapped, go a shade or two less dark than normal with the lip. If it’s just your family and friends, then go slightly darker for the maximum fashion quotient.


FASHION & BEAUTY

Fashion Special

Soft Smokey

Jacqueline Fernandez closed the show for not one, but two leading designers. For Rajesh Pratap Singh’s show, I gave Jacqueline a dual touch – soft smokey eyes with subtle wing tips. Again, this look is season proof. While a strong lip can do all the talking, smokey eye with delicate wing-tips, have the power to leave the audience speechless.

Wingtip eyeliner

JACQUELINE FERNANDEZ

Graphic eyeliners have been a definite beauty practice for the past few seasons. And they do seem to be getting more and more graphic each year. No eye make-up is more enduring than the perfectly done wing-tip eyeliner, either on clean eyes or with soft smokey one.

Pro tip: If your eye-lids droop at the outer corners, to counter balance this, never follow your lash line with an eye pencil. Rather end your eyeliner going up. This will help achieve a fuller and symmetrical eyes. Smokey eyes are not complete without strong lashes. To achieve that perfect blend, first heat you eye lash curler with a blow dryer and then curl the lashes. That’s guaranteed to keep your eyes aflutter.

Draping Forget contouring, forget strobing, the trend that’s about to explode on the scene, is draping. One of the oldest make-up tricks in the book, draping is essentially strobing but with a blusher. Adding a little blush on the cheeks will have you looking young and fresh as a daisy, season after season… Ileana D’Cruz’s look for designer Ridhi Mehra and Dia Mirza’s look for duo Tulsi Silk and Santosh Pareek at the LFW 2016 were perfect examples of how to blend modern make-up with an outstanding traditional outfit.

DIA MIRZA

Pro tip: There is a thin line between great draping and an '80s over the top blusher. The key is blending with a dark shade and buffing with a lighter one.


ILEANA D'CRUZ

Wet Wisps

DEEPIKA PADUKONE

While huge hair is one of the biggest trends, on the other scale, perfectly undone hair is trailing a blaze on runways internationally, as well as at home as seen at the Lakme Fashion Week 2016. As with Ileana D'Cruz and Deepika Padukone (who walked for Manish Malhotra the India Couture Week 2016), when opting for a sleek and structured hair do, removing wisps and styling them up, adds the right amount of chic.

Pro tip: Take hair spray on your finger tips and run your fingers on the wisps to help them stay in place. Also consider using gel to achieve the wet look.

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MAN, you’ve got style What differentiates our handsome hunks from one another are also their fashion quirks. Arpita Phalke elaborates on their sass and sensibilities

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ilms and filmstars have always served as fashion maps for fans. Actors make trends, break trends and influence the fashion industry. From inviting envy with their eclectic outfits, spinning runway styles to celebrating the easy in their casual outings... our dashing hunks have charmed with their sartorial spunk...

AMITABH BACHCHAN Numero uno The French beard, the Gatsby-esque glasses, the suave suits and the custom Louboutins... These are just a few testaments from the fashion bible that is AMITABH BACHCHAN. Whether it's making knotted shirts and bellbottoms a nationwide range, wrapping himself in exquisite Pashmina shawls or popularising jackets, his sartorial spunk is as evolving as him.

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SHAH RUKH KHAN Class apart

With a suit game so strong, even 007 would get jealous; SHAH RUKH KHAN’s panache for carrying off twinsets with aplomb is unmatchable. The Badshah is partial towards black and often sports sharp tuxedos in the shade. As much as he loves old-world suits, he loves adding surprise elements through printed lapel pins or pairing crisp jackets with good ‘ol blue jeans.

SALMAN KHAN

For a cause

Being Human tee, check. Boot-cut jeans, check. Turquoise bracelet, check. I-don’t-care attitude, check mate! That’s SALMAN KHAN’s staple uniform for you. Yet it’s inspired his fans to emulate his bindaas demeanour and fussfree style. The handsome actor could wear a sack and the nation would still ape him. Hey, those Being Human tees fly off the shelves for good reason.

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HRITHIK ROSHAN

The complete man HRITHIK ROSHAN’s maturing fashion sensibilities is just like good wine. It gets better with time. He loves giving his own twist to classic combinations. His idea of a classic suit? No, not all-black but a deep red velvet creation. Would he be caught in a plain kurtapyjama? Well, frilled jacket with jodhpuris is more his thing. And we shall never question the Greek God!

AKSHAY KUMAR

Urge for grunge

His style is in sync with his Khiladi Kumar title. Leather boots, zipped jackets and asymmetric shirts are what compose his basics. Amidst those who may take their sartorial picks too seriously, AKSHAY earns brownie points for his badass, grunge avatar. Don't we all have a soft corner for the bad boys?


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SAIF ALI KHAN Royal roar

Dapper could very much be SAIF ALI KHAN’s middle name. From dandy suits to natty Nehru jackets, the Nawab’s refined style is a mix of the classic and the contemporary. What’s more, he is B-town’s original metrosexual - teaching men that it’s okay, heck even necessary, to groom themselves - a feat we’ll always thank him for.

RANVEER SINGH

Enough said!

Remember playing dress up as kids? Well, that’s exactly what the zany RANVEER SINGH does every single day. When someone’s off-duty look involves a Super Mario onesie, you know they mean serious quirk. He can pull off everything from a skirt to a tux and psychedelic prints, like it’s no big deal. Fashion lesson to learn from Ranveer: confidence trumps rigid rules. Anyday.


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FAWAD KHAN Perfect 10

Meet everyone’s #ManCrushEveryday. FAWAD KHAN is the guy girls want to marry and guys want to strip...off his wardrobe that is. With his chic spin on the quintessential good-boy looks, is it any surprise? Yes, he’ll don a tie-sweater-trousers ensemble, but opt for pink pants and wow! And is there a better way to wear suits than to opt for a windowpane printed one? The fashion police couldn’t agree more.

RANBIR KAPOOR

Boyhood

RANBIR KAPOOR’s wardrobe is the one you can most easily borrow from (irresistible Kapoor genes, not included). He sticks to basics and mixes and matches to create his own sartorial personality. He loves printed tees, printed sweatshirts, printed socks, printed anything. He often pairs it with a solid element, snazzy shoes and voila, he’s a winner!


AYUSHMANN KHURRANA Mr Funk

AYUSHMANN KHURRANA leaves a fashion flurry wherever he goes. He once said that bow ties are to him what red ribbons are to gifts. And boy, he sure owns an army of whimsical bow ties, lapels and caps. Only he can confidently strut around with a nose ring and kohl-rimmed eyes. Any doubt why he’s the undisputed King of Funk?

VARUN DHAWAN

Military man

They say style is an expression of your inner self. If that’s the case, VARUN DHAWAN is clearly a man in uniform deep down. He’s obsessed with camouflage in all its forms. What’s mind-boggling is his ability to reinvent the same print countless times in unique ways. And you know what they say about men in uniform, right? Wink wink.


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SIDHARTH MALHOTRA Urbane crush

He’s at the forefront of the new breed of stylish men. Before it comes in fashion, it’s on SIDHARTH MALHOTRA. Always game for trying out new trends, he’s the ultimate cool boy. Whether it’s printed jackets, colour blocking, florals or monotone, he carries it all off with verve. Even though, with his good looks, he could get away wearing a paper bag.

ARJUN KAPOOR

Desi munda

Fashion rules, what? He’s the rebel of the lot. And that’s what infused ARJUN KAPOOR’s fashion game with a breath of fresh air. He doesn’t hesitate to pair his kurta with a biker jacket or wear jodhpuris with a shirt. Behind that casual attitude is someone with an instinct for making outfits work for him.


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It’s cool to do traditional skirts on the red carpet. In fact, I’d wear it

right now. It’s different, it’s so me. Print on print makes it more interesting. The boxy jacket is easy. You don’t need to wear tight clothes and show skin. I’m happy stylist Mohit Rai put me into this. Because feeling good and confident in what you’re wearing is important. 56 FILMFARE October 5, 2016 / www.filmfare.com


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NEHA DHUPIA elaborates on the six unconventional red carpet looks created by stylist Mohit Rai.... KINNARI RATHOD takes notes PHOTOGRAPHS: ARJUN MARK ST YLIST: MOHIT RAI HAIR AND MAKE-UP: VENUS

Neha Dhupia is red carpet royalty. Avant garde is her style mantra and she celebrates her curves with gusto. She’s no conformist where her sartorial picks are concerned. “There’s one person who’s majorly responsible for changing the way I view clothes and myself in them... stylist and upcoming designer Sohya Misra. She understands my body type, my personality. People view me as quirky, easy and eclectic on the red carpet. She’s hugely responsible for creating that

impression,” says Neha warmly about the stylist who gave a spin to her persona. Adds the diva, “Moreover, I believe in things I wear. I don’t want to dress like someone else.” For our Filmfare photoshoot, leading stylist Mohit Rai, make-up artist Venus and Neha come together to create this glossy spread that screams red carpet – with a sexy twist. What’s more, Neha Dhupia guides us through each look and what makes it oh-so-glamorous! In her words... www.filmfare.com / October 5, 2016 FILMFARE 57


This one’s my favourite shot. A Manish Malhotra gown with Anmol jewels. Mohit has styled this beautifully. We decided that with a vintage gown let’s do a bomber jacket, something you never do on the red carpet. On the one hand, it’s feminine and on the other biker chic! 58 FILMFARE October 5, 2016 / www.filmfare.com


You can never go wrong with Anamika Khanna. You can flaunt her designs with heels on the red carpet and you can wear the same piece with sunglasses, chappals... on the beach. And that’s what I love about her. This look also includes Amrapali jewellery. Women should experiment with their hair. Not only does it change your look drastically, it also accentuates your face, trinkets, make-up. Just pulling up your hair makes a world of a difference.


The beautiful gown by Nikhil and Shantanu is complemented by amazing jewels from Anmol. If we just had the

jewels and the gown, it would have been something seen before. But the fun thing to do with a princess gown, is to team it with a jacket. Androgyny always adds. At times I sport a cape with elaborate jewellery. I layer that with a whitecollared shirt inside. It’s smart to quirk it up!


Sometimes the look by the designer is itself eye-catching. So we kept

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When you’re wearing monotone you can never go wrong. I love a little sparkle

with it though. The ruby earrings offset it beautifully. Gauri and Nainika have nailed it. Sleek hair, dark eyes, it’ so chic… it’s so reflective. I’d wear this not once, not twice but definitely thrice on different occasions. I always say repeat your outfit if you love something so much. There are no rules. Yet, this one follows all rules and I love that about it. And all you’ve got to do is keep the exclusivity alive.


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Filmfare talks fashion with young India. Bradley Fernandes is both shocked and surprised with what the popular poll reveals...

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What December is to winter, September is to fashion. Fashion moguls the world over wait for this season to launch new trends and new collections. You could even call it Newton’s law for fashion lovers and you still won’t be exaggerating. While the experts do their job… we get college students, neighbours and even the men on the road to channel their inner stylists and help us compile the Filmfare Fashion Poll 2016. While some answers are as obvious as white shirt on blue denims, others are as shocking as Lady Gaga on a wild night. Imagine Amitabh Bachchan’s bell bottoms from the ’70s is what boys want to dig this season, while girls want the Sharmila Tagore bouffant to rock their prom night! Retro anyone? Read on what Gen Now thinks of what’s hot and what’s not... PHOTOGRAPH: PRASAD NAIK 64 FILMFARE October 5, 2016 / www.filmfare.com


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FASHION QUEEN

DEEPIKA PADUKONE Let’s face it; she’s numero uno in everything. She can weave a spell of magic in an haute couture gown as effortlessly as she aces a top and ripped denims. Deepika Padukone reigns the fashion game just the way she rocks the box-office. She’s every designer’s dream and the most desirable woman on the red carpet. When it comes to fashion, Deepika doesn’t follow trends, she makes them. Sonam Kapoor’s clothes make headlines and hence her being on this list comes as no surprise. People who love Kangana Ranaut’s style say the attitude with which she wears her clothes is attractive. Priyanka Chopra continues to make waves at the red carpet in Hollywood too.

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SONAM KAPOOR 32%

KANGANA RANAUT 16%

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48% FASHION KING

RANVEER SINGH Is red the colour of love? Does the sun rise from the East? Ranveer Singh’s win in this category is as obvious as that. He doesn’t have a fashion uniform; he can dress up like he’s been invited to the Mad Hatter’s party for a red carpet event. Red suit, Super Mario pullover, velvet pants... you name the fashion risk and he’s taken it. And he slays the style gauntlet. His inimitable sartorial choices will inspire the generations to come... Shah Rukh Khan’s style of suave suits makes it to the second place, Greek God Hrithik Roshan is still everyone’s favourite and Ranbir Kapoor’s casual and easy going fashion bags the fourth place.

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SHAH RUKH KHAN 22%

HRITHIK ROSHAN 18%

RANBIR KAPOOR 12%

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46% FASHION GAME CHANGER

SONAM KAPOOR Off-screen fashion in B-town can be categorised as before and after Sonam Kapoor. She’s the Aphrodite of fashion. Such is her goddess-like charisma that rivals and other mere mortals end up trying to emulate her fashion mantras. In fact, actresses started hiring stylists and made a beeline for fashion magazine subscriptions in a bid to keep pace with her. Her sartorial choices are so unique you don’t know whether to call the fire brigade or the ambulance. It’s fun to watch her step out in elaborate gowns, statement sarees and pant suits. And you can trust her to add a twist to everything she wears. Ranveer Singh and Kangana Ranaut share the second spot as the fashion game changers… because they believe in the ageold adage, rules are meant to be broken, especially when you’re on the red carpet.

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KANGANA RANAUT 27%

RANVEER SINGH 27%

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48% WHOSE WARDROBE WOULD YOU WANT TO STEAL? (FEMALE)

KANGANA RANAUT Chic, smart, edgy, all things glam and timeless… that’s the definition of the Queen’s style. What makes Kangana Ranaut’s wardrobe so desirable is the fact that her sartorial choices are inspiring, comfortable and yet high on style. Though she’s a rare sight on red carpets, she has made airport her fashion arena… denim on denim, overalls, trench coats, printed tees and maxis, she gets everything bang on! She needs to double up the lock on her wardrobe because 48% of people have set their kleptomaniac sights on it. Sonam Kapoor and Alia Bhatt also inspire teenage girls around the world as these fashion princesses put their best fashion foot forward all the time.

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SONAM KAPOOR 32%

ALIA BHATT 20%

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39% WHOSE WARDROBE WOULD YOU WANT TO STEAL? (MALE)

RANBIR KAPOOR Why would boys love to steal Ranbir Kapoor’s wardrobe? Because his effortless style can charm the wits off every woman on this planet. His pullovers, jackets and denims are copied unabashedly. Boys are also particularly enamoured by Ranbir’s collection of sneakers, which we’ll peg at one of the best in the world. Some of his shoes are just pure vanity in motion. Ranveer Singh’s quirky sense of style and Varun Dhawan’s boyish charm come second and third respectively. Ayushmann Khurrana, who experiments a lot, too has impressed the younger lot with his flamboyance. PHOTOGRAPH: ROHAN SHRESTHA

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RANVEER SINGH 28%

VARUN DHAWAN 24%

AYUSHMANN KHURRANA 9%


54% ONE TREND YOU WANT BACK (MALE)

AMITABH BACHCHAN’S BELL BOTTOMS

“They say fashion repeats itself after some years, so if you have saved some of the clothes of the 1970s, it is very likely that in a couple of years, spending for latest designs would not be necessary,” wrote Amitabh Bachchan once on his blog. And he couldn’t have been more correct. The boys seem to be bored of their denims and are ready to clean out their wardrobe and get back the bell bottoms. We doubt if everyone can carry off a bell bottom trouser like Mr Bachchan though. Big B’s side locks and Dev Anand’s scarves are on the men’s wish list too…

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BIG B’S SIDELOCKS 24%

DEV ANAND’S SCARVES 22%

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DIMPLE KAPADIA’S POLKA-DOTTED TOP

It’s showbiz’s most iconic costume… Dimple Kapadia’s polka-dotted knotted top from Bobby was a rage back in the ’70s. Looks like it’s one trend everyone wants back desperately. It’s saucy, sexy and quirky. Sharmila Tagore’s bouffant stands second and if it comes back in vogue, we’re sure salons will witness serpentine queues. The frosty lips popular in the ’90s make it to the third position. It’s one revolution waiting to happen.

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SHARMILA TAGORE’S BOUFFANT 29%

FROSTY LIPS OF THE ’90S 26%


34% MOST INFLUENTIAL TREND OF BOLLYWOOD (FEMALE)

KAREENA KAPOOR KHAN’S PATIALAS FROM JAB WE MET

Kareena Kapoor Khan’s patiala salwar in Jab We Met became staple wear for every girl. The patialas were comfortable and gave a hippie vibe to the women. Forget common folk, even Kareena’s wax statue at Madam Tussauds is wearing one. Rani Mukerji’s collared kurtis in Bunty Aur Babli were such a rage that every girl, their mother and their best friend were hounding the tailors to ape the style. Madhuri Dixit’s churidaars in Dil Toh Pagal Hai remain unforgettable too.

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RANI MUKERJI’S COLLARED KURTIS 31%

44% MOST INFLUENTIAL TREND OF BOLLYWOOD (MALE)

SHAH RUKH KHAN

FROM KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI

If you were a ’90s kid and you didn’t own a ‘cool’ locket, a tricoloured friendship band or a Polo t-shirt, you were a social misfit. Shah Rukh Khan’s clothes in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai were fashion revolution for college boys. Ranbir Kapoor’s cool college boy avatar from Wake Up Sid seems to be everyone’s favourite too. His graphic tees and printed socks were a rage. Shah Rukh Khan’s leather jacket from Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge too made it to every guy’s must-have list.

MADHURI DIXIT’S CHURIDAARS 22%

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RANBIR’S COLLEGE BOY AVATAR 24%

SRK’S LEATHER JACKET 22%


33% MOST FASHIONABLE BOLLYWOOD CHARACTER

PRIYANKA CHOPRA FROM DOSTANA

Gold and silver saree, gold hot shorts, bikini tops, the iconic golden bikini and the prominent step cut hair… Priyanka Chopra’s character, Neha in Dostana was just too hot to handle. An entire generation of young girls tried to copy her style, some succeeded while others didn’t. But the popularity refuses to dwindle. Kareena Kapoor Khan’s iconic Poo from Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham comes close second. Her choice of wearing two separate stilettos to prom was fashionably bizarre but memorable. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Dhoom 2, Deepika Padukone in Cocktail, Alia Bhatt in Student Of The Year – spelt stylish and are every young girl’s pick to copy.

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KAREENA KAPOOR KHAN

AISHWARYA RAI BACHCHAN

DEEPIKA PADUKONE 12%

ALIA BHATT 10%

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39% MOST FASHIONABLE FILM

KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI Archie, Betty and Veronica – if these three ‘best friends and worst enemies’ comic series characters were to make an appearance in B-town it would be something like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (KKHH). KKHH stirred a fashion tsunami… whether it was Rani Mukerji’s trendy micromini skirts or Kajol’s boyish haircut; it was lapped up by young girls. Shah Rukh Khan’s college boy cool is something that still works. KKHH was a fashion revolution because it was stylish and had that ‘millennium’ vibe. Dil Chahta Hai too was a hit especially among the boys (remember the Aamir Khan goatee). Dil Dhadakne Do showed us fashion of the crème de la crème of the high society. Cocktail obviously made crochet tops and palazzos a household name. Deepika’s dangerously high hemlines, Diana’s demurecharm and Saif’s urbane vibe were an overnight sensation.

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DIL CHAHTA HAI 28%

DIL DHADAKNE DO 18%

COCKTAIL 15%


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Wear your character on your sleeve is tinsel town’s latest fashion mantra during film promotions, says Arpita Phalke...

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ilm promotions don't just mean posing prettily for the camera and smiling till your jaws hurt. The game has changed and our stars have adapted to it. Instead of wearing their Sunday best at such dos, they are wearing quirky togs that bring out the idea behind the film and create lotsa hype about it online too. Here’s looking at some zany avatars of our stars…

Man of character He didn’t just bring the robust Malhari moves to each promotional event of Bajirao Mastani, he pretty much embodied the Peshwa's spirit in his inimitable manner. From elaborate velvet to dramatic turban with that handle bar moustache... Ranveer Singh left no sartorial stunt unturned.


Pep talk Katrina Kaif’s promotional looks for Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani were so similar to her frothy onscreen character that you could mistake them for a still from the movie - animated tees, micro-mini skirts, bright hair-bands and an unmistakable teeny-boppy vibe.

Three’s company Making girls tear their hair with envy was Alia Bhatt, who made breathtaking braids everyday in the shape of an alphabet from the title Kapoor & Sons. Sidharth Malhotra, Fawad Khan and she also wore t-shirts with Kapoor & Sons written on them, as they huddled together and made for a photo-op. Cute!

Gender bender Think of Ki & Ka and the song High heels instantly starts playing in your head. We can’t help but wonder whether Arjun Kapoor, who strutted around in 4-inch red pumps at several events, is to be thanked for it or not? Arjun and Kareena Kapoor Khan also joined the t-shirt bandwagon by wearing their ‘ladKI' and 'ladKA’ tees through the promotions.

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Punch fiction Jacqueline Fernandez slayed the trend - one custom-made outfit after the other. Case in point, her big and bold Dishoom ring and luxe leather jacket with Dishoom embossed on it. She sure packed a punch, right?

Bump of the town Perhaps one of the most-talked about on this list was Vidya Balan’s move during the Kahaani promotions. She strapped on a prosthetic baby bump and went from city to city, leaving a flurry of intrigue behind her.

Bizarre and beautiful Vidya Balan played a loud Punjabi woman in Ghanchakaar. So what did her promotional wardrobe consist of? Well, she donned 90 of the most whacky and colourful looks one could imagine. Overwhelming floral tops paired with matching tights, bizarre headgear and a riotous kaftan kurti with Charlie Chaplin all over it. The film flopped but she enjoyed the limelight. That was some spunk, Vidya!


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On duty, off-duty

Once a superhero’s girlfriend, always a superhero’s girlfriend, it seems. Jacqueline Fernandez made quite a statement stepping out in a cheeky “I only date heroes” tee during A Flying Jatt promotions. Point noted, Jacqueline.

Alex Parrish reporting! Nope, this isn't a picture from the set of Quantico, but Priyanka Chopra’s off-duty look, which of course consists of a Quantico bomber jacket. Way to mix style with publicity.

Go for gold Fans were in for a shock when Shah Rukh Khan flaunted a blonde streak of hair for Happy New Year. The colour stayed put through the film’s promotional spree. With the bold hue and SRK often fiddling with his hair, it went anything but unnoticed.

Use abuse The Udta Punjab team showed up in black tees, which had ‘Drugs Di Maa Di’ audaciously scribbled on them. Isn’t it in your face? Yes. Did it grab eyeballs? Hell yes!

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DREAMS Fashion guru Manish Malhotra peers into the future of fashion through the kaleidoscope of the past. in his words...

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hange has always been in ‘fashion’... it’s like a cycle that keeps coming back. Because the present always borrows from the past… In retrospect, the black and white cinema fascinates me more than ever. Cinema in the ’40s had an impeccable, though not overt, style. Men in suits and bow ties with cigarette holders and welldone opulent hairstyles to women in puffed hair and stylish garments... all made obvious statements. For instance, in the Dilip Kumar-Raj Kapoor-Nargis starrer Andaz (1949), the first shot had Nargis in a

white shirt with folded sleeves. She’s wearing breaches and high boots. So stylish! Also, Awara (1951) had Nargis come down the staircase wearing an empire gown with a drape. That’s the kind of fashion that we see even today. Cuckoo Moray, a well-known dancer, wore a striped off-shoulder tee shirt with a big skirt with bows in the film. Such eye to detail, even in those days, is impressive. Dev Anand, who was known as a fashion icon, could wear red pants and a mustard blazer and carry it off with much élan. In fact, it’s believed that his clothes were sourced from London. His look in Guide (1965) particularly so. The women, in the ’60s, sported big and beautiful hairstyles; the jewellery was dainty though. And while they went bold with sleeveless blouses, the men threw around casual mufflers. That’s debonair for you. Directors like Raj Kapoor in all RK films (Vyjayanthimala in Sangam, 1964, looked beautiful in white sarees), Guru Dutt (as in Pyaasa, Kagaz Ke Phool,

1. Raj Kapoor and Nargis in Awara 2. Dilip Kumar 3. Dilip Kumar and Madhubala in Mughal-E-Azam 4. Rishi Kapoor and Sridevi in Chandni 5. Sridevi in Chalbaaz

Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam, Chaudhvin Ka Chand and later Yash Chopra (from Ittefaq and Waqt to Chandni, Lamhe, Silsila and Jab Tak Hai Jaan between 1969 -2012) took care of the entire atmosphere of the film. The early ’70s was a genre of flower power and the blending of the East and the West. The style was liberal (Zeenat Aman was the vanguard of the bohemian). But by the


FASHION & BEAUTY late ’70s, a loud ‘disco’ trend had started coming in. There was an influx of South movies, which had no style quotient at all. It did launch the biggest star, who I absolutely love – Sridevi. But the look of the films and the cast was not sophisticated. The ’80s was when we lost fashion sense completely. However, the knee length pants, crop tops, off-shoulder tops introduced then... still rule today. But on the whole hair, make-up, jewellery... everything was garish.

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hen I stepped in the ’90s as a costume designer, my question would be ‘what’s the character like?’ And a lot of directors were offended with that. They thought what have you got to do with that. It was difficult as I was the only person fighting to bring in that kind of authenticity and continuity. I wanted it to be my USP – that is styling with costume design, which also took the hair and make-up into consideration. Gumraah (1993) was the first film where Sridevi did an ‘A hair’ cut, which continued throughout the film. Then young directors like Ram Gopal Varma,

Aditya Chopra, Dharmesh, Darshan, Karan Johar... came in. And we worked together. That period was transforming. I consider myself lucky to have worked with like-minded people, who helped me express my creativity. Actors like Urmila Matondkar and Karisma Kapoor were hungry and wanted to change and revamp their styles. I wanted to bring out their personalities and not just make them ‘look pretty’. Urmila and Karisma wowed audiences

in Rangeela and Raja Hindustani respectively. Another milestone was Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998). The costumes of Kajol and Rani Mukerji used colours and styles in keeping with the character graph. Also, movies began being shot in foreign locations – like Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001). So, I was travelling internationally, shopping all over there. It was movie to movie, character to character, London to New York, New York to Switzerland. From the

’90s to 2000s my life was a whirlwind. However, my most difficult film would be Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna (KANK, 2006). I’d shop for Shah Rukh Khan, give all the clothes to Karan Johar who’d then take them for the fittings. Then I’d take care of Amitji (Bachchan), Abihshek (Bachchan), Preity Zinta, Rani Mukherji, Arjun Rampal and Kirron Kher. It was the only film for which I stayed in NY for two months. I even visited Bloomingdales, the luxury store there. It was the first

Urmila Matondkar and Karisma Kapoor were hungry and wanted to change and revamp their styles. I wanted to bring out their personalities and not just make them ‘look pretty’ 

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1. Urmila Matondkar in Rangeela 2. Aamir Khan and Karisma Kapoor in Raja Hindustani 3. Alia Bhatt in Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania 4. Kajol, SRK, Jaya & Amitabh Bachchan, Kareena Kapoor and Hrithik Roshan in K3G 5. SRK, Preity Zinta, Abhishek Bachchan and Rani Mukerji in Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna 6. Amitabh Bachchan in KANK 7. Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil 8. Kareena in Jab We Met 9. Priyanka Chopra in Dostana

Kareena Kapoor Khan in Jab We Met made Indian wear uber cool. The trend continued in various films including 3 Idiots to Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania...

film when Louis Vuitton made its presence felt. Styling was all the more difficult because Karan is particular even about the shoes that the character is wearing. And then came a film like Jab We Met (JWM 2007), which had a great director, Imtiaz Ali and super actors, Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor Khan. With that film, casual became chic and ‘small-town’ became glamour. Kareena in JWM made Indian wear uber cool. The trend continued in various films including 3 Idiots (2009) to Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania (2015). In fact, it will also be seen in the upcoming Badrinath Ki Dulhania. Mention must also be made about Dostana (2008), which is considered Priyanka Chopra’s best look in a film till date. It got her most recognised in her career. Hers was a style that was wearable and yet sexy. Today, films have become real. There are biopics, there are period costume dramas which Sanjay Leela Bhansali does so well. Even the ethos of a modern girl with a heart, is beautifully styled without fashion labels. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (ADHM) is going to be that film where the characters

– Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Fashion Aishwarya Rai Special Bachchan and Fawad Khan are all dressed as people abroad but who are making a statement. Especially, in Anushka’s and Aishwarya’s case, it’s high street fashion mixed with labels. Both play Pakistani girls and their style has a mix of the cultures. ADHM is a film close to my heart. It’s a film that I believe will make that difference once again. Thanks to the social media, styles today are rapidly changing. There are bloggers, there are stylists. Someone who said ‘I only wear arty’ or ‘I only wear traditional’ also wants to wear glitz just as a bride would want to wear handloom. When I started, I wanted to work with every director and actress and be a costume designer. Then the offer to launch a store came from Yash and Avanti Birla, which I took up. Later, I thought why not launch my label! In the next two years, I’m going to take my 100 crore company to a higher level. I want to make the Manish Malhotra brand go international. Initially, for the fashion fraternity to accept a costume designer into mainstream fashion and then helm India’s first 9000 sq ft store in Delhi and stores in Mumbai was difficult. It took time for the critique and colleagues to digest the fact. In all humility, it’s been 26 years in the business and it will continue... albeit with a lot of hard work and imagination. COMPILED BY: KINNARI RATHOD


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It’s show time lady Costume designer Niharika Bhasin shares the thrill of creating new worlds, new characters ... courtesy clothes with Kinnari Rathod

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rom the madness, she learnt to find a method. It took a while for the US returned Niharika Bhasin to find her bearings in chaotic showbiz. “It was bizarre. I didn’t understand it! You don’t know what the hell is going on. There's chaos on the set and then there's your own creative chaos,” says the noted costume designer recalling her early experience on a film set. That today she’s 70 mm’s most trusted costume designer would be an understatement. After all, she’s the one who transformed the demure Vidya Balan into sex diva Silk Smitha in The Dirty Picture (2011) and altered the actor’s career forever. She also had a hand in making Deepika Padukone chop her waistlength tresses for Kartik Calling Katrik (2010). It was her contemporary vision that gave us peppy, hippie rebels in Rock On!! (2008) and Delhi Belly (2011). Recently, she has transformed the urbane Harshvardhan Kapoor into a folklore archer in his upcoming debut – Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Mirziya. Niharika did her masters in Human Resource Management and Public Relations in Seattle, in the US.

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Anushka Sharma in Bombay Velvet

Shah Rukh Khan in Fan

But the artistically inclined Niharika took to jewellery designing... until one fine day, thanks to a friend, she found herself sitting in front of director Sudhir Mishra and stepping into the world of costume designing with Khoya Khoya Chand (2007). She followed it up with Rock On!!, Bhoothnath and Rocket Singh: Salesman Of The Year. Her crowning glory came when she won the National Film Award

and the Filmfare Award for Best Costume Design for The Dirty Picture. “I started late. When you’re in your 20s it’s easier to put yourself on the map than when you’re 39. But I gave it my all,” says the late bloomer. For her the most exciting part is creating characters. But working with big stars demands dealing with tantrums as well. She believes establishing a rapport with an actor enables you to

have a conversation with them. “But you can’t have a dialogue with someone who’s so set in their head. The actor wants to play a character in a certain manner, I want to dress him in a certain manner while the director has visualised him in a third way. We try to incorporate the different elements. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes the actor says, ‘Are you really making me wear this?’ I goad him to try it at least.” But it’s not all happy and merry in the big bad world of showbiz. The debacle of Bombay Velvet left her disheartened.

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er second project with Maneesh Sharma, after Band Baaja Baarat, was Fan. She gushes about the magic of Shah Rukh Khan. “I was scared about working on Fan. I believed Shah Rukh would be difficult to work with. But he’s sunshine. Our schedule in Croatia was one of the nicest times I’ve had. We negotiated things. Like I’d say you can do whatever you want with Aryan Khanna (the superstar) but give me Gaurav (the fan) my way.” Surprisingly, she’s not a Hindi movie buff. “I watched Mughal-EAzam and thought it was a great film. I didn’t know who Dilip Kumar was. I married his nephew (actor and ex-husband Ayub Khan) eventually. She doesn’t like attending showbiz parties. She’d rather chill at home. She

SRK and I negotiated things. I’d say you can do whatever you want with Aryan Khanna (the superstar) but give me Gaurav (the fan) “Oh my God! I was depressed for a long time. Because people didn’t even see the work we had put out. When you put in that kind of effort and people don’t see it, it’s sad. Bombay Velvet meant a lot to the team. We enjoyed a camaraderie. We were all in it together,” she sighs. But her mantra is to keep on going. “It passes and you go on to the next one trying to give your best again,” she says.

enjoys travelling with her teenage daughters, Zohra and Tahura. “I go cycling everywhere like a mad Parsi lady,” laughs Niharika born of ParsiPunjabi parents. It’s a highly competitive industry and she understands that. Says she, “There’s always going to be competition. There’s always going to be younger, hipper, cooler professionals coming in. You have to put your head down and work.” n


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“I was influenced by Vyjayanthimala’s costumes in Amrapali. But how do you wear those royal clothes in everyday situations? So I thought why not make modern adaptations of them? And that gave birth to my label”

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Commercial Art Actor, dancer, designer, entrepreneur... Pernia Qureshi believes in hard-selling her talent, writes Kinnari Rathod

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y clothes line is a direct reflection of me. I was influenced by Vyjayanthimala’s costumes in Amrapali. But how do you wear those royal clothes in everyday situations? So I thought why not make modern adaptations of them? You see, I have a commercial taste. I understand what Indian, Pakistani and South Asian girls like,” says designer Pernia Qureshi about her eponymous label PerniaQureshi. Pernia studied Pre-Law and English Literature in the US. She spent her vacations learning dance or interning with coveted fashion magazines in New York. Her articles started getting published and her sensibilities were lauded. The editor of an international fashion magazine even told her, “Designing and fashion is what you should be doing. It comes naturally to you.”

1. Pernia Qureshi with Sonam Kapoor 2. Pernia at her dance recital 3. Aisha

Back home, she once met producer Rhea Kapoor, and they hit it off immediately. Rhea was then planning to make Aisha with Mona May, the stylist of Clueless, Hollywood cult film of the ’90s. As destiny had it, she couldn't do Aisha and Pernia was taken on board for what became the most stylish film of contemporary Bollywood. The movie tied up with high-end international brands such as Christian Dior, Salvatore Ferragamo and Chanel. The cast

was swathed in as many as 60 Dior dresses and accessories. She smiles, “I learnt everything on the job. All of us were young - below 28 and the vibe came through. Sonam Kapoor herself had 90 costumes!” What came next was Pernia’s Pop Up Shop - India’s first fashion website that showcases over a 100 designers and is available to the global clientele. “Those days, there were no luxury online boutique in India. I was confident the online

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store would do decently but it could be a big fat failure as well,” she says of her ambitious move, which she first began by working out of a basement. Today, the Pop Up Shop, well, is on everyone’s lips and hips! Mention must also be made of her detour in acting. and it was her training in dance that helped her. “I was one of the performers at Muzzafar Ali’s Sufi dance recital, Jahan-E-Khusron, which he had held at the Humayun Tomb in Delhi. I performed a kuchipudi piece to Adiba Parveen’s ghazal. Muzaffarji asked me if I wanted to play the courtesan in his Jaanisaar. For that I'd be training with Guru Kumudini Lakhi and Pandit Birju Maharaj. And that was a huge attraction,” she smiles. “I love dance. Besides good food, it’s the only thing that makes me happy. It feeds my soul, it makes me forget everything. It’s like meditation,” gushes Pernia who has registered a dance foundation of her own. Her plans for the future are limitless. She smiles, “We’re working on our app now. If everything goes well, the aim is to be one of the biggest players in n the global market.”


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His magic on women is lethal. But Ranbir Kapoor insists he’s no fashion icon, in a tongue-in-cheek chat with Kinnari Rathod Who would you say is the most stylish Kapoor?

I may not be the most recognised ‘fashionista’. Though I believe I’m the male version of Sonam Kapoor. But nobody recognises that. I guess, I have to put in more effort and be out there for people to recognise that talent in me. I am the absolute epitome of fashion and style. (Laughs).

I hope that people get it…

Would you ever wear heels to the red carpet?

Heels? No, no! It’s a bitch. When I see women wearing heels, I fear they’ll break their ankles. Thankfully, I’m a tall guy and I don’t feel insecure.

Arjun Kapoor wore it to promote Ki & Ka…

Yeah! And with the weight he carried, it was amazing that the heels did not break. I wouldn’t be able to do it. I wouldn’t be able to carry it off.

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WHO’S THE MOST STYLISH WOMAN IN THE INDUSTRY? I guess Katrina Kaif is really fashionable. She’s carried herself so well. And she dresses simply. I also find Anushka Sharma stylish.

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THE THREE MOST STYLISH CHARACTERS YOU’VE PLAYED… I wouldn’t take credit for any of that. Obviously, the credit goes to the designers and the stylists. But I’d name Wake Up Sid just for the fun t-shirts and socks (costume designers Manish Malhotra and Priyanjali Lahiri ), Rockstar for the fact that they created a desi rockstar. What Akki Narula did with me was amazing. Third, I’d name, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (Manish Malhotra).

1.Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani 2. Rockstar 3. Wake Up Sid

DO YOU LOOK UP TO ANYONE WHEN IT COMES TO STYLE IN THE INDUSTRY?

SHAH RUKH KHAN

SAIF ALI KHAN RANVEER SINGH

What Ranveer Singh does with fashion is incredible. Saif Ali Khan and Shah Rukh Khan are awesome too fashion wise. All three are truly stylish, so much that it’s a reflection of their personalities. And that’s what fashion is supposed to be. Right?


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She’s carefree. She’s candid. Even in her fashion choices. That’s what makes Anushka Sharma ‘cool’ insists Anuradha Choudhary One word that describes your style best…

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everyday beauty mantra

On a scale of 1 to 10 how would you rate your style?

Drink lots of water. and sunscreen! You have to use sunscreen; I use it even under my make-up.

How do you take care of your skin?

One make-up hack you’ve learnt after entering showbiz…

Casual chic.

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By mousturising and using sunscreeen.

How do you take care of your hair?

I don’t blow dry too much. I let it dry naturally. I don’t use too many products when I’m not working, I don’t mess with my hair at all.

How to apply eyeliner and smudge it just on the corner. Apply liner on the corner of your eye and smudge it with the brush. It gives depth to the eyes.

Which celebrity gives you style inspiration?

Rather it’s common people. When I travel, I like to observe how people dress. But I liked the way Preity Zinta dressed. She’s different.

Have you ever worn an outfit for an appearance and regretted wearing it later?

No. I don’t try too much. I keep it simple. Less is more.

An outfit that makes you feel body conscious? I don’t like clothes that are tight on the top and below.

Not an actor.

One trend you’d never be caught dead in…

Peplum and tight shorts and ganji… no way!

Holy grail beauty product… Sunscreen.

Your three favourite looks on screen… Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Bombay Velvet and Dil Dhadakne Do.

What’s your

WARDROBE ESSENTIALS… Blue jeans, black jeans, white tees, white sneakers and a cap.

Like bodycon dresses. I find them uncomfortable.

What outfit makes you feel body confident?

Jeans, t-shirts and sneakers. I like jeans and really long tee shirts. I’m happiest when I’m wearing sneakers.

Beauty or fashion tip you’ve picked up from your mother? Sunscreen. Itna hi karna hai, aur kuch


YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGNERS… Amongst Indian designers I like Manish Malhotra, Abu Jani & Sandeep Khosla and Sabyasachi. In international designers, I love Comme De Carson, which means ‘like a boy’. The high street brands I dig are AllSaints and the Australian brand Cotton On.

YOUR SIGNATURE PERFUME? Miller Harris – Coeur De Jardin.

ONE MAKE-UP PRODUCT THAT’S ALWAYS IN YOUR BAG? Tinted lip balm.

karne ki zaroorat hi nahi hai (You don’t have to do anything else.)

Often I want to call and ask her, ‘How do you pronounce this brand?’

What’s your go-to off-duty outfit?

Is there any fashion trend you can’t wait to try?

All black and white sneakers. I only wear sneakers! My wardrobe has two sections; one side has heels, flats, ballerines, mojris… And exactly the same amount of space holds sneakers.

If you could raid someone’s wardrobe, whose would it be?

I’ve always wanted to get into Sonam Kapoor’s wardrobe, just to see what it’s like. And Sonam can talk about it so passionately. She’ll actually teach you.

(Laughs) What are you talking about? I like chokers but I’ve already tried them.

Do you enjoy doing your own make-up?

I hate it! I love doing hair though. Secretly, I wanted to be a hairstylist. I force people – my manager, my costume designer and others in the team to sit down and I enjoy doing their hair.

How do you deal with a bad hair day?

One, do a top knot. Otherwise wear a cap or else don’t leave the house. The third one is not productive. So I suggest you go for n the first two.


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“I’ve more pairs of shoes than my wife” Akshay Kumar tells Anuradha Choudhary why he loves giving the fashion police a miss

Do you take an active interest in the clothes you wear when stepping out?

A lot more now than I did in my early days. I find fashion far more interesting today as I’ve got money to spend. I make sure I shop while on holiday, stock up my wardrobe and then wear everything in the first week itself when I get back. So that I can put them away to avoid being seen in the same outfit twice. We all know what the fashion police is like.

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WHO ARE YOUR STYLE INSPIRATIONS?

If you could wear one outfit for the rest of your life, what would it be?

George Clooney, Jude Law and David Beckham…

My British checkered pyjamas. GEORGE CLOONEY

What’s the one fashion trend you want to erase?

Fishnet vest for men. They should have been dubbed illegal from the start itself.

DAVID BECKHAM

Describe your personal style in one word. Mine abd only mine.

JUDE LAW

Who are your go-to designers?

Tom Ford, Dolce & Gabbana and my old faithful Unconditional.

What’s the one thing you don’t leave your home without?

mean I didn’t like it. Some people didn’t like it. Had I hated it I’d never have worn it. Fashion is a dodgy world to dabble in. But that’ll never stop me from trying.

Baseball cap… Gotta hide from those sneaky paparazzi.

If you were a garment, which one would you be?

What was your first luxury high-end purchase?

(Winks) Denim jeans because they see all the action.

An Armani suit.

How important a role does your wife play in giving final touches to your looks before you leave the house?

What’s the one trend you’re lusting over right now? I lust over nothing.

Is there any clothing/ accessory you have a huge collection of?

Shoes. I have more pairs than my wife Twinkle.

Has there ever been an outfit you’ve worn to an event only to regret it later?

God yeah but that doesn’t

WHAT ARE YOUR WARDROBE ESSENTIALS?

Laceless Tiger pumps, white t-shirts, blue denim jeans and a baseball cap.

My wife can’t help but have a say, which is a blessing as the woman is always right.

The most fashionable character you’ve played on screen…

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She straddles across cultures, continents and brands with ease. Kinnari Rathod in conversation with fashion chameleon Priyanka Chopra PHOTOGRAPH: ROHAN SHRESTHA Top & Skirt: Paule Ka | Ring: Micare

One word that describes your style best… Confidence.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how much would you rate your personal style game? it would be 8

How do you take care of your skin?

Simplest possible way… cleanse, tone, moisturise.

How do you take care of your hair?

Keep it clean, clean, clean and whenever possible show it some love. Get a head massage with coconut oil and moisturising hair treatments using eggs and yoghurt.

What make-up/skin care products are always in your handbag?

Kiehl's lip balm, perfume - I'm always changing up the scent, L'Occitane hand cream, lipstick for sure and mascara...

Tell us your Holy Grail beauty product.

Water… drink the right amount every day and watch how your skin, hair and overall body just transform! That kinda glow you won’t get anywhere else!

What’s your beauty mantra? Wear what you feel best in.

What’s the one make-up hack you’ve learnt since entering showbiz?

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Eyebrows are very important to your face and can change the way you look.

Which celebrity gives you style inspiration?

I don’t get inspired by celebrities. I wear what makes me comfortable.

What’s the best fashion advice you’ve been given?

Not to wear something if you're not feeling comfortable in it.

Is there any one garment you feel conscious in? Lingerie.

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What garment makes you feel ‘body confident’? A saree.

Have you ever worn an outfit for an appearance only to regret it later?

(Laughs) More times than I’d like to remember.

Tell us your three favourite looks you’ve totally loved

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Uffffff…. That’s a toughie but if you force me to choose… a. Roma in Don b. Ayesha in Dil Dhadakne Do c. Nandita from Gunday

What are the five wardrobe essentials every girl should have? An LBD, a pair of great fitting jeans, a killer pair of heels, flattering innerwear and the self-confidence to carry off anything she puts on, irrespective of what anyone says!

One beauty/fashion tip you picked up from your mother? Grace is a woman’s best accessory.

What’s your go-to off-duty outfit? Track pants and singlets.

If you could raid anyone’s wardrobe, whose would you pick? Kendal Jenner.

Is there a fashion trend you can’t wait to try out? I’m a jeans and t-shirt girl... I leave trend testing to my stylists.

Who’s your favourite designer?

Chanel Chanel Chanel please bury me in Chanel.

What’s your signature perfume?

For me to know and you to find out.

What’s the one fashion trend you wouldn’t be caught dead in? My birthday suit!

Do you enjoy wearing own make-up?

No. I’m always in heavy makeup on set so when I’m off duty, I keep it simple and

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Rocking a sexy LBD at the Chanel and Charles Finch at the Pre-Oscar dinner in February 2015

Don

Gunday

HI 5!

Dil Dhadakne Do

use only mascara and lip stain.

KILLER HEELS

Christian Louboutin

What’s your way of dealing with a bad hair day? Put it up in a top knot.

How long did it take you to decide your Oscar red carpet outfit? Three fittings.

Your favourite international red carpet moment?

The Oscars and the Billboard Music Awards - sweet and spicy. At the Oscars I felt like a princess. At the Billboard Music Awards I felt fierce.

Nude lips or red lips?

Depends on what your eyes look like.

WARDROBE RAID

Supermodel Kendall Jenner

Saree or gown?

Depends on the mood.

Jeans or skirt?

Jeans… always jeans.

How do you unwind…? What all do you do?

Eat, sleep, binge watch TV shows and movies… oh and try and solve math equations!

INTERNATIONAL FAVOURITES

Oscars 2016 and the Billboard Music Awards n

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QUEEN’S SPEECH It feels great to be one of the first to enjoy that kind of acceptance in America. I just hope it opens up doors for more Indian talent, who get to play lead characters. Because I know how difficult it was for me and the kind of roles and films that are offered to Indian talent. People tend to reduce you to a stereotype. It was a big fight for me Priyanka Chopra on conquering the West and more. Read the exclusive interview…

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prefers to wear her success as a T-shirt and not a tuxedo. She prefers casual over formal and that’s just the kind of cool disposition that makes Priyanka Chopra a sure-shot winner. Currently, she’s out making a mark in Hollywood. The West, East, North, South practically the entire globe is singing hosannas of her efforts on American TV with the Quantico series. And then there’s the much-anticipated Baywatch movie too. She’s not the first Indian girl to go to Hollywood, she’s certainly not the last but the frenzy she’s created with her transition to the US just sets her apart. Even though she’s a million miles away from home, leagues of her fans and her constant presence on Indian media – both conventional and social – makes her a true-blue superstar.

She just might be India’s perfect ambassador to the world, after all, she considers it her responsibility to show the world a thing or two about Indian etiquette and grace. She’s showing them that Indian cinema does not function in Hollywood’s shadows. That’s Priyanka Chopra’s biggest triumph. She’s killing it, softly. A trait she reflects even in her interviews. She navigates through self-appraisal, controversy and pride with consummate ease. Matters of the heart or matters of showbiz, she tells all without making a noise. There’s something about Priyanka. She seems like a woman made to succeed. Someone who’s got it all figured out. Effortless, endearing and enigmatic as usual, this is Priyanka Chopra unplugged...

The past year brought in huge accolades in the US…. And a Padma Shri back home. How does it feel?

every promo that airs, every interview I give, every magazine cover I appear on, will be a reflection of how people see my country. I hope to represent my country in the best capacity. I want people to know that the Indian talent knows what they’re doing when they step out on to a global platform. I don’t want to sell myself short. I don’t want to play ‘follow the path’. I’ve always stood my ground. I’m used to a certain position in India. And I will only work on something if I’m positioned in similarly. That’s difficult to do when you go to a country like the US, where people don’t know you. But I believe I owe that to the audience and the Indian film industry that has given me the respect and the position I’ve enjoyed for years. As difficult as that was, I’m glad it happened.

Winning a Padma Shri is the highest honour... To be recognised by my country for my achievements is a big pat on my back because my career has not been easy. It’s been a hard ride, a lot of blood, a lot of hours, a lot of sweat and tears... almost like paving concrete…

It was a rare occasion for an Indian to present an award at the Oscars…

I was extremely excited to be part of the Oscars. Being one of the first few Indians to have done that felt great especially because my show Quantico wasn’t even a year old and it had become so popular in America. I felt validated and acknowledged for the actor that I am and for being able to carry off a successful show on my shoulders. Not just for the star that I am back home.

How different are the pressures of being a global star from that of being an Indian actress?

Everything I do outside India is a representation and reflection of everything I’ve learnt in India. That’s the only pressure I feel. Whatever I do, whichever set I step into,

So, what is the definition of success for you at this point?

Success has always meant the same for me. I’m not the one to harp on my success. I’ve always said, ‘Success should be worn like a t-shirt, not a tuxedo.’ It’s not an effort. As soon as you have attained success in one thing, you have to move on to the next one because it’s a journey. Success always means being better than what I last was, creating path-breaking

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opportunities, which other Indian talent can follow subsequently.

Is it a dilemma to give up on good scripts back home due to lack of time? Not really. Yes, I can’t do four films a year but I have a show, which is a global success and I owe that to myself. This year I did Baywatch, next year I’ll probably do one Hindi film and one film in the US. If you look around, most actors are doing one or two films anyway. It doesn’t make me any different.

At times, do you feel disoriented switching between two work cultures?

I miss home a lot. But my show and my crew are so used to me now. I have biryani Fridays, where biryani comes from my house for everyone on the set. We celebrate Diwali and Holi on the set. On Holi, my entire crew, around 200 of them, had colour on their faces. We light up the trailers on Diwali. So I make myself feel at home by introducing everyone to what we do back home. I’m trying to create a bridge and let people know about how incredible India is.

How easy or difficult is it to keep up with the fashion trends there?

I’m the kind of girl who would wear a pyjama kurta and walk if I had to. But I have an incredible team. I’m a girl-next-door at heart. I like my jeans and ganji. And yet I have good taste and high standards in everything in my life including what I wear. Whether it’s scruffy or whether it’s well-turned out, I end up picking outfits that make me feel fashion forward. No matter what fashion trends say, as a woman, you have to feel confident and comfortable in what you wear. That’s when you look your most beautiful. I always aim for that.

What all have you learnt after turning a producer?

(Laughs) Phew! It’s a thankless job. So I’m

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grateful to all the producers who have worked with me. I understand how difficult their jobs are. I’m excited about the films I’m producing in India. Hopefully in the US as well soon. I’ve interesting plans as a filmmaker and a storyteller.

Are you producing any international project? Yes. I’m developing ideas but until I like something it won’t go on the floors. We’re developing a lot of content at Purple Pebble Pictures, whether here or there.

What is the driving force behind taking on such excruciating work schedules and travelling across continents?

I’m someone who doesn’t understand strategy, image and networking. I’m a solitary person and I put my head down and work hard. I’ve put in a lot of sweat equity in my work. And I’m balancing work both in India and America because they both matter to me. Whatever work I’m doing in America is just an extension of my career. I’m saying this since the time I started doing music there five years ago. I like to extend myself as a creative person and see where I can go. I didn’t have anyone telling me how to do things or what to do. The only thing I know is my job between ‘action and cut’. And I do it well. The kind of love and acceptance I’ve received here... I’m overwhelmed. Just yesterday, I stopped by to pick up some medicines at a store and the cashier, an American girl, was so excited seeing me. She told me how much she likes the show and then picked up the magazine, which had me on the cover and got it autographed by me. The kind of love and affection I receive when I’m on the streets or when I give interviews, the kind of acceptance I get from the crowds and audiences is incredible. People see me as just an actor. The fact that I come from the Hindi film industry makes people curious to know me even more. It feels great to be one of the first to have that kind of acceptance. I just

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I have biryani Fridays there, where biryani comes from my house for everyone on the set (of Quantico). We celebrate Diwali and Holi. On Holi, my entire crew, around 200 of them, had colour on their faces. We light up the trailers on Diwali. So I make myself feel at home by introducing everyone to what we do back home‌ and how incredible India is Whatever I do, whatever set I step into, every promo that airs, every interview I give, every magazine cover I appear on, will be a reflection of how people see my country. I hope to represent my country in the best capacity

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I’m not the one to harp on my success. I’ve always said, ‘Success should be worn like a t-shirt, not a tuxedo.’ It’s not an effort. As soon as you have attained success in one thing, move on to the next one because it’s a journey. Success means being better than what I last was, creating path-breaking opportunities, which subsequently other Indian talent can follow It was hard to explain to people that Hindi films are not B-grade Hollywood films. That we also create art and I’m not just a dancing puppet... I stood my ground and said that I’m used to being the face on a poster. And that would be the only way I would work here as well. I want to perform, not do just two-bit roles

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hope it opens doors for more Indian talent, who get to play lead characters. Because I know how difficult it was for me when I came here, the kind of roles and films that are offered to Indian talent. People tend to reduce you to a stereotype. It was a big fight for me.

What was the toughest part?

It was hard to explain to people that Hindi films are not B-grade Hollywood films. That we also create art and I’m not just a dancing puppet. The fact that I’m from ‘Bollywood’ doesn’t make me a stereotype, it makes me a triple threat. And that we deserve much more. I stood my ground and said that I’m used to being the face on a poster. And that would be the only way I would work here as well. I want to perform, not do just two bit-roles. Otherwise, I’m doing such amazing work in India as well. The plan was not to compromise. I didn’t in India and I wouldn’t anywhere else. And it’s been gratifying to make it in another country. The show has now gone to 215 territories around the world including Italy, Spain, Japan, China... It premiered in France; it got the biggest opening a TV show on that network had received in a decade. To see my face on a bus in China… it’s great to know how the show and I’ve been accepted around the world.

Would you agree that the creative challenge surpasses the monetary rewards?

For me it’s never been about getting more money. I get paid for what I do. I work bloody hard and I believe I deserve what I get paid. The fame that comes along with it is a bonus. For me, it’s about pushing my boundaries where I can create a space for myself, which is aspirational for people around the world. When I went to school in America, there was no Indian on TV or in films unless you were playing a two-scene role in a movie. That’s all Indian actors were reduced to. I’m so happy that when I walk on to the Oscars, I represent my country. When they put me on the covers of their magazines, it’s me as the Quantico actor. I’m Indian; I’m not even Indian American. I’m so glad to be able to put a face to all the Indian girls, who probably don’t see representation of Indian people in the global arena.

Have you surpassed your own expectations?

I don’t have expectations from myself. It would be difficult otherwise to live every single day. If I keep telling myself I should be like this, I should be like that, then that’s all how you’ll exist on a human level. I create opportunities for myself and I make sure I’m as successful as I can

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What remains incorrigibly Indian about you despite the global fame?

Everything! I eat Indian khana, I speak in Hindi, I love Hindi music. I’m as Indian as it gets. The way the world looks at me has changed. But I’ll never change.

Are there moments when you feel like enough is enough and you want to take it easy?

I never experience that. I’d never quit what I do. I love my job. I’m grateful to have this opportunity and I never take it for granted. I’m blessed. I get so much love and support from fans around the world, who literally carry me on their shoulders. They are my army. The fact that I have the ability to move people and touch their lives in a certain way and to be able to create art is beautiful. Of course, there are brickbats along with the bouquets and there are hard days... There are days when I work for 16 hours and my eyes refuse to stay open while my body is aching because of the action sequences. And yet I have to fly to India just to shoot one scene of a movie. Sometimes, I cry because I’m just so spent. But I know when I wake up the next day; this opportunity will make me extremely blessed. There are so many people in the world who want to be in the position that I am in.

Now that you’ve achieved so much, has it raised your expectations from your would-be partner?

(Laughs) I just want a guy who makes me laugh, someone who’s smart and intelligent and has an evolved sense of humour and thinking. Someone I respect and look up to. And that hasn’t changed since my teenage years.

Does your stature intimidate guys from approaching you?

(Laughs) I made a statement the other day, which got misconstrued. I said, ‘I’ve never dated, I’ve only been in relationships.’ First of all, dating as a concept, doesn’t exist in India. Hum log date thodi na karte hain. I’ve ended up getting into relationships with the people I meet and I usually meet people on movie sets. I don’t know if guys are intimidated... I don’t know what it is but kuchh hua nahi hai. I make friends but romantically my relationships have always been with people who I meet at work.

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There are brickbats along with the bouquets and there are hard days... when I work for 16 hours and my eyes refuse to stay open while my body is aching because of the action sequences. Yet I’ve flown to India just to shoot one scene of a movie. Sometimes I cry because I’m just spent. But I know when I wake up the next day, this opportunity will make me extremely blessed

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I just want a guy who makes me laugh, someone who’s smart and intelligent and has an evolved sense of humour and thinking. Someone I respect and look up to. And that hasn’t changed since my teenage years

You once said you could kill for love. Can love make you violent?

(Laughs) I don’t think it should. I made a statement like that but it was a joke and obviously, people don’t always understand that. I’m from the land of Mahatma Gandhi, so I believe in non-violence. Yes, passions can definitely flare. I’m extremely passionate and intense when it comes to my relationships. But I don’t think violence can be part of relationships. That’s not what human relationships should be about.

Does being emotional also make you vulnerable in love?

Extremely! How can you not be vulnerable? That is when you are at your weakest and then you meet someone who wants to be with you, who ends up becoming your strength... That’s when the relationship is at its best. Then you can fight the world. Despite the world, despite everything, you know that you are each other’s strength. When you’re weak, the other person can be your strength. But I’m hugely vulnerable in relationships. In a good way.

Are you a giver in love?

Extremely. I’m also a taker, I won’t deny that. (Laughs) I’m very possessive; I mark my territory... But I also give a lot.

What is it about you that a guy should never take for granted?

A relationship is at its best when you can take each other for granted a bit. It’s important to be able to say, ‘alright this person is there.’ You should never be nervous about losing the other

person. Relationships should have that kind of stability. I guess, he should take me for granted a little bit.

The world’s at your feet… don’t you miss walking hand in hand with your man by your side?

No. Because I’ve always been private about my relationships. You’ve never seen me doing that in all these years. I’m not that person. I would only do that with my husband. It’s easy for me to be known by my relationships but I want to be known for my work. n

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The Varun Dhawan issue (August 10) was smashing. The actor looked super hot in the pictures and his interview was candid. I also loved reading the interviews of Alia Bhatt, Parineeti Chopra, Amitabh Bachchan and Madhuri Dixit. Madhuri’s love for her family and dance was heart-warming to read about. I’m amazed by the way the current lot of actors handle questions and show love and admiration for their colleagues. They sound mature and prepared for stardom and its ups and downs. The write up on Panchamda (Rahul Dev Burman) was evocative but a tad brief. Dr K Karthik Rao, Chennai

vibrant. Her interview reveals her candid personality. She speaks from the heart without mincing words. Kalki is uninhibited, talented and oh-so-vivacious! Right from her first film Dev D, she has given breakthrough performances in movies like That Girl In Yellow Boots, Shanghai, Shaitan and Margarita With A Straw. She has reportedly battled child abuse, a divorce and yet has emerged unscathed. Above all, she has retained her sense of humour. Hats off to this new age, power girl! Cajetan Francis Menino, Mumbai


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The interview with Karan Johar was informative (Mera Naam Johar, August 24). He’s one of the most influential personalities of the film industry. One cannot but agree with his viewpoint, “You will never be a friend in life unless you have those basic pillars of loyalty, honesty and integrity,” and also, “The key to maintaining relationships is to talk less and listen more.” Karan has these qualities in abundance, that’s why his popularity is on the upswing. As a judge on TV reality shows, Karan is sincere when he airs his opinions. He strikes an instant rapport

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Would like you to feature Vicky Kaushal in the photoplay section. He has unconventional looks and immense talent. His sex-appeal is subtle. Sidharth Singh, Mumbai

KARAN-NOMICS Besides being worldly wise and understanding the intricacies of showbiz, Karan Johar has uncovered a number of hidden facets about himself and those around him. To his credit, he has brought the subject of homosexuality out of the closet (Dostana and Kapoor & Sons). As a director, he displays range and diversity. Harsh Kumar, Ranchi

It was great to to read Kalki Koechlin’s candid interview (August 24) where she spoke about sex, love, relationships and infidelity. Her frank attitude is refreshing. Soma Paul, Kolkat

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Happy Bhag Jayegi is a fun masala film in the same genre as the Tanu Weds Manu series with some slice-of-life comedy. Writer-director Mudassar Aziz has surprised us with his execution. The premise is set in the PunjabPakistan territory. But the film steer clears of usual Indo-Pak jokes and it does not portray Pakistani characters as buffoons. The comedy is restrained. The characters in the film are funny, colourful, flawed and real. Though not path-breaking, Happy Bhaag Jayegi is a refreshing experience. Sandhir Flora, Mumbai

JIMMY LOSES THE GIRL, AGAIN! Oops, he did it again! We feel sorry for Jimmy Shergill, who invariably loses the girl. After Kangana Ranaut ditched him at the altar in Tanu Weds Manu (TWM), it’s Diana Penty’s turn to give him the slip in Happy Bhag Jayegi. The screenplay is filled with absurdities but is breezy enough to let you enjoy the proceedings. Quite a few situations like Bagga’s interaction with the two Pakistanis visiting him in Amritsar and Happy’s verbal duel with her abductors is sheer fun. Diana Penty is back after a four-year break since her debut in Cocktail. She has a solid screen presence and can go up the ladder if she polishes her diction. Abhay Deol impresses as always. Shergill merely repeats his TMW act. Piyush Mishra is brilliant as the Pakistani cop. The film is fun-filled without being preachy. Sumeet Nadkarni, Mumbai

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@Varun_dvn: “Can’t believe it’s over. Want to thank all the amazing fans for the love and all my co-actors. Thank u”

Varun Dhawan shared this group photo with the heartfelt message, after the end of the much hyped US Dream Team tour with mentor Karan Johar, Katrina Kaif, Alia Bhatt, Sidharth Malhotra, Parineeti Chopra and Aditya Roy Kapur.

@iamsrk: “Met the very talented @XenyArt. She always makes me look beautiful. Thank u. Ur art is marvellous & so r u”

Shah Rukh Khan, always the one to thank his fans, posted a picture of his Czech fan, a popular sketch artist, and him. SRK posed with her holding the canvas with a sketch of him.

@emraanhashmi: “Done with a 5k run and off to #Baadshaho shoot!! @tokastraining”

Emraan Hashmi, who is all geared for his next movie, Milan Luthria’s Baadshaho with Ajay Devgn, took to Twitter to share his look for the movie. And, we must say, it’s fit and fabulous!

@priyankachopra: “Something’s hurt just as bad.. Time doesn’t heal everything.. Miss you papa.. Would have been a very happy birthday..”

Priyanka Chopra shared an emotional message on her late father, Dr Ashok Chopra’s, birth anniversary. The picture she shared shows Mr Chopra holding her award proudly as she smiles on.


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Rapid fire What steps would you take to make India better in the Olympics and other international sports? YV Sai Madhav, Odisha I would suggest better selection of athletes. I’d see they are treated with respect. They also need better facilities and coaches. And all this minus corruption, of course.

Last year, we suffered drought. This year we’re facing floods. Are the weather gods angry with us? Rajeshwary Singh, New Delhi Well, ask yourself and society why it shouldn’t be so. Two daughters of India did the nation proud at the Rio Olympics 2016. What words of appreciation

Politicians require a thick skin and a conscience that is always in deep coma. Am I right? Vijaylakshmi A, Bangalore

They have it and that’s why they are politicians.

Proud Olympian: PV Sindhu

Crowning glory: Sakshi Malik

do you have for them as you’re a proud father of a successful daughter too? Kabir, New Delhi God bless them both! I’m proud of my daughter Sonakshi Sinha and all the daughters who chased their dreams with hard work, commitment, passion and found success and fame. May the tribe increase! If you have to send a 10 word message to Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif, what would it read? B Ajit, New Delhi Let’s live together as real good neighbours. Live and let live. What’s your take on the idea that ministers should come from a background related to their portfolios

- like the Sports Minister should be a sportsman, the Law Minister should be a lawyer and the I&B Minister should be an artiste…? Rajneesh Batra, New Delhi Then by your logic, who would be the ‘Home’ Minister? And who would be the Jail Minister, a jailbird? Sir, is there a Shatrughan Sinha the world does not know and whom even you find a stranger? Deepak Singh, Lucknow Mr Deepak Singh, is there another Deepak Singh the world doesn’t know and who even you find a stranger? Your question is complex. You make it sound as if I suffer from a multiple personality disorder.


1st Prize Do you agree that contradictory statements issued by famous personalities are only publicity stunts? Aditya Sahni, Naraingarh

Mostly yes. But sometimes, like in everything else in life, exceptions to the rule can’t be ruled out.

2nd Prize Why are people from Bihar not coming to the film industry unlike before? Vinay Sikka, New Delhi

I believe they’re more interested in becoming politicians now. There’s more money, I’m told, besides stability and power in becoming politicians these days. Don’t you agree? What is your message for Indian women at the Rio Olympics 2016? Karan Nangia, Gurgaon You have again done it and made us feel proud. More power, love, respect and encouragement to you. Female knight: Sonakshi Sinha

nation from the Red Fort? Anjali, Ghaziabad Love one another. Live in peace. Remember, war is not the solution. It can be our biggest problem. Is adopting a drought prone village by each MP a good idea? Raja Dubey, Bhopal It’s an excellent idea, provided, it gets implemented with the right intent and in the right direction.

How important is your wardrobe in the a biopic on Sakshi development of your Malik where Sonakshi characters in films? Sinha plays the real-life wrestler? Amit Pateria, Lucknow J P Singh Kaka, Ahmedabad Sometimes very important. Most of the time, least Let our pride Sakshi important. strike gold first, which Readers may their questions to: eventually shesend will.inAnd (Feature co-ordinated by SMS: FI <space> SJ <space> Email: filmfare.askme@wwm.co.in Fax: 022-22731585 then we’ll consider our What would be your DEVESH SHARMA) <your question> <your name> Mail: Sawaal Jawaab, Filmfare, The Times of India Bldg, or Please note: The column doesn’t daughter girl400 001, INDIA message to Pakistan 4th floor, D – N golden Road, Mumbai to 53636 reflect Shatrughan Sinha’s political (Please mention your full name, contact number and address) Sonakshi ‘Akira’ Sinha for and our countrymen if or personal views. His answers are YOUR QUESTIONS WILL BE FORWARDED TO: Shatrughan Sinha, who insists his answers do not reflect his political and social views. given in jest and humour. the biopic. someday you address the Would you like to make I’m a newly married man. What advice would you give to make my marriage as successful as yours? Sanjana Shankar Talwar, New Delhi Listen to your wife – who is always right no matter what. That has helped me at every step.

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iven the explosive exposes that we have been witness to of late, the social media has gone from being an interesting place to being a volatile minefield, where nothing remains sacrosanct. Anything that moves is game. We would have understood if it was just the case of taking the mickey out of someone. But things have gone beyond that. Now, people want to cash in on their nuisance value. You may not like it, you may not believe it or endorse it but that’s the world we’re living in now. You can’t please everybody; even Mother Teresa has her share of armchair critics, who see controversies behind her charity work. None in the film industry are as hallowed as the newly anointed saint so they are bound to attract more detractors. The worst is that anyone with a social media account believes he’s a journalist. People pick up unsubstantiated stories and without thorough background checks and vetting by

▲ Salman Khan had threatened to go off Twitter

proven sources, repost them in huge numbers. Worse, the masses believe that if something is on the internet, it’s bound to be true. Common sense should tell you that whatever is being put on the net is through human interface. And we’re prone to, nay, designed to make mistakes. That makes us human. If you think everything on Wikipedia or similar sites is 100 per cent correct then you need to wake up from that pipe dream. Like everything else, social media too is a boon and a curse. Yes, news of fire, flood or other natural disasters spread faster and help many escape.

▲Imran Khan has quit Twitter

Help reaches faster even to remote areas. Helplines get set up. But there are some, who post morphed or false photos and spread unnecessary panic. Such people need to be taken to task. But unfortunately the anonymity of the internet is a deterrent towards that too. Very few actually get caught, if ever. Celebrities view social media both as a marketing tool and also as a means of reaching out to their genuine fans directly. Sometimes, these fans go rabid. Subsequently, sometimes a celebrity is forced into social media hibernation or worse, has no option but to delete their accounts.

▲ Pulkit Samrat quit Twitter recently

Sometimes, celebrities too fall just short of posting everything but their bowel movements. That needs to be curbed as well. A celebrity would end up saturating his or her mass appeal if he/she goes overboard. Moderation – by both celebs and their followers is the need of the hour. Otherwise, be ready for a future where you’ll be trolled by your neighbour for wearing the wrong pair of shoes. Everyone will become a sort of Big Brother and act vigilant about real and supposed misdemeanours. Scary, n isn’t it? jitesh.pillaai@wwm.co.in Twitter@jiteshpillaai

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