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t is almost here. Our most awaited annual event – the Filmfare Middle East Achiever’s Night 2021. A bevy of stars from Bollywood, the Southern film industry, Pakistan and the Arab world will descend to Dubai to enthrall you all with their music performances, dances, comedy acts and share the stage with Covid warriors, frontline workers and support staff that have made the UAE, one of the safest places in the world. Check our pages to catch a glimpse of who all will be in Dubai on October 28th, 2021, to entertain you. On the cover of the Wedding Special Edition, is the suave and charming Sanjay Dutt and his wife Maanayata Dutt who are Dubai residents now and are recipients of the Golden Visa. Read their unique love story on our pages, on a marriage that has crossed over 13 years. At the time of this shoot Mr Dutt had pulled a minor ligament during his badminton practice and was in pain. But being the sport that he is, was a cheerful part of the shoot. Read the power couple’s interview in this edition and how they complement each other. Also check out, who among their two children Shahraan and Iqra, who study here, is like Sanjay Dutt? National award(s) winner, designer, stylist and couturier Neeta Lulla spoke to us on designing for Bollywood stars over the last few decades. Lulla, who is active on Clubhouse, has discussed Bollywood fashion and the challenges encountered while shooting Sanjay Leela Bhansali films. While we were revelling at Ashutosh Gowariker’s Jodha -Akbar song, ‘Khwaja Mere Khwaja,’ song, she was worried that the swirling dervishes’ head-gear stayed in place. This and more in an in-depth interview with the gorgeous designer who we are all proud of. In the midst of the crowded Dubai Mall, well -masked, hence well hidden, walked in Raveena Tandon and gave me an interview. The mast mast girl who is super slender and fits into clothes from her college days spoke on fitness, motherhood, lost love, moving on and how she is so thrilled that the OTT space has room for real and raw talent. In the local stories section check out real life romances of people from Dubai who have mixed marriages. All the stories signify that, despite geographical barriers, differences of region and religion, when cupid strikes, love conquers all – Amor Vincit Omnia! Keep up to our pages as we post more details on the Filmfare Middle East Achievers Night on October 28th 2021 at Meydan, Dubai. See you all there!
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Volume 42 | SEPTEMBER 1, 2021
RANVEER SINGH MAKES HIS TV DEBUT ALIA BHATT SIGNS UP WITH HOLLYWOOD AGENCY
love no bar!
AAKANKSHA NAVAL-SHETYE IN CONVERSATION WITH THE TALENTED RAPPER NAEZY
MANJU RAMANAN CHATS UP WITH KISHU SHROFF
DUBAI POWER COUPLES TALK ABOUT THEIR INTERRACIAL MARRIAGES
THE BEST IN WEDDING FASHION
MANJU RAMANAN CATCHES UP WITH THE GORGEOUS RAVEENA TANDON MANJU RAMANAN TALKS TO ACE FASHION DESIGNER NEETA LULLA
COVER STORY FOREVER LOVE. THE DUTTS TALK OF LOVE, LONGING AND ROMANCE IN AN EXCLUSIVE WITH MANJU RAMANAN
ith the announcement of one of the most happening and much-awaited events of Dubai’s 2021 calendar, the air’s buzzing thick with excitement. We are talking about FILMFARE MIDDLE EAST ACHIEVERS NIGHT 2021 – the region’s biggest star-studded evening! (Drum roll please) Sizzling performances and some of the most popular and loved names from Bollywood, OTT, South film industry, Pakistan and Arab cinema… the event spells ENTERTAINMENT. Well, we’re ready to paint the town red and you’re all invited to this celebration of the best in talent, glamour and cinema. We have more deets for you on our website www.filmfareme.com and our Instagram handle @FilmfareME. So mark the date – October 28th at Meydan. See you there! Talking about celebrations, the issue is a Wedding Special! After the dry spell of the pandemic times, couples readying to step into marital bliss are taking take it forth with a renewed vigour. And they have coined the perfect term for it too – Revenge Weddings. As the name suggests, couples are tying the knot with a vengeance with wedding events going more extravagant and lavish than ever before, almost like they’re settling a score with the Corona! Of course the Covid protocols still stay, but analysts predict that the following year will see a hike in these weddings. So after a year of sombre weddings celebrated via virtual sangeets and zoom ceremonies, the ones taking the plunge now are going all out in making the celebrations a grand affair. After all, YOLO right? What’s even more amazing is that we are hearing of couples who got married during the pandemic times, and are now renewing wedding vows with Band Baaja Baarat, et al! Well who would’ve thought that the Big Fat Weddings (not to mention the relatives) will be so missed. Also with travel restrictions easing out, newly-weds are making a beeline to experience their most dreamy fairytale honeymoons! Take a cue from our pages ahead and get a lowdown on all things special for the wedding celebrations, wedding outfits, must-haves for the groom and the bride, and honeymoon destinations included.
So read on & Stay Sassy
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a bird’s-eye view of show town’s happenings
RANVEER SINGH MAKES HIS TV DEBUT Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and even Aamir Khan… these are a few superstars who made their TV debut by hosting reality and quiz shows. They have had a successful stint with their TV outings and now joining this list is Ranveer Singh. The handsome hunk will make his TV debut as a host with a quiz show called The Big Picture. Talking about his small-screen debut, Ranveer Singh said in a statement, “In my journey as an artiste, the urge to experiment and explore has been constant. Indian cinema has undeniably given me everything – it’s been a platform for me to excel and showcase my skills as an actor, and I have been fortunate to get immense love from the people of India. Now, I look to connect with them in an extremely unique and engaging way through my television debut with The Big Picture. The proposition of introducing India to a ‘now’ generation quiz show sealed the deal for me.” We’re surely rooting for this one.
SURIYA’S SOORARAI POTTRU TO GET A HINDI REMAKE Two of India’s leading content creators and producers, 2D Entertainment and Abundantia Entertainment announced they’re joining hands to remake the globally applauded Tamil film Soorarai Pottru (Praise the brave). Soorarai Pottru is an emotional and impactful story of Nedumaaran Rajangam or “Maara”, played by Suriya, who sets out to make the common man fly and in the process takes on the world’s most capital intensive industry with the help of his family, friends and sheer will power. The film was partly inspired by events from the life of Air Deccan founder Capt. G.R. Gopinath. It was among the ten Indian films to be screened under the Best Foreign Film category at the 78th Golden Globe Awards and was also sent for screening at the 93rd Academy Awards. While the casting for the Hindi remake is yet to be finalised, the director of the original, Sudha Kongara,will be directing the Hindi remake as well.
JANHVI KAPOOR ALL SET TO BEGIN SHOOTING FOR THE REMAKE OF MALAYALAM FILM HELEN Janhvi Kapoor is surely picking up the best of the best when it comes to films. The actress who was last seen in Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl is all set for her next film which sounds equally interesting. Janhvi Kapoor will star in the remake of Malayalam film Helen (2018), which is a survival drama. The film will be shot on real locations. They’ll start shooting the film by August. The crew is currently busy with its pre production. Helen is a thriller and released in 2019 and won several accolades. Director Mathukuttty Xavier who helmed the original will direct the Hindi version too. Sources also say that the film will be titled Mili. Janhvi Kapoor is surely in the mood for some remakes. The other film that the actress wrapped shooting for earlier this year, Good Luck Jerry, is a remake of a South film called Kolamavu Kokila (2018), which starred Nayanthara.
RAM CHARAN BUYS A HOUSE IN MUMBAI
SOUTH SUPERSTAR RAM CHARAN HAS BOUGHT A LUXURIOUS BEACH FACING BUNGALOW IN KHAR, MUMBAI. AS HE IS GETTING A LOT OF OFFERS FOR BOLLYWOOD FILMS, RAM CHARAN DECIDED TO BUY A PLACE IN MUMBAI SINCE HE HAD TO STAY IN A HOTEL EVERY TIME HE VISITED THE CITY. RAM CHARAN AND HIS WIFE UPASANA HAVE ALREADY PERFORMED THE HOUSE-WARMING CEREMONY. A SOURCE REVEALED, “CHARAN IS DELIGHTED TO HAVE A BUNGALOW IN MUMBAI; HE FEELS IT’S HIS PRIZED POSSESSION AND SOMETHING VERY DEAR TO HIM. SINCE HIS TRIPS TO MUMBAI HAVE BEEN INCREASING SINCE HE STARTED WORKING ON THE RAJAMOULI-DIRECTORIAL RRR, WE MAY EVEN SPOT CHARAN MORE OFTEN IN MUMBAI.” WE SURE WOULD LOVE TO SEE HIM IN HINDI FILMS.
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Shah Rukh Khan and Sanjay Dutt to do a ﬁlm together? Shah Rukh Khan and Sanjay Dutt have been seen together on screen fleetingly. Once in Ra.One and the other time in Om Shanti Om’s title track. However, as per reports, the actors will soon be seen in a full-fledged collaboration. Both SRK and Sanjay Dutt are superstars and their collaboration is sure to create a stir among the audience. The reports state that the actors have already started shooting for the film in Mumbai. The flm is being produced by Viacom 18 and will have them playing crucial parts. It has been tentatively titled Rakhee. We are excited for this one, what about you?
Alia Bhatt and Ranveer Singh’s next with Karan Johar is titled Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani Karan Johar announced recently that he will be returning to the director’s chair after five years. Treating his fans on his birthday, which falls on July 6, Ranveer Singh posted a motion teaser of the title, followed by Alia Bhatt and Karan. Titled Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani, the film will be an entertaining love story. It’s the second time after Gully Boy that Alia and Ranveer will share the big screen. The film is written by Shashank Khaitan, Ishita Moitra and Sumit Roy and is expected to hit the big screens in 2022. Announcing the news, Ranveer wrote on his social media, “A special announcement on my special day! Presenting - Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani along with my dazzling supernova Alia Bhatt, directed by the genre himself, kaleidoscopic visionary Karan Johar, & written by Ishita Moitra, Shashank Khaitan & Sumit Roy. Coming to charm you in 2022!” The film also stars Dharmendra, Jaya Bachchan and Shabana Azmi.
ALIA BHATT SIGNS UP WITH A POPULAR HOLLYWOOD TALENT AGENCY After Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Deepika Padukone, looks like Alia Bhatt is too eyeing Hollywood. She has reportedly signed up with a top Hollywood talent agency – WME. William Morris Endeavour Entertainment (WME) is an American talent company which is primarily located in Beverly Hills, California. Signing with a top Hollywood talent agency means that the young actress is interested in a Hollywood outing. Alia Bhatt recently turned producer for her next film Darlings which co-stars Shefali Shah and is backed by Shah Rukh Khan. And now it looks like the actress is going to take the West by storm with her talent and screen presence. WME handles talents like Jessica Alba, Ben Afﬂeck, Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Whoopi Goldberg. So Alia surely is in august company.
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THE DUTTS ON LOVE, LONGING, ROMANCE AND THEIR BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN
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A wife is also a mother and nurturer and the spirit that brings order to a home – did you slip into that role easily? What did you learn about yourself? I have been a working woman all my life. I have always taken care of myself and loved the ones around me. When I became a mother, I felt it was an extension of who I have always been responsible, loving and a care-giver. It didn’t feel like a transition rather like an extension and expansion. I learnt so many things about myself. I learnt just how incredible the human heart is. Our hearts are capable of so much love despite any adversity and I felt it expanded multifold after I had my children. On the practical side, I learnt patience, multitasking and managing my time. I always say this and still say it - women are incredible in how they juggle motherhood with the rest of their lives. So much respect to all the mothers out there. Did you always have an entrepreneurial bent of mind? Tell us about your trading business? I have always been passionate about business and creation. From a young age, I have dreamt of being an entrepreneur. My trading business is based out of Dubai. We trade in edible commodities. I started this business after studying the market carefully, doing my research and understanding where our company could grow and sustain that growth. Slowly and steadily we have been consistently climbing our way up and I am very proud of where we are today. A creative soul who pursues his artistic talent needs a conducive atmosphere to ﬂourish in. As a multi-tasking woman, how do you achieve that balance? I think multi-tasking is in the genes of women! I am a very focused person and I am clear about my goals. This helps me manage my time constructively. Also, I am passionately protective about my time - which is why you won’t see me at filmy dos and parties. I keep low key so I can manage and spend my time with family and focus on my work. Family is always the priority and then my work. Which is your favourite love story and why? Every love story is special and unique, so it’s hard to have a favourite. However, if I have to pick a film love story it has be Sadak. So poignant so beautiful, it resonates with you even today. What is your skin care and fitness regime? I work out regularly - this is something that I don’t compromise on. Not only does regular exercise keep you physically fit, it also helps you mentally as exercise releases
a t a y a n a a M endorphins. I firmly believe that if you don’t feel fit and happy from within, you won’t be able to take care of your family or work. So, regular workouts, daily cleansing moisturizing and toning of skin, a balanced leafy diet, makeup ‘only when necessary,’ and always removing makeup before bed- these are some simple tips I follow to keep healthy. Also, I try to think positive and be a kinder person. This only helps me be happy from within which reflects on my skin and body. What is your “me-time” like? My me-time is generally spent pursuing my passions such as cooking, reading, exercising, catching up with friends - all of these are small ways I show self-care to myself. September 2021 FILMFARE MIDDLE EAST 11
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You are amongst Bollywood’s biggest names and have had an eventful life. How does your family and home energize you? They are my rocks! They keep me sane, grounded and give me perspective. Stardom can rob you of these things so it’s important to have a family that keeps you balanced. My wife and my children are my world! I can do what I am doing happily only thanks to them. Spending time with them is the happiest part of my day. As an indulgent dad to three children, what are your dreams for them? Who do you think might take up your profession in the future? I just want all my three children to be happy and passionate about whatever they do. I am still acting today because I truly love what I do and I want the same for them. Between them- Trishala is a psychiatrist and is doing so well as a counsellor. She loves her work and I am so proud of her. Between my younger two, Shahraan is bent towards football. In fact, he recently fractured his
foot while playing. Right now, he’s passionate about the game, but I still feel he has all the makings of an actor - he’s observant, intelligent, loves dancing and can charm people with his humour. Iqra is more of an artist - her paintings are incredible and so beautiful. It’s hard to believe someone her age could paint so beautifully! What are your films that your family enjoys the most? Apart from the Munnabhai series, they also like Sadak, Khalanayak, Vastav, Dhamal, All the Best, Son of Sardar, Agneepath and Haseena Maan Jayegi. They never get tired of watching me in those films! Tell us about playing the antagonist in KGF? It’s been such a great experience. I love playing grey characters. They are so much more nuanced and complex to play and Adeera has been one such character. He’s larger than life and it’s been my absolute pleasure getting
into his skin and playing him. What are the kind of roles that attract you today? I love playing grey complex characters. I am fascinated by human nature and it never ceases to amaze me what we humans are capable of. Characters that push boundaries, that are quirky, that are flawed, even lovable- I love playing characters like these. What about your next production? What do we expect? We have a few projects in pipeline which were to happen last year, but got delayed because of the pandemic. Now they are back on track and we are excited about them! Any web series you have watched that you have liked immensely? Vikings and Peaky Blinders Which is your favourite love story and why? Me and my wife!
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A power couple – where one is a huge Indian mega star and the other one, an astute business woman, how do you complete each other? And what do you learn from one another? MAANYATA - There’s so much from all these years that we have shared together. We have given each other strength in our darkest times. I learnt to never give up from Sanju seeing how he’s faced all his adversities head on and not given up. He always handled his stardom with such grace and humility, I learn what it means to stay humble from him. SANJAY- I have seen Maanyata stand like a rock beside me in good and bad times. She’s given me a family, who are my anchors in life. She’s brought nurturing love, care and strength in my life. I learnt what it means to be a husband, father and man from her. Tell us about the early years of your marriage. How did you both attune to each other? What were the hiccups and how did you work around them? MAANYATA - Of course there were hiccups! Every relationship has them. But what kept us going was the faith we both had in each other and our relationship. And if given a chance to do it again, we would do it exactly the same way and not trade a thing.
What is that you find incredibly admirable about your spouse? MAANYATA -His resilience SANJAY - Her faith and belief in herself and us You have been with each other through thick and thin – how did you keep yourself and your partner motivated during the toughest of times? MAANYATA - Faith. In each other, in our relationship and in God. It gave us strength in the toughest of times. And we knew we were always there for each other no matter what. SANJAY - That one thing that kept us going then and keeps us going till date. We always said to each other - this too will pass. Why did you choose Dubai as your second home and how do you find the city and its people? SANJAY- We both love Dubai! Maanyata has her trading business here and for her Dubai has always been her second home. It’s such a wonderful warm multicultural cosmopolitan city. The people here welcome you with open arms. There is no lack of anything here and so much exposure to different cultures cuisines and lifestyles for our children. We are happy and proud to call Dubai our second home.
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Rapid Fire Round Q. Who is the more romantic of the two? Sanju!
Q.Who woos the other still?
Sanju still woos me after so many years
Who makes up after a fight? Sanju
What have you learnt from each other?
To stay strong in the face of any adversity and Lord knows we have had many!
Marriage to me means …. (complete the sentence) MAANYATA - companionship and love that completes my world SANJAY- Anchor
The most annoying thing about your partner is …
MAANYATA -That he calls me twenty to thirty times a day. And he gets annoyed If I don’t answer all his calls. SANJAY -Yes that annoys me a lot.
Between Shahraan and Iqra who is the like dad and who is like mom?
MAANYATA-Shahraan is naughty and a total charmer just like his father while Iqra is sensitive and perceptive like me
Who is the stricter parent? Who spoils the kids? SANJAY- Maanyata is stricter and particular that the kids should be grounded with the right values while she feels that I thoroughly spoil them!
What are your children’s favourite films of yours?
SANJAY-- Their all-time favourite is the film Sanju! unfortunately they haven’t met their grandparents. Seeing that film, they felt close and connected to them, especially Shahraan has so many questions to ask about his grand- parents.
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FASHION & BEAUTY
TALES OUT OF THE CLOSET NIKITA JAISINGHANI STUMBLED UPON HER CALLING AND NOW SHE STYLES SOME OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL MEN IN THE WORLD OF SHOWBIZ. ANALITA SETH FINDS OUT MORE ABOUT HER LIFE AS A CELEBRITY STYLIST
She’s the woman behind the most dapper man in B-town -- Karan Johar. She knows all his sartorial secrets as she’s the brains behind what goes into his wardrobe and what get thrown out. But it’s not just Karan that Nikita Jaisinghani loves to style. She’s styled for everyone from Abhishek Bachchan, Arjun Kapoor, Aditya Roy Kapur to Siddhant Chaturvedi. And have helped them make a statement. Men’s fashion has been the fastest evolving branch of the industry in the last decade. Stars have gradually moved away from the classic tuxedos and tailor-made pants to eyecatching silhouettes and ensembles that have put them on the edgier side of fashion. Unisex prints, silhouettes and colours are the future of fashion and our celebs have taken to them wholeheartedly. Stylists like Nikita Jaisinghani are at the forefront of this mini-revolution. Talking about this shift, the avant garde stylist shares her styling secrets with us. Here’s how she makes every blazer, every shoe and every sunglass she selects the hottest accessory in town.
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When did you decide to be a stylist? I wanted to do something in entertainment, not necessarily styling. I didn’t even know I could do this. This was just a knack I had. I actually studied animation. But then I realised that wasn’t my calling. I just got an opportunity to style one day and I enjoyed it. It was just random. Then I got a call to style Karan Johar. I took it up. I remember I went to meet him with a presentation and a mood board and even he was laughing. But it has all paid off very well. What are the pros and cons of styling Karan Johar? He is now open to wearing different kinds of silhouettes and brands but in the beginning he was slightly apprehensive about that. Earlier, he had restrictions about what colours he would wear, the silhouettes that suited his style but now he’s open to experimenting. Also, he’s aware about his personal style and fashion in general. I did my homework and I assisted him so I got familiar with his tastes. As for the pros, the biggest one is that he ends up looking nice in anything he wears. For cons, it’s the restrictions he has to what he likes and dislikes on his body type. But I can’t complain, this is part of every job.
Who do you find harder to style--high on fashion Karan Johar or low-key Abhishek Bachchan? There is back and forth with both of them but you need to understand a person’s frame of mind when you’re styling them. You have to present the clothes in a way that they end up having faith in you. For instance, when I started styling Abhishek, he was not okay wearing a t-shirt or a knit with a suit. I remember the first time I met him, I said, “I need to change the silhouettes of the suits you wear because I’m not okay with that.” So it took us a lot of time, several fittings, meetings and back and forth, to come on the same page. Sometimes he would find something too flared but then you find a middle ground. For KJo, earlier he would only wear
black but now you see him trying all sorts of colours. It’s all about faith. What’s the one look you’re extremely proud of so far? I gave Karan a Maison Margiela jacket to wear for an award that looked awesome on him. And one more look that I’m proud of is with Abhishek Bachchan. It’s his entire wardrobe for the Big Bull promotions. Sometimes when I look back, I wonder, “Wow, what was I thinking, I want to think like that again.”
Karan Johar is now open to wearing different kinds of silhouettes and brands but in the beginning he was slightly apprehensive about that. Earlier, he had restrictions about what colours he would wear, the silhouettes that suited his style but now he’s open to experimentation
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Stepping in new life
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Honeymoon Travels Honeymoons are special, ask any newly-married couple and they will tell you the importance of this oncein-a-lifetime vacay of their lives. And after more than a year of low-key weddings and putting away all travels, honeymooners are now raring to go as travel restrictions are easing up. Even though the pandemic is still keeping several destinations off limits, it need not mean having to curb that wanderlust with your soulmate. Especially if you are not keen on the obvious tried and tested locales, here’re some exotic honeymoon destinations we suggest you could head to: Aakanksha Naval-Shetye
If privacy, while being in nature’s lap is what your dream honeymoon looks like then Trancoso is the place to be. Tucked away in Bahia, this Bohemian beachtown is a two hour plane ride from Rio de Janeiro. Surrounded by tropical forests and flanked by beaches, it’s a luxurious getaway and the locale boasts of some beautiful designer boutique hotels too. For a blissful beach experience, check out the reef-protected Espelho Beach which is an hour’s drive from Trancoso.
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Lake Como (Italy)
If you are the die-hard romantic sorts, then Lake Como is the perfect honeymoon hotspot. An hour’s drive from Milan, the glamorous town boasts of snow-capped Alps and picturesque sleepy fishing villages lending to the most scenic views. Take romantic strolls through narrow alleys, lush gardens, take in the beauty of pathways dotted by opulent villas, lounge by the lake, hike up the mountains, take a cruise and indulge in luxurious dining or try the traditional fares at the cafes. Love is in the air at Lake Como which is a preferred destination for the Hollywood and Bollywood crème de la crème too!
The imperial ochre city of Morocco is an exotic honeymoon destination that will leave you both charmed and fascinated. The amazing architecture, oriental smells, quaint souk experiences, hustle and bustle of the thriving market squares provide a rich cultural takeaway of the historic old world charm and majestic modernity. The city is well-connected by Air across the globe and inter-city travel is convenient too. From museums to galleries, mountains and perfectly-hedged gardens the destination is perfect for that once in a lifetime experience with your partner.
This popular mountain resort town is located in the Galyat region of the Pir Panjal Range in Pakistan’s Rawal Pindi district. The nearest airway is the Islamabad International Airport which is an hour-anda-half drive away. The bustling hill station has an old world colonial charm and is a thriving tourist spot that’s a favourite with locals too. While the cool climate is a draw during the summers, the snowy scenic winters make it a romantic hotspot. The shops-lined Mall road and chairlift at Pindi Point are also an attraction. The scenic beauty adds to the romance in the air. September 2021 FILMFARE MIDDLE EAST 23
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She walks into the crowded Starbucks at Dubai Mall, wellmasked and happy about the fact that she can get away without the crowds gathering around her. Ordinarily, this would create a commotion of fan-moments and a deluge of selfie requests, for that is the effect the Mast Mast girl has on the Dubai crowds, be it desi and non-desi. As she places the order, the lady at the counter asks her name and she says Raveena. The lady can’t get it in all the noise, so she says, it is Rasha (her daughter’s name) and we settle in one of the corners of the buzzing coffee shop. The beautiful Raveena Tandon then, lowers her mask, insists that I order a cookie and we start chatting… What brings you to Dubai? We haven’t left home in the last two years and Dubai is a preferred place to come always. My entire family is holidaying here. How was the lockdown for you? That lockdown has had its pro’s and con’s and I feel that the pandemic has given all of us the value of time. Under normal circumstances, kids are busy with schools, classes and friends and so are we. This was a good time to bond and we as a family had such an amazing time with each other – we sang, we danced, we were together and that kept our spirits high. The pandemic is a sad lesson to learn for humanity but I believe that positive thinking saves the day, though the word positive isn’t a great word to throw around these days. (Laughs). Depression has killed a lot of people because your own thoughts surface and you have to confront them. Also, there have been natural calamities everywhere and we have to be prepared for the best and for the
I remember Saroj Khan very fondly. Once, during a shoot, there was this other heroine who came up to me and started screaming and shouting nastily and as I was about to react, I felt a hand on my arm. It was Saroj ji. She said, “You are bigger than her and more mature na. Take it easy. Don’t react.” I have always had the tag of being the mature one, though I have given it back to people at times too. September 2021 FILMFARE MIDDLE EAST 25
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INTERVIEW worst. Hope we grow compassionate as people and understand the perils of being materialistic. How do you address the issue of excesses? God has gotten us to the basics. My Dubai trip is my first trip in two years. I didn’t come here to shop because when I opened my wardrobe back home, I had brand new clothes with the labels up. We hadn’t gone anywhere in the last few years. I don’t need to shop and splurge. If you look at any of my interviews, I have always maintained that we need to repeat our clothes. What examples are we setting to impressionable minds that we have an unlimited supply of luxurious clothes, shoes and bags? They will then pester their parents for extra pocket money to splurge. I reuse all my clothes and accessories. In fact, since I still fit into my bell-bottoms from my college days and the fashion has returned, I use them even now. Reuse, recycle and reduce the wastage of cloth. I teach my daughter the same thing – don’t waste food. If you don’t want to eat, store it. If your clothes are not in fashion anymore, store them for another time. Do you see charity being the next cool in the world? I hope it is that way. However, charity is not just about what you give but about staying quiet about what you do. It helps to not have a zealous PR who reports everything to the press. I never retweet when people thank me for what I have contributed. I just save the screen shots to show to my dad. I hope and wish that the most popular stars of the future will be those who helped in the pandemic. You have a few projects on OTT? Tell us about it I call myself a “retired housewife.” (Laughs) and have been blessed to be still getting roles. There are two of them currently and a few more in the pipeline. I have shot a cop drama with Parambrata Chatterjee and there is one with Akshay Khanna that is a corporate story. Then there is KGF 2 and a suspense thriller in Telugu. I have tried to maintain a balance between roles. Much like, I did a Bade Biyan Chhote Miyan to an Aks, a Ghulam Mustafa to a Shool.
I don’t have the patience to pretend, to air kiss and gossip on kisne kaunsi party attend ki hai, who bought diamonds to who, who bought which purse brand. I am all about my family, parents, my girls, my work, my staff, my dogs and sincerely, don’t have the time for anything else. Mere se hota hi nahi hai. No fake friendships. I cannot pretend.
Have you found it tough to say no? No. I am not about political correctness. I am honest about things and back then when people asked me if I was dating someone, I would say yes, if I was. I walked out of a relationship at one point in my life and yes it hurts too since you have invested in it. But you have to get back on your feet and move on. When I see people losing themselves over a man or a woman, I feel bad. If someone is toxic, it is important to recognize that and walk away. A supportive family backing you, is always a boon. But you have to learn to value yourself. Like they say “Duniya Mai Aur Bhi Gham Hai Mohabbat ke siwa.” I have never gone to a temple to complain or bribe, I have always gone there to thank God for what I have and what I have been blessed with. I also teach my daughter to ignore nasty comments on social media. We need to focus on the good at all given points in time What about film production? I am a disaster when it comes to that space. I did two movies Pehchaan and Stumped and ended up getting duped. Anil my husband is
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the producer. I am happy being the creative soul. In fact, I have written a story with Bani J, that has been with me for a while, that will be onscreen soon. I shall reveal details when the time is right. Around 1999- 2000, I remember discussing a story with Onir and he said it was too forward for its time. Now is the time to experiment with these things with OTT exploding into brilliant content. You are working in South Indian cinema too? There is no divide between the south and the north these days with talent migrating always. I acted in many south Indian films and I love to work there. I love the food, its people, its culture and the way they work. KGF - 2 is coming up, then I have a Telugu film with Anand Deverekonda, Vijay Deverekonda brother. In the past I have worked with Kamalahaasan jee in Abhay and with Venky in Taqdeerwala. Also, the Ghazi attack that starred Rana Daggubatti was our film. The OTT series you have enjoyed watching? From our Hindi web series stable, I watched Panchayat. It was a little slow initially and then I was hooked and am waiting for season 2. As for Family Man, I messaged Manoj and first apologized that I had watched it pretty late and then told him that I binged watched both seasons back to back! I told him that I have got a hangover now and need Season 3. He laughed so much! The boys who directed the series are really good. I watched Delhi Crime and then Criminal Justice and loved both of them. So many of your songs have been remixed? How do you see them? I love it. When each time a song of mine is remixed, be it Mast Mast, Sheher ki ladki or Tip Tip, there is a recall of the original. I like all versions of the songs since they are all tributes to the original. As for Andaz Apna Apna, I have heard that for the past 10 years they are planning a remake! Do you miss the dancing when you do content heavy cinema? “Reality shows mai dance hota hai na” (Reality shows have all the dancing you need). I have to literally tell them “Aur kitna nachaoge.” So, it is a good balance to do films that might not have dancing in them. But I have always enjoyed doing live shows. When you go to a huge stadium and the crowds are watching you perform, the euphoria is another level. The love that they pour out is instant and is a good high for any artiste. But I do not dance at weddings and I am careful about the ads I endorse. I believe, as stars, we have a moral responsibility to our pick and choose what we do. What are your films that your children have liked? I have made them watch Dulhe Raaja and Andaz Apna Apna. Rasha, my daughter though, loves watching Aalia’s films. The late Divya Bharti and you were contemporaries. How did her demise affect you? Divya and I did Kshatriya together and the entire unit lived in the same bungalow. She was a year or two younger than I was and I used to wake her up in the mornings during the shoot of Kshatriya. I was about to leave for the shoot of Aatish and in-between Laadla when she passed away. I told Kareem Morani that I wanted to see her and pay my respects and went to see her body in the morgue. It felt like she was sleeping. The attendant mentioned her by the tag number of her body and that is when I realised that this is what happens to all of us in the end. I knew Divya much before both of us entered movies. She was friends with my neighbour. An actress gone too soon. It was a life lesson for me. September 2021 FILMFARE MIDDLE EAST 27
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The legendary Neeta Lulla speaks to Manju Ramanan on designing for the best names in the business, the influence of her mother to her designs and her favourite brides.
Your Ted X speech talks of growing up with your mom who was passionate about converting her sarees into beautiful outfits. Tell us about your experience of loving design and colours early in life? There is so much to say. My mom always loved to convert her sarees into dresses for me, be it frocks or tunic dresses for weddings. I was more of a tomboy and loved my Paithani suits, jeans, shirts or shorts. However, there were some sarees in ma’s wardrobe and those were my favourites. I even wore one to my farewell party at school and often later. I would wear sarees that she gave me as I loved them so very much. A hobby that became a profession. Did you start designing for common people and moved to designing for film stars? How did you cope with the change and was it tough? I started my journey of studying fashion out of a choice given to me by in-laws who wanted me to either learn cooking or tailoring. So, tailoring it was! I studied fashion and realised I wanted to be a choreographer post my studies. I trained under Hemant and Jeanne Naoroji and was an assistant choreographer for 2 years. As luck would have it, a member of my family was making a film and asked
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me to help out and I was simultaneously commissioned a bespoke bridal order. So, my journey in both fields started simultaneously. I never found it tough to cope with both verticals. In fact, I enjoyed the very process of work and its challenges and went with the flow of things. You have been part of big musical dramas and historical movies. How early on does your research begin and tell us about each of these films you have worked with - how do you make the design historically accurate yet contemporarily relevant? The process starts with reading the script over and over again for the story to sync in and to start the process of visualization of how I look at it. Post this, I meet with the director to understand his vision so that there are two different creative perspectives. This is then followed by illustration and character sketches that start simultaneously with a lot of research in fabric, color, jewellery, design details and costume details from libraries. The creative design process starts and sketches are then rendered. Then, fabrication, surface ornamentation, sourcing jewellery and embellishments finally culminate into the production of garments. A look tear is scheduled and we put the garments on the actor to bring the character to life. For me this process takes 6-8 months depending on the magnanimity of the film and quantity of costumes which is never less than 2000 pieces. A fashion designer, a costume designer, home ambience artiste and a painter - what about a design school? I did start a design school in collaboration with Whistling Woods School of Fashion but gave up the partnership in a couple of years. However, my teaching journey started in 1989 when my college asked me to come back and teach. Ever since, I have been teaching and mentoring at various colleges and at present I mentor fashion aspirants at Hamstech in Hyderabad and on Hunar online. Hunar is about empowering women who are housewives and have domestic responsibilities. My number of students per year are anywhere up to 5000. You have looked beyond age and created beautiful outfits for the middle aged - how different and challenging is that from creating outfits for the young? For me creativity has no age. It is your perception, mindset, the way you look at life and handle situations. I have always felt very free and happy when I am designing and that can be for any age. I guess the happiness and passion transcends into the work and thus it is a manifestation of happiness, a meditation and gives great satisfaction rather than being challenging and age bound. Reuse, recycle and being sustainable is today’s fashion mantra. How do you manage it in an industry that used to thrive on excesses? As influencers of the industry, we are aware of the times
and its changing needs and we should be able to make people aware of the same. Reuse and recycle has been the Indian mantra and we have it in us to be sparing. Reusing age old outfits be it from your parents’ cupboard or grandparents’, symbolizes a mark of respect or love for what we have grown up seeing and admiring. However, I was able to bring this aspect about despite it being excessive in Devdas where it inspired many to go through vintage clothes and reuse them to make it look glamorous. You are currently working on Shankuntalam and you just completed Thalaivi. How different is it working in the South? Working in India has the same ethos and work format. As it goes whenever there is an emergency outfit required we have to adhere to it. Directors today are prepared for pre-production and work as per the script. But sometimes, there are situations that demand urgent requirements. Who are the film-makers you admire and have worked with who have a keen sense of fashion and the way they want their characters to be presented through their look and clothing? I am blessed to have worked with some of the most brilliant directors in the industry. The late Yash Chopra ji whom I worked with, had a fabulous sense of visualization on how he wanted his cast to look. The kind of colors he worked with, were simply brilliant though he loved his whites tremendously. He is the first director who I worked with who did not mind using whites repeatedly in his film. Mr Subhash Ghai who shot the garments with so much magnanimity was great to work with. I worked with him in Khalnayak, Taal, Yaadein and Kisna. Sanjay Leela Bhansali, a mastermind in pushing me beyond my creative limits, created the larger-than-life feel and a play of colors in both Hum Dil Chuke Sanam and Devdas. Ashutosh Gowariker, who I worked with in Jodha-Akbar, Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Se, What’s your Raashi, MohenjoDaro and Panipat, has always made me walk the thin line September 2021 FILMFARE MIDDLE EAST 29
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between adhering to research and keeping it well within its domain of styling yet look realistic. As much as they may not have known fashion, but they are masterminds in bringing out a very different statement out of the designer for the look of the film through their communication research and visualization, yet giving me a free hand. A film that didn’t do too well but was known for its outfits you created? I think unfortunately if a film does not work, everything goes with it. Does music move you? How does it stimulate your creativity? What is the kind of music you listen to while working on design? Music definitely moves me and stimulates my creativity. I don’t restrict to one kind of music. My pencil or brush or fingers move with music and I feel that I am in the enigma of a creative zone where the Zen of it brings out a sense of visualization. And I would like to create something in that zone that calms me like I am meditating. In the world of arm-chair stylists and Instagram and social media influencers, how do you see legendary and genuine talent like yourself keep up to the wave? A strong foundation is created by education. Creativity gets fortified with experience of observing and practice. The possibilities are limitless in what you can create and genuine talent helps you stay on top of the wave. But it doesn’t stop there. It is then the process of challenging yourself by moving away from what you have learnt and done before with passion and excitement. Thereby, you don’t just create a niche of your own, but open a wondrous path which is just your own to stay ahead. Tell us about your love for sarees and how the garment stays relevant over the years through designers like yourself. It is a 6 meter of wonder which I now play with draping and pushing it into 9 and more yards. When did I develop this love for sarees I cannot tell but have always loved seeing my mom wear these beautiful sarees and ladies in my family embroider beautiful pieces in their spare time. As I write this being a milestone that shaped my design sensibilities I am sharing this with you about my mother “Ma” A beauty in a crisp Finlay’s organdie saree in pastel color with beautiful floral motifs that she embroidered herself, she has a distinctive style of sarees that she wore at home. And when she went out, she was a Diva transformed, clad in beautiful georgette embroidered sarees or kanjeevarams teamed with sleeveless blouses. Each of her sarees was an aspiration!”
What is the kind of saree you would like to suggest to these actors Vidya Balan- Soft crepes and georgettes Sonakshi Sinha – Mysore georgettes. To Katrina Kaif, Anushka Sharma, Alia Bhatt, Radhika Apte, Taapse Pannu and Deepika Padukone, I would suggest a variety of sarees georgettes Benarasis Kanjeevarams, Lucknowi Chikankari and Kalamkari sarees. All these would work very well on them! Who do you think are the best dressed male actors and celebrities in the industry and outside and what is that you like about their personal style? In today’s time that is very difficult to say as mostly all look good. With stylists, they have access to a lot
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of information on social media that influences their style statements. You have been heavily awarded including Filmfare awards and National awards, can you relive the moment for us? I have won 4 national awards. When I got my first National Award for Lamhe, I was busy working on Sridevi’s outfits for a huge international show,so I requested my husband to go collect it on my behalf as I was busy. But Sridevi explained to me the importance of me going to collect it and that is when I went onstage. I was a bundle of nerves and realised the magnanimity and the relevance of such a prestigious award and then, receiving the next three awards have been a moment of joy. I feel humbled that my work has been appreciated and blessed that I was capable of creating art with commitment and passion and work that will go down in history and be remembered.
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Tell us about being part of the Oscars and being part of the top panel? It was a surreal experience when I heard about it. It was difficult to comprehend, but being on the jury’s e-meeting with designers and the governors, listening to their perspective on costumes in films was an enlightening and educative experience. Though watching 174 films to judge is tedious, but the spectrum of genres and the work I get to see of various talents from various parts of the world, is absolutely mind blowing. I am enjoying every process of being part of this prestigious panel.
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What are your future projects? Currently I am working on a multi lingual project Shaakuntalam in Hyderabad with the main lead Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Dev Mohan. The film is directed by national award-winning director Gunashekhar Karri. Any memories of Dubai that you can share with us? Dubai is a city I love coming to and has memories of happiness specially with my dearest friend living there. I love visiting her and my other friends. Taking walks on the beach, eating out at the fabulous restaurants, spending quality time in company of my dearest friends are the fondest of memories.
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Making an impact! Movies are meant to entertain. But while US-based Pakistani Indie writerfilmmaker Iram Parveen Bilal affirms this, she also believes that films are meant to trigger conversations, give out message of hope and birth ideas for a change. The filmmaker credited with having her debut film
Josh (Against the Grain) as being Pakistan’s first film to be on Netflix has recently released her new film I’ll Meet You There! A poignant tale that talks of intergenerational conflict, as well as addresses several issues that Asian communities often find themselves facing in the West. And as Aakanksha Naval-Shetye catches up with Iram, the acclaimed filmmaker talks about making an impact through her cinema. Excerpts: YOUR FIRST FILM WAS VERY WELL-RECEIVED AND NOW YOU ARE WINNING ACCOLADES FOR YOUR MOST RECENT RELEASE I’LL MEET YOU THERE… Yes, in fact my first feature film’s world premiere was at MAMI (Mumbai), so I’ve had a lot of support from the Indian community. And I’m fortunate that inspite of the struggle during the pandemic that delayed my film’s release by more than a year, we’ve finally managed to see it in theatres in the Middle East. TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR FILM! I’ll Meet You There is a story about a desi American family, living in Chicago and about the intergenerational conflict that happens between a cop who has not spoken to his father in 12 years, but then he shows up unannounced. It is also about him and his teenage daughter who is a ballerina, and addresses the taboo of dance. But most of all, it is about the struggle of trying to stay true to yourself and still belonging to your community. SO WHAT WAS YOUR VISION AND THE IDEA BEHIND THE FILM? The story is an original, but comes out of a mixture of personal experiences. The film’s name comes from Rumi’s quote: “Out beyond the ideas of right-doing and the wrong-doing there is a field, I’ll meet you there.” So the message here is that it’s important to be willing to talk. Right now given the sort of political world we are in, people are not willing to talk if you don’t have similar views. But if the conversation is over, the hope is lost. WHAT MADE YOU PICK THIS PARTICULAR STORY? Multiple things. My first love is dance. So, the taboo of dance in certain communities has always troubled me and that was a very personal story for me. Also the way the general diasporic desi community continues to suffer post 9/11. You are always an outsider. So the film explores finding that middle ground whether it’s between identities or between two generations.
At 21, I backpacked around India which is very rare for people of Pakistani origin to do. I’ve been fortunate enough to see so much kindness in people and that’s where my hope comes from. On a daily level, I just try to be honest to myself. That’s why my films are honest too.
Humanizing people and understanding their flaws and nuanced characters, that’s where this film lives. For me the pressure was to portray the community in a fair light. That is the beauty of the film and also the challenge. That you feel entertained but also have that emotional connect and it makes you think. WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES YOU FACE AS AN INDIE FILMMAKER, BESIDES THE PANDEMIC? Well, besides film festivals being cancelled due to the pandemic which is a huge setback for us, we didn’t get to watch the film in a theatre until this July, after waiting for a year and three months. But the real challenge as a filmmaker lies in making the sort of films that honours the audience and their intelligence. In the film market, to make and distribute it, are both difficult. Also I will not deny that being a woman filmmaker and on top of that being a female filmmaker of colour in the western world is not easy. But the fact is that we have knowingly chosen a tough road in life, because we want to say something that would make an impact, so that’s the journey then and I’m okay with it. WHAT ARE YOUR UPCOMING PROJECTS? My next is Wakhri which in Punjabi means Anokhee, one-of-akind. It is about social media trolling and will be shot in Lahore. There are a couple of more television projects, and there’s a project out of Mumbai that I’m very excited about. It’s a TV series, but because of corona we had to put it on hold.
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50 Shades of Tahir! From making an impressive debut in Disney’s 1994 live-action version of The Jungle Book, to wowing fans as Raza in MCU’s Iron Man, Faran Tahir’s impressive performances in films like
Star Trek, Picture Perfect, Elysium, Charlie Wilson’s War, Escape Plan, amongst others have won over fans and critics alike. The American actor of Pakistan origin is also a popular
The game-changer was the day I decided I was going to do this. My favourite role too, and I always say this, is the last role I played whether it was a hit or a flop. Because everything that I have done, I have tried to put all of me in it. So for me, the game-changer is the entire treasure trove of memories that I will take with me.
name on TV and theatre. And now his outing as Majeed in the recent release I’ll Meet You There! has him showcase yet another shade of his talent on the big screen. In an exclusive chat with Aakanksha Naval-Shetye, the versatile actor talks about his diverse choice of roles and dealing with the stereotyping of Asian actors in the West TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR MOST RECENT RELEASE I’LL MEET YOU THERE! This film is very close to my heart as it talks about a bigger universal experience that most immigrants go through no matter where they come from. Some of the films that have addressed the immigrant issue in the past have been more about immigrant parents having a clash with their new generation who are more westernized, which is very true. But at the same time there’s another story like ours where my character Majeed who is an American cop and has assimilated in the American culture is dealing with a different set of issues as a son, a father and being a cop. What this movie does beautifully is that it doesn’t vilify anyone. Rather, it brings together different point of views to the table and shares how everyone in these situations has a justified stand. The message of the movie is that nobody is at fault, but the issues are serious and we need to deal with them with sensitivity, empathy and with love. HOW DO YOU BALANCE BETWEEN DOING BIG STUDIO FILMS LIKE AN IRON MAN AND INDIE FILMS LIKE THIS ONE? It is in one word a challenge! How I look at it is that I am always going to be a student, never a master. I always want to keep learning. And I can’t learn if I keep on doing the same thing over and over again. I think as an actor, it is my job, my responsibility, not only to focus on making money or doing a 100 movies, but also diversify my palette as an artiste and try to have more offerings and learn from it. So that’s why I never
make any distinction between a big studio commercial movie or an indie film or TV or Theatre. It’s all about a role to me. HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH STEREOTYPING OF ASIAN ACTORS IN THE WEST? That’s a good point there. My approach is very simple. If I read a script and feel like it is stereotypical and there’s no room for me to even be in a conversation about it then the responsibility falls on me. I can always say a ‘No’. But the bigger challenge is how to engage the makers in a conversation because sometimes stereotypes can happen not because of hatred, but because of the lack of information they have about your community. So for me the challenge is to try and show them a larger perspective. Sometimes these are battles that you win and sometimes you don’t win them, but if you’ve had a true conversation, they may at least consider what you were saying, if not for your role then may be for another character in another of their projects. So yes it’s always my prerogative and my privilege if I don’t want to do a movie, no matter how much money is involved. If it doesn’t sit well with me, then I’m not going to do it, that’s it. ARE THERE ROLES YOU REGRET TURNING DOWN OR TAKING UP? Yes that has happened. I won’t take any names, but yes there are times when you come in with a hope that we can make something beautiful and sometimes it doesn’t work out that way. That’s disappointing. But you know you keep going and you keep trying. It’s always that. Hope springs eternal. WHAT ARE YOUR UPCOMING PROJECTS? There’s a lot happening! I have some movies coming up, The Window, an animated movie called Lamya’s Poem, which is about Rumi the poet, then there’s another animated Batman movie, and there’s Martial Artists. This apart there’s a TV Series coming soon The Old Man and currently I’m directing another TV Series - two seasons of it, so that should come out soon. So yes there’s a lot happening. Hopefully people will not get sick of watching me on screen (laughs). So, yes a busy and exciting year ahead. Very diverse and versatile roles. September 2021 FILMFARE MIDDLE EAST 33
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…Confesses Divyanka Tripathi. One of the mostloved and popular TV stars, the actress surprised everyone as she unveiled a very bold and fearless facet of her personality recently on Fear Factor:
Khatron Ke Khiladi. However in a candid chat with Aakanksha Naval-Shetye, the stunning actress reveals that there’s not been any image make-over with the reality action show, but an unmasking of the real Divyanka, that had been lost in the kind of characters she’d come to be identified with in the past 15 years. In this exclusive interview, the
Yeh Hai Mohabbatein actress also talks about her choice of roles post KKK and reveals the secret of her happily married life with husband, actor Vivek Dahiya. Exceprts:
YOUR CAREER GRAPH HAS SEEN A CONSTANT UPSWING… You don’t always think about it as a specific career graph, but things are constantly changing and evolving around. I’m just happy that everything has been happening naturally and very organically. YOUR AUDIENCE SEEMS TO HAVE A VERY STRONG CONNECT WITH YOUR SIMPLICITY AND FIND YOU REALLY DOWN-TO-EARTH… Again, it happened naturally. The idea was to be honest to the work and hope people accept and like you as an artiste. But to be honest, that simplicity isn’t always perceived like that. People doubt your intentions when you are nice to them. The times are such that people find it difficult to accept goodness and kindness without any intention or ulterior motive. So, people have often doubted me too and been suspicious about my intentions, but over time they realise that someone can be just like that for real too without any hidden clauses. WITH FEAR FACTOR: KHATRON KE KHILADI 11 THERE WAS A COMPLETELY NEW FACET REVEALED ABOUT YOUR PERSONALITY… A VERY BOLD, FEARLESS AND ADVENTUROUS DIVYANKA! That’s the real me. That’s the one I missed being. I was very adventurous when I was a kid, during my growing up years when I was in Bhopal. But when I joined TV, it all kind of mellowed down. I’m a very strong girl when it came to my personality or presentation, but then I had to transform into this more docile person on TV and somewhere it became a part of who I am. So the real adventurous me got buried somewhere and was lost in the kind of roles I was doing back-to-back. This facet was masked by the characters I played on screen in over 15 years. I never got to revisit my adventurous side, in fact I was missing it. So it’s good to rediscover yourself. NOW THAT PEOPLE HAVE SEEN THIS BOLD AND FEARLESS SIDE OF YOU, DO YOU THINK THERE’LL BE A CHANGE IN THE KIND OF ROLES COMING YOUR WAY? I hope so. I had been getting a lot of offers before Khatron Ke
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Khiladi, but they are the same kinds. Most recently I was offered a web series by a very big production house, but it was a run-of-the-mill character. And I gathered strength and said no, because it is not what I want for myself. Now I want to do something different and that’s why I wanted KKK to be aired before I take on any new project. So that people and filmmakers can see me in a different light. I’m keen on doing OTT for sure. I just hope makers can think outside the limitations of looks to cast characters. And I’m waiting to do something interesting for sure. DO YOU THINK THAT ACTORS HERE GET TYPECAST BASED ON THE PERCEPTION OF THEIR IMAGE OR LOOKS? Yes, absolutely. In our industry, the character portrayal of an actor is very much based on the looks. So if a girl is bossy, she should look a certain way, if she’s a homemaker, she should look a certain way. But in real life, the fact is that women are and can be it all. So people need to look at women differently and accept that there can be layers to a woman rather than a single dimensional face. Like people look at me and assume me to be docile, but the fact is I have been strong and adventurous all along. It’s just that Now you see a different layer of me, but all of this has always been me. There’s so much to a person but we limit the personality in the way we perceive them. WAS THAT THE DRAW TO DO KKK IN THE FIRST PLACE? When I picked up this show, it was not with an intention to change my image. I just wanted to relive the real Divyanka that had been lost somewhere along the journey. KKK was one of the only shows that I had wanted to do since it came up, but I never got the time. And when I finally got time, I felt like I was not fit enough for it. I wish I had gotten a chance to do it back when I was 18 or 19 and new in the industry, it would have meant something else altogether. But thankfully, I didn’t surprise the audience alone, but myself as well. I understood that it’s all in your head, your inhibitions, fears…
too. Working women especially should go a little easy on themselves. We should accept that not everything is our duty and responsibility alone and we really should stop being hard on ourselves. And partners and families need to be supportive too. AS A ROLE MODEL DO YOU FEEL RESPONSIBLE WHEN CHOOSING YOUR ROLES? Yes, I do and that’s why there are a whole lot of projects that I have said a no to in the past as well. I did agree to do a project like Crime Patrol that I recently anchored, but that was because it was a lot about women. But it was important to send a stronger message that is why I gave my inputs like providing helpline numbers. So I was trying to give a solution as well. Shows about women empowerment should be about how women overcome obstacles rather than highlight the obstacles alone. So I’d like to be a part of more such shows. WHAT’VE BEEN YOUR CONVICTIONS ALONG THE JOURNEY? I’m a firm believer of karma and also believe that nothing is permanent - not your failures, nor your success. So you can’t be too happy or too sad. Life is like an adventure, live it as it comes, and not take it seriously. Yes, I am serious about my work, but not necessarily about the perks or the outcome. I’m a very quick learner and I learn from my bad experiences also real fast. I don’t let them affect me too much. I also firmly believe that we all deserve happiness. Because of bad experiences, we become bitter and afraid to let happiness come in. We need to overcome that fear and take that bit of a risk for happiness.
YOU’VE ALSO GOTTEN MORE PASSIONATE ABOUT FITNESS? Not really. I’ve always been into it, but what’s happened is that today people know about it thanks to the social media. DO YOU THINK THAT WOMEN’S PORTRAYAL IS NOW CHANGING DUE TO THE CONTENT OUT ON OTT? Partly, but there’s still a long way to go. The thought process needs to change, not just of the society but of the women
THE SECRET OF YOUR HAPPILY MARRIED LIFE WITH HUSBAND, ACTOR VIVEK DAHIYA ...IS THAT WE KEEP IT REAL, THE LOVE THE RESPECT. I’M VERY LUCKY THERE. VIVEK IS THE PERFECT PARTNER! IT’S NOT COMMON HERE TO SEE THAT A MALE PARTNER ACCEPTS AND CELEBRATES THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE FEMALE PARTNER OR TAKES PRIDE IN IT WITHOUT MAKING IT AN EGO ISSUE. BUT MY IN LAWS ARE JUST AS LOVING, SUPPORTIVE AND ENCOURAGING IN EVERY WAY TO ME AS THEY ARE TO VIVEK. THE ACHIEVEMENTS ARE CELEBRATED EQUALLY LOVINGLY BY BOTH SIDES OF THE FAMILIES. THANKFULLY IT’S A VERY EQUAL HOUSEHOLD EVEN WHEN IT COMES TO RESPONSIBILITIES AND I HOPE PEOPLE CAN LEARN AND IMBIBE.
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Meet the Most
! w o N n e G They are young, sassy and on the rise! Meet these Desirable Gen Now singles who’ve been setting the B-Town temperatures soaring!
Sara Ali Khan (26) She’s a natural when it comes to wooing the cameras and has an impressive line-up of films to back up her acting chops as well. But if the industry buzz is to be believed, then off cameras too there’s been aplenty happening with the talented young star Sara Ali Khan. The stunning gal has been linked to quite a few actors. However, till Sara doesn’t confirm and commit, these rumours won’t be keeping her off our singles list!
Ananya Panday (22) Gearing for her next big release with Shakun Batra that also stars Deepika Padukone, apart from going Pan India with Liger, Ananya has also had her share of buzz on the personal front. The outspoken stunning young gal was most recently linked with her Khaali Peeli co-star Ishaan Khatter with whom she enjoyed a vacay in Maldives fueling relationship rumours. But till the friends don’t confirm, Ananya makes the cut to this list. 36 FILMFARE MIDDLE EAST September 2021
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Janhvi Kapoor (24) Now this sizzling beauty has had some interesting backto-back projects that have helped her make an impact in Bollywood! Personally too, the actress has been drawing much attention and rumours of her link-up with Kartik Aaryan are doing the rounds since they holidayed together in Goa earlier this year. The two aren’t talking about these dating rumours and till the cat’s not out of the bag, Janhvi earns a spot right here.
Alaya F (23) Alaya hit jackpot with her Bollywood debut Jawaani Jaaneman itself, wowing critics and the audience alike. Barely a film old, but the sassy young actress fueled gossip mills of dating late politico Bal Thackeray’s grandson Aaishvary Thackeray after the two were seen partying in Dubai. Well, Alaya insists that he’s just a wonderful friend, putting her right here on our hot and singles list.
Saiee M Manjrekar (23) All eyes are on the charming young actress who made an impressive debut in Salman Khan’s Dabangg 3 and now will soon be seen in her Pan India release Major.
Single but taken! Alia Bhatt (28) and Ranbir Kapoor are Bollywood’s open secret! Tara Sutaria (25) and Adar Jain make for one of the cutest B-Town couples! Kiara Advani (29) is rumoured to be
Disha Patani (29) and Tiger Shroff may
dating Her shershaah co-star
not talk about their friendship, but
they aren’t hiding it either. September 2021 FILMFARE MIDDLE EAST 37
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Not just a Raw and brutally honest, rapper Naved Shaikh better-known as Naezy, is just like his music that comes straight from the heart. No sugar-coating of words or starry attitude either, as we catch up with the famed and popular rapper whose life and musical journey inspired Zoya Akhtar's much-acclaimed film
Gully Boy starring Ranveer Singh. In an exclusive chat with Aakanksha Naval-Shetye, Naezy the Baa gets candid about his struggles, achievements, experiences - both good and bad and also talks about his upcoming projects!
What would you consider as the milestones of your career? There were several and very early on in my career. Performing on any stage was a milestone for me back then, the performance at the music launch of Gully Boy, performing in England, Australia… But I believe that my biggest milestone is yet to come and I hope that I achieve it soon. How do you look back at your journey and struggles? I’ve had a long journey, lots of struggles too, but the only time, I look back is to take lessons from that journey. I feel that those struggles are what have made me all that I am today. The thing about someone who overcomes these struggles is that we never take the success for granted. So that keeps us working harder too. You value things like happiness, success, this acceptability of your talent by the world that much more, because you know you have earned it through sheer hard work and your talent. What are the lessons learnt along the way? A lot really. I have not had the best experiences with people and have come across many who have cheated me. I have also learnt that it’s naïve to believe and trust people in this industry out of just love or respect. You have to not take people on their face value, so just be smarter when it comes to dealing with people really. But my journey has also taught me patience and a lot
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of humility. Also I’ve learnt never to take decisions in anger or haste. How different are you as Naved and Naezy? As Naved I’m an absolute gentleman, very shareef, a home person, a family guy. As Naezy I’m a completely different person – I’m a stage guy. A performer, musician, aur main thoda angrezi ho jata hun in all the techno and hip-hop (laughs). Naved is Urdu, Naezy is English. What do you look at for inspiration? My own life, my own struggles, the area I lived in, my house, the society around me, the hollowness of the system, what’s happening around, and the fact that everything is not right and nothing is being done to set it right either. So many things in your life are not correct but nothing is being done to change it, so that inspires too. How can we make things right is an inspiring thought. My art inspires me. There’s a curiosity in me and I want to know what and how much can I do with my art, so that keeps me going and inspired. That curiosity is my inspiration.
Journey so far ! Naezy bursts on to the music scene with his debut music video Aafat! (2014) followed by his breakout hit Mere Gully Mein (2015) with fellow rapper Divine that put the spotlight on the Mumbai gully rap scene. Disha Rindani’s documentary Bombay 70 (2014) based on his life wins best short film at MAMI. The singer takes a break for a year in 2018. Zoya Akhtar’s acclaimed-film Gully Boy loosely based on Naezy’s life releases in 2019. Naezy returns with hits like ‘Aafat Waapas’ and ‘NY Se Mumbai’ (with Nas, Divine and Ranveer Singh). Naezy’s hits include ‘Aafat!’, ‘Mere Gully Mein’ (with Divine), ‘Bombay 70’, ‘Aane De’, ‘Aafat Waapas’, ‘Dhoond Le’, amongst several others, his album Maghreb, and his most recent single ‘Kasa Kai’.
There’s so much pressure with creativity and constant competition, how do you deal with it all? Of course there’s immense pressure and competition but, that is something I deal with easily. I keep quiet and let my work do the talking. I pour my efforts there, I keep quiet because I know I have faith in my talent and I know I’m way better than a lot of the others out there. I have full faith in myself and my art. And I work from my heart. Are you happy with the focus that a film like Gully Boy has brought to the underground rap scene in India? Yes, I am very happy that Gully Boy has put the spotlight on the underground rap scene in India, and happy that because of artistes like us there is so much happening in the scene of hip-hop there. I am glad that it has given a chance and inspired so many others to come to this platform and the scene is getting bigger. I am very proud of being a part of Gully Boy and knowing that somehow my life triggered such a change in the music scene. If there’s any one thing you could change about your life, what would it be? If I could change something, I would go back and the song ‘Aafat’ that I had recorded in a garage, my first rap song I wish I had never recorded that and never become Naezy. So what are you looking at next? Next, I’m now working on releasing my EP album and producing music. Also I want to create a bigger platform where more artistes can come with me and collaborate. Also there are plans of international tours and collaborating with international artistes, creating new production sound, new documentary, new music videos and creating something completely new and unique. Ekdum kuch cheer faad karne ka soch raha hoon (smiles). So lots of plans. September 2021 FILMFARE MIDDLE EAST 39
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“I never wanted to be an
Actor I enjoy the
” , e c a p s s fitnes says Krishna Shroff who is coming to Dubai with her fighters promoting her venture MFN
What plans for MFN next season? This pandemic has put quite a damper on our plans, but we have some big things in store for our comeback in the next couple of months! We look forward to being back in Dubai and bringing forth our baddest event yet on 24th september. You featured in a music album recently. Tell us about it Yes! It was my first experience doing something like it and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The Big Bang team was fab to work with,
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and I think, captured who I am so well through the video. I thought it was a kick ass concept bringing 5 badass ladies together to showcase empowerment in such a fun and unique way. Would you consider being an actor sometime in life? Honestly, it’s still a no. I’m not one to shy away from the cameras or the limelight, but I want to do things that involve me being my authentic self. What is your favourite food indulgence? Pizza for savoury and Nutella for sweet... I could eat both for breakfast, lunch, and dinner on repeat everyday if there were no repercussions! How do you motivate others to stay fit? Fitness is a very personal journey and I’m not one to preach... I honestly stay focused on my own path and what I need to do everyday to be better than I was yesterday, and if that motivates people along the way, then I consider that a great accomplishment in itself. Your own story of fitness is inspirational. When was the turning point? My turning point would have to be when I was 23 years old (5.5 years ago) and going through my first (and only) heartache. After putting him above myself for 3 years, I was finally able to divert all that energy towards my own self. The rest is history. Memories of Dubai ? Way too many! Dubai is like my second home. Every time I go, I meet some amazing people, see the most amazing things and places, and above all, eat the most delicious food ever! What more do you need? I love it. You have two very successful actors in the family. What is it that you admire about about them? What I admire most about dad would probably be his free spirited nature—the fact that he’s able to adapt to any person or setting and owns it each and every time. What I will forever admire about Tiger and continue to strive to learn from him is his incredible drive to be the best. Having him as my elder brother is the only motivation I need to do better everyday. My mom is my gym partner and I am constantly amazed by how she pushes her limits daily. September 2021 FILMFARE MIDDLE EAST 41
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n u d o T Taak
was inspired by Mumbai
Born to a Maharashtrian middle-class family who resided in a chawl in Dadar, Dhaval Parab who also goes by the stage name D’Evil is one the most accredited members in the Mumbai underground hip-hop community. At 11 years of age, he was known for his poetry and started writing rap lyrics at the age of 16, when he was first introduced to rap music by watching telecasts of Eminem, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg on MTV. In his earlier days D’Evil was formerly known as Hustler and had teamed up with Ankur aka Enkore to form an ethnic rap group called MUNKY RHYMZ. His first two solo singles Kadki in 2016 and Chal Bhakin 2018 got him fame. A creative powerhouse shuffling between acting (Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s ‘Freaky Ali’),
illustration(Mr. Doodlekar) and scriptwriting, he rapped the theme song ‘Baba’ for 2018-released Sanjay Dutt starrer,
Saheb Biwi aur Gangster 3. In 2019 he contributed to dialoguewriting for the lead roles and lyrics of some of the more popular tracks including Apna Time Ayega in Zoya Akhtar’s
Gully Boy. Coming of the back of few strong collaborations in 2019 including Mawali Qawali, Smoke, Wazan Ha’, Shot Deke
Gaya, he signed to DIVINE’s independent venture, Gully Gang Entertainment and contributed to the track Gully Gang Cypher and DIVINE’s debut album Kohinoor by being a part of the track called ‘Vibe Hai’. In 2020, he released his popular single Mumbai Darshan and was also a part of DIVINE’s latest album called Punya Paap for the track
Disco Rap with Mass Appeal India and Gully Gang Records. In 2021, Fresh off the heels of signing to premier hip-hop label, Mass Appeal India, Mumbai based rapper D’Evil aka Dhaval Parab has just unleashed his new single Kaanchek, produced by Karan Kanchan on Mass Appeal India in association with Gully Gang Entertainment. Manju Ramanan in conversation with the rapper, lyricist and composer D’ Evil
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TELL US ABOUT WORKING WITH EXCEL AND THE RAP IN THE MOVIE? I have worked with Excel before for Gully Boy which was an amazing experience. Due to the pandemic, I couldn’t connect much with their team nonetheless it was an overwhelming and amazing experience. On the rap, I received a message one day from an unknown number which turned out to be Farhan Akhtar, he then asked me if I would be interested in creating a track for Toofaan. He briefly explained the plot of the film and said that I’d get a call from Rakesh Omprakash Mehra who will explain the character to me which I represent in the track. When he told me that the film is about a boxer who lives in the slums of Mumbai, Dongri, I immediately jumped on board since I drew inspiration from the city. DID YOU WRITE IT ESPECIALLY FOR TOOFAAN? WHAT WAS YOUR BRIEF AND WHAT WAS YOUR INPUT? Yes, I wrote this track especially for the film, the character, and the situation. This is the first time I have experienced something like this. Rakesh Omprakash Mehra explained the background of the character, the plot of the film & the exact situation when the song is going to come on screen. They also called me to their excel office, and they showed me half of the film till the part where my song comes in. My only input was that I had to understand the character and the reason why the song has to be in the film. Things started connecting one after the other with the song when I started writing the song lyrics. DID YOU START RAPPING BECAUSE YOU WANTED TO BREAK FREE. WAS THERE AN ANGST THAT YOU WERE ADDRESSING? Yes, I think any art form is used for expression. Not only did rap freed me, but it also helped me understand myself better, it always made me a better person and it changed my life. Whoever I am today is because of what I do. I rap. Not only angst, but every emotion that I’ve had I have addressed it through my songs.
and doodles. That would help me imagine more and get some ideas for my music. WHEN YOU COMPOSE, HOW DO YOU PICK UP THE LATEST LINGO? I don’t pick up the lingos, I make them haha. But jokes aside, I only use lingos in my songs inspired by real life. Being born and brought up in Mumbai city, I have seen generations of lingos. Every lingo has a phase, it just naturally comes to you when you’re from the city. WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE SINGERS FROM BOLLYWOOD? Sukhwinder Singh, Shankar Mahadevan, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, KK, Shreya Ghoshal, Sunidhi Chauhan, Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik, Lucky Ali and Richa Sharma WHAT ABOUT WOMEN RAPPERS IN THE INDIAN MUSIC SCENE? WHAT ABOUT REGIONAL LANGUAGE RAPPERS? WHAT STRIKES YOU ABOUT THEM? I think there is a lot hidden in the underground that people need to discover about women rappers. There are a lot of powerful voices out there and they are making their way towards being heard, very soon. In music language has no boundaries, India being a linguistically diverse country, voices need to be heard in every corner that’s why we need regional language rappers. Not everybody in India understands Hindi that doesn’t stop rap or Hip Hop Music from being created. India has a vast variety of regional rappers so don’t be surprised if you find a kid rapping in your native language. WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE PROJECTS? You guys will see me drop singles with music videos very soon and I’m looking forward to some collaborations hoping that they turn out good and see the light of the day.
WHAT MOVES YOU AND COMPELS YOU TO WRITE AND RAP? Everything around me needs to be alive but at some point I need to be left alone. I take inspiration from my surroundings, I see no difference in living and non- living things, I drive inspiration from everything. And if there’s something I really care about, I rap about it. WHERE DO YOU HIDE THE DHAVAL PARAB IN D’EVIL. DOES HE SURFACE? WHAT IS YOUR DIALOGUE WITH HIM? I don’t like to hide Dhaval Parab from everyone. When I’m out on the mic, I am Dhaval Parab. With my close ones I am Dhaval Parab. When you throw me in the recording booth, the Evil is unleashed. All I would say to D’Evil is ‘even though we are going the right way, let’s keep doing the right thing’. WHAT DID YOU CREATE DURING THE PANDEMIC? Toofaan was one of my main projects during the first wave and it hasn’t been very easy since there was no change in environment. I drive inspiration from my surroundings and this was a very unusual experience. However, if I would feel like taking a break from music I would indulge myself into drawing cartoons September 2021 FILMFARE MIDDLE EAST 43
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Forever Love Iftikhar Yousuf & Ema Alagic
hen real estate businessman Iftikhar Yousuf, now, MD of Park Investments, went to Bosnia to look for greener pastures to expand his business, he met the tall and stunning Ema, who owned a fullservice Marketing Agency called Ebbe Comms there. The Germany-bred Pakistani businessman found in Bosnia, a slow and steady life that would facilitate his real estate business and ensure a work-life balance for himself and for the people of the world willing to invest in the country. Ema, a former model and beauty queen, pursuing her doctorate was far from thinking of getting into a relationship then. The hard-nosed businesswoman with rich experience in working with the ministry took up his project as a work assignment with her company. So, you can easily say that work brought the duo together and soon they spent long working hours with each other. Though Iftikhar was already enamoured of Ema, it was when he left and came to the UAE that she started missing him. She realised that she was in love with him too.
PHOTOGRAPHER: GM SAQIB
Iftikhar is born in Pakistan and hails from Kashmir though, is a German national. In 2002, he came to Dubai to start his real estate business that was booming here and eventually diversified into restaurants and more. Being a student of political science, he had predicted that the future of the world would be inclined towards farming. A road trip through the Balkans, with a stop over at Sarajevo seemed to be destined and Iftikhar decided to buy land there at the spur of the moment when he saw an advertisement. The duo is married for a year and are your proverbial lovebirds. Each complementing the other in terms of work, companionship and being a match of equals. “In Bosnia we live a slow life. We are surrounded by mountains and we grow our own vegetables and are into health and fitness in a big way,” says Ema who found her dream man in Iftikhar. “We met at an age where we were sober and started dating each other. We enjoy life together, are the best of friends and can converse for hours together.” Park Investments in Bosnia, that they collaborate on, is the best of both worlds. It is a gated community that people from the GCC can invest in and it has the best of natural resources, being in sylvan surroundings, with latest amenities And the story has only begun.
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Living a fairy-tale! Aftab Ahmed & Zeynep Ahmed Marriages are made in heaven and Dubai-based businessman Aftab Ahmed and his fashion designer, wife Zeynep Ahmed’s love story and fairy-tale wedding is a proof of that, finds Aakanksha Naval-Shetye, as she catches up with the adorable couple and their beautiful children at their lavish home For Aftab Ahmed and wife Zeynep, it was love at first sight, followed by a whirlwind romance that quickly culminated into a fairytale wedding. That was 2005. Now 16 years later and as proud parents to three beautiful and exceptionally intelligent girls Isra Aftab (13), Mairaj Aftab (11) and Azima Naaz Aftab (3), the couple shares that there’s not one thing they would want to change about their life.
Aftab Ahmed and Zeynep Ahmed with their daughters Isra Aftab, Mairaj Aftab and Azima Naaz Aftab
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“From the moment I first saw her, I knew she was the one. I wasted no time in asking her hand from her parents and I am glad to have found a perfect partner in her,” says Aftab looking lovingly at his wife. That she is Turkish, while he is Indian is not something that ever mattered to the two or their families back home in Turkey and India, highlights Zeynep. “The interracial marriage, the cultural diversity didn’t really matter much, because both love and respect are universal,” adds Aftab. “Main Hindi bol sakte hain,” says Zeynep endearingly, and adds with a laugh, “I am well-versed with Indian culture, though I still struggle with the rotis if I ever had to cook. They vary between looking like maps of India and Turkey. But yes, our home is an organic mix of two cultures, though our kids speak Turkish, English, and Hindi is not often spoken at home.” Interestingly she has Indian roots too as her mother is a Kashmiri. “But I have barely been to India. Once as a baby, once to solemnise our wedding vows in the presence of Aftab’s family in New Delhi.” The couple share that they had a lavish wedding in Turkey, as well as a formal ceremony in India. “Our families have been most accepting of each other and it’s been a blessing for us,” they add. The two also bonded strongly over Bollywood. “I love Hindi movies and their songs and dances,” says Zeynep, adding, “Aftab is more into the old classics though, that love for the old songs he shares with my father.” The two admit that they did have their ups and downs too like any other married couples, but the fact that they stood rock-steady with each other always helped tide over all obstacles. “In the end all that matters is loving and accepting each other as they are and respecting for who they are, this we would say has been the secret to our happily forever,” they smile. September 2021 FILMFARE MIDDLE EAST 45
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FEATURE first sight for me and it took a while for Sylvia to come around (laughs). YOU ARE AN INDIAN, BROUGHT UP IN DUBAI, WHILE SYLVIA IS COLOMBIAN. WERE THE FAMILIES OPEN TO THE IDEA OF INTER-RACIAL MARRIAGE? NEEL SHUKLA: Initially my parents were quite concerned about my marriage with a South American girl. Therefore, they did not warm up to this idea earlier in our relationship. But soon after, both my parents and my wife bonded very well. TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR WEDDING? We got married nearly 25 years ago. We had a very small wedding about 50 people, and we got married in a high-rise banquet hall in downtown Miami. It was a small and very intimate wedding and a beautiful celebration. We saved our money and went on a lovely honeymoon vacation in Cozumel, Mexico. SINCE THE TWO OF YOU BELONG TO DIFFERENT CULTURES, HOW WAS IT ADAPTING TO EACH OTHER’S WAYS? SYLVIA SHUKLA: It was not too challenging for me because I knew Neel for about six years before we married. We met very young and are both quite open-minded. Neel did not impose any cultural rules or beliefs. He always made me feel included and respected my own culture and beliefs. WHAT IS THE ONE THING IT HAS TAUGHT YOU? Be open and accept cultural values and differences.
For Love’s Sake!
WHAT’S THE SECRET OF YOUR HAPPILY MARRIED LIFE AND WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO MARRIED COUPLES? SYLVIA SHUKLA: Love, understanding and compromise are the most important ingredients for a good marriage. There may be some turbulence in a couples’ life. Small matters and differences should not become big issues. Always be open to new experiences together and support each other’s goals.
Neel Shukla & Sylvia Shukla For acclaimed Art Director of Four Seasons Ramesh Gallery, Neel Shukla and his wife Sylvia Shukla, who’ve been married for close to 25 years now, the vast diversity between their cultures has never mattered much. And assimilating both, their father’s rich Indian culture and their mother’s vibrant Colombian culture, are their three children Neil Dimitri, Joaquim Franco, Emma Gabrilla, who are truly global citizens in many ways. In an exclusive interview with Aakanksha Naval-Shetye, the Dubai-based entrepreneur power-couple talks about their journey together HOW DID THE TWO OF YOU MEET? WAS IT LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT? NEEL SHUKLA: We met at Bloomingdales in Miami. I was working for Ralph Lauren home line and Sylvia was working at cosmetics. It was love at 46 FILMFARE MIDDLE EAST September 2021
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HOW DID JALEBI BABY HAPPEN AND THE ENSUING EUPHORIA? Jalebi Baby happened out of the blue when Tesher reached out to me and told me he wanted to use my voice for some background vocals. I sent over my voice, while giving him multiple options to work with. Before I knew it, the song was released where my voice was actually used as the hook of Jalebi Baby. The euphoria associated with this song has been surreal. I get daily messages where people want to know if I am the singer of Jalebi Baby. YOUR RETURN TO DUBAI STORY AND YOUR CAREER TODAY? I returned to Dubai just over a year ago, with plans to spend time in Mumbai and work on more music. However, the pandemic halted many of those plans. However, as a bittersweet experience Jalebi Baby happened with Tesher. I am excited to be in Dubai, as I see a lot of positive energy and appreciation for various genres of music. The Indian scene is also very vibrant here, so I remain optimistic that Dubai will do wonders to my musical journey. WHAT ARE THE ESSENTIAL QUALITIES OF AN INDEPENDENT MUSICIAN? Confidence and perseverance. It’s a non-conventional path with a lot of obstacles. The desire to succeed must be very strong and you cannot lose focus. You also need to define what you stand for and create a niche for yourself to be successful as an independent musician. HOW DO YOU MANAGE YOUR LOWS? I am very social person. I have found that being alone when I feel low makes it worse. What has helped me is opening up to at least one trusted friend. I would tell everyone to not bottle up their frustrations and seek a friend that you can talk to. When I feel low, I also try to find an escape by going shopping or watching a movie though I have found opening up to someone you trust is the best thing you can do. WHAT PLANS FOR THE FUTURE? I would love to sing in Arabic as well as for Indian films, be it Bollywood, Kollywood, Mollywood or others. Besides that, I will continue to focus on my original content as well as collaborations with other talented musicians. I really cannot see a life outside of music.
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من برنامج ذا فويس إلى استمراريته يف كسب قلوبنا! ستار سعد من األسماء الالمعة يف الشرق األوسط التي جنحت بأن تضع بصمتها اخلاصة يف العالم العربي .من بني الكثير من أعماله التي جتعلنا إما نتأثر ملعانيها أو نتراقص بسبب أحلانها ،يحدثنا ستار سعد عن تقدميه أعمال بلهجات أخرى غير العراقية .مقتطفات من املقابلة. حنان يحيى مالزم هل ﻻزلت تذكر ﳊﻈات ﻓوزك بلقب ذا ﻓويﺲ عام 2014؟ واحدة من أجمل األمور التي حدثت معي يف حياتي هي فوزي بلقب ذا فويس .وبالطبع هذه حلظة ال أنساها، فلقد استطعت أن أسعد قلوب املاليني من العراقيني وكل من دعمني يف الوطن ً وأيضا استطعت أن أسعد العربي. األستاذ كاظم الساهر ولم أخيب ظنه وكنت عند حسن ظنه .ولن أنسى هذا أب ًدا. كيﻒ غيرت ﲡربة ذا ﻓويﺲ يف مسيرتك الفنية؟ اختصر لي برنامج ذا فويس الكثير من العمل والكثير من السنوات يف وقت قصير ج ًدا ،واستطعت من بعد مشاركتي يف البرنامج والفوز باللقب الوصول إلى كل الوطن العربي. كيﻒ تشعر مﻊ النجاح؟ هل املكان الذي أنت ﻓيﻪ اليوم هو ما كنت تﻄمﺢ لﻪ سابقا؟ أكيد يطمح اإلنسان إلى التفوق والتقدمي يف حياته ،وأنا أعمل دائ ًما على تقدمي أفضل ما ُميكن لكل جمهوري. أخبرنا عن أحب أعمالك لقلبك؟ يف احلقيقة ،كل األعمال التي قدمتها هي أعمال أفتخر بها وأحبها ،لن
أستطيع حتديد أغنية معينة ،ولكن إن كان البد من اختيار األعمال األقرب لقلبي ،فأستطيع أن أقول )هب الهوى هب( )كم عطاك( )عشق مجنون( )عافيتي( وأغنية )وعد شرف( و )إحساس صفر( ما هي مشاريعك القادمة؟ بالنسبة ملشاريعي القادمة ،لدي عمل يحمل عنوان «جنمة» وهي من كلمات حيدر األسير وأحلان نور الزين ،وتوزيع عمار عدنان ،واألغنية ستكون على طريقة الـ .Lyrics Videoاألغنية جاهزة ،إﳕا ننتظر الوقت املناسب لطرحها .كما لدي الكثير من األعمال األخرى التي ستشاهدونها قري ًبا على كل مواقع التواصل االجتماعي. برأيك الشخصي ،هل ترى أن هناك ﻓرص للجميﻊ يف الوسﻂ الفني؟ أي ﲟعنى آخر ،هل تعتقد أن حقً ا كل ﺻاحب موهبة سيلمﻊ ﳒمﻪ يف الوسﻂ الفني مقارنة باملجاﻻت األخرى؟ طريق الفن طريق صعب ،يحتاج للوقت واجلهد واملثابرة واالستمرار ليستطيع الفنان أن يصل للهدف الذي يريده. املوهبة أساسي ،ولكن املوهبة ليست كافية لصناعة جنم ،بل يحتاج املوضوع مثابرة وإصرار على النجاح ليحقق ما يريده.
كونك ﻓنان من العراق ،أغانيك غنية باللهجة العراقية ،ولكن هل تفكر بتقدﱘ عمل بلهجة ﺛانية كاملصرية أو اللبنانية؟ ً أعماال يف املستقبل القريب سنقدم بلهجات أخرى غير العراقية ،وعلى الفنان أن ينوع أعماله وأال يتقيد بلهجة معينة. ما هو األمر الذي حترص على تقدﳝﻪ يف كل عمل جديد تقدمﻪ ﳉمهورك؟ احرص على اختيار الكلمات والتلحني والتوزيع ،وأن يكون يعجب جمهوري وأال يخدش الذوق العام .وأن يكون فني حقيقي. أي حتديات واجهتها خالل مسيرتك الفنية؟ كل التحديات التي واجهتها يف مسيرتي الفنية هي دروس تعلمت منها من أجل املستقبل. إن لم يكن ستار سعد ﻓنانًا ،ماذا قد يكون؟ الحترفت كرة القدم ،فأنا أعشق هذه الرياضة ،وكنت جز ًءا من أهم فرق كرة القدم الشعبية قبل أن أدخل عالم الغناء.
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جمال تنوع الفن يؤمن بتنوع الفن ،بني اللغات ،الشعوب ،القضايا وكل ما له عالقة باإلنسانية. متعمق باملقامات ويحب الفن الهندي سواء يف األفالم أو املوسيقى .حنان يحيى مالزم تتحدث مع ياسر حبيب ،الفنان اإلماراتي الذي متيز بفنه عن غيره من الفنانني اإلماراتيني وقدم كل ما هو خارج عن املألوف. أخبرنا عن بداية مسيرتك الفنية؟ بداية حبي للفن بدأ منذ أيام املدرسة، وحتدي َدا يف املرحلة اإلعدادية .كان حبي للغناء ،وعدم التوقف عنه حتى وأنا يف املدرسة ،كنت ال أتوقف عن الغناء و «التطبيل» على الطاولة والكرسي. ولكن ،يف خالل فترة الثانوية ،أسست فرقة موسيقية وكنا نغني ونشارك يف الكثير من احلفالت. أخبرتني سابقً ا أنك حتب العمل على أنواع الفن األخرى ،سواء شرقية أو غير شرقية؟ أعمالي الفنية تتميز بالتنوع املوسيقي، وليس فقط كعربي وغربي ،ولكن أعمالي ذات أحلان موسيقية آتية من الهند ،تركيا واسبانيا .كما أضيف على أعمالي جمل غنائية بعدة لغات إلضافة نكهة منوعة على العمل .وأعتقد أن هذا بالفعل ما ُييز أعمالي عن باقي أعمال الفنانني اإلماراتيني. بني الفن سابقً ا واآلن ،برأيك ما أكثر شيء تغير؟ إن كنا سنتحدث عن االختالف ،فالفن يف املاضي ال يشبه الفن الذي نشهد عليه اآلن .الفن القدمي كان يتميز بروحه وإحساسه ،كان العمل الواحد يجتمع من أجله كبار املوزعني يف الوسط الفني، باإلضافة إلى امللحنني وغيرهم من الفنانني الكبار .ولكن ،اليوم ،ترى أنه وبطريقة أو بأخرى ،أصبحت الكمية تهم أكثر من اجلودة ،فأصبحت األغنية الواحدة تأخذ يوم واحد بني تسجيل وتوزيع .سيؤثر هذا على العمل على
املدى الطويل ،ولن تبقى لفترة طويلة كما نحن إلى اآلن نستمع إلى أغاني قدمية. ما هو سبب حبك لبوليوود واألغاني الهندية؟ السبب األول إلنتاجي أعمال ذات طابع هندي هو من أجل جمهوري الذي لديه شغف كبير للفن الهندي والسينما الهندية .كما أن اجلالية الهندية يف اإلمارات جالية كبيرة ،وأعتقد أن هذا سبب رئيسي بأن يجعل هذه األعمال الهندية ،سواء األفالم الهندية أو األغاني الهندية إلى معظم املجتمع اإلماراتي. برأيك الشخصي ،ما الذي يجعل املغني مميز عن غيره؟ االبتعاد عن التقليد والتفرد باألعمال التي يقدمها! ما هو نوع أو شكل املوسيقى املفضل لك؟ يف احلقيقة ،ليس لدي أي نوع موسيقي أو شكل موسيقي مفضل ،بل أحب كل األلوان املوسيقية واملقامات املوسيقية، ولكن كل واحد لها ما مييزها ،بعض املقامات تكون مقامات حزينة ،بعضها طربي وبعضها يدفعك للرقص .كل واحد له طريقته اخلاص بإمتاع املستمع.
هل واجهت أي حتديات خالل مسيرتك الفنية؟ نعم ،واجهتني بعض الصعاب ،فحالي كحال معظم الفنانني ،الذي واجهتهم مشاكل من ناحية اإلنتاج ،لم يكن لدينا سوى شركتني أو ثالثة كحد أقصى للتوزيع الفني ،ولكن واحلمدهلل كنت أكثر ً حظا ،حيث كنت أملك واحد من أهل استوديوهات التسجل يف اإلمارات، تعاقدت الح ًقا مع شركة EMIواليوم هي .Universal Music هل من املمكن أن تشارك يف أي عمل تلفازي أو مسرحي؟ نعم ممكن أن أشارك يف عمل سينمائي علي دور يُناسبني. إن ُعرض ّ ما هي نصيحتك ألي شخص ينوي دخول عالم الفن؟ لكل من يرغب دخول عالم الفن، نصيحتي لك هي أال تقلد أحد وكن صبو ًرا .وتذكر دائ ًما بأن تكون متواض ًعا وال تتعالى على الناس عندما تذوق طعم النجاح ،وال تنسى مسؤوليتك يف االختيار الصحيح لألحلان التي ستكون متمكن من أدائها. ما أكثر ما ُيلهمك يف عالم املوسيقى والفن؟ كل تفاصيل احلياة تُلهمني يف عالم املوسيقى ،غنيت لألطفال واحلروب، غنيت للتطرف والتقبل ،غنيت للعالم وشعوبه ،غنيت لكل ما هو على قيد احلياة .وأنا الفنان اإلماراتي الوحيد ً أعمال متنوعة بهذا الشكل. الذي قدم
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ماساي مارا -كينيا صباحا والرومانسية مسا ًء ،هذه هي للزوجني الذين يحبون املغامرات ً الوجهة املناسبة لكم .ماساي مارا التي تقع يف كينيا .تتميز ماساي مارا باحلياة البرية الطبيعية التي ستجعل من رحلتكم مليئة باالكتشاف واملغامرات .ومسا ًء ،تشتهر ماساي مارا بأنها جميلة وهادئة مع جنوم السماء بعي ًدا عن ضجيج املدينة لليلة مليئة بالراحة والرومانسية .وإن كنتم من محبي طائر الفالمينجو املميز بلونه الوردي ،فإن زيارتكم لبحيرة ناكورو ستجمعكم بواحدة من أجمل مناظر جتمع طيور الفالمينجو. رحالت السفارات التي يتم تنظيمها يف ماساي مارا جتعل من مهمة التعرف على الطبيعة أسهل ،كما أنه يتم تنظيمها بشكلني مختلفني ،إما مع مجموعات ،مما يساعدك على التعرف على أشخاص جدد ،أو إن كنت تفضل اخلصوصية ،فالشركات السياحية يف ماساي مارا تُنظم رحالت سفاري خاصة ً أيضا .ماساي مارا هي املكان املناسب من أجل صنع ذكريات مليئة باملغامرات واللحظات التي ال تُنتسى.
أنطاليا – تركيا جتربة سفر مليئة باجلمال والرقي والطعام التركي اللذيذ. إن كنتم ترغبون بالسفر إلى مكان ليس بالبعيد ،فإن تركيا هي وجهتكم .تتمتع تركيا بأن كل مدنها رومانسية وجميلة بطريقتها اخلاصة .أما أنطاليا ،فهي تُلقب بعروس تركيا جلمالها اخلاص .تقع أنطاليا يف جنوب غرب تركيا ،وتتنوع أشكالها الطبيعية ،بني الشالالت ،املدن القدمية ،الوديان، الرحلة إلى أنطاليا ُيكن أن يطلق عليها «رحلة العمر». تنتشر الشالالت األنطاليا ،منها شالالت دودان ،شالالت الرا ،شالالت مانافجات ،وجميعها شالالت طبيعية تصب إما يف أنهر أو يف البحر املتوسط .ويف الرحلة عبر الزمن، ُيكنكم زيارة مدينة كاليتشي الغنية باآلثار الرومانية والعثمانية .كما ُيكنكم زيارة وادي كوبرولو واملنتزه التابع له والذي مت تأسيسه عام .1973
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: مﻦ اﻷﻛﺜﺮ رومانسيﺔ؟ سانجو مﻦ ﻳﺬﻫﻞ الﺜانﻲ أﻛﺜﺮ؟ الزال ســـانجو قـــاد ًرا علـــى إذهالـــي بعـــد كل هذه السنوات. ماذا تﻌﻠﻤﺘﻤا مﻦ ﺑﻌﻀﻜﻤا؟ أن نبقـــي أقويـــاء فـــي مواجهـــة أي محنـــة والرب يعلـــم أننـــا مررنـــا بالكثير! الﺰواج ﻳﻌنﻲ لﻲ ... مانياتا -الرفقة والحب الذي يكمل عالمي سنجاي -مﺮساة إزعاجا في شريكك هو ... الشيء األكثر ً مانيات ــا -أن ــﻪ ﻳنادﻳن ــﻲ ﻋﺸ ــﺮﻳﻦ إل ــﻰ ﺛﻼﺛي ــﻦ م ــﺮة ﻓ ــﻲ ال ي ــﻮم .وﻳﺘﻀاﻳ ــﻖ إذا ل ــﻢ أرد ﻋﻠ ــﻰ ﻛﻞ مﻜالﻤا ت ــﻪ. سنجاي -نعم ،هذا يزعجني كثي ًرا. ﺑيﻦ ﺷ ــاﻫﺮان وإﻗﺮا ،مﻦ ﻳﺸﺒﻪ س ــنجاي ومﻦ ﻳﺸﺒﻪ مانياتا؟ مانياتـــا -شـــاهران شـــقي وســـاحر تما ًمـــا مثـــل والـــده بينمـــا إقـــر حساســـة مثلي. م ــﻦ ﻫ ــﻮ الﻮال ــﺪ اﻷﻛﺜ ــﺮ ﺻﺮام ــﺔ؟ م ــﻦ ﻳﺪل ــﻞ اﻻﻃﻔ ــا ل؟ وخصوصا في صرامـــة أكثـــر مانياتـــا ســـنجاي - ً أن األطفـــال يجب أن يؤسســـوا القيـــم الصحيحة بينما هي تشـــعر أننـــي أدللهـــم تما ًما!
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ما ﻫﻲ أﻓﻼم أﻃﻔالﻚ الﻤﻔﻀﻠﺔ لﻚ؟ ســـنجاي -فيلمهـــم المفضـــل هـــو فيلـــم !Sanju لﻸســـف لم يلتقوا بأجدادهم .عند مشـــاهدة هذا الفيلم ،شـــعروا بأنهـــم قريبون ومتواصلـــون معهم، خاصـــة أن شـــاهران لديـــه الكثيـــر مـــن األســـئلة التـــي يحب طرحهـــا حول أجـــداده.
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(لسنجاي دوت ومانياتا) زوجـــان قويان -حيـــث يكون أحدهمـــا نج ًمـــا هند ًيا كبيـــ ًرا واآلخر ســـيدة أعمال ماهرة ،كيـــف تكمالن بعضكمـــا البعض؟ ومـــاذا تتعلمـــان من بعضكمـــا البعض؟
ما الذي تجده مثي ًرا لإلعجاب بشكل ال يصدق في زوجتك؟ مانياتا -مرونته سنجاي -إيمانها بنفسها وإيمانها بنا
مانياتا -هنـــاك الكثير من الســـنوات التـــي تشـــاركناها م ًعا .لقد منحنـــا بعضنا البعـــض القوة فـــي أحلـــك أوقاتنـــا .لقـــد تعلمـــت أال أستســـلم أبدًا من ســـانجو عندمـــا رأيت كيـــف واجـــه كل محنه وجهـــاً لوجه ولـــم يستســـلم .لقـــد كان دائ ًما يتعامـــل مـــع النجوميـــة بمثل هـــذا التقديـــر والتواضـــع ،وأنـــا أتعلم مـــا يعنيه أن أبقى متواض ًعـــا منه. لقـــد رأيـــت مانياتـــا تقـــف مثـــل الصخـــرة بجانبـــي فـــي الســـراء والضـــراء .لقد منحتني عائلـــة ،هم المراســـي فـــي الحياة .لقـــد جلبت رعايـــة الحـــب والرعاية ً ورجل. زوجـــا وأ ًبـــا والقوة فـــي حياتـــي .تعلمـــت منها معنـــى أن أكـــون ً
لقـــد كنتـــم مـــع بعضكـــم البعـــض فـــي الســـراء والضـــراء ،كيـــف حافظـــت على دوافعـــك أنـــت وشـــريكك خـــال أصعـــب األوقـــات؟ مانياتـــا – اإليمـــان في بعضنـــا البعـــض وفـــي عالقتنا وفـــي اهلل .لقـــد أعطانا القوة في أصعـــب األوقات .وكنا نعلـــم أننا كنا دائ ًمـــا متواجديـــن لبعضنا البعض بغـــض النظر عن أي شـــيء. ســـنجاي -هذا الشـــيء الوحيد الـــذي جعلنا نســـتمر في ذلـــك الوقـــت ويبقينا مســـتمرين حتـــى اآلن .لقد قلنـــا لبعضنا البعـــض دائ ًمـــا «وهذا ً أيضا ســـيمر».
أخبرنا عـــن الســـنوات األولى لزواجـــك .كيف توافقتمـــا مع بعضكمـــا البعض؟ ما هي الفـــواق وكيف تعاملـــت معها؟ مانياتـــا -بالطبع كان هنـــاك خالفات كما هي حـــال كل عالقة! ولكـــن ما جعلنا نواصـــل هـــو اإليمـــان الـــذي كان لدينا فـــي بعضنـــا البعض وفـــي عالقتنـــا .وإذا أتيحت لنـــا الفرصـــة للقيام بذلـــك مرة أخـــرى ،فســـنقوم بذلك بنفـــس الطريقة تما ًما ولـــن نتزاول في أي شـــيء.
لماذا اخترت دبي كمنزلك الثاني وكيف تجد المدينة وأهلها؟ ســـنجاي -كالنا نحـــب دبي! لـــدى مانياتـــا أعمالهـــا التجاريـــة هنـــا وكانت دبي دائ ًمـــا منزلهـــا الثانـــي .إنهـــا مدينـــة عالميـــة رائعـــة ودافئـــة ومتعـــددة الثقافات. النـــاس هنـــا يرحبـــون بـــك بـــأذرع مفتوحـــة ،ال يوجـــد نقص فـــي أي شـــيء هنا والكثير من للمأكـــوالت وأنماط الحيـــاة الثقافية المختلفة ألطفالنا .نحن ســـعداء وفخورون بـــأن نطلـــق على دبـــي وطننـــا الثاني.
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أنت من بيـــن أكبر األســـماء فـــي بوليـــوود وكانت لديك حياة مليئـــة باألحداث .كيف تقـــوم عائلتك ومنزلك بتنشـــيطك؟ ً ً هـــم األســـاس! يبقونـــي عاقـــا متأصـــا متأن ًيا. يمكـــن أن تســـرقك النجومية مـــن هذه األشـــياء، لـــذا مـــن المهـــم أن يكـــون لديـــك عائلـــة تحافظ علـــى توازنـــك .زوجتـــي وأوالدي هـــم عالمـــي! ال أســـتطيع أن أفعل ما أفعله بســـعادة إال بفضلهم. إن قضـــاء الوقـــت معهـــم هـــو أســـعد جـــزء فـــي يو مي. بصفتـــك أ ًبـــا عطو ًفـــا لثالثـــة أطفـــال ،مـــا هـــي أحالمـــك بالنســـبة لهـــم؟ مـــن برأيـــك قـــد يتولى مهنتـــك فـــي المســـتقبل؟ أريـــد فقـــط أن يكـــون أطفالـــي الثالثـــة ســـعداء ومتحمســـين لـــكل مـــا يفعلونـــه .مـــا زلـــت أمثـــل إلـــى يومنـــا هـــذا ألننـــي أحـــب ح ًقـــا مـــا أفعلـــه وأريد نفس الشـــيء بالنســـبة لهم .فيمـــا بينهم - تريشـــاال هي طبيبـــة نفســـية وهي تعمل بشـــكل جيـــد كمستشـــار ،تحـــب عملها وأنـــا فخـــور بها جـــدًا .بين صغيـــري ،شـــاهران يميل لكـــرة القدم. في الواقع ،أصيب مؤخ ًرا بكســـر فـــي قدمه أثناء اللعب .فـــي الوقت الحالـــي ،إنه شـــغوف باللعبة،
لكنـــي مـــا زلـــت أشـــعر أنـــه يمتلـــك كل مقومات التمثيـــل -إنـــه ملتـــزم وذكـــي ويحـــب الرقـــص ويمكنـــه أن يجـــذب النـــاس بـــروح الدعابـــة .اقرا أكثر مـــن كونهـــا فنانـــة -لوحاتها رائعـــة وجميلة شـــخصا في مثل للغاية .مـــن الصعب تصديق أن ً عمرهـــا يمكـــن أن يرســـم بشـــكل جميل! ما هي أفالمك التي تستمتع بها عائلتك أكثر؟ بصرف النظـــر عـــن سلســـلة ،Munnabhaiفإنهم ً أيضـــا يحبـــون Sadakو Khalanayakو Vastav و Dhamalو All the Bestو Son of Sardarو Agneepathو .Haseena Maan Jayegiإنهـــم ال يتعبـــون أبـــدا مـــن مشـــاهدتي فـــي تلـــك األفالم! أخبرنا عن دورك في KGF؟ لقد كانت تجربـــة رائعة .أحب لعب الشـــخصيات الرمادية .إنها أكثـــر دقة وتعقيدًا فـــي اللعب وكان Adeeraأحد هذه الشـــخصيات .إنـــه خيالي وكان من دواعـــي ســـروري المطلـــق الدخول فـــي جلده وتمثيله.
ما نوع األدوار التي تجذبك اليوم؟ أحـــب لعـــب الشـــخصيات المعقـــدة الرماديـــة. أنـــا مفتـــون بالطبيعـــة البشـــرية وال يتوقـــف عن إدهاشـــي بمـــا نســـتطيع نحن البشـــر القيـــام به. الشـــخصيات التـــي تتجـــاوز الحـــدود ،الغريبـــة، المعيبـــة ،وحتـــى المحبوبـــة -أحـــب لعـــب شـــخصيات مثـــل هـــذه. ماذا عن مشروعك القادم؟ ماذا نتوقع؟ لدينـــا عـــدد قليـــل مـــن المشـــاريع قيـــد التنفيذ والتـــي كان من المقـــرر أن تحدث العـــام الماضي، لكنهـــا تأخـــرت بســـبب الوبـــاء .اآلن عـــادوا إلـــى المســـار الصحيـــح ونحـــن متحمســـون لهـــم! هل شـــاهدت أي مسلســـل علـــى شـــبكة اإلنترنت أعجبـــك كثي ًرا؟ Vikingsو Peaky Blinders ما هي قصة حبك المفضلة ولماذا؟ أنا وزوجتي!
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ِ كنـــت ذات عقل ريـــادي؟ أخبرنا عن هل لطالما عملك التجاري؟ لطالمـــا كنـــت شـــغوفة بالعمـــل واإلبـــداع .منـــذ صغـــري ،حلمت بـــأن أصبـــح رائدة أعمـــال .يقع نشـــاطي التجـــاري فـــي دبي ،نحـــن نتاجـــر في الســـلع الصالحة لﻸكل .لقد بدأت هـــذا العمل بعد دراســـة الســـوق بعناية ،وإجـــراء بحثي وفهم المـــكان الـــذي يمكـــن لشـــركتنا أن تنمـــو فيـــه وتحافـــظ على هـــذا النمـــو .ببـــطء وثبـــات كنا نتســـلق طريقنا باســـتمرار وأنا فخـــورة جدًا بما وصلنـــا إليـــه اليوم. الـــروح اإلبداعيـــة التـــي تســـعى وراء موهبتهـــا الفنيـــة تحتـــاج إلى جـــو مالئـــم لتزدهـــر فيها. بصفتك امـــرأة متعـــددة المهام ،كيـــف تحققين هذا التـــوازن؟ أعتقـــد أن تعـــدد المهـــام يكمـــن فـــي جينـــات النســـاء! أنـــا شـــديدة التركيـــز وواضحة بشـــأن أهدافـــي .يســـاعدني هـــذا علـــى إدارة وقتـــي بشـــكل بنـــاءً . أيضـــا ،أنـــا أقـــوم بحمايـــة وقتي بشـــغف -وهذا هو الســـبب في أنك لن تريني في فيلمـــي دوس والحفالت .أﻇل على مســـتوى منخفض حتـــى أتمكن مـــن إدارة وقضـــاء وقتي مع العائلـــة والتركيـــز على عملي ،األســـرة دائما هـــي األولوية ثـــم عملي. ما هي قصة حبك المفضلة ولماذا؟ كل قصـــة حـــب خاصـــة وفريـــدة مـــن نوعهـــا، لذلـــك مـــن الصعـــب أن يكـــون لديـــك قصـــة مفضلـــة .ومع ذلـــك ،إذا اضطـــررت إلـــى اختيار قصة حـــب مـــن فيلـــم ،فســـتكون ،Sadakمؤثرة جـــدا وجميلة ،يتـــردد صداها معك حتـــى اليوم.
ً أيضـــا األم وهـــي ً الزوجة هي ً منـــزال داف ًئا ،هل أيضا من تجعل مبنـــى من األســـمنت يُصبح ِ ِ نفســـك؟ اكتشـــفت عن اســـتطعت من التمكن من هذا الدور بســـهولة؟ وماذا لطالما كنـــت امـــرأة عاملة طـــوال حياتـــي ،لطالمـــا اعتنيـــت بنفســـي وأحببت مـــن حولي، عندما أصبحت أماً ،شـــعرت أنها امتـــداد لما كنت عليـــه دائ ًما -مســـؤولة ومحبة ومقدمة رعاية .لم أشـــعر وكأنـــه انتقال بل هو امتداد وتوســـع .لقد تعلمت أشـــياء كثيرة عن نفســـي، تعلمـــت كـــم هـــو رائـــع قلـــب اإلنســـان ،فقلوبنا قـــادرة علـــى حـــب الكثيـــر علـــى الرﻏم من أي محنـــة وشـــعرت بأنـــي أصبحت قـــادرة على الحـــب أكثـــر بعـــد أن أنجبـــت أطفالي .من الناحية العمليـــة ،تعلمت الصبر وتعـــدد المهـــام وإدارة وقتي .أنـــا أقول هذا دائ ًمـــا وما زلت أقول ذلك ،النســـاء مذهـــالت في كيفيـــة التوفيق بيـــن األمومة وبقيـــة حياتهـــن .الكثير من االحتـــرام لجميع األمهـــات هناك.
مـــا هـــو نظامـــك للعنايـــة بالبشـــرة واللياقـــة البدنيـــة؟ أنـــا أمـــارس الرياضة بانتظـــام -وهذا شـــيء ال أتنـــازل عنـــه .ال تحافـــظ التماريـــن المنتظمـــة علـــى لياقتـــك البدنيـــة فحســـب ،بـــل إنهـــا تســـاعدك ً أيضا عقل ًيـــا ألن التماريـــن الرياضية تطلـــق اإلندورفين .أؤمـــن أنه إذا كنت ال تشـــعر باللياقـــة والســـعادة مـــن الداخـــل ،فلـــن تكـــون قـــاد ًرا علـــى رعايـــة أســـرتك أو عملـــك .لـــذا، فـــإن التدريبـــات المنتظمـــة ،وترطيـــب البشـــرة وتنظيفهـــا يوم ًيـــا ،واتباع نظـــام ﻏذائـــي متوازن، والماكياج «فقط عنـــد الضرورة» وإزالـــة المكياج دائ ًمـــا قبـــل النـــوم -هـــذه بعـــض النصائـــح البســـيطة التي أتبعهـــا للحفاظ علـــى صحتي. كما أننـــي أحـــاول التفكيـــر بإيجابيـــة وأن أكون شـــخصا لطي ًفـــا .هـــذا يســـاعدني فقـــط على ً أن أكون ســـعيدًا مـــن الداخل ممـــا ينعكس على بشـــرتي وجســـدي. مـــا تفعليـــن فـــي الوقـــت الـــذي تخصصينـــه ِ لنفســـك ؟ أقضي وقتي بشـــكل عـــام في متابعة ما أشـــعر به من شـــغف مثـــل الطهـــي والقـــراءة والتمرين ومقابلـــة األصدقـــاء ،كل هـــذه طـــرق صغيـــرة أﻇهـــر فيهـــا اهتمامي بنفســـي. سبتمبر 2021فيلم فير الشرق األوسط 64
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هﻞ ﺷاروﺧان وسانجاي دوت معا؟ سيعمﻼن ً لطالما شاهدنا سانجاي دوت وشاروخان على الشاشة ،سواء في فيلم Ra.One ومرة غيرها في فيلم Om Shanti ،Omعلى كل حال وحسب المصادر ،فإننا سنرى الثنائي قري ًبا في عمل كامل ،النجمان شاروخان وسنجاي دوت ،وما سيقدماه للجمهور سيكون رائ ًعا بال شك! تقول المصادر أن التصوير بدأ بالفعل في مومباي ،وهو من إنتاج ،Viacom 18وسيلعبان أدوار مهمة .إلى اآلن ،يُطلق على الفيلم عنوان ،Rakheeنحن متشوقون لهذا العمل ،ماذا عنكم؟
مروان ﺧوري وموعد زفافه دعا اإلعالمي مصطفى األغا مروان خوري وخطيبته ندى رمال ،ومن خالل هذه االستضافة ،شارك مروان خوري معلومات بأن حفل زفافه سيكون في شهر سبتمبر ،كما قال مروان أنه يهدي خطيبته أغنية «كل القصايد“ .وأوضﺢ مروان خوري أن الحفل الذي حضره مؤخ ًرا مع ندى لم يكن حفل زفافهما بل كان ً حفال أقامه فرحا بخطبتهما. أصدقائهما ً
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شد الوجه بالخيﻂ ،هي إجراء تجميلي يهدف إلى شد ونحت شكل وجهك أو ثدييك .يستخدم مادة خياطة مؤقتة وطبية من أجل «خياطة» بشرتك بحيث يتم رسمها .المرشﺢ النموذجي لشد الخيﻂ هم من في أواخر الثالثينيات إلى الخمسينيات من العمر، أولﺌك الذين ال يستطيعون الحصول على شد بشرة الجراحي بسبب الظروف الطبية التي تجعل التخدير العام محفو ًفا بالمخاطر ،قد يعتبرون شد بالخيﻂ كبديل أكثر أما ًنا .هذه العملية عبارة عن بديل جراحي بسيﻂ لجراحة شد الوجه وشد بشرتك عن طريق إدخال مادة خيوط طبية في وجهك ثم «شد» بشرتك عن طريق شد الخيﻂ. ﺳﻼﻣﺔ تعتبر عمليات شد الوجه بالخيوط إجرا ًء منخفض الخطورة مع الحد األدنى من وقت الشفاء ،ولكن تحدث آثار جانبية مثل لالحمرار والكدمات والتورم. اﻟﺴﻬﻮﻟﺔ أو اﻟﺮاﺣﺔ يمكن تنفيذ هذا اإلجراء في حوالي 45دقيقة، وإذا كنت ترغب في ذلك ،يمكنك العودة إلى العمل مباشرة .يعد العثور على مقدم خدمة مدرب و ُمرخﺺ هو المفتاح لعملية شد الخيوط اآلمنة والفعالة. ﻛﻠﻔﺔ متوسﻂ التكلفة يتراوح بين 250-1000درهم لكل خيﻂ حسب الحجم والمساحة ﻓﻌﺎﻟﻴﺔ ً هذا اإلجراء ليس فعاال بشكل كبير مثل عمليات شد الوجه ويستمر من سنة إلى 3سنوات .للحصول على أفضل النتائج ،يوصي الجراحون بالجمع بين شد الوجه بالخيوط وأنواع أخرى من إجراءات مكافحة الشيخوخة وعلميات الشد األخرى. اﺣﺼﻞ ﻋﻠﻰ اﺳﺘﺸﺎرﺗﻨﺎ اﻵن! اﺗﺼﻞ ﻋﻠﻰ 80085555
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جانهفي كابور مستعدة لتصوير فيلم Helen بنسخته الجديدة ال شك بأن جانهفي كابور تختار األفضل بين األفضل عندما يكون الموضوع هو اختيار األفالم .الممثلة التي شاركت في فيلم Gunjan Saxena: The Kargi Girlمستعدة من أجل تصوير فيلم جديد .جانهفي كابور ستشارك في فيلم ُمعاد إنتاجه من فيلم Helenبنسخته األصلية (.)2018 سيتم تصوير الفيلم في مواقع تصوير حقيقية ،ابتدا ًء من أغسطس وطاقم العمل مشغول حال ًيا بالتحضير .فيلم Helenهو فيلم تشويقي ،تم عرضه في عام 2019وحصل على عدة جوائز. المخرج ماثوكوتي الذي أخرج الفيلم األصلي سيقوم بإخراج الفيلم الهندي ً أيضا ،كما تقول المصادر بأن الفيلم سيحمل عنوان ،Miliوالفيلم الذي انتهت من تصويره الممثلة في بداية هذه السنة ،فيلم Good Luck ،Jerryوهو فيلم معاد إنتاجه من فيلم Kolamavu Kokilaفي سنة ،2018من تمثيل نايانثارا.
أميتاب باتشان ،شاروخان ،سلمان خان وحتى عامر خان ...هذه أسماء بعض النجوم الذين قدموا أعمالهم التلفزيونية األولى من خالل تقديم برامج مسابقات ،وحققوا من خالل ذلك الكثير من النجاحات ،ونضيف على هذه القائمة اسم رانفير سينغ .الممثل الوسيم سيقدم أول عمل تلفزيوني له من خالل تقديم برنامج مسابقات يُدعى ،The Big Picture بالحديث عن عمله على الشاشة الصغيرة ،صرح رانفير سينغ «في رحلتي كفنان ،الدافع الكتشاف والقيام بالمزيد الزال مستم ًرا ،السينما الهندية منحتني الكثير ،كانت منصة لي من أجل أن أقدم موهبتي كممثل ،وأنا محظوظ بحصولي على هذا الحب الكبير من الناس في الهند. اآلن ،أتطلع لفرصة التواصل معهم بشكل أقرب من خالل .The Big Pictureالفكرة من تقديم الهند إلى جيل جديد من برامج المسابقات جعلني أوافق على هذا العمل». سنتابع هذا البرنامج بكل تأكيد.
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ً منزل في مومباي! رام تشاران يشتري
الممثل الهندي ،وتحديدًا من جنوب الهند قام بشراء منزل باهظ الثمن ذو إطاللة على البحر في مومباي ،مع حصوله على ً منزل له في مومباي ،حيث أنه اضطر النزول في الكثير من العروض للمشاركة في أفالم بوليوود ،قرر رام تشاران بأن يشتري فندق في كل مرة زار فيها المدينة من أجل تصوير .رام تشاران وزوجته أباسانا أقام ً حفل ترحيب ًيا ،كما شارك أحد المصادر المقربة ً قائل“ :تشاران سعيد لشرائه منزل في مومباي ،يشعر بأن مكانه المفضل والمقرب إليه ،وحيث أن زياراته لمومباي زادت منذ أن بدأ العمل على مشروع فيلم RRRمن إخراج راجامولي ،حتى أننا سنرى تشاران أكثر في مومباي» .بالتأكيد سنحب مشاهدته في أفالم هندية.
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