Category Archives: celebrity

Trends to watch out fresh from India Runway week season 12

The recently concluded India Runway Week season-12 was an amalgamation of swadeshi trends, chic, bold and festive . The runway was filled with glamour and celebrities like Esha Gupta, Vaani Kapoor, Neelima Azeem and Reshmi Ghosh walked for various designers.

The day 3 of this season was celebrated as Pink Day wherein the event logo was turned pink and select city walk turned all lights pink to celebrate October month for breast cancer awareness. Avon in association with India Runway Week held a conference on day 3 to talk about breast cancer awareness which was followed by pink show by designer Anupama Dayal where breast cancer survivors and supporters walked for the cause.

The trends by young and emerging designers were refereshing. Right from casual wear by newgen league like Jasleen Kaur, Kaveh by Vinay saurabh, Priyanka choudhary and festive range of young as well as emerging like Bucolic by Rituvan Gupta, Miku Kumar, saaj by Ankita, NB couture, Poonam Dubey, Ekam by Manish Gupta, Aayana by siimi, Mystique closet by Jenny saluja were enthralling. While designers Ramnik Pahwa, Irravikkai, Deepthi Ganesh, Mona Vora and Tanushay showcased mix of festive wear and cocktail wear.

Again, the sarees and swadeshi collection by various designers like Peeli kothi by ambica, Nida Mahmood, Purnima Gulati, Jaivik Naari are to treasure.

Here are few trending styles to must have.


If you are stunned just like me, taking a look at the mesmerizing collection, keep reading Social Connoisseurs for such amazing assemblage of upcoming trends of fashion, food and lifestyle.

All You Need to know About The Mecca of Awards, IIFA Awards 2018

Delhi experienced a starstruck evening on Thursday, 17th May, at Hyatt Regency where the Press Conference of IIFA Awards 2018 was held. With a host of IIFA dignitaries, luminaries from the sponsors and Several popular stars from the Bollywood family, the Press Conference witnessed the declaration of all the dazzling star-studded IIFA Awards 2018 that is going to be held in the month of June. This time IIFA has chosen The Land of Smiles that is Thailand as its destination. A Thrilling weekend is awaiting at Bangkok, Siam Niramit, Theatre wherein the stars would be joining to celebrate the thrilling IIFA fever.

What’s in Store For You at IIFA Awards 2018?

IIFA Awards 2018 would witness the hosting of Ayushman Khurrana & Sonu ki Titu ki Sweety fame Kartik Aaryan.

It would also witness the co-hosting of Karan Johar and Ritesh Deshmukh.

In the list of breathtaking performances, one can look up to the thrilling foot taps of Ranbir Kapoor while the other list of performances would soon be revealed.

IIFA Awards 2018 with a Cause

IIFA has always stood up for a cause and this time they have partnered with Woosh The Washing Expert for the cause #BarabariGharseshuru that implies equal participation of men and women in domestic chores.

Say No To Plastic with IIFA and UNE

IIFA 2018 has also collaborated with the United Nations Environment, where Diya Mirza stands out to be the brand ambassador for the theme of World Environment Day 2018, ” Beat Plastic Pollution”.

As a gesture of this collaboration, Diya Mirza, on behalf of the UNE gifted steel bottles to the celebrities at the press Conference, voicing the opinion that saying No to plastic should begin from saying No to plastic Bottles first.

IIFA in The Grounds of Thailand for the Second Time

Moreover, Mr. Stapnaseth Isra, who stands out to be the director of the Tourism Department of Thailand, told how iifa’s stepping into Thailand for the second time would add to the country’s tourism brilliance.

Undoubtedly it would serve as a platform to reflect the state’s vibrancy in terms of food, culture and definitely heritage.

Celebrities about IIFA Awards 2018

Bollywood family also expressed their sentiments about the IIfa Awards, 2018. Kartik Aaryan seemed to be super excited of something as colossal as IIFA, where he is going to be the host.

On the other hand, Ranbir Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor are looking forward to attend the IIFA in Bangkok for the second time and really enthusiastic about the chain of events that’s going to follow.

Ranbir had won his first IIFA as a debutant actor at Bangkok and hence the destination had really been lucky for him.

Karan Johar expressed how he has been strongly attached to iifa since its very birth in London. His father, Mr. Yeah Johar and himself had been part of the advisory board of IIFA. He also congratulated Wizcraft International for such a brilliant organisation & execution of IIFA all these years.

Dates & Venue of IIFA Awards 2018

IIFA Awards 2018 has also partnered with OSIAN’s Auction to conduct a royal exhibition on Indian Cinema at Marriott Marquis Bangkok, from 21-st to the 23’rd of June.

While IIFA Rocks, Green Carpet and IIFA Rocks, would be held On 22’nd of June, on 24th June, Siam Niramit is going to witness the colossal, the prestigious and the royal IIFA Awards, 2018. We are also in eager anticipation about the style statements of Bollywood family as IIFA 2018, is being styled by the connoisseurs of fashion, Myntra.

The IIFA Fever has begun already and we really can’t keep calm about it.

Aiyaary Book Launch Is All Set to Reinforce Your Love For The Nation

Well for all Bollywood buffs who constantly follow the entertainment world, you might not be unaware of the news that Aiyaary is all set to release this Friday, 16th of February. Neeraj Pandey, the veteran director has always made us fall in love with movies with a touch of innovation, a social message or a patriotic thought. This time he brings together another touch of innovation with the glamorous cast like Manoj Bajpayee,. Siddharth Malhotra, Naseerudin Shah, Anupam Kher, Rakul Preet Singh.

And while films have always been extraordinarily engaging for bookworms like me, Aiyaary has another surprise. Monday, 12th Feb, witnessed the book launch of Aiyaary at Taj Diplomatic Enclave in the presence of stars like Manoj Bajpayee, Neeraj Pandey, Rakul Preet and Siddharth Malhotra in the presence of Delhi Crossword head.

About The Book

The book contains inputs from the cast, how the film had been developed, how each of them has had an experience and definitely their thoughts on the theme. Well, if you are a movie as well as a book lover like me, the book is the perfect catch.

About The Launch

The launch witnessed a friendly panel discussion about different episodes of the book. Manoj Bajpayee shared how it was fun for him to go different places for the shoot and how he executed his role.

Siddharth Malhotra too shared his opinion about how challenging it is for the soldiers to execute their duties amidst all hardships. Director Neeraj Pandey also gave his opinion in developing Aiyaary. He told he loved the sound that the letters “Aiyaary” produce.

Overall the discussion had been an enriching one.

About The Film

Aiyaary is all set to release on 16th of February and well if you are unaware of the story, here’s a quick glimpse. Aiyaary is all about a colonel who has only a span of 36 hours to catch hold of his former protege, a major who has the power to even bring down the government. Don’t miss to catch the thrill and action of this journey in the coffee table book by Crossword Bookstores.

Crossword Bookstores had also conducted a contest on their social media and the winners were prized with autographed copies of the Book.

Thanks to Crossword Bookstores for bringing forward such an incredible journey through the pages of Aiyaary.

Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films Redefines Cinematic Perfection with The Maestro Storytellers

It is often said the shorter, the crispier, the more engaging it becomes and who better than Royal Stag Barrel Select, Large Short Films can prove it?

Saturday, 12’th February, DLF City Club Gurgaon witnessed an enriching discussion in the presence of eminent personalities like Tisca Chopra, Swara Bhasker, Anusha Bose, Abhishek Sanyal, Mansi Jain and Veena Nair. The event saw some amazing introspection on the making of short films, developing ideas through lenses of camera and making them into precise short films.

lsf2

Trailers of four perfect Barrel Select shorts including ‘Chhuri’ by Mansi Jain starring Tisca Chopra, Surveen Chawla and Anurag Kashyap; ‘Durga’ directed byAbhisek Sanyal and produced by Imtiaz Ali; ‘Shame’ by Anusha Bose starring Swara Bhasker and ‘Her first time’ by Divya Unny starring Veena Nair were screened at the event as these story tellers shared their motivation behind creating these perfect films.

 Moreover there were enlightening discussions on feature films v/s short films, the pains of condensing long ideas into short films, conveying the messages through a comparatively small duration and many more.

Barrel Select Large Short Films has ushered in a revolution in the field of filmmaking, becoming the torch bearer of short films in India. Through a slew of powerful short films, the platform has successfully redefined movie-watching for cinephiles and has thrown up a reality check for viewers and filmmakers alike. Not only has it gained immense popularity but has become one of the most credible and celebrated stages for short films in India.

 largeshortfilms

The immensely talented film makers and actors came together and deliberated about their experience with Barrel Select Large Short Films. While they laid emphasis on the freedom the platform gives them to be able to showcase their innovation and creativity in the best possible way, the films showcased were sharp, original and thought-provoking, with the potential to bring about change.

 lsf1

Commenting on the platform, Raja Banerji, Assistant Vice President, Marketing, Pernod Ricard India, said “The growth of the short film industry in India has been phenomenal and we are proud to be at the helm of this evolution. We are extremely delighted to associate with these incredible story tellers from the world of cinema who have not only created original short films for the platform, but have also elevated the platform’s quest for perfection. In line with the brand’s philosophy of ‘make it perfect’, we will continue to encourage and motivate talented film makers to freely showcase their original creativity through our platform.”

Themed on the philosophy of “Make it Perfect”, Barrel Select Large Short Films is a platform for aspiring directors to feature along with mainstream Bollywood directors while still chasing their creative energy to create a niche for themselves in the industry. The platform gives a credible stage to the storytellers to showcase their artistic creativity and reach out to their target audience through the digital world.

 lsf4

 The four short films screened by Barrel Select Large Short Films are perfectly unique and incredible works of art.

More about the films:

  • ‘Chhuri’, by Mansi Jain starring Tisca Chopra, Surveen Chawla and Anurag Kashyap features the story of a couple where the philandering husband has an affair outside of his marriage. The unconventional plot of the movie will create curiosity in the minds of the viewer when the wife confronts the mistress and an unusual and surprising twist transpires.

lsf5

  • Durga’ directed by Abhisek Sanyal and produced by Imtiaz Ali is the story of a man who is away from home leaving behind an ailing father, his helpless wife and a disappointed daughter, going through a phase where things are not in his favor. On his arrival back home he realizes that his father is no more, his daughter passes on a message that her grandfather had left for his son. Young and inept to understand life and death, the young girl goes through a surreal experience herself when she tries to voice her own opinion.

 

  • ‘Shame’ by Anusha Bose starring Swara Bhasker and Ranveer Shourie is the twisted journey of a meek, vulnerable woman who emerges from the background to unapologetically reclaim her dignity, confidence and her right to desire. This dark comedy walks the thin line that separates the two worlds; the haves from the have-nots; the affluent from the service providers; the indulgent from the repressed.

 

  • ‘Her first time’ by Divya Unny starring Veena Nair is a short film about the relationship between a working mother and her 11-year-old daughter. The film features one evening in both their lives where they are dealing with a crisis situation. Mother who is a gynecologist is dealing with a sensitive pregnancy case and the daughter back home gets her first period. The narrative draws a parallel between hospital and home, and a common thread that strengthens the mother-daughter bond despite their physical distance. The film is the first one in an anthology series of 10 short films themed around the lives of women in urban spaces.

About Barrel Select Large Short Films:

Barrel Select Large Short Films (LSF) is a portal that is the hub of Indian short films. It gives the audience the window to enjoy short films made by large directors. It gives aspiring film makers a platform to showcase their short films with original ideas. Films from LSF has made big in Filmfare with three of its film made in in final shortlist. Chutney a LSF release has won 2 Filmfare awards. In recent times, Platform has been built on identified core attribute of RSBS – ‘Make it Perfect” and targeting a more refined and evolved RSBS audience.

Follow Large Short Films on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube

About Royal Stag Barrel Select:

Royal Stag Barrel Select is the premium offering of Royal stag for the discerning consumer who seeks an evolved taste. It is for the young, confident, progressive and inspiring individual who has tasted their first Success; want to be seen as the one with discerning taste, evolving in their journey of life and standing out through perfection. The brand inspires individual who has a desire of magnifying his life in terms of refinement and the assurance of having arrived- making his life grander and richer. Royal Stag Barrel Select drives the brand proposition of “Make it Perfect “

Kudos to Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films for bringing into limelight such brilliant yet simple stories through wonderful screenings like this.

Meet Hafiza & Rakiba Sultana: The Sister Duo is A Must Watch For Their Exceptionally Melodious Mash-Ups

I have always believed in the fact that Talent knows no age. It is a God-gifted element that gradually nurtures and nourishes to bloom into efficiency. Today as I introduce to you this new section “Real Life Celebrity”, I would like to begin with the story of a young girl whose only passion was to voice out her emotions, expressions and every facet of her life through songs. She believes to define herself through the art of her voice and it wouldn’t be an exaggeration at all if I ever say that this young girl has all the talent to become a singing sensation in the coming times.

hafiza

Before moving further, let us have a quick trailer of her mesmerizing voice.

Introducing to you Hafiza Sultana, a girl studying in 12’th standard who sings no less than a sensational star.

The magic of her voice not only lies in her ability to create a melodious magic from every song but also to recreate beautiful mash-ups that very few people can ever even think of.

Singing has been an inherent talent within her since long and undertaking classical music sessions since the age of 10 made it go strong.

The Other Lovely Half

rakibaRakiba Sultana, her sister, a student pursuing graduation in English Literature is also a forerunner of this magical talent. She too joins in Hafiza for her mash ups and undoubtedly when this duo sings, what you get is a miraculously melodious piece that would soothe any sort of mood.

Was It A Smooth Journey For This Duo To Follow Their Dreams?

Coming from a Muslim conservative background, their journey had not been a smooth bed of roses. In fact, it was solely their parents’ support that guided them to tread on their path of passion without facing much hurdles.

Kudos to such parents who believe to take their childrens’ dreams ahead crossing all barriers of so called caste systems and their stereotyping!

sister

We wish this beautiful sister duo all the Best Wishes to prosper ahead and make their journey go along with their brilliant aptitudes and their “never to give up” mindsets.

If you too have a hidden celebrity inside, don’t feel shy to share your stories with us at socialconnoisseurs@gmail.com

Remember we are here to listen to you.