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Welcome to another exciting issue of Asian Style Magazine.


It's been a bit of a confusing month with my wardrobe, as I don't really know if winter has started or ended!


The dilemma of whether I should wear my long coat or my trendy jacket. I hope the snow is well and truly out of the way so we can start enjoy a warm summer and get those summary dresses and fancy sandals and the oh so cool sunglasses out. Here's hoping for warm weather.

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Anyway, getting back to this edition, by the time you read this, the local elections will have been well and truly over and hopefully we won't need to worry about Zac Goldsmith's favourite Bollywood film or star for that matter. But speaking of stars, I really do admire Gauri Khan, it can't be easy being the wife of a superstar. Our reporter Ayesha met up with the stunning B-town wife at a VIP rendezvous in London recently. Find out what she got up to on pages 26 and 27. Our cover girl this edition is the sexy Nargis Fakhri. Mark my words people, this lady is definitely going to be making some noise in the next few years...Do read up on her interview alongside the gorgeous Prachi Desai in an exclusive with us about their upcoming flick with the edible Imran Hashmi As usual we have our tantalising recipes for all you foodies out there, with a special thought on our vegan readers. Some delicious desi vegan dishes for you to try., just don't forget our invite. As I get to my last paragraph, space is short and there is still so much more I want to share with you, but I guess that can wait till next edition. So whilst I go and get my latte, you enjoy your copy and do drop me a line if you can. Would love to hear from you at Ciao for now!

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Fashion Eye Then and Now

Be it the covers of Vogue, or red carpet events, these days our B-Town stars really do go all out with the effort to dress in their best, pleasing the fashionistas and setting trends.


You’ll be surprised at how some of our B-Town hotties looked when they first came on to our screens. This edition we take a look at how some of our much loved stars have changed their looks from when they came into to the industry to present day.


Kareena Kapoor Khan Kareena Kapoor Khan, hit our screens in 2000 as the sister of Karisma Kapoor. There were naturally many comparisons. Kareena was on the plumper side when she came into the industry and her weight did not do her any favours. This coupled with over the top makeup and a dysfunctional wardrobe left Bebo looking rather gaudy. It wasn’t until successful films like Jab We Met came along and the transformation in films such as Kambakht Ishq and Heroine that Kareena Kapoor Khan the sexy talented super star was born.



Katrina Kaif Katrina Kaif first hit our screens in 2003 in the flop film Boom, where she appeared in the film with tanned skin, loud makeup and a very unflattering wardrobe. The only saving grace was her lovely long hair. Today Katrina regularly works out which is visible in her stunning acrobatics in Dhoom 3, not only that she seems to have mastered the simplicity of makeup and rid herself of the horrible tan, simple soft tones and a wardrobe to suit, has made many go crazy over the Kaif girl today.


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Shilpa Shetty Kundra Shilpa Shetty’s first film was with none other than today’s Bollywood badshah Shahrukh Khan. Shetty was never confident about her looks in the early 90’s, especially as she stood taller than most of her heroes. It wasn’t until Dharkan released in 2000 that gave Shetty a new lease of life. Her new slim and trim figure and new nose, gave Shetty the confidence to focus on her look and make her the entrepreneurial sexy diva she is today.

Priyanka Chopra

Kajol Devgn

Priyanka Chopra is probably one of today’s hottest Bollywood stars. She made her first appearance in the Bollywood film Andaaz, where she shared the female lead with Lara Dutta. Chopra was already riding high from her Miss World win and so going into films was only a natural progression. In the 90’s it is believed actress were at the sole mercy of their makeup teams and didn’t have much choice on their look for the role they would play.

Kajol, has always maintained she doesn’t like makeup in her interviews. Her very first film Bekhudi proved that this woman could not be tamed. She preferred her oh so natural unshaped eyebrows and makeup free face. Nevertheless, as success came her way, Kajol too took to the attraction of presenting her beautiful eyes with a deep protection of eye liner and nude yet complimentary shade of lipstick. She looked stunning in films like Fanaa and the more recent Dilwale.

Whilst Lara still looks the same, from Andaaz to today, Priyanka certainly not only transformed in the sense of complexion, but also had a major style change. We’re loving the new kick ass slim trim and sexy look of Priyanka today.



Kangana Ranaut



Whilst almost all of B-Town divas were sporting straight long hair, along came Kangana in Gangster with her unconventional curly locks, and pale skin complexion. Lucky for Kangana her acting prowess got her noticed. Thankfully today, Kangana has a more chiselled jaw line, and has a much better stylist.


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Get the


Basu Look by Ayesha Babar

I always emphasize preparation of the skin and never is it as

important as when you are the bride-to-be. Leading up to the big day, try and keep your skin as makeup free a

Daytime weddings have their own charm. While it is sometimes difficult to strike the balance between too-much and not-enough makeup, when you do get it right, the radiance is hard to match. Bipasha Basu looked ethereal in her bridal get-up, but it was the makeup she had for her mehndi event that really bowled me over! Read on for a step-by-step on how to recreate this fresh-as-a-daisy look!

possible. If you do have to use cosmetics, make sure you are wiping off the last speck off before you go to bed. Use a primer all over the face. This will help the foundation sit on your face much more smoothly. For a fresh look, take a medium coverage foundation and build it layer by layer, making sure you are not applying too much product in one go! This will also ensure a smoother, more natural looking complexion.

Moisturise using a light moisturiser. Remember daytime events can get a bit warm, so you don’t want anything that will feel heavy on your skin!

Next, apply a brown eyeshadow into the crease of your lids. Be careful to not put too much product – you only need a contour and not a smoky effect. Apply multiple coats of a black mascara to make your eyes look awake and fresh.

Use an eyeshadow primer in a neutral colour all over the lid. Taking a light pink shimmery eye shadow, sweep the colour all over the lid taking it up towards the socket.

Fill in the brows, using a medium brown gel, and then go over with a powder to set.

For blush, I would recommend using a pink colour all over the check. Add highlights on the cheekbones, just under the brows and down the centre of your nose for an added glow.

Using a black eye liner, line the upper lash line, going as close to the lashes as possible. To keep the look natural, do not extend the liner beyond the lid.

Lining your lips with a lip pencil will ensure that your lipstick stays all day. Once lined, go over the lips with a bubble-gum pink for that perfect pink pout!


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by Ayesha Babar

We bring you a roundup of the trending Instagram posts from the last fortnight. Definitely #InstaHOT, we say!

While 2016 has generally been the year of breakups in Bollywood, there is one couple who has made an exception! Bipasha Basu and Karan Singh Grover tied the knot last week. We loved this lehenga that Bips wore for the mehendi ceremony and Karan looked every part her Prince Charming. Here’s wishing the couple all the best for a lifetime of happiness!

Ever since Alia Bhatt made her debut in Karan Johar’s Student of the Year, she has been compared to his other muse, Kareena Kapoor. It will be interesting then to see the two together in ‘Udta Punjab’ which also stars Kareena’s ex, Shahid Kapoor and Punjabi star Diljit Dosanj. The photo that caught our attention, however, is this of Bebo and Alia. The future Bebo, shall we say?

The original bromance duo of Shah Rukh Khan and Karan Johar got together when Shah Rukh visited Karan’s new Dharma Productions office celebration. Seeing these two together always rekindles memories of the iconic Kuch Kuch hota Hai and Kabhi Khushi Khabhi Gham. Oh how we would love Karan to make another one of those with SRK! Karan, are you listening?

Siddharth Malhotra and Katrina Kaif finished working on the much talked about Baar Baar Dekho and held a party to celebrate the shooting wrap! The duo interacted with the media and their crackling chemistry was hard to miss. Katrina was unusually bubbly and we have to say, we really like seeing her in this new avatar. The after effects of not being with a certain Mr. Kapoor? Well, we can only guess!

Bollywood seems to be embracing technology and social media like never before. Whether it is YouTube videologgers getting exclusive star interviews during promotions or Shah Rukh speaking to fans via live streaming apps. Sonam Kapoor has now added her name to the list as well, as she launched her app last week. If you would like to know more about her style and beauty secrets. With Cannes coming up, we think that Sonam’s app is sure to be a hit!

The Pakistani TV couple that has launched a thousand OTP-ships! Osman Khalid Butt and Maya Ali, who were last seen opposite each other in the hit serial, Diyar e Dil, won the Best Onscreen Couple (Jury) Award at the Hum Awards held in Dubai. The couple, fondly referred to as Osmaya, are good friends in real life and will be seen together soon on TV as well as a film!

We love a father-daughter moment and Bollywood seems to do them oh-so-well. The very handsome Imran Khan shared this photo of himself with his tiny tot, Imara Khan, similarly dressed in hoodies and we couldn’t help gushing over how cute the little one looks. We haven’t seen Imran on the screen for a while and difficult as it must be to leave this one to go on set, we are going to selfishly hope that Imran starts a project soon!


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Easy Vegan Dinne Catering for a wide range of dietary needs and preferences is an essential skill for the modern home cook, with ever-increasing diversity in tastes and diets amongst people of all cultures and backgrounds. Veganism is the practice of not eating any animal products, including meat, fish, dairy products, eggs, or any other animal by-products, and is estimated to be the diet of choice for almost 2% of the world’s population – a whopping 140 million people worldwide!

This edition we’re focusing on how you could easily adapt familiar dishes to suit a vegan diet: even if you’ve never considered cooking in this manner before, it’s really easy to adapt your cooking with just a few changes. No matter what you or your family and friends choose to include in your diet, we’re confident that you’ll be able to cook up something tasty and nutritious in no time at all with these recipes!

Vegan Malai Kofta

1 cup yellow onion, diced finely fork. Add peas and cook 1-2 continue to thicken as it cooks). 1 tsp serrano chili, finely minutes more, then drain water Combine ingredients and stir chopped (or pinch of cayenne) and transfer to a large mixing well, let it bubble gently over 1 cup tomatoes, chopped or bowl to cool. a low heat while you prepare pureed 2. Meanwhile start sauce in a koftas. If too watery, you can 2 Tbsp cashews, toasted and Ingredients deep skillet, sauté pan or wok. add additional cashew powder grou nd (coffe e grinder works 2 cups russet potato, peeled Heat 1 Tbsp of oil over medium to thicken it. well) and chopped heat. Add cumin seeds and 1 cup canned coconut milk 3. Add remaining ingredients to 1/2 cup carrot, chopped cook until they begin to sizzle. 1 cup wate koftas, stir and a thick dough r, or as need ed 1/2 cup peas, frozen Add onion, ginger, and serrano 1/4 tsp Garam Masala will form. Oil a metal baking 2 Tbsp toasted cashews, pepper if using. Cook for 3-4 1/4 tsp turmeric sheet and form koftas into golf finely chopped minutes, stirring occasionally 1/4 tsp ball sized balls, placing a few coria nder, ground 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, until onion begins to brown. 1/4 tsp salt, or to taste inches apart on sheet. Bake at chopped Add tomatoes and cook for 3-4 1/4 tsp 450 degrees for 10-12 minutes black pepp er 1/2 tsp salt, or to taste minutes more. Transfer mixture until crispy on the bottom and 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped 1/4 tsp turmeric to a blender (or food processor) flip over. Bake an additional 1/4 tsp black pepper Method and carefully blend until 10-15 minutes until crispy on 1/4 tsp ground cumin 1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. smooth. Return to pan and add all sides. 1/2 cup chickpea flour Bring a medium pot of water remaining ingredients, saving 4. When koftas are done, drop 1 tsp whole cumin seeds to boil and add potatoes and water for the end and adding 1 tsp ginger, peeled and them in the heated sauce and carrots, cook for 10-15 minutes as much as you need to make finely chopped serve immediately with rice or until easily mashable with a a nice thick consistency (it will bread of your choice

Tofu Quiche with Broccoli

Ingredients 1 unbaked 9 inch pie crust 1 pound broccoli, chopped 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 pound firm tofu, drained 1/2 cup soy milk 1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard 3/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté onion and garlic until golden. Stir in the cooked broccoli and heat through. Method 3. In a blender, combine 1. Preheat oven to 200 C. tofu, soy milk, mustard, mixture. Pour into pie crust. Bake pie crust in preheated salt, nutmeg, ground red 4. Bake in preheated oven oven for 10 to 12 minutes. pepper, black pepper, until quiche is set, 35 to 40 2. Place broccoli in a steamer parsley and Parmesan minutes. Allow to stand for over 1 inch of boiling water, soy cheese; process until at least 5 minutes before and cover. Cook until smooth. In a large bowl cutting. Serve with mixed tender but still firm, about combine blended tofu green salad and baked 2 to 6 minutes, then drain mixture with broccoli potatoes. and chop into small pieces.

black pepper to taste 1 tablespoon dried parsley 1/8 cup Parmesan flavour soy cheese


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ners for Beginners Quick Coconut and Squash Dhansa


chunks 100g chopped white onions 4 heaped tbsp korma curry paste 400g can chopped tomatoes 400g can light coconut milk 400g lentils, cooked and drained 200g bag baby spinach 150ml coconut milk yogurt, plus extra to serve

Ingredients 1 tbsp vegetable oil 500g butternut squash (about 1 small squash), peeled and chopped into bitesized

Vegan Mac and ‘Cheese’

Method 1. Heat the oil in a large pan. Put the squash in a bowl with a splash of water. Cover with cling film and microwave on high for 10 minutes or until tender. Alternatively, roast in the oven

on a medium high heat until tender. Meanwhile, add the onions to the hot oil and cook for a few minutes until soft. 2. Add the curry paste, tomatoes and coconut milk, and simmer for 10 minutes until thickened to a rich sauce. 3. Drain any liquid from the squash, then add to the sauce with the lentils, spinach and some seasoning. Simmer for a further 2-3 minutes to wilt the spinach, then stir in the coconut yogurt. Serve with warm naan and a dollop of extra coconut yogurt.

thickened. Stir Method Ingredients in the mustard to oven the reheat P 1. or penne dried g 350 and nutritional Cook 4. /Gas 180C/350F macaroni yeast flakes, to the according pasta the Sea salt grate and stir instructions in a packet Freshly ground black pepper in the vegan large pan of salted boiling 1 onion cheese (if water. 1 litre unsweetened organic using), then 2. Meanwhile, peel and halve soya milk season to taste the onion, then place in a with salt and 100 g dairy-free margarine medium a over pan small pepper. 85 g plain flour heat with the milk. Slowly 1 heaped teaspoon English 3. Drain and add the bring to the boil, then macaroni to the sauce, mustard remove from the heat. then toss to coat. the nutritional discard s and Pick out 1½ tablespoon Transfer the mixture to onion, then set aside. Melt yeast flakes (available online an ovenproof baking dish the margarine in another or from specialist stores) (roughly 20cm x 30cm), pan over a medium heat, 50 g vegan cheese - optional then set aside. stirring flour, the then add (available online or from forms it until ly continuous specialist stores) 4. Peel and finely slice the the add Gradually roux. a garlic, then pick the thyme 5 cloves of garlic time, a at little a milk warm leaves, discarding the ½ a bunch of fresh thyme whisking continuously stalks. Add to a medium Olive oil until smooth. Bring to pan over a medium heat 40 g fresh breadcrumbs the boil, then simmer for with a splash of oil. Cook around 10 minutes, or until

for 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden, then transfer to a food processor with the breadcrumbs and a splash of oil. Blitz until combined and roughly chopped, then sprinkle over the pasta. Place the dish in the hot oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden and bubbling. Leave to stand for around 5 minutes, then serve while warm.


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Retro Industrial Style by Mohammed rasul

This edition we once again welcome the expert help of interior expert and owner of the much admired store Artz-i. Artz-i is a stylish new lifestyle and gift store which designs, manufactures and retails modern and traditional high quality gifts, artworks and other fine products, including hand crafted items. Their merchandise includes ceramic tiles, calligraphy, brass and copper ornaments, appliquĂŠ art, paintings, photography and wood carvings as well as gift

cards, contemporary and classical household furnishings. The team have a sharp eye for modern and traditional hand crafts from the world, including the edgy retro designs which they have shared with us this week. Think bare floorboards, metal signs, quirky lighting and high-ceilinged New York loft apartments. Owner Mohammed Rasul shows us exactly how you can pull off this colourful mix of retro and modern styles with an industrial twist in your own living space.

Combine traditional British imagery and retro pieces such as these faded trunk-style drawers, with an unusual industrial touch such as this striking oversized wall clock. Guaranteed to draw eyes in any room, little touches such as vintage bottles and knickknack trays really complete the look.

If you aren’t afraid of making a big and bold statement, wall or standing artwork in a retro industrial style is perfect for adding interest to any home. Fun signs such as these would look great in a teenage bedroom or casual recreation room, whilst the beautiful yet understated cabinets will jazz up your sitting room or dining area no end.


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One area of the home which really works well with this style is the home office. Using a mixture of masculine, earthy colours and brass metallic items gives a homely and welcoming feel to the room and warms up a style which can sometimes be considered a bit cool and unfriendly. Don’t be afraid to add in more unusual items for decorative purposes than you would typically consider, such as vintage cameras, old books or these quirky miniature ‘hat-stands’!

Lights...Camera...Action! A vintage lamp on tripod legs such as this just oozes professional industrial glamour, as well as brightening up any dark corners. Pair with concrete and bare wood textures along with oversized metal pieces such as this clock for a very modern and industrialized ambience.

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‘Tubelight’ is unexplored dimension for Kabir Khan, Salman Khan

Vidyut Jammwal, who made his debut in Bollywood as a villain with John Abraham starrer ‘Force’, has started the shooting for his next film ‘Commando 2’, the sequel to his 2013 successful action drama r ‘Commando’. The 35-year-old acto ts stun t ckou is known for his kno of and admits that the second part er bett a have will do’ man ‘Com storyline compared to the prequel.

er “The commandos are doing a bett er bett see ’ll you — job this time action, storyline is better, we’re , spending a lot of money this time

several people have faith in it, everything is better and bigger,” Vidyut raction on the inte ia said in a med film’s set. Although details such as the leading lady, main villain, etc. haven’t been announced yet, the film is said to be the continuation of the first part and will be about commando’s next mission. Whilst Commando was completely shot in India, Commando 2 will largely be shot abroad including in China where most of the action sequences will be filmed. What is more interesting is that Vidyut himself is designing the stunts for in this film. He will use his expertise action and martial arts to take the

he action to the next level for which ion ‘Act as ited cred be will also Designer’ in the credit roll of the

movie. so The makers of Commando 2 are the of ess succ the ut abo t den confi film that they have already started g working on its third part. Revealin ning plan are this, Vidyut said “We el. Part 3 even as we shoot the sequ as soon as t We will lock the scrip we wrap up this one. Commando gap opened in 2013, we don’t want a and 2 Part een betw s year e of thre Part 3.” u Vidyut will be seen first in Tigmansh ti Shru e Dhulia’s ‘Yaara’ opposit Haasan before Commando 2. The shooting of this romantic movie is complete and will be released sometime in May-June 2016.

Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan reuniting for Badrinath Ki Dulhania The young Bollywood couple-Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan- will soon be returning onscreen as they will be seen romancing each other in Shashank Khaitan’s new film “Badrinath Ki Dulhania”. They were last seen in Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania.

The audience had loved their chemistry. Both the actors had made their Bollywood debut in 2012 Indian romantic drama film Student of the Year. The motion poster of Badrinath Ki Dulhania was unveiled by filmmaker Karan Johar on his Twitter handle as he wrote: '#BadrinathKiDulhania Look! The 2nd in our love franchise staring @varun_dvn @aliaa08 Directed by @shashankKhaitan.' Alia also shared the posters link and tweeted: 'And were back :) #BadrinathKiDulhania #BadrinathKiDulhaniaLook @Varun_dvn @ ShashankKhaitan @karanjohar.' Tweeting on the movie, Varun tweeted: 'Just another guy and his dhulania. #BadrinathKiDulhania #BadrinathKiDulhaniaLook@aliaa08 @karanjohar@ ShashankKhaitan.' Principal photography for the film began in May 2016, and the film is currently slated to release on March 10, 2017.



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Randeep Hooda chained himself for ‘Sarbjit’ Actor Randeep Hooda, who will be essaying the role of Sarabjiit in the Omung Kumar directorial “Sarbjit”, chained himself with heavy handcuffs weighing approximately 2.5 kg in each hand to get into the character. “Sarbjit” is based on the life of Sarabjit Singh, an Indian farmer who was convicted of charges of terrorism and spying in Pakistan and sentenced to death. Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will be seen in the role of Dalbir Kaur, Sarbjit’s sister, in the film while actress Richa Chadha will play Sarabjit’s wife. “Randeep Hooda has given immense dedication and hard work to his character. While he is well known for his method acting, I believe Randeep has given his entire heart and soul for ‘Sarbjit’. The level of dedication needs immense acknowledgment and it would be visible to others too once the movie releases,” Kumar said in a statement.

As Randeep’s character was trapped in a Pakistan jail for years and given heartless treatment, the actor made a dummy prison cell in an area of just 6x4 feet where he spent his entire day, fully chained with minimum supply of food intake. In spite of great irritation and pain, the actor didn’t give up in his self-made training and went beyond his limits to get the realistic performance on screen.

Don’t mind being called witch or whore: Kangana Ranaut Amid raging controversies and a legal battle with actor Hrithik Roshan, Bollywood’s ‘Queen’ Kangana Ranaut in an interview said she doesn’t mind being called a psychopath, witch or whore and is proud of her fragile body and sharp mind. In an interview to NDTV channel, Kangana said: 'If a woman is super successful, she is called a psychopath. My success is my sweet revenge against controversy.' The actress, who has bagged the National Award thrice with the latest being for her role in the film Tanu Weds Manu Returns, said she is a self-pleaser and not a people pleaser. 'I don’t find it humiliating when they call me a psychopath, witch or whore. If a woman is sexually active, she’s called a whore', she said, asking the critics to find some new weapon to embarrass her since it does not work anymore. Actor Adhyayan Suman earlier had said that Kangana Ranaut was doing black magic on him when they were in a relationship. Kangana, who has testified to the

police in a criminal case filed by Hrithik, said woman can kill with success and sarcasm. The actress has been surrounded by controversies as Hrithik in his criminal complaint has claimed that her co-star in Krrish 3 has lied about once sharing a romantic relationship with him. He has also said that those emails and photos which Kangana claimed came from him were actually sent by a man posturing as him online. During the interview to the channel, she said: 'Sometimes you have bad days, but then you have cupcakes. My journey is extraordinary, from a village to here.' 'I am not entitled to give my views on something which will be decided in court. I don’t know how to be anybody else than who I am. It’s been a roller coaster ride but I feel I am on the right track', the actress said. The actress, who has several hit films in her kitty, said: 'It’s unbelievable that women have been treated like objects. Every attempt is being made to embarrass me.'


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Manoj Bajpayee to turn traffic cop for a day Actor Manoj Bajpayee will be living the life of a traffic cop for a day and he says he wants to “salute the spirit of these unsung heroes”.

who spearheads a situation where a heart has to be delivered to a patient in another location, amidst the heavy traffic.

Manoj will be standing at a busy traffic signal in Lokhandwala and manning the traffic at the key junction on Wednesday.

“Traffic” is an emotional thriller based on a road trip from Mumbai to Pune which is based on a true story. The film revolves around transportation of a heart for a transplant case, chasing a strict deadline. During the mission they face numerous difficulties with traffic being one of them.

“I want to salute the spirit of these unsung heroes, my efforts can’t meet their efforts, but it’s a small attempt to make their effort count,” Manoj said in a statement. The actor worked hard to get into the skin of the character. He paid special attention to understanding how traffic cops communicate and closely observed their body language as well. In Manoj’s upcoming“Traffic”, he will be seen playing a traffic constable

The film also features actors Jimmy Shergill, Divya Dutta and Sachin Khedekar. It is directed by the late Rajesh Pillai, produced by Deepak Dhar of Endemol India and presented by Foxstar studios.

Jane Fonda swam naked with Michael Jackson Fonda shared two memories of naked swimming, reports “Of course. Here’s how it happened; he was visiting me when we were shooting On Golden Pond and I had a little cabin on the lake. He stayed with me for about eight days and one night it was a full moon and he said let’s go swimming. It was his idea,” Fonda said.

Actress Jane Fonda shared that she swam naked with late legendary singer Michael Jackson. During an appearance on a TV show,

The 78-year-old also shared that the “Beat it” hit-maker had not brought his bathing suit so the two grabbed robes and went to the lake where they jumped in.

Sonakshi Sinha, Aksh Kumar team up again ay fo ‘Namastey England’ r Bollywood’s Dabang g girl Sonakshi Sinha has confirmed that she is part of Vipul Shah’s upcomi ng project ‘Namastey England’ opposite Akshay Kumar.

The 28-year-old actres s tweeted, “Namaste England... Its official!.” The upcoming movie will be Sonakshi’s fifth film with Akshay. Earlier, both have worked together in flic ks like ‘Rowdy Rathore’, ‘Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty’, ‘Once Upon Ay Time In Mumbai Dobaara’ an d ‘Joker’. Reportedly, the ‘Airlif t’ actor will be seen in the role of a Punjabi guy, while Sonakshi will be seen in a new complete avatar. in the forthcoming movie.



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Kristen Stewart to direct short film Actress Kristen Stewart is set to direct her first short film about power of women. The “Twilight” actress will step behind the camera for Refinery29, a fashion and lifestyle media company announced on Monday at a presentation, reports The film will comprise of 12 short films, which will be created by female filmmakers, writers and animators and the first offering, actress and filmmaker Chloe Sevigny’s “Kitty”, will premiere at Cannes Film Festival later this month. “In my acting career everything I do, my image and who I am and what I feel represents me is in the hands of a man, usually a white man... I realised very recently that I want to be the one that decides what image I show the public,” Stewart said.

Calvin Harris rules out collaboration with Taylor Swift British DJ Calvin Harris has made it clear that he currently doesn’t have any plans to do a collaboration with his girlfriend Taylor Swift. In a recent interview with BBC Radio 1, Harris said that he and Swift actually had never talked about working on music together, but he was pretty sure it wouldn’t happen anytime soon because the “Bad blood” singer is going to take a “long break,” “We haven’t even spoken about it. But I can’t see it happening. No, she’s about to take a long break, you know?” Harris said. Swift released her last album “1989” in 2014. Meanwhile, Harris has lots of new music underway. He’s currently working on a follow-up to his own 2014 set “Motion” and recently released “This is what you came for” as a preview of what’s to come. The song features guest vocals from Rihanna, whom he previously collaborated with on the chart-topping “We found love”.


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‘I feel blessed’

Jay Kadn talks Tujh Mein Rab Dikhta Hai

by Ayesha Babar Jay Kadn, the breakthrough singer formerly known as Junai Kaden is back with his latest track and if the buzz is anything to go by, it seems that he’s soon going to be ruling the charts once again! Asian Style Magazine spoke to Jay recently after he launched his new song, which is an official remix of the 2008 superhit ballad, ‘Tukh Mein Rab Dikhta Hai’ from the film Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. While the original has Shah Rukh Khan and then debutante, Anushka Sharma, this is the ‘hinglish’ version of the song! Congratulations on the collaboration with Yash Raj, but before we talk about that, let me just ask you about your journey so far. When did your interest in music first start and how did you end up being a recording artist? I came into the music industry professionally in 2010 and released my first 3 singles in the first 3 months. By the fourth month, I had dropped my first album – and those were all number one on the BBC download and iTunes charts. I had been part of a music academy and they picked me up, so that is how I started it professionally in 2010 – otherwise I was always singing from the age of 11-12. Did you receive any professional training? Or was it an interest that became a passion and then a profession? I first learnt instruments, Indian instruments and then from there I went into singing – learning

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classical and getting opera training, hip hop and a whole range of other things. I am always training – the vocal training never stops. Do you think having a background in such a diverse range of genres of music helps you when you are looking for inspiration or just trying to put together a single or an album? Oh, yes! It absolutely does. Music is a universal language. It’s having that versatility and knowledge that becomes instrumental! (Laughter) You are looked up to as a role model by a lot of young, Asian people who are keen to get into this industry – does that add to the pressure? Or are you just a musician who happens to be of Asian origin? Initially there was a lot of pressure! Especially because in 2010, when I first started, I rose quite quickly! But I am aware of the added responsibility. I am often invited by academies and schools to speak to students to motivate them. And I take the responsibility of being a positive role model very seriously.

Coming to your collaboration with Yash Raj – congratulations again – it is a massive achievement! Tell us how it happened? It came about, literally, as I was sitting in my room one day. I knew I really wanted to do something from the film ‘Rab ne bana di Jodi’; so I put together something and sent it to my producer to produce. My manager then approached Yash Raj – who were very happy with the song. They really liked the music and asked us to shoot a video. The video has been shot it in Pakistan, I believe – tell us more about that! We discussed a few different ideas for the video. It was shot in Pakistan, at the Katas Raj Temple, which is near a small city called Chakwal. It is a beautiful area with many Hindu temples and historical buildings. We shot there for a week and then sent the footage to India. There, Yash Raj mixed it with the footage of Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma from the film and made it look absolutely seamless. I am so delighted with the way the video has turned out! What made you choose ‘Tujh Mein Rab Dikhta hai’? It is such a beautiful song – the concept itself too is lovely – of how the man sees a reflection of God’s love in the girl. I totally fell in love with the song. The way Shah Rukh and Anushka


portrayed it on the screen and the writer and director and the music producer, who all came together. I loved the concept. And I wanted to do something with this song! Your song was launched and the feedback is great already! People are really liking it the song and the video! How does it feel? It feels incredibly It is such a beautiful amazing. I have worked song – the concept very, very hard itself too is lovely – of for the past six months. how the man sees a It is actually gratifying to reflection of God’s see my creative love in the girl. baby, my vision, being playback singing as well so beautifully so would like to explore translated and I can’t that further! thank the people supporting me enough! I Before we let you go – feel blessed! any messages for our readers and your very Are you going to be loyal fans on Twitter? working on more remixes with Yash Raj? All I want to say it, We would love to hear please do support me. more work! This has taken a lot of hard work, the song and Yes, we are in talks at the video – so please do the minute for more listen to it and watch work together. I have the video. To all my another original single fans, who have stood by coming out in July me and supported me and then hope to be through everything, I travelling to Mumbai want to say a big thank and Delhi in a couple of you! If I could call each months’ time. So let’s one individually, I really see – India, here I come! would! I love you all! I am very interested in


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Azhar, the biopic on cricketer Muhammad Azharuddin’s life starring Emraan Hashmi in the titular role, is a much awaited film. Having been in the works for almost two years, the film features two very important female lead roles – that of Azhar’s love interest, Sangeeta Bijlani and his first wife, Naureen. Asian Style Magazine caught up with both the leading ladies to speak about their careers, aspirations and of course, Azhar. Nargis Fakhri is destiny’s child in many ways. Known for her frank attitude, she is often dubbed the ‘Queen of Cool’ in an industry that is otherwise known for its diva-esque actresses.

Nargis Fakhri

Prachi Desai: Azhar, career choices, and and

staying grounded in Bollywood


If I am on the subway in New York and someone talks to me, I will have a conversation with them - we are all humans! I have even counselled people on their love problems on the subway!!

Congratulations – you complete 5 years in Bollywood this year (can you believe it?!). Your first film Rockstar came out in 2011. How would you describe your journey so far?

know what to expect! At that time, when Rockstar was released, suddenly I got bombarded with so much negativity that it was a little bit scary!

Ummm – tumultuous!! (Laughs) Yes, that would be a good word. It has really been an up and down journey for me in Bollywood.

It was only much later that I realised I had so many fans and to be honest, they are the ones who are most important – no offense to the critics!

Five years ago, when you first debuted in Rockstar, you received a mixed reception. While most people agreed that you were one of the most beautiful faces to hit our screens in the recent past, critics gave you a lot of flak for your acting skills. Was it difficult then to find your footing in this business when the response might not have been what you had hoped for?

When you chose Madras Café as your second film, there was scepticism as to whether you would be able to pull it off, which was something that you did with much aplomb. Was the decision also based on a desire to showcase your acting a little bit more?

Well, actually I didn’t expect anything because I just came into this very naïve and blind. I had decided to come to India to act just because it felt like a new adventure at that time. For me, everything was a surprise. I didn’t even

I really feel weird saying this, because I know so many people keep saying the same thing, but I am the kind of person who literally goes with the flow and lives each day as it comes and I mostly decide things without really planning or looking for anything in particular! Like a freeflowing energy mantra. That’s how I initially got into Bollywood – by being open-minded, free flowing


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and accepting different opportunities in life. So when people ask me, ’what is your strategy’ or how have you made these selections, I really don’t know what to say! When I listen to narrations, I will get a pretty good feeling. If I am excited about a role, I will do it, if not then not! That’s it! It sounds too simple, doesn’t it? Is that an easy thing to do? I always feel that if you are too calculating or stressing or think too much, or being too closed, it doesn’t really work out in anyone’s favour. I often say, if it happens, it happens, if it doesn’t, it doesn’t! Does it help to be this detached then when, for example, when dealing with critics? I think in the beginning with Rockstar, I was just shocked! I had never experienced anything like that. I was a regular person and I had never been in to spotlight before like that so it was a new experience, so overwhelming and it took me a while to find my footing. What I did and where I was and what was happening was a bit of a blur. Only afterwards, did I realise that this is pretty much how a film in made and released. From that moment on, nothing else could really shake me. It really helped me understand that that is the way things and that is just the way it is and you have to accept it. Your role in Spy was spoken about so much and it was genuinely one of the most interesting characters in the story. Spy, itself, was a very mainstream Hollywood film and a commercial success too. How was that experience? You know there’s always that friend or that person that you know – where the

weirdest, strangest things, happen to them by accident – I am THAT person! Maybe because I am an open and accepting person and I put an intention out into the universe, and I didn’t stress about it and I was open to opportunity (perhaps most importantly) – because a lot of people, they get opportunities but hold themselves back. Even when I got Rockstar, I could have been like other people and said, oh no I don’t have enough money, oh no I can’t afford to fly down there, or oh no, it’s too scary or oh no, I am not ready! I could have had all these apprehensions which could have prevented me from giving this a shot, but I had this logic that ‘oh, this looks like a really cool opportunity, let’s give it a try!’That attitude helped me get Spy and work in such a cool project. Coming to Azhar – the trailer and the stills look fabulous! Your character is based on the life of Sangeeta Bijlani. How did you approach the character and get under its skin? Were you able to meet Sangeeta? No unfortunately, I couldn’t meet her. I was probably the only one who couldn’t meet the person on whom their character was based. But thankfully, I had the help of the director, Tony D’Souza. He gave me some Sangeeta Bijlani films including Tridev to watch and I really enjoyed that! Also, I relied heavily on the internet, I googled lots of stuff. And I think for the most part it was the director helping a lot. Because he knew the story and the character very well. I also had to fit a certain look. My stature, my height, my slenderness – the model look. Sangeeta was also a model and really beautiful. So we dressed me up to be totally like the character. I had the 90’s styling, I

had big wig hair. She has amazing hair. I did the best with what I had and what I got and now, I guess, it is up to the audiences to judge or compare, and decide how they feel about it. Was it difficult to play a non-fictional character? Is the responsibility greater? It’s funny because I didn’t think about all this until now whilst I am doing the promotions. I was just doing my job! I was acting a role. I think it was better because I wouldn’t have wanted to worry about the responsibility while shooting. But during the promotions, it hit me and I am like oh yeah – it is true, people are going to draw all sorts of comparisons and you are right, it is more difficult! It is harder to portray a living person, who people have seen and watched over the years. To imbibe their mannerisms, the way they talk or the way they walk or how they behave. It all has to come through because you want the character and the actor playing the character to be believable! So again the director played a huge part in correcting me if he thought I was straying from the character at all. There was a lot of work on this from the director. I think Emraan had the hardest part though! Azhar was always in the public eye and has all these quirks in his mannerisms. So you have to get into the body movements and how they speak and all of that – it’s really hard. I was lucky, my character was very graceful, elegant and sophisticated. Which is not me! Coming to your own self – in your interaction with fans on social media and in your interviews, you come across as being so grounded and yet so effortlessly cool. You seem like such a normal person and I guess people don’t really expect that from

a Bollywood celebrity, especially an actress. How do you manage to stay level-headed? I just have friends who are normal! So I have to be normal otherwise they wouldn’t be very happy with me! I don’t have any friends here really, and all my friends from before are all regular people! So I am regular and it makes me stay regular. It’s also my nature. I am an easy-going person and super-friendly. I am like this with everyone, even strangers. For example, if I am on the subway in New York and someone talks to me, I will have a conversation with them! We are all humans! I have even counselled people on their love problems on the subway!! What’s next in the pipeline for Nargis Fakhri? This year is back-to-backto-back! Azhar, Housefull 3, Ganjo and a cameo in Dishoom! So you might probably get tired of seeing me on the screen (laughs). After all of this, I am going to take a long vacation! I have experienced so much in the past five years – I feel so good about myself. I have worked hard and made a name for myself. I have a niche that I have carved out and this year is super huge with four films. So yes, I feel very happy! Thank you! All the best for Azhar and the rest of the year!


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Prachi Desai entered the industry with a splash. Her first role in Rock On, as Farhan Akhtar’s wife made the actress, who had previously worked extensively on television, a film star. It hasn’t always been smooth sailing for the beautiful actress, but she is back with Azhar and is all set to put her career back on track! You started your journey in Bollywood with Rock On almost 8 years ago!– where your role received a great reception. since then you have done many quite different roles – how has your Bollywood journey been so far? It has been one hell of a journey. Really, I havent really planned much from my side and took each day as it came. There have been lots of very interesting experiences along the way. I don’t come from a film family myself, so there hasn’t been a grand plan or anyone’s path that I could follow into the industry. Having said that however, acting is my passion and it is something that I love doing and I am so grateful that I get to do what I love every single day! All my different experiences in this industry have taught me so much – today I feel I am so much more evolved as a person. It has been a journey of a lifetime! We are extremely excited to see you back on the big screen after a gap of almost two years – were you waiting for the right script to come along? After Awaari and around that time too in 2014, I was working on a couple of projects and these were still in the pre-production stage. And required a lot of time from me – people actually don’t realise how lengthy the process to make a film is. So I was involved in these projects for almost a year, most of 2014 and early 2015 and then they didn’t see the light of the day. It happens to many films and I

guess it was just unlucky that it happened with my projects then. Most of 2015, I was preparing for and shooting for Azhar and then Rock On 2 so now I am back on track and have really put my heart and soul into these projects! Azhar will be your second film with Emraan Hashmi after the very successful Once Upon a Time in Mumbai – how was the experience of working with him again? How is he as a co-star?


and we have also done some promotional events together. She’s an easy-going person who is unabashedly herself and I think that is a great quality. Your role in Azhar is based on the life of Azharuddin’s first wife, Naureen. Unlike Azhar and Sangeeta, not that much is known about Naureen’s story publically. Was there a huge burden on you, then to get the story right?

Yeah, you are absolutely right. It has been absolutely great. My role had to be approached I know in OUATIM, our slightly differently to the chemistry was really really others because while the appreciated and the song that others had some sort of we did together, Pee Loun, a reference point to look became the love anthem of the towards, because Naureen year in many ways. Even I has always been am surprised as such a private why no one cast person, I had to us opposite each construct her other earlier! I scratch. definitely think All my different from I tried looking that I look the experiences in up more best with him information but and he looks this industry to be honest, the best with have taught even now if you me and we have me so much – google her, it an undeniable onscreen today I feel I am is actually my face that pops us chemistry. so much more (laughs). There evolved as a The second film was just such was a lot easier, little information person. It has then, because out there about been a journey we both already her. of a lifetime. had a sense How did you of familiarity prepare for the with each other role? and that is something that I depended really does come across on greatly on the director. I saw screen. the story and the character from his eyes. There was a The roles we play and the point where I think we were context out characters are all a little lost and were trying presented in in Azhar is to meet with Naureen to learn much different to OUATIM. more about her and it wasn’t It was fun working with him working out. Then Naureen again and I cant wait to do graciously agreed to meet us more work with him. I think and I think that meeting was someone needs to make a movie with us but a love story! a game-changer. Although I met her at a much later Do you share an screentime stage in her life than the one with Nargis Fakhri in I have played, it was still so the film and how has your useful to see the person. I equation with her been? was able to pick up on certain nuances and I could really Well, I will keep the fact of see her story and where she them meeting or not in the was coming from. We took fim a secret. But we got along that inspiration and asked isntantly when I met Nargis ourselves – how would she be

when she was much younger? We added some quirks to our interpretation to make it reflect the life of the person who had had an arranged marriage with Azhar and saw the highs and lows of his career and early years first-hand with him. It really is a complex character, being thrown into the limelight and into an alien world, knowing nothing about it and yet holding on to your own dignity. I am so thankful to Naureen for letting us into her life and story! One question that has been on everyone’s mind – will you be reprising your role as Farhan Akhtar’s wife in Rock On 2? Rock On was such a special film for all of us – it marked the acting debut for both Farhan and myself and was a milestone in the lives of everyone involved. Even in terms of the industry, it set a different trend. Rock On 2 is a sequel and the story becomes even more interesting. There are a couple of new characters and it has been such an incredible process to be making the second film. When we were making the original, none of us ever thought that 8 years on, we would be working on a sequel. I am really looking forward to the release of Rock On 2. 2016 has been an exciting year for me and I hope that it only gets better! We love seeing you on the big screen – and wish you all the best for Azhar and all your other projects!


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Ask Ayesha Ever wondered about how to carry off the latest beauty trend of the season? Or what products to use to make those dark circles disappear? Well help is finally here. Send in your queries to our resident hair and makeup specialist Ayesha Babar to, and we will get you your answers!

I am a 32 year old woman with Asian skin and I want to start experimenting with eyeliner. I have heard that cream and gel based eyeliners are quite good, so I would like your advice on which ones are the best for me to try. (Samina K, East London ) Ayesha Says: Dear Samina, You are right - gel based eyeliners are indeed much more versatile than the others. Do you use eyeliner regularly? If yes, then gel eyeliners can be as easy as the liquid or pencil ones with regards to the ease of application. If you are not yet very skilled at lining your eyes, especially when it comes to the more dramatic styles, then I would recommend practicing your application with a liquid eyeliner before.


Gel eyeliners are quite popular now and while earlier it was difficult to find good ones, there are quite a few companies that do gel eyeliners now. My favourite ones, that I

have tried and tested over the years, are ‘fluidline’ from M.A.C. Cosmetics and ‘long-lasting gel eye liner’ from Bobbi Brown. Both give intense colour payoff and stay in place for many hours (unless, like me sometimes, you rub your eyelid unconsciously!). On the high street, Maybelline also sells gel eyeliner for which I have seen some great reviews. Most gel eyeliners come in a round

pot and you will have to buy an eyeliner brush (with a thin straight or slanted end) with the pot in order to use the product. When using gel pots, it is important to keep the lid tightly on the pot when not in use to stop the product from drying out! If you are feeling a bit experimental then you can even get these in a range of different colours.


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Dear Ayesha,

My daughter is 16 years old, with very fair, pale skin. Over the past 2 years she has been breaking out around the cheeks quite regularly and even when the acne disappears, it leaves behind red acne marks. I have taken her to a dermatologist who has said that it is part of the hormonal changes that she is going through and medically there is nothing to worry about. However, my daughter feels very conscious about the red marks and I would be thankful for your advice in how she can conceal these. (Jenny M, London)


Ayesha Says: Dear Jenny,

Growing up many changes in our bodies make us very selfconscious. It is important to receive support at this delicate age so that our confidence is not affected and that is the most important first step. Since the marks are red in colour, your daughter will need to apply a colour corrector before she conceals. To neutralise the red tones, she will need to use a green corrector, as this cancels out the harsh pink colours. There a few different brands that do these; I have used the Smashbox green corrector in the past for similar cases and it has been quite effective. After applying the corrector, dab some standard skin-coloured concealer on top as normal. I’d suggest using a medium coverage concealer for this purpose.

Dear Ayesha,


When buying foundation, is it important to match the colour to the neck or to the face? I’m confused because my neck is actually slightly lighter than my face! (Mishal A, London)


Ayesha Says: Dear Mishal,

Being a different shade on the neck and the face is actually quite common. When it comes to matching the foundation, there’s really no right or wrong way and depends on the how different the shades are. Generally, if your neck downwards you are the same colour with your face being a different shade, then match it upwards from your neck. If the neck is a different shade with the chest and shoulders and the face being the same colour (usually happens due to hyperpigmentation on the neck), then match the foundation downwards from the face.




Razzle dazzle in true May 2016, 1st Edition

Bollywood style, in the heart of

London by Ayesha Babar

There was an obvious buzz even much before the Bollygoods exhibition opened its doors to visitors at the Dorchester Hotel in London this week. The exhibition brings together various design elements from India and the wider subcontinent. With a special focus on Bollywood, you can expect the exhibition to be a riot of colour and craft. Monday’s exhibition was the second edition, building on the success of the very popular first edition. How befitting then that Bollywood’s First Lady, Gauri Khan, was invited as a special Guest of Honour.

Gauri Khan, the multitalented wife of superstar Shah Rukh Khan, is herself a much-acclaimed interior designer. She is the brains behind the interiors of luxury hotels and residences in the Middle East as well as various parts of India.

stalls and was quite impressed with the quality and variety on display.

Gauri also runs a popular high-end luxury décor chain, called the Design Cell, with flagship stores in Mumbai and Delhi. It is no wonder then, that so many had queued up to meet her and talk to her about her design philosophy!

Master couturiers, Gauri and Nainika, brought their spring summer 2016 collection which featured a whole gamut of colours and cuts. From elaborate evening gowns with trails to edgier organza dresses, perfect for the summer cocktail events!

The designer looked around to see what was on offer at the different

Manish Arora, who has been enchanting western audiences with his play

Gauri was not the only attraction as the exhibition featured some of the top designers from India and Pakistan.

on colours for well over a decade, showcased some pieces from his latest. Known for the use of bright, funky colours, Manish’s designs were popular with the younger audiences. O’nitaa, the lady who was one of the first few to bring mainstream Pakistani designers to London, presented a collection of some of her favourites. Featured designers included Shamael, whose embellished jackets were among the most ordered items. Staying true to its Bollywood spirit, the Bollygoods exhibition also brought some


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exquisite jewellery designers together under its umbrella. Shrihari jewellers, the people behind Deepika Padukone’s droolworthy baubles in the blockbuster Bajirao Mastani, were happy to present their ‘Mastani’ collection. Women of all ages were seen flocking to the counter to get their Gauri Khan hands on the beautifully crafted ‘maang teekas’ and ‘jhoomars’.

have to worry as much!’, Rubina explained. Mrs Ajmal, a visitor whose son is getting married later in the year, was there to find out the latest trend and ended up placing an order for a dress for her daughterin-law to be with one of the designers. Image credit: Shahid Malik

Rubina Kapoor, who has established a niche for herself in London with her charming semiprecious jewellery, was also at the exhibition. ‘Semi-precious jewellery has really picked up, especially for destination weddings. Many women don’t wish to carry their real pieces of jewellery with themselves when travelling. Semi-precious jewellery looks as beautiful as real pieces, and yet clients don’t

Outfit by Gauri and Nainika


Unusual creations from Gauri and Nainika mix with traditional styles

Outfit by designer Babi Garewal

‘It is so refreshing to see quality traditional designer wear in London. For years, we could shop these clothes and jewellery only when we visited India and Pakistan. I am so happy that exhibitions like these are bringing the best of the subcontinent to consumers in London with such convenience!’ Other guests at the exhibition too echoed a similar emotion. With a successful second edition now under their belts, we hope to see more editions of Bollygoods from the organisers in the future!

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What's On Romesh Ranganathan: irrational Hilarious stand-up Romesh Ranganathan is back with a new comedy tour ‘Irrational’, which will be touring the UK this year. Romesh is well known for his work on television including 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Have I Got News For You and Mock The Week. Many dates are already sold out, but don’t worry if you can’t get tickets as the tour will continue in September 2016. 19th May – Carnegie Theatre, Workington 21st May – Galeri, Caernarfon 27th May – Grand Theatre, Lancaster 29th May – Komedia, Bath 2nd June – City Hall, Salisbury 3rd June – Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells 4th June – Brook, Chatham

Diljit Dosanjh live

Indian Punjabi singer and actor Diljit Dosanjh is touring the UK for the first time since 2014. Fans can expect an amazing live experience including performances of massive hits like “Patiala Peg”, “Veervaar” and “Jatt Fire Karda”. Tickets are on sale now and are sure to sell out quickly! 21st May – Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham 22nd May – De Montfort Hall, Leicester 29th May – SSE Arena, London 20th May – First Direct Area, Leeds

1940’s Weekend at haworth village If you’ll be around West Yorkshire from 13th – 15th May, be sure to stop at the historic village of Haworth for a step back in time to the 1940’s! Events taking place throughout the village include vintage vehicle displays, Festival oldham 2016 Creativity and Science are colliding in Oldham this May Bank Holiday, with this fantastic free festival suitable for the whole family. Bear witness to mind blowing shows, weird and wonderful creatures and earth shattering music. Discover the world of the Bubbleologist and be astonished by the resident Museums at night This exciting twice yearly event returns to London this May, where culture vultures can get their fix of more than 30 museums and historic across the city after dark. Discover new exhibitions, listen to expert talks and presentations, watch special performances, take torchlit tours, enjoy live music in historic

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Poets Corner Spike Milligan comedian, writer, poet and actor. The son of an Irish father and an English mother, he was born in Pune, India where he spent most of his early life. He was best known for his surreal sense of humour and love of dark comedy. Spike Milligan fought in World War II and performed musical shows for troops in his free time, kicking off a lifelong passion for entertaining. He would later go on to create ‘The Goon Show’ a comedic drama widely praised as inspiring later shows such as ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus’. Terence Alan “Spike” Milligan KBE (16 April 1918 – 27 February 2002) was a

He acted in many plays, radio dramas and television programmes, and wrote a great catalogue of poetry, largely

aimed towards young people. He suffered with severe bipolar disorder for most of his life, and spoke candidly about his struggles. Despite serving in the British Army for six years, he was refused British citizenship and had to claim Irish citizenship in order to avoid becoming stateless. Milligan’s dark humour continued right up until his death with the self-chosen epitaph on his gravestone reading ‘Dúirt mé leat go raibh mé breoite’, translated in English as ‘I told you I was sick’. His irreverent and alternative style of writing and comedy inspired an entire generation of entertainers and his enormous body of work ensures that his legacy lives on.

Indian Boyhood What happened to the boy I was? Why did he run away? And leave me old and thinking, like There’d been no yesterday? What happened then? Was I that boy? Who laughed and swam in the bund? Is there no going back? No recompense? Is there nothing? No refund? Fancy yourself as a bit of a poet. Then why not share your poems with us? You never know if we like it we might print it. Email us at


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Azhar is an upcoming sports drama film written, and directed by Tony D’Souza. Based on the life of Indian cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin, the film is produced by Shobha Kapoor, Ekta Kapoor and Sony Pictures Networks, it features Emraan Hashmi, Nargis Fakhri and Prachi Desai in the lead roles. The film is scheduled for a worldwide release on 13 May 2016! “Azhar” is based on certain well known and highly talked about incidents and facts of the former Indian international cricketer


Mohammad Azharuddin and captain in the 1990s, who ended up becoming the country’s most controversial sportsman yet. From setting world records that are yet to be broken, to getting embroiled in the first ever match fixing scandal the country witnessed, the film traces Azhar’s insurmountable highs and his tremendous lows. We’re giving our readers a chance to see Azhar in cinemas with two free tickets up for grabs. All you have to do is answer the following question:

Which Cricket Team was Mohammad Azharuddin Captain of? a) India b) Bangladesh c) Pakistan

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Asian Style Mag May issue 1  
Asian Style Mag May issue 1  

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